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  1. Status of the steam generator tube circumferential ODSCC degradation experienced at the Doel 4 plant

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    Roussel, G. [AIB-Vincotte Nuclear, Brussels (Belgium)

    1997-02-01

    Since the 1991 outage, the Doel Unit 4 nuclear power plant is known to be affected by circumferential outside diameter intergranular stress corrosion cracking at the hot leg tube expansion transition. Extensive non destructive examination inspections have shown the number of tubes affected by this problem as well as the size of the cracks to have been increasing for the three cycles up to 1993. As a result of the high percentage of tubes found non acceptable for continued service after the 1993 in-service inspection, about 1,700 mechanical sleeves were installed in the steam generators. During the 1994 outage, all the tubes sleeved during the 1993 outage were considered as potentially cracked to some extent at the upper hydraulic transition and were therefore not acceptable for continued service. They were subsequently repaired by laser welding. Furthermore all the tubes not sleeved during the 1993 outage were considered as not acceptable for continued service and were repaired by installing laser welded sleeves. During the 1995 outage, some unexpected degradation phenomena were evidenced in the sleeved tubes. This paper summarizes the status of the circumferential ODSCC experienced in the SG tubes of the Doel 4 plant as well as the other connected degradation phenomena.

  2. A Review on the ODSCC of Steam Generator Tubes in Korean NPPs

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    The ODSCC detected in the TSP position of Ulchin 3 and 4 SGs are typical ODSCC of Alloy 600MA tubes. The causative chemical environment is formed by concentration of impurities inside the occluded region formed by the tube surface, egg crate strips, and sludge deposit there. Most cracks are detected at or near the line contacts between the tube surface and the egg crate strips. The region of dense crack population, as defined as between 4th and 9th TSPs, and near the center of hot leg hemisphere plane, coincided well with the region of preferential sludge deposition as defined by thermal hydraulics calculation using SGAP computer code. The cracks developed homogeneously in a wide range of SGs, so that the number of cracks detected each outage increased very rapidly since the first detection in the 8th refueling outage. The root cause assessment focused on investigation of the difference in microstructure and manufacturing residual stress in order to reveal the cause of different susceptibilities to ODSCC among identical six units. The manufacturing residual stress as measured by XRD on OD surface and by split tube method indicated that the high residual stress of Alloy 600MA tube played a critical role in developing ODSCC. The level of residual stress showed substantial variations among the six units depending on details of straightening and OD grinding processes. Youngwang 3 and 4 tubes are less susceptible to ODSCC than U3 and U4 tubes because semi-continuous coarse chromium carbides are formed along the grain boundary of Y3 and 4 tubes, while there are finer less continuous chromium carbides in U3 and U4. The different carbide morphology is caused by the difference in cooling rate after mill anneal. There is a possibility that high chromium content in the Y3 and 4 tubes, still within the allowable range of Alloy 600, has made some contribution to the improved resistance to ODSCC. It is anticipated that ODSCC in Y5 and 6 SGs will be retarded more considerably

  3. Automated analysis technique developed for detection of ODSCC on the tubes of OPR1000 steam generator

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    A steam generator (SG) tube is an important component of a nuclear power plant (NPP). It works as a pressure boundary between the primary and secondary systems. The integrity of a SG tube can be assessed by an eddy current test every outage. The eddy current technique(adopting a bobbin probe) is currently the main technique used to assess the integrity of the tubing of a steam generator. An eddy current signal analyst for steam generator tubes continuously analyzes data over a given period of time. However, there are possibilities that the analyst conducting the test may get tired and cause mistakes, such as: missing indications or not being able to separate a true defect signal from one that is more complicated. This error could lead to confusion and an improper interpretation of the signal analysis. In order to avoid these possibilities, many countries of opted for automated analyses. Axial ODSCC (outside diameter stress corrosion cracking) defects on the tubes of OPR1000 steam generators have been found on the tube that are in contract with tube support plates. In this study, automated analysis software called CDS (computer data screening) made by Zetec was used. This paper will discuss the results of introducing an automated analysis system for an axial ODSCC on the tubes of an OPR1000 steam generator.

  4. Assessment of the leak tightness integrity of the steam generator tubes affected by ODSCC at the tube support plates

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    Cuvelliez, Ch.; Roussel, G. [AIB-Vincotte Nuclear, Brussels (Belgium)

    1997-02-01

    An EPRI report gives a method for predicting a conservative value of the total primary-to-secondary leak rate which may occur during, a postulated steam generator depressurization accident such as a Main Steam Line Break (MSLB) in a steam generator with axial through-wall ODSCC at the TSP intersections. The Belgian utility defined an alternative method deviating somewhat from the EPRI method. When reviewing this proposed method, the Belgian safety authorities performed some calculations to investigate its conservatism. This led them to recommend some modifications to the EPRI method which should reduce its undue conservatism while maintaining the objective of conservatism in the offsite dose calculations.

  5. Structural and leakage integrity of tubes affected by circumferential cracking

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    Hernalsteen, P. [TRACTEBEL, Brussels (Belgium)

    1997-02-01

    In this paper the author deals with the notion that circumferential cracks are generally considered unacceptable. He argues for the need to differentiate two facets of such cracks: the issue of the size and growth rate of a crack; and the issue of the structural strength and leakage potential of the tube in the presence of the crack. In this paper the author tries to show that the second point is not a major concern for such cracks. The paper presents data on the structural strength or burst pressure characteristics of steam generator tubes derived from models and data bases of experimental work. He also presents a leak rate model, and compares the performance of circumferential and axial cracks as far as burst strength and leak rate. The final conclusion is that subject to improvement in NDE capabilities (sizing, detection, growth), that Steam Generator Defect Specific Management can be used to allow circumferentially degraded tubes to remain in service.

  6. 49 CFR 178.345-7 - Circumferential reinforcements.

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    2010-10-01

    ... circumferential reinforcement member, whether internal or external, reinforcement must be continuous around the... tank heads. (1) Circumferential reinforcement must be located so that the thickness and tensile strength of the shell material in combination with the frame and reinforcement produces...

  7. Circumferential cracking of steam generator tubes

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    Karwoski, K.J.

    1997-04-01

    On April 28, 1995, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Generic Letter (GL) 95-03, {open_quote}Circumferential Cracking of Steam Generator Tubes.{close_quote} GL 95-03 was issued to obtain information needed to verify licensee compliance with existing regulatory requirements regarding the integrity of steam generator tubes in domestic pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). This report briefly describes the design and function of domestic steam generators and summarizes the staff`s assessment of the responses to GL 95-03. The report concludes with several observations related to steam generator operating experience. This report is intended to be representative of significant operating experience pertaining to circumferential cracking of steam generator tubes from April 1995 through December 1996. Operating experience prior to April 1995 is discussed throughout the report, as necessary, for completeness.

  8. Circumferential TIG welding of zircaloy flow tubes

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    Reactivity control mechanism consists of 10 mtr. long zircaloy flow tubes (inner and outer) with components welded to hold the absorber elements. These components were welded by the plug welding process and supplied to Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) and Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS). In view of the in-service problem faced in Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS), the spot welds were modified to circumferential TIG welding with additional reinforcement. Development work was taken up for additional reinforcement with screws and circumferential TIG welding of these assemblies. The additional reinforcement with screws and spot welds were critically examined and the job was taken up and successfully completed at Narora site for Narora Atomic Power Projects (NAPP-II). Several trials were conducted for circumferential TIG welding of zircaloy. Since zircaloy is highly reactive in nature, good shielding with inert gas should be ensured to avoid weld contamination due to oxygen and nitrogen. The strength, microstructural and radiographical requirements were examined with different parameters of welding such as weld current, feed, inert gas flow and weld configuration. The strength and other requirements were achieved meeting stringent specifications and assemblies for KAPP-I were successfully completed and despatched. (author). 7 figs

  9. French steam generator tubes: an overview of degradations

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    Buisine, D.; Bouvier, O. de; Rupa, N.; Thebault, Y.; Barbe, V. [EDF-CEIDRE Nuclear Engineering Division (France); Pitner, P. [EDF-UNIE Generation Nuclear Operation Division (France)

    2011-07-01

    The various damages (corrosion, fatigue cracks, wear, ...) observed on steam generator (SG) tubes are presented here as well as the techniques used to characterize these damages. The SG are equipped with tubes of 3 materials: 600 MA, 600 TT and 690 TT. Concerning PWSCC of 600 MA and 600 TT tubes, beyond the damages usually observed (corrosion in expansion transition zone and in 600 MA tubes small radius U-bend zone), a new event is to be noted: the phenomenon of denting (presumably induced by the deposit of sludge on the tubesheet) has induced circumferential cracking of the tube expansion transition zone. Concerning ODSCC of 600 MA tubes, beyond the classically observed damages (IGA and IGSCC in expansion transition zone and in TSP crevice), a new event is to be noted: the occurrence of circumferential cracks in tube- TSP crevice. Concerning fatigue cracking, two events have to be noted at upper TSP level in Cruas 1 and Cruas 4 units and in Fessenheim 2 unit. The first (Cruas) was due to the blockage in the broached hole tube support plate which can create critical velocity ratios for some tubes and the second (Fessenheim) to high-cycle fatigue. Concerning wear damage, beyond what is usually observed in the U-bend zone facing the anti-vibration bars (AVB), a new event is to be noted: a wear at TSP level is observed on SG equipped with an economizer, the wear indications being located at TSP 7 and 8 level, on outer tubes close to the central lane. The number of tubes plugged for ODSCC has declined due to the progressive replacement of SG with Alloy 600 MA tubing. Starting in 2004, the increasing plugging of 690 tubing is mainly due to AVB wear. Since 2006, extensive preventive plugging campaigns for tubes at risk of high-cycle fatigue at the upper support plate are performed. Risk of high-cycle fatigue has consequently become the dominant mechanism inducing plugging. PWSCC is the second dominant mechanism which affects 600 MA and 600 TT tube bundles: extensive

  10. Effect of circumferential wave number on stability of suspension flow

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    Wang Feng-Hui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The linear stability analysis is carried out for the suspension flow of spherical particles between a rotating inner cylinder and a stationary concentric outer cylinder. The mass conservation equation and Navier-Stokes equation are applied to the continuous fluid phase and the particle phase. Results of stability analysis show that the increase of wave number in the circumferential direction attenuates the effect of the axial wave number on the amplification factor. The ratio of particle density to fluid density increasing above 0.1 amplifies the flow instability, while it can be weakened with higher circumferential direction wave number. Effect of the critical Taylor number on the amplification factor is reduced by increasing the circumferential direction wave number. The flow stability is affected by the geometry of flow field (the radius ratio at non-zero circumferential direction wave numbers.

  11. GUIDED CIRCUMFERENTIAL WAVES IN DOUBLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES

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    2007-01-01

    A model of guided circumferential waves propagating in double-walled carbon nanotubes is built by the theory of wave propagation in continuum mechanics, while the van der Waals force between the inner and outer nanotube has been taken into account in the model. The dispersion curves of the guided circumferential wave propagation are studied, and some dispersion characteristics are illustrated by comparing with those of single-walled carbon nanotubes. It is found that in double-walled carbon nanotubes, the guided circumferential waves will propagate in more dispersive ways. More interactions between neighboring wave modes may take place. In particular, it has been found that a couple of wave modes may disappear at a certain frequency and that, while a couple of wave modes disappear, another new couple of wave modes are excited at the same wave number.

  12. Circumferential gap propagation in an anisotropic elastic bacterial sacculus

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    Taneja, Swadhin; Rutenberg, Andrew D

    2013-01-01

    We have modelled stress concentration around small gaps in anisotropic elastic sheets, corresponding to the peptidoglycan sacculus of bacterial cells, under loading corresponding to the effects of turgor pressure in rod-shaped bacteria. We find that under normal conditions the stress concentration is insufficient to mechanically rupture bacteria, even for gaps up to a micron in length. We then explored the effects of stress-dependent smart-autolysins, as hypothesised by Arthur L Koch [Advances in Microbial Physiology 24, 301 (1983); Research in Microbiology 141, 529 (1990)]. We show that the measured anisotropic elasticity of the PG sacculus can lead to stable circumferential propagation of small gaps in the sacculus. This is consistent with the recent observation of circumferential propagation of PG-associated MreB patches in rod-shaped bacteria. We also find a bistable regime of both circumferential and axial gap propagation, which agrees with behavior reported in cytoskeletal mutants of B. subtilis. We con...

  13. Circumferential fusion improves outcome in comparison with instrumented posterolateral fusion

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    Videbaek, Tina S; Christensen, Finn B; Soegaard, Rikke;

    2006-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical study with a 5- to 9-year follow-up period. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to analyze the long-term outcome with respect to functional disability, pain, and general health of patients treated by means of circumferential lumbar fusion...... in comparison with those treated by means of instrumented posterolateral lumbar fusion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Circumferential fusion has become a common procedure in lumbar spinal fusion both as a primary and salvage procedure. However, the claimed advantages of circumferential fusion over conventional...... posterolateral fusion lack scientific documentation. (The primary report with a 2-year follow-up has been published in Spine in 2002.) METHODS: From April 1996 to November 1999, a total of 148 patients (mean age, 45 years) with severe chronic low back pain were randomly selected for either posterolateral lumbar...

  14. Recent evaluations of crack-opening-area in circumferentially cracked pipes

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    Rahman, S.; Brust, F.; Ghadiali, N.; Wilkowski, G.; Miura, N.

    1997-04-01

    Leak-before-break (LBB) analyses for circumferentially cracked pipes are currently being conducted in the nuclear industry to justify elimination of pipe whip restraints and jet shields which are present because of the expected dynamic effects from pipe rupture. The application of the LBB methodology frequently requires calculation of leak rates. The leak rates depend on the crack-opening area of the through-wall crack in the pipe. In addition to LBB analyses which assume a hypothetical flaw size, there is also interest in the integrity of actual leaking cracks corresponding to current leakage detection requirements in NRC Regulatory Guide 1.45, or for assessing temporary repair of Class 2 and 3 pipes that have leaks as are being evaluated in ASME Section XI. The objectives of this study were to review, evaluate, and refine current predictive models for performing crack-opening-area analyses of circumferentially cracked pipes. The results from twenty-five full-scale pipe fracture experiments, conducted in the Degraded Piping Program, the International Piping Integrity Research Group Program, and the Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds Program, were used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess quantitatively the accuracy of the predictive models. The evaluation also involved finite element analyses for determining the crack-opening profile often needed to perform leak-rate calculations.

  15. Circumferential wires as a supplement to intramedullary nailing in unstable trochanteric hip fractures

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    Ban, Ilija; Birkelund, Lasse; Palm, Henrik;

    2012-01-01

    Fixation of unstable trochanteric fractures is challenging. Application of a circumferential wire may facilitate bone contact and avoid postoperative fracture displacement. However, the use of circumferential wires remains controversial due to possible disturbance of the blood supply to the under...

  16. Circumferential buckling instability of a growing cylindrical tube

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    Moulton, D.E.

    2011-03-01

    A cylindrical elastic tube under uniform radial external pressure will buckle circumferentially to a non-circular cross-section at a critical pressure. The buckling represents an instability of the inner or outer edge of the tube. This is a common phenomenon in biological tissues, where it is referred to as mucosal folding. Here, we investigate this buckling instability in a growing elastic tube. A change in thickness due to growth can have a dramatic impact on circumferential buckling, both in the critical pressure and the buckling pattern. We consider both single- and bi-layer tubes and multiple boundary conditions. We highlight the competition between geometric effects, i.e. the change in tube dimensions, and mechanical effects, i.e. the effect of residual stress, due to differential growth. This competition can lead to non-intuitive results, such as a tube growing to be thinner and yet buckle at a higher pressure. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Fracture toughness evaluation of circumferentially-cracked round bars

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    The measure of the fracture toughness of a circumferentially-cracked round bar is generally performed through approximate formulae. Comparison of existing formulae to finite element results does not always show good agreement. Therefore an eta factor is introduced in order to improve the existing analytical formula. The axisymmetrical geometry is generally considered to be a high constrained geometry. Finite element calculations are performed to verify and quantify the constraint relative to the three point bending configuration (precracked Charpy)

  18. Ground and microgravity results of a circumferentially microgrooved capillary evaporator

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    A circumferentially microgrooved capillary evaporator is here proposed as a reliable alternative for ground and spacecraft thermal control system applications. In this paper, experimental results concerning the start-up and thermal behavior of a capillary evaporator at steady state operation are presented. A capillary pumped loop was developed and tested at ground and microgravity conditions, using deionized water as the working fluid. The capillary evaporator has internally machined circumferential grooves with an average opening of 33 μm opening at 215 μm step into a 19.05 mm (3/4 in) diameter aluminum tube. The corresponding capillary pumping pressure is about 1.5 kPa. In both tests, power inputs up to 10 W (4.55 kW/m2) were successfully applied to the external surface of the evaporator, showing good performance under ground and microgravity conditions. The capillary evaporator as proposed proved to be a reliable alternative for industrial and space applications. - Highlights: • Circumferentially grooved capillary evaporators as alternative for thermal control. • Successful start-up operation at ground and microgravity conditions. • Successful steady state operation at ground and microgravity conditions. • Easy repriming in case of dry-out

  19. Circumferential Calcification of Silicone Implant Misunderstood as a Bony Substitute.

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    Lee, Sae Bin; Min, Hyun Jin

    2016-01-01

    Silicone implant is known to be safe and easy to handle, and frequently used in Asian rhinoplasty. Compared with breast implant, complication studies about silicone calcification used in rhinoplasty are very limited. Recently, the authors experienced an interesting patient who underwent revision rhinoplasty in our institution. Based on preoperative images, previously inserted dorsal augmentation material was identified. It was circumferentially enclosed with bony material and hypertrophied bony lesion induced hump on the mid portion of nasal dorsum. During operation, the authors found it was the calcified capsule of silicone implant, and the calcification was surrounding the whole implant material. PMID:26703034

  20. Circumferential skin defect - Ilizarov technique in plastic surgery

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    Madhuri Vrisha

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A young man had an open fracture of the tibia with bone and soft tissue loss in the distal part of the left leg following a crush injury. The circumferential skin defect was successfully treated with controlled lengthening of the distal skin by the Ilizarov technique using nylon wires and skin staples to apply traction. This was combined with limb reconstruction done simultaneously using orthofix external fixator. This case report highlights the use of an orthopaedic technique to provide skin cover in distal leg.

  1. Lessons Learned After 15 Years of Circumferential Bodylift Surgery.

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    Small, Kevin H; Constantine, Ryan; Eaves, Felmont F; Kenkel, Jeffrey M

    2016-06-01

    Circumferential bodylift is a powerful procedure for achieving dramatic and natural body contouring changes in the massive weight loss patient. The care of these patients has raised our awareness of several important issues including safety, nutritional status, skin quality, recurrent laxity, surgical steps, and postoperative scars. Integration of this knowledge with various technical modifications over the last 15 years has improved our care for this cohort. We have not only seen a rise in the number of surgeries performed, but also the development of principles, techniques, and details that the authors feel necessary to share to achieve improved contour and more predictable outcomes. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE 4: Therapeutic. PMID:26821642

  2. DETERMINATION OF EFFICIENCY OF THE CIRCUMFERENTIAL DRAINAGE SYSTEM

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    Maciej Kroll

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the potential alternatives to improve the stability coefficient for an embankment structure is to flatten the filtration curve. As a result, we obtain lower body forces triggering the potential landslide and more advantageous soil strength parameters, which counteract landslide movements. In the case of waste dumps lowering the phreatic surface of waters is achieved thanks to the construction of auxiliary drainage systems, meeting the guidelines for their safe operation. The aim of this paper is to indicate a method facilitating the determination of the actual position of the phreatic surface within the deposited sediments and the assessment of efficiency of the circumferential drainage system in the waste dump. It was decided in this study to apply cone penetration test CPTU. The CPTU made it possible to measure dissipation of excess water pressure in pores identifying drainage conditions, which were compared with the results of piezometric measurements. The results of these tests made it possible to monitor changes in the position of the depression curve of supernatant waters in dams and to determine the efficiency of the circumferential drainage system.

  3. New Syndrome of Congenital Circumferential Skin Folds Associated with Multiple Congenital Anomalies

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    Basel-Vanagaite, Lina; Sprecher, Eli; Gat, Andrea; Merlob, Paul; Albin-Kaplanski, Adi; Konen, Osnat; Solomon, Benjamin D.; Muenke, Maximilian; Grzeschik, Karl H; Sirota, Lea

    2011-01-01

    Congenital circumferential skin folds can be found in individuals with no additional defects, as well as in patients with multiple congenital anomalies and developmental abnormalities. Current data point to etiological heterogeneity of syndromic cases. We describe a 7-month-old girl with a novel combination of symmetrical congenital circumferential skin folds, dysmorphic features, and multiple congenital abnormalities. Examination of the patient revealed symmetrical congenital circumferential...

  4. Stress corrosion cracking of a Kori 1 retired steam generator tube

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    The present work addressed the evolution trends of the Kori 1 retired steam generators tube degradation such as pitting, primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC), and outer diameter stress corrosion cracking (ODSCC) using the Weibull distribution based on the repair of the tubing and introduced a failure analysis of the pulled out tubes from the Kori 1. A material and condenser replacement in the secondary side and a chemical cleaning of the steam generator changed the Weibull distribution for the pitting. An ingress of sea water through the condenser into the steam generator and an accumulation of chloride in the steam generator induced the pitting. A mechanism of a copper band formation within the corrosion product in a pit is proposed. Pitting seemed to have occurred in an acidic and oxidizing environment between 1978 and early 1990. The Weibull characteristic time and slope for a PWSCC is 25 year and 4.5, respectively. Axial PWSCC was only observed in the R16C35 tube and circumferential PWSCC was only observed in the R11C45 tube at the roll expansion transition. Some tubes that experienced extensive ODSCC rather than PWSCC in the roll transition seemed to be due to the impurities concentrated in the crevice which induce ODSCC, even though the stress in the roll transition of the primary side was higher than that in the secondary side. ODSCC seemed to have occurred in a caustic and slightly oxidizing environment from early 1990 to 1998. (authors)

  5. Characterization of mechanical and geometrical properties of a tube with axial and circumferential guided waves.

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    Yeh, Cheng-Hung; Yang, Che-Hua

    2011-05-01

    Guided waves propagating in cylindrical tubes are frequently applied for the characterization of material or geometrical properties of tubes. In a tube, guided waves can propagate in the axial direction and called axial guided waves, or in the circumferential direction called circumferential guided waves. Dispersion spectra for the axial and circumferential guided waves share some common behaviors and however exhibit some particular behaviors of their own. This study provides an investigation with theoretical modeling, experimental measurements, and a simplex-based inversion procedure to explore the similarity and difference between the axial guided waves and circumferential guided waves, aiming at providing useful information while axial and circumferential guided waves are applied in the area of material characterization. The sensitivity to the radius curvature for the circumferential guided waves dispersion spectra is a major point that makes circumferential guided waves different from axial guided waves. For the purpose of material characterization, both axial and circumferential guided waves are able to extract an elastic moduli and wall-thickness information from the dispersion spectra, however, radius information can only be extracted from the circumferential guided waves spectra. PMID:21211810

  6. Accurate wall thickness measurement using autointerference of circumferential Lamb wave

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    In this paper, a method of accurately measuring the pipe wall thickness by using noncontact air-coupled ultrasonic transducer (NAUT) was presented. In this method, accurate measurement of angular wave number (AWN) is a key technique because the AWN is changes minutely with the wall thickness. An autointerference of the circumferential (C-) Lamb wave was used for accurate measurements of the AWN. Principle of the method was first explained. Modified method for measuring the wall thickness near a butt weld line was also proposed and its accuracy was evaluated within 6 μm error. It was also shown in the paper that wall thickness measurement was accurately carried out beyond the difference among the sensors by calibrating the frequency response of the sensors. (author)

  7. Transverse shear effect in a circumferentially cracked cylindrical shell

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    Delale, F.; Erdogan, F.

    1979-01-01

    The objectives of the paper are to solve the problem of a circumferentially-cracked cylindrical shell by taking into account the effect of transverse shear, and to obtain the stress intensity factors for the bending moment as well as the membrane force as the external load. The formulation of the problem is given for a specially orthotropic material within the framework of a linearized shallow shell theory. The particular theory used permits the consideration of all five boundary conditions as to moment and stress resultants on the crack surface. The effect of Poisson's ratio on the stress intensity factors and the nature of the out-of-plane displacement along the edges of the crack, i.e., bulging, are also studied.

  8. Transient thermal stress problem for a circumferentially cracked hollow cylinder

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    Nied, H. F.; Erdogan, F.

    1982-01-01

    The transient thermal stress problem for a hollow elasticity cylinder containing an internal circumferential edge crack is considered. It is assumed that the problem is axisymmetric with regard to the crack geometry and the loading, and that the inertia effects are negligible. The problem is solved for a cylinder which is suddenly cooled from inside. First the transient temperature and stress distributions in an uncracked cylinder are calculated. By using the equal and opposite of this thermal stress as the crack surface traction in the isothermal cylinder the crack problem is then solved and the stress intensity factor is calculated. The numerical results are obtained as a function of the Fourier number tD/b(2) representing the time for various inner-to-outer radius ratios and relative crack depths, where D and b are respectively the coefficient of diffusivity and the outer radius of the cylinder.

  9. Analysis of circumferential waves on a water-filled cylindrical shell

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    FAN Wei; ZHENG Guoyin; FAN Jun

    2012-01-01

    The formation of scattering field from a water-filled cylindrical shell was studied. The analytic solutions of scattering field are derived using elastic thin shell theory and Sommerfeld-Watson Transformation (SWT) method. Complex wave-number poles of circumferential waves are found numerically, the phase speed and attenuation of circumferential waves between the situation of a hollow cylindrical shell and a water-filled cylindrical shell are compared. The synthesis of backscattering form functions which are sum of specular reflection component and circumferential waves is consistent with normal mode result. The calculated echo sequences of additional fluid circumferential waves are compared with experimental results. The results show that richer resonance peaks appeared in the backscattering form functions of a water-filled cylindrical shell and the formation of echo's structure are due to re-radiation effects of additional fluid circumferential waves.

  10. Transpedicular fixation and fusion-arthrodesis circumferential for the treatment of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis of high degree - Multi centric experience

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    The objective is to present the high-grade lumbosacral spondylolisthesis surgical experience. Spondylolisthesis causes chronic disabling pain, postural alteration and/or motor and sensory deficits in the lower extremities. Surgical stabilization is recommended in symptomatic adult and even in children or adolescents without symptoms because of the deformity progression potential. Stabilization can be done with or without reduction of the slippage; reduction implies neurological damage risk, bone (loosening) or implant (rupture) failure. Many authors recommended to do an in situ circumferential fusion arthrosis (inter body and inter transverse) associated with a transpedicular fixation in order to minimize the described risk. Eight patients were operated from 1993 to 2002. spondylolisthesis was analyzed according to clinical presentation, neurological dysfunction, postural alterations (slip angle, sacral inclination) complications and follow up. During follow up solid fusion was obtained with a better neurological function in all cases. One patient presented with a drop foot that reverted posteriorly; other patient had a superficial infection of the wound that was controlled. Slip angle improved between 8 - 42 and sacral inclination to 20 degrades. Present technique is recommended because it can be done a circumferential in situ arthrodesis in a single stage operation

  11. Determination of the collapse load of circumferentially cracked pipes

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    Pipes related to the Primary System of PWR reactors are manufactured from high toughness austenitic and ferritic steels, which are resistant to the unstable growth of defects. A flaw in a piping system has to cause a leakage in a considerable rate, before any growth of the flaw causes a catastrophic rupture of the piping. This is the concept of LBB (Leak-Before-Break). If a conservative analysis can demonstrate that this leakage can be detected and repaired before a sudden rupture of the pipe occurs, the regulatory commission can exclude from the design basis, the postulation of a DEGB (Double-Ended Guillotine Break) hypothetic and the considerations to its associated dynamic effects. As a consequence, the protections against dynamic effects can be desconsidered, bringing an immediate economic benefice. In terms of security, the removal of the protections, give also more benefits considering the existence of more space available at the installation for inspection activities. A fundamental stage in the LBB methodology consists in the analysis of the stability of a postulated throughwall flaw in a specific piping system. In this work, the methods DPFAD (Deformation Plasticity Failure Assessment Diagram), J-T Analysis and DFM (Ductile Fracture Method) are described and applied on the determination of the instability load in some piping configurations submitted to bending containing circumferential throughwall flaws, and where geometry and material variations are considered. The instability loads obtained by these methods are compared among them and compared with some experimental results. (author)

  12. Fracture behavior of short circumferentially surface-cracked pipe

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    Krishnaswamy, P.; Scott, P.; Mohan, R. [Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States)] [and others

    1995-11-01

    This topical report summarizes the work performed for the Nuclear Regulatory Comniission`s (NRC) research program entitled ``Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds`` that specifically focuses on pipes with short, circumferential surface cracks. The following details are provided in this report: (i) material property deteminations, (ii) pipe fracture experiments, (iii) development, modification and validation of fracture analysis methods, and (iv) impact of this work on the ASME Section XI Flaw Evaluation Procedures. The material properties developed and used in the analysis of the experiments are included in this report and have been implemented into the NRC`s PIFRAC database. Six full-scale pipe experiments were conducted during this program. The analyses methods reported here fall into three categories (i) limit-load approaches, (ii) design criteria, and (iii) elastic-plastic fracture methods. These methods were evaluated by comparing the analytical predictions with experimental data. The results, using 44 pipe experiments from this and other programs, showed that the SC.TNP1 and DPZP analyses were the most accurate in predicting maximum load. New Z-factors were developed using these methods. These are being considered for updating the ASME Section XI criteria.

  13. Fracture behavior of short circumferentially surface-cracked pipe

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    This topical report summarizes the work performed for the Nuclear Regulatory Comniission's (NRC) research program entitled ''Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds'' that specifically focuses on pipes with short, circumferential surface cracks. The following details are provided in this report: (i) material property deteminations, (ii) pipe fracture experiments, (iii) development, modification and validation of fracture analysis methods, and (iv) impact of this work on the ASME Section XI Flaw Evaluation Procedures. The material properties developed and used in the analysis of the experiments are included in this report and have been implemented into the NRC's PIFRAC database. Six full-scale pipe experiments were conducted during this program. The analyses methods reported here fall into three categories (i) limit-load approaches, (ii) design criteria, and (iii) elastic-plastic fracture methods. These methods were evaluated by comparing the analytical predictions with experimental data. The results, using 44 pipe experiments from this and other programs, showed that the SC.TNP1 and DPZP analyses were the most accurate in predicting maximum load. New Z-factors were developed using these methods. These are being considered for updating the ASME Section XI criteria

  14. Fracture Toughness Derived from Small Circumferentially Cracked Bars

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    Small circumferentially Cracked Round Bars (CRB) are used to derive the fracture toughness of reactor pressure vessel steels. This cylindrical geometry is of practical interest for the nuclear industry as it requires only a small amount of irradiated material and as it is easy to test on a tensile machine. This paper describes an experimental procedure to obtain fracture toughness measurements from CRB with a diameter of 10 mm. Emphasis is on crack growth monitoring during rotating bending fatigue precracking, on the formulae used to analyse the load displacement trace of a fracture toughness test and on the correction to be applied to take the loss of constraint into account. Experiments show that the method has the potential to derive fracture toughness values from the lower shelf to the lower transition region. Finite element analysis shows that the constraint of this geometry is generally lower than for bend specimens but is higher at higher load levels, allowing comparison with toughness data valid according to prevailing standards

  15. Exoscope Update: Automated Laser Welding Of Circumferential Tissue Anastomoses

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    Sauer, Jude S.; McGuire, Kevin P.; Hinshaw, J. Raymond

    1989-09-01

    The speed, accuracy and efficiency of using laser energy to fuse together or weld living tissue makes laser tissue welding one of the most exciting areas of medical research today. Numerous investigators using animal models and several surgeons conducting clinical studies have demonstrated many promising potential applications of laser tissue welding. Accurate tissue positioning and well controlled delivery of laser energy during laser welding are essential for consistently successful laser tissue repairs. Many surgical procedures involve the creation of functional anastomoses, which are patent connections between hollow, tubular tissue structures, like bowel, blood vessels or fallopian tubes. We are developing the Exoscope SystemTM to automate and simplify the production of laser welded end-to-end and end-to-side anastomoses. Any laser light that can be passed through an optical fiber can be used in this system. The Exoscope SystemTM employs a fiber optic Exoscope Device,TM which provides for the precise placement of laser energy onto the abutted tissue seam, and a biocompatible, dissolvable intraluminal PolySurgeTM stent, which holds the tissue in circumferential apposition during lasing. The feasibility of employing the Exoscope SystemTM technique for the construction of rabbit small bowel anastomoses was successfully demonstrated in a Phase I study comparing 30 Exoscope SystemTM laser welded anastomoses to 30 conventional sutured anastomoses.

