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  1. Ciliary-propelling mechanism, effect of temperature and viscosity on swimming speed, and adaptive significance of ‘jumping’ in the ciliate Mesodinium rubrum

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    Riisgård, Hans Ulrik; Larsen, Poul Scheel

    2009-01-01

    Beating cilia are important organelles, not only for water pumping in many active filter-feeding organisms, but also for the swimming activity of ciliates and other aquatic organisms that use cilia for propulsion. The present study concerns the effect of temperature-dependent viscosity of the amb...

  2. Effective mechanic training

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    The need for the training of mechanics is discussed, and the increased interest within the utility industry of placing a similar importance on this training as it has traditionally placed on operator training, is expressed. Effective approaches and techniques are described. Fundamental mechanical maintenance concepts and their practical application are discussed, including the use of supporting video programs. The importance of follow-up practical shop exercise which reinforces classroom instruction is stressed, drawing from practical utility experience. Utilizing success in training as a measure of eligibility for advancement is discussed as well as the interface between training and the company bargaining unit

  3. Effective Topological Charge Cancelation Mechanism

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    Mesarec, Luka; Góźdź, Wojciech; Iglič, Aleš; Kralj, Samo

    2016-06-01

    Topological defects (TDs) appear almost unavoidably in continuous symmetry breaking phase transitions. The topological origin makes their key features independent of systems’ microscopic details; therefore TDs display many universalities. Because of their strong impact on numerous material properties and their significant role in several technological applications it is of strong interest to find simple and robust mechanisms controlling the positioning and local number of TDs. We present a numerical study of TDs within effectively two dimensional closed soft films exhibiting in-plane orientational ordering. Popular examples of such class of systems are liquid crystalline shells and various biological membranes. We introduce the Effective Topological Charge Cancellation mechanism controlling localised positional assembling tendency of TDs and the formation of pairs {defect, antidefect} on curved surfaces and/or presence of relevant “impurities” (e.g. nanoparticles). For this purpose, we define an effective topological charge Δmeff consisting of real, virtual and smeared curvature topological charges within a surface patch Δς identified by the typical spatially averaged local Gaussian curvature K. We demonstrate a strong tendency enforcing Δmeff → 0 on surfaces composed of Δς exhibiting significantly different values of spatially averaged K. For Δmeff ≠ 0 we estimate a critical depinning threshold to form pairs {defect, antidefect} using the electrostatic analogy.

  4. Nootropic effects and mechanism of ginsenoside Rg

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    Jun-tianZHANG

    2004-01-01

    Ginsenoside Rg 1 is a main active principle of ginseng which shares many activities of ginseng. In present paper we will take overview of the proven memory-enhancing effect of Rgl and discuss all its possible mechanics in detail.

  5. Polarization effects in molecular mechanical force fields

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    Cieplak, Piotr [Burnham Institute for Medical Research, 10901 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92120 (United States); Dupradeau, Francois-Yves [UMR CNRS 6219-Faculte de Pharmacie, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 1 rue des Louvels, F-80037 Amiens (France); Duan, Yong [Genome Center and Department of Applied Science, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Wang Junmei, E-mail: pcieplak@burnham.or [Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 6001 Forest Park Boulevard, ND9.136, Dallas, TX 75390-9050 (United States)

    2009-08-19

    The focus here is on incorporating electronic polarization into classical molecular mechanical force fields used for macromolecular simulations. First, we briefly examine currently used molecular mechanical force fields and the current status of intermolecular forces as viewed by quantum mechanical approaches. Next, we demonstrate how some components of quantum mechanical energy are effectively incorporated into classical molecular mechanical force fields. Finally, we assess the modeling methods of one such energy component-polarization energy-and present an overview of polarizable force fields and their current applications. Incorporating polarization effects into current force fields paves the way to developing potentially more accurate, though more complex, parameterizations that can be used for more realistic molecular simulations. (topical review)

  6. Polarization effects in molecular mechanical force fields.

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    Cieplak, Piotr; Dupradeau, François-Yves; Duan, Yong; Wang, Junmei

    2009-08-19

    The focus here is on incorporating electronic polarization into classical molecular mechanical force fields used for macromolecular simulations. First, we briefly examine currently used molecular mechanical force fields and the current status of intermolecular forces as viewed by quantum mechanical approaches. Next, we demonstrate how some components of quantum mechanical energy are effectively incorporated into classical molecular mechanical force fields. Finally, we assess the modeling methods of one such energy component-polarization energy-and present an overview of polarizable force fields and their current applications. Incorporating polarization effects into current force fields paves the way to developing potentially more accurate, though more complex, parameterizations that can be used for more realistic molecular simulations. PMID:21828594

  7. Effects of mechanical rotation on spin currents.

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    Matsuo, Mamoru; Ieda, Jun'ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2011-02-18

    We study the Pauli-Schrödinger equation in a uniformly rotating frame of reference to describe a coupling of spins and mechanical rotations. The explicit form of the spin-orbit interaction (SOI) with the inertial effects due to the mechanical rotation is presented. We derive equations of motion for a wave packet of electrons in two-dimensional planes subject to the SOI. The solution is a superposition of two cyclotron motions with different frequencies and a circular spin current is created by the mechanical rotation. The magnitude of the spin current is linearly proportional to the lower cyclotron frequency. PMID:21405528

  8. Cation Effect on Copper Chemical Mechanical Polishing

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    WANG Liang-Yong; LIU Bo; SONG Zhi-Tang; FENG Song-Lin

    2009-01-01

    We examine the effect of cations in solutions containing benzotriazole (BTA) and H2O2 on copper chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). On the base of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and material removal rate (MRR) results, it is found that ammonia shows the highest MRR as well as good surface after CMP, while KOH demon-strates the worst performance. These results reveal a mechanism that sma//molecules with lone-pairs rather than molecules with steric effect and common inorganic cations are better for copper CMP process, which is indirectly confirmed by open circuit potential (OCP).

  9. Effect of mechanical stretching on DNA conductance.

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    Bruot, Christopher; Xiang, Limin; Palma, Julio L; Tao, Nongjian

    2015-01-27

    Studying the structural and charge transport properties in DNA is important for unraveling molecular scale processes and developing device applications of DNA molecules. Here we study the effect of mechanical stretching-induced structural changes on charge transport in single DNA molecules. The charge transport follows the hopping mechanism for DNA molecules with lengths varying from 6 to 26 base pairs, but the conductance is highly sensitive to mechanical stretching, showing an abrupt decrease at surprisingly short stretching distances and weak dependence on DNA length. We attribute this force-induced conductance decrease to the breaking of hydrogen bonds in the base pairs at the end of the sequence and describe the data with a mechanical model. PMID:25530305

  10. The HMW effect in Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics

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    wang, Jianhua; Li, Kang

    2007-01-01

    The HMW effect in non-commutative quantum mechanics is studied. By solving the Dirac equations on non-commutative (NC) space and non-commutative phase space, we obtain topological HMW phase on NC space and NC phase space respectively, where the additional terms related to the space-space and momentum-momentum non-commutativity are given explicitly.

  11. Mechanism of Warburg Effect and Its Effect on Tumor Metastasis

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    Huijun WEI

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Cancer cells exhibit altered glucose metabolism characterized by a preference for aerobic glycolysis even when the oxygen content is normal, a phenomenon termed “Warburg effect”. However the definite molecular mechanisms of Warburg effect remains unclear, recent works indicated that it might be related to the abnormal activity of the oncogene and tumor suppressor genes, also the change of tumor microenvironment, the abnormal expression of glucose metabolic enzyme and so on. Warburg effect has a relationship with tumor progression and provide suitable conditions for tumor metastasis. This review will summarizes the mechanism of Warburg effect and its effect on tumor metastasis.

  12. Dissipation effects in mechanics and thermodynamics

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    Guemez, Julio

    2016-01-01

    With the discussion of three examples, we aim at clarifying the concept of energy transfer associated with dissipation in mechanics and in thermodynamics. The dissipation effects due to dissipative forces, such as the friction force between solids or the drag force in motions in fluids, lead to an internal energy increase of the system and/or to a heat transfer to the surrounding. This heat flow is consistent with the second law, which states that the entropy of the universe should increase when those forces are present because of the irreversibility always associated with their actions. As far as mechanics is concerned the effects of the dissipative forces are include in the Newton's equations as impulses and pseudo-works.

  13. Dissipation effects in mechanics and thermodynamics

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    Güémez, J.; Fiolhais, M.

    2016-07-01

    With the discussion of three examples, we aim at clarifying the concept of energy transfer associated with dissipation in mechanics and in thermodynamics. The dissipation effects due to dissipative forces, such as the friction force between solids or the drag force in motions in fluids, lead to an internal energy increase of the system and/or to heat transfer to the surroundings. This heat flow is consistent with the second law, which states that the entropy of the universe should increase when those forces are present because of the irreversibility always associated with their actions. As far as mechanics is concerned, the effects of the dissipative forces are included in Newton’s equations as impulses and pseudo-works.

  14. Effects of irradiation on mechanical properties

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    As a result of the popularity of the Agencies report 'Neutron Irradiation Embrittlement of Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels' of 1975, it was decided that another report on this broad subject would be of use. In this report, background and contemporary views on specially identified areas of the subject are considered as self-contained chapters, written by experts. The effects of irradiation on the mechanical properties of reactor pressure vessel steels are explained. This chapter provides some background on the critical elements controlling neutron damage effects. Distinction is made between vessels made in the USA and in the former USSR

  15. Mechanical strain effects on black phosphorus nanoresonators.

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    Wang, Cui-Xia; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Jin-Wu; Park, Harold S; Rabczuk, Timon

    2016-01-14

    We perform classical molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the effects of mechanical strain on single-layer black phosphorus nanoresonators at different temperatures. We find that the resonant frequency is highly anisotropic in black phosphorus due to its intrinsic puckered configuration, and that the quality factor in the armchair direction is higher than in the zigzag direction at room temperature. The quality factors are also found to be intrinsically larger than those in graphene and MoS2 nanoresonators. The quality factors can be increased by more than a factor of two by applying tensile strain, with uniaxial strain in the armchair direction being the most effective. However, there is an upper bound for the quality factor increase due to nonlinear effects at large strains, after which the quality factor decreases. The tension induced nonlinear effect is stronger along the zigzag direction, resulting in a smaller maximum strain for quality factor enhancement. PMID:26649476

  16. Low level effects and mechanisms of interaction

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    Full text: This presentation will aim to briefly review the scientific evidence for biological and health effects from low level exposures to radiofrequency (RF) fields. Such low level effects have been mooted to occur at exposures below those that would elicit the established RF mechanisms of electrostimulation, heating and high energy pulse effects which provide the rationale for modern RF safety standards. An amazingly diverse range of biological endpoints have been tested for low level effects, but despite the long history of this search there still remains no convincing evidence for their existence or a plausible mechanism of interaction. Common criticisms of the experimental work in this area include the lack of repeatability of reported experiments, no consistent or plausible dose-response trends, poor dosimetry, and mishandling of statistical analysis and interpretation of data. Nonetheless, research continues, and indeed has escalated in recent times due to heightening public tensions over mobile phones and towers. Current research initiatives in Australia and overseas will be described

  17. The compton effect: transition to quantum mechanics

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    The discovery of the Compton effect at the end of 1922 was a decisive event in the transition to the new quantum mechanics of 1925-1926 because it stimulated physicists to examine anew the fundamental problem of the interaction between radiation and matter. I first discuss Albert Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis of 1905 and why physicists greeted it with extreme skepticism, despite Robert A. Millikan's confirmation of Einstein's equation of the photoelectric effect in 1915. I then follow in some detail the experimental and theoretical research program that Arthur Holly Compton pursued between 1916 and 1922 at the University of Minnesota, the Westinghouse Lamp Company, the Cavendish Laboratory, and Washington University that culminated in his discovery of the Compton effect. Surprisingly, Compton was not influenced directly by Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis, in contrast to Peter Debye and H.A. Kramers, who discovered the quantum theory of scattering independently. I close by discussing the most significant response to that discovery, the Bohr-Kramers-Slater theory of 1924, its experimental refutation, and its influence on the emerging new quantum mechanics. (orig.)

  18. Mechanical effects on the reactor pressure vessel

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    The mechanical RPV effects of a steam explosion are to be studied in an experimental program focusing on the BERDA tests. The BERDA facility has been completed. The analytical avaluation is difficult. Therefore the similarity attainable between the fluid/structure bouncing phenomena on different scales is investigated by the FLIPPER experiments. For an analytical description of the problem a model was used which had beeen developed by the CEA for the PLEXUS code. It is based on a discretization of the fluid plug by an assembly of spheres. The computational results, however, do not compare well with the FLIPPER tests and are also in disagreement with the continuum theoretical SLUGDY model. (orig.)

  19. Dissipation effects in mechanics and thermodynamics

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    Guemez, Julio; Fiolhais, Manuel

    2016-01-01

    With the discussion of three examples, we aim at clarifying the concept of energy transfer associated with dissipation in mechanics and in thermodynamics. The dissipation effects due to dissipative forces, such as the friction force between solids or the drag force in motions in fluids, lead to an internal energy increase of the system and/or to a heat transfer to the surrounding. This heat flow is consistent with the second law, which states that the entropy of the universe should increase w...

  20. Cost-effective mechanical vapor recompression

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    Explains how increasing natural gas costs provided the incentive to install a mechanical vapor recompression unit that accomodates variations in production rates and provides for plant expansion. The evaporator can concentrate uranyl nitrate solution with much more energy efficiency. Uranyl nitrate solution is purified in the solvent extraction portion of the process, concentrated by evaporation, and then introduced into boildown, where all remaining free water is removed. Benefits of a vapor recompression evaporation system over a single-effect evaporator include not only energy cost savings, but a reduction of about 50% on the plant steam demand and 35% on the heat and pumping load of the plant cooling tower. Material to be evaporated must be thoroughly evaluated to determine that the physical properties are within the economic limits of a vapor recompression system. Available energy sources and other plant needs must also be considered. Concludes that comparison of the installed and operating costs reveals that the multi-effect system cannot compete economically with mechanical vapor recompression, unless the former can also meet unique thermal needs of the plant other than evaporation

  1. Mechanisms of genotoxic effects of hormones

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    Đelić Ninoslav J.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A concept that compounds commonly present in biological systems lack genotoxic and mutagenic activities is generally in use, hence a low number of endogenous substances have ever been tested to mutagenicity. Epidemiological and experimental analyses indicated, however, that sexual steroids could contribute to initiation and/or continuation of malign diseases. Detailed studies using methods of biochemistry, molecular biology, cytogenetics and other branches, showed that not only epigenetic mechanisms, such as a stimulation of cell proliferation, but also certain hormones, that can express genotoxic effects, such as covalent DNA modification, then chromosomal lesions and chromosomal aberrations, are in the background of malign transformation under activities of hormones. In the case of oestrogens, it was shown that excessive hormonal stimulation led to a metabolic conversion of these hormones to reactive intermediates with formation of reactive oxygenic derivates, so that cells were virtually under conditions of oxidative stress. Individual and tissue susceptibility to occurrence of deterioration of DNA and other cell components generally results from the differences in efficiency of enzymic and non-enzymic mechanisms of resistance against oxidative stress. Besides, steroid thyeroid hormones and catecholamine (dopamine, noradrenaline/norepinephrine and adrenaline can express genotoxic effects in some test-systems. It is interesting that all above mentioned hormones have a phenolic group. Data on possible genotoxic effects of peptide and protein hormones are very scarce, but based on the available literature it is considered that this group of hormones probably lacks mutagenic activities. The possibility that hormones, as endogenous substances, express mutagenic activities results from the fact that DNA is, regardless of chemical and metabolic stability susceptible, to a certain extent, to changeability compatible with the processes of the

  2. Radiation Effect Mechanisms in Electronic Devices

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    The development of the electronics industry worldwide achieved great advances from the 70s, with studies on oxidation process in field effect silicon transistors. Thus, there was a need for knowledge of the mechanisms that are present in oxides and interfaces between silicon and silicon oxides, as well as other compound semiconductors due to critical differences between the properties of silicon. Against this background, many studies have been performed to understand reliability and ionization radiation effects on electronic devices. Reliability problems and effects of ionizing radiation on electronic devices are critical, depending on the environment in which the devices are exposed. This is the case of space, avionics, particle accelerators, nuclear reactors. This research area is strategic for space and defense areas. Thus, it is of fundamental importance to conduct tests to qualify electronic devices submitted to irradiation, based on Total Ionizing Dose (Tid), Single Event Effects (SEE) and Displacement Damage (D D). This work shows tests using X-ray and ion beams to test commercial MOS(Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor). The integrated circuits, CD4007, were exposed to 60 MeV 35Cl ion beams using the Sao Paulo 8UD Pelletron Accelerator and 10 keV X-ray radiation using a Shimadzu XRD-7000. The total dose effects due to ionizing radiation in MOSFET devices can lead to trapping of charges in the oxide and at the interface Si/SiO2, which increases or decreases the transistors off-current and leakage currents, and shifts the threshold voltage. Characteristic curves of current as a function of gate voltage, in different irradiation conditions, for p and n-MOSFET transistors, which compose the commercial device, were studied. In Figure it is possible to note different behaviors of the devices as a function of radiation dose due to X-ray radiation and the incidence a 60 MeV 35Cl ion beam

  3. Ginseng on Hyperglycemia: Effects and Mechanisms

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    John Zeqi Luo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been reported that American ginseng attenuates hyperglycemia and may present itself as a supplement to diabetes therapy. However, the lack of standardization in the usage of ginseng root leads to inconclusive results when applied to diabetes treatment. The mechanisms of American ginseng root in the treatment of diabetes remains a mystery. This greatly limits the effective utilization of American ginseng in facilitating diabetic therapy. Initiating studies have shown that American ginseng increases insulin production and reduces cell death in pancreatic β-cells. Also, studies have revealed American ginseng's ability to decrease blood glucose in type II diabetes patients as well as in streptozotocin-induced diabetic animals (STZ-diabetic mice. These data suggest that effects of ginseng in improving hyperglycemia may alter mitochondrial function as well as apoptosis cascades to ensure cell viability in pancreatic islet cells. This review briefly summarizes current knowledge of ginseng components and clinical studies related to diabetes. Further research will be needed to explore and identify the component(s of ginseng, which may be responsible for the beneficial effects observed in animal studies which could then be extrapolated to human islets.

  4. Effective contracting mechanisms for nuclear new build

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    Construction contracts come in all shapes and forms. Many countries have their own suites of standard form construction contract for the industry. There is a degree of commonality in the traditional approaches adopted by these contracts to incentivise the Contractor to perform as required. As projects attract and require greater amounts of external investment, the need increases to demonstrate robust contracts that are structured to optimize successful outcomes. Our nuclear markets are attracting new entrants who will have familiarity with other industries and markets in which different contracting approaches are regularly used. This will drive a change in the approach to nuclear contracting. It already has. The traditional approaches are evolving with suppliers becoming involved as investors as well as part of the supply chain. This role as investor and the visibility a supplier-investor then has of funder demands often means the supplier can appreciate some of the challenges presented by traditional approaches to project financing models. The need for projects to be publicly justified is consistent with contracts containing effective incentivisation mechanisms, as those opposed to new nuclear development will seize any opportunity to expose supply chain behaviours that are contrary to overall project success. The common issue with traditional approaches is that contracts focus on individual performance of one Contractor rather than the performance of project Contractors collectively. In addition, the contract mechanisms penalize poor performance after the fact rather than incentivising good performance during the implementation process. Hence, the contract works proceed but potential claims may not be dealt with during the performance of the works. Instead they are “stored up” and the actual outcomes of such potential claims are not thought through or known. This means that Contractors can, if they wish, convince themselves that they have a right to claim

  5. Antihepatocarcinoma Effect of Solanine and Its Mechanisms

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    JI Yu-bin; GAO Shi-yong

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the antitumor effect of solanine and its mechanisms.Methods The in vivo antitumor effect of solanine was observed using models developed through in vivo transplantation of tumor cells; In vitro lines of sensitive antitumor cells were selected from the digestive system using MTT assay; The effect of solanine on cell morphology was observed using transmission electronic microscopy; The morphology of apoptotic cells was observed using Annexin V/PI double staining and laser confocal scanning microscopy (LCSM); The rate of cell apoptosis was measured using Annexin V/PI double staining and flow cytometry; The concentration of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]1) was determined using Fluo-3/AM staining and LCSM; The membrane potential of cellular mitochondria was determined using TMRE staining and LCSM; The protein expression of Bcl-2 and Bax was measured using immunological marking and LCSM; And the activity of caspase-3 was measured using the colorimetric method.Results Solanine could inhibit the growth of tumor weight in S180 tumor-bearing mice and prolong the survival time of H22 tumor-bearing mice.MTT assay revealed that HepG2 cells were quite sensitive to solanine because solanine could induce morphological changes in HepG2 cells,with the rate of early apoptosis being 4%,8.5%,and 20.1%,for HepG2 cells treated for 24 h with solanine at concentration of 0.4,2,and 10 μg/mL,respectively.Solanine could raise the [Ca2+]i and lower the membrane potential.It could reduce the protein expression of Bcl-2 while increase that of Bax,thus increasing the activity of caspase-3.Conclusion The obvious antitumor activity of sotanine in human hepatocarcinoma is demonstrated.This inhibitory effect is achieved through solanine decreasing the Bcl-2/Bax ratio,thus increasing [Ca2+]i,which could enhance the enzymatic activity of the caspase family,thus inducing the apoptosis of HepG2 cells.

  6. Glucan: mechanisms involved in its radioprotective effect

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    It has generally been accepted that most biologically derived agents that are radioprotective in the hemopoietic-syndrome dose range (eg, endotoxin, Bacillus Calmette Guerin, Corynebacterium parvum, etc) exert their beneficial properties by enhancing hemopoietic recovery and hence, by regenerating the host's ability to resist life-threatening opportunistic infections. However, using glucan as a hemopoietic stimulant/radioprotectant, we have demonstrated that host resistance to opportunistic infection is enhanced in these mice even prior to the detection of significant hemopoietic regeneration. This early enhanced resistance to microbial invasion in glucan-treated irradiated mice could be correlated with enhanced and/or prolonged macrophage (but not granulocyte) function. These results suggest that early after irradiation glucan may mediate its radioprotection by enhancing resistance to microbial invasion via mechanisms not necessarily predicated on hemopoietic recovery. In addition, preliminary evidence suggests that glucan can also function as an effective free-radical scavenger. Because macrophages have been shown to selectively phagocytize and sequester glucan, the possibility that these specific cells may be protected by virtue of glucan's scavenging ability is also suggested

  7. Effect of Thermo-mechanical Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Korean RAFM steel

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    Advanced reduced-activation alloy (ARAA) of Korean RAFM steels was developed by Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI). Thermo-mechanical treatment (TMT) has been known to be effective to improvement in mechanical properties of several RAFM steels by introducing high densities of dislocations and fine precipitates. This study examines the effect of thermo-mechanical treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ARAA alloy. The effects of thermo-mechanical treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. TMT consisting of austenitizing and 20% hot-rolling at 700 .deg. C significantly enhances both tensile strength and impact property of ARAA, which suggests that a TMT is a promising way of improving mechanical properties of RAFM steels

  8. Effect of Thermo-mechanical Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Korean RAFM steel

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    Kim, M. S.; Chun, Y. B.; Lee, D. W.; Lee, C. K. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, S. Y. [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Advanced reduced-activation alloy (ARAA) of Korean RAFM steels was developed by Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI). Thermo-mechanical treatment (TMT) has been known to be effective to improvement in mechanical properties of several RAFM steels by introducing high densities of dislocations and fine precipitates. This study examines the effect of thermo-mechanical treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ARAA alloy. The effects of thermo-mechanical treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. TMT consisting of austenitizing and 20% hot-rolling at 700 .deg. C significantly enhances both tensile strength and impact property of ARAA, which suggests that a TMT is a promising way of improving mechanical properties of RAFM steels.

  9. Mechanism of magnetic field effect in cryptochrome

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    Solov'yov, Ilia A.; Schulten, Klaus

    2011-01-01

    Creatures as varied as mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, and migratory birds have an intriguing `sixth' sense that allows them to distinguish north from south by using the Earth's intrinsic magnetic field. Yet despite decades of study, the physical basis of this magnetic sense remains elusive. A likely mechanism is furnished by magnetically sensitive radical pair reactions occurring in the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eyes. A photoreceptor, cryptochrome, has been suggested to endow...

  10. Effect of tracheostomy on pulmonary mechanics: An observational study

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    Sofi Khalid; Wani Tariq

    2010-01-01

    Background: This study was undertaken to find out the effect of early tracheostomy on weaning from mechanical ventilation. Pulmonary mechanics and arterial blood gases were assessed before and after tracheostomy in patients with severe head injury (Glasgow coma score < 8) requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. Patients and Methods: The study included 20 mechanically ventilated patients of either sex between 20 and 45 years of age, who had suffered brain injury due to head trauma du...

  11. Mechanism of magnetic field effect in cryptochrome

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    Solov'yov, Ilia A

    2011-01-01

    Creatures as varied as mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, and migratory birds have an intriguing `sixth' sense that allows them to distinguish north from south by using the Earth's intrinsic magnetic field. Yet despite decades of study, the physical basis of this magnetic sense remains elusive. A likely mechanism is furnished by magnetically sensitive radical pair reactions occurring in the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eyes. A photoreceptor, cryptochrome, has been suggested to endow birds with magnetoreceptive abilities as the protein has been shown to exhibit the biophysical properties required for an animal magnetoreceptor to operate properly. Here, we propose a concrete light-driven reaction cycle in cryptochrome that lets a magnetic field influence the signaling state of the photoreceptor. The reaction cycle ties together transient absorption and electron-spin-resonance observations with known facts on avian magnetoreception. Our analysis establishes the feasibility of cryptochrome to act as a g...

  12. The Effects of Self-Reinforcing Mechanisms on Firm Performance

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    Hartigh, E.; Langerak, Fred; Commandeur, Harry

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThis study empirically investigates the influence of the market-bound (i.e., interaction and network effects) on the firm-bound (i.e., scale and learning effects) self-reinforcing mechanisms, and their combined effect on product and organizational performance. The findings from a sample of 257 manufacturing firms reveal that interaction effects have a positive effect on network effects. Network effects have a positive impact on the potential for firms to realize scale and learning...

  13. Martensitic transformation, shape memory effects, and other curious mechanical effects

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    The objective of this paper is to review tutorially the subject of martensitic transformations in uranium alloys emphasizing their role in the shape memory effect (SME). We examine first what a martensitic transformation is, illustrating some of its characteristics with specific examples. As well as being athermal in nature, as expected, data are presented indicating that martensitic transformations in some uranium alloys also have a strong isothermal component. In addition, a few alloys are known to exhibit thermoelastic martensitic reactions. The SME, which is associated with these, is defined and demonstrated graphically with data from a uranium-6 wt % niobium alloy. Some of the important variables influencing SME behavior are described. Specifically, these are reheat temperature, amount of deformation, crystal structure, and composition. A mechanism for SME is postulated and the association with martensitic transformation is detailed. A self-induced shape instability in the uranium-7.5 wt % niobium-2.5 wt % zirconium alloy with a rationalization of the behavior in terms of texture and lattice parameter change during aging is reviewed and discussed. 24 figures

  14. Effect of TTC on Satellite Orbital Mechanics

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    Pinheiro, Mario J

    2016-01-01

    The modified dynamical equation of motions introduced in previous publication topological torsion current (TTC) [Mario J. Pinheiro (2013) 'A Variational Method in Out-of-Equilibrium Physical Systems', Scientific Reports {\\bf 3}, Article number: 3454] predicts a so-far unforeseen anomalous acceleration detected in spacecrafts during close planetary flybys in retrograde direction, and a null-effect when the spacecraft approach the planet in posigrade direction.

  15. Possible mechanism of radioprotective effect of interleukin-1

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    Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is one of several cytokines with radioprotective effect. It stimulates the hemopoietic recovery of irradiated mouse bone marrow and increases the survival of lethally irradiated mice. But its mechanism of radioprotective effect still remains obscure. It is found that IL-1 increased the intracellular Ca2+ concentration of irradiated bone marrow cells induced by ionizing radiation. It is strongly suggested that its regulation of intracellular Ca2+ is related to its mechanism of radioprotective effect

  16. Effects of Particle Shape on Mechanical Properties of Aggregates

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    Benediktsson, Stefán

    2015-01-01

    Aggregates are one of the primary building material used in the world. The durability of construction aggregates will therefore depend upon the quality of aggregate mechanical properties. It is therefore important to understand how particle shape will effect mechanical properties of aggregates, measured by the Los Angeles and micro-Deval values. In order to assess the influence of particle shape on aggregate mechanical properties, the proportion of flaky and cubic particles, measured by the f...

  17. Volcanic effects on climate: revisiting the mechanisms

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    H.-F. Graf

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of planetary wave energy propagation are being compared based on NCEP reanalysis data from 1958 to 2002 between boreal winters after strong volcanic eruptions, non-volcanic winters and episodes of strong polar vortex lasting at least 30 days. It shows that in the volcanically disturbed winters much more planetary wave energy is produced in the troposphere, passes through the lowermost stratosphere and enters the upper stratosphere than in any other times. This is contradicting earlier interpretations and model simulations. Possibly the observed El Ninos coinciding with the three significant eruptions in the second half of the 20th century contributed to the planetary wave energy. In order to produce the observed robust climate anomaly patterns in the lower troposphere, these planetary waves are suggested to be reflected near the stratopause instead of breaking. While a strong polar vortex is observed after volcanic eruptions in the stratosphere and in the troposphere, specific episodes of strong polar vortex regime exhibit much stronger anomalies and different dynamics. Hence it is suggested that the climate effects of volcanic eruptions are not being explained by the excitation of inherent zonal mean variability modes such as Strong Polar Vortex or Northern Annular Mode, but rather is another mode that possibly reflects upon the North Atlantic Oscillation.

  18. Volcanic effects on climate: revisiting the mechanisms

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    H.-F. Graf

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of planetary wave energy propagation are being compared based on NCEP reanalysis data from 1958 to 2002 between boreal winters after strong volcanic eruptions, non-volcanic winters and episodes of strong polar vortex lasting at least 30 days. It shows that in the volcanically disturbed winters much more planetary wave energy is produced in the troposphere, passes through the lowermost stratosphere and enters the upper stratosphere than in any other times. This is contradicting earlier interpretations and model simulations. Possibly the observed El Ninos coinciding with the three significant eruptions in the second half of the 20th century contributed to the planetary wave energy. In order to produce the observed robust climate anomaly patterns in the lower troposphere, these planetary waves are suggested to be reflected near the stratopause instead of breaking. While a strong polar vortex is observed after volcanic eruptions in the stratosphere and in the troposphere, specific episodes of strong polar vortex regime exhibit much stronger anomalies and different dynamics. Hence it is suggested that the climate effects of volcanic eruptions are not being explained by the excitation of inherent zonal mean variability modes such as Strong Polar Vortex or Northern Annular Mode, but rather is another mode that possibly reflects upon the North Atlantic Oscillation.

  19. Is the Clean Development Mechanism Effective for Emission Reductions?

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    Tarp, Finn; Huang, Yongfu; He, Jingjing

    2014-01-01

    great challenges, given the wide divide between developed and developing nations. Against this background, comprehensive evaluations of the effectiveness of Kyoto market‐based mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in terms of mitigating human‐induced climate change are urgently needed...

  20. The Effects of Self-Reinforcing Mechanisms on Firm Performance

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    E. den Hartigh; F. Langerak (Fred); H.R. Commandeur (Harry)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThis study empirically investigates the influence of the market-bound (i.e., interaction and network effects) on the firm-bound (i.e., scale and learning effects) self-reinforcing mechanisms, and their combined effect on product and organizational performance. The findings from a sample

  1. Reverse mechanical after effect during hydrogenation of zone refined iron

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    Spivak, L.V.; Skryabina, N.E.; Kurmaeva, L.D.; Smirnov, L.V. (Permskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ. (USSR); AN SSSR, Sverdlovsk. Inst. Fiziki Metallov)

    1984-12-01

    The relationship between the process of hydrogenation and the reverse mechanical after effect (RMA) microplastic deformation in the zone refined iron has been studied. Metallographic investigations and mechanical testing of the samples hydrogenated under torsional strain have been performed. It is shown that in the zone refined iron the formation of voids responsible for irreversible hydrogen embrittlement does not occur, but the hydrogen-initiated RMA strain is conserved, i. e. the RMA effects are independent of the presence of discontinuities.

  2. Primakoff effect: Synchrotron and Coulomb mechanisms of axion emission

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    The Primakoff effect-induced radiative emission of axions by an alternating electromagnetic field, Fa → γa, is considered for the first time. The synchrotron mechanism and the Coulomb mechanism--in the latter case, the alternating field is formed when a charge executes an infinite motion in the field of a Coulomb center--are considered as specific examples. The contributions of these effects to the axion emissivity of magnetic neutron stars and of the Sun are estimated

  3. TOPICAL REVIEW: Polarization effects in molecular mechanical force fields

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    Cieplak, Piotr; Dupradeau, François-Yves; Duan, Yong; Wang, Junmei

    2009-08-01

    The focus here is on incorporating electronic polarization into classical molecular mechanical force fields used for macromolecular simulations. First, we briefly examine currently used molecular mechanical force fields and the current status of intermolecular forces as viewed by quantum mechanical approaches. Next, we demonstrate how some components of quantum mechanical energy are effectively incorporated into classical molecular mechanical force fields. Finally, we assess the modeling methods of one such energy component—polarization energy—and present an overview of polarizable force fields and their current applications. Incorporating polarization effects into current force fields paves the way to developing potentially more accurate, though more complex, parameterizations that can be used for more realistic molecular simulations.

  4. Vibrational mechanics nonlinear dynamic effects, general approach, applications

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    Blekhman, Iliya I

    2000-01-01

    This important book deals with vibrational mechanics - the new, intensively developing section of nonlinear dynamics and the theory of nonlinear oscillations. It offers a general approach to the study of the effect of vibration on nonlinear mechanical systems.The book presents the mathematical apparatus of vibrational mechanics which is used to describe such nonlinear effects as the disappearance and appearance under vibration of stable positions of equilibrium and motions (i.e. attractors), the change of the rheological properties of the media, self-synchronization, self-balancing, the vibrat

  5. Effect of the drying cycle on dried tile mechanical strength

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    Amoros, J.L.; Sanchez, E.; Cantavella, V.; Monzo, M.; Jarque, J.C. [Universitat Jaume I, Castellon (Spain). Inst. de Tecnologia Ceramica; Timellini, G. [Centro Ceramico, Bologna (Italy); Leak, N. [British Ceramic Research Association, Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom)

    2002-07-01

    The study shows that the industrial ceramic tile drying rate enormously affects dried tile mechanical strength. Tiles dried in an industrial facility were used to determine the variation of dried tile mechanical strength with storage time in a moisture-free container. Dried tile mechanical strength rose with storage time under these conditions. Under the most favourable conditions, dry mechanical strength increased by up to 60% of the starting value. The reason for the rise in mechanical strength is attributed to the relaxation of stresses that develop during fast industrial drying. The effect of the drying cycle on mechanical strength is interpreted on the basis of tile dimensional changes with temperature and moisture content during drying. This assumption was confirmed by laboratory experiments in a dilatometer. (orig.)

  6. Laxative effects and mechanism of action of Brazilian green propolis

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    Kakino Mamoru; Izuta Hiroshi; Tsuruma Kazuhiro; Araki Yoko; Shimazawa Masamitsu; Ichihara Kenji; Hara Hideaki

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Brazilian green propolis is reported to have wide range of biological properties including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-influenza, and antioxidant activities. In the digestive system, a protective effect of propolis on gastric ulcer has been reported, but a laxative effect has not yet been reported. We investigated the effect and the mechanism of action of water and ethanol extracts of Brazilian green propolis. Methods We examined the laxative effect of propolis ...

  7. Influence Mechanism of Lamella Joints on Tunnel Blasting Effect

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    Shiwei Shen; Lei Nie; Shulin Dai; Yan Xu

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we have a research of the influence mechanism of lamella joints on tunnel blasting effect. During the process of the tunnel blasting construction, primary structural planes make an important role for the effect of smooth blasting. Especially, it is difficult to attain the perfect blasting effect when the lamella joints intersect with the designed contour line. Coupled effect of the explosive stress waves and the explosive gas is deemed to the basic theory, analysis the blasting...

  8. Contribution of quantum effects to the mechanism of positronium reactions

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    Quantum-mechanical effects in the mechanism of positronium spin conversion by FeCl2 in water-glycerol mixtures have been demonstrated by measurements of the rate constant of the process as a function of viscosity over the range 0.7-466 cP. Apparently these effects are due to the tunnelling of the positronium atom (Ps) as a whole from some trap to the corresponding level of the complex [Ps...Fe2+]. Similar effects have not been observed for oxidation of Ps by K2Cr2O7. (orig.)

  9. Effect of Mechanism Error on Input Torque of Scroll Compressor

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    Man Zhao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on the fundamental principle of plane four-bar mechanism, the force on the equivalent parallel four-bar mechanism was analyzed for scroll compressor with mini-crank antirotation, and the formula of input torque was proposed. The change of input torque caused by the mechanism size error was analyzed and verified with an example. The calculation results show that the mechanism size error will cause large fluctuation in input torque at the drive rod and connecting rod collinear and the fluctuation extreme value increases with rotational speed. Decreasing of the crankshaft eccentricity errors is helpful for reducing the effects of dimension error on input torque but will increase the friction loss of orbiting and fixed scroll wrap. The influence of size error should be considered in design in order to select suitable machining accuracy and reduce the adverse effect caused by size error.

  10. Mechanical behavior and coupling between mechanical and oxidation in alloy 718: effect of solide solution elements

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    Alloy 718 is the superalloy the most widely used in industry due to its excellent mechanical properties, as well as oxidation and corrosion resistance in wide range of temperatures and solicitation modes. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that this alloy is sensitive to stress corrosion cracking and oxidation assisted cracking under loading in the range of temperatures met in service. Mechanisms explaining this phenomenon are not well understood: nevertheless, it is well established that a relation exists between a change in fracture mode and the apparition of plastic instabilities phenomenon. During this study, the instability phenomenon, Portevin-Le Chatelier effect, in alloy 718 was studied by tensile tests in wide ranges of temperatures and strain rates. Different domains of plastic instabilities have been evidenced. Their characteristics suggest the existence of interactions between dislocations and different types of solute elements: interstitials for lower temperatures and substitutionals for higher testing temperatures. Mechanical spectroscopy tests have been performed on alloy 718 and various alloys which composition is comparable to that of alloy 718. These tests prove the mobility of molybdenum atoms in the alloy in the studied temperature range. Specific tests have been performed to study interaction phenomenon between plasticity and oxidation. These results highlight the strong effect of plastic strain rate on both mechanical behavior and intergranular cracking in alloy 718. The subsequent discussion leads to propose hypothesis on coupling effects between deformation mechanisms and oxidation assisted embrittlement in the observed cracking processes. (author)

  11. The Effect of Headquarter Integration Mechanisms on Subsidiaries’ New Product Success: From Control to Coordination Mechanism

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    Firmanzah

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available New product launching (NPL to the local market by subsidiary managers is a strategic activity, which requires organizational supports from MNC global network. The NPL activity is marked by high level of uncertainty, risk, and market failure. Thus, a headquarter needs to integrate the subsidiary NPL into global strategy. There are two mechanisms to integrate subsidiaries’ activities during NPL process; coordination and control process. By testing the effect of each mechanism on role clarity and functional conflict, I found that coordination mechanism increase role clarity between headquarter and subsidiaries’ managers. In contrast, exercising control mechanism reduces role clarity and functional conflict between headquarter and subsidiaries’ managers during NPL. This research shows that both role clarity and functional conflict increase new product commercial performance introduced by subsidiary in the local market.

  12. Simulating the effectiveness of an alternative salary auction mechanism

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    Tan, Pei Yin

    2006-01-01

    This research simulates the effectiveness of an alternative auction mechanism for Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP) that has the potential for reducing the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) cost. A recent student thesis studying the application of salary auctions and matching an an assignment setting determined that there arer two major complications in an assignment auction which affect the incentive of bidders to submit a truthful valuation of the jobs. An alternative auction mechanism th...

  13. Reverse mechanical after effect during hydrogenation of zone refined iron

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    The relationship between the process of hydrogenation and the reverse mechanical aftereffect (RMA) microplastic deformation in the zone refined iron has been studied. Metallographic investigations and mechanical testing of the samples hydrogenated under torsional strain have been performed. It is shown that in the zone refined iron the formation of voids responsible for irreversible hydrogen embrittlement does not occur, but the hydrogen-initiated RMA strain is conserved, i. e. the RMA effects are independent of the presence of discontinuities

  14. Effect of fiber type on mechanical properties of polyurethane composites

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    2004-01-01

    The effects of three different types of fibers (E-glass, S-glass and Carbon fibers) on physical and mechanical properties of polyurethane resin based composites were studied. The mechanical properties (tensile strength and modulus, flexural strength and modulus, and interlaminar shear strength) of the polyurethane composites were found to depend primarily on the type of fiber, and specifically on the accessibility of hydroxy functionality on the fiber. The results showed that carbon fiber rei...

  15. Resonance effects indicate radical pair mechanism for avian magnetic compass

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    Ritz, Thorsten

    2005-03-01

    Migratory birds possess a physiological magnetic compass that helps them to find north during their migratory flights, but the mechanism underlying this ability is not understood. In vitro experiments show that two types of mechanisms are in principle capable of detecting earth-strength magnetic fields in biological systems: the use of biological magnetic materials such as magnetite crystals, or magnetically sensitive chemical reactions. We have recently demonstrated that oscillating magnetic fields can provide a viable diagnostic test to identify the existence of a radical-pair mechanism as they will not affect the properties of magnetite-based sensors, but disrupt a radical-pair based mechanism through resonance effects. European robins, a species of migratory birds, were disoriented in a magnetic orientation test when a very weak (100 nT) oscillating field of 1.3 or 7 MHz was added to the geomagnetic field. Moreover, the effect of the oscillating field depended on the alignment of oscillating field with the geomagnetic field and showed an intensity dependence consistent with theoretical expectations from the radical pair mechanism, thereby providing evidence for the existence of a radical-pair mechanism in birds. We will discuss future avenues of research towards identifying not only the mechanism, but also the chemical nature of the receptors underlying magnetoreception, and in particular the photoreceptor chryptochrome, an emerging candidate for the long sought after magnetoreceptor.

  16. Euroasian Integration Process and Effective Institutional Mechanism Creation Problems

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    Olga M. Mesheriakova

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present article "Euroasian Integration Process and Effective Institutional Mechanism Creation Problems" author investigates the problem of effective and balanced decision-making mechanism in the integration communities creation. Process of the Customs union creation on the Euroasian space began relatively long ago. Creation of such union was started by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus in the 1995. The same year Republic of Kazakhstan joined an integration process. A little later Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan joined the Customs union – in 1996 and in 1999 respectively. Author on the basis of careful study of the decision-making mechanisms in the Customs union, CIS, EurAsEC and EU, carries out the comparative analysis of the specified mechanisms. Author conducts detailed analytics, gives opinions of jurists, state and public figures, proves own opinions. On the basis of the comparative research conducted by the author the criteria of legal mechanism of decision-making in the integration process efficiency are researched and discussed, what allows to speak about the integration of the legal system. At the end of the article author draws a conclusion that coordination of sovereign desires of states in the integration community represents difficult and many-sided process which has to be based on the balanced decision-making mechanism, which is a main criterion of the institutional mechanism of integration efficiency.

  17. Effects of Number Scaling on Entangled States in Quantum Mechanics

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    Benioff, Paul

    2016-05-19

    A summary of number structure scaling is followed by a description of the effects of number scaling in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The description extends earlier work to include the effects on the states of two or more interacting particles. Emphasis is placed on the effects on entangled states. The resulting scaling field is generalized to describe the effects on these states. It is also seen that one can use fiber bundles with fibers associated with single locations of the underlying space to describe the effects of scaling on arbitrary numbers of particles.

  18. Effect of number scaling on entangled states in quantum mechanics

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    Benioff, Paul

    2016-01-01

    A summary of number structure scaling is followed by a description of the effects of number scaling in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The description extends earlier work to include the effects on the states of two or more interacting particles. Emphasis is placed on the effects on entangled states. The resulting scaling field is generalized to describe the effects on these states. It is also seen that one can use fiber bundles with fibers associated with single locations of the underlying space to describe the effects of scaling on arbitrary numbers of particles.

  19. On the consistent effect histories approach to quantum mechanics

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    A formulation of the consistent histories approach to quantum mechanics in terms of generalized observables (POV measures) and effect operators is provided. The usual notion of open-quote open-quote history close-quote close-quote is generalized to the notion of open-quote open-quote effect history.close-quote close-quote The space of effect histories carries the structure of a D-poset. Recent results of J. D. Maitland Wright imply that every decoherence functional defined for ordinary histories can be uniquely extended to a bi-additive decoherence functional on the space of effect histories. Omngrave es close-quote logical interpretation is generalized to the present context. The result of this work considerably generalizes and simplifies the earlier formulation of the consistent effect histories approach to quantum mechanics communicated in a previous work of this author. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  20. Arsenic: health effects, mechanisms of actions, and research issues.

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    Abernathy, C O; Liu, Y. P.; Longfellow, D; Aposhian, H V; Beck, B.; Fowler, B.; Goyer, R; Menzer, R.; Rossman, T; Thompson, C.; Waalkes, M

    1999-01-01

    A meeting on the health effects of arsenic (As), its modes of action, and areas in need of future research was held in Hunt Valley, Maryland, on 22-24 September 1997. Exposure to As in drinking water has been associated with the development of skin and internal cancers and noncarcinogenic effects such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and cardiovascular diseases. There is little data on specific mechanism(s) of action for As, but a great deal of information on possible modes of action. Alth...

  1. Effect of mechanization level on manpower needs in forestry

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    Błuszkowska Urszula

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available High work consumption in forest operations is above all the result of the character and task realization mode in works undertaken in forestry. Development of mechanization in forest management activities allows to considerably decrease manpower needs. In the present study, there were analyzed the possibilities of reduction of work consumption by improving the mechanization level of forest works. The method was developed to consider the following assessments: 1 variant W1 - basic option comprising factual work consumption values in works carried out on the area administered by the Regional Directorate of State Forests (RDLP; 2 W2 - showing the effect of 25% upgrade of works to a higher level of mechanization; 3 W3 - showing the effect of 50% upgrade of works to a higher level of mechanization; 4 W4 - comprising analogous calculations to those in variant W1 , but work consumption upgrading was 75%. Simulation calculations revealed considerable differences in needs for labor of different categories of forest workers. On the other hand, with increasing mechanization level, there increase the demands concerning worker qualifications, e.g. a harvester operator must be trained for about 2 years, and the training has to include both simulator exercises (first using software and next - harvester simulator and field work under supervision to gain sufficient experience. The introduction of higher levels of mechanization into forest operations, and hence considerable reduction of jobs for unqualified workers who are replaced by qualified employees, can help decreasing work consumption in forest operations.

  2. Effects of microtubule mechanics on hydrolysis and catastrophes

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    We introduce a model for microtubule (MT) mechanics containing lateral bonds between dimers in neighboring protofilaments, bending rigidity of dimers, and repulsive interactions between protofilaments modeling steric constraints to investigate the influence of mechanical forces on hydrolysis and catastrophes. We use the allosteric dimer model, where tubulin dimers are characterized by an equilibrium bending angle, which changes from 0∘ to 22∘ by hydrolysis of a dimer. This also affects the lateral interaction and bending energies and, thus, the mechanical equilibrium state of the MT. As hydrolysis gives rise to conformational changes in dimers, mechanical forces also influence the hydrolysis rates by mechanical energy changes modulating the hydrolysis rate. The interaction via the MT mechanics then gives rise to correlation effects in the hydrolysis dynamics, which have not been taken into account before. Assuming a dominant influence of mechanical energies on hydrolysis rates, we investigate the most probable hydrolysis pathways both for vectorial and random hydrolysis. Investigating the stability with respect to lateral bond rupture, we identify initiation configurations for catastrophes along the hydrolysis pathways and values for a lateral bond rupture force. If we allow for rupturing of lateral bonds between dimers in neighboring protofilaments above this threshold force, our model exhibits avalanche-like catastrophe events. (papers)

  3. Cardiovascular effects of cocaine: cellular, ionic and molecular mechanisms.

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    Turillazzi, E; Bello, S; Neri, M; Pomara, C; Riezzo, I; Fineschi, V

    2012-01-01

    Cocaine is a widely abused drug responsible for the majority of deaths ascribed to drug overdose. Many mechanisms have been proposed in order to explain the various cocaine associated cardiovascular complications. Conventionally, cocaine cardiotoxicity has been thought to be mediated indirectly through its sympathomimetic effect, i.e., by inhibiting the reuptake and thus increasing the levels of neuronal catecholamines at work on adrenoceptors. Increased oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species, and cocaine-induced apoptosis in the heart muscle have suggested a new way to understand the cardiotoxic effects of cocaine. More recent studies have led the attention to the interaction of cocaine and some metabolites with cardiac sodium, calcium and potassium channels. The current paper is aimed to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cocaine cardiotoxicity which have a specific clinical and forensic interest. From a clinical point of view the full knowledge of the exact mechanisms by which cocaine exerts cardio - vascular damage is essential to identify potential therapeutic targets and improve novel strategies for cocaine related cardiovascular diseases. From a forensic point of view, it is to be underlined that cocaine use is often associated to sudden death in young, otherwise healthy individuals. While such events are widely reported, the relationship between cardiac morphological alterations and molecular/cellular mechanisms is still controversial. In conclusion, the study of cocaine cardiovascular toxicity needs a strict collaboration between clinicians and pathologists which may be very effective in further dissecting the mechanisms underlying cocaine cardiotoxicity and understanding the cardiac cocaine connection. PMID:22856657

  4. The Effect of Bedding Structure on Mechanical Property of Coal

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    Zetian Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical property of coal, influencing mining activity considerably, is significantly determined by the natural fracture distributed within coal mass. In order to study the effecting mechanism of bedding structure on mechanical property of coal, a series of uniaxial compression tests and mesoscopic tests have been conducted. The experimental results show that the distribution characteristic of calcite particles, which significantly influences the growth of cracks and the macroscopic mechanical properties of coal, is obviously affected by the bedding structure. Specifically, the uniaxial compression strength of coal sample is mainly controlled by bedding structure, and the average peak stress of specimens with axes perpendicular to the bedding planes is 20.00 MPa, which is 2.88 times the average amount of parallel ones. The test results also show a close relationship between the bedding structure and the whole deformation process under uniaxial loading.

  5. Effect of hydrogen on mechanical properties of -titanium alloys

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    H-J Christ; A Senemmar; M Decker; K Prüßner

    2003-06-01

    Conflicting opinions exist in the literature on the manner in which hydrogen influences the mechanical properties of -titanium alloys. This can be attributed to the -stabilizing effect of hydrogen in these materials leading to major changes in the microstructure as a result of hydrogen charging. The resulting (extrinsic) effect of hydrogen on the mechanical properties can possibly cover up the direct (intrinsic) influences. On the basis of experimentally determined thermodynamic and kinetic data regarding the interaction of hydrogen with -titanium alloys, hydrogen concentrations of up to 8 at.% were established in three commercial alloys by means of hydrogen charging from the gas phase. In order to separate intrinsic and extrinsic effects the charging was carried out during one step of the two-step heat treatment typical of metastable -titanium alloys, while the other step was performed in vacuum. The results on the single-phase condition represent the intrinsic hydrogen effect. Monotonic and cyclic strength increase at the expense of ductility with increasing hydrogen concentration. The brittle to ductile transition temperature shifts to higher values and the fatigue crack propagation threshold value decreases. The microstructure of the metastable, usually two-phase -titanium alloys is strongly affected by hydrogen, although the extent of this effect depends not only on the hydrogen concentration but also on the temperature of charging. This microstructural influence (extrinsic effect) changes the mechanical properties in the opposite direction as compared to the intrinsic hydrogen effect.

