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  1. Chevrel phases: Past, present and future

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    Highlights: • Chevrel phase are reviewed. • Some of the most important families are described. • Crystal structure and synthesis are recalled. • Potential applications are mentioned: batteries, catalysis, thermopower, etc. • Vortex lattices, granularity, current densities, anisotropy, unconventional superconductivity, universal scaling. - Abstract: The ternary molybdenum chalcogenides MxMo6X8 (X = chalcogen), known as Chevrel phases, constitute an outstanding family of materials presenting numerous and spectacular properties. More than 100 examples of these compounds have been synthesized thanks to their versatile crystal structure. Numerous variants are found, from the binary material formed just by the molybdenum clusters Mo6X8 leaving a three-dimensional lattice where the third element M can be inserted, up to a condensation of clusters giving rise to a monodimensional material. The great interest in these compounds, discovered more than 40 years ago, came from their superconducting critical temperature and upper critical fields (15 K for the former, 50 Tesla at 4.2 K for the latter), both being reasonably high values at the time of their discovery thus opening enormous hopes for their use in the fabrication of magnets. Other fundamental features are found, such as the coexistence of magnetic order with the superconducting state. These features are still of interest for the scientific community, but other potential applications are now foreseen, such as their use in batteries, catalysis and thermopower technology. We recall herein some basic characteristic of Chevrel-phases, mentioning several important families, their crystal structure and mode of elaboration. This contribution being focused on the superconducting properties, we put an accent on some fundamental aspects, such as the structural and electronic transitions, the vortex lattice, their granular behavior, critical current densities, upper field and anisotropy, to finally discuss the so

  2. Hydrodesulfurization catalysis by Chevrel phase compounds

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    McCarty, Kevin F.; Schrader, Glenn L.

    1985-12-24

    A process is disclosed for the hydrodesulfurization of sulfur-containing hydrocarbon fuel with reduced ternary molybdenum sulfides, known as Chevrel phase compounds. Chevrel phase compounds of the general composition M.sub.x Mo.sub.6 S.sub.8, with M being Ho, Pb, Sn, Ag, In, Cu, Fe, Ni, or Co, were found to have hydrodesulfurization activities comparable to model unpromoted and cobalt-promoted MoS.sub.2 catalysts. The most active catalysts were the "large" cation compounds (Ho, Pb, Sn), and the least active catalysts were the "small" cation compounds (Cu, Fe, Ni, Co.).

  3. High field superconductor development and understanding: A. Establishing the limits of performance of niobium-titanium; B. Establishing whether Chevrel phase materials could become useful high field superconductors

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    Rapid progress in the development of high current density conductor in the period 1982--1992. At the beginning of this period the best strand for the FermiLab Tevatron was attaining 2000a/mm2 at 5T (4.2K), with variable product quality; by 1991 commercial strand was obtainable at over 3000A/mm2 in very long piece lengths. The most important contribution to this advance was the understanding of the role of the Nb-Ti microstructure in the determination of the intrinsic current carrying capacity of the strand. A complete wire fabrication facility was created at the UW making it possible to control all aspects of strand production. These facilities further accelerated our understanding of the extrinsic processing limitations to the Jc of the conductors. Results on Chevrel phase materials (PbMo8) showed that HIP-ed samples had complete connectivity; there is no intrinsic granularity to Chevrel phases. Flux pinning was studied in SnNo6S8

  4. Preparation methods and parameters for the optimization of superconducting and mechanical properties of Chevrel phase wires

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    The Chevrel phase compounds based on SnMo6S8, PbMo6S8 and Pb1,2-xSnxMo6S8 were prepared using HIP-prereacted, partly HIP-prereacted starting materials or unreacted powder mixtures. The application of various powder metallurgical methods for fabricating improved superconducting monofilamentary wires supplied an enhancement of the critical current densities up to the highest presently known values of Jc (4,2 K)=2.108 Am-2 and Jc (1,8 K)=3,5.108 Am-2. This is mainly due to an improved flux pinning behavior which correlates with the average grain diameter of the Chevrel phase material. A considerable reduction of the necessary reaction time and a correlated reduction of the grain growth were observed as a consequence of the significant diminuation of the impurity content (O2, C) in the samples. Using microstructural investigations by means of Auger electron spectroscopy, inhomogeneities in the Chevrel phase compounds could be specified. The results of these analysis indicate future possibilities for improving the performance of Chevrel phase wires. The wire configuration developed in this work is oriented towards technical application. The Chevrel phase is enclosed in a Ta or Nb barrier material separating it from a stabilizing Cu section which is in turn enclosed by a stainless steel jacket for mechanical stabilization, thus yielding a fully stable superconducting wire. (orig.)

  5. A little more on superconducting Chevrel phases

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    Mo6S8 itself is not stable and only exists and is superconducting when stabilized by the addition of one of a broad range of elements as Msub(x)Mo6S8 (x approximately 1) where M = Cu, Ag, Zn, Sn, Pb, or certain of the rare earth elements. Mo6Se8, however, is quite stable and superconducting at 6.3 K. Except for the lighter rare earth elements, the addition of any of the elements listed above in normal amounts, i.e. x approximately 1, depresses the Tsub(c) of Mo6Se8. Mo6Te8 is a Chevrel phase which is not superconducting but Mo6(Tesub(1-x)Ssub(x)) is superconducting above 2 K, as follows: Mo6Ssub(6.4)Tesub(1.6), 2.15 - 1.91 K; Mo6Ssub(4.8)Tesub(3.2), 2.69 - 2.26 K; Mo6Ssub(3.2)Tesub(4.8), 2.22 - 1.41/K. This suggests that the chalcogenides S and Te average across the Se and that their homogeneity range is broad. (Auth.)

  6. Chevrel phases superconductive and ultrafine powders synthesis and characterization

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    This work deals with the Chevrel phases superconductive and ultrafine powders synthesis and characterization. The first part of this study presents some new way of synthesis (precipitation, coprecipitation) of Chevrel phases precursors powders (PbS, SnS, MoS2) and their characterizations (X-ray fluorescence analysis, ICP mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and laser granulometry). These new synthesis methods lead to quasi spherical morphology grains and very weak size grains (0.2 to 0.5 μm) whereas the chemical preparation from the solid state elements gives very different morphology grains (small plates) with a size of 1 to 20 μm. In the second part is shown the interest of the binary Mo6 S8 as precursor in the synthesis of ternary superconductive phases (Li, Ni, Cu, Pb). The last part presents the formation reaction of the phase PbMo6 S8 and its main chemical and physical properties. Thus some calorimetric measures associated with X-ray diffraction analysis have been realized and have allowed to understand the different reactions occurring during the PbMo6S8 synthesis. (O.L.). 100 refs., figs., tabs

  7. Chevrel phases superconductive and ultrafine powders synthesis and characterization; Synthese et caracterisation de poudres ultrafines supraconductrices de phases de Chevrel

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    Even-Boudjada, S.

    1994-12-01

    This work deals with the Chevrel phases superconductive and ultrafine powders synthesis and characterization. The first part of this study presents some new way of synthesis (precipitation, coprecipitation) of Chevrel phases precursors powders (PbS, SnS, MoS{sub 2}) and their characterizations (X-ray fluorescence analysis, ICP mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and laser granulometry). These new synthesis methods lead to quasi spherical morphology grains and very weak size grains (0.2 to 0.5 {mu}m) whereas the chemical preparation from the solid state elements gives very different morphology grains (small plates) with a size of 1 to 20 {mu}m. In the second part is shown the interest of the binary Mo{sub 6} S{sub 8} as precursor in the synthesis of ternary superconductive phases (Li, Ni, Cu, Pb). The last part presents the formation reaction of the phase PbMo{sub 6} S{sub 8} and its main chemical and physical properties. Thus some calorimetric measures associated with X-ray diffraction analysis have been realized and have allowed to understand the different reactions occurring during the PbMo{sub 6}S{sub 8} synthesis. (O.L.). 100 refs., figs., tabs.

  8. Critical current behaviour of superconducting Chevrel phase wires under tensile stress and pressure

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    The Chevrel-phase superconductors PbMo6S8 and SnMo6S8 with the critical magnetic fields Bc2 (4.2 K) = 51 T or 31 T, resp., currently are the most promising materials for applications as superconducting wires in very high magnetic fields, B > 20 T. A new process for industrial-scale production of the Chevrel-phase material using the HIP technique now is available, and the wires made of this material are competitive with otherwise fabricated wires in terms of critical currents: Jc (20 T) ≅ 104 A/cm2. The conductor configurations currently in use need some reinforcing steel in the cladding to guarantee the required mechanical stability. This reinforcing steel proportion and the pre-stressing of the filament have been varied by tests with the PbMo6S8 wires and the SnMo6S8 wires, for examining the critical current behaviour under external, axial tensile stress and transversal pressure, in magnetic fields up to 20 T. The results are compared with corresponding test results obtained with Nb3Sn wires, and are discussed with a view to applications in high magnetic fields. (orig.)

  9. Investigation of the structure of the Nb barrier of Chevrel phase composite

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    In the process of elaboration of composite superconducting wires bases on the Chevrel phases compound SnMo6S8, a niobium barrier should be introduced between the stabilizer (Cu) and the superconductor to prevent Cu diffusion which degrades the critical properties. During subsequent heat treatments Sn diffusion in the Nb barrier arises and many Nb-Sn phases are formed. We studied extensively the structure of the Nb barrier by the AC susceptibility and identified the Nb-Sn resulting phases

  10. A rechargeable lithium battery employing cobalt chevrel-phase compound as the cathode

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    This paper reports on the single-phase region of cobalt Chevrel-phase compound (CoyMo6S8-z:CoCP) determined by x-ray diffraction analysis. The nonstoichiometric range of CoCP was very narrow and the only CoCP with y = 1.6,8 - z = 7.7 could be prepared as a single phase. The CoCP was evaluated as a cathode for lithium secondary batteries. 1M CiClO4 in PC was used as an electrolyte. The discharge properties and discharge-charge cycling properties were measured galvanostatically under constant current densities from 0.1 to 2.0 mA/cm2. The cell exhibited good discharge performance; for example when the cell was discharged under a cd = 0.1 mA/cm2, 4.8 Li/Co1.6Mo6S7.7 were incorporated before the cell voltage fell down to 1.0 V (energy density: 277 Wh/kg). Also a rechargeability of more than 200 cycles was observed at cd = 0.5 mA/cm2. The curve of OCV with varying Li content in the CoCP was very flat and near 2.1 V. The x-ray analysis of lithium incorporated cobalt Chevrel phase, LixCoCP, was two sets of hexagonal lattice parameters showing the existence of two types of Chevrel phases (having different lattice parameters) coexisting in a wide range of 0 < x < 4.5

  11. Electronic structure of Chevrel-phase high-critical-field superconductors

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    Andersen, Ole Krogh; Klose, W.; Nohl, H.

    1978-01-01

    Using muffin-tin orbitals and the atomic-sphere approximation, we have studied the band structures of Chevrel-phase molybdenum chalcogenides, MmMo6X8-x. Generally, these compounds exist for a broad variety of elements, M=Pb,Sn,Ag,Cu and X=S,Se,Te. m may be between 0 and 2, depending on the element....../(spin Mo-atom Ry) and IMoStoner=40 mRy, of the band density of states and the effective exchange-interaction parameter. From the measured electronic-specific-heat coefficients we deduce the value λ=2.5 for the electron-phonon enhancement. In accord with experimental phonon spectra we estimate frequencies...... of 10 and 15 meV for a rocking mode of Mo6Se8 and Mo6S8 units, respectively. For the average electron-phonon matrix element in the Gaspari-Gyorffy and atomic-sphere approximations we find 〈I2〉=3×10-3 (Ry/bohr (Ry/bohr radius)2. The magnitude and extreme sensitivity to local environment effects of the...

  12. Extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure observation of collinear ordering of Fe-Sn-Fe atoms in the Chevrel-phase superconductor SnFe/sub 0.05/Mo6S8

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    Extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) and x-ray-diffraction studies have been conducted on the Chevrel-phase superconductor SnFe/sub 0.05/Mo6S8. The site symmetry of the iron is found to be similar to that of copper in the high-temperature phase of Cu/sub 1.8/Mo6S8. EXAFS analysis yielded interatomic distances, e.g., Fe-Sn and Fe-S, in this compound. The Fe-S distances are found to be characteristic of iron sulfides (e.g., FeS and Fe7S8). Through the observation of focused multiple scattering, a distance corresponding to a linear array of Fe-Sn-Fe atoms was measured. Iron atoms were found to be situated in two different configurations, one where iron has only a tin neighbor and the other where a linear-chain-like configuration of Fe-Sn-Fe atoms occurs

  13. Comparing electrochemical performance of transition metal silicate cathodes and chevrel phase Mo6S8 in the analogous rechargeable Mg-ion battery system

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    Chen, Xinzhi; Bleken, Francesca L.; Løvvik, Ole Martin; Vullum-Bruer, Fride

    2016-07-01

    Polyanion based silicate materials, MgMSiO4 (M = Fe, Mn, Co), previously reported to be promising cathode materials for Mg-ion batteries, have been re-examined. Both the sol-gel and molten salt methods are employed to synthesize MgMSiO4 composites. Mo6S8 is synthesized by a molten salt method combined with Cu leaching and investigated in the equivalent electrochemical system as a bench mark. Electrochemical measurements for Mo6S8 performed using the 2nd generation electrolyte show similar results to those reported in literature. Electrochemical performance of the silicate materials on the other hand, do not show the promising results previously reported. A thorough study of these published results are presented here, and compared to the current experimental data on the same material system. It appears that there are certain inconsistencies in the published results which cannot be explained. To further corroborate the present experimental results, atomic-scale calculations from first principles are performed, demonstrating that diffusion barriers are very high for Mg diffusion in MgMSiO4. In conclusion, MgMSiO4 (M = Fe, Mn, Co) olivine materials do not seem to be such good candidates for cathode materials in Mg-ion batteries as previously reported.

  14. Tunnelling experiments in the Chevrel superconducters Cusub(1.8)PbMo6S8 and PbMo6S8

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    The electron-phonon coupling in ternary molybdenum sulfides was studied by electron tunneling spectroscopy. For the first time, direct measurements of the energy gap of the superconducting Chevrel-phases Cusub(1.8)Mo6S8 and PbMo6S8 were performed. Extraordinarily large deviations from the BCS-behavior indicate that Cusub(1.8)Mo6S8 and PbMo6S8 are strong coupling superconductors showing a 2Δsub(O)ksub(B)Tsub(C) ratio of approx. 4.1 and approx. 4.7, respectively. Furthermore we observed phonon induced structure in the quasi-particle density of states by measuring the second derivative of the current-voltage characteristic. Measurements of the phonon density of states of several Chevrel-phases with inelastic neutron scattering showed that within a simple molecular crystal model it is possible to group the phonons into low lying external modes and high frequency internal modes of the Mo6S8 units. In contradiction to former suggestions that only special phonon modes are responsible for superconductivity in Chevrel-phases, we find a coupling to all the external modes in Cusub(1.8)Mo6S8 and PbMo6S8. Because of the small sampling depth of the tunneling electrons at higher energies and difficulties with the preparation of ideal tunnel junctions, we obtained indications for the internal phonon modes in PbMo6S8 in only a few cases. (orig./KBI)

  15. Phase transformations im smart materials

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    One of the qualities that distinguishes living systems from inanimate matter is the ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Smart materials have the ability to perform both sensing and actuating functions and are, therefore, capable of imitating this rudimentary aspect of life. Four of the most widely used smart materials are piezoelectric Pb(Zr, Ti)O3, electrostrictive Pb(Mg, Nb)O3, magnetostrictive (Tb, Dy)Fe2 and the shape-memory alloy NiTi. All four are ferroic with active domain walls and two phase transformations, which help to tune the properties of these actuator materials. Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 is a ferroelectric ceramic which is cubic at high temperature and becomes ferroelectric on cooling through the Curie temperature. At room temperature, it is poised on a rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary which enhances the piezoelectric coefficients. Terfenol, (Tb, Dy)Fe2, is also cubic at high temperature and then becomes magnetic on cooling through its Curie temperature. At room temperature, it too is poised on a rhombohedral-tetragonal transition which enhances its magnetostriction coefficients. Pb(Mg, Nb)O3 and nitinol (NiTi) are also cubic at high temperatures and on annealing transform to a partially ordered state. On further cooling, Pb(Mg, Nb)O3 passes through a diffuse phase transformation at room temperature where it exhibits very large dielectric and electrostrictive coefficients. Just below room temperature, it transforms to a ferroelectric rhombohedral phase. The partially ordered shape-memory alloy NiTi undergoes an austenitic (cubic) to martensitic (mono-clinic) phase change just above room temperature. It is easily deformed in the martensitic state but recovers its original shape when reheated to austenite

  16. Nuclear Concrete Materials Database Phase I Development

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    Ren, Weiju [ORNL; Naus, Dan J [ORNL

    2012-05-01

    The FY 2011 accomplishments in Phase I development of the Nuclear Concrete Materials Database to support the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program are summarized. The database has been developed using the ORNL materials database infrastructure established for the Gen IV Materials Handbook to achieve cost reduction and development efficiency. In this Phase I development, the database has been successfully designed and constructed to manage documents in the Portable Document Format generated from the Structural Materials Handbook that contains nuclear concrete materials data and related information. The completion of the Phase I database has established a solid foundation for Phase II development, in which a digital database will be designed and constructed to manage nuclear concrete materials data in various digitized formats to facilitate electronic and mathematical processing for analysis, modeling, and design applications.

  17. Heat transfer in multi-phase materials

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    Öchsner, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    This book provides a profound understanding, which physical processes and mechanisms cause the heat transfer in composite and cellular materials. It shows models for all important classes of composite materials and introduces into the latest advances. In three parts, the book covers Composite Materials (Part A), Porous and Cellular Materials (Part B) and the appearance of a conjoint solid phase and fluid aggregate (Part C).

  18. NMR study of the influence of iodine substitution in the Chevrel compounds Mo6Te8-xIx and Mo6Se8-xIx

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    We have obtained the 125Te and 77Se nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the Chevrel type compounds Mo6Te8-xIx (x=0,1,2) at room temperature and Mo6Se8-xIx (x=0,0.5,1.0,1.5,2.0) over the temperature range 70-300 K, in order to study the effect of I doping in these materials. The spectra consisted of the superposition of two separate anisotropic Knight shifts corresponding to the two different crystallographic sites of the Se and Te nuclei within their respective compounds. The distinction between the two lines became more blurred with the increase of the iodine concentration. Analysis of the results tends to favor the supposition that in the case of the Se compound, the iodine favors the replacement of the Se ternary sites, although some temperature dependence on the choice of site was discerned. In the case of the Te compounds, the experimental evidence showed that even for x=2, both the ternary and the non-ternery sites were occupied. An abrupt change in the NMR parameters for Mo6Se8 near T=100 K was found

  19. Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage

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    Stiebra, L; Cabulis, U; Knite, M

    2014-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage (TES) have become an important subject of research in recent years. Using PCMs for thermal energy storage provides a solution to increase the efficiency of the storage and use of energy in many domestic and industrial sectors. Phase change TES systems offer a number of advantages over other systems (e.g. chemical storage systems): particularly small temperature distance between the storage and retrieval cycles, small unit sizes and lo...

  20. Dynamic failure in two-phase materials

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    Fensin, S. J.; Walker, E. K.; Cerreta, E. K.; Trujillo, C. P.; Martinez, D. T.; Gray, G. T.

    2015-12-01

    Previous experimental research has shown that microstructural features such as interfaces, inclusions, vacancies, and heterogeneities can all act as void nucleation sites. However, it is not well understood how important these interfaces are to damage evolution and failure as a function of the surrounding parent materials. In this work, we present results on three different polycrystalline materials: (1) Cu, (2) Cu-24 wt. %Ag, and (3) Cu-15 wt. %Nb which were studied to probe the influence of bi-metal interfaces on void nucleation and growth. These materials were chosen due to the range of difference in structure and bulk properties between the two phases. The initial results suggest that when there are significant differences between the bulk properties (for example: stacking fault energy, melting temperature, etc.) the type of interface between the two parent materials does not principally control the damage nucleation and growth process. Rather, it is the "weaker" material that dictates the dynamic spall strength of the overall two-phase material.

  1. Phase change material thermal capacitor clothing

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    Buckley, Theresa M. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An apparatus and method for metabolic cooling and insulation of a user in a cold environment. In its preferred embodiment the apparatus is a highly flexible composite material having a flexible matrix containing a phase change thermal storage material. The apparatus can be made to heat or cool the body or to act as a thermal buffer to protect the wearer from changing environmental conditions. The apparatus may also include an external thermal insulation layer and/or an internal thermal control layer to regulate the rate of heat exchange between the composite and the skin of the wearer. Other embodiments of the apparatus also provide 1) a path for evaporation or direct absorption of perspiration from the skin of the wearer for improved comfort and thermal control, 2) heat conductive pathways within the material for thermal equalization, 3) surface treatments for improved absorption or rejection of heat by the material, and 4) means for quickly regenerating the thermal storage capacity for reuse of the material. Applications of the composite materials are also described which take advantage of the composite's thermal characteristics. The examples described include a diver's wet suit, ski boot liners, thermal socks, gloves and a face mask for cold weather activities, and a metabolic heating or cooling blanket useful for treating hypothermia or fever patients in a medical setting and therapeutic heating or cooling orthopedic joint supports.

  2. Electrical transport in crystalline phase change materials

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    In this thesis, the electrical transport properties of crystalline phase change materials are discussed. Phase change materials (PCM) are a special class of semiconducting and metallic thin film alloys, typically with a high amount of the group five element antimony or the group six element tellurium, such as Ge2Sb2Te5. The unique property portfolio of this material class makes it suitable for memory applications. PCMs reveal fast switching between two stable room-temperature phases (amorphous and crystalline) realized by optical laser or electrical current pulses in memory devices. Additionally, a pronounced property contrast in form of optical reflectivity and electrical conductivity between the amorphous and crystalline phase is the characteristic fingerprint of PCMs. The emerging electrical solid state memory PCRAM is a very promising candidate to replace Flash memory in the near future or to even become a universal memory, which is non-volatile and shows the speed and cyclability of DRAM. One of the main technological challenges is the switching process into the amorphous state, which is the most power demanding step. In order to reduce the switching power, the crystalline resistivity needs to be increased at a given voltage. Thus understanding and tayloring of this property is mandatory. In this work, first the technological relevance, i.e. optical and electrical memory concepts based on PCMs are introduced. Subsequently a description of the physical properties of PCMs in four categories is given. Namely, structure, kinetics, optical properties and electrical properties are discussed. Then important recent developments such as the identification of resonant bonding in crystalline PCMs and a property predicting coordination scheme are briefly reviewed. The following chapter deals with the theoretical background of electrical transport, while the next chapter introduces the experimental techniques: Sputtering, XRR, XRD, DSC, thermal annealing, profilometry

  3. Electrical transport in crystalline phase change materials

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    Woda, Michael

    2012-01-06

    In this thesis, the electrical transport properties of crystalline phase change materials are discussed. Phase change materials (PCM) are a special class of semiconducting and metallic thin film alloys, typically with a high amount of the group five element antimony or the group six element tellurium, such as Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5}. The unique property portfolio of this material class makes it suitable for memory applications. PCMs reveal fast switching between two stable room-temperature phases (amorphous and crystalline) realized by optical laser or electrical current pulses in memory devices. Additionally, a pronounced property contrast in form of optical reflectivity and electrical conductivity between the amorphous and crystalline phase is the characteristic fingerprint of PCMs. The emerging electrical solid state memory PCRAM is a very promising candidate to replace Flash memory in the near future or to even become a universal memory, which is non-volatile and shows the speed and cyclability of DRAM. One of the main technological challenges is the switching process into the amorphous state, which is the most power demanding step. In order to reduce the switching power, the crystalline resistivity needs to be increased at a given voltage. Thus understanding and tayloring of this property is mandatory. In this work, first the technological relevance, i.e. optical and electrical memory concepts based on PCMs are introduced. Subsequently a description of the physical properties of PCMs in four categories is given. Namely, structure, kinetics, optical properties and electrical properties are discussed. Then important recent developments such as the identification of resonant bonding in crystalline PCMs and a property predicting coordination scheme are briefly reviewed. The following chapter deals with the theoretical background of electrical transport, while the next chapter introduces the experimental techniques: Sputtering, XRR, XRD, DSC, thermal annealing

  4. Phase change materials for spacecraft thermal management

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    The main objectives of this investigation were to determine the capabilities of certain phase change materials (PCM) in pellet form to buffer heat loads immediately following short term peak thermal input as part of a spacecraft thermal management system (SCTMS). Two types of PCMs demonstrated potential for SCTMS were encapsulated inorganic salt hydrate, calcium chloride hexahydrate, and the form-stable crystalline polymer, high density polyethylene. The PCM properties examined for the design of experimental packed bed heat exchangers included: packed bed porosity, mass density, pellet diameter, melting point, etc

  5. Material Engineering for Phase Change Memory

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    Cabrera, David M.

    As semiconductor devices continue to scale downward, and portable consumer electronics become more prevalent there is a need to develop memory technology that will scale with devices and use less energy, while maintaining performance. One of the leading prototypical memories that is being investigated is phase change memory. Phase change memory (PCM) is a non-volatile memory composed of 1 transistor and 1 resistor. The resistive structure includes a memory material alloy which can change between amorphous and crystalline states repeatedly using current/voltage pulses of different lengths and magnitudes. The most widely studied PCM materials are chalcogenides - Germanium-Antimony-Tellerium (GST) with Ge2Sb2Te3 and Germanium-Tellerium (GeTe) being some of the most popular stochiometries. As these cells are scaled downward, the current/voltage needed to switch these materials becomes comparable to the voltage needed to sense the cell's state. The International Roadmap for Semiconductors aims to raise the threshold field of these devices from 66.6 V/mum to be at least 375 V/mum for the year 2024. These cells are also prone to resistance drift between states, leading to bit corruption and memory loss. Phase change material properties are known to influence PCM device performance such as crystallization temperature having an effect on data retention and litetime, while resistivity values in the amorphous and crystalline phases have an effect on the current/voltage needed to write/erase the cell. Addition of dopants is also known to modify the phase change material parameters. The materials G2S2T5, GeTe, with dopants - nitrogen, silicon, titanium, and aluminum oxide and undoped Gallium-Antimonide (GaSb) are studied for these desired characteristics. Thin films of these compositions are deposited via physical vapor deposition at IBM Watson Research Center. Crystallization temperatures are investigated using time resolved x-ray diffraction at Brookhaven National Laboratory

  6. Heat protection by different phase change materials

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    Different types of phase change materials (PCMs) were compared for the use in heat protective clothing. For that purpose, flexible blister foils containing the PCMs were prepared. The samples were irradiated with a heat flux of 1.5 kW/m2 in order to simulate a typical industrial setting like working in front of a hot oven. The temperature evolution behind the foils indicated the performance of each PCM, which was dependent on the duration of the exposure. For irradiation times up to 9 min, sodium acetate trihydrate lead to the lowest temperature increase and thus the best protection. When irradiating more than 9 min, a zeolite type was found to be more suitable, which lead to a lower temperature increase of up to 36 °C compared to a reference with no PCM. We developed a simple heat transfer model, taking account of the latent heat of the PCM, of the heat capacity of the foil and of the radiant and natural convective heat flow, which could be applied to predict the effect of PCM containing foils and will be used for further optimizations. -- Highlights: ► Comparison of different flame resistant PCMs for heat protection in textiles. ► Prediction of the heat protection of PCMs which have a net phase change temperature. ► Inorganic PCMs were shown to be highly effective for heat protection

  7. Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger Life Test

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    Lillibridge, Sean; Stephan, Ryan

    2009-01-01

    Low Lunar Orbit (LLO) poses unique thermal challenges for the orbiting space craft, particularly regarding the performance of the radiators. The IR environment of the space craft varies drastically from the light side to the dark side of the moon. The result is a situation where a radiator sized for the maximal heat load in the most adverse situation is subject to freezing on the dark side of the orbit. One solution to this problem is to implement Phase Change Material (PCM) Heat Exchangers. PCM Heat Exchangers act as a "thermal capacitor," storing thermal energy when there is too much being produced by the space craft to reject to space, and then feeding that energy back into the thermal loop when conditions are more favorable. Because they do not use an expendable resource, such as the feed water used by sublimators and evaporators, PCM Heat Exchangers are ideal for long duration LLO missions. In order to validate the performance of PCM Heat Exchangers, a life test is being conducted on four n-Pentadecane, carbon filament heat exchangers. Fluid loop performance, repeatability, and measurement of performance degradation over 2500 melt-freeze cycles will be performed.

  8. Nano composite phase change materials microcapsules

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    Song, Qingwen

    MicroPCMs with nano composite structures (NC-MicroPCMs) have been systematically studied. NC-MicroPCMs were fabricated by the in situ polymerization and addition of silver NPs into core-shell structures. A full factorial experiment was designed, including three factors of core/shell, molar ratio of formaldehyde/melamine and NPs addition. 12 MicroPCMs samples were prepared. The encapsulated efficiency is approximately 80% to 90%. The structural/morphological features of the NC-MicroPCMs were evaluated. The size was in a range of 3.4 mu m to 4.0 mu m. The coarse appearance is attributed to NPs and NPs are distributed on the surface, within the shell and core. The NC-MicroPCMs contain new chemical components and molecular groups, due to the formation of chemical bonds after the pretreatment of NPs. Extra X-ray diffraction peaks of silver were found indicating silver nano-particles were formed into an integral structure with the core/shell structure by means of chemical bonds and physical linkages. Extra functionalities were found, including: (1) enhancement of IR radiation properties; (2) depression of super-cooling, and (3) increase of thermal stabilities. The effects of SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) arising from the silver nano-particles were observed. The Raman scattering intensity was magnified more than 100 times. These effects were also exhibited in macroscopic level in the fabric coatings as enhanced IR radiation properties were detected by the "Fabric Infrared Radiation Management Tester" (FRMT). "Degree of Crystallinity" (DOC) was measured and found the three factors have a strong influence on it. DOC is closely related to thermal stability and MicroPCMs with a higher DOC show better temperature resistance. The thermal regulating effects of the MicroPCMs coatings were studied. A "plateau regions" was detected around the temperature of phase change, showing the function of PCMs. Addition of silver nano-particles to the MicroPCMs has a positive

  9. Energy efficiency of buildings with phase-change materials

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The construction of energy efficient buildings using innovative building materials such as phase change materials, in addition to improving indoor comfort, energy savings and costs, can be achieved by increasing their market value. Because of its ability to absorb and release energy at predictable temperatures, phase change materials are effective in controlling and maintaining the thermal environment in the building. The use of phase changing materials, materials stored latent energy storage is an effective form of heat. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR36016: Experimental and theoretical investigation of frames and plates with semi-rigid connections from the view of the second order theory and stability analysis

  10. PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS IN FLOOR TILES FOR THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE

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    Douglas C. Hittle

    2002-10-01

    Passive solar systems integrated into residential structures significantly reduce heating energy consumption. Taking advantage of latent heat storage has further increased energy savings. This is accomplished by the incorporation of phase change materials into building materials used in passive applications. Trombe walls, ceilings and floors can all be enhanced with phase change materials. Increasing the thermal storage of floor tile by the addition of encapsulated paraffin wax is the proposed topic of research. Latent heat storage of a phase change material (PCM) is obtained during a change in phase. Typical materials use the latent heat released when the material changes from a liquid to a solid. Paraffin wax and salt hydrates are examples of such materials. Other PCMs that have been recently investigated undergo a phase transition from one solid form to another. During this process they will release heat. These are known as solid-state phase change materials. All have large latent heats, which makes them ideal for passive solar applications. Easy incorporation into various building materials is must for these materials. This proposal will address the advantages and disadvantages of using these materials in floor tile. Prototype tile will be made from a mixture of quartz, binder and phase change material. The thermal and structural properties of the prototype tiles will be tested fully. It is expected that with the addition of the phase change material the structural properties will be compromised to some extent. The ratio of phase change material in the tile will have to be varied to determine the best mixture to provide significant thermal storage, while maintaining structural properties that meet the industry standards for floor tile.

  11. Stress-Induced Phase Transformation in Incompressible Materials and Stability of Multi-Phase Deformation

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    2007-01-01

    The stress-induced phase transformation in incompressible materials and the interfacial stability of multi-phase deformation were studied. The existence of multi-phase deformation was determined through exploring whether the material would lose the strong ellipticity at some deformation gradient.Then, according to the stability criterion which is based on a quasi-static approach, the stability of the multi-phase deformation in incompressible materials was investigated by studying the growth/decay behaviour of the interface in the undeformed configuration when it is perturbed. At last, the way to define multi-phase deformation in incompressible materials was concluded and testified by a corresponding numerical example.

  12. Microstructure characterization of multi-phase composites and utilization of phase change materials and recycled rubbers in cementitious materials

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    Meshgin, Pania

    2011-12-01

    This research focuses on two important subjects: (1) Characterization of heterogeneous microstructure of multi-phase composites and the effect of microstructural features on effective properties of the material. (2) Utilizations of phase change materials and recycled rubber particles from waste tires to improve thermal properties of insulation materials used in building envelopes. Spatial pattern of multi-phase and multidimensional internal structures of most composite materials are highly random. Quantitative description of the spatial distribution should be developed based on proper statistical models, which characterize the morphological features. For a composite material with multi-phases, the volume fraction of the phases as well as the morphological parameters of the phases have very strong influences on the effective property of the composite. These morphological parameters depend on the microstructure of each phase. This study intends to include the effect of higher order morphological details of the microstructure in the composite models. The higher order statistics, called two-point correlation functions characterize various behaviors of the composite at any two points in a stochastic field. Specifically, correlation functions of mosaic patterns are used in the study for characterizing transport properties of composite materials. One of the most effective methods to improve energy efficiency of buildings is to enhance thermal properties of insulation materials. The idea of using phase change materials and recycled rubber particles such as scrap tires in insulation materials for building envelopes has been studied.

  13. A New Kind of Shape-stabilized Phase Change Materials

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    XIAO Liguang; DING Rui; SUN Hao; WANG Fujun

    2011-01-01

    Based on the lowest melting point and Schroeder's theoretical calculation formula, nanomodified organic composite phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared. The phase transition temperature and the latent heat of the materials were 24 ℃ and 172 J/g, respectively. A new shape-stabilized phase change materials were prepared, using high density polyethylene as supporting material. The PCM kept the shape when temperature was higher than melting point. Thus, it can directly contact with heat transfer media. The structure,morphology and thermal behavior of PCM were analyzed by FTIR, SEM and DSC.

  14. Phase stress measurements in composite materials

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    Akiniwa, Yoshiaki; Tanaka, Keisuke [Nagoya Univ. (Japan). School of Engineering

    1997-06-01

    Using an aluminum alloy composite containing 20 wt.% of SiC powder and an aluminum alloy itself, a phase stress under monoaxial tensile load was tested using x-ray and neutron methods, to compare both of them. For specimens, a 20 vol.% SiC powder reinforced aluminum alloy and an aluminum alloy itself were used. As a result, the following results could be obtained. Young`s modulus and Poisson ratio of the aluminum alloy itself using x-ray method were E=74.5 GPa and {nu}=0.312, respectively, and those using neutron method were E=75.3 GPa and {nu}=0.384, respectively. A relationship between loading stress and lattice strain of the aluminum alloy itself using neutron method was possible to approximate linearly by containing macroscopic plastic deformation region. The lattice strain of each phase in the composite increased proportionally with loading stress in its elastic region, but when remarkably increasing plastic deformation, the lattice strain decreased proportionally in aluminum phase and increased in SiC phase. (G.K.)

  15. Thermal Mass Behaviour of Concrete Panels Incorporating Phase Change Materials

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    Niall, Dervilla; West, Roger; MCCORMACK, SARAH; Kinnane, Oliver

    2016-01-01

    Phase Change Materials (PCM) have been incorporated into a range of building envelope materials with varied success. This study investigates two different methods of combining concrete and phase change materials to form PCM/concrete composite panels. The first method involves adding microencapsulated paraffin to fresh concrete during the mixing process. The second method involves vacuum impregnating butyl stearate into lightweight aggregate which is then included in the concrete mix design. T...

  16. Development of Latent Heat Storage Phase Change Material Containing Plaster

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    Bajare, Diana; Janis KAZJONOVS; Aleksandrs KORJAKINS

    2016-01-01

    This paper reviews the development of latent heat storage Phase Change Material (PCM) containing plaster as in passive application. Due to the phase change, these materials can store higher amounts of thermal energy than traditional building materials and can be used to add thermal inertia to lightweight constructions. It was shown that the use of PCMs have advantages stabilizing the room temperature variations during summer days, provided sufficient night ventilation is allowed. Another adva...

  17. Phase Change Materials in concrete floors. Part 1; Phase Change Materials in betonvloeren. Deel 1

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    Entrop, A.G. [Duurzaam Bouwen, Universiteit Twente, Enschede (Netherlands); Reinders, A.H.M.E. [Energie Efficient Ontwerpen, Technische Universiteit Delft TUD, Delft (Netherlands)

    2012-07-15

    Results of research on an innovative use of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in concrete floors are discussed. The PCMs store thermal solar energy. Temperatures of four concrete floors in closed environments were monitored. A reduction of maximum floor temperatures was achieved up to 16 {+-}2% and an increase of minimum temperatures up to 7 {+-}3%. An integral design is needed in which the thermal resistance of the building shell, the sensible heat capacity of the building and the latent heat capacity of PCMs are considered simultaneously. [Dutch] Er is een experiment uitgevoerd met vier betonnen vloeren in een semi-adiabatische omgeving. Twee vloeren bevatten PCMs en, ter referentie, twee vloeren geen PCMs. De opstelling moest op schaal een woning voorstellen met een raam op het zuiden. De omgevingscondities en de temperatuurontwikkelingen in de vloeren en boxen werden gemonitord. Het experiment moest aantonen in hoeverre PCMs kunnen worden gebruikt voor het passief verwarmen van Nederlandse woningen.

  18. Multilayer Pressure Vessel Materials Testing and Analysis Phase 2

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    Popelar, Carl F.; Cardinal, Joseph W.

    2014-01-01

    To provide NASA with a suite of materials strength, fracture toughness and crack growth rate test results for use in remaining life calculations for the vessels described above, Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) was contracted in two phases to obtain relevant material property data from a representative vessel. An initial characterization of the strength, fracture and fatigue crack growth properties was performed in Phase 1. Based on the results and recommendations of Phase 1, a more extensive material property characterization effort was developed in this Phase 2 effort. This Phase 2 characterization included additional strength, fracture and fatigue crack growth of the multilayer vessel and head materials. In addition, some more limited characterization of the welds and heat affected zones (HAZs) were performed. This report

  19. Measurement of atomic diffraction phases induced by material gratings

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    Atom-surface interactions can significantly modify the intensity and phase of atom de Broglie waves diffracted by a silicon nitride grating. This affects the operation of a material grating as a coherent beam splitter. The phase shifts induced by diffraction are measured by comparing the relative phases of several interfering paths in a Mach-Zehnder Na atom interferometer formed by three material gratings. The values of the diffraction phases are consistent with a simple model which includes a van der Waals atom-surface interaction between the Na atoms and the silicon nitride grating bars

  20. Measurement of atomic diffraction phases induced by material gratings

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    Perreault, J D; Perreault, John D.; Cronin, Alexander D.

    2005-01-01

    Atom-surface interactions can significantly modify the intensity and phase of atom de Broglie waves diffracted by a silicon nitride grating. This affects the operation of a material grating as a coherent beam splitter. The phase shift induced by diffraction is measured by comparing the relative phases of serveral interfering paths in a Mach-Zehnder Na atom interferometer formed by three material gratings. The values of the diffraction phases are consistent with a simple model which includes a van der Waals atom-surface interaction between the Na atoms and the silicon nitride grating bars.

  1. Thermal analysis of metal foam matrix composite phase change material

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    Song, Xiange

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, CPCM (Composite Phase Change Material) was manufactured with metal foam matrix used as filling material. The temperature curves were obtained by experiment. The performance of heat transfer was analyzed. The experimental results show that metal foam matrix can improve temperature uniformity in phase change thermal storage material and enhance heat conduction ability. The thermal performance of CPCM is significantly improved. The efficiency of temperature control can be obviously improved by adding metal foam in phase change material. CPCM is in solid-liquid two-phase region when temperature is close to phase change point of paraffin. An approximate plateau appears. The plateau can be considered as the temperature control zone of CPCM. Heat can be transferred from hot source and be uniformly spread in thermal storage material by using metal foam matrix since thermal storage material has the advantage of strong heat storage capacity and disadvantage of poor heat conduction ability. Natural convection promotes the melting of solid-liquid phase change material. Good thermal conductivity of foam metal accelerates heat conduction of solid-liquid phase change material. The interior temperature difference decreases and the whole temperature becomes more uniform. For the same porosity with a metal foam, melting time of solid-liquid phase change material decreases. Heat conduction is enhanced and natural convection is suppressed when pore size of metal foam is smaller. The thermal storage time decreases and heat absorption rate increases when the pore size of metal foam reduces. The research results can be used to guide fabricating the CPCM.

  2. Phase field modeling of microstructure evolution in nuclear materials

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    The paper presents two examples of phase field modeling of microstructure evolution of materials used in nuclear power industry. In the first example, an elasto-plastic phase field model was developed to predict hydrogen diffusion, hydride precipitation and fracture in zirconium at crack and notch tips. In the second example, some preliminary results of our current research on void lattice formation in irradiated materials will be given

  3. Perhydroazulene-based liquid-crystalline materials with smectic phases

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    Zakir Hussain; Henning Hopf; S. Holger Eichhorn

    2012-01-01

    New liquid-crystalline materials with a perhydroazulene core were synthesized and the stereochemistry of these compounds was investigated. The mesomorphic properties of the new LC compounds were investigated by differential scanning colorimetry, polarizing optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. We report here on the LC properties of nonchiral materials, which predominantly exhibit smectic phases and display nematic phases only within narrow temperature ranges. The dependence of the mesogen...

  4. The phase field technique for modeling multiphase materials

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    Singer-Loginova, I.; Singer, H. M.

    2008-10-01

    This paper reviews methods and applications of the phase field technique, one of the fastest growing areas in computational materials science. The phase field method is used as a theory and computational tool for predictions of the evolution of arbitrarily shaped morphologies and complex microstructures in materials. In this method, the interface between two phases (e.g. solid and liquid) is treated as a region of finite width having a gradual variation of different physical quantities, i.e. it is a diffuse interface model. An auxiliary variable, the phase field or order parameter \\phi(\\vec{x}) , is introduced, which distinguishes one phase from the other. Interfaces are identified by the variation of the phase field. We begin with presenting the physical background of the phase field method and give a detailed thermodynamical derivation of the phase field equations. We demonstrate how equilibrium and non-equilibrium physical phenomena at the phase interface are incorporated into the phase field methods. Then we address in detail dendritic and directional solidification of pure and multicomponent alloys, effects of natural convection and forced flow, grain growth, nucleation, solid-solid phase transformation and highlight other applications of the phase field methods. In particular, we review the novel phase field crystal model, which combines atomistic length scales with diffusive time scales. We also discuss aspects of quantitative phase field modeling such as thin interface asymptotic analysis and coupling to thermodynamic databases. The phase field methods result in a set of partial differential equations, whose solutions require time-consuming large-scale computations and often limit the applicability of the method. Subsequently, we review numerical approaches to solve the phase field equations and present a finite difference discretization of the anisotropic Laplacian operator.

  5. Three-phase fracturing in granular material

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    Campbell, James; Sandnes, Bjornar

    2015-04-01

    There exist numerous geo-engineering scenarios involving the invasion of a gas into a water-saturated porous medium: in fracking, this may occur during the fracking process itself or during subsequent gas penetration into propant beds; the process is also at the heart of carbon dioxide sequestration. We use a bed of water-saturated glass beads confined within a Hele-Shaw cell as a model system to illuminate these processes. Depending on packing density, injection rate and other factors, air injected into this system may invade in a broad variety of patterns, including viscous fingering, capillary invasion, bubble formation and fracturing. Here we focus primarily on the latter case. Fracturing is observed when air is injected into a loosely packed bed of unconsolidated granular material. Our approach allows us to image the complete fracture pattern as it forms, and as such to study both the topographical properties of the resulting pattern (fracture density, braching frequency etc) and the dynamics of its growth. We present an overview of the fracturing phenomenon within the context of pattern formation in granular fluids as a whole. We discuss how fracturing arises from an interplay between frictional, capillary and viscous forces, and demonstrate the influence of various parameters on the result.

  6. Gas-phase exposure history derived from material-phase concentration profiles

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    Morrison, G. C.; Little, J. C.; Xu, Y.; Rao, M.; Enke, D.

    Non-reactive gas-phase pollutants such as benzene diffuse into indoor furnishings and leave behind a unique material-phase concentration profile that serves as a record of the past gas-phase indoor concentrations. The inverse problem to be solved is the diffusion equation in a slab such as vinyl flooring. Using knowledge of the present material-phase concentration profile in the slab, we seek to determine the historical material-phase concentration at the surface exposed to indoor air, and hence the historical gas-phase concentration, which can be used directly to determine exposure. The problem as posed has a unique solution that may be solved using a variety of approaches. We use a trained artificial neural network (ANN) to derive solutions for hypothetical exposure scenarios. The ANN results show that it is possible to estimate the intensity and timing of past exposures from the material-phase concentration profile in a building material. The overall method is limited by (1) the resolution of techniques for measuring spatial material-phase concentration profiles, (2) how far back in time we seek to determine exposure and (3) the representational power of the ANN solution. For example, we estimate that this technique can estimate exposure to phenol up to 0.5 y in the past from analyses of vinyl flooring.

  7. Modeling the Reactions of Energetic Materials in the Condensed Phase

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    Fried, L E; Manaa, M R; Lewis, J P

    2003-12-03

    High explosive (HE) materials are unique for having a strong exothermic reactivity, which has made them desirable for both military and commercial applications. Although the history of HE materials is long, condensed-phase properties are poorly understood. Understanding the condensed-phase properties of HE materials is important for determining stability and performance. Information regarding HE material properties (for example, the physical, chemical, and mechanical behaviors of the constituents in plastic-bonded explosive, or PBX, formulations) is necessary in efficiently building the next generation of explosives as the quest for more powerful energetic materials (in terms of energy per volume) moves forward. In addition, understanding the reaction mechanisms has important ramifications in disposing of such materials safely and cheaply, as there exist vast stockpiles of HE materials with corresponding contamination of earth and groundwater at these sites, as well as a military testing sites The ability to model chemical reaction processes in condensed phase energetic materials is rapidly progressing. Chemical equilibrium modeling is a mature technique with some limitations. Progress in this area continues, but is hampered by a lack of knowledge of condensed phase reaction mechanisms and rates. Atomistic modeling is much more computationally intensive, and is currently limited to very short time scales. Nonetheless, this methodology promises to yield the first reliable insights into the condensed phase processes responsible for high explosive detonation. Further work is necessary to extend the timescales involved in atomistic simulations. Recent work in implementing thermostat methods appropriate to shocks may promise to overcome some of these difficulties. Most current work on energetic material reactivity assumes that electronically adiabatic processes dominate. The role of excited states is becoming clearer, however. These states are not accessible in perfect

  8. Thermal energy storage using phase change materials fundamentals and applications

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    Fleischer, Amy S

    2015-01-01

    This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the use of solid‐liquid phase change materials to store significant amounts of energy in the latent heat of fusion. The proper selection of materials for different applications is covered in detail, as is the use of high conductivity additives to enhance thermal diffusivity. Dr. Fleischer explores how applications of PCMS have expanded over the past 10 years to include the development of high efficiency building materials to reduce heating and cooling needs, smart material design for clothing, portable electronic systems thermal management, solar thermal power plant design and many others. Additional future research directions and challenges are also discussed.

  9. Shrinkage rate in two-phase carbon materials under irradiation

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    A method is suggested for calculating the radiation stability of carbon materials consisting of two phases which differ in the degree of perfection of the crystalline lattice. It was found that the rate of shrinkage of a double phase carbon material induced by the radiation is the sum of rates of shrinkage of its phases multiplied by a proportionality factor equal to the weight proportions of the phases. The calculated rates agree satisfactorily with data from experiments conducted on specimens of GMZ graphite impregnated with pyrocarbon or phiA resin and irradiated with a fluence of 8x1021 neutr/cm2 in the range of temperatures of 300-900 deg C

  10. Multilayer Pressure Vessel Materials Testing and Analysis. Phase 1

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    Cardinal, Joseph W.; Popelar, Carl F.; Page, Richard A.

    2014-01-01

    To provide NASA a comprehensive suite of materials strength, fracture toughness and crack growth rate test results for use in remaining life calculations for aging multilayer pressure vessels, Southwest Research Institute (R) (SwRI) was contracted in two phases to obtain relevant material property data from a representative vessel. This report describes Phase 1 of this effort which includes a preliminary material property assessment as well as a fractographic, fracture mechanics and fatigue crack growth analyses of an induced flaw in the outer shell of a representative multilayer vessel that was subjected to cyclic pressure test. SwRI performed this Phase 1 effort under contract to the Digital Wave Corporation in support of their contract to Jacobs ATOM for the NASA Ames Research Center.

  11. Anomalous phase sequence in new chiral liquid crystalline materials

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    Podoliak, Natalia; Novotná, Vladimíra; Kašpar, Miroslav; Hamplová, Věra; Glogarová, Milada; Pociecha, D.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 41, č. 2 (2014), s. 176-183. ISSN 0267-8292 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-14133S; GA ČR(CZ) GAP204/11/0723 Grant ostatní: AVČR(CZ) M100101211 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : chiral chain * lactate unit * TGBA phase * re-entrancy * TGBC phase Subject RIV: JJ - Other Materials Impact factor: 2.486, year: 2014

  12. Phase compensating effect in left-handed materials

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    Based on the difference between negative refraction and negative refractive index, the phase compensating effect was proposed to distinguish negative refraction in left-handed materials (LHMs) and photonic crystals (PCs). With this effect, perfect lens (PL) of LHM in which both propagating and evanescent waves contribute to the image could be well understood, which is differed from superlens made of PCs. Furthermore, a 1D periodic structure consisted of ordinary materials and LHMs was predicted to realize higher and wider bandgaps than the 1D conventional photonic crystal due to phase compensating effect

  13. Phase compensating effect in left-handed materials

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    Feng Liang [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu Xiaoping [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Lu Minghui [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Chen Yanfeng [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)]. E-mail: yfchen@nju.edu.cn

    2004-11-22

    Based on the difference between negative refraction and negative refractive index, the phase compensating effect was proposed to distinguish negative refraction in left-handed materials (LHMs) and photonic crystals (PCs). With this effect, perfect lens (PL) of LHM in which both propagating and evanescent waves contribute to the image could be well understood, which is differed from superlens made of PCs. Furthermore, a 1D periodic structure consisted of ordinary materials and LHMs was predicted to realize higher and wider bandgaps than the 1D conventional photonic crystal due to phase compensating effect.

  14. Lightweight Phase-Change Material For Solar Power

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    Stark, Philip

    1993-01-01

    Lightweight panels containing phase-change materials developed for use as heat-storage elements of compact, lightweight, advanced solar dynamic power system. During high insolation, heat stored in panels via latent heat of fusion of phase-change material; during low insolation, heat withdrawn from panels. Storage elements consist mainly of porous carbon-fiber structures imbued with germanium. Developed for use aboard space station in orbit around Earth, also adapted to lightweight, compact, portable solar-power systems for use on Earth.

  15. Phase-change materials to improve solar panel's performance

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    Biwolé, Pascal; Eclachec, Pierre; Kuznik, Frédéric

    2013-01-01

    High operating temperatures induce a loss of efficiency in solar photovoltaic and thermal panels. This paper investigates the use of phase-change materials (PCM) to maintain the temperature of the panels close to ambient. The main focus of the study is the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of heat and mass transfers in a system composed of an impure phase change material situated in the back of a solar panel (SP). A variation of the enthalpy method allows simulating the thermo-physi...

  16. Materials research for passive solar systems: solid-state phase-change materials

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    Benson, D.K.; Webb, J.D.; Burrows, R.W.; McFadden, J.D.O.; Christensen, C.

    1985-03-01

    A set of solid-state phase-change materials is being evaluated for possible use in passive solar thermal energy storage systems. The most promising materials are organic solid solutions of pentaerythritol (C/sub 5/H/sub 12/O/sub 4/), pentaglycerinve (C/sub 5/H/sub 12/O/sub 3/), and neopentyl glycol (C/sub 5/H/sub 12/O/sub 2/). Solid solution mixtures of these compounds can be tailored so that they exhibit solid-to-solid phase transformations at any desired temperature betweeen 25/sup 0/C and 188/sup 0/C, and have latent heats of transformation between 20 and 70 cal/g. Transformation temperatures, specific heats, and latent heats of transformation have been measured for a number of these materials. Limited cyclic experiments suggest that the solid solutions are stable. These phase-change materials exhibit large amounts of undercooling; however, the addition of certain nucleating agents as particulate dispersions in the solid phase-change material greatly reduces this effect. Computer simulations suggest that the use of an optimized solid-state phase-change material in a Trombe wall could provide better performance than a concrete Trombe wall four times thicker and nine times heavier. Nevertheless, a higher cost of the phase-change materials (approx. =$0.70 per pound) is likely to limit their applicability in passive solar systems unless their performance can be significantly improved through further research.

  17. Temperature reduction due to the application of phase change materials

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    Voelker, Conrad; Kornadt, Oliver [Department of Building Physics, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Coudraystrasse 11a, 99423 Weimar (Germany); Ostry, Milan [Faculty of Civil Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Department of Building Structures, Veveri 95, 602 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2008-07-01

    Overheating is a major problem in many modern buildings due to the utilization of lightweight constructions with low heat storing capacity. A possible answer to this problem is the emplacement of phase change materials (PCM), thereby increasing the thermal mass of a building. These materials change their state of aggregation within a defined temperature range. Useful PCM for buildings show a phase transition from solid to liquid and vice versa. The thermal mass of the materials is increased by the latent heat. A modified gypsum plaster and a salt mixture were chosen as two materials for the study of their impact on room temperature reduction. For realistic investigations, test rooms were erected where measurements were carried out under different conditions such as temporary air change, alternate internal heat gains or clouding. The experimental data was finally reproduced by dint of a mathematical model. (author)

  18. A Gibbs Formulation for Reactive Materials with Phase Change

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    Stewart, D. Scott

    2015-11-01

    A large class of applications have pure, condensed phase constituents that come into contact, chemically react and simultaneously undergo phase change. Phase change in a given molecular material has often been considered to be separate from chemical reaction. Continuum modelers of phase change often use a phase field model whereby an indicator function is allowed to change from one value to another in regions of phase change, governed by evolutionary (Ginzburg-Landau) equations, whereas classic chemical kinetics literally count species concentrations and derive kinetics evolution equations based on species mass transport. We argue the latter is fundamental and is the same as the former, if all species, phase or chemical are treated as distinct chemical species. We pose a self-consistent continuum, thermo-mechanical model to account for significant energetic quantities with correct molecular and continuum limits in the mixture. A single stress tensor, and a single temperature is assumed for the mixture with specified Gibbs potentials for all relevant species, and interaction energies. We discuss recent examples of complex reactive material modeling, drawn from thermitic and propellant combustion that use this new model. DSS supported by DTRA, ONR and AFOSR.

  19. Intergranular and inter-phased boundaries in the materials

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    This document collects the abstracts of the talks presented during the colloquium J2IM on the intergranular and inter-phased boundaries in the materials. Around the themes of the interfaces behaviour and grain boundaries defects in materials, these days dealt with the microstructure behaviour in many domains such as the interfaces in batteries, the irradiation damages and the special case of the fuel-cladding interactions, the stressed interfaces, the alumina or silicon carbides substrates. (A.L.B.)

  20. State of the art on phase change material slurries

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    Highlights: ► A bibliographic study on PCM slurries. ► Clathrate Hydrate slurry, Microencapsulated PCM Slurry, shape-stabilized PCM slurries and Phase Change Material Emulsions. ► Formation, thermo-physical, rheological, heat transfers properties and applications of these four PCS systems. ► The use of thermal energy storage and distribution based on PCM slurries can improve the refrigerating machine performances. - Abstract: The interest in using phase change slurry (PCS) media as thermal storage and heat transfer fluids is increasing and thus leading to an enhancement in the number of articles on the subject. In air-conditioning and refrigeration applications, PCS systems represent a pure benefit resulting in the increase of thermal energy storage capacity, high heat transfer characteristics and positive phase change temperatures which can occur under low pressures. Hence, they allow the increase of energy efficiency and reduce the quantity of thermal fluids. This review describes the formation, thermo-physical, rheological, heat transfer properties and applications of four PCS systems: Clathrate hydrate slurry (CHS), Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials Slurry (MPCMS), shape-stabilized PCM slurries (SPCMSs) and Phase Change Material Emulsions (PCMEs). It regroups a bibliographic summary of important information that can be very helpful when such systems are used. It also gives interesting and valuable insights on the choice of the most suitable PCS media for laboratory and industrial applications.

  1. Phase change materials and the perception of wetness

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    Bergmann Tiest, W.M.; Kosters, N.D.; Kappers, A.M.L.; Daanen, H.A.M.

    2012-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCMs) are increasingly incorporated in textiles in order to serve as a thermal buffer when humans change from a hot to a cold environment and the reverse. Due to the absence of wetness sensors in the skin, cooling of the skin may be perceived as a sensation of wetness instead

  2. Phase change memory materials, composition, structure and properties

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    Frumar, M.; Frumarová, Božena; Wágner, T.; Přikryl, J.; Hrdlička, M.

    Darwin : Charles Darwin University, 2006. ID8-ID8. [International Conference on Optical and Optoelectronic Properties of Materials and Applications 2006. 16.06.2006-20.06.2006, Darwin ] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/06/0627 Keywords : phase change memory Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  3. Phase matching using an isotropic nonlinear optical material

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    Fiore, A.; Berger, V.; Rosencher, E.; Bravetti, P.; Nagle, J.

    1998-01-01

    Frequency conversion in nonlinear optical crystals, is an effective means of generating coherent light at frequencies where lasers perform poorly or are unavailable. For efficient conversion, it is necessary to compensate for optical dispersion, which results in different phase velocities for light of different frequencies. In anisotropic birefringent crystals such as LiNbO3 or KH2PO4 (`KDP'), phase matching can be achieved between electromagnetic waves having different polarizations. But this is not possible for optically isotropic materials, and as a result, cubic materials such as GaAs (which otherwise have attractive nonlinear optical properties) have been little exploited for frequency conversion applications. Quasi-phase-matching schemes,, which have achieved considerable success in LiNbO3 (ref. 4), provide a route to circumventing this problem,, but the difficulty of producing the required pattern of nonlinear properties in isotropic materials, particularly semiconductors, has limited the practical utility of such approaches. Here we demonstrate a different route to phase matching - based on a concept proposed by Van der Ziel 22 years ago - which exploits the artificial birefringence of multilayer composites of GaAs and oxidised AlAs. As GaAs is the material of choice for semiconductor lasers, such optical sources could be integrated in the core of frequency converters based on these composite structures.

  4. Structure and Non-Stoichiometry in Phase - Change Memory Materials

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    Frumar, M.; Wágner, T.; Přikryl, J.; Hromádko, L.; Němec, P.; Frumarová, Božena

    Chandigarh: Department of Physics Panjab University Chandigarh 160014, India , 2011. s. 15. [International Conference on Advances in Condensed and Nano Materials. 23.02.2011-26.02.2011, Chandigarh] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : phase change memeory Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  5. Orientation relationship representation in two-phase material

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    A. Góral; Jura, J.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: Orientation characteristics determination, especially orientation relationship, in two-phase materialsis important in predicting the material properties. The possible orientation relationship representations werepresented and discussed in the paper.Design/methodology/approach: Mathematical formalisms of the quantitative texture and microtextureanalysis were applied.Findings: Various orientation characteristics, especially orientation relationship representation may be used inthe quan...

  6. Thermoelectric properties in phase-separated half-Heusler materials

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    Krez, Julia

    2014-01-01

    The conversion of dissipated heat into electricity is the basic principle of thermoelectricity. In this context, half-Heusler (HH) compounds are promising thermoelectric (TE) materials for waste heat recovery. They meet all the requirements for commercial TE applications, ranging from good efficiencies via environmentally friendliness to being low cost materials. This work focused on the TE properties of Ti0.3Zr0.35Hf0.35NiSn-based HH materials. This compound undergoes an intrinsic phase sepa...