  16. Effect of surface contamination on osseointegration of dental implants surrounded by circumferential bone defects.

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    Mohamed, Seif

    2010-05-01

    This study was designed to evaluate the effect of surface contamination on osseointegration of dental implants surrounded by a circumferential bone defect and to compare osseointegration around Osseotite with that around Nanotite implants.

  17. Circumferential Propagation of Tip Leakage Flow Unsteadiness for a Low-Speed Axial Compressor

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    Shaojuan Geng; Feng Lin; Jingyi Chen; Hongwu Zhang; Lei He

    2009-01-01

    ase shift propagating at about half of rotor rotation speed. Features of the short and long length-scale circum-ferential waves are similar to those of rotating instability and modal wave, respectively.

  18. New syndrome of congenital circumferential skin folds associated with multiple congenital anomalies.

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    Basel-Vanagaite, Lina; Sprecher, Eli; Gat, Andrea; Merlob, Paul; Albin-Kaplanski, Adi; Konen, Osnat; Solomon, Benjamin D; Muenke, Maximilian; Grzeschik, Karl-H; Sirota, Lea

    2012-01-01

    Congenital circumferential skin folds can be found in individuals with no additional defects, as well as in patients with multiple congenital anomalies and developmental abnormalities. Current data point to etiological heterogeneity of syndromic cases. We describe a 7-month-old girl with a novel combination of symmetrical congenital circumferential skin folds, dysmorphic features, and multiple congenital abnormalities. Examination of the patient revealed symmetrical congenital circumferential skin folds and dysmorphic features, as well as multiple congenital anomalies including nasal pyriform aperture stenosis, ventricular septal defect, absent spleen, camptodactyly, and severe psychomotor retardation. Skin biopsy demonstrated subcutaneous fat extending into the superficial and deep reticular dermis. Sequencing of the CDON, SHH, ZIC2, SIX3, and TGIF genes (associated with holoprosencephaly) did not disclose pathogenic alterations. Extensive review of previously described cases of syndromic congenital circumferential skin folds did not reveal a similar combination of clinical and histopathological findings. PMID:21995818

  19. ISSLS prize winner: cost-effectiveness of two forms of circumferential lumbar fusion

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    Freeman, Brian J C; Steele, Nicholas A; Sach, Tracey H;

    2007-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: Economic evaluation alongside a prospective, randomized controlled trial from a secondary care National Health Service (NHS) perspective. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of titanium cages (TC) compared with femoral ring allografts (FRA) in circumferential lumbar spina...

  20. Variation in circumferential resection margin: Reporting and involvement in the South-Netherlands

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    Homan, J.; Bokkerink, G.M.J.; Aarts, M.J.; Lemmens, V.E.; Lijnschoten, G. van; Rutten, H.J.; Wijsman, J.H.; Nagtegaal, I.D.; Wilt, J.H.W. de

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of total mesorectal surgery the outcome of rectal cancer patients has improved significantly. Involvement of the circumferential resection margin (CRM) is an important predictor of increased local recurrence, distant metastases and decreased overall survival. Abdom

  1. Reduced Circumferential Resection Margin Involvement in Rectal Cancer Surgery: Results of the Dutch Surgical Colorectal Audit

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    Gietelink, L.; Wouters, M.W.; Tanis, P.J.; Deken, M.M.; Berge, M.G. Ten; Tollenaar, R.A.; Krieken, J.H.J.M. van; Noo, M.E. de

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The circumferential resection margin (CRM) is a significant prognostic factor for local recurrence, distant metastasis, and survival after rectal cancer surgery. Therefore, availability of this parameter is essential. Although the Dutch total mesorectal excision trial raised awareness ab

  2. Effect of strength matching on the reliability of welded pipe with circumferential surface crack

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    何柏林; 于影霞; 霍立兴; 张玉凤

    2004-01-01

    For different strength matching, the reliability index and failure probability of welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack were calculated using three dimensional stochastic finite element method. This method has overcome the shortcomings of conservative results in safety assessment with deterministic fracture mechanics method. The effects of external moment and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a) on the reliability of pressure pipe were also calculated and discussed. The calculation results indicate that the strength matching has certain effect on the reliability of the welded pressure pipe with circumferential surface crack. The failure probability of welded pressure pipe with high strength matching is lower than that with low strength matching at the same conditions. The effects of strength matching on the failure probability and reliability index increased by adding external moment (M) and the depth of the circumferential surface crack (a).

  3. Soft Sensor for Oxide Scales on the Steam Side of Superheater Tubes under Uneven Circumferential Load

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    Qing Wei Li; Gui Huan Yao

    2015-01-01

    A soft sensor for oxide scales on the steam side of superheater tubes of utility boiler under uneven circumferential loading is proposed for the first time. First finite volume method is employed to simulate oxide scales growth temperature on the steam side of superheater tube. Then appropriate time and spatial intervals are selected to calculate oxide scales thickness along the circumferential direction. On the basis of the oxide scale thickness, the stress of oxide scales is calculated by t...

  4. Steady and Unsteady Flow Effects of Circumferential Grooves Casing Treatment in a Transonic Compressor Rotor

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    Hah, Chunill

    2011-01-01

    The current paper reports on an investigation of steady and unsteady flow effects of circumferential grooves casing treatment in a transonic compressor rotor. Circumferential grooves casing treatment is used mainly to increase stall margin in axial compressors with a relatively small decrease in aerodynamic efficiency. It is widely believed that flow mechanisms of circumferential grooves casing treatment near stall conditions are not yet well understood even though this treatment has been used widely in real engines. Numerical analysis based on steady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) has been the primary tool used to understand flow mechanism for circumferential grooves casing treatment. Although steady RANS explains some flow effects of circumferential grooves casing treatment, it does not calculate all the measured changes in the compressor characteristics. Therefore, design optimization of circumferential grooves with steady RANS has not been very successful. As a compressor operates toward the stall condition, the flow field becomes transient. Major sources of self-generated flow unsteadiness are shock oscillation and interaction between the passage shock and the tip leakage vortex. In the present paper, an unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) approach is applied to study the effects of circumferential grooves in a transonic compressor. The results from URANS are compared with the results from RANS and measured data. The current investigation shows that there are significant unsteady flow effects on the performance of the circumferential grooves casing treatment. For the currently investigated rotor, the unsteady effects are of the same magnitude as the steady effects in terms of extending the compressor stall margin.

  5. Risk factors of circumferential resection margin involvement in the patients with extraperitoneal rectal cancer

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    Oh, Sung Jin; Shin, Jin Yong

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Currently, circumferential resection margins (CRM) are used as a clinical endpoint in studies on the prognosis of rectal cancer. Although the concept of a circumferential resection margin in extraperitoneal rectal cancer differs from that in intraperitoneal rectal cancer due to differences in anatomical and biologic behaviors, previous reports have provided information on CRM involvement in all types of rectal cancer including intraperitoneal lesions. Therefore, the aim of this study ...

  6. Toward Optimum Configuration of Circumferential Groove Casing Treatment in Transonic Compressor Rotors

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    Hah, Chunill

    2011-01-01

    The current paper first reviews experimental and numerical investigations to understand flow physics and to develop optimum configurations of circumferential grooves in compressor rotors. Circumferential grooves are used mainly to increase stall margin in axial compressors with small decrease in aerodynamic efficiency. Although circumferential groove casing treatment has been used widely, flow mechanisms of the circumferential grooves at near stall conditions are not well understood yet. Detailed time-dependent flow measurement inside tip gap in a high speed compressor is still a big challenge even though significant advance has been made in non-intrusive flow measurement technique. Therefore numerical approaches have been used to study relevant flow physics. However, optimum design of circumferential grooves to a given compressor with the computational tools is not practical yet. In the present paper, various investigations to study flow physics of circumferential groove casing treatment in axial compressor are reviewed first. Possible missing flow physics are identified and future research efforts for the optimum design are discussed.

  7. Effect of aging on the predicted maximum moment-carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked cast stainless steel pipe

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    Cast stainless steel used in LWR primary system components such as valve bodies, pump castings, pipe fittings, and piping is susceptible to thermal embrittlement at reactor operating temperatures, 280-320 C (536-608 F). This process of thermal aging causes an increase in the hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the steel, and at the same time a decrease in toughness. Work at Argonne National Laboratories (ANL) has shown that such thermal embrittlement due to changes in the microstructure can occur during the reactor lifetime of 40 years. The effect of this thermal degradation on the load- carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked piping is the subject of this work. In this study, both lower-bound and typical values of the J-R curves and the tensile properties for CF8M and CF8A cast stainless steels, which have been artificially aged to simulate 4, 8, 16, 32, and 48 years of service at 300 C (572 F), were used to predict the maximum load-carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked pipes. The effect of aging, that is, reduced toughness and increased strength, for different pipe diameters, crack geometries [i.e., through-wall cracks (TWC) and surface cracks (SC)], and crack sizes has been investigated. Since complete stress-strain curve fits as a function of aging were not available at this time, only three analyses methods could be used. The three analyses methods used to estimate the maximum load-carrying capacity of cracked pipes were: (1) a J-estimation scheme for TWC pipes developed by Paris, (2) a Plastic-Zone-Screening Criteria (DPZP) developed at Battelle which is applicable to both TWC and SC pipe, and (3) the R6 Option 1 method developed by CEGB which is also applicable for both TWC and SC pipe

  8. Numerical investigation of a centrifugal compressor with circumferential grooves in vane diffuser

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    Chen, X. F.; Qin, G. L.; Ai, Z. J.

    2015-08-01

    Enhancing stall and surge margin has a great importance for the development of turbo compressors. The application of casing treatment is an effective measure to expand the stall margin and stable operation range. Numerical investigations were conducted to predict the performance of a low flow rate centrifugal compressor with circumferential groove casing treatment in vane diffuser. Numerical cases with different radial location, radial width and axial depth of a circumferential single groove and different numbers of circumferential grooves were carried out to compare the results. The CFD analyses results show that the centrifugal compressor with circumferential grooves in diffuser can extend stable range by about 9% while the efficiency over the whole operating range decreases by 0.2 to 1.7%. The evaluation based on stall margin improvement showed the optimal position for the groove to be located was indicated to exist near the leading edge of the diffuser, and a combination of position, width, depth and numbers of circumferential grooves that will maximize both surge margin range and efficiency.

  9. Accelerated circumferential strain quantification of the left ventricle using CIRCOME: simulation and factor analysis

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    Moghaddam, Abbas N.; Finn, J. Paul

    2008-03-01

    Circumferential strain of the left ventricle reflects myocardial contractility and is considered a key index of cardiac function. It is also an important parameter in the quantitative evaluation of heart failure. Circumferential compression encoding, CIRCOME, is a novel method in cardiac MRI to evaluate this strain non-invasively and quickly. This strain encoding technique avoids the explicit measurement of the displacement field and does not require calculation of strain through spatial differentiation. CIRCOME bypasses these two time-consuming and noise sensitive steps by directly using the frequency domain (k-space) information from radially tagged myocardium, before and after deformation. It uses the ring-shaped crown region of the k-space, generated by the taglines, to reconstruct circumferentially compression-weighted images of the heart before and after deformation. CIRCOME then calculates the circumferential strain through relative changes in the compression level of corresponding regions before and after deformation. This technique can be implemented in 3D as well as 2D and may be employed to estimate the overall global or regional circumferential strain. The main parameters that affect the accuracy of this method are spatial resolution, signal to noise ratio, eccentricity of the center of radial taglines their fading and their density. Also, a variety of possible image reconstruction and filtering options may influence the accuracy of the method. This study describes the pulse sequence, algorithm, influencing factors and limiting criteria for CIRCOME and provides the simulated results.

  10. Application of induced circumferential current for cracks inspection on pipe string

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    Yuan, Xin'an; Li, Wei; Yin, Xiaokang; Chen, Guoming; Ge, Jiuhao

    2016-02-01

    Pipe strings (such as drill pipe, tube, pipeline, riser) are critical facilities in oil & gas industry, which are highly susceptible to cracks caused by stress corrosion and fatigue damage. The most common defects are longitudinal and transverse surface cracks on pipe strings in oil & gas industry. Conventional nondestructive testing (NDT) methods are inadequate for these surface cracks on pipe strings. In this paper, a full 360° circumferential current induced by a coaxial excitation coil is present for inspection of longitudinal and transverse surface cracks on pipe strings. The finite element method (FEM) is employed to obtain characteristics signals by analyzing the distorted electromagnetic field above the cracks. The induced circumferential current test system is set up and crack inspection experiments are carried out. The results show that both longitudinal and transverse surface cracks can be detected effectively at one pass scanning on pipe string using the induced circumferential current.

  11. A study on nondestructive evaluation techniques for composite motors cases using circumferential waves

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    For structural integrity evaluation of composite rocket motor cases, acoustic emission (AE) during hydroproof test is currently used. For the suitable performance of this test, it is very important to determine the optimal component of elastic waves to be monitored. In this study, the optimal component of circumferential wave that propagate in the circumferential direction of the composite motor case has been determined experimentally. Then its potential to be served as a robust tool for nondestructive evaluation of composite motor cases was demonstrated by investigating the initial performances for flaw detection and AE source location.

  12. Aerodynamic Inner Workings of Circumferential Grooves in a Transonic Axial Compressor

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    Hah, Chunill; Mueller, Martin; Schiffer, Heinz-Peter

    2007-01-01

    The current paper reports on investigations of the fundamental flow mechanisms of circumferential grooves applied to a transonic axial compressor. Experimental results show that the compressor stall margin is significantly improved with the current set of circumferential grooves. The primary focus of the current investigation is to advance understanding of basic flow mechanics behind the observed improvement of stall margin. Experimental data and numerical simulations of a circumferential groove were analyzed in detail to unlock the inner workings of the circumferential grooves in the current transonic compressor rotor. A short length scale stall inception occurs when a large flow blockage is built on the pressure side of the blade near the leading edge and incoming flow spills over to the adjacent blade passage due to this blockage. The current study reveals that a large portion of this blockage is created by the tip clearance flow originating from 20% to 50% chord of the blade from the leading edge. Tip clearance flows originating from the leading edge up to 20% chord form a tip clearance core vortex and this tip clearance core vortex travels radially inward. The tip clearance flows originating from 20% to 50% chord travels over this tip clearance core vortex and reaches to the pressure side. This part of tip clearance flow is of low momentum as it is coming from the casing boundary layer and the blade suction surface boundary layer. The circumferential grooves disturb this part of the tip clearance flow close to the casing. Consequently the buildup of the induced vortex and the blockage near the pressure side of the passage is reduced. This is the main mechanism of the circumferential grooves that delays the formation of blockage near the pressure side of the passage and delays the onset of short length scale stall inception. The primary effect of the circumferential grooves is preventing local blockage near the pressure side of the blade leading edge that

  13. Molecular Modeling of the Axial and Circumferential Elastic Moduli of Tubulin

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    Zeiger, A. S.; Layton, B. E.

    2008-01-01

    Microtubules play a number of important mechanical roles in almost all cell types in nearly all major phylogenetic trees. We have used a molecular mechanics approach to perform tensile tests on individual tubulin monomers and determined values for the axial and circumferential moduli for all currently known complete sequences. The axial elastic moduli, in vacuo, were found to be 1.25 GPa and 1.34 GPa for α- and β-bovine tubulin monomers. In the circumferential direction, these moduli were 378...

  14. Determination of the minimum number exposures in radiographic examination of circumferential welds

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    Certain specifications require that, in the radiography of circumferential welds, the penetrated thickness at the side of the beam should not exceed the wall thickness by more than a given percentage. A mathematical solution is presented, which shows the minimum number of exposures in accurate and easy-to-read diagrams suitable for use by field radiographers. (orig.)

  15. 46 CFR 52.05-45 - Circumferential joints in pipes, tubes and headers (modifies PW-41).

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    2010-10-01

    ..., tubes and headers shall be as required by PW-41 of section I of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 52.01-1) except as noted otherwise in this section. (b) (Modifies PW-41.1) Circumferential welded joints in pipes, tubes, and headers of pipe material must be nondestructively examined...

  16. Modification of the ASME code z-factor for circumferential surface crack in nuclear ferritic pipings

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    The purpose of this paper is to modify the ASME Code Z-Factor, which is used in the evaluation of circumferential surface crack in nuclear ferritic pipings. The ASME Code Z-Factor is a load multiplier to compensate plastic load with elasto-plastic load. The current ASME Code Z-Factor underestimates pipe maximum load. In this study, the original SC. TNP method is modified first because the original SC. TNP method has a problem that the maximum allowable load predicted from the original SC. TNP method is slightly higher than that measured from the experiment. Then the new Z-Factor is developed using the modified SC. TNP method. The desirability of both the modified SC. TNP method and the new Z-Factor is examined using the experimental results for the circumferential surface crack in pipings. The results show that (1) the modified SC. TNP method is good for predicting the circumferential surface crack behavior in pipings, and (2) the Z-Factor obtained from the modified SC. TNP method well predicts the behavior of circumferential surface crack in ferritic pipings. 30 refs., 13 figs., 4 tabs. (author)

  17. Consideration on evaluation of internal pressure creep rupture for tube with circumferential joint

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    The behavior of internal pressure creep rupture of the thin-walled cylinders with circumferential joints is affected by the combination of creep characteristics of parent materials and weld metals. In particular, the compatibility of the creep strain rate of parent materials and weld metals becomes an important controlling factor. The behavior of internal pressure creep of the welded parts in circumferential joint cylinders can be evaluated simply with the uniaxial creep data of parent materials and weld metals, considering it by approximately substituting with the creep behavior of a uniaxial longitudinal joint. The method of evaluation is, first, to analyze the breaking behavior of uniaxial longitudinal joints using the uniaxial creep characteristic values of parent materials and weld metals, and next, by combining the equation for the relation between the rupture times of uniaxial creep and internal pressure creep with the analyzed breaking behavior of uniaxial joints, the internal pressure creep rupture behavior of the cylinders with circumferential joints can be evaluated. The internal pressure creep behavior of the thin-walled cylinders with circumferential joints, their rupture life and the uniaxial creep rupture life of longitudinal joints, and the examination of Hastelloy X cylinders are reported. (Kako, I.)

  18. A method for measuring mean circumferential fiber shortening rate from gated blood pool scans

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    Ejection fraction and ejection rate are easily obtained from gated cardiac images, but no method is available for calculating mean circumferential fiber shortening rate. We assumed that the cube root of left ventricular end-diastolic volume or counts is proportional to the minor axis of the left ventricle at end-diastole or end-systole. Mean circumferential fiber shortening rate is then equal to the [cube root of the end-diastolic volume (count) minus cube root of end-systolic volume (count)] divided by [cube root of end-diastolic volume (count) multiplied by the ejection time]. In 250 contrast ventriculograms, the standard mean circumferential fiber shortening rate (MCFSR) and that derived by the cube root method correlated well (r = 0.94). The mean value of MCFSR (0.85 +- 0.35) was greater than the cube root value (0.75 +- 0.35) (P < 0.001). The regression equation was y = 0.86x + 0.02. Similar correlations were obtained from gated radionuclide images using a semiautomated program (r = 0.93) in 24 subjects or completely automated program (r = 0.85) in 28 patients. The regression equation between MCFSR and that derived from the cube root of counts for the semiautomated program was y = 0.82x + 0.04 and for the automated program was y = 0.84x + 0.004. Similar correlations, slopes, and intercepts were seen using circumferential fractional shortening for angiographic data when correlated with both the semiautomated and automated gated blood pool scan programs. These data indicate that MCFSR and circumferential fractional shortening may be obtained from gated blood pool images using cube root estimates of end-diastolic and end-systolic radii with a high degree of correlation with the standard contrast ventriculographic technique. (orig.)

  19. Degradation of steam generator tubes in Krsko NPP: recent status and trends

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    In recent years, much data and experience concerning the degradation of SG tubes accumulated. Because of regular full length inspection of all active tubes in steam generators, a huge amount of inspection records is now available. A computerized database was developed by Reactor Engineering division to accelerate the management of about 100.000 records. Initially, the data base was designed to support the development and decisions related to the plugging criteria for damaged tubes. In this paper, two prevailing groups of data are statistically analyzed: (1) the axial cracks in expansion transitions and (2) ODSCC at tube support plates. Both of them caused a vast majority of repaired tubes (e.g., plugs and sleeves). The main results of the analysis include the trends in number of defects, distribution of defect sizes, defect progression (growth) and expected life of a detected defect. Based on the results of statistical analysis, some predictions are given concerning the remaining lifetime of the steam generators. Those predictions may contribute to the optimum performance of the plant until the replacement of steam generators. (author)

  20. Analysis of dispersion characteristics of circumferential guided waves and detection of axial cracks in pipe

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    A circumferential guided wave method was developed to detect the axial crack on the but feeder pipe. Dispersion curves of circumferential guided waves were calculated as a function of curvature of the pipe. In the case of thin plate, i. e. infinite curvature, as the frequency increases, the S0 and A0 become to be coincided and eventually Rayleigh wave mode. In the case of pipe, however, as the curvature increases, the lowest modes do not coincide even in the high frequencies. Based on the analysis, a rocking technique using angle beam transducer was applied to detect axial defect in the bent region of PHWR feeder pipe. After review of the experimental data on the artificial notches, the vibration modes of each signal were identified. It was found that the notches with the depth of 10% of wall thickness be detected with the method.

  1. Low cycle fatigue of pressurized pipes with circumferential flaws under cyclic bending moment

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    Pipes of 706 mm inner diameter, 47 mm wall thickness and about 5,000 mm in length were provided with circumferential surface cracks and loaded by internal pressure of 15 MPa whilst being simultaneously subjected to an alternating external bending moment. Usually a load ratio R of -1 (Mmin/Mmax), in one case R = 0.1, was applied. The pipes were fabricated of two types of ferritic steel: one, grade 20 MnMoNi 5 5, with a high upper shelf impact energy of about 200 J and one, MnMoNiV-special melt, with a low upper shelf impact energy of about 60 J. Deformation and crack growth in the wall thickness and circumferential direction were determined and compared with calculated values. 9 refs., 13 figs

  2. A "watch window" technique for monitoring buried free jejunum flaps during circumferential pharyngolaryngectomy reconstruction.

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    Li, Quan; Zhang, Xin-Rui; Liu, Xue-Kui; Zhang, Zhi-Gang; Liu, Wei-Wei; Li, Hao; Guo, Zhu-Ming

    2012-07-01

    The free jejunum flap approach is the optimal option for circumferential pharyngolaryngectomy reconstruction. In this study, we designed a "watch window" for monitoring buried free jejunum flaps, thereby allowing us to assess graft viability. From 2007 to 2011, 14 patients with hypopharyngeal cancer underwent circumferential pharyngolaryngectomy that was reconstructed using a free jejunum flap at the Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Centre. During the closing of the neck incision, a "watch window" was designed for postoperative monitoring. Two patients experienced thrombosis of the pedicle. One was detected early and successfully rescued by removal of the thrombosis, the other one managed with a second free jejunum flap. The success rate of the buried flaps was 92.9%. No pharyngocutaneous fistulas or strictures occurred. All patients eventually resumed oral feeding and swallowing. The "watch window" technique for monitoring buried free jejunum flaps is simple, reliable and useful for finding vascular problems. Level of evidence Case series. PMID:22116384

  3. Circumferential-wave phase velocities for empty, fluid-immersed spherical metal shells

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    Überall, Herbert; Ahyi, A. C.; Raju, P. K.;

    2002-01-01

    In earlier studies of acoustic scattering resonances and of the dispersive phase velocities of surface waves that generate them [see, e.g., Talmant et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 86, 278–289 (1989) for spherical aluminum shells] we have demonstrated the effectiveness and accuracy of obtaining phase...... results with those calculated from three-dimensional elasticity theory whenever the latter are available. The present investigation is based on the mentioned resonance frequency/elasticity theory connection, and we obtain comparative circumferential-wave dispersion-curve results for water......-loaded, evacuated spherical metal shells of aluminum, stainless steel, and tungsten carbide. In particular, the characteristic upturn of the dispersion curves of low-order shell-borne circumferential waves (A or A0 waves) which takes place on spherical shells when the frequency tends towards very low values, is...

  4. Crack resistance of austenitic pipes with circumferential through-wall cracks

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    For monotonously increasing load the correct evaluation of the crack resistance properties of a structure is essential for safety analyses. Considerable attention has been given to the through-wall case, since this is generally believed to be the controlling case with regard to complete pipe failure. The maximum load conditions for circumferential crack growth in pipes under displacement-controlled loadings has been determined. The need for crack resistance curves, measured on circumferentially through-wall cracked straight pipes of austenitic stainless steel 316L under bending, is emphasized by the limitation in the data range on small specimens and by the differences in the procedures. To answer open questions and to improve calculational methods a joint fracture mechanics program is being performed by Electricite de France, Novatome and Siemens-Interatom. The working program contains experimental and theoretical investigations on the applicability of small-specimen data to real structures. 10 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs

  5. Is Circumferential Minimally Invasive Surgery Effective in the Treatment of Moderate Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis?

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    Anand, Neel; Baron, Eli M.; Khandehroo, Babak

    2014-01-01

    Background Outcomes for minimally invasive scoliosis correction surgery have been reported for mild adult scoliosis. Larger curves historically have been treated with open surgical procedures including facet resections or posterior column osteotomies, which have been associated with high-volume blood loss. Further, minimally invasive techniques have been largely reported in the setting of degenerative scoliosis. Questions/purposes We describe the effects of circumferential minimally invasive ...

  6. Feasibility of radial and circumferential strain analysis using 2D speckle tracking echocardiography in cats

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    Takano, Hiroshi; ISOGAI, Tomomi; Aoki, Takuma; WAKAO, Yoshito; Fujii, Yoko

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the feasibility of strain analysis using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in cats and to evaluate STE variables in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Sixteen clinically healthy cats and 17 cats with HCM were used. Radial and circumferential strain and strain rate variables in healthy cats were measured using STE to assess the feasibility. Comparisons of global strain and strain variables between healthy cats and cats with HCM...

  7. Circumferential mucosal dissection and esophageal perforation in a patient with eosinophilic esophagitis

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    Liguori, Gennaro; Cortale, Maurizio; Cimino, Fabrizio; Sozzi, Michele

    2008-01-01

    A young man with a previous history of episodes of mild solid food dysphagia was admitted with a total dysphagia. The esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDS) showed an extensive disruption of mucosal layer with a cul-de-sac in the lower part of the esophagus. Soon after the procedure, the patient suffered from an acute chest pain and subsequent CT scan demonstrated an intramural circumferential dissection of thoracic esophagus, and a mediastinal emphysema. An emergency right thoracotomy was perform...

  8. Circumferential profiles for region-based analysis of dynamic SPECT data

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    Kinetic parameters (washin, washout) of dynamic SPECT teboroxime data sets may provide a more sensitive measure of coronary artery disease than conventional (Tl, MIBI) static myocardial perfusion studies. A time-consuming and subjective step of the data analysis is drawing regions of interest to delineate blood pool and myocardial tissue regions. The time-activity curves for the regions are then used to estimate local kinetic parameters. In this work, the appropriate time-activity curves are found automatically, in a manner similar to that used for calculating circumferential profiles in conventional static cardiac studies. The drawbacks to applying standard static circumferential profile methods are the high noise level and high liver uptake common in dynamic studies. Searching along each ray for maxima to locate the myocardium does not always provide useful information. Here we propose an iterative scheme in which constraints are imposed on the radii searched. The constraints are based on the shape of the time-activity curve of the circumferential profile members and on an assumption that the short axis slices are approximately circular. The constraints eliminate outliers and help to reduce the effects of the noise and the liver activity. Kinetic parameter estimates from the automatically generated regions were comparable to estimates from manually selected regions in canine dynamic teboroxime studies

  9. Exact solutions for the vibration of circumferentially stepped orthotropic circular cylindrical shells

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    Khalifa, Ahmed Mousa

    2011-11-01

    The combination of Flügge's shell theory, the transfer matrix approach and the Romberg integration method are used to investigate the free vibration behaviour of stepped orthotropic cylindrical shells. The hoop step on the shell surface is described by a reduced thickness over part of its circumference. Modal displacements of the shell can be described by trigonometric functions and Fourier's approach is used to separate the variables. The vibration equations of the shell are reduced to eight first-order differential equations in the circumferential coordinate, and by using the transfer matrix of the shell, these equations can be written in a matrix differential equation. The transfer matrix is derived from the non-linear differential equations of the cylindrical shells by introducing the trigonometric functions in the longitudinal direction and applying the numerical integration in the circumferential direction. The proposed model is used to get the vibration frequencies and the corresponding mode shapes for symmetrical and antisymmetrical type-modes. Computed results indicate the sensitivity of the frequency parameters and the bending deformations to the geometry of stepped shell, and also to the axial and circumferential rigidities of the shell.

  10. Soft Sensor for Oxide Scales on the Steam Side of Superheater Tubes under Uneven Circumferential Load

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    Qing Wei Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A soft sensor for oxide scales on the steam side of superheater tubes of utility boiler under uneven circumferential loading is proposed for the first time. First finite volume method is employed to simulate oxide scales growth temperature on the steam side of superheater tube. Then appropriate time and spatial intervals are selected to calculate oxide scales thickness along the circumferential direction. On the basis of the oxide scale thickness, the stress of oxide scales is calculated by the finite element method. At last, the oxide scale thickness and stress sensors are established on support vector machine (SMV optimized by particle swarm optimization (PSO with time and circumferential angles as inputs and oxide scale thickness and stress as outputs. Temperature and stress calculation methods are validated by the operation data and experimental data, respectively. The soft sensor is applied to the superheater tubes of some power plant. Results show that the soft sensor can give enough accurate results for oxide scale thickness and stress in reasonable time. The forecasting model provides a convenient way for the research of the oxide scale failure.

  11. Scalp ulceration from a circumferential head dressing after craniotomy: Case report of an uncommon complication due to human error

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    Singhal, Ashutosh; Bray, Peter W.; Bernstein, Mark

    2004-01-01

    The present paper describes a previously unpublished complication of the application of a circumferential head dressing after cranial neuro-surgery. A 34-year-old woman developed a large area of skin necrosis on her forehead from a circumferential head dressing applied after the surgical removal of a colloid cyst. Neurological recovery was excellent but plastic surgical repair of her iatrogenic cosmetic injury was required.

  12. Clinical implication of negative conversion of predicted circumferential resection margin status after preoperative chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced rectal cancer

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    Lee, Nam Kwon [Department of Radiation Oncology, Korea University Medical Center, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chul Yong, E-mail: kcyro@korea.ac.kr [Department of Radiation Oncology, Korea University Medical Center, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Young Je; Yang, Dae Sik; Yoon, Won Sup [Department of Radiation Oncology, Korea University Medical Center, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Seon Hahn; Kim, Jin [Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Korea University Medical Center, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    Objective: To evaluate the prognostic implication of the negative conversion of predicted circumferential resection margin status before surgery in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer with predicted circumferential resection margin involvement. Methods: Thirty-eight patients (28 men, 10 women; median age, 61 years; age range, 39–80 years) with locally advanced rectal cancer with predicted circumferential resection margin involvement who underwent preoperative chemoradiotherapy followed by radical surgery were analyzed. Involvement of the circumferential resection margin was predicted on the basis of pre- and post-chemoradiotherapy magnetic resonance imaging. The primary endpoints were 3-year local recurrence-free survival and overall survival. Results: The median follow-up time was 41.1 months (range, 13.9–85.2 months). The negative conversion rate of predicted circumferential resection margin status after preoperative chemoradiotherapy was 65.8%. Patients who experienced negative conversion of predicted circumferential resection margin status had a significantly higher 3-year local recurrence-free survival rate (100.0% vs. 76.9%; P = 0.013), disease-free survival rate (91.7% vs. 59.3%; P = 0.023), and overall survival rate (96.0% vs. 73.8%; P = 0.016) than those who had persistent circumferential resection margin involvement. Conclusions: The negative conversion of the predicted circumferential resection margin status as predicted by magnetic resonance imaging will assist in individual risk stratification as a predictive factor for treatment response and survival before surgery. These findings may help physicians determine whether to administer more intense adjuvant chemotherapy or change the surgical plan for patients displaying resistance to preoperative chemoradiotherapy.

  13. Posterior-Only Circumferential Decompression and Reconstruction in the Surgical Management of Lumbar Vertebral Osteomyelitis.