  6. Effect of the Mechanical and Thermal Stresses of Rotating Blades

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    Malik M. Ali

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Rotating blades are the important parts in gas turbines. Hence, an accurate mathematical estimation (F.E.M of the stresses and deformations characteristics was required in the design applications to avoid failure. In recent year’s there are researchers interest in the effect of temperature on solid bodies has greatly increased, The main of this study investigated the thermal and rotational effects. So, the thermal stresses due to high pressure and temperature are studies, also determine the steady state stresses and deformations of rotating blades due to mechanical effect. Many parameters such as thickness and centre of rotating are investigated in this paper. The study results can ensure good recommendation for the effect of the mechanical and thermal stresses of rotary blades.

  7. Slow high-frequency effects in mechanics: problems, solutions, potentials

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    Thomsen, Jon Juel

    2005-01-01

    them are introduced first in terms of simple physical examples, and then in generalized form for mathematical models covering broad classes of discrete and continuous mechanical systems. Several application examples are summarized. Three mathematical tools for analyzing HFE effects are described and......Strong high-frequency excitation (HFE) may change the ‘slow’ (i.e. effective or average) properties of mechanical systems, e.g. their stiffness, natural frequencies, equilibriums, equilibrium stability, and bifurcation paths. This tutorial describes three general HFE effects: Stiffening – an...... apparent change in the stiffness associated with an equilibrium; Biasing – a tendency for a system to move towards a particular state which does not exist or is unstable without HFE; and Smoothening – a tendency for discontinuities to be apparently smeared out by HFE. The effects and a method for analyzing...

  8. Cultural Mechanisms in Neighborhood Effects Research in the United States

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    Harding, David J.; Hepburn, Peter

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the current state of the U.S. literature on cultural mechanisms in neighborhood effects research. We first define what we mean by neighborhood effects and by cultural mechanisms. We then review and critique two theoretical perspectives on the cultural context of disadvantaged neighborhoods that are explicitly integrated into recent neighborhood effects literature in the U.S.: “deviant subculture” and “cultural heterogeneity.” We then draw on other related U.S. literatures from urban studies, cultural sociology, and culture and inequality to suggest some other conceptualizations that may be useful in advancing our understanding of the role of culture in neighborhood effects. We discuss the conceptual and methodological issues that will have to be grappled with in order to move this literature forward and conclude by offering concrete suggestions, both short-term and long-term, for a research agenda. PMID:26504263

  9. Grain-boundary diffusion: structural effects, models and mechanisms

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    Peterson, N L

    1979-01-01

    Grain boundary diffusion phenomena were considered including: anisotropy, effect of orientation, crystallographic transformation, boundary type, dislocation dissociation, pressure, and isotope effects. Diffusivity is different for various boundaries. Dissociated dislocations and stacking faults are not efficient paths for grain boundary diffusion. Results suggest a vacancy mechanism along the dislocation core, and involves atomic jumps away from the back towards the dislocation as well as jumps along the core. Measurements were made on nickel and silver. (FS)

  10. Present status of the radiative neutron capture mechanisms -nonstatistical effects

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    The present status of our knowledge about neutron radiative capture mechanisms is described. In the first section there are given a review on mathematical description of the neutron capture cross section and possible sources of correlation effects. The point of lecture is the explanation of connections between the intermediate structures and correlation effects. In one of the sections the explanation of the bump in γ-ray spectra is discussed. The typical experimental results are presented. (author)

  11. Effects of inhaled acids on respiratory tract defense mechanisms.

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    Schlesinger, R B

    1985-01-01

    The respiratory tract is endowed with an interlocking array of nonspecific and specific defense mechanisms which protect it from the effects of inhaled microbes and toxicants, and reduce the risk of absorption of materials into the bloodstream, with subsequent systemic translocation. Ambient acids may compromise these defenses, perhaps providing a link between exposure and development of chronic and acute pulmonary disease. This paper reviews the effects of inhaled acids upon the nonspecific ...

  12. Singleton status and childhood obesity: Investigating effects and mechanisms Status :

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    Maoyong Fan; Yanhong Jin

    2015-01-01

    Over the past four decades, paralleling the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, the share of families with only one child has been rising steadily. Using three waves of the National Survey of Children's Health, we examine the effect of being the only child in a family on childhood obesity and the mechanisms through which singleton status might affect childhood obesity. We find gender-specific and age-dependent singleton effects. That is, singletons have a higher level of body mass ind...

  13. Primakoff effect: synchrotron and coulomb mechanisms of axion emission

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    For the first time the axion radiative emission by alternating electromagnetic field Fa → γa is considered due to Primakoff effect. As a concrete supplement, the synchrotron and Coulomb mechanisms are discussed and in the last case the alternating field is formed at the infinite motion of a charge in a Coulomb center field. The estimates for contributions of these effects into axion luminosity of magnetic neutron stars and the Sun are determined

  14. The Aharonov-Bohm effect in noncommutative quantum mechanics

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    The Aharonov-Bohm effect in noncommutative (NC) quantum mechanics is studied. First, by introducing a shift for the magnetic vector potential we give the Schroedinger equations in the presence of a magnetic field on NC space and NC phase space, respectively. Then, by solving the Schroedinger equations, we obtain the Aharonov-Bohm phase on NC space and NC phase space, respectively. (orig.)

  15. ACID RAIN AND SOIL MICROBIAL ACTIVITY: EFFECTS AND THEIR MECHANISMS

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    In the investigation, our aim was to determine if acid rain affects soil microbial activity and to identify possible mechanisms of observed effects. A Sierran forest soil (pH 6.4) planted with Ponderosa pine seedlings was exposed to simulated rain (pH 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.6) with ...

  16. Growth mechanism and quantum confinement effect of silicon nanowires

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    冯孙齐; 俞大鹏; 张洪洲; 白志刚; 丁彧; 杭青岭; 邹英华; 王晶晶

    1999-01-01

    The methods for synthesizing one-dimensional Si nanowires with controlled diameter are introduced. The mechanism for the growth of Si nanowires and the growth model for different morphologies of Si nanowires are described, and the quantum confinement effect of the Si nanowires is presented.

  17. Effects of Zoledronate and Mechanical Loading during Simulated Weightlessness on Bone Structure and Mechanical Properties

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    Scott, R. T.; Nalavadi, M. O.; Shirazi-Fard, Y.; Castillo, A. B.; Alwood, J. S.

    2016-01-01

    Space flight modulates bone remodeling to favor bone resorption. Current countermeasures include an anti-resorptive drug class, bisphosphonates (BP), and high-force loading regimens. Does the combination of anti-resorptives and high-force exercise during weightlessness have negative effects on the mechanical and structural properties of bone? In this study, we implemented an integrated model to mimic mechanical strain of exercise via cyclical loading (CL) in mice treated with the BP Zoledronate (ZOL) combined with hindlimb unloading (HU). Our working hypothesis is that CL combined with ZOL in the HU model induces additive structural and mechanical changes. Thirty-two C57BL6 mice (male,16 weeks old, n8group) were exposed to 3 weeks of either HU or normal ambulation (NA). Cohorts of mice received one subcutaneous injection of ZOL (45gkg), or saline vehicle, prior to experiment. The right tibia was axially loaded in vivo, 60xday to 9N in compression, repeated 3xweek during HU. During the application of compression, secant stiffness (SEC), a linear estimate of slope of the force displacement curve from rest (0.5N) to max load (9.0N), was calculated for each cycle once per week. Ex vivo CT was conducted on all subjects. For ex vivo mechanical properties, non-CL left femurs underwent 3-point bending. In the proximal tibial metaphysis, HU decreased, CL increased, and ZOL increased the cancellous bone volume to total volume ratio by -26, +21, and +33, respectively. Similar trends held for trabecular thickness and number. Ex vivo left femur mechanical properties revealed HU decreased stiffness (-37),and ZOL mitigated the HU stiffness losses (+78). Data on the ex vivo Ultimate Force followed similar trends. After 3 weeks, HU decreased in vivo SEC (-16). The combination of CL+HU appeared additive in bone structure and mechanical properties. However, when HU + CL + ZOL were combined, ZOL had no additional effect (p0.05) on in vivo SEC. Structural data followed this trend with

  18. Laxative effects and mechanism of action of Brazilian green propolis

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    Kakino Mamoru

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Brazilian green propolis is reported to have wide range of biological properties including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-influenza, and antioxidant activities. In the digestive system, a protective effect of propolis on gastric ulcer has been reported, but a laxative effect has not yet been reported. We investigated the effect and the mechanism of action of water and ethanol extracts of Brazilian green propolis. Methods We examined the laxative effect of propolis on stool frequency by administering orally an ethanol extract of propolis (EEP or a water extract of propolis (WEP at 10, 50, 100, or 500 mg/kg to normal mice. We then investigated the effects of propolis using constipation model mice induced by two types of drugs, loperamide (a μ opioid receptor agonist and clonidine (an α-2 adrenergic receptor agonist. We also investigated the effects of WEP on gastrointestinal transit and contractional tension of the ileum to uncover the mechanism of action of WEP. Results Treatment with WEP, but not with EEP, significantly increased the weight of stools (p Conclusion These findings indicate that WEP has laxative effects both in normal mice and in clonidine-induced constipation model mice. The laxative effects of WEP might be mediated by increased contractional tension of the ileum exerted at least in part via activation of an acetylcholine receptor.

  19. [Mechanism of effect and clinical use of antiandrogens].

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    Ulrich, F E; Schneyer, U

    1977-04-15

    It is reported on the possibilities of the application of anti-androgenics, especially of cyproterone acetate. The indication extends to hirsutism, sexual deviations, growth disturbances in pubertas praecox as well as diseases of the prostate. Particularly strong standard are to be applied in the treatment of fertile women, as there exists the danger of an intrauterine feminisation of male foetuses, when a pregnancy was not absolutely excluded. Side-effects and results of animal experiments are mentioned. The therapeutic mechanism of the anti-androgenics can be explained with the help of a concurrency mechanism at the androgen receptor or acceptor. PMID:70117

  20. POSSIBLE MECHANISMS UNDERLYING THE THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION

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    Alexander eChervyakov

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS is an effective method used to diagnose and treat many neurological disorders. Although repetitive TMS (rTMS has been used to treat a variety of serious pathological conditions including stroke, depression, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, pain, and migraines, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the effects of long-term TMS remain unclear. In the present review, the effects of rTMS on neurotransmitters and synaptic plasticity are described, including the classic interpretations of TMS effects on synaptic plasticity via long-term potentiation (LTP and long-term depression (LTD. We also discuss the effects of rTMS on the genetic apparatus of neurons, glial cells and the prevention of neuronal death. The neurotrophic effects of rTMS on dendritic growth and sprouting and neurotrophic factors are described, including change in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF concentration under the influence of rTMS. Also, non-classical effects of TMS related to biophysical effects of magnetic fields are described, including the quantum effects, the magnetic spin effects, genetic magnetoreception, the macromolecular effects of TMS, and the electromagnetic theory of consciousness. Finally, we discuss possible interpretations of TMS effects according to dynamical systems theory. Evidence suggests that a rTMS-induced magnetic field should be considered a separate physical factor that can be impactful at the subatomic level and that rTMS is capable of significantly altering the reactivity of molecules (radicals. It is thought that these factors underlie the therapeutic benefits of therapy with TMS. Future research on these mechanisms will be instrumental to the development of more powerful and reliable TMS treatment protocols.

  1. Novel uses of isotope effects to elucidate enzyme reaction mechanisms

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    A new technique (Multiple Isotope Effects) for determining enzyme reaction mechanisms and intrinsic isotope effects has been developed. By determining the 13C isotope effect on V/K with both a deuterated and unlabeled substrate, and the deuterium isotope effect on V/K, it is possible to tell whether the 13C-sensitive and deuterium-sensitive steps are the same or not and, if they are different, to determine which comes first in the mechanism. If the two isotope-sensitive steps are the same, 1) deuteration increases the size of the observed 13C isotope effect, and 2) the intrinsic 13C and deuterium isotope effects, and the commitments can be calculated. When the deuterium- and 13C-sensitive steps are different, deuteration decreases the size of the observed 13C isotope effect. The data fit the equation [13(V/K)/sub H/ - 1]/[13(V/K)/sub D/ - 1] = /sup D/(V/K)//sup D/K/sub eq/ when the deuterium-sensitive step comes first, but fit the equation [13(V/K)/sub H/ - 13K/sub eq/]/[13(V/K)/sub D/ - 13K/sub eq/] = /sup D/(V/K) when the 13C-sensitive step comes first

  2. Interaction mechanisms and biological effects of static magnetic fields

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    Tenforde, T.S.

    1994-06-01

    Mechanisms through which static magnetic fields interact with living systems are described and illustrated by selected experimental observations. These mechanisms include electrodynamic interactions with moving, ionic charges (blood flow and nerve impulse conduction), magnetomechanical interactions (orientation and translation of molecules structures and magnetic particles), and interactions with electronic spin states in charge transfer reactions (photo-induced electron transfer in photosynthesis). A general summary is also presented of the biological effects of static magnetic fields. There is convincing experimental evidence for magnetoreception mechanisms in several classes of lower organisms, including bacteria and marine organisms. However, in more highly evolved species of animals, there is no evidence that the interactions of static magnetic fields with flux densities up to 2 Tesla (1 Tesla [T] = 10{sup 4} Gauss) produce either behavioral or physiolocical alterations. These results, based on controlled studies with laboratory animals, are consistent with the outcome of recent epidemiological surveys on human populations exposed occupationally to static magnetic fields.

  3. [Neurophysiological mechanisms and effects of emotional regulation on time perception].

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    Wang, Ning; Wang, Jin-Yan; Luo, Fei

    2016-08-25

    Time is an important element for cognitive processes. Timing and time perception have been investigated by neuroscientists and psychologists for many years. It is well accepted that emotions could alter our experience of time. Previous studies of the emotional modulation on temporal perception focus primarily on behavioral and psychological experiments. In recent years, studies about the neurophysiological mechanisms of time perception have made some progress. Therefore, researchers started to explore how emotions influence our sense of time on the aspects of neural networks, neurotransmitters and synaptic plasticity. In this paper, we tried to review current studies about the effects of emotional regulation on time perception and the relevant neurophysiological mechanisms. This review will help us to deeply understand the neural mechanisms of time perception. PMID:27546506

  4. Physical mechanisms of the therapeutic effect of ultrasound (a review)

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    Bailey, M. R.; Khokhlova, V. A.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.; Kargl, S. G.; Crum, L. A.

    2003-07-01

    Therapeutic ultrasound is an emerging field with many medical applications. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) provides the ability to localize the deposition of acoustic energy within the body, which can cause tissue necrosis and hemostasis. Similarly, shock waves from a lithotripter penetrate the body to comminute kidney stones, and transcutaneous ultrasound enhances the transport of chemotherapy agents. New medical applications have required advances in transducer design and advances in numerical and experimental studies of the interaction of sound with biological tissues and fluids. The primary physical mechanism in HIFU is the conversion of acoustic energy into heat, which is often enhanced by nonlinear acoustic propagation and nonlinear scattering from bubbles. Other mechanical effects from ultrasound appear to stimulate an immune response, and bubble dynamics play an important role in lithotripsy and ultrasound-enhanced drug delivery. A dramatic shift to understand and exploit these nonlinear and mechanical mechanisms has occurred over the last few years. Specific challenges remain, such as treatment protocol planning and real-time treatment monitoring. An improved understanding of the physical mechanisms is essential to meet these challenges and to further advance therapeutic ultrasound.

  5. Effects and mechanisms of grain refinement in aluminium alloys

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    K T Kashyap; T Chandrashekar

    2001-08-01

    Grain refinement plays a crucial role in improving characteristics and properties of cast and wrought aluminium alloys. Generally Al–Ti and Al–Ti–B master alloys are added to the aluminium alloys to grain refine the solidified product. The mechanism of grain refinement is of considerable controversy in the scientific literature. The nucleant effects i.e. which particle and its characteristics nucleate -Al, has been the subject of intensive research. Lately the solute effect i.e. the effect of dissolved titanium on grain refinement, has come into forefront of grain refinement research. The present paper attempts to review the literature on the nucleant effects and solute effects on grain refinement and addresses the importance of dissolved titanium in promoting nucleation of -Al on nucleant particles.

  6. Effect of Natural Fillers on Mechanical Properties of GFRP Composites

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    Vikas Dhawan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs have replaced conventional engineering materials in many areas, especially in the field of automobiles and household applications. With the increasing demand, various modifications are being incorporated in the conventional FRPs for specific applications in order to reduce costs and achieve the quality standards. The present research endeavor is an attempt to study the effect of natural fillers on the mechanical characteristics of FRPs. Rice husk, wheat husk, and coconut coir have been used as natural fillers in glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRPs. In order to study the effect of matrix on the properties of GFRPs, polyester and epoxy resins have been used. It has been found that natural fillers provide better results in polyester-based composites. Amongst the natural fillers, in general, the composites with coconut coir have better mechanical properties as compared to the other fillers in glass/epoxy composites.

  7. Effect of water on the mechanical behaviour of shales

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    Wakim, J.; Hadj-Hassen, F.; Tijani, M. [Ecole des Mines de Paris - CGES, 77 - Fontainebleau (France); Noirel, J.F. [Charbonnage de France - DTN, 57 - Freyming Merlebach (France)

    2005-07-01

    This paper aims to presenting the results of a research conducted in order to study the effect of water on the mechanical behaviour of the Lorraine Basin Colliery shale. The work performed can be divided into four main parts. The first part is dedicated to classical tests and it includes geological and mineralogical analysis as well as mechanical laboratory tests. The second part is devoted to the phenomenon of shale swelling under water effect. New procedures and equipment of testing were set up in order to characterise this swelling behaviour and to determine its model parameters. The tests performed in this second part are allowed to develop a phenomenological model which describes the elasto-visco-plastic behaviour of shales before and after saturation. The last phase of the work is dedicated to implement the new model in the finite element code VIPLEF in order to apply in tunnel excavated in swelling anisotropic rocks. (authors)

  8. Effective approach to non-relativistic quantum mechanics

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    Jacobs, David M

    2015-01-01

    Boundary conditions on non-relativistic wavefunctions are generally not completely constrained by the basic precepts of quantum mechanics, so understanding the set of possible self-adjoint extensions of the Hamiltonian is required. For real physical systems, non-trivial self-adjoint extensions have been used to model contact potentials when those interactions are expected a priori. However, they must be incorporated into the effective description of any quantum mechanical system in order to capture possible short-distance physics that does not decouple in the low energy limit. Here, an approach is described wherein an artificial boundary is inserted at an intermediate scale on which boundary conditions may encode short-distance effects that are hidden behind the boundary. Using this approach, an analysis is performed of the free particle, harmonic oscillator, and Coulomb potential in three dimensions. Requiring measurable quantities, such as spectra and cross sections, to be independent of this artificial bou...

  9. The effects of dissipation on topological mechanical systems

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    Xiong, Ye; Wang, Tianxiang; Tong, Peiqing

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically study the effects of isotropic dissipation in a topological mechanical system which is an analogue of Chern insulator in mechanical vibrational lattice. The global gauge invariance is still conserved in this system albeit it is destroyed by the dissipation in the quantum counterpart. The chiral edge states in this system are therefore robust against strong dissipation. The dissipation also causes a dispersion of damping for the eigenstates. It will modify the equation of motion of a wave packet by an extra effective force. After taking into account the Berry curvature in the wave vector space, the trace of a free wave packet in the real space should be curved, feinting to break the Newton’s first law. PMID:27605247

  10. Effective mechanism of "savings - investment": Experience of Iceland

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    Tukhtarova Evgeniia Khasanovna

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In modern conditions of deficiency of investment resources in the Russian economy is of particular practical importance of the analysis of the successful economic model to attract domestic savings of the population, as one of the major sources of investment. In article on the basis of comparative and econometric methods, analyzes the factors and prerequisites for creation of reliable and effective mechanism of "savings - investment by the example of the economy of Iceland. The aim of this study is the understanding of the prerequisites and conditions which create successful policy of attraction of population's savings in the economy. The conclusion is that in the conditions of growing crisis developments, the establishment of a sustainable mechanism savings - investments" is possible only if the implementation of an effective social policy in conjunction with the development of the financial system.

  11. Mechanism of the industrial enterprises marketing communication synthesized effect formation

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    Ya.O. Tymokhina

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the article. The main purpose of the article is to propose mechanism of the industrial enterprises marketing communication (MC synthesized effect formation. An indispensable component of MC mechanism synthesized effect of industrial enterprise is the legislation that governs use of synthesized marketing communications and obtaines synthesized effect from using them. It can be divided into three groups: legislation that regulates entrepreneurial activities, legislation governing communication activities, legislation governing innovation activities. Legislation of Ukraine regulating communication activities needs to be clarified in regulation of using the latest MC tools, features of their combination, rules of their using and order of action in violation case of applicable law. The results of the analysis. Any economic activity of enterprises governed by principles that are divided into general and specific by the level of coverage. The proposed set of formation principles of synthesized effect are principles of systematic using that focus on the result and periodicity which refer to general. Within the principle of periodicity it should consider principles that characterize each level of management that are such principles as using synthesis, using synergy and complexity. Functions of synthesized effect that are subject to general principles of economic analysis are: searching, score, analysis and accounting. Essence of specific features of MC synthesized effect consists the following positions: planning function, integration function, communicative function, synthesis implementation function. Mechanism formation MC synthesized effect of industrial enterprise is a set of systems that are used in process of its creation by management levels that reflects subject-object relationship between these systems. Input elements system form factors of external and internal environment, information about which enterprise collects through market

  12. The Aharonov-Bohm Effect in Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics

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    Li, Kang; Dulat, Sayipjamal

    2005-01-01

    The Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect in non-commutative quantum mechanics (NCQM) is studied. First, by introducing a shift for the magnetic vector potential we give the Schr$\\ddot{o}$dinger equations in the presence of a magnetic field on NC space and NC phase space, respectively. Then by solving the Schr$\\ddot{o}$dinger equations, we obtain the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) phase on NC space and NC phase space, respectively.

  13. Effect of Natural Fillers on Mechanical Properties of GFRP Composites

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    Vikas Dhawan; Sehijpal Singh; Inderdeep Singh

    2013-01-01

    Fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) have replaced conventional engineering materials in many areas, especially in the field of automobiles and household applications. With the increasing demand, various modifications are being incorporated in the conventional FRPs for specific applications in order to reduce costs and achieve the quality standards. The present research endeavor is an attempt to study the effect of natural fillers on the mechanical characteristics of FRPs. Rice husk, wheat husk, ...

  14. Bone Quality: The Mechanical Effects of Microarchitecture and Matrix Properties

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    Day, Judd

    2005-01-01

    textabstractIn this body of work we have examined some of the current concepts pertaining to the relation between bone mass, bone quality and the mechanical properties of bone. In our first series of studies we used a model of human osteoarthritis to investigate the implications of changes in the effective tissue modulus. Having established that the material properties of the trabecular bone were altered in the earliest stages of osteoarthritis, we then investigated a possible cause, namely th...

  15. Effect of Transforming Viruses on Molecular Mechanisms Associated With Cancer

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    DAYARAM, TAJHAL; Marriott, Susan J.

    2008-01-01

    Viruses have been linked to approximately 20% of all human tumors worldwide. These transforming viruses encode viral oncoproteins that interact with cellular proteins to enhance viral replication. The transcriptional and post-transcriptional effects of these viral oncoproteins ultimately result in cellular transformation. Historically, viral research has been vital to the discovery of oncogenes and tumor suppressors with more current research aiding in unraveling some mechanisms of carcinogen...

  16. PRIVATE AND PUBLIC FOOD SAFETY CONTROL MECHANISMS: INTERDEPENDENCE AND EFFECTIVENESS

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    Mojduszka, Eliza M.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we propose new research methods and approaches in the area of food safety economics that would improve the allocation and effectiveness of private and public resources and efforts in ensuring food safety. The focus is on approaches that would build a comprehensive understanding of the interdependence between private and public food safety control mechanisms, including direct regulation by process and performance safety standards, traceability requirements, product liability, an...

  17. Effects of a scalar scaling field on quantum mechanics

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    Benioff, Paul

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes the effects of a complex scalar scaling field on quantum mechanics. The field origin is an extension of the gauge freedom for basis choice in gauge theories to the underlying scalar field. The extension is based on the idea that the value of a number at one space time point does not determine the value at another point. This, combined with the description of mathematical systems as structures of different types, results in the presence of separate number fields and vector spaces as structures, at different space time locations. Complex number structures and vector spaces at each location are scaled by a complex space time dependent scaling factor. The effect of this scaling factor on several physical and geometric quantities has been described in other work. Here the emphasis is on quantum mechanics of one and two particles, their states and properties. Multiparticle states are also briefly described. The effect shows as a complex, nonunitary, scalar field connection on a fiber bundle description of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The lack of physical evidence for the presence of this field so far means that the coupling constant of this field to fermions is very small. It also means that the gradient of the field must be very small in a local region of cosmological space and time. Outside this region, there are no restrictions on the field gradient.

  18. Effects of a scalar scaling field on quantum mechanics

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    Benioff, Paul

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes the effects of a complex scalar scaling field on quantum mechanics. The field origin is an extension of the gauge freedom for basis choice in gauge theories to the underlying scalar field. The extension is based on the idea that the value of a number at one space time point does not determine the value at another point. This, combined with the description of mathematical systems as structures of different types, results in the presence of separate number fields and vector spaces as structures, at different space time locations. Complex number structures and vector spaces at each location are scaled by a complex space time dependent scaling factor. The effect of this scaling factor on several physical and geometric quantities has been described in other work. Here the emphasis is on quantum mechanics of one and two particles, their states and properties. Multiparticle states are also briefly described. The effect shows as a complex, nonunitary, scalar field connection on a fiber bundle description of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The lack of physical evidence for the presence of this field so far means that the coupling constant of this field to fermions is very small. It also means that the gradient of the field must be very small in a local region of cosmological space and time. Outside this region, there are no restrictions on the field gradient.

  19. Slow high-frequency effects in mechanics: problems, solutions, potentials

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    Thomsen, Jon Juel

    them are introduced first in terms of simple physical examples, and then in generalized form for mathematical models covering broad classes of discrete and continuous mechanical systems. Several application examples are summarized. Three mathematical tools for analyzing HFE effects are described and...... compared: The Method of Direct Separation of Motions, the Method of Averaging, and the Method of Multiple Scales. The tutorial concludes by suggesting that more vibration experts, researchers and students should know about HFE effects, for the benefit not only of general vibration troubleshooting, but also...

  20. Neural mechanisms and personality correlates of the sunk cost effect.

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    Fujino, Junya; Fujimoto, Shinsuke; Kodaka, Fumitoshi; Camerer, Colin F; Kawada, Ryosaku; Tsurumi, Kosuke; Tei, Shisei; Isobe, Masanori; Miyata, Jun; Sugihara, Genichi; Yamada, Makiko; Fukuyama, Hidenao; Murai, Toshiya; Takahashi, Hidehiko

    2016-01-01

    The sunk cost effect, an interesting and well-known maladaptive behavior, is pervasive in real life, and thus has been studied in various disciplines, including economics, psychology, organizational behavior, politics, and biology. However, the neural mechanisms underlying the sunk cost effect have not been clearly established, nor have their association with differences in individual susceptibility to the effect. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we investigated neural responses induced by sunk costs along with measures of core human personality. We found that individuals who tend to adhere to social rules and regulations (who are high in measured agreeableness and conscientiousness) are more susceptible to the sunk cost effect. Furthermore, this behavioral observation was strongly mediated by insula activity during sunk cost decision-making. Tight coupling between the insula and lateral prefrontal cortex was also observed during decision-making under sunk costs. Our findings reveal how individual differences can affect decision-making under sunk costs, thereby contributing to a better understanding of the psychological and neural mechanisms of the sunk cost effect. PMID:27611212

  1. Effects of Strain Rates on Mechanical Properties and Fracture Mechanism of DP780 Dual Phase Steel

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    Li, Shengci; Kang, Yonglin; Zhu, Guoming; Kuang, Shuang

    2015-06-01

    The mechanical properties of DP780 dual phase steel were measured by quasi-static and high-speed tensile tests at strain rates between 0.001 and 1000 s-1 at room temperature. The deformation and fracture mechanisms were analyzed by observation of the tensile fracture and microstructure near the fracture. Dynamic factor and feret ratio quantitative methods were applied to study the effect of strain rate on the microstructure and properties of DP780 steel. The constitutive relation was described by a modified Johnson-Cook and Zerilli-Armstrong model. The results showed that the strain rate sensitivity of yield strength is bigger than that of ultimate tensile strength; as strain rate increased, the formation of microcracks and voids at the ferrite/martensite interface can be alleviated; the strain rate effect is unevenly distributed in the plastic deformation region. Moreover, both models can effectively describe the experimental results, while the modified Zerilli-Armstrong model is more accurate because the strain-hardening rate of this model is independent of strain rate.

  2. Thermal and mechanical treatments for nickel and some nickel-base alloys: Effects on mechanical properties

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    Hall, A. M.; Beuhring, V. F.

    1972-01-01

    This report deals with heat treating and working nickel and nickel-base alloys, and with the effects of these operations on the mechanical properties of the materials. The subjects covered are annealing, solution treating, stress relieving, stress equalizing, age hardening, hot working, cold working, combinations of working and heat treating (often referred to as thermomechanical treating), and properties of the materials at various temperatures. The equipment and procedures used in working the materials are discussed, along with the common problems that may be encountered and the precautions and corrective measures that are available.

  3. The effect of thermo-mechanical processing on the mechanical properties of molybdenum - 2 volume % lanthana

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    Variations in oxide species and consolidation method have been shown to have a significant effect on the mechanical properties of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) molybdenum material. The mechanical behavior of molybdenum - 2 volume % La2O3 mill product forms, produced by CSM Industries by a wet doping process, were characterized over the temperature range of -150 oC to 1800 oC. The various mill product forms evaluated ranged from thin sheet stock to bar stock. Tensile properties of the material in the various product forms were not significantly affected by the vast difference in total cold work. Creep properties, however, were sensitive to the total amount of cold work as well as the starting microstructure. Stress-relieved .material had superior creep rupture properties to recrystallized material at 1200 oC, while at 1500 oC and above the opposite was observed. Thus it is necessary to match the appropriate thermo-mechanical processing and microstructure of molybdenum - 2 volume % La2O3 to the demands of the application being considered. (author)

  4. Effects of humidity on the mechanical properties of gecko setae.

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    Prowse, Michael S; Wilkinson, Matt; Puthoff, Jonathan B; Mayer, George; Autumn, Kellar

    2011-02-01

    We tested the hypothesis that an increase in relative humidity (RH) causes changes in the mechanical properties of the keratin of adhesive gecko foot hairs (setae). We measured the effect of RH on the tensile deformation properties, fracture, and dynamic mechanical response of single isolated tokay gecko setae and strips of the smooth lamellar epidermal layer. The mechanical properties of gecko setae were strongly affected by RH. The complex elastic modulus (measured at 5 Hz) of a single seta at 80% RH was 1.2 GPa, only 39% of the value when dry. An increase in RH reduced the stiffness and increased the strain to failure. The loss tangent increased significantly with humidity, suggesting that water absorption produces a transition to a more viscous type of deformation. The influence of RH on the properties of the smooth epidermal layer was comparable with that of isolated seta, with the exception of stress at rupture. These values were two to four times greater for the setae than for the smooth layer. The changes in mechanical properties of setal keratin were consistent with previously reported increases in contact forces, supporting the hypothesis that an increase in RH softens setal keratin, which increases adhesion and friction. PMID:20920615

  5. Effect of tracheostomy on pulmonary mechanics: An observational study

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    Sofi Khalid

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study was undertaken to find out the effect of early tracheostomy on weaning from mechanical ventilation. Pulmonary mechanics and arterial blood gases were assessed before and after tracheostomy in patients with severe head injury (Glasgow coma score < 8 requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. Patients and Methods: The study included 20 mechanically ventilated patients of either sex between 20 and 45 years of age, who had suffered brain injury due to head trauma during admission (Glasgow coma scores of < 8. Mean airway pressure, peak airway pressure, plateau pressure, PaO 2 and PaCO 2 were measured 24 h before and after tracheostomy. Static and dynamic compliances were calculated. Results: Plateau airway pressures were not affected by tracheostomy, but peak airway pressure was reduced (29.90 ± 3.21 cm H 2 O before tracheostomy versus 24.30 ± 1.83 cm H 2 O after tracheostomy, P < 0.001. Dynamic compliance, but not static compliance, was improved by tracheostomy. Tracheostomy did not affect PaCO 2 , but it improved PaO 2 (83.09 ± 5.99 mmHg before versus 90.84 ± 5.61 mmHg after, P ≤ 0.001. Conclusions: The work of breathing through a tracheostomy tube may be less than through an endotracheal tube of same internal diameter.

  6. Mephedrone: Public health risk, mechanisms of action, and behavioral effects.

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    Dybdal-Hargreaves, Nicholas F; Holder, Nicholas D; Ottoson, Paige E; Sweeney, Melanie D; Williams, Tyisha

    2013-08-15

    The recent shortage of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) has led to an increased demand for alternative amphetamine-like drugs such as the synthetic cathinone, 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone). Despite the re-classification of mephedrone as a Class B restricted substance by the United Kingdom and restrictive legislation by the United States, international policy regarding mephedrone control is still developing and interest in synthetic amphetamine-like drugs could drive the development of future mephedrone analogues. Currently, there is little literature investigating the mechanism of action and long-term effects of mephedrone. As such, we reviewed the current understanding of amphetamines, cathinones, and cocaine emphasizing the potentially translational aspects to mephedrone, as well as contrasting with the work that has been done specifically on mephedrone in order to present the current state of understanding of mephedrone in terms of its risks, mechanisms, and behavioral effects. Emerging research suggests that while there are structural and behavioral similarities of mephedrone with amphetamine-like compounds, it appears that serotonergic signaling may mediate more of mephedrone's effects unlike the more dopaminergic dependent effects observed in traditional amphetamine-like compounds. As new designer drugs are produced, current and continuing research on mephedrone and other synthetic cathinones should help inform policymakers' decisions regarding the regulation of novel 'legal highs.' PMID:23764466

  7. Sex hormone effects on autonomic mechanisms of thermoregulation in humans.

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    Charkoudian, Nisha; Stachenfeld, Nina

    2016-04-01

    Autonomic mechanisms are fundamental to human physiological thermoregulation, and female reproductive hormones have substantial influences on several aspects of these mechanisms. Of these, the best recognized are the thermoregulatory responses that occur at menopause (hot flushes) and the changes in body temperature within the menstrual cycle which may help couples predict ovulation. Our goal in this brief review is to summarize current knowledge regarding the influences of reproductive hormones on autonomic mechanisms in human thermoregulation. In general, estrogens tend to promote lower body temperatures via augmentation of heat dissipation responses, whereas progesterone tends to promote higher body temperatures. Recent evidence suggests specific influences of estrogens on central autonomic nuclei involved in control of skin blood flow and sweating. Estrogens also augment vasodilation by direct effects on peripheral blood vessels. Influences of progesterone are less well understood, but include both centrally regulated changes in thermoregulatory set-point as well as and peripheral effects, including augmented vasoconstriction in the skin. We conclude with a brief discussion of thermoregulatory adjustments associated with changing hormone levels during menopause, pregnancy and polycystic ovary syndrome. PMID:26674572

  8. Mechanism of sulfide effect on viscosity of HPAM polymer solution

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    康万利; 周阳; 王志伟; 孟令伟; 刘述忍; 白宝君

    2008-01-01

    The effect of sulfide on HPAM solution viscosity was studied using BROOKFIELD DV-II viscometer,and the interaction mechanism was discussed.The HPAM solution viscosity was investigated through fully reducing sulfide by the addition of hydrogen peroxide oxidation,and the mechanism of increasing polymer viscosity was investigated.The experimental results also show that there is a critical concentration of 15 mg/L.Below it,the loss rate of HPAM solution viscosity increases more rapidly,but becomes slowly above the critical concentration.A theoretical guidance for oilfields to prepare polymer solution using sewage-water by eliminating sulfide,and it is also importance to prepare polymer solution using sewage-water and save fresh water.

  9. The effects and mechanisms of Gushudan against osteoporosis

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    LIU Zheng; ZHANG Dan; LI Fa-mei; LI Jian-chun

    2008-01-01

    Objective To evaluate and analyze the preventive and therapeutic effects of Gushudan on osteoporosis in rats after administrated prednisolone and investigate the mechanisms by study Osteoblast-like cells. Methods 60 Wistar male rats were divided into 6 groups: normal control group, model control group, Gushudan Prescription groups of 3, 1,0.3 g/kg dose, Gushukang 1 g·kg-1 group. The effect was observed by measuring the levels of blood calcium, blood phosphorus, blood BGP content, bone calcium, bone phosphorus, bone density and bone biomechanies. Results After 8 weeks, Gushudan significantly increases the bone density, bone biomechanics, blood BGP content, bone calcium, bone phosphorus in model control group rats. Conclusions Gushudan can increases bone density, bone biomechanies, blood BGP content, bone calcium and bone phosphorus induced by prednisolone. These results suggest that Gushudan has a distinct preventive and therapeutic effect on osteoporosis rats caused by administrated prednisolone.

  10. Evanescent radiation, quantum mechanics and the Casimir effect

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    Schatten, Kenneth H.

    1989-01-01

    An attempt to bridge the gap between classical and quantum mechanics and to explain the Casimir effect is presented. The general nature of chaotic motion is discussed from two points of view: the first uses catastrophe theory and strange attractors to describe the deterministic view of this motion; the underlying framework for chaos in these classical dynamic systems is their extreme sensitivity to initial conditions. The second interpretation refers to randomness associated with probabilistic dynamics, as for Brownian motion. The present approach to understanding evanescent radiation and its relation to the Casimir effect corresponds to the first interpretation, whereas stochastic electrodynamics corresponds to the second viewpoint. The nonlinear behavior of the electromagnetic field is also studied. This well-understood behavior is utilized to examine the motions of two orbiting charges and shows a closeness between the classical behavior and the quantum uncertainty principle. The evanescent radiation is used to help explain the Casimir effect.

  11. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND SIZE EFFECTS OF SINGLE CRYSTAL SILICON

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    HAN Guangping; LIU Kai; WANG Xiuhong

    2006-01-01

    Six kinds of micro bridge-beam specimens with different sizes are fabricated using photolithography technology for bending test. Beam specimens with trapezoidal section could be representatives of those with rectangle and square section, which are usually applied in MEMS. Nano indentation method used in bending test can be applied to both elastic and plastic materials. Also, some mechanical properties parameters such as the modulus of elasticity, hardness and the bending strength are obtained. The average modulus of elasticity of SCS is 170.295 0±2.485 0 GPa, showing no size effects, but the bending strength ranges from 3.24 GPa to 10.15 GPa, displaying strong size effects,and the average hardness is 9.496 7± 1.753 3 GPa, in which no obvious size effects are observed.

  12. Effect of diet on mechanical properties of horse's hair.

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    Kania, Małgorzata; Mikołajewska, Dorota; Marycz, Krzysztof; Kobielarz, Magdalena

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this research was to assess the effect of diet supplementation with zinc and copper, in different chemical forms (organic and inorganic), on the mechanical properties of the hair of healthy English thoroughbred horses. Hairs were taken from 18 horses which had been fed with oats and hay for a period of 110 days. Twelve of the horses had been additionally given a daily dose of 700 g of highquality 44-ingredients Fohlengold St-Hippolyt muesli made by Muhle Ebert Dilheim. Six of them had received the muesli-containing organic zinc and copper (OS), while the other six horses had received the muesli-containing inorganic zinc and copper (IS). The mechanical properties of the hairs before and after the supplementation period were tested in a Synergie 100 (MTS) testing machine. Each of the hairs was loaded at a constant rate of 20 mm/min until rupture. Young modulus (E), breaking stress (Ru) and yield point (Rs) of the particular hairs were determined. No significant changes in the mechanical parameters were observed in the reference group in which the horses were fed with only oats and hay for the whole experimental period of 110 days. The supplementation of the diet with inorganic zinc and copper resulted in an increase in the elasticity and diameter of the hairs and in a simultaneous reduction in their strength. Whereas organic zinc and copper caused an increase in the elasticity and strength of the hairs and a simultaneous reduction in their diameter. It has been shown that the organic form of the supplemented trace zinc and copper (mainly copper) elements has a beneficial effect on the mechanical properties of the hairs since it results in an increase in both their elasticity and strength. PMID:20131751

  13. Compliance of high strength commercial glass to mechanical effects

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    To study the mechanical susceptibility of hiah-strength commercial glasses, the glass surface inclination to damage and defects accumulation has been investigated. The data are presented characterizing changes in the defectiveness and to microimpact shock effects on their surfaces. The glasses of various composition are differentiated due to their capability to accumulate defects and strength lose, with the constant energy of impact shock a distinct relation between the glass defectiveness and their structural parameters is observed. The stability of glasses with differently hardened (modifyied) surface against damage has been studied. It was found reasonable from studies to use various polymeric films as protective coatings for low-faulty glass surface

  14. Hypoxic preconditioning: effect, mechanism and clinical implication (Part 1).

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    Lu, Guo-wei; Shao, Guo

    2014-11-01

    Hypoxic preconditioning (HPC) refers to exposure of organisms, systems, organs, tissues or cells to moderate hypoxia/ischemia that is able to result in a resistance to subsequent severe hypoxia/ischemia in tissues and cells. The effects exerted by HPC are well documented. The original local in situ (LiHPC) is now broadened to remote ectopic organs-tissues (ReHPC) and extended crossly to cross pluripotential HPC(CpHPC) induced by a variety of stresses other than hypoxia/ischemia, including cancer, for example. We developed a unique animal model of repetitive autohypoxia in adult mice, and studied systematically on the effects and mechanisms of HPC on the model in our laboratory since the early 1960s. The tolerances to hypoxia and protection from injury increased significantly in this model. The adult mice behave like hypoxia-intolerant mammalian newborns and hypoxia-tolerant adult animals during their exposure to repetitive autohypoxia. The overall energy supply and demand decreased, the microorganization of the brain maintained and the spacial learning and memory ability improved but not impaired, the detrimental neurochemicals such as free radicals down-regulated and the beneficial neurochemicals such as adenosine(ADO) and antihypoxic gene(s)/factor(s) (AHGs/AHFs) up-regulated. Accordingly, we hypothesize that mechanisms for the tolerance/protective effects of HPC are fundamentally depending on energy saving and brain plasticity in particular. It is thought that these two major mechanisms are triggered by exposure to hypoxia/ischemia via oxygen sensing-transduction pathways and HIF-1 initiation cascades. We suggest that HPC is an intrinsic mechanism developed in biological evolution and is a novel potential strategy for fighting against hypoxia-ischemia and other stresses. Motivation of endogenous antihypoxic potential, activation of oxygen sensing--signal transduction systems and supplement of exogenous antihypoxic substances as well as development of HPC

  15. Effects and mechanisms of silibinin on human hepatoma cell lines

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    2007-01-01

    AIM: To investigate in vitro effects and mechanisms of silibinin on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell growth. METHODS: Human HCC cell lines were treated with different doses of silibinin. The effects of silibinin on HCC cell growth and proliferation, apoptosis, cell cycle progression, histone acetylation, and other related signal transductions were systematically examined. RESULTS: We demonstrated that silibinin significantly reduced the growth of HUH7, HepG2, Hep3B, and PLC/PRF/5 human hepatoma cells. Silibinin-reduced HuH7 cell growth was associated with significantly upregulated p21/CDK4 and p27/CDK4 complexes, downregulated Rb-phosphorylation and E2F1/DP1 complex. Silibinin promoted apoptosis of HuH7 cells that was associated with down-regulated survivin and upregulated activated caspase-3 and -9. Silibinin's anti angiogenic effects were indicated by down-regulated metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) and CD34. We found that silibinin-reduced growth of HuH7 cells was associated with increased activity of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN) and decreased p-Akt production, indicating the role of PTEN/ PI3K/Akt pathway in silibinin-mediated anti-HCC effects. We also demonstrated that silibinin increased acetylation of histone H3 and H4 (AC-H3 and AC-H4), indicating a possible role of altered histone acetylation in silibininreduced HCC cell proliferation.CONCLUSION: Our results defined silibinin's in vitro anti-HCC effects and possible mechanisms, and provided a rationale to further test silibinin for HCC chemoprevention.

  16. Effect of Carbon Nanofiber on Mechanical Behavior of Asphalt Concrete

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    Saeed Ghaffarpour Jahromi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Uses of fibers to improve material properties have a scientific background in recent years in civil engineering. Use of Nanofiber reinforcement of materials refers to incorporating materials with desired properties within some other materials lacking those properties. Use of fibers for improvement is not a new phenomenon as the technique of fiber-reinforced bitumen began as early as 1950, but using nanofiber is a new idea. In this research the mechanical properties of asphalt mixture that have been modified with carbon nanofiber were investigated using mechanical tests, which can improve the performance of flexible pavements. To evaluate the effect of nanofiber contents on bituminous mixtures, laboratory investigations were carried out on the samples with and without nanofibers. During the course of this study, various tests were undertaken applying the Marshall test, indirect tensile test, resistance to fatigue cracking by using repeated load indirect tensile test and creep test. Carbon nanofiber exhibited consistency in results and it was observed that the addition of nanofiber can change the properties of bituminous mixtures, increase its stability and decrease the flow value. Results indicate that nanofiber have the potential to resist structural distress in the pavement and thus improve fatigue by increasing resistance to cracks or permanent deformation, when growing traffic loads. On the whole, the results show that the addition of carbon nanofiber will improve some of the mechanical properties such as fatigue and deformation in the flexible pavement.

  17. Effective mechanical properties of concentric cylindrical composites with auxetic phase

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    Strek, Tomasz [Institute of Applied Mechanics, Poznan University of Technology, ul. Jana Pawla 24 (A5), 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Jopek, Hubert [Periscope Foundation, ul. Sloneczna 18, 62-020 Swarzedz (Poland)

    2012-07-15

    Materials with unusual mechanical properties can be potentially used as matrices to create high-performance lightweight composites. The appearance of materials with negative Poisson's ratio (auxetics), has led to the evaluation of auxetic composites for possible engineering applications. Because the experimental evaluation of composites with specific properties is expensive and time consuming, computational modelling and simulation provide efficient alternatives to predict the parameters of the composites. In this paper a finite element method was used to find the engineering constants (Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio) of auxetic composites consisting of concentric cylindrical inclusions made of combinations of auxetic and classic (non-auxetic) materials. It has been observed that not only the mechanical properties of the different composite phases influence the effective mechanical properties of the whole composite, but also the location of the same material phases do matter. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Simvastatin effects on detoxification mechanisms in Danio rerio embryos.

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    Cunha, V; Santos, M M; Moradas-Ferreira, P; Ferreira, M

    2016-06-01

    The transcription and protein activity of defence mechanisms such as ABC transporters, phase I and II of cellular detoxification and antioxidant enzymes can be altered in the presence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals impacting the overall detoxification mechanism. The present work aimed to characterise the effects of simvastatin on the detoxification mechanisms of embryonic stages of Danio rerio. In a first approach, constitutive transcription of key genes involved in detoxification was determined. Embryos were collected at different developmental stages, and transcription patterns of genes coding for ABC transporters, phase I and II and oxidative stress were analysed. With exception of abcc2, all genes seem to be from maternal transfer (0-2 hpf). Embryos were then exposed to different concentrations of simvastatin (5 and 50 μg/L), verapamil and MK571 (10 μM; ABC protein inhibitors) and a combination of simvastatin and ABC inhibitors. mRNA expression levels of abcb4, abcc1, abcc2, abcg2, cyp1a, cyp3a65, gst, sod, cat was evaluated. Accumulation assays to measure ABC proteins activity and activity of EROD, GST, CAT and Cu/ZnSOD, were also undertaken. Simvastatin acted as a weak inhibitor of ABC proteins and increased EROD and GST activity, whereas Cu/ZnSOD and CAT activity were decreased. Simvastatin up-regulated abcb4 and cyp3a65 transcription (both concentrations), as well as abcc1 and abcc2 at 50 μg/L, and down-regulated gst, sod, cat at 5 μg/L. In conclusion, our data revealed the interaction of simvastatin with detoxification mechanisms highlighting the importance of monitoring the presence of this emerging contaminant in aquatic environments. PMID:27040680

  19. Effects of elastic anisotropy on mechanical behavior of intermetallic compounds

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    Fundamental aspects of the deformation and fracture behavior of ordered intermetallic compounds are examined within the framework of linear anisotropic elasticity theory of dislocations and cracks. The orientation dependence and the tension/compression asymmetry of yield stress are explained in terms of the anisotropic coupling effect of non-glide stresses to the glide strain. The anomalous yield behavior is related to the disparity (edge/screw) of dislocation mobility and the critical stress required for the dislocation multiplication mechanism of Frank-Read type. The slip-twin conjugate relationship, extensive faulting, and pseudo-twinning (martensitic transformation) at a crack tip can be enhanced also by the anisotropic coupling effect, which may lead to transformation toughening of shear type

  20. Excavation effect on thermo hydro- mechanical behaviour of geological barrier

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    Heat emitted by nuclear waste has great influences on mechanical and hydraulic properties of the surrounded media and also on the movement of water, vapour and air. Due to the complexity of the phenomena that might take place in a waste repository, an adequate understanding of the behaviour of the barriers is not an easy task. The difficulty of the task is increased by the fact that many effect s are coupled. In order to study these effects, series of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical formulations are used. The first step in a theoretical development of a fully coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical model for an unsaturated soil, is choosing the adequate and independent variables which would be able to present all significant interaction effects among the different components involved in a coupled process in a deformable unsaturated porous medium with three phases (skeleton, water and air)under heating. The phase changes between liquid and gas, evaporation, condensation, induced moisture transfer under thermal and pore pressure gradients and the effects of moisture distribution on the heat flow are important aspects in non-deformable unsaturated porous media. If the deformation of porous media is considered, the coupling effects among deformation, moisture, and heat should be also regarded in addition to all above aspects. The governing equations are the equation of equilibrium and constitutive law for solid skeleton, mass conservation and fluid transfer for water and air, and Fourier law and conservation equation for energy. Due to the fact that water phase consists of liquid and vapour two sets of transfer equations are used for water phase: Philip and de Vries law for vapour and Darcy law for liquid. Darcy law is also used for air transfer. In the presented formulations, due to the fact that the medium is assumed to be deformable, the effects of deformation on the temperature and suction distribution in soil and the inverse effects must be included. In order to include

  1. Unraveling quantum mechanical effects in water using isotopic fractionation

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    Markland, Thomas E

    2013-01-01

    When two phases of water are at equilibrium, the ratio of hydrogen isotopes in each is slightly altered due to their different phase affinities. This isotopic fractionation process can be utilized to analyze water's movement in the world's climate. Here we show that equilibrium fractionation ratios, an entirely quantum mechanical property, also provide a sensitive probe to assess the magnitude of nuclear quantum fluctuations in water. By comparing the predictions of a series of water models, we show that those describing the OH chemical bond as rigid or harmonic greatly over-predict the magnitude of isotope fractionation. Models that account for anharmonicity in this coordinate are shown to provide much more accurate results due to their ability to give partial cancellation between inter and intra-molecular quantum effects. These results give evidence of the existence of competing quantum effects in water and allow us to identify how this cancellation varies across a wide range of temperatures. In addition, t...

  2. Effect of polybutenes on mechanical and physical properties of polypropylene

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    This study investigated the effect of polybutene (PIB) of molecular weights ranging from 480 the 1.600 g/mol in polypropylene homopolymer. Compositions with 0, 3, 5 and 7% of PIB were prepared in internal mixer and compression moulded. The properties evaluated were: tensile strength, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and melt flow index (IF). The results of mechanical tests showed that the presence of the plasticizer reduced the tensile strength, elastic modulus and hardness. The analysis of XRD showed a drop in the degree of crystallinity of PP/PIB blends. The micrographs obtained by SEM did not reveal the occurrence of the phase separation. The IF analysis confirm the effect of PIB as internal lubricant's, by increasing the rate of flow. (author)

  3. Modeling of biological doses and mechanical effects on bone transduction

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    Shear stress, hormones like parathyroid and mineral elements like calcium mediate the amplitude of stimulus signal which affects the rate of bone remodeling. The current study investigates the theoretical effects of different metabolic doses in stimulus signal level on bone. The model was built considering the osteocyte as the sensing center mediated by coupled mechanical shear stress and some biological factors. The proposed enhanced model was developed based on previously published works dealing with different aspects of bone transduction. It describes the effects of physiological doses variations of Calcium, Parathyroid Hormone, Nitric Oxide and Prostaglandin E2 on the stimulus level sensed by osteocytes in response to applied shear stress generated by interstitial fluid flow. We retained the metabolic factors (Parathyroid Hormone, Nitric Oxide, and Prostaglandin E2) as parameters of bone cell mechanosensitivity because stimulation/inhibition of induced pathways stimulates osteogenic response in vivo. We t...