  7. Dynamically Driven Phase Transformations in Damaged Composite Materials

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    A model developed for composite materials undergoing dynamicaly driven phase transitions in its constituents has been extended to allow for complex material micro-structure and evolution of damage. In this work, damage is described by interfacial debonding and micro-crack growth. We have applied the analysis to silicon carbide-titanium (SiC-Ti) unidirectional metal matrix composites. In these composites, Ti can undergo a low pressure and temperature solid-solid phase transition. With these extensions we have carried out simulations to study the complex interplay between loading rates, micro-structure, damage, and the thermo-mechanical response of the system as it undergoes a solid-solid phase transitions

  8. Development of Latent Heat Storage Phase Change Material Containing Plaster

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    Diana BAJARE

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the development of latent heat storage Phase Change Material (PCM containing plaster as in passive application. Due to the phase change, these materials can store higher amounts of thermal energy than traditional building materials and can be used to add thermal inertia to lightweight constructions. It was shown that the use of PCMs have advantages stabilizing the room temperature variations during summer days, provided sufficient night ventilation is allowed. Another advantage of PCM usage is stabilized indoor temperature on the heating season. The goal of this study is to develop cement and lime based plaster containing microencapsulated PCM. The plaster is expected to be used for passive indoor applications and enhance the thermal properties of building envelope. The plaster was investigated under Scanning Electron Microscope and the mechanical, physical and thermal properties of created plaster samples were determined.

  9. Vibration damping and heat transfer using material phase changes

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    Kloucek, Petr (Inventor); Reynolds, Daniel R. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A method and apparatus wherein phase changes in a material can dampen vibrational energy, dampen noise and facilitate heat transfer. One embodiment includes a method for damping vibrational energy in a body. The method comprises attaching a material to the body, wherein the material comprises a substrate, a shape memory alloy layer, and a plurality of temperature change elements. The method further comprises sensing vibrations in the body. In addition, the method comprises indicating to at least a portion of the temperature change elements to provide a temperature change in the shape memory alloy layer, wherein the temperature change is sufficient to provide a phase change in at least a portion of the shape memory alloy layer, and further wherein the phase change consumes a sufficient amount of kinetic energy to dampen at least a portion of the vibrational energy in the body. In other embodiments, the shape memory alloy layer is a thin film. Additional embodiments include a sensor connected to the material.

  10. Vibration damping and heat transfer using material phase changes

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    Kloucek, Petr; Reynolds, Daniel R.

    2009-03-24

    A method and apparatus wherein phase changes in a material can dampen vibrational energy, dampen noise and facilitate heat transfer. One embodiment includes a method for damping vibrational energy in a body. The method comprises attaching a material to the body, wherein the material comprises a substrate, a shape memory alloy layer, and a plurality of temperature change elements. The method further comprises sensing vibrations in the body. In addition, the method comprises indicating to at least a portion of the temperature change elements to provide a temperature change in the shape memory alloy layer, wherein the temperature change is sufficient to provide a phase change in at least a portion of the shape memory alloy layer, and further wherein the phase change consumes a sufficient amount of kinetic energy to dampen at least a portion of the vibrational energy in the body. In other embodiments, the shape memory alloy layer is a thin film. Additional embodiments include a sensor connected to the material.

  11. Portable Thermoelectric Power Generator Coupled with Phase Change Material

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    Lim Chong C.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Solar is the intermittent source of renewable energy and all thermal solar systems having a setback on non-functioning during the night and cloudy environment. This paper presents alternative solution for power generation using thermoelectric which is the direct conversion of temperature gradient of hot side and cold side of thermoelectric material to electric voltage. Phase change material with latent heat effect would help to prolong the temperature gradient across thermoelectric material for power generation. Besides, the concept of portability will enable different power source like solar, wasted heat from air conditioner, refrigerator, stove etc, i.e. to create temperature different on thermoelectric material for power generation. Furthermore, thermoelectric will generate direct current which is used by all the gadgets like Smartphone, tablet, laptop etc. The portable concept of renewable energy will encourage the direct usage of renewable energy for portable gadgets. The working principle and design of portable thermoelectric power generator coupled with phase change material is presented in this paper.

  12. Investigating materials formation with liquid-phase and cryogenic TEM

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    de Yoreo, J. J.; N. A. J. M., Sommerdijk

    2016-08-01

    The recent advent of liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and advances in cryogenic TEM are transforming our understanding of the physical and chemical mechanisms underlying the formation of materials in synthetic, biological and geochemical systems. These techniques have been applied to study the dynamic processes of nucleation, self-assembly, crystal growth and coarsening for metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles, (bio)minerals, electrochemical systems, macromolecular complexes, and organic and inorganic self-assembling systems. New instrumentation and methodologies that are currently on the horizon promise new opportunities for advancing the science of materials synthesis.

  13. Kinetic Processes Crystal Growth, Diffusion, and Phase Transformations in Materials

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    Jackson, Kenneth A

    2004-01-01

    The formation of solids is governed by kinetic processes, which are closely related to the macroscopic behaviour of the resulting materials. With the main focus on ease of understanding, the author begins with the basic processes at the atomic level to illustrate their connections to material properties. Diffusion processes during crystal growth and phase transformations are examined in detail. Since the underlying mathematics are very complex, approximation methods typically used in practice are the prime choice of approach. Apart from metals and alloys, the book places special emphasis on th

  14. Investigation of composite materials using SLM-based phase retrieval.

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    Agour, Mostafa; Falldorf, Claas; Bergmann, Ralf B

    2013-07-01

    We present a robust method to inspect a typical composite material constructed of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). It is based on optical surface contouring using the spatial light modulator (SLM)-based phase retrieval technique. The method utilizes multiple intensity observations of the wave field, diffracted by the investigated object, captured at different planes along the optical axis to recover the phase information across the object plane. The SLM-based system allows for the recording of the required consecutive intensity measurements in various propagation states across a common recording plane. This overcomes the mechanical shifting of a camera sensor required within the capturing process. In contrast to existing phase retrieval approaches, the measuring time is considerably reduced, since the switching time of the SLM is less than 50 ms. This enables nondestructive testing under thermal load. Experimental results are presented that demonstrate the approach can be used to assess structural properties of technical components made from CFRP. PMID:23811877

  15. Flexible composite material with phase change thermal storage

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    Buckley, Theresa M. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A highly flexible composite material having a flexible matrix containing a phase change thermal storage material. The composite material can be made to heat or cool the body or to act as a thermal buffer to protect the wearer from changing environmental conditions. The composite may also include an external thermal insulation layer and/or an internal thermal control layer to regulate the rate of heat exchange between the composite and the skin of the wearer. Other embodiments of the PCM composite also provide 1) a path for evaporation or direct absorption of perspiration from the skin of the wearer for improved comfort and thermal control, 2) heat conductive pathways within the material for thermal equalization, 3) surface treatments for improved absorption or rejection of heat by the material, and 4) means for quickly regenerating the thermal storage capacity for reuse of the material. Applications of the composite materials are also described which take advantage of the composite's thermal characteristics. The examples described include a diver's wet suit, ski boot liners, thermal socks, ,gloves and a face mask for cold weather activities, and a metabolic heating or cooling blanket useful for treating hypothermia or fever patients in a medical setting and therapeutic heating or cooling orthopedic joint supports.

  16. Phase change thermal control materials, method and apparatus

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    Buckley, Theresa M. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    An apparatus and method for metabolic cooling and insulation of a user in a cold environment. In its preferred embodiment the apparatus is a highly flexible composite material having a flexible matrix containing a phase change thermal storage material. The apparatus can be made to heat or cool the body or to act as a thermal buffer to protect the wearer from changing environmental conditions. The apparatus may also include an external thermal insulation layer and/or an internal thermal control layer to regulate the rate of heat exchange between the composite and the skin of the wearer. Other embodiments of the apparatus also provide 1) a path for evaporation or direct absorption of perspiration from the skin of the wearer for improved comfort and thermal control, 2) heat conductive pathways within the material for thermal equalization, 3) surface treatments for improved absorption or rejection of heat by the material, and 4) means for quickly regenerating the thermal storage capacity for reuse of the material. Applications of the composite materials are also described which take advantage of the composite's thermal characteristics. The examples described include a diver's wet suit, ski boot liners, thermal socks, gloves and a face mask for cold weather activities, and a metabolic heating or cooling blanket useful for treating hypothermia or fever patients in a medical setting and therapeutic heating or cooling orthopedic joint supports.

  17. Scaling material effects in late phases of severe accidents

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    Several complex physical phenomena are involved in the late phases of severe accidents of LWRs. The weak understanding of aspects related to the corium behaviour in the melting interval leads to difficulties in the definition and extrapolation of experiments that are performed with simulant materials. Therefore real material experiments at realistic scale are preferred. However, real material experiments are very expensive and are limited in size. Recent developments at CEA addressed the problem of the material behaviour in the melting interval. Models have been developed and qualified on the basis of the analysis of available experimental results. These models are based on a coupling between physico-chemistry and thermal hydraulics for the description of corium pools, long term corium-concrete or corium-ceramic interactions, corium spreading, low-volatile fission products release, and corium properties (viscosity). On the basis of the phenomenological understanding and of the model approach developed, it is possible to derive scaling criteria for material effects in support of the definition of simulant material experiments to address the open issues that will be mentioned. (author)

  18. Scaling material effects in late phases of severe accidents

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    Seiler, J.M.; Froment, K. [CEA Grenoble, Dept. de Thermohydraulique et de Physique, 38 (France)

    2001-07-01

    Several complex physical phenomena are involved in the late phases of severe accidents of LWRs. The weak understanding of aspects related to the corium behaviour in the melting interval leads to difficulties in the definition and extrapolation of experiments that are performed with simulant materials. Therefore real material experiments at realistic scale are preferred. However, real material experiments are very expensive and are limited in size. Recent developments at CEA addressed the problem of the material behaviour in the melting interval. Models have been developed and qualified on the basis of the analysis of available experimental results. These models are based on a coupling between physico-chemistry and thermal hydraulics for the description of corium pools, long term corium-concrete or corium-ceramic interactions, corium spreading, low-volatile fission products release, and corium properties (viscosity). On the basis of the phenomenological understanding and of the model approach developed, it is possible to derive scaling criteria for material effects in support of the definition of simulant material experiments to address the open issues that will be mentioned. (author)

  19. Quantitative measurements of phase transitions in nano- and glassy materials

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    Parise, J B [Geosciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY 11794-2100 (United States); Ehm, L [Mineral Physics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY 11794-2100 (United States); Benmore, C J [X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL 60439 (United States); Antao, S M [Department of Geosciences, University of Calgary 2500 University Dr. NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 (Canada); Michel, F M, E-mail: John.Parise@Stonybrook.ed [Molecular and Environmental Interface Science, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 575 Sand Hill Road, MS 99 Menlo Park, CA 94025 (United States)

    2010-03-01

    Novel approaches to the collection and treatment of total x-ray scattering using high energy (> 65 keV) x-ray beams and area detectors allow in situ studies of unprecedented precision to be performed on nano-crystalline (n) and glassy materials at extremes of pressure (p) and temperature (T). Gradual structural transitions in glasses, liquids and nano-materials occurring via continuous changes in density, or involving phases related by pseudo symmetry are inherently difficult to identify due to their disordered nature. In such cases supplementary physical measurements along with modeling of the pair distribution function (PDF) provide powerful constraints on the possible models for the transition. Examples include transitions from n-FeS with a mackinawite-like structure to high p forms with structures related to NiAs structure-type. The distinction between the various high p models - MnP-type, troilite, FeS-III related or mixtures of these phases - is subtle; great care needs to be exercised in refining structure models to fit the observed data. Acoustic techniques are particularly valuable in identifying high p phase transitions in glasses, since measured changes in compressional velocities relate to density changes in the glass while shear waves provide an insight into network rigidity.

  20. Artefacts in geometric phase analysis of compound materials

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    Peters, Jonathan J.P., E-mail: j.j.p.peters@warwick.ac.uk [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Beanland, Richard; Alexe, Marin [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Cockburn, John W.; Revin, Dmitry G.; Zhang, Shiyong Y. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Sanchez, Ana M., E-mail: a.m.sanchez@warwick.ac.uk [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    The geometric phase analysis (GPA) algorithm is known as a robust and straightforward technique that can be used to measure lattice strains in high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) images. It is also attractive for analysis of aberration-corrected scanning TEM (ac-STEM) images that resolve every atom column, since it uses Fourier transforms and does not require real-space peak detection and assignment to appropriate sublattices. Here it is demonstrated that, in ac-STEM images of compound materials with compositionally distinct atom columns, an additional geometric phase is present in the Fourier transform. If the structure changes from one area to another in the image (e.g. across an interface), the change in this additional phase will appear as a strain in conventional GPA, even if there is no lattice strain. Strategies to avoid this pitfall are outlined. - Highlights: • GPA is shown to produce incorrect strains when applied to images of compound materials. • A mathematical description is laid out for why GPA can produce artefacts. • The artefact is demonstrated using experimental and simulated data. • A ‘rule’ is set to avoid this artefact in GPA.

  1. Enhanced laminated composite phase change material for energy storage

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    This paper summarises studies undertaken towards the development of a laminated composite aluminium/hexadecane phase change material (PCM) drywall based on previous analytical work. The study also covered the selection and testing of various types of adhesive materials and identified Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) material as a suitable bonding material. For the purpose of comparison pure hexadecane and composite aluminium/hexadecane samples were developed and tested. The test results revealed faster thermal response by the aluminium/hexadecane sample regarding the rate of heat flux and also achieved about 10% and 15% heat transfer enhancements during the charging and discharging periods respectively. Its measured effective thermal conductivity also increased remarkably to 1.25 W/mK as compared with 0.15 W/mK for pure hexadecane. However there was about 5% less total cumulative thermal energy discharged at the end of the test which indicates that its effective thermal capacity was reduced by the presence of the aluminium particles. The study has shown that some of the scientific and technical barriers associated with the development of laminated composite PCM drywall systems can be overcome but further investigations of effects of adhesive materials are needed.

  2. Electronic transport in amorphous phase-change materials

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    Luckas, Jennifer Maria

    2012-09-14

    Phase change materials combine a pronounced contrast in resistivity and reflectivity between their disordered amorphous and ordered crystalline state with very fast crystallization kinetics. Due to this exceptional combination of properties phase-change materials find broad application in non-volatile optical memories such as CD, DVD or Bluray Disc. Furthermore, this class of materials demonstrates remarkable electrical transport phenomena in their disordered state, which have shown to be crucial for their application in electronic storage devices. The threshold switching phenomenon denotes the sudden decrease in resistivity beyond a critical electrical threshold field. The threshold switching phenomenon facilitates the phase transitions at practical small voltages. Below this threshold the amorphous state resistivity is thermally activated and is observed to increase with time. This effect known as resistance drift seriously hampers the development of multi-level storage devices. Hence, understanding the physical origins of threshold switching and resistance drift phenomena is crucial to improve non-volatile phase-change memories. Even though both phenomena are often attributed to localized defect states in the band gap, the defect state density in amorphous phase-change materials has remained poorly studied. Starting from a brief introduction of the physics of phase-change materials this thesis summarizes the most important models behind electrical switching and resistance drift with the aim to discuss the role of localized defect states. The centerpiece of this thesis is the investigation of defects state densities in different amorphous phase-change materials and electrical switching chalcogenides. On the basis of Modulated Photo Current (MPC) Experiments and Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy, a sophisticated band model for the disordered phase of the binary phase-change alloy GeTe has been developed. By this direct experimental approach the band-model for a

  3. Electronic transport in amorphous phase-change materials

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    Phase change materials combine a pronounced contrast in resistivity and reflectivity between their disordered amorphous and ordered crystalline state with very fast crystallization kinetics. Due to this exceptional combination of properties phase-change materials find broad application in non-volatile optical memories such as CD, DVD or Bluray Disc. Furthermore, this class of materials demonstrates remarkable electrical transport phenomena in their disordered state, which have shown to be crucial for their application in electronic storage devices. The threshold switching phenomenon denotes the sudden decrease in resistivity beyond a critical electrical threshold field. The threshold switching phenomenon facilitates the phase transitions at practical small voltages. Below this threshold the amorphous state resistivity is thermally activated and is observed to increase with time. This effect known as resistance drift seriously hampers the development of multi-level storage devices. Hence, understanding the physical origins of threshold switching and resistance drift phenomena is crucial to improve non-volatile phase-change memories. Even though both phenomena are often attributed to localized defect states in the band gap, the defect state density in amorphous phase-change materials has remained poorly studied. Starting from a brief introduction of the physics of phase-change materials this thesis summarizes the most important models behind electrical switching and resistance drift with the aim to discuss the role of localized defect states. The centerpiece of this thesis is the investigation of defects state densities in different amorphous phase-change materials and electrical switching chalcogenides. On the basis of Modulated Photo Current (MPC) Experiments and Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy, a sophisticated band model for the disordered phase of the binary phase-change alloy GeTe has been developed. By this direct experimental approach the band-model for a

  4. Phase Change Materials for Thermal Management of IC Packages

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    P. Fiala

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the application of phase change materials (PCM for thermal management of integrated circuits as a viable alternative to active forced convection cooling systems. The paper presents an analytical description and solution of heat transfer, melting and freezing process in 1D which is applied to inorganic crystalline salts. There are also results of numerical simulation of a real 3D model. These results were obtained by means of the finite element method (FEM. Results of 3D numerical solutions were verified experimentally.

  5. Review on phase change materials for building applications

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    Lavinia SOCACIU

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In nowadays, the Phase Change Material (PCM is a viable alternative for reducing the energy consumption and for increase the thermal comfort in buildings. The use of PCM in building applications provides the potential to increase the indoor thermal comfort for occupants due to the reduced indoor temperature fluctuations and lower global energy consumption. The possibility to incorporate the PCM into the material of construction for cooling and heating the buildings gained the interest of researchers from all the world because the PCM have a high heat of fusion, meaning it is capable to storing and release large amounts of energy in the form of heat during its melting and solidifying process at a specific temperature.

  6. Measurement of organic/polymer material by phase modulation ellipsometry

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    Ji, Yong; Teboul, Eric; Kramer, Alan R.

    2004-06-01

    Due to they can be tailored to provide a wide range of physical properties and their easiness of processing and fabrication, polymeric materials have found widespread use in the manufacture of microwave, electronics, photonics and bio-tech systems. This paper presents the basic principle of phase modulation spectroscopic ellipsometer (PMSE) and its advantages over other ellipsometry in measuring polymer film. Used for thin film measurements ultra-thin dielectric, meal film and organic film, the PMSE technique is now used over a wide spectral range from the vacuum ultraviolet to the mid infrared. Film thickness ranging from Angstrom up to 50um can be measured by PMSE. Applications of PMSE on measurement and characterization of polymer/organic material are given in the paper.

  7. Phase Change Material Heat Sink for an ISS Flight Experiment

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    Quinn, Gregory; Stieber, Jesse; Sheth, Rubik; Ahlstrom, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    A flight experiment is being constructed to utilize the persistent microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS) to prove out operation of a microgravity compatible phase change material (PCM) heat sink. A PCM heat sink can help to reduce the overall mass and volume of future exploration spacecraft thermal control systems (TCS). The program is characterizing a new PCM heat sink that incorporates a novel phase management approach to prevent high pressures and structural deformation that often occur with PCM heat sinks undergoing cyclic operation in microgravity. The PCM unit was made using brazed aluminum construction with paraffin wax as the fusible material. It is designed to be installed into a propylene glycol and water cooling loop, with scaling consistent with the conceptual designs for the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle. This paper reports on the construction of the PCM heat sink and on initial ground test results conducted at UTC Aerospace Systems prior to delivery to NASA. The prototype will be tested later on the ground and in orbit via a self-contained experiment package developed by NASA Johnson Space Center to operate in an ISS EXPRESS rack.

  8. Research on phase-change material building mass applied in the air-conditioning field

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    2003-01-01

    Phase-change material building mass contains phase-change matenals. It can decrease air-conditioning load and indoor temperature fluctuations, and improve comfort degree in summer because of thermal storage property of phase-change material. Thereby, the scale, initial investment and operational cost of air-conditioning system decrease effectively. The indoor surroundings improve. In this paper, suitable phase-change material used in architecture and combination mode between phase change material and architectural material were studied. By considering the properties of materials, such as phase-change temperature, phase-change latent heat, thermal conductivity and expansion coefficient, phase-change materials were selected and evaluated. Combination mode between phase-change material and architectural material were provided. The influence of phase-change material structure on thermal performance in room and energy-saving effect were analyzed and compared with traditional structure without phase-change material. It is proved that phase-change material structure is feasible in the practical engineenng. These provide the basis for developing phase-change material building mass.

  9. Analysis of microencapsulated phase change material slurries and phase change material emulsions as heat transfer fluid and thermal storage material

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    Delgado Gracia, Mónica; Zalba Nonay, Belen; Lázaro Fernández, Ana

    2013-01-01

    La presente tesis doctoral trata el análisis de suspensiones y emulsiones de materiales de cambio de fase para su uso como fluido caloportador y material de almacenamiento térmico. El interés de la tesis nace de la actual conyuntura energética. Dentro de la línea de búsqueda de un modelo energético sostenible, el almacenamiento térmico de energía contribuye a la utilización eficiente de la energía. Las aplicaciones del almacenamiento térmico de energía mediante cambio de fase sólido-líquido s...

  10. Exploring the Random Phase Approximately for materials chemistry and physics

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    Ruzsinsky, Adrienn [Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2015-03-23

    This proposal focuses on improved accuracy for the delicate energy differences of interest in materials chemistry with the fully nonlocal random phase approximation (RPA) in a density functional context. Could RPA or RPA-like approaches become standard methods of first-principles electronic-structure calculation for atoms, molecules, solids, surfaces, and nano-structures? Direct RPA includes the full exact exchange energy and a nonlocal correlation energy from the occupied and unoccupied Kohn-Sham orbitals and orbital energies, with an approximate but universal description of long-range van der Waals attraction. RPA also improves upon simple pair-wise interaction potentials or vdW density functional theory. This improvement is essential to capture accurate energy differences in metals and different phases of semiconductors. The applications in this proposal are challenges for the simpler approximations of Kohn-Sham density functional theory, which are part of the current “standard model” for quantum chemistry and condensed matter physics. Within this project we already applied RPA on different structural phase transitions on semiconductors, metals and molecules. Although RPA predicts accurate structural parameters, RPA has proven not equally accurate in all kinds of structural phase transitions. Therefore a correction to RPA can be necessary in many cases. We are currently implementing and testing a nonempirical, spatially nonlocal, frequency-dependent model for the exchange-correlation kernel in the adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation context. This kernel predicts a nearly-exact correlation energy for the electron gas of uniform density. If RPA or RPA-like approaches prove to be reliably accurate, then expected increases in computer power may make them standard in the electronic-structure calculations of the future.

  11. Plastic phase change material and articles made therefrom

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    Abhari, Ramin

    2016-04-19

    The present invention generally relates to a method for manufacturing phase change material (PCM) pellets. The method includes providing a melt composition, including paraffin and a polymer. The paraffin has a melt point of between about 10.degree. C. and about 50.degree. C., and more preferably between about 18.degree. C. and about 28.degree. C. In one embodiment, the melt composition includes various additives, such as a flame retardant. The method further includes forming the melt composition into PCM pellets. The method further may include the step of cooling the melt to increase the melt viscosity before pelletizing. Further, PCM compounds are provided having an organic PCM and a polymer. Methods are provided to convert the PCM compounds into various form-stable PCMs. A method of coating the PCMs is included to provide PCMs with substantially no paraffin seepage and with ignition resistance properties.

  12. Large area nuclear particle detectors using ET materials, phase 2

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    Wrigley, Charles Y.; Storti, George M.; Walter, Lee; Mathews, Scott

    1990-01-01

    This report presents work done under a Phase 2 SBIR contract for demonstrating large area detector planes utilizing Quantex electron trapping materials as a film medium for storing high-energy nuclide impingement information. The detector planes utilize energy dissipated by passage of the high-energy nuclides to produce localized populations of electrons stored in traps. Readout of the localized trapped electron populations is effected by scanning the ET plane with near-infrared, which frees the trapped electrons and results in optical emission at visible wavelengths. The effort involved both optimizing fabrication technology for the detector planes and developing a readout system capable of high spatial resolution for displaying the recorded nuclide passage tracks.

  13. Cooling of mobile electronic devices using phase change materials

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    An experimental study is conducted on the cooling of mobile electronic devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and wearable computers, using a heat storage unit (HSU) filled with the phase change material (PCM) of n-eicosane inside the device. The high latent heat of n-eicosane in the HSU absorbs the heat dissipation from the chips and can maintain the chip temperature below the allowable service temperature of 50 deg. C for 2 h of transient operations of the PDA. The heat dissipation of the chips inside a PDA and the orientation of the HSU are experimentally investigated in this paper. It was found that different orientation of the HSU inside the PDA could affect significantly the temperature distribution

  14. Force law in material media, hidden momentum and quantum phases

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    Kholmetskii, Alexander L.; Missevitch, Oleg V.; Yarman, T.

    2016-06-01

    We address to the force law in classical electrodynamics of material media, paying attention on the force term due to time variation of hidden momentum of magnetic dipoles. We highlight that the emergence of this force component is required by the general theorem, deriving zero total momentum for any static configuration of charges/currents. At the same time, we disclose the impossibility to add this force term covariantly to the Lorentz force law in material media. We further show that the adoption of the Einstein-Laub force law does not resolve the issue, because for a small electric/magnetic dipole, the density of Einstein-Laub force integrates exactly to the same equation, like the Lorentz force with the inclusion of hidden momentum contribution. Thus, none of the available expressions for the force on a moving dipole is compatible with the relativistic transformation of force, and we support this statement with a number of particular examples. In this respect, we suggest applying the Lagrangian approach to the derivation of the force law in a magnetized/polarized medium. In the framework of this approach we obtain the novel expression for the force on a small electric/magnetic dipole, with the novel expression for its generalized momentum. The latter expression implies two novel quantum effects with non-topological phases, when an electric dipole is moving in an electric field, and when a magnetic dipole is moving in a magnetic field. These phases, in general, are not related to dynamical effects, because they are not equal to zero, when the classical force on a dipole is vanishing. The implications of the obtained results are discussed.

  15. Analysis of wallboard containing a phase change material

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    Tomlinson, J. J.; Heberle, D. P.

    Phase change materials (PCMs) used on the interior of buildings hold the promise for improved thermal performance by reducing the energy requirements for space conditioning and by improving thermal comfort by reducing temperature swings inside the building. Efforts are underway to develop a gypsum wallboard containing a hydrocarbon PCM. With a phase change temperature in the room temperature range, the PCM wallboard adds substantially to the thermal mass of the building while serving the same architectural function as conventional wallboard. To determine the thermal and economic performance of this PCM wallboard, the Transient Systems Simulation Program (TRNSYS) was modified to accommodate walls that are covered with PCM plasterboard, and to apportion the direct beam solar radiation to interior surfaces of a building. The modified code was used to simulate the performance of conventional and direct-gain passive solar residential-sized buildings with and without PCM wallboard. Space heating energy savings were determined as a function of PCM wallboard characteristics. Thermal comfort improvements in buildings containing the PCM were qualified in terms of energy savings. The report concludes with a present worth economic analysis of these energy savings and arrives at system costs and economic payback based on current costs of PCMs under study for the wallboard application.

  16. Subscale Water Based Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger Development

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    Sheth, Rubik; Hansen, Scott

    2016-01-01

    Supplemental heat rejection devices are required in many spacecraft as the radiators are not sized to meet the full heat rejection demand. One means of obtaining additional heat rejection is through the use of phase change material heat exchangers (PCM HX's). PCM HX's utilize phase change to store energy in unfavorable thermal environments (melting) and reject the energy in favorable environments (freezing). Traditionally, wax has been used as a PCM on spacecraft. However, water is an attractive alternative because it is capable of storing about 40% more energy per unit mass due to its higher latent heat of fusion. The significant problem in using water as a PCM is its expansion while freezing, leading to structural integrity concerns when housed in an enclosed heat exchanger volume. Significant investigation and development has taken place over the past five years to understand and overcome the problems associated with water PCM HX's. This paper reports on the final efforts by Johnson Space Center's Thermal Systems Branch to develop a water based PCM HX. The test article developed and reported on is a subscale version of the full-scale water-based PCM HX's constructed by Mezzo Technologies. The subscale unit was designed by applying prior research on freeze front propagation and previous full-scale water PCM HX development. Design modifications to the subscale unit included use of urethane bladder, decreased aspect ratio, perforated protection sheet, and use of additional mid-plates. Testing of the subscale unit was successful and 150 cycles were completed without fail.

  17. Water Based Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger Development

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    Hansen, Scott W.; Sheth, Ribik B.; Atwell, Matt; Cheek, Ann; Agarwal, Muskan; Hong, Steven; Patel, Aashini,; Nguyen, Lisa; Posada, Luciano

    2014-01-01

    In a cyclical heat load environment such as low Lunar orbit, a spacecraft’s radiators are not sized to reject the full heat load requirement. Traditionally, a supplemental heat rejection device (SHReD) such as an evaporator or sublimator is used to act as a “topper” to meet the additional heat rejection demands. Utilizing a Phase Change Material (PCM) heat exchanger (HX) as a SHReD provides an attractive alternative to evaporators and sublimators as PCM HXs do not use a consumable, thereby leading to reduced launch mass and volume requirements. Studies conducted in this paper investigate utilizing water’s high latent heat of formation as a PCM, as opposed to traditional waxes, and corresponding complications surrounding freezing water in an enclosed volume. Work highlighted in this study is primarily visual and includes understanding ice formation, freeze front propagation, and the solidification process of water/ice. Various test coupons were constructed of copper to emulate the interstitial pin configuration (to aid in conduction) of the proposed water PCM HX design. Construction of a prototypic HX was also completed in which a flexible bladder material and interstitial pin configurations were tested. Additionally, a microgravity flight was conducted where three copper test articles were frozen continuously during microgravity and 2-g periods and individual water droplets were frozen during microgravity.

  18. Synthesis and Engineering Materials Properties of Fluid Phase Chemical Hydrogen Storage Materials for Automotive Applications

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    Choi, Young Joon; Westman, Matthew P.; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J.; Chun, Jaehun; Ronnebro, Ewa

    2015-09-01

    Among candidates for chemical hydrogen storage in PEM fuel cell automotive applications, ammonia borane (AB, NH3BH3) is considered to be one of the most promising materials due to its high practical hydrogen content of 14-16 wt%. This material is selected as a surrogate chemical for a hydrogen storage system. For easier transition to the existing infrastructure, a fluid phase hydrogen storage material is very attractive and thus, we investigated the engineering materials properties of AB in liquid carriers for a chemical hydrogen storage slurry system. Slurries composed of AB and high temperature liquids were prepared by mechanical milling and sonication in order to obtain stable and fluidic properties. Volumetric gas burette system was adopted to observe the kinetics of the H2 release reactions of the AB slurry and neat AB. Viscometry and microscopy were employed to further characterize slurries engineering properties. Using a tip-sonication method we have produced AB/silicone fluid slurries at solid loadings up to 40wt% (6.5wt% H2) with viscosities less than 500cP at 25°C.

  19. Experimental Investigation of Ice Phase Change Material Heat Exchangers

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.

    2012-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCM) may be useful for spacecraft thermal control systems that involve cyclical heat loads or cyclical thermal environments. Thermal energy can be stored in the PCM during peak heat loads or in adverse thermal environments. The stored thermal energy can then be released later during minimum heat loads or in more favorable thermal environments. This can result in a decreased turndown ratio for the radiator and a reduced system mass. The use of water as a PCM rather than the more traditional paraffin wax has the potential for significant mass reduction since the latent heat of formation of water is approximately 70% greater than that of wax. One of the potential drawbacks of using ice as a PCM is its potential to rupture its container as water expands upon freezing. In order to develop a space qualified ice PCM heat exchanger, failure mechanisms must first be understood. Therefore, a methodical experimental investigation has been undertaken to demonstrate and document specific failure mechanisms due to ice expansion in the PCM. A number of ice PCM heat exchangers were fabricated and tested. Additionally, methods for controlling void location in order to reduce the risk of damage due to ice expansion were investigated. This paper presents an overview of the results of this investigation from the past three years.

  20. Continued Water-Based Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger Development

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    Hansen, Scott W.; Sheth, Rubik B.; Poynot, Joe; Giglio, Tony; Ungar, Gene K.

    2015-01-01

    In a cyclical heat load environment such as low Lunar orbit, a spacecraft's radiators are not sized to meet the full heat rejection demands. Traditionally, a supplemental heat rejection device (SHReD) such as an evaporator or sublimator is used to act as a "topper" to meet the additional heat rejection demands. Utilizing a Phase Change Material (PCM) heat exchanger (HX) as a SHReD provides an attractive alternative to evaporators and sublimators as PCM HX's do not use a consumable, thereby leading to reduced launch mass and volume requirements. In continued pursuit of water PCM HX development two full-scale, Orion sized water-based PCM HX's were constructed by Mezzo Technologies. These HX's were designed by applying prior research on freeze front propagation to a full-scale design. Design options considered included bladder restraint and clamping mechanisms, bladder manufacturing, tube patterns, fill/drain methods, manifold dimensions, weight optimization, and midplate designs. Two units, Units A and B, were constructed and differed only in their midplate design. Both units failed multiple times during testing. This report highlights learning outcomes from these tests and are applied to a final sub-scale PCM HX which is slated to be tested on the ISS in early 2017.

  1. Design of materials with extreme thermal expansion using a three-phase topology optimization method

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    Sigmund, Ole; Torquato, S.

    1997-01-01

    Composites with extremal or unusual thermal expansion coefficients are designed using a three-phase topology optimization method. The composites are made of two different material phases and a void phase. The topology optimization method consists in finding the distribution of material phases that......-called Vigdergauz microstructures that realize the bounds. For three phases, the optimal microstructures are also compared with new rigorous bounds and again it is shown that the method yields designed materials with thermoelastic properties that are close to the bounds. The three-phase design method is illustrated...

  2. High temperature phase change materials based on inorganic salts and carbon nanomaterials

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    Zhang, Dong; Zhang, Tao; Zeng, Liang; Zhou, Cunyu [Tongji Univ., Shanghai (China). School of Materials Science and Engineering

    2010-07-01

    High temperature phase change material is useful for solar thermal power generation, industrial process heat and waste heat recovery. In this paper, inorganic salts and carbon nanomaterials, such as expanded graphite (EG) carbon nanotube and graphene, are used to prepare high temperature phase change material. Inorganic salt/EG/7carbon nanotube/Graphene composites as phase change materials are prepared by aqueous solution method. The influence of EG, carbon nanotube and graphene on the termal conductivity of composites is studied by MDSC. Results show that expanded graphite, carbon nanotube and graphene can significantly increase the thermal conductivity of high temperature phase change materials. (orig.)

  3. Studies of cluster-assembled materials: From gas phase to condensed phase

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    Gao, Lin

    . After being mass gated in a reflectron equipped time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS) and deposited onto TEM grids, the resultant specimens can be loaded onto high-resolution TEM investigation via electron diffraction. In conclusion, soft-landing of mass selected clusters has been shown to be a successful approach to obtain structural information on Zr-Met-Car cluster-assembled materials collected from the gas phase. TEM images indicate the richness of the morphologies associated with these cluster crystals. However, passivation methods are expected to be examined further to overcome the limited stabilities of these novel clusters. From this initial study, it's shown the promising opportunity to study other Met-Cars species and more cluster-based materials. Experimental results of reactions run with a solvothermal synthesis method obtained while searching for new Zr-C cluster assembled materials, are reported. One unexpected product in single crystal form was isolated and tentatively identified by X-ray diffraction to be [Zr6i O(OH)O12·2(Bu)4], with space group P2 1/n and lattice parameters of a = 12.44 A, b = 22.06 A, c = 18.40 A, alpha = 90°, beta = 105°, gamma = 90°, V = 4875 A3 and R 1 = 3.15% for the total observed data (I ≥ 2 sigma I) and oR2 = 2.82%. This novel hexanuclear Zr(IV)-oxo-hydroxide cluster anion may be the first member in polyoxometalates class with metal atoms from the IVB group and having Oh symmetry. Alternatively, it may be the first member in {[(Zr6Z)X 12]X6}m- class with halides replaced by oxo- and hydroxyl groups and with an increased oxidation state of Zr. It is predicted to bear application potentials directed by both families. This work could suggest a direction in which the preparation of Zr-C cluster-assembled materials in a liquid environment may be eventually fulfilled. 1,3-Bis(diethylphosphino)propane (depp) protected small gold clusters are studied via multiple techniques, including Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

  4. Ductile-Phase-Toughened Tungsten for Plasma-Facing Materials

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    Cunningham, Kevin Hawkins

    A variety of processing approaches were employed to fabricate ductile-phase-toughened (DPT) tungsten (W) composites. Mechanical testing and analytical modeling were used to guide composite development. This work provides a basis for further development of W composites to be used in structural divertor components of future fusion reactors. W wire was tested in tension, showing significant ductility and strength. Coatings of copper (Cu) or tungsten carbide (WC) were applied to the W wire via electrodeposition and carburization, respectively. Composites were fabricated using spark plasma sintering (SPS) to consolidate W powders together with each type of coated W wire. DPT behavior, e.g. crack arrest and crack bridging, was not observed in three-point bend testing of the sintered composites. A laminate was fabricated by hot pressing W and Cu foils together with W wires, and subsequently tested in tension. This laminate was bonded via hot pressing to thick W plate as a reinforcing layer, and the composite was tested in three-point bending. Crack arrest was observed along with some fiber pullout, but significant transverse cracking in the W plate confounded further fracture toughness analysis. The fracture toughness of thin W plate was measured in three-point bending. W plates were brazed with Cu foils to form a laminate. Crack arrest and crack bridging were observed in three-point bend tests of the laminate, and fracture resistance curves were successfully calculated for this DPT composite. An analytical model of crack bridging was developed using the basis described by Chao in previous work by the group. The model uses the specimen geometry, matrix properties, and the stress-displacement function of a ductile reinforcement ("bridging law") to calculate the fracture resistance curve (R-curve) and load-displacement curve (P-D curve) for any test specimen geometry. The code was also implemented to estimate the bridging law of an arbitrary composite using R-curve data

  5. Micromechanics and constitutive models for soft active materials with phase evolution

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    Wang, Binglian

    Soft active materials, such as shape memory polymers, liquid crystal elastomers, soft tissues, gels etc., are materials that can deform largely in response to external stimuli. Micromechanics analysis of heterogeneous materials based on finite element method is a typically numerical way to study the thermal-mechanical behaviors of soft active materials with phase evolution. While the constitutive models that can precisely describe the stress and strain fields of materials in the process of phase evolution can not be found in the databases of some commercial finite element analysis (FEA) tools such as ANSYS or Abaqus, even the specific constitutive behavior for each individual phase either the new formed one or the original one has already been well-known. So developing a computationally efficient and general three dimensional (3D) thermal-mechanical constitutive model for soft active materials with phase evolution which can be implemented into FEA is eagerly demanded. This paper first solved this problem theoretically by recording the deformation history of each individual phase in the phase evolution process, and adopted the idea of effectiveness by regarding all the new formed phase as an effective phase with an effective deformation to make this theory computationally efficient. A user material subroutine (UMAT) code based on this theoretical constitutive model has been finished in this work which can be added into the material database in Abaqus or ANSYS and can be easily used for most soft active materials with phase evolution. Model validation also has been done through comparison between micromechanical FEA and experiments on a particular composite material, shape memory elastomeric composite (SMEC) which consisted of an elastomeric matrix and the crystallizable fibre. Results show that the micromechanics and the constitutive models developed in this paper for soft active materials with phase evolution are completely relied on.

  6. Preparation and characterization of a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material

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    Xi, Peng; Cheng, Bowen [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fiber, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Gu, Xiaohua [Qiqihar University, 30 Wenhua Road, Qiqihar 161006 (China); CAS Key Laboratory of Engineering Plastics, Joint Laboratory of Polymer Science and Materials, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Wang, Yufei [Dalian University Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2009-06-15

    Here we reported a two-step procedure for preparing a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material. Firstly, a copolymer monomer containing a polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether (MPEG) phase change unit and a vinyl unit was synthesized via the modification of hydrogen group of MPEG. Secondly, by copolymerization of the copolymer monomer and phenyl ethylene, a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material was prepared. The composition, structure and properties of the novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change material were characterized by IR, {sup 1}H NMR, DSC, WAXD, and POM, respectively. The results show that the novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change material possesses of excellent crystal properties and high phase change enthalpy. (author)

  7. Preparation and characterization of a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material

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    Xi Peng [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fiber, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Gu Xiaohua [Qiqihar University, 30 Wenhua Road, Qiqihar 161006 (China); CAS Key Laboratory of Engineering Plastics, Joint Laboratory of Polymer Science and Materials, Center for Molecular Science, Institute of Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)], E-mail: gxh218@yahoo.cn; Cheng Bowen [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fiber, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Wang Yufei [Dalian University Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2009-06-15

    Here we reported a two-step procedure for preparing a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material. Firstly, a copolymer monomer containing a polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether (MPEG) phase change unit and a vinyl unit was synthesized via the modification of hydrogen group of MPEG. Secondly, by copolymerization of the copolymer monomer and phenyl ethylene, a novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change heat storage material was prepared. The composition, structure and properties of the novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change material were characterized by IR, {sup 1}H NMR, DSC, WAXD, and POM, respectively. The results show that the novel polymeric based solid-solid phase change material possesses of excellent crystal properties and high phase change enthalpy.

  8. The use of lipids as phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Phase change materials (PCMs) are substances capable of absorbing and releasing large 2 amounts of thermal energy (heat or cold) as latent heat over constant temperature as they 3 undergo a change in state of matter (phase transition), commonly, between solid and 4 liquid phases. Since the late 194...

  9. Deuterium absorption and material phase characteristics of Zr2Fe

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    Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of polished surfaces, electron probe microanalysis, and X-ray powder diffractometry indicated the presence of a continuous Zr2Fe phase with secondary phases of ZrFe2, Zr5FeSn, α-Zr, and Zr6Fe3O. A statistically-designed experiment to determine the effects of temperature, time, and vacuum quality On activation of St 198 revealed that when activated at low temperature (350 degrees C) deuterium absorption rate was slower when the vacuum quality was pwr (2.5 Pa vs. 3x10-4 Pa). However, at higher activation temperature (500 degrees C), deuterium absorption rate was fast and was independent of vacuum quality. Deuterium pressure-composition-temperature (P-C-T) data are reported for St 198 in the temperature range 200--500 degrees C. The P-C-T data over the full range of deuterium loading and at temperatures of 350 degrees C and below is described by: K0e-(ΔHα/RT)=PD2q2/(q*-q)2 where ΔHα and K0 have values of 101.8 kJ·mole-1 and 3.24x10-8Pa-1, and q* is 15.998 kPa·L-1·g-1. At higher temperatures, one or more secondary reactions in the solid phase occur that slowly consume D2 from the gas phase. XRD suggests these reactions to be: 2 Zr2FeDx → x ZrD2 + x/3 ZrFe2 + (2 - 2/3x) Zr2Fe and Zr2FeDx + (2 -1/2x) D2 → ZrD2 + Fe, where 0 < x < 3. Reaction between gas phase deuterium and Zr2FC formed in the first reaction accounts for the observed consumption of deuterium from the gas phase by this reaction

  10. Design of materials with extreme thermal expansion using a three-phase topology optimization method

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    Sigmund, Ole; Torquato, S.

    1997-01-01

    optimizes an objective function (e.g. thermoelastic properties) subject to certain constraints, such as elastic symmetry or volume fractions of the constituent phases, within a periodic base cell. The effective properties of the material structures are found using the numerical homogenization method based...... on a finite-element discretization of the base cell. The optimization problem is solved using sequential linear programming. To benchmark the design method we first consider two-phase designs. Our optimal two-phase microstructures are in fine agreement with rigorous bounds and the so......Composites with extremal or unusual thermal expansion coefficients are designed using a three-phase topology optimization method. The composites are made of two different material phases and a void phase. The topology optimization method consists in finding the distribution of material phases that...

  11. Antimony bonding in Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

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    Bobela, David C.; Taylor, P. Craig; Kuhns, Phillip; Reyes, Arneil; Edwards, Arthur

    2011-01-01

    The amorphous phase in some technologically important Ge-Sb-Te systems is still not well understood despite many models that exist to explain it. Using nuclear magnetic resonance, we demonstrate that Sb bonding in these systems follows the 8-Nrule for chemical bonding in amorphous solids. We find that the Sb atoms preferentially bond to three atoms in a pyramidal configuration analogous to the sites occurring in Sb-S or Sb-Se systems. The data we present should be used as a guide for structural modeling of the amorphous phase.

  12. Topological phases in two-dimensional materials: a review

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    Ren, Yafei; Qiao, Zhenhua; Niu, Qian

    2016-06-01

    Topological phases with insulating bulk and gapless surface or edge modes have attracted intensive attention because of their fundamental physics implications and potential applications in dissipationless electronics and spintronics. In this review, we mainly focus on recent progress in the engineering of topologically nontrivial phases (such as {{{Z}}2} topological insulators, quantum anomalous Hall effects, quantum valley Hall effects etc) in two-dimensional systems, including quantum wells, atomic crystal layers of elements from group III to group VII, and the transition metal compounds.

  13. Thermal property prediction and measurement of organic phase change materials in the liquid phase near the melting point

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    Highlights: • Liquid-phase thermal properties for five phase change materials were estimated. • Various liquid phase and phase transition thermal properties were measured. • The thermal diffusivity was found using a best path to prediction approach. • The thermal diffusivity predictive method shows 15% agreement for organic PCMs. - Abstract: Organic phase change materials (PCMs) are a popular choice for many thermal energy storage applications including solar energy, building envelope thermal barriers, and passive cooling of portable electronics. Since the extent of phase change during a heating or cooling process is dependent upon rapid thermal penetration into the PCM, accurate knowledge of the thermal diffusivity of the PCM in both solid and liquid phases is crucial. This study addresses the existing gaps in information for liquid-phase PCM properties by examining an approach that determines the best path to prediction (BPP) for the thermal diffusivity of both alkanes and unsaturated acids. Knowledge of the BPP will enable researchers to explore the influence of PCM molecular structure on bulk thermophysical properties, thereby allowing the fabrication of optimized PCMs. The BPP method determines which of the tens of thousands of combinations of 22 different available theoretical techniques provides best agreement with thermal diffusivity values based on reported or measured density, heat capacity, and thermal conductivity for each of five PCMs (heneicosane, tricosane, tetracosane, oleic acid, and linoleic acid) in the liquid phase near the melting point. Separate BPPs were calibrated for alkanes based on heneicosane and tetracosane, and for the unsaturated acids. The alkane and unsaturated acid BPPs were then tested on a variety of similar materials, showing agreement with reported/measured thermal diffusivity within ∼15% for all materials. The alkane BPP was then applied to find that increasing the length of alkane chains decreases the PCM thermal

  14. A universal preconditioner for simulating condensed phase materials

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    Packwood, David; Kermode, James; Mones, Letif; Bernstein, Noam; Woolley, John; Gould, Nicholas; Ortner, Christoph; Csanyi, Gabor

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a universal sparse preconditioner that accelerates geometry optimisation and saddle point search tasks that are common in the atomic scale simulation of materials. Our preconditioner is based on the neighbourhood structure and we demonstrate the gain in computational efficiency in a wide range of materials that include metals, insulators and molecular solids. The simple structure of the preconditioner means that the gains can be realised in practice not only when using expensive ...

  15. Crack propagation in tough ductile materials. Phase I

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    The report describes and presents the J-resistance curves obtained as a function of crack extension for two representative tough ductile materials namely ASTM516 grade 70 plate steel and SA106 grade B pipe steel. The results were obtained using the ASTM standard method for determining J-R curves, E24.08, 12th Draft, 25th July, 1985. Both compact tension and three point bend tests were employed for the plate steel tests; only compact tension specimens were used to evaluate the pipe steel. All tests were carried out under load control conditions using specimens of different thickness and cut from known orientations within the parent material

  16. Photonic non-volatile memories using phase change materials

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    Pernice, Wolfram; Bhaskaran, Harish

    2012-01-01

    We propose an all-photonic, non-volatile memory and processing element based on phase-change thin-films deposited onto nanophotonic waveguides. Using photonic microring resonators partially covered with Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) multi-level memory operation in integrated photonic circuits can be achieved. GST provides a dramatic change in refractive index upon transition from the amorphous to crystalline state, which is exploited to reversibly control both the extinction ratio and resonance wavelength ...

  17. Stowing of radioactive materials package during land transport. Third phase

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    Phase 3 of this study is mainly experimental. The study is based on the work performed during 2 former studies: phase 1: definition and analysis of reference accidental conditions, and phase 2: selection of some reference accidents and computation of the deceleration forces. The main goal of the study is to draw up a reference document, giving some guidances for the stowing of packages on conveyances for land transportation. The third phase includes four frontal impact tests. The reference package used is a French IL-37 container weighing about 1.3 t. The first test was performed using a truck, loaded with two IL-37 containers and launched at a speed of 50 km/h against a fixed obstacle. The deceleration curve the behaviour of each package and the behaviour of stowing systems are compared with the theoretical results. Various measurements were made during the test: vehicle impact speed; vehicle deceleration, measured at different points on the frame, package deceleration, displacement of attachment points. The impact was filmed from different angles. The second test was performed in the same impact conditions but with a waggon instead of a truck, and loaded with one container. The front of the waggon was equipped with special shock absorbers to obtain the same deceleration as recorded during the truck impact (first test). In the third test the stowing systems were reinforced by a nylon one in order to obtain information of stowing systems of that type and to increase the energy absorption capacity. In the fourth test in addition to being stowed the package was also chocked. The results obtained have shown that it is possible to maintain a package on a truck platform even during a severe frontal impact

  18. A universal preconditioner for simulating condensed phase materials

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    Packwood, David; Kermode, James; Mones, Letif; Bernstein, Noam; Woolley, John; Gould, Nicholas; Ortner, Christoph; Csányi, Gábor

    2016-04-01

    We introduce a universal sparse preconditioner that accelerates geometry optimisation and saddle point search tasks that are common in the atomic scale simulation of materials. Our preconditioner is based on the neighbourhood structure and we demonstrate the gain in computational efficiency in a wide range of materials that include metals, insulators, and molecular solids. The simple structure of the preconditioner means that the gains can be realised in practice not only when using expensive electronic structure models but also for fast empirical potentials. Even for relatively small systems of a few hundred atoms, we observe speedups of a factor of two or more, and the gain grows with system size. An open source Python implementation within the Atomic Simulation Environment is available, offering interfaces to a wide range of atomistic codes.

  19. A universal preconditioner for simulating condensed phase materials.

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    Packwood, David; Kermode, James; Mones, Letif; Bernstein, Noam; Woolley, John; Gould, Nicholas; Ortner, Christoph; Csányi, Gábor

    2016-04-28

    We introduce a universal sparse preconditioner that accelerates geometry optimisation and saddle point search tasks that are common in the atomic scale simulation of materials. Our preconditioner is based on the neighbourhood structure and we demonstrate the gain in computational efficiency in a wide range of materials that include metals, insulators, and molecular solids. The simple structure of the preconditioner means that the gains can be realised in practice not only when using expensive electronic structure models but also for fast empirical potentials. Even for relatively small systems of a few hundred atoms, we observe speedups of a factor of two or more, and the gain grows with system size. An open source Python implementation within the Atomic Simulation Environment is available, offering interfaces to a wide range of atomistic codes. PMID:27131533

  20. Phase wettability and microstructural evolution in solid oxide fuel cell anode materials

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    Recent experimental and theoretical findings suggest that high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) often suffer from performance degradation due to coarsening of the metallic-phase particles within the anode. In this study, we explore the feasibility of improving the microstructural stability of SOFC anode materials by tuning the contact angle between the metallic phase and electrolyte particles. To this end, a continuum diffuse-interface model is employed to capture the coarsening behavior of the metallic phase and simulate a range of equilibrium contact angles. The evolution of performance-critical, microstructural features is presented for varying degrees of phase wettability. It is found that both the density of electrochemically active triple- phase regions and contiguity of the electron-conducting phase display undesirable minima near the contact angle of conventional SOFC materials. Our results suggest that tailoring the interfacial properties of the constituent phases could lead to a significant increase in the performance and lifetime of SOFCs

  1. Phase transition temperature ranges and storage density of paraffin wax phase change materials

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    Paraffin waxes have been used in many latent thermal energy storage applications because of their advantageous thermal performances. In this paper, the liquid-solid phase diagram of the binary system of tetradecane and hexadecane has been used to obtain information of the phase transition processes for cool storage applications. The analysis of the phase diagram indicates that, except for the minimum-melting point mixture, all mixtures melt and freeze in a temperature range and not at a constant temperature. The latent heat of fusion evolves throughout this temperature range. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to determine the thermophysical properties of the binary system. Depending on the DSC settings throughout the measurements, varying results were obtained. For example, when the DSC runs at a high heating/cooling rate, it will lead to erroneous information. Also, the correct phase transition temperature range cannot be obtained simply from DSC measurement. By combining phase equilibrium considerations with DSC measurements, a reliable design method to incorporate both the heat of phase change and the temperature range is presented

  2. Photonic non-volatile memories using phase change materials

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    Pernice, Wolfram

    2012-01-01

    We propose an all-photonic, non-volatile memory and processing element based on phase-change thin-films deposited onto nanophotonic waveguides. Using photonic microring resonators partially covered with Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) multi-level memory operation in integrated photonic circuits can be achieved. GST provides a dramatic change in refractive index upon transition from the amorphous to crystalline state, which is exploited to reversibly control both the extinction ratio and resonance wavelength of the microcavity with an additional gating port in analogy to optical transistors. Our analysis shows excellent sensitivity to the degree of crystallization inside the GST, thus providing the basis for non-von Neuman neuromorphic computing.

  3. Photonic non-volatile memories using phase change materials

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    Pernice, Wolfram H. P.; Bhaskaran, Harish

    2012-10-01

    We propose an all-photonic, non-volatile memory, and processing element based on phase-change thin-films deposited onto nanophotonic waveguides. Using photonic microring resonators partially covered with Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) multi-level memory operation in integrated photonic circuits can be achieved. GST provides a dramatic change in refractive index upon transition from the amorphous to crystalline state, which is exploited to reversibly control both the extinction ratio and resonance wavelength of the microcavity with an additional gating port in analogy to optical transistors. Our analysis shows excellent sensitivity to the degree of crystallization inside the GST, thus providing the basis for non-von Neumann neuromorphic computing.

  4. Alumina-Forming MAX Phases in Turbine Material Systems

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    Smialek, James L.; Harder, Bryan J.; Garg, Arnita; Nesbitt, James A.

    2015-01-01

    Coatings for high temperature turbine components are based on low conductivity YSZ thermal barriers and protective NiAl, NiCoCrAlY bond coats. Good oxidation hot corrosion resistance, intermediate CTE, and strain tolerance of Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC MAX phases are thus of special interest. Their alumina scale growth follows a cubic law in accord with FeCrAlY alloys, with oxygen grain boundary diffusivity: Dgb 1.8 x 10-10 exp(-375 kJmole) m3s. Protective cubic kinetics are also found in high pressure burner rig (6 atm., 25 ms) and TGA tests of MAXthal 211Ti2AlC. The initial portion (0.1 hr) is dominated by fast TiO2 growth (with little evidence of scale volatility in high pressure water vapor, as found for SiO2 scales). Bulk Ti2AlC and Cr2AlC substrates show promise as potential bond coats for YSZ TBCs in 1000-1200 C furnace life (500 h) tests. Cr2AlC is proving to be very resistant to 700-900 C Na2SO4 hot corrosion and is of interest for disk alloys. Preliminary diffusion bonded Cr2AlC-superalloy hybrid couples have survived 1000 hr interrupted furnace tests at 800C with no indication of cracking or debonding. Diffusion zones of -NiAl+Cr7C3 were produced in these above 1000 C, but did not grow to any great extent after 1000 hr at 800 C. Processing as coatings presents challenges, however the basic properties of MAX phases provide novel opportunities for high temperature turbine components.

  5. Soliton microdynamics of structural phase transitions in crystalline materials and phonons of a new type on phase interfaces

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    It is shown that the generation of nonlinear soliton, breather, and shock waves at high dynamic excitations leads to martensitic phase transformations in crystalline materials of the α-uranium type. Investigations have been performed by modeling the atomic microdynamics with the use of the modified interaction potential. It is shown that collisions of compression shock waves and rarefaction solitons lead to the generation of nuclei of new phases, which evolve according to the domino principle. The phonon spectra of systems with phase interfaces are investigated. A new effect of the total internal phonon reflection has been discovered. It is shown that surface phonons of radically a new type (different from the Rayleigh surface waves) are excited on interfaces. The results are adapted to materials of the α-uranium type, where solitons have been found at slow-neutron scattering.

  6. Materials Design of Microstructure in Grain Boundary and Second Phase Particles

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    2003-01-01

    A concept of microstructure design for materials or materials microstructure engineering is proposed. The argument was suggested based on literature review and some our new research work on second phase strengthening mechanisms and mechanical property modeling of a particulate reinforced metal matrix composite. Due to development of computer technology, it is possible now for us to establish the relationship between microstructures and properties systematically and quantitatively by analytical and numerical modeling in the research scope of computerization materials. Discussions and examples on intellectual optimization of microstructure are presented on two aspects:grain boundary engineering and optimal geometry of particulate reinforcements in two-phase materials.

  7. In-line phase contrast for weakly absorbing materials with a microfocus x-ray source

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    Zhang Di; Li Zheng; Huang Zhi-Feng; Yu Ai-Min; Sha Wei

    2006-01-01

    For weakly absorbing materials, image contrast can be enhanced by phase contrast in formation. The effectiveness of the in-line phase contrast technique relies on its ability to record intensity data which contain information on the x-ray's phase shift. Four kinds of approaches to the relationship between intensity distribution and phase shift are reviewed and discussed. A micro-focal x-ray source with high geometrical magnification is used to acquire phase contrast images. A great improvement on image quality is shown and geometrical parameters are modified for comparison between different imaging positions.

  8. Phase transitions of materials studied by synchrotron radiation

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    Synchrotron radiation is an excellent tool for studies of structural phase transitions. Among others it enables to follow the transition as a function of the parameter inducing the transition (e.g. pressure, temperature) and time. The latter possibility is due to the short recording times resulting from the high intensity of S.R. For these studies simultaneous recording of the whole diffraction pattern is of great importance. This is achieved either by using a monochromatic beam and a position sensitive detector (PSD) or by using X-ray energy dispersive diffraction (XED). The first method is described only briefly because of its analogy to the conventional method. In the XED method one uses a polychromatic 'white' incident beam, a fixed scattering angle and an energy dispersive detector. The main characteristics of the method is the simultaneous recording of the whole diffraction pattern and the fixed scattering angle. The XED method is discussed in some detail. (orig.) With 2 tabs., 15 figs., 23 refs

  9. Phase separation between conductive and insulative materials induced by the electric field.

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    Nagamine, Yuko

    2016-07-01

    To demonstrate that phase separation is a main mechanism of pattern formation for one of the spatiotemporal patterns emerging in the Ag and Sb electrodeposition system, I performed numerical simulations to model the mixed system of conductive and insulative materials under a steady electric field. For such a dissipative system, I derived the extended Cahn-Hilliard equation using Onsager's variational principle. My results demonstrate that conductive and insulative materials phase separate spatially under the constant-current mode. PMID:27575064

  10. Effect of microencapsulated phase change material in sandwich panels

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    Castellon, Cecilia; Medrano, Marc; Roca, Joan; Cabeza, Luisa F. [GREA Innovacio Concurrent, Edifici CREA, Universitat de Lleida, Pere de Cabrera s/n, 25001 Lleida (Spain); Navarro, Maria E.; Fernandez, Ana I. [Departamento de Ciencias de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Lazaro, Ana; Zalba, Belen [Instituto de Investigacion en Ingenieria de Aragon, I3A, Grupo de Ingenieria Termica y Sistemas Energeticos (GITSE), Dpto. Ingenieria Mecanica, Area de Maquinas y Motores Termicos, Universidad de Zaragoza, Campus Politecnico Rio Ebro, Edificio ' ' Agustin de Betancourt,' ' Maria de Luna s/n, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2010-10-15

    Sandwich panels are a good option as building materials, as they offer excellent characteristics in a modular system. The goal of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of using the microencapsulated PCM (Micronal BASF) in sandwich panels to increase their thermal inertia and to reduce the energy demand of the final buildings. In this paper, to manufacture the sandwich panel with microencapsulated PCM three different methods were tested. In case 1, the PCM was added mixing the microencapsulated PCM with one of the components of the polyurethane. In the other two cases, the PCM was added either a step before (case 2) or a step after (case 3) to the addition of the polyurethane to the metal sheets. The results show that in case 1 the effect of PCM was overlapped by a possible increase in thermal conductivity, but an increase of thermal inertia was found in case 3. In case 2, different results were obtained due to the poor distribution of the PCM. Some samples showed the effect of the PCM (higher thermal inertia), and other samples results were similar to the conventional sandwich panel. In both cases (2 and 3), it is required to industrialize the process to improve the results. (author)

  11. Crack propagation in touch ductile materials. Phase II

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    The thrust of this work was to investigate published J material resistance and stress-strain data applicable to the understanding of crack propagation in tough ductile steels, particularly SA 106 Grade B pipe steel. This data has been assembled from PIFRAC, AECB report INFO-0254-1 and Ontario Hydro sources and has been uniformly formatted and presented to facilitate comparison and assessment. While the data is in many aspects incomplete it has enabled an evaluation of the influence of temperature, specimen thickness and specimen orientation to be made in the context of the experimental J-R curves so determined. Comparisons of the stress-strain data within the Ramburg-Osgood formulation are also considered. A further component of this report addresses the development of the required software to utilize what is referred to as the engineering approach to elasto-plastic analysis to investigate the load carrying capacity of selected cracked pipe geometries which are representative of applied crack propagation studies associated with piping systems in the nuclear industry. Three specific geometries and loading situations, identified as Condition A, B and C have been evaluated; the results are presented and illustrate the variation in applied load as a function of an initial and final crack extension leading to instability

  12. Design of materials with extreme thermal expansion using a three-phase topology optimization method

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    Sigmund, Ole; Torquato, S.