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    Skovrlj, Branko; Guzman, Javier Z; Caridi, John; Cho, Samuel K

    2016-02-01

    Study Design Case report. Objective The purpose of this report is to discuss the surgical management of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis with a spinal epidural abscess (SEA) and present a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with instrumentation using an expandable titanium cage and without segmental nerve root sacrifice as an option in the treatment of this disease process. Methods We report a 42-year-old man who presented with 3 days of low back pain and chills who rapidly decompensated with severe sepsis following admission. Magnetic resonance imaging of his lumbosacral spine revealed intramuscular abscesses of the left paraspinal musculature and iliopsoas with SEA and L4 vertebral body involvement. The patient failed maximal medical treatment, which necessitated surgical treatment as a last resort for infectious source control. He underwent a previously undescribed procedure in the setting of SEA: a single-stage, posterior-only approach for circumferential decompression and reconstruction of the L4 vertebral body with posterior segmental instrumented fixation. Results After the surgery, the patient's condition gradually improved; however, he suffered a wound dehiscence necessitating a surgical exploration and deep wound debridement. Six months after the surgery, the patient underwent a revision surgery for adjacent-level pseudarthrosis. At 1-year follow-up, the patient was pain-free and off narcotic pain medication and had returned to full activity. Conclusion This patient is the first reported case of lumbar osteomyelitis with SEA treated surgically with a single-stage, posterior-only circumferential decompression and reconstruction with posterior instrumentation. Although this approach is more technically challenging, it presents another viable option for the treatment of lumbar vertebral osteomyelitis that may reduce the morbidity associated with an anterior approach. PMID:26835214

  14. Investigations on an Axial Flow Fan Stage subjected to Circumferential Inlet Flow Distortion and Swirl

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    M.Govardhan; K.Viswanath

    1997-01-01

    The combined effects of swirl and circumferential inlet flow distortion on the flow field of an axial flow fan stage are reported in this paper,The study involves measurements at the inlet of the rotor and exit of the rotor and stator atdesign and off design flow conditions.The study indicated that at the design flow condition,swirl had caused deterioration of the performance in addition to that caused by distortion.Pressure rise imparted in the distortion zone is hogher than in the free zone.The attenuation of distortion is high in the presence of swirl.

  15. Fracture toughness evaluation using circumferential notched tensile specimens by the tensile test and ANSYS software

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    Fracture toughness (KIc ) is the most important parameter that defines mechanical behaviour of the materials using machine design. Since, fracture tests are both difficult and time consuming, the researchers have been investigating for the easier evaluation of KIc for many years. In this work; KIc values have been obtained by using ANSYS software based on the experimental values evaluated in the previous studies. It was shown that there is no significant difference between the experimental ones and the ones obtained by ANSYS. This procedure can provide an important advantage on obtaining of the KIC values. Key words: Fracture toughness (KIc ), circumferential notched tensile specimens, ANSYS

  16. Circumferential skin folds in a child: A case of Michelin tire baby syndrome

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    Palit Aparna

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A six-month-old girl who presented with dermatitis was found to have multiple, symmetric, deep, gyrate skin folds involving her trunk and similar circumferential lesions on her extremities since birth. She had a characteristic round face with hypertelorism, depressed nasal bridge, thin, down-turned vermillion border of upper lip and short neck. Skin biopsy demonstrated increased smooth muscle fibers in the deeper dermis. A diagnosis of Michelin tire baby syndrome was made. Clinical features, histopathology, differential diagnosis and prognosis of this rare disorder have been discussed.

  17. Geometric characterization of a circumferential seam by automatic segmentation of digitized radioscopic images

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    The present study deals with the nondestructive control of a circumferential seam by digital radioscopy. A series of images for one complete revolution of the welded component is available. We first resort to a joint approach by simulation and experimentation. This approach allows the detection of the molten zone limits for an initial image. We then develop a segmentation method that permits automatic extraction of the geometric characteristics of the set of images representative of the weld. These measures supply fast and automatic control of the weld quality. Results are shown for real components. (author)

  18. Application of statically indeterminate fracture mechanics, SIFM, to a circumferentially cracked cylinder problem

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    The method of Statically Indeterminate Fracture Mechanics called SIFM is an application of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics to statically indeterminate problems. Application of SIFM has been developed for axially cracked cylinder problems. Its application was modified to a circumferentially cracked cylinder. The component might be loaded by combined transient thermal and mechanical loading. This was applied to simulate pressurized thermal shock, PTS, experiment, NKS-3, carried out by MPA. The predicted result from SIFM shows good agreement with the NKS-3 experimental one. (orig.)

  19. Inner wall inspection of steam generator tubes with circumferential welds using ultrasonic crack detection

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    Cracks in the neighbourhood of circumferential welds at the inside of generator tubes to the weld seam can be detected with an ultrasonic probe system using Rayleigh's surface waves. A reference reflector with about 0.5 mm in depth and 1.5 mm in length is used. The ultrasonic inspection system is using a rotating mirror with two faces which can detect cracks on both sides of the weld and which can clearly separate crown or root indications from real defects. The signal-to-noise ratio is better than 12 dB. The system and results on tubes with artificial and real test reflectors are described

  20. Inner wall inspection of steam generator tubes with circumferential welds using ultrasonic crack detection

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    Cracks in the neighbourhood of circumferential welds at the inside of generator tubes to the weld seam can be detected with an ultrasonic probe system using Rayleigh's surface waves. A reference reflector with about 0.5 mm in depth and 1.5 mm in length is used. The ultrasonic inspection system is using a rotating mirror with two faces which can detect cracks on both sides of the weld and which can clearly separate crown or root indications from real defects. The signal-to-noise ratio is better than 12 dB. The system and results on tubes with artificial and real test reflectors are described. 8 refs

  1. Effects of inlet circumferential fluctuation on the sweep aerodynamic performance of axial fans/compressors

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    Gui, Xingmin; Zhu, Fang; Wan, Ke; Jin, Donghai

    2013-10-01

    Swept blades have been widely used in the transonic fan/compressor of aircraft engines with the aids of 3D CFD simulation since the design concept of controlling the shock structure was firstly proposed and successfully tested by Dr. Wennerstrom in the 1980s. However, some disadvantage phenomenon has also been induced by excessively 3D blade geometries on the structure stress insufficiency, vibration and reliability. Much confusion in the procedure of design practice leading us to recognize a new view on the flow mechanism of sweep aerodynamical induction: the new radial equilibrium established by the influence of inlet circumferential fluctuation (CF) changes the inlet flows of blading and induces the performance modification of axial fans/compressors blade. The view is verified by simplified models through numerical simulation and circumferentially averaged analysis in the present paper. The results show that the CF source items which originate from design parameters, such as the spanwise distributions of the loading and blading geometries, contribute to the changing of averaged incidence spanwise distribution, and further more affect the performance of axial fans/compressors with swept blades.

  2. Effects of circumferential rigid wrist orthoses in rehabilitation of patients with radius fracture at typical site

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    Đurović Aleksandar

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The use of orthoses is a questionable rehabilitation method for patients with the distal radius fracture at typical site. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of the rehabilitation on patients with radius fracture at the typical site, who wore circumferential static wrist orthoses, with those who did not wear them. Methods. Thirty patients were divided into 3 equal groups, 2 experimental groups, and 1 control group. The patients in the experimental groups were given the rehabilitation program of wearing serially manufactured (off-the-shelf, as well as custom-fit orthoses. Those in the control group did not wear wrist orthoses. Evaluation parameters were pain, edema, the range of the wrist motion, the quality of cylindrical, spherical, and pinch-spherical grasp, the strength of pinch and hand grasp, and patient's assessment of the effects of rehabilitation. Results. No significant difference in the effects of rehabilitation on the patients in experimental groups as opposed to control group was found. Patients in the first experimental group, and in control group were more satisfied with the effects of rehabilitation, as opposed to the patients in the second experimental group (p<0,05. Conclusion. The effects of circumferential static wrist orthoses in the rehabilitation of patients with distal radius fracture at the typical site were not clinically significant. There was no significant difference between the custom and off-the-shelf orthoses.

  3. COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON TIP LEAKAGE VORTEX OF CIRCUMFERENTIAL SKEWED BLADES

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    LI Yang; OUYANG Hua; DU Zhaohui

    2007-01-01

    In the steady operation condition, the experiments and the numerical simulations are used to investigate the tip leakage flow fields in three low pressure axial flow fans with three kinds of circumferential skewed rotors, including the radial rotor, the forward-skewed rotor and the backward-skewed rotor. The three-dimensional viscous flow fields of the fans are computed. In the experiments, the two-dimensional plane particle image velocimetry (PIV) system is used to measure the flow fields in the tip region of three different pitchwise positions of each fan. The results show that the computational results agree well with the experimental data in the flow field of the tip region of each fan. The tip leakage vortex core segments based on method of the eigenmode analysis can display clearly some characteristics of the tip leakage vortex, such as the origination position of tip leakage vortex, the development of vortex strength, and so on. Compared with the radial rotor, the other two skewed rotors can increase the stability of the tip leakage vortex and the increment in the forward-skewed rotor is more than that in the backward-skewed one. Among the tip leakage vortices of the three rotors, the velocity of the vortex in the forward-skewed rotor is the highest in the circumferential direction and the lowest in the axial direction.

  4. Fragmentation of calcified plaque after carotid artery stenting in heavily calcified circumferential stenosis

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    Tsutsumi, Masanori; Kodama, Tomonobu; Aikawa, Hiroshi; Onizuka, Masanari; Iko, Minoru; Nii, Kouhei; Hamaguchi, Shuko; Etou, Housei; Sakamoto, Kimiya; Inoue, Ritsurou; Nakau, Hiroya [Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology, Fukuoka (Japan); Kazekawa, Kiyoshi [Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology, Fukuoka (Japan); Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2010-09-15

    We assessed the morphological change of calcified plaque after carotid artery stenting (CAS) in vessels with heavily calcified circumferential lesions and discuss the possible mechanisms of stent expansion in these lesions. We performed 18 CAS procedures in 16 patients with severe carotid artery stenosis accompanied by plaque calcification involving more than 75% of the vessel circumference. All patients underwent multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) to evaluate lesion calcification before and within 3 months after intervention. The angiographic outcome immediately after CAS and follow-up angiographs obtained 6 months post-CAS were examined. The preoperative mean arc of the calcifications was 320.1 {+-} 24.5 (range 278-360 ). In all lesions, CAS procedures were successfully carried out; excellent dilation with residual stenosis {<=}30% was achieved in all lesions. Post-CAS MDCT demonstrated multiple fragmentations of the calcifications in 17 of 18 lesions (94.4%), but only cracks in the calcified plaque without fragmentation in one (5.6%). Angiographic study performed approximately 6 months post-CAS detected severe restenosis in one lesion (5.6%) without fragmentation of calcified plaque. Excellent stent expansion may be achieved and maintained in heavily calcified circumferential carotid lesions by disruption and fragmentation of the calcified plaques. (orig.)

  5. Fragmentation of calcified plaque after carotid artery stenting in heavily calcified circumferential stenosis

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    We assessed the morphological change of calcified plaque after carotid artery stenting (CAS) in vessels with heavily calcified circumferential lesions and discuss the possible mechanisms of stent expansion in these lesions. We performed 18 CAS procedures in 16 patients with severe carotid artery stenosis accompanied by plaque calcification involving more than 75% of the vessel circumference. All patients underwent multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) to evaluate lesion calcification before and within 3 months after intervention. The angiographic outcome immediately after CAS and follow-up angiographs obtained 6 months post-CAS were examined. The preoperative mean arc of the calcifications was 320.1 ± 24.5 (range 278-360 ). In all lesions, CAS procedures were successfully carried out; excellent dilation with residual stenosis ≤30% was achieved in all lesions. Post-CAS MDCT demonstrated multiple fragmentations of the calcifications in 17 of 18 lesions (94.4%), but only cracks in the calcified plaque without fragmentation in one (5.6%). Angiographic study performed approximately 6 months post-CAS detected severe restenosis in one lesion (5.6%) without fragmentation of calcified plaque. Excellent stent expansion may be achieved and maintained in heavily calcified circumferential carotid lesions by disruption and fragmentation of the calcified plaques. (orig.)

  6. Transmit-receive eddy current probes for circumferential cracks in heat exchanger tubes

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    Conventional eddy current bobbin probes are known to be ineffectual in detecting circumferential cracks in tubing. Multi-pancake and/or rotating pancake probes are required to detect circumferential cracks. It has recently been demonstrated in CANDU steam generator tubes, with deformation, ferromagnetic deposits, and copper deposits, that multi-channel probes with transmit-receive (T/R) coils are superior to those using surface impedance coils. Unlike rotating probes, the design of a new probe denoted as C3 permits fast, single-scan inspection of a full-length tube at inspection speeds comparable to conventional bobbin probes. Since 1992, the probe has been used routinely for steam generator in-service inspection at 4 CANDU plants. Defective tubes have been plugged and the units returned to service, and they continue to operate without leaks. This paper describes the basic features of T/R surface probes. Two-dimensional voltage diagrams showing computer-derived probe response to frequency, lift-off, carbon steel supports, magnetite deposits and copper deposits are presented and compared with corresponding signals from impedance coils. Theoretical and experimental results show that T/R probes are able to detect defects in the presence of variable lift-off (due to tube-wall deformation) with ten times the signal-to-noise ratio as that exhibited by comparable pancake-type impedance probes. In addition, T/R probes are less sensitive to magnetite deposits, and possess good phase discrimination to internal defects

  7. Elastic-plastic finite element analyses for reducers with constant-depth internal circumferential surface cracks

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    In this study, a 3-D automatic elastic-plastic finite element mesh generator is established to accurately predict the J-integral value of an arbitrary reducer with a constant-depth internal circumferential surface crack under bending and axial force. The contact pairs are used on the crack surfaces to simulate the actual contact behaviors of the crack model under loadings. In order to verify the accuracy of the proposed elastic-plastic finite element model for a reducer with a surface crack, the cracked straight pipe models are generated according to a special modeling procedure for a flawed reducer. The J-integral values along the crack front of surface crack are calculated and compared with the straight pipe models which have been verified in the previous published studies. Based on the comparison of computed results, good agreements are obtained to show the accuracy of present numerical models. More confidence on using the 3-D elastic-plastic finite element analysis for reducers with internal circumferential surface cracks can be thus established in this work

  8. Fracture behavior of circumferentially surface-cracked elbows. Technical report, October 1993--March 1996

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    This report presents the results from Task 2 of the Second International Piping Integrity Research Group (IPIRG-2) program. The focus of the Task 2 work was directed towards furthering the understanding of the fracture behavior of long-radius elbows. This was accomplished through a combined analytical and experimental program. J-estimation schemes were developed for both axial and circumferential surface cracks in elbows. Large-scale, quasi-static and dynamic, pipe-system, elbow fracture experiments under combined pressure and bending loads were performed on elbows containing an internal surface crack at the extrados. In conjunction with the elbow experiments, material property data were developed for the A106-90 carbon steel and WP304L stainless steel elbow materials investigated. A comparison of the experimental data with the maximum stress predictions using existing straight pipe fracture prediction analysis methods, and elbow fracture prediction methods developed in this program was performed. This analysis was directed at addressing the concerns regarding the validity of using analysis predictions developed for straight pipe to predict the fracture stresses of cracked elbows. Finally, a simplified fitting flaw acceptance criteria incorporating ASME B2 stress indices and straight pipe, circumferential-crack analysis was developed

  9. Nonlinear Local Bending Response and Bulging Factors for Longitudinal and Circumferential Cracks in Pressurized Cylindrical Shells

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    Young, Richard D.; Rose, Cheryl A.; Starnes, James H., Jr.

    2000-01-01

    Results of a geometrically nonlinear finite element parametric study to determine curvature correction factors or bulging factors that account for increased stresses due to curvature for longitudinal and circumferential cracks in unstiffened pressurized cylindrical shells are presented. Geometric parameters varied in the study include the shell radius, the shell wall thickness, and the crack length. The major results are presented in the form of contour plots of the bulging factor as a function of two nondimensional parameters: the shell curvature parameter, lambda, which is a function of the shell geometry, Poisson's ratio, and the crack length; and a loading parameter, eta, which is a function of the shell geometry, material properties, and the applied internal pressure. These plots identify the ranges of the shell curvature and loading parameters for which the effects of geometric nonlinearity are significant. Simple empirical expressions for the bulging factor are then derived from the numerical results and shown to predict accurately the nonlinear response of shells with longitudinal and circumferential cracks. The numerical results are also compared with analytical solutions based on linear shallow shell theory for thin shells, and with some other semi-empirical solutions from the literature, and limitations on the use of these other expressions are suggested.

  10. Fracture behavior of circumferentially surface-cracked elbows. Technical report, October 1993--March 1996

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    Kilinski, T.; Mohan, R.; Rudland, D.; Fleming, M. [and others

    1996-12-01

    This report presents the results from Task 2 of the Second International Piping Integrity Research Group (IPIRG-2) program. The focus of the Task 2 work was directed towards furthering the understanding of the fracture behavior of long-radius elbows. This was accomplished through a combined analytical and experimental program. J-estimation schemes were developed for both axial and circumferential surface cracks in elbows. Large-scale, quasi-static and dynamic, pipe-system, elbow fracture experiments under combined pressure and bending loads were performed on elbows containing an internal surface crack at the extrados. In conjunction with the elbow experiments, material property data were developed for the A106-90 carbon steel and WP304L stainless steel elbow materials investigated. A comparison of the experimental data with the maximum stress predictions using existing straight pipe fracture prediction analysis methods, and elbow fracture prediction methods developed in this program was performed. This analysis was directed at addressing the concerns regarding the validity of using analysis predictions developed for straight pipe to predict the fracture stresses of cracked elbows. Finally, a simplified fitting flaw acceptance criteria incorporating ASME B2 stress indices and straight pipe, circumferential-crack analysis was developed.

  11. Uncertainty analysis for the net-section-collapse failure criterion of circumferentially cracked cylinders for multiple arbitrary-shaped circumferential cracks

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    In this manuscript, a generalized net-section-collapse (NSC) failure criterion of circumferentially cracked pipes with multiple arbitrary-shaped cracks is presented. This generalized NSC formulation is capable of predicting the NSC moment of a pipe with multiple arbitrary-shaped cracks distributed around the circumference of the pipe, regardless of whether they are distributed symmetrically or not. The case in which internal cracks straddle the compressive zone is accounted for in the present formulation. Closed form solutions are provided for the maximum moments of pipes containing multiple cracks with idealized shapes, namely constant depth, semi-elliptical and parabolic crack profiles. Through a series of examples, the results show the effectiveness and accuracy of the method. Using this method, quantification of the effect of the crack profile uncertainty on the maximum bending moment sustained by a cracked pipe is evaluated. It is demonstrated that while the uncertainty associated with the surface roughness of the crack profile has little to no effect on the maximum bending moment, irregular shape profiles have, not surprisingly, a large effect on the estimation of the maximum bending moment. In fact, it is mathematically shown that the uncertainty associated with the maximum bending moment is proportional to the magnitude of the crack profile uncertainty and inversely proportional to the square root of the uncertainty sampling size (i.e. surface roughness vs. irregular crack profile)

  12. The Mechanism of Stall Margin Improvement in a Centrifugal Compressor with the Air Bleeding Circumferential Grooves Casing Treatment

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    Gao, P.; Chu, W. L.; Wu, Y. H.

    The air bleeding circumferential grooves casing treatment has the potential to extent the operating range of centrifugal compressor with no loss in efficiency. A time accurate 3-dimentional numerical simulation was performed in a low speed centrifugal compressor with the air bleeding circumferential grooves casing treatment. The numerical results agreed well with experimental test data for the global performance. Detailed analyses of the flow visualization at the tip of blades have exposed the different tip flow topologies between the cases with casing treatment and with untreated smooth wall, and the reasons how the second flow vortex is retrained. The mechanism of stall margin improvement is gained finally.

  13. Failure behaviour of a piping system with a circumferentially orientated flaw

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    The experiments were conducted on the recently installed feedwater line of the HDR reactor in Kahl. The investigations were focused on analysing both the crack propagation of a circumferentially flowed pipe under the influence of corrosion and cyclic load, together with the pipeline's subsequent failure behaviour. The experimental conditions were selected in a manner representing those which can, for example, prevait during start-up or shut-down of reactor. To this aim, the pipes were internally stressed with high pressure and temperature oxygenic water in conjunction with an externally applied bending moment. The investigations are supplemented by elastic-plastic triaxial finite element (FE) calculations for various assumed crack configurations, both prior to and following the experiments, thus granting a fracture-mechanical assessment of the structural behaviour. (orig./DG)

  14. Lower bound limit load of a circumferentially cracked pipe under combined mechanical loading

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    In a study on extension of the reference stress method, for J simplified assessment, to a three dimensional (3D) configuration under combined loading, lower bound limit analysis has been developed by J. Desquines. In the present paper the limit load for cracked pipe, with a 3D circumferential flaw, under pressure, tension and bending is detailed. The limit load is explicitly defined as a yield surface is the 3D space loading. A simple algorithm is proposed to solve the non linear problem associated to the reference stress calculation. Moreover, the lower bound solution is compared with elastic compensation method (ECM) results computed on a 3D finite element mesh of the cracked pipe. The lower bound yield surface underestimates the numerical limit loads with a discrepancy lower than 20%. (orig.)

  15. Crack shape developments and leak rates for circumferential complex-cracked pipes

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    Brickstad, B.; Bergman, M. [SAQ Inspection Ltd., Stockholm (Sweden)

    1997-04-01

    A computerized procedure has been developed that predicts the growth of an initial circumferential surface crack through a pipe and further on to failure. The crack growth mechanism can either be fatigue or stress corrosion. Consideration is taken to complex crack shapes and for the through-wall cracks, crack opening areas and leak rates are also calculated. The procedure is based on a large number of three-dimensional finite element calculations of cracked pipes. The results from these calculations are stored in a database from which the PC-program, denoted LBBPIPE, reads all necessary information. In this paper, a sensitivity analysis is presented for cracked pipes subjected to both stress corrosion and vibration fatigue.

  16. Analysis of parameters likely to explain the secondary side circumferential cracking of steam generator

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    In 1990, a new type of damage mechanism was brought to light by means of eddy current inspections in Steam Generator (SG) tube bundle. This is circumferential cracking, started on the outer wall of the tubes. These cracks generally appear below the level of the tube sheet. By the end of 1993, 89 tubes with this king of damage were discovered in the French nuclear power plants: 85 of these were located on the 6 SG's of 2 units of Dampierre. We present here the work carried out to provide better understanding of this phenomenon. It involves statistical analysis of data from experience feedback, together with analysis of the thermohydraulic conditions found on the tube sheet. (authors). 8 figs., 2 refs

  17. Development of circumferential seal for helicopter transmissions: Results of bench and flight tests

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    Strom, T. N.; Ludwig, L. P.

    1975-01-01

    A modified circumferential segmented ring seal was designed for direct replacement of a helicopter transmission elastomeric lip seal operating on a shaft diameter of 13.91 centimeters (5.481 in.) at sliding velocities to 52.48 m/sec (10 330 ft/min). The modifications involved the garter spring tension, shaft roundness, seal housing flatness, and pumping grooves to inhibit leakage. Operation of the seals in bench tests under simulated helicopter transmission conditions revealed that the seal leakage rate was within acceptable limits and that the wear rate was negligible. The low leakage and wear rates were confirmed in flight tests of 600 and 175 hours (sliding speed, 48.11 m/sec (9470 ft/min)). An additional 200 hours of air worthiness qualification testing (aircraft tie down) demonstrated that the seal can operate at the advanced sliding conditions of 52.48 m/sec (10 330 ft/min).

  18. Quantitative lymphoscintigraphy in post-mastectomy lymphedema: correlation with circumferential measurements

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    Choi, Joon Young; Lee, Kyung Han; Kim, Sang Eun; Kim, Byung Tae; Hwang, Jee Hea; Lee, Byung Boong [Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    An objective measure for the severity and progression is important for the management of lymphedema. To evaluate the usefulness of lympho-scintigraphy in this regard, we compared various quantitative indices from upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy with circumferential measurements, before and after physiotheraphy. Upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 38 patients with unilateral postmastectomy lymphedema. Tc-99m antimony sulfide colloid (37 MBq) was injected s.c. into the second and third interdigital spaces. The injection sites were imaged immediately after injection. After standardized exercise for 15 min, upper extremity images were acquired 30 min, 1 hr and 2 hr after injection. The clearance of the injection site (CL), and % uptake in regional lymph nodes (%LN) and soft tissue of the extremity (i.e., the degree of dermal backflow) (%EXT) compared to the initial injection site were calculated. Circumference of each extremity was measured at 7 levels; the severity of lymphedema was expressed as the percentage difference of total circumferential difference (TCD) between healthy and edematous extremities compared to the total circumference of healthy extremity (%TCD). In 19 patients who received physiotherapy, the therapeutic effect was measured by % decrease of TCD (%DTCD) before and after therapy (Raines. et al., 1977). The quantitative indices calculated in the image at 2 hr p.i. had better correlation with either %TCD or %DTCD than those from earlier images (Table). The CL, %LN and %EXT of edematous extremity had a significant correlation with TCD. The %EXT was correlated best with either TCD or %DTCD. The results suggest that the %EXT which corresponds to the degree of dermal backflow may be a simple and useful quantitative index for evaluating the severity and progression in lymphedema and predicting the effect of therapy.

  19. Quantitative lymphoscintigraphy in post-mastectomy lymphedema: correlation with circumferential measurements

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    An objective measure for the severity and progression is important for the management of lymphedema. To evaluate the usefulness of lympho-scintigraphy in this regard, we compared various quantitative indices from upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy with circumferential measurements, before and after physiotheraphy. Upper extremity lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 38 patients with unilateral postmastectomy lymphedema. Tc-99m antimony sulfide colloid (37 MBq) was injected s.c. into the second and third interdigital spaces. The injection sites were imaged immediately after injection. After standardized exercise for 15 min, upper extremity images were acquired 30 min, 1 hr and 2 hr after injection. The clearance of the injection site (CL), and % uptake in regional lymph nodes (%LN) and soft tissue of the extremity (i.e., the degree of dermal backflow) (%EXT) compared to the initial injection site were calculated. Circumference of each extremity was measured at 7 levels; the severity of lymphedema was expressed as the percentage difference of total circumferential difference (TCD) between healthy and edematous extremities compared to the total circumference of healthy extremity (%TCD). In 19 patients who received physiotherapy, the therapeutic effect was measured by % decrease of TCD (%DTCD) before and after therapy (Raines. et al., 1977). The quantitative indices calculated in the image at 2 hr p.i. had better correlation with either %TCD or %DTCD than those from earlier images (Table). The CL, %LN and %EXT of edematous extremity had a significant correlation with TCD. The %EXT was correlated best with either TCD or %DTCD. The results suggest that the %EXT which corresponds to the degree of dermal backflow may be a simple and useful quantitative index for evaluating the severity and progression in lymphedema and predicting the effect of therapy

  20. Hydrogen Effect on the Circumferential Mechanical Properties of HANA-4 and HANA-6 Cladding Tubes

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    KAERI has been doing a lot of out-of pile tests including an in-pile test to verify the performance of HANA cladding tubes for a high burn-up fuel rod, developed by them. When a zirconium alloy is used in a nuclear reactor, hydrides form in it from not only external hydrogen sources such as a waterside corrosion, dissolved hydrogen in a coolant, water radiolysis but also internal sources such as the hydrogen content in fuel pellets and the moisture absorbed by a uranium dioxide fuel pellet. Hydrides may act as a sudden failure at a very low strain. For low and medium hydrogen content, the hydrides crack during a tensile loading and accelerate the ductile fracture process. As a kind of simulation test to obtain the estimated data of HANA cladding tubes in a high burn-up state, the hydrogen effect on the axial tensile properties of a HANA-4(Zr-1.5Nb-0.0.4Sn- 0.21Fe-0.1Cu) cladding tube and that on the burst properties of HANA-4 and HANA-6 (Zr-1.1Nb-0.05Cu) cladding tubes was already studied. This study was also done to characterize the effect of hydrogen on the circumferential mechanical properties of HANA-4 and HANA-6 cladding tubes by a ring tension test at both room temperature and 350 .deg. C. Additional tests were also done on both Zircaloy-4 (Zr-1.26Sn-0.23Fe-0.12Cr) and A (Zr-1.0Nb-0.99Sn-0.11Fe) cladding tubes of a commercial grade to compare the hydrogen effect on their circumferential properties with that on the properties of the HANA-4 and HANA-6 cladding tubes

  1. Initial experience with circumferential pulmonary vein ablation guided by fusion of magnetic resonance imaging with three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping

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    TANG Kai; MA Jian; MA Fu-sheng; JlA Yu-he; ZHANG Shu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been a focal target of electrophysiological study in recent years. Up to date,circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA)guided by three-dimensional (3-D) electroanatomic mapping (Carto, USA) has been one of the most favourable procedures for the treatment of AF.

  2. The Influence of Hospital Volume on Circumferential Resection Margin Involvement: Results of the Dutch Surgical Colorectal Audit.

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    Gietelink, Lieke; Henneman, Daniel; van Leersum, Nicoline J; de Noo, Mirre; Manusama, Eric; Tanis, Pieter J; Tollenaar, Rob A E M; Wouters, Michel W J M

    2016-04-01

    This population-based study evaluates the association between hospital volume and CRM (circumferential resection margin) involvement, adjusted for other confounders, in rectal cancer surgery. A low hospital volume (CRM involvement (odds ratio = 1.54; 95% CI: 1.12-2.11). PMID:25790120

  3. Burn-out, Circumferential Film Flow Distribution and Pressure Drop for an Eccentric Annulus with Heated Rod

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    Andersen, P. S.; Jensen, A.; Mannov, G.;

    1974-01-01

    Measurements of (1) burn-out, (2) circumferential film flow distribution, and (3) pressure drop in a 17 × 27.2 × 3500 mm concentric and eccentric annulus geometry are presented. The eccentric displacement was varied between 0 and 3 mm. The working fluid was water. Burn-out curves at 70 bar...... flow variation on burn-out is discussed....

  4. High speed OH-PLIF measurement of self-excited circumferential instabilities in an annular combustion chamber

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    Worth, Nicholas; Dawson, James

    2012-11-01

    Self-excited thermo-acoustic instabilities are a significant issue in the development of lean burn gas turbine combustors. Such instabilities arise through coupling of the unsteady heat release and acoustic waves, which can propagate both longitudinally and circumferentially in annular combustor geometries. Although a large number of studies have investigated longitudinal fluctuations in single axisymmetric flames, it is currently uncertain whether these results can be used to emulate circumferential oscillations in annular geometry. Therefore, the aim of the current project is to investigate the flame dynamics in an annular model gas turbine combustor during self-excited circumferential oscillations. Pressure measurements are used to characterise the circumferential oscillations, with high-speed OH chemiluminescence and OH-PLIF used to capture the flame dynamics. The flame structure and dynamics are significantly affected by both the proximity of neighbouring flames and the excitation mode; with different responses observed for small and large separation distances, and standing and spinning modes. These observations indicate that results from single flame investigations may only be representative of self-excited flames in annular geometry under in a limited set of conditions.

  5. Net-section limit moments and approximate J estimates for circumferential cracks at the interface between elbows and pipes

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    This paper firstly presents net-section limit moments for circumferential through-wall and part-through surface cracks at the interface between elbows and attached straight pipes under in-plane bending. Closed-form solutions are proposed based on fitting results from small strain FE limit analyses using elastic-perfectly plastic materials. Net-section limit moments for circumferential cracks at the interface between elbows and attached straight pipes are found to be close to those for cracks in the centre of elbows, implying that the location of the circumferential crack within an elbow has a minimal effect on the net-section limit moment. Accordingly it is also found that the assumption that the crack locates in a straight pipe could significantly overestimate the net-section limit load (and thus maximum load-carrying capacity) of the cracked component. Based on the proposed net-section limit moment, a method to estimate elastic-plastic J based on the reference stress approach is proposed for circumferential cracks at the interface between elbows and attached straight pipes under in-plane bending.

  6. Circumferential fusion is dominant over posterolateral fusion in a long-term perspective: cost-utility evaluation of a randomized controlled trial in severe, chronic low back pain

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    Soegaard, Rikke; Bünger, Cody E; Christiansen, Terkel;

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND DATA: The cost-effectiveness of circumferential fusion in a long-term perspective is uncertain but nonetheless highly relevant as the ISSLS prize winner 2006 in clinical studies reported the effect of circumferential fusion superior to the effect of posterolateral fusion. A recent trial found no...