  4. The effect of mechanical alloying on microstructure and mechanical properties of MoSi2 prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Highlights: • Powders of Mo and Si according to MoSi2 stoichiometry were mechanically alloyed. • The as milled powder mixture was sintered using spark plasma sintering. • We investigated the microstructure and mechanical properties of samples. - Abstract: In this research the effect of mechanical alloying on the in situ synthesis–sintering behavior and mechanical properties of MoSi2 has been investigated. The Mo and Si powders according to MoSi2 stoichiometric composition were mechanically alloyed at different times. Then, the powders were subjected to spark plasma sintering process for preparing monolithic MoSi2. X-ray diffraction pattern of the sintered samples showed that by increasing the mechanical alloying time, Mo5Si3 has been formed. It seems that the formation of Mo5Si3 is due to the effect of mechanical alloying on microstructure and thermodynamic condition of the reaction

  5. Unified description of intrinsic spin-Hall effect mechanisms

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    The intrinsic spin-Hall effects (SHEs) in p-doped semiconductors (Murakami et al Science 301 1348) and two-dimensional electron gases with Rashba spin-orbit coupling (Sinova et al 2004 Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 126603) have been the subject of many theoretical studies, but their driving mechanisms have yet to be described in a unified manner. The former effect arises from the adiabatic topological curvature of momentum space, from which holes acquire a spin-dependent anomalous velocity. The SHE in Rashba systems, on the other hand, results from momentum-dependent spin dynamics in the presence of an external electric field. Our motivation in this paper is to address the disparity between the two mechanisms and, in particular, to clarify whether there is any underlying link between the two effects. In this endeavor, we consider the explicit time dependence of SHE systems starting with a general spin-orbit model in the presence of an electric field. We find that by performing a gauge transformation of the general model with respect to time, a well-defined gauge field appears in time space which has the physical significance of an effective magnetic field. This magnetic field is shown to precisely account for the SHE in the Rashba system in the adiabatic limit. Remarkably, by applying the same limit to the equations of motion of the general model, this magnetic field is also found to be the underlying origin of the anomalous velocity due to the momentum-space curvature. Thus, our study unifies the two seemingly disparate intrinsic SHEs under a common adiabatic framework.

  6. Antiatherogenic effects of n-3 fatty acids - evidence and mechanisms

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    Antonella Zampolli

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available N-3 (omega-3 (polyunsaturated fatty acids are thought to display a variety of beneficial effects for human health. Clues to the occurrence of cardiovascular protective effects have been, however, the spur for the first biomedical interest in these compounds, and are the best documented. Historically, the epidemiologic association between dietary consumption of n-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular protection was first suggested by Bang and Dyerberg, who identified the high consumption of fish, and therefore, of fish oil-derived n-3 fatty acids, as the likely explanation for the strikingly low rate of coronary heart disease events reported in the Inuit population. Since their initial reports, research has proceeded in parallel to provide further evidence for their cardioprotection and to understand underlying mechanisms. Decreased atherogenesis is currently thought to be a part of the cardiovascular protection by n-3 fatty acids. This article summarizes the evidence for such a claim and the mechanisms putatively involved. (Heart International 2006; 3-4: 141-54

  7. Iodine Deficiency and the Brain: Effects and Mechanisms.

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    Redman, Kahla; Ruffman, Ted; Fitzgerald, Penelope; Skeaff, Sheila

    2016-12-01

    Iodine is an essential micronutrient needed in human diets. As iodine is an integral component of thyroid hormone, it mediates the effects of thyroid hormone on brain development. Iodine deficiency is the most prevalent and preventable cause of mental impairment in the world. The exact mechanism through which iodine influences the brain is unclear, but is generally thought to begin with genetic expression. Many brain structures and systems appear to be affected with iodine deficiency, including areas such as the hippocampus, microstructures such as myelin, and neurotransmitters. The clearest evidence comes from the studies examining cognition in the cases of iodine deprivation or interventions involving iodine supplementation. Nevertheless, there are many inconsistencies and gaps in the literature of iodine deficiency, especially over the lifespan. This paper summarizes the literature on this topic, suggests a causal mechanism for iodine's effect on the brain, and indicates areas for the future research (e.g., using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional MRI to examine how iodine supplementation facilitates cognitive functioning). PMID:25880137

  8. Specimen Size Effects on Mechanical Properties of Small-scale Mechanical Testing

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    In this study, the specimen size effects on the yield stress are systematically investigated for a bulk metastable austenitic alloy with grain sizes of 0.3, 0.6, and 2 mm. Microcompression tests have been performed on micropillars with a diameter ranging from 0.6 to 18 mm, which enables a wide range of the specimen to grain size ratio (D/d) of 0.5∼30 to be studied. The yield stresses were found to decrease with decreasing specimen size, especially when D/d is below a critical value. The critical value was decreasing function of grain size and the density of lattice defects. Care should be taken when determining micropillar size to evaluate bulk mechanical properties for nanocrystalline materials, since the critical D/d value is increasing with decreasing grain size and the weakening is more pronounced in micropillar than flat tensile specimen geometry. The stresses were found to decrease with decreasing specimen size when the value of the specimen size (s) divided by material's grain size (d) becomes smaller than a critical value. Note that s/d is approximately the number of grains across the specimen size. In practical viewpoint, the value of the critical size is of primary interest in order to determine the specimen size for obtaining bulk mechanical properties. The accumulated experimental results for size-induced weakening suggest that critical values of a material depend on grain size, specimen geometry and stacking fault energy. In other words, critical values for weakening is a complex function of intrinsic (microstructure, stacking fault energy) and extrinsic (specimen geometry) effects. While the dependence of the critical values on the intrinsic or extrinsic parameter of a specimen is evident, systematic studies to date have been limited. In this study, size effects on yield stresses are investigated for microcompression tests of a metastable bulk austenitic alloy with the pillar diameter to grain size ratio in a wide range from 0.5 to 30. The

  9. Effects of nanoparticles on the mechanical functioning of the lung.

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    Arick, Davis Q; Choi, Yun Hwa; Kim, Hyun Chang; Won, You-Yeon

    2015-11-01

    Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field that has very promising applications that will improve industry, medicine, and consumer products. However, despite the growing widespread use of engineered nanoparticles in these areas, very little has been done to assess the potential health risks they may pose to high-risk areas of the body, particularly the lungs. In this review we first briefly discuss the structure of the lungs and establish that the pulmonary surfactant (PS), given its vulnerability and huge contribution to healthy lung function, is a mechanism of great concern when evaluating potential nanoparticle interactions within the lung. To warrant that these interactions can occur, studies on the transport of nanoaerols are reviewed to highlight that a plethora of factors contribute to a nanoparticle's ability to travel to the deep regions of the lung where PS resides. The focus of this review is to determine the extent that physicochemical characteristics of nanoparticles such as size, hydrophobicity, and surface charge effect PS function. Numerous nanoparticle types are taken into consideration in order to effectively evaluate observed consistencies across numerous nanoparticle types and develop general trends that exist among the physicochemical characteristics of interest. Biological responses from other mechanisms/components of the lung are briefly discussed to provide further insights on how the toxicology of different nanoparticles is determined. We conclude by discussing general trends that summarize consistencies observed among the studies in regard to physicochemical properties and their effects on monolayer function, addressing current gaps in our understanding, and discussing the future outlook of this field of research. PMID:26494653

  10. Exact solution of the classical mechanical quadratic Zeeman effect

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    Sambhu N Datta; Anshu Pandey

    2007-06-01

    We address the curious problem of quadratic Zeeman effect at the classical mechanical level. The problem has been very well understood for decades, but an analytical solution of the equations of motion is still to be found. This state of affairs persists because the simultaneous presence of the Coulombic and quadratic terms lowers the dynamical symmetry. Energy and orbital angular momentum are still constants of motion. We find the exact solutions by introducing the concept of an image ellipse. The quadratic effect leads to a dilation of space–time, and a one-to-one correspondence is observed for pairs of physical quantities like energy and angular momentum, and the maximum and minimum distances from the Coulomb center for the Zeeman orbit and the corresponding pairs for the image ellipse. Thus, instead of finding additional conserved quantities, we find constants of motion for an additional dynamics, namely, the image problem. The trajectory is open, in agreement with Bertrand's theorem, but necessarily bound. A stable unbound trajectory does not exist for real values of energy and angular momentum. The radial distance, the angle covered in the plane of the orbit, and the time are uniquely determined by introducing further the concept of an image circle. While the radial distance is defined in a closed form as a transcendental function of the image-circular angle, the corresponding orbit angle and time variables are found in the form of two convergent series expansions. The latter two variables are especially contracted, thereby leading to a precession of the open cycles around the Coulomb center. It is expected that the space–time dilation effect observed here would somehow influence the solution of the quantum mechanical problem at the non-relativistic level.

  11. Early metabolic effects and mechanism of ammonium transport in yeast

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    Studies were performed to define the effects and mechanism of NH+4 transport in yeast. The following results were obtained. Glucose was a better facilitator than ethanol-H2O2 for ammonium transport; low concentrations of uncouplers or respiratory inhibitors could inhibit the transport with ethanol as the substrate. With glucose, respiratory inhibitors showed only small inhibitory effects, and only high concentrations of azide or trifluoromethoxy carbonylcyanide phenylhydrazone could inhibit ammonium transport. Ammonium in the free state could be concentrated approximately 200-fold by the cells. Also, the addition of ammonium produced stimulation of both respiration and fermentation; an increased rate of H+ extrusion and an alkalinization of the interior of the cell; a decrease of the membrane potential, as monitored by fluorescent cyanine; an immediate decrease of the levels of ATP and an increase of ADP, which may account for the stimulation of both fermentation and respiration; and an increase of the levels of inorganic phosphate. Ammonium was found to inhibit 86Rb+ transport much less than K+. Also, while K+ produced a competitive type of inhibition, that produced by NH4+ was of the noncompetitive type. From the distribution ratio of ammonium and the pH gradient, an electrochemical potential gradient of around -180 mV was calculated. The results indicate that ammonium is transported in yeast by a mechanism similar to that of monovalent alkaline cations, driven by a membrane potential. The immediate metabolic effects of this cation seem to be due to an increased [H+]ATPase, to which its transport is coupled. However, the carriers seem to be different. The transport system studied in this work was that of low affinity

  12. Mechanical systems vibrating longitudinally with the transportation effect

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    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: High work speeds of mechanisms, using materials with high flexibility, high precision of work, etc. are the cause of searching of the new ways of modelling. One of these ways is presented in this thesis. The main purpose of this thesis is the dynamical analysis with taking into consideration the interaction between main motion and local vibrations during the model is loaded by longitudinal forces.Design/methodology/approach: Derived equations of motion were made by classical methods, with generalized coordinates and generalized velocities assumed as orthogonal projections of individual coordinates and velocities of the rod and manipulators to axes of the global inertial frame.Findings: Mathematical model of the longitudinally vibrating systems in terms of plane motion can be put to use to derivation of the dynamical flexibility of these systems, and also those equations are the starting point to the analysis of complex systems, especially we can use those equations to derivation of the substitute dynamical flexibility of n-linked systems in transportation.Research limitations/implications: In the thesis were considered mechanical systems vibrating longitudinally in terms of rotation. Next problem of dynamical analysis is the analysis of systems in non-planar transportation and systems loaded by transversal forces.Practical implications: Results of this thesis can be put to use into machines and mechanisms in transportation such as: wind power plant, high speed turbines, rotors, manipulators and in aerodynamics issues, etc.Originality/value: Up to now there were analyzed beams and rods in a separate way, first main motion of the system and after that the local vibrations. The new approach of modelling were presented by authors of this thesis, a new modelling took into consideration the interaction between those two displacement. There was defined the transportation effect for models vibrating longitudinally in this thesis.

  13. Molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of acupuncture on neuropathic pain**

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    Ziyong Ju; Huashun Cui; Xiaohui Guo; Huayuan Yang; Jinsen He; Ke Wang

    2013-01-01

    Acupuncture has been used to treat neuropathic pain for a long time, but its mechanisms of action remain unknown. In this study, we observed the effects of electroacupuncture and manual acu-puncture on neuropathic pain and on ephrin-B/EphB signaling in rats models of chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain. The results showed that manual acupuncture and elec-puncture significantly reduced mechanical hypersensitivity fol owing chronic constriction injury, es-pecial y electroacupuncture treatment. Real-time PCR results revealed that ephrin-B1/B3 and EphB1/B2 mRNA expression levels were significantly increased in the spinal dorsal horns of chronic constriction injury rats. Electroacupuncture and manual acupuncture suppressed the high sion of ephrin-B1 mRNA, and elevated EphB3/B4 mRNA expression. Electroacupuncture signifi-cantly enhanced the mRNA expression of ephrin-B3 and EphB3/B6 in the dorsal horns of neuro-pathic pain rats. Western blot results revealed that electroacupuncture in particular, and manual acupuncture, significantly up-regulated ephrin-B3 protein levels in rat spinal dorsal horns. The re-sults of this study suggest that acupuncture could activate ephrin-B/EphB signaling in neuropathic pain rats and improve neurological function.

  14. Effects of lead on the killing mechanisms of polymorphonuclear leukocytes

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    The effects of lead on the killing mechanisms of rat polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) were investigated, using male Long-Evans rats exposed to 1% lead acetate in the drinking water for varying periods of time to achieve blood lead levels ranging from 20-200 μg/dl. Studies of PMN bacterial and fungal killing activity, chemotaxis and phagocytosis demonstrated that: 1) bactericidal activity of PMN from rats exposed to lead was not altered; 2) chemotactic activity remained within normal limits; 3) the phagocytic ability of the PMN also remained unaltered. In addition to these normal findings, one major abnormality was demonstrated: a significant decrease in the ability of PMN from rats exposed to lead to kill Candida albicans. This defect was not related to age or to length of exposure. It could not be produced by addition of lead to the test system in vitro. Further investigation revealed significant decreases in PMN glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, catalase, and myeloperoxidase activities. These data support two possible mechanisms for the abnormal fungicidal activity of PMN from lead-exposed rats: decrease in ability to reduce oxygen to active metabolites, or reduction in myeloperoxidase activity due to diminshed synthesis of the heme moiety required for its function

  15. Thinking about thinking: Neural mechanisms and effects on memory.

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    Bonhage, Corinna; Weber, Friederike; Exner, Cornelia; Kanske, Philipp

    2016-02-15

    It is a well-established finding that memory encoding is impaired if an external secondary task (e.g. tone discrimination) is performed simultaneously. Yet, while studying we are also often engaged in internal secondary tasks such as planning, ruminating, or daydreaming. It remains unclear whether such a secondary internal task has similar effects on memory and what the neural mechanisms underlying such an influence are. We therefore measured participants' blood oxygenation level dependent responses while they learned word-pairs and simultaneously performed different types of secondary tasks (i.e., internal, external, and control). Memory performance decreased in both internal and external secondary tasks compared to the easy control condition. However, while the external task reduced activity in memory-encoding related regions (hippocampus), the internal task increased neural activity in brain regions associated with self-reflection (anterior medial prefrontal cortex), as well as in regions associated with performance monitoring and the perception of salience (anterior insula, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex). Resting-state functional connectivity analyses confirmed that anterior medial prefrontal cortex and anterior insula/dorsal anterior cingulate cortex are part of the default mode network and salience network, respectively. In sum, a secondary internal task impairs memory performance just as a secondary external task, but operates through different neural mechanisms. PMID:26673113

  16. Fundamental aspects: mechanisms of carcinogenesis and dose-effect relationship

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    Onco-genesis is a multistep process, which is the outcome of the accumulation in a single cell of genetic and epigenetic events. The events alter proto-oncogenes, which are converted into oncogenes with gain of function and tumor suppressor genes with loss of function. Cellular mechanisms (e.g. apoptosis) protect tissues against the malignant transformation of cells and limit, for each tissue, the combinations of efficient genetic alterations. The number of genetic events required for conversion to malignancy is still debated, but, at least in the case of many solid tumors (e.g. colon carcinomas), this number may be as high as seven to eight, which implies that a genetic instability occurs during cancer progression. In most cancers the probability of occurrence of oncogenic genetic events is increased by exposure to behavioural and environmental factors. In the case of chemical carcinogens, the dose-effect relationship is strongly affected by their effects on cellular proliferation, which should be taken account into when the experimental data of animal experiments are extrapolated to human exposures. When non-genotoxic carcinogens are considered, a threshold in the dose-effect relationship is generally observed. For genotoxic carcinogens, it is hard to prove experimentally that a threshold exists and linear no-threshold relationships are generally used to evaluate permissible levels of human exposures. (author)

  17. Mechanisms and effects of "fat taste" in humans.

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    Tucker, Robin M; Mattes, Richard D; Running, Cordelia A

    2014-01-01

    Evidence supporting a "taste" cue from fat in the oral cavity continues to accrue. The proposed stimuli for fat taste, non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), are released from food through hydrolytic rancidity and lipase activity derived from foods or saliva. NEFA must then be released from the food matrix, negotiate the aqueous environment to reach taste cell surfaces, and interact with receptors such as CD36 and GPR120 or diffuse across cell membranes to initiate a taste signal. Knowledge of these processes in non-gustatory tissues should inform understanding of taste responses to NEFA. Additionally, downstream effects of oral triglyceride exposure have been observed in numerous studies. Data specific to effects of NEFA versus triglyceride are scarce, but modified sham feeding trials with triglyceride document cephalic phase responses including elevations in serum lipids and insulin as well as potential, but debated, effects on gut peptides, appetite, and thermogenesis. In this review, we highlight the mechanisms by which NEFA migrate to and interact with taste cells, and then we examine physiological responses to oral fat exposure. PMID:24591077

  18. Aging and emotional memory: cognitive mechanisms underlying the positivity effect.

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    Spaniol, Julia; Voss, Andreas; Grady, Cheryl L

    2008-12-01

    Younger adults tend to remember negative information better than positive or neutral information (negativity bias). The negativity bias is reduced in aging, with older adults occasionally exhibiting superior memory for positive, as opposed to negative or neutral, information (positivity bias). Two experiments with younger (N=24 in Experiment 1, N=25 in Experiment 2; age range: 18-35 years) and older adults (N=24 in both experiments; age range: 60-85 years) investigated the cognitive mechanisms responsible for age-related differences in recognition memory for emotional information. Results from diffusion model analyses (R. Ratcliff, 1978) indicated that the effects of valence on response bias were similar in both age groups but that Age x Valence interactions emerged in memory retrieval. Specifically, older adults experienced greater overall familiarity for positive items than younger adults. We interpret this finding in terms of an age-related increase in the accessibility of positive information in long-term memory. PMID:19140656

  19. The molecular mechanisms of offspring effects from obese pregnancy.

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    Dowling, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    The incidence of obesity, increased weight gain and the popularity of high-fat \\/ high-sugar diets are seriously impacting upon the global population. Billions of individuals are affected, and although diet and lifestyle are of paramount importance to the development of adult obesity, compelling evidence is emerging which suggests that maternal obesity and related disorders may be passed on to the next generation by non-genetic means. The processes acting within the uteri of obese mothers may permanently predispose offspring to a diverse plethora of diseases ranging from obesity and diabetes to psychiatric disorders. This review aims to summarise some of the molecular mechanisms and active processes currently known about maternal obesity and its effect on foetal and neonatal physiology and metabolism. Complex and multifactorial networks of molecules are intertwined and culminate in a pathologically synergistic manner to cause disruption and disorganisation of foetal physiology. This altered phenotype may potentiate the cycle of intergenerational transmission of obesity and related disorders.

  20. Basic mechanisms of radiation effects on electronic materials and devices

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    Many defense and nuclear reactor systems require complementary metal-oxide semiconductor integrated circuits that are tolerant to high levels of radiation. This radiation can result from space, hostile environments or nuclear reactor and accelerator beam environments. In addition, many techniques used to fabricate today's complex very-large-scale integration circuits expose the circuits to ionizing radiation during the process sequence. Whatever its origin, radiation can cause significant damage to integrated-circuit materials. This damage can lead to circuit performance degradation, logic upset, and even catastrophic circuit failure. This paper provides a brief overview of the basic mechanisms for radiation damage to silicon-based integrated circuits. Primary emphasis is on the effects of total-dose ionizing radiation on metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures

  1. Effect of initial tension on mechanics of adhered graphene blisters

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    Liao, Pinzhen; Xu, Pei

    2015-09-01

    The effect of initial tension on mechanics of adhered graphene blisters is investigated by extending Hencky's solution to cases with an initial tension. The system parameters including maximum blister deflection, pressure difference across the membrane, and critical delamination pressure under various initial tensions are modeled and calculated. The dependences of critical pressure on the radius and depth of etched microcavity are also demonstrated and compared with the previous work which does not consider the initial tension. The results show that the added adhesion energy between monolayer graphene membrane and SiO2 substrate can reach 0.0954 J/m2 with a reported maximum initial tension of 2.4 N/m taken into account, which accounts for 21.2 % of the measured average value 0.45 J/m2. Thus, the initial tension should be considered in further adhesion energy measurements of graphene/substrate interfaces.

  2. [NKT cells: their development, mechanisms and effects of action].

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    Bojarska-Junak, Agnieszka; Tabarkiewicz, Jacek; Roliński, Jacek

    2013-01-01

    NKT cells are a heterogeneous subset of T lymphocytes that share surface markers and functional characteristics with both conventional T lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Most NKT cells express a semi-invariant T cell receptor that reacts with glycolipid antigens presented by the CD1d molecule on the surface of antigen-presenting cells. NKT cells can modulate the immune response against infectious agents, autoantigens, tumors, tissue grafts and allergens. NKT cells mediate the activities through their ability to express pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines that influence the type and magnitude of the immune response. The manuscript summarizes current views on development of NKT cells as well as mechanisms and effects of their action.  PMID:23475484

  3. [Mechanisms of the Effects of Probiotics on Symbiotic Digestion].

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    Usakova, N A; Nekrasov, R V; Pravdin, I V; Sverchkova, N V; Kolomiyets, E I; Pavlov, D S

    2015-01-01

    The published data and our own data on the mechanisms of the influence of microbial probiotics, prebiotics, and their combinations on the processes of symbiotic digestion have been considered and generalized. It is shown that the effects on an organism are associated with the enhanced metabolic activity of intestinal bacteria: stimulation of bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates and formation of short-chained fatty acids, an increase in the blotting capacity of the intestines due to elongation of villi and deepening of crypts, and a decrease in secretion of toxic proteolytic products (ammonia, phenols, thiols, indoles, etc.). It has been shown that a combination of probiotics and prebiotic enhances the biological efficiency of a complex preparation, which contributes to activation of carbohydrate, protein, and mineral metabolism. PMID:26638234

  4. Temperature Effects on Mechanical Properties of Zinc Dithiophosphate Tribofilms

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    Demmou, K; Loubet, J L; Martin, J M; Demmou, Karim; Bec, Sandrine; Loubet, Jean-Luc; Martin, Jean-Michel

    2006-01-01

    Nanoindentation tests were performed at several temperatures (24 to 80degC) on one antiwear zinc dialkyl-dithiophosphate (ZDTP) tribofilm using a Nanoindenter XP (R) entirely set into a climatic chamber. Mechanical properties of the tribofilm were determined using a simple model. AFM observations were conducted to estimate the order of magnitude of the film's thickness. The effect of applied pressure on the elastic properties was demonstrated and taken into account in the present analysis. The use of the F/S^2 parameter, independent of contact geometry, revealed a hardness dependency upon temperature. Furthermore, careful AFM observations of the residual pile-up produced by plastic flow around the indents pointed out the evolution of the film deformation process with temperature.

  5. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Plasticized HMX under Effect of Mechanical Loadings, Temperature Drops and Shock Waves

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    E.N. Kostyukov; L.V. Fomicheva; Yu. A. Vlasov; E.A.Pazhina

    2004-01-01

    @@ During their life cycles, energetic materials (EM) can be subjected to various external effects, including non-authorized effects. Due to these effects, irreversible changes can occur in EM structures that, in turn, can be the reason for change of their physical and mechanical properties.

  6. Elastodynamic metasurface: Depolarization of mechanical waves and time effects

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    Boutin, Claude, E-mail: claude.boutin@entpe.fr [Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l' Etat, Université de Lyon, LGCB, UMR CNRS 5513, Vaulx-en-Velin (France); Schwan, Logan [Acoustics Research Center, University of Salford, Newton Building, Salford M5 4WT (United Kingdom); Dietz, Matthew S. [Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Queen' s Building, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom)

    2015-02-14

    We report the concept of microstructured surfaces with inner resonance in the field of elastodynamics, so-called elastodynamic metasurfaces. Such metasurfaces allow for wavefield manipulation of mechanical waves by tuning the boundary conditions at specific frequencies. In particular, they can be used to depolarize elastic waves without introducing heterogeneities in the medium itself; the physical means to do so in homogeneous elastic media used to remain, surprisingly, an open question while depolarization is commonplace in electromagnetism. The principle relies on the anisotropic behaviour of a subwavelength array of resonators: Their subwavelength configuration confines the Bragg interferences scattered by resonators into a boundary layer. The effective behaviour of the resonating array is expressed with homogenization as an unconventional impedance, the frequency-dependence, and anisotropy of which lead to depolarization and time effects. The concept of the elastodynamic metasurface is tested experimentally and results bear testament to its efficacy and robustness. Elastodynamic metasurfaces are easily realized and analytically predictable, opening new possibilities in tomography techniques, ultrasonics, geophysics, vibration control, materials and structure design.

  7. Mechanics

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    Hartog, J P Den

    1961-01-01

    First published over 40 years ago, this work has achieved the status of a classic among introductory texts on mechanics. Den Hartog is known for his lively, discursive and often witty presentations of all the fundamental material of both statics and dynamics (and considerable more advanced material) in new, original ways that provide students with insights into mechanical relationships that other books do not always succeed in conveying. On the other hand, the work is so replete with engineering applications and actual design problems that it is as valuable as a reference to the practicing e

  8. Ultraviolet-B-effects on plants: Spectra of harmful effects, primary damage and UV protective mechanisms

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    In two model systems of higher plants, damage caused by ultraviolet-B-radiation was analysed as to its mechanism of action and the spectral quantum efficiency. These investigations were to provide information on the relevance of such UV effects in cases of increased ultraviolet-B-irradiation owing to the destruction of ozone. The results indicate the very high tolerance of the plants to ultraviolet-B-radiation which obviously is the result of very effective protective mechanisms, and show at the same time that potential damage must already be reckoned with, given the current share of ultraviolet-B-radiation in solar radiation. Should ultraviolet-B-radiation be increased, then indirect damage to the plant from the destruction of ultraviolet protective mechanisms through UV-B-radiation will probably constitute a particular risk. (orig./MG)

  9. Aging degradation of cast stainless steels: Effects on mechanical properties

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water operating conditions. Mechanical property data are presented from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 450, 400, 350, 320, and 2900C. The results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile strength and decreases the impact energy, J/sub IC/, and tearing modulus of the steels. Also, the ductile-to-brittle transition curve shifts to higher temperatures. The fracture toughness results are consistent with the Charpy-impact data, i.e., the relative reduction in J/sub IC/ is similar to the relative decrease in impact energy. The ferrite content and concentration of C in the steel have a strong effect on the overall process of low-temperature embrittlement. The low-carbon CF-3 steels are the most resistant and Mo-containing CF-8M steels are most susceptible to embrittlement. Weakening of the ferrite/austenite phase boundaries by carbide precipitates has a significant effect on the kinetics and extent of embrittlement of the high-carbon CF-8 and CF-8M steels, particularly after aging at temperatures ≥4000C. The influence of N content and distribution of ferrite on loss of toughness are discussed. The data also indicate that existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 280 to 4500C, i.e., extrapolation of high-temperature data to reactor temperatures may not be valid for some compositions of cast stainless steel

  10. Mechanism of lanthanum effect on chlorophyll of spinach

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    洪法水; 魏正贵; 赵贵文

    2002-01-01

    The mechanism of La3+ effect on chlorophyll (chl) of spinach in solution culture has been studied. The results show that La3+ can obviously promote growth, increase chlorophyll contents and photosynthetic rate of spinach. La3+ may substitute Mg2+ for chlorophyll formation of spinach when there is no Mg2+ in solution. La3+ improves significantly PSII formation and enhances electron transport rate of PSII. By ICP-MS and atom absorption spectroscopy methods, it has been revealed that rare earth elements (REEs) can enter chloroplasts and increase Mg2+-chl contents; and REEs bind to chlorophyll and also form REE-chl. REE-chl is about 72% in total chlorophyll with La3+ treatment and without Mg2+ in solution. By UV-Vis, FT-IR and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) methods, it has been found that La3+ coordinates with nitrogen of porphyrin rings with the average La-N bond length of 0.253 nm.

  11. The Effects of Nodular Colloidal Silica on Chemical Mechanical Polishing

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    Haba, Shinichi; Hong, Gisik; Morioka, Yoshitaka; Kobuchi, Yasushi; Katoda, Takashi

    2003-08-01

    Nodular colloidal silica is proposed to be used as a consumable material for the chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). The typical spherical colloidal silica slurry is effective in decreasing both the defect level and the surface roughness of the semiconductor interlayer dielectric (ILD) film during CMP, but the removal rate is also decreased. Hence, the nodular colloidal silica slurry has been developed for the purpose of improving the removal rate of silicon substrate. A few of particles of the nodular colloidal silica slurry are associated with the active porous surface. The surface characteristics of the silica particles are considered to affect the removal rate of the plasma-tetra-ethoxy-silane (p-TEOS) interlayer dielectric film. In particular in the acidic condition, the nodular colloidal silica slurry yields a high removal rate with p-TEOS film, while in the alkaline condition, it yields a lower removal rate due to the surface morphology change. These CMP performances are recognized to depend on the different characteristics between the spherical colloidal and fumed silica.

  12. Immune mechanisms of the radioprotective effects of ceruloplasmin

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    Immunotropic features of ceruloplasmin (Cp) were examined and its capacity as radioprotector was estimated. Pulse radiolysis method was used to set the mechanism of elementary reactions, which were responsible for antioxidant activity and to demonstrate a particular role of reversible oxycomplexes Cp...O2. Within in vitro test-systems the effects of Cp were examined on the model of interaction between lymphocytes from Shelter staff which constantly contacts with ionizing radiation and autologous erythrocytes in rosset-forming phenomenon. Expression of this Index in the presence of antigens with known polyspecificity was determined (antigens were taken from cortical and pyramid sections of kidney, liver, lungs, myocard, pancreatic gland, grey matter and aorta). Simultaneously the presence of analogous autoantibodies was determined. It has been shown that Cp can reprogram the level of expression of immunovaluable receptors towards to norm. It has been also defined that Cp presence in blood irradiated in vitro (1-15 rem) promotes the masking of active centers of autoantibodies of different tissue specificity

  13. Long-distance oxygen plasma sterilization: Effects and mechanisms

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    The distribution of electrons, ions and oxygen radicals in long-distance oxygen plasma and the germicidal effect (GE) of Escherichia coli on the surface of medical poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) film were studied. The quantity of protein leakage and the production of lipid peroxide in bacterial suspension as well as the state of DNA were measured after sterilization to analyse the inactivation mechanisms. The results showed that the concentration of electrons and ions decreased rapidly with increasing the distance from the center of induction coil, which approximated to 0 at 30 cm, whereas the concentration of oxygen radicals reduced slowly, i.e. decreased 30% within 40 cm. GE value reached 3.42 in the active discharge zone (0 cm) and exceeded 3.32 within 40 cm when plasma treatment parameters were set as follows: plasma rf power at 100 W, treatment time at 60 s and oxygen flux at 40 cm3/min. Fast etching action on cell membrane by electrons, ions and attacking polyunsaturation fatty acid (PUFA) in cell membrane by oxygen radicals are primary reasons of oxygen plasma sterilization in the active discharge and the afterglow zone, respectively. The GE of UV radiation in long-distance oxygen plasma is feebleness

  14. Anti-cancer Effects of Phyllanthus urinaria and Relevant Mechanisms

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Phyllanthus urinaria (P. urinaria, a widely used herbalmedicine, has been reported to possess various biologicalactivities. This report aimed to characterize the whole P. urinariaplant, present the anticancer effects of P. urinaria both invivo and in vitro, and explore relevant mechanisms. The waterextract of P. urinaria not only significantly reduces the cellviability of various cancer cell lines from different origins butalso suppresses tumor development in C57BL/6J mice afterimplantation of Lewis lung carcinoma (LCC cells. The anticanceractivity of P. urinaria extract is mainly due to inducedapoptosis of cancer cells as demonstrated by DNA fragmentationand increased caspase-3 activity through both intrinsic andextrinsic pathways. The decrease in viability with P. urinariatreatment might be partially associated with down-regulationof telomerase activation and induction of the apoptotic process.In addition, P. urinaria also exhibits anti-angiogenic activity that is mediated, at least in part,by suppression of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2 secretion and inhibition of MMP-2activity through zinc chelation.

  15. Effect of Precuring Warming on Mechanical Properties of Restorative Composites

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effect of prepolymerization warming on composites' mechanical properties, three composites were evaluated: Clearfil Majesty (CM (Kuraray, Z-100 (3M/ESPE, and Light-Core (LC (Bisco. Specimens were prepared from each composite at room temperature as control and 2 higher temperatures (37∘C and 54∘C to test surface hardness (SH, compressive strength (CS, and diametral tensile strength (DTS. Data were statistically analyzed using ANOVA and Fisher's LSD tests. Results revealed that prewarming CM and Z100 specimens significantly improved their SH mean values (P<0.05. Prewarming also improved mean CS values of Z100 specimens (P<0.05. Furthermore, DTS mean value of CM prepared at 52∘ was significantly higher than that of room temperature specimens (P<0.05. KHN, CS, and DTS mean values varied significantly among the three composites. In conclusion, Prewarming significantly enhanced surface hardness of 2 composites. Prewarming also improved bulk properties of the composites; however, this improvement was significant in only some of the tested materials.

  16. The effect of deuterated water on induced apoptotic mechanisms

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    The water is a dominant component of the biological organisms as well as of the environmental medium in which these exist and evolve. Replacing usual water by heavy water in the biological systems (deuteration process) induces changes of their properties, functions and behaviour due to the differences in the physico-chemical properties of usual water and deuterated water. Exposing cells to a high concentration of the heavy water (over 50 %) entails important changes in cell biochemical reactions and functions, finally ending by death of the cell. This latter effect may be either necrosis or apoptosis, each of them presenting different mechanisms of initiation and activation. Apoptosis or programmed cell death takes places by combined action of the caspase family, responsible for cracking structural substrates and key enzymes, a systematic and ordered cell destruction resulting. In the present work a relationship between the cytotoxicity mediated by D2O and caspase 3 activation, one of the enzymes critical for the entire process was followed up. Activation of the enzyme has been analyzed in tumoral cells cultivated in media with 20%, 65%, 90% D2O for 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 h. The results showed a significant increase of the activity of the enzyme cultivated for 72 h in a 65% deuterated medium while in case of a 90% D2O medium the peak value was reached after a 12 h exposure time. The medium with 20% heavy water showed no activation of this enzyme

  17. Epitaxial growth mechanisms of graphene and effects of substrates

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    Özçelik, V. Ongun; Cahangirov, S.; Ciraci, S.

    2012-06-01

    The growth process of single layer graphene with and without substrate is investigated using ab initio, finite temperature molecular dynamic calculations within density functional theory. An understanding of the epitaxial graphene growth mechanisms in the atomic level is provided by exploring the transient stages which occur at the growing edges of graphene. These stages are formation and collapse of large carbon rings together with the formation and healing of Stone-Wales like pentagon-heptagon defects. The activation barriers for the healing of these growth induced defects on various substrates are calculated using the climbing image nudge elastic band method and compared with that of the Stone-Wales defect. It is found that the healing of pentagon-heptagon defects occurring near the edge in the course of growth is much easier than that of Stone-Wales defect. The role of the substrate in the epitaxial growth and in the healing of defects are also investigated in detail, along with the effects of using carbon dimers as the building blocks of graphene growth.

  18. Effects of bileaflet mechanical heart valve orientation on coronary flow

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    Haya, Laura; Tavoularis, Stavros

    2015-11-01

    The aortic sinus is approximately tri-radially symmetric, but bileaflet mechanical heart valves (BMHVs), which are commonly used to replace diseased aortic valves, are bilaterally symmetric. This mismatch in symmetry suggests that the orientation in which a BMHV is implanted within the aortic sinus affects the flow characteristics downstream of it. This study examines the effect of BMHV orientation on the flow in the coronary arteries, which originate in the aortic sinus and supply the heart tissue with blood. Planar particle image velocimetry measurements were made past a BMHV mounted at the inlet of an anatomical aorta model under physiological flow conditions. The complex interactions between the valve jets, the sinus vortex and the flow in the right coronary artery were elucidated for three valve orientations. The coronary flow rate was directly affected by the size, orientation, and time evolution of the vortex in the sinus, all of which were sensitive to the valve's orientation. The total flow through the artery was highest when the valve was oriented with its axis of symmetry intersecting the artery's opening. The findings of this research may assist surgeons in choosing the best orientation for BMHV implantation. The bileaflet valve was donated by St. Jude Medical. Financial support was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

  19. Evaporation effects in the one-body dissipation mechanism

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    Although the one-body dissipation mechanism has been successfully applied to the description of nuclear reactions, recent calculations suggest that quantum localization should completely suppress this dissipation mechanism. The particle evaporation process was not taken into account in those calculations. We show, through Fermi accelerator simulations, that this mechanism is a source of decoherence in the quantum dynamics of the system. This leads to a strong hindrance of quantum localization, and, as a consequence, to dissipation of collective energy

  20. Evaporation effects in the one-body dissipation mechanism

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    Abal, G; Sicardi-Schifino, A C; Siri, R; Donangelo, R

    2001-01-01

    Although the one-body dissipation mechanism has been successfully applied to the description of nuclear reactions, recent calculations suggest that quantum localization should completely suppress this dissipation mechanism. The particle evaporation process was not taken into account in those calculations. We show, through Fermi accelerator simulations, that this mechanism is a source of decoherence in the quantum dynamics of the system. This leads to a strong hindrance of quantum localization, and, as a consequence, to dissipation of collective energy.

  1. Effect of Mechanism Error on Input Torque of Scroll Compressor

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    Man Zhao; Shurong Yu; Chao Li; Yang Yu

    2013-01-01

    Based on the fundamental principle of plane four-bar mechanism, the force on the equivalent parallel four-bar mechanism was analyzed for scroll compressor with mini-crank antirotation, and the formula of input torque was proposed. The change of input torque caused by the mechanism size error was analyzed and verified with an example. The calculation results show that the mechanism size error will cause large fluctuation in input torque at the drive rod and connecting rod collinear and the fl...

  2. WOOD VAPORIZATION EFFECT ON SOME MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Eucalyptus dunnii

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    Clóvis Roberto Haselein

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the vaporization effects on the crushing strength at limit of proportionality on perpendicular compression, crushing strength and modulus of elasticity in parallel compression to the fiber and shear strength (radial and tangential direction on logs and sawn wood of two sources of Eucalyptus dunnii. The mechanical attempts were performed under the Copant standards in the  climatized conditions (12%. To do so, about two thirds of the logs, with a diameter between 20-30 cm, were vaporized at 100o C and 100% of relative humidity for 20 hours, while  the  remaining  logs  were  kept  as  control.  From  each  log,  a  central plank radially directed with eight centimeter of thickness was taken, from which small beams of 8 cm x 8 cm were taken. Half of the small beams from the vaporized logs were once again submitted to vaporization under the same previously described conditions for a period of 3 hours, thus obtaining three different levels of comparison (control, vaporized on logs and presteaming wood. The results showed a remarkable reduction on the crushing strength in parallel compression to the fiber and shear strength (radial and tangential direction with the vaporization on the two conditions and sources of Eucalyptus dunnii used. On the other hand, the crushing strength at limit of proportionality on perpendicular compression and modulus of elasticity in parallel compression did not show any change with the vaporization.

  3. The effect of mechanical stirring on buoyancy-driven circulations

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    Tailleux, Remi; Rouleau, Lucie

    2009-01-01

    The theoretical analysis of the energetics of mechanically-stirred horizontal convection for a Boussinesq fluid yields the formula: G(APE) = \\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) + (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar} where G(APE) and G(KE) are the work rate done by the buoyancy and mechanical forcing respectively, \\gamma_{mixing} is the mixing efficiency, and W_{r,laminar} is the background rate of increase in gravitational potential energy due to molecular diffusion. The formula shows that mechanical stirring...

  4. Effects and Mechanism of Action of a Tribulus terrestris Extract on Penile Erection

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    Do, Jungmo; Choi, Seemin; Choi, Jaehwi; Hyun, Jae Seog

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Tribulus terrestris has been used as an aphrodisiac. However, little is known about the effects and mechanism of action of T. terrestris on penile erection. Therefore, the effect of a T. terrestris extract and the mechanism of action of the extract on relaxation of the corpus cavernosum (CC) were investigated. The erectogenic effects of an oral preparation of the extract were also assessed. Materials and Methods The relaxation effects and mechanism of action of the T. terrestris extra...

  5. Poroelastic Mechanical Effects of Hemicelluloses on Cellulosic Hydrogels under Compression

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    Lopez-Sanchez, Patricia; Cersosimo, Julie; Wang, Dongjie; Flanagan, Bernadine; Stokes, Jason R.; Gidley, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    Hemicelluloses exhibit a range of interactions with cellulose, the mechanical consequences of which in plant cell walls are incompletely understood. We report the mechanical properties of cell wall analogues based on cellulose hydrogels to elucidate the contribution of xyloglucan or arabinoxylan as examples of two hemicelluloses displaying different interactions with cellulose. We subjected the hydrogels to mechanical pressures to emulate the compressive stresses experienced by cell walls in planta. Our results revealed that the presence of either hemicellulose increased the resistance to compression at fast strain rates. However, at slow strain rates, only xyloglucan increased composite strength. This behaviour could be explained considering the microstructure and the flow of water through the composites confirming their poroelastic nature. In contrast, small deformation oscillatory rheology showed that only xyloglucan decreased the elastic moduli. These results provide evidence for contrasting roles of different hemicelluloses in plant cell wall mechanics and man-made cellulose-based composite materials. PMID:25794048

  6. The effect of mechanical stirring on horizontal convection

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    R. Tailleux; Rouleau, L

    2010-01-01

    An important experimental result, as yet poorly understood, is that mechanical stirring can significantly enhance the strength of horizontal convection. A contentious issue is whether this necessarily implies that the mechanical stirring replaces the buoyancy forcing as the main source of energy driving the observed overturning circulation, as has been suggested for the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). In this paper, rigorous energetics considerations and idealized numerica...

  7. Fracture mechanics of PVDF polymeric material : specimen geometry effects

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    Laiarinandrasana, Lucien; Hochstetter, Gilles; Lafarge, Mélanie

    2006-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is a semi-crystalline polymer that has been widely studied for structural applications, because it exhibits good mechanical properties and chemical resistance. During viscoplastic deformation, the material whitens after the onset of necking due to nucleation and growth of voids. Mechanical tests on cracked specimens show the crack instability on DENT specimens whereas stable crack growth on SENB specimens is also encountered. In the global approach of non linear...

  8. Fibril morphology and tendon mechanical properties in patellar tendinopathy: effects of heavy slow resistance training

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    Kongsgaard, Mads; Qvortrup, Klaus; Larsen, Jytte;

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Patellar tendinopathy is characterized by pathologic abnormalities. Heavy slow resistance training (HSR) is effective in the management of patellar tendinopathy, but the underlying functional mechanisms remain elusive. PURPOSE: To investigate fibril morphology and mechanical properties...

  9. Mechanics

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    Chester, W

    1979-01-01

    When I began to write this book, I originally had in mind the needs of university students in their first year. May aim was to keep the mathematics simple. No advanced techniques are used and there are no complicated applications. The emphasis is on an understanding of the basic ideas and problems which require expertise but do not contribute to this understanding are not discussed. How­ ever, the presentation is more sophisticated than might be considered appropri­ ate for someone with no previous knowledge of the subject so that, although it is developed from the beginning, some previous acquaintance with the elements of the subject would be an advantage. In addition, some familiarity with element­ ary calculus is assumed but not with the elementary theory of differential equations, although knowledge of the latter would again be an advantage. It is my opinion that mechanics is best introduced through the motion of a particle, with rigid body problems left until the subject is more fully developed. Howev...

  10. Simulation of thermo-mechanical effect in bulk-silicon FinFETs

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    Burenkov, Alex; LORENZ, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    The thermo-mechanical effect in bulk-silicon FinFETs of the 14 nm CMOS technology node is studied by means of numerical simulation. The electrical performance of such devices is significantly enhanced by the intentional introduction of mechanical stress during the device processing. The thermo-mechanical effect modifies the mechanical stress distribution in active regions of the transistors when they are heated. This can lead to a modification of the electrical performance. Numerical simulati...

  11. Mechanisms for vasopressin effects on intraocular pressure in anesthetized rats

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    Balaban, C. D.; Palm, D. E.; Shikher, V.; Searles, R. V.; Keil, L. C.; Severs, W. B.

    1997-01-01

    Continuous intracameral infusions of a balanced salt solution (0.175 microliter min-1) have been reported to raise intraocular pressure (IOP) in anesthetized rats. Palm et al. (1995) previously reported that this effect was attenuated significantly by inclusion of arginine-vasopressin (AVP, 10 ng 0.175 microliter-1) in the infusate. This study used experimental and computer simulation methods to investigate factors underlying these changes in IOP. First, constant intracameral infusions of artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) at different fixed rates (0.049-0.35 microliter min-1) were used to estimate the outflow resistance. Secondly, IOP responses were measured during an 2 hr intracameral infusion of either aCSF or AVP that was the sum of a small constant component (0.05 microliter min-1) and a larger periodic component (0.25 microliter min-1, cycling for 4 min on, then 4 min off); the mean infusion rate was 0.175 microliter min-1. As shown previously for 0.175 microliter min-1 constant infusions, the periodic aCSF infusion induced a significant rise in IOP that was attenuated by AVP administration. Complex demodulation analysis and the estimated gain parameter of a second order transfer function fit to the periodic responses indicated that outflow resistance increased significantly during the infusions in both aCSF and AVP groups, but that the indices of resistance did not differ significantly between aCSF and AVP infused eyes. This finding implies that changes in outflow resistance do not explain the difference in IOP responses to intracameral aCSF and AVP. The two responses differed significantly, though, in damping factors, such that the aCSF responses were considerably more underdamped than the AVP responses. It is hypothesized that aCSF-induced increase in IOP reflects both (1) a small component reflecting increased outflow resistance and (2) a larger non-resistive component. Since the non-resistive component is insensitive to pretreatment with acetazolamide

  12. Effect of microstructural and physical mechanisms on mechanical properties of single-phase steels

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    FRANZ, Gérald; ABED-MERAIM, Farid; BEN ZINEB, Tarak

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    The current work aims to investigate the impact of microstructural and physical mechanisms on the macroscopic behavior and ductility of single-phase steels. For this purpose, an advanced multiscale model, accounting for intragranular microstructure development and evolution, is coupled with a formability limit criterion based on bifur- cation theory. The overall response for polycrystalline aggregates is obtained from a large-strain elastic-plastic single crystal constitutive law, using a sel...

  13. The effect of mechanical stirring on buoyancy-driven circulations

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    2009-01-01

    The theoretical analysis of the energetics of mechanically-stirred horizontal convection for a Boussinesq fluid yields the formula: G(APE) = \\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) + (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar} where G(APE) and G(KE) are the work rate done by the buoyancy and mechanical forcing respectively, \\gamma_{mixing} is the mixing efficiency, and W_{r,laminar} is the background rate of increase in gravitational potential energy due to molecular diffusion. The formula shows that mechanical stirring can easily induce a very strong buoyancy-driven overturning cell (meaning a large G(APE)) even for a relatively low mixing efficiency, whereas this is only possible in absence of mechanical stirring if \\gamma_{mixing} >> 1. Moreover, the buoyancy-driven overturning becomes mechanically controlled when $\\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) >> (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar}$. This result explains why the buoyancy-driven overturning cell in the laboratory experiments by \\cite{Whitehead2008} is amplified by the lateral motions of a stir...

  14. Effect of applied mechanical stress on absorption coefficient of compounds

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    The absorption coefficient of given materials is the parameter required for the basic information. The measurement of absorption coefficient of compounds Al2O3, CaCO3, ZnO2, SmO2 and PbO has been taken at different incident photon energies 26, 59.54, 112, 1173, 1332keV. The studies involve the measurements of absorption coefficient of the self supporting samples prepared under different mechanical stress. This mechanical stress is render in terms of pressure up to 0-6 ton by using hydraulic press. Measurements shows that absorption coefficient of a material is directly proportional to applied mechanical stress on it up to some extent then become independent. Experimentally measured results are in fairly good agreement with in theoretical values obtained from WinXCOM

  15. EFFECTS OF CONSTRICTION IN A MECHANICAL MODEL OF LUNG PARENCHYMA

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    Full Text Available The demands on materials’ properties, for medical purposes, largely depend on the site of application and the function it has to restore. Ideally a replacement material should mimic the living tissue from a mechanical, chemical, biological, and functional point of view. The estimation of the mechanical characteristics of blood vessel walls, the values of modulus of elasticity and the coefficient of transversal strain serve to determine some aspects of reconstruction of blood vessels. The tissue growth, the blood clotting and the affecting blood elements are influenced by surface energy. In this study, we address the possibility to investigate the mechanical properties of the airways in a simulation study of the human lungs.

  16. Influence of effective stress coefficient on mechanical failure of chalk

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    Alam, Mohammad Monzurul; Fabricius, Ida Lykke; Hjuler, M.L.;

    2012-01-01

    The Effective stress coefficient is a measure of how chalk grains are connected with each other. The stiffness of chalk may decrease if the amount of contact cements between the grains decreases, which may lead to an increase of the effective stress coefficient. We performed CO2 injection in chalk......, as this process could affect the grain contact cement. If this happens, the effective stress at the grain contacts in a reservoir will change according to the effective stress principle of Biot. In a p′-q space for failure analysis, we observed that a higher effective stress coefficient reduces the...... elastic region and vice versa. However, as the effective stress working on the rock decreases with increased effective stress coefficient, the reduction of elastic region will have less effect on pore collapse strength if we consider the change in the effective stress coefficient. This finding will help...

  17. Reaction kinetics and mechanism of magnetic field effects in cryptochrome

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    Solov'yov, Ilia; Schulten, Klaus

    2012-01-01

    Creatures as varied as mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, and birds have an intriguing sixth sense that allows them to orient themselves in the Earth's magnetic field. Despite decades of study, the physical basis of this magnetic sense remains elusive. A likely mechanism is furnished by magnetically...

  18. Hydrogen Embrittlement - Loading Rate Effects in Fracture Mechanics Testing

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    Koers, R.W.J.; Krom, A.H.M.; Bakker, A.

    2001-01-01

    The fitness for purpose methodology is more and more used in the oil and gas industry to evaluate the significance of pre-existing flaws and material deficiencies with regard to the suitability of continued operation of equipment. In this methodology, traditional fracture mechanics is integrated wit

  19. EFFECTS OF METALS ON PULMONARY DEFENSE MECHANISMS AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASE

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    The respiratory system under normal conditions has the ability to maintain sterility of the deep lung even when large numbers of microbes are deposited under laboratory conditions. A number of mechanisms have been shown to be responsible for this defense of the lung, namely, mech...

  20. Mechanisms of microgravity induced orthostatic intolerance: implications for effective countermeasures

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    Convertino, Victor A.