    We show how composites with extremal or unusual thermal expansion coefficients can be designed using a numerical topology optimization method. The composites are composed of two different material phases and void. The optimization method is illustrated by designing materials having maximum therma...

  13. Dynamics of formation of particles of the condensed carbon phase at shock compression of organic materials

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    Fedotov, M G; Luckjanchikov, L A; Lyakhov, N Z; Sharafutdinov, M R; Sheromov, M A; Ten, K A; Titov, V M; Tolochko, B P; Zubkov, P I

    2001-01-01

    Results of the SR study of the density behavior and dynamics of formation of condensed carbon particles at expansion of shock waves in organic materials and some low-sensitive explosives as well as at shock loading of ultra-dispersed diamonds are presented. Appearance of particles of the condensed carbon phase was observed in carbon-rich organic materials.

  14. 40 CFR 227.32 - Liquid, suspended particulate, and solid phases of a material.

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    2010-07-01

    ... the case may be, may require that the separation of liquid, suspended particulate, and solid phases of the material be performed upon a mixture of the waste with ocean water rather than on the material... alkaline waste) based on guidance provided by EPA on particular cases, or in accordance with approved...

  15. Robust Light State by Quantum Phase Transition in Non-Hermitian Optical Materials

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    Zhao, Han; Longhi, Stefano; Feng, Liang

    2015-11-01

    Robust light transport is the heart of optical information processing, leading to the search for robust light states by topological engineering of material properties. Here, it is shown that quantum phase transition, rather than topology, can be strategically exploited to design a novel robust light state. We consider an interface between parity-time (PT) symmetric media with different quantum phases and use complex Berry phase to reveal the associated quantum phase transition and topological nature. While the system possesses the same topological order within different quantum phases, phase transition from PT symmetry to PT breaking across the interface in the synthetic non-Hermitian metamaterial system facilitates novel interface states, which are robust against a variety of gain/loss perturbations and topological impurities and disorder. The discovery of the robust light state by quantum phase transition may promise fault-tolerant light transport in optical communications and computing.

  16. In-Line Phase-Contrast X-ray Imaging and Tomography for Materials Science

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    Sheridan C. Mayo

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available X-ray phase-contrast imaging and tomography make use of the refraction of X-rays by the sample in image formation. This provides considerable additional information in the image compared to conventional X-ray imaging methods, which rely solely on X-ray absorption by the sample. Phase-contrast imaging highlights edges and internal boundaries of a sample and is thus complementary to absorption contrast, which is more sensitive to the bulk of the sample. Phase-contrast can also be used to image low-density materials, which do not absorb X-rays sufficiently to form a conventional X-ray image. In the context of materials science, X-ray phase-contrast imaging and tomography have particular value in the 2D and 3D characterization of low-density materials, the detection of cracks and voids and the analysis of composites and multiphase materials where the different components have similar X-ray attenuation coefficients. Here we review the use of phase-contrast imaging and tomography for a wide variety of materials science characterization problems using both synchrotron and laboratory sources and further demonstrate the particular benefits of phase contrast in the laboratory setting with a series of case studies.

  17. First order magneto-structural transition in functional magnetic materials: phase-coexistence and metastability

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    S B Roy; M K Chattopadhyay; M A Manekar; K J S Sokhey; P Chaddah

    2006-11-01

    First order magneto-structural transition plays an important role in the functionality of various magnetic materials of current interest like manganese oxide systems showing colossal magnetoresistance, Gd5(Ge, Si)4 alloys showing giant magnetocaloric effects and magnetic shape memory alloys. The key features of this magneto-structural transition are phase-coexistence and metastability. This generality is highlighted with experimental results obtained in a particular class of materials. A generalized framework of disorder influenced first order phase transition is introduced to understand the interesting experimental results which have some bearing on the functionality of the concerned materials.

  18. Reconstruction of material losses by perimeter penalization and phase-field methods

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    Rondi, Luca

    2009-01-01

    We treat the inverse problem of determining material losses, such as cavities, in a conducting body, by performing electrostatic measurements at the boundary. We develop a numerical approach, based on variational methods, to reconstruct the unknown material loss by a single boundary measurement of current and voltage type. The method is based on the use of phase-field functions to model the material losses and on a perimeter-like penalization to regularize the otherwise ill-posed problem.We j...

  19. Phase Change Materials (PCMs) for energy storage in architecture. Use with the Magic Box prototype

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    Bedoya Frutos, C.; Higueras García, E.; Acha Román, C.; Neila González, F. J.

    2008-01-01

    The article shows an energy-accumulation system in change of phase materials, designed for a prototype dwelling used for building two bioclimatic and self-sufficient buildings. These bulidings have been built in Madrid, Washington and Beijing. The characteristics of these materials, the construction systems into which these materials were incorporated, its comparative valuation with sensitive accumulation systems, and the results of the building monitorization are included.El artículo mu...

  20. Summary of workshop on high temperature materials based on Laves phases

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    The Offices of Fossil Energy and Basic Energy Sciences of the Department of Energy jointly sponsored the Workshop on High Temperature Materials Based on Laves Phases in conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference on Fossil Energy Materials held at the Radisson Summit Hill Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 14-16, 1996. The objective of this workshop was to review the current status and to address critical issues in the development of new-generation high-temperature structural materials based on Laves phases. The one-day workshop included two sessions of overview presentations and a session of discussion on critical scientific and technological issues. The Laves phases represent an abundant class of intermetallic alloys with possible high-temperature structural applications. Laves phases form at or near the AB{sub 2} composition, and there are over 360 binary Laves phases. The ability of these alloys to dissolve considerable amounts of ternary alloying additions provides over 900 combined binary and ternary Laves phases. Many Laves phases have unique properties which make them attractive for high-temperature structural use. At half their homologous temperature, they retain >0.85 of their ambient yield strength, which is higher than all other intermetallics. Many of the Laves phases also have high melting temperatures, excellent creep properties, reasonably low densities, and for alloys containing Cr, Al, Si or Be, good oxidation resistance. Despite these useful properties, the tendency for low-temperature brittleness has limited the potential application of this large class of alloys.

  1. Performance evaluation of a thermoelectric energy harvesting device using various phase change materials

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    This paper compares the performance of a group of organic and inorganic phase change materials for a heat storage thermoelectric energy harvesting device. The device consists of thermoelectric generators and a closed container filled with a phase change material. One side of the generators is mounted on the aircraft fuselage and the other to the thermal mass. The group of inorganic and organic phase change materials was tested across two temperature ranges. These ranges are defined as ''positive'' and ''negative'', with the former being a sweep from +35°C to −5°C and the latter being a sweep from +5°C to −35°C. The performance in terms of electrical energy output and power produced is examined in detail for each group of materials

  2. Experimental data showing the thermal behavior of a flat roof with phase change material.

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    Tokuç, Ayça; Başaran, Tahsin; Yesügey, S Cengiz

    2015-12-01

    The selection and configuration of building materials for optimal energy efficiency in a building require some assumptions and models for the thermal behavior of the utilized materials. Although the models for many materials can be considered acceptable for simulation and calculation purposes, the work for modeling the real time behavior of phase change materials is still under development. The data given in this article shows the thermal behavior of a flat roof element with a phase change material (PCM) layer. The temperature and energy given to and taken from the building element are reported. In addition the solid-liquid behavior of the PCM is tracked through images. The resulting thermal behavior of the phase change material is discussed and simulated in [1] A. Tokuç, T. Başaran, S.C. Yesügey, An experimental and numerical investigation on the use of phase change materials in building elements: the case of a flat roof in Istanbul, Build. Energy, vol. 102, 2015, pp. 91-104. PMID:26629490

  3. Experimental data showing the thermal behavior of a flat roof with phase change material

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    Ayça Tokuç

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The selection and configuration of building materials for optimal energy efficiency in a building require some assumptions and models for the thermal behavior of the utilized materials. Although the models for many materials can be considered acceptable for simulation and calculation purposes, the work for modeling the real time behavior of phase change materials is still under development. The data given in this article shows the thermal behavior of a flat roof element with a phase change material (PCM layer. The temperature and energy given to and taken from the building element are reported. In addition the solid–liquid behavior of the PCM is tracked through images. The resulting thermal behavior of the phase change material is discussed and simulated in [1] A. Tokuç, T. Başaran, S.C. Yesügey, An experimental and numerical investigation on the use of phase change materials in building elements: the case of a flat roof in Istanbul, Build. Energy, vol. 102, 2015, pp. 91–104.

  4. Combinatorial material synthesis applied to Ge-Sb-Te based phase change materials

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    Wöltgens, Han-Willem

    2003-01-01

    The rapidly increasing net amount of digital information requires higher data- storage capacities and transfer rates. Consequently, there is a need for a continuous improvement of the media concept and design. Phase change recording technology offers attractive features for erasable data storage with high density. Digital information can be written, erased and re- written repetitively using optical techniques. They can be characterized by two stable physical structures that exhibit significan...

  5. Dead lithium phase investigation of Sn-Zn alloy as anode materials for lithium ion battery

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    HUANG ZhaoWen; HU SheJun; HOU XianHua; RU Qiang; YU HongWen; ZHAO LingZhi; LI WeiShan

    2009-01-01

    In this work, based on First-principle plane wave pseudo-potential method, we have carried out an in-depth study on the possible dead lithium phase of Sn-Zn alloy as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Through investigation, we found that the phases LixSn4Zn4(x = 2, 4, 6, 8) contributed to reversible capacity, while the phases LixSn4Zns-(x-4)(x = 4.74, 7.72) led to capacity loss due to high formation energy, namely, they were the dead lithium phases during the charge/discharge process. And we come up with a new idea that stable lithium alloy phase with high lithiation formation energy (dead lithium phase) can also result in high loss of active lithium ion, besides the traditional expression that the formation of solid electrolyte interface film leads to high capacity loss.

  6. The ferroelectric transition in the phase-change material GeTe

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    Phase-change materials can be cycled between the amorphous and the crystalline phase. This transition is accompanied by a significant change of the electrical resistance. The materials on the pseudo binary line between GeTe and Sb2Te3 are particularly suitable for memory devices. The meta-stable crystalline phase of Ge2Sb2Te5 has a cubic symmetry and is characterised by atomic displacements and configurational disorder which leads to a localization of charge carriers and semiconducting properties. Also GeTe in its low temperature α-phase is claimed to have pronounced local distortions. Nevertheless in the literature two scenarios have been presented which can explain the transition to the cubic α-phase. One is based on a displacive transformation (Chattopadhyay et al.; J. Phys. C 20, p.1431, 1987) while the second one (Fons et al.; Phys. Rev. B 82, p.1431, 2010) utilizes an order-disorder phase transition. Therefore we have investigated the phase transition of GeTe whose transition temperature is reported to depend critically on the stoichiometry. We have sputter deposited thin films of approx. 300 nm thickness and obtained Ge53Te47. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns which include information about the thermal and static disorder of the crystal lattice, have been recorded during heating. From these data we obtain important insight on the nature of the phase transition.

  7. Green material composites from renewable resources: Polymorphic transitions and phase diagram of beeswax/rosin resin

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    Gaillard, Yves [Mines-ParisTech., CEMEF, UMR CNRS 7635, 1 rue Claude Daunesse 06904 Sophia Antipolis cedex (France); Mija, Alice [University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Thermokinetic Group, Laboratory of Chemistry of Organic and Metallic Materials C.M.O.M., 06108 Nice Cedex 2 (France); Burr, Alain; Darque-Ceretti, Evelyne; Felder, Eric [Mines-ParisTech., CEMEF, UMR CNRS 7635, 1 rue Claude Daunesse 06904 Sophia Antipolis cedex (France); Sbirrazzuoli, Nicolas, E-mail: sbirrazz@unice.fr [University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Thermokinetic Group, Laboratory of Chemistry of Organic and Metallic Materials C.M.O.M., 06108 Nice Cedex 2 (France)

    2011-07-10

    Highlights: {yields} Blends of Rosin and beeswax are studied by DSC, XRD, and optical microscopy. {yields} The first phase diagram beeswax/rosin is established. {yields} Polymorphic transitions are identified and appear to be highly related to rosin content. - Abstract: Rosin and beeswax are two complex natural materials presenting numerous applications in paints, adhesives, varnishes or inks. Melted, they are particularly interesting for their adhesion properties. This paper establishes the first phase diagram beeswax/rosin blends. A systematic approach using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarised optical microscopy (POM) has been performed in order to describe the crystallographic structure and the thermal properties of two materials, beeswax and rosin, and their blends. Indeed, melting, softening and crystallisation temperatures, polymorphic transitions but also crystalline index has been investigated. The resulting phase diagram reveals a complex behaviour in terms of phase transformation and time-dependent phenomenon mainly representative of the complex composition of beeswax.

  8. Green material composites from renewable resources: Polymorphic transitions and phase diagram of beeswax/rosin resin

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    Highlights: → Blends of Rosin and beeswax are studied by DSC, XRD, and optical microscopy. → The first phase diagram beeswax/rosin is established. → Polymorphic transitions are identified and appear to be highly related to rosin content. - Abstract: Rosin and beeswax are two complex natural materials presenting numerous applications in paints, adhesives, varnishes or inks. Melted, they are particularly interesting for their adhesion properties. This paper establishes the first phase diagram beeswax/rosin blends. A systematic approach using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarised optical microscopy (POM) has been performed in order to describe the crystallographic structure and the thermal properties of two materials, beeswax and rosin, and their blends. Indeed, melting, softening and crystallisation temperatures, polymorphic transitions but also crystalline index has been investigated. The resulting phase diagram reveals a complex behaviour in terms of phase transformation and time-dependent phenomenon mainly representative of the complex composition of beeswax.

  9. Nanostructured thin film-based near-infrared tunable perfect absorber using phase-change material

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    Kocer, Hasan

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured thin film absorbers embedded with phase-change thermochromic material can provide a large level of absorption tunability in the near-infrared region. Vanadium dioxide was employed as the phase-change material in the designed structures. The optical absorption properties of the designed structures with respect to the geometric and material parameters were systematically investigated using finite-difference time-domain computations. Absorption level of the resonance wavelength in the near-IR region was tuned from the perfect absorption level to a low level (17%) with a high positive dynamic range of near-infrared absorption intensity tunability (83%). Due to the phase transition of vanadium dioxide, the resonance at the near-infrared region is being turned on and turned off actively and reversibly under the thermal bias, thereby rendering these nanostructures suitable for infrared camouflage, emitters, and sensors.

  10. The solidification of two-phase heterogeneous materials: Theory versus experiment

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    ZHANG Bin; KIM Tongbeum; LU TianJian

    2009-01-01

    The solidification behavior of two-phase heterogeneous materials such as close-celled aluminum foams was analytically studied. The proposed analytical model can precisely predict the location of solidification front as well as the full solidification time for a two-phase heterogeneous material composed of aluminum melt and non-conducting air pores. Experiments using distilled water simulating the aluminum melt to be solidified (frozen) were subsequently conducted to validate the analytical model for two selected porosities (ε), ε=0 and 0.5. Full numerical simulations with the method of finite difference were also performed to examine the influence of pore shape on solidification. The remarkable agreement between theory and experiment suggests that the delay of solidification in the two-phase heterogeneous material is mainly caused by the reduction of bulk thermal conductivity due to the presence of pores, as this is the sole mechanism accounted for by the analytical model for solidification in a porous medium.

  11. Nanocasting of Periodic Mesoporous Materials as an Effective Strategy to Prepare Mixed Phases of Titania

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous titanium dioxide materials were prepared using a nanocasting technique involving silica SBA-15 as the hard-template. At an optimal loading of titanium precursor, the hexagonal periodic array of pores in SBA-15 was retained. The phases of titanium dioxide could be easily varied by the number of impregnation cycles and the nature of titanium alkoxide employed. Low number of impregnation cycles produced mixed phases of anatase and TiO2(B. The mesoporous TiO2 materials were tested for solar hydrogen production, and the material consisting of 98% anatase and 2% TiO2(B exhibited the highest yield of hydrogen from the photocatalytic splitting of water. The periodicity of the pores was an important factor that influenced the photocatalytic activity. This study indicates that mixed phases of titania containing ordered array of pores can be prepared by using the nanocasting strategy.

  12. Interrelation of material microstructure, ultrasonic factors, and fracture toughness of two phase titanium alloy

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    Vary, A.; Hull, D. R.

    1982-01-01

    The pivotal role of an alpha-beta phase microstructure in governing fracture toughness in a titanium alloy, Ti-662, is demonstrated. The interrelation of microstructure and fracture toughness is demonstrated using ultrasonic measurement techniques originally developed for nondestructive evaluation and material property characterization. It is shown that the findings determined from ultrasonic measurements agree with conclusions based on metallurgical, metallographic, and fractographic observations concerning the importance of alpha-beta morphology in controlling fracture toughness in two phase titanium alloys.

  13. Quantitative Phase Fraction Detection in Organic Photovoltaic Materials through EELS Imaging

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    Ondrej Dyck; Sheng Hu; Sanjib Das; Jong Keum; Kai Xiao; Bamin Khomami; Gerd Duscher

    2015-01-01

    Organic photovoltaic materials have recently seen intense interest from the research community. Improvements in device performance are occurring at an impressive rate; however, visualization of the active layer phase separation still remains a challenge. This paper outlines the application of two electron energy-loss spectroscopic (EELS) imaging techniques that can complement and enhance current phase detection techniques. Specifically, the bulk plasmon peak position, often used to produce co...

  14. Inductively coupled plasma etching for phase-change material with superlattice-like structure in phase change memory device

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    Phase change material with superlattice-like structure (SLL) is one of the most emerging materials for phase change memory device. A rough etching profile, isotropic, and serious surface damage limit the application of the conventional lift-off process. A well controlled etching process to achieve high etch rate, smooth surface, vertical and nanometer-sized pattern for SLL is required for the mass production of the phase change memory devices. In this study, the etch rates, surface roughness and sidewall angles of SLL GeTe/Sb2Te3 films were investigated by the inductively coupled plasma etching process with various etch parameters including gas ratio, chamber pressure, bias power and coil radio frequency (RF) power. The etch selectivity of SLL to SiO2 and to photo-resist were characterized. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of etched surfaces confirmed the etch mechanism of the SLL films in Cl2/Ar chemistry. 86 nm-sized patterns of SLL were fabricated using optimized etching parameters. In addition, an etched SLL film was integrated into a “T” type PCRAM cell, with a 50 nm feature size. This cell operated successfully and a RESET current of only 145 μA was obtained.

  15. Porous MgO material with ultrahigh surface area as the matrix for phase change composite

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    Highlights: • Porous MgO material with ultrahigh surface area was synthesized. • A composite PCM was prepared from PEG-1000 and the porous MgO. • The phase change temperatures and enthalpy of the composite were measured. • The composite PCM performed good shape-stabilized property. - Abstract: Mesoporous magnesium oxide (MgO) material was synthesized using an integration of the evaporation-induced surfactant assembly and magnesium nitrate pyrolysis. The as-prepared MgO material is well crystalline, and possesses three-dimensional interconnected mesopores and a surface area as high as 596 m2/g. Using the porous MgO as a matrix and polyethylene glycol (PEG-1000) as the functional phase for heat energy storage, a shape-stabilized phase change composite of PEG/MgO was fabricated by an easy impregnation method. In the composite, mesoporous MgO material provides structural strength and prevents the leakage of the molten PEG during the phase change process. The compositions and microstructures of the PEG/MgO composite were determined by Fourier transformation infrared spectroscope (FT-IR), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electronic microscope (SEM) and thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA), respectively. The phase change properties of the PEG/MgO composite were determined by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The high heat-energy storage capability and good thermal stability of the composite enable it extensive applications in the future

  16. Dynamically vulcanized biobased polylactide/natural rubber blend material with continuous cross-linked rubber phase.

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    Chen, Yukun; Yuan, Daosheng; Xu, Chuanhui

    2014-03-26

    We prepared a biobased material, dynamically vulcanized polylactide (PLA)/natural rubber (NR) blend in which the cross-linked NR phase owned a continuous network-like dispersion. This finding breaks the traditional concept of a sea-island morphology formed after dynamic vulcanization of the blends. The scan electron microscopy and dissolution/swell experiments provided the direct proof of the continuous cross-linked NR phase. This new biobased PLA/NR blend material with the novel structure is reported for the first time in the field of dynamic vulcanization and shows promise for development for various functional applications. PMID:24621374

  17. Homogeneous phase W–Ge–Te material with improved overall phase-change properties for future nonvolatile memory

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Abstract: Homogeneous phase W–Ge–Te material has been proposed and investigated for phase-change memory (PCM) applications. The crystallization temperature of GeTe is markedly improved by introducing W atoms. In the W–Ge–Te material, W atoms bonding to Ge and Te atoms serve as substitutional impurities. During the crystallization process, the diffusion of Ge and Te atoms is restricted by W atoms that have larger atomic mass, which further leads to more uniform crystallization of the material. W atoms serve as nucleation centers and attract the surrounding Ge and Te atoms, quickly building crystal grains. W0.1(GeTe)0.9 film has a 10-year data retention temperature of 225 °C and an ultrafast crystallization time of 3 ns. Specifically, W0.1(GeTe)0.9 film can withstand the Pb-free solder reflow temperature (260 °C) for 4.6 × 104 s. A voltage pulse of as little of 10 ns long can realize reversible operations for W0.1(GeTe)0.9-based PCM devices. In addition, good endurance (5 × 105 cycles) has also been obtained for the cell

  18. Nano-scale spinning detonation in a condensed phase energetic material

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    A single-headed spinning detonation wave is observed in molecular dynamics simulations of a condensed phase detonation of an energetic material confined to a round tube. The EM is modeled using a modified AB reactive empirical bond order (REBO) potential. The simulated spinning detonation is similar to those observed in the gas phase. However, in addition to the incident, oblique, and transverse shock waves well known from gas-phase spinning detonations, a contact shock wave generated by a contact discontinuity is uncovered in our MD simulations.

  19. A Review On Free Cooling Through Heat Pipe by Using Phase Change Materials

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Thermal energy storage is renewable source of energy to develop energy storage system, which minimize environmental impact such as ozone depletion and global warming. Thermal energy can be stored as latent heat which is latter use when substance changes from one phase to another phase by either freezing or melting. Now a days need of refrigeration and air conditioning has been increased, which can be achieved by free cooling, for this various substances are use, depending upon required temperature. Phase change materials are one of the substances having low temperature of melting and solidification.

  20. Accurate switching intensities and length scales in quasi-phase-matched materials

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    Bang, Ole; Graversen, Torben Winther; Corney, Joel Frederick

    2001-01-01

    We consider unseeded typeI second-harmonic generation in quasi-phase-matched quadratic nonlinear materials and derive an accurate analytical expression for the evolution of the average intensity. The intensity- dependent nonlinear phase mismatch that is due to the cubic nonlinearity induced by...... quasi phase matching is found. The equivalent formula for the intensity of maximum conversion, the crossing of which changes the one-period nonlinear phase shift of the fundamental abruptly by p , corrects earlier estimates [Opt.Lett. 23, 506 (1998)] by a factor of 5.3. We find the crystal lengths that...... are necessary to obtain an optimal flat phase versus intensity response on either side of this separatrix intensity....

  1. The Inverse Phase Stability Problem as a Constraint Satisfaction Problem: Application to Materials Design

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    Arróyave, R.; Gibbons, S. L.; Galvan, E.; Malak, R. J.

    2016-05-01

    In general, the forward phase stability problem consists of mapping thermodynamic conditions (e.g., composition, temperature, pressure) to corresponding equilibrium states. In this paper, we instead focus on the generalized inverse phase stability problem (GIPSP) that deals with mapping a set of phase constitutions to a set of corresponding thermodynamic conditions. Specifically, we define the GIPSP as mapping of sets of phase constitution definitions in a multidimensional phase constitution search space to corresponding ranges of thermodynamic conditions. Mathematically, the solution to the GIPSP corresponds to all solutions to a continuous constraint satisfaction problem (CCSP). We present novel algorithms combining computational thermodynamics, evolutionary computation, and machine learning to approximate solution sets to the GIPSP as a CCSP. Some preliminary examples demonstrating the algorithms are presented. Moreover, the implications of the proposed framework for the larger problem of materials design are discussed, and future work is suggested.

  2. Competing covalent and ionic bonding in Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Sun, Jifeng; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J

    2016-01-01

    Ge2Sb2Te5 and related phase change materials are highly unusual in that they can be readily transformed between amorphous and crystalline states using very fast melt, quench, anneal cycles, although the resulting states are extremely long lived at ambient temperature. These states have remarkably different physical properties including very different optical constants in the visible in strong contrast to common glass formers such as silicates or phosphates. This behavior has been described in terms of resonant bonding, but puzzles remain, particularly regarding different physical properties of crystalline and amorphous phases. Here we show that there is a strong competition between ionic and covalent bonding in cubic phase providing a link between the chemical basis of phase change memory property and origins of giant responses of piezoelectric materials (PbTiO3, BiFeO3). This has important consequences for dynamical behavior in particular leading to a simultaneous hardening of acoustic modes and softening of high frequency optic modes in crystalline phase relative to amorphous. This different bonding in amorphous and crystalline phases provides a direct explanation for different physical properties and understanding of the combination of long time stability and rapid switching and may be useful in finding new phase change compositions with superior properties. PMID:27193531

  3. Competing covalent and ionic bonding in Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

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    Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Sun, Jifeng; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2016-05-01

    Ge2Sb2Te5 and related phase change materials are highly unusual in that they can be readily transformed between amorphous and crystalline states using very fast melt, quench, anneal cycles, although the resulting states are extremely long lived at ambient temperature. These states have remarkably different physical properties including very different optical constants in the visible in strong contrast to common glass formers such as silicates or phosphates. This behavior has been described in terms of resonant bonding, but puzzles remain, particularly regarding different physical properties of crystalline and amorphous phases. Here we show that there is a strong competition between ionic and covalent bonding in cubic phase providing a link between the chemical basis of phase change memory property and origins of giant responses of piezoelectric materials (PbTiO3, BiFeO3). This has important consequences for dynamical behavior in particular leading to a simultaneous hardening of acoustic modes and softening of high frequency optic modes in crystalline phase relative to amorphous. This different bonding in amorphous and crystalline phases provides a direct explanation for different physical properties and understanding of the combination of long time stability and rapid switching and may be useful in finding new phase change compositions with superior properties.

  4. RIMS International Conference : Mathematical Challenges in a New Phase of Materials Science

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    Kotani, Motoko

    2016-01-01

    This volume comprises eight papers delivered at the RIMS International Conference "Mathematical Challenges in a New Phase of Materials Science", Kyoto, August 4–8, 2014. The contributions address subjects in defect dynamics, negatively curved carbon crystal, topological analysis of di-block copolymers, persistence modules, and fracture dynamics. These papers highlight the strong interaction between mathematics and materials science and also reflect the activity of WPI-AIMR at Tohoku University, in which collaborations between mathematicians and experimentalists are actively ongoing.

  5. Basic Principles and Utilization Possibilities’ of Ultrasonic Phased Array in Material Nondestructive Evaluation

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    Ivo Cap; Klara Capova; Dagmar Faktorova

    2004-01-01

    The paper deals with the basic principles of operation and with the utilization possibilities of phased array (PA) in materials nondestructive testing (NDT). The first part deals with description of PA arrangement modes, which enable to generate, focus and steer the ultrasonic beem. The second part deals with the description of electromagnetic acoustic transducer PA operation. The last part deals with the description of the utilization of PA in nondestructive testing of conductive materials a...

  6. Intergranular and inter-phased boundaries in the materials; Joints intergranulaires et interphases dans les materiaux

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    Aslanides, A. [Electricite de France, Dept. CIMA, 77 - Moret sur Loing (France); Backhaus-Ricoult, M. [Centre d' Etudes de Chimie metallurgique, 94 - Vitry-sur-Seine (France); Bayle-Guillemaud, P. [CEA Grenoble, Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee, 38 (France)] [and others

    2000-07-01

    This document collects the abstracts of the talks presented during the colloquium J2IM on the intergranular and inter-phased boundaries in the materials. Around the themes of the interfaces behaviour and grain boundaries defects in materials, these days dealt with the microstructure behaviour in many domains such as the interfaces in batteries, the irradiation damages and the special case of the fuel-cladding interactions, the stressed interfaces, the alumina or silicon carbides substrates. (A.L.B.)

  7. High tolerance of proton irradiation of Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change material

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    Highlights: •The phase change material Ge2Sb2Te5 was irradiated by 3 MeV proton. •The electrical and mechanical property of Ge2Sb2Te5 film were evaluated. •Monte Carlo Simulation was used to analyze the process of ions transport in the material. •The results showed that GST has excellent proton irradiation tolerance. -- Abstract: A chalcogenide material Ge2Sb2Te5 was irradiated by proton and its radiation performance was investigated. The amorphous to crystalline transformation was studied by transmission electron microscopy observations and resistance measurements before and after irradiation. The results show that the crystallization behavior of the material has no obvious change after irradiation, proton irradiation did not induced transformation between crystalline and as-deposited amorphous state. Monte Carlo Simulation was used to analyze the process of ions transport in the phase change material. The irradiation results show that GST phase change material has excellent proton irradiation tolerance, which makes it attractive for space-based applications

  8. Nanoscale Phase Immiscibility in High-ZT Bulk Lead Telluride Thermoelectric Materials

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    Girard, Steven Neal

    Renewable energy initiatives have increased interest in thermoelectric materials as an option for inexpensive and environmentally friendly waste heat-to-power generation. Unfortunately, low efficiencies have limited their wide-scale utilization. This work describes the synthesis and characterization of bulk nanostructured thermoelectric materials wherein natural phase immiscibility is manipulated to selectively generate nanoscale inclusions of a second phase that improve their efficiency through reductions in lattice thermal conductivity. The PbTe-PbS system exhibits natural phase separation by nucleation and growth or spinodal decomposition phase transformations depending on composition and temperature treatment. Through rapid quenching, nearly ideal solid solution alloys of PbTe-PbS are observed by powder X-ray diffraction. However, characterization by solid-state NMR and IR reflectivity show that solid solutions are obtained for rapidly quenched samples within the nucleation and growth region of the phase diagram, but samples within the spinodal decomposition region exhibit very slight phase immiscibility. We report the temperatures of phase separation using high temperature powder X-ray diffraction. Microscopy reveals that phase separation in PbTe-PbS naturally produces nanoinclusions. A decrease in lattice thermal conductivity is observed as a result of the solid solution-to-nanostructured phase transformation in this materials system, increasing thermoelectric figure of merit. Sn addition to PbTe-PbS produces a pseudobinary system of PbTe-PbSnS 2. This materials system produces microscale lamellae that effectively reduce lattice thermal conductivity. Unfortunately, the PbSnS2 inclusions also scatter electrons, reducing electrical conductivity and producing only a minimal increase in thermoelectric figure of merit. We additionally investigate PbSnS2 as prepared through Bridgman crystal growth. PbTe-PbS doped with Na appears to increase the kinetic rate of

  9. Energy Saving Potentials of Phase Change Materials Applied to Lightweight Building Envelopes

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    Yoon-Bok Seong

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials (PCMs have been considered as an innovative technology that can reduce the peak loads and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC energy consumption in buildings. Basically they are substances capable of storing or releasing thermal energy as latent heat. Because the amount of latent heat absorbed or released is much larger than the sensible heat, the application of PCMs in buildings has significant potential to reduce energy consumption. However, because each PCM has its own phase change temperature, which is the temperature at which latent heat is absorbed or released, it is important to use an appropriate PCM for the purpose of building envelope design. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the energy saving potentials in buildings when various PCMs with different phase change temperatures are applied to a lightweight building envelope by analyzing the thermal load characteristics. As results, the annual heating load increased at every phase change temperature, but the peak heating load decreased by 3.19% with heptadecane (phase change temperature 21 °C, and the lowest indoor temperature increased by 0.86 °C with heptadecane (phase change temperature 21 °C. The annual cooling load decreased by 1.05% with dodecanol (phase change temperature 24 °C, the peak cooling load decreased by 1.30% with octadecane (phase change temperature 29 °C, and the highest indoor temperature dropped by 0.50 °C with octadecane (phase change temperature 29 °C. When the night ventilation was applied to the building HVAC system for better passive cooling performance, the annual cooling load decreased by 9.28% with dodecanol (phase change temperature 24 °C, the peak load decreased by 11.33% with octadecane (phase change temperature 29 °C, and the highest indoor temperature dropped by 0.85 °C with octadecane (phase change temperature 29 °C.

  10. Analysis of Phase Separation in High Performance PbTe–PbS Thermoelectric Materials

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    Girard, Steven N. [Northwestern University; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus [Ames Laboratory; Chasapis, Thomas C. [Northwestern University; Hatzikraniotis, Euripides [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Njegic, B. [Ames Laboratory; Levin, E. M. [Ames Laboratory; Rawal, A. [Ames Laboratory; Paraskevopoulos, Konstantios M. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. [Northwestern University

    2013-02-11

    Phase immiscibility in PbTe–based thermoelectric materials is an effective means of top-down synthesis of nanostructured composites exhibiting low lattice thermal conductivities. PbTe1-x Sx thermoelectric materials can be synthesized as metastable solid solution alloys through rapid quenching. Subsequent post-annealing induces phase separation at the nanometer scale, producing nanostructures that increase phonon scattering and reduce lattice thermal conductivity. However, there has yet to be any study investigating in detail the local chemical structure of both the solid solution and nanostructured variants of this material system. Herein, quenched and annealed (i.e., solid solution and phase-separated) samples of PbTe–PbS are analyzed by in situ high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, solid-state 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and infrared (IR) spectroscopy analysis. For high concentrations of PbS in PbTe, e.g., x >16%, NMR and IR analyses reveal that rapidly quenched samples exhibit incipient phase separation that is not detected by state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray diffraction, providing an example of a PbTe thermoelectric “alloy” that is in fact phase inhomogeneous. Thermally-induced PbS phase separation in PbTe–PbS occurs close to 200 °C for all compositions studied, and the solubility of the PbS phase in PbTe at elevated temperatures >500 °C is reported. The findings of this study suggest that there may be a large number of thermoelectric alloy systems that are phase inhomogeneous or nanostructured despite adherence to Vegard's Law of alloys, highlighting the importance of careful chemical characterization to differentiate between thermoelectric alloys and composites.

  11. LIFE Materials: Phase Formation and Transformations in Transmutation Fuel Materials for the LIFE Engine Part I - Path Forward Volume 3

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    Turchi, P A; Kaufman, L; Fluss, M

    2008-12-19

    The current specifications of the LLNL fusion-fission hybrid proposal, namely LIFE, impose severe constraints on materials, and in particular on the nuclear fissile or fertile nuclear fuel and its immediate environment. This constitutes the focus of the present report with special emphasis on phase formation and phase transformations of the transmutation fuel and their consequences on particle and pebble thermal, chemical, and mechanical integrities. We first review the work that has been done in recent years to improve materials properties under the Gen-IV project, and with in particular applications to HTGR and MSR, and also under GNEP and AFCI in the USA. Our goal is to assess the nuclear fuel options that currently exist together with their issues. Among the options, it is worth mentioning TRISO, IMF, and molten salts. The later option will not be discussed in details since an entire report (Volume 8 - Molten-salt Fuels) is dedicated to it. Then, in a second part, with the specific LIFE specifications in mind, the various fuel options with their most critical issues are revisited with a path forward for each of them in terms of research, both experimental and theoretical. Since LIFE is applicable to very high burn-up of various fuels, distinctions will be made depending on the mission, i.e., energy production or incineration. Finally a few conclusions are drawn in terms of the specific needs for integrated materials modeling and the in depth knowledge on time-evolution thermo-chemistry that controls and drastically affects the performance of the nuclear materials and their immediate environment. Although LIFE demands materials that very likely have not yet been fully optimized, the challenges are not insurmountable, and a well concerted experimental-modeling effort should lead to dramatic advances that should well serve other fission programs such as Gen-IV, GNEP, AFCI as well as the international fusion program, ITER.

  12. LIFE Materials: Phase Formation and Transformations in Transmutation Fuel Materials for the LIFE Engine Part I - Path Forward Volume 3

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    The current specifications of the LLNL fusion-fission hybrid proposal, namely LIFE, impose severe constraints on materials, and in particular on the nuclear fissile or fertile nuclear fuel and its immediate environment. This constitutes the focus of the present report with special emphasis on phase formation and phase transformations of the transmutation fuel and their consequences on particle and pebble thermal, chemical, and mechanical integrities. We first review the work that has been done in recent years to improve materials properties under the Gen-IV project, and with in particular applications to HTGR and MSR, and also under GNEP and AFCI in the USA. Our goal is to assess the nuclear fuel options that currently exist together with their issues. Among the options, it is worth mentioning TRISO, IMF, and molten salts. The later option will not be discussed in details since an entire report (Volume 8 - Molten-salt Fuels) is dedicated to it. Then, in a second part, with the specific LIFE specifications in mind, the various fuel options with their most critical issues are revisited with a path forward for each of them in terms of research, both experimental and theoretical. Since LIFE is applicable to very high burn-up of various fuels, distinctions will be made depending on the mission, i.e., energy production or incineration. Finally a few conclusions are drawn in terms of the specific needs for integrated materials modeling and the in depth knowledge on time-evolution thermo-chemistry that controls and drastically affects the performance of the nuclear materials and their immediate environment. Although LIFE demands materials that very likely have not yet been fully optimized, the challenges are not insurmountable, and a well concerted experimental-modeling effort should lead to dramatic advances that should well serve other fission programs such as Gen-IV, GNEP, AFCI as well as the international fusion program, ITER

  13. Aviation Machinist's Mate Phase I, 2-5. Military Curriculum Materials for Vocational and Technical Education.

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    These teacher and student materials for the first section of a two-phase secondary/postsecondary level course for aviation machinists make up one of a number of military-developed curriculum packages selected for adaptation to vocational instruction and curriculum development in a civilian setting. The purpose of the course is to enable students…

  14. Aviation Machinist's Mate Phase II, 2-6. Military Curriculum Materials for Vocational and Technical Education.

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    Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.

    These teacher and student materials, the second section of a two phase secondary/postsecondary-level course on aviation machinists, make up one of a number of military-developed curriculum packages selected for adaptation to vocational instruction and curriculum development in a civilian setting. The purpose of the course is to train students to…

  15. Latent heat storage by silica-coated polymer beads containing organic phase change materials

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    Feczkó, T.; Trif, L.; Horák, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 132, July (2016), s. 405-414. ISSN 0038-092X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH14318 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : latent heat storage * phase change materials * porous beads by suspension polymerization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.469, year: 2014

  16. Ceramic fiber-reinforced monoclinic celsian phase glass-ceramic matrix composite material

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    Bansal, Narottam P. (Inventor); Dicarlo, James A. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A hyridopolysilazane-derived ceramic fiber reinforced monoclinic celsian phase barium aluminum silicate glass-ceramic matrix composite material is prepared by ball-milling an aqueous slurry of BAS glass powder and fine monoclinic celsian seeds. The fibers improve the mechanical strength and fracture toughness and with the matrix provide superior dielectric properties.

  17. Microscale Polymer Bottles Corked with a Phase-Change Material for Temperature-Controlled Release

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    Hyun, Dong Choon; Lu, Ping; Choi, Sang Il; Jeong, Unyong; Xia, Younan

    2013-01-01

    Keep your wine chilled! Microscale polymer bottles are loaded with dye molecules and then corked with a phase-change material (PCM). When temperature is raised beyond its melting point, the PCM quickly melt and trigger an instant release of the encapsulated dye. The release profiles can be manipulated by using a binary mixture of PCMs with different melting points.

  18. Structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in two-dimensional materials induced by electrostatic gating

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    Li, Yao; Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N.; Wauson, Kerry; Reed, Evan J.

    2016-02-01

    Dynamic control of conductivity and optical properties via atomic structure changes is of technological importance in information storage. Energy consumption considerations provide a driving force towards employing thin materials in devices. Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides are nearly atomically thin materials that can exist in multiple crystal structures, each with distinct electrical properties. By developing new density functional-based methods, we discover that electrostatic gating device configurations have the potential to drive structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transitions in some monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. Here we show that the semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in monolayer MoTe2 can be driven by a gate voltage of several volts with appropriate choice of dielectric. We find that the transition gate voltage can be reduced arbitrarily by alloying, for example, for MoxW1-xTe2 monolayers. Our findings identify a new physical mechanism, not existing in bulk materials, to dynamically control structural phase transitions in two-dimensional materials, enabling potential applications in phase-change electronic devices.

  19. Analysis of Phase Change Material in Glazing Systems in Future Zero-Energy-Buildings

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    Winther, Frederik Vildbrad; Heiselberg, Per; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2016-01-01

    thermal storage capacity of the glazed facade by using phase change material (PCM), in the glazing cavity, reduces the cooling demand. When wanting to use this technology under colder weather conditions, the pane can potentially reduce the heat loss of the pane thereby minimizing energy demand for heating....

  20. Development of methods for measuring materials nuclear characteristics, Phases, I, II, II and IV

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    This report contains the following phases of the project 'measurement of nuclear characteristics of reactor materials': nuclear performances of the neutron chopper; method for measuring total effective cross sections by transmission method on the chopper; review of methods for measuring activation cross sections; measurement of neutron spectra of the RA reactor and measurement of total effective cross section of gold by using the chopper

  1. Study of ZrO2 nanopowders based stearic acid phase change materials

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    Desheng Ai; Lizan Su; Zhe Gao; Changsheng Deng; Xiaming Dai

    2010-01-01

    ZrO2 nanopowders based stearic acid phase change materials(PCMs)were prepared by high-energy milling.The concept of heat capacity factor(HCF)was used to analyze the thermal properties of the materials.The heat storage property of PCMs,containing the same content of stearic acid(23% by mass)in the starting materials but synthesized by different technical processes,was investigated by using HCF.It was found that there were vast influences of different dispersants on the heat capacity.The samples prepared with chloroform provided the best heat storage ability in all samples tested.

  2. Study on Solidification of Phase Change Material in Fractal Porous Metal Foam

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    Zhang, Chengbin; Wu, Liangyu; Chen, Yongping

    2015-02-01

    The Sierpinski fractal is introduced to construct the porous metal foam. Based on this fractal description, an unsteady heat transfer model accompanied with solidification phase change in fractal porous metal foam embedded with phase change material (PCM) is developed and numerically analyzed. The heat transfer processes associated with solidification of PCM embedded in fractal structure is investigated and compared with that in single-pore structure. The results indicate that, for the solidification of phase change material in fractal porous metal foam, the PCM is dispersedly distributed in metal foam and the existence of porous metal matrix provides a fast heat flow channel both horizontally and vertically, which induces the enhancement of interstitial heat transfer between the solid matrix and PCM. The solidification performance of the PCM, which is represented by liquid fraction and solidification time, in fractal structure is superior to that in single-pore structure.

  3. Advanced phase change materials and systems for solar passive heating and cooling of residential buildings

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    Salyer, I.O.; Sircar, A.K.; Dantiki, S.

    1988-01-01

    During the last three years under the sponsorship of the DOE Solar Passive Division, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has investigated four phase change material (PCM) systems for utility in thermal energy storage for solar passive heating and cooling applications. From this research on the basis of cost, performance, containment, and environmental acceptability, we have selected as our current and most promising series of candidate phase change materials, C-15 to C-24 linear crystalline alkyl hydrocarbons. The major part of the research during this contract period was directed toward the following three objectives. Find, test, and develop low-cost effective phase change materials (PCM) that melt and freeze sharply in the comfort temperature range of 73--77{degree}F for use in solar passive heating and cooling of buildings. Define practical materials and processes for fire retarding plasterboard/PCM building products. Develop cost-effective methods for incorporating PCM into building construction materials (concrete, plasterboard, etc.) which will lead to the commercial manufacture and sale of PCM-containing products resulting in significant energy conservation.

  4. High-field electrical transport in amorphous phase-change materials

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    Kaes, Matthias; Le Gallo, Manuel; Sebastian, Abu; Salinga, Martin; Krebs, Daniel

    2015-10-01

    Electrical transport in chalcogenide-based phase change materials is an active area of research owing to the prominent role played by these materials in the field of information technology. Here, we present transport measurements (IV curves) obtained on line-cells of as-deposited amorphous phase change materials (Ge2Sb2Te5, GeTe, Ag4In3Sb66Te27) over a wide voltage and temperature range (300 K to 160 K). The well defined geometry of our devices enables a description of the transport behavior in terms of conductivity vs. electric field. At higher temperatures (300 K ≥ T ≥ 220 K) and low to intermediate fields (F behavior quantitatively.

  5. Crystal-amorphous transformation via defect-templating in phase-change materials

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    Nukala, Pavan

    Phase-change materials (PCM) such as GeTe and Ge-Sb-Te alloys are potential candidates for non-volatile memory applications, because they can reversibly and rapidly transform between a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase with medium-range order. Traditionally, crystal-amorphous transformation in these materials has been carried out via melt-quench pathway, where the crystalline phase is heated beyond its melting point by the rising edge of an electric pulse, and the melt phase is quenched by the falling edge into a glassy phase. Formation of an intermediate melt phase in this transformation pathway requires usage of large switching current densities, resulting in energy wastage, and device degradation issues. Furthermore, melt-quench pathway is a brute force strategy of amorphizing PCM, and does not utilize the peculiar structural properties in crystalline phase. It will be beneficial from a device perspective that crystal-amorphous transformation is carried out via subtler solid-state pathways. Single-crystalline nanowire phase-change memory, owing to its lateral geometry and large volumes of active material, offers a platform to construct a crystal-amorphous transformation pathway via gradually increasing disorder in the crystalline phase, and study it. Using in situ transmission electron microscopy on GeTe and Ge2Sb2Te5 systems, we showed that the application of an electric pulse (heat-shock) creates dislocations in the PCM that migrate with the hole-wind force, and interact with the already existing ferroelectric boundaries in case of GeTe, changing their nature. We adapted novel tools such as optical second harmonic generation polarimety to carefully study these defect interactions. These defects accumulate at a region of local inhomogeneity, and upon addition of defects beyond a critical limit to that region via electrical pulsing, an amorphous phase "nucleates". We also studied the effect of defect dynamics on carrier transport using temperature

  6. Processing And Properties Of MAX Phases – Based Materials Using SHS Technique

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    Chlubny L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Authors present results of works on the interesting new group of advanced ceramics called MAX phases – Ti-based ternary carbides and nitrides. They have an original layered structure involved highly anisotropic properties laying between ceramics and metals, with high elastic modulus, low hardness, very high fracture toughness and high electrical and heat conductivity. Using Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis (SHS in the combustion regime it is possible to prepare MAX phases-rich powders that can be used as the precursors for preparation of dense MAX polycrystals by presureless sintering or hot-pressing. Different novel Ti-based phases with layered structures, namely: Ti3AlC2 and Ti2AlC have been synthesized in a combustion regime. The possibility of controlling of combustion phenomena for obtaining near single-phase products is discussed in details as well as some of properties of the materials tested as structure and functional ceramics.

  7. Si1Sb2Te3 phase change material for chalcogenide random access memory

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    Zhang Ting; Song Zhi-Tang; Liu Bo; Liu Wei-Li; Feng Song-Lin; Chen Bomy

    2007-01-01

    This paper investigated phase change Si1Sb2Te3 material for application of chalcogenide random access memory.Current-voltage performance was conducted to determine threshold current of phase change from amorphous phase to polycrystalline phase.The film holds a threshold current about 0.155 mA,which is smaller than the value 0.31 mA of Ge2Sb2Te5 film.Amorphous Si1Sb2Te3 changes to face-centred-cubic structure at~180°C and changes to hexagonal structure at~270°C.Annealing temperature dependent electric resistivity of Si1Sb2Te3 film was studied by four-point probe method.Data retention of the films was characterized as well.

  8. High Temperature Phase Transitions in NaxCoO2 Materials

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    NIE Chang-Jiang; YANG Huai-Xin; SHI You-Guo; LI Jian-Qi

    2006-01-01

    Structural and thermal transitions in the materials with nominal compositions of NaxCoO2 (0.5≤x≤0.75) have been investigated from room temperature to 800 K. In-situ heating transmission electron microscopy observations revealed certain distinctive structural phase transitions commonly existing in this system. A superstructure hexagonal phase, proposed arising from partial Na ordering, appears in this system in a high temperature range. The structural model for the superstructure phase has been given. Measurements of thermogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) demonstrated that certain structural phase transitions appear around 430 K. NaxCoO2 is decomposed at a temperature higher than 600 K.

  9. Quantitative Phase Fraction Detection in Organic Photovoltaic Materials through EELS Imaging

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    Ondrej Dyck

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Organic photovoltaic materials have recently seen intense interest from the research community. Improvements in device performance are occurring at an impressive rate; however, visualization of the active layer phase separation still remains a challenge. This paper outlines the application of two electron energy-loss spectroscopic (EELS imaging techniques that can complement and enhance current phase detection techniques. Specifically, the bulk plasmon peak position, often used to produce contrast between phases in energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM, is quantitatively mapped across a sample cross section. A complementary spectrum image capturing the carbon and sulfur core loss edges is compared with the plasmon peak map and found to agree quite well, indicating that carbon and sulfur density differences between the two phases also allows phase discrimination. Additionally, an analytical technique for determining absolute atomic areal density is used to produce an absolute carbon and sulfur areal density map. We show how these maps may be re-interpreted as a phase ratio map, giving quantitative information about the purity of the phases within the junction.

  10. Selection and performance assessment of Phase Change Materials for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications

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    Highlights: • Performance evaluation of commercialized Phase Change Materials for building applications. • Selection and assessment by Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) approach. • Ranking of the commercialized Phase Change Materials (PCMs). • Simulation of top performing PCM using PCMExpress Valentin Energy Software. - Abstract: The rapid commercialization of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) applications, has paved way for effective utilization of ambient thermal fluctuations. However, given a long list of contemporary candidates, it is crucial to select the best material to obtain maximum efficiency for any given application. This article attempts to extend Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) approach for ranking and selecting PCMs for domestic HVAC application. Firstly, Ashby approach has been employed for determining two novel figure of merits (FOM) to grade PCMs performance. The FOMs thus obtained were subjected to Pareto Optimality test. The graded materials were ranked using Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS). The relative weights for the different attributes were calculated using Shannon’s entropy method. In order to justify the rankings obtained, the top materials were subjected to a standard simulation study to evaluate their relative performance using PCMExpress with the aim of maintaining human comfort temperature. It was observed that the results obtained by simulation are in good agreement with those obtained using MCDM approach. The candidates with the best ranks showed significant improvement in ameliorating the temperature conditions. Thus it can be concluded that integration of MCDM approach for PCMs selection would prove to an economical and swift alternative technique for ranking and screening of materials

  11. Crystal growth of an organic non-linear optical material from the vapour phase

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    Hou, W

    1999-07-01

    Due to the potential applications of organic non-linear optical materials in the areas of optical processing and communication, the investigation of the crystal growth of new organic NLO materials has been an active field for the last 20 years. For such uses it is necessary to produce single crystals of high quality and perfection, free of strain and defects. When crystals are grown from the solution and the melt, solvent and the decomposition component in the melt can introduce impurities and imperfection to the as-grown crystals. For crystals grown from vapour phase, in the absence of the solvent, this cannot occur and the method promises to yield single crystals of higher quality. Despite this attraction, little attention has been paid to the vapour phase growth of organic NLO crystals. It was with this in mind that the following investigation was carried out. Using Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (p-MHB), a potential organic NLO material, a comparison investigation was made of its crystal growth from both the vapour phase and solution; this included an examination of morphological assessment, structural perfection, surface morphology and growth kinetics of the as-grown crystals and the mass transport properties in the growth ampoule. Collation of this data allows the definition of the best conditions for vapour phase growth to produce specimens of high quality and purity. (author)

  12. Crystal growth of an organic non-linear optical material from the vapour phase

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    Due to the potential applications of organic non-linear optical materials in the areas of optical processing and communication, the investigation of the crystal growth of new organic NLO materials has been an active field for the last 20 years. For such uses it is necessary to produce single crystals of high quality and perfection, free of strain and defects. When crystals are grown from the solution and the melt, solvent and the decomposition component in the melt can introduce impurities and imperfection to the as-grown crystals. For crystals grown from vapour phase, in the absence of the solvent, this cannot occur and the method promises to yield single crystals of higher quality. Despite this attraction, little attention has been paid to the vapour phase growth of organic NLO crystals. It was with this in mind that the following investigation was carried out. Using Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (p-MHB), a potential organic NLO material, a comparison investigation was made of its crystal growth from both the vapour phase and solution; this included an examination of morphological assessment, structural perfection, surface morphology and growth kinetics of the as-grown crystals and the mass transport properties in the growth ampoule. Collation of this data allows the definition of the best conditions for vapour phase growth to produce specimens of high quality and purity. (author)

  13. Composite macrocapsule of phase change materials/expanded graphite for thermal energy storage

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    Three kinds of macro-encapsulated phase change materials (MacroPCMs) were fabricated, i.e., MacroPCMs with a single core–shell structure, MacroPCMs containing microencapsulated phase change materials (MicroPCMs), and composite macrocapsules of MicroPCMs/expanded graphite prepared by suspension-like polymerization followed by a piercing–solidifying incuber process. The morphology, microstructure, phase change property, as well as seal tightness were systematically characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). The core–shell structured macrocapsules exhibit a homogeneous thickness shell. The interface combination between MicroPCMs and polymer substrate was studied through the cross section micrograph of MacroPCMs containing MicroPCMs. The morphology and seal tightness of MacroPCMs fabricated with expanded graphite absorbing both PCMs and shell-forming monomers, enhanced significantly compared with that of PCMs alone. In addition, the effects of polymer substrate proportion between styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer and sodium alginate on the microstructure and performance of MacroPCMs were discussed as well. - Highlights: • MacroPCMs with single core–shell structure. • MacroPCMs containing acrylic-based copolymer MicroPCMs. • Phase change materials/expanded graphite composite macrocapsule

  14. A Super Cooled, Non-toxic, Non-flammable Phase Change Material Thermal Pack for Portable Life Support Systems Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The concept development and test of a water-based, advanced Phase Change Material (PCM) heat sink is proposed. Utilizing a novel material choice for both an...

  15. A Super Cooled, Non-toxic, Non-flammable Phase Change Material Thermal Pack for Portable Life Support Systems Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The continuation of concept development and test of a water-based, advanced Phase Change Material (PCM) heat sink is proposed. Utilizing a novel material choice for...

  16. Experimental investigation of performances of microcapsule phase change material for thermal energy storage

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    Li, H. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing (China); Liu, X.; Wu, S. [Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing (China); Fang, G.

    2010-02-15

    Performances of microcapsule phase change material (MPCM) for thermal energy storage are investigated. The MPCM for thermal energy storage is prepared by a complex coacervation method with gelatin and acacia as wall materials and paraffin as core material in an emulsion system. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to study the microstructure of the MPCM. In thermal analysis, a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) was employed to determine the melting temperature, melting latent heat, solidification temperature, and solidification latent heat of the MPCM for thermal energy storage. The SEM micrograph indicates that the MPCM has been successfully synthesized and that the particle size of the MPCM is about 81 {mu}m. The DSC output results show that the melting temperature of the MPCM is 52.05 C, the melting latent heat is 141.03 kJ/kg, the solidification temperature is 59.68 C, and the solidification latent heat is 121.59 kJ/kg. The results prove that the MPCM for thermal energy storage has a larger phase change latent heat and suitable phase change temperature, so it can be considered as an efficient thermal energy storage material for heat utilizing systems. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  17. Time-resolved quantitative-phase microscopy of laser-material interactions using a wavefront sensor.

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    Gallais, Laurent; Monneret, Serge

    2016-07-15

    We report on a simple and efficient technique based on a wavefront sensor to obtain time-resolved amplitude and phase images of laser-material interactions. The main interest of the technique is to obtain quantitative self-calibrated phase measurements in one shot at the femtosecond time-scale, with high spatial resolution. The technique is used for direct observation and quantitative measurement of the Kerr effect in a fused silica substrate and free electron generation by photo-ionization processes in an optical coating. PMID:27420506

  18. Characteristics of temporal- spatial parameters in quasi- solid-fluid phase transition of granular materials

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    2006-01-01

    The quasi-solid-fluid phase transition of granular materials is closely related to the shear rate and solid concentration in addition to their intrinsic properties. The contact duration and the coordination number are two important temporal-spatial parameters to describe the granular interaction in phase transition. In this study, characteristics of the contact duration and the coordination number associated with the transition processes are determined using a 3D discrete element model under different shear rates and concentrations. The resulting macroscopic stress and strain-rate relations are discussed. The temporal and spatial parameters provide a linkage between the macroscopic constitutive law and inter- particle micromechanics.

  19. Review of Development Survey of Phase Change Material Models in Building Applications

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    Hussein J. Akeiber

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The application of phase change materials (PCMs in green buildings has been increasing rapidly. PCM applications in green buildings include several development models. This paper briefly surveys the recent research and development activities of PCM technology in building applications. Firstly, a basic description of phase change and their principles is provided; the classification and applications of PCMs are also included. Secondly, PCM models in buildings are reviewed and discussed according to the wall, roof, floor, and cooling systems. Finally, conclusions are presented based on the collected data.

  20. Analysis of a material phase shifting element in an atom interferometer

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    Perreault, John D; Cronin, Alexander D [University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)

    2005-01-01

    The interaction of Na atoms with a surface was probed by inserting a nanofabricated material grating into one arm of an atom interferometer (IFM). This technique permits a direct measurement of the change in phase and coherence of matter waves as they pass within 25 nm of the grating bar surface. The practical concerns and challenges of making such a measurement are discussed here. Interference of spurious diffraction orders, IFM path overlap, and the partial obscuration of IFM beams are all important aspects of this experiment. The systematic effects that contribute to the measured phase shift and contrast are discussed.

  1. Analysis of a material phase shifting element in an atom interferometer

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    The interaction of Na atoms with a surface was probed by inserting a nanofabricated material grating into one arm of an atom interferometer (IFM). This technique permits a direct measurement of the change in phase and coherence of matter waves as they pass within 25 nm of the grating bar surface. The practical concerns and challenges of making such a measurement are discussed here. Interference of spurious diffraction orders, IFM path overlap, and the partial obscuration of IFM beams are all important aspects of this experiment. The systematic effects that contribute to the measured phase shift and contrast are discussed

  2. Analysis of a Material Phase Shifting Element in an Atom Interferometer

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    Perreault, J D; Perreault, John D.; Cronin, Alexander D.

    2005-01-01

    The interaction of Na atoms with a surface was probed by inserting a nanofabricated material grating into one arm of an atom interferometer (IFM). This technique permits a direct measurement of the change in phase and coherence of matter waves as they pass within 25 nm of the grating bar surface. The practical concerns and challenges of making such a measurement are discussed here. Interference of spurious diffraction orders, IFM path overlap, and the partial obscuration of IFM beams are all important aspects of this experiment. The systematic effects that contribute to the measured phase shift and contrast are discussed.

  3. Surface Tension Components Based Selection of Cosolvents for Efficient Liquid Phase Exfoliation of 2D Materials.

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    Shen, Jianfeng; Wu, Jingjie; Wang, Man; Dong, Pei; Xu, Jingxuan; Li, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Xiang; Yuan, Junhua; Wang, Xifan; Ye, Mingxin; Vajtai, Robert; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2016-05-01

    A proper design of direct liquid phase exfoliation (LPE) for 2D materials as graphene, MoS2 , WS2 , h-BN, Bi2 Se3 , MoSe2 , SnS2 , and TaS2 with common cosolvents is carried out based on considering the polar and dispersive components of surface tensions of various cosolvents and 2D materials. It has been found that the exfoliation efficiency is enhanced by matching the ratio of surface tension components of cosolvents to that of the targeted 2D materials, based on which common cosolvents composed of IPA/water, THF/water, and acetone/water can be designed for sufficient LPE process. In this context, the library of low-toxic and low-cost solvents with low boiling points for LPE is infinitely enlarged when extending to common cosolvents. Polymer-based composites reinforced with a series of different 2D materials are compared with each other. It is demonstrated that the incorporation of cosolvents-exfoliated 2D materials can substantially improve the mechanical and thermal properties of polymer matrices. Typically, with the addition of 0.5 wt% of such 2D material as MoS2 nanosheets, the tensile strength and Young's modulus increased up to 74.85% and 136.97%, respectively. The different enhancement effect of 2D materials is corresponded to the intrinsic properties and LPE capacity of 2D materials. PMID:27059403

  4. Structures, phase stabilities, and electrical potentials of Li-Si battery anode materials

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    Tipton, William W.