  7. Finite Element Limit Pressures for Circumferential Through-Wall Cracks in the Interface between Elbow and Pipe

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    Among integrity assessment method based on a fracture mechanics concept for piping system, a limit load method is one of the important way to predict a maximum load carrying capacity in the materials with high ductility in the sense that it is used to either assess directly structural integrity of pipe based on fully plastic fracture mechanics or calculate elasticplastic fracture mechanics parameters based on reference stress concept. In nuclear power plants, piping system often involves elbows welded to straight pipe. Since welded regions are vulnerable to cracking, it is important to predict an accurate limit load for pipes with a crack in the interface between elbows and attached pipes. However, although extensive works have been made for developing limit analysis methods for cracked pipes, they were mainly for straight pipes. Recently, limit moment solutions for elbow that is attached to straight pipe with a circumferential through-wall crack(TWC) in the interface were proposed, whereas limit pressure for this geometry is not suggested yet. In this context, plastic limit pressures of circumferential TWCs between elbow and straight pipe were calculated in the present study considering geometric parameters such as an elbow curvature, a pipe size and a crack length. In the present study, the FE plastic limit analyses for circumferential TWC in the interface between elbow and pipe under internal pressure were conducted based on elastic perfectly plastic assumption. Based on the present FE results, it is found that plastic limit pressures of straight pipes with circumferential TWC are not appropriate for predicting plastic limit pressures of circumferential TWC in the interface between elbow and pipe for shorter crack length

  8. Finite Element Limit Pressures for Circumferential Through-Wall Cracks in the Interface between Elbow and Pipe

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    Jang, Yoon-Young; Han, Tae-Song; Huh, Nam-Su [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Jae-Uk [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Among integrity assessment method based on a fracture mechanics concept for piping system, a limit load method is one of the important way to predict a maximum load carrying capacity in the materials with high ductility in the sense that it is used to either assess directly structural integrity of pipe based on fully plastic fracture mechanics or calculate elasticplastic fracture mechanics parameters based on reference stress concept. In nuclear power plants, piping system often involves elbows welded to straight pipe. Since welded regions are vulnerable to cracking, it is important to predict an accurate limit load for pipes with a crack in the interface between elbows and attached pipes. However, although extensive works have been made for developing limit analysis methods for cracked pipes, they were mainly for straight pipes. Recently, limit moment solutions for elbow that is attached to straight pipe with a circumferential through-wall crack(TWC) in the interface were proposed, whereas limit pressure for this geometry is not suggested yet. In this context, plastic limit pressures of circumferential TWCs between elbow and straight pipe were calculated in the present study considering geometric parameters such as an elbow curvature, a pipe size and a crack length. In the present study, the FE plastic limit analyses for circumferential TWC in the interface between elbow and pipe under internal pressure were conducted based on elastic perfectly plastic assumption. Based on the present FE results, it is found that plastic limit pressures of straight pipes with circumferential TWC are not appropriate for predicting plastic limit pressures of circumferential TWC in the interface between elbow and pipe for shorter crack length.

  9. A numerical investigation of constraint effects in circumferentially cracked pipes and fracture specimens including ductile tearing

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    This work addresses a two-parameter description of crack-tip fields in bend and tensile fracture specimens incorporating the evolution of near-tip stresses following stable crack growth with increased values of the crack driving force as characterized by J. The primary objective of this study is twofold. First, the present investigation broadens current understanding on the role of constraint and test conditions in defect assessment procedures for pipeline girth welds using SE(T) and SE(B) specimens. Second, the work addresses the potential coupled effects of geometry and ductile tearing on crack-tip constraint as characterized by the J−Q theory which enables more accurate correlations of crack growth resistance behavior in conventional fracture specimens. Plane-strain and 3-D finite element computations including stationary and growth analyses are conducted for 3P SE(B) and clamped SE(T) specimens having different notch depth (a) to specimen width (W) ratio in the range 0.1 ≤ a/W ≤ 0.5. Additional 3-D finite element analyses are also performed for circumferentially cracked pipes with a surface flaw having different crack depth (a) over pipe wall thickness (t) ratios and fixed crack length. A computational cell methodology to model Mode I crack extension in ductile materials is utilized to describe the evolution of J with the accompanying evolving near-tip opening stresses. Laboratory testing of an API 5L X70 steel at room temperature using standard, deeply cracked C(T) specimens is used to measure the crack growth resistance curve for the material and to calibrate the key cell parameter defined by the initial void fraction, f0. A key result emerging from this study is that shallow crack SE(B) specimens can accurately and conservately produce crack growth resistance curves that describe well the measuring toughness capacity of circumferentially cracked pipes under remote bending. The present results provide additional understanding of the effects of

  10. Influence of circumferential flaw length on internal burst pressure of a wall-thinned pipe

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    Highlights: ► The effect of θ on pf was examined by experimental analysis and FEA. ► Here θ is the circumferential angle of a flaw, pf is the internal burst pressure. ► pf decreased as θ increased in some cases. ► The effect of θ on pf should be taken into consideration in evaluating pf. -- Abstract: This paper examines the effect of the circumferential angle of a flaw θ on the internal burst pressure pf of pipes with artificial wall-thinned flaws. The effect of θ has conventionally been regarded as unimportant in the evaluation of the pf of wall-thinned straight pipes. Therefore, a burst pressure equation for an axial crack inside a cylinder (Fig. 1, left), such as Kiefner's equation (Kiefner et al., 1973), has been widely applied (ANSI/ASME B31.G., 1991; Hasegawa et al., 2011). However, the following implicit assumptions notably exist when applying the equation to planar flaws in situations with non-planar flaws. 1)The fracture mode of the non-planar flaw under consideration is identical to that of the crack. 2)The effect of θ on pf, which is not considered for an axial crack, is small or negligible. However, the experimental results from the systematic burst tests for carbon steel pipes with artificial wall-thinned flaws examined in this paper showed that these implicit assumptions may be incorrect. In this paper the experimental results are evaluated in further detail. The purpose of the evaluation was to clarify the effect of θ on pf. Specifically, the significance of the flaw configuration (axial length δz and wall-thinning ratio t1/t) was studied for its effects on θ and pf. In addition, a simulation of this effect was conducted using a large strain elastic-plastic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model. As observed from the experimental results, θ tended to affect pf in cases with large δz, and t1/t was also correlated with a decrease in pf with an increase in θ. These tendencies were successfully simulated by the large strain elastic

  11. Development of a J-estimation scheme for internal circumferential and axial surface cracks in elbows

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    This report summarizes efforts to develop elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analyses for internal surface cracks in elbows. The analyses involved development of a GE/EPRI type J-estimation scheme which requires an elastic and fully plastic contribution to crack-driving force in terms of the J-integral parameter. The elastic analyses require the development of F-function values to relate the Je term to applied loads. Similarly, the fully plastic analyses require the development of h-functions to relate the Jp term to the applied loads. The F- and h-functions were determined from a matrix of finite element analyses. To minimize the cost of the analyses, three-dimensional ABAQUS finite element analyses were compared to a simpler finite element technique called the line-spring method. The line-spring method provides a significant computational savings over the full three-dimensional analysis. The comparison showed excellent agreement between the line-spring and three-dimensional analysis. This experience was consistent with comparisons with circumferential surface-crack analyses in straight pipes during the NRC's Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds program

  12. Prediction of pressure tube ballooning under non-uniform circumferential temperature gradients and high internal pressure

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    In some accident scenarios in CANDU reactors the pressure tube is expected to reach sufficiently high temperature at high internal pressure such that the pressure tube expands radially, i.e., the pressure tube balloons.Under these conditions it is of importance to the assessment of fuel channel integrity to be able to accurately predict the timing and extent of pressure tube ballooning. If the circumferential temperature gradient on the pressure tube is non-uniform, the resulting transverse hoop stress is non-uniform and the pressure tube experiences a non-uniform ballooning. This could result in a failure of the pressure tube before it balloons into contact with the surrounding calandria tube. The fuel channel integrity code SMARTT (Simulation Method for Azimuthal and Radial Temperature Transients) is used to predict the ballooning of CANDU Zr-2.5wt%Nb pressure tubes. The pressure tube strain rate calculation in SMARTT was extracted and used as the basis for the code PTSTRAIN which was constructed to model pressure tube ballooning with the temperature of the pressure tube and the internal pressure specified as the boundary conditions for the calculation. The main objectives of this paper are to describe the comparison of the predictions of this code against two different sets of experiments which were performed with defected and non-defected pressure tubes, and to provide further validation of the pressure tube ballooning model against independent experiments. (author)

  13. Fracture behavior evaluations for ferritic steel piping with circumferential double flaws on the inner surface

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    Methods for assessing the structural integrity of nuclear components having some flaws are provided in the Rules on Fitness-for-Service for Nuclear Power Plants of the JSME code (JSME FFS code). Although the JSME FFS code provides such methods for piping with a single flaw, it does not describe any method for fracture assessment of piping with multiple flaws including flaw coalescence criteria. Some investigations on the fracture behavior of mainly austenitic stainless steel piping with multiple flaws, whose fracture mode is plastic collapse, have recently been reported and fracture assessment methods have been proposed. In the present study, fracture tests and analyses of carbon steel piping with a single and two circumferential flaw(s) on the inner surface were conducted to investigate a method for fracture assessment of ferritic steel piping with multiple flaws. It was found that fracture assessment based on the twice elastic slope method and the plastic collapse mechanism gave inadequate results for a large single flaw. Including this case, two kinds of elastic–plastic fracture assessment method, one using the Z-factor in the JSME FFS code and the other by ductile instability analysis, gave conservative estimates of fracture strength even when the structural factor SF was not considered (i.e. SF = 1)

  14. The Prognostic Value of Circumferential Resection Margin Involvement in Patients with Extraperitoneal Rectal Cancer.

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    Shin, Dong Woo; Shin, Jin Yong; Oh, Sung Jin; Park, Jong Kwon; Yu, Hyeon; Ahn, Min Sung; Bae, Ki Beom; Hong, Kwan Hee; Ji, Yong Il

    2016-04-01

    The prognostic influence of circumferential resection margin (CRM) status in extraperitoneal rectal cancer probably differs from that of intraperitoneal rectal cancer because of its different anatomical and biological behaviors. However, previous reports have not provided the data focused on extraperitoneal rectal cancer. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the prognostic significance of the CRM status in patients with extraperitoneal rectal cancer. From January 2005 to December 2008, 248 patients were treated for extraperitoneal rectal cancer and enrolled in a prospectively collected database. Extraperitoneal rectal cancer was defined based on tumors located below the anterior peritoneal reflection, as determined intraoperatively by a surgeon. Cox model was used for multivariate analysis to examine risk factors of recurrence and mortality in the 248 patients, and multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors of recurrence and mortality in 135 patients with T3 rectal cancer. CRM involvement for extraperitoneal rectal cancer was present in 29 (11.7%) of the 248 patients, and was the identified predictor of local recurrence, overall recurrence, and death by multivariate Cox analysis. In the 135 patients with T3 cancer, CRM involvement was found to be associated with higher probability of local recurrence and mortality. In extraperitoneal rectal cancer, CRM involvement is an independent risk factor of recurrence and survival. Based on the results of the present study, it seems that CRM involvement in extraperitoneal rectal cancer is considered an indicator for (neo)adjuvant therapy rather than conventional TN status. PMID:27097629

  15. Tensile and Fracture Properties of Circumferentially Notched Tensile Specimens of Stainless Steel Weldments

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    The tensile and fracture properties of different types of austenitic stainless steel weldments were determined using round notched tensile specimens. These included 304L, 316L and 6%Mo super austenitic stainless steels and their weld metals. The triaxial state of stress, the plastic constraint and the plane strain conditions developed ahead of the notch root make notched specimens eligible for the evaluation of fracture toughness. This was achieved through the testing procedure: J-evaluation on tensile test (JETT) using circumferentially notched round bar specimens. The JETT index was taken as a measure of the relevant elastic-plastic fracture toughness of the tested materials. In the case of austenitic stainless steels being too ductile at room temperature the resulted JETT were of relatively higher values than the fracture toughness values determined from the standard fracture mechanics test methods. This could be related to the difference in the stress state ahead of the sharp crack of the standard fracture mechanics specimen and that of the blunt notch of the tensile specimen. The results showed that the 6% Mo weld metal ranked highest while the 316L weld metal ranked lowest regarding JETT fracture toughness values. The deformation mechanisms pertinent to austenitic stainless steels (generation of stacking faults and formation of strain induced martensite) were employed for the interpretation of the experimental results.

  16. Simplified method of calculating residual stress in circumferential welding of piping

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    Many circumferential joints of piping are used in as-welded state, but in these welded joints, the residual stress as high as the yield stress of materials arises, and causes to accelerate stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue. The experiment or the finite element method to clarify welding residual stress requires much time and labor, and is expensive, therefore, the author proposed the simplified method of calculation. The heating and cooling process of welding is very complex, and cannot be modeled as it is, therefore, it was assumed that in multiple layer welding, the welding condition of the last layer determines the residual stress, that material constants are invariable regardless of temperature, that the temperature distribution and residual stress are axisymmetric, and that there is repeated stress-strain relation in the vicinity of welded parts. The temperature distribution at the time of welding, thermal stress and welding residual stress are analyzed, and the material constants used for the calculation of residual stress are given. As the example of calculation, the effect of welding heat input and materials is shown. The extension of the method to a thick-walled pipe is discussed. (Kako, I.)

  17. Myocardial perfusion changes following 1 year of exercise training assessed by thallium-201 circumferential count profiles

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    The effect of exercise training on myocardial perfusion was assessed using initial and 1-year thallium-201 (Tl-201) exercise studies in 56 patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Subjects had been randomized into a trained group participating in supervised exercise three times per week and a control group. Indices (non-dimensional units) based on computer-analyzed circumferential count profile from nine regions of the heart, assessed in three projections, were used to eliminate observer bias and more accurately quantitate Tl-201 distribution and 4-hour washout. There was serial improvement of the global distribution count profiles in 21 of 27 (77.8%) of the trained and in 9 of 29 (31.0%) of the control subjects (p less than 0.001). The mean interval change in global initial distribution over the year period was 5 +/- 13 (mean +/- SD) in the trained and -6 +/- 14 in the control groups (p less than 0.003). The mean initial distribution of the trained group had improvement in all nine regions (significant in three), while the control group showed mean improvement in only one of nine regions. Additionally, the trained group showed improvement in the mean washout in five of nine regions (significant in three), while no mean regional washout improvement occurred in the control group. Thus, in this group of patients with stable CAD, exercise training resulted in apparently improved cardiac perfusion evidenced by enhance Tl-201 uptake and washout

  18. The stability of through-wall circumferential cracks in cylindrical pipes subjected to bending loads

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    Tada, Paris and Gamble have used the tearing modulus approach to show that when a circumferential through-wall crack exists in a 304 SS circular cylindrical pipe, and the pipe is subjected to an applied bending moment, then crack growth requires the rotation at the pipe-ends to be increased, (i.e. crack growth is stable), unless the pipe length is unduly large. On this basis it was concluded that unstable fracture is unlikely to occur in BWR SS piping, when the system is designed in accord with the ASME Code load levels for normal operation and anticipated transients. The Tada-Paris-Gamble analysis focuses on the inter-relation between instability and the onset of crack extension, and does not specifically consider the possibility that a crack might become unstable after some stable crack extension. The paper addresses this aspect of the crack stability problem using a crack tip opening angle criterion for crack extension, which has similarities with the tearing modulus approach. The results show that unstable fracture should not occur even after some stable crack extension, again provided that the pipe length is not unduly large. In other words, guillotine failure of a pipe in a BWR system is unlikely, even though the ASME Code limiting stress levels as might be exceeded, as may be the case with a very severe earthquake. (orig./HP)

  19. J-integral study of elbow with circumferential through-wall crack

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    The elbow is an important component in nuclear piping system, and also is the location where crack easily occurrs. To ensure the structural integrity of the nuclear piping system, a fracture mechanics analysis for the cracked elbows will be necessarily performed. In this paper, the 3-D elastic-plastic fracture mechanics methodology is used to study the elbows with a through-wall circumferential crack by using of ABAQUS software, and some numerical results for J-integral are obtained. the calculated results show that the influence of bending radius on J-integral is not associated with locations of the cracks. It is, however, intimate to sizes of the cracks. The effects on the J-integral for elbows with small size of cracks are insignificant. As to the J-integral for elbows with large size of cracks, the value of the J-integral is reduced as the Rb/R ratio of bending radii increases. In the case that the end rotating angle is kept unchanged, the relation between R/t ratio and J-integral is approximately linear, i.e., a linear interpolation can be used. (authors)

  20. Feasibility of radial and circumferential strain analysis using 2D speckle tracking echocardiography in cats.

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    Takano, Hiroshi; Isogai, Tomomi; Aoki, Takuma; Wakao, Yoshito; Fujii, Yoko

    2015-02-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the feasibility of strain analysis using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in cats and to evaluate STE variables in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Sixteen clinically healthy cats and 17 cats with HCM were used. Radial and circumferential strain and strain rate variables in healthy cats were measured using STE to assess the feasibility. Comparisons of global strain and strain variables between healthy cats and cats with HCM were performed. Segmental assessments of left ventricle (LV) wall for strain and strain rate variables in cats with HCM were also performed. As a result, technically adequate images were obtained in 97.6% of the segments for STE analysis. Sedation using buprenorphine and acepromazine did not affect any global strain nor strain rate variable. In LV segments of cats with HCM, reduced segmental radial strain and strain rate variables had significantly related with segmental LV hypertrophy. It is concluded that STE analysis using short axis images of LV appeared to be clinically feasible in cats, having the possibility to be useful for detecting myocardial dysfunctions in cats with diseased heart. PMID:25373881

  1. Leak before break behaviour of austenitic and ferritic pipes containing circumferential defects

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    Stadtmueller, W.; Sturm, D.

    1997-04-01

    Several research projects carried out at MPA Stuttgart to investigate the Leak-before-Break (LBB) behavior of safety relevant pressure bearing components are summarized. Results presented relate to pipes containing circumferential defects subjected to internal pressure and external bending loading. An overview of the experimentally determined results for ferritic components is presented. For components containing postulated or actual defects, the dependence of the critical loading limit on the defect size is shown in the form of LBB curves. These are determined experimentally and/or by calculation for through-wall slits, and represent the boundary curve between leakage and massive fracture. For surface defects and a given bending moment and internal pressure, no fracture will occur if the length at leakage remains smaller than the critical defect length given by the LBB curve for through-wall defects. The predictive capability of engineering calculational methods are presented by way of example. The investigation programs currently underway, testing techniques, and initial results are outlined.

  2. Residual Stresses Due to Circumferential Girth Welding of Austenitic Stainless Steel Pipes

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    Tarak, Farzan

    Welding, as a joining method in fabrication of engineering products and structural elements, has a direct influence on thermo-mechanical behavior of components in numerous structural applications. Since these thermo-mechanical behaviors have a major role in the life of welding components, predicting thermo-mechanical effects of welding is a major factor in designing of welding components. One of the major of these effects is generation of residual stresses due to welding. These residual stresses are not the causes of failure in the components solely, but they will add to external loads and stresses in operating time. Since, experimental methods are time consuming and expensive, computational simulation of welding process is an effective method to calculate these residual stresses. This investigation focuses on the evaluation of residual stresses and distortions due to circumferential girth welding of austenitic stainless steel pipes using the commercial finite element software ESI Visual-Environment and SYSWELDRTM to simulate welding process. Of particular importance is the comparison of results from three different types of mechanics models: 1) Axisymmetric, 2) Shell, and 3) Full 3-D.

  3. Interactions of a propeller with a stator-induced circumferentially varying flow

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    Farnsworth, John [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Troy, NY (United States); US Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Colorado Springs, CO (United States); Amitay, Michael [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Troy, NY (United States); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC), Troy, NY (United States); Beal, David; Huyer, Stephen A. [Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division, Vehicle Dynamics and Signature Control, Newport, RI (United States)

    2012-02-15

    The interactions of a circumferentially varying stator cascade and a downstream fixed pitch propeller were investigated experimentally. The global performance of the components and the coupled system were systematically investigated through force and moment measurements on the propulsor model in a water tunnel. In addition, the wake of the cyclic stator cascade with and without the propeller was investigated downstream from a propulsor model using the Stereoscopic PIV technique. A cyclic distribution of the stators' deflections resulted in non-axisymmetric distributions of the flow field downstream of the stator array. The stator distribution alone produced a significant side force that increased linearly with stator pitch amplitude. When a propeller was incorporated downstream from the cyclic cascade, the side force from the stator cascade was reduced, but a small normal force and pitching moment were created. The generation of these secondary forces and moments can be related to the redistribution of the tangential flow from the cyclic cascade into the axial direction by the retreating and advancing blade states of the fixed pitch propeller. (orig.)

  4. Simultaneously Combined Anterior-Posterior Approaches for Subaxial Cervical Circumferential Reconstruction in a Sitting Position.

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    Han, Yue; Xia, Qun; Hu, Yong-cheng; Zhang, Ji-dong; Lan, Jie; Ma, Xin-long

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this article is to introduce and analyze the feasibility of simultaneously combined anterior-posterior approaches for subaxial cervical circumferential reconstruction in sitting position. A retrospective case review was performed for above surgery procedure. A 79-year-old man was confirmed subaxial cervical fracture and dislocation with facet locked by radiological examination, and the involved levels were C5-6. According to American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) classification, the impairment scale was grade B. And the Subaxial Cervical Spine Injury and Severity Score (SLIC) were 9. The patient was restricted in sitting position with traction on a halo in extension to immobilize the head during the operation. A posterior laminectomy and pedicle screws insertion to the involved cervical spine was performed firstly. And then the anterior discectomy and strut graft were accomplished through an anterior cervical approach. The final fixation was finished by clamping the strut graft with pedicle screw system. Total blood loss was 600 ml and the total operating time was 150 min. The patient was followed up for 6 months. The symptom of neck pain improved distinctly and no evidence about implant failure was noted. Neurological status improvement was confirmed and the ASIA scale was improved to grade C. We believed that the simultaneously combined anterior-posterior approach in sitting position was safe and more advantageous for appropriate cases. PMID:26790982

  5. Stress-intensity-factor influence coefficients for axial and circumferential flaws in reactor pressure vessels

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    Weight-function techniques in linear elastic fracture mechanics utilize stress-intensity-factor influence coefficients K* and superposition principles to compute stress intensity factors. This paper presents influence coefficients for two flaw geometries often employed in fracture analyses of reactor pressure vessels: (1) infinitely long, axial, inside-surface flaws and (2) 360 degrees, circumferential, inside-surface flaws. Calculations were performed using ABAQUS, a nuclear quality assurance (NQA-1) certified finite-element program which employs a highly accurate crack extension technique for the computation of theJ-integral. Influence coefficients are computed for flaw depths in the range 0.01 ≤ a/T ≤ 0.9 with particular emphasis on shallow flaws (a/T ≤ 0. 1). This study addresses vessels having R/T = 10 which is appropriate for most PWRs in USA. The influence coefficients have been implemented in the FAVOR fracture-mechanics code currently being developed under the NRC-funded HSST Program at ORNL

  6. Mismatch Limit Load Analyses for V-groove Welded Pipe with Through-wall Circumferential Defect in Centre of Weld

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    The present work reports the mismatch limit loads for a V-groove welded pipe for a circumferential crack using finite element (FE) analyses. To integrate the effect of groove angles on mismatch limit loads, one geometry related slenderness parameter was modified by relevant geometric parameters including the groove angle, crack depth, and root opening based on plastic deformation patterns in the theory of plasticity. Circumferential through-wall cracks are located at the centre of the weldments with two different groove angles (45 .deg., 90 .deg.). With regard to the loading conditions, axial (longitudinal) tension and bending are applied for all cases. For the parent and weld metal, elastic-perfectly plastic materials are considered to simulate and analyze under- and over-matching conditions in plasticity. The overall results from the proposed solutions are found to be similar to the FE results

  7. Accuracy of High-Resolution MRI with Lumen Distention in Rectal Cancer Staging and Circumferential Margin Involvement Prediction

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    Iannicelli, Elsa; Di Renzo, Sara; ferri, mario; Pilozzi, Emanuela; Di Girolamo, Marco; Sapori, Alessandra; Ziparo, Vincenzo; David, Vincenzo

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with lumen distention for rectal cancer staging and circumferential resection margin (CRM) involvement prediction. Materials and Methods Seventy-three patients with primary rectal cancer underwent high-resolution MRI with a phased-array coil performed using 60-80 mL room air rectal distention, 1-3 weeks before surgery. MRI results were compared to postoperative histopathological findings. The overall MRI T staging accuracy...

  8. Different bone regeneration patterns in periimplant circumferential gap defects grafted with two types of osteoconductive biomaterial.

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    Lee, Jung-Seok; Sohn, Joo-Yeon; Lim, Hyun-Chang; Jung, Ui-Won; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2016-08-01

    This study aimed to determine healing patterns in periimplant gap defect grafted with demineralized bovine bone mineral (DBBM) and porous titanium granules (PTG), which are known to induce a minimal tissue reaction and to undergo minimal biodegradation in healing process. Experiments were performed using a standardized periimplant gap-defect model in dogs with two observational periods: 4 and 8 weeks. Circumferential defects were surgically induced around dental implants on unilateral mandibles in five dogs, and collagen barrier membranes were placed over the DBBM and PTG grafts at two experimental sites and over a nongrafted site. Four weeks later, the same procedures were performed on the contralateral mandible, and the animals allowed to heal for a further 4 weeks, after which they were sacrificed and their mandibles with graft/control sites harvested for histologic evaluation. Both types of grafted biomaterials significantly enhanced the defect fill with newly formed bone, but the bone-to-implant contact (BIC) was significantly increased only at sites that had been grafted with DBBM. The two experimental sites exhibited different healing patterns, with new bone formation being observed on the surface of the DBBM particles throughout the defect, while there was no de novo bone formation on the PTG surface, but rather appositional bone growth from the base and lateral walls of the defect. It has been suggested that gap-defect filling with DBBM around dental implants may enhance both BIC and defect fill; however, the present findings show that defect grafting with PTG enhances only defect fill and not BIC. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 1202-1209, 2016. PMID:26087247

  9. Early-phase changes of P-wave characteristics after circumferential pulmonary vein isolation

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    ZHAO Liang; JIANG Wei-feng; ZHOU Li; LIU Xu

    2013-01-01

    Background Circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI),as the basal ablation strategy for treating atrial fibrillation (AF),not only isolates the connection between the left atrium (LA) and the pulmonary veins (PVs),but also induces extensive atrial endocardia damage.This could have an effect on the sinus pulse conduction in the LA and subsequently result in changes of P-wave characteristics of surface electrocardiogram (ECG).Methods Fifty consecutive patients underwent CPVI for symptomatic drug-refractory paroxysmal AF.The 12-lead ECGs were recorded one day before CPVI and seven days after CPVI at sinus rhythm by a standard resting ECG device.Measured characteristics of the P-wave consisted of P-wave duration (PWD),P-wave amplitude (PWA),P-wave polarity (PWP),P-wave notch,P-wave dispersion and P-wave index.Results After CPVI,a prevalent decrease of PWD,PWA,and P-wave dispersion was observed; a transition of P-wave polarity was observed in the leads of Ⅲ,aVL and aVF.The rate of P-wave notch decreased significantly in all leads,especially in the leads of Ⅱ,Ⅲ,aVF and V3.Patients with sinus rhythm had a shorter P-wave dispersion and P-wave index and had a lower rate of P-wave notch compared with the patients with recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmia.Conclusion Observations from using the surface ECG showed that CPVI has instant effects on the electrical conduction in the LA,and several changes of P-wave characteristics associated with development of AF are improved by CPVI.

  10. Single-stage Posterior Spondylectomy,Circumferential Decompression and Reconstruction Using Mesh Cage for Spinal Tumors

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    Yong Zhu; Hong Zhao; Giu-xing Qiu; Jian-guo Zhang; Ye Tian; Shu-gang Li; Suo-mao Yuan

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the feasibility and clinical results of circumferential decompression and threecolumn reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach for spinal tumor treatment.Methods Totally,24 patients with spinal tumor underwent tumor resection and spinal reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach.Preoperatively,according to the Frankel classification,12 patients were grade E,9 grade D,and 3 grade C.Anterior column was reconstructed with non-expandable titanium cages.Posterior segmental instrumentation was used to maintain the stability of spine in all cases.Anterior and posterolateral fusion was performed with autograft and allogenic bone.The following data were followed up in these patients:deformity angle,local recurrence,neurological function,and spinal bony fusion.Results The average operating time and blood loss was 5.6 hours and 3 400 ml respectively.No intraoperative and postoperative complications were observed in this group.Postoperatively,21 patients were Frankel grade E,2 grade D,and 1 grade C.Four patients reported significant functional restoration and twenty patients reported complete resolution of pain.At follow-up(range,6-42 months),implant failure or recurrent neurological symptoms was not found.Conclusions The tumor resection and spinal reconstruction through single-stage posterior transpedicular approach is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of spinal tumor.It can fully decompress the neurological structures,correct the kyphosis,and achieve early weight-bearing.This technique can improve life quality for the patients with spinal tumor.

  11. Value of the magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of the circumferential resection margin (CRM) in patients with rectal cancer

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    Purpose: To determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can predict tumor involvement of the circumferential resection margin (CRM) in patients with rectal cancer. Materials and methods: Between april 2005 and march 2008, 70 consecutive patients (mean age 64, range 34-78 years), 40 F and 30 M, with endoscopy and biopsy- proven middle and lower rectal cancer. Non contrast enhanced MRI was performed on a Siemens Avanto 1.5 T. A phased array coil was used and T2 weighted thin section sequences (TR/TE 4200/88, slice thickness 3mm, gap 0, matrix 256 x 256, field of view 150 x 150 mm) were performed in axial, sagittal and coronal orientations. Patients received a 150 ml glycerin enema before examination. No air insufflations or intramuscular antispasmodic was used. The shortest distance from the tumor edge to the circumferential margin was measured. A distance ≤ ?2 mm, analyzed in axial slices, was considered as definition of circumferential margin involvement. Results: The CRM was 2 mm in both MRI and histopathological findings in 26 patients. In 8 cases the CRM was shorter on MRI than in histopathological sections. In 32 patients the CRM was respected in both exams and 4 patients were considered positive on histopathological findings but negative in MRI. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for prediction of tumor involvement of CRM were 86%, 80%, 76% and 88%, respectively. Conclusions: MRI gives reliable information on tumor involvement of the CRM in patients with rectal cancer. This may provide accurate identification of an important prognostic risk factor in patients prior to surgical treatment. (authors)

  12. Contribution to the Evaluation of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar for Fracture Toughness Determination of Reactor Pressure

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    The subject of this PhD dissertation is the use of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar (CRB) for fracture toughness measurements. The main advantages of CRB are the relatively small size requirements of the testing specimens, the low cost to machine the specimen, the rotating bending fatigue allowing for easy precracking of specimens, the use of standard tensile test fixture and the axisymmetry of the specimen that avoids time consuming 3D finite element calculations. An in-depth study of the most widely used precracking technique for CRB, namely the rotating bending fatigue, is made

  13. Fracture Toughness (K1C) evaluation for dual phase medium carbon low alloy steels using circumferential notched tensile (CNT) specimens

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    Kenneth Kanayo Alaneme

    2011-01-01

    The fracture behavior of dual phase medium carbon low alloy steels produced using two different chemical compositions (A - 0.34C, 0.75Mn, 0.12Cr, 0.13Ni steel and B - 0.3C, 0.97Mn, 0.15Cr steel) was investigated using circumferential notched tensile (CNT) specimens. Intercritical treatments were performed on samples with composition A by 1) austenitizing at 860 °C for 1 hour cooling in air, then treating at 770 °C for 30 minutes before oil quenching; 2) austenitizing at 860 °C for 1 hour quen...

  14. Influence of the circumferential speed of a resin bond grinding wheel on the properties of a ground aspheric surface

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    Matoušek, O.; Tomka, David; Procháska, František; Polák, Jaroslav

    Vol. 9442. Bellingham: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2015 - (Kovačičinová, J.; Vít, T.), 94420T-94420T. (SPIE). ISBN 978-1-62841-557-5. ISSN 0277-786X. [Optics and Measurement Conference 2014 (OaM 2014). Liberec (CZ), 07.10.2014-10.10.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1206 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Aspheric grinding * resin bond * tool circumferential speed optimization Subject RIV: JP - Industrial Processing http://spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Paper/10.1117/12.2175630

  15. Contribution to the Evaluation of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar for Fracture Toughness Determination of Reactor Pressure

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    Scibetta, M

    1999-06-01

    The subject of this PhD dissertation is the use of the Circumferentially-Cracked Round Bar (CRB) for fracture toughness measurements. The main advantages of CRB are the relatively small size requirements of the testing specimens, the low cost to machine the specimen, the rotating bending fatigue allowing for easy precracking of specimens, the use of standard tensile test fixture and the axisymmetry of the specimen that avoids time consuming 3D finite element calculations. An in-depth study of the most widely used precracking technique for CRB, namely the rotating bending fatigue, is made.