    2002-01-01

    The development of orthostatic hypotension and instability immediately after return from spaceflight has been a significant operational problem to astronauts for more than four decades. Significant reductions in stroke volume and peripheral vascular resistance contribute to ineffective maintenance of systemic arterial blood pressure during standing after spaceflight despite compensatory elevations in heart rate. The primary mechanism underlying reduced stroke volume appears to be a reduction in preload associated with reduced circulating blood volume, although cardiac atrophy might also contribute. Space flight and ground based experiments have demonstrated that an inability to provide adequate peripheral vasoconstriction in astronauts that become presyncopal may be associated with several mechanisms including reduced sympathetic nerve activity, arterial smooth muscle atrophy and/or hyporeactivity, hypersensitivity of beta-adrenergic receptors, etc. In addition, an inability to provide adequate tachycardia in presyncopal subjects may be associated with reduced carotid-cardiac baroreflex sensitivity. Based on the current knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular mechanisms that are altered during exposure to microgravity, a major focus of future research should be directed to the systematic evaluation of potential countermeasures that specifically target and restore the function of these mechanisms. Based on a preliminary systematic evaluation presented in this review, acute physical exercise designed to elicit maximal effort, G-suit inflation, artificial gravity, and specific pharmacological interventions, alone or in combination, have shown promise as successful countermeasures that provide protection against post-flight orthostatic intolerance.

  1. Effects of prebiotics on mineral absorption: mechanisms of action

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    There is extensive evidence in experimental animals that prebiotics, such as inulin-type fructans, can increase the absorption of a variety of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, and that they may act through several possible mechanisms. The purpose of this review is to discuss t...

  2. Relaxant effects of Ocimum basilicum on guinea pig tracheal chains and its possible mechanism(s

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    Mohammad Hossein Boskabady

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Therapeutic effects of Ocimum basilicum on respiratory diseases especially dyspnea have been reported in Iranian ancient medical books. In the present study, the relaxant effects of macerated and soxhlet extracts of this plant on tracheal chains of guinea pigs were evaluated. The relaxant effects of 4 cumulative concentrations of macerated and soxhlet extracts (0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 W/V in comparison with saline as negative control and 4 cumulative concentrations of theophylline (0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0 mM as positive control were examined on precontracted tracheal chains of two groups of 6 guinea pig by 60 mM KCl (group 1 and 10 µM methacholine (group 2. Decrease in contractile tone of tracheal chains was considered as relaxant effect. In group 1 experiments only the last two higher concentrations of theophylline showed significant relaxant effect compared to that of saline (p<0.001 for both concentrations, which were significantly greater than those of macerated and soxhlet extracts (p<0.001 for all cases and in group 2 experiments both macerated and soxhlet extracts showed concentrationdependent relaxant effects compared to that of saline (p<0.05 to p<0.001 for both extracts. There were significant differences between the relaxant effects of both extracts with those of theophylline in group 2 experiments (p<0.01 to p<0.001. The relaxant effects of macerated and soxhlet extracts in group 1 were significantly lower than those of groups 2. These results showed a potent relaxant effect of Ocimum basilicum on tracheal chains of guinea pigs which were lower than theophylline at concentrations used.

  3. Myocardial salvaging effects and mechanisms of metformin in experimental diabetes

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    Manjusha K. Borde

    2016-04-01

    Conclusions: The present study concluded that Metformin at 100 mg/kg demonstrated myocardial salvaging effects in type II diabetic rats challenged with experimental Myocardial infarction. The antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory effects of Metformin may contribute to its beneficial effects. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2016; 5(2.000: 341-349

  4. Effect of rolling reduction on microstructure, texture, mechanical properties and mechanical anisotropy of AZ31 magnesium alloys

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    Mechanical properties of as-rolled magnesium alloy sheets show an obvious anisotropy during rolling. To get sheets with excellent performance and investigate the effect of microstructure, texture on mechanical properties and mechanical anisotropy, AZ31 magnesium alloy sheets with 4 mm in thickness were obtained by multi-pass hot rolling using different single pass rolling reductions. The texture evolution of the as-rolled AZ31 magnesium sheets was analyzed by the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) method. The Hall–Petch and Schmid law effect were discussed in detail on the basis of experiment. A revised form of Hall–Petch formula was proposed with the consideration of texture effect as σs−t=(0.3/mt)(σ0+kd−1/2). The mechanical properties were greatly enhanced by multi-pass hot rolling and the enhancement was attributed to both grain refinement and texture intensity. The results would provide useful guidance to design a rolling processing route for AZ31 Mg Alloys sheet

  5. Quantum mechanical localization effects for Bose-Einstein correlations

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    For a set of N identical massive boson wave packets with optimal initial quantum mechanical localization, we calculate the Hanbury-Brown endash Twiss (HBT) two-particle correlation function. Our result provides an algorithm for calculating one-particle spectra and two-particle correlations from an arbitrary phase space occupation (qi,pi,ti)i=1,N as, e.g., returned by event generators. It is a microscopic derivation of the result of the coherent state formalism, providing explicit finite multiplicity corrections. Both the one- and two-particle spectra depend explicitly on the initial wave packet width σ which parametrizes the quantum mechanical wave packet localization. They provide upper and lower bounds which suggest that a realistic value for σ has the order of the Compton wavelength. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  6. Moisture effect on mechanical properties of polymeric composite materials

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    Airale, A. G.; Carello, M.; Ferraris, A.; Sisca, L.

    2016-05-01

    The influence of moisture on the mechanical properties of fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composites (PMCs) was investigated. Four materials had been take into account considering: both 2×2-Twill woven carbon fibre or glass fibre, thermosetting matrix (Epoxy Resin) or thermoplastic matrix (Polyphenylene Sulfide). The specimens were submitted for 1800 hours to a hygrothermic test to evaluate moisture absorption on the basis of the Fick's law and finally tested to verify the mechanical properties (ultimate tensile strength). The results showed that the absorbed moisture decreases those properties of composites which were dominated by the matrix or the interface, while was not detectable the influence of water on the considered fibre. An important result is that the diffusion coefficient is highest for glass/PPS and lowest for carbon/epoxy composite material. The results give useful suggestions for the design of vehicle components that are exposed to environmental conditions (rain, snow and humidity).

  7. Effect of Chamber Backpressure on Swirl Injector Fluid Mechanics

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    Kenny, R. Jeremy; Hulka, James R.; Moser, Marlow D.; Rhys, Noah O.

    2008-01-01

    A common propellant combination used for high thrust generation is GH2/LOX. Historical GH2/LOX injection elements have been of the shear-coaxial type. Element type has a large heritage of research work to aid in element design. The swirl-coaxial element, despite its many performance benefits, has a relatively small amount of historical, LRE-oriented work to draw from. Design features of interest are grounded in the fluid mechanics of the liquid swirl process itself, are based on data from low-pressure, low mass flow rate experiments. There is a need to investigate how high ambient pressures and mass flow rates influence internal and external swirl features. The objective of this research is to determine influence of varying liquid mass flow rate and ambient chamber pressure on the intact-length fluid mechanics of a liquid swirl element.

  8. Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism of Magnetic Field Effects in Cryptochrome

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    Ilia A Solov'yov; Schulten, Klaus

    2012-01-01

    Creatures as varied as mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, and birds have an intriguing ‘sixth’ sense that allows them to orient themselves in the Earth's magnetic field. Despite decades of study, the physical basis of this magnetic sense remains elusive. A likely mechanism is furnished by magnetically sensitive radical pair reactions occurring in the retina, the light-sensitive part of animal eyes. A photoreceptor, cryptochrome, has been suggested to endow birds with magnetoreceptive abilities...

  9. Creep continuum damage mechanics - studies of size effects and weldments

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    The paper summarizes the development of constitutive equations for creep Continuum Damage Mechanics, CDM, in metals; and solution methods are discussed for notched and cracked specimens which are identical in geometry, but different in size; and, for weldments which include three material zones. In both cases it is shown that, to achieve accurate predictions, it is essential to use constitutive equations, which accurately reflect the underlying physics of the dominant processes. (orig.)

  10. Effect of mechanical stress on biofilms challenged by different chemicals

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    Simões, M; Pereira, Maria Olívia; Vieira, M. J.

    2005-01-01

    In this study a methodology was applied in order to ascertain the mechanical stability of biofilms, by using a stainlesssteel (SS) rotating device immersed in a biological reactor where biofilms formed by Pseudomonas fluorescens were allowed to grow for 7 days at a Reynolds number of agitation of 2400. The biofilms developed with this system were characterised in terms of amount of total, extracellular and intracellular proteins and polysaccharides, amount of mass, metabolic activ...

  11. Measurement quantum mechanics and experiments on quantum Zeno effect

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    Presilla, Carlo; Onofrio, Roberto; Tambini, Ubaldo

    1996-01-01

    Measurement quantum mechanics, the theory of a quantum system which undergoes a measurement process, is introduced by a loop of mathematical equivalencies connecting previously proposed approaches. The unique phenomenological parameter of the theory is linked to the physical properties of an informational environment acting as a measurement apparatus which allows for an objective role of the observer. Comparison with a recently reported experiment suggests how to investigate novel interesting...

  12. Effects Of Thermo-Mechanical Treatment On ALMG2 Alloy

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    Thermo-mechanical treatment consisting of hot rolling and annealing process has been applied to ALMG2 plate. The ALMG2 plate was a dressed by hot rolling process at 400o with step deformation, and the ALMG2 plate was then annealed at 425o for one-hour. The observation on the microstructure was performed by using optical metallography, the hardness test was performed using Vickers method, and thermal conductivity was measured using conductometer. Thermo-mechanical treatment generates changes in ALMG2 microstructures and mechanical properties. The changes have been identified using optical metallography and Vickers micro hardness test. The treatment transforms the ALMG-equiaxial grain to elongated grain and the alloy hardness is still relatively soft. The hardness reaches about 58,5 Kg/mm2 after deformation of 18 %, 41 % and 76 % and 66 Kg/mm2 after deformation of 133 %. An one-our annealing treatment at 425o caused decreasing of the hardness to about (41-42) Kg/mm2 for 18 %, 41 % and 76 % deformation and to about 39 Kg/mm2 for 133 % deformation. This treatment makes the form of the grain equiaxial and the site of the grain larger. The results of the measurements using conductometer on the original ALMG2 alloy and it was addressed by hot rolling indicate that thermal conductivity of 143 W/mo to 140 W/mo

  13. On fair, effective and efficient REDD mechanism design

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The issues surrounding 'Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation' (REDD have become a major component of continuing negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC. This paper aims to address two key requirements of any potential REDD mechanism: first, the generation of measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV REDD credits; and secondly, the sustainable and efficient provision of emission reductions under a robust financing regime. To ensure the supply of MRV credits, we advocate the establishment of an 'International Emission Reference Scenario Coordination Centre' (IERSCC. The IERSCC would act as a global clearing house for harmonized data to be used in implementing reference level methodologies. It would be tasked with the collection, reporting and subsequent processing of earth observation, deforestation- and degradation driver information in a globally consistent manner. The IERSCC would also assist, coordinate and supervise the computation of national reference scenarios according to rules negotiated under the UNFCCC. To overcome the threats of "market flooding" on the one hand and insufficient economic incentives for REDD on the other hand, we suggest an 'International Investment Reserve' (IIR as REDD financing framework. In order to distribute the resources of the IIR we propose adopting an auctioning mechanism. Auctioning not only reveals the true emission reduction costs, but might also allow for incentivizing the protection of biodiversity and socio-economic values. The introduced concepts will be vital to ensure robustness, environmental integrity and economic efficiency of the future REDD mechanism.

  14. Post design evaluation (ageing mechanisms, effects, management, monitoring, PSR, ISI)

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    Although the nuclear plant was designed for the purpose of the 30-year life the early stages of construction, it also already has the plant abolished by passing in 30 years. There is a plant under operation and a plant that is employed variously, extends the original life and continues operation now, and the plant that is going to be abolished politically is before a life. By using a nuclear plant for a long period of time, damage. by the influence of irradiation, wear of slipping, corrosion, etc. appears. When this degradation is left, the serious accident is caused. In this lecture, refer to Assessment and management of ageing of major nuclear power plant components important to safety, Oct. 1999 of IAEA. A point of view from guide is introduced about management of the mechanism in the secular degradation mode expected by operating for a long period of time, the influence of secular degradation, and influence, monitoring technology, periodical safe evaluation, and a periodic inspection. And raises and explains the correspondence situation of secular degradation, and the example of evaluation of PSR and ISI equipment. The aging mechanism for reactor vessel internal components considered are related to embrittlement, fatigue, corrosion, radiation induced creep, relaxation and swelling, and mechanical wear. This lecture includes; monitoring methods, a description of periodic safety reviews and a sample of seismic design periodic safety report for the reactor internals

  15. Visual saliency computations: mechanisms, constraints, and the effect of feedback.

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    Soltani, Alireza; Koch, Christof

    2010-09-22

    The primate visual system continuously selects spatial proscribed regions, features or objects for further processing. These selection mechanisms--collectively termed selective visual attention--are guided by intrinsic, bottom-up and by task-dependent, top-down signals. While much psychophysical research has shown that overt and covert attention is partially allocated based on saliency-driven exogenous signals, it is unclear how this is accomplished at the neuronal level. Recent electrophysiological experiments in monkeys point to the gradual emergence of saliency signals when ascending the dorsal visual stream and to the influence of top-down attention on these signals. To elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying these observations, we construct a biologically plausible network of spiking neurons to simulate the formation of saliency signals in different cortical areas. We find that saliency signals are rapidly generated through lateral excitation and inhibition in successive layers of neural populations selective to a single feature. These signals can be improved by feedback from a higher cortical area that represents a saliency map. In addition, we show how top-down attention can affect the saliency signals by disrupting this feedback through its action on the saliency map. While we find that saliency computations require dominant slow NMDA currents, the signal rapidly emerges from successive regions of the network. In conclusion, using a detailed spiking network model we find biophysical mechanisms and limitations of saliency computations which can be tested experimentally. PMID:20861387

  16. Modeling mechanical effects on promotion and retardation of martensitic transformation

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    Maalekian, Mehran, E-mail: mehran.maalekian@ubc.ca [Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, 309-6350 Stores Road, Vancouver, B.C. V61Z4 (Canada); Kozeschnik, Ernst [Christian Doppler Laboratory for ' Early Stages of Precipitation' , Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)

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    Research highlights: {yields} Compressive elastic stresses up to 250 MPa are applied in continuous cooling. {yields} Using the thermodynamic data and maximum value of the mechanical driving force the predicted increase in M{sub s} ({approx}0.1 K/MPa) is in agreement with experiment {yields} Austenite was deformed plastically at different temperatures (800 deg. C-1100 deg. C). {yields} High deformation temperature (i.e. 1100 deg. C) as well as low plastic strain (i.e. {epsilon}{sub ave} {approx} 30%) do not affect martensite transformation noticeably, whereas lower deformation temperature (e.g. 900 deg. C) and large plastic strain (i.e. {epsilon}{sub ave} {approx} 70%) retards martensite transformation. {yields} The theory of mechanical stabilization predicts the depression of M{sub s}. - Abstract: The influence of compressive stress and prior plastic deformation of austenite on the martensite transformation in a eutectoid steel is studied both experimentally and theoretically. It is demonstrated that martensite formation is assisted by stress but it is retarded when transformation occurs from deformed austenite. With the quantitative modeling of the problem based on the theory of displacive shear transformation, the explanation of the two opposite roles of mechanical treatment prior to or simultaneously to martensite transformation is presented.

  17. EFFECTS OF ALTERNATIVE RAW MATERIALS AND VARYING RESIN CONTENT ON MECHANICAL AND FRACTURE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PARTICLE BOARD

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    Full Text Available Particle boards were produced from different types of wood particles, i.e. spruce, recovered particles, willow, poplar, and locust. Effects of raw material, as well as varying resin content on mechanical and fracture mechanical properties were investigated. For the analysis of mechanical properties, specific fracture energy, stress intensity factors, and the industrial European standard methods internal bond strength according to EN 319 and bending strength according to EN 310 were used. The total fracture energy was measured, and the stress intensity factor was calculated by means of data achieved through finite element simulations. Results of the fracture energy analysis were compared to internal bond strength (IB and bending strength. While IB and the modulus of elasticity (MOE showed a high variability, data scattering for fracture energy tests and modulus of rupture (MOR were smaller, which are due to significant differences between the resin contents of the various board types.

  18. Bacterial mechanisms to overcome inhibitory effects of dietary tannins

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    Smith, A.H.; Zoetendal, E.G.; Mackie, R.I.

    2005-01-01

    High concentrations of tannins in fodder plants inhibit gastrointestinal bacteria and reduce ruminant performance. Increasing the proportion of tannin-resistant bacteria in the rumen protects ruminants from antinutritional effects. The reason for the protective effect is unclear, but could be elucid

  19. Examination of the Mechanisms Underlying Effectiveness of the Turtle Technique

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    Drogan, Robin R.; Kern, Lee

    2014-01-01

    A significant number of young children exhibit challenging behaviors in preschool settings. A tiered framework of intervention has documented effectiveness in elementary and secondary schools, and recently has been extended to preschool settings. Although there is emerging research to support the effectiveness of Tier 1 (universal) and Tier 3…

  20. Anomalous Hall Effect in non-commutative mechanics

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    Horvathy, P. A.

    2006-01-01

    The anomalous velocity term in the semiclassical model of a Bloch electron deviates the trajectory from the conventional one. When the Berry curvature (alias noncommutative parameter) is a monopole in momentum space as found recently in some ferromagnetic semiconductors while observing the anomalous Hall effect, we get a transverse shift, similar to that in the optical Hall effect.

  1. Mechanisms of Hexachlorobenzene-induced Adverse Immune Effects

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    Ezendam, Janine

    2004-01-01

    Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is an environmental pollutant that can induce adverse immune effects in humans and rats. Brown Norway rats (BN) appeared to be very susceptible to HCB-induced immune effects. Oral exposure causes inflammatory skin and lung lesions, enlarged spleen and lymph nodes (LN) and ele

  2. Ceria concentration effect on chemical mechanical polishing of optical glass

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    It was found material removal rate (MRR) sharply increased from 250 to 675 nm/min as the concentration decreased from 1 to 0.25 wt% in optical glass chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) using ceria slurries. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to characterize the ceria abrasive used in the slurry. Atomic force microscopy results showed good surface had been got after CMP. Schematic diagrams of the CMP process were shown. Furthermore, the absorption spectra indicated a sudden change from Ce4+ to Ce3+ of the ceria surface when the concentration decreased, which revealed a quantum origin of the phenomenon

  3. Specifying Globalization Effects on National Policy: A Focus on the Mechanisms.

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    Dale, Roger

    1999-01-01

    Clarifies the concept of globalization and explores how globalization affects national education systems. Compares eight mechanisms of external effects (borrowing, learning, teaching, harmonization, dissemination, standardization, interdependence, and imposition) and organizations associated with them. Effects have been largely indirect, the…

  4. Triptans and CNS side-effects: pharmacokinetic and metabolic mechanisms.

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    Dodick, D W; Martin, V

    2004-06-01

    Triptans are the treatment of choice for acute migraine. While seemingly a homogenous group of drugs, results from a meta-analysis reveal significant differences in efficacy and tolerability among oral triptans. The incidence of drug-related central nervous system (CNS) side-effects with some triptans is as high as 15% and may be associated with functional impairment and reduced productivity. The occurrence of adverse events associated with triptans in general, and CNS side-effects in particular, may lead to a delay in initiating or even avoidance of an otherwise effective treatment. Potential explanations for differences among triptans in the incidence of CNS side-effects may relate to pharmacological and pharmacokinetic differences, including receptor binding, lipophilicity, and the presence of active metabolites. Of the triptans reviewed, at clinically relevant doses, almotriptan 12.5 mg, naratriptan 2.5 mg and sumatriptan 50 mg had the lowest incidence of CNS side-effects, while eletriptan 40 and 80 mg, rizatriptan 10 mg and zolmitriptan 2.5 and 5 mg had the highest incidence. The most likely explanations for the differences in CNS side-effects among triptans are the presence of active metabolites and high lipophilicity of the parent compound and active metabolites. Eletriptan, rizatriptan and zolmitriptan have active metabolites, while lipophilicity is lowest for almotriptan and sumatriptan. If CNS side-effects are a clinically relevant concern in the individual patient, use of a triptan with a low incidence of CNS side-effects may offer the potential for earlier initiation of treatment and more effective outcomes. PMID:15154851

  5. Temperature Effect on Mechanical Properties and Damage Identification of Concrete Structure

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    Yubo Jiao; Hanbing Liu; Xianqiang Wang; Yuwei Zhang; Guobao Luo; Yafeng Gong

    2014-01-01

    Static and dynamic mechanical properties of concrete are affected by temperature effect in practice. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the corresponding influence law and mechanism. This paper demonstrates the variation of mechanical properties of concrete at temperatures from −20°C to 60°C. Temperature effects on cube compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, prism compressive strength, modulus of elasticity, and frequency are conducted and discussed. The results indicate tha...

  6. Measuring the Cost-effectiveness of Conservation Auctions Relative to Alternate Policy Mechanisms

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    White, Benedict; Burton, Michael P.

    2010-01-01

    The principle motivation for using price-discriminating conservation auctions is that they are expected to be significantly more cost-effective than fixed-price mechanisms. This paper measures cost effectiveness for tenders from two rounds of the Auction for Landscape Recovery in Western Australia relative to counterfactual fixed-price mechanisms. If we assume that the bid equals the compliance cost, the auction gives a significant cost saving over fixed-price mechanisms. If instead we assume...

  7. Effects of gamma rays on the physical and mechanical properties of hide

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    The effect of gamma rays on the physical and mechanical properties of hide has been studied, using Gammacell 220 as an irradiator. The determination of the physical and mechanical properties of the irradiated hide was carried out by Balai Penelitian Kulit (Leather Research Institute) at Yogyakarta. Experiments show that up to a certain dose of irradiation, favourable effects can be obtained, while higher doses impair the physical and mechanical properties of the leather raw materials. (author)

  8. Investigation of Resistance to Mechanical Effect of Braille Formed on Different Materials

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    Ingrida VENYTĖ

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Qualitative analysis of stresses emerged in paperboard during Braille embossing, using specialized polarimetric equipment, was carried out. Resistance to mechanical effect of Braille dot surfaces, formed with different printing types on different materials (paper, paperboard, polymer, textile, Al foil was investigated. It was determined that Braille dot height change after period mechanical effect is different.

  9. The mechanism of spray electrification: the waterfall effect

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    Beattie, James K.

    2016-01-01

    The waterfall effect describes the separation of charge by splashing at the base of a waterfall. Smaller drops that have a net negative charge are created, while larger drops and/or the bulk maintain overall charge neutrality with a net positive charge. Since it was first described by Lenard (1892) the effect has been confirmed many times, but a molecular explanation has not been available. Application of our fluctuation-correlation model of hydrophobic hydration accounts for the negative cha...

  10. Effect of abnormal fracture mechanisms on fiber lifetime evaluation

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    Bubnov, Mikhail M.; Semjonov, Sergey L.

    1996-01-01

    Optical glass fibers can exhibit a transition in slope of their static fatigue behavior ('knee' phenomenon). This effect was previously supposed to reduce fiber lifetime. The 'knee' phenomenon as well as the phenomenon of abrupt increase of the flaw size ('pop-in') are re- examined in this paper. It is shown that under normal proof-test conditions these two effects have no tangible impact on the fiber service life estimations.

  11. Neural Mechanisms of Exercise: Effects on Gut Miccrobiota and Depression

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    Yuan, Ti-Fei; Rocha, Nuno Barbosa; Paes, Flávia; Arias-Carrión, Oscar; Machado, Sergio; de Sá Filho, Alberto Souza

    2015-01-01

    Microbiota is a set of microorganisms resident in gut ecosystem that reacts to psychological stressful stimuli, and is involved in depressed or anxious status in both animals and human being. Interestingly, a series of studies have shown the effects of physical exercise on gut microbiota dynamics, suggesting that gut microbiota regulation might act as one mediator for the effects of exercise on the brain. Recent studies found that gut microbiota dynamics are also regulated by metabolism chang...

  12. Effects and Mechanisms of Mechanical Activation on Hydrogen Sorption/ Desorption of Nanoscale Lithium Nitrides

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    Shaw, Leon, L.; Yang, Gary, Z.; Crosby, Kyle; Wwan, Xufei. Zhong, Yang; Markmaitree, Tippawan; Osborn, William; Hu, Jianzhi; Kwak, Ja Hun

    2012-04-26

    The objective of this project is to investigate and develop novel, mechanically activated, nanoscale Li3N-based and LiBH4-based materials that are able to store and release {approx}10 wt% hydrogen at temperatures near 100 C with a plateau hydrogen pressure of less than 10 bar. Four (4) material systems have been investigated in the course of this project in order to achieve the project objective. These 4 systems are (i) LiNH2+LiH, (ii) LiNH2+MgH2, (iii) LiBH4, and (iv) LiBH4+MgH2. The key findings we have obtained from these 4 systems are summarized below. *The thermodynamic driving forces for LiNH2+LiH and LiBH4 systems are not adequate to enable H2 release at temperatures < 100 C. *Hydrogen release in the solid state for all of the four systems is controlled by diffusion, and thus is a slow process. *LiNH2+MgH2 and LiBH4+MgH2 systems, although possessing proper thermodynamic driving forces to allow for H2 release at temperatures < 100 C, have sluggish reaction kinetics because of their diffusion-controlled rate-limiting steps. *Reducing particles to the nanometer length scale (< 50 nm) can improve the thermodynamic driving force to enable H2 release at near ambient temperature, while simultaneously enhancing the reaction kinetics as well as changing the diffusion-controlled rate-limiting step to gas desorption-controlled rate-limiting step. This phenomenon has been demonstrated with LiBH4 and offers the hope that further work along this direction will make one of the material systems, i.e., LiBH4, LiBH4+MgH2 and LiNH2+MgH2, possess the desired thermodynamic properties and rapid H2 uptake/release kinetics for on-board applications. Many of the findings and knowledge gained from this project have been published in archival refereed journal articles [1-15] and are accessible by general public. Thus, to avoid a bulky final report, the key findings and knowledge gained from this project will be succinctly summarized, particularly for those findings and knowledge

  13. Aging effects on mechanical properties of power plant concretes

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    The amount of data on aging is significant but scattered. Much of the data may not be relevant for the concrete structures in the nuclear industry because of differences in the materials, mix design, and curing regime. Indiscriminate regression using all the existing data may result in an unrealistic projection of the mechanical properties. For this reason, a data base specific to the types of concretes that were used in nuclear power plants in the 1960s and 1970s is being collected. New tests with concrete specimens used in five nuclear power plant projects have been performed, so that data for ages up to 19 years will be available. The new data include compressive strength, elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio evolution over time. It was observed that the Committee 209 recommendation provides a conservative measure of strength gain for this class of concrete. (author)

  14. Mechanisms underlying rapid aldosterone effects in the kidney.

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    Thomas, Warren

    2011-03-17

    The steroid hormone aldosterone is a key regulator of electrolyte transport in the kidney and contributes to both homeostatic whole-body electrolyte balance and the development of renal and cardiovascular pathologies. Aldosterone exerts its action principally through the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), which acts as a ligand-dependent transcription factor in target tissues. Aldosterone also stimulates the activation of protein kinases and secondary messenger signaling cascades that act independently on specific molecular targets in the cell membrane and also modulate the transcriptional action of aldosterone through MR. This review describes current knowledge regarding the mechanisms and targets of rapid aldosterone action in the nephron and how aldosterone integrates these responses into the regulation of renal physiology.

  15. Mechanisms underlying rapid aldosterone effects in the kidney.

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    Thomas, Warren

    2012-02-01

    The steroid hormone aldosterone is a key regulator of electrolyte transport in the kidney and contributes to both homeostatic whole-body electrolyte balance and the development of renal and cardiovascular pathologies. Aldosterone exerts its action principally through the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), which acts as a ligand-dependent transcription factor in target tissues. Aldosterone also stimulates the activation of protein kinases and secondary messenger signaling cascades that act independently on specific molecular targets in the cell membrane and also modulate the transcriptional action of aldosterone through MR. This review describes current knowledge regarding the mechanisms and targets of rapid aldosterone action in the nephron and how aldosterone integrates these responses into the regulation of renal physiology.

  16. Molecular Mechanisms Behind the Chemopreventive Effects of Anthocyanidins

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Anthocyanins are polyphenolic ring-based flavonoids, and are widespread in fruits and vegetables of red-blue color. Epidemiological investigations and animal experiments have indicated that anthocyanins may contribute to cancer chemoprevention. The studies on the mechanism have been done recently at molecular level. This review summarizes current molecular bases for anthocyanidins on several key steps involved in cancer chemoprevention: (i inhibition of anthocyanidins in cell transformation through targeting mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathway and activator protein 1 (AP-1 factor; (ii suppression of anthocyanidins in inflammation and carcinogenesis through targeting nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB pathway and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2 gene; (iii apoptotic induction of cancer cells by anthocyanidins through reactive oxygen species (ROS / c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK-mediated caspase activation. These data provide a first molecular view of anthocyanidins contributing to cancer chemoprevention.

  17. Luminance Effects on Neural Mechanism at Photopic Level

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    Ge, Jing-Jing; Wang, Zhao-Qi

    2011-05-01

    In order to obtain the influence of the luminance at photopic level on the neural mechanism, a neural contrast sensitivity function (NCSF) measurement system is established. The contrast sensitivity function (CSF) of the visual system and the modulation transfer function (MTF) of the eye's optical system are first measured with correspondent instruments respectively. Then the NCSF is calculated as the ratio of CSF to MTF. Four individual eyes are involved in the cases of green light and white light. With increasing luminance, the tendency of the variation of the CSFs is similar to that of the NCSFs, while the gain is larger than that of the NCSFs, especially in the region of higher spatial frequency. It is the NCSF, rather than CSF, that reflects tie luminance sensitivity in the retina-brain neural system, because the influence of the eye's optical system is excluded.

  18. The effect of selective desorption mechanisms during interstellar ice formation

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    Kalvans, Juris

    2015-01-01

    Major components of ices on interstellar grains in molecular clouds - water and carbon oxides - occur at various optical depths. This implies that selective desorption mechanisms are at work. An astrochemical model of a contracting low-mass molecular cloud core is presented. Ice was treated as consisting of the surface and three subsurface layers (sublayers). Photodesorption, reactive desorption, and indirect reactive desorption were investigated. The latter manifests itself through desorption from H+H reaction on grains. Desorption of shallow subsurface species was included. Modeling results suggest the existence of a "photon-dominated ice" during the early phases of core contraction. Subsurface ice is chemically processed by interstellar photons, which produces complex organic molecules. Desorption from the subsurface layer results in high COM gas-phase abundances at Av = 2.4...10mag. This may contribute towards an explanation for COM observations in dark cores. It was found that photodesorption mostly gove...

  19. Mechanical effects of gaseous detonations on a flexible confinement

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    A mathematical model was developed for evaluating the effect of a detonating gaseous mixture on its elastic circular confinement. The data provided by the model were compared with experimental results. The confinement materials investigated include polyvinylchloride and stainless steel. Measurements of transverse and longitudinal deformations of the confinement material at several detonation velocities and for different material properties made it possible to determine the deformation characteristics, taking into account the precursor effect, the oscillations and their frequencies, the deformation ratio, and the dynamic amplifying factors. A certain lack of agreement between the theoretical data obtained with the aid of the model and the experimental results is probably related to simplified assumptions made in the model regarding the pressure distributions and a failure to take into account viscosity effects

  20. Stress and the social brain: behavioural effects and neurobiological mechanisms.

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    Sandi, Carmen; Haller, József

    2015-05-01

    Stress often affects our social lives. When undergoing high-level or persistent stress, individuals frequently retract from social interactions and become irritable and hostile. Predisposition to antisocial behaviours - including social detachment and violence - is also modulated by early life adversity; however, the effects of early life stress depend on the timing of exposure and genetic factors. Research in animals and humans has revealed some of the structural, functional and molecular changes in the brain that underlie the effects of stress on social behaviour. Findings in this emerging field will have implications both for the clinic and for society. PMID:25891510

  1. Defending the barrier: Effects of probiotics on endogenous defense mechanisms

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    Lutgendorff, F.

    2009-01-01

    The 24th of January 2008 was the day that the BBC headlined: “Pancreatic deaths trouble Dutch” and the day that the field of probiotic research changed indefinitely. Probiotics, which had not shown any adverse effects in numerous conditions in the past, were for the first time associated with seriou

  2. Dimensional analysis for the mechanical effects of some underground explosions

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    The influence of the medium properties upon the effects of underground nuclear and high explosive explosions is studied by dimensional analysis methods. A comparison is made with the experimental data from the Hoggar contained nuclear shots, specially with the particle motion data and the cavity radii. Furthermore, for example, crater data from explosions in Nevada have been examined by statistical methods. (author)

  3. Weed-Suppressing Effect and Mechanism of Allelopathic Rice Accessions

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    HUFei; KONGChui-hua; XUXiao-hua; ZHANGChao-xian; CHENXiong-hui

    2004-01-01

    Two allelopathic rice accessions, PI312777 and Allelopathy i, significantly suppressed the growth of associated weeds in the field. Moreover, their weed-suppressing effects were correlated with the cultivation patterns. The weed-suppressing effects of throwing and transplanting were more effective than that of direct seeding. Furthermore, the amounts of allelochemicals (resorcinols, flavones and hydroxamic acids) produced and released from two allelopathic rice accessions were much higher than that from a nonallelopathic rice variety Hua-Jing-Xian i, and reached the maximum concentration at the 6th leaf stage. Differences in the weed-suppressing effects of rice accessions appear to result from the accessions producing and releasing different amounts of allelochemicals in the field. Further research confirmed that in PI312777 plants, allelochemicals were synthesized by the above-ground parts, and then secreted through the root tissues. Root tissues of PI312777 plants never produced the allelochemicals. Root exudates from PI312777 could significantly inhibit the growth of E. crus-galli surrounding rice plants in water culture. However, when activated carbon was added to the culture solution, which could absorb allelochemicals from root exudates, the growth of E. crus-galli was no longer significantly inhibited. Weed-suppressing effects of rice accessions depended on allelopathy, cultivation patterns and other factors in rice fields, while allelopathy was one of important factors. Interestingly, the amounts of allelochemicals produced and released from allelopathic rice plants may be induced by the presence of E. crus-galli.This suggests that there is a possible chemical recognition between rice and E. crus-galli.

  4. Geometric Effect of Asperities on Shear Mechanism of Rock Joints

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    Fathi, Ali; Moradian, Zabihallah; Rivard, Patrice; Ballivy, Gérard; Boyd, Andrew J.

    2016-03-01

    Three-dimensional tracking of changes of asperities is one of the most important ways to illustrate shear mechanism of rock joints during testing. In this paper, the changes of the role of asperities during different stages of shearing are described by using a new methodology for the characterization of the asperities. The basis of the proposed method is the examination of the three-dimensional roughness of joint surfaces scanned before and after shear testing. By defining a concept named `tiny window', the geometric model of the joint surfaces is reconstructed. Tiny windows are expressed as a function of the x and y coordinates, the height (z coordinate), and the angle of a small area of the surface. Constant normal load (CNL) direct shear tests were conducted on replica joints and, by using the proposed method, the distribution and size of contact and damaged areas were identified. Image analysis of the surfaces was used to verify the results of the proposed method. The results indicated that the proposed method is suitable for determining the size and distribution of the contact and damaged areas at any shearing stage. The geometric properties of the tiny windows in the pre-peak, peak, post-peak softening, and residual shearing stages were investigated based on their angle and height. It was found that tiny windows that face the shear direction, especially the steepest ones, have a primary role in shearing. However, due to degradation of asperities at higher normal stresses and shear displacements, some of the tiny windows that do not initially face the shear direction also come in contact. It was also observed that tiny windows with different heights participate in the shearing process, not just the highest ones. Total contact area of the joint surfaces was considered as summation of just-in-contact areas and damaged areas. The results of the proposed method indicated that considering differences between just-in-contact areas and damaged areas provide useful

  5. Radiation induced effects on mechanical properties of nanoporous gold foams

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    It has recently been shown that due to a high surface-to-volume ratio, nanoporous materials display radiation tolerance. The abundance of surfaces, which are perfect sinks for defects, and the relation between ligament size, defect diffusion, and time combine to define a window of radiation resistance [Fu et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 191607 (2012)]. Outside this window, the dominant defect created by irradiation in Au nanofoams are stacking fault tetrahedra (SFT). Molecular dynamics computer simulations of nanopillars, taken as the elemental constituent of foams, predict that SFTs act as dislocation sources inducing softening, in contrast to the usual behavior in bulk materials, where defects are obstacles to dislocation motion, producing hardening. In this work we test that prediction and answer the question whether irradiation actually hardens or softens a nanofam. Ne ion irradiations of gold nanofoams were performed at room temperature for a total dose up to 4 dpa, and their mechanical behavior was measured by nanoindentation. We find that hardness increases after irradiation, a result that we analyze in terms of the role of SFTs on the deformation mode of foams.

  6. Effective Incentive and Discipline Mechanisms for Top manage ment in SOEs

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    2001-01-01

    Key to energize State-Owned-Enterprises (hereinafter SOEs) is to set up effective incentive and discipline mechanisms. First of all, the paper analyses the problems existing in the current incentive and discipline mechanism system in SOEs, including low transparency income and considerable covert income, insider control,corporate governance nominalization and so on; next,the paper explores the causes behind these problems,such as incomplete corporate governance and imperfect market mechanism; finally, the paper proposes a series of solutions from the aspects of incentive mechanism and discipline mechanism.

  7. Air Distribution Effectiveness for Different MechanicalVentilation Systems

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    Sherman, Max H.; Walker, Iain S.

    2007-08-01

    The purpose of ventilation is to dilute indoor contaminants that an occupant is exposed to. In a multi-zone environment such as a house, there will be different dilution rates and different source strengths in every zone. Most US homes have central HVAC systems, which tend to mix conditions between zones. Different types of ventilation systems will provide different amounts of dilution depending on the effectiveness of their air distribution systems and the location of sources and occupants. This paper will report on work being done to both model the impact of different systems and measurements using a new multi-tracer measurement system that has the capacity to measure not only the flow of outdoor air to each zone, but zone-to-zone transport. The ultimate objective of this project is to determine the effectiveness of different systems so that appropriate adjustments can be made in residential ventilation standards such as ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

  8. An Effective Storage Mechanism for High Performance Computing (HPC

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    Fatima El Jamiy

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available All over the process of treating data on HPC Systems, parallel file systems play a significant role. With more and more applications, the need for high performance Input-Output is rising. Different possibilities exist: General Parallel File System, cluster file systems and virtual parallel file system (PVFS are the most important ones. However, these parallel file systems use pattern and model access less effective such as POSIX semantics (A family of technical standards emerged from a project to standardize programming interfaces software designed to operate on variant UNIX operating system., which forces the MPI-IO implementations to use inefficient techniques based on locks. To avoid this synchronization in these techniques, we ensure that the use of a versioning-based file system is much more effective.

  9. Electron beam crosslinked gels-Preparation, characterization and their effect on the mechanical, dynamic mechanical and rheological properties of rubbers

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    Mitra, Suman; Chattopadhyay, Santanu [Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Sabharwal, Sunil [Radiation Technology Development Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Bhowmick, Anil K., E-mail: anilkb@rtc.iitkgp.ernet.i [Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2010-03-15

    Electron beam (EB) crosslinked natural rubber (NR) gels were prepared by curing NR latex with EB irradiation over a range of doses from 2.5 to 20 kGy using butyl acrylate as sensitizer. The NR gels were systematically characterized by solvent swelling, dynamic light scattering, mechanical and dynamic mechanical properties. These gels were introduced in virgin NR and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) matrices at 2, 4, 8 and 16 phr concentration. Addition of the gels improved the mechanical and dynamic mechanical properties of NR and SBR considerably. For example, 16 phr of 20 kGy EB-irradiated gel-filled NR showed a tensile strength of 3.53 MPa compared to 1.85 MPa of virgin NR. Introduction of gels in NR shifted the glass transition temperature to a higher temperature. A similar effect was observed in the case of NR gel-filled SBR systems. Morphology of the gel-filled systems was studied with atomic force microscopy. The NR gels also improved the processability of the virgin rubbers greatly. Both the shear viscosity and the die swell values of EB-irradiated gel-filled NR and SBR were lower than their virgin counterparts as investigated by capillary rheometer.

  10. Defending the barrier: Effects of probiotics on endogenous defense mechanisms

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    Lutgendorff, F.

    2009-01-01

    The 24th of January 2008 was the day that the BBC headlined: “Pancreatic deaths trouble Dutch” and the day that the field of probiotic research changed indefinitely. Probiotics, which had not shown any adverse effects in numerous conditions in the past, were for the first time associated with serious adverse events. In the largest study on probiotics to that date, the Dutch Acute Pancreatitis Study Group showed that probiotic treatment was associated with a more than twofold increase in death...

  11. Effects and mechanisms of berberine in diabetes treatment

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    Jun Yin; Jianping Ye; Weiping Jia

    2012-01-01

    Berberine from Rhizoma Coptidis is an oral hypoglycemic agent with anti-dyslipidemia and anti-obesity activities. Its metabolic activity of regulating blood glucose and lipids has been widely studied and evidenced in patients and various animal models. Berberine is known as an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator. Its insulin-independent hypoglycemic effect is related to inhibition of mitochondrial function, stimulation of glycolysis and activation of AMPK pathway. Additionally, berb...

  12. The effect of dispersion mechanisms on aroma delivery

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    Pearson, Kris S.K.

    2005-01-01

    Dispersion of aroma compounds in food matrices is a common process in the production of many food products. However, the degrees of dispersion on the distribution and subsequent release of these compounds during consumption may have considerable consequences for perception of these flavours. This thesis investigates the effects of a range of dispersion techniques on the delivery and release of aroma compounds from several solid and semi-solid matrices which commonly contain added flavouri...

  13. Mechanical Faraday effect for orbital angular momentum-carrying beams

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    Wisniewski-Barker, Emma; Gibson, Graham; Franke-Arnold, Sonja; Boyd, Robert W; Padgett, Miles J.

    2014-01-01

    When linearly polarised light is transmitted through a spinning window, the plane of polarisation is rotated. This rotation arises through a phase change that is applied to the circularly polarised states corresponding to the spin angular momentum (SAM). Here we show an analogous effect for the orbital angular momentum (OAM), where a differential phase between the positive and negative modes (±ℓ) is observed as a rotation of the transmitted image. For normal materials, this rotation is on the...

  14. Aircraft noise effects on sleep: Mechanisms, mitigation and research needs

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    Mathias Basner

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available There is an ample number of laboratory and field studies which provide sufficient evidence that aircraft noise disturbs sleep and, depending on traffic volume and noise levels, may impair behavior and well-being during the day. Although clinical sleep disorders have been shown to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, only little is known about the long-term effects of aircraft noise disturbed sleep on health. National and international laws and guidelines try to limit aircraft noise exposure facilitating active and passive noise control to prevent relevant sleep disturbances and its consequences. Adopting the harmonized indicator of the European Union Directive 2002/49/EC, the WHO Night Noise Guideline for Europe (NNG defines four Lnight , outside ranges associated with different risk levels of sleep disturbance and other health effects ( 55 dBA. Although traffic patterns differing in number and noise levels of events that lead to varying degrees of sleep disturbance may result in the same Lnight , simulations of nights with up to 200 aircraft noise events per night nicely corroborate expert opinion guidelines formulated in WHO′s NNG. In the future, large scale field studies on the effects of nocturnal (aircraft noise on sleep are needed. They should involve representative samples of the population including vulnerable groups like children and chronically ill subjects. Optimally, these studies are prospective in nature and examine the long-term consequences of noise-induced sleep disturbances. Furthermore, epidemiological case-control studies on the association of nocturnal (aircraft noise exposure and cardiovascular disease are needed. Despite the existing gaps in knowledge on long-term health effects, sufficient data are available for defining limit values, guidelines and protection concepts, which should be updated with the availability of new data.

  15. Multiple Mechanisms of Anti-Cancer Effects Exerted by Astaxanthin

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    Li Zhang; Handong Wang

    2015-01-01

    Astaxanthin (ATX) is a xanthophyll carotenoid which has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) as food colorant in animal and fish feed. It is widely found in algae and aquatic animals and has powerful anti-oxidative activity. Previous studies have revealed that ATX, with its anti-oxidative property, is beneficial as a therapeutic agent for various diseases without any side effects or toxicity. In addition, ATX also shows preclinical anti-tumor efficacy both i...

  16. Driver Distraction and Driver Inattention: Definitions, Mechanisms, Effects, and Mitigation

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    Regan, M.; Hallett, C

    2011-01-01

    The term 5driver distraction‟ is widely discussed and studied, implying that people understand what it means; but this is not necessarily so. In this chapter, the authors attempt to provide the reader with a general overview of the term "driver distraction": what it means; how it relates to other forms of driver inattention; types of driver distraction; sources of driver distraction; factors that moderate the effects of distraction on driving; the interference that can derive from distr...

  17. Temperature Effect on Mechanical Properties and Damage Identification of Concrete Structure

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    Yubo Jiao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Static and dynamic mechanical properties of concrete are affected by temperature effect in practice. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the corresponding influence law and mechanism. This paper demonstrates the variation of mechanical properties of concrete at temperatures from −20°C to 60°C. Temperature effects on cube compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, prism compressive strength, modulus of elasticity, and frequency are conducted and discussed. The results indicate that static mechanical properties such as compressive strength (cube and prism, splitting tensile strength, and modulus of elasticity have highly linear negative correlation with temperature; this law is also applied to the first order frequency of concrete slab. The coupling effect of temperature and damage on change rate of frequency reveals that temperature effect cannot be ignored in damage identification of structure. Mechanism analysis shows that variation of elastic modulus of concrete caused by temperature is the primary reason for the change of frequency.

  18. Effect and mechanism of AR-6 in experimental rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Sun, Shi-xue; Li, Yun-man; Fang, Wei-rong; Cheng, Peng; Liu, Lifang; Li, Fengwen

    2010-06-01

    The root of Clematis chinensis Osbeck has been used widely in rheumatoid arthritis in Chinese traditional medicine and AR-6 is a triterpene saponin isolated from it. In this present study, we investigated in vivo effects of oral AR-6 in chronic rat adjuvant-induced arthritis (AA) and in vitro effect in macrophage and synoviocytes cells. Arthritic scores and serum inflammatory mediators were evaluated 19 days after AA induction by endermic injection of Freund's complete adjuvant in Sprague-Dawley(S-D) rats. Oral administration of AR-6 to arthritic rats resulted in a clear decrease of clinical signs compared to untreated controls. The synoviocyte and macrophage response ex vivo were then analyzed. Anti-arthritic effects of AR-6 correlated with significant decrease of NO and TNF-alpha produced by peritoneal macrophages, ex vivo and in vitro. AR-6 also significant decreased the proliferation of synoviocyte. These data indicate that AR-6 is a potential anti-inflammatory therapeutic and preventive agent. PMID:19842015

  19. Effect of annealing on mechanical properties of ledeburitic cast steel

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    E. Rożniata

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents evaluation of influence of grain normalization (refinement as a result of repeatedaustenitizing, and the inclination to precipitate the hypereutectoid cementite in Widmannstätten structure inG200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel. Four temperatures of heat refining have been applied.Design/methodology/approach: Basic research of G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel included metallographicanalysis, and hardness and impact strength tests. The heat treatment has been planned on the basis of CCTdiagram prepared for that alloy cast steel.Findings: The test material has been G200CrMoNi4-6-3 hypereutectoid cast steel. The evaluation has beencarried out for four annealing temperatures, i.e. 850°C, 900°C, 950°C and 1050°C. At all annealing temperaturesin the structure of cast steel the precipitation of hypereutectoid cementite along grain boundaries of formeraustenite took place. At the temperature of 850°C one may observe the coagulated hypereutectoid cementiteprecipitates inside of primary grains of austenite. Whereas beginning from the temperature of 900°C thecementite in G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel forms distinct „subgrains” inside of primary grains of austenite.Research limitations/implications: Research financed by the Ministry of Scientific Research and InformationTechnology, grant No. 3 T08B 057 29.Practical implications: G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel of ledeburite class is used mainly for rolls production.Any data related to the structure and mechanical properties of that cast steel are precious for the manufacturersand users of the mill rolls.Originality/value: The new heat treatment of G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel

  20. Effect of variable mechanical resistance on electrodynamic alternator efficiency

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    Highlights: • Quantitative analysis on how the main parameters affect ηEA has been performed. • The significant role of frictional losses on ηEA was demonstrated. • The simulation confirms the analytical model and clarifies the gap impact on Zc. • A new evaluation method of Rm, based on direct measurement of Zc has been proposed. • The new method allows finding the system natural frequency before field operation. - Abstract: The rapidly growing energy market constantly discovers new alternatives for generating environmentally-friendly electricity from sustainable energy sources. An externally-heated traveling wave thermo acoustic Stirling heat engine is a leading candidate, operating using a variety of viable heat sources. Although this engine holds great promise for a low-cost and maintenance-free solution, its current reported efficiency still inhibits its market penetration, probably owing to the friction introduced by the single moving element – the linear alternator. This research quantifies the main parameters affecting the complex thermal–acoustical–electrical system, clarifying the critical role of frictional losses. An analytical model has been developed, enabling examination of the influence of the critical physical parameters on the electro-acoustic conversion efficiency. A measurement method for precise determination of the mechanical friction constant has been developed, which enables measuring the friction at the engine’s working frequency. A direct measurement of an engine’s transfer impedance at room temperature enables to find the exact natural frequency before field operation, and calibrate external hardware accordingly. A detailed simulation using DeltaEC™ indicates that the tight seal gap between the moving piston and its cylinder has a significant impact on the system’s overall efficiency

  1. Mitochondrial cholesterol: mechanisms of import and effects on mitochondrial function.

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    Martin, Laura A; Kennedy, Barry E; Karten, Barbara

    2016-04-01

    Mitochondria require cholesterol for biogenesis and membrane maintenance, and for the synthesis of steroids, oxysterols and hepatic bile acids. Multiple pathways mediate the transport of cholesterol from different subcellular pools to mitochondria. In steroidogenic cells, the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) interacts with a mitochondrial protein complex to mediate cholesterol delivery to the inner mitochondrial membrane for conversion to pregnenolone. In non-steroidogenic cells, several members of a protein family defined by the presence of a StAR-related lipid transfer (START) domain play key roles in the delivery of cholesterol to mitochondrial membranes. Subdomains of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), termed mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAM), form membrane contact sites with mitochondria and may contribute to the transport of ER cholesterol to mitochondria, either independently or in conjunction with lipid-transfer proteins. Model systems of mitochondria enriched with cholesterol in vitro and mitochondria isolated from cells with (patho)physiological mitochondrial cholesterol accumulation clearly demonstrate that mitochondrial cholesterol levels affect mitochondrial function. Increased mitochondrial cholesterol levels have been observed in several diseases, including cancer, ischemia, steatohepatitis and neurodegenerative diseases, and influence disease pathology. Hence, a deeper understanding of the mechanisms maintaining mitochondrial cholesterol homeostasis may reveal additional targets for therapeutic intervention. Here we give a brief overview of mitochondrial cholesterol import in steroidogenic cells, and then focus on cholesterol trafficking pathways that deliver cholesterol to mitochondrial membranes in non-steroidogenic cells. We also briefly discuss the consequences of increased mitochondrial cholesterol levels on mitochondrial function and their potential role in disease pathology. PMID:25425472

  2. Effect of mechanical optical clearing on near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Idelson, Christopher R; Vogt, William C; King-Casas, Brooks; LaConte, Stephen M; Rylander, Christopher G

    2015-08-01

    Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a broadly utilized technology with many emerging applications including clinical diagnostics, sports medicine, and functional neuroimaging, to name a few. For functional brain imaging NIR light is delivered at multiple wavelengths through the scalp and skull to the brain to enable spatial oximetry measurements. Dynamic changes in brain oxygenation are highly correlated with neural stimulation, activation, and function. Unfortunately, NIRS is currently limited by its low spatial resolution, shallow penetration depth, and, perhaps most importantly, signal corruption due to light interactions with superficial non-target tissues such as scalp and skull. In response to these issues, we have combined the non-invasive and rapidly reversible method of mechanical tissue optical clearing (MOC) with a commercially available NIRS system. MOC utilizes a compressive loading force on tissue, causing the lateral displacement of blood and water, while simultaneously thinning the tissue. A MOC-NIRS Breath Hold Test displayed a ∼3.5-fold decrease in the time-averaged standard deviation between channels, consequentially promoting greater channel agreement. A Skin Pinch Test was implemented to negate brain and muscle activity from affecting the recorded signal. These results displayed a 2.5-3.0 fold increase in raw signal amplitude. Existing NIRS instrumentation has been further integrated within a custom helmet device to provide a uniform force distribution across the NIRS sensor array. These results showed a gradual decrease in time-averaged standard deviation among channels with an increase in applied pressure. Through these experiments, and the development of the MOC-NIRS helmet device, MOC appears to provide enhancement of NIRS technology beyond its current limitations. PMID:26041069

  3. Measured Air Distribution Effectiveness for Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems

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    Sherman, Max; Sherman, Max H.; Walker, Iain S.