    2013-05-28

    The Li-Si materials system holds promise for use as an anode in Li-ion battery applications. For this system, we determine the charge capacity, voltage profiles, and energy storage density solely by ab initio methods without any experimental input. We determine the energetics of the stable and metastable Li-Si phases likely to form during the charging and discharging of a battery. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to model the structure of amorphous Li-Si as a function of composition, and a genetic algorithm coupled to density-functional theory searches the Li-Si binary phase diagram for small-cell, metastable crystal structures. Calculations of the phonon densities of states using density-functional perturbation theory for selected structures determine the importance of vibrational, including zero-point, contributions to the free energies. The energetics and local structural motifs of these metastable Li-Si phases closely resemble those of the amorphous phases, making these small unit cell crystal phases good approximants of the amorphous phase for use in further studies. The charge capacity is estimated, and the electrical potential profiles and the energy density of Li-Si anodes are predicted. We find, in good agreement with experimental measurements, that the formation of amorphous Li-Si only slightly increases the anode potential. Additionally, the genetic algorithm identifies a previously unreported member of the Li-Si binary phase diagram with composition Li5Si2 which is stable at 0 K with respect to previously known phases. We discuss its relationship to the partially occupied Li7Si3 phase. © 2013 American Physical Society.

  5. Performance improvement of Sb2Te3 phase change material by Al doping

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    Al doped Sb2Te3 material was proposed to improve the performance of phase-change memory. Crystallization temperature, activation energy, and electrical resistance of the Al doped Sb2Te3 films increase markedly with the increasing of Al concentration. The additional Al-Sb and Al-Te bonds enhance the amorphous thermal stability of the material. Al0.69Sb2Te3 material has a better data retention (10 years at 110 deg. C) than that of Ge2Sb2Te5 material (10 years at 87 deg. C). With a 100 ns width voltage pulse, SET and RESET voltages of 1.3 and 3.3 V are achieved for the Al0.69Sb2Te3 based device.

  6. Numerical simulation of the structures with transparent thermal insulations and phase change materials

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    Ojanen, T.; Salonvaara, M.

    1992-12-31

    The aim of this research was to analyze the thermal performance of structures having layers of new materials. Applications of transparent thermal insulations and phase change materials were analyzed numerically using the simulation models TCCC2D and TRATMO2, developed at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), in the Laboratory of Heating and Ventilation. The potentials of new materials for reducing the losses through the building envelope were studied. The thermal effects of the transparency of insulation materials, thermal mass and inclination of the structure were analyzed using selected structural cases. The use of phase change materials with transparent layers was also studied. Surface temperatures and monthly and annual heat losses and the heat gains are presented for different cases. The results show that the annual conductive heat losses through sought facing facades can be decreased by about 40-50 % when compared to non-transparent structure with same U-value. During the three winter months transparent insulation acts only as an extra thermal resistance. The heat gains can also be used to compensate the ventilation heat losses or conductive heat losses through the facades. When transparent insulation is used in dynamic walls, the ventilation heat losses can be decreased as well. The reduction in the annual total heat losses through a dynamic structure can up to 40 % due to heat recovery and solar radiation. Phase change materials can be used for increment of the thermal mass in a certain temperature range and to smoothen the daily variations of heat losses and gains. Problems in the use of transparent insulations are high temperatures and heat gains, especially outside heating season.

  7. Numerical simulation of the structures with transparent thermal insulations and phase change materials

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    Ojanen, T.; Salonvaara, M.

    1992-01-01

    The aim of this research was to analyze the thermal performance of structures having layers of new materials. Applications of transparent thermal insulations and phase change materials were analyzed numerically using the simulation models TCCC2D and TRATMO2, developed at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), in the Laboratory of Heating and Ventilation. The potentials of new materials for reducing the losses through the building envelope were studied. The thermal effects of the transparency of insulation materials, thermal mass and inclination of the structure were analyzed using selected structural cases. The use of phase change materials with transparent layers was also studied. Surface temperatures and monthly and annual heat losses and the heat gains are presented for different cases. The results show that the annual conductive heat losses through sought facing facades can be decreased by about 40-50 % when compared to non-transparent structure with same U-value. During the three winter months transparent insulation acts only as an extra thermal resistance. The heat gains can also be used to compensate the ventilation heat losses or conductive heat losses through the facades. When transparent insulation is used in dynamic walls, the ventilation heat losses can be decreased as well. The reduction in the annual total heat losses through a dynamic structure can up to 40 % due to heat recovery and solar radiation. Phase change materials can be used for increment of the thermal mass in a certain temperature range and to smoothen the daily variations of heat losses and gains. Problems in the use of transparent insulations are high temperatures and heat gains, especially outside heating season.

  8. On-orbit absolute temperature calibration using multiple phase change materials: overview of recent technology advancements

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    Best, Fred A.; Adler, Douglas P.; Pettersen, Claire; Revercomb, Henry E.; Perepezko, John H.

    2010-11-01

    NASA's anticipated plan for a mission dedicated to Climate (CLARREO) will hinge upon the ability to fly SI traceable standards that provide irrefutable absolute measurement accuracy. As an example, instrumentation designed to measure spectrally resolved infrared radiances will require high-emissivity calibration blackbodies that have absolute temperature uncertainties of better than 0.045K (3 sigma). A novel scheme to provide absolute calibration of temperature sensors onorbit, that uses the transient melt signatures from multiple phase change materials, has been demonstrated in the laboratory at the University of Wisconsin and is now undergoing technology advancement under NASA Instrument Incubator Program funding. Using small quantities of phase change material (less than half of a percent of the mass of the cavity), melt temperature accuracies of better than 10 mK have been demonstrated for mercury, water, and gallium (providing calibration from 233K to 303K). Refinements currently underway focus on ensuring that the melt materials in their sealed confinement housings perform as expected in the thermal and microgravity environment of a multi-year spaceflight mission. Thermal soak and cycling tests are underway to demonstrate that there is no dissolution from the housings into the melt materials that could alter melt temperature, and that there is no liquid metal embrittlement of the housings from the metal melt materials. In addition, NASA funding has been recently secured to conduct a demonstration of this scheme in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station.

  9. Application of charge-dissipation material in MEBES phase-shift mask fabrication

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    Tan, Zoilo C. H.; Sauer, Charles A.

    1994-12-01

    Several charge dissipation materials were evaluated for their ability to improve the overlay accuracy during phase shift mask (PSM) registered writing on a MEBES system. These included an organic conductive polymer and a number of thin inorganic films, which were applied above or below the resist on a coated mask. When used with the resists, all conductive materials evaluated were capable of providing adequate charge dissipation during registered writing. Overlay accuracy of mean + 3 sigma EQ 0.07 micrometers was obtained in both axes. The water-cast conductive polymer was found to be the easiest to use.

  10. The effective conductivity of three-phase composite materials with circular cylindrical inclusions

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    We extend the Rayleigh method for the calculation of the effective conductivity to three-phase composite materials. The materials under study consist of two types of circular cylinders in a periodic arrangement embedded in a matrix. Highly accurate values for lattice sums were obtained using algorithms which have been recently developed. A series of explicit formulations, which are used to facilitate the calculation of the effective conductivity of the composites under study, are reported. We also perform a series of numerical calculations to study the behaviour of these composites

  11. Mathematical Modeling and Simulations of Phase Change Materials in Basic Orthogonal Coordinate Systems

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    Rousse, Daniel; Dutil, Yvan; Ben Salah, Nizar; Lassue, Stephane

    2010-09-15

    Energy storage components improve the energy efficiency of systems by reducing the mismatch between supply and demand. Phase change materials are attractive since they provide a high energy storage density at constant temperatures. Nevertheless, the incorporation of such materials in a particular application often calls for numerical analyses due to the non-linear nature of the problem. The review of the mathematical models will include selected results to enable one to start his/her research with an exhaustive overview of the subject. This overview also stresses the need to match experimental investigations with recent numerical analyses.

  12. Preparation and characterization of phase change material for thermal energy storage in buildings

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    Lo, Tommy Y.

    2016-04-01

    The paper presents the developing of novel form-stable composite phase change material (PCM) by incorporation of paraffin into lightweight aggregate through vacuum impregnation. The macro-encapsulated Paraffin-lightweight aggregate is a chemical compatible, thermal stable and thermal reliable PCM material for thermal energy storage applications in buildings. The 28 days compressive strength of NWAC using PCM-LWA is 33 - 53 MPa, which has an opportunity for structural purpose. Scanning electronic microscopic images indicated the paraffin can be held inside the porous structure of the aggregate. Thermal performance test showed that the cement paste panel with composite PCM can reduce the indoor temperature.

  13. Melting of Nanoprticle-Enhanced Phase Change Material inside Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

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    Seiyed Mohammad Javad Hosseini

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a numerical study of melting of Nanoprticle-Enhanced phase change material (NEPCM inside a shell and tube heat exchanger using RT50 and copper particles as base material and nanoparticle, respectively. In this study, the effects of nanoparticles dispersion (, 0.03, and 0.05 on melting time, liquid fraction, and penetration length are investigated. The results show that the melting time decreases to 14.6% and the penetration length increases to 146% with increasing volume fraction of nanoparticle up to .

  14. Phase instability in ZrO2 endash NiAl functionally graded materials

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    Sedimentation in organic solvents was followed by hot-pressing to produce 2 mole% yttria stabilized zirconia-NiAl functionally graded materials (FGM close-quote s). These FGM close-quote s were better able to accommodate high levels of residual stress than alumina-NiAl FGM close-quote s; this is possibly due to enhanced tetragonal phase retention. However, we found that the zirconia layer in these FGM close-quote s subsequently experiences room temperature transformation of t-ZrO2 to m-ZrO2. copyright 1997 Materials Research Society

  15. Wettability in the liquid Cu-Ag alloy – fireproof material – gas phase system

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    G. Siwiec

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, results of wettability studies on the liquid metal – fireproof material – gas phase system using copper and Cu-Ag alloys as well as typical fireproof materials, i.e. aluminium oxide, magnesium oxide and graphite, are presented. Contact angle measurements were conducted at 1 373–1 573 K by means of a high-temperature microscope coupled with a camera and a computer equipped with a program for recording and analysing images. For the measurements, the sessile drop method was used.

  16. IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility) key element technology phase interim report

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    Nakamura, Hiroo; Ida, Mizuho; Sugimoto, Masayoshi; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Yutani, Toshiaki (eds.) [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    2002-03-01

    Activities of International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) have been performed under an IEA collaboration since 1995. IFMIF is an accelerator-based deuteron (D{sup +})-lithium (Li) neutron source designed to produce an intense neutron field (2 MW/m{sup 2}, 20 dpa/year for Fe) in a volume of 500 cm{sup 3} for testing candidate fusion materials. In 2000, a 3 year Key Element technology Phase (KEP) of IFMIF was started to reduce the key technology risk factors. This interim report summarizes the KEP activities until mid 2001 in the major project work-breakdown areas of accelerator, target, test facilities and design integration. (author)

  17. IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility) key element technology phase interim report

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    Activities of International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) have been performed under an IEA collaboration since 1995. IFMIF is an accelerator-based deuteron (D+)-lithium (Li) neutron source designed to produce an intense neutron field (2 MW/m2, 20 dpa/year for Fe) in a volume of 500 cm3 for testing candidate fusion materials. In 2000, a 3 year Key Element technology Phase (KEP) of IFMIF was started to reduce the key technology risk factors. This interim report summarizes the KEP activities until mid 2001 in the major project work-breakdown areas of accelerator, target, test facilities and design integration. (author)

  18. Hardening in Two-Phase Materials. II. Plastic Strain and Mean Stress Hardening Rate

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    Lilholt, Hans

    1977-01-01

    The strain parameters which are relevant in a tensile experiment, are analysed and related to the geometry of deformation and to the mean stress of two-phase materials. The hardening rate of the mean stress with respect to plastic strain is found to be useful in comparison between experiments and...... theories, and it allows theories to be probed over a range of strains. Previous experiments on the fibre-reinforced material of copper-tungsten are analysed in relation to the geometry of deformation....

  19. Ultrafast broadband tuning of resonant optical nanostructures using phase change materials

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    Rudé, Miquel; Cetin, Arif E; Miller, Timothy A; Carrilero, Albert; Wall, Simon; de Abajo, F Javier García; Altug, Hatice; Pruneri, Valerio

    2015-01-01

    The phenomenon of extraordinary optical transmission {EOT} through arrays of nanoholes patterned in a metallic film has emerged as a promising tool for a wide range of applications, including photovoltaics, nonlinear optics, and sensing. Designs and methods enabling the dynamic tuning of the optical resonances of these structures are essential to build efficient optical devices, including modulators, switches, filters, and biosensors. However, the efficient combination of EOT and dynamic tuning remains a challenge, mainly because of the lack of materials that can induce modulation over a broad spectral range at high speeds. Here, we demonstrate tuneable resonance wavelength shifts as large as 385 nm - an order of magnitude higher than previously reported - through the combination of phase change materials {PCMs}, which exhibit dramatic variations in optical properties upon transitions between amorphous and crystalline phases, with properly designed subwavelength nanohole metallic arrays. We further find throu...

  20. High Temperature Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage Applications: Preprint

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    Gomez, J.; Glatzmaier, G. C.; Starace, A.; Turchi, C.; Ortega, J.

    2011-08-01

    To store thermal energy, sensible and latent heat storage materials are widely used. Latent heat thermal energy storage (TES) systems using phase change materials (PCM) are useful because of their ability to charge and discharge a large amount of heat from a small mass at constant temperature during a phase transformation. Molten salt PCM candidates for cascaded PCMs were evaluated for the temperatures near 320 degrees C, 350 degrees C, and 380 degrees C. These temperatures were selected to fill the 300 degrees C to 400 degrees C operating range typical for parabolic trough systems, that is, as one might employ in three-PCM cascaded thermal storage. Based on the results, the best candidate for temperatures near 320 degrees C was the molten salt KNO3-4.5wt%KCl. For the 350 degrees C and 380 degrees C temperatures, the evaluated molten salts are not good candidates because of the corrosiveness and the high vapor pressure of the chlorides.

  1. Thermal Response Of An Aerated Concrete Wall With Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change Material

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    Halúzová Dušana

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available For many years Phase Change Materials (PCM have attracted attention due to their ability to store large amounts of thermal energy. This property makes them a candidate for the use of passive heat storage. In many applications, they are used to avoid the overheating of the temperature of an indoor environment. This paper describes the behavior of phase change materials that are inbuilt in aerated concrete blocks. Two building samples of an aerated concrete wall were measured in laboratory equipment called “twin-boxes”. The first box consists of a traditional aerated concrete wall; the second one has additional PCM micro-encapsulated in the wall. The heat flux through the wall was measured and compared to simulation results modeled in the ESP-r program. This experimental measurement provides a foundation for a model that can be used to analyze further building constructions.

  2. Empirical Validation of a Thermal Model of a Complex Roof Including Phase Change Materials

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    Guichard, Stéphane; Bigot, Dimitri; Malet-Damour, Bruno; Libelle, Teddy; Boyer, Harry

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with the empirical validation of a building thermal model using a phase change material (PCM) in a complex roof. A mathematical model dedicated to phase change materials based on the heat apparent capacity method was implemented in a multi-zone building simulation code, the aim being to increase understanding of the thermal behavior of the whole building with PCM technologies. To empirically validate the model, the methodology is based both on numerical and experimental studies. A parametric sensitivity analysis was performed and a set of parameters of the thermal model have been identified for optimization. The use of a generic optimization program called GenOpt coupled to the building simulation code enabled to determine the set of adequate parameters. We first present the empirical validation methodology and main results of previous work. We then give an overview of GenOpt and its coupling with the building simulation code. Finally, once the optimization results are obtained, comparisons o...

  3. Using multi-shell phase change materials layers for cooling a lithium-ion battery

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    Nasehi Ramin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the cooling methods in engineering systems is usage of phase change materials. Phase change materials or PCMs, which have high latent heats, are usually used where high energy absorption in a constant temperature is required. This work presents a numerical analysis of PCMs effects on cooling Li-ion batteries and their decrease in temperature levels during intense discharge. In this study, three PCM shells with different thermo-physical specifications located around a battery pack is examined. The results of each possible arrangement are compared together and the best arrangement leading to the lowest battery temperature during discharge is identified. In addition, the recovery time for the system which is the time required for the PCMs to refreeze is investigated.

  4. FORMATION, STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF HIGHLY ORDERED SUB-30-nm PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS (GST) NANOPARTICLE ARRAYS

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    YUANBAO LIAO; JIAJIA WU; LING XU; FEI YANG; WENQING LIU; JUN XU; LIANGCAI WU; ZHONGYUAN MA; KUNJI CHEN

    2010-01-01

    Chalcogenide phase change material Ge1Sb2Te4 (GST) nanoparticle arrays with long-range-order were fabricated by using a monolayer of self-assembled polystyrene (PS) spheres as mask. The morphology of nanoparticle arrays can be controlled via changing RIE processing conditions. Images of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) show that highly uniform GST nanoparticle arrays with particle density around 109 cm-2 were formed. The sizes of nanoparticles can be reduce...

  5. Fashion and function: challenges faced by textiles incorporated with phase change materials

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    Gao, Chuansi

    2014-01-01

    Designers focus on fashion and appearance, whereas safety and protection engineers and physiologists emphasize functions in terms of developing functional and protective clothing. Phase change materials (PCMs) have been used in textiles and clothing to achieve cooling or warming function. The objective of this paper was to compare effectiveness of PCM cooling or warming determined by critical factors. Cooling or warming effectiveness and duration were directly dependent on physical activity l...

  6. Field Testing of Low-Cost Bio-Based Phase Change Material

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    Biswas, Kaushik [ORNL; Childs, Phillip W [ORNL; Atchley, Jerald Allen [ORNL

    2013-03-01

    A test wall built with phase change material (PCM)-enhanced loose-fill cavity insulation was monitored for a period of about a year in the warm-humid climate of Charleston, South Carolina. The test wall was divided into various sections, one of which contained only loose-fill insulation and served as a control for comparing and evaluating the wall sections with the PCM-enhanced insulation. This report summarizes the findings of the field test.

  7. Phase Change Materials: Technology Status and Potential Defence Applications (Review Papers)

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    Ravindra Kumar; Manoj Kumar Misra; Rohitash Kumar; Deepak Gupta; P. K. Khatri; B. B. Tak; S. R. Meena

    2011-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCM) are being utilised world over for energy storage and temperature smoothening applications. Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ) has initiated a R&D programme to apply PCM in solving many heat related problems being faced by Indian forces during desert operations specially failure of mission-critical components. Under the programme, special organic PCM (Patent application no. 2258/DEL/2007 and low melting metal alloys have been developed well tuned to desert diurna...

  8. Energy Saving Potentials of Phase Change Materials Applied to Lightweight Building Envelopes

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    Yoon-Bok Seong; Jae-Han Lim

    2013-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCMs) have been considered as an innovative technology that can reduce the peak loads and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) energy consumption in buildings. Basically they are substances capable of storing or releasing thermal energy as latent heat. Because the amount of latent heat absorbed or released is much larger than the sensible heat, the application of PCMs in buildings has significant potential to reduce energy consumption. However, because each...

  9. Increasing thermal mass in lightweight dwellings using phase change materials – a literature review

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    Fraser, Minnie

    2009-01-01

    The number of houses of lightweight timber or steel frame construction being built over recent years has increased significantly. These buildings have low thermal mass and may be subject to large temperature fluctuations and particular overheating during the summer and this problem is set to get worse with the changing climate. Researchers have been investigating the use of PCMs (phase change materials) for improving thermal mass in lightweight buildings and found them to be effective. Howeve...

  10. Thermal analysis of SEBS blends with phase change material for injection molding

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    Peydro, M. A.; Juárez Varón, David; Pérez Bernabeu, Elena; Sellés Cantó, Miguel Ángel

    2014-01-01

    Thermal analysis: Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC and TGA) of SEBS blends with phase change materials (PCMs) have been studied in this paper. SEBS blends were made using two transparent SEBS commercial grades with extreme hardness values. The first thermal property determined in SEBS blends was the evaluation of the thermal degradation at high temperatures DSC. Another thermal property of the SEBS blends consists in knowing the degradation process of the ...

  11. Comments on Thermal Physical Properties Testing Methods of Phase Change Materials

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    Jiaping Liu; Na Cui; Song Pan; Weilun Wang; Yue Li; Jingchao Xie

    2013-01-01

    There is no standard testing method of the thermal physical properties of phase change materials (PCM). This paper has shown advancements in this field. Developments and achievements in thermal physical properties testing methods of PCM were commented, including differential scanning calorimetry, T-history measurement, the water bath method, and differential thermal analysis. Testing principles, advantages and disadvantages, and important points for attention of each method were discussed. A ...

  12. Influence of Phase Transition of Starting Materials on Growth of GaN Nanomaterials by CVD

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    ZHAO Mei; CHEN Xiao-Long; WANG Wen-Jun; ZHANG Zhi-Hua; XU Yan-Ping

    2007-01-01

    @@ Ground by mechanical ball milling under certain conditions,β-Ga2O3 powders can transit to ε-Ga2O3 ones. As starting materials, Ga2O3 powders treated by different methods are used to prepare GaN nanomaterials. It is found that the morphologies of GaN nanomaterials are quite different due to the phase transition of Ga2O3 from β-Ga2O3 to ε-Ga2O3.

  13. Latent heat storage with tubular-encapsulated phase change materials (PCMs)

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    Zhang, Huili; Degrève, Jan; Caceres, Gustavo; R. Segal; Pitie, Fred; Baeyens, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Heat capture and storage is important in both solar energy projects and in the recovery of waste heat from industrial processes. Whereas heat capture will mostly rely on the use of a heat carrier, the high efficiency heat storage needs to combine sensible and latent heat storage with phase change materials (PCMs) to provide a high energy density storage. The present paper briefly reviews energy developments and storage techniques, with special emphasis on thermal energy storage and the use of...

  14. Competing covalent and ionic bonding in Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

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    Mukhopadhyay, S.; Sun, J.; A. Subedi; Siegrist, T.; Singh, D.

    2016-01-01

    Ge2Sb2Te5 and related phase change materials are highly unusual in that they can be readily transformed between amorphous and crystalline states using very fast melt, quench, anneal cycles, although the resulting states are extremely long lived at ambient temperature. These states have remarkably different physical properties including very different optical constants in the visible in strong contrast to common glass formers such as silicates or phosphates. This behavior has been described in...

  15. Phase change material for the thermal protection of ice cream during storage and transportation

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    Leducq, D.; Ndoye, F.T.; Alvarez, G

    2015-01-01

    Ice cream is a very temperature sensitive product and temperature variations during the storage and distribution steps may result in a reduction of quality. It is possible to improve the ice cream storage and transportation conditions by using an additional packaging with a low thermal diffusivity. This paper studies a phase change material (PCM) packaging and compares its performance to a polystyrene packaging configuration. The impact on temperature fluctuations and ice crystal size distrib...

  16. Water solar distiller productivity enhancement using concentrating solar water heater and phase change material (PCM)

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    Miqdam T. Chaichan; Hussein A Kazem

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates usage of thermal energy storage extracted from concentrating solar heater for water distillation. Paraffin wax selected as a suitable phase change material, and it was used for storing thermal energy in two different insulated treasurers. The paraffin wax is receiving hot water from concentrating solar dish. This solar energy stored in PCM as latent heat energy. Solar energy stored in a day time with a large quantity, and some heat retrieved for later use. Water’s temp...

  17. Characterization of polymers and Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials used for Thermal Energy Storage in buildings

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    Giró Paloma, Jessica

    2015-01-01

    [eng] The use of renewable heat decreases the consumption of fossil resources, although its usage is intermittent and usually does not match the demand. A proper thermal energy storage system design can eliminate this problem by reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources and improving energy efficiency where used. In buildings, thermal energy storage using phase change materials (PCM) is a useful tool to achieve reduction in energy consumption. These can be incorporated into passive ...

  18. Structural and mechanical characterization of graphite foam/phase change material composites

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    Canseco, Vladimir; Anguy, Yannick; Roa Rovira, Joan Josep; PALOMO, Elena

    2014-01-01

    We consider graphite/phase change material (PCM) composites for energy storage by latent heat in the context of power generation by solar concentration technologies. Based on X-ray computerized tomography 3D data, we calculate the cell-size distribution of polycrystalline highly ordered mesophase pitch-based graphitic foams (KFoam ) and semi-crystalline coalbased graphite foams (CFoam ). Compressive experiments show that the elastic modulus and strength are higher in the z-dire...

  19. Preparation and Characterization of Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials for Use in Building Applications

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    Jessica Giro-Paloma; Refat Al-Shannaq; Ana Inés Fernández; Farid, Mohammed M.

    2015-01-01

    A method for preparing and characterizing microencapsulated phase change materials (MPCM) was developed. A comparison with a commercial MPCM is also presented. Both MPCM contained paraffin wax as PCM with acrylic shell. The melting temperature of the PCM was around 21 °C, suitable for building applications. The M-2 (our laboratory made sample) and Micronal® DS 5008 X (BASF) samples were characterized using SEM, DSC, nano-indentation technique, and Gas Chromatography/Mass spectrometry (GC-MS)....

  20. A novel solid-solid phase change heat storage material with polyurethane block copolymer structure

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    A novel polymeric solid-solid phase change heat storage material (PCM) with polyurethane block copolymer structure (PUPCM) composed of high molecule weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) as soft segment, 4,4'-diphenylmethane diissyanate (MDI) and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) as a chain extender were synthesized by a two step process. DSC, POM, SEM and WAXD tests were performed to investigate the phase transition behaviors and crystalline morphology. The results indicated that the PUPCM showed typical solid-solid phase transition properties, e.g. suitable transition temperature, high transition enthalpy and good thermal stability. It is a functional polyurethane with good energy storage effect, and the heat storage mechanism of PUPCM is the transfer between crystalline and amorphous states of the soft segment PEG of PUPCM, and the hard segment, serving as 'physical cross-links', restricted the molecular chain of the soft segment's free movement at high temperature. Thus, PUPCM can keep its solid state in the transition processing

  1. Ultrafast optical manipulation of atomic motion in multilayer Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

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    Makino, K.; Tominaga, J.; Kolobov, A. V.; Fons, P.; Hase, M.

    2013-03-01

    Phase change random access memory devices have evolved dramatically with the recent development of superlattice structure of Ge-Sb-Te material (GST-SL) in terms of its low power consumption. The phase change in GST-SL is mainly characterized by the displacement of Ge atoms. Here we examine a new phase change method, that is the manipulation of Ge-Te bonds using linearly-polarized femtosecond near-infrared optical pulses. As a result, we found that the p-polarized pump pulse is more effective in inducing the reversible and irreversible displacement of Ge atoms along [111] direction in the local structure. This structural change would be induced by the anisotropic carrier-phonon interaction along the [111] direction created by the p-polarized pulse.

  2. Meso-Scale Modeling of Spall in a Heterogeneous Two-Phase Material

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    Springer, Harry Keo [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2008-07-11

    The influence of the heterogeneous second-phase particle structure and applied loading conditions on the ductile spall response of a model two-phase material was investigated. Quantitative metallography, three-dimensional (3D) meso-scale simulations (MSS), and small-scale spall experiments provided the foundation for this study. Nodular ductile iron (NDI) was selected as the model two-phase material for this study because it contains a large and readily identifiable second- phase particle population. Second-phase particles serve as the primary void nucleation sites in NDI and are, therefore, central to its ductile spall response. A mathematical model was developed for the NDI second-phase volume fraction that accounted for the non-uniform particle size and spacing distributions within the framework of a length-scale dependent Gaussian probability distribution function (PDF). This model was based on novel multiscale sampling measurements. A methodology was also developed for the computer generation of representative particle structures based on their mathematical description, enabling 3D MSS. MSS were used to investigate the effects of second-phase particle volume fraction and particle size, loading conditions, and physical domain size of simulation on the ductile spall response of a model two-phase material. MSS results reinforce existing model predictions, where the spall strength metric (SSM) logarithmically decreases with increasing particle volume fraction. While SSM predictions are nearly independent of applied load conditions at lower loading rates, which is consistent with previous studies, loading dependencies are observed at higher loading rates. There is also a logarithmic decrease in SSM for increasing (initial) void size, as well. A model was developed to account for the effects of loading rate, particle size, matrix sound-speed, and, in the NDI-specific case, the probabilistic particle volume fraction model. Small-scale spall experiments were designed

  3. Energy and economic analysis of a building enclosure outfitted with a phase change material board (PCMB)

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    Highlights: • Phase change material boards (PCMBs) were simulated in building enclosures. • Energy and economic savings for these buildings were estimated. • The buildings were located in five cities with different climatic conditions. • The energy savings ratio was 100% when a cold energy source was used. • A mean electricity savings ratio of 13.1% was obtained. - Abstract: This paper presents energy and economic analyses related to the application of phase change materials boards (PCMBs) in building enclosures during the cooling season. A heat transfer model was developed, which was implemented via a computer program. Simulations were carried out using weather data files from five cities located in five different climate regions in China. Energy savings from using a natural cold source (e.g., outdoor air) and electricity savings from a reduction in electricity by air conditioning systems were evaluated. The energy savings ratio (ESR) and simple payback period (SPP) were used to assess the application of PCMBs in building enclosures. The selection of optimum phase transition temperatures for the PCMs for the various climates was made using indoor and outdoor air temperatures, as well as SPP. For space cooling purposes, it was suggested that phase transition temperatures should be at least 3 °C higher than the mean outdoor air temperature. Simple payback period suggested the possibility of the cost effective use of PCMBs in occupied buildings for moderate temperature climates

  4. Preparation and thermal conductivity enhancement of composite phase change materials for electronic thermal management

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    Highlights: • A kind of composite phase change material board (PCMB) is prepared and tested. • PCMB presents a large thermal storage capacity and enhanced thermal conductivity. • PCMB displays much better cooling effect in comparison to natural air cooling. • PCMB presents different cooling characteristics in comparison to ribbed radiator. - Abstract: A kind of phase change material board (PCMB) was prepared for use in the thermal management of electronics, with paraffin and expanded graphite as the phase change material and matrix, respectively. The as-prepared PCMB presented a large thermal storage capacity of 141.74 J/g and enhanced thermal conductivity of 7.654 W/(m K). As a result, PCMB displayed much better cooling effect in comparison to natural air cooling, i.e., much lower heating rate and better uniformity of temperature distribution. On the other hand, compared with ribbed radiator technology, PCMB also presented different cooling characteristics, demonstrating that they were suitable for different practical application

  5. Thermal management of electronics using phase change material based pin fin heat sinks

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    This paper reports the results of an experimental study carried out to explore the thermal characteristics of phase change material based heat sinks for electronic equipment cooling. The phase change material (PCM) used in this study is n – eicosane. All heat sinks used in the present study are made of aluminium with dimensions of 80 × 62 mm2 base with a height of 25 mm. Pin fins acts as the thermal conductivity enhancer (TCE) to improve the distribution of heat more uniformly as the thermal conductivity of the PCM is very low. A total of three different pin fin heat sink geometries with 33, 72 and 120 pin fins filled with phase change materials giving rise to 4%, 9% and 15% volume fractions of the TCE respectively were experimentally investigated. Baseline comparisons are done with a heat sink filled with PCM, without any fin. Studies are conducted for heat sinks on which a uniform heat load is applied at the bottom for the finned and unfinned cases. The effect of pin fins of different volume fractions with power levels ranging from 4 to 8 W corresponding to a heat flux range of 1. 59 to 3.17 kW/m2, was explored in this paper. The volume fraction of the PCM (PCM volume / (Total volume – fin volume)) is also varied as 0. 3, 0.6 and 1 to determine the effect of PCM volume on the overall performance of the electronic equipment.

  6. High-Temperature Phase Change Materials (PCM) Candidates for Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Applications

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    Gomez, J. C.

    2011-09-01

    It is clearly understood that lower overall costs are a key factor to make renewable energy technologies competitive with traditional energy sources. Energy storage technology is one path to increase the value and reduce the cost of all renewable energy supplies. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies have the ability to dispatch electrical output to match peak demand periods by employing thermal energy storage (TES). Energy storage technologies require efficient materials with high energy density. Latent heat TES systems using phase change material (PCM) are useful because of their ability to charge and discharge a large amount of heat from a small mass at constant temperature during a phase transformation like melting-solidification. PCM technology relies on the energy absorption/liberation of the latent heat during a physical transformation. The main objective of this report is to provide an assessment of molten salts and metallic alloys proposed as candidate PCMs for TES applications, particularly in solar parabolic trough electrical power plants at a temperature range from 300..deg..C to 500..deg.. C. The physical properties most relevant for PCMs service were reviewed from the candidate selection list. Some of the PCM candidates were characterized for: chemical stability with some container materials; phase change transformation temperatures; and latent heats.

  7. The solidification of two-phase heterogeneous materials:Theory versus experiment

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    KIM; Tongbeum

    2009-01-01

    The solidification behavior of two-phase heterogeneous materials such as close-celled aluminum foams was analytically studied.The proposed analytical model can precisely predict the location of solidification front as well as the full solidification time for a two-phase heterogeneous material composed of aluminum melt and non-conducting air pores.Experiments using distilled water simulating the aluminum melt to be solidified(frozen)were subsequently conducted to validate the analytical model for two selected porosities(ε),ε=0 and 0.5.Full numerical simulations with the method of finite difference were also performed to examine the influence of pore shape on solidification.The remarkable agreement between theory and experiment suggests that the delay of solidification in the two-phase heterogeneous material is mainly caused by the reduction of bulk thermal conductivity due to the presence of pores,as this is the sole mechanism accounted for by the analytical model for solidification in a porous medium.

  8. Phase change material thermal storage for biofuel preheating in micro trigeneration application: A numerical study

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    Highlights: • Engine exhaust heat driven phase change material thermal storage. • Fuel preheating for direct use of straight plant oil on diesel engine. • CFD aided design of the phase change material thermal storage. • Melting and solidification model considering natural convection. - Abstract: A biofuel micro trigeneration prototype has been developed to utilise local energy crop oils as fuel in rural areas and developing countries. Straight plant oils (SPOs) only leave behind very little carbon footprint during its simply production process compared to commercial biodiesels in refineries, but the high viscosity of SPOs causes difficulties at engine cold starts, which further results in poor fuel atomisation, compromised engine performance and fast engine deterioration. In this study, a phase change material (PCM) thermal storage is designed to recover and store engine exhaust heat to preheat SPOs at cold starts. High temperature commercial paraffin is selected as the PCM to meet the optimal preheating temperature range of 70–90 °C, in terms of the SPO property study. A numerical model of the PCM thermal storage is developed and validated by references. The PCM melting and solidification processes with the consideration of natural convection in liquid zone are simulated in ANSYS-FLUENT to verify the feasibility of the PCM thermal storage as a part of the self-contained biofuel micro trigeneration prototype

  9. Formation and emissions of carbonyls during and following gas-phase ozonation of indoor materials

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    Poppendieck, D. G.; Hubbard, H. F.; Weschler, C. J.; Corsi, R. L.

    Ozone concentrations that are several orders of magnitude greater than typical urban ambient concentrations are necessary for gas-phase ozonation of buildings, either for deodorization or for disinfection of biological agents. However, there is currently no published literature on the interaction of building materials and ozone under such extreme conditions. It would be useful to understand, for example in the case of building re-occupation planning, what types and amounts of reaction products may form and persist in a building after ozonation. In this study, 24 materials were exposed to ozone at concentrations of 1000 ppm in the inlet stream of experimental chambers. Fifteen target carbonyls were selected and measured as building ozonation by-products (BOBPs). During the 36 h that include the 16 h ozonation and 20 h persistence phase, the total BOBP mass released from flooring and wall coverings ranged from 1 to 20 mg m -2, with most of the carbonyls being of lower molecular weight (C 1-C 4). In contrast, total BOBP mass released from wood-based products ranged from 20 to 100 mg m -2, with a greater fraction of the BOBPs being heavier carbonyls (C 5-C 9). The total BOBP mass released during an ozonation event is a function of both the total surface area of the material and the BOBP emission rate per unit area of material. Ceiling tile, carpet, office partition, and gypsum wallboard with flat latex paint often have large surface areas in commercial buildings and these same materials exhibited relatively high BOBP releases. The greatest overall BOBP mass releases were observed for three materials that building occupants might have significant contact with: paper, office partition, and medium density fiberboard, e.g., often used in office furniture. These materials also exhibited extended BOBP persistence following ozonation; some BOBPs (e.g., nonanal) persist for months or more at emission rates large enough to result in indoor concentrations that exceed their odor

  10. Computational Design and Analysis of Core Material of Single-Phase Capacitor Run Induction Motor

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    Gurmeet Singh

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A Single-phase induction motor (SPIM has very crucial role in industrial, domestic and commercial sectors. So, the efficient SPIM is a foremost requirement of today's market. For efficient motors, many research methodologies and propositions have been given by researchers in past. Various parameters like as stator/rotor slot variation, size and shape of stator/rotor slots, stator/rotor winding configuration, choice of core material etc. have momentous impact on machine design. Core material influences the motor performance to a degree. Magnetic flux linkage and leakage preliminary depends upon the magnetic properties of core material and air gap. The analysis of effects of core material on the magnetic flux distribution and the performance of induction motor is of immense importance to meet out the desirable performance. An increase in the air gap length will result in the air gap performance characteristics deterioration and decrease in air gap length will lead to serious mechanical balancing concern. So possibility of much variation in air gap beyond the limits on both sides is not feasible. For the optimized performance of the induction motor the core material plays a significant role. Using higher magnetic flux density, reduction on a magnetizing reactance and leakage of flux can be achieved. In this thesis work the analysis of single phase induction motor has been carried out with different core materials. The four models have been simulated using Ansys Maxwell 15.0. Higher flux density selection for same machine dimensions result into huge amount of reduction in iron core losses and thereby improve the efficiency. In this paper 2% higher efficiency has been achieved with Steel_1010 as compared to the machine using conventional D23 material. Out of four models result reflected by the machine using steel_1010 and steel_1008 are found to be better.

  11. Numerical Model and Analysis of Peak Temperature Reduction in LiFePO4 Battery Packs Using Phase Change Materials

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    Coman, Paul Tiberiu; Veje, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Numerical model and analysis of peak temperature reduction in LiFePO4 battery packs using phase change materials......Numerical model and analysis of peak temperature reduction in LiFePO4 battery packs using phase change materials...

  12. An investigation on the effects of phase change material on material components used for high temperature thermal energy storage system

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    Kim, Taeil; Singh, Dileep; Zhao, Weihuan; Yua, Wenhua; France, David M.

    2016-05-01

    The latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) systems for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with advanced power cycle require high temperature phase change materials (PCMs), Graphite foams with high thermal conductivity to enhance the poor thermal conductivity of PCMs. Brazing of the graphite foams to the structural metals of the LHTES system could be a method to assemble the system and a method to protect the structural metals from the molten salts. In the present study, the LHTES prototype capsules using MgCl2-graphite foam composites were assembled by brazing and welding, and tested to investigate the corrosion attack of the PCM salt on the BNi-4 braze. The microstructural analysis showed that the BNi-4 braze alloy can be used not only for the joining of structure alloy to graphite foams but also for the protecting of structure alloy from the corrosion by PCM.

  13. Investigating iron material strength during phase transitions using Rayleigh-Taylor growth measurements

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    Huntington, C. M.; Belof, J. L.; Blobaum, K. J. M.; Cavallo, R. M.; Kostinski, N.; Maddox, B. R.; May, M. J.; Plechaty, C.; Prisbrey, S. T.; Remington, B. A.; Rudd, R. E.; Swift, D. W.; Wallace, R. J.; Wilson, M. J.

    2015-06-01

    A solid-solid phase transition between the bcc (α) and hcp (ɛ) lattice structures in iron is known to occur as the material is compressed. When kept below its melting point, an effective increase in the macroscopic strength of the material accompanies this phase transition. Understanding the strength of iron throughout the deformation process is important for improving models of planetary structure, including interpretation of seismic measurements on Earth. To explore iron strength at high pressures and strain rates, we have performed experiments at the OMEGA laser. The laser drive produces a pressure near 1 Mbar on a thin Fe disk with a sinusoidal ripple pattern imposed on its face. The ripples seed the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability, the growth of which is suppressed by the material strength of the sample. The ripple amplitude is diagnosed with x-ray radiography, and their growth is compared to values from simulations using different material strength models. This work will be compared to previous, similar experiments at 0.1 - 0.3 Mbar pressures. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore Na- tional Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  14. Nanosized titanium dioxide reduces copper toxicity--the role of organic material and the crystalline phase.

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    Rosenfeldt, Ricki R; Seitz, Frank; Senn, Lilli; Schilde, Carsten; Schulz, Ralf; Bundschuh, Mirco

    2015-02-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO2) are expected to interact with natural substances and other chemicals in the environment, however little is known about their combined effects. Therefore, this study assessed the toxicity of copper (Cu) in combination with varying crystalline phases (anatase, rutile, and the mixture) of nTiO2 and differing organic materials on Daphnia magna. The nanoparticles reduced the Cu-toxicity depending on the product (0.3- to 2-fold higher 48-h EC50). This decrease in toxicity coincided with a lowered Cu-concentration in the water column, which was driven by the adsorption of Cu to nTiO2-depending on available surface area and structure-and their subsequent sedimentation. In the presence of organic material and nTiO2, the Cu-toxicity was further reduced (up to 7-fold higher 48-h EC50). This observation can be explained by a reduced Cu-bioavailability as a result of complexation and adsorption by the organic material and nTiO2, respectively. Thus, the crystalline phase composition, which is determining the surface area and structure of nTiO2, seems to be of major importance for the toxicity reduction of heavy metals, while the influence of the organic materials was mainly driven by the quantity and quality of humic substances. PMID:25556663

  15. Novel solid – solid phase change material based on polyethylene glycol and cellulose used for temperature stabilisation

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    Wojda Marta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal management is one of crucial issues in the development of modern electronic devices. In the recent years interest in phase change materials (PCMs as alternative cooling possibility has increased significantly. Preliminary results concerning the research into possibility of the use of solid-solid phase change materials (S-S PCMs for stabilisation temperature of electronic devices has been presented in the paper. Novel solid-solid phase change material based on polyethylene glycol and cellulose has been synthesized. Attempt to improve its thermal conductivity has been taken. Material has been synthesized for the purpose of stabilisation of temperature of electronic devices.

  16. Materials requirements for the ITER vacuum vessel and in-vessel components - approaching the construction phase

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    Full text of publication follows: The ITER activities are fully devoted toward its construction. In accordance with the ITER integrated project schedule, the procurement specifications for the manufacturing of the Vacuum Vessel should be prepared by March 2008 and the procurement specifications for the in-vessel components (first wall/blanket, divertor) by 2009. To update the design, considering design and technology evolution, the ITER Design Review has been launched. Among the various topics being discussed are the important issues related to selection of materials, material procurement, and assessment of performance during operation. The main requirements related to materials for the vacuum vessel and the in-vessel components are summarized in the paper. The specific licensing requirements are to be followed for structural materials of pressure and nuclear pressure equipment components for construction of ITER. In addition, the procurements in ITER will be done mostly 'in-kind' and it is assumed that materials for these components will be produced by different Parties. However, in accordance with the regulatory requirements and quality requirements for operation, common specifications and the general rules to fulfill these requirements are to be adopted. For some ITER components (e.g. first wall, divertor high heat flux components), the ultimate qualification of the joining technologies (Be/Cu, SS/Cu, CFC/Cu, W/Cu) is under final evaluation. Successful accomplishment of the qualification program will allow to proceed with procurements of the components for ITER. The criteria for acceptance of these components and materials after manufacturing are described and the main results will be reported. Additional materials issues, which come from the on-going manufacturing R and D program, will be also described. Finally, further materials activity during the construction phase, needs for final qualification and acceptance of materials are discussed. (authors)

  17. Stability and corrosion testing of a high temperature phase change material for CSP applications

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    Liu, Ming; Bell, Stuart; Tay, Steven; Will, Geoffrey; Saman, Wasim; Bruno, Frank

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents the stability and corrosion testing results of a candidate high temperature phase change material (PCM) for potential use in concentrating solar power applications. The investigated PCM is a eutectic mixture of NaCl and Na2CO3 and both are low cost materials. This PCM has a melting temperature of 635 °C and a relatively high latent heat of fusion of 308.1 J/g. The testing was performed by means of an electric furnace subjected to 150 melt-freeze cycles between 600 °C and 650 °C. The results showed that this PCM candidate has no obvious decomposition up to 650 °C after 150 cycles and stainless steel 316 potentially can be used as the containment material under the minimized oxygen atmosphere.

  18. Integration of phase change materials in compressed hydrogen gas systems: Modelling and parametric analysis

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    Mazzucco, Andrea; Rothuizen, Erasmus; Jørgensen, Jens-Erik;

    2016-01-01

    A dynamic fueling model is built to simulate the fueling process of a hydrogen tank with an integrated passive cooling system. The study investigates the possibility of absorbing a part of the heat of compression in the high latent-heat material during melting, with the aim of saving the monetary...... the phase change material, mainly occurs after the fueling is completed, resulting in a hydrogen peak temperature higher than 85 C and a lower fueled mass than a gas-cooled system. Such a mass reduction accounts for 12% with respect to the case of a standard tank system fueled at 40 C. A parametric...... analysis that embraces the main thermal properties of the heat-absorbing material as well as the major design parameters is here carried out to determine possible solutions. It is found that the improvement of a single thermal property does not provide any significant benefit and that the most effective...

  19. Phase field crystal study of nano-crack growth and branch in materials

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    Yingjun, Gao; Zhirong, Luo; Lilin, Huang; Hong, Mao; Chuanggao, Huang; Kui, Lin

    2016-06-01

    The phase field crystal (PFC) method is a new multiscale method, which can reproduce physical phenomena on an atomic level and on a diffusion time scale for the microstructure evolution of materials. The morphology of microcrack propagation and the branch of single crystal materials under tensile strain with a fixed grip condition are simulated by using PFC coupling with an external field method. The results show that microcrack propagation depends a lot on the applied strain. The crack starts to grow and branch when the strain reaches a critical value for biaxial tension. The temperature parameter may also have an effect on crack propagation and the branch. In order to indicate the connection between the PFC results and materials behavior, the energy balance approach is used to analyze the mechanism of crack extension, and also the critical value of the strain for crack extension is obtained. The simulated results are in good agreement with other simulation results and experimental results.

  20. Experimental determination of the heat transfer and cold storage characteristics of a microencapsulated phase change material in a horizontal tank

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    Highlights: • Cold storage characteristics in latent and sensible heat storage mediums were studied. • Thermo-physical characterization of the phase change material was carried out. • A non-Newtonian shear thickening behavior of the phase change material was observed. • An energy storage enhancement (53%) was observed in the latent heat storage medium. - Abstract: In the present paper, the performance of a microencapsulated phase change material (in 45% w/w concentration) for low temperature thermal energy storage, suitable for air conditioning applications is studied. The results are compared to a sensible heat storage unit using water. Thermo-physical properties such as the specific heat, enthalpy variation, thermal conductivity and density are also experimentally determined. The non-Newtonian shear-thickening behavior of the phase change material slurry is quantified. Thermal energy performance is experimentally determined for a 100 l horizontal tank. The heat transfer between the heat transfer fluid and the phase change material was provided by a tube-bundle heat exchanger inside the tank. The results show that the amount of energy stored using the phase change material is 53% higher than for water after 10 h of charging, for the same storage tank volume. It was found that the heat transfer coefficient between the phase change material and the tube wall increases during the phase change temperature range, however it remains smaller than the values obtained for water

  1. A quaternary lead based perovskite structured materials with diffuse phase transition behavior

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    Graphical abstract: (a) Curie–Weiss plot for the inverse of the relative dielectric permittivity and (b) log (1/ε − 1/εm) as function of log (T − Tm) for ceramics at 1 kHz. Highlights: ► Retaining phase pure structure with quaternary complex stoichiometric compositions. ► P–E loops with good saturation polarization (Ps ∼ 30.7 μC/cm2). ► Diffused relaxor phase transition behavior with γ estimated is ∼1.65. -- Abstract: A lead based quaternary compound composed of 0.25(PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3) + 0.25(PbFe0.5Ta0.5O3) + 0.25 (PbF0.67W0.33O3) + 0.25(PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3) – (PZT–PFT–PFW–PFN) was synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction techniques. It showed moderate high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and two diffuse phase transitions, one below the room temperature ∼261 K and other above ∼410 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed a tetragonal crystal structure at room temperature where as scanning electron micrograph (SEM) indicates inhomogeneous surface with an average grain size of 500 nm–3 μm. Well saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops with good saturation polarization (spontaneous polarization, Ps ∼ 30.68 μC/cm2) were observed. Temperature-dependent ac conductivity displayed low conductivity with kink in spectra near the phase transition. In continuing search for developing new ferroelectric materials, in the present study we report stoichiometric compositions of complex perovskite ceramic materials: (PZT–PFT–PFW–PFN) with diffuse phase transition behavior. The crystal structure, dielectric properties, and ferroelectric properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, dielectric spectroscopy, and polarization. 1/ε versus (T) plots revealed diffuse relaxor phase transition (DPT) behavior. The compositional variation on the phase transition temperature, dielectric constant, and ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transitions are discussed.

  2. Heat transfer characteristics of liquid-gas Taylor flows incorporating microencapsulated phase change materials

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    This paper presents an investigation on the heat transfer characteristics associated with liquid-gas Taylor flows in mini channels incorporating microencapsulated phase change materials (MPCM). Taylor flows have been shown to result in heat transfer enhancements due to the fluid recirculation experienced within liquid slugs which is attributable to the alternating liquid slug and gas bubble flow structure. Microencapsulated phase change materials (MPCM) also offer significant potential with increased thermal capacity due to the latent heat required to cause phase change. The primary aim of this work was to examine the overall heat transfer potential associated with combining these two novel liquid cooling technologies. By investigating the local heat transfer characteristics, the augmentation/degradation over single phase liquid cooling was quantified while examining the effects of dimensionless variables, including Reynolds number, liquid slug length and gas void fraction. An experimental test facility was developed which had a heated test section and allowed MPCM-air Taylor flows to be subjected to a constant heat flux boundary condition. Infrared thermography was used to record high resolution experimental wall temperature measurements and determine local heat transfer coefficients from the thermal entrance point. 30.2% mass particle concentration of the MPCM suspension fluid was examined as it provided the maximum latent heat for absorption. Results demonstrate a significant reduction in experimental wall temperatures associated with MPCM-air Taylor flows when compared with the Graetz solution for conventional single phase coolants. Total enhancement in the thermally developed region is observed to be a combination of the individual contributions due to recirculation within the liquid slugs and also absorption of latent heat. Overall, the study highlights the potential heat transfer enhancements that are attainable within heat exchange devices employing MPCM

  3. Influence of the pore size of reversed phase materials on peptide purification processes.

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    Gétaz, David; Dogan, Nihan; Forrer, Nicola; Morbidelli, Massimo

    2011-05-20

    The influence of the pore size of a chromatographic reversed phase material on the adsorption equilibria and diffusion of two industrially relevant peptides (i.e. a small synthetic peptide and insulin) has been studied using seven different reversed phase HPLC materials having pore sizes ranging from 90 Å to 300 Å. The stationary phase pore size distribution was obtained by inverse size exclusion measurement (iSEC). The effect of the pore size on the mass transfer properties of the materials was evaluated from Van Deemter experiments. It has been shown that the lumped mass transfer coefficient increases linearly with the average pore size. The Henry coefficient and the impurity selectivity were determined in diluted conditions. The saturation capacity of the main peptides was determined in overloaded conditions using the inverse method (i.e. peak fitting). It was shown that the adsorption equilibria of the peptides on the seven materials is well described by a surface-specific adsorption isotherm. Based on this a lumped kinetic model has been developed to model the elution profile of the two peptides in overloaded conditions and to simulate the purification of the peptide from its crude mixture. It has been found that the separation of insulin from its main impurity (i.e. desamido-insulin) was not affected by the pore size. On the other hand, in the case of the synthetic peptide, it was found that the adsorption of the most significant impurity decreases with the pore size. This decrease is probably due to an increase in silanol activity with decreasing pore size. PMID:21450297

  4. X-ray phase contrast imaging of the breast: Analysis of tissue simulating materials

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    Vedantham, Srinivasan; Karellas, Andrew [Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655 (United States)

    2013-04-15

    Purpose: Phase contrast imaging, particularly of the breast, is being actively investigated. The purpose of this work is to investigate the x-ray phase contrast properties of breast tissues and commonly used breast tissue substitutes or phantom materials with an aim of determining the phantom materials best representative of breast tissues. Methods: Elemental compositions of breast tissues including adipose, fibroglandular, and skin were used to determine the refractive index, n= 1 -{delta}+i {beta}. The real part of the refractive index, specifically the refractive index decrement ({delta}), over the energy range of 5-50 keV were determined using XOP software (version 2.3, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France). Calcium oxalate and calcium hydroxyapatite were considered to represent the material compositions of microcalcifications in vivo. Nineteen tissue substitutes were considered as possible candidates to represent adipose tissue, fibroglandular tissue and skin, and four phantom materials were considered as possible candidates to represent microcalcifications. For each material, either the molecular formula, if available, or the elemental composition based on weight fraction, was used to determine {delta}. At each x-ray photon energy, the absolute percent difference in {delta} between the breast tissue and the substitute material was determined, from which three candidates were selected. From these candidate tissue substitutes, the material that minimized the absolute percent difference in linear attenuation coefficient {mu}, and hence {beta}, was considered to be best representative of that breast tissue. Results: Over the energy range of 5-50 keV, while the {delta} of CB3 and fibroglandular tissue-equivalent material were within 1% of that of fibroglandular tissue, the {mu} of fibroglandular tissue-equivalent material better approximated the fibroglandular tissue. While the {delta} of BR10 and adipose tissue-equivalent material were within 1% of

  5. Developments in organic solid–liquid phase change materials and their applications in thermal energy storage

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    Highlights: • Review of organic phase change materials for thermal energy storage. • Review of the eutectic mixtures of organic PCMs. • Review of the techniques of PCM encapsulations and enhancing the thermal conductivity. • Applications of low and medium temperature organic PCMs are listed in detail. • Recommendations are made for future applications of organic PCMs. - Abstract: Thermal energy storage as sensible or latent heat is an efficient way to conserve the waste heat and excess energy available such as solar radiation. Storage of latent heat using organic phase change materials (PCMs) offers greater energy storage density over a marginal melting and freezing temperature difference in comparison to inorganic materials. These favorable characteristics of organic PCMs make them suitable in a wide range of applications. These materials and their eutectic mixtures have been successfully tested and implemented in many domestic and commercial applications such as, building, electronic devices, refrigeration and air-conditioning, solar air/water heating, textiles, automobiles, food, and space industries. This review focuses on three aspects: the materials, encapsulation and applications of organic PCMs, and provides an insight on the recent developments in applications of these materials. Organic PCMs have inherent characteristic of low thermal conductivity (0.15–0.35 W/m K), hence, a larger surface area is required to enhance the heat transfer rate. Therefore, attention is also given to the thermal conductivity enhancement of the materials, which helps to keep the area of the system to a minimum. Besides, various available techniques for material characterization have also been discussed. It has been found that a wide range of the applications of organic PCMs in buildings and other low and medium temperature solar energy applications are in abundant use but these materials are not yet popular among space applications and virtual data storage media. In

  6. Thermal analysis on organic phase change materials for heat storage applications

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    Lager, Daniel

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, methodologies based on thermal analysis to evaluate specific heat capacity, phase transition enthalpies, thermal cycling stability and thermal conductivity of organic phase change materials (PCMs) are discussed. Calibration routines for a disc type heat flow differential scanning calorimetry (hf-DSC) are compared and the applied heating rates are adapted due to the low thermal conductivity of the organic PCMs. An assessment of thermal conductivity measurements based on "Laser Flash Analysis" (LFA) and the "Transient Hot Bridge" method (THB) in solid and liquid state has been performed. It could be shown that a disc type hf-DSC is a useful method for measuring specific heat capacity, melting enthalpies and cycling stability of organic PCM if temperature and sensitivity calibration are adapted to the material and quantity to be measured. The LFA method shows repeatable and reproducible thermal diffusivity results in solid state and a high effort for sample preparation in comparison to THB in liquid state. Thermal conductivity results of the two applied methods show large deviations in liquid phase and have to be validated by further experiments.

  7. CONTACT MATERIALS FOR GaSb AND InSb: A PHASE DIAGRAM APPROACH

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    K.W. Richter; H. Ipser

    2002-01-01

    The development of well defined and thermally stable ohmic contacts for Ⅲ- Ⅴ semi-conductors like InSb and GaSb is still a challenging problem in semiconductor devicetechnology. As device processing usually includes the exposure to elevated tempera-tures, interface reactions often occur during metallization and further heat treatment.It is thus important to understand the respective phase equilibria of the involved el-ements. From the thermodynamic point of view, binary and ternary compounds inequilibrium with the respective compound semiconductor would be the best choice forcontact materials as these contacts will be stable even after long exposure to elevatedtemperatures. These possible candidates for contact materials may be directly obtainedfrom the phase diagrams.During the last years we investigated several phase diagrams of transition metals withGaSb and InSb. Experimental results in the systems Ga-Ni-Sb, Ga-Pd-Sb, Ga-Pt-Sb,In-Ni-Sb and In-Pd-Sb are summarized and are discussed in the context of contactchemistry.

  8. Melting of a phase change material in a horizontal annulus with discrete heat sources

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials have found many industrial applications such as cooling of electronic devices and thermal energy storage. This paper investigates numerically the melting process of a phase change material in a two-dimensional horizontal annulus with different arrangements of two discrete heat sources. The sources are positioned on the inner cylinder of the annulus and assumed as constant-temperature boundary conditions. The remaining portion of the inner cylinder wall as well as the outer cylinder wall is considered to be insulated. The emphasis is mainly on the effects of the arrangement of the heat source pair on the fluid flow and heat transfer features. The governing equations are solved on a non-uniform O type mesh using a pressure-based finite volume method with an enthalpy porosity technique to trace the solid and liquid interface. The results are obtained at Ra=104 and presented in terms of streamlines, isotherms, melting phase front, liquid fraction and dimensionless heat flux. It is observed that, depending on the arrangement of heat sources, the liquid fraction increases both linearly and non-linearly with time but will slow down at the end of the melting process. It can also be concluded that proper arrangement of discrete heat sources has the great potential in improving the energy storage system. For instance, the arrangement C3 where the heat sources are located on the bottom part of the inner cylinder wall can expedite the melting process as compared to the other arrangements.

  9. Numerical studies of integrated concrete with a solid-solid phase change material

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    Zhang, D.; Fung, A.S.; Siddiqui, O. [Ryerson Polytechnic Univ., Toronto, ON (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

    2007-07-01

    The thermal storage performance of concrete cement integrated with a hypothetical solid-solid phase change material (PCM) was investigated. The thermal storage material was exposed to solar radiation on a sunny winter day in Toronto. The effects of weight ratio of PCM to cement and the thickness of cement were studied. The integrated PCM cement compound was treated as a homogenous mixture with uniform physical and thermal properties. Finite element modelling (FEM) was used to determine the effective heat capacity method. Governing equations for the heat transfer process in the solid-liquid PCMs included Navier-Stokes equations; mass conservation equations; and the energy conservation equation. The energy equation was the only governing equation for the binary solid state PCMs. The enthalpy method was used to apply governing equations of PCMs over the whole fixed domain of interest. The total energy required for the phase change was determined using the enthalpy function. The simulations showed that PCMs can reduce the fluctuation of temperature. Temperature fluctuations on the upper surface varied mainly in amplitude and in time phase due to thermal storage effects. The total amount of solar gain increased when the PCM ratio increased. However, the effect of the PCM ratio on the amount of released energy became less apparent when the thickness of the PCM was increased. It was concluded that a 30 per cent PCM ratio contributed the maximum overall released energy after the radiation gain vanished. 8 refs., 3 tabs., 11 figs.

  10. Phase-contrast imaging using ultrafast x-rays in laser-shocked materials

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    High-energy x-rays, >10 keV, can be efficiently produced from ultrafast laser target interactions with many applications to dense target materials in inertial confinement fusion and high-energy density physics. These same x-rays can also be applied to measurements of low-density materials inside high-density Hohlraum environments. In the experiments presented, high-energy x-ray images of laser-shocked polystyrene are produced through phase contrast imaging. The plastic targets are nominally transparent to traditional x-ray absorption but show detailed features in regions of high density gradients due to refractive effects often called phase contrast imaging. The 200 TW Trident laser is used both to produce the x-ray source and to shock the polystyrene target. X-rays at 17 keV produced from 2 ps, 100 J laser interactions with a 12 μm molybdenum wire are used to produce a small source size, required for optimizing refractive effects. Shocks are driven in the 1 mm thick polystyrene target using 2 ns, 250 J, 532 nm laser drive with phase plates. X-ray images of shocks compare well to one-dimensional hydro calculations.