  16. Polysaccharide Degradation

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    Stone, Bruce A.; Svensson, Birte; Collins, Michelle E.; Rastall, Robert A.

    An overview of current and potential enzymes used to degrade polysaccharides is presented. Such depolymerases are comprised of glycoside hydrolases, glycosyl transferases, phosphorylases and lyases, and their classification, active sites and action patterns are discussed. Additionally, the mechanisms that these enzymes use to cleave glycosidic linkages is reviewed as are inhibitors of depolymerase activity; reagents which react with amino acid residues, glycoside derivatives, transition state inhibitors and proteinaceous inhibitors. The characterization of various enzymes of microbial, animal or plant origin has led to their widespread use in the production of important oligosaccharides which can be incorporated into food stuffs. Sources of polysaccharides of particular interest in this chapter are those from plants and include inulin, dextran, xylan and pectin, as their hydrolysis products are purported to be functional foods in the context of gastrointestinal health. An alternative use of degraded polysaccharides is in the treatment of disease. The possibility exists to treat bacterial exopolysaccharide with lyases from bacteriophage to produce oligosaccharides exhibiting bioactive sequences. Although this area is currently in its infancy the knowledge is available to investigate further.

  17. Quantitative circumferential strain analysis using adenosine triphosphate-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance to evaluate regional contractile dysfunction in ischemic heart disease

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    Highlights: • Infarcted segments could be differentiated from non-ischemic and ischemic segments with high sensitivity and specificity under at rest conditions. • The time-to-peak circumferential strain values in infarcted segments were more significantly delayed than those in non-ischemic and ischemic segments. • Both circumferential strain and circumferential systolic strain rate values under ATP-stress conditions were significantly lower in ischemic segments than in non-ischemic segments. • Subtracting stress and rest circumferential strain had a higher diagnostic capability for ischemia relative to only utilizing rest or ATP-stress circumferential strain values. • A circumferential strain analysis using tagged MR can quantitatively assess contractile dysfunction in ischemic and infarcted myocardium. - Abstract: Purpose: We evaluated whether a quantitative circumferential strain (CS) analysis using adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can depict myocardial ischemia as contractile dysfunction during stress in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated whether it can differentiate between non-ischemia, myocardial ischemia, and infarction. We assessed its diagnostic performance in comparison with ATP-stress myocardial perfusion MR and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-MR imaging. Methods: In 38 patients suspected of having CAD, myocardial segments were categorized as non-ischemic (n = 485), ischemic (n = 74), or infarcted (n = 49) from the results of perfusion MR and LGE-MR. The peak negative CS value, peak circumferential systolic strain rate (CSR), and time-to-peak CS were measured in 16 segments. Results: A cutoff value of −12.0% for CS at rest allowed differentiation between infarcted and other segments with a sensitivity of 79%, specificity of 76%, accuracy of 76%, and an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.81. Additionally, a cutoff value of 477.3 ms for time-to-peak CS at rest

  18. Quantitative circumferential strain analysis using adenosine triphosphate-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance to evaluate regional contractile dysfunction in ischemic heart disease

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    Nakamura, Masashi, E-mail: m.nakamura1230@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Tomoyuki [Department of Radiology, Saiseikai Matsuyama Hospital, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Kido, Teruhito; Tanabe, Yuki; Matsuda, Takuya; Nishiyama, Yoshiko; Miyagawa, Masao; Mochizuki, Teruhito [Department of Radiology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-city, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Infarcted segments could be differentiated from non-ischemic and ischemic segments with high sensitivity and specificity under at rest conditions. • The time-to-peak circumferential strain values in infarcted segments were more significantly delayed than those in non-ischemic and ischemic segments. • Both circumferential strain and circumferential systolic strain rate values under ATP-stress conditions were significantly lower in ischemic segments than in non-ischemic segments. • Subtracting stress and rest circumferential strain had a higher diagnostic capability for ischemia relative to only utilizing rest or ATP-stress circumferential strain values. • A circumferential strain analysis using tagged MR can quantitatively assess contractile dysfunction in ischemic and infarcted myocardium. - Abstract: Purpose: We evaluated whether a quantitative circumferential strain (CS) analysis using adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-stress/rest 3-T tagged magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can depict myocardial ischemia as contractile dysfunction during stress in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated whether it can differentiate between non-ischemia, myocardial ischemia, and infarction. We assessed its diagnostic performance in comparison with ATP-stress myocardial perfusion MR and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-MR imaging. Methods: In 38 patients suspected of having CAD, myocardial segments were categorized as non-ischemic (n = 485), ischemic (n = 74), or infarcted (n = 49) from the results of perfusion MR and LGE-MR. The peak negative CS value, peak circumferential systolic strain rate (CSR), and time-to-peak CS were measured in 16 segments. Results: A cutoff value of −12.0% for CS at rest allowed differentiation between infarcted and other segments with a sensitivity of 79%, specificity of 76%, accuracy of 76%, and an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.81. Additionally, a cutoff value of 477.3 ms for time-to-peak CS at rest

  19. The Aerodynamic Performance of an Over-the-Rotor Liner With Circumferential Grooves on a High Bypass Ratio Turbofan Rotor

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    Bozak, Richard F.; Hughes, Christopher E.; Buckley, James

    2013-01-01

    While liners have been utilized throughout turbofan ducts to attenuate fan noise, additional attenuation is obtainable by placing an acoustic liner over-the-rotor. Previous experiments have shown significant fan performance losses when acoustic liners are installed over-the-rotor. The fan blades induce an oscillating flow in the acoustic liners which results in a performance loss near the blade tip. An over-the-rotor liner was designed with circumferential grooves between the fan blade tips and the acoustic liner to reduce the oscillating flow in the acoustic liner. An experiment was conducted in the W-8 Single-Stage Axial Compressor Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center on a 1.5 pressure ratio fan to evaluate the impact of this over-the-rotor treatment design on fan aerodynamic performance. The addition of a circumferentially grooved over-the-rotor design between the fan blades and the acoustic liner reduced the performance loss, in terms of fan adiabatic efficiency, to less than 1 percent which is within the repeatability of this experiment.

  20. Estimation schemes to evaluate elastic-plastic J and COD for throughwall circumferentially cracked elbow under closing moment

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    Leak-before-break (LBB) assessment of primary heat transport piping of nuclear reactors involves detailed fracture assessment of pipes and elbows with postulated throughwall cracks. Fracture assessment requires the calculation of elastic-plastic J-integral and crack opening displacement (COD)1 for these piping components. Analytical estimation schemes to evaluate elastic-plastic J-integral and COD simplify the calculations. These types of estimation schemes are available for pipes with various crack configurations subjected to different types of loading. However, no such schemes are available for throughwall circumferentially cracked elbow (or pipe bend), an important component for LBB analysis. In this paper, simple J and COD estimation schemes are proposed for throughwall circumferentially cracked elbow subjected to closing bending moment. The ovalisation of elbow cross section has a significant bearing on its fracture behavior. Therefore, unlike conventional deformation theory plasticity analysis, incremental flow theory is adopted considering both material and geometric non-linearities in the development of the proposed estimation schemes. Although it violates Ilyushin's theorem, it has been shown that the resulting estimation schemes is still reasonably accurate for engineering purposes. Finally, experimental/numerical validation has been provided by comparing the J-integral and COD between numerical/test data and predictions of the proposed estimation schemes. (authors)

  1. Refinement and evaluation of crack-opening-area analyses for circumferential through-wall cracks in pipes

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    Leak-before-break (LBB) analyses for circumferentially cracked pipes are currently being conducted in the nuclear industry to justify elimination of pipe whip restraints and jet impingement shields which are present because of the expected dynamic effects from pipe rupture. The application of the LBB methodology frequently requires calculation of leak rates. These leak rates depend on the crack-opening area of a through-wall crack in the pipe. In addition to LBB analyses, which assume a hypothetical flaw size, there is also interest in the integrity of actual leaking cracks corresponding to current leakage detection requirements in NRC Regulatory Guide 1.45, or for assessing temporary repair of Class 2 and 3 pipes that have leaks as are being evaluated in ASME Section 11. This study was requested by the NRC to review, evaluate, and refine current analytical models for crack-opening-area analyses of pipes with circumferential through-wall cracks. Twenty-five pipe experiments were analyzed to determine the accuracy of the predictive models. Several practical aspects of crack-opening such as; crack-face pressure, off-center cracks, restraint of pressure-induced bending, cracks in thickness transition regions, weld residual stresses, crack-morphology models, and thermal-hydraulic analysis, were also investigated. 140 refs., 105 figs., 41 tabs

  2. Application of a nonlinear spring element to analysis of circumferentially cracked pipe under dynamic loading

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    As part of the US NRC's Degraded Piping Program, the concept of using a nonlinear spring element to simulate the response of cracked pipe in dynamic finite element pipe evaluations was initially proposed. The nonlinear spring element is used to represent the moment versus rotation response of the cracked pipe section. The moment-rotation relationship for the crack size and material of interest is determined from either J-estimation scheme analyses or experimental data. In this paper, a number of possible approaches for modeling the nonlinear stiffness of the cracked pipe section are introduced. One approach, modeling the cracked section moment rotation response with a series of spring-slider elements, is discussed in detail. As part of this discussion, results from a series of finite element predictions using the spring-slider nonlinear spring element are compared with the results from a series of dynamic cracked pipe system experiments from the International Piping Integrity Research Group (IPIRG) program

  3. Numerical simulation and experimental investigation of temperature distribution in the circumferentially butt GTAW of Incoloy 800H pipes

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    The multi-pass circumferential butt GTAW process of Incoloy 800H pipes was modelled with the FEM in 3D. The element birth and death technique was used for the addition of filler material. Goldak model was used to simulate the distribution of arc heat source. The validation of the simulation model was carried out based on the precise temperature measurements within the HAZ of the welds by thermocouples as well as metallographic characterisation of the cross section of the welds. A good agreement was found between the simulation and experimental results for both thermal field and weld zone shape. The present model showed that increasing the heat input resulted in a wider weld zone as well as a higher HAZ peak temperature. These effects were related to the net heat input and not to either welding current or welding speed, individually. The developed simulation model is a useful tool to investigate the welding thermal regime and the weld pool profile.

  4. Estimates of Partial Safety Factors of Circumferential Through-Wall Cracked Pipes Based on Elastic-Plastic Crack Initiation Criterion

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    Efforts are presently underway for developing an optimal design methodology for GEN-IV nuclear reactors based on target failure probabilities. A typical example is the system-based code, in which the results are represented in the form of partial safety factors (PSFs). Thus, a PSF is one of the crucial elements in either component design or integrity assessment based on target failure probabilities during the operation period. In the present study, a procedure for calculating the PSF of a circumferential through-wall cracked pipe based on the elastic-plastic crack initiation criterion is established, in which the importance of each input variable is assessed. Elastic-plastic J-integrals are calculated using the GE/EPRI and reference stress methods, and the PSF values are calculated using both first- and second-order reliability methods. Moreover, the effect of statistical distributions of assessment variables on the PSF is also evaluated

  5. Transverse shear effects on the stress-intensity factor for a circumferentially cracked, specially orthotropic cylindrical shell

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    Delale, F.; Erdogan, F.

    1977-01-01

    The problem of a cylindrical shell containing a circumferential through crack is considered by taking into account the effect of transverse shear deformations. The formulation is given for a specially orthotropic material within the confines of a linearized shallow shell theory. The particular theory used permits the consideration of all five boundary conditions regarding moment and stress resultants on the crack surface. Consequently, aside from multiplicative constants representing the stress intensity factors, the membrane and bending components of the asymptotic stress fields near the crack tip are found to be identical. The stress intensity factors are calculated separately for a cylinder under a uniform membrane load, and that under a uniform bending moment. Sample results showing the nature of the out-of-plane crack surface displacement and the effect of the Poisson's ratio are presented.

  6. Ductile fracture behavior of 3-inch diameter carbon steel piping with a circumferential through-wall crack under bending load

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    In order to introduce Leak-Before-Break (LBB) concept into the piping design criteria of the LWR pressure boundary pipings, it is necessary to investigate the pipe fracture behaviors, such as fracture condition and crack opening area, etc. At JAERI, pipe fracture tests of stainless steel and STS42 carbon steel pipes under bending load have been conducted as a part of the LBB research program. This report summarizes the four-point bending test results of 3-inch diameter STS42 carbon steel pipe with a circumferential through-wall crack. Tests were carried out at room temperature. In the tests, the fracture behavior of pipes was investigated to evolute the validity of Net-section collapse criterion, J-R curve and crack opening area. It is shown that the Net-section collapse criterion gives a conservative evaluation for the fracture load of 3-inch diameter carbon steel pipes. (author)

  7. Estimations of C'' and COD for Non-Idealized Circumferential Through-Wall Crack in Cylinders under Creep Conditions

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    On actual crack growth behavior of cylinders, internal surface crack develops through the wall thickness and may partially penetrate the wall thickness at its deepest point. So, the through-wall crack is formed with different crack lengths on inner and outer surface of cylinders during penetration process. These transition cracks are typically referred to as non-idealized through-wall crack (TWC). Therefore, to assess crack growth or leak rate more accurately, estimation of fracture mechanics parameter for non-idealized TWC in cylinders is necessary. In this context, some numerical works have been conducted to derive elastic and plastic fracture mechanics parameters such as stress intensity factor, J-integral and COD under elastic or plastic material behavior. In this study, estimations of C'' and COD for non-idealized circumferential TWC in cylinders under creep condition were addressed through elastic-creep finite element(FE) analyses

  8. CFD Study of the Hydrocarbon Boost Low-Pressure Inducer and Kicker in the Presence of a Circumferential Groove

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    Coker, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Results are presented of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study done in support of Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) sub-scale water flow experiments of the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) Oxidizer Turbopump (OTP) being developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Aerojet. A circumferential groove may be added to the pump to reduce synchronous cavitation and subsequent bearing loads at a minimal performance cost. However, the energy may reappear as high order cavitation (HOC) that spans a relatively large frequency range. Thus, HOC may have implications for the full-scale OTP inducer in terms of reduced structural margin at higher mode frequencies. Simulations using the LOCI/Stream CFD program were conducted in order to explore the fluid dynamical impact of the groove on the low-pressure inducer and kicker. It was found that the circumferential groove has minimal head performance impact, but causes back-flowing high-swirl fluid to interact with the nearly-axial incoming fluid just above the inducer blades. The high-shear interface between the fluids is Kelvin-Helmholtz unstable, resulting in trains of low pressure regions or 'pearls' forming near the upstream edge of the groove. When the static pressure in these regions becomes low enough and they get cut by the blade leading edge, HOC is thought to occur. Although further work is required, the numerical models indicate that HOC will occur in the runbox of the AFRL/Aerojet HCB OTP. Comparisons to the ongoing water flow experiments will be discussed, as well as possible designs that may mitigate HOC while continuing to reduce synchronous cavitation. December 2011 MSS/LPS/SPS Joint Subcommittee Meeting ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL FORM

  9. The stability of growth of a through-wall circumferential crack in a cylindrical pipe subjected to bending deformation

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    Tada, Paris and Gamble have used the tearing modulus approach to examine the stability of growth of a through-wall circumferential crack in a 304 stainless steel circular cylindrical pipe subject to bending deformation. They showed that crack growth is stable, in the sense that growth requires the rotation imposed at the pipe-ends to be increased, provided the pipe length is less than a critical length Lsub(c), which is given by their analysis. The Tada-Paris-Gamble analysis focuses on the question of the stability, or otherwise, of crack growth at the onset of crack extension. The analysis does not consider the possibilities that (a) instability might occur after some stable crack growth, and (b) arrest might occur after some unstable growth. A study of these aspects of the circumferential crack growth problem using the tearing modulus approach is precluded by the geometry dependence of the J-crack growth resistance curve. Consequently the present paper uses a crack tip opening angle criterion to describe crack growth, and thereby demonstrates that possibilities (a) and (b) should both occur, depending on the initial crack length and pipe length. In terms of relevance to the technologically important problem of cracking in Boiling Water Reactor piping, the important conclusion stemming from the paper's analysis is that stability of crack growth after the onset of crack extension is assured if the pipe length is less than a critical length L'sub(c). L'sub(c) is less than Lsub(c), the critical length relevant to the onset of crack extension, but it is still appreciably greater than the pipe run lengths in actual reactor piping systems, and safety against guillotine failure of a pipe is therefore generally assured. (author)

  10. Rehabilitation program for prosthetic tracheojejunal voice production and swallowing function following circumferential pharyngolaryngectomy and neopharyngeal reconstruction with a jejunal free flap

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    L.W.J. Baijens; R. Speijer; N. Roodenburg; F.J.M. Hilgers

    2011-01-01

    The case of a 68-year-old woman with postoperative speech and swallowing problems following a circumferential pharyngolaryngectomy and neopharyngeal reconstruction with a jejunal free flap is presented. The primary tumor was an extended papillary thyroid carcinoma (pT4N0M0). For vocal restoration, a

  11. Overview of steam generator tube degradation and integrity issues

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    The degradation of steam generator tubes in pressurized water nuclear reactors continues to be a serious problem. Primary water stress corrosion cracking is commonly observed at the roll transition zone at U-bends, at tube denting locations, and occasionally in plugs and sleeves. Outer-diameter stress corrosion cracking and intergranular attack commonly occur near the tube support plate crevice, near the tube sheet in crevices or under sludge piles, and occasionally in the free span. A particularly troubling recent trend has been the increasing occurrence of circumferential cracking at the RTZ on both the primary and secondary sides. Segmented axial cracking at the tubes support plate crevices is also becoming more common. Despite recent advances in in-service inspection technology, a clear need still exists for quantifying and improving the reliability of in- service inspection methods with respect to the probability of detection of the various types of flaws and their accurate sizing. Improved inspection technology and the increasing occurrence of such degradation modes as circumferential cracking, intergranular attack, and discontinuous axial cracking have led to the formulation of a new performance-based steam generator rule. This new rule would require the development and implementation of a steam generator management program that monitors tube condition against accepted performance criteria to ensure that the tubes perform the required safety function over the next operating cycle. The new steam generator rule will also be applied to severe accident conditions to determine the continued serviceability of a steam generator with degraded tubes in the event of a severe accident. Preliminary analyses are being performed for a hypothetical severe accident scenario to determine whether failure will occur first in the steam generator tubes, which would lead to containment bypass, or instead in the hot leg nozzle or surge line, which would not

  12. The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos: The first circumferential dike intrusion observed by GPS and InSAR

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    Chadwick, W.W., Jr.; Jonsson, Sigurjon; Geist, Dennis J.; Poland, M.; Johnson, Daniel J.; Batt, S.; Harpp, Karen S.; Ruiz, A.

    2011-01-01

    The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos, occurred along circumferential fissures parallel to the caldera rim and fed lava flows down the steep southwestern slope of the volcano for several weeks. This was the first circumferential dike intrusion ever observed by both InSAR and GPS measurements and thus provides an opportunity to determine the subsurface geometry of these enigmatic structures that are common on Galápagos volcanoes but are rare elsewhere. Pre- and post- eruption ground deformation between 2002 and 2006 can be modeled by the inflation of two separate magma reservoirs beneath the caldera: a shallow sill at ~1 km depth and a deeper point-source at ~5 km depth, and we infer that this system also existed at the time of the 2005 eruption. The co-eruption deformation is dominated by uplift near the 2005 eruptive fissures, superimposed on a broad subsidence centered on the caldera. Modeling of the co-eruption deformation was performed by including various combinations of planar dislocations to simulate the 2005 circumferential dike intrusion. We found that a single planar dike could not match both the InSAR and GPS data. Our best-fit model includes three planar dikes connected along hinge lines to simulate a curved concave shell that is steeply dipping (~45–60°) toward the caldera at the surface and more gently dipping (~12–14°) at depth where it connects to the horizontal sub-caldera sill. The shallow sill is underlain by the deep point source. The geometry of this modeled magmatic system is consistent with the petrology of Fernandina lavas, which suggest that circumferential eruptions tap the shallowest parts of the system, whereas radial eruptions are fed from deeper levels. The recent history of eruptions at Fernandina is also consistent with the idea that circumferential and radial intrusions are sometimes in a stress-feedback relationship and alternate in time with one another.

  13. Radiofrequency Ablation Mapping with Circumferential Catheter for Paroxys-mal Atrial Fibrillation Originating From the Pulmonary Veins

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    刘震; 吴书林; 杨平珍; 方咸宏; 李海杰; 陈泗林; 詹贤章; 薛玉梅

    2002-01-01

    Objectives To assessed thefeasibility and effectiveness of electrophysiologicalmapping of pulmonary veins with a circumferential 10-electrode catheter and radiofrequency catheter abla-tion therapy for patients with paroxysmal atrial fibril-lation. Background Standard mapping and ablationof focal sources of atrial fibrillation are associated withvery long procedure times and low efficacy. Mappingand ablation pulmonary veins guide with a circularcatheter could overcome these limitations. Methods16 patients [male 11, female 5, mean age (51 +14.5) years] with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refrac-tory to antiarrhythmic drugs were included in thisgroup. A circumferential 10-electrode catheter wasused to pulmonary vein mapping during sinus rhythm orCSd pacing to determine the origin of atrial prematurecontractions. When the ablative target pulmonary veinwas found, the pulmonary vein potentials' distributionand activation were assessment pulmonary veins' ostialablation was performed at the segments showing earliestactivation of pulnonary vein potentials. The end pointwas designed: 1 ) elimination of pulmonary vein po-tential; 2) pulmonary vein potential dissociation fromatrial waves; 3) atrial ectopic beats disappear. ResultsA total of 36 pulmonary veins were ablated, in-cluding 16 left superior, 12 right superior, 7 left in-ferior and 1 right inferior. 1 pulmonary vein in 2 pa-tients was ablated, 2 pulmonary veins in 8 patientswere ablated, 3 pulmonary veins were ablated in 5patients and 4 pulmonary veins were ablated in 1 pa-tient. Procedure duration and fluoroscopy time respec-tively were 186.7 _+ 63.8 min and 51.5 + 15.0 min.During the follow-up 1- 12 months, 11 patients(68.7 % ) were free of AF without any antiarrhythmicdrugs, 2 of them were reablation, effective in 3/16(18.7%) and unsuccessful in 2/16 (12.6%) . 2cases recurred with atrial premature, 1 was treated withamiodarone and the other was repeat electrophysiologi-cal mapping and ablation, 5 cases with

  14. Wall thickness measurement using resonant phenomena of circumferential Lamb waves generated by plural transducer elements located evenly on girth

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    Nishino, Hideo; Iwata, Kodai; Ishikawa, Masashi

    2016-07-01

    We present a novel method of measuring the pipe wall thickness using the resonance of the circumferential (C-) Lamb wave generated by a piezoelectric ring-shaped sensor (PS). The PS is a special device for an axially propagating torsional wave; however, the C-Lamb waves are generated simultaneously as spurious signals owing to the structure of the PS. Particularly under resonant conditions, the C-Lamb waves are dominantly generated, distorting the axially propagating wave. In this method, these troublesome spurious signals are used effectively for the measurement of the wall thickness under the PS location that is a dead zone of the PS itself. The method can compensate for its drawback, namely, the dead zone problem, without using additional instruments. In this study, the mechanisms of the generation and resonance of the C-Lamb waves were first explained. Secondly, the principle of the wall thickness estimation utilizing the resonance of the C-Lamb waves was proposed. Finally, experimental verifications were carried out. The estimated wall thicknesses agreed very well (maximum 1.5% error) with those measured by a micrometer caliper under suitable resonant conditions.

  15. EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH ON AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE AND EXIT FLOW FIELD OF LOW PRESSURE AXIAL FLOW FAN WITH CIRCUMFERENTIAL SKEWED BLADES

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    In this article, the low pressure axial flow fan with circumferential skewed rotor blade, including the radial blade, the forward-skewed blade and the backward-skewed blade, was studied with experimental methods. The aerodynamic performance of the rotors was measured. At the design condition at outlet of the rotors, detailed flow measurements were performed with a five-hole probe and a Hot-Wire Anemometer (HWA). The results show that compared to the radial rotor, the forward-skewed rotor demonstrates a wider Stable Operating Range (SOR), is able to reduce the total pressure loss in the hub region and make main loading of blade accumulating in the mid-span region. There is a wider wake in the upper mid-span region of the forward-skewed rotor. Compared to the radial rotor, in the backward-skewed rotor there is higher total pressure loss near the hub and shroud regions and lower loss in the mid-span region. In addition, the velocity deficit in the wake is lower at mid-span of the backward-skewed rotor than the forward-skewed rotor.

  16. Effect of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation

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    YU Sheng-bo; HU Wei; ZHAO Qing-yan; QIN Mu; HUANG He; CUI Hong-ying; HUANG Cong-xin

    2012-01-01

    Background The effects of anxiety and depression on the recurrence of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA) are not clear.Whether CPVA can alleviate the anxiety and depression symptoms of persistent AF patients is unknown.Methods One hundred and sixty-four patients with persistent AF,of which 43 treated with CPVA (CPVA group) and 103 treated with anti-arrhythmics drugs (medicine group),were enrolled.The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS),and Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) were assessed before and 12 months after treatment in all patients.Results The scores of SAS (40.33±7.90 vs.49.76±9.52,P <0.01) and SDS (42.33±8.73 vs.48.17±8.77,P <0.01)decreased 12 months after CPVA.Over 12 months follow-up,AF relapsed in 17 patients in CPVA group.Compared with the data in the recurrent group (17 patients),the scores of SAS and SDS were significantly lower in the non-recurrent group (26 patients) at baseline.The results of multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed normal scores of SAS and SDS were the independent risk factors of AF recurrence after CPVA.Conclusions Anxiety and depression increase the recurrence risk of persistent AF after CPVA.CPVA can ameliorate the anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with persistent AF.

  17. Analysis of initiation and growth of a circumferential crack in the HDR-RPV-cylinder under pressurized thermal shock

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    In order to simulate a nuclear emergency cooling situation, longterm cooling tests (pressurized thermal shocks) were carried out under normal operating conditions on the reactor pressure vessel of the HDR (hot steam reactor). Naturally occuring circumferential cracks in the cylindrical part of the RPV, previously induced during cyclic thermal shock tests, were subjected to internal pressure and thermal stresses. The aim of the test was crack initiation and a limited amount of stable crack growth. Analyses, applying fracture mechanical assessment methods, were carried out before and after the test and these checked against the experimental results. To this end, comprehensive numerical analyses, investigations into material property characteristics, non-destructive and destructive (fractographical) tests were carried out. Due to the conservative assumptions, the results of the precalculation lay on the safe side; this was intended as these results served, among other aspects, as the basis for the experimental boundary condition. The post calculation which was based on the actual crack geometry, the measured cooling medium temperature and the material properties local to the crack, was in good agreement with the experimental results. Thus a tool is now available which can be successfully applied to the assessment of cracks in reactor components. (orig.)

  18. Studies on the behavior of part-through circumferential crack at intrados in elbows under in-plane bending moment

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    Highlights: → Behavior of cracked elbows with part-through crack at intrados under bending moment is studied. → Some part of crack always opens and some part gets closed irrespective of mode of applied moment. → Fraction of the crack that opens basically decides the weakening effect of the cracked elbow. → Results will be useful for fracture studies and limit load estimation especially for LBB. - Abstract: This paper presents the behavior of part-through circumferential crack at intrados in elbows under in-plane bending moment. This is based on detailed non-linear (both material and geometric) finite element analysis performed on various sizes of elbows (generally used in piping industry), having different crack sizes. It is observed that some part of the crack always opens and some part gets closed irrespective of the mode of applied bending moment (opening/closing). The fraction of the crack that opens basically decides the weakening effect of the cracked elbow. It is observed that there is a threshold value of crack length and crack depth, before which no crack opening is observed under opening mode. Also as elbow becomes thinner, the threshold value of above two parameters increases. Quite interestingly, the part of crack which closes in opening mode opens under closing mode. The above mentioned study on the behavior of crack will be useful for fracture studies and limit load estimation especially when leak before break concept is to be employed.

  19. Crack-tip Stress Field of Fully Circumferential Surface Cracked Pipe Under Combined Tension and Thermal Loads

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    Under excessive plasticity, the fracture toughness of a material depends on its size and geometry. Under fully yielded conditions, the stresses in a material near its crack tip are not unique but rather depend on the geometry. Therefore, the single-parameter J-approach is limited to a high-constraint crack geometry. The JQ theory has been proposed for establishing the crack geometry constraints . This approach assumes that the crack-tip fields have two degrees of freedom. In this study, the crack-tip stress field of a fully circumferential surface-cracked pipe under combined loads is investigated on the basis of the JQ theory by using finite element analysis. The combined loads are a tensile axial force and the thermal gradient in the radial direction. Q-stresses of the crack geometry and its loading state are used to determine the constraint effects. The constraint effects of secondary loading are found to be greater than those of primary loading. Therefore, thermal shock is believed to be the most severe loading condition of constraint effects

  20. Investigation on Effect of Distance Between Two Collinear Circumferential Surface Cracks on Primary Water Stress Corrosion Crack Growth in Alloy 600TT Steam Generator Tubes

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    The study investigated the effect of the distance between two collinear circumferential surface cracks on the primary stress corrosion crack (PWSCC) growth in alloy 600TT steam generator tubes using a finite element damage analysis based on the PWSCC initiation model and macroscopic phenomenological damage mechanics approach. The damage analysis method was verified by comparing the results to the previous study results. The verified method was applied to collinear circumferential surface PWSCCs. As a result, it was found that the collinear cracks showed earlier coalescence and penetration times than the a single crack, and the times increased with the distance. In addition, it is expected that penetration may occur before coalescence of two cracks if they are more than a specific distance apart

  1. Flaw Inspection of Aluminum Pipes by Non-Contact Visualization of Circumferential Guided Waves using Laser Ultrasound Generation and an Air-Coupled Sensor

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    Our group had previously proposed a generation laser scanning system for visualizing ultrasound propagation on an object as an animate image, which provided visible and quick flaw inspection. Recently, we improved this system to make it completely non-contact by employing an air-coupled ultrasound transducer as a receiver instead of a contact transducer, and demonstrated the successful visualization of Lamb waves propagating on aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic plates, as well as the detection of flaws. In this research, we applied this system to the non-contact visualization of circumferential guided waves on aluminum pipes. It was shown that circumferential guided waves propagating in opposite directions could be visualized separately, and that a flaw such as a slit or thinning on the inside surface of the pipe could be successfully detected even when it existed outside the scanning area

  2. Investigation on ductile fracture behavior of 3-inch diameter Type 304 stainless steel pipe with a circumferential through-wall crack

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    At Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), a pipe fracture test program has been conducted as a part of the Leak-Before-Break (LBB) verification research in LWR pressure boundary pipings. In this program, fracture behavior and fracture criteria of the circumferentially cracked pipe have been investigated, using austenitic stainless steel pipes and carbon steel pipes. This report presents a four-point bending test results of 3-inch diameter Type 304 austenitic stainless steel pipes with circumferential through-wall crack at room temperature. Pipe fracture data were obtained from the test in regard to load-loadline displacement, crack extension, crack opening area, and so on. Discussions are performed on the effect of pipe ovalization ratio at maximum load, the application of the net-section collapse criterion, and the effect of initial crack angle, wall-thickness etc. on J-R curve. Furthermore, the crack opening area was estimated by assuming a simple crack model. (author)

  3. Current status of CHF predictions using CFD modeling technique and review of other techniques especially for non-uniform axial and circumferential heating profiles

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    Highlights: • Current status of CHF predictions using CFD modeling technique. • Review of other techniques for non-uniform axial and circumferential heating profiles. • Heat transfer and wall boiling modeling are also clearly described. • Detailed description of numerical models used in two-phase flow boiling predictions. • Most of the numerical works done for predictions of CHF in literature are addressed. - Abstract: Trusted predictions of critical heat flux (CHF) value are essential for safe operation of boilers, steam generators and nuclear power reactors. Prediction techniques are numerous but they are mostly limited to uniformly heated tubes. There are separated effects on CHF, such as axial and radial heat flux distributions that have not been taken much attention. These effects are encountered during operation of boilers/steam generators and nuclear reactors. The present work is aimed at providing detailed analysis for experimental and numerical techniques used in CHF predictions focusing on non-uniform axial and circumferential heating profiles. For this purpose, heat transfer characteristics in case of CHF and heat transfer and wall boiling modeling are also clearly described. In addition, a detailed description of numerical models used in the predictions of the two phase flow characteristics is also presented followed by addressing most of the numerical work done for predictions of CHF in literature. Due to new challenges presented by the non-uniform heating in axial and circumferential directions, research work pertaining to analysis of CHF predictions in real systems for non-uniform heating profiles in both axial and circumferential directions is also presented

  4. The "open book" flap: a heterodigital cross-finger skin flap and adipofascial flap for coverage of a circumferential soft tissue defect of a digit.