    2008-05-01

    The purpose of ventilation is dilute or remove indoor contaminants that an occupant is exposed to. In a multi-zone environment such as a house, there will be different dilution rates and different source strengths in every zone. Most US homes have central HVAC systems, which tend to mix the air thus the indoor conditions between zones. Different types of ventilation systems will provide different amounts of exposure depending on the effectiveness of their air distribution systems and the location of sources and occupants. This paper will report on field measurements using a unique multi-tracer measurement system that has the capacity to measure not only the flow of outdoor air to each zone, but zone-to-zone transport. The paper will derive seven different metrics for the evaluation of air distribution. Measured data from two homes with different levels of natural infiltration will be used to evaluate these metrics for three different ASHRAE Standard 62.2 compliant ventilation systems. Such information can be used to determine the effectiveness of different systems so that appropriate adjustments can be made in residential ventilation standards such as ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

  4. Effects and mechanisms of berberine in diabetes treatment

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Berberine from Rhizoma Coptidis is an oral hypoglycemic agent with anti-dyslipidemia and anti-obesity activities. Its metabolic activity of regulating blood glucose and lipids has been widely studied and evidenced in patients and various animal models. Berberine is known as an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK activator. Its insulin-independent hypoglycemic effect is related to inhibition of mitochondrial function, stimulation of glycolysis and activation of AMPK pathway. Additionally, berberine may also act as an α-glucosidase inhibitor. In the newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients, berberine is able to lower blood insulin level via enhancing insulin sensitivity. However, in patients with poor β-cell function, berberine may improve insulin secretion via resuscitating exhausted islets. Furthermore, berberine may have extra beneficial effects on diabetic cardiovascular complications due to its cholesterol-lowering, anti-arrhythmias and nitric oxide (NO inducing properties. The antioxidant and aldose reductase inhibitory activities of berberine may be useful in alleviating diabetic nephropathy. Although evidence from animal and human studies consistently supports the therapeutic activities of berberine, large-scale multicenter trials are still necessary to evaluate the efficacy of berberine on diabetes and its related complications.

  5. The effect of ligation method on friction in sliding mechanics.

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    Hain, Max; Dhopatkar, Ashish; Rock, Peter

    2003-04-01

    During orthodontic tooth movement with the preadjusted edgewise system, friction generated at the bracket/archwire interface tends to impede the desired movement. The method of ligation is an important contributor to this frictional force. This in vitro study investigated the effect of ligation method on friction and evaluated the efficacy of the new slick elastomeric modules from TP Orthodontics (La Porte, Ind), which are claimed to reduce friction at the module/wire interface. Slick modules were compared with regular nonslick modules, stainless steel ligatures, and the SPEED self-ligating bracket system (Strite Industries, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada). The effect of using slick modules with metal-reinforced ceramic (Clarity, 3M Unitek, Monrovia, Calif) and miniature brackets (Minitwin, 3M Unitek) was also examined. Results showed that, when considering tooth movement along a 0.019 x 0.025-in stainless steel archwire, saliva-lubricated slick modules can reduce static friction at the module/archwire interface by up to 60%, regardless of the bracket system. The SPEED brackets produced the lowest friction compared with the 3 other tested bracket systems when regular modules were used. The use of slick modules, however, with all of the ligated bracket types tested significantly reduced friction to below the values recorded in the SPEED groups. Loosely tied stainless steel ligatures were found to generate the least friction. PMID:12695769

  6. Summary of USSR reports on mechanical and radioactivity effects of underground nuclear explosions

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    Two reports have been issued by the USSR which examine the mechanical effects and radioactive contamination of the environment from underground nuclear explosions. In reviewing the mechanical effects, the institute of Terrestrial Physics of the USSR Academy of Sciences emphasizes the advantages of nuclear explosives, namely the tremendous power and small dimensions, in the industrial and construction fields. The authors note that the mechanical effects are based not only upon the explosive yield but also upon the thermodynamic properties of the cavity gases during expansion. These properties may vary widely depending upon the rock material. A list of the basic parameters affecting the mechanical effects of contained nuclear explosions includes: cavity volume, dimensions of the chimney, degree of rock fracturing, intensity of the compression wave as a function of distance from shot point, and seismic effects. The second paper describes the phenomenology of radioactive contamination of the environment for both contained and excavation explosions

  7. Effects of nutrient intake on sympathoadrenal activity and thermogenic mechanisms

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    Astrup, A V; Christensen, N J; Simonsen, L;

    1990-01-01

    white adipose tissue, the liver and the heart. The second thermogenic component of carbohydrate occurs later when the blood glucose concentration decreases towards baseline levels. This elicits an increased secretion of adrenaline from the adrenal medulla, and the circulating level exceeds the...... physiological threshold for thermogenic effect. The target is mainly skeletal muscle where thermogenesis is stimulated via beta 2-adrenoceptors. Also the basal metabolic rate and the thermogenic responses to cold and heat exposure, mental stress and exercise, have facultative components. Inhibition of...... facultative thermogenesis by beta-blockers such as propranolol, diminishes the daily energy expenditure and promotes weight gain and obesity. Although thermogenesis mediated by the sympathoadrenal system accounts for only a small part of the daily energy expenditure, it is sufficient to explain the positive...

  8. Effect of temperature on the mechanical properties of polymer mortars

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    João Marciano Laredo dos Reis

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of an experimental program to investigate the effect of temperature on the performance of epoxy and unsaturated polyester polymer mortars (PM. PM is a composite material in which polymeric materials are used to bond the aggregates in a fashion similar to that used in the preparation of Portland cement concrete. For this purpose, prismatic and cylindrical specimens were prepared for flexural and compressive tests, respectively, at different temperatures. Measurements of the temperature-dependent elastic modulus and the compressive and flexural strength were conducted using a thermostatic chamber attached to a universal test machine for a range of temperatures varying from room temperature to 90 ºC. The flexural and compressive strength decreases as temperature increases, especially after matrix HDT. Epoxy polymer mortars are more sensitive to temperature variation than unsaturated polyester ones.

  9. Effect and mechanism of siderite on reverse flotation of hematite

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    Yin, Wan-zhong; Li, Dong; Luo, Xi-mei; Yao, Jin; Sun, Qian-yu

    2016-04-01

    The effects of siderite on reverse flotation of hematite were investigated using micro flotation, adsorption tests, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The flotation results show that interactions between siderite and quartz are the main reasons that siderite significantly influences the floatability. The interactions are attributed to dissolved siderite species and fine siderite particles. The interaction due to the dissolved species is, however, dominant. Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theoretical calculations reveal that adhesion on quartz increases when the siderite particle size decreases and that fine particles partly influence quartz floatability. Chemical solution calculations indicate that the dissolved species of siderite might convert the surface of active quartz to CaCO3 precipitates that can be depressed by starch. The theoretical calculations are in good agreement with the results of adsorption tests and FTIR spectroscopy and explain the reasons why siderite significantly influences reverse flotation of hematite.

  10. Effective evolution equations from many-body quantum mechanics

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    Systems of interest in physics often consist of a very large number of interacting particles. In certain physical regimes, effective non-linear evolution equations are commonly used as an approximation for making predictions about the time-evolution of such systems. Important examples are Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute Bose gases and degenerate Fermi gases. While the effective equations are well-known in physics, a rigorous justification is very difficult. However, a rigorous derivation is essential to precisely understand the range and the limits of validity and the quality of the approximation. In this thesis, we prove that the time evolution of Bose-Einstein condensates in the Gross-Pitaevskii regime can be approximated by the time-dependent Gross-Pitaevskii equation, a cubic non-linear Schroedinger equation. We then turn to fermionic systems and prove that the evolution of a degenerate Fermi gas can be approximated by the time-dependent Hartree-Fock equation (TDHF) under certain assumptions on the semiclassical structure of the initial data. Finally, we extend the latter result to fermions with relativistic kinetic energy. All our results provide explicit bounds on the error as the number of particles becomes large. A crucial methodical insight on bosonic systems is that correlations can be modeled by Bogolyubov transformations. We construct initial data appropriate for the Gross-Pitaevskii regime using a Bogolyubov transformation acting on a coherent state, which amounts to studying squeezed coherent states. As a crucial insight for fermionic systems, we point out a semiclassical structure in states close to the ground state of fermions in a trap. As a convenient language for studying the dynamics of fermionic systems, we use particle-hole transformations.

  11. Study of certain mechanisms of injurious effects of low-frequency noise

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    Certain mechanisms of injuries effects of low-frequency noise were studied using white rats for experiments. Obtained data support the hypothesis of the mechanism of injuries effect of this physical factor including two basically correlated ways, i.e. the central mechanism associated with overexcitation of the hypotalamohypophysis-adrenal system and mediating the homeostatic parameters of the body, and the local one which is determined by a direct effect of low-frequency noise on highly organized structure of membrane-ous and genetic apparatus of cells

  12. Heat treatment effect on the mechanical properties of industrial drawn copper wires

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    Beribeche, Abdellatif, E-mail: zboumerzoug@yahoo.fr; Boumerzoug, Zakaria, E-mail: zboumerzoug@yahoo.fr [LMSM, University of Biskra, B.P 145,Biskra-07000 (Algeria); Ji, Vincent [LEMHE, Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, F-91405 (France)

    2013-12-16

    In this present investigation, the mechanical properties of industrial drawn copper wires have been studied by tensile tests. The effect of prior heat treatments at 500°C on the drawn wires behavior was the main goal of this investigation. We have found that the mechanical behavior of drawn wires depends strongly on those treatments. SEM observations of the wire cross section after tensile tests have shown that the mechanism of rupture was mainly controlled by the void formation.

  13. Effects of pulmonary vascular pressures and flow on airway and parenchymal mechanics in isolated rat lungs

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    Petak, Ferenc; Habre, Walid; Hantos, Zoltán; Peter D Sly; Morel, Denis

    2002-01-01

    Changes in pulmonary hemodynamics have been shown to alter the mechanical properties of the lungs, but the exact mechanisms are not clear. We therefore investigated the effects of alterations in pulmonary vascular pressure and flow (Q(p)) on the mechanical properties of the airways and the parenchyma by varying these parameters independently in three groups of isolated perfused normal rat lungs. The pulmonary capillary pressure (Pc(est)), estimated from the pulmonary arterial (Ppa) and left a...

  14. Deformation effect simulation and optimization for double front axle steering mechanism

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    Wu, Jungang; Zhang, Siqin; Yang, Qinglong

    2013-03-01

    This paper research on tire wear problem of heavy vehicles with Double Front Axle Steering Mechanism from the flexible effect of Steering Mechanism, and proposes a structural optimization method which use both traditional static structural theory and dynamic structure theory - Equivalent Static Load (ESL) method to optimize key parts. The good simulated and test results show this method has high engineering practice and reference value for tire wear problem of Double Front Axle Steering Mechanism design.

  15. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Highlights: • Molecular dynamics simulations of surface modification effect of Au nanowires. • Surface modification can greatly affect the mechanical properties of nanowires. • Core–shell model is used to elucidate the effect of residual surface stress. - Abstract: Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core–shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties

  16. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Sun, Xiao-Yu [AML and CNMM, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Xu, Yuanjie [Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Wang, Gang-Feng [Department of Engineering Mechanics, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Gu, Yuantong [School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 4001 (Australia); Feng, Xi-Qiao, E-mail: fengxq@tsinghua.edu.cn [AML and CNMM, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-09-18

    Highlights: • Molecular dynamics simulations of surface modification effect of Au nanowires. • Surface modification can greatly affect the mechanical properties of nanowires. • Core–shell model is used to elucidate the effect of residual surface stress. - Abstract: Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core–shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties.

  17. Multiple Mechanisms of Anti-Cancer Effects Exerted by Astaxanthin

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Astaxanthin (ATX is a xanthophyll carotenoid which has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA as food colorant in animal and fish feed. It is widely found in algae and aquatic animals and has powerful anti-oxidative activity. Previous studies have revealed that ATX, with its anti-oxidative property, is beneficial as a therapeutic agent for various diseases without any side effects or toxicity. In addition, ATX also shows preclinical anti-tumor efficacy both in vivo and in vitro in various cancer models. Several researches have deciphered that ATX exerts its anti-proliferative, anti-apoptosis and anti-invasion influence via different molecules and pathways including signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3, nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ. Hence, ATX shows great promise as chemotherapeutic agents in cancer. Here, we review the rapidly advancing field of ATX in cancer therapy as well as some molecular targets of ATX.

  18. Effects of Heterogeneous Diffuse Fibrosis on Arrhythmia Dynamics and Mechanism.

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    Kazbanov, Ivan V; ten Tusscher, Kirsten H W J; Panfilov, Alexander V

    2016-01-01

    Myocardial fibrosis is an important risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias. Previous experimental and numerical studies have shown that the texture and spatial distribution of fibrosis may play an important role in arrhythmia onset. Here, we investigate how spatial heterogeneity of fibrosis affects arrhythmia onset using numerical methods. We generate various tissue textures that differ by the mean amount of fibrosis, the degree of heterogeneity and the characteristic size of heterogeneity. We study the onset of arrhythmias using a burst pacing protocol. We confirm that spatial heterogeneity of fibrosis increases the probability of arrhythmia induction. This effect is more pronounced with the increase of both the spatial size and the degree of heterogeneity. The induced arrhythmias have a regular structure with the period being mostly determined by the maximal local fibrosis level. We perform ablations of the induced fibrillatory patterns to classify their type. We show that in fibrotic tissue fibrillation is usually of the mother rotor type but becomes of the multiple wavelet type with increase in tissue size. Overall, we conclude that the most important factor determining the formation and dynamics of arrhythmia in heterogeneous fibrotic tissue is the value of maximal local fibrosis. PMID:26861111

  19. Lipoprotein(a: Cellular Effects and Molecular Mechanisms

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lipoprotein(a (Lp(a is an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD. Indeed, individuals with plasma concentrations >20 mg/dL carry a 2-fold increased risk of developing CVD, accounting for ~25% of the population. Circulating levels of Lp(a are remarkably resistant to common lipid lowering therapies, and there are currently no robust treatments available for reduction of Lp(a apart from plasma apheresis, which is costly and labour intensive. The Lp(a molecule is composed of two parts, an LDL/apoB-100 core and a unique glycoprotein, apolipoprotein(a (apo(a, both of which can interact with components of the coagulation cascade, inflammatory pathways, and cells of the blood vessel wall (smooth muscle cells (SMC and endothelial cells (EC. Therefore, it is of key importance to determine the molecular pathways by which Lp(a exerts its influence on the vascular system in order to design therapeutics to target its cellular effects. This paper will summarise the role of Lp(a in modulating cell behaviour in all aspects of the vascular system including platelets, monocytes, SMC, and EC.

  20. Charge Effects on Mechanical Properties of Elastomeric Proteins

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    Kappiyoor, Ravi; Balasubramanian, Ganesh; Dudek, Daniel; Puri, Ishwar

    2012-02-01

    Several biological molecules of nanoscale dimensions, such as elastin and resilin, are capable of performing diverse tasks with minimal energy loss. These molecules are efficient in that the ratio of energy output to energy consumed is very close to unity. This is in stark contrast to some of the best synthetic materials that have been created. For example, it is known that resilin found in dragonflies has a hysteresis loss of only 0.8% of the energy input while the best synthetic rubber made to date, polybutadiene, has a loss of roughly 20%.We simulate tensile tests of naturally occurring motifs found in resilin (a highly hydrophilic protein), as well as similar simulations found in reduced-polarity counterparts (i.e. the same motif with the charge on each individual atom set to half the natural value, the same motif with the charge on each individual atom set to zero, and a motif in which all the polar amino acids have been replaced with nonpolar amino acids). The results show a strong correlation between charge and extensibility. In order to further understand the effect of properties such as charge on the system, we will run simulations of elastomeric proteins such as resilin in different solvents.

  1. Molecular Mechanism: ERK Signaling, Drug Addiction, and Behavioral Effects.

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    Sun, Wei-Lun; Quizon, Pamela M; Zhu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Addiction to psychostimulants has been considered as a chronic psychiatric disorder characterized by craving and compulsive drug seeking and use. Over the past two decades, accumulating evidence has demonstrated that repeated drug exposure causes long-lasting neurochemical and cellular changes that result in enduring neuroadaptation in brain circuitry and underlie compulsive drug consumption and relapse. Through intercellular signaling cascades, drugs of abuse induce remodeling in the rewarding circuitry that contributes to the neuroplasticity of learning and memory associated with addiction. Here, we review the role of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), a member of the mitogen-activated protein kinase, and its related intracellular signaling pathways in drug-induced neuroadaptive changes that are associated with drug-mediated psychomotor activity, rewarding properties and relapse of drug seeking behaviors. We also discuss the neurobiological and behavioral effects of pharmacological and genetic interferences with ERK-associated molecular cascades in response to abused substances. Understanding the dynamic modulation of ERK signaling in response to drugs may provide novel molecular targets for therapeutic strategies to drug addiction. PMID:26809997

  2. Acute effects of intense interval training on running mechanics.

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    Collins, M H; Pearsall, D J; Zavorsky, G S; Bateni, H; Turcotte, R A; Montgomery, D L

    2000-02-01

    The aims of this study were to determine if there are significant kinematic changes in running pattern after intense interval workouts, whether duration of recovery affects running kinematics, and whether changes in running economy are related to changes in running kinematics. Seven highly trained male endurance runners (VO2max = 72.3+/-3.3 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1); mean +/- s) performed three interval running workouts of 10 x 400 m at a speed of 5.94+/-0.19 m x s(-1) (356+/-11.2 m x min(-1)) with a minimum of 4 days recovery between runs. Recovery of 60, 120 or 180 s between each 400 m repetition was assigned at random. Before and after each workout, running economy and several kinematic variables were measured at speeds of 3.33 and 4.47 m x s(-1) (200 and 268 m x min(-1)). Speed was found to have a significant effect on shank angle, knee velocity and stride length (P pre- and post-test for VO2 (ml x kg(-1) x min(-1)) and several kinematic variables were not significant (P > 0.05) at both speeds. In general, duration of recovery was not found to adversely affect running economy or the kinematic variables assessed, possibly because of intra-individual adaptations to fatigue. PMID:10718563

  3. Mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of Kaiyu Granule for depression

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    Xi Jin; Yidan Zhang; Qiaoying Li; Jianjun Zhao

    2013-01-01

    The proprietary Chinese medicine preparation Kaiyu Granule is made of bupleurum, nutgrass ga-lingale rhizome, szechwan lovage rhizome, turmeric root tuber, white peony alba, cape jasmine fruit, fried semen ziziphi jujubae, and prepared liquorice root. It is a common recipe for the clinical treatment of depression in China. In this study, after 21 days of unpredictable stress exposure, Wistar rats exhibited similar behavioral changes to patients with depression. Moreover, G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K+channel 1 mRNA and protein expression were significantly reduced in rat hippocampal CA1 and CA3 regions. However, G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K+channel 1 mRNA, protein expression, and rat behavior were clearly better after administration of 12, 8, or 4 g/kg of Kaiyu Granule when depression model rats underwent stress. 12 g/kg of Kaiyu Granule had the most obvious effects on the increased expression of G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K+channel 1 mRNA and protein in rat hippocampal CA1 and CA3 regions. These results suggested that Kaiyu Granule improved depression by affecting G-protein-coupled inwardly fying K+channel 1 expression in the rat hippocampus.

  4. Mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of Kaiyu Granule for depression.

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    Jin, Xi; Zhang, Yidan; Li, Qiaoying; Zhao, Jianjun

    2013-12-01

    The proprietary Chinese medicine preparation Kaiyu Granule is made of bupleurum, nutgrass galingale rhizome, szechwan lovage rhizome, turmeric root tuber, white peony alba, cape jasmine fruit, fried semen ziziphi jujubae, and prepared liquorice root. It is a common recipe for the clinical treatment of depression in China. In this study, after 21 days of unpredictable stress exposure, Wistar rats exhibited similar behavioral changes to patients with depression. Moreover, G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) channel 1 mRNA and protein expression were significantly reduced in rat hippocampal CA1 and CA3 regions. However, G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) channel 1 mRNA, protein expression, and rat behavior were clearly better after administration of 12, 8, or 4 g/kg of Kaiyu Granule when depression model rats underwent stress. 12 g/kg of Kaiyu Granule had the most obvious effects on the increased expression of G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) channel 1 mRNA and protein in rat hippocampal CA1 and CA3 regions. These results suggested that Kaiyu Granule improved depression by affecting G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) channel 1 expression in the rat hippocampus. PMID:25206645

  5. Timescale and mechanisms of the oxygen effect in irradiated bacteria

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    Studies with S. marcescans and E. coli show that the concept of O2 acting as a radiosensitizer by fixing damage in competition with its repair by intracellular free SH is applicable to the oxygen effect phenomena, whether they are observed as functions of concentration or of time. The gas explosion technique was used for this study in which cells are irradiated with a 5-nanosecond pulse of electrons and are exposed to a rapid transition from a hypoxic to a well-oxygenated environment at a preset time prior to or after irradiation. From a review of other studies it is shown that: sulfhydryl compounds in polymeric systems have the ability to repair free radical damage by H atom donation and that oxygen could block this repair; in dry bacterial spores, similar competition occurs between reactions of radiation-induced damage with the simplest sulfhydryl, H2S, and with O2; there is a correlation between GSH levels in mammalian cells and the oxygen K-value; similarly, it has been found that radiosensitization by the electron-affinic compound misonidazole, is also dependent on the intracellular level of GSH. 20 references, 2 figures, 1 tables

  6. Mechanisms of toxic effects and tumor induction by DDT

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    2002-01-01

    In order to clarify to medchanisms of toxiceffects and tumor induction by DDT,we conducted a 2-year feeding study of p,p'-DDT in F344 rats at doses of 5,50,and 500 ppm,Investigations on toxicokinetics,hematology,biochemistry and histopathology were performed after 26,52,78,and 104 weeks.In addition,potential factors involved in hepatocarcinogenesis were examined.Both sexes at 500ppm showed tremor,body weight depression,anemia,microsomal enzyme induction,and increases in hepatic tumors.The concentrations of DDT and its metabolites in the liver tended to be higher in males,while those in the brain and plasma were higher in females,which might contribute to sex differences in toxic effects and tumor induction.DDT was found to inhibit intercellular communication and to produce oxidative stress secondary to metabolic activation in the liver.The oxidative stress may be a key factor in hepatocarcinogenesis by DDT.Microarray analysis of hepatic lesions is now underway.

  7. Study of effect of gamma radiation on molecular weight and mechanical properties of PHB and PHNV

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    The effect of gamma radiation on molecular weight and mechanical properties (tensile and flexural) of PHB and PHBV samples was investigated. The values of stress and strain at the break point for both mechanical properties indicated that scission molecular reactions were predominant in PHB and PHBV samples submitted to gamma radiation. These results were confirmed by Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) analysis. (author)

  8. The Effects of Welding Parameters on the Mechanical Properties on Laser Welding of AA2024

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    Adnan Akkurt

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effects of laser welding parameters on the mechanical properties of AA2024 aluminum parts jointed with laser welding were investigated in the laser welding process this has been started using on joint of aluminum alloy. The reason preferring of AA2024 is that aluminum material has been widely used in aerospace and manufacturing industry. Laser power (kW, laser intensity (kW/mm2 and Pulse energy (j were selectedas process parameters. For this reason, all samples were classified for three groups and different parameter was compared in every group. Microstructure characterization, micro hardness measuring and tensile test were carried out in order to understand the effects of welding parameters on mechanical properties. Experimental study showed that the optimum mechanical properties were obtained on first group samples. Heat effected zoneis widen with increasing of laser power and this result causes the negative effects on mechanical properties.

  9. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION’S DISPUTE SETTLEMENT MECHANISM

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    Abdurrahman Alfaqiih

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Many WTO (World Trade Organization member States have made use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. Nevertheless, the debate over the effectiveness of this mechanism is still happening and is animportant issue to be discussed. This article aims to explain the effectiveness of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. Its time frame, participation (particularly developing countries and its achievements areu sed to measure such effectiveness. This article concludes that the WTO dispute settlement mechanism effectively resolves the disputes among the members. Tidak sedikit negara-negara anggota WTO (World Trade Organization memanfaatkan mekanisme penyelesaian sengketa dagang internasional di WTO. Namun demikian, perdebatan tentang keefektifan mekanisme ini masih terus terjadi dan menjadi isu yang penting untuk dikaji. Tulisan ini bertujuan untukmenjelaskan argumentasi efektifitas mekanisme penyelesaian sengketa dagang internasional di WTO. Pendekatan waktu, partisipasi (khususnya negara berkembang dan pencapaian menjadi tolak ukur pengukuran efektifitas mekanisme tersebut. Tulisan ini menyimpulkan bahwa mekanisme penyelesaian sengketa dagang internasional di WTO berjalan secara efektif.

  10. COORDINATING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING - MECHANISMS AND THEIR PERFORMANCE EFFECTS

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    Timenes Laugen, Bjørge; Acur, Nuran; Boer, Harry

    2009-01-01

    Appropriate coordination mechanisms between the new product development (NPD) and manufacturing functions are important for companies to implement and manage the balance between exploitative and explorative activities effectively. Although much research has been conducted in this area, there is no...

  11. Turning point in the development of quantum mechanics and the early years of the Moessbauer effect

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    The development history of quantum mechanics and that of the Moessbauer effect are described, including the various stages of their growth, discoveries, and educational presentations, and the attitude pros and cons toward these studies

  12. Mechanisms for the antihyperglycemic effect of sitagliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    Muscelli, Elza; Casolaro, Arturo; Gastaldelli, Amalia; Mari, Andrea; Seghieri, Giuseppe; Astiarraga, Brenno; Chen, Yu; Alba, Maria; Holst, Jens Juul; Ferrannini, Ele

    2012-01-01

    Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. The underlying mechanisms (incretin effect, β-cell function, endogenous glucose production) are not well known....

  13. Interactivity effects in social media marketing on brand engagement: an investigation of underlying mechanisms

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    M.L. Antheunis; G. van Noort

    2011-01-01

    Although, SNS advertising spending increases, research on SNS campaigning is still underexposed. First, this study aims to investigate the effect of SNS campaign interactivity on the receivers brand engagement, taking four underlying mechanisms into account (brand identification, campaign divergence

  14. Mechanism and Effectiveness of Reduction Action of Unsaturated Polyester Resin Reducer

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    2001-01-01

    The reduction action mechanism of unsaturated polyester resin reducer is analysed.The experimental results show that the active reducer bearing reactive functional group on the ends of molecules effectively lowers the curing shrinkage of unvaturated polyester resin.

  15. Effect of grain boundary on the mechanical behaviors of irradiated metals: a review

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    Xiao, XiaZi; Chu, HaiJian; Duan, HuiLing

    2016-06-01

    The design of high irradiation-resistant materials is very important for the development of next-generation nuclear reactors. Grain boundaries acting as effective defect sinks are thought to be able to moderate the deterioration of mechanical behaviors of irradiated materials, and have drawn increasing attention in recent years. The study of the effect of grain boundaries on the mechanical behaviors of irradiated materials is a multi-scale problem. At the atomic level, grain boundaries can effectively affect the production and formation of irradiation-induced point defects in grain interiors, which leads to the change of density, size distribution and evolution of defect clusters at grain level. The change of microstructure would influence the macroscopic mechanical properties of the irradiated polycrystal. Here we give a brief review about the effect of grain boundaries on the mechanical behaviors of irradiated metals from three scales: microscopic scale, mesoscopic scale and macroscopic scale.

  16. Protective effect of resveratrol on 5/6 nephrectomized rats and its mechanism

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    黄新忠

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the protective effect of res-veratrol(RSV)on 5/6 nephrectomized rats and its mechanism.Methods Fifty male SD rats were randomly divided into three groups:sham operated(Sham,n=10)

  17. Trust-Building in Electronic Markets: Relative Importance and Interaction Effects of Trust-Building Mechanisms

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    Tams, Stefan

    We examine the relative and complementary effectiveness of trust-building strategies in online environments. While prior research has examined various antecedents to trust, we investigated two trust-building mechanisms more in depth: Web site trust and vendor reputation. We tried to understand the relative effectiveness of these two important mechanisms to provide online businesses with a clear recommendation of how to establish trust in an effective and efficient manner. Drawing from the literature on trust, we proposed vendor reputation to be more effective than Web site trust. Moreover, we examined a potential complementary effect of these mechanisms so as to provide online businesses with a deeper understanding of how to derive superior trust. We hypothesize a small such effect. The study proposes a laboratory experiment to test the model.

  18. Autoclaving and clinical recycling: Effects on mechanical properties of orthodontic wires

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    Oshagh, M.; M R Hematiyan; Y Mohandes; M R Oshagh; L Pishbin

    2012-01-01

    Background: About half of the orthodontists recycle and reuse orthodontic wires because of their costs. So when talking about reuse and sterilization of wires, their effects on mechanical properties of wires should be clarified. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of sterilization and clinical use on mechanical properties of stainless steel wires. Materials and Methods: Thirty stainless steel orthodontic wires were divided into three equal groups of control, autoclave (ster...

  19. Mechanism for Increasing Effective Inputs in Urban Agriculture through Industrial Value Chain

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    2012-01-01

    This paper firstly introduces the value chain management thought,current situations of utilization,and connotation of mechanism for increasing effective inputs in urban agriculture through industrial value chain.On the basis of basic idea of value chain management,this paper is to explore the mechanism for increasing effective inputs in urban agriculture through the value chain of urban agriculture linking with other industries.

  20. Impact resistance of fiber composites - Energy-absorbing mechanisms and environmental effects

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    Chamis, C. C.; Sinclair, J. H.

    1985-01-01

    Energy absorbing mechanisms were identified by several approaches. The energy absorbing mechanisms considered are those in unidirectional composite beams subjected to impact. The approaches used include: mechanic models, statistical models, transient finite element analysis, and simple beam theory. Predicted results are correlated with experimental data from Charpy impact tests. The environmental effects on impact resistance are evaluated. Working definitions for energy absorbing and energy releasing mechanisms are proposed and a dynamic fracture progression is outlined. Possible generalizations to angle-plied laminates are described.

  1. Amplifying effect of a release mechanism for fast adaptation in the hair bundle.

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    Sul, Bora; Iwasa, Kuni H

    2009-07-01

    A "release" mechanism, which has been experimentally observed as the fast component in the hair bundle's response to mechanical stimulation, appears similar to common mechanical relaxation with a damping effect. This observation is puzzling because such a response is expected to have an amplifying role in the mechanoelectrical transduction process in hair cells. Here it is shown that a release mechanism can indeed have a role in amplification, if it is associated with negative stiffness due to the gating of the mechonoelectric transducer channel. PMID:19603855

  2. Mercury Methylation by Cobalt Corrinoids: Relativistic Effects Dictate the Reaction Mechanism.

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    Demissie, Taye B; Garabato, Brady D; Ruud, Kenneth; Kozlowski, Pawel M

    2016-09-12

    The methylation of Hg(II) (SCH3 )2 by corrinoid-based methyl donors proceeds in a concerted manner through a single transition state by transfer of a methyl radical, in contrast to previously proposed reaction mechanisms. This reaction mechanism is a consequence of relativistic effects that lower the energies of the mercury 6p1/2 and 6p3/2 orbitals, making them energetically accessible for chemical bonding. In the absence of spin-orbit coupling, the predicted reaction mechanism is qualitatively different. This is the first example of relativity being decisive for the nature of an observed enzymatic reaction mechanism. PMID:27510509

  3. Mechanism for the effects of variable solar activity on the weather. Final report

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    The goal of the research was to help in identifying the most likely physical mechanisms for the effects of variable solar activity on the weather. The method of attack was largely empirical, and this method was chosen for the following reasons: (1) in order to tap the great pool of scientific talent that may be able to offer sound physical mechanisms, it is necessary to demonstrate that there are some important relationships to explain; and (2) if the experiments are carefully designed, they can be useful in eliminating certain mechanisms which seem to have a low probability of success, and picking out the mechanisms which look more promising. Some results are presented

  4. DTA and DSC study on the effect of mechanical dispersion on poly(tetrafluorethylene properties

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    Dumitraşa Mihai

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Poly(tetrafluorethylene particles were obtained by mechanical processing of the formed polymer (Teflon bar. In order to assess the effect of mechanical wear on polymer properties, their melting and crystallization behaviour was investigated by DSC and DTA, and the results were compared to the ones obtained for the native polymer. An increase of the crystallinity degree and an accentuated decrease of the average molecular weight were found for the samples submitted to mechanical wear, as a result of mechanical degradation of the polymer

  5. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Sun, Xiao-Yu; Xu, Yuanjie; Wang, Gang-Feng; Gu, Yuantong; Feng, Xi-Qiao

    2015-09-01

    Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core-shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties.

  6. Effect of oven residence time on mechanical properties in rotomoulding of LLDPE

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    P L RAMKUMAR; SACHIN D WAIGAONKAR; D M KULKARNI

    2016-05-01

    In rotational moulding of plastics, improving the mechanical properties without sacrificing the processibility is a challenging task. In this paper, an attempt has been made to investigate the effect of oven residence time on the mechanical properties of the rotationally moulded products made using linear low densitypolyethylene. Simulation studies were conducted using ROTOSIM software to analyze thermal transitions and phase changes during the process. Degree of curing of the polymers was also assessed and correlated with mechanical properties. Experiments were further conducted to obtain favourable oven residence time to obtain highest mechanical properties. Experimental investigation revealed that there exist regions where the part was ‘under-cured’ and mechanical properties were found to be inferior. It was also found that when parts were ‘overcured’, the mechanical properties were severely affected. A regime of favourable processing window was identified where the highest tensile, flexural and impact properties were noticed.

  7. The coupled effects of geometry and surface orientation on the mechanical properties of metal nanowires

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    Ji Changjiang; Park, Harold S [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235 (United States)

    2007-08-01

    We have performed atomistic simulations of the tensile loading of <100> and <110> copper nanowires to investigate the coupled effects of geometry and surface orientation on their mechanical behaviour and properties. By varying the nanowire cross section from square to rectangular, nanowires with dominant surface facets are created that exhibit distinct mechanical properties due to the different inelastic deformation mechanisms that are activated. In particular, we find that non-square nanowires generally exhibit lower yield stresses and strains, lower toughness, elevated fracture strains, and a propensity to deform via twinning; we quantify the links between the observed deformation mechanisms due to non-square cross section and the resulting mechanical properties, while illustrating that geometry can be utilized to tailor the mechanical properties of nanowires.

  8. Quantum-mechanical description of Lense-Thirring effect for relativistic scalar particles

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    Exact expression for the Foldy-Wouthuysen Hamiltonian of scalar particles is used for a quantum-mechanical description of the relativistic Lense-Thirring effect. The exact evolution of the angular momentum operator in the Kerr field approximated by a spatially isotropic metric is found. The quantum-mechanical description of the full Lense-Thirring effect based on the Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector is given in the nonrelativistic and weak-field approximation. Relativistic quantum-mechanical equations for the velocity and acceleration operators are obtained. The equation for the acceleration defines the Coriolis-like and centrifugal-like accelerations and presents the quantum-mechanical description of the frame-dragging effect

  9. Quantum-mechanical description of Lense-Thirring effect for relativistic scalar particles

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    Silenko, Alexander J

    2014-01-01

    Exact expression for the Foldy-Wouthuysen Hamiltonian of scalar particles is used for a quantum-mechanical description of the relativistic Lense-Thirring effect. The exact evolution of the angular momentum operator in the Kerr field approximated by a spatially isotropic metric is found. The quantum-mechanical description of the full Lense-Thirring effect based on the Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector is given in the nonrelativistic and weak-field approximation. Relativistic quantum-mechanical equations for the velocity and acceleration operators are obtained. The equation for the acceleration defines the Coriolis-like and centrifugal-like accelerations and presents the quantum-mechanical description of the frame-dragging effect.

  10. THE MECHANISM STUDY OF EFFECT OF CALCIUM AND ALUMINIUM IONS ON FLOCCULATING PROCESS OF KAOLIN

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    何绪文; 狄平宽; 单忠健

    1995-01-01

    The effects of Ca2+and Al3+ious on flocculating process of kaolin using ployacrylamide as flocculant was studied. Mechanism of the effects was investigated and discussed through molecularorbit (MO) theory, solution chemistry calculation and electronic probe examination in this article.

  11. Effects of Sex, Social Desirability, and Birth Order on the Defense Mechanisms Inventory.

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    Dudley, Gary E.

    1978-01-01

    Investigated effects of sex difference, social desirability instructions, and birth order of respondents on defense mechanisms inventory (DMI). Sex difference was found in projection only. Social desirability effects were found in turning-against-others, projection, principalization, and reversal. Thus, an interpretive caution is in order…

  12. Crude extract of maggots: Antibacterial effects against Escherichia coli, underlying mechanisms, separation and purification

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    Ge, Quan-Sheng; Zhang, Hui-Min; Liu, Xia; Wang, Shou-Yu; Lv, De-Cheng; LI, Xu-dong

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the antibacterial effects of a crude extract of maggots against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the underlying mechanisms, and to separate and purify the crude extract of maggots to assess the antibacterial effects of the active ingredients in the crude extract.

  13. Effectiveness of feeding large kibbles with mechanical cleaning properties in cats with gingivitis

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    Vrieling, HE; Theyse, LFH; van Winkelhoff, AJ; Dijkshoorn, NA; Logan, EI; Picovet, P

    2005-01-01

    Effectiveness of feeding large kibbles with mechanical cleaning properties in cats with gingivitis periodontal disease is the most common acquired oral disease in cats. it starts with plaque accumulation and gingivitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of ki

  14. Design-relevant local mechanical effects under fault conditions of the European LCT coil

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    Simplified descriptions are presented of two types of local mechanical effects: support load diffusion effects under asymmetric loading due to a faulting neighbour coil and containment of quench pressure inside of a faulting superconductor cable within the winding pack. The design-relevance in terms of model simplification as well as safety margins is discussed for the European LCT coil. (author)

  15. Inhibitory effects of rapamycin on proliferation of chronic myelogenous leukemia cells and its mechanism

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    李杰

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the inhibitory effects of rapamycin on proliferation of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) cells and its possible mechanism. Methods The effects of rapamycin at various concentrations on cell proliferation of CML cell line K562 cells were analyzed by MTT. The expressions

  16. Integrated Model for the Hydro-Mechanical Effects of Vegetation Against Shallow Landslides

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    Alejandro González-Ollauri

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Shallow landslides are instability events that lead to dramatic soil mass wasting in sloping areas and are commonly triggered by intense rainfall episodes. Vegetation may reduce the likelihood of slope failure through different hydro-mechanical mechanisms that take place at the soil-plant-atmosphere interface. However, while vegetation’s mechanical contribution has been widely recognized, its hydrological effects have been poorly quantified. In addition, most of the existing models lack a holistic approach, require difficult to measure parameters or are commercially based, making them hardly transferable to land planners and other researchers.In this paper an integrated, robust and reproducible model framework is proposed and evaluated with the aim of assessing the hydro-mechanical effects of different vegetation types on slope stability using easily measureable and quantifiable input parameters. The output shows that the model framework is able to simulate the hydro-mechanical effects of vegetation in a realistic manner and that it can be readily applied to any vegetation, soil and climate types. It also demonstrates that vegetation has positive hydro-mechanical effects against shallow landslides, where plant biomass and evapotranspiration play an important role.

  17. Effects of Mechanical Harvesting on Sugarcane Stubble Quality and Growth of Ratoon

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    2012-01-01

    The experiment was conducted with the traditional manual harvesting and mechanical harvesting of sugarcane,to compare the effects of different harvesting method on the sugarcane stubble quality and the growth of ratoon.The experimental results are as follows.(i) The stubble height and breaking stubble rate of mechanical harvesting was significantly higher than manual harvesting,the stubble height of lodging species and difficult defoliation species increased in mechanical harvesting condition.Varieties with higher levels of fiber had lower rate of broken stubble.(ii) The effects of mechanical harvesting on germination of next year ratoon were quite different due to different varieties,indicating that the better perennial species have less impact than the poor perennial species.(iii) Compared with manual harvesting,mechanical harvesting had slightly higher plant height and single-stem weight and less effective stems number,the difference of cane yield was not significant,but sucrose content increased 0.53%.(iv) Mechanical harvesting combining with leaves crushing could reduce the impact on the germination of ratoon,improve the single-stem weight and increase the effective number of stems.

  18. Recent advances in biological effect and molecular mechanism of arabidopsis thaliana irradiated by ion beams

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    Newly research progresses were summarized in effect of ion beams on seed surface, biological effect, growth, development, gravitropism and so on. Furthermore, mutation molecular mechanism of Arabidopsis thaliana was discussed, for example, alteration of DNA bases, DNA damage, chromosomal recombination, characteristics of mutant transmissibility, etc. Meanwhile, the achievements of transfer- ring extraneous gene to Arabidopsis thaliana by ion beams were reviewed in the paper. At last, the future prospective are also discussed here in mutation molecular mechanism and the potential application of biological effect of heavy ion beams. (authors)

  19. DMPD: Mechanisms for the anti-inflammatory effects of adiponectin in macrophages. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 18336664 Mechanisms for the anti-inflammatory effects of adiponectin in macrophages...(.html) (.csml) Show Mechanisms for the anti-inflammatory effects of adiponectin in macrophages. PubmedID 18...336664 Title Mechanisms for the anti-inflammatory effects of adiponectin in macro

  20. Effects of triggering mechanism on snow avalanche slope angles and slab depths from field data

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    McClung, David M.

    2013-04-01

    Field data from snow avalanche fracture lines for slope angle and slab depth (measured perpendicular to the weak layer) were analyzed for different triggering mechanisms. For slope angle, the results showed that the same probability density function (pdf) (of log-logistic type) and range (25 - 55 degrees) apply independent of triggering mechanism. For slab depth, the same pdf (generalized extreme value) applies independent of triggering mechanism. For both slope angle and slab depth, the data skewness differentiated between triggering mechanism and increased with applied triggering load. For slope angle, skewness is lowest for natural triggering by snow loads and highest for triggering from human intervention. For slab depth, the skewness is lowest for natural triggering and highest for a mix of triggers including explosive control with skier triggering being intermediate. The results reveal the effects of triggering mechanism which are important for risk analyses and to guide avalanche forecasting.

  1. The Double-Edged Sword Effects of Mechanisms Disconnecting Cash-Flow Rights From Voting Rights

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    Fattoum, Asma; Zied Guedri, Zied Guedri

    On the one hand, defensive mechanisms such as dual class shares, pyramid structures and pact agreements may produce positive effects on firm performance because they enable CEOs to make long-term and risky investments without being worried by short-term market forces and risk-averse shareholders...... effects of defensive mechanisms on firm performance depend upon CEO’s tenure, human capital and social capital. We test these hypotheses using a sample of 725 French firms over the 1995-2011 period. Our results indicate that CEO’s tenure moderates negatively the impact of defensive mechanisms on firm...... performance whereas CEO’s human and social capital reinforce positively the performance consequences of defensive mechanisms...

  2. Effect of Resistance Mechanisms on the Inoculum Effect of Carbapenem in Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolates with Borderline Carbapenem Resistance.

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    Adler, Amos; Ben-Dalak, Ma'ayan; Chmelnitsky, Ina; Carmeli, Yehuda

    2015-08-01

    We aimed to examine the effects of resistance mechanisms on several resistance phenotypes among carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates with borderline carbapenem MICs. We compared carbapenemase-negative K. pneumoniae with carbapenemase-producing K. pneumoniae (CPKP) isolates with similar MICs. CPKP isolates exhibited a marked inoculum effect and were more resistant to the bactericidal effect of meropenem. This suggests that MIC measurements alone may not be sufficient in predicting the therapeutic efficacy of carbapenems against CPKP. PMID:25987630

  3. Effect of Resistance Mechanisms on the Inoculum Effect of Carbapenem in Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolates with Borderline Carbapenem Resistance

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    Adler, Amos; Ben-Dalak, Ma'ayan; Chmelnitsky, Ina; Carmeli, Yehuda

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to examine the effects of resistance mechanisms on several resistance phenotypes among carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates with borderline carbapenem MICs. We compared carbapenemase-negative K. pneumoniae with carbapenemase-producing K. pneumoniae (CPKP) isolates with similar MICs. CPKP isolates exhibited a marked inoculum effect and were more resistant to the bactericidal effect of meropenem. This suggests that MIC measurements alone may not be sufficient in predicti...

  4. Effect of Flyash Addition on Mechanical and Gamma Radiation Shielding Properties of Concrete

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    Kanwaldeep Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Six concrete mixtures were prepared with 0%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, and 60% of flyash replacing the cement content and having constant water to cement ratio. The testing specimens were casted and their mechanical parameters were tested experimentally in accordance with the Indian standards. Results of mechanical parameters show their improvement with age of the specimens and results of radiation parameters show no significant effect of flyash substitution on mass attenuation coefficient.

  5. Effect of ECAP temperature on microstructure and mechanical properties of Al–Zn–Mg–Cu alloy

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    M.H. Shaeri; M. Shaeri; Ebrahimi, M.; M.T. Salehi; S. H Seyyedein

    2016-01-01

    The effect of equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at different temperatures (room temperature, 120, 150 and 180 °C) on microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-7075 solid solution alloy was investigated. Microstructure of the specimens was examined using orientation imaging microscopy, transmission electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffractometer, and mechanical properties were measured by Vickers microhardness and tensile tests. Microstructural investigations showed that after 3 o...

  6. Effect of heat treatment on mechanical dissipation in Ta$_2$O$_5$ coatings

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    Martin, I. W.; Bassiri, R.; Nawrodt, R.; Fejer, M. M.; Gretarsson, A.; Gustafson, E; Harry, G; Hough, J.; MacLaren, I.; Penn, S.; Reid, S.; Route, R; Rowan, S.; Schwarz, C; Seidel, P.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Thermal noise arising from mechanical dissipation in dielectric reflective coatings is expected to critically limit the sensitivity of precision measurement systems such as high-resolution optical spectroscopy, optical frequency standards and future generations of interferometric gravitational wave detectors. We present measurements of the effect of post-deposition heat treatment on the temperature dependence of the mechanical dissipation in ion-beam sputtered tantalum pentoxide b...

  7. Study of the Effects of Total Flavonoids of Astragalus on Atherosclerosis Formation and Potential Mechanisms

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    Deqing Wang; Yuan Zhuang; Yaping Tian; Graham Neil Thomas; Mingzhong Ying; Brian Tomlinson

    2012-01-01

    Astragalus mongholicus Bunge has long been used to treat cardiovascular disease in Chinese traditional medicine. However, its mechanisms are not fully understood. In this study, we explored potential mechanisms and protective effects of total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) on cardiovascular disease using in vitro experiments and diet-induced atherosclerotic rabbits. We identified six components and their proportion in TFA. The animal experiments showed that TFA significantly reduced plasma le...

  8. Effects of Tityus serrulatus scorpion venom on lung mechanics and inflammation in mice.

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    Paneque Peres, Ana Claudia; Nonaka, Paula Naomi; de Carvalho, Paulo de Tarso Camillo; Toyama, Marcos Hikari; Silva, Cesar Augusto Melo e; Vieira, Rodolfo de Paula; Dolhnikoff, Marisa; Zamuner, Stella Regina; de Oliveira, Luis Vicente Franco

    2009-06-01

    The present study evaluated the effects of an intramuscular injection of Tityus serrulatus venom (TsV) (0.67 miocrog/g) on lung mechanics and lung inflammation at 15, 30, 60 and 180 min after inoculation. TsV inoculation resulted in increased lung elastance when compared with the control group (p T. serrulatus venom leads to acute lung injury, characterised by altered lung mechanics and increased pulmonary inflammation. PMID:19470319

  9. Effects of respiratory mechanics on the capnogram phases: importance of dynamic compliance of the respiratory system

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    Babik, Barna; Csorba, Zsófia; Czövek, Dorottya; Mayr, Patrick N; Bogáts, Gábor; Peták, Ferenc

    2012-01-01

    Introduction The slope of phase III of the capnogram (SIII) relates to progressive emptying of the alveoli, a ventilation/perfusion mismatch, and ventilation inhomogeneity. SIII depends not only on the airway geometry, but also on the dynamic respiratory compliance (Crs); this latter effect has not been evaluated. Accordingly, we established the value of SIII for monitoring airway resistance during mechanical ventilation. Methods Sidestream capnography was performed during mechanical ventilat...

  10. Investigating the Effect of Corporate Governance Mechanisms on the Quality of Accounting Profit

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    Forough Heirany; Alireza Naser Sadrabadi; Fateme Fallah Mehrjordi

    2013-01-01

    Considerable attention given to the issues of corporate governance in recent years shows that the when corporate governance mechanisms are strong, managers find less time to deceive and this consequently increases the quality and reliability of their financial reporting. This research ultimately helps investors to maintain and increase their trust in the capital markets. The current investigation is aimed at investigating the effect of corporate governance mechanisms on the quality of financi...

  11. Effect of abdominal binding on respiratory mechanics during exercise in athletes with cervical spinal cord injury

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    West, CR; Goosey-Tolfrey, VL; Campbell, IG; Romer, LM

    2014-01-01

    West CR, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Campbell IG, Romer LM. Effect of abdominal binding on respiratory mechanics during exercise in athletes with cervical spinal cord injury. J Appl Physiol 117: 36–45, 2014. First published May 22, 2014; doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00218.2014.—We asked whether elastic binding of the abdomen influences respiratory mechanics during wheelchair propulsion in athletes with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Eight Paralympic wheelchair rugby players with m...

  12. Effects of different PEEP levels on respiratory mechanics and oxygenation after coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Daniel Lago Borges; Vinícius José da Silva Nina; Marina de Albuquerque Gonçalves Costa; Thiago Eduardo Pereira Baldez; Natália Pereira dos Santos; Ilka Mendes Lima; Eduardo Durans Figuerêdo; Josimary Lima da Silva Lula

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of different levels of positive end-expiratory pressure on respiratory mechanics and oxygenation indexes in the immediate postoperative period of coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS: Randomized clinical trial in which 136 patients underwent coronary artery bypass grafting between January 2011 and March 2012 were divided into three groups and admitted to mechanical ventilation with different positive end-expiratory pressure levels: Group A, 5 cmH2O (n=44)...

  13. Effect of Clay Addition on Mechanical Properties of Unsaturated Polyester/Glass Fiber Composites

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    Kusmono; Zainal Arifin Mohd Ishak

    2013-01-01

    Unsaturated polyester (UP)/glass fiber/clay composites were prepared by hand layup method. The effect of clay loading on the morphological and mechanical properties of UP/glass fiber composites was investigated in this study. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the structure of the composites. The mechanical properties of the composites were determined by tensile, flexural, unnotched Charpy impact and fracture toughness tests. XRD results indicated that the exfoliated structure w...

  14. Salt stress in maize: effects, resistance mechanisms, and management. A review

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    Farooq, Muhammad; Hussain, Mubshar; Wakeel, Abdul; Kadambot H M Siddique

    2015-01-01

    Maize is grown under a wide spectrum of soil and climatic conditions. Maize is moderately sensitive to salt stress; therefore, soil salinity is a serious threat to its production worldwide. Understanding maize response to salt stress and resistance mechanisms and overviewing management options may help to devise strategies for improved maize performance in saline environments. Here, we reviewed the effects, resistance mechanisms, and management of salt stress in maize. Our main conclusions ar...