  11. Phase-contrast imaging using ultrafast x-rays in laser-shocked materials

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    Workman, Jonathan B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cobble, James A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Flippo, Kirk [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gautier, Donald C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Montgomery, David S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Offermann, Dustin T [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    High-energy x-rays, > 10-keV, can be efficiently produced from ultrafast laser target interactions with many applications to dense target materials in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High-Energy Density Physics (HEDP). These same x-rays can also be applied to measurements of low-density materials inside high-density hohlraum environments. In the experiments presented, high-energy x-ray images of laser-shocked polystyrene are produced through phase contrast imaging. The plastic targets are nominally transparent to traditional x-ray absorption but show detailed features in regions of high density gradients due to refractive effects often called phase contrast imaging. The 200-TW Trident laser is used both to produce the x-ray source and to shock the polystyrene target. X-rays at 17-keV produced from 2-ps, 100-J laser interactions with a 12-micron molybdenum wire are used to produce a small source size, required for optimizing refractive effects. Shocks are driven in the 1-mm thick polystyrene target using 2-ns, 250-J, 532-nm laser drive with phase plates. X-ray images of shocks compare well to 1-D hydro calculations, HELIOS-CR.

  12. Deuterium absorption and material phase characteristics of SAES St 198 Zr-Fe Alloy

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    This document reports deuterium absorption and material phase characteristics of SAES St 198 Zr-Fe Alloy (76.5% Zr). Scanning electron microscope images of polished surfaces, electron probe microanalysis, and x-ray powder diffractometry indicated the presence of a primary Zr2Fe phase with secondary phases of ZrFe2, Zr5FeSn, α-Zr, and Zr6Fe3O. A statistically designed experiment to determine the effects of temperature, time, and vacuum quality on activation of St 198 revealed that, when activated at low temperature (350C), deuterium absorption rate was slower when the vacuum quality was poor (2.5 Pa vs. 3 x 10-4 Pa). However, at higher activation temperature (500C), deuterium absorption rate was fast and was independent of vacuum quality. Deuterium pressure-composition-temperature (P-C-T) data are reported for St 198 in the temperature range 200 to 500C. The P-C-T data over the full range of deuterium loading and at temperatures of 350C and below is described an expression. At higher temperatures, one or more secondary reactions in the solid phase occur that slowly consume D2 from the gas phase. X-ray diffraction and other data suggest these reactions to be: 2 Zr2FeDx → xZrD2 + x/3 ZrFe2 + (2 - 2/3x) Zr2Fe and Zr2FeDx + (2 - 1/2x) D2 → 2 ZrD2 + Fe, where 0 2Fe formed in the first reaction accounts for the observed consumption of deuterium from the gas phase by this reaction

  13. Review of high-throughput techniques for detecting solid phase Transformation from material libraries produced by combinatorial methods

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2005-01-01

    High-throughput measurement techniques are reviewed for solid phase transformation from materials produced by combinatorial methods, which are highly efficient concepts to fabricate large variety of material libraries with different compositional gradients on a single wafer. Combinatorial methods hold high potential for reducing the time and costs associated with the development of new materials, as compared to time-consuming and labor-intensive conventional methods that test large batches of material, one- composition at a time. These high-throughput techniques can be automated to rapidly capture and analyze data, using the entire material library on a single wafer, thereby accelerating the pace of materials discovery and knowledge generation for solid phase transformations. The review covers experimental techniques that are applicable to inorganic materials such as shape memory alloys, graded materials, metal hydrides, ferric materials, semiconductors and industrial alloys.

  14. Phase Formation and Transformations in Transmutation Fuel Materials for the LIFE Engine Part I - Path Forward

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    Turchi, P E; Kaufman, L; Fluss, M J

    2008-11-10

    The current specifications of the LLNL fusion-fission hybrid proposal, namely LIFE, impose severe constraints on materials, and in particular on the nuclear fissile or fertile nuclear fuel and its immediate environment. This constitutes the focus of the present report with special emphasis on phase formation and phase transformations of the transmutation fuel and their consequences on particle and pebble thermal, chemical and mechanical integrities. We first review the work that has been done in recent years to improve materials properties under the Gen-IV project, and with in particular applications to HTGR and MSR, and also under GNEP and AFCI in the USA. Our goal is to assess the nuclear fuel options that currently exist together with their issues. Among the options, it is worth mentioning TRISO, IMF, and molten salts. The later option will not be discussed in details since an entire report is dedicated to it. Then, in a second part, with the specific LIFE specifications in mind, the various fuel options with their most critical issues are revisited with a path forward for each of them in terms of research, both experimental and theoretical. Since LIFE is applicable to very high burn-up of various fuels, distinctions will be made depending on the mission, i.e., energy production or incineration. Finally a few conclusions are drawn in terms of the specific needs for integrated materials modeling and the in depth knowledge on time-evolution thermochemistry that controls and drastically affects the performance of the nuclear materials and their immediate environment. Although LIFE demands materials that very likely have not yet been fully optimized, the challenge are not insurmountable and a well concerted experimental-modeling effort should lead to dramatic advances that should well serve other fission programs such as Gen-IV, GNEP, AFCI as well as the international fusion program, ITER.

  15. Enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure of a phase-transforming material.

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    Song, Yintao; Chen, Xian; Dabade, Vivekanand; Shield, Thomas W; James, Richard D

    2013-10-01

    Materials undergoing reversible solid-to-solid martensitic phase transformations are desirable for applications in medical sensors and actuators, eco-friendly refrigerators and energy conversion devices. The ability to pass back and forth through the phase transformation many times without degradation of properties (termed 'reversibility') is critical for these applications. Materials tuned to satisfy a certain geometric compatibility condition have been shown to exhibit high reversibility, measured by low hysteresis and small migration of transformation temperature under cycling. Recently, stronger compatibility conditions called the 'cofactor conditions' have been proposed theoretically to achieve even better reversibility. Here we report the enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure of the first martensitic material, Zn45Au30Cu25, that closely satisfies the cofactor conditions. We observe four striking properties of this material. (1) Despite a transformation strain of 8%, the transformation temperature shifts less than 0.5 °C after more than 16,000 thermal cycles. For comparison, the transformation temperature of the ubiquitous NiTi alloy shifts up to 20 °C in the first 20 cycles. (2) The hysteresis remains approximately 2 °C during this cycling. For comparison, the hysteresis of the NiTi alloy is up to 70 °C (refs 9, 12). (3) The alloy exhibits an unusual riverine microstructure of martensite not seen in other martensites. (4) Unlike that of typical polycrystal martensites, its microstructure changes drastically in consecutive transformation cycles, whereas macroscopic properties such as transformation temperature and latent heat are nearly reproducible. These results promise a concrete strategy for seeking ultra-reliable martensitic materials. PMID:24091977

  16. Phase Formation and Transformations in Transmutation Fuel Materials for the LIFE Engine Part I - Path Forward

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    The current specifications of the LLNL fusion-fission hybrid proposal, namely LIFE, impose severe constraints on materials, and in particular on the nuclear fissile or fertile nuclear fuel and its immediate environment. This constitutes the focus of the present report with special emphasis on phase formation and phase transformations of the transmutation fuel and their consequences on particle and pebble thermal, chemical and mechanical integrities. We first review the work that has been done in recent years to improve materials properties under the Gen-IV project, and with in particular applications to HTGR and MSR, and also under GNEP and AFCI in the USA. Our goal is to assess the nuclear fuel options that currently exist together with their issues. Among the options, it is worth mentioning TRISO, IMF, and molten salts. The later option will not be discussed in details since an entire report is dedicated to it. Then, in a second part, with the specific LIFE specifications in mind, the various fuel options with their most critical issues are revisited with a path forward for each of them in terms of research, both experimental and theoretical. Since LIFE is applicable to very high burn-up of various fuels, distinctions will be made depending on the mission, i.e., energy production or incineration. Finally a few conclusions are drawn in terms of the specific needs for integrated materials modeling and the in depth knowledge on time-evolution thermochemistry that controls and drastically affects the performance of the nuclear materials and their immediate environment. Although LIFE demands materials that very likely have not yet been fully optimized, the challenge are not insurmountable and a well concerted experimental-modeling effort should lead to dramatic advances that should well serve other fission programs such as Gen-IV, GNEP, AFCI as well as the international fusion program, ITER

  17. The influence of core materials and mix on the performance of a 100 kVA three phase transformer core

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    Snell, David E-mail: dave.snell@cogent-power.com; Coombs, Alan

    2003-01-01

    Various grades of grain-oriented electrical steel, and the effect of mixing domain refined and non-domain refined materials in the same three phase transformer core have been assessed using a developed computer-based test system. Ball unit domain refined material and non-domain refined material can be successfully mixed in the same core, without degrading performance.

  18. Effect of DMMP on the pyrolysis products of polyurethane foam materials in the gaseous phase

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    Liu, W.; Li, F.; Ge, X. G.; Zhang, Z. J.; He, J.; Gao, N.

    2016-07-01

    Dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) has been used as a flame retardant containing phosphorus to decrease the flammability of the polyurethane foam material (PUF). Flame retardancy and thermal degradation of PUF samples have been investigated by the LOI tests and thermal analysis. The results show that LOI values of all PUF/DMMP samples are higher than that of the neat PUF sample and the LOI value of the samples increases with both DMMP concentration and the %P value. Thermal analysis indicates that flame retardant PUF shows a dominant condensed flame retardant activity during combustion. Thermogravimetric analysis-infrared spectrometry (TG-FTIR) has been used to study the influence of DMMP on the pyrolysis products in the gaseous phase during the thermal degradation of the PUF sample. Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) spectra of the PUF sample at the maximum evolution rates and the generated trends of water and the products containing -NCO have been examined to obtain more information about the pyrolysis product evolutions of the samples at high temperature. These results reveal that although DMMP could improve the thermal stability of PUF samples through the formation of the residual char layer between fire and the decomposed materials, the influence of DMMP on the gaseous phase can be also observed during the thermal degradation process of materials.

  19. Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Thermal Ignition of a Phase Changing Energetic Material

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Fortuitous exposure to high temperatures initiates reaction in energetic materials and possibilities of such event are of great concern in terms of the safe and controlled usage of explosive devices. Experimental and numerical investigations on time to explosion and location of ignition of a phase changing polymer bonded explosive material (80 per cent RDX and 20 per cent binder, contained in a metallic confinement subjected to controlled temperature build-up on its surface, are presented. An experimental setup was developed in which the polymer bonded explosive material filled in a cylindrical confinement was provided with a precise control of surface heating rate. Temperature at various radial locations was monitored till ignition. A computational model for solving two dimensional unsteady heat transfer with phase change and heat generation due to multi-step chemical reaction was developed. This model was implemented using a custom field function in the framework of a finite volume method based standard commercial solver. Numerical study could simulate the transient heat conduction, the melting pattern of the explosive within the charge and also the thermal runaway. Computed values of temperature evolution at various radial locations and the time to ignition were closely agreeing with those measured in experiment. Results are helpful both in predicting the possibility of thermal ignition during accidents as well as for the design of safety systems.

  20. Crystal growth of an organic non-linear optical material from the vapour phase

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    Hou, W

    1999-01-01

    Due to the potential applications of organic non-linear optical materials in the areas of optical processing and communication, the investigation of the crystal growth of new organic NLO materials has been an active field for the last 20 years. For such uses it is necessary to produce single crystals of high quality and perfection, free of strain and defects. When crystals are grown from the solution and the melt, solvent and the decomposition component in the melt can introduce impurities and imperfection to the as-grown crystals. For crystals grown from vapour phase, in the absence of the solvent, this cannot occur and the method promises to yield single crystals of higher quality. Despite this attraction, little attention has been paid to the vapour phase growth of organic NLO crystals. It was with this in mind that the following investigation was carried out. Using Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (p-MHB), a potential organic NLO material, a comparison investigation was made of its crystal growth from both the va...

  1. Multi-phase flow effect on SRM nozzle flow field and thermal protection materials

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    SHAFQAT Wahab; XIE Kan; LIU Yu

    2009-01-01

    Multi-phase flow effect generated from the combustion of aluminum based com-posite propellant was performed on the thermal protection material of solid rocket motor (SRM) nozzle. Injection of alumina (Al2O3) particles from 5% to 10% was tried on SRM nozzle flow field to see the influence of multiphase flow on heat transfer computations. A coupled, time resolved CFD (computational fluid dynamics) approach was adopted to solve the conjugate problem of multi-phase fluid flow and heat transfer in the solid rocket motor nozzle. The governing equations are discretized by using the finite volume method. Spalart-Allmaras (S-A) turbulence model was employed. The computation was executed on the dif-ferent models selected for the analysis to validate the temperature variation in the throat in-serts and baking material of SRM nozzle. Comparison for temperatures variations were also carried out at different expansion ratios of nozzle. This paper also characterized the advanced SRM nozzle composites material for their high thermo stability and their high thermo me-chanical capabilities to make it more reliable simpler and lighter.

  2. Incorporating physically-based microstructures in materials modeling: Bridging phase field and crystal plasticity frameworks

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    Lim, Hojun; Abdeljawad, Fadi; Owen, Steven J.; Hanks, Byron W.; Foulk, James W.; Battaile, Corbett C.

    2016-05-01

    The mechanical properties of materials systems are highly influenced by various features at the microstructural level. The ability to capture these heterogeneities and incorporate them into continuum-scale frameworks of the deformation behavior is considered a key step in the development of complex non-local models of failure. In this study, we present a modeling framework that incorporates physically-based realizations of polycrystalline aggregates from a phase field (PF) model into a crystal plasticity finite element (CP-FE) framework. Simulated annealing via the PF model yields ensembles of materials microstructures with various grain sizes and shapes. With the aid of a novel FE meshing technique, FE discretizations of these microstructures are generated, where several key features, such as conformity to interfaces, and triple junction angles, are preserved. The discretizations are then used in the CP-FE framework to simulate the mechanical response of polycrystalline α-iron. It is shown that the conformal discretization across interfaces reduces artificial stress localization commonly observed in non-conformal FE discretizations. The work presented herein is a first step towards incorporating physically-based microstructures in lieu of the overly simplified representations that are commonly used. In broader terms, the proposed framework provides future avenues to explore bridging models of materials processes, e.g. additive manufacturing and microstructure evolution of multi-phase multi-component systems, into continuum-scale frameworks of the mechanical properties.

  3. Materials and other needs for advanced phase change memory (Presentation Recording)

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    Sosa, Norma E.

    2015-09-01

    Phase change memory (PCM), with its long history, may now hold its brightest promise to date. This bright future is being fueled by the "push" from big data. PCM is a non-volatile memory technology used to create solid-state random access memory devices that operate based the resistance properties of materials. Employing the electrical resistance differences-as opposed to differences in charge stored-between the amorphous and crystalline phases of the material, PCM can store bits, namely one's and zero's. Indeed, owing to the method of storage, PCM can in fact be designed to hold multiple bits thus leading to a high-density technology twice the storage density and less than half the cost of DRAM, the main kind found in typical personal computers. It has been long known that PCM can fill a need gap that spans 3 decades in performance from DRAM to solid state drive (NAND Flash). Furthermore, PCM devices can lead to performance and reliability improvements essential to enabling significant steps forward to supporting big data centric computing. This talk will focus on the science and challenges of aggressive scaling to realize the density needed, how this scaling challenge is intertwined with materials needs for endurance into the giga-cycles, and the associated forefront research aiming to realizing multi-level functionality into these nanoscale programmable resistor devices.

  4. Thermal conductivity measurements in phase change materials under freezing in presence of nanoinclusions

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    Angayarkanni, S. A.; Philip, John

    2015-09-01

    We study the thermal properties and internal microstructures of n-hexadecane alkane containing nanoinclusions of copper nanowire, multi walled carbon nanotube, and graphene nanoplatelets of different volume fractions. Just below the freezing point, a large thermal contrast is observed in all the three systems. The thermal conductivity decreases with temperature below the freezing temperature and stabilizes at ˜10 °C below the freezing point. More than 100% of thermal conductivity enhancement is observed with 0.01 wt. % of nanofillers during the liquid to solid phase change. It is speculated that the reduction in the interfacial thermal resistance and the internal stress generated during the first order phase transition, due to the presence of nanoinclusions at grain boundaries of alkane crystals, led to the observed increase in the thermal conductivity. We found that an optimal nanoparticle loading with the space filling agglomerates in a phase change alkane can provide an extremely large thermal conductivity. Though the thermal conductivity enhancement at higher particle loading was independent of the bulk thermal conductivity of dispersed nanomaterials, an anomalously large thermal contrast is observed at a very low concentration in copper nanowire suspension. These results provide new approaches to achieve large thermal storage in organic phase change materials.

  5. Phase-contrast X-ray imaging with synchrotron radiation for materials science applications

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    Since Roentgen's discovery of X-rays just over a century ago the vast majority of radiographs have been collected and interpreted on the basis of absorption contrast and geometrical (ray) optics. Recently the possibility of obtaining new and complementary information in X-ray images by utilizing phase-contrast effects has received considerable attention, both in the laboratory context and at synchrotron sources (where much of this activity is a consequence of the highly coherent X-ray beams which can be produced). Phase-contrast X-ray imaging is capable of providing improved information from weakly absorbing features in a sample, together with improved edge definition. Four different experimental arrangements for achieving phase contrast in the hard X-ray regime, for the purpose of non-destructive characterization of materials, will be described. Two of these, demonstrated at ESRF in France and AR in Japan, are based on parallel-beam geometry; the other two, demonstrated at PLS in Korea and APS in USA, are based on spherical-beam geometry. In each case quite different X-ray optical arrangements were used. Some image simulations will be employed to demonstrate salient features of hard X-ray phase-contrast imaging and examples of results from each of the experiments will be shown

  6. Phase-contrast X-ray imaging with synchrotron radiation for materials science applications

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    Stevenson, A.W. E-mail: andrew.stevenson@csiro.au; Gureyev, T.E.; Paganin, D.; Wilkins, S.W.; Weitkamp, T.; Snigirev, A.; Rau, C.; Snigireva, I.; Youn, H.S.; Dolbnya, I.P.; Yun, W.; Lai, B.; Garrett, R.F.; Cookson, D.J.; Hyodo, K.; Ando, M

    2003-01-01

    Since Roentgen's discovery of X-rays just over a century ago the vast majority of radiographs have been collected and interpreted on the basis of absorption contrast and geometrical (ray) optics. Recently the possibility of obtaining new and complementary information in X-ray images by utilizing phase-contrast effects has received considerable attention, both in the laboratory context and at synchrotron sources (where much of this activity is a consequence of the highly coherent X-ray beams which can be produced). Phase-contrast X-ray imaging is capable of providing improved information from weakly absorbing features in a sample, together with improved edge definition. Four different experimental arrangements for achieving phase contrast in the hard X-ray regime, for the purpose of non-destructive characterization of materials, will be described. Two of these, demonstrated at ESRF in France and AR in Japan, are based on parallel-beam geometry; the other two, demonstrated at PLS in Korea and APS in USA, are based on spherical-beam geometry. In each case quite different X-ray optical arrangements were used. Some image simulations will be employed to demonstrate salient features of hard X-ray phase-contrast imaging and examples of results from each of the experiments will be shown.

  7. Analysis of thermal energy storage material with change-of-phase volumetric effects

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    Kerslake, Thomas W.; Ibrahim, Mounir B.

    1990-01-01

    NASA's Space Station Freedom proposed hybrid power system includes photovoltaic arrays with nickel hydrogen batteries for energy storage and solar dynamic collectors driving Brayton heat engines with change-of-phase Thermal Energy Storage (TES) devices. A TES device is comprised of multiple metallic, annular canisters which contain a eutectic composition LiF-CaF2 Phase Change Material (PCM) that melts at 1040 K. A moderately sophisticated LiF-CaF2 PCM computer model is being developed in three stages considering 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D canister geometries, respectively. The 1-D model results indicate that the void has a marked effect on the phase change process due to PCM displacement and dynamic void heat transfer resistance. Equally influential are the effects of different boundary conditions and liquid PCM natural convection. For the second stage, successful numerical techniques used in the 1-D phase change model are extended to a 2-D (r,z) PCM containment canister model. A prototypical PCM containment canister is analyzed and the results are discussed.

  8. Review of the use of phase change materials (PCMs in buildings with reinforced concrete structures

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    Pons, O.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials are capable of storing and releasing energy in the form of heat in determined temperature ranges, so to increase a building’s thermal inertia, stabilize its indoor temperatures and reduce its energetic demand. Therefore, if we used these materials we could have more energetically efficient buildings. Nevertheless, are these materials most appropriate to be used in buildings? Could the incorporation of phase change materials in buildings with concrete structures be generalized? This article aims to carry out a review of these phase change materials from construction professionals’ points of view, study their applications for buildings with reinforced concrete structures and the key points for these applications, draw conclusions and provide recommendations useful for all professionals within the sector who are considering the application of these materials.Los materiales de cambio de fase son capaces de almacenar y liberar energía en forma de calor en un determinando rango de temperaturas, y así aumentar la inercia térmica de un edificio, estabilizar las temperaturas en el interior y reducir la demanda energética. En consecuencia, si utilizáramos estos materiales podríamos tener un parque de edificios más eficientes energéticamente. No obstante, ¿estos materiales son apropiados para usarse en edificios? ¿Se podría generalizar la incorporación de materiales de cambio de fase en edificios con estructuras de hormigón? Este artículo tiene como objetivos hacer una revisión del estado del arte de estos materiales de cambio de fase desde el punto de vista de los profesionales de la construcción, estudiar las aplicaciones en edificios con estructuras de hormigón armado y los puntos clave para estas aplicaciones, extraer conclusiones y recomendaciones útiles para los profesionales del sector que se planteen la utilización de estos materiales.

  9. Metal - Insulator Transition Driven by Vacancy Ordering in GeSbTe Phase Change Materials

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    Bragaglia, Valeria; Arciprete, Fabrizio; Zhang, Wei; Mio, Antonio Massimiliano; Zallo, Eugenio; Perumal, Karthick; Giussani, Alessandro; Cecchi, Stefano; Boschker, Jos Emiel; Riechert, Henning; Privitera, Stefania; Rimini, Emanuele; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Calarco, Raffaella

    2016-04-01

    Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are unique compounds employed in non-volatile random access memory thanks to the rapid and reversible transformation between the amorphous and crystalline state that display large differences in electrical and optical properties. In addition to the amorphous-to-crystalline transition, experimental results on polycrystalline GeSbTe alloys (GST) films evidenced a Metal-Insulator Transition (MIT) attributed to disorder in the crystalline phase. Here we report on a fundamental advance in the fabrication of GST with out-of-plane stacking of ordered vacancy layers by means of three distinct methods: Molecular Beam Epitaxy, thermal annealing and application of femtosecond laser pulses. We assess the degree of vacancy ordering and explicitly correlate it with the MIT. We further tune the ordering in a controlled fashion attaining a large range of resistivity. Employing ordered GST might allow the realization of cells with larger programming windows.

  10. From rice husk to high performance shape stabilized phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Mehrali, Mohammad; Latibari, Sara Tahan; Rosen, Marc A.;

    2016-01-01

    exhibited exceptional phase change behavior, having a desirable latent heat storage capacity of 175 kJ kg(-1). When exposed to high solar radiation intensities, the composites can absorb and store the thermal energy. An FTIR analysis of the SSPCMs indicated that there was no chemical interaction between the...... and a sodium hydroxide activation procedure. Palmitic acid as a phase change material was impregnated into the porous carbon by a vacuum impregnation technique. Graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) were employed as an additive for thermal conductivity enhancement of the SSPCMs. The attained composites...... palmitic acid and the activated carbon with GNPs. The thermal conductivity of the prepared composites improved by more than 97% for the highest loading of GNPs (6 wt%) compared with that of pure palmitic acid. Moreover, the SSPCMs exhibit high thermal stability, with a stable melting-freezing enthalpy and...

  11. Changes in electrical transport and density of states of phase change materials upon resistance drift

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    Phase-change memory technology has become more mature in recent years. But some fundamental problems linked to the electrical transport properties in the amorphous phase of phase-change materials still need to be solved. The increase of resistance over time, called resistance drift, for example, poses a major challenge for the implementation of multilevel storage, which will eventually be necessary to remain competitive in terms of high storage densities. To link structural properties with electrical transport, a broader knowledge of (i) changes in the density of states (DoS) upon structural relaxation and (ii) the influence of defects on electrical transport is required. In this paper, we present temperature-dependent conductivity and photo-conductivity measurements on the archetype phase change material GeTe. It is shown that trap-limited band transport at high temperatures (above 165 K) and variable range hopping at low temperatures are the predominating transport mechanism. Based on measurements of the temperature dependence of the optical band gap, modulated photo-conductivity and photo-thermal deflection spectroscopy, a DoS model for GeTe was proposed. Using this DoS, the temperature dependence of conductivity and photo-conductivity has been simulated. Our work shows how changes in the DoS (band gap and defect distributions) will affect the electrical transport before and after temperature-accelerated drift. The decrease in conductivity upon annealing can be explained entirely by an increase of the band gap by about 12%. However, low-temperature photo-conductivity measurements revealed that a change in the defect density may also play a role

  12. High frequency dielectric reference materials BCR projekt 43. Final report of phase 1

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    The Group of High Frequency Specialists from Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK, was awarded contracts in 1975 to carry out a programme of measurements on the high frequency dielectric properties of materials. The object of this first phase of a projected three phase programme was to establish the reliability of existing methods of measurement and to examine the possibilities of specifying and producing some standard reference materials, both liquid and solid, which could be used for calibrating and checking the performance of industrial measurement equipment. The liquids chosen for the first phase were cyclohexane, cis and trans decalin, chlorobenzene and 0.1, 1, and 10% solutions of chlorobenzene in cyclohexane. Each group had a limited frequency range over which it could make meaningful measurements but there was sufficient overlap to ensure that all random and systematic errors could be quantitatively assayed. The real (epsilon') and imaginary (epsilon'') components of the complex permittivity for all the liquids were measured over the frequency range 10 - 3,000 GHz and for the two most lossy liquids (chlorobenzene and 10% chlorobenzene in cyclohexane) this range was extended downwards to one GHz. The programme established for the first time the possible experimental imprecisions to be expected in high frequency dielecric measurements and showed that the chosen liquids could be useful standard reference materials if sufficiently pure specimens could be obtained commercially at a reasonable price. The programme did however reveal an unexpected snag in that the liquids, especially cyclohexane, were found to be rather more liable to contamination than expected. Since cyclohexane is a very low-loss liquid, only a small amount of a lossy contaminant need be absorbed to make the observed loss increase dramatically. This report contains all the measured results in both tabular and graphical form and in addition full technical details are given of the

  13. Integration of environmental indicators in the optimization of industrial energy management using phase change materials

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    Highlights: • Phase change materials are a feasible option for energy management. • Net Zero Environmental Metrics Times is defined as an environmental payback time. • Coal, heavy fuel and lignite scenarios show a time around one year. • The potassium nitrate application provides the highest environmental values. - Abstract: This work addresses the potential environmental effects of thermal energy storage using the life cycle assessment to perform an optimal system framework. The study assesses the recovery of waste thermal energy at medium temperatures through the application of phase change materials and the recovered heat use in other industrial processes avoiding the heat production from fossil fuel. To this end, twenty different situations were analysed in terms of energy and environmentally combining four thermal energy storage systems varying the type of phase change material incorporated (potassium nitrate, potassium hydroxide, potassium carbonate/sodium carbonate/lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide/potassium hydroxide) which were defined as cases and five scenarios were the heat can be released based on the type of fossil fuel consumed (coal, heavy fuel, light fuel, lignite and natural gas). Moreover, a net zero environmental metric time parameter was calculated to assess the time period in which the environmental impacts associated to the thermal energy system were equal to the avoided impacts by the use of the heat recovered. Values that were lower than the thermal energy system lifetime were obtained in more than 40% of the total study situations. Finally, an additional analysis was performed to identify the most significant parameters for the further development of a mathematical model to predict the net zero environmental metric time

  14. Phase Change Material for Temperature Control of Imager or Sounder on GOES Type Satellites in GEO

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    Choi, Michael K.

    2014-01-01

    This paper uses phase change material (PCM) in the scan cavity of an imager or sounder on satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO) to maintain the telescope temperature stable. When sunlight enters the scan aperture, solar heating causes the PCM to melt. When sunlight stops entering the scan aperture, the PCM releases the thermal energy stored to keep the components in the telescope warm. It has no moving parts or bimetallic springs. It reduces heater power required to make up the heat lost by radiation to space through the aperture. It is an attractive thermal control option to a radiator with a louver and a sunshade.

  15. Equivalent circuit for VO2 phase change material film in reconfigurable frequency selective surfaces

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    We developed equivalent circuits of phase change materials based on vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films. These circuits are used to model VO2 thin films for reconfigurable frequency selective surfaces (FSSs). This is important as it provides a way for designing complex structures. A reconfigurable FSS filter using VO2 ON/OFF switches is designed demonstrating −60 dB isolation between the states. This filter is used to provide the transmission and reflection responses of the FSS in the frequency range of 0.1–0.6 THz. The comparison between equivalent circuit and full-wave simulation shows excellent agreement

  16. Re-utilization of Industrial CO2 for Algae Production Using a Phase Change Material

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    Joseph, Brian

    2013-12-31

    This is the final report of a 36-month Phase II cooperative agreement. Under this project, Touchstone Research Laboratory (Touchstone) investigated the merits of incorporating a Phase Change Material (PCM) into an open-pond algae production system that can capture and re-use the CO2 from a coal-fired flue gas source located in Wooster, OH. The primary objective of the project was to design, construct, and operate a series of open algae ponds that accept a slipstream of flue gas from a coal-fired source and convert a significant portion of the CO2 to liquid biofuels, electricity, and specialty products, while demonstrating the merits of the PCM technology. Construction of the pilot facility and shakedown of the facility in Wooster, OH, was completed during the first two years, and the focus of the last year was on operations and the cultivation of algae. During this Phase II effort a large-scale algae concentration unit from OpenAlgae was installed and utilized to continuously harvest algae from indoor raceways. An Algae Lysing Unit and Oil Recovery Unit were also received and installed. Initial parameters for lysing nanochloropsis were tested. Conditions were established that showed the lysing operation was effective at killing the algae cells. Continuous harvesting activities yielded over 200 kg algae dry weight for Ponds 1, 2 and 4. Studies were conducted to determine the effect of anaerobic digestion effluent as a nutrient source and the resulting lipid productivity of the algae. Lipid content and total fatty acids were unaffected by culture system and nutrient source, indicating that open raceway ponds fed diluted anaerobic digestion effluent can obtain similar lipid productivities to open raceway ponds using commercial nutrients. Data were also collected with respect to the performance of the PCM material on the pilot-scale raceway ponds. Parameters such as evaporative water loss, temperature differences, and growth/productivity were tracked. The pond with the

  17. First-principles computation of mantle materials in crystalline and amorphous phases

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    Karki, Bijaya B.

    2015-03-01

    First-principles methods based on density functional theory are used extensively in the investigation of the behavior and properties of mantle materials over broad ranges of pressure, temperature, and composition that are relevant. A review of computational results reported during the last couple of decades shows that essentially all properties including structure, phase transition, equation of state, thermodynamics, elasticity, alloying, conductivity, defects, interfaces, diffusivity, viscosity, and melting have been calculated from first principles. Using MgO, the second most abundant oxide of Earth's mantle, as a primary example and considering many other mantle materials in their crystalline and amorphous phases, we have found that most properties are strongly pressure dependent, sometimes varying non-monotonically and anomalously, with the effects of temperature being systematically suppressed with compression. The overall agreement with the available experimental data is excellent; it is remarkable that the early-calculated results such as shear wave velocities of two key phases, MgO and MgSiO3 perovskite, were subsequently reproduced by experimentation covering almost the entire mantle pressure regime. As covered in some detail, the defect formation and migration enthalpies of key mantle materials increase with pressure. The predicted trend is that partial MgO Schottky defects are energetically most favorable in Mg-silicates but their formation enthalpies are high. So, the diffusion in the mantle is likely to be in the extrinsic regime. Preliminary results on MgO and forsterite hint that the grain boundaries can accommodate point defects (including impurities) and enhance diffusion rates at all pressures. The structures are highly distorted in the close vicinity of the defects and at the interface with excess space. Recent simulations of MgO-SiO2 binary and other silicate melts have found that the melt self-diffusion and viscosity vary by several orders of

  18. Experimental Investigation of Thermal Conductivity of Concrete Containing Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change Materials

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    Pomianowski, Michal Zbigniew; Heiselberg, Per; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2011-01-01

    article utilizes integration of the concrete and the microencapsulated Phase Change Material (PCM). PCM has the ability to absorb and release significant amounts of heat at a specific temperature range. As a consequence of admixing PCM to the concrete, new thermal properties like thermal conductivity and...... specific heat capacity have to be defined. This paper presents results from the measurements of the thermal conductivity of various microencapsulated PCM-concrete and PCM-cement-paste mixes. It was discovered that increase of the amount of PCM decreases the thermal conductivity of the concrete PCM mixture....... Finally, a theoretical calculation methodology of thermal conductivity for PCM-concrete mixes is developed....

  19. Computer-based accountability system (Phase I) for special nuclear materials at Argonne-West

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    An automated accountability system for special nuclear materials (SNM) is under development at Argonne National Laboratory-West. Phase I of the development effort has established the following basic features of the system: a unique file organization allows rapid updating or retrieval of the status of various SNM, based on batch numbers, storage location, serial number, or other attributes. Access to the program is controlled by an interactive user interface that can be easily understood by operators who have had no prior background in electronic data processing. Extensive use of structured programming techniques make the software package easy to understand and to modify for specific applications. All routines are written in FORTRAN

  20. Diffusion, Thermal Properties and Chemical Compatibilities of Select MAX Phases with Materials For Advanced Nuclear Systems

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    Barsoum, Michel [Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Bentzel, Grady [Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Tallman, Darin J. [Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States); Sindelar, Robert [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Garcia-Diaz, Brenda [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hoffman, Elizabeth [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

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    The demands of Gen IV nuclear power plants for long service life under neutron irradiation at high temperature are severe. Advanced materials that would withstand high temperatures (up to 1000+ ºC) to high doses in a neutron field would be ideal for reactor internal structures and would add to the long service life and reliability of the reactors. The objective of this work is to investigate the chemical compatibility of select MAX with potential materials that are important for nuclear energy, as well as to measure the thermal transport properties as a function of neutron irradiation. The chemical counterparts chosen for this work are: pyrolytic carbon, SiC, U, Pd, FLiBe, Pb-Bi and Na, the latter 3 in the molten state. The thermal conductivities and heat capacities of non-irradiated MAX phases will be measured.

  1. Design of a Protection Thermal Energy Storage Using Phase Change Material Coupled to a Solar Receiver

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    Verdier, D.; Falcoz, Q.; Ferrière, A.

    2014-12-01

    Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is the key for a stable electricity production in future Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants. This work presents a study on the thermal protection of the central receiver of CSP plant using a tower which is subject to considerable thermal stresses in case of cloudy events. The very high temperatures, 800 °C at design point, impose the use of special materials which are able to resist at high temperature and high mechanical constraints and high level of concentrated solar flux. In this paper we investigate a TES coupling a metallic matrix drilled with tubes of Phase Change Material (PCM) in order to store a large amount of thermal energy and release it in a short time. A numerical model is developed to optimize the arrangement of tubes into the TES. Then a methodology is given, based from the need in terms of thermal capacity, in order to help the choice of the geometry.

  2. IFMIF-KEP. International fusion materials irradiation facility key element technology phase report

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    The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) is an accelerator-based D-Li neutron source designed to produce an intense neutron field that will simulate the neutron environment of a D-T fusion reactor. IFMIF will provide a neutron flux equivalent to 2 MW/m2, 20 dpa/y in Fe, in a volume of 500 cm3 and will be used in the development and qualification of materials for fusion systems. The design activities of IFMIF are performed under an IEA collaboration which began in 1995. In 2000, a three-year Key Element Technology Phase (KEP) of IFMIF was undertaken to reduce the key technology risk factors. This KEP report describes the results of the three-year KEP activities in the major project areas of accelerator, target, test facilities and design integration. (author)

  3. IFMIF-KEP. International fusion materials irradiation facility key element technology phase report

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    The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) is an accelerator-based D-Li neutron source designed to produce an intense neutron field that will simulate the neutron environment of a D-T fusion reactor. IFMIF will provide a neutron flux equivalent to 2 MW/m{sup 2}, 20 dpa/y in Fe, in a volume of 500 cm{sup 3} and will be used in the development and qualification of materials for fusion systems. The design activities of IFMIF are performed under an IEA collaboration which began in 1995. In 2000, a three-year Key Element Technology Phase (KEP) of IFMIF was undertaken to reduce the key technology risk factors. This KEP report describes the results of the three-year KEP activities in the major project areas of accelerator, target, test facilities and design integration. (author)

  4. Feasibility of using phase change materials to control the heat of hydration in massive concrete structures.

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    Choi, Won-Chang; Khil, Bae-Soo; Chae, Young-Seok; Liang, Qi-Bo; Yun, Hyun-Do

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents experimental results that can be applied to select a possible phase change material (PCM), such as a latent heat material (LHM), to control the hydration heat in mass concrete structures. Five experimental tests (microconduction, simplified adiabatic temperature rise, heat, and compressive strength tests) were conducted to select the most desirable LHM out of seven types of inorganic PCM used in cement mortar and to determine the most suitable mix design. The results of these experimental tests were used to assess the feasibility of using PCM to reduce hydration heat in mass concrete that was examined. The experimental results show that cement mortar containing barium- [Ba(OH)2 · 8H2O] based PCM has the lowest amount of total hydration heat of the cement pastes. The barium-based PCM provides good latent heat properties that help to prevent volume change and microcracks caused by thermal stress in mass concrete. PMID:25133259

  5. Feasibility of Using Phase Change Materials to Control the Heat of Hydration in Massive Concrete Structures

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    Won-Chang Choi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents experimental results that can be applied to select a possible phase change material (PCM, such as a latent heat material (LHM, to control the hydration heat in mass concrete structures. Five experimental tests (microconduction, simplified adiabatic temperature rise, heat, and compressive strength tests were conducted to select the most desirable LHM out of seven types of inorganic PCM used in cement mortar and to determine the most suitable mix design. The results of these experimental tests were used to assess the feasibility of using PCM to reduce hydration heat in mass concrete that was examined. The experimental results show that cement mortar containing barium- [Ba(OH2·8H2O] based PCM has the lowest amount of total hydration heat of the cement pastes. The barium-based PCM provides good latent heat properties that help to prevent volume change and microcracks caused by thermal stress in mass concrete.

  6. Pickering emulsion: A novel template for microencapsulated phase change materials with polymer–silica hybrid shell

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    MePCMs (microencapsulated phase change materials) with covalently bonded SiO2/polymer hybrid as shell were fabricated via Pickering emulsion polymerization stabilized solely by organically-modified SiO2 particles. Morphology and core–shell structure of these microcapsules were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thermal properties of microencapsulated 1-dodecanol were determined using DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) and TGA (thermal gravimetric analysis). The results indicate that mass ratio of St (styrene)/DVB (divinylbenzene)/dodecanol has great effect on the morphology, inner structure, microencapsulation efficiency and durability of resultant MePCMs. When ratio of St/DVB/dodecanol was 5/1/12, dodecanol content of as much as 62.8% is obtained and the utility efficiency of dodecanol reaches 94.2%. The prepared MePCMs present good durability and thermal reliability. 2.2% of core material leached away the microcapsule after suspended in water for 10 days and 5.8% of core material leached after 2000 accelerated thermal cycling. Our study demonstrated that Pickering emulsion polymerization is a simple and robust method for the preparation of MePCMs with polymer–inorganic hybrids as shell. - Highlights: • We fabricated MePCM via surfactant-free Pickering emulsion polymerization. • The shell of MePCM was composed of PS/SiO2 organic–inorganic hybrids. • The phase change enthalpy of MePCM is 125.0 J g−1 and the utility efficiency of 1-dodecanol reached 94.2%. • Only 2.2% and 5.8% of core material lost after durability test and 2000 accelerated thermal cycling respectively

  7. A study of shock mitigating materials in a split Hopkinson bar configuration. Phase 1

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    Bateman, V.I.; Brown, F.A.; Hansen, N.R.

    1998-06-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) designs mechanical systems with electronics that must survive high shock environments. These mechanical systems include penetrators that must survive soil, rock, and ice penetration, nuclear transportation casks that must survive transportation environments, and laydown weapons that must survive delivery impact of 125 fps. These mechanical systems contain electronics that may operate during and after the high shock environment and that must be protected from the high shock environments. A study has been started to improve the packaging techniques for the advanced electronics utilized in these mechanical systems because current packaging techniques are inadequate for these more sensitive electronics. In many cases, it has been found that the packaging techniques currently used not only do not mitigate the shock environment but actually amplify the shock environment. An ambitious goal for this packaging study is to avoid amplification and possibly attenuate the shock environment before it reaches the electronics contained in the various mechanical systems. As part of the investigation of packaging techniques, a two phase study of shock mitigating materials is being conducted. The purpose of the first phase reported here is to examine the performance of a joint that consists of shock mitigating material sandwiched in between steel and to compare the performance of the shock mitigating materials. A split Hopkinson bar experimental configuration simulates this joint and has been used to study the shock mitigating characteristics of seventeen, unconfined materials. The nominal input for these tests is an incident compressive wave with 50 fps peak (1,500 {micro}{var_epsilon} peak) amplitude and a 100 {micro}s duration (measured at 10% amplitude).

  8. A study of shock mitigating materials in a split Hopkinson bar configuration. Phase 1

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    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) designs mechanical systems with electronics that must survive high shock environments. These mechanical systems include penetrators that must survive soil, rock, and ice penetration, nuclear transportation casks that must survive transportation environments, and laydown weapons that must survive delivery impact of 125 fps. These mechanical systems contain electronics that may operate during and after the high shock environment and that must be protected from the high shock environments. A study has been started to improve the packaging techniques for the advanced electronics utilized in these mechanical systems because current packaging techniques are inadequate for these more sensitive electronics. In many cases, it has been found that the packaging techniques currently used not only do not mitigate the shock environment but actually amplify the shock environment. An ambitious goal for this packaging study is to avoid amplification and possibly attenuate the shock environment before it reaches the electronics contained in the various mechanical systems. As part of the investigation of packaging techniques, a two phase study of shock mitigating materials is being conducted. The purpose of the first phase reported here is to examine the performance of a joint that consists of shock mitigating material sandwiched in between steel and to compare the performance of the shock mitigating materials. A split Hopkinson bar experimental configuration simulates this joint and has been used to study the shock mitigating characteristics of seventeen, unconfined materials. The nominal input for these tests is an incident compressive wave with 50 fps peak (1,500 micro var-epsilon peak) amplitude and a 100 micros duration (measured at 10% amplitude)

  9. Preparation of shape-stabilized phase change materials as temperature-adjusting powder

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    MIAO Chunyan; L(U) Gang; YAO Youwei; TANG Guoyi; WENG Duan

    2007-01-01

    The shape-stabilized phase change materials (PCMs)composed of paraffin wax and silica were prepared in O/W emulsion with cetyl trimethylamine bromide as emulsifier and n-pentanol as assist emulsifier.The paraffin wax(with melting temperature of 29℃,crystallizing temperature of 26℃ and latent heat of 142 J/g)served as latent heat storage material and the silica as supporting material,which prevented the leakage of the melted paraffin wax.Silica supporting material was formed in situ via hydrolysis and condensation from low-cost sodium silicate solution with chlorhydric acid and ammonium bicarbonate as neutralizing agent.The thermogravimetry(TG)curves show that the composite has a thermal stability superior to that of paraffin wax and that the content of paraffin wax in the composite is 65wt%.The maximum latent heat and its relevant melting point of composite are 95 J/g and 30℃,respectively.

  10. A programmable high voltage electrical switching analyzer for I-V characterization of phase change materials

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    Ovonic Phase-Change Materials have found a renewed interest in the recent times owing to their applications in Non-Volatile Random Access Memories. In the present work, a cost-effective high voltage electrical switching analyzer has been developed to enable investigations on the I-V characteristics and electrical switching of bulk solids, which are necessary for identifying suitable materials for memory and other applications such as power control. The developed set up mainly consists of a PC based programmable High Voltage DC Power Supply which acts as an excitation source and a high speed Digital Storage Oscilloscope. For flexible control options, a Graphical User Interface has also been developed using LabVIEW-6i to control the excitation source through the analog outputs of a data acquisition card. Options are made in the system to sweep the output voltage from 45 to 1750 V or the output current in the range 0-45 mA with resolutions of 1.5 V and 5 or 50 μA at variable rates. I-V characteristics and switching behavior of the sample material are instantaneously acquired on the storage oscilloscope and transferred to PC for post processing. The system can be used to investigate a broad range of materials and some typical results are presented to illustrate the capability of the system developed. The closed-loop stability of the system has also been confirmed by frequency response plots

  11. Polymer-coated fibrous materials as the stationary phase in packed capillary gas chromatography.

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    Saito, Yoshihiro; Tahara, Ai; Imaizumi, Motohiro; Takeichi, Tsutomu; Wada, Hiroo; Jinno, Kiyokatsu

    2003-10-15

    Synthetic polymer filaments have been introduced as the support material in packed capillary gas chromatography (GC). The filaments of the heat-resistant polymers, Zylon, Kevlar, Nomex, and Technora, were longitudinally packed into a short fused-silica capillary, followed by the conventional coating process for open-tubular GC columns. The separation of several test mixtures such as n-alkylbenzenes and n-alkanes was carried out with these polymer-coated fiber-packed capillary columns. With the coating by various polymeric materials on the surface of these filaments, the retentivity was significantly improved over the parent fiber-packed column (without polymer coating) as well as a conventional open-tubular capillary of the same length. The results demonstrated a good combination of Zylon as the support and poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based materials as the coating liquid-phase for the successful GC separation of n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), while successful applications for other separations such as poly(ethylene glycol) coating for the separation of alcohols were also obtained. From the results it has been suggested that the selectivity of the fiber-packed column could be tuned by selecting different coating materials, indicating the promising possibility for a novel usage of fine fibrous polymers as the support material that can be combined with newly synthesized coating materials specially designed for particular separations. Taking advantage of good thermal stability of the fibers, the column temperature could be elevated to higher than 350 degrees C with the combination of a short metallic capillary. PMID:14710834

  12. Thermoelectric generators incorporating phase-change materials for waste heat recovery from engine exhaust

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    Meisner, Gregory P; Yang, Jihui

    2014-02-11

    Thermoelectric devices, intended for placement in the exhaust of a hydrocarbon fuelled combustion device and particularly suited for use in the exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine propelling a vehicle, are described. Exhaust gas passing through the device is in thermal communication with one side of a thermoelectric module while the other side of the thermoelectric module is in thermal communication with a lower temperature environment. The heat extracted from the exhaust gasses is converted to electrical energy by the thermoelectric module. The performance of the generator is enhanced by thermally coupling the hot and cold junctions of the thermoelectric modules to phase-change materials which transform at a temperature compatible with the preferred operating temperatures of the thermoelectric modules. In a second embodiment, a plurality of thermoelectric modules, each with a preferred operating temperature and each with a uniquely-matched phase-change material may be used to compensate for the progressive lowering of the exhaust gas temperature as it traverses the length of the exhaust pipe.

  13. Reversible optical switching of highly confined phonon-polaritons with an ultrathin phase-change material

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    Li, Peining; Yang, Xiaosheng; Maß, Tobias W. W.; Hanss, Julian; Lewin, Martin; Michel, Ann-Katrin U.; Wuttig, Matthias; Taubner, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    Surface phonon-polaritons (SPhPs), collective excitations of photons coupled with phonons in polar crystals, enable strong light-matter interaction and numerous infrared nanophotonic applications. However, as the lattice vibrations are determined by the crystal structure, the dynamical control of SPhPs remains challenging. Here, we realize the all-optical, non-volatile, and reversible switching of SPhPs by controlling the structural phase of a phase-change material (PCM) employed as a switchable dielectric environment. We experimentally demonstrate optical switching of an ultrathin PCM film (down to 7 nm, polariton wavevector kp > 70k0, k0 = 2π/λ) in quartz. Our proof of concept allows the preparation of all-dielectric, rewritable SPhP resonators without the need for complex fabrication methods. With optimized materials and parallelized optical addressing we foresee application potential for switchable infrared nanophotonic elements, for example, imaging elements such as superlenses and hyperlenses, as well as reconfigurable metasurfaces and sensors.

  14. Geometry and Material Scaling on Two Phase Natural Circulation Flow for K-HERMES-HALF Experiment

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    Park, Rae Joon; Ha, Kwang Soon; Kim, Sang Baik; Hong, Seong Wan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Sun [KHNP Nuclear Engineering and Technology Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    As part of a study on two-phase natural circulation mass flow rate between the outer reactor vessel and vessel insulation in the reactor cavity under the IVR (In-Vessel corium retention) through the ERVC (External Reactor Vessel Cooling) in APR1400, K-HERMES-HALF experiment (Hydraulic Evaluation of Reactor cooling Mechanism by External Self-induced flow) had performed at KAERI. This large-scale experiment using a half-height and half-sector model of the APR1400 uses the non-heating method of the air injection. For this reason, it is necessary to evaluate the geometry scaling on full height and full sector and a material scaling between air-water and steam-water two phase natural circulation flow for an application of the experimental results to an actual APR1400. In the geometry scaling, two cases, such as a half height and half sector and a full height and full sector, had performed by using RELAP5/MOD3 computer code. In the material scaling, two cases, such as an air injection and a steam injection, had performed to compare the air injection experimental results with the steam injection case

  15. Influence of deformation on structural-phase state of weld material in St3 steel

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    The structural-phase condition of the weld material subjected to the plastic deformation was investigated using the translucent diffraction electron microscopy method. The investigations were carried out near the joint of the weld and the base metal. The seam was done by the method of manual arc welding without artificial defects. The St3 steel was taken as the welded material. Influence of the plastic deformation on morphology, phase composition, defect structure and its parameters of weld metal was revealed. All investigations were done at the distance of 0.5 mm from the joint of the weld and the base metal at the deformation degrees from 0 to 5% and after destruction of a sample. It was established that deformation of the sample did not lead to qualitative changes in the structure (the structure is still presented by ferrite-pearlite mixture) but changed the quantitative parameters of the structure, namely, with the increase of plastic deformation a part of the pearlite component becomes more and more imperfect. In the beginning it turns into the destroyed pearlite then into ferrite, the volume fraction of pearlite is decreased. The polarization of dislocation structure takes place but it doesn’t lead to the internal stresses that can destroy the sample

  16. Max Phase Materials And Coatings For High Temperature Heat Transfer Applications

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    Martinez-Rodriguez, M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Garcia-Diaz, B. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Olson, L. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Fuentes, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Sindelar, R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-19

    Molten salts have been used as heat transfer fluids in a variety of applications within proposed Gen IV nuclear designs and in advanced power system such as Concentrating Solar Power (CSP). However, operating at elevated temperatures can cause corrosion in many materials. This work developed coating technologies for MAX phase materials on Haynes-230 and characterized the corrosion of the coatings in the presence of commercial MgCl2-KCl molten salt. Cold spraying of Ti2AlC and physical vapor deposition (PVD) of Ti2AlC or Zr2AlC were tested to determine the most effective form of coating MAX phases on structural substrates. Corrosion testing at 850°C for 100 hrs showed that 3.9 μm Ti2AlC by PVD was slightly protective while 117 μm Ti2AlC by cold spray and 3.6 μm Zr2AlC by PVD were completely protective. None of the tests showed decomposition of the coating (Ti or Zr) into the salt

  17. Investigation of Thermal Interface Materials Using Phase-Sensitive Transient Thermoreflectance Technique: Preprint

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    Feng, X.; King, C.; DeVoto, D.; Mihalic, M.; Narumanchi, S.

    2014-08-01

    With increasing power density in electronics packages/modules, thermal resistances at multiple interfaces are a bottleneck to efficient heat removal from the package. In this work, the performance of thermal interface materials such as grease, thermoplastic adhesives and diffusion-bonded interfaces are characterized using the phase-sensitive transient thermoreflectance technique. A multi-layer heat conduction model was constructed and theoretical solutions were derived to obtain the relation between phase lag and the thermal/physical properties. This technique enables simultaneous extraction of the contact resistance and bulk thermal conductivity of the TIMs. With the measurements, the bulk thermal conductivity of Dow TC-5022 thermal grease (70 to 75 um bondline thickness) was 3 to 5 W/(m-K) and the contact resistance was 5 to 10 mm2-K/W. For the Btech thermoplastic material (45 to 80 μm bondline thickness), the bulk thermal conductivity was 20 to 50 W/(m-K) and the contact resistance was 2 to 5 mm2-K/W. Measurements were also conducted to quantify the thermal performance of diffusion-bonded interface for power electronics applications. Results with the diffusion-bonded sample showed that the interfacial thermal resistance is more than one order of magnitude lower than those of traditional TIMs, suggesting potential pathways to efficient thermal management.

  18. Phase inversion of particle-stabilized materials from foams to dry water

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    Binks, Bernard P.; Murakami, Ryo

    2006-11-01

    Small particles attached to liquid surfaces arise in many products and processes, including crude-oil emulsions and food foams and in flotation, and there is a revival of interest in studying their behaviour. Colloidal particles of suitable wettability adsorb strongly to liquid-liquid and liquid-vapour interfaces, and can be sole stabilizers of emulsions and foams, respectively. New materials, including colloidosomes, anisotropic particles and porous solids, have been prepared by assembling particles at such interfaces. Phase inversion of particle-stabilized emulsions from oil in water to water in oil can be achieved either by variation of the particle hydrophobicity (transitional) or by variation of the oil/water ratio (catastrophic). Here we describe the phase inversion of particle-stabilized air-water systems, from air-in-water foams to water-in-air powders and vice versa. This inversion can be driven either by a progressive change in silica-particle hydrophobicity at constant air/water ratio or by changing the air/water ratio at fixed particle wettability, and has not been observed in the corresponding systems stabilized by surfactants. The simplicity of the work is that this novel inversion is achieved in a single system. The resultant materials in which either air or water become encapsulated have potential applications in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

  19. Thermodynamic and thermoeconomic analysis of combined geothermal space heating and thermal storage using phase change materials

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    Chauhan, V.; Ragnarsson, Á.

    2015-12-01

    The present work discusses the utilization of phase change materials for energy storage in geothermal space heating systems. Thermodynamics and thermoeconomics of the combined heating and thermal storing system were studied to show the scope of energy storage and cost savings. A computational model of the combined space heating and thermal storage system was developed and used to perform thermodynamic studies of the heat storage process and heating system efficiency at different times and ambient temperatures. The basis for these studies is daily variations in heating demand that is higher during the night than during the day. The results show the scope of the utilization of phase change material for low ambient temperature conditions. Under proper conditions a sufficient amount of exergy is stored during the charging period at a low ambient temperature to fulfill the daytime heat load requirement. Under these conditions the cost flow rate of exergy storage is found to be lower than the radiator heating cost flow rate. Thus, the use of exergy storage at low ambient temperatures for heating at higher ambient temperatures makes a significant contribution to cost savings.

  20. Influence of deformation on structural-phase state of weld material in St3 steel

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    Smirnov, Alexander, E-mail: galvas.kem@gmail.ru; Ababkov, Nicolay, E-mail: n.ababkov@rambler.ru; Ozhiganov, Yevgeniy, E-mail: zhigan84@mail.ru [Kuzbass State Technical University, 25-54, Krasnaya Str., 650000, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); LLC “Kuzbass Center of Welding and Control”, 33/2, Lenin Str., 650055, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); Kozlov, Eduard, E-mail: kozlov@tsuab.ru [Kuzbass State Technical University, 25-54, Krasnaya Str., 650000, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Popova, Natalya, E-mail: natalya-popova-44@mail.ru [Kuzbass State Technical University, 25-54, Krasnaya Str., 650000, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, SB RAS, 2/4, Akademicheskii Ave., 634021, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Nikonenko, Elena, E-mail: vilatomsk@mail.ru [Kuzbass State Technical University, 25-54, Krasnaya Str., 650000, Kemerovo (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, 30, Lenin Str., 634050, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Zboykova, Nadezhda, E-mail: tezaurusn@gmail.com; Koneva, Nina, E-mail: koneva@tsuab.ru [Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building, 2, Solyanaya Sq., 634003, Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The structural-phase condition of the weld material subjected to the plastic deformation was investigated using the translucent diffraction electron microscopy method. The investigations were carried out near the joint of the weld and the base metal. The seam was done by the method of manual arc welding without artificial defects. The St3 steel was taken as the welded material. Influence of the plastic deformation on morphology, phase composition, defect structure and its parameters of weld metal was revealed. All investigations were done at the distance of 0.5 mm from the joint of the weld and the base metal at the deformation degrees from 0 to 5% and after destruction of a sample. It was established that deformation of the sample did not lead to qualitative changes in the structure (the structure is still presented by ferrite-pearlite mixture) but changed the quantitative parameters of the structure, namely, with the increase of plastic deformation a part of the pearlite component becomes more and more imperfect. In the beginning it turns into the destroyed pearlite then into ferrite, the volume fraction of pearlite is decreased. The polarization of dislocation structure takes place but it doesn’t lead to the internal stresses that can destroy the sample.

  1. OCV Hysteresis in Li-Ion Batteries including Two-Phase Transition Materials

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    Michael A. Roscher

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The relation between batteries' state of charge (SOC and open-circuit voltage (OCV is a specific feature of electrochemical energy storage devices. Especially NiMH batteries are well known to exhibit OCV hysteresis, and also several kinds of lithium-ion batteries show OCV hysteresis, which can be critical for reliable state estimation issues. Electrode potential hysteresis is known to result from thermodynamical entropic effects, mechanical stress, and microscopic distortions within the active electrode materials which perform a two-phase transition during lithium insertion/extraction. Hence, some Li-ion cells including two-phase transition active materials show pronounced hysteresis referring to their open-circuit voltage. This work points out how macroscopic effects, that is, diffusion limitations, superimpose the latte- mentioned microscopic mechanisms and lead to a shrinkage of OCV hysteresis, if cells are loaded with high current rates. To validate the mentioned interaction, Li-ion cells' state of charge is adjusted to 50% with various current rates, beginning from the fully charged and the discharged state, respectively. As a pronounced difference remains between the OCV after charge and discharge adjustment, obviously the hysteresis vanishes as the target SOC is adjusted with very high current rate.

  2. Designing dual phase sensing materials from polyaniline filled styrene–isoprene–styrene composites

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    The demand for developing oil detectors is ever increasing since the cleanup and recovery from oil spill usually take long time. Here we propose oil sensors made of polyaniline (PANI) filled poly(styrene–isoprene–styrene) (SIS) block copolymer composite films with good uniformity and dispersion. The changes in resistivity of the samples in presence of both oil and water media reveal the good sensing ability of SIS–PANI films towards oil in water (dual phase). The morphology and chemical composition of the developed products are characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy. Swelling studies are performed to correlate the sensing response to the structural variations and based on it a mechanism is derived for the dual phase sensing. Contact angle measurements confirm the behavior further. The thermal properties and crystallinity of the composites are also addressed by the thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetric studies. The developed oil sensor material is able to withstand extreme temperature condition as well. - Highlights: • We model a dual phase sensor capable of detecting oil in water. • A mechanism is proposed to correlate sensing with diffusion. • In situ polymerization helps in the uniform distribution of filler. • Polymer composite sensor could be used as stickers on oil pipelines

  3. Heat Transfer of Heat Sinking Vest with Phase-change Material

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    QIU Yifen; JIANG Nan; WU Wei; ZHANG Guangwei; XIAO Baoliang

    2011-01-01

    To investigate thermal protection effects of heat sinking vest with phase-change material (PCM),human thermoregulation model is introduced,and a thermal mathematical model of heat transfer with phase change has been developed with the enthalpy method.The uniform energy equation is constructed for the whole domain,and the equation is implicitly discreted by control volume and finite difference method.Then the enthalpy in each node is solved by using chasing method to calculate the tridiagonal equations,and the inner surface temperature of PCM could be obtained.According to the human thermoregulation model of heat sinking vest,the dynamic temperature distribution and sweat of the body are solved.Calculation results indicate that the change of core temperature matches the experimental result,and the sweat difference is small.This thermal mathematical model of heat transfer with phase change is credible and appropriate.Through comparing the dynamic temperature distribution and sweat of the body wearing heat sinking vest to results of the body not wearing this clothing,it is evident that wearing heat sinking vest can reduce the body heat load significantly.

  4. Theory and modeling of microstructural evolution in polycrystalline materials: Solute segregation, grain growth and phase transformations

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    Ma, Ning

    2005-11-01

    To accurately predict microstructure evolution and, hence, to synthesis metal and ceramic alloys with desirable properties involves many fundamental as well as practical issues. In the present study, novel theoretical and phase field approaches have been developed to address some of these issues including solute drag and segregation transition at grain boundaries and dislocations, grain growth in systems of anisotropic boundary properties, and precipitate microstructure development in polycrystalline materials. The segregation model has allowed for the prediction of a first-order segregation transition, which could be related to the sharp transition of solute concentration of grain boundary as a function of temperature. The incorporating of interfacial energy and mobility as functions of misorientation and inclination in the phase field model has allowed for the study of concurrent grain growth and texture evolution. The simulation results were analyzed using the concept of local grain boundary energy density, which simplified significantly the development of governing equations for texture controlled grain growth in Ti-6Al-4V. Quantitative phase field modeling techniques have been developed by incorporating thermodynamic and diffusivity databases. The models have been validated against DICTRA simulations in simple 1D problems and applied to simulate realistic microstructural evolutions in Ti-6Al-4V, including grain boundary a and globular a growth and sideplate development under both isothermal aging and continuous cooling conditions. The simulation predictions agree well with experimental observations.