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    Tadiparthi, S; Akali, A; Felberg, L

    2009-02-01

    A case of circumferential digital skin loss with exposed tendons from the proximal phalanx to the distal interphalangeal joint is presented. This was treated with a two-layer heterodigital cross-finger ("open book") flap from the adjacent digit, utilising a skin-only cross-finger flap to cover the palmar defect and an adipofascial flap to cover the dorsal defect. PMID:19129359

  5. Leakage Failure Reason Analysis of Circumferential Weld for Natural Gas Pipeline%天然气输送管道环焊缝泄漏失效分析

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    胡美娟; 刘迎来; 朱丽霞; 齐丽华; 杨放

    2014-01-01

    通过断口形貌、金相分析以及力学性能检测等方法对某X80天然气输送管道环焊缝泄漏产生的原因进行了失效分析。分析结果表明,环焊缝焊接接头的拉伸性能符合Q/SY GJX 0110-2007《西气东输二线管道工程线路焊接技术规范》要求,但焊缝和热影响区的冲击性能均未达到焊接技术规范的要求,管道环焊缝泄漏裂纹位于环焊缝6点位置根焊区域,此位置根焊进行过内补焊作业,补焊焊缝焊趾处存在的焊接缺陷是环焊缝开裂泄漏的主要原因。%The leakage failure reason of circumferential weld for some X80 natural gas pipeline was analyzed by means of fracture morphology, microstructure observation and mechanical properties tests. The results showed that the tensile performance of welded joint for circumferential weld accord with the requirements of Q/SY GJX 0110-2007 Welding Technology Specification for the Second West-to-East Gas Pipeline Project, and the impact toughness of weld and HAZ both fail to meet the welding requirements of technical specification. The leaking crack of circumferential weld lies in the six position of root welding zone, and repair welding was implemented in the six position of root welding. The main leakage failure reason of circumferential weld was the welding defects close to the toe zone of the repair welding.

  6. Stress Intensity Factor for a Circumferential Crack in a Finite-Length Thin to Thick Walled Cylinder under an Arbitrary Biquadratic Stress Distribution on the Crack Surfaces

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    MESHII, Toshiyuki; WATANABE, Katsuhiko

    2001-01-01

    This paper presents the development of a practical method, by using prepared tabulated data, tocalculate the mode I stress intensity factor (SIF) for an inner surface circumferential crack in a finitelength cylinder. The crack surfaces are subjected to an axisymmetric stress with an arbitrary biquadraticradial distribution. The method was derived by applying the authors’ weight function for the crack. Thiswork is based on the thin shell theory and the Petroski-Achenbach method. Our method is ...

  7. Fracture Toughness (K1C evaluation for dual phase medium carbon low alloy steels using circumferential notched tensile (CNT specimens

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    Kenneth Kanayo Alaneme

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The fracture behavior of dual phase medium carbon low alloy steels produced using two different chemical compositions (A - 0.34C, 0.75Mn, 0.12Cr, 0.13Ni steel and B - 0.3C, 0.97Mn, 0.15Cr steel was investigated using circumferential notched tensile (CNT specimens. Intercritical treatments were performed on samples with composition A by 1 austenitizing at 860 °C for 1 hour cooling in air, then treating at 770 °C for 30 minutes before oil quenching; 2 austenitizing at 860 °C for 1 hour quenching in oil, then treating at 770 °C for 30 minutes before quenching in oil; and 3 austenitizing at 860 °C for 1 hour, super-cooling to 770 °C and then quenching in oil. Samples of composition B were subjected to intercritical treatment at temperatures of 740, 760, and 780 °C for 30 minutes, followed by quenching rapidly in oil. Tensile testing was then performed on specimens without notches and the CNT specimens. It was observed that the dual phase steel produced from procedure (2 yielded a fine distribution of ferrite and martensite which gave the best combination of tensile properties and fracture toughness for composition A while the dual phase structure produced by treating at 760 °C yielded the best combination of tensile properties and fracture toughness for composition B. The fracture toughness results evaluated from the test were found to be valid (in plain strain condition and a high correlation between the fracture toughness and notch tensile strength was observed. The fracture toughness values were also found to be in close agreement with data available in literature.

  8. Accuracy of High-Resolution MRI with Lumen Distention in Rectal Cancer Staging and Circumferential Margin Involvement Prediction

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    Iannicelli, Elsa; Di Renzo, Sara [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Ferri, Mario [Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Pilozzi, Emanuela [Department of Clinical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Di Girolamo, Marco; Sapori, Alessandra [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Ziparo, Vincenzo [Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); David, Vincenzo [Radiology Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy); Department of Surgical and Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Rome 00189 (Italy)

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with lumen distention for rectal cancer staging and circumferential resection margin (CRM) involvement prediction. Seventy-three patients with primary rectal cancer underwent high-resolution MRI with a phased-array coil performed using 60-80 mL room air rectal distention, 1-3 weeks before surgery. MRI results were compared to postoperative histopathological findings. The overall MRI T staging accuracy was calculated. CRM involvement prediction and the N staging, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) were assessed for each T stage. The agreement between MRI and histological results was assessed using weighted-kappa statistics. The overall MRI accuracy for T staging was 93.6% (k = 0.85). The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for each T stage were as follows: 91.8%, 86.2%, 95.5%, 92.6% and 91.3% for the group ≤ T2; 90.4%, 94.6%, 86.1%, 87.5% and 94% for T3; 98,6%, 85.7%, 100%, 100% and 98.5% for T4, respectively. The predictive CRM accuracy was 94.5% (k = 0.86); the sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 89.5%, 96.3%, 89.5%, and 96.3% respectively. The N staging accuracy was 68.49% (k = 0.4). MRI performed with rectal lumen distention has proved to be an effective technique both for rectal cancer staging and involved CRM predicting.

  9. Sparing Sphincters and Laparoscopic Resection Improve Survival by Optimizing the Circumferential Resection Margin in Rectal Cancer Patients.

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    Keskin, Metin; Bayraktar, Adem; Sivirikoz, Emre; Yegen, Gülcin; Karip, Bora; Saglam, Esra; Bulut, Mehmet Türker; Balik, Emre

    2016-02-01

    The goal of rectal cancer treatment is to minimize the local recurrence rate and extend the disease-free survival period and survival. For this aim, obtainment of negative circumferential radial margin (CRM) plays an important role. This study evaluated predictive factors for positive CRM status and its effect on patient survival in mid- and distal rectal tumors.Patients who underwent curative resection for rectal cancer were included. The main factors were demographic data, tumor location, surgical technique, neoadjuvant therapy, tumor diameter, tumor depth, lymph node metastasis, mesorectal integrity, CRM, the rate of local recurrence, distant metastasis, and overall and disease-free survival. Statistical analyses were performed by using the Chi-squared test, Fisher exact test, Student t test, Mann-Whitney U test and the Mantel-Cox log-rank sum test.A total of 420 patients were included, 232 (55%) of whom were male. We observed no significant differences in patient characteristics or surgical treatment between the patients who had positive CRM and who had negative CRM, but a higher positive CRM rate was observed in patients undergone abdominoperineal resection (APR) (P CRM status. Logistic regression analysis revealed that APR (P CRM status. Moreover, positive CRM was associated with decreased 5-year overall and disease-free survival (P = 0.002 and P = 0.004, respectively).This large single-institution series demonstrated that APR and open resection were independent predictive factors for positive CRM status in rectal cancer. Positive CRM independently decreased the 5-year overall and disease-free survival rates. PMID:26844498

  10. Crack-tip constraint analyses and constraint-dependent LBB curves for circumferential through-wall cracked pipes

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    Highlights: • Solution of constraint parameter τ* for through-wall cracked pipes has been obtained. • Constraint increases with increasing crack length and radius–thickness ratio of pipes. • Constraint-dependent LBB curve for through-wall cracked pipes has been constructed. • For increasing accuracy of LBB assessments, constraint effect should be considered. - Abstract: The leak-before-break (LBB) concept has been widely applied in the structural integrity assessments of pressured pipes in nuclear power plants. However, the crack-tip constraint effects in LBB analyses and designs cannot be incorporated. In this paper, by using three-dimensional finite element calculations, the modified load-independent T-stress constraint parameter τ* for circumferential through-wall cracked pipes with different geometries and crack sizes has been analyzed under different loading conditions, and the solutions of the crack-tip constraint parameter τ* have been obtained. Based on the τ* solutions and constraint-dependent J–R curves of a steel, the constraint-dependent LBB (leak-before-break) curves have been constructed. The results show that the constraint τ* increases with increasing crack length θ, mean radius Rm and radius–thickness ratio Rm/t of the pipes. In LBB analyses, the critical crack length calculated by the J–R curve of the standard high constraint specimen for pipes with shorter cracks is over-conservative, and the degree of conservatism increases with decreasing crack length θ, Rm and Rm/t. Therefore, the constraint-dependent LBB curves should be constructed to modify the over-conservatism and increase accuracy of LBB assessments

  11. Accuracy of High-Resolution MRI with Lumen Distention in Rectal Cancer Staging and Circumferential Margin Involvement Prediction

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    To evaluate the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with lumen distention for rectal cancer staging and circumferential resection margin (CRM) involvement prediction. Seventy-three patients with primary rectal cancer underwent high-resolution MRI with a phased-array coil performed using 60-80 mL room air rectal distention, 1-3 weeks before surgery. MRI results were compared to postoperative histopathological findings. The overall MRI T staging accuracy was calculated. CRM involvement prediction and the N staging, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) were assessed for each T stage. The agreement between MRI and histological results was assessed using weighted-kappa statistics. The overall MRI accuracy for T staging was 93.6% (k = 0.85). The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for each T stage were as follows: 91.8%, 86.2%, 95.5%, 92.6% and 91.3% for the group ≤ T2; 90.4%, 94.6%, 86.1%, 87.5% and 94% for T3; 98,6%, 85.7%, 100%, 100% and 98.5% for T4, respectively. The predictive CRM accuracy was 94.5% (k = 0.86); the sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 89.5%, 96.3%, 89.5%, and 96.3% respectively. The N staging accuracy was 68.49% (k = 0.4). MRI performed with rectal lumen distention has proved to be an effective technique both for rectal cancer staging and involved CRM predicting

  12. Circumferential creep properties of stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 and Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe cladding tubes

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    In this study, the circumferential creep behaviors of stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 and Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe alloys were investigated. The out-of reactor creep resistance of Zircaloy-4 was found to be better than that of the Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe alloy in the temperature and stress range of this study, suggesting that the solution strengthening effect of Sn is more effective in restraining dislocation motion than the precipitate strengthening effect of Nb. Zircaloy-4 and Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe have stress exponents between 6.5 and 7.5 in the lower stress region. The stress exponent decreased to about 3 for Zircaloy-4 and to about 4.2 for Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe in the high stress region. The activation energy increased from 240 to 270 kJ/mol for Zircaloy-4 and Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe as the applied stress increased from 80 to 150 MPa. The creep activation energy observed in this study is close to those of creep for Zircaloy-2 and Zr. The lower stress exponent in the higher stress region for Zircaloy-4 with a relatively higher Sn content compared to Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe alloy may be supported by the fact that the drag force of Sn atoms acting on dislocations increases with increase of Sn content. Larson-Miller Parameter (LMP) decreased with the increase of applied stress, and Zircaloy-4 has a higher LMP than the Zr-Nb-Sn-Fe alloy, compatible with the lower creep rate in Zircaloy-4.

  13. The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos: The first circumferential dike intrusion observed by GPS and InSAR

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    Chadwick, William W Jr

    2010-12-15

    The May 2005 eruption of Fernandina volcano, Galápagos, occurred along circumferential fissures parallel to the caldera rim and fed lava flows down the steep southwestern slope of the volcano for several weeks. This was the first circumferential dike intrusion ever observed by both InSAR and GPS measurements and thus provides an opportunity to determine the subsurface geometry of these enigmatic structures that are common on Galápagos volcanoes but are rare elsewhere. Pre- and post- eruption ground deformation between 2002 and 2006 can be modeled by the inflation of two separate magma reservoirs beneath the caldera: a shallow sill at ~1 km depth and a deeper point-source at ~5 km depth, and we infer that this system also existed at the time of the 2005 eruption. The co-eruption deformation is dominated by uplift near the 2005 eruptive fissures, superimposed on a broad subsidence centered on the caldera. Modeling of the co-eruption deformation was performed by including various combinations of planar dislocations to simulate the 2005 circumferential dike intrusion. We found that a single planar dike could not match both the InSAR and GPS data. Our best-fit model includes three planar dikes connected along hinge lines to simulate a curved concave shell that is steeply dipping (~45-60°) toward the caldera at the surface and more gently dipping (~12-14°) at depth where it connects to the horizontal sub-caldera sill. The shallow sill is underlain by the deep point source. The geometry of this modeled magmatic system is consistent with the petrology of Fernandina lavas, which suggest that circumferential eruptions tap the shallowest parts of the system, whereas radial eruptions are fed from deeper levels. The recent history of eruptions at Fernandina is also consistent with the idea that circumferential and radial intrusions are sometimes in a stress-feedback relationship and alternate in time with one another. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  14. Targeted polypeptide degradation

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    Church, George M.; Janse, Daniel M.

    2008-05-13

    This invention pertains to compositions, methods, cells and organisms useful for selectively localizing polypeptides to the proteasome for degradation. Therapeutic methods and pharmaceutical compositions for treating disorders associated with the expression and/or activity of a polypeptide by targeting these polypeptides for degradation, as well as methods for targeting therapeutic polypeptides for degradation and/or activating therapeutic polypeptides by degradation are provided. The invention provides methods for identifying compounds that mediate proteasome localization and/or polypeptide degradation. The invention also provides research tools for the study of protein function.

  15. DNA degradation and Apoptosis : DNA degradation

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    Torriglia, Alicia; Padron, Laura

    2005-01-01

    Apoptosis, is a form of programmed cell death essential for the development and maintenance of multicellular organisms. DNA degradation is one of the hallmarks of apoptosis. The central component of the apoptotic machinery is a proteolytic system involving caspases and non-caspases proteases. CAD, a caspase-activated DNase, is the endonuclease responsible for DNA degradation during caspase-dependent apoptosis. The relationship between non-caspase proteases and endonucleases is less clear and ...

  16. Valve actuator motor degradation

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    Valve actuator motor degradation and failure has been a significant, but little studied, problem in the nuclear industry. This study provides a discussion of the primary failure mode --thermal degradation-- and reviews the basis for the solution to thermal degradation -- thermal protection. The study also provides reviews of various industry data bases, discusses effects of other failure modes such as corrosion, and provides a review of other considerations the user should entertain when assessing thermal protection

  17. INTERMITTENT DEGRADATION AND SCHIZOTYPY

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    Roché, Matthew W.; Silverstein, Steven M.; Lenzenweger, Mark F.

    2015-01-01

    Intermittent degradation refers to transient detrimental disruptions in task performance. This phenomenon has been repeatedly observed in the performance data of patients with schizophrenia. Whether intermittent degradation is a feature of the liability for schizophrenia (i.e., schizotypy) is an open question. Further, the specificity of intermittent degradation to schizotypy has yet to be investigated. To address these questions, 92 undergraduate participants completed a battery of self-repo...

  18. Magnetic resonance-derived circumferential strain provides a superior and incremental assessment of improvement in contractile function in patients early after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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    Wong, Dennis T.L.; Psaltis, Peter J. [University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide (Australia); South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide (Australia); Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Medicine (Monash Medical Centre)Monash University and Monash Heart, Clayton, VIC (Australia); Leong, Darryl P.; Weightman, Michael J.; Richardson, James D.; Worthley, Matthew I.; Worthley, Stephen G. [University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide (Australia); Dundon, Benjamin K.; Leung, Michael C.H.; Meredith, Ian T. [Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Medicine (Monash Medical Centre)Monash University and Monash Heart, Clayton, VIC (Australia)

    2014-06-15

    We evaluate whether circumferential strain derived from grid-tagged CMR is a better method for assessing improvement in segmental contractile function after STEMI compared to late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). STEMI patients post primary PCI underwent baseline CMR (day 3) and follow-up (day 90). Cine, grid-tagged and LGE images were acquired. Baseline LGE infarct hyperenhancement was categorised as ≤25 %, 26-50 %, 51-75 % and >75 % hyperenhancement. The segmental baseline circumferential strain (CS) and circumferential strain rate (CSR) were calculated from grid-tagged images. Segments demonstrating an improvement in wall motion of ≥1 grade compared to baseline were regarded as having improved segmental contractile-function. Forty-five patients (aged 58 ± 12 years) and 179 infarct segments were analysed. A baseline CS cutoff of -5 % had sensitivity of 89 % and specificity of 70 % for detection of improvement in segmental-contractile-function. On receiver-operating characteristic analysis for predicting improvement in contractile function, AUC for baseline CS (0.82) compared favourably to LGE hyperenhancement (0.68), MVO (0.67) and baseline-CSR (0.74). On comparison of AUCs, baseline CS was superior to LGE hyperenhancement and MVO in predicting improvement in contractile function (P < 0.001). On multivariate-analysis, baseline CS was the independent predictor of improvement in segmental contractile function (P < 0.001). Grid-tagged CMR-derived baseline CS is a superior predictor of improvement in segmental contractile function, providing incremental value when added to LGE hyperenhancement and MVO following STEMI. (orig.)

  19. 铝合金桁架环缝自动焊机的研制%Design and manufacture of automatic circumferential welding equipment for aluminium alloy boom

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    田松亚; 封艳

    2012-01-01

    根据铝合金桁架铝合金管材与接头环缝焊接要求,设计并制造了一台专用焊接设备.根据焊接时序要求,采用可编程控制器实现对焊接设备逻辑顺序的控制,并制定了铝合金桁架铝合金管材与接头环缝的惰性气体保护焊MIG自动焊接工艺.结果表明,该焊机自动化程度高、性能稳定、操作简便,能够满足铝桁架铝合金管材与接头环缝自动焊生产要求,同时提高了生产率.依据制定的焊接工艺,进行了焊接试验.焊接试验表明,制定的工艺所获得的铝合金桁架铝合全管材与接头对接接头,满足焊缝质量要求.%According to the requirements of aluminium alloy boom circumferential welding,this paper design and manufacture a special automatic welding equipment.In terms of weld time sequence requirement,PLC is used to implement the control of welding device logical subsequence.besides.work out the MIG automatic welding procedure of circumferential welding.The Result shows that the welding device displays high degree of automation,stable performance and convenient movement,which could satisfy production requirements of aluminium alloy boom automatic circumferential welding and improve productivity .Based on the welding procedure, welding experiment is done.The result indicates that welding procedure could reach the quality requirements of welding joint.

  20. Failure analysis of retired steam generator tubings

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    Kim, Hong Pyo; Kim, J. S.; Hwang, S. S. and others

    2005-04-15

    Degradation of steam generator leads to forced outage and extension of outage, which causes increase in repair cost, cost of purchasing replacement power and radiation exposure of workers. Steam generator tube rupture incident occurred in Uljin 4 in 2002, which made public sensitive to nuclear power plant. To keep nuclear energy as a main energy source, integrity of steam generator should be demonstrated. Quantitative relationship between ECT(eddy current test) signal and crack size is needed in assesment of integrity of steam generator in pressurized water reactor. However, it is not fully established for application in industry. Retired steam generator of Kori 1 has many kinds of crack such as circumferential and axial primary water stress corrosion crack and outer diameter stress corrosion crack(ODSCC). So, it can be used in qualifying and improving ECT technology and in condition monitoring assesment for crack detected in ISI(in service inspection). In addition, examination of pulled tube of Kori 1 retired steam generator will give information about effectiveness of non welded sleeving technology which was employed to repair defect tubes and remedial action which was applied to mitigate ODSCC. In this project, hardware such as semi hot lab. for pulled tube examination and modification transportation cask for pulled tube and software such as procedure of transportation of radioactive steam generator tube and non-destructive and destructive examination of pulled tube were established. Non-destructive and destructive examination of pulled tubes from Kori 1 retired steam generator were performed in semi hot lab. Remedial actions applied to Kori 1 retired steam generator, PWSCC trend and bulk water chemistry and crevice chemistry in Kori 1 were evaluated. Electrochemical decontamination technology for pulled tube was developed to reduce radiation exposure and enhance effectiveness of pulled tube examination. Multiparameter algorithm developed at ANL, USA was

  1. Failure analysis of retired steam generator tubings

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    Degradation of steam generator leads to forced outage and extension of outage, which causes increase in repair cost, cost of purchasing replacement power and radiation exposure of workers. Steam generator tube rupture incident occurred in Uljin 4 in 2002, which made public sensitive to nuclear power plant. To keep nuclear energy as a main energy source, integrity of steam generator should be demonstrated. Quantitative relationship between ECT(eddy current test) signal and crack size is needed in assesment of integrity of steam generator in pressurized water reactor. However, it is not fully established for application in industry. Retired steam generator of Kori 1 has many kinds of crack such as circumferential and axial primary water stress corrosion crack and outer diameter stress corrosion crack(ODSCC). So, it can be used in qualifying and improving ECT technology and in condition monitoring assesment for crack detected in ISI(in service inspection). In addition, examination of pulled tube of Kori 1 retired steam generator will give information about effectiveness of non welded sleeving technology which was employed to repair defect tubes and remedial action which was applied to mitigate ODSCC. In this project, hardware such as semi hot lab. for pulled tube examination and modification transportation cask for pulled tube and software such as procedure of transportation of radioactive steam generator tube and non-destructive and destructive examination of pulled tube were established. Non-destructive and destructive examination of pulled tubes from Kori 1 retired steam generator were performed in semi hot lab. Remedial actions applied to Kori 1 retired steam generator, PWSCC trend and bulk water chemistry and crevice chemistry in Kori 1 were evaluated. Electrochemical decontamination technology for pulled tube was developed to reduce radiation exposure and enhance effectiveness of pulled tube examination. Multiparameter algorithm developed at ANL, USA was

  2. Mis-Match Limit Load Analyses and Fracture Mechanics Assessment for Welded Pipe with Circumferential Crack at the Center of Weldment

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    In this paper, limit load analyses and fracture mechanics analyses were conducted via finite element analyses for the welded pipe with circumferential crack at the center of the weldment. Systematic changes for strength mismatch ratio, width of weldment, crack shape and thickness ratio of the pipe were considered to provide strength mismatch limit load. And J-integral calculations based on reference stress method were conducted for two materials, stainless steel and ferritic steel. Reference stress defined by provided strength mis-match limit load gives much more accurate J-integral

  3. The effect of deformation on unloading compliance values of TPB specimens and throughwall circumferentially cracked straight pipes under four point bending load

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    Compliance technique is one of the convenient methods to measure crack growth during fracture experiments. One correlation expressing crack size as a function of unloading compliance is the prerequisite of this technique. Conventionally, compliance correlation is derived by generating compliance VI crack length data by performing small displacement linear elastic finite element analysis. However, it does not account for the large geometric deformation that may take place during the loading of the specimen. The unloading compliance may be influenced by the increasing stiffness of the specimen because of change In basic geometry. It is, therefore, of interest to study the effect of deformation on the unloading compliance. In the present work, elastic-plastic finite element analysis is carried out on three point bend (TPB) specimens and throughwall circumferentially cracked pipes under four point bending load. In case of TPB specimens, unloading compliance correlation is available. However, this correlation does not consider the effect of deformation on the compliance. The objective of this study is, therefore to investigate whether deformation of the TPB specimen changes the unloading compliances or not and whether this change, if any, warrants any modifications in the existing compliance correlation. In case of throughwall circumferentially cracked straight pipe under four point bending load which is a common component for fracture studies, no such compliance correlation is available. Because of ovalisation of pipe cross section during deformation, compliance not only depends on current crack length, but also on current load. In the present work, elastic-plastic finite element analysis has been carried out on pipes having various diameter, thickness and circumferential throughwall crack sizes. The objective is to study how initial elastic compliance of pipe is affected by deformation of the original circular cross section. From the foregoing analyses, two

  4. Degradations and Rearrangement Reactions

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    Zhang, Jianbo

    This section deals with recent reports concerning degradation and rearrangement reactions of free sugars as well as some glycosides. The transformations are classified in chemical and enzymatic ways. In addition, the Maillard reaction will be discussed as an example of degradation and rearrangement transformation and its application in current research in the fields of chemistry and biology.

  5. Rate of NDF degradation

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    Weisbjerg, Martin Riis; Koukolová, V; Lund, Peter

    2007-01-01

    Degradation profiles for NDF were estimated for 83 samples of grass/grass-clover, 27 samples of cereal whole crop and 14 samples of maize whole crop.......Degradation profiles for NDF were estimated for 83 samples of grass/grass-clover, 27 samples of cereal whole crop and 14 samples of maize whole crop....

  6. Cerebral hemodynamic difference between early- and late-onset Alzheimer's disease by circumferential profile analysis with 123I-IMP brain SPECT

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    We conducted investigation to determine whether early- and late-onset Alzheimer's diseases differ pathophysiologically. Five patients with the early-onset (65 years and under) of the disease and 11 with the late-onset (65 years and over) of the disease were studied by single photon emission CT (SPECT) with N-isopropyl-p-[123I]iodoamphetamine (IMP). Circumferential profile analysis (CPA) was performed to examine differences in the predominant hypoperfusion in the temporoparietal lobe, which is considered to be functionally damaged the most in Alzheimer's disease. The Xm values, calculated from gradients between the motorsensory or occipital cortices and temporoparietal cortex in the circumferential profile curve, were compared in both groups. The Xm values for patients with early- and late-onset Alzheimer's disease were 6.81±2.10 (counts/degree) and 3.28±1.58, respectively, the difference being significant. Our results suggest that functional abnormalities in the temporoparietal area severer in early- than late-onset Alzheimer's disease and that the application of CPA to IMP SPECT is useful to elucidate the pathophysiological difference between each of the disease. (author)

  7. Assessment of Myocardial Contractile Function Using Global and Segmental Circumferential Strain following Intracoronary Stem Cell Infusion after Myocardial Infarction: MRI Feature Tracking Feasibility Study

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    Background. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) strain analysis is a sensitive method to assess myocardial function. Our objective was to define the feasibility of MRI circumferential strain (εcc) analysis in assessing subtle changes in myocardial function following stem cell therapy. Methods and Results. Patients in the Amorcyte Phase I trial were randomly assigned to treatment with either autologous bone-marrow-derived stem cells infused into the infarct-related artery 5 to 11 days following primary PCI or control. MRI studies were obtained at baseline, 3, and 6 months. εcc was measured in the short axis views at the base, mid and apical slices of the left ventricle (LV) for each patient (13 treatments and 10 controls). Mid-anterior LV εcc improved between baseline −18.5 ± 8.6 and 3 months −22.6 ± 7.0, P = 0.03. There were no significant changes in εcc at 3 months and 6 months compared to baseline for other segments. There was excellent intraobserver and interobserver agreement for basal and mid circumferential strain. Conclusion. MRI segmental strain analysis is feasible in assessment of regional myocardial function following cell therapy with excellent intra- and inter-observer variability's. Using this method, a modest interval change in segmental εcc was detected in treatment group

  8. Silk structure and degradation.

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    Liu, Bin; Song, Yu-wei; Jin, Li; Wang, Zhi-jian; Pu, De-yong; Lin, Shao-qiang; Zhou, Chan; You, Hua-jian; Ma, Yan; Li, Jin-min; Yang, Li; Sung, K L Paul; Zhang, Yao-guang

    2015-07-01

    To investigate the structure of silk and its degradation properties, we have monitored the structure of silk using scanning electron microscopy and frozen sections. Raw silk and degummed raw silk were immersed in four types of degradation solutions for 156 d to observe their degradation properties. The subcutaneous implants in rats were removed after 7, 14, 56, 84, 129, and 145 d for frozen sectioning and subsequent staining with hematoxylin and eosin (H.E.), DAPI, Beta-actin and Collagen I immunofluorescence staining. The in vitro weight loss ratio of raw silk and degummed raw silk in water, PBS, DMEM and DMEM containing 10% FBS (F-DMEM) were, respectively, 14%/11%, 12.5%/12.9%, 11.1%/14.3%, 8.8%/11.6%. Silk began to degrade after 7 d subcutaneous implantation and after 145 d non-degraded silk was still observed. These findings suggest the immunogenicity of fibroin and sericin had no essential difference. In the process of in vitro degradation of silk, the role of the enzyme is not significant. The in vivo degradation of silk is related to phagocytotic activity and fibroblasts may be involved in this process to secrete collagen. This study also shows the developing process of cocoons and raw silk. PMID:25982316

  9. SPECIFIC DEGRADATION OF WATERSHEDS

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    Boubacar KANE; Pierre Y.JULIEN

    2007-01-01

    An extensive database of reservoir sedimentation surveys throughout continental United States is compiled and analyzed to determine specific degradation SD relationships as function of mean annual rainfall R, drainage area A, and watershed slope S. The database contains 1463 field measurements and specific degradation relationships are defined as function of A, R and S. Weak trends and significant variability in the data are noticeable. Specific degradation measurements are log normally distributed with respect to R, A, and S and 95% confidence intervals are determined accordingly. The accuracy of the predictions does not significantly increase as more independent variables are added to the regression analyses.

  10. Purex diluent degradation

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    The chemical degradation of normal paraffin hydrocarbon (NPH) diluents both in the pure state and mixed with 30% tributyl phosphate (TBP) was investigated in a series of experiments. The results show that degradation of NPH in the TBP-NPH-HNO3 system is consistent with the active chemical agent being a radical-like nitrogen dioxide (NO2) molecule, not HNO3 as such. Spectrophotometric, gas chromatographic, mass spectrographic, and titrimetric methods were used to identify the degradation products, which included alkane nitro and nitrate compounds, alcohols, unsaturated alcohols, nitro alcohols, nitro alkenes, ketones, and carboxylic acids. The degradation rate was found to increase with increases in the HNO3 concentration and the temperature. The rate was decreased by argon sparging to remove NO2 and by the addition of butanol, which probably acts as a NO2 scavenger. 13 references, 11 figures

  11. Conceptualizing Forest Degradation.

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    Ghazoul, Jaboury; Burivalova, Zuzana; Garcia-Ulloa, John; King, Lisa A

    2015-10-01

    Forest degradation is a global environmental issue, but its definition is problematic. Difficulties include choosing appropriate reference states, timescales, thresholds, and forest values. We dispense with many such ambiguities by interpreting forest degradation through the frame of ecological resilience, and with reference to forest dynamics. Specifically, we define forest degradation as a state of anthropogenically induced arrested succession, where ecological processes that underlie forest dynamics are diminished or severely constrained. Metrics of degradation might include those that reflect ecological processes shaping community dynamics, notably the regeneration of plant species. Arrested succession implies that management intervention is necessary to recover successional trajectories. Such a definition can be applied to any forest ecosystem, and can also be extended to other ecosystems. PMID:26411619

  12. Failed fuel degradation

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    Failed fuel degradation is the term used to describe the post-defect deterioration of a fuel rod which can occur under continued operation in certain circumstances. Two mechanisms are generally postulated for failed fuel degradation in light water reactors. The first of these attributes degradation susceptibility (axial split formation) to the inherently low fracture toughness of the zircaloy cladding exacerbated by hydrogen embrittlement. The second mechanism attributes the degradation to the reduced relative corrosion resistance of the zirconium liner present in barrier fuel. This leads to a greater fuel rod internal inventory of embrittling hydrogen in conjunction with increased cladding stresses caused by closure of the pellet-cladding gap due to liner corrosion. Key observations relating to these mechanisms are reviewed and the development of mitigating actions to address them described. Commercial irradiation experience gained with subsequently improved fuel designs is discussed. (5 figures; 7 references) (UK)

  13. Bacteria and lignin degradation

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    Jing LI; Hongli YUAN; Jinshui YANG

    2009-01-01

    Lignin is both the most abundant aromatic (phenolic) polymer and the second most abundant raw material.It is degraded and modified by bacteria in the natural world,and bacteria seem to play a leading role in decomposing lignin in aquatic ecosystems.Lignin-degrading bacteria approach the polymer by mechanisms such as tunneling,erosion,and cavitation.With the advantages of immense environmental adaptability and biochemical versatility,bacteria deserve to be studied for their ligninolytic potential.

  14. [Degradation of succinylcholine chloride].