  15. Effect of cold rolling and annealing on mechanical properties of HSLA steel

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    I. Schindler; M. Janošec; E. Místecký; Růžička, M. (Marek); Čižek; L.A. Dobrzański; S. Rusz; P. Suchánek

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: was to examine effect of the parameters of cold deformation and recrystallization annealing on mechanical properties of a Nb-microalloyed HSLA steel.Design/methodology/approach: Research of strip steel QStE 420 was based on a combination of laboratory cold rolling, recrystallization annealing in vacuum furnace, mechanical (particularly tensile) tests and metallographic analyses.Findings: It was validated that by a sophisticated combination of size of previous cold reduction size and ...

  16. Effect of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Property of High Cr-W Cast Iron

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    Liu Jianping; Li Lixia

    2007-01-01

    The microstructure of high Cr-W cast iron after heat treatment were analyzed, and the effect of various heat treatment temperature and time on mechanical properties of high Cr-W cast iron were studied, and the best process parameter of heat treatment was provided in this paper. The results show that the heat treatment can improve the mechanical property of high Cr-W cast iron, and higher synthetic mechanical property of high Cr-W cast iron can be obtained when treated with normalization at 980℃ for 2h and tempered at 400℃ for 2h.

  17. Potential mechanisms for acute health effects and lung retention of inhaled particles of different origin

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    Klepczynska Nyström, Anna

    2012-01-01

    Background: Environmental particle exposure is known to have negative health effects. There is limited knowledge about how size and origin of particles influence these effects. There is also little known regarding the fate of ultrafine particles (particles in nanosize;< 100 nanometers in diameter) after being inhaled. Aim: The main objective of this thesis was to study acute health effects in humans and their potential underlying mechanisms, resulting from exposure to particles of different o...

  18. Beneficial effects of exercise and its molecular mechanisms on depression in rats

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    Zheng, Hang; Liu, Yanyou; Li, Wei; Yang, Bo; Chen, Dengbang; Wang, Xiaojia; Jiang, Zhou; Wang, Hongxing; Wang, Zhengrong; Cornelisson, G.; Halberg, F.

    2005-01-01

    Exercise showed the beneficial effects on mental health in depressed sufferers, whereas, its underlying mechanisms remained unresolved. This study utilized the chronic unpredictable stress (CNS) animal model of depression to evaluate the effects of exercise on depressive behaviors and spatial performance in rats. Furthermore, we tested the hypothesis that the capacity of exercise to reverse the harmful effects of CNS was relative to the hypothalamo–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) system and brain-der...

  19. Mechanism of angiogenic effects of saponin from ginseng Radix rubra in human umbilical vein endothelial cells.

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    Morisaki, N.; Watanabe, S.; Tezuka, M.; Zenibayashi, M.; Shiina, R.; Koyama, N; Kanzaki, T.; Saito, Y

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    1. The effects of saponin from Ginseng Radix rubra on angiogenesis (tube formation) and its key steps (protease secretion, proliferation and migration) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were examined to elucidate the mechanism of the tissue repairing effects of Ginseng Radix rubra. The effect on a wound healing model was also studied. 2. Tube formation was measured by an in vitro system. The activity and immunoreactivity of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) as a protease...

  20. Effects of plantain and corn starches on the mechanical and disintegration properties of paracetamol tablets

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    Akin-Ajani, Olufunke D.; Itiola, Oludele A.; Odeku, Oluwatoyin A.

    2005-01-01

    The effects of plantain starch obtained from the unripe fruit of the plantMusa paradisiaca L. (Musaceae) on the mechanical and disintegration properties of paracetamol tablets have been investigated in comparison with the effects of corn starch BP using a 23 factorial experimental design. The individual and combined effects of nature of starch binder (N), concentration of starch binder (C), and the relative density of tablet (RD) on the tensile strength (TS), brittle fracture index (BFI), and...

  1. Modeling and measures against the effect of mechanical instabilities on holographic data storage system

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    Shimada, Ken-ichi; Ishii, Toshiki; Hoshizawa, Taku; Takashima, Yuzuru

    2015-08-01

    Holographic Data Storage System (HDSS) is one of promising candidates for future high density Optical Data Storage (ODS) system. Modern HDSS using angularly multiplexed recording employs a complicated opt-mechanical system for controlling angle of the reference beam or disk positioning precisely and quickly to achieve high density and fast recording. However, mechanical instabilities during recording and involved degradation of signal quality in HDSS is one of the obstacles to prevent the technology from being a robust system. We analytically formulated effects of mechanical instabilities of a Galvano mirror and spindle motor on the HDSS by incorporating the concept of time averaged holography. Mechanical parameters such as amplitude and frequency of mechanical oscillation are related to optical parameters such as amplitude and phase of reference and signal beams. Through comparison of simulation results with experimental results, we confirmed that the developed optical model was able to predict signal level of a degraded holographic image due to mechanical instabilities. Then, the analytical formulation led to a new method of optical and post recovery for mechanical instability during recording hologram. The optical post recovery method enables a robust implementation of HDSS against mechanical instabilities.

  2. Effect of new adhesion promoter and mechanical interlocking on bonding strength in metal-polymer composites

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    Schuberth, A.; Göring, M.; Lindner, T.; Töberling, G.; Puschmann, M.; Riedel, F.; Scharf, I.; Schreiter, K.; Spange, S.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    There are various opportunities to improve the adhesion between polymer and metal in metal-plastic composites. The addition of a bonding agent which reacts with both joining components at the interfaces of the composite can enhance the bonding strength. An alternative method for the adjustment of interfaces in metal-plastic composites is the specific surface structuring of the joining partners in order to exploit the mechanical interlock effect. In this study the potential of using an adhesion promoter based on twin polymerization for metal-plastic composites in combination with different methods of mechanical surface treatment is evaluated by using the tensile shear test. It is shown that the new adhesion promoter has a major effect when applied on smooth metal surfaces. A combination of both mechanical and chemical surface treatment of the metal part is mostly just as effective as the application of only one of these surface treatment methods.

  3. Numerical analysis of the texture effect on the hydrodynamic performance of a mechanical seal

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    Adjemout, M.; Brunetiere, N.; Bouyer, J.

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this paper is to analyze the effect of the main geometrical characteristics of texture on the hydrodynamic lubrication of a mechanical seal. A parametric study was carried out in order to improve the performance of a mechanical seal. The numerical model used in this study solves the Reynolds equation coupled with a mass conservative model which takes into account the cavitation phenomenon. It is shown that among the six dimple shapes tested herein, namely cylinder, square, triangle, truncated cone, truncated pyramid, and spherical cap, the triangular dimples placed symmetrically with respect to their bases are more effective for enhancing the hydrodynamic performance of the mechanical seal. The effect of the area and depth ratios is studied and optimized as well. The optimized solution is able to minimize friction and leakage under a range of operating conditions.

  4. Mechanical robustness of the calcareous tubeworm Hydroides elegans: warming mitigates the adverse effects of ocean acidification.

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    Li, Chaoyi; Meng, Yuan; He, Chong; Chan, Vera B S; Yao, Haimin; Thiyagarajan, V

    2016-01-01

    Development of antifouling strategies requires knowledge of how fouling organisms would respond to climate change associated environmental stressors. Here, a calcareous tube built by the tubeworm, Hydroides elegans, was used as an example to evaluate the individual and interactive effects of ocean acidification (OA), warming and reduced salinity on the mechanical properties of a tube. Tubeworms produce a mechanically weaker tube with less resistance to simulated predator attack under OA (pH 7.8). Warming (29°C) increased tube volume, tube mineral density and the tube's resistance to a simulated predatory attack. A weakening effect by OA did not make the removal of tubeworms easier except for the earliest stage, in which warming had the least effect. Reduced salinity (27 psu) did not affect tubes. This study showed that both mechanical analysis and computational modeling can be integrated with biofouling research to provide insights into how fouling communities might develop in future ocean conditions. PMID:26820060

  5. The buzz on caffeine in invertebrates: effects on behavior and molecular mechanisms.

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    Mustard, Julie A

    2014-04-01

    A number of recent studies from as diverse fields as plant-pollinator interactions, analyses of caffeine as an environmental pollutant, and the ability of caffeine to provide protection against neurodegenerative diseases have generated interest in understanding the actions of caffeine in invertebrates. This review summarizes what is currently known about the effects of caffeine on behavior and its molecular mechanisms in invertebrates. Caffeine appears to have similar effects on locomotion and sleep in both invertebrates and mammals. Furthermore, as in mammals, caffeine appears to have complex effects on learning and memory. However, the underlying mechanisms for these effects may differ between invertebrates and vertebrates. While caffeine's ability to cause release of intracellular calcium stores via ryanodine receptors and its actions as a phosphodiesterase inhibitor have been clearly established in invertebrates, its ability to interact with invertebrate adenosine receptors remains an important open question. Initial studies in insects and mollusks suggest an interaction between caffeine and the dopamine signaling pathway; more work needs to be done to understand the mechanisms by which caffeine influences signaling via biogenic amines. As of yet, little is known about whether other actions of caffeine in vertebrates, such as its effects on GABAA and glycine receptors, are conserved. Furthermore, the pharmacokinetics of caffeine remains to be elucidated. Overall behavioral responses to caffeine appear to be conserved amongst organisms; however, we are just beginning to understand the mechanisms underlying its effects across animal phyla. PMID:24162934

  6. Core self-evaluations and training effectiveness: prediction through motivational intervening mechanisms.

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    Stanhope, Daniel S; Pond, Samuel B; Surface, Eric A

    2013-09-01

    Understanding the processes through which trainee characteristics influence learning is important for identifying mechanisms that drive training effectiveness. We examine the direct and indirect paths through which core self-evaluations (CSE) impact learning. We also include general cognitive ability (GCA) to explore whether CSE's paths to effectiveness differ from those of a well-documented predictor of learning. We proposed a model in which CSE contributes to training effectiveness through its influence on motivational intervening mechanisms, and we tested this model empirically with military personnel (N = 638) who participated in job-required training. The data supported a partially mediated model. Irrespective of inclusion of GCA as a control variable, motivation and effort allocation (MEA) process variables (i.e., training motivation, midtraining self-efficacy, and midtraining goal setting) mediated (or partially mediated) the relationship between CSE and training outcomes that included affective (e.g., intentions to transfer), cognitive (e.g., declarative knowledge), and skill-based (e.g., proficiency) learning. Conversely, GCA had neither direct nor indirect effects on affective learning but did demonstrate direct effects on cognitive and skill-based learning. Results support the utility of including CSE in training research and practice, suggest that MEA serves as an explanatory mechanism for CSE's relation to learning outcomes, and demonstrate that CSE and GCA differentially influence training effectiveness and do so through different explanatory mechanisms. PMID:23565894

  7. Formation Mechanism of the Accumulative Magnification Effect in a Financial Time Series

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    DUAN Wen-Qi

    2012-01-01

    Structural information contained in financial time series can be magnified effectively by constructing the accumulative return.In order to make the magnification effects of different financial time series comparative,we first propose a standard method to characterize the strength of the accumulative magnification effect.Then,we employ decomposed-randomized technology to uncover the formation mechanism of the accumulative magnification effect.Our results show that (1) the standard deviation pattern is determined by volatility dependence,(2) the Hurst exponent pattern is induced by sign dependence,(3) an approximate entropy pattern is caused by the combined effect of sign dependence and volatility dependence.

  8. Effect of mechanical alloying and compaction parameters on the mechanical properties and microstructure of EUROFER 97 ODS steel

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    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic / martensitic (F/M) steels appear to be promising candidates for the future fusion reactor. Their inherent properties, good thermal conductivity, swelling resistance and low radiation damage accumulation, deriving from the base material EUROFER 97, are further enhanced by the presence of the fine dispersion of oxide particles. They would allow in principle for a higher operating temperature of the fusion reactor, which improves its thermal efficiency. In effect, their strength remains higher than the base material with increasing temperature. Their creep properties are also improved relatively to the base material. It is the pinning of dislocations at dispersed oxide particles that helps to improve the high temperature mechanical properties. EUROFER97 is a reduced activation F/M steel, whose chemical composition is 8.9 wt. % Cr, 1.1 wt. % W, 0.47 wt. % Mn, 0.2 wt. % V, 0.14 wt. % Ta and 0.11 wt. % C and Fe for the balance. A new ODS F/M steel based on EUROFER 97 is developed with the strengthening material as Y2O3 maintained at 0.3wt% based on our past experience. The ODS powder is produced by a different powder metallurgy route. The Eurofer 97 atomized powder with particle sizes around 45 μm is ball milled in argon atmosphere in a planetary ball mill together with Yttria particles with sizes about 10 to 30 nm. The milled powders are now canned in a steel container. They are degassed at 450 oC for 3 hours under a vacuum of 10-5 mbar. The canned sample is sealed in vacuum and finally compacted by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) in argon atmosphere under a pressure of 180 MPa at 1000 oC for 1 hour. Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction observations are done at regular intervals during ball milling to identify changes in the particle and crystallite size and in particular with the solubility of Yttria in the matrix. Further, The microstructure and mechanical properties of final compacted material is assessed. The size

  9. Empirical Study on the Formation Mechanism of Media Effect in Chinese Stock Market

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    Wang Songshu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the formation mechanism of media effect in Chinese stock market. We prove the existence of media effect in Chinese market and examine the three hypotheses (Impediment to Trade Hypothesis, Return Continuation and Reversal Hypothesis and Investor Recognition Hypothesis of its formation mechanism respectively. We compare the media effect in Main Board, Small and Medium Enterprise Board, and Growth Enterprise Market respectively. We find media effect is most significant in Growth Enterprise Market and the result is consistent with Impediment to Trade Hypothesis. We divide our samples into 4 quartiles and the results are consistent with Return Continuation and Reversal Hypothesis. We can not find significant relationship between analyst reports and stock return, therefore we can not prove the validity of Investor Recognition Hypothesis in Chinese market. This paper sheds light on Chinese Multi-level Capital market and extends empirical results of media effect in Chinese market.

  10. The Toxic Effects and Mechanisms of CuO and ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Ya-Nan Chang

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Recent nanotechnological advances suggest that metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs have been expected to be used in various fields, ranging from catalysis and opto-electronic materials to sensors, environmental remediation, and biomedicine. However, the growing use of NPs has led to their release into environment and the toxicity of metal oxide NPs on organisms has become a concern to both the public and scientists. Unfortunately, there are still widespread controversies and ambiguities with respect to the toxic effects and mechanisms of metal oxide NPs. Comprehensive understanding of their toxic effect is necessary to safely expand their use. In this review, we use CuO and ZnO NPs as examples to discuss how key factors such as size, surface characteristics, dissolution, and exposure routes mediate toxic effects, and we describe corresponding mechanisms, including oxidative stress, coordination effects and non-homeostasis effects.

  11. Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Statins in the Central Nervous System

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    Amelia J. McFarland

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors, commonly referred to as statins, are widely used in the treatment of dyslipidaemia, in addition to providing primary and secondary prevention against cardiovascular disease and stroke. Statins’ effects on the central nervous system (CNS, particularly on cognition and neurological disorders such as stroke and multiple sclerosis, have received increasing attention in recent years, both within the scientific community and in the media. Current understanding of statins’ effects is limited by a lack of mechanism-based studies, as well as the assumption that all statins have the same pharmacological effect in the central nervous system. This review aims to provide an updated discussion on the molecular mechanisms contributing to statins’ possible effects on cognitive function, neurodegenerative disease, and various neurological disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, depression and CNS cancers. Additionally, the pharmacokinetic differences between statins and how these may result in statin-specific neurological effects are also discussed.

  12. Effects of anisotropy in the magneto-mechanical responses of seeded growth YBCO samples

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    Seeded growth YBCO material samples, while not single crystals, nevertheless have a preferred orientation of their crystal axes. This can be expected to lead to anisotropic behaviour of material properties such as the critical current density for this material. In this work, we report the exploration of this anisotropy of seeded growth YBCO materials by their magneto-mechanical response in the form of a torque exerted on a cubic sample under an alternating transverse magnetic field. Three mechanisms were explored to explain this torque: the shape effect, the anisotropic effective mass and anisotropic shielding were sought to explain the results. (author)

  13. Effects of Ultrasonic on the Dehydration Function of Sludge and Discussion on Internal Mechanism

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    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to study the effects of ultrasonic on the dehydration function of sludge and internal mechanism.[Method] Taking the residual sludge from a municipal domestic sewage treatment plant as an object,the effects of ultrasonic time and sound energy density on the dehydration function of sludge were studied firstly,then the internal mechanism of improvement of sludge dehydration function by ultrasonic was discussed.[Result] As the increase of ultrasonic time,sludge particles became smaller,a...

  14. Effect of gamma irradiation on the mechanical properties and stress relaxation behavior of polyimides

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    This paper examines the effects of gamma irradiation on the mechanical properties and stress relaxation behavior of polyimides. Polyimides, a group of polymers exhibiting extremely high thermal stability, are widely used in printed circuit boards. Residual stresses can often build up between the polyimide itself and the polymer substrate, leading to failure. It has been proposed that gamma irradiation of polyimides can induce stress relaxation, alleviating this mode of failure. The effect of this radiation on the attractive mechanical properties of polyimides will also be discussed

  15. Polyamide-6: The effects on mechanical and physicochemical properties by electron beam irradiation at different temperatures

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    The electron beam irradiation of polyamide-6 (PA-6) films was carried out in air over a range of 50–1000 kGy at varying temperatures and a dose rate of 5.1 kGy min−1. The effects of the irradiation at temperatures above and below the glass transition temperature (Tg) on the thermal and mechanical properties were studied. Melting and crystallization temperatures decreased significantly with the increase in irradiation dose, whereas percent of crystallinity varied only slightly and Tg slightly increased for irradiated samples respect to non irradiated one with no significant effect of the dose. Mechanical properties were affected by irradiation. The material became more rigid with a direct relationship between the mechanical properties and the irradiation dose. The irradiation above Tg led to a larger variation in the thermal and mechanical properties respect to the irradiation below Tg. The changes in properties were related to the crosslinking produced in the amorphous part of the polymer by the electron beam irradiation. - Highlights: • Electron beam irradiation in polyamide-6 produced higher crosslinking than in polyamide-6,6. • Crosslinking took place mainly in the amorphous phase of the polymer. • Polyamide-6 melting point slightly decreased with the increase in irradiation dose and crystallinity remained practically unchanged. • Mechanical properties were strongly affected by irradiation dose. Irradiation above Tg significantly increased the changes in thermal and mechanical properties respect to irradiation at ambient temperature

  16. A PAH growth mechanism and synergistic effect on PAH formation in counterflow diffusion flames

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    Wang, Yu

    2013-09-01

    A reaction mechanism having molecular growth up to benzene for hydrocarbon fuels with up to four carbon-atoms was extended to include the formation and growth of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) up to coronene (C24H12). The new mechanism was tested for ethylene premixed flames at low (20torr) and atmospheric pressures by comparing experimentally observed species concentrations with those of the computed ones for small chemical species and PAHs. As compared to several existing mechanisms in the literature, the newly developed mechanism showed an appreciable improvement in the predicted profiles of PAHs. The new mechanism was also used to simulate PAH formation in counterflow diffusion flames of ethylene to study the effects of mixing propane and benzene in the fuel stream. In the ethylene-propane flames, existing experimental results showed a synergistic effect in PAH concentrations, i.e. PAH concentrations first increased and then decreased with increasing propane mixing. This PAH behavior was successfully captured by the new mechanism. The synergistic effect was predicted to be more pronounced for larger PAH molecules as compared to the smaller ones, which is in agreement with experimental observations. In the experimental study in which the fuel stream of ethylene-propane flames was doped with benzene, a synergistic effect was mitigated for benzene, but was observed for large PAHs. This effect was also predicted in the computed PAH profiles for these flames. To explain these responses of PAHs in the flames of mixture fuels, a pathway analysis has been conducted, which show that several resonantly stabilized species as well as C4H4 and H atom contribute to the enhanced synergistic behaviors of larger PAHs as compared to the small ones in the flames of mixture fuels. © 2013 The Combustion Institute.

  17. Effect of Bi on graphite morphology and mechanical properties of heavy section ductile cast iron

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    Song Liang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available To improve the mechanical properties of heavy section ductile cast iron, bismuth (Bi was introduced into the iron. Five castings with different Bi content from 0 to 0.014 wt.% were prepared; and four positions in the casting from the edge to the center, with different solidification cooling rates, were chosen for microstructure observation and mechanical properties test. The effect of the Bi content on the graphite morphology and mechanical properties of heavy section ductile cast iron were investigated. Results show that the tensile strength, elongation and impact toughness at different positions in the five castings decrease with a decrease in cooling rate. With an increase in Bi content, the graphite morphology and the mechanical properties at the same position are improved, and the improvement of mechanical properties is obvious when the Bi content is no higher than 0.011wt.%. But when the Bi content is further increased to 0.014wt.%, the improvement of mechanical properties is not obvious due to the increase of chunky graphite number and the aggregation of chunky graphite. With an increase in Bi content, the tensile fracture mechanism is changed from brittle to mixture ductile-brittle fracture.

  18. Effects of Chemotherapy-Induced Alterations in Cell Mechanical Properties on Cancer Metastasis

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    Prathivadhi, Sruti; Ekpenyong, Andrew; Nichols, Michael; Taylor, Carolyn; Ning, Jianhao

    Biological cells can modulate their mechanical properties to suit their functions and in response to changes in their environment. Thus, mechanical phenotyping of cells has been employed for tracking stem cell differentiation, bacterial infection, cell death, etc. Malignant transformation of cells also involves changes in mechanical properties. However, the extent to which mechanical properties of cancer cells contribute to metastasis is not well understood. Yet, more than 90% of all cancer deaths are directly related to metastasis. Transit of cells through the microcirculation is one of the key features of metastasis. We hypothesize that cancer treatment regimens do inadvertently alter cell mechanical properties in ways that might promote cancer metastasis. We use a microfluidic microcirculation mimetic (MMM) platform which mimics the capillary constrictions of the pulmonary and peripheral microcirculation to determine if in-vivo-like mechanical stimuli can evoke different responses from cells subjected to various cancer drugs. In particular, we show that cancer cells treated with chemotherapeutic drugs such as daunorubicin, become more deformable at short timescales (0.1 s) and transit faster through the device. Our results are first steps in evaluating the pro- or anti-metastatic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs based on their induced alterations in cell mechanical properties.

  19. Reform of refined oil product pricing mechanism and energy rebound effect for passenger transportation in China

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    Improving energy efficiency is the primary method adopted by the Chinese government in an effort to achieve energy conservation target in the transport sector. However, the offsetting effect of energy rebound would greatly reduce its real energy-saving potentials. We set up a Linear Approximation of the Almost Ideal Demand System Model (LA-AIDS model) to estimate the rebound effect for passenger transportation in China. Real energy conservation effect of improving energy efficiency can also be obtained in the process. The result shows that the rebound effect is approximately 107.2%. This figure signifies the existence of ‘backfire effect’, indicating that efficiency improvement in practice does not always lead to energy-saving. We conclude that one important factor leading to the rebound effect, is the refined oil pricing mechanism. China's refined oil pricing mechanism has been subjected to criticism in recent years. The results of simulation analysis show that the rebound could be reduced to approximately 90.7% if the refined oil pricing mechanism is reformed. In this regard, we suggest further reforms in the current refined oil pricing mechanism. - Highlights: ► We set up the LA-AIDS model to estimate traffic service demand for urban residents. ► The size of the rebound effect for passenger transportation in China is evaluated. ► The rebound effect for passenger transportation in China is 107.2%. ► Reform of oil pricing could reduced the rebound to 90.7%. ► Reform of oil pricing might be an effective method for mitigating rebound effect

  20. Effect of Si, Mn and Al on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of ADI Weld Metal

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    2002-01-01

    The effects of Si, Mn and Al on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ADI weld have been studied. The microstructure of ADI weld metal mainly consists of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite. Mechanical properties of ADI weld increase with increasing Si content, but an excess of Si(3.79%) results in decreasing the austemperability owing to decreasing the carbon content of the matrix austenite. Mn increases the retained austenite volume fraction,but the ductility and impact toughness of weld obviously decrease with increasing Mn content because of increased amount of martenite and twin martenite. In the range of 0.13%~0.64%Al, increasing Al content favours improving the mechanical properties of ADI weld. Therefore, it is very important to select suitable Si, Mn and Al contents to improve mechanical properties of ADI weld.

  1. The effect of porosity on the mechanical properties of cordierite diesel particulate filter substrates

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    Shyam, Amit [ORNL; Lara-Curzio, Edgar [ORNL; Watkins, Thomas R [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    Diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology depends on porous ceramic structures that trap the particulate matter in the diesel engine exhaust gas stream. The design of DPFs requires balancing the functional requirement of soot filtration with the mechanical properties and both are influenced by the porosity of the substrate. In addition, increasing the porosity of the substrate can assist with the catalytic washcoating, engine back pressure and engine efficiency. The effect of porosity on the elastic and fracture mechanical properties of cordierite based ceramic particulate filters was examined and will be described. Elastic modulus of DPF substrates was determined using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy while fracture toughness was characterized using the double-torsion test method. The interrelationships among specimen thickness, wall orientation, porosity and mechanical properties of the filter substrates will be discussed. A materials selection procedure to obtain filters with high thermal shock resistance and optimal mechanical properties will be described.

  2. Effect of processing conditions on the mechanical and thermal properties of high-impact polypropylene nanocomposites

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    Furlan, L.G. [Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul, IFRS, Campus Restinga, Estrada Joao Antonio da Silveira, 351, Porto Alegre 91790-400 (Brazil); Ferreira, C.I.; Dal Castel, C.; Santos, K.S.; Mello, A.C.E. [Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, Porto Alegre 91501-970 (Brazil); Liberman, S.A.; Oviedo, M.A.S. [Braskem S.A., III Polo Petroquimico, Via Oeste, Lote 5, Triunfo 95853-000 (Brazil); Mauler, R.S., E-mail: mauler@iq.ufrgs.br [Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, Porto Alegre 91501-970 (Brazil)

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    Highlights: {yields} Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) produced at different processing conditions. {yields} Polypropylene Nanocomposites with higher increase on impact resistance. {yields} Higher enhancement on mechanical properties. - Abstract: Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) nanocomposites have been prepared by using a co-rotating twin screw extruder. The effects of processing conditions at fixed clay content (5 wt%) on polymer properties were investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), flexural modulus, izod impact, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It was noticed that the morphology and the mechanical properties of polypropylene nanocomposites were affected by different screw shear configuration. The results showed that the higher enhancement on mechanical properties was obtained by medium shear intensity profile instead of high configuration. An exceptional increase (maximum of 282%) on impact resistance was observed.

  3. Effect of processing conditions on the mechanical and thermal properties of high-impact polypropylene nanocomposites

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    Highlights: → Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) produced at different processing conditions. → Polypropylene Nanocomposites with higher increase on impact resistance. → Higher enhancement on mechanical properties. - Abstract: Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) nanocomposites have been prepared by using a co-rotating twin screw extruder. The effects of processing conditions at fixed clay content (5 wt%) on polymer properties were investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), flexural modulus, izod impact, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It was noticed that the morphology and the mechanical properties of polypropylene nanocomposites were affected by different screw shear configuration. The results showed that the higher enhancement on mechanical properties was obtained by medium shear intensity profile instead of high configuration. An exceptional increase (maximum of 282%) on impact resistance was observed.

  4. Irradiation effects on the mechanical and thermal properties and surface tension of plasticised PVC

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    Irradiation effects on the mechanical and thermal properties and surface tension of plasticised PVC. The mechanical and thermal behavior of 1 mm thick sheets of plasticised PVC after gamma irradiation at doses of 10 and 70 kGy was studied and compared to untreated PVC. The use of gamma irradiation treatment as plasticised PVC induces better mechanical properties, good thermal stability, with an increase in its wettability as compared to untreated PVC. The results showed that gamma irradiation PVC film improved mechanical properties. Young's modulus and tensile strength increased respectively from 297 MPa to 189 and 24 to 28 MPa, respectively, and the ultimate elongation increased from 124 to 154%. The gamma irradiation of the polyvinyl chloride caused significant increase of the surface tension, from 3 mN/m for the unirradiated to 5 to 11 mN/m up to 10 after irradiation at 70 kGy. (authors)

  5. Effect of tow alignment on the mechanical performance of 3D woven textile composites

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    Norman, Timothy L.; Allison, Patti; Baldwin, Jack W.; Gracias, Brian K.; Seesdorf, Dave

    1993-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) woven preforms are currently being considered for use as primary structural components. Lack of technology to properly manufacture, characterize and predict mechanical properties, and predict damage mechanisms leading to failure are problems facing designers of textile composite materials. Two material systems with identical specifications but different manufacturing approaches are investigated. One manufacturing approach resulted in an irregular (nonuniform) preform geometry. The other approach yielded the expected preform geometry (uniform). The objectives are to compare the mechanical properties of the uniform and nonuniform angle interlock 3D weave constructions. The effect of adding layers of laminated tape to the outer surfaces of the textile preform is also examined. Damage mechanisms are investigated and test methods are evaluated.

  6. Soil erosion and sediment transport in the gullied Loess Plateau:Scale effects and their mechanisms

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    2009-01-01

    Scale effects exist in the whole process of rainfall―runoff―soil erosion―sediment transport in river basins.The differences of hydrographs and sediment graphs in different positions in a river basin are treated as basic scale effects,which are more complex in the gullied Loess Plateau,a region notorious for high intensity soil erosion and hyper-concentrated sediment-laden flow.The up-scaling method of direct extrapolation that maintains dynamical mechanism effective in large scale application was cho-sen as the methodology of this paper.Firstly,scale effects of hydrographs and sediment graphs were analyzed by using field data,and key sub-processes and their mechanisms contributing to scale effects were clearly defined.Then,the Digital Yellow River Model that integrates sub-models for the sub-processes was used with high resolution to simulate rainfall―runoff―soil erosion―sediment transport response in Chabagou watershed,and the distributed results representing scale effects were obtained.Finally,analysis on the simulation results was carried out.It was shown that gravitational erosion and hyper-concentrated flow contribute most to the spatial variation of hydrographs and sediment graphs in the spatial scale.Different spatial scale distributions and superposition of different sub-processes are the mechanisms of scale effects.

  7. Soil erosion and sediment transport in the gullied Loess Plateau: Scale effects and their mechanisms

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    LI TieJian; WANG GuangQian; XUE Hai; WANG Kai

    2009-01-01

    Scale effects exist in the whole process of rainfall--runoff--soil erosion--sediment transport in river basins. The differences of hydrographa and sediment graphs in different positions in a river basin are treated as basic scale effects, which are more complex in the gullied Loess Plateau, a region notorious for high intensity soil erosion and hyper-concentrated sediment-laden flow. The up-scaling method of direct extrapolation that maintains dynamical mechanism effective in large scale application was cho-sen as the methodology of this paper. Firstly, scale effects of hydrographa and sediment graphs were analyzed by using field data, and key sub-processes and their mechanisms contributing to scale effects were clearly defined. Then, the Digital Yellow River Model that integrates sub-models for the sub-processes was used with high resolution to simulate rainfall--runoff--soil erosion--sediment transport response in Chabagou watershed, and the distributed results representing scale effects were obtained.Finally, analysis on the simulation results was carried out. It was shown that gravitational erosion and hyper-concentrated flow contribute most to the spatial variation of hydrographs and sediment graphs in the spatial scale. Different spatial scale distributions and superposition of different sub-processes are the mechanisms of scale effects.

  8. Effect of Moisture Absorption Behavior on Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Amuthakkannan Pandian

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of mechanical properties of fibre reinforced polymeric materials under different environmental conditions is much important. This is because materials with superior ageing resistance can be satisfactorily durable. Moisture effects in fibre reinforced plastic composites have been widely studied. Basalt fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester resin composites were subjected to water immersion tests using both sea and normal water in order to study the effects of water absorption behavior on mechanical properties. Composites specimens containing woven basalt, short basalt, and alkaline and acid treated basalt fibres were prepared. Water absorption tests were conducted by immersing specimens in water at room temperature for different time periods till they reached their saturation state. The tensile, flexural, and impact properties of water immersed specimens were conducted and compared with dry specimens as per the ASTM standard. It is concluded that the water uptake of basalt fibre is considerable loss in the mechanical properties of the composites.

  9. Optical and mechanical mode tuning in an optomechanical crystal with light-induced thermal effects

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    Navarro-Urrios, D; Capuj, N E; Alzina, F; Griol, A; Puerto, D; Martínez, A; Sotomayor-Torres, C M

    2016-01-01

    We report on the modification of the optical and mechanical properties of a silicon 1D optomechanical crystal cavity due to thermo-optic effects in a high phonon/photon population regime. The cavity heats up due to light absorption in a way that shifts the optical modes towards longer wavelengths and the mechanical modes to lower frequencies. By combining the experimental optical results with finite-difference time-domain simulations we establish a direct relation between the observed wavelength drift and the actual effective temperature increase of the cavity. By assuming that the Young's modulus decreases accordingly to the temperature increase, we find a good agreement between the mechanical mode drift predicted using a finite element method and the experimental one.

  10. The Effect of Nanoparticles Percentage on Mechanical Behavior of Silica-Epoxy Nanocomposites

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    Silica-epoxy nanocomposites are very common among nanocomposites, which makes them very important. Several researchers have studied the effect of nanoparticle’s size, shape, and loading on mechanical behavior of silica-epoxy nanocomposites. This paper reviews the most important research done on the effect of nanoparticle loading on mechanical properties of silica-epoxy nanocomposites. While the main focus is the tensile behavior of nanocomposite, the compressive behavior and flexural behavior were also reviewed. Finally, some of the published experimental data were combined in the graphs, using dimensionless parameters. Later, the best fitted curves were used to derive some empirical formulas for mechanical properties of silica-epoxy nanocomposites as functions of weight or volume fraction of nanoparticles.

  11. Effect of hydrogen on degradation mechanism of zirconium: A molecular dynamics study

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    Chakraborty, Poulami; Moitra, Amitava; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-11-01

    Using large scale molecular dynamics simulation, we investigate the deleterious effect of hydrogen in Zr. We consider both dilute and concentrated limit of H. In the dilute and concentrated H limits, we study the effect of 1-5 atomic percentage of hydrogen, and that of ε-ZrH2 precipitate having 5-10 nm diameters, respectively. From the stress-strain curves and micro-structure analysis at different strain values, we characterize the deformation behavior and correlate our result with previously reported mechanisms. We show hydrogen atoms in dilute limit help in dislocation multiplication, following the hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity mechanism. In the concentrated limit, on the other hand, dislocations and cracks nucleate from precipitate-matrix interface, indicating the decohesion mechanism as primary method for Zr degradation. These findings are corroborated with a nucleation and growth model as expressed in Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation.

  12. Effect of STI-induced mechanical stress on leakage current in deep submicron CMOS devices

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    2007-01-01

    The shallow trench isolation (STI) induced mechanical stress significantly affects the CMOS device off-state leakage behaviour. In this paper, we designed two types of devices to investigate this effect, and all leakage components,including sub-threshold leakage (Isub), gate-induced-drain-leakage (IGIDL), gate edge-direct-tunnelling leakage (IEDT) and band-to-band-tunnelling leakage (IBTBT) were analysed. For NMOS, Isub can be reduced due to the mechanical stress induced higher boron concentration in well region. However, the GIDL component increases simultaneously as a result of the high well concentration induced drain-to-well depletion layer narrowing as well as the shrinkage of the energy gap. For PMOS, the only mechanical stress effect on leakage current is the energy gap narrowing induced GIDL increase.

  13. Effects of finishing rolling temperatures and reduction on the mechanical properties of hot rolled multiphase steel

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    LI Zhuang; WU Di

    2007-01-01

    Effects of finishing rolling temperatures and reduction on the mechanical properties of hot rolled multiphase steel were investigated. Thermo-mechanical control processing (TMCP) was conducted by using a laboratory hot rolling mill, in which three different kinds of finishing rolling temperatures and reduction and various austempering times were applied. The results showed that polygonal ferrite, granular bainite and larger amount of stabilized retained austenite can be obtained by controlled rolling processes, and that the strain-induced transformation to martensite from the retained austenite can occur gradually when the steel is deformed during tensile test. Mechanical properties increase with decreasing finishing rolling temperature and increasing amount of deformation. The most TRIP (transformation induced plasticity) effect, and ultimate tensile strength (UTS), total elongation (TEL) and the product of ultimate tensile strength and total elongation (UTS× TEL) are obtained at 20 min.

  14. C-VCharacterization in MOS Structure Inversion Layer Including Quantum Mechanical Effects

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    马玉涛; 刘理天; 李志坚

    2000-01-01

    A simplified method to calculate the band bending and subband energy is presented to investigate the Quantum Mechanical Effects (QMEs) in MOS structure inversion layer. The method is fairly unique compared with the published methods in the reversed nature of the iteration procedure. It has high efficiency and good convergence characteristics. Gate capacitance in MOS structure inversion region is formulated in both quantum mechanical cases and semi-classical cases and Quantum Mechanical Effects on gate capacitance have been analyzed. Results of different substrate doping levels are compared and the substrate doping concentration dependence of QMEs on gate capacitance is studied. It is shown that QMEs lead to a substantial decrease in gate capacitance in the strong inversion region. Results of different substrate doping levels indicate that the QMEs on gate capacitance are different substantially in the threshold region at different substrate doping levels but almost the same in the strong inversion region.

  15. The temperature memory effect and the influence of thermo-mechanical cycling in shape memory alloys

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    Apart from the well-known shape memory effect (SME), the temperature memory effect (TME), i.e., the ability of a material to remember the heating interrupted temperature in the previous thermal cycle, is another interesting phenomenon observed in many shape memory alloys (SMAs). In this paper, based on previous and current experimental observations, we propose a phenomenological model to reproduce the TME. Subsequently, we study the influence of thermo-mechanical cycling (uniaxial tension) on the TME in a polycrystalline NiTi SMA wire (0.51 mm diameter). The maximum tensile strain in each cycle is 10%, which is beyond its elastic limit. The evolution of the peak transition temperature in the forward and reverse transformations and the TME upon thermo-mechanical cycling is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. It is proved that the TME is a stable intrinsic phenomenon and can be utilized even under severe thermo-mechanical conditions

  16. EFFECT OF STEAM-HEAT TREATMENT ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CHINESE FIR

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    Yongjian Cao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heat treatment often brings about some negative effects on mechanical properties of wood. Chinese fir is currently underutilized due to some inherent properties that limit its further applications. Using steam as a heating medium and a shielding gas, the heartwood and sapwood of Chinese fir were treated at a temperature ranging from 170ºC to 230ºC and time from 1 to 5 hours in an airtight chamber. Both the modulus of rupture (MOR and modulus of elasticity (MOE were increased for the sapwood specimens under the temperature less than 200ºC for short treatment times. The hardness was increased for both two kinds of specimens under the temperature less than or about 200ºC, compared to the untreated specimens. The temperature has a stronger effect on mechanical properties of wood than the time, and the temperature of 200 ºC is a critical point in modifying mechanical properties of wood.

  17. Expressive disclosure and benefit finding among breast cancer patients: mechanisms for positive health effects.

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    Low, Carissa A; Stanton, Annette L; Danoff-Burg, Sharon

    2006-03-01

    A randomized trial (n = 60; A. L. Stanton, S. Danoff-Burg, L. A. Sworowski, et al., 2002) revealed that 4 sessions of written expressive disclosure or benefit finding produced lower physical symptom reports and medical appointments for cancer-related morbidities at 3-month follow-up among breast cancer patients relative to a fact-control condition. The goal of this article is to investigate mechanisms underlying these effects. Within-session heart rate habituation mediated effects of expressive disclosure on physical symptoms, and greater use of negative emotion words in essays predicted a decline in physical symptoms. Postwriting mood and use of positive emotion and cognitive mechanism words in essays were not significant mediators, although greater cognitive mechanism word use was related to greater heart rate habituation and negative emotion word use. PMID:16569109

  18. The effect of artificial accelerated weathering on the mechanical properties of maxillofacial polymers PDMS and CPE

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    Eleni, P N; Krokida, M K [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou, Campus, 15780 Athens (Greece); Polyzois, G L [Division of Removable Prosthodontics, University of Athens, Dental School, 2 Thivon Street, 11527 Athens (Greece)

    2009-06-15

    The effect of UVA-UVB irradiation on the mechanical properties of three different industrial types of polydimethylsiloxane and chlorinated polyethylene samples, used in maxillofacial prostheses, was investigated in this study. Mechanical properties and thermal analysis are commonly used to determine the structural changes and mechanical strength. An aging chamber was used in order to simulate the solar radiation and assess natural aging. Compression and tensile tests were conducted on a Zwick testing machine. Durometer Shore A hardness measurements were carried out in a CV digital Shore A durometer according to ASTM D 2240. Glass transition temperature was evaluated with a differential scanning calorimeter. Simple mathematical models were developed to correlate the measured properties with irradiation time. The effect of UVA-UVB irradiation on compressive behavior affected model parameters. Significant deterioration seems to occur due to irradiation in samples.

  19. Effect of inter-critical quenching on mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel

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    Liu Zhongli; Shang Yong

    2013-01-01

    For some casting low-alloy steels, traditional quenching and tempering heat treatments can improve the strength; however, sometimes the ductility is not satisfied. Therefore, some kind of effective heat treatment method seems necessary; one which could improve the ductility, but not seriously affect the strength. In this paper, the effect of inter-critical quenching (IQ) on the mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel was studied. IQ was added between quenching and tempering heat trea...

  20. Investigation of the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Radiation-induced Bystander Effects

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    Furlong, Hayley

    2014-01-01

    The overall aim of this study was to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in radiation-induced bystander effects in HaCaT cells, predominantly at low-doses of irradiation. They do not follow the original dose-response theory and exhibit a unique cascade of signalling events, which are under intense investigation for radiation risk purposes. An in vitro system was first used to observe the bystander effect, comparing two cell viability assays while measuring apoptotic cel...

  1. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: effects on feeding behavior and underlying mechanisms

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    Manning, Sean; Pucci, Andrea; Batterham, Rachel L.

    2015-01-01

    Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity, producing marked sustained weight loss with associated reduced morbidity and mortality. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGBP), the most commonly performed procedure, was initially viewed as a hybrid restrictive-malabsorptive procedure. However, over the last decade, it has become apparent that alternative physiologic mechanisms underlie its beneficial effects. RYGBP-induced altered feeding behavior, including reduced app...

  2. Effects and mechanisms of gastrointestinal electrical stimulation on slow waves: a systematic canine study

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    Sun, Yan; Song, Geng-Qing; Yin, Jieyun; Lei, Yong; Chen, Jiande D.Z.

    2009-01-01

    The aims of this study were to determine optimal pacing parameters of electrical stimulation on different gut segments and to investigate effects and possible mechanisms of gastrointestinal electrical stimulation on gut slow waves. Twelve female hound-mix dogs were used in this study. A total of six pairs of electrodes were implanted on the stomach, duodenum, and ascending colon. Bilateral truncal vagotomy was performed in six of the dogs. One experiment was designed to study the effects of t...

  3. The behaviour of quantum mechanical systems under continuous measurement: Watchdog effect and master equation

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    In this thesis the influence of continuously repeting measurement by the environment on a quantum mechanical system is studied. The interaction with the environment which is in principle present for each physical object can have an important influence on the considered system as the ''watchdog'' effect has clearly demonstrated. These situations are however quite special. Of much more importance is the effect of the environment on macroscopical objects for which only regarding this interaction a derivation of master equations can be founded. (HSI)

  4. Mechanisms of action underlying the antiandrogenic effects of the fungicide prochloraz

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    Laier, Peter; Metzdorff, Stine Broeng; Boberg, Julie; Hagen, Marie; Hass, Ulla; Christiansen, Sofie; Petersen, Marta Axelstad; Kledal, Thuri; Dalgaard, Majken; McKinnell, C.; Brokken, L. J. S.; Vinggaard, Anne

    2006-01-01

    The fungicide prochloraz has got multiple mechanisms of action that may influence the demasculinizing and reproductive toxic effects of the compound. In the present study, Wistar rats were dosed perinatally with prochloraz (50 and 150 mg/kg/day) from gestational day (GD) 7 to postnatal day (PND) ...... prochloraz acts directly on the fetal testis to inhibit steroidogenesis and that this effect is exhibited at protein, and not at genomic, level. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved....

  5. Effects of inhaled acid aerosols on lung mechanics: an analysis of human exposure studies.

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    Utell, M J

    1985-01-01

    There exist significant gaps in our understanding of human health effects from inhalation of pollutants associated with acid precipitation. Controlled clinical studies examine effects of criteria pollutants almost exclusively by assessing changes in lung mechanics. One constituent of acid precipitation, sulfuric acid aerosols, has been shown to induce bronchoconstriction in exercising extrinsic asthmatics at near ambient levels. These asthmatics may be an order of magnitude more sensitive to ...

  6. Effect and mechanism of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 in aldosterone-induced apoptosis

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    Qiao, Weiwei; Zhang, Weili; Shao, Shuhong; GAI, YUSHENG; Zhang, Mingxiang

    2015-01-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the effects of aldosterone on vascular endothelial cells and the viability of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) in cells, and to examine the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of aldosterone on vascular endothelial cell injury. Cultured endothelial cells were treated either with different concentrations of aldosterone for the same duration or with the same concentrations of aldosterone for different durations, and the levels of apoptosis an...

  7. Mechanism of Action of the Arylomycin Antibiotics and Effects of Signal Peptidase I Inhibition

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    Smith, Peter A.; Romesberg, Floyd E.

    2012-01-01

    Clinically approved antibiotics inhibit only a small number of conserved pathways that are essential for bacterial viability, and the physiological effects of inhibiting these pathways have been studied in great detail. Likewise, characterizing the effects of candidate antibiotics that function via novel mechanisms of action is critical for their development, which is of increasing importance due to the ever-growing problem of resistance. The arylomycins are a novel class of natural-product a...

  8. Effects and mechanisms of action of sildenafil citrate in human chorionic arteries

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    Lynch Tadhg; O'Toole Daniel; Maharaj Chrisen H; Carney John; Jarman James; Higgins Brendan D; Morrison John J; Laffey John G

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Objectives Sildenafil citrate, a specific phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, is increasingly used for pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy. Sildenafil is also emerging as a potential candidate for the treatment of intra-uterine growth retardation and for premature labor. Its effects in the feto-placental circulation are not known. Our objectives were to determine whether phosphodiesterase-5 is present in the human feto-placental circulation, and to characterize the effects and mechanisms ...

  9. Effect of small additions of vanadium and niobium on structure and mechanical properties of ductile iron

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    Fraś E.; Górny M.; Kawalec M.

    2007-01-01

    Results of investigations of influence of small additions of vanadium (up to 0,15 % V) and niobium (up to 0,04% Nb) on structure of ductile iron is presented in this work. Effect of these additions on distribution of graphite nodule diameter, nodule count, fraction and carbide count have been determined. Investigations of effect of small additions of vanadium and niobium on mechanical properties taking into account tensile strength, yield strength and elongation have also been made.

  10. Study on the Refined Teaching Management of College and the Effective Mechanism

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    Chen, Qin; Duan, Suqun; Zeng, Fancai; Zeng, Xiaorong; Zhao, Qiong; Liu, Kelin

    2011-01-01

    According to the requirement that the higher education of China in the new term needs new educational strategy "to enhance the teaching quality", the concept and the formation and operation of the effective mechanism of the refined teaching management of college are introduced in this article, to seek an optimal solution to enhance the…

  11. Effect of potential factors in manufacturing process on mechanical properties of F82H

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    Highlights: • Effects of hot forging and cooling method on mechanical properties were studied. • Differences, inhomogeneity, and anisotropy in tensile and Charpy impact properties were observed for plates with a lower hot forging level. • No significant difference was observed in tensile and Charpy impact properties between air cooled and water quenched samples. - Abstract: A DEMO reactor requires over 3500 tons of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel. To prepare such a large quantity of the material with appropriate mechanical properties, it is important to study the effect of various factors in the manufacturing process for mass production. In our work, we focused on the effects of hot forging and the cooling method after normalizing, which have not been previously studied. Plates with three different thicknesses were fabricated from slabs with two different hot forging reduction ratios, and the tensile and Charpy impact properties were evaluated for each of these plates. The plates made using a lower hot forging reduction ratio had different tensile properties, and inhomogeneity and anisotropy were observed in the Charpy impact test results. These results indicate that the hot forging operation to which the ingot is initially subjected must be sufficiently high to ensure that the appropriate mechanical properties are achieved. To test the effect of the cooling method, plates cooled in air and those quenched in water after normalizing were prepared, and tensile and Charpy impact tests were performed on these plates. No significant differences were observed indicating that air cooling is sufficient to obtain the appropriate mechanical properties

  12. Effect of mechanical cycling on the flexural strength of densely sintered ceramics

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    Itinoche, Koiti Marco; Ozcan, Mudu; Bottino, Marco Antonio; Oyafuso, Denise

    2006-01-01

    Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of mechanical cycling on the biaxial flexural strength of two densely sintered ceramic materials. Methods. Disc shaped zirconia (In-Ceram Zirconia) and high alumina (Procera AllCeram) ceramic specimens (diameter: 15 min and thickness: 1.2

  13. Effects of Ondansetron on Morphine-induced Place Preference in Mice and Its Possible Mechanism

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    XUMei-Lin; YUJuan; CHENChong-Hong

    2004-01-01

    AIM To elucidate the effect of ondansetron (OND), a5-HT3 receptor antagonist, on the morphine-induced conditioned place preference in mice and its possible mechanism. METHODS Morphine - induced conditioned place preference model in mice was adopted in the present research. Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity and Nitric oxide (NO) output

  14. Effects of suspension-induced osteopenia on the mechanical behaviour of mouse long bones

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    Simske, S. J.; Greenberg, A. R.; Luttges, M. W.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1991-01-01

    Whereas most studies of tail-suspension induced osteopenia have utilized rat femora, the present study investigated the effects of a 14 day tail-suspension on the mechanical behaviour of mice femora, tibiae and humeri. Force-deflection properties were obtained via three-point bending for long bones from suspended and control mice. Whole bone behaviour was characterized by converting the force-deflection values to stiffness, strength, ductility and energy parameters which were not normalized for specimen geometry. The effects of a systematic variation in the deflection rate over the range 0.1-10 mm min-1 were also evaluated. Statistical analysis indicated that the primary effect of the tail-suspension period was lowered bone mass which was manifested mechanically through lower values of the bone strength parameters. These effects were similar in the bones of both the fore and hind limbs. The results also demonstrated that the stiffness, ductility and energy characteristics were much less influenced by the tail-suspension. Whereas a significant dependence of the bone strength values upon deflection rate was observed for the femora and humeri, the other mechanical parameters were less sensitive. Based upon the nature of the physical and mechanical changes observed in the long bones following tail-suspension, the mouse appears to be a suitable animal model for the study of osteopenia.

  15. Effects of anchored flexible polymers on mechanical properties of model biomembranes

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    Wu, Hao; 10.1063/1.4794653

    2013-01-01

    We have studied biomembranes with grafted polymer chains using a coarse-grained membrane simulation, where a meshless membrane model is combined with polymer chains. We focus on the polymer-induced entropic effects on mechanical properties of membranes. The spontaneous curvature and bending rigidity of the membranes increase with increasing polymer density. Our simulation results agree with the previous theoretical predictions.

  16. Time course and mechanisms of the anti-hypertensive and renal effects of liraglutide treatment

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    von Scholten, B J; Lajer, M; Goetze, J P;

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist studies have revealed clinically significant reductions in systolic blood pressure (SBP). The aim was to investigate the time course of the anti-hypertensive effect of liraglutide treatment and potential underlying mechanisms. METHODS: We used an open...