  5. Integrity of the Pericentriolar Material Is Essential for Maintaining Centriole Association during M Phase.

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    Mi Young Seo

    Full Text Available A procentriole is assembled next to the mother centriole during S phase and remains associated until M phase. After functioning as a spindle pole during mitosis, the mother centriole and procentriole are separated at the end of mitosis. A close association of the centriole pair is regarded as an intrinsic block to the centriole reduplication. Therefore, deregulation of this process may cause a problem in the centriole number control, resulting in increased genomic instability. Despite its importance for faithful centriole duplication, the mechanism of centriole separation is not fully understood yet. Here, we report that centriole pairs are prematurely separated in cells whose cell cycle is arrested at M phase by STLC. Dispersal of the pericentriolar material (PCM was accompanied. This phenomenon was independent of the separase activity but needed the PLK1 activity. Nocodazole effectively inhibited centriole scattering in STLC-treated cells, possibly by reducing the microtubule pulling force around centrosomes. Inhibition of PLK1 also reduced the premature separation of centrioles and the PCM dispersal as well. These results revealed the importance of PCM integrity in centriole association. Therefore, we propose that PCM disassembly is one of the driving forces for centriole separation during mitotic exit.

  6. Sink efficiency calculation of dislocations in irradiated materials by phase-field modelling

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    The aim of this work is to develop a modelling technique for diffusion of crystallographic migrating defects in irradiated metals and absorption by sinks to better predict the microstructural evolution in those materials.The phase field technique is well suited for this problem, since it naturally takes into account the elastic effects of dislocations on point defect diffusion in the most complex cases. The phase field model presented in this work has been adapted to simulate the generation of defects by irradiation and their absorption by the dislocation cores by means of a new order parameter associated to the sink morphology. The method has first been validated in different reference cases by comparing the sink strengths obtained numerically with analytical solutions available in the literature. Then, the method has been applied to dislocations with different orientations in zirconium, taking into account the anisotropic properties of the crystal and point defects, obtained by state-of-the-art atomic calculations.The results show that the shape anisotropy of the point defects promotes the vacancy absorption by basal loops, which is consistent with the experimentally observed zirconium growth under irradiation. Finally, the rigorous investigation of the dislocation loop case proves that phase field simulations give more accurate results than analytical solutions in realistic loop density ranges. (author)

  7. Investigating heterogeneous nucleation in peritectic materials via the phase-field method

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    Here we propose a phase-field approach to investigate the influence of convection on peritectic growth as well as the heterogeneous nucleation kinetics of peritectic systems. For this purpose we derive a phase-field model for peritectic growth taking into account fluid flow in the melt, which is convergent to the underlying sharp interface problem in the thin interface limit (Karma and Rappel 1996 Phys. Rev. E 53 R3017). Moreover, we employ our new phase-field model to study the heterogeneous nucleation kinetics of peritectic material systems. Our approach is based on a similar approach towards homogeneous nucleation in Granasy et al (2003 Interface and Transport Dynamics (Springer Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering vol 32) ed Emmerich et al (Berlin: Springer) p 190). We applied our model successfully to extend the nucleation rate predicted by classical nucleation theory for an additional morphological term relevant for peritectic growth. Further applications to understand the mechanisms and consequences of heterogeneous nucleation kinetics in more detail are discussed

  8. Consequences of ionic and covalent bonding in Ge-Sb-Te phase change materials

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    Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Sun, Jifeng; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David

    Structural transformation of Ge2Sb2Te5 has attracted a great deal of research as it involves two states (crystalline and amorphous) that are stable at ambient temperature but with remarkably different physical properties, in particular, very different optical constants. The differences in physical properties in these states have been explained in terms of resonant bonding that has been generalized to the description of covalent systems with high symmetry structures such as benzene and graphite. However, given the local lattice distortions noted from both experimental and theoretical investigations, it is clear that the meaning of ``resonant bonding'' in GST is very different from that in graphite or benzene and the precise nature of bonding in this phase has not been fully established. In this talk, based on our first-principles calculations, we show that there is a strong competition between ionic and covalent bonding in the cubic phase, and establish a link between the origins of phase change memory properties and giant responses of piezoelectric materials.

  9. Optimization of a class of latent thermal energy storage systems with multiple phase-change materials

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    Aceves, S.M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Nakamura, H. [Daido Inst. of Tech., Nagoya (Japan). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Reistad, G.M. [Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Martinez-Frias, J. [Centro de Ingenieria y Desarollo Industrial, Queretaro (Mexico)

    1998-02-01

    This paper presents an analysis of a class of latent thermal energy storage (LTES) system. The analysis is based on a simplified model that allows the system performance to be evaluated in terms of a small set of parameters, while still retaining the main thermodynamic aspects associated with their operation. This analysis therefore permits the broad-based application potential of these systems to be viewed. The paper also discusses the applicability of the model to practical systems. This paper analyzes LTES with multiple energy storage cells and multiple phase-change materials (PCMs). The most general case of infinite energy storage cells and PCMs is solved, for the charge process only, as well as for the overall charge-discharge process. The results yield the optimum phase change temperature, expressed as a continuous function of position along the LTES. The method is equally applicable to the case of a finite number of storage cells. An example of the application of the method to this case is also included. The results show the optimum phase change temperatures for each of the problems being considered, along with the corresponding optimum exergetic efficiencies. The solutions to the optimization problems are surprisingly simple to express, considering the difficulty of the problems, and indicate the potential advantages of using LTES with multiple PCMs.

  10. Encapsulation of Phase Change Materials Using Layer-by-Layer Assembled Polyelectrolytes

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials absorb the thermal energy when changing their phases (e.g., solid-to-liquid at constant temperatures to achieve the latent heat storage. The major drawbacks such as limited thermal conductivity and leakage prevent the PCMs from wide application in desired areas. In this work, an environmentally friendly and low cost approach, layer-by-layer (LbL assembly technique, was applied to build up ultrathin shells to encapsulate the PCMs and therefore to regulate their changes in volume when the phase change occurs. Generally, the oppositely charged strong polyelectrolytes Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDADMAC and Poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid sodium salt (PSS were employed to fabricate multilayer shells on emulsified octadecane droplets using either bovine serum albumin (BSA or sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS as surfactant. Specifically, using BSA as the surfactant, polyelectrolyte encapsulated octadecane spheres in size of ∼500 nm were obtained, with good shell integrity, high octadecane content (91.3% by mass, and good thermal stability after cycles of thermal treatments.

  11. Sub-nanometre resolution of atomic motion during electronic excitation in phase-change materials

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    Mitrofanov, Kirill V.; Fons, Paul; Makino, Kotaro; Terashima, Ryo; Shimada, Toru; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji; Bragaglia, Valeria; Giussani, Alessandro; Calarco, Raffaella; Riechert, Henning; Sato, Takahiro; Katayama, Tetsuo; Ogawa, Kanade; Togashi, Tadashi; Yabashi, Makina; Wall, Simon; Brewe, Dale; Hase, Muneaki

    2016-01-01

    Phase-change materials based on Ge-Sb-Te alloys are widely used in industrial applications such as nonvolatile memories, but reaction pathways for crystalline-to-amorphous phase-change on picosecond timescales remain unknown. Femtosecond laser excitation and an ultrashort x-ray probe is used to show the temporal separation of electronic and thermal effects in a long-lived (>100 ps) transient metastable state of Ge2Sb2Te5 with muted interatomic interaction induced by a weakening of resonant bonding. Due to a specific electronic state, the lattice undergoes a reversible nondestructive modification over a nanoscale region, remaining cold for 4 ps. An independent time-resolved x-ray absorption fine structure experiment confirms the existence of an intermediate state with disordered bonds. This newly unveiled effect allows the utilization of non-thermal ultra-fast pathways enabling artificial manipulation of the switching process, ultimately leading to a redefined speed limit, and improved energy efficiency and reliability of phase-change memory technologies. PMID:26868451

  12. Sub-nanometre resolution of atomic motion during electronic excitation in phase-change materials

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    Mitrofanov, Kirill V.; Fons, Paul; Makino, Kotaro; Terashima, Ryo; Shimada, Toru; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji; Bragaglia, Valeria; Giussani, Alessandro; Calarco, Raffaella; Riechert, Henning; Sato, Takahiro; Katayama, Tetsuo; Ogawa, Kanade; Togashi, Tadashi; Yabashi, Makina; Wall, Simon; Brewe, Dale; Hase, Muneaki

    2016-02-12

    Phase-change materials based on Ge-Sb-Te alloys are widely used in industrial applications such as nonvolatile memories, but reaction pathways for crystalline-to-amorphous phase-change on picosecond timescales remain unknown. Femtosecond laser excitation and an ultrashort x-ray probe is used to show the temporal separation of electronic and thermal effects in a long-lived (>100 ps) transient metastable state of Ge2Sb2Te5 with muted interatomic interaction induced by a weakening of resonant bonding. Due to a specific electronic state, the lattice undergoes a reversible nondestructive modification over a nanoscale region, remaining cold for 4 ps. An independent time-resolved x-ray absorption fine structure experiment confirms the existence of an intermediate state with disordered bonds. This newly unveiled effect allows the utilization of non-thermal ultra-fast pathways enabling artificial manipulation of the switching process, ultimately leading to a redefined speed limit, and improved energy efficiency and reliability of phase-change memory technologies.

  13. Selective phase masking to reduce material saturation in holographic data storage systems

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    Phillips, Seth; Fair, Ivan

    2014-09-01

    Emerging networks and applications require enormous data storage. Holographic techniques promise high-capacity storage, given resolution of a few remaining technical issues. In this paper, we propose a technique to overcome one such issue: mitigation of large magnitude peaks in the stored image that cause material saturation resulting in readout errors. We consider the use of ternary data symbols, with modulation in amplitude and phase, and use a phase mask during the encoding stage to reduce the probability of large peaks arising in the stored Fourier domain image. An appropriate mask is selected from a predefined set of pseudo-random masks by computing the Fourier transform of the raw data array as well as the data array multiplied by each mask. The data array or masked array with the lowest Fourier domain peak values is recorded. On readout, the recorded array is multiplied by the mask used during recording to recover the original data array. Simulations are presented that demonstrate the benefit of this approach, and provide insight into the appropriate number of phase masks to use in high capacity holographic data storage systems.

  14. Numerical Heat Transfer Studies of a Latent Heat Storage System Containing Nano-Enhanced Phase Change Material

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    S.F Hosseinizadeh; Kashani, S; . Ali Akbar Ranjbar; M. Ghanbarpour

    2011-01-01

    The heat transfer enhancement in the latent heat thermal energy storage system through dispersion of nanoparticle is reported. The resulting nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials (NEPCM) exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity in comparison to the base material. The effects of nanoparticle volume fraction and some other parameters such as natural convection are studied in terms of solid fraction and the shape of the solid-liquid phase front. It has been found that higher nanoparticle vol...

  15. Mineralogical composition and phase-to-phase relationships in natural hydraulic lime and/or natural cement - raw materials and burnt products revealed by scanning electron microscopy

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    Kozlovcev, Petr; Přikryl, Richard; Racek, Martin; Přikrylová, Jiřina

    2016-04-01

    In contrast to modern process of production of cement clinker, traditional burning of natural hydraulic lime below sintering temperature relied on the formation of new phases from ion migration between neighbouring mineral grains composing raw material. The importance of the mineralogical composition and spatial distribution of rock-forming minerals in impure limestones used as a raw material for natural hydraulic lime presents not well explored issue in the scientific literature. To fill this gap, the recent study focuses in detailed analysis of experimentally burnt impure limestones (mostly from Barrandian area, Bohemian Massif). The phase changes were documented by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS) coupled with x-ray elemental mapping. The latest allowed for visualization of distribution of elements within raw materials and burnt products. SEM/EDS study brought valuable data on the presence of transitional and/or minor phases, which were poorly detectable by other methods.

  16. Impact of vacancy ordering on thermal transport in crystalline phase-change materials.

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    Siegert, K S; Lange, F R L; Sittner, E R; Volker, H; Schlockermann, C; Siegrist, T; Wuttig, M

    2015-01-01

    Controlling thermal transport in solids is of paramount importance for many applications. Often thermal management is crucial for a device's performance, as it affects both reliability and power consumption. A number of intricate concepts have been developed to address this challenge, such as diamond-like coatings to enhance the thermal conductivity or low symmetry complex super-structures to reduce it. Here, a different approach is pursued, where we explore the potential of solids with a high yet controllable degree of disorder. Recently, it has been demonstrated that an unconventionally high degree of structural disorder characterizes a number of crystalline phase-change materials (PCMs). This disorder strongly impacts electronic transport and even leads to disorder induced localization (Anderson localization). This raises the question how thermal transport is affected by such conditions. Here thermal transport in highly disordered crystalline Ge-Sb-Te (GST) based PCMs is investigated. Glass-like thermal properties are observed for several crystalline PCMs, which are attributed to strong scattering by disordered point defects. A systematic study of different compounds along the pseudo-binary line between GeTe and Sb2Te3 reveals that disordered vacancies act as point defects responsible for pronounced phonon scattering. Annealing causes a gradual ordering of the vacancies and leads to a more 'crystal-like' thermal conductivity. While both vibrational and electronic degrees of freedom are affected by disorder, the consequences differ for different stoichiometries. This opens up a pathway to tune electrical and thermal transport by controlling the degree of disorder. Materials with tailored transport properties may not only help to improve power efficiency and scaling in upcoming phase-change memories but are also of fundamental interest in the field of thermoelectric materials. PMID:25471006

  17. Impact of vacancy ordering on thermal transport in crystalline phase-change materials

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    Controlling thermal transport in solids is of paramount importance for many applications. Often thermal management is crucial for a device's performance, as it affects both reliability and power consumption. A number of intricate concepts have been developed to address this challenge, such as diamond-like coatings to enhance the thermal conductivity or low symmetry complex super-structures to reduce it. Here, a different approach is pursued, where we explore the potential of solids with a high yet controllable degree of disorder. Recently, it has been demonstrated that an unconventionally high degree of structural disorder characterizes a number of crystalline phase-change materials (PCMs). This disorder strongly impacts electronic transport and even leads to disorder induced localization (Anderson localization). This raises the question how thermal transport is affected by such conditions. Here thermal transport in highly disordered crystalline Ge–Sb–Te (GST) based PCMs is investigated. Glass-like thermal properties are observed for several crystalline PCMs, which are attributed to strong scattering by disordered point defects. A systematic study of different compounds along the pseudo-binary line between GeTe and Sb2Te3 reveals that disordered vacancies act as point defects responsible for pronounced phonon scattering. Annealing causes a gradual ordering of the vacancies and leads to a more ‘crystal-like’ thermal conductivity. While both vibrational and electronic degrees of freedom are affected by disorder, the consequences differ for different stoichiometries. This opens up a pathway to tune electrical and thermal transport by controlling the degree of disorder. Materials with tailored transport properties may not only help to improve power efficiency and scaling in upcoming phase-change memories but are also of fundamental interest in the field of thermoelectric materials. (key issues review)

  18. Impact of vacancy ordering on thermal transport in crystalline phase-change materials

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    Siegert, K. S.; Lange, F. R. L.; Sittner, E. R.; Volker, H.; Schlockermann, C.; Siegrist, T.; Wuttig, M.

    2015-01-01

    Controlling thermal transport in solids is of paramount importance for many applications. Often thermal management is crucial for a device's performance, as it affects both reliability and power consumption. A number of intricate concepts have been developed to address this challenge, such as diamond-like coatings to enhance the thermal conductivity or low symmetry complex super-structures to reduce it. Here, a different approach is pursued, where we explore the potential of solids with a high yet controllable degree of disorder. Recently, it has been demonstrated that an unconventionally high degree of structural disorder characterizes a number of crystalline phase-change materials (PCMs). This disorder strongly impacts electronic transport and even leads to disorder induced localization (Anderson localization). This raises the question how thermal transport is affected by such conditions. Here thermal transport in highly disordered crystalline Ge-Sb-Te (GST) based PCMs is investigated. Glass-like thermal properties are observed for several crystalline PCMs, which are attributed to strong scattering by disordered point defects. A systematic study of different compounds along the pseudo-binary line between GeTe and Sb2Te3 reveals that disordered vacancies act as point defects responsible for pronounced phonon scattering. Annealing causes a gradual ordering of the vacancies and leads to a more ‘crystal-like’ thermal conductivity. While both vibrational and electronic degrees of freedom are affected by disorder, the consequences differ for different stoichiometries. This opens up a pathway to tune electrical and thermal transport by controlling the degree of disorder. Materials with tailored transport properties may not only help to improve power efficiency and scaling in upcoming phase-change memories but are also of fundamental interest in the field of thermoelectric materials.

  19. Effect of expanded graphite on the phase change materials of high density polyethylene/wax blends

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    Highlights: • Expanded graphite (EG) and low melting point (42.3 °C) wax were added to HDPE to form phase change material. • EG was well dispersed in the composites and did not affect the melting or crystallization of the HDPE matrix. • EG increased the thermal stability of the composites by reducing chain mobility and inhibiting degradation. • The addition of a relatively small quantity of EG enhances the heat conduction in the composite. • HDPE/40% RT42 that contained up to 15% EG demonstrated excellent mechanical and thermal properties and can be used as PCM. - Abstract: Phase change materials fabricated from high density polyethylene (HDPE) blended with 40 or 50 wt% commercial wax (melting point of 43.08 °C) and up to 15 wt% expanded graphite (EG) were studied. Techniques including scanning electron microscope (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and an experimental device to measure diffusivity and conductivity (DICO) were used to determine the microstructural, mechanical and thermal properties of the composites. The composites possessed good mechanical properties. Additionally, no leaching was observed during material processing or characterization. Although the Young’s modulus increased with the addition of EG, no significant changes in tensile strength were detected. The maximum Young’s modulus achieved was 650 MPa for the HDPE/40% wax composite with 15 wt% EG. The EG was well dispersed within the composites and did not affect the melting or crystallization of the HDPE matrix. The incorporation of EG increased the thermal stability of the composites by reducing chain mobility and inhibiting degradation. The intensification of thermal conductivity occurred with increasing fractions of EG, which was attributed to the high thermal conductivity of graphite. The maximum quantity of heat stored by latent heat was found for the HDPE/40% wax composite with EG. The addition of a relatively small quantity

  20. Effect of expanded graphite on the phase change materials of high density polyethylene/wax blends

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    AlMaadeed, M.A., E-mail: m.alali@qu.edu.qa [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, 2713 Doha (Qatar); Labidi, Sami [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, 2713 Doha (Qatar); Krupa, Igor [QAPCO Polymer Chair, Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha (Qatar); Karkri, Mustapha [Université Paris-Est CERTES, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil (France)

    2015-01-20

    Highlights: • Expanded graphite (EG) and low melting point (42.3 °C) wax were added to HDPE to form phase change material. • EG was well dispersed in the composites and did not affect the melting or crystallization of the HDPE matrix. • EG increased the thermal stability of the composites by reducing chain mobility and inhibiting degradation. • The addition of a relatively small quantity of EG enhances the heat conduction in the composite. • HDPE/40% RT42 that contained up to 15% EG demonstrated excellent mechanical and thermal properties and can be used as PCM. - Abstract: Phase change materials fabricated from high density polyethylene (HDPE) blended with 40 or 50 wt% commercial wax (melting point of 43.08 °C) and up to 15 wt% expanded graphite (EG) were studied. Techniques including scanning electron microscope (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and an experimental device to measure diffusivity and conductivity (DICO) were used to determine the microstructural, mechanical and thermal properties of the composites. The composites possessed good mechanical properties. Additionally, no leaching was observed during material processing or characterization. Although the Young’s modulus increased with the addition of EG, no significant changes in tensile strength were detected. The maximum Young’s modulus achieved was 650 MPa for the HDPE/40% wax composite with 15 wt% EG. The EG was well dispersed within the composites and did not affect the melting or crystallization of the HDPE matrix. The incorporation of EG increased the thermal stability of the composites by reducing chain mobility and inhibiting degradation. The intensification of thermal conductivity occurred with increasing fractions of EG, which was attributed to the high thermal conductivity of graphite. The maximum quantity of heat stored by latent heat was found for the HDPE/40% wax composite with EG. The addition of a relatively small quantity

  1. A 4-D dataset for validation of crystal growth in a complex three-phase material, ice cream

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    Rockett, P.; Karagadde, S.; Guo, E.; Bent, J.; Hazekamp, J.; Kingsley, M.; Vila-Comamala, J.; Lee, P. D.

    2015-06-01

    Four dimensional (4D, or 3D plus time) X-ray tomographic imaging of phase changes in materials is quickly becoming an accepted tool for quantifying the development of microstructures to both inform and validate models. However, most of the systems studied have been relatively simple binary compositions with only two phases. In this study we present a quantitative dataset of the phase evolution in a complex three-phase material, ice cream. The microstructure of ice cream is an important parameter in terms of sensorial perception, and therefore quantification and modelling of the evolution of the microstructure with time and temperature is key to understanding its fabrication and storage. The microstructure consists of three phases, air cells, ice crystals, and unfrozen matrix. We perform in situ synchrotron X-ray imaging of ice cream samples using in-line phase contrast tomography, housed within a purpose built cold-stage (-40 to +20oC) with finely controlled variation in specimen temperature. The size and distribution of ice crystals and air cells during programmed temperature cycling are determined using 3D quantification. The microstructural evolution of three-phase materials has many other important applications ranging from biological to structural and functional material, hence this dataset can act as a validation case for numerical investigations on faceted and non-faceted crystal growth in a range of materials.

  2. A Preisach approach to modeling partial phase transitions in the first order magnetocaloric material MnFe(P,As)

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    von Moos, Lars; Bahl, C.R.H.; Nielsen, Kaspar Kirstein; Engelbrecht, Kurt; Küpferling, M.; Basso, V.

    2014-01-01

    behavior of MnFe(P,As) under partial phase transitions, which is similar to what materials experience in actual magnetic refrigeration devices. Partial phase transition curves, in the absence of a magnetic field, are measured using calorimetry and the experimental results are compared to simulations of a...

  3. The behaviour of nanostructured magnetic materials produced by depositing gas-phase nanoparticles

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    Depositing pre-formed gas-phase nanoparticles, whose properties can be widely varied, onto surfaces enables the production of films with designed properties. The films can be nanoporous or, if co-deposited with an atomic vapour, granular, allowing independent control over the size and volume fraction of the grains. This high degree of control over the nanostructure of the film enables the production of thin films with a wide variety of behaviour, and the technique is destined to make a significant contribution to the production of high-performance magnetic materials. Here we review the behaviour of magnetic nanoparticle assemblies on surfaces and in non-magnetic and magnetic matrices deposited from the gas phase at densities from the dilute limit to pure nanoparticle films with no matrix. At sufficiently low volume fractions (∼1%), and temperatures well above their blocking temperature, nanoparticle assemblies in non-magnetic matrices show ideal superparamagnetism. At temperatures below the blocking temperature, the magnetization behaviour of both Fe and Co particles is consistent with a uniaxial intra-particle magnetic anisotropy and an anisotropy constant several times higher than the bulk magnetocrystalline value. At relatively low volume fractions (≥5%) the effect of inter-particle interactions becomes evident, and the magnetization behaviour becomes characteristic of agglomerates of nanoparticles exchange coupled to form magnetic grains larger than a single particle that interact with each other via dipolar forces. The evolution of the magnetic behaviour with volume fraction is predicted by a Monte-Carlo model that includes exchange and dipolar couplings. Above the percolation threshold the films become magnetically softer, and films of pure clusters have a magnetic ground state that obeys the predicted magnetization behaviour of a correlated super-spin glass characteristic of random anisotropy materials. Magnetic nanoparticles in non-magnetic matrices

  4. Water solar distiller productivity enhancement using concentrating solar water heater and phase change material (PCM

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    Miqdam T. Chaichan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates usage of thermal energy storage extracted from concentrating solar heater for water distillation. Paraffin wax selected as a suitable phase change material, and it was used for storing thermal energy in two different insulated treasurers. The paraffin wax is receiving hot water from concentrating solar dish. This solar energy stored in PCM as latent heat energy. Solar energy stored in a day time with a large quantity, and some heat retrieved for later use. Water’s temperature measured in a definite interval of time. Four cases were studied: using water as storage material with and without solar tracker. Also, PCM was as thermal storage material with and without solar tracker.The system working time was increased to about 5 h with sun tracker by concentrating dish and adding PCM to the system. The system concentrating efficiency, heating efficiency, and system productivity, has increased by about 64.07%, 112.87%, and 307.54%, respectively. The system working time increased to 3 h when PCM added without sun tracker. Also, the system concentrating efficiency increased by about 50.47%, and the system heating efficiency increased by about 41.63%. Moreover, the system productivity increased by about 180%.

  5. Performance of phase change materials on storage capacity of trombe wall

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    Two types of phase change materials were used as storage media in a Trombe Wall; namely paraffin wax (N-Eicoseue C20 H42) and Glaubers Salt (Na2SO410H2O). To investigate the performance of these materials, a theoretical model and a simulation programme were developed. The wall temperature, the amount of heat stored, and the optimum wall thickness were calculated for both types. The study found that using two sheets of glass on the outside wall increased the surface wall temperature by around 50 degree C. It also found that Glauber salt was a much better storage material than paraffin wax. For a selected winter day at a location of 32 oN latitude, the storage capacity of the salt was more than twice that of the paraffin wax. The salt storage capacity was 32816 kJ/m3 at an optimum wall thickness of 16 cm. this value for paraffin was 14464 kJ/m3 at 13 cm optimum thickness. The study also concluded that according to this high heating value the wall uses, Glauber salt as a storage medium could supply its heat to the surrounding for a much longer period at night

  6. Performance of phase change materials on storage capacity of trombe wall

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    Two types of phase change materials were used at storage media in a Trombe Wall , namely paraffin wax (N-Eicoseue C20H42) and Glauber's Salt (Na2So4.10H2O). To investigate the performance of these materials, a theoretical model and a simulation programme were developed. The wall temperature, the amount of heat stored, and the optimum wall thickness were calculated for both types. The study found that using two sheets of glass on the outside wall increased the surface wall temperature by around 50 degree centigrade. It also found that Glauber's salt was a much better storage materials than paraffin wax. For a selected winter day at a location of 32 deg. N latitude, the storage capacity of the salt was more than twice that of the paraffin wax. The salt storage capacity was 32816 kj/m3 at an optimum wall thickness of 16cm. This value for paraffin wax was 14464 kj/m3 at 13cm optimum thickness. The study also concluded that according to this high heating value the wall uses, Glauber's salt as a storage medium could supply its heat to the surrounding for a much longer period at night.(Author)

  7. Dye-doped PQ-PMMA phase holographic materials for DFB lasing

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    Phase holographic materials based on phenanthrenquinone (PQ) in poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) matrices additionally doped with laser dyes (LD) have been developed and investigated. It was found that the holographic properties of the dye-doped materials are almost the same as that of pure PQ-PMMA. In particular, the amplification of the holographic gratings due to post-exposure diffusion was demonstrated. An amplitude of the refractive index modulation of about 3 × 10−3 was achieved for the enhanced gratings with periods in the range of 0.3–30 μm. Homogeneous distribution of PQ and LD in the enhanced gratings was found by means of a microscope–spectrometer. Such doped volume gratings can be used for different optical and photonic applications. As one possible application of the gratings distributed feedback lasing was tested. A narrow-band second-order laser emission has been demonstrated in 18 μm thick volume gratings based on optimized PQ-PMMA materials doped with pyrromethene laser dyes. (paper)

  8. Phase Change Materials (PCMs for energy storage in architecture. Use with the Magic Box prototype

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    Bedoya Frutos, C.

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The article shows an energy-accumulation system in change of phase materials, designed for a prototype dwelling used for building two bioclimatic and self-sufficient buildings. These bulidings have been built in Madrid, Washington and Beijing. The characteristics of these materials, the construction systems into which these materials were incorporated, its comparative valuation with sensitive accumulation systems, and the results of the building monitorization are included.El artículo muestra un sistema de acumulación de energía en Materiales de Cambio de Fase diseñado para un prototipo de vivienda con el que se han construido dos edificios bioclimáticos y autosuficientes. Estos edificios se han realizado en Madrid, Washington y Pekín. Se incluyen las características de estos materiales, de los sistemas constructivos donde se integraron, su valoración comparativa con los sistemas de acumulación sensibles y los resultados de la monitorización del edificio.

  9. Thermal characteristics of manganese (II) nitrate hexahydrate as a phase change material for cooling systems

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    The imbalance of electrical demand in summer due to cooling system demand is a big problem in many countries. One promising solution is shifting peak demand from early afternoon to night by utilizing natural cold energy resources such as cool outside air during night or running a refrigerator driven by midnight power. In these cases, using the thermal energy storage (TES) of phase change material (PCM) which has a melting point from 15 to 25 deg. C is one of the most effective ideas. However, few suitable PCMs for this temperature range are at present commercially available. This study aims to evaluate the potential of Mn(NO3)2 · 6H2O (manganese (II) nitrate hexahydrate) as a new PCM for the TES of cooling systems. First, experiments on the modulation of the melting point of Mn(NO3)2 · 6H2O and reduction of supercooling were made by dissolving small amounts of salts in the material. Consequently, MnCl2 · 4H2O was found to have good performance with regard to both modulation of the melting temperature and the heat of fusion. Next, a thermal response test was carried out by using a small cylindrical vessel. Results showed that the required temperature levels for charging and discharging the heat of this mixture were clarified. In addition, the price and safety of this material as a PCM are discussed

  10. Preparation, characterization, and thermal properties of starch microencapsulated fatty acids as phase change materials thermal energy storage applications

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    Stable starch-oil composites can be prepared from renewable resources by excess steam jet-cooking aqueous slurries of starch and vegetable oils or other hydrophobic materials. Fatty acids such as stearic acid are promising phase change materials (PCMs) for latent heat thermal energy storage applica...

  11. Experimental performances of a battery thermal management system using a phase change material

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    Hémery, Charles-Victor; Pra, Franck; Robin, Jean-François; Marty, Philippe

    2014-12-01

    Li-ion batteries are leading candidates for mobility because electric vehicles (EV) are an environmentally friendly mean of transport. With age, Li-ion cells show a more resistive behavior leading to extra heat generation. Another kind of problem called thermal runway arises when the cell is too hot, what happens in case of overcharge or short circuit. In order to evaluate the effect of these defects at the whole battery scale, an air-cooled battery module was built and tested, using electrical heaters instead of real cells for safety reasons. A battery thermal management system based on a phase change material is developed in that study. This passive system is coupled with an active liquid cooling system in order to initialize the battery temperature at the melting of the PCM. This initialization, or PCM solidification, can be performed during a charge for example, in other words when the energy from the network is available.

  12. Nanometer-sized materials for solid-phase extraction of trace elements.

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    Hu, Bin; He, Man; Chen, Beibei

    2015-04-01

    This review presents a comprehensive update on the state-of-the-art of nanometer-sized materials in solid-phase extraction (SPE) of trace elements followed by atomic-spectrometry detection. Zero-dimensional nanomaterials (fullerene), one-dimensional nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanotubes, and nanowires), two-dimensional nanomaterials (nanofibers), and three-dimensional nanomaterials (nanoparticles, mesoporous nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, and dendrimers) for SPE are discussed, with their application for trace-element analysis and their speciation in different matrices. A variety of other novel SPE sorbents, including restricted-access sorbents, ion-imprinted polymers, and metal-organic frameworks, are also discussed, although their applications in trace-element analysis are relatively scarce so far. PMID:25577358

  13. A Numerical Algorithm for the Solution of a Phase-Field Model of Polycrystalline Materials

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    Dorr, M R; Fattebert, J; Wickett, M E; Belak, J F; Turchi, P A

    2008-12-04

    We describe an algorithm for the numerical solution of a phase-field model (PFM) of microstructure evolution in polycrystalline materials. The PFM system of equations includes a local order parameter, a quaternion representation of local orientation and a species composition parameter. The algorithm is based on the implicit integration of a semidiscretization of the PFM system using a backward difference formula (BDF) temporal discretization combined with a Newton-Krylov algorithm to solve the nonlinear system at each time step. The BDF algorithm is combined with a coordinate projection method to maintain quaternion unit length, which is related to an important solution invariant. A key element of the Newton-Krylov algorithm is the selection of a preconditioner to accelerate the convergence of the Generalized Minimum Residual algorithm used to solve the Jacobian linear system in each Newton step. Results are presented for the application of the algorithm to 2D and 3D examples.

  14. The Influence of Phase Change Materials on the Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete

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    Miguel Ángel Álvarez

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to research new thermally-efficient concrete walls, analyzing the mechanical behavior of a self-compacting concrete to manufacture an uncoated solid structural panel, with the incorporation of a micro-encapsulated phase change material as additive. Different dosages are tested and mechanical properties of the product obtained from the molding of concrete specimens are evaluated, testing mechanical compressive strength, slump flow, and density. The results reveal the optimum percentage of additive in the mixture that enables compliance with the technical specifications required by the product to be manufactured. A test is also performed for measuring the thermal conductivity for the optimal sample obtained and it evidences the reduction thereof.

  15. A numerical model for thermal energy storage systems utilising encapsulated phase change materials

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    Jacob, Rhys; Saman, Wasim; Bruno, Frank

    2016-05-01

    In an effort to reduce the cost of thermal energy storage for concentrated solar power plants, a thermocline storage concept was investigated. Two systems were investigated being a sensible-only and an encapsulated phase change system. Both systems have the potential to reduce the storage tank volume and/or reduce the cost of the filler material, thereby reducing the cost of the system when compared to current two-tank molten salt systems. The objective of the current paper is to create a numerical model capable of designing and simulating the aforementioned thermocline storage concepts in the open source programming language known as Python. The results of the current study are compared to previous numerical results and are found to be in good agreement.

  16. Dynamic thermal behavior of building using phase change materials for latent heat storage

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    Selka Ghouti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a two-dimensional model with a real size home composed of two-storey (ground and first floor spaces separated by a slab, enveloped by a wall with rectangular section containing phase change material (PCM in order to minimize energy consumption in the buildings. The main objective of the PCM-wall system is to decrease the temperature change from outdoor space before it reaches the indoor space during the daytime. The numerical approach uses effective heat capacity Ceff model with realistic outdoor climatic conditions of Tlemcen city, Algeria. The numerical results showed that by using PCM in wall as energy storage components may reduce the room temperature by about 6 to 7°C of temperature depending on the floor level (first floor spaces or ground floor spaces.

  17. Simulation and experimental study of thermal performance of a building roof with a phase change material (PCM)

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    A Mannivannan; M T Jaffarsathiq Ali

    2015-12-01

    Latent heat storage in a phase change material (PCM) is very attractive because of its high-energy storage density and its isothermal behaviour during the phase change process. Low thermal conductivity of the walls and roof reduces the heat gain at a steady state condition. Chloride hexahydrate (CaCl26H2O) as a phase change material (PCM) for a room was proposed in this paper to control the indoor air temperature for a better thermal comfort for human beings. Building concrete roof with vertical cylindrical hole of 0.5 $\\times$ 0.5 m and array of 3 $\\times$ 3 filled with phase change material (PCM) was considered for analysis. A detailed thermal analysis was carried by both simulation and experimental study. Results showed that this type of PCM room can decrease the indoor air temperature fluctuation by a maximum of 4°C.

  18. Modelling transient 3D multi-phase criticality in fluidised granular materials - the FETCH code

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    The development and application of a generic model for modelling criticality in fluidised granular materials is described within the Finite Element Transient Criticality (FETCH) code - which models criticality transients in spatial and temporal detail from fundamental principles, as far as is currently possible. The neutronics model in FETCH solves the neutron transport in full phase space with a spherical harmonics angle of travel representation, multi-group in neutron energy, Crank Nicholson based in time stepping, and finite elements in space. The fluids representation coupled with the neutronics model is a two-fluid-granular-temperature model, also finite element fased. A separate fluid is used to represent the liquid/vapour gas and the solid fuel particle phases, respectively. Particle-particle, particle-wall interactions are modelled using a kinetic theory approach on an analogy between the motion of gas molecules subject to binary collisions and granular flows. This model has been extensively validated by comparison with fluidised bed experimental results. Gas-fluidised beds involve particles that are often extremely agitated (measured by granular temperature) and can thus be viewed as a particularly demanding application of the two-fluid model. Liquid fluidised systems are of criticality interest, but these can become demanding with the production of gases (e.g. radiolytic and water vapour) and large fluid/particle velocities in energetic transients. We present results from a test transient model in which fissile material (239Pu) is presented as spherical granules subsiding in water, located in a tank initially at constant temperature and at two alternative over-pressures in order to verify the theoretical model implemented in FETCH. (author)

  19. Thermochromic complex compounds in phase change materials. Possible application in an agricultural greenhouse

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    Marinkovic, M.; Nikolic, R.; Savovic, J. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences `Vinca`, Belgrade (Yugoslavia); Gadzuric, S.; Zsigrai, I. [Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad (Yugoslavia)

    1998-02-27

    The possibility to combine two physico-chemical phenomena is studied in this work in order to attain simultaneous control of temperature and light intensity in a greenhouse: (a) isothermal heat storage in phase change materials and (b) thermochromic behavior of complex compounds dissolved in the phase change materials. Two binary mixtures melting near the ambient temperature were studied: (a) 0.925 Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}4.06 H{sub 2}0+0.075 CaCl{sub 2}{center_dot}6.11 H{sub 2}O melting at 35.6C and (b) 0.9 CH{sub 3}CONH{sub 2}+0.1 Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}4 H{sub 2}O, melting at 27.7C. The melting temperature, the enthalpy of fusion and the heat capacity of both mixtures were determined from DSC measurements. Both mixtures showed to be suitable solvents for the formation of consecutive cobalt(II) chloride complexes. The compositions of the complex compounds were adjusted in each mixture so that the absorption spectra in visible spectral range exhibited low absorbance at the melting temperature and a pronounced increase of the absorbance and/or change of color with the increase of temperature in the range relevant for passive solar energy receivers. The combined latent heat storage and the outstanding reversible change of the optical properties of the dissolved complex compounds with temperature is proposed to be applied in solar heated agricultural greenhouses in areas with fluctuating climate conditions. The increase of absorbance with temperature acts as an auto-regulated shading protection from overheating

  20. Energy and economic analysis of a building air-conditioner with a phase change material (PCM)

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    Highlights: • Phase change material of Rubitherm20 was applied with the air-conditioner under the climate of Thailand. • PCM was used to reduce cooling load and electrical power of the air-conditioner. • Mathematical model of the packed ball bed of PCM was presented to predict the thermal performance. - Abstract: In this study, a concept of using phase change material (PCM) for improving cooling efficiency of an air-conditioner had been presented under Thailand climate. Rubitherm20 (RT-20) was selected to evaluate the thermal performance by reducing the air temperature entering the evaporating coil. The model of PCM celluloid balls had been performed with the air-conditioner. For the experiment, 2 TR of R-134a air-conditioner was chosen to test a pack bed of PCM balls with thickness 40 cm. The pressure drops of the air flowing through the bed were considered with and without a set of by-pass tubes along the height of the storage bed. The mathematical model of the air-conditioner with the PCM storage was developed and verified with the testing results. From the study results, it could be seen that pressure drops of the bed with and without bypass tubes were nearly the same results. Thus, PCM ball pack bed using RT-20 without bypass tubes was used to improve the cooling efficiency of the air-conditioner. The experimental result of the modified unit was compared and verified with the mathematical model, which agreed quite well with the simulation result. Finally, the model was used to analyze the economic result, which found that the electrical consumption of the modified air-conditioner could be decreased around 3.09 kW h/d. The saving cost from the PCM bed could be 9.10% of 170.03 USD/y and the payback period was around 4.15 y

  1. Mushrooms dehydration in a hybrid-solar dryer, using a phase change material

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    Highlights: • Mushroom slices were dehydrated in a hybrid solar dryer. • Drying and dehydrated kinetics were adjusted with models. • Effective diffusivity, were estimated considering or not shrinkage. • Paraffin wax as a phase change material was used in an accumulator of solar energy. - Abstract: Mushrooms were dehydrated in a hybrid solar dryer provided with a solar panel of a total exposed surface of 10 m2, electric resistances and paraffin wax as a phase change material. Mushrooms were cut in 8 mm or 12 mm slices. At the outlet of the drying chamber the air was recycled (70% or 80%) and the air temperature was adjusted to 60 °C. At the outlet of the solar panel the air temperature rose up to 30 °C above the ambient temperature, depending on solar radiation level. The effective diffusivity, estimated by the Simplified Constant Diffusivity Model, considering or not shrinkage, fluctuated between 2.5 · 10−10 m2/s and 8.4 · 10−10 m2/s with R2 higher than 0.99, agreeing with values reported in literature. The empirical Page’s model resulted in a better adjustment, with R2 above 0.998. In all runs the dehydrated mushrooms showed a notorious darkening and shrinkage. Rehydration assays at 30 °C showed that in less than 30 min rehydrated mushrooms reached a moisture content of 1.91 (dry basis). Rehydrated mushrooms had a higher hardness compared with fresh mushrooms. The Simplified Constant Diffusivity Model and the Peleg’s model adjusted to the rehydration data with RMSE values below 0.080. Thermal efficiency fluctuated between 22% and 62%, while the efficiency of the accumulator panel varied between 10% and 21%. The accumulator allowed reducing the electric energy input

  2. Performance of a window shutter with phase change material under summer Mediterranean climate conditions

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    The building sector is the largest final end-use consumer of energy in the European Union. Substantial heat losses in buildings occur through glazing areas, so it is crucial to mitigate the energy transfer between through these areas. The use of phase change materials (PCMs) is presently a technology advanced solution to improve the energy performance of building elements, particularly with window blinds or shutter protections. This paper presents the results of an experimental campaign of a window shutter containing PCM during the summer season. The shutter prototype was applied in an outside cell test composed by two compartments (side by side) and oriented to South. It was monitored and analysed the indoor air temperatures, the outside weather conditions and the heat flux of the interior wall partition. During the experiment, the range of the external air temperature changes from 13 °C to 25 °C and the average solar radiation recorded is 237 W m−2 to 306 W m−2. The measured results shows that the compartment with the PCM window shutter can reveals thermal regulating capacity of the indoor temperature about 18%–22%. The maximum and minimum temperature peaks decreased 6% and 11%, respectively. Besides the improvement of the indoor temperatures, the compartment with PCM increased 45 min the time delay to achieve the minimum temperature peak and 60 min to attain the maximum temperature peak, compared to the reference compartment (without PCM). - Highlights: • Incorporation of phase change materials into window shutter. • Resourcing to PCMs as a thermal regulator of indoor temperature. • Analysis of the thermal energy storage system using PCMs. • Experimental campaign of a window shutter incorporating PCM

  3. Relationship between magnetic Barkhausen noise and the stresses, the hardness and the phase content of ferromagnetic materials

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    QI Xin; HOU Zhi-ling; TIAN Jian-long

    2005-01-01

    Magnetic Barkhausen Noise (MBN) is a phenomenon of electromagnetic energy emission due to the movement of magnetic domain walls inside ferromagnetic materials when they are locally magnetized by an altercoil attached to the surface of the material being magnetized and the noise carries the message of the characteristics of the material such as stresses, hardness, phase content, etc. Based on the characteristic of the noise, research about the relationship between the welding stresses in the welding assembly and the noise, the fatigue damage of the plate structure and the noise, and the influence of heat treatment and the variation of phase content to the noise are carried out in this paper.

  4. POTENTIAL USE OF PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS IN GREENHOUSES HEATING: COMPARISON WITH A TRADITIONAL SYSTEM

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    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to use solar radiation as thermal energy source, heat storage equipments result necessary in each application where continuous supply is required, because of the natural unsteady intensity of radiation during the day. Thermal solar collectors are especially suitable for low temperature applications, since their efficiency decreases when an high inlet temperature of fluid flowing through them is established. On the other hand, low temperatures and low temperature gaps, above all, make very difficult to use traditional sensible heat storing units (water tanks, because of the very large amounts of material required. In this work, a traditional sensible heat storage system is compared with a latent heat storing unit based on phase change materials (PCMs. As a case study, a 840 m3 greenhouse heating application was considered with an inside constant temperature of 18°C. It is thought to be heated by using single layer plate thermal solar collectors as energy source. Inlet temperature of the collectors fluid (HTF was fixed at 35°C (little higher than melting temperature of PCMs and a constant flux of 12 l/m2 hour was established as technical usual value. At these conditions, 215m2 solar panels exposed surface resulted necessary. The sensible heat storage system considered here is a traditional water tank storing unit equipped with two pipe coils, respectively for heat exchanges with HTF from collectors and water flux for greenhouse heating. Available DT for heat exchange is estimated as the difference of minimum HTF temperature (in outlet from the collectors and the required water temperature for greenhouse heating. The latent heat storing unit is instead a series of copper rectangular plate shells which a phase change material is filled in (Na2SO4⋅10H2O. Heat transfer fluids flow through thin channels between adjacent plates, so that a large heat exchange available surface is achieved. The developed computational model (Labview software

  5. High speed, high temperature electrical characterization of phase change materials: metastable phases, crystallization dynamics, and resistance drift

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    Dirisaglik, Faruk; Bakan, Gokhan; Jurado, Zoila; Muneer, Sadid; Akbulut, Mustafa; Rarey, Jonathan; Sullivan, Lindsay; Wennberg, Maren; King, Adrienne; Zhang, Lingyi; Nowak, Rebecca; Lam, Chung; Silva, Helena; Gokirmak, Ali

    2015-10-01

    During the fast switching in Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change memory devices, both the amorphous and fcc crystalline phases remain metastable beyond the fcc and hexagonal transition temperatures respectively. In this work, the metastable electrical properties together with crystallization times and resistance drift behaviour of GST are studied using a high-speed, device-level characterization technique in the temperature range of 300 K to 675 K.During the fast switching in Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change memory devices, both the amorphous and fcc crystalline phases remain metastable beyond the fcc and hexagonal transition temperatures respectively. In this work, the metastable electrical properties together with crystallization times and resistance drift behaviour of GST are studied using a high-speed, device-level characterization technique in the temperature range of 300 K to 675 K. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05512a

  6. Vacuum thermal switch made of phase transition materials considering thin film and substrate effects

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    Yang, Yue; Basu, Soumyadipta; Wang, Liping

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, we theoretically demonstrate a vacuum thermal switch based on near-field thermal radiation between phase transition materials, i.e., vanadium dioxide (VO2), whose phase changes from insulator to metal at 341 K. Strong coupling of surface phonon polaritons between two insulating VO2 plates significantly enhances the near-field heat flux, which on the other hand is greatly reduced when the VO2 emitter becomes metallic, resulting in strong thermal switching effect. Fluctuational electrodynamics incorporated with anisotropic wave propagation predicts more than 80% heat transfer reduction at sub-30-nm vacuum gaps and 50% at vacuum gap of 1 μm. Furthermore, the penetration depth inside the uniaxial VO2 insulator is studied at the vacuum gap of 50 nm, suggesting the possible impact of reduced VO2 thickness on the near-field thermal radiation with thin-film structures. By replacing the bulk VO2 receiver with a thin film of several tens of nanometers, the switching effect is further improved over a broad range of vacuum gaps from 10 nm to 1 μm. Finally, the effect of SiO2 substrate for the thin-film emitter or receiver is also considered to provide insights for future experimental demonstrations. By controlling heat flow with near-field radiative transport, the proposed vacuum thermal switch would find practical applications for energy dissipation in microelectronic devices and for the realization of thermal circuits.

  7. Thermal conductivity enhancement of phase change materials using a graphite matrix

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    Mills, Andrew [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland (New Zealand); Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616 (United States); Farid, Mohammed [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland (New Zealand); Selman, J.R. [Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616 (United States); Al-Hallaj, Said [Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616 (United States)]. E-mail: alhallaj@iit.edu

    2006-10-15

    The thermal conductivity of paraffin wax was increased by two orders of magnitude by impregnating porous graphite matrices with the paraffin. The graphite matrices were fabricated by compacting flake graphite that had been soaked in a bath of sulfuric and nitric acid then heat-treated at 900 deg. C. The properties of the graphite matrix and paraffin phase change material (PCM) composites were measured for graphite matrix bulk densities ranging from 50 g/L to 350 g/L. The properties studied include the thermal conductivity in directions parallel and perpendicular to the direction of compaction, paraffin mass fraction, and the latent heat of fusion of the composite samples. The latent heat of fusion and phase change characteristics of the graphite/paraffin composites were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures are included to visualize the morphology of the graphite during each stage of the composite fabrication process. The performance of the PCM-composite was demonstrated by using the PCM-composite as a passive thermal management system for a lithium ion battery pack discharged at high rates.

  8. Thermal conductivity degradation analyses of LWR MOX fuel by the quasi-two phase material model

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    The temperature measurements of mixed oxide (MOX) and UO2 fuels during irradiation suggested that the thermal conductivity degradation rate of the MOX fuel with burnup should be slower than that of the UO2 fuel. In order to explain the difference of the degradation rates, the quasi-two phase material model is proposed to assess the thermal conductivity degradation of the MIMAS MOX fuel, which takes into account the Pu agglomerate distributions in the MOX fuel matrix as fabricated. As a result, the quasi-two phase model calculation shows the gradual increase of the difference with burnup and may expect more than 10% higher thermal conductivity values around 75 GWd/t. While these results are not fully suitable for thermal conductivity degradation models implemented by some industrial fuel manufacturers, they are consistent with the results from the irradiation tests and indicate that the inhomogeneity of Pu content in the MOX fuel can be one of the major reasons for the moderation of the thermal conductivity degradation of the MOX fuel. (author)

  9. IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility) key element technology phase task description

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    In 2000, a 3 year Key Element technology Phase (KEP) of the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) has been initiated to reduce the key technology risk factors needed to achieve continuous wave (CW) beam with the desired current and energy and to reach the corresponding power handling capabilities in the liquid lithium target system. In the KEP, the IFMIF team (EU, Japan, Russian Federation, US) will perform required tasks. The contents of the tasks are described in the task description sheet. As the KEP tasks, the IFMIF team have proposed 27 tasks for Test Facilities, 12 tasks for Target, 26 tasks for Accelerator and 18 tasks for Design Integration. The task description by RF is not yet available. The task items and task descriptions may be added or revised with the progress of KEP activities. These task description sheets have been compiled in this report. After 3 years KEP, the results of the KEP tasks will be reviewed. Following the KEP, 3 years Engineering Validation Phase (EVP) will continue for IFMIF construction. (author)

  10. Coherent gigahertz phonons in Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change materials

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    Hase, Muneaki; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji

    2015-12-01

    Using ≈ 40 fs ultrashort laser pulses, we investigate the picosecond acoustic response from a prototypical phase change material, thin Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) films with various thicknesses. After excitation with a 1.53 eV-energy pulse with a fluence of ≈ 5 mJ cm-2, the time-resolved reflectivity change exhibits transient electronic response, followed by a combination of exponential-like strain and coherent acoustic phonons in the gigahertz (GHz) frequency range. The time-domain shape of the coherent acoustic pulse is well reproduced by the use of the strain model by Thomsen et al 1986 (Phys. Rev. B 34 4129). We found that the decay rate (the inverse of the relaxation time) of the acoustic phonon both in the amorphous and in the crystalline phases decreases as the film thickness increases. The thickness dependence of the acoustic phonon decay is well modeled based on both phonon-defect scattering and acoustic phonon attenuation at the GST/Si interface, and it is revealed that those scattering and attenuation are larger in crystalline GST films than those in amorphous GST films.

  11. Optically reconfigurable metasurfaces and photonic devices based on phase change materials

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    Wang, Qian; Rogers, Edward T. F.; Gholipour, Behrad; Wang, Chih-Ming; Yuan, Guanghui; Teng, Jinghua; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2016-01-01

    Photonic components with adjustable parameters, such as variable-focal-length lenses or spectral filters, which can change functionality upon optical stimulation, could offer numerous useful applications. Tuning of such components is conventionally achieved by either micro- or nanomechanical actuation of their constituent parts, by stretching or by heating. Here, we report a novel approach for making reconfigurable optical components that are created with light in a non-volatile and reversible fashion. Such components are written, erased and rewritten as two-dimensional binary or greyscale patterns into a nanoscale film of phase-change material by inducing a refractive-index-changing phase transition with tailored trains of femtosecond pulses. We combine germanium-antimony-tellurium-based films with a diffraction-limited resolution optical writing process to demonstrate a variety of devices: visible-range reconfigurable bichromatic and multi-focus Fresnel zone plates, a super-oscillatory lens with subwavelength focus, a greyscale hologram, and a dielectric metamaterial with on-demand reflection and transmission resonances.

  12. Development of a novel refrigeration system for refrigerated trucks incorporating phase change material

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    Highlights: ► A refrigeration system having low energy cost and producing no local greenhouse gas emission. ► A PCM is experimentally developed which is able to maintain the refrigerated truck at −18 °C. ► A TRNSYS model is developed to simulate the proposed refrigeration system. -- Abstract: An innovative refrigeration system incorporating phase change material (PCM) is proposed to maintain refrigerated trucks at the desired thermal conditions. The advantage of using PCM to maintain low temperatures is that a conventional refrigeration system does not have to be located on-board the vehicle. In addition, the system consumes less energy and produces much lower local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The phase change thermal storage unit (PCTSU) is charged by a refrigeration unit located off the vehicle when stationary. The PCM is discharged and provides cooling when in service. A new PCM with a lower cost than currently available PCMs was developed, suitable for maintaining the refrigerated truck at a temperature of −18 °C. The PCM has a melting temperature of −26.7 °C and a latent heat of 154.4 kJ kg−1. A prototype system was constructed and test results proved that the proposed refrigeration system is feasible for mobile transport. An analysis shows that delivery of refrigerated products can be made with a PCM system having a weight comparable to that of an on board conventional refrigeration system with less than half of the energy cost.

  13. Cooling vests with phase change material packs: the effects of temperature gradient, mass and covering area.

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    Gao, Chuansi; Kuklane, Kalev; Holmer, Ingvar

    2010-05-01

    Phase change material (PCM) absorbs or releases latent heat when it changes phases, making thermal-regulated clothing possible. The objective of this study was to quantify the relationships between PCM cooling rate and temperature gradient, mass and covering area on a thermal manikin in a climatic chamber. Three melting temperatures (24, 28, 32 degrees C) of the PCMs, different mass, covering areas and two manikin temperatures (34 and 38 degrees C) were used. The results showed that the cooling rate of the PCM vests tested is positively correlated with the temperature gradient between the thermal manikin and the melting temperature of the PCMs. The required temperature gradient is suggested to be greater than 6 degrees C when PCM vests are used in hot climates. With the same temperature gradient, the cooling rate is mainly determined by the covering area. The duration of the cooling effect is dependent on PCM mass and the latent heat. STATEMENT OF RELEVANCE: The study of factors affecting the cooling rate of personal cooling equipment incorporated with PCM helps to understand cooling mechanisms. The results suggest climatic conditions, the required temperature gradient, PCM mass and covering area should be taken into account when choosing personal PCM cooling equipment. PMID:20432090

  14. Thermal conductivity enhancement of phase change materials using a graphite matrix

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    The thermal conductivity of paraffin wax was increased by two orders of magnitude by impregnating porous graphite matrices with the paraffin. The graphite matrices were fabricated by compacting flake graphite that had been soaked in a bath of sulfuric and nitric acid then heat-treated at 900 deg. C. The properties of the graphite matrix and paraffin phase change material (PCM) composites were measured for graphite matrix bulk densities ranging from 50 g/L to 350 g/L. The properties studied include the thermal conductivity in directions parallel and perpendicular to the direction of compaction, paraffin mass fraction, and the latent heat of fusion of the composite samples. The latent heat of fusion and phase change characteristics of the graphite/paraffin composites were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures are included to visualize the morphology of the graphite during each stage of the composite fabrication process. The performance of the PCM-composite was demonstrated by using the PCM-composite as a passive thermal management system for a lithium ion battery pack discharged at high rates

  15. A Liquid-Liquid Thermoelectric Heat Exchanger as a Heat Pump for Testing Phase Change Material Heat Exchangers

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    Sheth, Rubik B.; Makinen, Janice; Le, Hung V.

    2016-01-01

    The primary objective of the Phase Change HX payload on the International Space Station (ISS) is to test and demonstrate the viability and performance of Phase Change Material Heat Exchangers (PCM HX). The system was required to pump a working fluid through a PCM HX to promote the phase change material to freeze and thaw as expected on Orion's Multipurpose Crew Vehicle. Due to limitations on ISS's Internal Thermal Control System, a heat pump was needed on the Phase Change HX payload to help with reducing the working fluid's temperature to below 0degC (32degF). This paper will review the design and development of a TEC based liquid-liquid heat exchanger as a way to vary to fluid temperature for the freeze and thaw phase of the PCM HX. Specifically, the paper will review the design of custom coldplates and sizing for the required heat removal of the HX.

  16. Vacuum thermal switch made of phase transition materials considering thin film and substrate effects

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    In the present study, we theoretically demonstrate a vacuum thermal switch based on near-field thermal radiation between phase transition materials, i.e., vanadium dioxide (VO2), whose phase changes from insulator to metal at 341 K. Strong coupling of surface phonon polaritons between two insulating VO2 plates significantly enhances the near-field heat flux, which on the other hand is greatly reduced when the VO2 emitter becomes metallic, resulting in strong thermal switching effect. Fluctuational electrodynamics incorporated with anisotropic wave propagation predicts more than 80% heat transfer reduction at sub-30-nm vacuum gaps and 50% at vacuum gap of 1 μm. Furthermore, the penetration depth inside the uniaxial VO2 insulator is studied at the vacuum gap of 50 nm, suggesting the possible impact of reduced VO2 thickness on the near-field thermal radiation with thin-film structures. By replacing the bulk VO2 receiver with a thin film of several tens of nanometers, the switching effect is further improved over a broad range of vacuum gaps from 10 nm to 1 μm. Finally, the effect of SiO2 substrate for the thin-film emitter or receiver is also considered to provide insights for future experimental demonstrations. By controlling heat flow with near-field radiative transport, the proposed vacuum thermal switch would find practical applications for energy dissipation in microelectronic devices and for the realization of thermal circuits. - Highlights: • Near-field thermal switching was theoretically demonstrated with phase change VO2. • Radiative heat flux was reduced by 80% at sub-30-nm vacuum gaps or 50% at 1 μm. • Strong phonon coupling between insulating VO2 emitter and receiver was elucidated. • Thin-film structures were studied for achieving stronger thermal switching effect. • Effect of SiO2 substrate was investigated for thin-film vacuum thermal switches

  17. Anatase-rutile phase transformation of titanium dioxide bulk material: a DFT + U approach

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    Vu, Nam H.; Le, Hieu V.; Cao, Thi M.; Pham, Viet V.; Le, Hung M.; Nguyen-Manh, Duc

    2012-10-01

    The anatase-rutile phase transformation of TiO2 bulk material is investigated using a density functional theory (DFT) approach in this study. According to the calculations employing the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional with the Vanderbilt ultrasoft pseudopotential, it is suggested that the anatase phase is more energetically stable than rutile, which is in variance with the experimental observations. Consequently, the DFT + U method is employed in order to predict the correct structural stability in titania from electronic-structure-based total energy calculations. The Hubbard U term is determined by examining the band structure of rutile with various values of U from 3 to 10 eV. At U = 5 eV, a theoretical bandgap for rutile is obtained as 3.12 eV, which is in very good agreement with the reported experimental bandgap. Hence, we choose the DFT + U method (with U = 5 eV) to investigate the transformation pathway using the newly-developed solid-state nudged elastic band (ss-NEB) method, and consequently obtain an intermediate transition structure that is 9.794 eV per four-TiO2 above the anatase phase. When the Ti-O bonds in the transition state are examined using charge density analysis, seven Ti-O bonds (out of 24 bonds in the anatase unit cell) are broken, and this result is in excellent agreement with a previous experimental study (Penn and Banfield 1999 Am. Miner. 84 871-6).

  18. An in situ heater for a phase-change-material-based actuation system

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    This paper reports efforts to develop paraffin actuators that rely on a phase change to achieve actuation. While paraffin phase-change actuators have existed for some time, this work relies on heating the paraffin in situ, rather than using external heaters. Graphite is used to create an in situ heater that utilizes resistive heating as a voltage is applied across the graphite–paraffin wax mixture. The main motivation behind this work is to reduce the actuation time and power required. An added advantage of the developed in situ heater is the use of printed circuit board technology to fabricate the prototypes rapidly and in a cost-effective manner. A video microscope and IR camera are used to characterize the performance of the actuators built in this work. Different compositions of graphite in paraffin wax are used to measure the actuator performance characteristics such as actuation time, actuation height and power required. Both dc and a pulsed power input are used to test the prototypes. Comparison with a similar actuator that utilizes a thin film heater shows a 90% reduction in actuation time for similar power usage. The actuator developed as part of this work resulted in 0.577 mm dot height at 0.69 W power input in 6 s translating to ∼4 J/actuation for an actuator chamber of 2.82 µL. A new performance metric, 'effective actuation time (W s−1 mm−4)', is used to compare the performance of this technology with other phase-change-material-based actuators, and the actuator developed in this work is found to be 10 to 200 times better.