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    Németh, G; Török, I; Paál, T

    1993-05-01

    Quantitative thin-layer chormatographic method has been developed for the investigation of the degradation of injection formulations containing succinylcholinium chloride. The method is based on the denistometric determination of the main degradation product, choline at 430 nm after visualization with iodine vapour. The stability of the injection was investigated under various storage conditions and it has been stated that considerable decomposition takes place during as short a period as one week. PMID:8362654

  15. Circumferential lesion formation around the pulmonary veins in the left atrium with focused ultrasound using a 2D-array endoesophageal device: a numerical study

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    Pichardo, Samuel; Hynynen, Kullervo [Imaging Research-Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room C713, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5 (Canada)

    2007-08-21

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently sustained cardiac arrhythmia affecting humans. The electrical isolation by ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) in the left atrium (LA) of the heart has been proven as an effective cure of AF. The ablation consists mainly in the formation of a localized circumferential thermal coagulation of the cardiac tissue surrounding the PVs. In the present numerical study, the feasibility of producing the required circumferential lesion with an endoesophageal ultrasound probe is investigated. The probe operates at 1 MHz and consists of a 2D array with enough elements (114 x 20) to steer the acoustic field electronically in a volume comparable to the LA. Realistic anatomical conditions of the thorax were considered from the segmentation of histological images of the thorax. The cardiac muscle and the blood-filled cavities in the heart were identified and considered in the sound propagation and thermal models. The influence of different conditions of the thermal sinking in the LA chamber was also studied. The circumferential ablation of the PVs was achieved by the sum of individual lesions induced with the proposed device. Different scenarios of lesion formation were considered where ultrasound exposures (1, 2, 5 and 10 s) were combined with maximal peak temperatures (60, 70 and 80 {sup 0}C). The results of this numerical study allowed identifying the limits and best conditions for controlled lesion formation in the LA using the proposed device. A controlled situation for the lesion formation surrounding the PVs was obtained when the targets were located within a distance from the device in the range of 26 {+-} 7 mm. When combined with a maximal temperature of 70 {sup 0}C and an exposure time between 5 and 10 s, this distance ensured preservation of the esophageal structures, controlled lesion formation and delivery of an acoustic intensity at the transducer surface that is compatible with existing materials. With a peak

  16. Efficiency of defect specific maintenance od steam generator tubes: the case of ODSCC

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    The outside diameter stress corrosion cracking at tube support plates became the dominating ageing mechanism in steam generators tubes made of Inconel 600. A variety of maintenance approaches were developed and implemented worldwide to deal with this mechanism. Despite different philosophical and physical backgrounds implemented, all of the applied approaches satisfy the relevant regulatory requirements. For our purpose, the maintenance approach consist of: (1) inspection of tubes, (2) accepting or rejecting the defective tube and (3) plugging of rejected tubes. The problem of selecting an optimal maintenance approach is raised in the paper. Consequently, a method comparing the efficiency of applicable maintenance approaches is proposed. The efficiency is defined by three parameters: (a) number of plugged tubes, (b) probability of steam generator tube rupture and (c) predicted accidental leak rates through the defects. An original probabilistic model is proposed to quantify the probability of tube rupture, while procedures available in literature were used to define the accidental leak rates. The numerical example considers the data from Krsko NPP (Westinghouse 632 MWe). The maintenance approaches analyzed include: (i) no repair at all, (ii) traditional defect depth (40%) based maintenance, (iii) alternate plugging criterion (bobbin coil voltage as defined by EPRI and U.S. NRC) and (iv) combined traditional and alternate approach. Advantages of the defect specific approaches (iii) and (iv) over the traditional one (defect depth) are clearly shown. A brief discussion on the optimization of safe life of steam generator is given. (author)

  17. Is crack branching under shear loading caused by shear fracture? ——A critical review on maximum circumferential stress theory

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    孙宗颀

    2001-01-01

    When a crack is subjected to shear force, crack branching usually occurs. Theoretical study shows that the crack branching under shear loading is caused by tensile stress, but not caused by shear fracture. The co-plane shear fracture could be obtained if compressive stress with given direction is applied to the specimen, subsequently, calculated shear fracture toughness, KⅡ C, is larger than KⅠ C. A prerequisite of possible occurrence of mode Ⅱ fracture was proposed. The study of shear fracture shows that the maximum circumferential stress theory considered its criterion as a parametric equation of a curve in KⅠ, KⅡ plane is incorrect; the predicted ratio KⅡ C/KⅠ C=0.866 is incorrect too.

  18. Application of fracture-proof design methods using tearing-instability theory to nuclear piping postulating circumferential through-wall cracks

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    This report presents methods of applying tearing instability analysis to large circumferential through-wall cracks in piping to demonstrate cases of adequate ductility to avoid double ended break. The first part gives results of applying simplified rigid-plastic cracked section analysis to some typical piping systems and subsequently gives some additional refinements of this type of analysis. The second part presents full elastic-plastic cracked section analysis which demonstrates the adequacy of rigid-plastic analysis for most cases and provides the methodology where elastic-plastic analysis is required. The results combined with adequate treatment of material property data and other deformation limiting and load limiting aspects of as-built piping systems, provides a complete analysis of subject

  19. A method for the measurement of dispersion curves of circumferential guided waves radiating from curved shells: experimental validation and application to a femoral neck mimicking phantom

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    Nauleau, Pierre; Minonzio, Jean-Gabriel; Chekroun, Mathieu; Cassereau, Didier; Laugier, Pascal; Prada, Claire; Grimal, Quentin

    2016-07-01

    Our long-term goal is to develop an ultrasonic method to characterize the thickness, stiffness and porosity of the cortical shell of the femoral neck, which could enhance hip fracture risk prediction. To this purpose, we proposed to adapt a technique based on the measurement of guided waves. We previously evidenced the feasibility of measuring circumferential guided waves in a bone-mimicking phantom of a circular cross-section of even thickness. The goal of this study is to investigate the impact of the complex geometry of the femoral neck on the measurement of guided waves. Two phantoms of an elliptical cross-section and one phantom of a realistic cross-section were investigated. A 128-element array was used to record the inter-element response matrix of these waveguides. This experiment was simulated using a custom-made hybrid code. The response matrices were analyzed using a technique based on the physics of wave propagation. This method yields portions of dispersion curves of the waveguides which were compared to reference dispersion curves. For the elliptical phantoms, three portions of dispersion curves were determined with a good agreement between experiment, simulation and theory. The method was thus validated. The characteristic dimensions of the shell were found to influence the identification of the circumferential wave signals. The method was then applied to the signals backscattered by the superior half of constant thickness of the realistic phantom. A cut-off frequency and some portions of modes were measured, with a good agreement with the theoretical curves of a plate waveguide. We also observed that the method cannot be applied directly to the signals backscattered by the lower half of varying thicknesses of the phantom. The proposed approach could then be considered to evaluate the properties of the superior part of the femoral neck, which is known to be a clinically relevant site.

  20. Effects of steroids and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition on circumferential strain in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study utilizing cardiovascular magnetic resonance

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    Kinnett Kathi J

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Steroid use has prolonged ambulation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD and combined with advances in respiratory care overall management has improved such that cardiac manifestations have become the major cause of death. Unfortunately, there is no consensus for DMD-associated cardiac disease management. Our purpose was to assess effects of steroid use alone or in combination with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI or angiotension receptor blocker (ARB on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR derived circumferential strain (εcc. Methods We used CMR to assess effects of corticosteroids alone (Group A or in combination with ACEI or ARB (Group B on heart rate (HR, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF, mass (LVM, end diastolic volume (LVEDV and circumferential strain (εcc in a cohort of 171 DMD patients >5 years of age. Treatment decisions were made independently by physicians at both our institution and referral centers and not based on CMR results. Results Patients in Group A (114 studies were younger than those in Group B (92 studies(10 ± 2.4 vs. 12.4 ± 3.2 years, p cc magnitude was lower in Group B than Group A (-13.8 ± 1.9 vs. -12.8 ± 2.0, p = 0.0004, age correction using covariance analysis eliminated this effect. In a subset of patients who underwent serial CMR exams with an inter-study time of ~15 months, εcc worsened regardless of treatment group. Conclusions These results support the need for prospective clinical trials to identify more effective treatment regimens for DMD associated cardiac disease.

  1. 环形大腿吸脂术150例体会%A clinical analysis of circumferential thigh liposuction: 150 cases report

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    黎石峰; 李俊明; 张昕霞; 江华; 李琳

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨一种安全有效的大腿吸脂塑形的方法.方法 自2008年4月至2012年5月,采用持续硬膜外麻醉+肿胀麻醉下行360°环形吸脂术,对150例求美者大腿进行吸脂塑形.结果 本组求美者150例,术中麻醉效果好,出血少,术后随访3~9个月,吸脂塑形效果好,并发症少.结论 持续硬膜外麻醉+肿胀麻醉下行360°环形大腿吸脂术是一种安全、有效的方法,值得临床推广.%Objective To explore a safe and effective liposuction method for the thigh lipostructure.Methods From April 2008 to May 2012,circumferential bilateral thigh liposuction under continuous epidural anesthesia combined with local tumescent anesthesia was performed on 150 cases.Results Satisfactory results were received with good intraoperative anesthetic effect and less bleeding.After 3 to 9 months follow-up,satisfied thigh contour was obtained in all cases with few postoperative complications.Conclusion Circumferential thigh liposuction under continuous epidural anesthesia combined with local tumescent anesthesia is a safe and efficacy approach for thigh lipostructure.

  2. Circumferential Strain Can Be Used to Detect Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Myocardial Dysfunction and Predict the Mortality of Severe Sepsis in Mice

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    Chu, Ming; Gao, Yao; Zhou, Bin; Wu, Bingruo; Wang, Junhong; Xu, Di

    2016-01-01

    Background Sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction is a common and severe complication of septic shock. However, conventional echocardiography often fails to reveal myocardial depression in severe sepsis. Recently, strain measurements based on speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have been used to evaluate cardiac function. Aims To investigate the role of STE in detecting lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cardiac dysfunction, M-mode and 2-D echocardiography were used in LPS-treated mice. Methods The mice were treated with a 10mg/kg (n = 10), 20mg/kg (n = 10) or 25mg/kg LPS (n = 30) to induce cardiac dysfunction. Subsequently, the ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS) were measured with standard M-mode tracings, whereas the circumferential (Scirc) and radial strain (Srad) were measured with STE. Serum biochemical and cardiac histopathological examinations were performed to assess sepsis-induced myocardial injury. Results 20mg/kg LPS resulted in more deterioration, myocardial damage and cardiac contractile dysfunction based on serum biochemical and histological examinations. The mice that were subjected to 20mg/kg LPS exhibited reduced Scirc but no reduction in Srad, whereas on conventional echocardiography, the ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS) were similar in the 10mg/kg and 20mg/kg groups. Moreover, Scirc was positively correlated with body temperature in the mice at 20 h after LPS injection (r = 0.746, p = 0.001), but no significant correlation was observed between Srad and body temperature (r = 0.356, p = 0.123). Moreover, the mice with high Scirc (-5.9% to -10.4%) exhibited reduced mortality following the administration of 25mg/kg LPS (p = 0.03) compared with the low-strain group (-2% to -5.9%). Conclusions Taken together, our findings indicate that circumferential strain is a specific and reliable indicator for evaluating LPS-induced cardiac dysfunction in mice. PMID:27177150

  3. 基于PLC的钢管环缝焊接性能研究%Performance of circumferential welding for steel tube based on PLC

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    陈怀忠; 许雪贵; 黄芳

    2014-01-01

    PLC technique was applied for controlling the CO2 gas shielded welding process of circumferential welding for 20MnCr steel tube. The corrosion resistance,thermal fatigue resistance,tensile and impact properties were tested and analyzed. The results show that compared with the common control method,the PLC control technique can obtain better corrosion resistance, thermal fatigue resistance,tensile and impact properties of welding joint. After neutral salt-spray corrosion for 240 h,the mass loss rate of circumferential welding joint by PLC technique decreases by 65%,tensile strength at 20℃increases by 15%,and impact energy at 20℃increases by 26%.%在20MnCr钢管环缝CO2气体保护焊控制过程中引入PLC技术,进行焊接接头耐腐蚀性能、抗热疲劳性能、拉伸和冲击性能的测试与对比分析。结果表明:与传统控制技术相比,采用PLC技术获得的焊接接头具有更优的耐腐蚀性能、抗热疲劳性能、拉伸和冲击性能;经过240 h中性盐雾腐蚀后质量损失率降低了65%;20℃抗拉强度增加15%、冲击吸收功增加26%。

  4. A method for the measurement of dispersion curves of circumferential guided waves radiating from curved shells: experimental validation and application to a femoral neck mimicking phantom.

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    Nauleau, Pierre; Minonzio, Jean-Gabriel; Chekroun, Mathieu; Cassereau, Didier; Laugier, Pascal; Prada, Claire; Grimal, Quentin

    2016-07-01

    Our long-term goal is to develop an ultrasonic method to characterize the thickness, stiffness and porosity of the cortical shell of the femoral neck, which could enhance hip fracture risk prediction. To this purpose, we proposed to adapt a technique based on the measurement of guided waves. We previously evidenced the feasibility of measuring circumferential guided waves in a bone-mimicking phantom of a circular cross-section of even thickness. The goal of this study is to investigate the impact of the complex geometry of the femoral neck on the measurement of guided waves. Two phantoms of an elliptical cross-section and one phantom of a realistic cross-section were investigated. A 128-element array was used to record the inter-element response matrix of these waveguides. This experiment was simulated using a custom-made hybrid code. The response matrices were analyzed using a technique based on the physics of wave propagation. This method yields portions of dispersion curves of the waveguides which were compared to reference dispersion curves. For the elliptical phantoms, three portions of dispersion curves were determined with a good agreement between experiment, simulation and theory. The method was thus validated. The characteristic dimensions of the shell were found to influence the identification of the circumferential wave signals. The method was then applied to the signals backscattered by the superior half of constant thickness of the realistic phantom. A cut-off frequency and some portions of modes were measured, with a good agreement with the theoretical curves of a plate waveguide. We also observed that the method cannot be applied directly to the signals backscattered by the lower half of varying thicknesses of the phantom. The proposed approach could then be considered to evaluate the properties of the superior part of the femoral neck, which is known to be a clinically relevant site. PMID:27272197

  5. Drift Degradation Analysis

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    Degradation of underground openings as a function of time is a natural and expected occurrence for any subsurface excavation. Over time, changes occur to both the stress condition and the strength of the rock mass due to several interacting factors. Once the factors contributing to degradation are characterized, the effects of drift degradation can typically be mitigated through appropriate design and maintenance of the ground support system. However, for the emplacement drifts of the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, it is necessary to characterize drift degradation over a 10,000-year period, which is well beyond the functional period of the ground support system. This document provides an analysis of the amount of drift degradation anticipated in repository emplacement drifts for discrete events and time increments extending throughout the 10,000-year regulatory period for postclosure performance. This revision of the drift degradation analysis was developed to support the license application and fulfill specific agreement items between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The earlier versions of ''Drift Degradation Analysis'' (BSC 2001 [DIRS 156304]) relied primarily on the DRKBA numerical code, which provides for a probabilistic key-block assessment based on realistic fracture patterns determined from field mapping in the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) at Yucca Mountain. A key block is defined as a critical block in the surrounding rock mass of an excavation, which is removable and oriented in an unsafe manner such that it is likely to move into an opening unless support is provided. However, the use of the DRKBA code to determine potential rockfall data at the repository horizon during the postclosure period has several limitations: (1) The DRKBA code cannot explicitly apply dynamic loads due to seismic ground motion. (2) The DRKBA code cannot explicitly apply loads due to thermal stress. (3) The DRKBA

  6. Drift Degradation Analysis

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    D. Kicker

    2004-09-16

    Degradation of underground openings as a function of time is a natural and expected occurrence for any subsurface excavation. Over time, changes occur to both the stress condition and the strength of the rock mass due to several interacting factors. Once the factors contributing to degradation are characterized, the effects of drift degradation can typically be mitigated through appropriate design and maintenance of the ground support system. However, for the emplacement drifts of the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, it is necessary to characterize drift degradation over a 10,000-year period, which is well beyond the functional period of the ground support system. This document provides an analysis of the amount of drift degradation anticipated in repository emplacement drifts for discrete events and time increments extending throughout the 10,000-year regulatory period for postclosure performance. This revision of the drift degradation analysis was developed to support the license application and fulfill specific agreement items between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The earlier versions of ''Drift Degradation Analysis'' (BSC 2001 [DIRS 156304]) relied primarily on the DRKBA numerical code, which provides for a probabilistic key-block assessment based on realistic fracture patterns determined from field mapping in the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) at Yucca Mountain. A key block is defined as a critical block in the surrounding rock mass of an excavation, which is removable and oriented in an unsafe manner such that it is likely to move into an opening unless support is provided. However, the use of the DRKBA code to determine potential rockfall data at the repository horizon during the postclosure period has several limitations: (1) The DRKBA code cannot explicitly apply dynamic loads due to seismic ground motion. (2) The DRKBA code cannot explicitly apply loads due to thermal

  7. Assessment of short through-wall circumferential cracks in pipes. Experiments and analysis: March 1990--December 1994

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    This topical report summarizes the work performed for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) research program entitled ''Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds'' that specifically focuses on pipes with short through-wall cracks. Previous NRC efforts, conducted under the Degraded Piping Program, focused on understanding the fracture behavior of larger cracks in piping and fundamental fracture mechanics developments necessary for this technology. This report gives details on: (1) material property determinations, (2) pipe fracture experiments, and (3) development, modification, and validation of fracture analysis methods. The material property data required to analyze the experimental results are included. These data were also implemented into the NRC's PIFRAC database. Three pipe experiments with short through-wall cracks were conducted on large diameter pipe. Also, experiments were conducted on a large-diameter uncracked pipe and a pipe with a moderate-size through-wall crack. The analysis results reported here focus on simple predictive methods based on the J-Tearing theory as well as limit-load and ASME Section 11 analyses. Some of these methods were improved for short-crack-length predictions. The accuracy of the various methods was determined by comparisons with experimental results from this and other programs. 69 refs., 124 figs, 49 tabs

  8. Motor degradation prediction methods

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    Motor Operated Valve (MOV) squirrel cage AC motor rotors are susceptible to degradation under certain conditions. Premature failure can result due to high humidity/temperature environments, high running load conditions, extended periods at locked rotor conditions (i.e. > 15 seconds) or exceeding the motor's duty cycle by frequent starts or multiple valve stroking. Exposure to high heat and moisture due to packing leaks, pressure seal ring leakage or other causes can significantly accelerate the degradation. ComEd and Liberty Technologies have worked together to provide and validate a non-intrusive method using motor power diagnostics to evaluate MOV rotor condition and predict failure. These techniques have provided a quick, low radiation dose method to evaluate inaccessible motors, identify degradation and allow scheduled replacement of motors prior to catastrophic failures

  9. Motor degradation prediction methods

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    Arnold, J.R.; Kelly, J.F.; Delzingaro, M.J.

    1996-12-01

    Motor Operated Valve (MOV) squirrel cage AC motor rotors are susceptible to degradation under certain conditions. Premature failure can result due to high humidity/temperature environments, high running load conditions, extended periods at locked rotor conditions (i.e. > 15 seconds) or exceeding the motor`s duty cycle by frequent starts or multiple valve stroking. Exposure to high heat and moisture due to packing leaks, pressure seal ring leakage or other causes can significantly accelerate the degradation. ComEd and Liberty Technologies have worked together to provide and validate a non-intrusive method using motor power diagnostics to evaluate MOV rotor condition and predict failure. These techniques have provided a quick, low radiation dose method to evaluate inaccessible motors, identify degradation and allow scheduled replacement of motors prior to catastrophic failures.

  10. PWR degraded core analysis

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    A review is presented of the various phenomena involved in degraded core accidents and the ensuing transport of fission products from the fuel to the primary circuit and the containment. The dominant accident sequences found in the PWR risk studies published to date are briefly described. Then chapters deal with the following topics: the condition and behaviour of water reactor fuel during normal operation and at the commencement of degraded core accidents; the generation of hydrogen from the Zircaloy-steam and the steel-steam reactions; the way in which the core deforms and finally melts following loss of coolant; debris relocation analysis; containment integrity; fission product behaviour during a degraded core accident. (U.K.)

  11. Degradation effects in polymers

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    The extremely long molecular chains of polymers can be broken easily by the absorption of a quantum of energy above the energy of the covalent bond of the main carbon chain, which typically is in the range of 5-10 eV. The energy of beta and gamma photons of 1 to 10 MeV surpasses by many orders of magnitude this minimum value, representing a high risk of degradation to all kind of polymers, naturals and synthetics alike. The protection of polymers against high doses (20 - 1000 kGy) requires efficient additives preventing and/or stopping chain reaction type oxidative degradation. Primary and secondary antioxidants work well here in synergy. Commercial raw materials are available for radiation-sterilizable medical devices made out of polyolefins and other thermoplastics. Similarly, polymer compounds of suitable formulae are offered commercially for high-dose applications of polymers in nuclear installations. The controlled degradation of polymers of large molecular mass - or even of cross-linked molecular structures - is a promising field of radiation application. One area here is related to recycling non-accessible polymers such as fluorinated plastics of cross-linked rubber products. Another large possible area is the controlled radiation degradation of natural polymer systems. Radiation may facilitate the access to cross-linked natural polymer systems, such as wood, plant cellulose and biomass in general, decreasing to use of aggressive chemicals. The result is energetically favorable, environmentally friendly new procedures and raw materials of natural origin. A limited dose applied to polymers - although may cause some degradation - however may initiate new bonds on the 'wounded' chain. The popular graft-copolymerization technique can be applied in new, up-coming polymer processing technologies such as alloying, composite processing and reconstitutive recycling. By this way, even those polymers described earlier as radiation-degrading types, can be cross

  12. Photovoltaic Degradation Risk: Preprint

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    Jordan, D. C.; Kurtz, S. R.

    2012-04-01

    The ability to accurately predict power delivery over the course of time is of vital importance to the growth of the photovoltaic (PV) industry. Important cost drivers include the efficiency with which sunlight is converted into power, how this relationship changes over time, and the uncertainty in this prediction. An accurate quantification of power decline over time, also known as degradation rate, is essential to all stakeholders - utility companies, integrators, investors, and researchers alike. In this paper we use a statistical approach based on historical data to quantify degradation rates, discern trends and quantify risks related to measurement uncertainties, number of measurements and methodologies.

  13. Antifoam degradation testing

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    Lambert, D. P. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Ecology Lab. (SREL); Zamecnik, J. R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Ecology Lab. (SREL); Newell, D. D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Ecology Lab. (SREL); Williams, M. S. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Ecology Lab. (SREL)

    2015-08-20

    This report describes the results of testing to quantify the degradation products resulting from the dilution and storage of Antifoam 747. Antifoam degradation is of concern to the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) due to flammable decomposition products in the vapor phase of the Chemical Process Cell vessels, as well as the collection of flammable and organic species in the offgas condensate. The discovery that hexamethyldisiloxane is formed from the antifoam decomposition was the basis for a Potential Inadequacy in the Safety Analysis declaration by the DWPF.

  14. Degradation of fluorotelomer alcohols

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    Ellis, David A; Martin, Jonathan W; De Silva, Amila O;

    2004-01-01

    atmosphere to yield a homologous series of PFCAs. Atmospheric degradation of FTOHs is likely to contribute to the widespread dissemination of PFCAs. After their bioaccumulation potential is accounted for, the pattern of PFCAs yielded from FTOHs could account for the distinct contamination profile of PFCAs...... significance of the gas-phase peroxy radical cross reactions that produce PFCAs has not been recognized previously. Such reactions are expected to occur during the atmospheric degradation of all polyfluorinated materials, necessitating a reexamination of the environmental fate and impact of this important...

  15. Chlorophyll Degradation in Horticultural Crops

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    Kaewsuksaeng, Samak

    2011-01-01

    One of the symptoms of senescence in harvested horticultural crops is the loss of greenness that comes with the degradation of chlorophyll. With senescence, the chlorophyll-degrading enzyme activities such as chlorophyllase, Mg-dechelatase or Mg-dechelation activity, a new chlorophyll-degrading enzyme, pheophytinase, pheophorbidase and chlorophyll-degrading peroxidase, which are involved in chlorophyll degradation, affected greatly in stored horticultural crops. The chlorophyll derivatives, e...

  16. Drift Degradation Analysis

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    The outputs from the drift degradation analysis support scientific analyses, models, and design calculations, including the following: (1) Abstraction of Drift Seepage; (2) Seismic Consequence Abstraction; (3) Structural Stability of a Drip Shield Under Quasi-Static Pressure; and (4) Drip Shield Structural Response to Rock Fall. This report has been developed in accordance with ''Technical Work Plan for: Regulatory Integration Modeling of Drift Degradation, Waste Package and Drip Shield Vibratory Motion and Seismic Consequences'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 171520]). The drift degradation analysis includes the development and validation of rockfall models that approximate phenomenon associated with various components of rock mass behavior anticipated within the repository horizon. Two drift degradation rockfall models have been developed: the rockfall model for nonlithophysal rock and the rockfall model for lithophysal rock. These models reflect the two distinct types of tuffaceous rock at Yucca Mountain. The output of this modeling and analysis activity documents the expected drift deterioration for drifts constructed in accordance with the repository layout configuration (BSC 2004 [DIRS 172801])

  17. Radiation degradation of silk

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    Ishida, Kazushige; Kamiishi, Youichi [Textile Research Institute of Gunma, Kiryu, Gunma (Japan); Takeshita, Hidefumi; Yoshii, Fumio; Kume, Tamikazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    2001-03-01

    Silk fibroin powder was prepared from irradiated silk fibroin fiber by means of only physical treatment. Silk fibroin fiber irradiated with an accelerated electron beam in the dose range of 250 - 1000 kGy was pulverized by using a ball mill. Unirradiated silk fibroin fiber was not pulverized at all. But the more irradiation was increased, the more the conversion efficiency from fiber to powder was increased. The conversion efficiency of silk fibroin fiber irradiated 1000 kGy in oxygen was 94%. Silk fibroin powder shows remarkable solubility, which dissolved 57% into water of ambient temperature. It is a very interesting phenomenon that silk fibroin which did not treat with chemicals gets solubility only being pulverized. In order to study mechanism of solubilization of silk fibroin powder, amino acid component of soluble part of silk fibroin powder was analyzed. The more irradiation dose up, the more glycine or alanine degraded, but degradation fraction reached bounds about 50%. Other amino acids were degraded only 20% even at the maximum. To consider crystal construction of silk fibroin, it is suggested that irradiation on silk fibroin fiber selectively degrades glycine and alanine in amorphous region, which makes it possible to pulverize and to dissolve silk fibroin powder. (author)

  18. Assessment of Residual Stress on Expanded Steam Generator Tubes and Establishment of Fundamentals for Their Stress Corrosion Cracking Property

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    In Korean Standard Nuclear Power(KSNP) Plants, secondary circumferential outer diameter stress corrosion cracking(ODSCC) has occurred on the expansion transition region around the top of tube sheet. The circumferential ODSCC has been known to occur more often in CE type nuclear power plants(NPPs) compared to Westinghouse or Framatone type ones. It has been often reported that the compressive residual stress was developed on the transition regions expanded by the explosive and hydraulic expansion. However, circumferential ODSCC was observed to occur on the expansion transition region around the top of tube sheet(TTS) in operating NPPs, especially very often when sludge on TTS was piled up. This means that the residual stress state on the expansion transition region might be changed by the sludge piled up on TTS, such as from compressive to tensile stress, which has not been confirmed by laboratory experiment though. Thus, in this study, the residual stress state on the transition regions developed during explosive and hydraulic expansion was measured accurately using the strain gauge relaxation and X-ray diffraction methods. Any stress state changes due to the piled sludge on TTS will be checked experimentally in the laboratory. In order to due that, experimental facilities will be set up and experimental method will be developed in this study

  19. Detection of pump degradation

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    Greene, R.H.; Casada, D.A.; Ayers, C.W. [and others

    1995-08-01

    This Phase II Nuclear Plant Aging Research study examines the methods of detecting pump degradation that are currently employed in domestic and overseas nuclear facilities. This report evaluates the criteria mandated by required pump testing at U.S. nuclear power plants and compares them to those features characteristic of state-of-the-art diagnostic programs and practices currently implemented by other major industries. Since the working condition of the pump driver is crucial to pump operability, a brief review of new applications of motor diagnostics is provided that highlights recent developments in this technology. The routine collection and analysis of spectral data is superior to all other technologies in its ability to accurately detect numerous types and causes of pump degradation. Existing ASME Code testing criteria do not require the evaluation of pump vibration spectra but instead overall vibration amplitude. The mechanical information discernible from vibration amplitude analysis is limited, and several cases of pump failure were not detected in their early stages by vibration monitoring. Since spectral analysis can provide a wealth of pertinent information concerning the mechanical condition of rotating machinery, its incorporation into ASME testing criteria could merit a relaxation in the monthly-to-quarterly testing schedules that seek to verify and assure pump operability. Pump drivers are not included in the current battery of testing. Operational problems thought to be caused by pump degradation were found to be the result of motor degradation. Recent advances in nonintrusive monitoring techniques have made motor diagnostics a viable technology for assessing motor operability. Motor current/power analysis can detect rotor bar degradation and ascertain ranges of hydraulically unstable operation for a particular pump and motor set. The concept of using motor current or power fluctuations as an indicator of pump hydraulic load stability is presented.

  20. Detection of pump degradation

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    This Phase II Nuclear Plant Aging Research study examines the methods of detecting pump degradation that are currently employed in domestic and overseas nuclear facilities. This report evaluates the criteria mandated by required pump testing at U.S. nuclear power plants and compares them to those features characteristic of state-of-the-art diagnostic programs and practices currently implemented by other major industries. Since the working condition of the pump driver is crucial to pump operability, a brief review of new applications of motor diagnostics is provided that highlights recent developments in this technology. The routine collection and analysis of spectral data is superior to all other technologies in its ability to accurately detect numerous types and causes of pump degradation. Existing ASME Code testing criteria do not require the evaluation of pump vibration spectra but instead overall vibration amplitude. The mechanical information discernible from vibration amplitude analysis is limited, and several cases of pump failure were not detected in their early stages by vibration monitoring. Since spectral analysis can provide a wealth of pertinent information concerning the mechanical condition of rotating machinery, its incorporation into ASME testing criteria could merit a relaxation in the monthly-to-quarterly testing schedules that seek to verify and assure pump operability. Pump drivers are not included in the current battery of testing. Operational problems thought to be caused by pump degradation were found to be the result of motor degradation. Recent advances in nonintrusive monitoring techniques have made motor diagnostics a viable technology for assessing motor operability. Motor current/power analysis can detect rotor bar degradation and ascertain ranges of hydraulically unstable operation for a particular pump and motor set. The concept of using motor current or power fluctuations as an indicator of pump hydraulic load stability is presented

  1. Circumferential or sectored beam arrangements for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) of primary lung tumors: Effect on target and normal-structure dose-volume metrics

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    Rosenberg, Mara W. [Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA (United States); Department of Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (United States); Kato, Catherine M. [Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (United States); Carson, Kelly M.P. [The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Matsunaga, Nathan M. [Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (United States); Arao, Robert F. [Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (United States); Doss, Emily J. [Department of Internal Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR (United States); McCracken, Charles L. [Department of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (United States); Meng, Lu Z. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento, CA (United States); Chen, Yiyi [Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (United States); Laub, Wolfram U.; Fuss, Martin [Department of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (United States); Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (United States); Tanyi, James A., E-mail: tanyij@ohsu.edu [Department of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (United States); Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (United States)

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    To compare 2 beam arrangements, sectored (beam entry over ipsilateral hemithorax) vs circumferential (beam entry over both ipsilateral and contralateral lungs), for static-gantry intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) delivery techniques with respect to target and organs-at-risk (OAR) dose-volume metrics, as well as treatment delivery efficiency. Data from 60 consecutive patients treated using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for primary non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) formed the basis of this study. Four treatment plans were generated per data set: IMRT/VMAT plans using sectored (-s) and circumferential (-c) configurations. The prescribed dose (PD) was 60 Gy in 5 fractions to 95% of the planning target volume (PTV) (maximum PTV dose ∼ 150% PD) for a 6-MV photon beam. Plan conformality, R{sub 50} (ratio of volume circumscribed by the 50% isodose line and the PTV), and D{sub 2} {sub cm} (D{sub max} at a distance ≥2 cm beyond the PTV) were evaluated. For lungs, mean doses (mean lung dose [MLD]) and percent V{sub 30}/V{sub 20}/V{sub 10}/V{sub 5} Gy were assessed. Spinal cord and esophagus D{sub max} and D{sub 5}/D{sub 50} were computed. Chest wall (CW) D{sub max} and absolute V{sub 30}/V{sub 20}/V{sub 10}/V{sub 5} {sub Gy} were reported. Sectored SBRT planning resulted in significant decrease in contralateral MLD and V{sub 10}/V{sub 5} {sub Gy}, as well as contralateral CW D{sub max} and V{sub 10}/V{sub 5} {sub Gy} (all p < 0.001). Nominal reductions of D{sub max} and D{sub 5}/D{sub 50} for the spinal cord with sectored planning did not reach statistical significance for static-gantry IMRT, although VMAT metrics did show a statistically significant decrease (all p < 0.001). The respective measures for esophageal doses were significantly lower with sectored planning (p < 0.001). Despite comparable dose conformality, irrespective of planning configuration, R{sub 50} significantly improved with IMRT

  2. Position Effect of Circumferential Crack Defects on Elbow Pipe Bearing Capacity%周向缺陷位置对弯管承载能力的影响

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    万晋; 秦超

    2016-01-01

    Taking elbow pipe as the object of study, the finite element method was adopted to investigate axial stress distribution on the cross section of the elbow pipe and plastic limit load;and the stress distribution there under internal pressure and bending load was summarized, including location of the maximum axial stress and its calculation formulation. Analyzing the position effect of circumferential crack defects on the elbow pipe’ s bearing capacity shows that, as for the elbow pipe with smaller bending radius and bigger diameter-thickness ratio, the circumferential crack defect should be located at the spot of the maximal axial stress so as to deter-mine the elbow’ s bearing capacity and lay the foundation for further study of the plastic ultimate bending mo-ment and improvement of elbow failure assessment.%以弯管为研究对象,采用有限元法对弯管中间横截面应力分布规律和塑性极限载荷进行研究,给出了弯管在内压和弯矩载荷下的应力分布情况,指出了弯矩载荷下弯管中间截面最大轴向应力点位置和计算公式,分析了中间截面上不同位置周向裂纹缺陷对弯管塑性极限弯矩载荷的影响。结果表明,对于弯曲半径比较小,径厚比较大的弯管应将周向裂纹缺陷定位在最大轴向应力点确定弯管弯矩承载能力,为进一步研究弯管塑性极限弯矩,完善弯管失效评定奠定基础。

  3. Endocytic collagen degradation

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    Madsen, Daniel H.; Jürgensen, Henrik J.; Ingvarsen, Signe;

    2012-01-01

    Fibrosis of the liver and its end-stage, cirrhosis, represent major health problems worldwide. In these fibrotic conditions, activated fibroblasts and hepatic stellate cells display a net deposition of collagen. This collagen deposition is a major factor leading to liver dysfunction, thus making it...... crucially important to understand both the collagen synthesis and turnover mechanisms in this condition. Here we show that the endocytic collagen receptor, uPARAP/Endo180, is a major determinant in governing the balance between collagen deposition and degradation. Cirrhotic human livers displayed a marked...... up-regulation of uPARAP/Endo180 in activated fibroblasts and hepatic stellate cells located close to the collagen deposits. In a hepatic stellate cell line, uPARAP/Endo180 was shown to be active in, and required for, the uptake and intracellular degradation of collagen. To evaluate the functional...