  17. Mechanism for the Environmental Process & Ecological Effects of Typical Chemical Pollutants

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    XU Xiaobai; WANG Liansheng; DAI Shugui; HUANG Yuyao

    2007-01-01

    @@ Principally being engaged in the field of earth sciences, this research project explores the mechanism which governs the environmental process of some typical chemical contaminants and their eco-toxic effects at various levels. The research project features the following achievements:

  18. Protective effect of acupuncture on heart in mice with hyperlipemia and its mechanism

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To observe the inhibiting effect of acupuncture on blood lipid,myocardial hypertrophy and fibrosis in mice with hyperlipemia,and explore its possible action mechanism.Methods Ten inbred mice(C57)were applied.Forty ApoE(-/-)mice removed gene of apolipoprotein E were randomly divided into a control

  19. Effects of Representation Sequences and Spatial Ability on Students' Scientific Understandings about the Mechanism of Breathing

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    Wu, Hsin-Kai; Lin, Yu-Fen; Hsu, Ying-Shao

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of representation sequences and spatial ability on students' scientific understandings about the mechanism of breathing in human beings. 130 seventh graders were assigned to two groups with different sequential combinations of static and dynamic representations: SD group (i.e., viewing…

  20. Irradiation Effect on the Mechanical Property for Wolsong 1 Pressure Tube

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    Summary: Need for accurate prediction model for PT dimensional change - One of key data to determine power decrease and lifetime; • Limit for PT measured data - Necessity for collaboration of HWR countries; • Irradiation Effect on PT Mechanical Property - Basic data of pressure tube behavior for the irradiation - More research on the microstructure change for the irradiation

  1. Effects and mechanism of Megsin gene transfection on mesangial cell proliferation and type Ⅳ collagen excretion

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    夏运风

    2006-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects and mechanism of Megsin gene transfection on mesangial cell proliferation and typeⅣcollagen excretion. Methods Rat Megsin cDNA eukaryotic expressing vector was constructed and transfected to cultured rat mesangial cells. Cell proliferation was measured by determining [3H] -thymidine (3H-TdR) incorporation. The mRNA expression of

  2. The Effects of Load Carriage and Muscle Fatigue on Lower-Extremity Joint Mechanics

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    Wang, He; Frame, Jeff; Ozimek, Elicia; Leib, Daniel; Dugan, Eric L.

    2013-01-01

    Military personnel are commonly afflicted by lower-extremity overuse injuries. Load carriage and muscular fatigue are major stressors during military basic training. Purpose: To examine effects of load carriage and muscular fatigue on lower-extremity joint mechanics during walking. Method: Eighteen men performed the following tasks: unloaded…

  3. Effects of Milling on the Fibrous Structure and Mechanical Behaviors of a Collagen Material--Leather

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    Leather, a fibrous collagen material, is a high value coproduct of the meat industry. Milling is being practiced in the tannery to mechanically tumble and therefore soften leather for adequate stiffness and feel. However, there is no report regarding its effects on the structure change and physica...

  4. Effects of exercise training on chronic inflammation in obesity : current evidence and potential mechanisms.

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    You, Tongjian; Arsenis, Nicole C; Disanzo, Beth L; Lamonte, Michael J

    2013-04-01

    Chronic, systemic inflammation is an independent risk factor for several major clinical diseases. In obesity, circulating levels of inflammatory markers are elevated, possibly due to increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines from several tissues/cells, including macrophages within adipose tissue, vascular endothelial cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Recent evidence supports that adipose tissue hypoxia may be an important mechanism through which enlarged adipose tissue elicits local tissue inflammation and further contributes to systemic inflammation. Current evidence supports that exercise training, such as aerobic and resistance exercise, reduces chronic inflammation, especially in obese individuals with high levels of inflammatory biomarkers undergoing a longer-term intervention. Several studies have reported that this effect is independent of the exercise-induced weight loss. There are several mechanisms through which exercise training reduces chronic inflammation, including its effect on muscle tissue to generate muscle-derived, anti-inflammatory 'myokine', its effect on adipose tissue to improve hypoxia and reduce local adipose tissue inflammation, its effect on endothelial cells to reduce leukocyte adhesion and cytokine production systemically, and its effect on the immune system to lower the number of pro-inflammatory cells and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine production per cell. Of these potential mechanisms, the effect of exercise training on adipose tissue oxygenation is worth further investigation, as it is very likely that exercise training stimulates adipose tissue angiogenesis and increases blood flow, thereby reducing hypoxia and the associated chronic inflammation in adipose tissue of obese individuals. PMID:23494259

  5. Multiple stressor effects in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii – Toward understanding mechanisms of interaction between effects of ultraviolet radiation and chemical pollutants

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    Highlights: • Systematic study of multiple stressor effects of UVR and chemicals in C. reinhardtii. • UVR and chemicals did not act independently on algal photosynthesis and reproduction. • Multiple stressor effects of UVR and chemicals depended on chemical MOA. • Synergistic effect interactions not limited to oxidative stress inducing chemicals. • Multiple MOAs of UVR may limit applicability of current prediction models. - Abstract: The effects of chemical pollutants and environmental stressors, such as ultraviolet radiation (UVR), can interact when organisms are simultaneously exposed, resulting in higher (synergistic) or lower (antagonistic) multiple stressor effects than expected based on the effects of single stressors. Current understanding of interactive effects is limited due to a lack of mechanism-based multiple stressor studies. It has been hypothesized that effect interactions may generally occur if chemical and non-chemical stressors cause similar physiological effects in the organism. To test this hypothesis, we exposed the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to combinations of UVR and single chemicals displaying modes of action (MOA) similar or dissimilar to the impact of UVR on photosynthesis. Stressor interactions were analyzed based on the independent action model. Effect interactions were found to depend on the MOA of the chemicals, and also on their concentrations, the exposure time and the measured endpoint. Indeed, only chemicals assumed to cause effects on photosynthesis similar to UVR showed interactions with UVR on photosynthetic yield: synergistic in case of Cd(II) and paraquat and antagonistic in case of diuron. No interaction on photosynthesis was observed for S-metolachlor, which acts dissimilarly to UVR. However, combined effects of S-metolachlor and UVR on algal reproduction were synergistic, highlighting the importance of considering additional MOA of UVR. Possible mechanisms of stressor effect interactions are

  6. Multiple stressor effects in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii – Toward understanding mechanisms of interaction between effects of ultraviolet radiation and chemical pollutants

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    Korkaric, Muris [Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Environmental Toxicology, 8600, Duebendorf (Switzerland); ETH Zürich, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, 8092 Zürich (Switzerland); Behra, Renata; Fischer, Beat B. [Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Environmental Toxicology, 8600, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Junghans, Marion [Swiss Center for Applied Ecotoxicology Eawag-EPFL, 8600, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Eggen, Rik I.L., E-mail: rik.eggen@eawag.ch [Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Environmental Toxicology, 8600, Duebendorf (Switzerland); ETH Zürich, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, 8092 Zürich (Switzerland)

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    Highlights: • Systematic study of multiple stressor effects of UVR and chemicals in C. reinhardtii. • UVR and chemicals did not act independently on algal photosynthesis and reproduction. • Multiple stressor effects of UVR and chemicals depended on chemical MOA. • Synergistic effect interactions not limited to oxidative stress inducing chemicals. • Multiple MOAs of UVR may limit applicability of current prediction models. - Abstract: The effects of chemical pollutants and environmental stressors, such as ultraviolet radiation (UVR), can interact when organisms are simultaneously exposed, resulting in higher (synergistic) or lower (antagonistic) multiple stressor effects than expected based on the effects of single stressors. Current understanding of interactive effects is limited due to a lack of mechanism-based multiple stressor studies. It has been hypothesized that effect interactions may generally occur if chemical and non-chemical stressors cause similar physiological effects in the organism. To test this hypothesis, we exposed the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to combinations of UVR and single chemicals displaying modes of action (MOA) similar or dissimilar to the impact of UVR on photosynthesis. Stressor interactions were analyzed based on the independent action model. Effect interactions were found to depend on the MOA of the chemicals, and also on their concentrations, the exposure time and the measured endpoint. Indeed, only chemicals assumed to cause effects on photosynthesis similar to UVR showed interactions with UVR on photosynthetic yield: synergistic in case of Cd(II) and paraquat and antagonistic in case of diuron. No interaction on photosynthesis was observed for S-metolachlor, which acts dissimilarly to UVR. However, combined effects of S-metolachlor and UVR on algal reproduction were synergistic, highlighting the importance of considering additional MOA of UVR. Possible mechanisms of stressor effect interactions are

  7. Effects of hydromechanical loading history and antecedent soil mechanical damage on shallow landslide triggering

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    Fan, Linfeng; Lehmann, Peter; Or, Dani

    2015-10-01

    Evidence suggests that the sudden triggering of rainfall-induced shallow landslides is preceded by accumulation of local internal failures in the soil mantle before their abrupt coalescence into a landslide failure plane. The mechanical status of a hillslope at any given time reflects competition between local damage accumulated during antecedent rainfall events and rates of mechanical healing (e.g., rebonding of microcracks and root regrowth). This dynamic interplay between damage accumulation and healing rates determines the initial mechanical state for landslide modeling. We evaluated the roles of these dynamic processes on landslide characteristics and patterns using a hydromechanical landslide-triggering model for a sequence of rainfall scenarios. The progressive nature of soil failure was represented by the fiber bundle model formalism that considers threshold strength of mechanical bonds linking adjacent soil columns and bedrock. The antecedent damage induced by prior rainfall events was expressed by the fraction of broken fibers that gradually regain strength or mechanically heal at rates specific to soil and roots. Results indicate that antecedent damage accelerates landslide initiation relative to pristine (undamaged) hillslopes. The volumes of first triggered landslides increase with increasing antecedent damage; however, for heavily damaged hillslopes, landslide volumes tend to decrease. Elapsed time between rainfall events allows mechanical healing that reduces the effects of antecedent damage. This study proposed a quantitative framework for systematically incorporating hydromechanical loading history and information on precursor events (e.g., such as recorded by acoustic emissions) into shallow landslide hazard assessment.

  8. Effects of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on The Mechanical Properties of Glass/Polyester Composites

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    M. Mehrdad Shokrieh

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Excellent mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs make them outstanding candidate reinforcements to enhance mechanical properties of conventional composites. The glass/polyester composites are widely used in many industries and applications. Improving the mechanical properties of such composites with addition of CNTs can increase their applications. In this research, multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT at different weight ratios (0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 wt.% were added to chopped strand mat (CSM/Polyester composites. Mechanical stirring with the aid of sonication technique were used to achieve a good dispersion state of MWCNTs in the polymeric matrix. The specimens were fabricated by the hand layup method. It is assumed that a high level of dispersion in the preparation stage may lead to better mechanical properties of the nanocomposite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was employed to determine the dispersion state of carbon nanotubes in the matrix. Mechanical tests (tensile and flexural were performed in order to evaluate the effects of adding MWCNT on CSM/Polyester composites. The results exhibit improvements in flexural strength while the values of tensile strength do not show significant changes. Although addition of filler at all above ratios increased the flexural strength, introducing only 0.05 wt.% MWCNT into the CSM/Polyester composites enhanced the flexural strength by 45%. Moreover, improvements in Young's and flexural moduli were observed.

  9. Effects of Radiation on Mechanical Properties of Poly (butylene succinate) and Cassava Starch Blends

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    This research compared the effects of gamma and electron beam irradiation at different doses on the mechanical properties of polymer blends between poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and cassava starch. Two types of starch were used to prepare thermoplastic starch (TPS), native cassava starch and hydrophobic starch. PBS/TPS blends were compounded at five different weight ratios using a twin-screw extruder. Mechanical properties and degradation were evaluated in comparison to unirradiated samples. Results indicated that the incorpora- tion of TPS prepared from native cassava starch decreased the mechanical properties of PBS/TPS blends, whereas the addition of TPS prepared from hydrophobic starch improved the mechanical properties of the blends. In addition, the maximum mechanical properties of PBS/TPS blends were achieved when samples were exposed to irradiation at 120 kGy. Using soil burial evaluation, the degradation rate of blends was found to increase with the addition of TPS. Therefore we have demonstrated in this study that the type of TPS and irradiation treatment can significantly alter the mechanical properties and degradation of PBS/TPS blends.

  10. Mechanical Intestinal Obstruction in a Porcine Model: Effects of Intra-Abdominal Hypertension. A Preliminary Study

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    Sánchez-Margallo, F. M.; Latorre, R.; López-Albors, O.; Wise, R.; Malbrain, M. L. N. G.; Castellanos, G.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Mechanical intestinal obstruction is a disorder associated with intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome. As the large intestine intraluminal and intra-abdominal pressures are increased, so the patient’s risk for intestinal ischaemia. Previous studies have focused on hypoperfusion and bacterial translocation without considering the concomitant effect of intra-abdominal hypertension. The objective of this study was to design and evaluate a mechanical intestinal obstruction model in pigs similar to the human pathophysiology. Materials and Methods Fifteen pigs were divided into three groups: a control group (n = 5) and two groups of 5 pigs with intra-abdominal hypertension induced by mechanical intestinal obstruction. The intra-abdominal pressures of 20 mmHg were maintained for 2 and 5 hours respectively. Hemodynamic, respiratory and gastric intramucosal pH values, as well as blood tests were recorded every 30 min. Results Significant differences between the control and mechanical intestinal obstruction groups were noted. The mean arterial pressure, cardiac index, dynamic pulmonary compliance and abdominal perfusion pressure decreased. The systemic vascular resistance index, central venous pressure, pulse pressure variation, airway resistance and lactate increased within 2 hours from starting intra-abdominal hypertension (p<0.05). In addition, we observed increased values for the peak and plateau airway pressures, and low values of gastric intramucosal pH in the mechanical intestinal obstruction groups that were significant after 3 hours. Conclusion The mechanical intestinal obstruction model appears to adequately simulate the pathophysiology of intestinal obstruction that occurs in humans. Monitoring abdominal perfusion pressure, dynamic pulmonary compliance, gastric intramucosal pH and lactate values may provide insight in predicting the effects on endorgan function in patients with mechanical intestinal obstruction. PMID

  11. The effectiveness of audit committees : an analysis of governance mechanisms as surrogates for effectiveness

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    Dafinone, D.

    2001-01-01

    Current recommendations in the UK identify the audit committee as a key component of effective corporate governance. These recommendations emphasise the importance of structure and processes in an effective audit committee. It is therefore important to consider if these structures and processes are effective in promoting corporate accountability and control. This thesis therefore considers the extent to which the composition and structure of the audit committee is associated with the ability ...

  12. Effect of crystallographic texture on the cleavage fracture mechanism and effective grain size of ferritic steel

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    The effect of crystallographic texture on impact transition behavior has been studied in a low-carbon steel. Crystallographic texture was found to influence the general yield temperature through its effect on the plastic constraint factor. The effective grain size depends on the angle between the {001} cleavage planes of the neighbouring crystals, rather than the grain boundary misorientation angle as determined from electron backscattered diffraction analysis considering the angle–axis pair

  13. Sodium effects on mechanical performance and consideration in high temperature structural design for advanced reactors

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    Sodium environmental effects are key limiting factors in the high temperature structural design of advanced sodium-cooled reactors. A guideline is needed to incorporate environmental effects in the ASME design rules to improve the performance reliability over long operating times. This paper summarizes the influence of sodium exposure on mechanical performance of selected austenitic stainless and ferritic/martensitic steels. Focus is on Type 316SS and mod.9Cr-1Mo. The sodium effects were evaluated by comparing the mechanical properties data in air and sodium. Carburization and decarburization were found to be the key factors that determine the tensile and creep properties of the steels. A beneficial effect of sodium exposure on fatigue life was observed under fully reversed cyclic loading in both austenitic stainless steels and ferritic/martensitic steels. However, when hold time was applied during cyclic loading, the fatigue life was significantly reduced. Based on the mechanical performance of the steels in sodium, consideration of sodium effects in high temperature structural design of advanced fast reactors is discussed.

  14. Behavioral Effects of Upper Respiratory Tract Illnesses: A Consideration of Possible Underlying Cognitive Mechanisms

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    Andrew P. Smith

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Previous research has shown that both experimentally induced upper respiratory tract illnesses (URTIs and naturally occurring URTIs influence mood and performance. The present study investigated possible cognitive mechanisms underlying the URTI-performance changes. Those who developed a cold (N = 47 had significantly faster, but less accurate, performance than those who remained healthy (N = 54. Illness had no effect on manipulations designed to influence encoding, response organisation (stimulus-response compatilibility or response preparation. Similarly, there was no evidence that different components of working memory were impaired. Overall, the present research confirms that URTIs can have an effect on performance efficiency. Further research is required to identify the physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying these effects.

  15. Effects of strain rates and temperatures on the mechanical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    This paper reports the results of an investigation of the dynamic mechanical properties of multi-walled armchair and zigzag nanotubes under different strain rates and environmental temperatures. Based on a molecular structural mechanics model, the covalent bonds are treated as a two dimensional beam element and van der Waals forces between two adjacent tubes are firstly simulated by a nonlinear spring. The corresponding force constants of bond stretching, bond angle bending and torsional resistance in different environmental temperatures can be, respectively, obtained by computing the variation of chemical bond lengths. The result obtained reveals that the dynamic Young's modulus of the effective nanotube material increases as the strain rate increases, and decreases as the environmental temperature increases; the effect of layer numbers of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the dynamic Young's modulus of the effective nanotube material is dependent on strain rates and environmental temperatures

  16. Macro mechanical parameters' size effect of surrounding rock of Shuibuya project's underground power station

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    GUO Zhi-hua; ZHOU Chuang-bing; ZHOU Huo-ming; SHENG Qian; LENG Xian-lun

    2005-01-01

    Scale effect is one of the important aspects in the macro mechanical parameters' research of rock mass, from a new point of view, by means of lab and field rock mechanics test, establishment of E~Vp relation, classification of engineering rock mass, numerical simulation test and back analysis based on surrounding rock's displacement monitoring results of Shuibuya Project's underground power station, rock mass deformation module's size effect of surrounding rock of Shuibuya Project's undegroud power station was studied. It's shown that rock mass deformation module's scale effect of surrounding rock of Shuibuya Project's undeground power station is obvious, the rock mass deformation module to tranquilization is 20% of intact rock's. Finally the relation between rock mass deformation modules and the scale of research was established.

  17. Possible mechanism(s) for relaxant effect of aqueous and macerated extracts from Nigella sativa on tracheal chains of guinea pig

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    Background In previous studies, the relaxant, anticholinergic (functional antagonism) and antihistaminic effects of Nigella sativa have been demonstrated on guinea pig tracheal chains. To elucidate the other mechanisms responsible for the relaxant effect of this plant, its inhibitory effect on the calcium channel was examined in this study. Results The inhibitory effects of both concentrations of diltiazem in all three groups of experiments were significantly greater than those of saline (p <...

  18. Effect of tumor therapeutic irradiation on the mechanical properties of teeth tissue

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    Fraenzel, W. [Dept. of Physics, Martin Luther Univ. Halle (Germany); Gerlach, R. [Univ. Clinic and Policlinic for Radiation Therapy, Martin Luther Univ. Halle (Germany); Hein, H.J. [Univ. Clinic and Policlinic for Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine, Martin Luther Univ. Halle (Germany); Schaller, H.G. [Dept. of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Martin Luther Univ. Halle (Germany)

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    Tumor irradiation of the head-neck area is accompanied by the development of a so-called radiation caries in the treated patients. In spite of conservative therapeutic measures, the process results in tooth destruction. The present study investigated the effects of irradiation on the demineralization and remineralization of the dental tissue. For this purpose, retained third molars were prepared and assigned either to a test group, which was exposed to fractional irradiation up to 60 Gy, or to a non-irradiated control group. Irradiated and non-irradiated teeth were then demineralized using acidic hydroxyl-cellulose gel; afterwards the teeth were remineralized using either Bifluorid12 {sup registered} or elmex gelee {sup registered}. The nanoindentation technique was used to measure the mechanical properties, hardness and elasticity, of the teeth in each of the conditions. The values were compared to the non-irradiated control group. Irradiation decreased dramatically the mechanical parameters of enamel and dentine. In non-irradiated teeth, demineralization had nearly the same effects of irradiation on the mechanical properties. In irradiated teeth, the effects of demineralization were negligible in comparison to non-irradiated teeth. Remineralization with Bifluorid12 {sup registered} or elmex gelee {sup registered} led to a partial improvement of the mechanical properties of the teeth. The enamel was more positively affected, by remineralization than the dentine. (orig.)

  19. Effect of tumor therapeutic irradiation on the mechanical properties of teeth tissue

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    Tumor irradiation of the head-neck area is accompanied by the development of a so-called radiation caries in the treated patients. In spite of conservative therapeutic measures, the process results in tooth destruction. The present study investigated the effects of irradiation on the demineralization and remineralization of the dental tissue. For this purpose, retained third molars were prepared and assigned either to a test group, which was exposed to fractional irradiation up to 60 Gy, or to a non-irradiated control group. Irradiated and non-irradiated teeth were then demineralized using acidic hydroxyl-cellulose gel; afterwards the teeth were remineralized using either Bifluorid12 registered or elmex gelee registered. The nanoindentation technique was used to measure the mechanical properties, hardness and elasticity, of the teeth in each of the conditions. The values were compared to the non-irradiated control group. Irradiation decreased dramatically the mechanical parameters of enamel and dentine. In non-irradiated teeth, demineralization had nearly the same effects of irradiation on the mechanical properties. In irradiated teeth, the effects of demineralization were negligible in comparison to non-irradiated teeth. Remineralization with Bifluorid12 registered or elmex gelee registered led to a partial improvement of the mechanical properties of the teeth. The enamel was more positively affected, by remineralization than the dentine. (orig.)

  20. Influence of the excitation parameters of the mechanical subsystem on effectiveness of energy harvesting system

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    Buchacz, A.; Banaś, W.; Płaczek, M.

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric transducers are used more and more often in modern technical devices. The wide range of their possible applications is a result of the possibility to use both direct and reverse piezoelectric effect. Nowadays, application of piezoelectric transducers in energy harvesting systems is getting more and more popular. It is caused by the easy way to convert energy of mechanical vibration to the electric voltage using piezoelectric transducers. This paper presents results of influence analysis of the vibrating mechanical subsystem's excitation parameters on the effectiveness of the system designed for energy harvesting. The considered vibrating system is a composite plate with piezoelectric transducer bonded to its surface. Vibrations of the system are excited by means of an actuator with possibility to change the excitation amplitude and frequency. Recovering of electrical energy from mechanical vibrations is possible by using the direct piezoelectric effect - generation of the electric voltage while the transducer is mechanically deformed. In carried out test Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) piezoelectric transducers were used. It was proved that the time that is necessary for switch on the output voltage in analyzed system depends on the frequency of the excitation.

  1. A review of mechanical behaviour and stress effects in hard superconductors

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    The mechanical properties of type II superconducting materials are reviewed as well as the effect of stress on the superconducting properties of these materials. The bcc alloys Nb-Ti and Nb-Zr exhibit good strength and extensive ductility at room temperature. Mechanical tests on these alloys at 4.2 K revealed serrated stress-strain curves, non-linear elastic effects, and reduced ductility. The non-linear behaviour is probably due to twinning and de-twinning or a reversible stress-induced martensitic transformation. The brittle A-15 compound superconductors, such as Nb3Sn and V3Ga, exhibit unusual elastic properties and structural instabilities at cryogenic temperatures. Multifilamentary composites consisting of superconducting filaments in a normal metal matrix are normally used for superconducting devices. The mechanical properties of alloy and compound composites, tapes, as well as composites of niobium carbonitride chemically vapour deposited on high strength carbon fibres are presented. Hysteretic stress-strain behaviour in the metal matrix composites produces significant heat generation, an effect which may lead to degradation in performance of high field magnets. Measurements of the critical current density, Jsub(c), under stress in a magnetic field are reported. Modest stress-reversible degradation in Jsub(c) is observed in Nb-Ti composites while more serious degradation is found in Nb3Sn samples. The importance of mechanical behaviour on device performance is discussed. (author)

  2. Effect of Microstructure on Mechanical Properties of High Strength Steel Weld Metals

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    Keehan, Enda

    2004-01-01

    The effects of variations in alloying content on the microstructure and mechanical properties of high strength steel weld metals have been studied. Based on neural network modelling, weld metals were produced using shielded metal arc welding with nickel at 7 or 9 wt. %, manganese at 2 or 0.5 wt. % while carbon was varied between 0.03 and 0.11 wt. %. From mechanical testing, it was confirmed that a large gain in impact toughness could be achieved by reducing the manganese content. Carbon addit...

  3. The Effect of Superficial Damage on the Mechanical Properties of Flexible Composite Pipe for Transporting Hydrocarbons

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This research examines the influence of outer sheath scratching on the mechanical properties of two systems of flexible composite pipe with nonmetal-reinforcement for transporting hydrocarbons. Tensile testing was carried out on notched rings, using Shore D hardness testing, and by physical characterization using cofocal microscopy on specimens with and without superficial damage. The tests were conducted following international technical standards and specifications. The results showed that variation in the depth and spacing of scratches affect the mechanical properties of the pipe, reducing ultimate tensile strength and leading to unit deformation. The effects are greater the deeper the scratches.

  4. Effects of mechanical activation on the carbothermal reduction of chromite with metallurgical coke

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    Kenan Yıldız

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The carbothermal reduction of mechanically activated chromite with metallurgical coke under an argon atmosphere was investigated at temperatures between 1100 and 1400°C and the effects of the mechanical activation on chromite structure were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. An increase in specific surface area resulted in more contact points. The activation procedure led to amorphization and structural disordering in chromite and accelerated the degree of reduction and metalization in the mixture of chromite and metallurgical coke. Carbothermal reduction products were analzed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDS.

  5. The effect of instrumentation with different mechanical properties on the pig spine during growth.

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    Liu, Xue-Cheng; Rizza, Robert; Thometz, John; Tassone, Channing; Hunter, Evelyn

    2006-01-01

    The effect off mechanically altered bone on spinal growth using instrumentations with different mechanical properties is quantified through the use of experimental tests. Eight spine segments from three female pigs weighing 60 90 lb were subjected to a continuous tensile force. The load (0 - 400 N) was applied using a MTS Alliance RT/50 machine and the resulting extension recorded using an extensometer. Displacements between the screws were measured in control without implant, metal plate system, and spring system, respectively. It is shown that the addition of an implant will increase the stiffness of the spine, which will affect the extension of the spine and hence hinder growth in the spine. PMID:17108474

  6. The effect of particles in different sizes on the mechanical properties of spray formed steel composites

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    Petersen, Kenneth; Pedersen, A. S.; Pryds, N.;

    2000-01-01

    The main objective of the work was to investigate the effect of addition of ceramic particles with different size distributions on the mechanical properties, e.g. wear resistance and tensile strength, of spray formed materials. The experiments were carried out in a spray-forming unit at Risø...... particle size of 46 and 134 μm were carried out with respect to their mechanical properties e.g. wear resistance and tensile strength. It was found that the addition of Al2O3 particles to the steel improves its wear properties and reduces the elongation and tensile strength of the material, but the...

  7. Effect of irradiation on the microstructure and mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline nickel

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    The effect of 4.0 MeV proton irradiation on the microstructure and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline (nc) nickel was investigated. The irradiation damage induced in the sample was of the order of 0.004 dpa. Transmission electron microscopy of irradiated samples indicated the presence of dislocation loops within the grains. An increase in hardness and strain-rate sensitivity (m) of nc-Ni with irradiation was noted. The rate-controlling deformation mechanism in irradiated nc-Ni was identified to be interaction of dislocations with irradiation-induced defects.

  8. Contribution of local probes in the understanding of mechanical effect on localized corrosion

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    Understanding the actual effects of mechanical stresses on the processes leading to pitting corrosion necessitates to develop both a mechanical approach and electrochemical experiments at a microscopic scale. Typical embrittlement can be observed after straining around MnS inclusions on a re-sulfurized 316 stainless steels and their corrosion sensitivity have been classified using the micro-capillary electrochemical cell technique. It has been shown that the numerical simulation of the location of stress gradients is possible before the local electrochemical analysis and could be a very interesting way to define the pitting susceptibility of micro-cracked areas during straining. (authors)

  9. Effect of Cerium on Mechanical Properties and Morphology of ZZn4-1 Alloy

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    2000-01-01

    Effect of the addition of cerium in appropriate amount on the mechanical properties and morphology of ZZn4-1 alloy was investigated. In the case of samples collected from metal mould, the results show that the addition of cerium in appropriate amount can increase tensile strength and HB hardness, and can refine the microstructure of ZZn4-1 alloy considerably. In the case of samples collected from pressure die-casting, the addition of cerium in appropriate amount can refine the primary η-phase and the eutectic structure of pressure die-casting and improve mechanical and processing properties of the alloy.

  10. Effects of Hf on thermal and mechanical properties of Zr hydrides

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    The polycrystalline fine bulk samples of δ-phase Zr hydrides with various Hf contents were prepared and their thermal and mechanical properties were investigated. In the temperature range from room temperature to 973 K, the phase states were examined by high-temperature X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry/differential thermal analyses. In the temperature range from room temperature to 673 K, the coefficient of linear thermal expansion, specific heat capacity, and thermal conductivity were evaluated. The Vickers hardness and sound velocity were measured at room temperature, and the elastic modulus was evaluated. The effects of Hf on the thermal and mechanical properties of Zr hydrides were studied. (author)

  11. Electro-oxidation process and mechanism of molybdenite decomposition under ultrasonic effect

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    2008-01-01

    According to the characteristics and shortcomings of the traditional roasting process and the electro-oxidation process in the molybdenum metallurgical industry,the ultrasound electro-oxidation process was proposed to strengthen the oxidative decomposition or leaching of molybdenum.Laboratory work was carried out in an electrochemical cell with 15 nun electrode spacing at 25℃ under ultrasonic effect.The optimum conditions were found through experiments.The electro-oxidation mechanism of molybdenite decomposition under ultrasonic was investigated.A model of electro-oxidation mechanism of molybdenum under ultrasonic was given.

  12. The temperature effect on mechanical properties of silicon carbide sheet based on density functional treatment

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    Faghihnasiri, Mahdi; Rezvani, Mahyar; Shabani, Mostafa; Firouzian, Amir Hossein

    2016-02-01

    In the current work, mechanical properties of SiC graphene sheet and influence of temperature on those properties are studied. The purpose of this work is to investigate the temperature dependency of the Young's modulus and Bulk's modulus of SiC graphene sheet. To reach these goals, density functional theory (DFT) and quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA) methods are used to calculate energies of electrons and phonons, and consequently to obtain total energy of system. Results have been compared with existing data from literature and good agreement has been found. It is found that the effect of temperature on the mechanical properties of the SiC graphene sheet is significant.

  13. The radio-sensitizing effects and mechanisms of artemisinin and its derivates

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    It has been proved that the antimalarial agent, Artemisinin and its derivates (such as artemether, arteether, artesunate, dihydroartemisinine, etc) boast powerful antitumor effects. Recently, researches have found that Artemisinin and its derivates can also enhance the radio-sensitivity of tumors through regulating cell cycle, creating cytotoxic effects induced by ROS, suppressing GSH activity and inhibiting the reparation of DNA damage etc. Moreover, they can reduce cell survival in a dose-dependent manner. This paper is paying more attention on the radio-sensitizing effects, characteristics and mechanisms of artemisinin and its derivates. (authors)

  14. The stress response to surgery: release mechanisms and the modifying effect of pain relief

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    Kehlet, H

    1989-01-01

    This short review updates information on the release mechanisms of the systemic response to surgical injury and the modifying effect of pain relief. Initiation of the response is primarily due to afferent nerve impulses combined with release of humoral substances (such as prostaglandins, kinins...... insufficient afferent blockade during thoracic epidural analgesia. Systemic opiate administration, as well as non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs, exert only a small modifying effect on the response. Low-dose combined analgesic regimens may provide total pain relief, but exert no important effect on the...

  15. The patterning mechanism of carbon nanotubes using surface acoustic waves: the acoustic radiation effect or the dielectrophoretic effect.

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    Ma, Zhichao; Guo, Jinhong; Liu, Yan Jun; Ai, Ye

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we present a simple technique capable of assembling and patterning suspended CNTs using a standing surface acoustic wave (SSAW) field. Individual CNTs could be assembled into larger CNT bundles and patterned in periodic positions on a substrate surface. The mechanism of the SSAW-based patterning technique has been investigated using both numerical simulation and experimental study. It has been found that the acoustic radiation effect due to the acoustic pressure field and the dielectrophoretic (DEP) effect induced by the electric field co-existing in the patterning process however play different roles depending on the properties of the suspended particles and the suspension medium. In the SSAW-based patterning of highly conductive CNTs with high aspect ratio geometry, the positive DEP effect dominates over the acoustic radiation effect. In contrast, the acoustic radiation effect dominates over the DEP effect when manipulating less conductive, spherical or low aspect ratio particles or biological cells. These results provide a meaningful insight into the mechanism of SSAW-based patterning, which is of great help to guide the effective use of this patterning technique for various applications. PMID:26239679

  16. Robust design of microelectronics assemblies against mechanical shock, temperature and moisture effects of temperature, moisture and mechanical driving forces

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    Wong, E-H

    2015-01-01

    Robust Design of Microelectronics Assemblies Against Mechanical Shock, Temperature and Moisture discusses how the reliability of packaging components is a prime concern to electronics manufacturers. The text presents a thorough review of this important field of research, providing users with a practical guide that discusses theoretical aspects, experimental results, and modeling techniques. The authors use their extensive experience to produce detailed chapters covering temperature, moisture, and mechanical shock induced failure, adhesive interconnects, and viscoelasticity. Useful progr

  17. Effect of flexural crack on plain concrete beam failure mechanism A numerical simulation

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    Abdoullah Namdar

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The flexural failure of plain concrete beam occurs along with development of flexural crack on beam. In this paper by using ABAQUS, mechanism failure of plain concrete beam under three steps have been simulated. The cracking moment has been analytically calculated and applied on the both sides of the fixed beam, and flexural crack has been simulated on beam. Displacement, von Mises, load reaction, displacementcrack length, von Mises-crack length and von Mises-displacement of beams have been graphical depicted. Results indicated that, the flexural crack governs beam mechanism failure and its effects on beam resistance failure. It has been found that the flexural crack in initial stage it developed slowly and changes to be fast at the final stage of collapsing beam due to reduction of the flexural resistance of beam. Increasing mechanical properties of concrete, collapse displacement is reduced.

  18. Mechanism of effect of rare earth oxides on high temperature corrosion resistance of weld metal

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    LI Zhi-yong; WANG Bao; ZHANG Han-qian

    2006-01-01

    Through the addition of rare earth oxides into the coating of electrodes, the high temperature oxidation and sulphidation resistance of weld metal were studied. The transfer mechanism of rare earth oxides from coating to the welding pool and the physicochemical reaction during the process were analyzed. With the application of scanning electron microscope and energy spectrometer, the mechanism of weld metal corrosion in air and sulphur environment were studied. The result shows that the addition of rare earth oxides can improve the high temperature resistance of weld metal, especially in sulphidation environment. The electrodes in which La2O3 is added have better performance than the electrodes in which CeO2 is added. The existence form and distribution characteristic of rare earth are defined. It is believed that the marked effect of rare earth oxides in sulphur environment is related to the corrosion mechanism.

  19. Effects of bioleaching on the mechanical and chemical properties of waste rocks

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    Yin, Sheng-Hua; Wu, Ai-Xiang; Wang, Shao-Yong; Ai, Chun-Ming

    2012-01-01

    Bioleaching processes cause dramatic changes in the mechanical and chemical properties of waste rocks, and play an important role in metal recovery and dump stability. This study focused on the characteristics of waste rocks subjected to bioleaching. A series of experiments were conducted to investigate the evolution of rock properties during the bioleaching process. Mechanical behaviors of the leached waste rocks, such as failure patterns, normal stress, shear strength, and cohesion were determined through mechanical tests. The results of SEM imaging show considerable differences in the surface morphology of leached rocks located at different parts of the dump. The mineralogical content of the leached rocks reflects the extent of dissolution and precipitation during bioleaching. The dump porosity and rock size change under the effect of dissolution, precipitation, and clay transportation. The particle size of the leached rocks decreased due to the loss of rock integrity and the conversion of dry precipitation into fine particles.

  20. The effect of organoclay type on morphology and mechanical properties of polypropylene films: comparative study

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    This paper aims to compare the effect of the type of organoclay on morphological and mechanical properties of polypropylene films. Thus, were employed two organobentonite synthesized by NanoPol/UFCG (APOC and APOCF) and a organo montmorillonite Cloisite 20A (C20A) from Southern Clay Products (Texas/USA). The PP films and the PP/organoclay hybrids were prepared in a ChillRoll extruder - 16 AX Plastics and characterized by X-ray diffraction and mechanical properties. The results indicate that the incorporation of organobentonite (APOC and APOCF) and organo montmorillonite (C20A) resulted in the formation of PP nanocomposites with predominantly intercalated morphologies. Also indicate that the mechanical behavior of the films obtained with the three clays (APOC APOCF and C20A) was similar suggesting that the organobentonite, modified with national technology, raw material of low cost when compared to commercial organo montmorillonite, can be a viable alternative in the preparation of PP films. (author)

  1. Effects of mechanical grinding and low temperature annealing on crystal structure of Er5Si4

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    Highlights: ► Impurity phases exist in orthorhombic Er5Si4:monoclinic 5:4, 1:1 and 5:3. ► Mechanical grinding induces transition from orthorhombic 5:4 to monoclinic 5:4. ► Low temperature annealing reverses the monoclinic 5:4 to orthorhombic 5:4. -- Abstract: The effect of mechanical grinding and subsequent low temperature annealing on the orthorhombic to monoclinic structural transition in the Er5Si4 compound was studied by X-ray powder diffraction using both a conventional laboratory Cu Kα1 radiation and a high-energy synchrotron source. A reversible phase transition from the orthorhombic to monoclinic structure occurs as a result of mechanical grinding. Low temperature annealing reverses the transformation and converts the formed monoclinic phase back to the orthorhombic, evidently by relieving residual stress introduced during the grinding

  2. Effects of recrystallization and Nb additions on texture and mechanical anisotropy of Zircaloy

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    Murty, K.L. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States)); Jallepalli, Ravi (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States)); Mahmood, S.T. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7909 (United States))

    1994-06-01

    The effect of recrystallization on the crystallographic textures and anisotropic mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 sheets was investigated. In addition, the influence of niobium additions on these properties was studied using three different alloys. The mechanical anisotropy parameters were determined by mechanical testing of gridded tensile samples. The textures were characterized by X-ray pole figure measurements and crystallite orientation distribution functions (CODFs). The CODFs were combined with a crystal plasticity model to predict the anisotropy parameters based on the dominance individually of basal, prism and pyramidal slip systems. Good agreement was noted between the experimental results and model predictions based on prism slip for the recrystallized materials, while the results on cold-worked sheets differed from model predictions for all the three slip systems. ((orig.))

  3. Effects of recrystallization and Nb additions on texture and mechanical anisotropy of Zircaloy

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    The effect of recrystallization on the crystallographic textures and anisotropic mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 sheets was investigated. In addition, the influence of niobium additions on these properties was studied using three different alloys. The mechanical anisotropy parameters were determined by mechanical testing of gridded tensile samples. The textures were characterized by X-ray pole figure measurements and crystallite orientation distribution functions (CODFs). The CODFs were combined with a crystal plasticity model to predict the anisotropy parameters based on the dominance individually of basal, prism and pyramidal slip systems. Good agreement was noted between the experimental results and model predictions based on prism slip for the recrystallized materials, while the results on cold-worked sheets differed from model predictions for all the three slip systems. ((orig.))

  4. Effect of thermal ageing on mechanical properties of PWR PV steels and weldments

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    In this paper we summarise the effects on mechanical properties of ageing treatments in the temperature range 300-5500C for durations up to 2x104h and discuss their significance to PWR operational conditions. The materials investigated include A533B plate and A508 forging materials, simulated heat-affected-zone-microstructures and actual weldments. Changes in hardness, tensile properties, the together with associated changes in fracture mode and grain boundary chemistry. The results indicate little or no change in mechanical properties other than DBTT. Three separate embrittlement mechanisms have been identified: strain-ageing at 3000C, grain boundary segregation at 400-5000C and matrix softening at 5000C and above. (orig.)

  5. EFFECTS OF HIGH-IMPACT MECHANICAL LOADING ON SYNOVIAL CELL CULTURES

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    Hui Bin Sun

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Cartilage metabolism in response to mechanical loading is an important subject in sports science and medicine. In animal studies high-impact exercise is known to stimulate bone adaptation and increase bone mass. However, mechanical impacts potentially induce tissue swelling and occasionally degradation of connective tissues in synovium and articular cartilage. These detrimental outcomes should be properly evaluated clinically and biochemically. Using two synovial cell cultures derived from normal and rheumatic tissues, we examined the biochemical effects of impulsive mechanical loads on expression and activities of influential proteolytic enzymes in joints, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, and their natural inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs. The molecular analysis demonstrates that an impact factor (Im, the ratio of the maximum force to weight, served as a good indicator for assessment of the inflammatory responses. The results showed that high impact above Im = 40 to 80 elevated not only expression but also enzymatic activities of MMPs

  6. Effects of intelligent control mechanism on multiple-vehicle collision under emergency

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    Li, Zhipeng; Chen, Lizhu

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we study the effects of intelligent control mechanism on multiple-vehicle collision induced by a sudden stop. The control motion of following vehicles is extended by introducing their velocity relative to the braking one into the dynamic models. We study the dynamic process of multiple-vehicle collision under the new control mechanism with finding that the new control mechanism can effectively avoid the first following vehicle's collision with the stopped vehicle, and the new consideration behaves better in reducing the number of crumpled vehicles than the existing control method. We obtain the region maps of the multiple-vehicle collision for the new intelligent control. We show the dependence of the number of the crumpled vehicles on the initial headway, the sensitivity, and the intensity of the intelligent control. In addition, the effects of the transfer delay on multiple-vehicle collision are obtained by drawing the phase diagram of the multiple-vehicle collision for the new intelligent control with different transfer delays. It is revealed that the negative effects of the delay on the multiple-vehicle collision can be mitigated by enhancing the strength of the intelligent control.

  7. Velocity overshoot decay mechanisms in compound semiconductor field-effect transistors with a submicron characteristic length

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    Jang Jyegal

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Velocity overshoot is a critically important nonstationary effect utilized for the enhanced performance of submicron field-effect devices fabricated with high-electron-mobility compound semiconductors. However, the physical mechanisms of velocity overshoot decay dynamics in the devices are not known in detail. Therefore, a numerical analysis is conducted typically for a submicron GaAs metal-semiconductor field-effect transistor in order to elucidate the physical mechanisms. It is found that there exist three different mechanisms, depending on device bias conditions. Specifically, at large drain biases corresponding to the saturation drain current (dc region, the velocity overshoot suddenly begins to drop very sensitively due to the onset of a rapid decrease of the momentum relaxation time, not the mobility, arising from the effect of velocity-randomizing intervalley scattering. It then continues to drop rapidly and decays completely by severe mobility reduction due to intervalley scattering. On the other hand, at small drain biases corresponding to the linear dc region, the velocity overshoot suddenly begins to drop very sensitively due to the onset of a rapid increase of thermal energy diffusion by electrons in the channel of the gate. It then continues to drop rapidly for a certain channel distance due to the increasing thermal energy diffusion effect, and later completely decays by a sharply decreasing electric field. Moreover, at drain biases close to a dc saturation voltage, the mechanism is a mixture of the above two bias conditions. It is suggested that a large secondary-valley energy separation is essential to increase the performance of submicron devices.

  8. Non-Targeted Effects Induced by Ionizing Radiation: Mechanisms and Potential Impact on Radiation Induced Health Effects

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    Morgan, William F.; Sowa, Marianne B.

    2015-01-01

    Not-targeted effects represent a paradigm shift from the "DNA centric" view that ionizing radiation only elicits biological effects and subsequent health consequences as a result of an energy deposition event in the cell nucleus. While this is likely true at higher radiation doses (> 1Gy), at low doses (< 100mGy) non-targeted effects associated with radiation exposure might play a significant role. Here definitions of non-targeted effects are presented, the potential mechanisms for the communication of signals and signaling networks from irradiated cells/tissues are proposed, and the various effects of this intra- and intercellular signaling are described. We conclude with speculation on how these observations might lead to and impact long-term human health outcomes.

  9. Evaluation of ionizing radiation effects in bone tissue by FTIR spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis

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    In many medical practices the bone tissue exposure to ionizing radiation is necessary. However, this radiation can interact with bone tissue in a molecular level, causing chemical and mechanical changes related with the dose used. The aim of this study was verify the changes promoted by different doses of ionizing radiation in bone tissue using spectroscopy technique of Attenuate Total Reflectance - Fourier Transforms Infrared (ATR-FTIR) and dynamic mechanical analysis. Samples of bovine bone were irradiated using irradiator of Cobalt-60 with five different doses between 0.01 kGy, 0.1 kGy,1 kGy, 15 kGy and 75 kGy. To study the effects of ionizing irradiation on bone chemical structure the sub-bands of amide I and the crystallinity index were studied. The mechanical changes were evaluated using the elastic modulus and the damping value. To verify if the chemical changes and the bone mechanic characteristics were related, it was made one study about the correlation between the crystallinity index and the elastic modulus, between the sub-bands ratio and the damping value and between the sub-bands ratio and the elastic modulus. It was possible to evaluate the effects of different dose of ionizing radiation in bone tissue. With ATR-FTIR spectroscopy analysis, it was possible observe changes in the organic components and in the hydroxyapatite crystals organization. Changes were also observed in the mechanical properties. A good correlation between the techniques was found, however, it was not possible to establish a linear or exponential dependence between dose and effect. (author)

  10. Effect of mechanical denaturation on surface free energy of protein powders.

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    Mohammad, Mohammad Amin; Grimsey, Ian M; Forbes, Robert T; Blagbrough, Ian S; Conway, Barbara R

    2016-10-01

    Globular proteins are important both as therapeutic agents and excipients. However, their fragile native conformations can be denatured during pharmaceutical processing, which leads to modification of the surface energy of their powders and hence their performance. Lyophilized powders of hen egg-white lysozyme and β-galactosidase from Aspergillus oryzae were used as models to study the effects of mechanical denaturation on the surface energies of basic and acidic protein powders, respectively. Their mechanical denaturation upon milling was confirmed by the absence of their thermal unfolding transition phases and by the changes in their secondary and tertiary structures. Inverse gas chromatography detected differences between both unprocessed protein powders and the changes induced by their mechanical denaturation. The surfaces of the acidic and basic protein powders were relatively basic, however the surface acidity of β-galactosidase was higher than that of lysozyme. Also, the surface of β-galactosidase powder had a higher dispersive energy compared to lysozyme. The mechanical denaturation decreased the dispersive energy and the basicity of the surfaces of both protein powders. The amino acid composition and molecular conformation of the proteins explained the surface energy data measured by inverse gas chromatography. The biological activity of mechanically denatured protein powders can either be reversible (lysozyme) or irreversible (β-galactosidase) upon hydration. Our surface data can be exploited to understand and predict the performance of protein powders within pharmaceutical dosage forms. PMID:27434157

  11. Effect of temperature on tensile fracture mechanisms of a Ni-base superalloy

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    S.M. Zebarjad

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The Ni-base superalloy GTD-111 is used in manufacturing of the first stage blades of powerful gas turbines (over 125MW. The alloy posses appropriate microstructure and high temperature properties through precipitation hardening heat treatment. Among the properties, tensile properties of the alloy have strong influence on stability and life of the blades.Design/methodology/approach: Tensile tests over a wide range of temperatures from 25 to 950°C with a constant strain rate of 10-4s-1 were performed to study the tensile fracture mechanisms of the cast and heat treated superalloy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to provide structural and fractography evidence of the superalloy GTD-111at different temperatures.Findings: The fractography results of the tensile tested specimens were in good agreement with the variation in alloy ductility. Many fractography features such as: transgranular and intergranular fracture with fine dimples, cleavage facets and a combination of them were observed in the specimens tested at different temperatures.Research limitations/implications: Because fatigue is an important fracture mechanism at the service condition of the alloy it is suggested for future research to work on the simultaneous effects of tension and fatigue on the fracture mechanisms although, tensile properties alone are important for the alloy.Originality/value: It was found that different fracture mechanisms operated in different temperature ranges for example, while transgranular dimple fracture was dominant at 650°C, the dominant fracture mechanism at room temperature was intergranular.

  12. Study of the ionizing radiation effect on the polyamide 6,6 mechanical properties

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    Polyamide 6,6 due to its excellent mechanical, thermal and electrical properties and its great performance in multiple industrial applications is considered one of the most important engineering polymers. However, in specific applications, some of its properties need to be improved by means additives or fillers to reach the required properties increasing its final cost. By these considerations, the aim of this work was to apply the ionizing radiation to improve the natural mechanical properties of polyamide 6,6. Also, to evaluate the irradiation parameters, and the mechanical performance of the irradiated polymer in order to use the cross-linking, induced by ionizing radiation, as substitute of additives and fillers. Row polyamide 6,6 samples, for mechanical tests, were prepared by injection molded and then irradiated with high energetic electrons to reach doses of 70, 100, 150, and 200 kGy. The mechanical performance, of non-irradiated and irradiated samples, was evaluated by tensile strength, impact, hardness and wear measurements. Furthermore, hardness and wear tests were carried out with samples, which were immersed in petroleum and sea water for 6 months. The experimental results have shown that, in the studied dose range, the tensile strength increases 25%, the hardness Shore D 15%, the impact values diminished by 80% and the wear values decreased 20 times between 0 and 200 kGy. The effect of the petroleum and sea water were shown mainly in the nonirradiated samples. (author)

  13. Matrix polymer species have distinct effects on the mechanics of bacterial biofilms

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    Kovach, Kristin; Davis-Fields, Megan; Gordon, Vernita

    2015-03-01

    Biofilms are aggregates of microorganisms embedded in a self-produced extracellular polymer matrix. The matrix confers protection to these microorganisms against mechanical and chemical stresses that they may experience in their environment. The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is widely used as a model biofilm-forming organism because it is an opportunistic human pathogen common in hospital-acquired infections, in chronic wounds, and in cystic fibrosis lung disease. P. aeruginosa strain PA01 forms biofilms that are primarily structured by the extracellular polysaccharides Pel and Psl. Using bulk rheological measurements, we show that these polysaccharides each play a unique role in the mechanical robustness of the biofilm. Psl increases the elastic storage modulus while Pel increases the ductility of the biofilm. Increased expression of either Psl or Pel increases the yield stress by about the same amount. Identifying the mechanism(s) by which these polymers contribute to the mechanical toughness of the biofilm could allow new approaches to effective biofilm clearance, by revealing targets for disruption that would weaken the biofilm.

  14. Effects of fibre orientation on mechanical properties of hybrid bamboo/glass fibre polymer composites

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    B Stanly Jones Retnam; M Sivapragash; P Pradeep

    2014-08-01

    The usage of natural fibre as reinforcement in polymer composites have widely increased because of its enhanced properties. The usage of plant fibre cannot alone satisfy all the needs of the composites. Hence, introduction of hybrid plays a vital role in enhancing the mechanical properties of the FRP composites. Fibre orientation contributes significant role in improving the mechanical properties of the FRP composites. In this proposal, hybrid bamboo/glass fibre woven in different orientations such as 0°/90° and ± 45° was used and its effect on mechanical properties were studied. Composites containing hybrid fibres found to possess better mechanical properties, when compared to pure bamboo. In order to justify this, the following mechanical properties such as tensile, flexural, impact and hardness were investigated. SEM analysis shows the bonding between the matrix and reinforcement. All the above test results indicate that the introduction of natural bamboo fibre in glass reduces the overall cost of the composites with no compromise in strength and also attracted several studies covering green technologies.

  15. Microstructure, electromagnetic shielding effectiveness and mechanical properties of Mg–Zn–Cu–Zr alloys

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    Chen, Xianhua, E-mail: xhchen@cqu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); Liu, Lizi [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); Pan, Fusheng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China); Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China); Mao, Jianjun; Xu, Xiaoyang; Yan, Tao [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045 (China)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • The second phases were characterized systematically in Mg–Zn–Cu–Zr alloys. • Excellent EMI SE was successfully obtained by adding Cu. • Mechanism of EMI SE was analyzed. • Good mechanical properties could be achieved by adding low Cu content. - Abstract: The microstructure, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) and mechanical properties of Mg–Zn–xCu–Zr alloys (x = 0–2.32 wt.%) were investigated in this study. The results indicated that the addition of Cu led to the formation of MgZnCu phase with a face-center cubic structure, and resulted in grain refinement. EMI SE increased significantly with increasing Cu content in extruded state. The alloy with 2.32 wt.% Cu exhibited optimal EMI shielding capacity with SE value of 84–117 dB. Meanwhile, it was found that good mechanical properties could be achieved by adding low Cu content. The extruded alloy with 0.37 wt.% Cu presented higher yield strength (276 MPa), ultimate tensile strength (346 MPa) and elongation (δ = 11.4%) compared with other extruded alloys. However, a higher Cu content would substantially deteriorate tensile properties of the alloys. Based on microstructure observation, the variation of EMI shielding capacity and mechanical properties have been discussed.