  19. High accuracy interface characterization of three phase material systems in three dimensions

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    Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Hansen, Karin Vels; Larsen, Rasmus; Bowen, Jacob R.

    2010-01-01

    tomography schemes such as focused ion beam serial sectioning or micro-computed tomography. We present a high accuracy method of calculating two phase surface areas and triple phase length of triple phase systems from subvoxel accuracy segmentations of constituent phases. The method performs a three phase...

  20. Atomic structure and electronic properties of the SixSb100-x phase-change memory material

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    Verma, Ashok K.; Modak, Paritosh; Svane, Axel;

    2011-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties of SixSb100-x (x∼16) materials are investigated using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. Crystalline-liquid-amorphous phase transitions are examined and remarkable changes in the local structure around the Si atoms are found. The average Si...... coordination number 6 (3 long + 3 short Si-Sb bonds) of the crystalline phase changes to 4 (3 long Si-Sb + 1 short Si-Si bonds) by preserving three Si-Sb bonds in both the liquid and the amorphous phases. In the amorphous phase ∼90% of the Si atoms are fourfold coordinated compared to 40% in the liquid. The...

  1. An Overview of SBIR Phase 2 Materials Structures for Extreme Environments

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    Nguyen, Hung D.; Steele, Gynelle C.

    2015-01-01

    Technological innovation is the overall focus of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The program invests in the development of innovative concepts and technologies to help NASA's mission directorates address critical research and development needs for agency projects. This report highlights innovative SBIR Phase II projects from 2007-2012 specifically addressing Areas in Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments which is one of six core competencies at NASA Glenn Research Center. There are twenty three technologies featured with emphasis on a wide spectrum of applications such as fine-filament superconductor wire, composite oxide cathode materials, nano-composites, high radiation solar cell, wrapped multilayer insulation, thin aerogel, and much more. Each article in this booklet describes an innovation, technical objective, and highlights NASA commercial and industrial applications. This report serves as an opportunity for NASA personnel including engineers, researchers, and program managers to learn of NASA SBIR's capabilities that might be crosscutting into this technology area. As the result, it would cause collaborations and partnerships between the small companies and NASA Programs and Projects resulting in benefit to both SBIR companies and NASA.

  2. Self Assembly of Mesoporous Materials in the Gas-Phase: An in situ SAD Study

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    Full text: Evaporation induced self assembly (EISA) provides an attractive method for the synthesis of mesostructured materials. A fast and economically interesting process for the production of mesostructured particles is the spray-drying process of aerosol droplets, in which the mesophase formation proceeds within a few seconds, but still, a high degree of control on the nal mesostructure is possible by applying suitable process parameters. Besides the chemical composition, also the external conditions influencing the evaporation rate (e.g. temperature, relative humidity) have been identified as key parameters for the resulting structure of the mesophase. Most of the previous studies have been performed on the dried aerosol and provided information on the effect of such parameters on the nal structure or at the end of the evaporation chamber. For the in situ study, various setups were designed that enables the gas-phase measurements during the evaporation process. In an elongated evaporation vessel temperature gradients from a starting temperature (e.g. 50C) to nal temperatures up to 4000C can be applied within a few centimetres in the axial direction and provoke a fast evaporation of the volatile components of the ESIA process. X-ray measurements can be taken at steps along the temperature profile in the dryer tube and the self assembly process can be followed with SWAXS. This presentation should give an overview of the different experiments starting from the ex-situ deposition, in situ experiments of mesoporous materials and finally hierarchical assembly of more complex structures. (author)

  3. The Possibility of Phase Change Materials (PCM Usage to Increase Efficiency of the Photovoltaic Modules

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Solar energy is widely available, free and inexhaustible. Furthermore this source of energy is the most friendly to the environment. For direct conversion of solar energy into useful forms like of electricity and thermal energy, respectively photovoltaic cells and solar collectors are being used. Forecast indicate that the first one solution will soon have a significant part in meeting the global energy demand. Therefore it is highly important to increase their efficiency in the terms of providing better energy conversion conditions. It can be obtain by designing new devices or by modifications of existing ones. This article presents general issues of photovoltaic installations exposed to work in high temperatures and basic concepts about phase change materials (PCMs. The paper presents the possibility of PCM usage to receive heat from the photovoltaic module. Specially designed test stand, consisting of PV module covered with a layer of PCM has been build and tested. Current-voltage characteristics of the cell without PCM material and with a layer of PCM have been presented. Authors also describe the results of the electrical and thermal characteristic of a coupled PV-PCM system.

  4. Gypsum plasterboards enhanced with phase change materials: A fire safety assessment using experimental and computational techniques

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    Kolaitis Dionysios I.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Phase Change Materials (PCM can be used for thermal energy storage, aiming to enhance building energy efficiency. Recently, gypsum plasterboards with incorporated paraffin-based PCM blends have become commercially available. In the high temperature environment developed during a fire, the paraffins, which exhibit relatively low boiling points, may evaporate and, escaping through the gypsum plasterboard's porous structure, emerge to the fire region, where they may ignite, thus adversely affecting the fire resistance characteristics of the building. Aiming to assess the fire safety behaviour of such building materials, an extensive experimental and computational analysis is performed. The fire behaviour and the main thermo-physical physical properties of PCM-enhanced gypsum plasterboards are investigated, using a variety of standard tests and devices (Scanning Electron Microscopy, Thermo Gravimetric Analysis, Cone Calorimeter. The obtained results are used to develop a dedicated numerical model, which is implemented in a CFD code. CFD simulations are validated using measurements obtained in a cone calorimeter. In addition, the CFD code is used to simulate an ISO 9705 room exposed to fire conditions, demonstrating that PCM addition may indeed adversely affect the fire safety of a gypsum plasterboard clad building.

  5. A programmable high voltage electrical switching analyzer for I-V characterization of phase change materials

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    Bhanu Prashanth, S B

    2007-01-01

    Ovonic Phase-Change Materials have found a renewed interest in the recent times owing to their applications in Non-Volatile Random Access Memories. In the present work, a cost-effective high voltage electrical switching analyzer has been developed to enable investigations on the I-V characteristics and electrical switching of bulk solids, which are necessary for identifying suitable materials for memory and other applications such as power control. The developed set up mainly consists of a PC based programmable High Voltage DC Power Supply which acts as an excitation source and a high speed Digital Storage Oscilloscope. For flexible control options, a Graphical User Interface has also been developed using LabVIEW-6i to control the excitation source through the analog outputs of a data acquisition card. Options are made in the system to sweep the output voltage from 45 to 1750 V or the output current in the range 0-45 mA with resolutions of 1.5 V & 5 or 50 μA at variable rates. I-V characteristics and swi...

  6. Progress in composites: Microstructure-thermomechanical-property correlations of two-phase and porous materials

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    The paper basically deals with the aim, to a get a better scientific insight into the effects of microstructure and properties of multi-phase and porous materials and to use the results technologically for tailoring those materials. First the theory of microstructure-property correlations including both, the bound concept and the model concept, is described using conductivity and Youngs modulus of elasticity as property examples. Since in the frame of the theoretical derivation no fitting factors have been permitted to be introduced into the bound equations and constitutive equations the determination of the microstructural factors by quantitative microstructural analysis is demonstrated in the second part of the contribution. By comparing measured and calculated property values for porous ceramics, graphite and metals as well as cermets, metal-polymer and polymer-ceramic-composites the equations are tested for engineering conditions. Finally the dependences of the thermal conductivity and Youngs modulus of elasticity on porosity are used to predict the thermal shock resistance of porous glass and to compare the results with experimental values. (orig.)

  7. Characterization of a backfill candidate material, IBECO-RWC-BF Baclo Project - Phase 3 Laboratory tests

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    A backfill candidate material, IBECO-RWC-BF, which origin from Milos, Greece, has been investigated. The material was delivered both as granules and as pellets. The investigation described in this report aimed to characterize the material and evaluate if it can be used in a future repository. The following investigations have been done and are presented in this report: 1. Standard laboratory tests. Water content, liquid limit and swelling potential are examples on standard tests that have been performed. 2. Block manufacturing. The block compaction properties of the material have been determined. A first test was performed in laboratory but also tests in large scale have been performed. After finishing the test phase, 60 tons of blocks were manufactured at Hoeganaes Bjuf AB. The blocks will be used in large scale laboratory tests at Aespoe HRL. 3. Mechanical parameters. The compressibility of the material was investigated with oedometer tests (four tests) where the load was applied in steps after saturation. The evaluated oedometer modulus varied between 34.50 MPa. Tests were made to evaluate the elastic parameters of the material (E, ν). Altogether three tests were made on specimens with dry densities of about 1,710 kg/m3. The evaluated E-modulus and Poisson's ratio varied between 231-263 MPa and 0.16-0.19 respectively. The strength of the material, both the compressive strength and the tensile strength were measured on specimens compacted to different dry densities. The test results yielded a relation between density and the two types of strength. Furthermore, tests have been made in order to determine the compressibility of the unsaturated filling of pellets. Two tests were made where the pellets were loosely filled in a Proctor cylinder and then compressed at a constant rate of strain during continuously measurement of the applied load. 4. Swelling pressure and hydraulic conductivity. There is, as expected, a very clear influence of the dry density on the

  8. Thermal Behavior of Mixtures of Perlite and Phase Change Materials in a Simulated Climate

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    Carefully controlled and well documented experiments have been done for two candidate configurations to control the heat load on a conditioned space. The 2:1 PCM/perlite mixture and the 6:1 PCM/perlite mixture, both on a weight basis, accomplished thermal control. The 2:1 system seemed to have enough PCM to be effective and involve a much larger fraction of its PCM in diurnal freezing and melting than the 6:1 system. It is a good starting point for engineering design of an optimum thermal control system. The results from the 2:1 system were reproduced with the computer program HEATING to prove that we know the relevant mechanisms and thermophysical properties of the PCM used in the system. Even without a model for the supersaturation and hysteresis that this material exhibited, HEATING reproduced the heat fluxes to the conditioned space in the experiments accurately enough to mirror the good thermal control performance of the system. The modified sensible heat capacity that was used in HEATING is a handy way to account for phase change effects and could be used in a subroutine to compute hourly phase change effects for whole building models like DOE-2. The experiments were done with PCM/perlite mixtures sealed in small methylmethacrylate boxes and covered top and bottom by XPS. The boxes allowed precise placement of the instrumentation used to follow the phase change effects. The XPS gave high R-value per unit thickness. A more practical prototype configuration such as PCM/perlite hermetically sealed in plastic pouches between layers of batts or blown-in insulation should be tested over a larger cross section. A good candidate is the whole attic cavity of the manufactured home test section used in the present work. Use of a PCM that does not exhibit supersaturation and hysteresis would make interpretation of the results easier. If the results of the larger scale test areas are as encouraging as the test cell results, a whole house model with a phase change

  9. Heat transfer and thermal storage performance of an open thermosyphon type thermal storage unit with tubular phase change material canisters

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    Highlights: • A novel open heat pipe thermal storage unit is design to improve its performance. • Mechanism of its operation is phase-change heat transfer. • Tubular canisters with phase change material were placed in thermal storage unit. • Experiment and analysis are carried out to investigate its operation properties. - Abstract: A novel open thermosyphon-type thermal storage unit is presented to improve design and performance of heat pipe type thermal storage unit. In the present study, tubular canisters filled with a solid–liquid phase change material are vertically placed in the middle of the thermal storage unit. The phase change material melts at 100 °C. Water is presented as the phase-change heat transfer medium of the thermal storage unit. The tubular canister is wrapped tightly with a layer of stainless steel mesh to increase the surface wettability. The heat transfer mechanism of charging/discharging is similar to that of the thermosyphon. Heat transfer between the heat resource or cold resource and the phase change material in this device occurs in the form of a cyclic phase change of the heat-transfer medium, which occurs on the surface of the copper tubes and has an extremely high heat-transfer coefficient. A series of experiments and theoretical analyses are carried out to investigate the properties of the thermal storage unit, including power distribution, start-up performance, and temperature difference between the phase change material and the surrounding vapor. The results show that the whole system has excellent heat-storage/heat-release performance

  10. Phase retarder based on one-dimensional photonic crystals composed of plasma and mu-negative materials

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    Liu, Yang [Department of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Department of Basics, Air Force Early Warning Academy, Wuhan 430019 (China); Yi, Lin, E-mail: plasma@hust.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Hu, Xin-Guang [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Department of Physics, Huangshan University, Huangshan 245041 (China); Duan, Yong-Fa; Yang, Zhi-Zong [Department of Basics, Air Force Early Warning Academy, Wuhan 430019 (China)

    2015-01-15

    By using transfer matrix method, a systematic study on the properties of the reflection phase shifts and the reflection phase difference between TE and TM waves in a finite one-dimensional (1D) photonic crystal containing plasma and mu-negative materials is presented. It is found that the reflection phase difference between the two polarizations remains constant in a rather wide frequency range for a given incident angle. More specifically, the reflection phase difference increases gradually from 0 to π rad with the increase of the incident angle. That is to say, the finite 1D structure can serve as a broadband phase retarder. It is also evident that the working frequency range of the phase retarder can be adjusted by altering the plasma frequency and the thickness of the plasma layers without changing the structure of the photonic crystal.

  11. Chemical Complementarity between the Gas Phase of the Interstellar Medium and the Rocky Material of Our Planetary System

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    Wang, Haiyang

    2016-01-01

    We compare the elemental depletions in the gas phase of the interstellar medium (ISM) with the elemental depletions in the rocky material of our Solar System. Our analysis finds a high degree of chemical complementarity: elements depleted in the gas phase of the ISM are enriched in the rocky material of our Solar System, and vice versa. This chemical complementarity reveals the generic connections between interstellar dust and rocky planetary material. We use an inheritance model to explain the formation of primordial grains in the solar nebula. The primary dust grains inherited from the ISM, in combination with the secondary ones condensed from the solar nebula, constitute the primordial rocky material of our planetary system, from which terrestrial planets are formed through the effects of the progressive accretion and sublimation. The semi-major-axis-dependence of the chemical composition of rocky planetary material is also observed by comparing elemental depletions in the Earth, CI chondrites and other ty...

  12. Substructure and strengthening of heavily deformed single and two-phase metallic materials

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    Gil Sevillano, J.

    1991-06-01

    Work hardening of single-phase crystalline materials (and to some extent, coarse two-phase and dispersion hardened materials too) at low temperatures results from the competition of two dynamic processes: dislocation accumulation, during the long-range gliding of mobile dislocations and dynamic recovery, involving local rearrangements and length annihilation from mobile and stored dislocation interactions. Its complete understanding would be very useful for designing materials with maximized strength after heavy cold work. However, modelling of the strain-induced evolution of the dislocation substructure, an essential ingredient of any work hardening theory, is still far from satisfactory. On the other hand, some heavily deformed ductile two-phase in situ composites are only second to whiskers among the strongest metallic materials. At first sight, the main obstacle geometry for dislocation glide in lamellar or multifilamentary in situ composites being clear-cut, it can be thought that their strength and work hardening are completely understood. However, this is not so and several schools of thought propose different interpretations for the exaggerated departure of the stress-strain curves of in situ composites from the rule-of-mixtures curves built from those of their bulk components. This paper aims to discuss such interpretations. The composite Cu-Nb is taken as model material owing to the extensive and detailed mechanical and microstructural data available in the literature, including different deformation temperatures and two different strain paths. Fine pearlite Fe-Fe3C is the other obvious reference. Le durcissement par déformation des matériaux cristallins monophasés (et, dans une certaine mesure, des matériaux biphasés à grande dimension de phases, et des matériaux renforcés par une phase dispersée) à basse température résulte d'une compétition entre deux processus dynamiques: l'accumulation de dislocations pendant le glissement des

  13. Phase-contrast imaging with an x-ray grating interferometer in materials science using noncoherent synchrotron radiation

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    Herzen, Julia; Beckmann, Felix; Ogurreck, Malte; Riekehr, Stefan; Haibel, Astrid; Schreyer, Andreas [GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht (Germany); Donath, Tilman; David, Christian [Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Pfeiffer, Franz [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Phase-contrast imaging with a hard X-ray grating interferometer is used to increase contrast for weak absorbing materials. It is a well established imaging method to visualize soft tissue in many medical and biological applications. Here we present the approach of using this method in the field of materials science, especially in imaging of new light-weight materials like magnesium and aluminium alloys. We show that more information from a single X-ray projection image can be gained by combining the different contrasts obtained by this imaging method simultaneously. This information can be used to optimize advanced joining techniques for such materials.

  14. Epitaxial growth of Ge-Sb-Te based phase change materials

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    Perumal, Karthick

    2013-07-30

    Ge-Sb-Te based phase change materials are considered as a prime candidate for optical and electrical data storage applications. With the application of an optical or electrical pulse, they can be reversibly switched between amorphous and crystalline state, thereby exhibiting large optical and electrical contrast between the two phases, which are then stored as information in the form of binary digits. Single crystalline growth is interesting from both the academic and industrial perspective, as ordered Ge-Sb-Te based metamaterials are known to exhibit switching at reduced energies. The present study deals with the epitaxial growth and analysis of Ge-Sb-Te based thin films. The first part of the thesis deals with the epitaxial growth of GeTe. Thin films of GeTe were grown on highly mismatched Si(111) and (001) substrates. On both the substrate orientations the film grows along [111] direction with an amorphous-to-crystalline transition observed during the initial stages of growth. The amorphous-to-crystalline transition was studied in-vivo using azimuthal reflection high-energy electron diffraction scans and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. In the second part of the thesis epitaxy and characterization of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films are presented. The third part of the thesis deals with the epitaxy of ternary Ge-Sb-Te alloys. The composition of the films are shown to be highly dependent on growth temperatures and vary along the pseudobinary line from Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} to GeTe with increase in growth temperatures. A line-of-sight quadrupole mass spectrometer was used to reliably control the GeSbTe growth temperature. Growth was performed at different Ge, Sb, Te fluxes to study the compositional variation of the films. Incommensurate peaks are observed along the [111] direction by X-ray diffraction. The possibility of superstructural vacancy ordering along the [111] direction is discussed.

  15. Epitaxial growth of Ge-Sb-Te based phase change materials

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    Ge-Sb-Te based phase change materials are considered as a prime candidate for optical and electrical data storage applications. With the application of an optical or electrical pulse, they can be reversibly switched between amorphous and crystalline state, thereby exhibiting large optical and electrical contrast between the two phases, which are then stored as information in the form of binary digits. Single crystalline growth is interesting from both the academic and industrial perspective, as ordered Ge-Sb-Te based metamaterials are known to exhibit switching at reduced energies. The present study deals with the epitaxial growth and analysis of Ge-Sb-Te based thin films. The first part of the thesis deals with the epitaxial growth of GeTe. Thin films of GeTe were grown on highly mismatched Si(111) and (001) substrates. On both the substrate orientations the film grows along [111] direction with an amorphous-to-crystalline transition observed during the initial stages of growth. The amorphous-to-crystalline transition was studied in-vivo using azimuthal reflection high-energy electron diffraction scans and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. In the second part of the thesis epitaxy and characterization of Sb2Te3 thin films are presented. The third part of the thesis deals with the epitaxy of ternary Ge-Sb-Te alloys. The composition of the films are shown to be highly dependent on growth temperatures and vary along the pseudobinary line from Sb2Te3 to GeTe with increase in growth temperatures. A line-of-sight quadrupole mass spectrometer was used to reliably control the GeSbTe growth temperature. Growth was performed at different Ge, Sb, Te fluxes to study the compositional variation of the films. Incommensurate peaks are observed along the [111] direction by X-ray diffraction. The possibility of superstructural vacancy ordering along the [111] direction is discussed.

  16. A numerical study of external building walls containing phase change materials (PCM)

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    Phase Change Materials (PCMs) have been receiving increased attention, due to their capacity to store large amounts of thermal energy in narrow temperature ranges. This property makes them ideal for passive heat storage in the envelopes of buildings. To study the influence of PCMs in external building walls, a one-dimensional transient heat transfer model has been developed and solved numerically using a finite difference technique. Different external building wall configurations were analyzed for a typical building wall by varying the location of the PCM layer, the orientation of the wall, the ambient conditions and the phase transition temperature of the PCM. The integration of a PCM layer into a building wall diminished the amplitude of the instantaneous heat flux through the wall when the melting temperature of the PCM was properly selected according to the season and wall orientation. Conversely, the results of the work show that there is no significant reduction in the total heat lost during winter regardless of the wall orientation or PCM transition temperature. Higher differences were observed in the heat gained during the summer period, due to the elevated solar radiation fluxes. The high thermal inertia of the wall implies that the inclusion of a PCM layer increases the thermal load during the day while decreasing the thermal load during the night. - Highlights: ► A comparative simulation of a building wall with and without PCMs has been conducted. ► PCM is selected according with the season, the wall orientation and the melting temperature. ► PCM in a building wall help to diminish the internal air temperature swings and to regulate the heat transfer.

  17. New graphite/salt materials for high temperature energy storage. Phase change properties study

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    This work is a contribution to the study of new graphite/salt composites dedicated to high temperature energy storage (≥200 C). The aim is to analyse and to understand the influence of both graphite and composite microstructure on the phase change properties of salts. This PhD is carried out within the framework of two projects: DISTOR (European) and HTPSTOCK (French). The major contributions of this work are threefold: 1) An important database (solid-liquid phase change properties) is provided from the DSC analysis of six salts and the corresponding composites. 2) Rigorous modeling of salts melting in confined media in several geometries are proposed to understand why, during the first melting of the compression elaborated composites, problems of salt leakage are observed. These models show that the materials morphology is responsible for these phenomena: the graphite matrix restrains the volume expansion due to salt melting: salt melts under pressure, which leads to a melting on a large temperature range and to a loss of energy density. Sensitivity analysis of parameters (geometric and physic) shows that matrix rigidity modulus is the parameter on which it is necessary to act during the composites elaboration to blur this phenomenon. 3) Finally, this work proposes a thermodynamic formulation of both surface/interface phenomena and the presence of dissolved impurities being able to explain a melting point lowering. It seems that the melting point lowering observed (∼ 5 C) are mainly due to the presence of dissolved impurities (brought by graphite) in the liquid, along with an additional Gibbs-Thomson effect (∼ 1 C, related to the size of the clusters crystals). (author)

  18. Thermal conductivity of an organic phase change material/expanded graphite composite across the phase change temperature range and a novel thermal conductivity model

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    Highlights: • Expanded graphite can improve thermal conductivity of RT44HC by 20–60 times. • Thermal conductivity of PCM/EG composites keeps constant before/after melting. • Thermal conductivity of PCMs nearly doubled during phase changing. • Thermal conductivity of composite PCM increases with density and percentage of EG. • The simple model predicts thermal conductivity of EG-based composites accurately. - Abstract: This work studies factors that affect the thermal conductivity of an organic phase change material (PCM), RT44HC/expanded graphite (EG) composite, which include: EG mass fraction, composite PCM density and temperature. The increase of EG mass fraction and bulk density will both enhance thermal conductivity of composite PCMs, by up to 60 times. Thermal conductivity of RT44HC/EG composites remains independent on temperature outside the phase change range (40–45 °C), but nearly doubles during the phase change. The narrow temperature change during the phase change allows the maximum heat flux or minimum temperature for heat source if attaching PCMs to a first (constant temperature) or second (constant heat flux) thermal boundary. At last, a simple thermal conductivity model for EG-based composites is put forward, based on only two parameters: mass fraction of EG and bulk density of the composite. This model is validated with experiment data presented in this paper and in literature, showing this model has general applicability to any composite of EG and poor thermal conductive materials

  19. Influence of Surrounding Dielectrics on the Data Retention Time of Doped Sb2Te Phase Change Material

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    Jedema, Friso; in `t Zandt, Micha; Wolters, Rob; Gravesteijn, Dirk

    2011-02-01

    The crystallization properties of as-deposited and laser written amorphous marks of doped Sb2Te phase change material are found to be only dependent on the top dielectric layer. A ZnS:SiO2 top dielectric layer yields a higher crystallization temperature and a larger crystal growth activation energy as compared to a SiO2 top dielectric layer, leading to superior data retention times at ambient temperatures. The observed correlation between the larger crystallization temperatures and larger crystal growth activation energies indicates that the viscosity of the phase change material in the amorphous state is dependent on the interfacial energy between the phase change material and the top dielectric layer.

  20. Phase-change-materials as energy source for micro aerial vehicles (MAV)

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    While there are many different challenges in the development of micro aerial vehicles (MAV), one of the severe limiting factors in terms of weight is the energy storage/power system. Most of the MAVs developed to date are based on electrical motors. In the present study, several potential alternative energy storage/power systems are examined, evaluated for their specific energy and specific power, and compared to electrical batteries and hydrocarbon fuel storage. Analysis of the power and energy requirements of different MAV configurations, suggests that a specific power of 35–60 W/kg for fixed wing MAV and 65–85 W/kg for rotary wing MAV are needed. The required specific energy for a short mission of 20 min is 15–25 W h/kg for fixed wing MAV and 30–40 W h/kg for rotary wing MAV. Based on these requirements, a novel PCM open-cycle storage/power system is proposed. It comprises of an open cycle that uses the ambient temperature as its hot reservoir. Promising initial results, in terms of specific power (45–70 W/kg), specific energy (24–45 W h/kg) and open-cycle thermodynamic efficiency (22–54%), are presented. Owing to the high potential of the proposed PCM open-cycle, we believe that the development of new PCM materials specifically designed for this purpose is highly deserving. - Highlights: •A novel phase change material open-cycle is proposed for micro aerial vehicles. •The ambient is used as its hot reservoir. •Analysis shows promising results in terms of specific energy and thermal efficiency

  1. Simulation of a high temperature thermal energy storage system employing several families of phase-change storage material

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    Adebiyi, G.A. [Mississippi State Univ., MS (United States)

    1989-03-01

    Previous work by the author entailed modeling of the Packed Bed Thermal Energy Storage System, utilizing Phase-Change Materials, and a performance evaluation of the system based on the Second Law of thermodynamics. A principal conclusion reached is that the use of a single family of phase-change storage material may not in fact produce a thermodynamically superior system relative to one utilizing sensible heat storage material. This prompted us to modify our model so that we could investigate whether or not a significantly improved performance may be achieved via the use of multiple families of phase-change materials instead. Other factors investigated in the present work include the effect on system performance due to the thermal mass of the containment vessel wall, varying temperature and mass flow rate of the flue gas entering the packed bed during the storage process, and thermal radiation which could be a significant factor at high temperature levels. The resulting model is intended to serve as an integral part of a real-time simulation of the application of a high temperature regenerator in a periodic brick plant. This paper describes the more comprehensive model of the high temperature thermal energy storage system and presents results indicating that improved system performance could be achieved via a judicious choice of multiple families of phase-change materials.

  2. Feasibility study on a novel cooling technique using a phase change material in an automotive engine

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    Kim, Ki-bum; Choi, Kyung-wook; Kim, Young-jin; Lee, Ki-hyung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 1271 Sa 1-dong, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, 426-791 (Korea); Lee, Kwan-soo [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Hangdang-dong, Sungdong-gu, Seoul, 133-070 (Korea)

    2010-01-15

    The size of a cooling inventory is generally designed based on which size can endure the excessive heat load situations that occur sporadically. As a result, cooling systems are often too large for most normal driving modes. There have been numerous efforts to downsize the automotive engine cooling system using novel concepts and strategies. Efficient cooling in automobiles is beneficial in reducing harmful emissions as well as improving fuel economy. A simulation was conducted to validate the feasibility of using a novel cooling strategy that utilized the heat load averaging capabilities of a phase change material (PCM). Three prototypes were designed: full-size, down-sized, and a down-sized prototype with a heat accumulator containing the PCM inside. When the full-size of the cooling inventory was down-sized by 30%, this smaller design failed to dissipate the peak heat load and consequently led to a significant increase in the coolant temperature, around 25 C greater than that in the full-size system. However, the peak heat load was successfully averaged out in the down-sized system with a heat accumulator. This novel cooling concept will contribute to a substantial reduction in the cooling system in terms of volume and hangover. (author)

  3. Comparison of thermistor linearization techniques for accurate temperature measurement in phase change materials

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    Alternate energy technologies are developing rapidly in the recent years. A significant part of this trend is the development of different phase change materials (PCMs). Proper utilization of PCMs requires accurate thermal characterization. There are several methodologies used in this field. This paper stresses the importance of accurate temperature measurements during the implementation of T-history method. Since the temperature sensor size is also important thermistors have been selected as the sensing modality. Two thermistor linearization techniques, one based on Wheatstone bridge and the other based on simple serial-parallel resistor connection, are compared in terms of achievable temperature accuracy through consideration of both, nonlinearity and self-heating errors. Proper calibration was performed before T-history measurement of RT21 (RUBITHERM (registered) GmbH) PCM. Measurement results suggest that the utilization of serial-parallel resistor connection gives better accuracy (less than ±0.1 deg. C) in comparison with the Wheatstone bridge based configuration (up to ±1.5 deg. C).

  4. Feasibility of High-Data-Rate Media with Ge-Sb-Te Phase-Change Material

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    Ishii, Norihiko; Shimidzu, Naoki; Tokumaru, Haruki; Okuda, Haruo; Hirotsune, Akemi; Ushiyama, Junko; Terao, Motoyasu; Maeda, Takeshi

    2001-03-01

    We experimentally studied an optical disk with a large capacity and high data-transfer rate that can record high-definition television signals. A high rotation speed was used to achieve the high data-transfer rate. Using Ge-Sb-Te phase change material, a carrier-to-noise ratio of about 50 dB was achieved at a linear velocity of 15-30 m/s with a 0.4-μm-long mark. High-speed crystallization was necessary to erase recording marks. Therefore, by appropriately designing layers that assist nucleation, we obtained a DC erase ratio of 29 dB with a 0.4-μm mark and 1-mW power margin for over-25-dB erase ratio at a linear velocity of 18 m/s. Furthermore, the 0.4-μm mark-space repetition jitter was less than 7% even after 1000 cycles. A data transfer rate of 60 Mbps was obtained by optimizing the write strategy using a multi-pulse with an optical system equivalent to that of current digital versatile disk (DVD).

  5. Preparation and characterization of porous carbon material-coated solid-phase microextraction metal fibers.

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    Zhu, Fang; Guo, Jiaming; Zeng, Feng; Fu, Ruowen; Wu, Dingcai; Luan, Tiangang; Tong, Yexiang; Lu, Tongbu; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2010-12-10

    Two kinds of porous carbon materials, including carbon aerogels (CAs), wormhole-like mesoporous carbons (WMCs), were synthesized and used as the coatings of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers. By using stainless steel wire as the supporting core, six types of fibers were prepared with sol-gel method, direct coating method and direct coating plus sol-gel method. Headspace SPME experiments indicated that the extraction efficiencies of the CA fibers are better than those of the WMC fibers, although the surface area of WMCs is much higher than that of CAs. The sol-gel-CA fiber (CA-A) exhibited excellent extraction properties for non-polar compounds (BTEX, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-xylene), while direct-coated CA fiber (CA-B) presented the best performance in extracting polar compounds (phenols). The two CA fibers showed wide linear ranges, low detection limits (0.008-0.047μgL(-1) for BTEX, 0.15-5.7μgL(-1) for phenols) and good repeatabilities (RSDs less than 4.6% for BTEX, and less than 9.5% for phenols) and satisfying reproducibilities between fibers (RSDs less than 5.2% for BTEX, and less than 9.9% for phenols). These fibers were successfully used for the analysis of water samples from the Pearl River, which demonstrated the applicability of the home-made CA fibers. PMID:21074162

  6. Increasing energy efficiency of HVAC systems of buildings using phase change material

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    Chusak, Lee; Daiber, Jared; Agarwal, Ramesh [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), four different cooling systems used in contemporary office environments are modeled to compare energy consumption and thermal comfort levels. Incorporating convection and radiation technologies, full-scale models of an office room compare energy efficiency of (a) an all-air overhead system, (b) a combined all-air overhead and hydronic radiant system (chilled ceiling), (c) an all-air raised floor system (displacement ventilation), and (d) a combined displacement ventilation with a chilled ceiling. The computational domain for each model consists of one temperature varying wall (simulating the temperature of the exterior wall of the building during a 24-hour period) and adiabatic conditions for the remaining walls, floor, and ceiling (simulating interior walls of the room). Two sets of computations are conducted. The first set considers a glass window and plastic shade configuration for the exterior wall. The second set of computations includes a phase change material layer between the glass window and the plastic shade. Results show substantial energy savings can be accrued using the displacement ventilation and especially the displacement ventilation with a chilled ceiling over the conventional overhead mixing ventilation system. The results also show that the addition of a PCM layer to the exterior wall can significantly decrease the cooling energy requirements.

  7. Femtosecond structural transformation of phase-change materials far from equilibrium monitored by coherent phonons

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    Hase, Muneaki; Fons, Paul; Mitrofanov, Kirill; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji

    2015-09-01

    Multicomponent chalcogenides, such as quasi-binary GeTe-Sb2Te3 alloys, are widely used in optical data storage media in the form of rewritable optical discs. Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) in particular has proven to be one of the best-performing materials, whose reliability allows more than 106 write-erase cycles. Despite these industrial applications, the fundamental kinetics of rapid phase change in GST remain controversial, and active debate continues over the ultimate speed limit. Here we explore ultrafast structural transformation in a photoexcited GST superlattice, where GeTe and Sb2Te3 are spatially separated, using coherent phonon spectroscopy with pump-pump-probe sequences. By analysing the coherent phonon spectra in different time regions, complex structural dynamics upon excitation are observed in the GST superlattice (but not in GST alloys), which can be described as the mixing of Ge sites from two different coordination environments. Our results suggest the possible applicability of GST superlattices for ultrafast switching devices.

  8. Preparation and characterization of microencapsulated phase change material with low remnant formaldehyde content

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    Li Wei [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fibers, Institute of Functional Fibers, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Zhang Xingxiang [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fibers, Institute of Functional Fibers, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China)], E-mail: zhangpolyu@yahoo.com.cn; Wang Xuechen; Niu Jianjin [Tianjin Municipal Key Lab of Fiber Modification and Functional Fibers, Institute of Functional Fibers, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China)

    2007-12-15

    Microencapsulated phase change materials (MicroPCMs) were synthesized by in situ polymerization using melamine-formaldehyde (MF) resin as shell and n-octadecane as core. The employed MF prepolymer was prepared by incorporating formaldehyde once and melamine for three times. The effects of dropping rate of MF prepolymer on the surface morphology, dispersibility and thermal stability of the microcapsules were systematically investigated using scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry analysis (TG). The results show that, with the dropping rate of the MF prepolymer decreasing, the flocculation phenomenon of microcapsules decreases and the globular surface becomes smoother; and the thermal stability increases regularly. The average diameter of the microcapsules is about 2.2 {mu}m and the diameter distribution is narrow. The enthalpy of the microcapsules containing 59 wt% n-octadecane is 144 J g{sup -1}. In addition, the remnant formaldehyde content of the microcapsules is 68.6 mg kg{sup -1}, which is highly attractive for the application of MicroPCMs.

  9. Carbon nanotube grafted with polyalcohol and its influence on the thermal conductivity of phase change material

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    Highlights: • CNTs are grafted with polyhydric alcohols. • The grafted CNTs are well dispersed. • The graft ratio of CNTs-C8, CNTs-C14 and CNTs-C18 is 11%, 32% and 38%. • The thermal conductivities of CNTs/paraffin are increased through graft treatment. • The carbon number of polyalcohol has influence on thermal conductivity. - Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were grafted with polyhydric alcohols (octanol, tetradecyl alchohol and stearyl alcohol) after acidification. The composite phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared with grafted CNTs and paraffin. The grafted CNTs were characterized with Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM), X-ray Diffractometer (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Thermogravimetric analyzer (TG). Hot disk method was employed to measure the thermal conductivity of composite PCMs. The results showed that polyhydric alcohols were grafted onto CNTs. The graft ratio was 38% for the CNTs grafted with stearyl alcohol. The grafted CNTs were shorter than CNTs and the dispersibility of grafted CNTs was better than that of CNTs. The thermal conductivity of grafted CNTs/paraffin composite PCMs was higher than that of pristine CNTs/paraffin composite PCMs

  10. Thermal Vacuum Test of Ice as a Phase Change Material Integrated with a Radiator

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    Lee, Steve A.; Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan; Le, Hung V.

    2010-01-01

    Water may be used as radiation shielding for Solar Particle Events (SPE) to protect crewmembers in the Lunar Electric Rover (LER). Because the water is already present for radiation protection, it could also provide a mass efficient solution to the vehicle's thermal control system. This water can be frozen by heat rejection from a radiator and used as a Phase Change Material (PC1V1) for thermal storage. Use of this water as a PCM can eliminate the need for a pumped fluid loop thermal control system as well as reduce the required size of the radiator. This paper describes the testing and analysis performed for the Rover Engineering Development Unit (REDU), a scaled-down version of a water PCM heat sink for the LER. The REDU was tested in a thermal-vacuum chamber at environmental temperatures similar to those of a horizontal radiator panel on the lunar surface. Testing included complete freeze and melt cycles along with scaled transient heat load profiles simulating a 24-hour day for the rover.

  11. Testing and Failure Mechanisms of Ice Phase Change Material Heat Exchangers

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.; Hawkins-Reynolds, Ebony

    2011-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCM) may be useful for thermal control systems that involve cyclical heat loads or cyclical thermal environments such as specific spacecraft orientations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and low beta angle Low Lunar Orbit (LLO). Thermal energy can be stored in the PCM during peak heat loads or in adverse thermal environments. The stored thermal energy can then be released later during minimum heat loads or in more favorable thermal environments. One advantage that PCM s have over evaporators in this scenario is that they do not use a consumable. The use of water as a PCM rather than the more traditional paraffin wax has the potential for significant mass reduction since the latent heat of formation of water is approximately 70% greater than that of wax. One of the potential drawbacks of using ice as a PCM is its potential to rupture its container as water expands upon freezing. In order to develop a space qualified ice PCM heat exchanger, failure mechanisms must first be understood. Therefore, a methodical experimental investigation has been undertaken to demonstrate and document specific failure mechanisms due to ice expansion in the PCM. A number of ice PCM heat exchangers were fabricated and tested. Additionally, methods for controlling void location in order to reduce the risk of damage due to ice expansion were investigated. This paper presents the results of testing that occurred from March through September of 2010 and builds on testing that occurred during the previous year.

  12. Development, Testing, and Failure Mechanisms of a Replicative Ice Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Hansen, Scott; Stephan, Ryan A.

    2010-01-01

    Phase change materials (PCM) may be useful for thermal control systems that involve cyclical heat loads or cyclical thermal environments such as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Low Lunar Orbit (LLO). Thermal energy can be stored in the PCM during peak heat loads or in adverse thermal environments. The stored thermal energy can then be released later during minimum heat loads or in more favorable thermal environments. One advantage that PCM's have over evaporators in this scenario is that they do not use a consumable. Wax PCM units have been baselined for the Orion thermal control system and also provide risk mitigation for the Altair Lander. However, the use of water as a PCM has the potential for significant mass reduction since the latent heat of formation of water is approximately 70% greater than that of wax. One of the potential drawbacks of using ice as a PCM is its potential to rupture its container as water expands upon freezing. In order to develop a space qualified ice PCM heat exchanger, failure mechanisms must first be understood. Therefore, a methodical experimental investigation has been undertaken to demonstrate and document specific failure mechanisms due to ice expansion in the PCM. An ice PCM heat exchanger that replicates the thermal energy storage capacity of an existing wax PCM unit was fabricated and tested. Additionally, methods for controlling void location in order to reduce the risk of damage due to ice expansion are investigated. This paper presents the results to date of this investigation. Nomenclature

  13. Preparation and Characterization of Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials for Use in Building Applications

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    Jessica Giro-Paloma

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A method for preparing and characterizing microencapsulated phase change materials (MPCM was developed. A comparison with a commercial MPCM is also presented. Both MPCM contained paraffin wax as PCM with acrylic shell. The melting temperature of the PCM was around 21 °C, suitable for building applications. The M-2 (our laboratory made sample and Micronal® DS 5008 X (BASF samples were characterized using SEM, DSC, nano-indentation technique, and Gas Chromatography/Mass spectrometry (GC-MS. Both samples presented a 6 μm average size and a spherical shape. Thermal energy storage (TES capacities were 111.73 J·g−1 and 99.3 J·g−1 for M-2 and Micronal® DS 5008 X, respectively. Mechanical characterization of the samples was performed by nano-indentation technique in order to determine the elastic modulus (E, load at maximum displacement (Pm, and displacement at maximum load (hm, concluding that M-2 presented slightly better mechanical properties. Finally, an important parameter for considering use in buildings is the release of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s. This characteristic was studied at 65 °C by CG-MS. Both samples showed VOC’s emission after 10 min of heating, however peaks intensity of VOC’s generated from M-2 microcapsules showed a lower concentration than Micronal® DS 5008 X.

  14. Increasing energy efficiency of HVAC systems of buildings using phase change material

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    Lee Chusak, Jared Daiber, Ramesh Agarwal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD, four different cooling systems used in contemporary office environments are modeled to compare energy consumption and thermal comfort levels. Incorporating convection and radiation technologies, full-scale models of an office room compare energy efficiency of (a an all-air overhead system, (b a combined all-air overhead and hydronic radiant system (chilled ceiling, (c an all-air raised floor system (displacement ventilation, and (d a combined displacement ventilation with a chilled ceiling. The computational domain for each model consists of one temperature varying wall (simulating the temperature of the exterior wall of the building during a 24-hour period and adiabatic conditions for the remaining walls, floor, and ceiling (simulating interior walls of the room. Two sets of computations are conducted. The first set considers a glass window and plastic shade configuration for the exterior wall. The second set of computations includes a phase change material layer between the glass window and the plastic shade. Results show substantial energy savings can be accrued using the displacement ventilation and especially the displacement ventilation with a chilled ceiling over the conventional overhead mixing ventilation system. The results also show that the addition of a PCM layer to the exterior wall can significantly decrease the cooling energy requirements.

  15. Thermal Charging Study of Compressed Expanded Natural Graphite/Phase Change Material Composites

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    Mallow, Anne M [ORNL; Abdelaziz, Omar [ORNL; Graham, Samuel [Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    2016-01-01

    The thermal charging performance of phase change materials, specifically paraffin wax, combined with compressed expanded natural graphite foam is studied under constant heat flux and constant temperature conditions. By varying the heat flux between 0.39 W/cm2 and 1.55 W/cm2 or maintaining a boundary temperature of 60 C for four graphite foam bulk densities, the impact on the rate of thermal energy storage is discussed. Thermal charging experiments indicate that thermal conductivity of the composite is an insufficient metric to compare the influence of graphite foam on the rate of thermal energy storage of the PCM composite. By dividing the latent heat of the composite by the time to melt for various boundary conditions and graphite foam bulk densities, it is determined that bulk density selection is dependent on the applied boundary condition. A greater bulk density is advantageous for samples exposed to a constant temperature near the melting temperature as compared to constant heat flux conditions where a lower bulk density is adequate. Furthermore, the anisotropic nature of graphite foam bulk densities greater than 50 kg/m3 is shown to have an insignificant impact on the rate of thermal charging. These experimental results are used to validate a computational model for future use in the design of thermal batteries for waste heat recovery.

  16. Phase change Materials (PCM) microcapsules with different shell compositions: Preparation, characterization and thermal stability

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    Bayes-Garcia, L.; Ventola, L.; Cordobilla, R.; Benages, R.; Calvet, T.; Cuevas-Diarte, M.A. [Departament de Cristal.lografia, Mineralogia i Diposits Minerals, Facultat de Geologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques s/n, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-07-15

    In this study, phase change materials (Rubitherm registered RT 27) microcapsules were successfully obtained by two different methods. The main difference between them remains on the shell composition, as they are composed of different coacervates (Sterilized Gelatine/Arabic Gum for the SG/AG method and Agar-Agar/Arabic Gum for the AA/AG method). Microcapsules were thermally characterized by thermo-optical microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Using scanning electron microscopy, their spherical morphology (sphericity factor of 0.94-0.95) and their particle size distribution were determined, obtaining an average diameter of 12 {mu}m for the SG/AG method and lower values for the AA/AG method, where nanocapsules were also observed (average diameter of 4.3 {mu}m for the microcapsules and 104 nm for the nanocapsules). The thermal stability determination was carried out by Thermogravimetric analyses (TG) and the results show a high decomposition temperature, although the process takes places in four steps for the two mentioned methods. Moreover, the microcapsules obtained by the AA/AG method decompose in a more gradual way, as in the TG results a double step, instead of one, is appreciable. On the whole, the prepared microencapsulated PCM are totally capable of developing their role in thermal energy storage. (author)

  17. Experimental investigations on the cooling of a motorcycle helmet with phase change material (PCM

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    Fok S.C.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The thermal comfort of motorcycle helmet during hot weather is important as it can affect the physiological and psychological condition of the rider. This paper examines the use of phase change material (PCM to cool a motorcycle helmet and presents the experimental investigations on the influences of the simulated solar radiation, wind speed, and heat generation rate on the cooling system. The result shows that the PCM-cooled helmet is able to prolong the thermal comfort period compared to a normal helmet. The findings also indicate that the heat generation from the head is the predominant factor that will affect the PCM melting time. Simulated solar radiation and ram-air due to vehicle motion under adiabatic condition can have very little influences on the PCM melting time. The results suggested that the helmet usage time would be influenced by the amount of heat generated from the head. Some major design considerations based on these findings have been included. Although this investigation focuses on the cooling of a motorcyclist helmet, the findings would also be useful for the development of PCM-cooling systems in other applications.

  18. Shape stabilised phase change materials (SSPCMs): High density polyethylene and hydrocarbon waxes

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    Mu, Mulan, E-mail: mmu01@qub.ac.uk, E-mail: m.basheer@qub.ac.uk; Basheer, P. A. M., E-mail: mmu01@qub.ac.uk, E-mail: m.basheer@qub.ac.uk [School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen' s University Belfast, BT9 5AG (United Kingdom); Bai, Yun, E-mail: yun.bai@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); McNally, Tony, E-mail: t.mcnally@warwick.ac.uk [WMG, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2014-05-15

    Shape stabilised phase change materials (SSPCMs) based on high density polyethylene (HDPE) with high (HPW, T{sub m}=56-58 °C) and low (L-PW, T{sub m}=18-23 °C) melting point waxes were prepared by melt-mixing in a twin-screw extruder and their potential in latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) applications for housing assessed. The structure and morphology of these blends were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both H-PW and L-PW were uniformly distributed throughout the HDPE matrix. The melting point and latent heat of the SSPCMs were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results demonstrated that both H-PW and L-PW have a plasticisation effect on the HDPE matrix. The tensile and flexural properties of the samples were measured at room temperature (RT, 20±2 °C) and 70 °C, respectively. All mechanical properties of HDPE/H-PW and HDPE/L-PW blends decreased from RT to 70 °C. In all instances at RT, modulus and stress, irrespective of the mode of deformation was greater for the HDPE/H-PW blends. However, at 70 °C, there was no significant difference in mechanical properties between the HDPE/H-PW and HDPE/L-PW blends.

  19. On a phase field approach for martensitic transformations in a crystal plastic material at a loaded surface

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    Schmitt, Regina; Kuhn, Charlotte; Müller, Ralf

    2015-06-01

    A continuum phase field model for martensitic transformations is introduced, including crystal plasticity with different slip systems for the different phases. In a 2D setting, the transformation-induced eigenstrain is taken into account for two martensitic orientation variants. With aid of the model, the phase transition and its dependence on the volume change, crystal plastic material behavior, and the inheritance of plastic deformations from austenite to martensite are studied in detail. The numerical setup is motivated by the process of cryogenic turning. The resulting microstructure qualitatively coincides with an experimentally obtained martensite structure. For the numerical calculations, finite elements together with global and local implicit time integration scheme are employed.

  20. Ultrafast optical response of the amorphous and crystalline states of the phase change material Ge2Sb2Te5

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    Miller, T. A.; Rudé, M.; Pruneri, V.; Wall, S.

    2016-07-01

    We examine the ultrafast optical response of the crystalline and amorphous phases of the phase change material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) below the phase transformation threshold. Simultaneous measurement of the transmissivity and reflectivity of thin film samples yields the time-dependent evolution of the dielectric function for both phases. We then identify how lattice motion and electronic excitation manifest in the dielectric response. The dielectric response of both phases is large but markedly different. At 800 nm, the changes in amorphous GST are well described by the Drude response of the generated photocarriers, whereas the crystalline phase is better described by the depopulation of resonant bonds. We find that the generated coherent phonons have a greater influence in the amorphous phase than the crystalline phase. Furthermore, coherent phonons do not influence resonant bonding. For fluences up to 50% of the transformation threshold, the structure does not exhibit bond softening in either phase, enabling large changes of the optical properties without structural modification.

  1. Numerical analysis of melting of nano-enhanced phase change material in latent heat thermal energy storage system

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    Kashani Sina; Lakzian Esmail; Lakzian Kazem; Mastiani Mohammad

    2014-01-01

    The heat transfer enhancement in the latent heat thermal energy storage system through dispersion of nanoparticle is reported. The resulting nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity in comparison to the base material. Calculation is performed for nanoparticle volume fraction from 0 to 0.08. In this study rectangular and cylindrical containers are modeled numerically and the effect of containers dimensions and nano p...

  2. Improved measurement technique for the characterization of organic and inorganic phase change materials using the T-history method

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    Stankovic, S. B.; Kyriacou, P. A.

    2013-01-01

    In the past decade, the interest in phase change materials (PCMs) has grown significantly due to their ability to store large amounts of thermal energy in relatively small temperature intervals. Accurate knowledge of thermo-physical properties is a prerequisite for any reliable utilization of these materials. The T-history method is widely used for the investigation of PCM. This paper presents an improved measurement technique for the characterization of PCM using the T-history method. The su...

  3. Nano-Phase Powder Based Exothermic Braze Repair Technology For RCC Materials Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Phase II project will advance innovative, cost effective and reliable nano-phase exothermic RCC joining processes (ExoBrazeTM) in order to be able to reinforce...

  4. Partitioning of fresh crude oil between floating, dispersed and sediment phases: Effect of exposure order to dispersant and granular materials.

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    Boglaienko, Daria; Tansel, Berrin

    2016-06-15

    When three or more high and low energy substrates are mixed, wetting order can significantly affect the behavior of the mixture. We analyzed the phase distribution of fresh floating Louisiana crude oil into dispersed, settled and floating phases depending on the exposure sequence to Corexit 9500A (dispersant) and granular materials. In the experiments artificial sea water at salinity 34‰ was used. Limestone (2.00-0.300 mm) and quartz sand (0.300-0.075 mm) were used as the natural granular materials. Dispersant Corexit 9500A increased the amount of dispersed oil up to 33.76 ± 7.04%. Addition of granular materials after the dispersant increased dispersion of oil to 47.96 ± 1.96%. When solid particles were applied on the floating oil before the dispersant, oil was captured as oil-particle aggregates and removed from the floating layer. However, dispersant addition led to partial release of the captured oil, removing it from the aggregated form to the dispersed and floating phases. There was no visible oil aggregation with the granular materials when quartz or limestone was at the bottom of the flask before the addition of oil and dispersant. The results show that granular materials can be effective when applied from the surface for aggregating or dispersing oil. However, the granular materials in the sediments are not effective neither for aggregating nor dispersing floating oil. PMID:27019358

  5. New methods and materials for solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography

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    Dumont, P.J.

    1996-04-23

    This paper describes methods for solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The following are described: Effects of Resin Sulfonation on the Retention of Polar Organic Compounds in Solid Phase Extraction; Ion-Chromatographic Separation of Alkali Metals In Non-Aqueous Solvents; Cation-Exchange Chromatography in Non-Aqueous Solvents; and Silicalite As a Stationary Phase For HPLC.

  6. Application of HTSC-ferroelectric material structures in cooled SHF phase shifters

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    A possibility is considered of developing SHF phase shifters on the base of dielectric nonlinearity of strontium titanate with conducting surfaces from a high-temperature superconductor. Estimations are fulfilled of the quality factor of a phase shifter on the base of structures of HTSC-ferroelectric. Comparison of the proposed phase shifter with semiconducting and superconducting ones shows prospects of the ferroelectric device

  7. Numerical simulation of phase change material composite wallboard in a multi-layered building envelope

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    Highlights: ► A numerical method to study the heat transfer through a PCM composite wallboard is presented. ► PCM wallboard can reduce energy consumption and shift peak electricity load. ► There is an optimal location for the PCM wallboard in the building envelop. ► The PCM wallboard performance depends on weather conditions. - Abstract: Phase change materials (PCMs) have the capability to store/release massive latent heat when undergoing phase change. When impregnated or encapsulated into wallboard or concrete systems, PCMs can greatly enhance their thermal energy storage capacity and effective thermal mass. When used in the building envelope PCM wallboard has the potential to improve building operation by reducing the energy requirement for maintaining thermal comfort, downsizing the AC/heating equipment, and shifting the peak load from the electrical grid. In this work we numerically studied the potential of PCM on energy saving for residential homes. For that purpose we solved the one-dimensional, transient heat equation through the multi-layered building envelope using the Crank–Nicolson discretization scheme. A source term is incorporated to account for the thermal-physical properties of the composite PCM wallboard. Using this code we examined a PCM composite wallboard incorporated into the walls and roof of a typical residential building across various climate zones. The PCM performance was studied under all seasonal conditions using the latest typical meteorological year (TMY3) data for exterior boundary conditions. Our simulations show that PCM performance highly depends on the weather conditions, emphasizing the necessity to choose different PCMs at different climate zones. Comparisons were also made between different PCM wallboard locations. Our work shows that there exists an optimal location for PCM placement within building envelope dependent upon the resistance values between the PCM layer and the exterior boundary conditions. We further

  8. HEAT STORAGE SYSTEM WITH PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS IN COGENERATION UNITS: STUDY OF PRELIMINARY MODEL

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    Claudio Caprara

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The continuous increase in the mechanization of farm activities, the rise in fuel prices and the environmental aspects concerning gas emissions are the main driving forces behind efforts toward more effective use of renewable energy sources and cogeneration systems even in agricultural and cattle farms. Nevertheless these systems are still not very suitable for this purpose because of their little flexibility in following the changing energy demand as opposed to the extremely various farm load curves, both in daytime and during the year. In heat recovery systems, the available thermal energy supply is always linked to power production, thus it does not usually coincide in time with the heat demand. Hence some form of thermal energy storage (TES is necessary in order to reach the most effective utilization of the energy source. This study deals with the modelling of a packed bed latent heat TES unit, integrating a cogeneration system made up of a reciprocating engine. The TES unit contains phase change materials (PCMs filled in spherical capsules, which are packed in an insulated cylindrical storage tank. Water is used as heat transfer fluid (HTF to transfer heat from the tank to the final uses, and exhausts from the engine are used as thermal source. PCMs are considered especially for their large heat storage capacity and their isothermal behaviour during the phase change processes. Despite their high energy storage density, most of them have an unacceptably low thermal conductivity, hence PCMs encapsulation technique is adopted in order to improve heat transfer. The special modular configuration of heat exchange tubes and the possibility of changing water flow through them allow to obtain the right amount of thermal energy from the tank, according to the hourly demand of the day. The model permits to choose the electrical load of the engine, the dimensions of the tank and the spheres, thickness and diameter of heat exchanger and the nature of

  9. Fatty acid esters-based composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage in buildings

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    In this study, fatty acid esters-based composite phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage were prepared by blending erythritol tetrapalmitate (ETP) and erythritol tetrastearate (ETS) with diatomite and expanded perlite (EP). The maximum incorporation percentage for ETP and ETS into diatomite and EP was found to be 57 wt% and 62 wt%, respectively without melted PCM seepage from the composites. The morphologies and compatibilities of the composite PCMs were structurally characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transformation infrared (FT–IR) analysis techniques. Thermal energy storage properties of the composite PCMs were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. The DSC analyses results indicated that the composite PCMs were good candidates for building applications in terms of their large latent heat values and suitable phase change temperatures. The thermal cycling test including 1000 melting and freezing cycling showed that composite PCMs had good thermal reliability and chemical stability. TG analysis revealed that the composite PCMs had good thermal durability above their working temperature ranges. Moreover, in order to improve the thermal conductivity of the composite PCMs, the expanded graphite (EG) was added to them at different mass fractions (2%, 5%, and 10%). The best results were obtained for the composite PCMs including 5wt% EG content in terms of the increase in thermal conductivity values and the decrease amount in latent heat capacity. The improvement in thermal conductivity values of ETP/Diatomite, ETS/Diatomite, ETP/EP and ETS/EP were found to be about 68%, 57%, 73% and 75%, respectively. Highlights: ► Fatty acid esters-based composite PCMs were prepared by blending ETP and ETS with diatomite and expanded perlite. ► The composite PCMs were characterized by using SEM, FT–IR, DSC and TG analysis methods. ► The DSC results indicated that the composites PCMs had good thermal

  10. Experimental and numerical study of phase transition of LiFePO 4 material in lithium ion batteries

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    Siddique, Md Noor E. Alam

    Phase transition behavior of LiFePO4 material has been studied in this work. During electrochemical charge/discharge processes, LiFePO 4 transforms into FePO4 and this electrochemically driven phase transition of the two-phase system results in a potential plateau in a battery discharge curve. Besides, battery performance, especially under high rates, depends critically on this two-phase transition. However, this phase transition mechanism in the LiFePO4 crystal structure has yet not been understood in details. Developing better understanding is essential for designing high performing, safe and stable batteries. Currently available phase transition models for LiFePO4, such as the classical `core-shrinking model' and recently the `domino cascade model', have shed lights on the phase transition mechanism, however, with somewhat contradicting conclusions. The former predicted a continuous phase transition between LiFePO4 and FePO4 within an individual particle. In contrast, the latter, based on the fact of anisotropic diffusion of Li, provided a microscopically heterogeneous picture of phase transition: phase transition is abrupt, and de-lithiated and lithiated particles co-exist in a battery electrode. To achieve a better understanding of the two-phase transition phenomena, two specially designed sophisticated methods, i.e., in-situ Raman spectroscopy and in-situ X-ray Diffraction (XRD), have been developed in this work. The particle level phase transition of LiFePO4 was probed in the in-situ Raman study. Under slow-rate discharge/charge, it was found that the particles were either fully transformed or untransformed indicating that the phase transition in LiFePO4 material was not uniform at the particle level. Electronic conductivity and local electrode microstructure determined the preferred sequence of phase transition of the particles. This study also revealed that non-equilibrium phase transition occurred as a result of delayed phase transition. The in-situ XRD

  11. The experimental exploration of nano-Si3N4/paraffin on thermal behavior of phase change materials

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    Highlights: • A new high thermal conductivity phase change materials. • Experimental study of strengthening thermal conductivity of phase change materials. • Theoretical analyses of thermal conductivity and crystallization. • Increased latent heat of phase change materials. - Abstract: In this study, nano-Si3N4 was employed to enhance thermal performance of phase change materials (PCMs), and a new formula was proposed to explain the relationship between the thermal conductivity and the latent heat. Ultrasonically stirred, the composite PCMs were prepared at 80 °C with different additional rate (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10wt%). The experimental results showed that the thermal conductivity of composite PCMs increased with the increasing Si3N4 loading contents, and the thermal conductivity increased by 35% while the thermal diffusivity increased by 47% at 10wt% Si3N4 additional fraction. Additionally, there was an interesting phenomenon. The latent heat of the composite PCMs at 1wt% addition rate was 3.4% higher than that of paraffin, that has been rarely reported in articles. An explanation was provided from crystallography and thermodynamic. A calculation method was also performed with relative errors in the range of 5.68%

  12. Preparation and characterization of flame retardant form-stable phase change materials composed by EPDM, paraffin and nano magnesium hydroxide

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    Paraffin, one of the important thermal energy storage materials, possesses various desirable characteristics (e.g. high heat of fusion, variable phase change temperature, self-nucleating, no phase segregation and low cost), but has low thermal stability and is flammable. In the current study, form-stable phase change materials (PCMs) based on EPDM (supported material), paraffin (dispersed phase change material), nano structured magnesium hydroxide (nano-MH) and red phosphorus (RP) with various compositions were prepared. The self-synthesized nano-MH has a kind of lamellar structure with good dispersal as characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The constructional morphology, thermal stability, latent heat and flame retardant properties of as-prepared form-stable PCM blends were evaluated by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and limited oxygen index (LOI) tester, respectively. The SEM and DSC results show that addition of nano-MH and RP has no apparent negative effect on EPDM/paraffin three dimensional netted structures and latent heat. The TGA curves indicate that inducing the nano-MH into the form-stable PCM blends leads to the reinforcement of thermal stability, increasing the amount of char residuals at 700 oC thereby improving the flame retarding performance.

  13. Verification and Validation of EnergyPlus Conduction Finite Difference and Phase Change Material Models for Opaque Wall Assemblies

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    Tabares-Velasco, Paulo Cesar [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Christensen, Craig [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Bianchi, Marcus [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Booten, Chuck [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2012-07-01

    Phase change materials (PCMs) represent a potential technology to reduce peak loads and HVAC energy consumption in buildings. There are few building energy simulation programs that have the capability to simulate PCM but their accuracy has not been completely tested. This report summarizes NREL efforts to develop diagnostic tests cases to obtain accurate energy simulations when PCMs are modeled in residential buildings.

  14. Physical and mechanical characterization of gypsum boards containing phase change materials for latent heat storage

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    Oliver-Ramírez, A.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the design and manufacture of a gypsum board which, despite its 45 % wt content of phase change materials, meets the minimum physical and mechanical requirements laid down in the legislation on gypsum plasters (Spanish and European standard UNE EN 13279 and Spanish specifications for gypsum acceptance, RY 85. Under this design, a one-metre square, 1.5-cm thick board contains 4.75 kg of PCM, much more than in any prior drylining (the maximum attained to date is 3 kg per m2. The mechanical and physical characteristics of this new composite were previously improved with two joint-action additives: polypropylene fibres and melamine formaldehyde as a dispersing agent. In the 20-30 ºC temperature range, a gypsum board 1.5 cm thick containing this percentage of PCMs can store five times more thermal energy than conventional plasterboard of the same thickness, and the same amount of energy as half-foot hollow brick masonry.

    En esta investigación se ha diseñado y fabricado un panel de escayola que incorpora un 45% en peso de material de cambio de fase, manteniendo las propiedades físicas y mecánicas exigidas en la normativa de aplicación para yesos de construcción (UNE EN 13279 y referencias a la RY 85. Así, un panel de 1,0 m2 y 1,5 cm de espesor, contiene 4,75 kg de PCM, cantidad muy superior a la conseguida hasta la fecha (3 kg/m2. Para ello se ha mejorado previamente sus prestaciones mecánicas y físicas mediante adiciones binarias: fibras de polipropileno y dispersión de melanina formaldehído. Este porcentaje es capaz de almacenar en 1,5 cm de espesor cinco veces la energía térmica de un panel de cartón yeso con el mismo espesor y la misma cantidad que una fábrica de 1/2 pie de ladrillo hueco, en el rango de temperaturas próximas a la de confort (20-30 ºC.

  15. Novel metallic alloys as phase change materials for heat storage in direct steam generation applications

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    Nieto-Maestre, J.; Iparraguirre-Torres, I.; Velasco, Z. Amondarain; Kaltzakorta, I.; Zubieta, M. Merchan

    2016-05-01

    of these proposed eutectic alloys are too high for currently available DSG solar fields, for instance the Mg49-Zn51 alloy melts at 342°C requiring saturated steam pressures above 160 bar to charge the TES unit. Being aware of this, novel eutectic metallic alloys have been designed reducing the Tms to the range between 285°C and 330°C (79bar and 145bar of charging steam pressure respectively) with ΔHfs between 150 and 170 J/g, and thus achieving metallic Phase Change Materials (PCM) suitable for the available DSG technologies.

  16. Theory and measurement of properties of two-phase materials in the plastic-viscous deformation range

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    An extensive literature survey shows, that theoretical equations available are inadequate to predict the viscosity of suspensions without limitation of the concentration of the dispersed phase, the shape and orientation of the suspended particles. Based on physically derived and experimentally verified equations for the theoretical prediction of transport and/or field properties of solid two-phase materials with penetration structure, an attempt has been made to predict the viscosity of suspensions and the high temperature creep of two-phase solid materials with the aid of so-called structure parameters. The justification for the treatment of the problem in such a way is given by the consideration of the viscocity as a transport property and by the existing analogies between viscous and viscoplastic deformation. (orig./RW)

  17. Phase Change Materials: Technology Status and Potential Defence Applications (Review Papers

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    Ravindra Kumar

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials (PCM are being utilised world over for energy storage and temperature smoothening applications. Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ has initiated a R&D programme to apply PCM in solving many heat related problems being faced by Indian forces during desert operations specially failure of mission-critical components. Under the programme, special organic PCM (Patent application no. 2258/DEL/2007 and low melting metal alloys have been developed well tuned to desert diurnal cycle. The PCM panels, when applied as an internal lining in buildings, structures and vehicles can moderate the extreme temperature within human tolerable range (below 40 °C without the use of any external power for cooling. The panels can also act as power saver in air conditioned buildings. A cool vest has also been developed with chargeable PCM packs to provide comfortable microenvironment to a soldier on field duty (below 30 °C for 2-3 hrs. To improve reliability of mission critical electronic instruments during desert operation, technology of absorptive PCM heat sinks is under development at DLJ. The special heat sink will absorb heat generated by component for critical mission (up to 1 hr independent of environment temperature and thus ensure smooth functioning of critical components even in extreme hot conditions. In present paper status of PCM technology world over has been reviewed along with the brief account of research on PCM at DLJ.Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(6, pp.576-582, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.61.363

  18. Heat transfer and thermal management of electric vehicle batteries with phase change materials

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    Ramandi, M. Y.; Dincer, I.; Naterer, G. F.

    2011-07-01

    This paper examines a passive thermal management system for electric vehicle batteries, consisting of encapsulated phase change material (PCM) which melts during a process to absorb the heat generated by a battery. A new configuration for the thermal management system, using double series PCM shells, is analyzed with finite volume simulations. A combination of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and second law analysis is used to evaluate and compare the new system against the single PCM shells. Using a finite volume method, heat transfer in the battery pack is examined and the results are used to analyse the exergy losses. The simulations provide design guidelines for the thermal management system to minimize the size and cost of the system. The thermal conductivity and melting temperature are studied as two important parameters in the configuration of the shells. Heat transfer from the surroundings to the PCM shell in a non-insulated case is found to be infeasible. For a single PCM system, the exergy efficiency is below 50%. For the second case for other combinations, the exergy efficiencies ranged from 30-40%. The second shell content did not have significant influence on the exergy efficiencies. The double PCM shell system showed higher exergy efficiencies than the single PCM shell system (except a case for type PCM-1). With respect to the reference environment, it is found that in all cases the exergy efficiencies decreased, when the dead-state temperatures rises, and the destroyed exergy content increases gradually. For the double shell systems for all dead-state temperatures, the efficiencies were very similar. Except for a dead-state temperature of 302 K, with the other temperatures, the exergy efficiencies for different combinations are well over 50%. The range of exergy efficiencies vary widely between 15 and 85% for a single shell system, and between 30-80% for double shell systems.

  19. Modeling and simulation of a phase change material system for improving summer comfort in domestic residence

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    Highlights: • Modeling of a PCM/air ventilation system. • Sizing of PCM system units. • Simulation in TRNSYS of the system connected to a house and enhancement of the summer comfort. - Abstract: In the current context of thermal improvement in the building sector, research of new solutions to integrate to the retrofitting process is an essential step in the way of saving energy. With the purpose of maintaining or improving the summer comfort after a retrofitting in a residential building, Phase Change Materials (PCM) could be used to bring enough inertia to use the freshness of night for cooling during the warmest hour in the day. Passive solutions of PCM integration have demonstrated their limited benefits. Using PCM in the way proposed in this article goes through the design of a PCM/air system able to store latent heat. This unit is coupled to the ventilation system to ensure that the heat transfers between the ventilated air and the PCM stock are forced convection and then higher than the ones with natural convection. The fusion and solidification temperature for the PCM needs to be carefully chosen to allow the latent heat storage. To analyze the behavior of such a system in a retrofitted house with the climate of 4 different French cities, simulations in different configurations have been carried out. According to these climates, we analyze the necessary conditions for the improvement of efficiency of PCM use. Also, the appropriate PCM melting temperature range is defined with corresponding existing PCM characteristics. After, optimal thickness is obtained considering the diurnal temperature evolutions. The TRNSYS software runs the modeled house, coupled with Matlab for the PCM/air system model. The number of units of such a system can be changed and adapted to the different climates. Results are expressed in terms of percentage of the time when the indoor operative temperature reaches a certain level. Comparisons are made with classical systems without

  20. Thermal characteristics of non-edible oils as phase change materials candidate to application of air conditioning chilled water system

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    Irsyad, M.; Indartono, Y. S.; Suwono, A.; Pasek, A. D.

    2015-09-01

    The addition of phase change material in the secondary refrigerant has been able to reduce the energy consumption of air conditioning systems in chilled water system. This material has a high thermal density because its energy is stored as latent heat. Based on material melting and freezing point, there are several non-edible oils that can be studied as a phase change material candidate for the application of chilled water systems. Forests and plantations in Indonesia have great potential to produce non-edible oil derived from the seeds of the plant, such as; Calophyllum inophyllum, Jatropha curcas L, and Hevea braziliensis. Based on the melting temperature, these oils can further studied to be used as material mixing in the secondary refrigerant. Thermal characteristics are obtained from the testing of T-history, Differential Scanning Calorimetric (DSC) and thermal conductivity materials. Test results showed an increase in the value of the latent heat when mixed with water with the addition of surfactant. Thermal characteristics of each material of the test results are shown completely in discussion section of this article.

  1. Preparation and characterization of form-stable paraffin/polyurethane composites as phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Highlights: • Paraffin/polyurethane composite as form-stable phase change material was prepared by bulk polymerization. • Paraffin/polyurethane composite possesses typical character of dual phase transition. • Total latent heat of n-eicosane/PUPCM is as high as 141.2 J/g. • Maximum encapsulation ratio for n-octadecane/PUPCM composites is 25% w/w. - Abstract: Polyurethane phase change material (PUPCM) has been demonstrated to be effective solid–solid phase change material for thermal energy storage. However, the high cost and complex process on preparation of PUPCMs with high enthalpy and broad phase transition temperature range can prohibit industrial-scale applications. In this work, a series of novel form-stable paraffin/PUPCMs composites (n-octadecane/PUPCM, n-eicosane/PUPCM and paraffin wax/PUPCM) with high enthalpy and broad phase transition temperature range (20–65 °C) were directly synthesized via bulk polymerization. The composites were prepared at different mass fractions of n-octadecane (10, 20, 25, 30% w/w). The results indicated that the maximum encapsulation ratio for n-octadecane/PUPCM10000 composites was around 25% w/w. The chemical structure and crystalline properties of these composites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), polarizing optical microscopy (POM), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). Thermal properties and thermal reliability of the composites were determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). From DSC analysis, the composites showed a typical dual phase change temperature. The enthalpy for the composite with 25% w/w n-eicosane was as high as 141.2 J/g. TGA analysis indicated that the composites degraded at considerably high temperatures. The process of preparation of PUPCMs and their composites was very simple, inexpensive, environmental friendly and easy to process into desired shapes, which could find the promising applications in solar

  2. Numerical analysis of melting of nano-enhanced phase change material in latent heat thermal energy storage system

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    Kashani Sina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The heat transfer enhancement in the latent heat thermal energy storage system through dispersion of nanoparticle is reported. The resulting nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity in comparison to the base material. Calculation is performed for nanoparticle volume fraction from 0 to 0.08. In this study rectangular and cylindrical containers are modeled numerically and the effect of containers dimensions and nano particle volume fraction are studied. It has been found that the rectangular container requires half of the melting time as for the cylindrical container of the same volume and the same heat transfer area and also, higher nano particle volume fraction result in a larger solid fraction. The increase of the heat release rate of the nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials shows its great potential for diverse thermal energy storage application.

  3. Temperature-dependent thermal properties of a paraffin phase change material embedded with herringbone style graphite nanofibers

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    Highlights: • The thermal properties of a PCM with nanofibers are determined. • The solid-phase thermal conductivity scales exponentially with volume fraction. • The liquid-phase thermal conductivity is only enhanced beyond a critical percolation threshold. • The nanoscale interface resistance depends on the nanoparticle’s dimensionality. • The thermal diffusivity and volumetric heat capacity of the nanoenhanced PCMs are found. - Abstract: In many studies, carbon nanoparticles with high values of thermal conductivity (10–3000 W/m K) have been embedded into phase change thermal energy storage materials (PCMs) in order to enhance their bulk thermal properties. While a great deal of work to date has focused on determining the effect of these nanoparticles on a PCM’s solid phase thermal properties, little is known about their effect on its liquid phase thermal properties. Thus, in this study, the effect of implanting randomly oriented herringbone style graphite nanofibers (HGNF, average diameter = 100 nm, average length = 20 μm) on the bulk thermal properties of an organic paraffin PCM (IGI 1230A, Tmelt = 329.15 K) in both the solid and liquid phase is quantified. The bulk thermal conductivity, volumetric heat capacity and thermal diffusivity of HGNF/PCM nanocomposites are obtained as a function of temperature and HGNF volume loading level. It is found that the property enhancement varies significantly depending on the material phase. In order to explain the difference between solid and liquid phase thermal properties, heat flow at the nanoparticle–PCM and nanoparticle–nanoparticle interfaces is examined as a function of HGNF loading level and temperature. To do this, the solid and liquid phase thermal boundary resistances (TBRs) between the nanoparticles and the surrounding PCM and/or between contacting nanoparticles are found. Results suggest that the TBR at the HGNF–PCM interface is nearly double the TBR across the HGNF–HGNF interface in

  4. On metallic gratings coated conformally with isotropic negative-phase-velocity materials

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    Inchaussandague, Marina E. [GEA-Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon I, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); CONICET-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Rivadavia 1917, Buenos Aires (Argentina)], E-mail: mei@df.uba.ar; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh [CATMAS-Computational and Theoretical Materials Sciences Group, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-6812 (United States)], E-mail: akhlesh@psu.edu; Depine, Ricardo A. [GEA-Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon I, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); CONICET-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Rivadavia 1917, Buenos Aires (Argentina)], E-mail: rdep@df.uba.ar

    2008-03-31

    Application of the differential method (also called the C method) to plane-wave diffraction by a perfectly conducting, sinusoidally corrugated metallic grating coated with a linear, homogeneous, isotropic, lossless dielectric-magnetic material shows that coating materials with negative index of refraction may deliver enhanced maximum nonspecular reflection efficiencies in comparison to coating materials with positive index of refraction.

  5. Formation and emissions of carbonyls during and following gas-phase ozonation of indoor materials

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    Poppendieck, D.G.; Hubbard, H.F.; Weschler, Charles J.;

    2007-01-01

    during an ozonation event is a function of both the total surface area of the material and the BOBP emission rate per unit area of material. Ceiling tile, carpet, office partition, and gypsum wallboard with flat latex paint often have large surface areas in commercial buildings and these same materials...

  6. Broadband Phonon Scattering in PbTe-based Materials Driven Near the Peierls Phase Transition by Strain or Alloying

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    Savic, Ivana; Murphy, Ronan; Murray, Eamonn; Fahy, Stephen

    Efficient thermoelectric energy conversion is highly desirable as 60% of the consumed energy is wasted as heat. Low lattice thermal conductivity is one of the key factors leading to high thermoelectric efficiency of a material. However, the major obstacle in the design of such materials is the difficulty in efficiently scattering phonons across the frequency spectrum. Using first principles calculations, we predict that driving PbTe materials close to a Peierls-like phase transition could be a powerful strategy to solve this problem. We illustrate this concept by applying tensile [001] strain to PbTe and its alloys with another rock-salt IV-VI material, PbSe; and by alloying PbTe with a IV-VI Peierls-distorted material, GeTe. This induces extremely soft optical modes, which increase acoustic-optical phonon coupling and decrease phonon lifetimes at all frequencies. We show that PbTe, Pb(Se,Te) and (Pb,Ge)Te alloys driven near the phase transition in the described manner could have the lattice thermal conductivity considerably lower than that of PbTe. The proposed concept may open new opportunities for the development of more efficient thermoelectric materials. This work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Marie-Curie Action COFUND under Starting Investigator Research Grant 11/SIRG/E2113.

  7. Study on preparation and thermal properties of sodium nitrate/silica composite as shape-stabilized phase change material

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    Highlights: • The NaNO3/SiO2 composite was prepared as shape-stabilized PCM by sol–gel process. • The composite had good thermal energy storage and release ability. • The latent heat was increased with the increase of the roasting temperature. - Abstract: A sodium nitrate (NaNO3)/silica (SiO2) composite was prepared as a shape-stabilized phase change material by a sol–gel procedure. In this composite, NaNO3 acted as the phase change material and SiO2 was used as the supporting material. The maximal weight percentage of NaNO3 in the composite was determined to be 60 wt.%. The chemical composition, morphology, structure and thermal properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and Laser thermal conductivity meter. The DSC results indicated that the enthalpies of melting and freezing of the NaNO3/SiO2 (60 wt.% NaNO3) composite were 108 kJ/kg and 110 kJ/kg, and the corresponding temperatures of the phase transition were 302 °C and 300 °C, respectively. In the temperature range of lower than 500 °C the phase change enthalpy of the composite was increased with the increase of the roasting temperature

  8. Study on preparation and thermal properties of sodium nitrate/silica composite as shape-stabilized phase change material

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    Guo, Qiang [State Key Lab of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Postdoctoral Work Station, Shenhua Group Corporation Limited, Beijing 100011 (China); Wang, Tao, E-mail: taowang@tsinghua.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-08-10

    Highlights: • The NaNO{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} composite was prepared as shape-stabilized PCM by sol–gel process. • The composite had good thermal energy storage and release ability. • The latent heat was increased with the increase of the roasting temperature. - Abstract: A sodium nitrate (NaNO{sub 3})/silica (SiO{sub 2}) composite was prepared as a shape-stabilized phase change material by a sol–gel procedure. In this composite, NaNO{sub 3} acted as the phase change material and SiO{sub 2} was used as the supporting material. The maximal weight percentage of NaNO{sub 3} in the composite was determined to be 60 wt.%. The chemical composition, morphology, structure and thermal properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and Laser thermal conductivity meter. The DSC results indicated that the enthalpies of melting and freezing of the NaNO{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} (60 wt.% NaNO{sub 3}) composite were 108 kJ/kg and 110 kJ/kg, and the corresponding temperatures of the phase transition were 302 °C and 300 °C, respectively. In the temperature range of lower than 500 °C the phase change enthalpy of the composite was increased with the increase of the roasting temperature.

  9. Asymmetric induced cubic nonlinearities in homogeneous and quasi-phase-matched quadratic materials: signature and importance

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    Bang, Ole; Corney, Joel Frederick

    2001-01-01

    In continuous-wave operation asymmetric induced nonlinearities induce an intensity-dependent phase mismatch that implies a nonzero so-called separatrix intensity, the crossing of which changes the one-period phase shift of the fundamental by Pi , with obvious use in switching applications...

  10. Novel materials and methods for solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography

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    Ambrose, D.

    1997-06-24

    This report contains a general introduction which discusses solid-phase extraction and solid-phase micro-extraction as sample preparation techniques for high-performance liquid chromatography, which is also evaluated in the study. This report also contains the Conclusions section. Four sections have been removed and processed separately: silicalite as a sorbent for solid-phase extraction; a new, high-capacity carboxylic acid functionalized resin for solid-phase extraction; semi-micro solid-phase extraction of organic compounds from aqueous and biological samples; and the high-performance liquid chromatographic determination of drugs and metabolites in human serum and urine using direct injection and a unique molecular sieve.

  11. A eutectic mixture of galactitol and mannitol as a phase change material for latent heat storage

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    Graphical abstract: Cyclic stability of the eutectic mixture of galactitol and D-mannitol. - Highlights: • A eutectic mixture of galactitol/mannitol was studied as a phase change material. • The eutectic mixture featured a low melting point and a high heat of fusion. • The eutectic mixture showed high cyclic and chemical stability under an atmosphere of nitrogen. • The subcooling of the eutectic mixture was improved by adding nucleating agents. - Abstract: The thermophysical properties of mixtures of galactitol and mannitol were examined via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis. The aforementioned sugars were found to form a eutectic mixture at a 30:70 molar ratio of galactitol and manntitol, and displayed a melting point of 153 °C while maintaining a high latent heat of fusion (ΔHfus = 292 J g−1). The XRD data revealed that the eutectic mixture contained the α, β, and δ forms of mannitol with the δ form being the major component. By varying the temperature ramp rates utilized in the DSC measurements from 0.5 °C min−1 to 20 °C min−1, the heat of crystallization as well as the crystallization temperature increased (c.f., ΔHcrys: 64 J g−1 → 197 J g−1; Tc: 68 °C → 105 °C). In addition, the temperature and the enthalpy of crystallization were also improved by up to 34% through the addition of small quantities (up to 0.5 wt%) of nucleating agents, such as graphite powder or silver iodide. After 100 heating/cooling cycles under an atmosphere of nitrogen, the heat of fusion of the eutectic mixture decreased by only 4% with no change in the melting point, and the mixture appeared to be chemically stable according to a Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic analysis. Collectively, these data indicate that the eutectic mixture exhibits excellent cyclic stability under ambient atmospheres and offers potential for use in thermal energy storage applications

  12. Research & Development of Materials/Processing Methods for Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites (CFCC) Phase 2 Final Report.

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    Szweda, A.

    2001-01-01

    The Department of Energy's Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites (CFCC) Initiative that begun in 1992 has led the way for Industry, Academia, and Government to carry out a 10 year R&D plan to develop CFCCs for these industrial applications. In Phase II of this program, Dow Corning has led a team of OEM's, composite fabricators, and Government Laboratories to develop polymer derived CFCC materials and processes for selected industrial applications. During this phase, Dow Corning carried extensive process development and representative component demonstration activities on gas turbine components, chemical pump components and heat treatment furnace components.

  13. Application of phase equilibria and chemical thermodynamics to the preparation, farbiration, and performance of advanced fast reactor fuel materials

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    Described are some phase equilibria and chemical thermodynamics of systems relevant to the production and operation of the so-called ''advanced'' fast breeder reactor fuels. The systems discussed include UPu carbides, nitrides, oxycarbides and carbonitrides. Some examples of the application of these phase equilibria to the preparation, fabrication and behaviour of the materials in temperature gradients appropriate to reactor conditions are presented. Finally, aspects of the complex four and five component, U-C-O-N and U-Pu-C-O-N systems are discussed, a detailed knowledge of which is required for an analysis of advanced fuel behaviour

  14. Heat Storage Performance of the Prefabricated Hollow Core Concrete Deck Element with Integrated Microencapsulated Phase Change Material

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    Pomianowski, Michal Zbigniew; Heiselberg, Per; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2012-01-01

    many emerging buildings. The new concrete deck with microencapsulated PCM is the standard deck on which one more layer with PCM concrete was added and at the same time the latent heat storage was introduced to the construction. The challenge to simulate the performance of the new deck with PCM concrete......The paper presents the numerically calculated dynamic heat storage capacity of the prefabricated hollow core concrete deck element with and without microencapsulated phase change material (PCM). The reference deck is the ordinary deck made of standard concrete material and that is broadly used in...... or the building with such a deck is that the thermal properties of such a new material are not yet well defined. The results presented in the paper include models in which PCM concrete material properties such as thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity were theoretically calculated using...

  15. Asymmetric induced cubic nonlinearities in homogeneous and quasi-phase-matched quadratic materials: signature and importance

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    Bang, Ole; Corney, Joel Frederick

    2001-01-01

    In continuous-wave operation asymmetric induced nonlinearities induce an intensity-dependent phase mismatch that implies a nonzero so-called separatrix intensity, the crossing of which changes the one-period phase shift of the fundamental by Pi , with obvious use in switching applications.......We derived a formula for this QPM-induced separatrix intensity that corrects earlier estimates by a factor of 5.3, and we found the optimum crystal lengths for a flat phase-versus-intensity response on each side of the separatrix...

  16. New nanocrystalline materials: a previously unknown simple cubic phase in the SnS binary system.

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    Rabkin, Alexander; Samuha, Shmuel; Abutbul, Ran E; Ezersky, Vladimir; Meshi, Louisa; Golan, Yuval

    2015-03-11

    We report a new phase in the binary SnS system, obtained as highly symmetric nanotetrahedra. Due to the nanoscale size and minute amounts of these particles in the synthesis yield, the structure was exclusively solved using electron diffraction methods. The atomic model of the new phase (a = 11.7 Å, P2(1)3) was deduced and found to be associated with the rocksalt-type structure. Kramers-Kronig analysis predicted different optical and electronic properties for the new phase, as compared to α-SnS. PMID:25710674

  17. In-Line Phase-Contrast X-ray Imaging and Tomography for Materials Science

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    Sheridan C. Mayo; Stevenson, Andrew W.; Stephen W. Wilkins

    2012-01-01

    X-ray phase-contrast imaging and tomography make use of the refraction of X-rays by the sample in image formation. This provides considerable additional information in the image compared to conventional X-ray imaging methods, which rely solely on X-ray absorption by the sample. Phase-contrast imaging highlights edges and internal boundaries of a sample and is thus complementary to absorption contrast, which is more sensitive to the bulk of the sample. Phase-contrast can also be used to image ...

  18. Flight- and ground-test correlation study of BMDO SDS materials: Phase 1 report

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    Chung, Shirley Y.; Brinza, David E.; Minton, Timothy K.; Stiegman, Albert E.; Kenny, James T.; Liang, Ranty H.

    1993-01-01

    The NASA Evaluation of Oxygen Interactions with Materials-3 (EOIM-3) experiment served as a test bed for a variety of materials that are candidates for Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) space assets. The materials evaluated on this flight experiment were provided by BMDO contractors and technology laboratories. A parallel ground exposure evaluation was conducted using the FAST atomic-oxygen simulation facility at Physical Sciences, Inc. The EOIM-3 materials were exposed to an atomic oxygen fluence of approximately 2.3 x 10(exp 2) atoms/sq. cm. The ground-exposed materials' fluence of 2.0 - 2.5 x 10(exp 2) atoms/sq. cm permits direct comparison of ground-exposed materials' performance with that of the flight-exposed specimens. The results from the flight test conducted aboard STS-46 and the correlative ground exposure are presented in this publication.

  19. Stress engineering for the design of morphotropic phase boundary in piezoelectric material

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    Alkoxide-derived lead zirconate titanate thin films having Zr/Ti = 50/50 to 60/40 compositions with different residual stress conditions were deposited on a Si wafer to clarify the effects of the residual stress on the morphotropic phase boundary shift. The residual stress condition was controlled to − 0.1 to − 0.9 GPa by the design of the buffer layer structure on the Si wafer. Results show that the maximum effective piezoelectric constant d33 was obtained at 58/42 composition under − 0.9 GPa compressive residual stress condition. Moreover, the MPB composition shifted linearly to Zr-rich phase with increasing compressive residual stress. - Highlights: • The residual stress in lead zirconate titanate film on silicon was controlled. • The maximum residual stress in lead zirconate titanate film was − 0.9 GPa. • The morphotropic phase boundary shifted to zirconium rich phase by the strain

  20. Influence of packing material and method on the efficiency of liquid phase water-hydrogen isotope exchange

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    The influence of packing material in the countercurrent catalytic column on the efficiency of liquid phase water-hydrogen isotope exchange is studied. Stainless steel triangle spring packing demonstrates best performance among the tested three hydrophilic packing materials. Pretreatment of the stainless steel packing lowers the height of a mass transfer unit (HTU) by about 50%. The effectiveness of a catalytic column for water-hydrogen isotope exchange is proved to be higher when the column is packed in layers with hydrophilic packing and hydrophobic catalyst in the volume ratio 1:4

  1. Thick phase holographic gratings recorded on BB-640 and PFG-01 silver halide materials

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    Neipp López, Cristian; Márquez Ruiz, Andrés; Pascual Villalobos, Inmaculada; Beléndez Vázquez, Augusto

    2002-01-01

    Photographic emulsions are still widely used to record holographic optical elements. In particular, if high diffraction efficiencies are needed, phase volume holograms are preferably recorded on these emulsions. Two particular techniques producing high-quality volume phase holograms are fixation-free rehalogenating bleaching and the use of silver-halide-sensitized gelatin. In this work we compare these two particular techniques applied to three different red-sensitive emulsions: Agfa 8E75 HD,...

  2. Near-infrared nano-spectroscopy and emission energy control of semiconductor quantum dots using a phase-change material

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    We have proposed a method to achieve near-field imaging spectroscopy of single semiconductor quantum dots with high sensitivity by using an optical mask layer of a phase-change material. Sequential formation and elimination of an amorphous aperture allows imaging spectroscopy with high spatial resolution and high collection efficiency. We present numerical simulation and experimental result that show the effectiveness of this technique. Inspired by this optical mask effect, a new approach which can precisely control the emission energy of semiconductor quantum dots has been proposed. This method uses the volume expansion of a phase change material upon amorphization, which allows reversible emission energy tuning of quantum dots. A photoluminescence spectroscopy of single quantum dots and simulation were conducted to demonstrate and further explore the feasibility of this method

  3. Numerical study of solidification of a nano-enhanced phase change material (NEPCM) in a thermal storage system

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    Kashani, S.; Ranjbar, A. A.; Madani, M. M.; Mastiani, M.; Jalaly, H.

    2013-09-01

    The effects of nanoparticle dispersion on solidification of a Cu- n-hexadecane nanofluid inside a vertical enclosure are investigated numerically for different temperatures of the left vertical wall. An enthalpy porosity technique is used to trace the solid-liquid interface. The resulting nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials (NEPCMs) exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity in comparison to the base material. The effect of the wall temperature and nanoparticle volume fraction are studied in terms of the solid fraction and the shape of the solid-liquid phase front. It has been found that a lower wall temperature and a higher nanoparticle volume fraction result in a larger solid fraction. The increase in the heat release rate of the NEPCM shows its great potential for diverse thermal energy storage applications.

  4. On the heat transfer rate reduction of structural insulated panels (SIPs) outfitted with phase change materials (PCMs)

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    Medina, Mario A. [Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (United States); King, Jennifer B. [Goetting and Associates, San Antonio, TX (United States); Zhang, Meng [Greenheck Fan Corporation, Schofield, WI (United States)

    2008-04-15

    This paper presents a study on the integration of two building technologies into one new unified form for application in residential and small commercial and industrial buildings. Structural insulated panel (SIP) technology was utilized as a structural vehicle, and also for thermal insulation, and phase change materials (PCMs) provided distributed thermal mass. This new type of wall panel was termed phase change material structural insulated panel (PCMSIP). The research conducted during this study provided the foundations for the development of this type of thermally enhanced wall panels and evaluated their thermal performance, based on heat transfer rate reduction, under full weather conditions. On average, the peak heat flux reductions produced by the PCMSIPs in combination with 10% and 20% PCM were 37% and 62%, respectively. The average reductions in daily heat transfer across the PCMSIPs were 33% and 38% for concentrations of 10% and 20% PCM, respectively. The percent PCM concentration was based on the weight of the interior wallboard. (author)

  5. INTERACTION OF A SCREW DISLOCATION WITH AN INTERFACIAL EDGE CRACK IN A TWO-PHASE PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL

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    LIU Jinxi; LIU Ai; JIANG Zhiqing

    2004-01-01

    The interaction of a screw dislocation with an interfacial edge crack in a two-phase piezoelectric medium is investigated. Closed-form solutions of the elastic and electrical fields induced by the screw dislocation are derived using the conformal mapping method in conjunction with the image principle. Based on the electroelastic fields derived, the stress and electric displacement intensity factors, the image force acting on the dislocation are given explicitly. We find that the stress and electric displacement intensity factors depend on the effective electroelastic material constants. In the case where one of two phases is purely elastic, the stress intensity factor and image force are plotted to illustrate the influences of electromechanical coupling effect, the position of the dislocation and the material properties on the interaction mechanism.

  6. Numerical Heat Transfer Studies of a Latent Heat Storage System Containing Nano-Enhanced Phase Change Material

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The heat transfer enhancement in the latent heat thermal energy storage system through dispersion of nanoparticle is reported. The resulting nanoparticle-enhanced phase change materials (NEPCM exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity in comparison to the base material. The effects of nanoparticle volume fraction and some other parameters such as natural convection are studied in terms of solid fraction and the shape of the solid-liquid phase front. It has been found that higher nanoparticle volume fraction result in a larger solid fraction. The present results illustrate that the suspended nanoparticles substantially increase the heat transfer rate and also the nanofluid heat transfer rate increases with an increase in the nanoparticles volume fraction. The increase of the heat release rate of the NEPCM shows its great potential for diverse thermal energy storage application.

  7. Mechanistic Studies Of Combustion And Structure Formation During Combustion Synthesis Of Advanced Materials: Phase Separation Mechanism For Bio-Alloys

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    Varma, A.; Lau, C.; Mukasyan, A.

    2003-01-01

    Among all implant materials, Co-Cr-Mo alloys demonstrate perhaps the most useful balance of resistance to corrosion, fatigue and wear, along with strength and biocompatibility [1]. Currently, these widely used alloys are produced by conventional furnace technology. Owing to high melting points of the main alloy elements (e.g. Tm.p.(Co) 1768 K), high-temperature furnaces and long process times (several hours) are required. Therefore, attempts to develop more efficient and flexible methods for production of such alloys with superior properties are of great interest. The synthesis of materials using combustion phenomena is an advanced approach in powder metallurgy [2]. The process is characterized by unique conditions involving extremely fast heating rates (up to 10(exp 6 K/s), high temperatures (up to 3500 K), and short reaction times (on the order of seconds). As a result, combustion synthesis (CS) offers several attractive advantages over conventional metallurgical processing and alloy development technologies. The foremost is that solely the heat of chemical reaction (instead of an external source) supplies the energy for the synthesis. Also, simple equipment, rather than energy-intensive high-temperature furnaces, is sufficient. This work was devoted to experiments on CS of Co-based alloys by utilizing thermite (metal oxide-reducing metal) reactions, where phase separation subsequently produces materials with tailored compositions and properties. Owing to high reaction exothermicity, the CS process results in a significant increase of temperature (up to 3000 C), which is higher than melting points of all products. Since the products differ in density, phase separation may be a gravitydriven process: the heavy (metallic phase) settles while the light (slag) phase floats. The goal was to determine if buoyancy is indeed the major mechanism that controls phase segregation.

  8. Grism compressor for carrier-envelope phase-stable millijoule-energy chirped pulse amplifier lasers featuring bulk material stretcher.

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    Ricci, A; Jullien, A; Forget, N; Crozatier, V; Tournois, P; Lopez-Martens, R

    2012-04-01

    We demonstrate compression of amplified carrier-envelope phase (CEP)-stable laser pulses using paired transmission gratings and high-index prisms, or grisms, with chromatic dispersion matching that of a bulk material pulse stretcher. Grisms enable the use of larger bulk stretching factors and thereby higher energy pulses with lower B-integral in a compact amplifier design suitable for long-term CEP control. PMID:22466193

  9. Preparation and thermal energy storage properties of paraffin/calcined diatomite composites as form-stable phase change materials

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    Sun, Zhiming [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Zhang, Yuzhong [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Zheng, Shuilin, E-mail: shuilinzh@yahoo.com.cn [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Park, Yuri [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Frost, Ray L., E-mail: r.frost@qut.edu.au [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia)

    2013-04-20

    Highlights: ► Composite phase change material (PCM) was prepared by blending composite paraffin and calcined diatomite. ► The optimum mixed proportion was obtained through differential scanning calorimetry. ► Thermal energy storage properties of the composite PCMs were determined by DSC. ► Thermal cycling test showed that the prepared PCMs are thermally reliable and chemically stable. - Abstract: A composite paraffin-based phase change material (PCM) was prepared by blending composite paraffin and calcined diatomite through the fusion adsorption method. In this study, raw diatomite was purified by thermal treatment in order to improve the adsorption capacity of diatomite, which acted as a carrier material to prepare shape-stabilized PCMs. Two forms of paraffin (paraffin waxes and liquid paraffin) with different melting points were blended together by the fusion method, and the optimum mixed proportion with a suitable phase-transition temperature was obtained through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. Then the prepared composite paraffin was adsorbed in calcined diatomite. The prepared paraffin/calcined diatomite composites were characterized by the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transformation infrared (FT-IR) analysis techniques. Thermal energy storage properties of the composite PCMs were determined by DSC method. DSC results showed that there was an optimum adsorption ratio between composite paraffin and calcined diatomite and the phase-transition temperature and the latent heat of the composite PCMs were 33.04 °C and 89.54 J/g, respectively. Thermal cycling test of composite PCMs showed that the prepared material is thermally reliable and chemically stable. The obtained paraffin/calcined diatomite composites have proper latent heat and melting temperatures, and show practical significance and good potential application value.

  10. Abnormal operando structural behavior of sodium battery material: influence of dynamic on phase diagram of NaxFePO4

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    Gaubicher, Joël; Boucher, Florent; Moreau, Philippe; Cuisinier, Marine; Soudan, Patrick; Elkaïm, Erik; Guyomard, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    This study conveys striking findings regarding the operando structural behavior of the Na/FePO4 system during a charge and discharge cycle. From Rietveld refinements of synchrotron operando X-Ray diffraction data, it appears that the active material presents large, non-stoichiometric domains while undergoing structural phase transformation. The corresponding extended limits of solubility are characterized by continuous variations in the metrics that mirror the entry of Na occupancy values int...

  11. Acoustic waves in multifractional gas mixture with the inclusion of different materials and dimensions without Phase Transformations

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    The propagation of acoustic waves in mixtures of gas and particle fractions of different materials and sizes is studied. A mathematical model is presented, the dispersion equation is obtained, dispersion curves are calculated. The influence of the particle size and the parameters of the dispersed phase for multifractional gas mixture with ice particles, aluminum and sand on dissipation and dispersion of sound waves is analyzed. A comparison with experiment is conducted

  12. Experimental Conditions to Obtain Photopolymerization Induced Phase Separation Process in Liquid Crystal-Photopolymer Composite Materials under Laser Exposure

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    2014-01-01

    We analyze the experimental conditions necessary to obtain a photopolymerization induced phase separation process inside liquid crystal-photopolymer composite materials. Composites stored for 24 hours perform poorly in hologram recording but a good result is obtained if they are used recently prepared. We use a procedure combining heat and sonication to disarrange the liquid crystal structures formed during storage of the composite. We also propose incoherent light treatment after recording t...

  13. Anisotropic lattice response induced by a linearly-polarized femtosecond optical pulse excitation in interfacial phase change memory material

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    Kotaro Makino; Yuta Saito; Paul Fons; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Takashi Nakano; Junji Tominaga; Muneaki Hase

    2016-01-01

    Optical excitation of matter with linearly-polarized femtosecond pulses creates a transient non-equilibrium lattice displacement along a certain direction. Here, the pump and probe pulse polarization dependence of the photo-induced ultrafast lattice dynamics in (GeTe)2/(Sb2Te3)4 interfacial phase change memory material is investigated under obliquely incident conditions. Drastic pump polarization dependence of the coherent phonon amplitude is observed when the probe polarization angle is para...

  14. Effect of the filler on the nanomechanical properties of polypropylene in contact with paraffinic phase change material

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    Giró Paloma, Jessica; Rayón Encinas, Emilio; Roa Rovira, Joan Josep; Martínez López, Monica; Fernández Renna, Ana Inés

    2015-01-01

    As the changes on the mechanical properties with depth of indentation provide valuable information that may be suitable for design purposes, nanoindentation is an adequate technique for investigating the nanomechanical changes in the surface and in the inner polymers. This research focuses on the study of the nanomechanical properties of two grades of polypropylene (PP) after the long term exposure to an organic fluid, such as paraffin wax used as a phase change materials (PCM). PCM are us...

  15. Environmental mining plan of the construction materials industry in Cartagena, Phase 1 Diagnostic. Vol.1 and Vol.2(Annex)

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    INGEOMINAS carried out this project in the cities of Cartagena, Bucaramanga, Cali and Bogota, in two phases: Phase 1 (Diagnostic) and Phase II (Formulation of Handling Plan). The phase 1 that here is described, it upgrades the knowledge of the extractive industry of the construction materials for the city of Cartagena, through bibliographical revision and field work, carried out in 50 quarries that supply from these materials to the city. This study, besides the economic and legal handling, identifies technical aspects related with the geology, the mining and the environmental situation. In accordance with their likeness, geologic, morphological and of exploitation (extraction methods and mining development), the quarries met in five groups: Exploitations on calcareous deposits of the La Popa Formation, exploitations on clay deposits of the La Popa Formation, exploitations on detritus deposits of half grain to thick (La Popa-Arenosa Formation; Pendales Conglomerate and Rotinet Formation) and exploitation of calcareous of the Arroyo de Piedra Formation. The extraction of these materials is characterized by its low degree of development technician, lack of planning mining, lack of appropriate infrastructure that allows a better development of the sector, is also evident the control lack on the part of the entities in charge of the handling of this industry. These factors added to a demand every time in increase of these materials, they have taken to a progressive deterioration in the landscape, increase of the noise and particles in the air and in the waters. The low control in this activity has generated the proliferation of informal exploitations that they find in this activity a way of subsistence

  16. Phase identification of high strength RS-SiC materials by simulation and Rietveld analysis of powder neutron diffraction

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    The phase identification of reaction sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) ceramic matrix composite using powder neutron diffraction is reports and discussed. The Rietveld method was utilized in analyzing the whole range of diffraction pattern of this RS-SiC powder, especially in recognizing and distinguishing the hexagonal crystal structure such as SiC-6H, SiC-4H, rhombohedral crystal structure, SiC-15R with cubic crystal structure such as SiC-3C peaks from the overlapped peaks. The SiC-6H and SiC-3C reinforcement phase and Si matrix phase have been found and confirmed exist in these RS-SiC materials. (Author)

  17. Nano-scale gap filling and mechanism of deposit—etch—deposit process for phase-change material

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    Ge2Sb2Te5 gap filling is one of the key processes for phase-change random access memory manufacture. Physical vapor deposition is the mainstream method of Ge2Sb2Te5 film deposition due to its advantages of film quality, purity, and accurate composition control. However, the conventional physical vapor deposition process cannot meet the gap-filling requirement with the critical device dimension scaling down to 90 nm or below. In this study, we find that the deposit—etch—deposit process shows better gap-filling capability and scalability than the single-step deposition process, especially at the nano-scale critical dimension. The gap-filling mechanism of the deposit—etch—deposit process was briefly discussed. We also find that re-deposition of phase-change material from via the sidewall to via the bottom by argon ion bombardment during the etch step was a key ingredient for the final good gap filling. We achieve void-free gap filling of phase-change material on the 45-nm via the two-cycle deposit—etch—deposit process. We gain a rather comprehensive insight into the mechanism of deposit-etch-deposit process and propose a potential gap-filling solution for over 45-nm technology nodes for phase-change random access memory

  18. Evaluation of recriticality behavior in the material-relocation phase for Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor

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    As the most promising concept of sodium-cooled fast reactors, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has selected the advanced loop-type fast reactor, so-called Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor (JSFR). Through the evaluation of event progressions during hypothetical core-disruptive accident (CDA) under the design extension condition, a CDA scenario for JSFR has been evaluated. It has already been demonstrated that in-vessel retention (IVR) against CDA could be achieved by taking adequate design measures under best estimate conditions. The whole sequence of CDA scenario for JSFR was categorized into four phases according to the progress of core-disruption status. In the third phase, so-called material-relocation phase, the accident events would progress in the subcritical state. However, if the uncertainties about the molten state of core remnant and their discharge behavior outward from core are conservatively superposed, the disrupted core may lead up to recriticality. In the present study, the factors leading to recriticality in the material-relocation phase were investigated using the phenomenological diagrams, and the recriticality behaviors were evaluated through parametric analyses using SIMMER-III/IV codes. The results of parametric analyses suggested that a significant mechanical energy leading to the boundary failure of reactor vessel would not be released even assuming recriticality due to the uncertainties about molten state and discharge behavior. Through the present evaluation of the hypothetical recriticality event, the CDA scenario for JSFR could obtain further robustness from the viewpoint of achieving IVR. (author)

  19. Numerical study of finned heat pipe-assisted thermal energy storage system with high temperature phase change material

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    Highlights: • A finned heat pipe-assisted latent heat thermal energy storage system is studied. • The effects of heat pipes spacing and fins geometrical features are investigated. • Smaller heat pipes spacing and longer fins improve the melting rate. • The optimal heat pipe and fin arrangements are determined. - Abstract: In the present study, the thermal characteristics of a finned heat pipe-assisted latent heat thermal energy storage system are investigated numerically. A transient two-dimensional finite volume based model employing enthalpy-porosity technique is implemented to analyze the performance of a thermal energy storage unit with square container and high melting temperature phase change material. The effects of heat pipe spacing, fin length and numbers and the influence of natural convection on the thermal response of the thermal energy storage unit have been studied. The obtained results reveal that the natural convection has considerable effect on the melting process of the phase change material. Increasing the number of heat pipes (decreasing the heat pipe spacing) leads to the increase of melting rate and the decrease of base wall temperature. Also, the increase of fin length results in the decrease of temperature difference within the phase change material in the container, providing more uniform temperature distribution. It was also shown that number of the fins does not have a significant effect on the performance of the system

  20. Crystal structure of the binder phase in a model HfC-TiC-Ni material

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    The crystal structure of the binder phase in a model HfC-TiC-Ni sample produced by hot pressing is investigated. The nature of the binder depends on the amount of Hf and Ti that remains in solution with Ni after cooling. Four different crystal structures are identified by analysis of electron diffraction patterns obtained using transmission electron microscopy techniques and the composition of the phases determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. Three of the phases are cubic; Ni, Ni3(Ti,Hf) and Ni23(Ti,Hf)6 with lattice parameters of 3.52 ± 0.05, 3.52 ± 0.03 and 10.70 ± 0.40 A, respectively. The hexagonal phase is an intermetallic Ni3Ti phase, with lattice parameters of a = b = 5.00 ± 0.20 A and c = 8.16 ± 0.20 A. The crystal structures are confirmed by simulations of the electron diffraction patterns using JEMS software

  1. A route to possible civil engineering materials: the case of high-pressure phases of lime

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    A. Bouibes; Zaoui, A.

    2015-01-01

    Lime system has a chemical composition CaO, which is known as thermodynamically stable. The purpose here is to explore further possible phases under pressure, by means of variable-composition ab initio evolutionary algorithm. The present investigation shows surprisingly new stable compounds of lime. At ambient pressure we predict, in addition to CaO, CaO2 as new thermodynamically stable compound. The latter goes through two phases transition from C2/c space group structure to Pna21 at 1.5 GPa...

  2. On grain growth kinetics in two-phase polycrystalline materials through Monte Carlo simulation

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    K R Phaneesh; Anirudh Bhat; Gautam Mukherjee; K T Kashyap

    2013-08-01

    Monte Carlo Potts model simulation was carried out on a 2D square lattice for various surface fractions of second phase particles for over 50,000 iterations. The observations are in good agreement with known theoretical and experimental results with respect to both growth kinetics as well as grain size distribution. Further, the average grain size and the largest grain size were computed for various surface fractions which have indicated normal grain growth and microstructure homogeneity. The surface fraction of the second phase particles interacting with the grain boundaries (), hitherto not computed through the simulation route, is shown to vary inversely as the average grain size due to Zener pinning.

  3. Amorphous and nanocrystalline titanium nitride and carbonitride materials obtained by solution phase ammonolysis of Ti(NMe2)4

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    Solution phase reactions between tetrakisdimethylamidotitanium (Ti(NMe2)4) and ammonia yield precipitates with composition TiC0.5N1.1H2.3. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicates that decomposition of these precursor materials proceeds in two steps to yield rocksalt-structured TiN or Ti(C,N), depending upon the gas atmosphere. Heating to above 700 deg. C in NH3 yields nearly stoichiometric TiN. However, heating in N2 atmosphere leads to isostructural carbonitrides, approximately TiC0.2N0.8 in composition. The particle sizes of these materials range between 4-12 nm. Heating to a temperature that corresponds to the intermediate plateau in the TGA curve (450 deg. C) results in a black powder that is X-ray amorphous and is electrically conducting. The bulk chemical composition of this material is found to be TiC0.22N1.01H0.07, or Ti3(C0.17N0.78H0.05)3.96, close to Ti3(C,N)4. Previous workers have suggested that the intermediate compound was an amorphous form of Ti3N4. TEM investigation of the material indicates the presence of nanocrystalline regions x (C,N) y crystalline phases

  4. Vanadium doped Sb2Te3 material with modified crystallization mechanism for phase-change memory application

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    In this paper, V0.21Sb2Te3 (VST) has been proposed for phase-change memory applications. With vanadium incorporating, VST has better thermal stability than Sb2Te3 and can maintain in amorphous phase at room temperature. Two resistance steps were observed in temperature dependent resistance measurements. By real-time observing the temperature dependent lattice structure evolution, VST presents as a homogenous phase throughout the whole thermal process. Combining Hall measurement and transmission electron microscopy results, we can ascribe the two resistance steps to the unique crystallization mechanism of VST material. Then, the amorphous thermal stability enhancement can also be rooted in the suppression of the fast growth crystallization mechanism. Furthermore, the applicability of VST is demonstrated by resistance-voltage measurement, and the phase transition of VST can be triggered by a 15 ns electric pulse. In addition, endurance up to 2.7×104 cycles makes VST a promising candidate for phase-change memory applications

  5. Strain, nano-phase separation, multi-scale structures and function of advanced materials

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    Billinge, S. J. L.

    2002-01-01

    Recent atomic pair distribution function results from our group from manganites and cuprate systems are reviewed in light of the presence of multi-scale structures. These structures have a profound effect on the material properties

  6. Radiation damage of the construction materials, Phase I, Part II specializations

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    This document contains three reports about the visits and training of the experts involved in VISA-2 project to Saclay. All the documents include technical description about methods for fabrication and testing the materials under different irradiation conditions

  7. Improved thermal stability of N-doped Sb materials for high-speed phase change memory application

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    Hu, Yifeng; Zhu, Xiaoqin; Zou, Hua; Zhang, Jianhao; Yuan, Li; Xue, Jianzhong; Sui, Yongxing; Wu, Weihua; Song, Sannian; Song, Zhitang

    2016-05-01

    Compared with pure Sb, N-doped Sb material was proved to be a promising candidate for the phase change memory (PCM) use because of its higher crystallization temperature (˜250 °C), larger crystallization activation energy (3.53 eV), and better data retention ability (166 °C for 10 years). N-doping also broadened the band gap and refined grain size. The reversible resistance transition could be achieved by an electric pulse as short as 8 ns for the PCM cell based on N-doped Sb material. A lower operation power consumption (the energy for RESET operation 2.2 × 10-12 J) was obtained. In addition, N-doped Sb material showed a good endurance of 1.8 × 105 cycles.

  8. Study of the composition and gas-phase release characteristics of salt material extracted from MSW ash particles using STA

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    Arvelakis, Stelios; Frandsen, Flemming; Koukios, E.G.

    2007-01-01

    The ash material generated from the MSW incineration contains large amounts of alkali metals, heavy metals, chlorine and sulfur mainly deposited as inorganic salts and/or oxides on the surface of the Si-rich ash particles. In this work, the composition and gas-phase release characteristics of salt...... material extracted from MSW ash particles using a six-stage leaching process is studied using simultaneous thermal analysis (STA). The produced results provide useful information regarding the composition of the salt material and its melting behavior that is considered to play an important role to...... deposition and corrosion problems at MSW incinerators. The results may be used to model the deposition process and to the better understanding of the corrosion process during MSW incineration....

  9. Nontraditional clay raw materials as a component of inorganic dispersed phases

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    Volodchenko Aleksandr Anatol'evich

    Full Text Available The research of raw base for construction materials allows theoretically justifying and experimentally confirming the ability to control the processes of structure formation in order to obtain materials with the desired properties. Clay matter has a complicated chemical and mineral composition. In recent decades the structures and properties of clay minerals have been investigated in detail with the help of modern research methods. Out of the whole quantity of clay deposits the production sector uses only the small part, which satisfies the standard technical documents in force. In case of using non-traditional clay rocks in the production of wall materials it is possible to cross over from traditional raw materials to another - composite binder, obtained on the basis of natural nanodispersed raw material, which helps to speed up neoformation synthesis, change their morphology, optimize microstructure of cementing compounds and consequently improve physical and mathematical properties of the products. Using non-traditional for construction industry clay rocks in the production of silicate materials increases the strength of raw-brick 4...11 times, which facilitates the production of high cavitated product and significantly expands the range of products.

  10. Surface Characterization of Some Novel Bonded Phase Packing Materials for HPLC Columns Using MAS-NMR Spectroscopy

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    Jude Abia

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Information on the surface properties of three novel chemically bonded phase packing materials for High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC were obtained using spectra obtained by solid state cross-polarization (CP magic-angle spinning (MAS nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopic experiments for the 29Si, and 13C nuclei. These packing materials were: Cogent bidentate C18 bonded to type-C silica, hybrid packing materials XTerra MS C18, and XBridge Prep. C18. The spectra obtained using cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP-MAS on the Cogent bidentate C18 bonded to type-C silica show the surface to be densely populated with hydride groups (Si-H, with a relative surface coverage exceeding 80%. The hybrid packing materials XTerra and XBridge gave spectra that reveal the silicon atoms to be bonded to organic moieties embedded in the molecular structure of these materials with over 90% of the alkyl silicon atoms found within the completely condensed silicon environments. The hydrolytic stability of these materials were investigated in acidic aqueous solutions at pHs of 7.0 and 3.0, and it was found that while the samples of XTerra and XBridge were not affected by hydrolysis at this pH range, the sample of Cogent lost a significant proportion of its Si-H groups after five days of treatment in acidic aqueous solution.

  11. Study on high-performance fuel cladding materials. Joint research report in FY2001-2005. Phase 2 (Joint research)

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    The research concerning new cladding materials for ultra-high burnup of fuel elements with MOX fuels aiming at 100GWd/t of BWR was pursued for 5 years from 2001 to 2005. Phase 2 for study on high-performance fuel cladding materials was planned as a joint research, by considering the effective use of MOX, minimizing both the electrical cost and radioactive waste. Comparing with UO2 with the maximum enrichment of 5% 235U, the advantage of MOX fuels is easy to achieve the high burnup, because it has the high enrichment factor of Puf up to 20% as same as it of LMFBR. On the Phase 1, the modified stainless steel of Fe-25Cr-35Ni-0.2Ti as fuel claddings and Nb-Mo alloy as a liner for inhibiting the pellet-clad interaction were selected as candidate materials, by evaluating fundamental properties required to BWR cladding materials, that are the nuclear economy, radioactivity, mass-transfer, irradiation properties, mechanical properties so on. On the present study, the making process of cladding tubes, lining by diffusion bonding, end plug by laser welding were developed and optimized, by considering the practical use of fuel elements consists of these candidates. The practical applicability was basically examined by irradiation tests using the accelerator of TIARA and the research reactor of JRR-3, for mainly confirming the resistance to IGSCC as one of the current important issues of BWR core materials of low carbon grade stainless steels. Creep and fatigue testing data were also obtained for evaluating the long performance of candidate materials. The behavior as fuel elements was analyzed with the safety calculation code for BWRs. The obtained results were established as a data base system, by considering the applicability to the fuel design and in-pile loop tests. (author)

  12. A new phase field model for material fatigue in an oscillating elastoplastic beam

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    Eleuteri, M.; Kopfová, J.; Krejčí, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 35, č. 6 (2015), s. 2465-2495. ISSN 1078-0947 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP201/10/2315 Institutional support: RVO:67985840 Keywords : hysteresis * fatigue * phase transition Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.826, year: 2014 http://www.aimsciences.org/journals/displayArticlesnew.jsp?paperID=10680

  13. Phase and group velocities of electromagnetic eigen waves of left-hand material slab

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    This work is devoted to the study of phase and group velocities of the surface eigen electromagnetic waves that propagate along the left-handed planar slab that bounded by the dielectrics with different permittivity values at the both sides of considered slab. It has been shown that the change of metamaterial slab thickness substantially influences on dispersion of the waves under investigation.

  14. Equilibrium Between Phases of Matter: Supplemental Text for Materials Science and High-Pressure Geophysics

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    Jacobs, M.H.G.; Oonk, H.A.J.

    2012-01-01

    The Second Volume of Equilibrium between Phases of Matter, when compared with the First Volume, by H.A.J. Oonk and M.T. Calvet, published in 2008, amounts to an extension of subjects, and a deepening of understanding. In the first three sections of the text an extension is given of the theory on iso

  15. Kinetics of diffusional phase transformation in multicomponent elastic-plastic materials

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    Fischer, F. D.; Simha, N. K.; Svoboda, Jiří

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 125, č. 3 (2003), s. 266-276. ISSN 0094-4289 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK1010104 Keywords : diffusion -phase transformation * modelling Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 0.843, year: 2003

  16. The use of Spark Plasma Sintering to fabricate a two-phase material from blended aluminium alloy scrap and gas atomized powder

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    Paraskevas, Dimos; Vanmeensel, Kim; Vleugels, Jef; Dewulf, Wim; Duflou, Joost

    2015-01-01

    Recently innovative solid state / 'meltless' recycling techniques have been developed and proposed for the consolidation of aluminium alloy scrap, aiming both at energy and material savings by eliminating the melting step. In this context, a powder metallurgy route is examined as a solid state recycling technique for the fabrication of a two-phase material via Spark Plasma Sintering. By mixing aluminium atomized powder and machining chips of the same alloy, a two-phase material was produced, ...

  17. Activated carbon derived from peat soil as a framework for the preparation of shape-stabilized phase change material

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    This work focuses on the preparation of AC (activated carbon) through a physical activation method using peat soil as a precursor, followed by the use of the AC as an inorganic framework for the preparation of SPCM (shape-stabilized phase change material). The SPCM, composed of n-octadecane as the core and AC pores as a framework, was fabricated by a simple impregnation method, with the mass fraction of n-octadecane varying from 10 to 90 wt.%. The AC has a specific surface area of 893 m2 g−1 and an average pore size of 22 Å. The field emission scanning electron microscope images and nitrogen gas adsorption-desorption isotherms shows that the n-octadecane was actually encapsulated into the AC pores. The melting and freezing temperatures of the composite PCM (phase change material) were 30.9 °C and 24.1 °C, respectively, and its corresponding latent heat values were 95.4 Jg−1 and 99.6 Jg−1, respectively. The composite shows a good thermal reliability, even after 1000 melting/freezing cycles. The present research provided a new SPCM material for thermal energy storage as well as some new insights into the design of composite PCM by tailoring the pore structure of AC derived from peat soil, a natural resource. - Highlights: • Activated carbon from peat soil was used as framework. • n-Octadecane/activated carbon composite was fabricated by impregnation method. • The thermal property could be tailor by adjusting pore size of activated carbon. • The shape-stabilized PCM (phase change material) have the potential to be used for thermal energy storage

  18. A study of shock mitigating materials in a split Hopkinson bar configuration: Phase 2

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    A study to compare two thickness values, 0.125 and 0.250 in., of five materials, GE RTV 630, HS II Silicone, Polysulfide Rubber, Sylgard 184, and Teflon, for their shock mitigating characteristics with a split Hopkinson bar configuration has been completed. The five materials have been tested in both unconfined and confined conditions at ambient temperature and with two applied loads of 750 μ var-epsilon peak (25 fps peak) with a 100 micros duration, measured at 10% amplitude, and 1,500 μ var-epsilon peak (50 fps peak) with a 100 micros duration, measured at 10% amplitude. The five materials have been tested at ambient, cold (-65 F), and hot (+165 F) for the unconfined condition with the 750 μ var-epsilon peak (25 fps peak) applied load. Time domain and frequency domain analyses of the split Hopkinson bar data have been performed to compare how these materials lengthen the shock pulse, attenuate the shock pulse, reflect high frequency content in the shock pulse, and transmit energy. These materials are used for packaging of electronic equipment use with such mechanical systems as penetrators, nuclear transportation casks and laydown weapons

  19. Processing of fine-grained W materials without detrimental phases and their mechanical properties at 200-432 K

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    Low-temperature ductility improvements of tungsten (W) materials with microstructures of fine grains and fine transition metal-carbide dispersoids require sufficient reductions for consolidates that are free from detrimental dispersoids of the W2C phase. In this paper the cause of the occurrence of the detrimental W2C phase is studied and an appropriate processing method for its prevention and nearly full densification of mechanically alloyed powder is shown. By applying the method W-0.3 wt%Ti-0.006 wt%C (W-0.3TiC-0.006C) specimens with a negligible amount of the W2C phase and reductions up to 78% were prepared. It is found that W-0.3TiC-0.006C exhibits an appreciable ductility even at room temperature by three-point bend impact tests and static tensile tests, with the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of around 260 K. The observed ductility is likely due to elongated, very thin grain structures of the material. For further ductility improvements, control of oxygen impurities to suppress decarburization during sintering and assure appropriate amounts of (Ti,W)C dispersoids is required

  20. Simultaneous Determination of Tin, Nickel, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury in Cigarette Material by Solid Phase Extraction and HPLC

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    A new method for the simultaneous determination of heavy metal ions in cigarette material by microwave digestion and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) has been developed. The cigarette material was digested by microwave digestion. Lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel and tin ions in the digested samples were pre-column derivatized with tetra-(2-chlorophenyl)-porphyrin (T2-CPP) to form color chelates, which were then enriched by solid phase extraction with a C18 cartridge. The chelates were separated on a Waters XterraTM RP18 column by gradient elution with methanol (containing 0.05 mol/L pyrrolidine-acetic acid buffer salt, pH = 10.0) and acetone (containing 0.05 mol/L pyrrolidine-acetic acid buffer salt, pH = 10.0) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min and analyzed with a photodiode array detector from 350-600 nm. The detection limits of lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel and tin were 4, 3, 3, 8, and 5 ng/L, respectively, in the original samples. This method was afforded good results