  16. Pulmonary blood flow distribution in sheep: effects of anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, and change in posture

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    Walther, S. M.; Domino, K. B.; Glenny, R. W.; Hlastala, M. P.

    1997-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Recent studies providing high-resolution images of pulmonary perfusion have questioned the classical zone model of pulmonary perfusion. Hence the present work was undertaken to provide detailed maps of regional pulmonary perfusion to examine the influence of anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, and posture. METHODS: Pulmonary perfusion was analyzed with intravenous fluorescent microspheres (15 microm) in six sheep studied in four conditions: prone and awake, prone with pentobarbital-anesthesia and breathing spontaneously, prone with anesthesia and mechanical ventilation, and supine with anesthesia and mechanical ventilation. Lungs were air dried at total lung capacity and sectioned into approximately 1,100 pieces (about 2 cm3) per animal. The pieces were weighed and assigned spatial coordinates. Fluorescence was read on a spectrophotometer, and signals were corrected for piece weight and normalized to mean flow. Pulmonary blood flow heterogeneity was assessed using the coefficient of variation of flow data. RESULTS: Pentobarbital anesthesia and mechanical ventilation did not influence perfusion heterogeneity, but heterogeneity increased when the animals were in the supine posture (P mechanical ventilation on pulmonary perfusion heterogeneity is small compared with the effect of changes in posture. Analysis of flow gradients indicate that gravity plays a small role in determining pulmonary blood flow distribution.

  17. Pulmonary blood flow distribution in sheep: effects of anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, and change in posture

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    Walther, S. M.; Domino, K. B.; Glenny, R. W.; Hlastala, M. P.

    1997-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Recent studies providing high-resolution images of pulmonary perfusion have questioned the classical zone model of pulmonary perfusion. Hence the present work was undertaken to provide detailed maps of regional pulmonary perfusion to examine the influence of anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, and posture. METHODS: Pulmonary perfusion was analyzed with intravenous fluorescent microspheres (15 microm) in six sheep studied in four conditions: prone and awake, prone with pentobarbital-anesthesia and breathing spontaneously, prone with anesthesia and mechanical ventilation, and supine with anesthesia and mechanical ventilation. Lungs were air dried at total lung capacity and sectioned into approximately 1,100 pieces (about 2 cm3) per animal. The pieces were weighed and assigned spatial coordinates. Fluorescence was read on a spectrophotometer, and signals were corrected for piece weight and normalized to mean flow. Pulmonary blood flow heterogeneity was assessed using the coefficient of variation of flow data. RESULTS: Pentobarbital anesthesia and mechanical ventilation did not influence perfusion heterogeneity, but heterogeneity increased when the animals were in the supine posture (P Pulmonary perfusion was distributed with a hilar-to-peripheral gradient in animals breathing spontaneously (P mechanical ventilation on pulmonary perfusion heterogeneity is small compared with the effect of changes in posture. Analysis of flow gradients indicate that gravity plays a small role in determining pulmonary blood flow distribution.

  18. Effects of cold pre-deformation on aging behavior and mechanical properties of Ti-1300 alloy

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    Highlights: • Cold pre-deformation influences aging behavior and mechanical properties. • The slip and twinning are the leading deformation mechanism in the Ti-1300 alloy. • Fine/uniform α precipitates are formed in the slightly deformed zones. • Coarse/needle-like α precipitates are formed in the heavily deformed zones. - Abstract: The effects of cold pre-deformation on aging behavior and mechanical properties in Ti-1300 alloy are examined using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy analyses. Results show that cold pre-deformation markedly influences the aging behavior and mechanical properties of Ti-1300 alloys. The cold deformation mechanism of Ti-1300 alloys is found to involve the dislocation slip and twinning. The microstructures of the pre-deformation specimens, which were aged at 550 °C, comprise α phases in β matrices regardless of cold deformation reduction. Fine/uniform and coarse/needle-like α precipitates are formed in the slightly and heavily deformed zones, respectively. The Vickers hardness of Ti-1300 alloys aged after cold pre-deformation respectively decreases and increases with increased aging temperature and cold pre-deformation reduction

  19. Deformation mechanisms and irradiation effects in zirconium alloys. A multi-scale study

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    occurs at high doses, the nucleation and growth of loops, has been particularly studied. The effects of the hydrogen pick up and of an external applied stress on loops have been characterized by TEM. This work, which already contributes to a better understanding of deformation mechanisms and mechanical behavior of zirconium alloys, should improve, in a future prospect, the reliability and performance of pressurized water reactors fuel assemblies. (author)

  20. Preliminary investigation of the inhibitory effects of mechanical stress in tumor growth

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    Garg, Ishita; Miga, Michael I.

    2008-03-01

    In the past years different models have been formulated to explain the growth of gliomas in the brain. The most accepted model is based on a reaction-diffusion equation that describes the growth of the tumor as two separate components- a proliferative component and an invasive component. While many improvements have been made to this basic model, the work exploring the factors that naturally inhibit growth is insufficient. It is known that stress fields affect the growth of normal tissue. Due to the rigid skull surrounding the brain, mechanical stress might be an important factor in inhibiting the growth of gliomas. A realistic model of glioma growth would have to take that inhibitory effect into account. In this work a mathematical model based on the reaction-diffusion equation was used to describe tumor growth, and the affect of mechanical stresses caused by the mass effect of tumor cells was studied. An initial tumor cell concentration with a Gaussian distribution was assumed and tumor growth was simulated for two cases- one where growth was solely governed by the reaction-diffusion equation and second where mechanical stress inhibits growth by affecting the diffusivity. All the simulations were performed using the finite difference method. The results of simulations show that the proposed mechanism of inhibition could have a significant affect on tumor growth predictions. This could have implications for varied applications in the imaging field that use growth models, such as registration and model updated surgery.

  1. Effect of Water on the Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of Carbon Cloth Phenolic

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    Sullivan, Roy M.; Stokes, Eric; Baker, Eric H.

    2011-01-01

    The results of thermo-mechanical experiments, which were conducted previously by one of the authors, are reviewed. The strain in the direction normal to the fabric plane was measured as a function of temperature for a variety of initial moisture contents and heating rates. In this paper, the general features of the thermo-mechanical response are discussed and the effect of heating rate and initial moisture content are highlighted. The mechanical interaction between the phenolic polymer and water trapped within its free volumes as the polymer is heated to high temperatures is discussed. An equation for the internal stresses which are generated within the polymer due to trapped water is obtained from the total stress expression for a binary mixture of polymer and water. Numerical solutions for moisture diffusion in the thermo-mechanical experiments were performed and the results of these solutions are presented. The results of the moisture diffusion solutions help to explain the effects of heating rate and moisture content on the strain behavior normal to the fabric plane.

  2. High energy radiation effects on mechanical properties of butyl rubber compounds

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    Pozenato, Cristina A.; Scagliusi, Sandra R.; Cardoso, Elisabeth C.L.; Lugao, Ademar B., E-mail: cangioletto@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    The high energy radiation on butyl rubber compounds causes a number of chemical reactions that occur after initial ionization and excitation events. These reactions lead to changes in molecular mass of the polymer through scission and crosslinking of the molecules, being able to affect the physical and mechanical properties. Butyl rubber has excellent mechanical properties and oxidation resistance as well as low gas and water vapor permeability. Due to all these properties butyl rubber is widely used industrially and particularly in tires manufacturing. In accordance with various authors, the major effect of high energy, such as gamma rays in butyl rubber, is the yielding of free-radicals along with changes in mechanical properties. There were evaluated effects imparted from high energy radiation on mechanical properties of butyl rubber compounds, non-irradiated and irradiated with 25 kGy, 50 kGy, 150 kGy and 200 kGy. It was also observed a sharp reducing in stress rupture and elongation at break for doses higher than 50 kGy, pointing toward changes in polymeric chain along build-up of free radicals and consequent degradation. (author)

  3. Effect of Cooling Rate on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of K465 Superalloy

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    PEI Zhong-ye; HAN Wei; ZHAO Gang; CHEN Xing-fu; LI Jun-tao; TIAN Yan-wen

    2009-01-01

    K465 superalloy, as a material for production of turbine nozzle, shows high mechanical properties as well as microstructure stability under critical and severe service conditions. The appropriate microstructure and strength of this alloy can be obtained by solid solution strengthening mechanism. Heat treatment parameters such as time and temperature of homogenization, partial solution and aging temperatures, and cooling rate from solid solution temper-ature affect the microstructure of the alloy. Among these parameters, cooling rate from solid solution temperature is the most effective. Therefore, the effect of cooling rate on microstructure and mechanical properties (tensile and stress properties)was investigated. For this purpose, three different cooling rates were applied to the cast K465 specimens subjected to solution treatment at 1483 K for 4 h. Microstructures of the specimens then were studied u-sing optical and electron microscopy. Also, tensile tests were performed at room temperature and stress rupture tests were performed under the condition of 1248 K and 230 MPa. It was found that with increasing the cooling rate, the size of the γ' precipitates decreases and the mechanical properties of specimens increases. Also, it was found that the shape and volume fraction of primary γ' particles are largely influenced by the cooling rate after solution treatment at 1483 K for4 h.

  4. Effect of inter-critical quenching on mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel

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    Liu Zhongli

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available For some casting low-alloy steels, traditional quenching and tempering heat treatments can improve the strength; however, sometimes the ductility is not satisfied. Therefore, some kind of effective heat treatment method seems necessary; one which could improve the ductility, but not seriously affect the strength. In this paper, the effect of inter-critical quenching (IQ on the mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel was studied. IQ was added between quenching and tempering heat treatment; and the microstructure and mechanical properties were compared to the same steel with the traditional quenching and tempering treatments. The experimental results show that the microstructure comprises small-size ferrite and martensite when the IQ is adopted; and that different temperatures can control the ferrite quantity and distribution, and, as a result, influence the mechanical properties. In the case of IQ, the tensile strength decreases just a little, but the ductility increases a lot; and the strength-ductility product (its value is the arithmetic product of elongation and tensile strength increases by between 6% and 10%, which means the IQ heat treatment can improve comprehensive mechanical properties.

  5. Polyamide-6: The effects on mechanical and physicochemical properties by electron beam irradiation at different temperatures

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    Adem, E.; Burillo, G.; del Castillo, L. F.; Vásquez, M.; Avalos-Borja, M.; Marcos-Fernández, A.

    2014-04-01

    The electron beam irradiation of polyamide-6 (PA-6) films was carried out in air over a range of 50-1000 kGy at varying temperatures and a dose rate of 5.1 kGy min-1. The effects of the irradiation at temperatures above and below the glass transition temperature (Tg) on the thermal and mechanical properties were studied. Melting and crystallization temperatures decreased significantly with the increase in irradiation dose, whereas percent of crystallinity varied only slightly and Tg slightly increased for irradiated samples respect to non irradiated one with no significant effect of the dose. Mechanical properties were affected by irradiation. The material became more rigid with a direct relationship between the mechanical properties and the irradiation dose. The irradiation above Tg led to a larger variation in the thermal and mechanical properties respect to the irradiation below Tg. The changes in properties were related to the crosslinking produced in the amorphous part of the polymer by the electron beam irradiation.

  6. EFFECT OF MONTMORILLONITE ADDITION ON MECHANICAL CHARACTERIZATIONS OF POLYIMIDE NANOCOMPOSITE FILMS

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    Wang Xishu; Zhang Yihe; Fu Shaoyun; Feng Xiqiao

    2005-01-01

    Tensile deformation and fracture characteristics of polyimide/montmorillonite nanocomposite films are investigated to enhance the particular mechanical properties and understand the effective factors in dominating the mechanical properties of nanocomposites, such as the nanolayer, matrix and nanolayer/matrix interface. How to contribute to the mechanical properties of nanocomposite film is a very complex problem. In this paper, these factors are analyzed based on the addition amount and fracture mechanics. The results indicate that the specimen at 20 wt% MMT breaks prematurely with a fracture strength (σb=78 MPa) much lower than that (σb = 128 MPa) at the 1wt% MMT. However, the Young's modulus (3.2 GPa) of the former is higher than that (1.9 GPa) of the latter. Fractography also indicates that the brittle cracking formed in high content addition is the main cause of failure but microscopically ductile fracture morphology still exists locally. And for the trace element addition, the smaller threading slipping veins are evenly distributed on the entire fracture section of these films. Therefore, these characteristics would presumably be associated with both the concentration effects of size of nanocomposite sheets and the increasing deformation harmony in nanolayers.

  7. Effect of size and moisture on the mechanical behavior of SU-8 thin films

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    Robin, C. J.; Jonnalagadda, K. N.

    2016-02-01

    The mechanical properties of SU-8 were investigated in conjunction with size effect, mechanical anisotropy and moisture absorption. Uniaxial tensile experiments were conducted on SU-8 films of 500 nm and 2 μm thickness. A spin coating process was used to fabricate the films with one set from a single coat (single layer) and the others containing multiple coats (multilayer) with pre-baking in between. The stress versus strain response was obtained from in situ optical experiments and a digital image correlation method. Compared to single layer films, the multilayer films showed a significant increase in mechanical properties as well as in-plane anisotropy. This anisotropy was confirmed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and attributed to the spin coating process, which resulted in higher crosslinking density in the film, and molecular orientation in the radial direction. Moisture absorption studies revealed that the mechanical properties were affected by water, which exists in both the free and bonded form in the polymer and acts as a plasticizer. The effect of moisture was similar in both the single and multilayer films, but was higher for the latter due to multiple processing steps as well as the existence of higher percentage of epoxy polar groups.

  8. Effects of Mechanical Properties on Tumor Invasion: Insights from a Cellular Model

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    Li, YZ

    2014-08-01

    Understanding the regulating mechanism of tumor invasion is of crucial importance for both fundamental cancer research and clinical applications. Previous in vivo experiments have shown that invasive cancer cells dissociate from the primary tumor and invade into the stroma, forming an irregular invasive morphology. Although cell movements involved in tumor invasion are ultimately driven by mechanical forces of cell-cell interactions and tumor-host interactions, how these mechanical properties affect tumor invasion is still poorly understood. In this study, we use a recently developed two-dimensional cellular model to study the effects of mechanical properties on tumor invasion. We study the effects of cell-cell adhesions as well as the degree of degradation and stiffness of extracellular matrix (ECM). Our simulation results show that cell-cell adhesion relationship must be satisfied for tumor invasion. Increased adhesion to ECM and decreased adhesion among tumor cells result in invasive tumor behaviors. When this invasive behavior occurs, ECM plays an important role for both tumor morphology and the shape of invasive cancer cells. Increased stiffness and stronger degree of degradation of ECM promote tumor invasion, generating more aggressive tumor invasive morphologies. It can also generate irregular shape of invasive cancer cells, protruding towards ECM. The capability of our model suggests it a useful tool to study tumor invasion and might be used to propose optimal treatment in clinical applications.

  9. Effects of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and magnetization saturation on the mechanically induced switching in nanomagnets

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    Yi, Min; Xu, Bai-Xiang; Shen, Zhigang

    2015-03-01

    The effects of magnetocrystalline anisotropy (Ku) and magnetization saturation (Ms) on the mechanically induced switching in nanomagnets are studied using a constraint-free phase field model, which allows explicit magneto-mechanical coupling and strictly constant magnetization magnitude. The effects of Ku and Ms on the transition boundary between the coherent and incoherent switching modes are presented in terms of the nanomagnet geometry. It is found that Ms rather than Ku can affect the transition boundary between the two switching modes. In the coherent mode, there exists a critical strain ( ɛc ) to induce a deterministic 90° switching. By using the dynamic nature and overrun behavior of the magnetization, a deterministic 180° switching can occur if the mechanical strain is removed once the magnetization rotates to the largest achievable angle ( ϑ1m ). For 90° switching, increasing Ku can enhance both ɛc and ϑ1m , whereas Ms incurs no noticeable changes. For 180° switching, the switching time (ts) increases with Ms linearly, but initially decreases with increasing Ku and then saturates. The results for ts suggest that moderate Ku and Ms are advisable to simultaneously obtain relatively low ɛc , quick switching, high storage density, and high magnetization-state stability in nanomagnets. This work provides insight on tuning mechanically assisted nanomagnet-based logic and memory devices through Ms and Ku.

  10. Effect of surface finishing and heat treatments on the mechanical strength of sintered alumina

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    The effect of surface finishing on the mechanical strength of two pure aluminas, one of self-production and another a commercial one, is studied. Three types of finishings: as-sintered, as machined and as-machined with thermal treatment were studied. It was verified that the as-machined alumina is about 50 percent stronger than the as-sintered one, and that a thermal treatment increases even more the mechanical strength of the sintered alumina. The effect of the volume and pressing direction on mechanical strength was studied. The kinetics of crack healing was determined from a series of systematically selected thermal treatments with annealing temperatures between 12000C and 16000C. It was verified that a recently developed theoretical model for crack healing can describe the experimental results; using this model a value for the activation energy of the process of 715 kJ/mcl was obtained, which suggests that crack healing is promoted by volume diffusion. The material behavior under subcritical crack growth action was also studied, and a value of about 40 for the subcritical crack growth exponent N from dynamic loading tests in water was found. A fractographic study intended to localize and measure the flaws that originated the fracture of the tested specimens was performed; the measured flaw sizes were compared with the flaw size calculated from the values of the measured mechanical strength; in this comparison an excellent agreement was observed. (Author)

  11. Social carry-over effects on non-social behavioral variation: mechanisms and consequences

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    Petri Toivo Niemelä

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The field of animal personality is interested in decomposing behaviors into different levels of variation, with its present focus on the ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of expressed variation. Recently the role of the social environment, i.e. social partners, has been suggested to affect behavioral variation and induce selection on animal personality. Social partner effects exist because characters of social partners (e.g. size, behavior, affect the behavioral expression of a focal individual. Here, we 1 first review the proximate mechanisms underlying the social partner effects on behavioral expression and the timescales at which such effects might take place. We then 2 discuss how within- and among-individual variation in single behaviors and covariation between multiple behaviors, caused by social partners, can carry-over to non-social behaviors expressed outside the social context. Finally, we 3 highlight evolutionary consequences of social carry-over effects to non-social behaviors and 4 suggest study designs and statistical approaches which can be applied to study the nature and evolutionary consequences of social carry-over effects on non-social behaviors. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underpinning the social partner effects is important since it opens a door for deeper understanding of how social environments can affect behavioral variation and covariation at multiple levels, and the evolution of non-social behaviors (i.e. exploration, activity, boldness that are affected by social interactions.

  12. Health effects and toxicity mechanisms of rare earth elements-Knowledge gaps and research prospects.

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    Pagano, Giovanni; Guida, Marco; Tommasi, Franca; Oral, Rahime

    2015-05-01

    In the recent decades, rare earth elements (REE) have undergone a steady spread in several industrial and medical applications, and in agriculture. Relatively scarce information has been acquired to date on REE-associated biological effects, from studies of bioaccumulation and of bioassays on animal, plant and models; a few case reports have focused on human health effects following occupational REE exposures, in the present lack of epidemiological studies of occupationally exposed groups. The literature is mostly confined to reports on few REE, namely cerium and lanthanum, whereas substantial information gaps persist on the health effects of other REE. An established action mechanism in REE-associated health effects relates to modulating oxidative stress, analogous to the recognized redox mechanisms observed for other transition elements. Adverse outcomes of REE exposures include a number of endpoints, such as growth inhibition, cytogenetic effects, and organ-specific toxicity. An apparent controversy regarding REE-associated health effects relates to opposed data pointing to either favorable or adverse effects of REE exposures. Several studies have demonstrated that REE, like a number of other xenobiotics, follow hormetic concentration-related trends, implying stimulatory or protective effects at low levels, then adverse effects at higher concentrations. Another major role for REE-associated effects should be focused on pH-dependent REE speciation and hence toxicity. Few reports have demonstrated that environmental acidification enhances REE toxicity; these data may assume particular relevance in REE-polluted acidic soils and in REE mining areas characterized by concomitant REE and acid pollution. The likely environmental threats arising from REE exposures deserve a new line of research efforts. PMID:25679485

  13. Effects of added ZnTCP on mechanical and biological properties of apatite cement

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    Ishikawa, K.; Suzuki, K. [Okayama Univ. Dental School (Japan). Dept. of Biomaterials; Miyamoto, Y.; Toh, T.; Yuasa, T.; Nagayama, M. [Tokushima Univ. (Japan). First Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Ito, A. [National Inst. for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, MITT, Ibaragi (Japan)

    2001-07-01

    Effects of added Zn doped {beta}-tricalcium phosphate (ZnTCP) on mechanical and biological properties of apatite cement (AC) was studied. Powder X-ray diffractometer revealed that ZnTCP shows no reactivity with AC. The mechanical strength of AC decreased increasing amounts of added ZnTCP. We observed no effect on the setting time of AC when the amount of ZnTCP was 10% or less. Proliferation of the osteoblastic cells was significantly increased on the surface of AC containing 5% ZnTCP when compared with that containing no ZnTCP. In contrast, proliferation of the cells decreased on the surface of AC containing 10% ZnTCP when compared with that free from ZnTCP; indicating cytotoxity. We concluded therefore, that addition of ZnTCP to AC might be useful to enhance the osteoconductivity of AC when release of Zn{sup 2+} can be carefully regulated. (orig.)

  14. Effects of temperature change and beverage on mechanical and tribological properties of dental restorative composites.

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    Ayatollahi, M R; Yahya, Mohd Yazid; Karimzadeh, A; Nikkhooyifar, M; Ayob, Amran

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of temperature change and immersion in two common beverages on the mechanical and tribological properties for three different types of dental restorative materials. Thermocycling procedure was performed for simulating temperature changes in oral conditions. Black tea and soft drink were considered for beverages. Universal composite, universal nanohybrid composite and universal nanofilled composite, were used as dental materials. The nanoindentation and nanoscratch experiments were utilized to determine the elastic modulus, hardness, plasticity index and wear resistance of the test specimens. The results showed that thermocycling and immersion in each beverage had different effects on the tested dental materials. The mechanical and tribological properties of nanohybrid composite and nanocomposite were less sensitive to temperature change and to immersion in beverages in comparison with those of the conventional dental composite. PMID:26046269

  15. An overview of current research on EU ETS: Evidence from its operating mechanism and economic effect

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    The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is supposed to be an important mechanism for addressing climate change. Up to now, the theoretical foundation of EU ETS has been widely acknowledged, but empirical research on its current situation has only been published recently or is forthcoming. Therefore, this paper is aimed to summarize the main arguments of empirical studies on the EU ETS, in terms of two aspects, i.e., the operating mechanism and economic effect of the EU ETS, which are two crucial topics and have been attached much attention. Based on the shortcomings of current research and future requirements of the EU ETS evolution, finally, we also present some further directions of the EU ETS research. Overall, the research overview here may be helpful to recognize the features of the EU ETS and its effect on others. (author)

  16. Mechanical and thermal pretreatments of crushed tomatoes: effects on consistency and in vitro accessibility of lycopene.

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    Tibäck, Evelina A; Svelander, Cecilia A; Colle, Ines J P; Altskär, Annika I; Alminger, Marie A G; Hendrickx, Marc E G; Ahrné, Lília M; Langton, Maud I B C

    2009-09-01

    The effects of mechanical and thermal treatments on the consistency and in vitro lycopene accessibility of crushed tomatoes were evaluated. Different crushing intensities and a subsequent heat treatment carried out as a heat shock (95 degrees C for 8 min) or a boiling step (100 degrees C for 20 min) were examined. Additional homogenization was compared with milder crushing regarding the effect on lycopene content and in vitro accessibility. Textural properties, polygalacturonase and pectinmethylesterase activity, pectin degree of methoxylation, lycopene content, and in vitro lycopene accessibility were evaluated. Microstructure was studied using both light and transmission electron microscopy. Crushing and subsequent heating affected the pectin degree of methoxylation and the consistency of the crushed tomatoes. The mechanical and thermal treatments did not affect the lycopene content to any great extent; however, in vitro accessibility seemed to improve with extensive crushing followed by heating. Crushing or homogenization in itself was not enough to increase in vitro lycopene accessibility. PMID:19895468

  17. Studies on Immunological Effect and Immunological Mechanism Avian Encephalomyelitis Oil Emulsion Inactivated Vaccine

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    CHENG Zi-qiang; ZHAO Zhen-hua; RI Mudema

    2002-01-01

    Oil emulsion inactivated vaccine was prepared by susceptible embryos, with different strains of AEV. Four groups of normal chickens of 2 - 7 days of age were given injections for immunization, respectively. Another group was used as control. This study was expected to evaluate the immunological effect and discuss the immunological mechanism by means of five different experiments, i.e. the agar-gel precipitin test,the isolation of lymphokine, the isolation, purification and analysis of blood serum IgG, embryo-susceptibility test, and clinical and pathological examination. The results of these experiments indicated that oil emulsion inactivated vaccine is safe and effective. The chickens were normal when inoculated with AE strong virus after immunity at 4 and 37 weeks. Immunological mechanism is that the humoral immunity played an important role and celluar immunity exists, but it is not important in the process of the resistance to AEV.

  18. Effects of irradiation and mechanical stress on the superconducting properties of candidate magnet conductors

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    The effects of radiation damage on the superconducting critical properties of candidate magnet materials are reviewed. Neutron, and charged-particle irradiation results are covered. The discussion is restricted to effects in NbTi and the A15-compound superconductors. The utility of these conductors in radiation fields is first explored by defining the magnitude of critical-property changes with the fluence of various irradiating particles. The physical mechanisms that couple the irradiation defects to the observed critical-property changes are discussed. Annealing/recovery data on irradiated materials are included where they pertain to the understanding of the physical mechanisms involved, and thereby to the desirability of magnet annealing in actual operating circumstances

  19. The effect of multiaxial stress state on creep behavior and fracture mechanism of P92 steel

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    The creep experiments on plain and double U-typed notched specimens were conducted on P92 steel at 650 °C. The notch strengthening effect was found in the notched specimens. Fracture appearance observed by scanning electron microscopy revealed that dimpled fracture for relatively blunt notched specimen, and dimpled fracture doubled with intergranular brittle fracture for relatively sharp notched specimen, which meant that fracture mechanism of P92 steel altered due to the presence of the notch. Meanwhile, based on Norton–Bailey and Kachanov–Robotnov constitutive models, a modified model was proposed. Finite element simulations were carried out to investigate the effect of multiaxial stress state on the creep behavior, fracture mechanism and damage evolvement of P92 steel. The simulation results agreed well with the fracture behaviors observed experimentally

  20. Effect of thermo-mechanical properties of PIM feedstock on compacts shape retention during debinding process

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    2001-01-01

    The removal of the binder from the powder compacts (debinding) can be a slow step and a source of problems. To improve the debinding process of powder injection molding operation, it's necessary to understand the thermal and mechanical properties of powder injection molding feedstocks and to find the major causes responsible for molding difficulties and compacts shape retention during debinding process. The effects of thermo-mechanical properties of the PIM feedstock on the compacts shape retention during debinding process were discussed and explained from practical point of view. The results indicate that the heat of fusion affects the cooling time. The binder component with high heat of fusion and high-decomposed temperature is more effective as the second binder component for the compact to retain its shape during debinding.

  1. Development of nanocomposites from polymer blends: Effect of organoclay on the morphology and mechanical properties

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    Mélo, Tomás J.A., E-mail: tomas@dema.ufcg.edu.br; Araújo, Edcleide M., E-mail: edcleide@dema.ufcg.edu.br; Brito, Gustavo F., E-mail: gustavo_brito_@hotmail.com; Agrawal, Pankaj, E-mail: pankaj@ig.com.br

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • We investigated the effect the clay content on the properties of PLA/EMA-GMA blend. • The impact strength of the blend increased with the addition of 2.5 (wt%) of clay. • The presence of the clay decreased the EMA-GMA domains size. • The nanocomposite with the lowest clay content presented better clay dispersion. - Abstract: In this work the effect of 2.5% and 5% (wt) of organoclay on the mechanical properties and morphology of PLA/EMA-GMA blend was investigated. The nanocomposites were prepared by extrusion followed by injection molding and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), mechanical properties and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The results showed that better impact strength was achieved when 2.5% (wt) of clay was added to the PLA/EMA–GMA blend. XRD results indicated that this nanocomposite presented a partially exfoliated structure.

  2. Effects of erbium modification on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys

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    The effects of erbium (Er) modification on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminum alloys were investigated using optical microscope, X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscope and mechanical testing. Experimental results show that additions of Er refined the α-Al grains and eutectic Si phases in its as-cast state; the addition of 0.3 wt% of Er has the best effects on them. The Fe-containing Al3Er phases were introduced by the modifications; by a T6 treatment, the eutectic Si phases were further sphereodized; the large Al3Er and β-Al5FeSi phases were changed into fine particles and short rods; which enhanced the hardness of the alloys. The highest strength and elongation were obtained for the 0.3 wt% of Er-modified and T6-treated A356 alloy

  3. The effect of mechanical surface and heat treatments on the erosion resistance of 6061 aluminum alloy

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    Salik, J.; Buckley, D.; Brainard, W. A.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of both mechanical surface treatments and heat treatments on the erosion resistance of 6061 aluminum alloy were studied in order to gain a better understanding of material properties which affect erosion behavior. It was found that mechanical surface treatments have little or no effect on the erosion resistance. This is due to the formation by particle impact of a work-hardened surface layer, independent of the initial surface condition. The erosion resistance of aluminum single crystals was found to be independent of orientation, which is due to destruction of the surface microstructure and formation of a polycrystalline surface layer by the particle impact as observed by X-ray diffraction. Although on solution treatment of annealed aluminum 6061 the increase in hardness is accompanied by an increase in erosion resistance, precipitation treatment (which causes a further increase in hardness) results in a slightly lower erosion resistance.

  4. A simple method for measuring power, force, velocity properties, and mechanical effectiveness in sprint running.

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    Samozino, P; Rabita, G; Dorel, S; Slawinski, J; Peyrot, N; Saez de Villarreal, E; Morin, J-B

    2016-06-01

    This study aimed to validate a simple field method for determining force- and power-velocity relationships and mechanical effectiveness of force application during sprint running. The proposed method, based on an inverse dynamic approach applied to the body center of mass, estimates the step-averaged ground reaction forces in runner's sagittal plane of motion during overground sprint acceleration from only anthropometric and spatiotemporal data. Force- and power-velocity relationships, the associated variables, and mechanical effectiveness were determined (a) on nine sprinters using both the proposed method and force plate measurements and (b) on six other sprinters using the proposed method during several consecutive trials to assess the inter-trial reliability. The low bias (running. PMID:25996964

  5. A failure modes, mechanisms, and effects analysis (FMMEA) of lithium-ion batteries

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    Hendricks, Christopher; Williard, Nick; Mathew, Sony; Pecht, Michael

    2015-11-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are popular energy storage devices for a wide variety of applications. As batteries have transitioned from being used in portable electronics to being used in longer lifetime and more safety-critical applications, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and aircraft, the cost of failure has become more significant both in terms of liability as well as the cost of replacement. Failure modes, mechanisms, and effects analysis (FMMEA) provides a rigorous framework to define the ways in which lithium-ion batteries can fail, how failures can be detected, what processes cause the failures, and how to model failures for failure prediction. This enables a physics-of-failure (PoF) approach to battery life prediction that takes into account life cycle conditions, multiple failure mechanisms, and their effects on battery health and safety. This paper presents an FMMEA of battery failure and describes how this process enables improved battery failure mitigation control strategies.

  6. Mechanical Effects of Hafnium and Boron Addition to Aluminum Alloy Films for Submicrometer LSI Interconnects

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    Onoda, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Eishi; Kawai, Yasuaki; Madokoro, Shoji; Fukuyo, Hideaki; Sawada, Susumu

    1993-11-01

    This is the first report on the mechanical properties of hafnium- and boron-added Al-Si-Cu alloy film for LSI interconnects. Two to three hundred ppm of hafnium and boron addition into Al-Si-Cu alloy film does not influence the Al alloy properties for metal lines as LSI interconnects, such as its low resistivity, low ohmic contact resistance with Si, and fine-line patterning feasibility. The mechanical properties of the Al alloy film, however, change greatly. Vertical hillock and lateral hillock formation is considerably suppressed during heat treatments used in LSI fabrication processes. Stress-induced void formation is also reduced during aging test at 125°C. These effects due to hafnium and boron addition are considered to be an impurity precipitation effect ihat was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis and electron probe microanalysis.

  7. Heat generation and thermo-mechanical effect modeling in longitudinally diode-pumped solid state lasers

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    Lakhdari, Fouad; Osmani, Ismahen; Tabet, Saida

    2015-09-01

    Thermal management in solid state laser is a challenge to the high power laser industry's ability to provide continued improvements in device and system performance. In this work an investigation of heat generation and thermo-mechanical effect in a high-power Nd:YAG and Yb:YAG cylindrical-type solid state laser pumped longitudinally with different power by fibre coupled laser diode is carried out by numerical simulation based on the finite element method (FEM). Impact of the dopant concentration on the power conversion efficiency is included in the simulation. The distribution of the temperature inside the lasing material is resolute according to the thermal conductivity. The thermo-mechanical effect is explored as a function of pump power in order to determine the maximum pumping power allowed to prevent the crystal's fracture. The presented simulations are in broad agreement with analytical solutions; provided that the boundary condition of the pump induced heat generation is accurately modelled.

  8. La2O3 effects on TZM alloy recovery, recrystallization and mechanical properties

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    Titanium, zirconium and molybdenum (TZM) alloy with different amounts of rare earth lanthanum oxide was prepared by powder metallurgy into 0.5 mm thick sheets. The effects of the La2O3 content on recrystallization temperature and mechanical properties of the TZM alloy were studied. La2O3 increased the recrystallization and recovery temperature of the TZM alloy and increased its tensile strength and elongation

  9. Effects of hand massage and acupressure therapy for mechanically ventilated patients

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    Şebnem Çınar Yücel

    2015-10-01

    Results: According to the research findings, it wasn’t found significant as clinical which is the statistically significant difference in the physiological indicators of anxiety, perceived anxiety and dyspnoea except from oxygen saturation. Conclusion: In conclusion, our results suggest that hand massage and acupressure therapy might effectively relieve perceived dyspnoea and anxiety and reduce physiological indicators of anxiety in patients having mechanical ventilation support. The study provides a research-based intervention model for clinicians caring for MVP.

  10. Effects of hand massage and acupressure therapy for mechanically ventilated patients

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    Şebnem Çınar Yücel; İsmet Eser

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: This research is an experimental study (randomized controlled) which is carried out to investigate the effect on anxiety of hand massage and acupressure therapy in patients having mechanical ventilation support. Method and material: This randomized controlled research was conducted in Intensive care units of Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases and Dr. Suat Seren Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Training and Research Hospital between the dates 18 June ...

  11. Synergistic Effect and Molecular Mechanisms of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Regulating Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Cells

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    Jingnan Xu; Zhuo Song; Qiujun Guo; Jie Li

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of tumor cells with the microenvironment is like a relationship between the “seeds” and “soil,” which is a hotspot in recent cancer research. Targeting at tumor microenvironment as well as tumor cells has become a new strategy for cancer treatment. Conventional cancer treatments mostly focused on single targets or single mechanism (the seeds or part of the soil); few researches intervened in the whole tumor microenvironment and achieved ideal therapeutic effect as expected. Tr...

  12. Feedback mechanisms: efficient and effective use of technology or a waste of time and effort?

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    Allan, Robert; Bentley, Steve

    2012-01-01

    This paper compares the efficiency and effectiveness of using typed comments in the Grademark part of the Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) with audio feedback using Audacity software. Some 140 students in five tutorial groups completed two separate formative assignments in October and November 2011. For the initial assignment three groups received typed feedback and two audio. The feedback mechanisms were then reversed for the next assignment, three receiving audio and two typed. Th...

  13. LOADING RATE EFFECT ON THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF A PYROCLASTIC SOIL

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    Rojas Vidovic, Juan Carlos

    2008-01-01

    This thesis represents a laboratory-based experimental study into the rate of loading effect on the mechanical behaviour of an unsaturated pyroclastic soil. The study includes equipment design and laboratory testing which are addressed to analyze the rate of loading influence by means of equip-ment modification and suction controlled triaxial tests. The studied material, characterized by its very low density, is typical of the area around Naples where natural slopes are covered by loose s...

  14. Fucoxanthin: A Marine Carotenoid Exerting Anti-Cancer Effects by Affecting Multiple Mechanisms

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    Sangeetha Ravi Kumar; Masashi Hosokawa; Kazuo Miyashita

    2013-01-01

    Fucoxanthin is a marine carotenoid exhibiting several health benefits. The anti-cancer effect of fucoxanthin and its deacetylated metabolite, fucoxanthinol, is well documented. In view of its potent anti-carcinogenic activity, the need to understand the underlying mechanisms has gained prominence. Towards achieving this goal, several researchers have carried out studies in various cell lines and in vivo and have deciphered that fucoxanthin exerts its anti-proliferative and cancer preventing ...

  15. Effects of voids on thermal-mechanical reliability of lead-free solder joints

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    Benabou Lahouari; Le Van Nhat; Sun Zhidan; Pougnet Philippe; Etgens Victor

    2014-01-01

    Reliability of electronic packages has become a major issue, particularly in systems used in electrical or hybrid cars where severe operating conditions must be met. Many studies have shown that solder interconnects are critical elements since many failure mechanisms originate from their typical response under thermal cycles. In this study, effects of voids in solder interconnects on the electronic assembly lifetime are estimated based on finite element simulations.

  16. Temporal effects of mechanical loading on deformation-induced damage in skeletal muscle tissue

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    Loerakker, S Sandra; Stekelenburg, A Anke; Strijkers, GJ Gustav; Rijpkema, JJM Koo; Baaijens, FPT Frank; Bader, DL Dan; Nicolaij, K Klaas; Oomens, CWJ Cees

    2010-01-01

    Mechanical loading of soft tissues covering bony prominences can cause skeletal muscle damage, ultimately resulting in a severe pressure ulcer termed deep tissue injury. Recently, by means of an experimental-numerical approach, it was shown that local tissue deformations cause tissue damage once a deformation threshold is exceeded. In the present study, the effects of load exposure time and intermittent load relief on the development of deformation-induced muscle damage were investigated. The...

  17. Interactive effects between carbon allotrope fillers on the mechanical reinforcement of polyisoprene based nanocomposites

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    Galimberti, M; Agnelli, S.; V. Cipolletti; S. Musto; M. Coombs; L. Conzatti; S. Pandini; T. Ricco

    2014-01-01

    Interactive effects of carbon allotropes on the mechanical reinforcement of polymer nanocomposites were investigated. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nano-graphite with high shape anisotropy (nanoG) were melt blended with poly(1,4-cis-isoprene), as the only fillers or in combination with carbon black (CB), measuring the shear modulus at low strain amplitudes for peroxide crosslinked composites. The nanofiller was found to increase the low amplitude storage modulus of the matrix, with or without CB...

  18. Effect of polyester fiber reinforcement on the mechanical properties of interim fixed partial dentures

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    N. Gopichander; K.V. Halini Kumarai; Vasanthakumar, M

    2015-01-01

    Background: Different reinforcements currently available for interim fixed partial denture (FPD) materials do not provide the ideal strength for long-term use. Therefore, the aim of this investigation was to develop a more ideal provisional material for long-term use with better mechanical properties. This study evaluated the effectiveness of polyester fiber reinforcement on different interim FPD materials. Methods: Thirty resin-bonded FPDs were constructed from three provisional interim F...

  19. Effects of intravenous furosemide on mucociliary transport and rheological properties of patients under mechanical ventilation

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    Kondo, Cláudia Seiko; Macchionne, Mariângela; Nakagawa, Naomi Kondo; Carvalho, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro; King, Malcolm; Saldiva, Paulo Hilário Nascimento; Lorenzi-Filho, Geraldo

    2001-01-01

    The use of intravenous (IV) furosemide is common practice in patients under mechanical ventilation (MV), but its effects on respiratory mucus are largely unknown. Furosemide can affect respiratory mucus either directly through inhibition of the NaK(Cl)2 co-transporter on the basolateral surface of airway epithelium or indirectly through increased diuresis and dehydration. We investigated the physical properties and transportability of respiratory mucus obtained from 26 patients under MV distr...

  20. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in heat-related health effects and their mechanisms: a review

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    Gronlund, Carina J.

    2014-01-01

    Adaptation to increasing extreme heat in a changing climate requires a precise understanding of who is most vulnerable to the health effects of extreme heat. The evidence for race, ethnicity, income, education and occupation, at the individual and area levels, as indicators of vulnerability is reviewed. The evidence for the social, behavioral and technological mechanisms by which racial and socioeconomic disparities in vulnerability exist is also reviewed. These characteristics include cardio...

  1. Effect of three filler types on mechanical properties of dental composite

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    Pahlavan A.; Ataei M; Zandi-Nejad AA

    2005-01-01

    Statement of Problem: Despite the improvements achieved in the field of dental composites, their strength, longevity, and service life specially in high stress areas is not confirmed. Finding better fillers can be a promising step in this task. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the filler type on the mechanical properties of a new experimental dental composite and compare these with the properties of composite containing conventional glass filler. Materials a...

  2. Inspections of Swedish schools: A critical reflection on intended effects, causal mechanisms and methods

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    Gustafsson, Jan-Eric; Lander, Rolf; Myrberg, Eva

    2014-01-01

    The article outlines a programme theory for the Swedish school inspection. The theory has a format of ‘if … then … because’, whereby the last term states one or more generative mechanisms behind the reactions to inspection, and the former terms imply what the inspectorate does and which reactions it receives. The assumptions of the theory are tested regarding their precision of definition, consistency and empirical status. No research has as yet confirmed a general positive effect of the Swed...

  3. The effect of mechanical lymph drainage accompanied with heat on lymphedema

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    Valente Flávia Mariana; Guerreiro Godoy Maria de Fátima; Pereira de Godoy José Maria

    2011-01-01

    Background: Thermotherapy has been indicated by some researchers as a treatment for lymphedema. A study comparing temperatures demonstrated that a temperature of 40°C significantly increased the transportation of lymph compared to other temperatures assessed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible benefits of mechanical lymph drainage accompanied with heat in the treatment of lymphedema of the lower limbs. Methods: In a cross-over randomized study, the effect of heat on lymph ...

  4. Effect of Quenching Process on Mechanical Properties of High Carbon Steels

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, quenching process was applied to high carbon steel and the effect of this process on mechanical properties was investigated. The specimens were placed in a box-type furnace held at the desired temperature and then quenched. According to the tensile test and hardness measurements, it was concluded that the material has become brittle and the tensile strength decreased. The reason for this was higher cooling rate occurred during quenching process. 

  5. THE EFFECTS OF AN INCENTIVE MECHANISM ON BRAIN DRAIN IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY

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    Zhao, Danni

    2016-01-01

    This thesis studies the effects of incentive mechanism on brain drain in hotel industry. As for the reason why this topic is chosen, it is regarding to the author's previous working experiences in the hotel industry. After the training practice in several different hotels, it is notable that Chinese hotel industry is confronted with a severe problem of high employee turnover. While the normal human resource turnover rate should remain between 5% and 10%, the average figure for the hotel staff...

  6. Effects of nanostructure and coating on the mechanics of carbon nanotube arrays

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    Poelma, René H.; Fan, Xuejun; Hu, Z.-Y.; Tendeloo, van, G.; Zeijl, van, C.J.J.; Zhang, Guo Qi

    2016-01-01

    Abstract: Nanoscale materials are one of the few engineering materials that can be grown from the bottom up in a controlled manner. Here, the effects of nanostructure and nanoscale conformal coating on the mechanical behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays through experiments and simulation are systematically investigated. A modeling approach is developed and used to quantify the compressive strength and modulus of the CNT array under large deformation. The model accounts ...

  7. Further investigations of framing effects on cooperative choices in a provision point mechanism

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    Koji Kotani; Shunsuke Managi; Kenta Tanaka

    2008-01-01

    We investigate whether framing effects of voluntary contributions are significant in a provision point mechanism. Our results show that framing significantly affects individuals of the same type: cooperative individuals appear to be more cooperative in the public bads game than in the public goods game, whereas individualistic subjects appear to be less cooperative in the public bads game than in the public goods game. At the aggregate level of pooling all individuals, the data suggests that ...

  8. Mechanical effects of alkali silica reaction in concrete studied by SEM-image analysis

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    Ben Haha, Mohsen

    2006-01-01

    The occurrence of alkali-silica and alkali-silicate reactions causes damage in concrete. Even though the reaction has been known for some time, the progress of reaction in affected structures is difficult to predict. This research programme aims to study the relationship between the progress of the reaction and the mechanical properties of the concrete in order to support better prognosis of the effect of ASR on affected structure. The basic principal of the research programme is to character...

  9. Mechanical effects of alkali silica reaction in concrete studied by SEM-image analysis

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    Ben Haha, Mohsen; Scrivener, Karen

    2007-01-01

    The occurrence of alkali-silica and alkali-silicate reactions causes damage in concrete. Even though the reaction has been known for some time, the progress of reaction in affected structures is difficult to predict. This research programme aims to study the relationship between the progress of the reaction and the mechanical properties of the concrete in order to support better prognosis of the effect of ASR on affected structure. The basic principal of the research programme is to character...

  10. Mechanisms underlying the effects of inulin-type fructans on the intestinal calcium absorption

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    Raschka, Ladislav

    2005-01-01

    Inulin-type fructans in a diet are selectively fermented by the large intestinal microflora which causes a multitude of effects that are considered as beneficial for human health and well-being. One of these well documented actions is an increased intestinal calcium absorption, similarly observed in experimental animals and in humans. Since the underlying mechanisms are not yet understood, various in vivo and in vitro experiments with rats were conducted to elucidate the molecular actions of ...

  11. Can Deterministic Mechanical Size Effects Contribute to Fracture and Microdamage Accumulation in Trabecular Bone?

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    Siegmund, Thomas; Allen, Matthew R.; Burr, David B.

    2010-01-01

    Failure of bone under monotonic and cyclic loading is related to the bone mineral density, the quality of the bone matrix and the evolution of microcracks. The theory of linear elastic fracture mechanics has commonly been applied to describe fracture in bone. Evidence is presented that bone failure can be described through a non-linear theory of fracture. Thereby, deterministic size effects are introduced. Concepts of a non-linear theory are applied to discern how the interaction among bone m...

  12. Evidence for Negative Effects of Elevated Intra-Abdominal Pressure on Pulmonary Mechanics and Oxidative Stress

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    Davarcı, I.; M. Karcıoğlu; K. Tuzcu; İnanoğlu, K.; Yetim, T. D.; Motor, S.; Ulutaş, K. T.; Yüksel, R.

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To compare the effects of pneumoperitoneum on lung mechanics, end-tidal CO2 (ETCO2), arterial blood gases (ABG), and oxidative stress markers in blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) by using lung-protective ventilation strategy. Materials and Methods. Forty-six patients undergoing LC and abdominal wall hernia (AWH) surgery were assigned into 2 groups. Measurements and blood samples were obtained before, during pneumoperitoneum, and ...

  13. Effects of PVP on the preparation and growth mechanism of monodispersed Ni nanoparticles

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    2008-01-01

    Monodispersed Ni nanoparticles were successfully prepared by chemical reduction with hydrazine hydrate in ethylene glycol.The effect of the amount of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP-K30) on the preparation of Ni nanoparticles was investigated.X-ray diffraction (XRD),transmission electron microscopy (TEM),and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were employed to characterize the nickel particles are spherical in shape and are not agglomerated.A possible extensive mechanism of nickel nanoparticle formation has been suggested.

  14. Effects of bituminous layer as backfill material on mechanical behavior in tunnel model

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    Moriyoshi, Akihiro; Takano, Shin-ei; Urata, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Tetsuya; Yoshida, Takaki

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes the effects of bituminous material as a backfill material on mechanical behavior in model tunnel in laboratory. It is known that load spreading and relaxation of bituminous material are good properties. Then if we use bituminous material as a backfill material of tunnel, the tunnel will have waterproof, good load spreading property. We used new bituminous material (Aquaphalt) which can solidify in water. We conducted relaxation test in tension for new bituminous mat...

  15. The PHLAME (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Alternative Models’ Effects) Firefighter Study: Testing Mediating Mechanisms

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    Ranby, Krista W.; MacKinnon, David P.; Fairchild, Amanda J.; Elliot, Diane L.; Kuehl, Kerry S.; Goldberg, Linn

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the mechanisms by which PHLAME (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Alternative Models’ Effects), a health promotion intervention, improved healthy eating and exercise behavior among firefighters, a population at high risk for health problems due to occupational hazards. In a randomized trial, 397 firefighters participated in either the PHLAME team intervention with their work shift or a control condition. Intervention sessions taught benefits of a healthy diet and regular exerc...

  16. PROTECTIVE EFFECT OF COATING ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WOOD MATERIALS EXPOSED TO NATURAL WEATHERING

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    Özlem ÖZGENÇ; YILDIZ, Ümit C.; YILDIZ, Sibel

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the protection effect of acrylic coating systems on mechanical properties of some wood species exposed to natural weathering. Beech (Fagus orientalis L.), scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and oriental spruce (Picea orientalis L.) wood samples were coated with a new generation of acrylic resin including two different UV absorbers (organic and inorganic) and subjected to natural weathering tests for 15 months in Uzungöl and Hıdırnebi pl...

  17. Disparate Effects of Different Mutations in Plakoglobin on Cell Mechanical Behavior

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    Huang, Hayden; Asimaki, Angeliki; Lo, Denise; McKenna, William; Saffitz, Jeffrey

    2008-01-01

    Mutations in genes encoding desmosomal proteins have been implicated in the pathogenesis of heart and skin diseases. This has led to the hypothesis that defective cell-cell adhesion is the underlying cause of injury in tissues that repeatedly bear high mechanical loads. In this study, we examined the effects of two different mutations in plakoglobin on cell migration, stiffness, and adhesion. One is a C-terminal mutation causing Naxos disease, a recessive syndrome of arrhythmogenic right vent...

  18. Effect of Particle Shape on Mechanical Behaviors of Rocks: A Numerical Study Using Clumped Particle Model

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    Guan Rong; Guang Liu; Di Hou; Chuang-bing Zhou

    2013-01-01

    Since rocks are aggregates of mineral particles, the effect of mineral microstructure on macroscopic mechanical behaviors of rocks is inneglectable. Rock samples of four different particle shapes are established in this study based on clumped particle model, and a sphericity index is used to quantify particle shape. Model parameters for simulation in PFC are obtained by triaxial compression test of quartz sandstone, and simulation of triaxial compression test is then conducted on four rock sa...

  19. Physical Activity and Gastrointestinal Cancers: Primary and Tertiary Preventive Effects and Possible Biological Mechanisms

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    Karen Steindorf; Dorothea Clauss; Joachim Wiskemann; Schmidt, Martina E

    2015-01-01

    Gastrointestinal cancers account for 37% of all cancer deaths worldwide, underlining the need to further investigate modifiable factors for gastrointestinal cancer risk and prognosis. This review summarizes the corresponding evidence for physical activity (PA), including, briefly, possible biological mechanisms. Despite high public health relevance, there is still a scarcity of studies, especially for tertiary prevention. Besides the convincing evidence of beneficial effects of PA on colon ca...

  20. Mechanisms of the anti-obesity effects of oxytocin in diet-induced obese rats

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    Deblon, Nicolas; Veyrat-Durebex, Christelle; Bourgoin, Lucie; Caillon, Aurélie; Bussier, Anne-Lise; Petrosino, Stefania; Piscitelli, Fabiana; Legros, Jean-Jacques; Geenen, Vincent; Foti, Michelangelo; Wahli, Walter; Di Marzo, Vincenzo; Rohner-Jeanrenaud, Françoise

    2011-01-01

    Apart from its role during labor and lactation, oxytocin is involved in several other functions. Interestingly, oxytocin- and oxytocin receptor-deficient mice develop late-onset obesity with normal food intake, suggesting that the hormone might exert a series of beneficial metabolic effects. This was recently confirmed by data showing that central oxytocin infusion causes weight loss in diet-induced obese mice. The aim of the present study was to unravel the mechanisms underlying such benefic...