  4. Prolamin degradation in sourdoughs

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    Loponen, Jussi

    2006-01-01

    This thesis examines protein behaviours that occur during cereal fermentations. The focus is on the prolamin degradation in sourdoughs. The thesis also looks at what happens to the oat globulins during an oat bran acidification process. The cereal prolamins are unique proteins in many respects. The wheat prolamins (glutenins and gliadins) are responsible for the formation of the gluten that provides the viscoelastic properties to wheat doughs whereas the rye prolamins (secalins) are unab...

  5. Detection of pump degradation

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    Casada, D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-04-01

    There are a variety of stressors that can affect the operation of centrifugal pumps. Although these general stressors are active in essentially all centrifugal pumps, the stressor level and the extent of wear and degradation can vary greatly. Parameters that affect the extent of stressor activity are manifold. In order to assure the long-term operational readiness of a pump, it is important to both understand the nature and magnitude of the specific degradation mechanisms and to monitor the performance of the pump. The most commonly applied method of monitoring the condition of not only pumps, but rotating machinery in general, is vibration analysis. Periodic or continuous special vibration analysis is a cornerstone of most pump monitoring programs. In the nuclear industry, non-spectral vibration monitoring of safety-related pumps is performed in accordance with the ASME code. Pump head and flow rate are also monitored, per code requirements. Although vibration analysis has dominated the condition monitoring field for many years, there are other measures that have been historically used to help understand pump condition; advances in historically applied technologies and developing technologies offer improved monitoring capabilities. The capabilities of several technologies (including vibration analysis, dynamic pressure analysis, and motor power analysis) to detect the presence and magnitude of both stressors and resultant degradation are discussed.

  6. Detection of pump degradation

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    There are a variety of stressors that can affect the operation of centrifugal pumps. Although these general stressors are active in essentially all centrifugal pumps, the stressor level and the extent of wear and degradation can vary greatly. Parameters that affect the extent of stressor activity are manifold. In order to assure the long-term operational readiness of a pump, it is important to both understand the nature and magnitude of the specific degradation mechanisms and to monitor the performance of the pump. The most commonly applied method of monitoring the condition of not only pumps, but rotating machinery in general, is vibration analysis. Periodic or continuous spectral vibration analysis is a cornerstone of most pump monitoring programs. In the nuclear industry, non-spectral vibration monitoring of safety-related pumps is performed in accordance with the ASME code. Although vibration analysis has dominated the condition monitoring field for many years, there are other measures that have been historically used to help understand pump condition: advances in historically applied technologies and developing technologies offer improved monitoring capabilities. The capabilities of several technologies (including vibration analysis, dynamic pressure analysis, and motor power analysis) to detect the presence and magnitude of both stressors and resultant degradation are discussed

  7. Ordered bulk degradation via autophagy

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    Dengjel, Jörn; Kristensen, Anders Riis; Andersen, Jens S

    2008-01-01

    proteasomal and lysosomal degradation ample cross-talk between the two degradation pathways became evident. Degradation via autophagy appeared to be ordered and regulated at the protein complex/organelle level. This raises several important questions such as: can macroautophagy itself be specific and what is...

  8. Geologic interpretations of seismic data Route 128 (Northern Circumferential Highway) cut, and Hopkins Street grade separation stations 1-18 in Wakefield, Mass.

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    May, James E.; Lineham, Rev. Daniel

    1950-01-01

    The completion of a segment of the Northern Circumferential Highway, Route 126, in Wakefield, Mass., requires an underpass bridge at Hopkins Street, Station 5+50. The plan of the project shows approximately 1800 feet if approach cuts between stations 1 and 18. In October 1945 a preliminary seismic study was made of a segment of this cut between stations 6+50 and 13+30. Four profiles were made at this time and a report was submitted by Newton E. Chute and Rev. Daniel Linhan (file report of January 15). This work showed a relatively shallow (in general, 6 to 12 feet in depth) somewhat irregular bedrock surface between stations 6+50 and 13+50. That data indicated that much of this segment of the cut will be in bedrock. In order to obtain more complete data for the preparation of detailed estimates on the amount of bedrock to be excavated for this segment of the cut, and also to obtain sufficient data for the unexplored segment of the cut, 21 additional seismic traverses were made in September 1949. The present report contains only the results obtained from this later work. The work was performed as a part of a cooperative program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and the United States Geological Survey.

  9. Learning Curve in a Western Training Center of the Circumferential En Bloc Esophageal Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection in an In Vivo Animal Model

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    Miguel A. Tanimoto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Evaluate the feasibility to overcome the learning curve in a western training center of the en bloc circumferential esophageal (ECE- ESD in an in vivo animal model. Methods. ECE-ESD was performed on ten canine models under general anesthesia on artificial lesions at the esophagus marked with coagulation points. After the ESD each canine model was euthanized and surgical resection of the esophagus and stomach was carried out according to “the Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, Russel and Burch.” The specimen was fixed with needles on cork submerged in formalin with the esophagus and stomach then delivered to the pathology department to be analyzed. Results. ECE-ESD was completed without complications in the last 3/10 animal models. Mean duration for the procedures was 192±35 minutes (range 140–235 minutes. All the procedures were done at the animal lab surgery room with cardio pulmonary monitoring and artificial ventilation by staff surgery members and a staff member of the Gastroenterology department trained during 1999–2001 at the Fujigaoka hospital of the Showa U. in Yokohama, Japan, length (range 15–18 mm and 51±6.99 width (range 40–60 mm. Conclusion. ECE-ESD training is feasible in canine models for postgraduate endoscopy fellows.

  10. Creep-fatigue crack initiation and growth on thick circumferentially notched 316L tubes under cyclic thermal shocks and uniform tension

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    A validated methodology for the assessment of flaws in the creep-fatigue regime is needed for safety studies in fast reactor applications. A usual approach, but often too conservative, leads to consider all the types of situations as load controlled ones for the analysis. The TERFIS test program performed at CEA Cadarache has the objective to give quantitative estimations of initiation times and subsequent crack growth of flaws in representative creep-fatigue conditions of the LMFBR structures (low primary stresses, high secondary stresses). The structures tested are thick 316L tubes with inner radius to thickness ratio Ri/t of 1.5 and complete circumferential inner wall electro-eroded notches submitted to uniform tension and cyclic thermal shocks giving rise to radial temperature gradients. The cycles are separated by dwells of 2 hours at 600 deg. C. After a brief description of the test device, the present work gives some first results and interpretation using a proposed methodology involving elasto-plastic finite elements calculations. (author)

  11. Generation of plastic influence functions for J-integral and crack opening displacement of thin-walled pipes with a short circumferential through-wall crack

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    Fracture mechanics parameters such as the J-integral and crack opening displacement (COD), are necessary for Leak-Before-Break (LBB) evaluation. The famous two estimation methods, the GE/EPRI and the Reference Stress Method (RSM), have their applicability limit with regard to the ratio of a pipe mean radius to thickness (Rm/t). In order to extend their applicability limit to a thin walled pipe, several finite element analyses are performed for the J-integral and COD, and then new plastic influence functions are developed for thin-walled pipes with a short circumferential through-wall crack. With the newly generated plastic influence functions, the GE/EPRI and the RSM give closer results with those obtained from detailed finite element analyses. In addition, C*-integral and COD rate are estimated by using the new plastic influence functions and they are well matched with elastic–creep finite element analysis results under the power-law creep condition. Since the LBB concept can be applied to a piping system in a Korean Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) which is designed to have thin-walled pipes and to operate in high temperature enough to cause creep, this paper can be applied for the LBB assessment of thin-walled pipes with a short through-wall crack in the SFR

  12. Simplified method to evaluate upper limit stress intensity factor range of an inner-surface circumferential crack under steady state thermal striping

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    Simplified method to evaluate the upper limit stress intensity factor (SIF) range of an inner-surface circumferential crack in a thin- to thick-walled cylinder under steady state thermal striping was considered in this paper. The edges of the cylinder were rotation-restrained and the outer surface was adiabatically insulated. The inner surface of the cylinder was heated by a fluid with constant heat transfer coefficient whose temperature fluctuated sinusoidally at constant amplitude ΔT. By combining our analytical temperature solution for the problem and our semi-analytical-numerical SIF evaluation method for the crack, we showed that the desired maximum steady state SIF range can be evaluated with an engineering accuracy after ΔT, the mean radius to wall thickness ratio r m/W of the cylinder, the thermal expansion coefficient and Poisson's ratio are specified. By applying our method, no transient SIF analysis nor sensitivity analysis of the striping frequency on the SIF range is necessary. Numerical results showed that our method is valid for cylinders in a range of r m/W = 10-1

  13. Experimental and analytical studies of leak-before-break on circumferentially through-wall cracked pipes under bending load : Part-1 (September 1993 - June 1994)

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    Fracture control of structures is the concerted efforts by designers, metallurgists, production and maintenance engineers and inspectors to ensure safe operation without catastrophic fracture failures. If fracture is to be prevented, the strength should not drop below a certain safe value which means that cracks must be prevented to reach a critical size. Since piping is very important component in nuclear power plants, fracture control plans have been employed increasingly to ensure for better plant availability. Leak-before break (LBB) is now widely applied in nuclear industries as a means of assessing the susceptibility of a pressurised components to failure by unstable crack growth. In this report experimental and analytical studies are conducted on circumferential through wall cracked pipe subjected to pure bending load. Pipes made of three different types of steels are tested with crack size varying from 15% to 50% of circumference. Experimental results pertaining to fracture load, crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD), load point rotation and J-integral are presented. Prediction of maximum moment and stress based on net-section collapse (NSC) method and modified NSC method are also presented and compared with experimental data. Comparison between experimental and analytical results were found to be good. These all studies throw some more light on the understanding of the pipe fracture and relative accuracy and margin of conservatism of the methods when applied to full scale set up. (author). 32 refs., 45 figs., 12 tabs., 2 appendixes

  14. Plastic collapse moment of 90 deg. long radius elbows with internal circumferential surface crack at intrados under in-plane bending

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    Piping elbows under in-plane bending moment are vulnerable to cracking. The crack initiates at the surface and eventually reaches through the thickness and may lead to failure. The structural integrity assessment requires knowledge of the limit load. Limit load solutions for elbows with through-wall crack configurations are available in the open literature. But solutions for surface crack are not available. This paper presents a closed form expression for the plastic collapse moment (PCM) of 90 deg., long radius elbows with circumferential surface cracks at the intrados, under in-plane bending moment. The expression is derived, based on the results of non-linear (geometric and material) FE analyses covering a wide range of geometries and crack sizes. These plastic collapse moments evaluated herein will help in structural integrity assessment. - Highlights: → Piping elbows under in-plane bending moment are vulnerable to cracking. → Structural integrity assessment requires limit load solution. → presents a closed form expression for PCM of cracked elbow. → Results will help in structural integrity assessment of cracked elbows.

  15. Thromboembolic event rate in patients with persistent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation post circumferential pulmonary vein isolation:a single center experience in China

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    ZHOU Jing-min; LIU Shao-wen; LIN Jia-xiong; NIE Zhen-ning; WU Hong-yi; ZHOU Jun; HAO Ying; CAI Nai-sheng; GE Jun-bo

    2007-01-01

    Background Pulmonary-vein isolation (PVI) is currently used for the treatment of chronic and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a major risk of PVI is thromboembolism. The purpose of this study was to observe embolic event rate in patients with persistent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) undergone PVI.Methods Circumferential PVI (CPVI) was performed in 64 consecutive patients with persistent AF (42 men, aged (60.0±9.1) years) and in 84 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF (53 men, aged (61.4±9.3) years). Warfarin was administrated in all patients before ablation for at least 3 weeks ((5.2±2.6) weeks) and continued for at least 3 months post ablation with international normalized ratio (INR) of 2.0-3.0. During CPVI, intravenous heparin was given at a dose of 5000-8000 U or 75-100 U/kg, followed by 1000 U or 12 U/kg per hour.Results In patients with persistent AF, 1 patient developed embolic event during ablation and 3 patients developed embolic events after ablation. In contrast, no thromboembolic event was observed in patients with paroxysmal AF (4/64vs 0/84, P=0. 033).Conclusion Thromboembolic event rate related to CPVI is significantly higher in patients with persistent AF than that in patients with paroxysmal AF.

  16. Probabilistic procedure to evaluate integrity of degraded pipes under internal pressure and bending moment

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    The determination of critical crack sizes or permissible/allowable loading levels in pipes with degraded pipe sections (circumferential cracks) for the assurance of component integrity is usually based on deterministic approaches. Therefore along with numerical calculational methods (finite element (FE) analyses) limit load calculations, such as e.g. the 'Plastic limit load concept' and the 'Flow stress concept' as well as fracture mechanics approximation methods as e.g. the R-curve method or the 'Ductile fracture handbook' and the R6-Method are currently used for practical application. Numerous experimental tests on both ferritic and austenitic pipes with different pipe dimensions were investigated at MPA Stuttgart. The geometries of the pipes were comparable to actual piping systems in Nuclear Power Plants, both BWR as well as PWR. Through wall cracks and part wall through cracks on the inside surface of the pipes were considered. The results of these tests were used to determine the flow stresses used within the limit load calculations. Therefore the deterministic concepts assessing the integrity of degraded pipes are available A new post-calculation of the above mentioned tests was performed using probabilistic approaches to assure the component integrity of degraded piping systems. As a result the calculated probability of failure was compared to experimental behaviour during the pipe test. Different reliability techniques were used for the verification of the probabilistic approaches. (author)

  17. Degradation analysis of REBCO coils

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    RE-Ba-Cu-O (REBCO) layer-wound coils were operated to investigate their properties under electromagnetic forces in an external magnetic field of up to 17.2 T. While REBCO coils were successfully operated under electromagnetic forces over 200 MPa, some showed degradation after quenching. To develop high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, the reasons for the degradation of REBCO coils should be investigated. In this study, the degraded REBCO coils were carefully rewound. The critical current (Ic) of the rewound REBCO conductor was measured to check the damaged parts in the degraded REBCO coils, and the possible causes for the degradation were discussed. (paper)

  18. Outdoor PV Degradation Comparison

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    Jordan, D. C.; Smith, R. M.; Osterwald, C. R.; Gelak, E.; Kurtz, S. R.

    2011-02-01

    As photovoltaic (PV) penetration of the power grid increases, it becomes vital to know how decreased power output; may affect cost over time. In order to predict power delivery, the decline or degradation rates must be determined; accurately. At the Performance and Energy Rating Testbed (PERT) at the Outdoor Test Facility (OTF) at the; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) more than 40 modules from more than 10 different manufacturers; were compared for their long-term outdoor stability. Because it can accommodate a large variety of modules in a; limited footprint the PERT system is ideally suited to compare modules side-by-side under the same conditions.

  19. Bacterial Degradation of Pesticides

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    Knudsen, Berith Elkær

    This PhD project was carried out as part of the Microbial Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Water Resources (MIRESOWA) project, funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research (grant number 2104-08-0012). The environment is contaminated with various xenobiotic compounds e.g. pesticides......D student, to construct fungal-bacterial consortia in order to potentially stimulate pesticide degradation thereby increasing the chance of successful bioaugmentation. The results of the project are reported in three article manuscripts, included in this thesis. In manuscript I, the mineralization of 2...

  20. Degradation of copepod fecal pellets

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    Poulsen, Louise K.; Iversen, Morten

    2008-01-01

    Copepod fecal pellets are often degraded at high rates within the upper part of the water column. However, the identity of the degraders and the processes governing the degradation remain unresolved. To identify the pellet degraders we collected water from Oresund (Denmark) approximately every...... second month from July 2004 to July 2005. These water samples were divided into 5 fractions (<0.2, <2, <20, <100, <200 mu m) and total (unfractionated). We determined fecal pellet degradation rate and species composition of the plankton from triplicate incubations of each fraction and a known, added...... amount of fecal pellets. The total degradation rate of pellets by the natural plankton community of Oresund followed the phytoplankton biomass, with maximum degradation rate during the spring bloom (2.5 +/- 0.49 d(-1)) and minimum (0.52 +/- 0.14 d(-1)) during late winter. Total pellet removal rate ranged...

  1. A study of circumferentially-heated and block-heated heat pipes. I - Experimental analysis and generalized analytical prediction of capillary limits. II - Three-dimensional numerical modeling as a conjugate problem

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    Schmalhofer, Joseph; Faghri, Amir

    1993-01-01

    The wall and centerline vapor temperatures and heat output are determined experimentally for a low-temperature copper-water heat pipe under uniform circumferential heating and block heating. The time required to reach a vapor temperature of 60 C from an initial ambient temperature of 21 C is determined for both modes of heating. The experimental capillary limit of the heat pipe is compared to the generalized capillary limits for block-heated pipes over a range of vapor temperatures. A three-dimensional numerical model is then developed for determining the temperature, pressure, and velocity distributions in the entire domain of a circumferentially heated and a block-heated pipe. The problem is formulated as a conjugate problem, without the assumption of a uniform vapor temperature. The predictions of the model are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data.

  2. Ecosystems degradation on Romania’s Territory

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    Giani GRĂDINARU

    2010-01-01

    The paper presents results of 20 developing econometric models on which were determined and analyzed ecosystem degradation rates in Romania: air quality degradation rates, soil quality degradation rates and biodiversity degradation rates.

  3. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Reduces Local Recurrence Rates in Patients With Microscopically Involved Circumferential Resection Margins After Resection of Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

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    Alberda, Wijnand J.; Verhoef, Cornelis [Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Nuyttens, Joost J. [Department of Radiotherapy, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Meerten, Esther van [Department of Medical Oncology, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Rothbarth, Joost [Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Wilt, Johannes H.W. de [Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Burger, Jacobus W.A., E-mail: j.burger@erasmusmc.nl [Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2014-04-01

    Purpose: Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is advocated by some for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) who have involved or narrow circumferential resection margins (CRM) after rectal surgery. This study evaluates the potentially beneficial effect of IORT on local control. Methods and Materials: All surgically treated patients with LARC treated in a tertiary referral center between 1996 and 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. The outcome in patients treated with IORT with a clear but narrow CRM (≤2 mm) or a microscopically involved CRM was compared with the outcome in patients who were not treated with IORT. Results: A total of 409 patients underwent resection of LARC, and 95 patients (23%) had a CRM ≤ 2 mm. Four patients were excluded from further analysis because of a macroscopically involved resection margin. In 43 patients with clear but narrow CRMs, there was no difference in the cumulative 5-year local recurrence-free survival of patients treated with (n=21) or without (n=22) IORT (70% vs 79%, P=.63). In 48 patients with a microscopically involved CRM, there was a significant difference in the cumulative 5-year local recurrence-free survival in favor of the patients treated with IORT (n=31) compared with patients treated without IORT (n=17) (84 vs 41%, P=.01). Multivariable analysis confirmed that IORT was independently associated with a decreased local recurrence rate (hazard ratio 0.24, 95% confidence interval 0.07-0.86). There was no significant difference in complication rate of patients treated with or without IORT (65% vs 52%, P=.18) Conclusion: The current study suggests that IORT reduces local recurrence rates in patients with LARC with a microscopically involved CRM.

  4. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Reduces Local Recurrence Rates in Patients With Microscopically Involved Circumferential Resection Margins After Resection of Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

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    Purpose: Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is advocated by some for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) who have involved or narrow circumferential resection margins (CRM) after rectal surgery. This study evaluates the potentially beneficial effect of IORT on local control. Methods and Materials: All surgically treated patients with LARC treated in a tertiary referral center between 1996 and 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. The outcome in patients treated with IORT with a clear but narrow CRM (≤2 mm) or a microscopically involved CRM was compared with the outcome in patients who were not treated with IORT. Results: A total of 409 patients underwent resection of LARC, and 95 patients (23%) had a CRM ≤ 2 mm. Four patients were excluded from further analysis because of a macroscopically involved resection margin. In 43 patients with clear but narrow CRMs, there was no difference in the cumulative 5-year local recurrence-free survival of patients treated with (n=21) or without (n=22) IORT (70% vs 79%, P=.63). In 48 patients with a microscopically involved CRM, there was a significant difference in the cumulative 5-year local recurrence-free survival in favor of the patients treated with IORT (n=31) compared with patients treated without IORT (n=17) (84 vs 41%, P=.01). Multivariable analysis confirmed that IORT was independently associated with a decreased local recurrence rate (hazard ratio 0.24, 95% confidence interval 0.07-0.86). There was no significant difference in complication rate of patients treated with or without IORT (65% vs 52%, P=.18) Conclusion: The current study suggests that IORT reduces local recurrence rates in patients with LARC with a microscopically involved CRM

  5. Can histopathologic assessment of circumferential margin after preoperative pelvic chemoradiotherapy for T3-T4 rectal cancer predict for 3-year disease-free survival?

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    Purpose: This study set out to determine the impact of a positive circumferential resection margin (CRM) (R1-R2) and pathologic downstaging on local recurrence and survival in patients with borderline resectable or unresectable rectal adenocarcinoma treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Methods and Materials: A total of 150 patients with locally advanced rectal cancer were treated with long-course neoadjuvant CRT using low-dose folinic acid and 5-fluorouracil. CRT was followed 6-12 weeks later by surgical excision. The CRM rate and incidence, site, and pattern of local and systemic recurrences were recorded. The median follow-up was 25 months. Results: The overall median survival was 37 months, with a 5-year overall survival rate of 34%. Of the 150 patients, 122 underwent curative resection; 12% had a complete pathologic response, and downstaging to pT1-T2 occurred in an additional 16%. A negative CRM (R0) was achieved in 65% overall (98 of 150). Local recurrence occurred in 10% of those with R0 resection and 62% of those with R1-R2 resections. Distant metastases occurred in 29% of those with R0 resections and 75% of those with R1-R2 resections. The 3-year disease-free and 3-year overall survival rate was 9% and 25% and 52% and 64%, respectively, for patients with and without a histologically positive CRM. Conclusion: After 5-fluorouracil-based CRT, a positive CRM predicted for a high risk of subsequent local recurrence and a 3-year disease-free survival rate of only 9%. For this reason, the CRM should be considered a major prognostic factor and should be validated in future trials as an early alternative clinical endpoint

  6. Radiation degradation of cellulose

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    The application of straw and other cellulose polymers as feedstuff for ruminants is limited by its low digestibility. During recent decades it was attempted to increase the digestibility of straw by several chemical and physical methods. In this work some results of the degradation of gamma and electron treated wheat straw are reported. Complex methods of treatment (e.g. radiation influence and influence of lyes) are taken into consideration. In vitro-experiments with radiation treated straw show that the digestibility can be increased from 20% up to about 80%. A high pressure liquid chromatography method was used to analyze the hydrolysates. The contents of certain species of carbohydrates in the hydrolysates in dependence on the applied dose are given

  7. Thermal battery degradation mechanisms

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    Missert, Nancy A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Brunke, Lyle Brent [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Diffuse reflectance IR spectroscopy (DRIFTS) was used to investigate the effect of accelerated aging on LiSi based anodes in simulated MC3816 batteries. DRIFTS spectra showed that the oxygen, carbonate, hydroxide and sulfur content of the anodes changes with aging times and temperatures, but not in a monotonic fashion that could be correlated to phase evolution. Bands associated with sulfur species were only observed in anodes taken from batteries aged in wet environments, providing further evidence for a reaction pathway facilitated by H2S transport from the cathode, through the separator, to the anode. Loss of battery capacity with accelerated aging in wet environments was correlated to loss of FeS2 in the catholyte pellets, suggesting that the major contribution to battery performance degradation results from loss of active cathode material.

  8. Polycarbonate radiolytic degradation and stabilization

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    Polycarbonate Durolon, useful for medical supplies fabrication, is submitted to gamma radiation for sterilization purposes. Scissions in main chain occur, in carbonyl groups, producing molecular degradations and yellowness. The radiolytic stabilization is obtained through additive to the polymer. In this work some degradation and stabilization aspects are presented. (L.C.J.A.). 7 refs, 7 figs, 2 tabs

  9. Degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls

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    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) are generally disposed of by incineration, an expensive and hazardous method. Moreover, in cases where the PCBs are a minor component of a nontoxic fluid, such as a dielectric fluid, incineration causes loss of the nontoxic fluid as well as the PCB. An alternative method for destroying PCBs is disclosed which is not only capable of detoxification of PCB-contaminated soils, sludges, and sediments, but can also remove PCBs from solution in a wide range of concentrations, permitting full recovery of the bulk of the solution free of PCBs. The process of the invention may be operated in a batch, continuous, or semicontinuous mode, and is advantageously used to detoxify organic liquids such as transformer oils. According to the invention, PCBs are chemically degraded by contact with a Lewis acid catalyst in a nonaqueous liquid medium, in the presence of a cation which combines with the chlorine on the PCB to form a solid chloride of the cation which will precipitate out from the liquid medium. Preferred Lewis acids are metal halides, particularly a combination of aluminum chloride and ferric chloride, and the preferred cation is potassium in the form of KOH. The Lewis acids may be supplied to the process by the adventitious corrosion of a vessel containing the PCB-contaminated matter. Experiments are described to illustrate the process of the invention. 3 figs

  10. Diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging obtained after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in predicting the local tumor stage and circumferential resection margin status of rectal cancer

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    To measure the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) obtained after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in patients with rectal cancer for a prediction of the local tumor stage and circumferential resection margin (CRM). Two independent radiologists reviewed CT and MRI obtained after neoadjuvant CRT. The accuracy of the local tumor staging and the diagnostic performance for the prediction of CRM involvement were calculated. The agreement between the measurements of the distance to potential CRM on both imaging modalities and the histopathology findings was assessed using Bland-Altman plots. 57 patients (mean age, 59.2 years; 24 females) were included. The accuracy of T and N staging were 43.9% (95% confidence interval, 30.8-57.7%) and 77.2% (64.2-87.3%) on CT and 63.2% (49.4-75.6%) and 77.2% (64.2-87.3%) on MRI for Observer 1. The accuracy of T and N staging were 54.4% (40.7-67.7%) and 77.2% (64.2-87.3%) on CT and 68.4% (54.7-80.1%) and 80.7% (68.1-90.0%) on MRI for Observer 2. Sensitivity and specificity on CRM involvement were 83.3% (43.7-97.0%) and 88.2% (76.6-94.5%) on CT and 100% (61.0-100%) and 90.2% (79.0-95.7%) on MRI for Observer 1. Sensitivity and specificity on CRM involvement were 66.7% (30.0-90.3%) and 88.2% (76.7-94.5%) on CT and 100% (61.0-100%) and 90.2% (79.0-95.7%) on MRI for Observer 2. Bland-Altman plots showed wide discrepancies between measurements of the distance to CRM on each CT and MRI and those on histopathology findings. CT and MRI showed limited performance in predicting the local tumor staging and CRM involvement in patients with neoadjuvant CRT although MRI tended to show a better performance than CT

  11. Redox Regulation of Insulin Degradation by Insulin-Degrading Enzyme

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    Cordes, Crystal M.; Bennett, Robert G.; Siford, Gerri L.; Hamel, Frederick G.

    2011-01-01

    Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is a thiol sensitive peptidase that degrades insulin and amyloid β, and has been linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease. We examined the thiol sensitivity of IDE using S-nitrosoglutathione, reduced glutathione, and oxidized glutathione to distinguish the effects of nitric oxide from that of the redox state. The in vitro activity of IDE was studied using either partially purified cytosolic enzyme from male Sprague-Dawley rats, or purified rat ...

  12. Performance Degradation of LSCF Cathodes

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    Alinger, Matthew

    2013-09-30

    This final report summarizes the progress made during the October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2013 period under Cooperative Agreement DE-NT0004109 for the U. S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (USDOE/NETL) entitled “Performance Degradation of LSCF Cathodes”. The primary objective of this program is to develop a performance degradation mitigation path for high performing, cost-effective solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Strategies to mitigate performance degradation are developed and implemented. In addition, thermal spray manufacturing of SOFCs is explored. Combined, this work establishes a basis for cost-effective SOFC cells.

  13. 聚乙烯管道热熔接头环向裂纹应力强度因子的数值分析%Numerical Analysis of Stress Intensity Factor for Circumferential Cracks of Polyethylene Pipe's Hot Melting Joints

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    朱志彬; 杨晓翔; 陈丽静; 林乃昌; 庄鹏辉

    2013-01-01

    应力强度因子K是缺陷结构安全评定的重要参数.基于粘弹性理论,将聚乙烯管材料的粘弹性参数用Prony级数表示,运用非线性有限元法,在ANSYS中建立聚乙烯管热熔接头环向裂纹模型,并对K进行计算和分析.通过有限元的模拟,总结得到聚乙烯管最可能发生断裂的时间为产生裂纹时刻,从而得出分析聚乙烯管环向表面裂纹应力强度因子时不必考虑聚乙烯管的黏弹性,环向表面裂纹缺陷的主要影响因素是裂纹深度与聚乙烯管的厚度之比.%Aiming at the PE pipe' s viscoelastic properties,the Ansys was used to simulate and analyze the hot melting connector' s mechanical properties of the PE pipe with circumferential surface cracks,and the Prony series was used to analog material's viscoelastic properties,as well as the 1/4 node singular element was used to mesh the volumes at the crack boundary and to calculate the stress intensity factor of the PE pipe under the well-distributed internal pressure.The finite element simulation shows that the time of PE pipe rupture is just the moment that the crack occurs,and it is unnecessary to take PE pipe' s viscoelasticity into account while calculating the stress intensity factor of circumferential surface cracks.The crack depth-PE pipe thickness ratio mainly influences the circumferential cracks.

  14. Chitin Degradation In Marine Bacteria

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    Paulsen, Sara; Machado, Henrique; Gram, Lone

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Chitin is the most abundant polymer in the marine environment and the second most abundant in nature. Chitin does not accumulate on the ocean floor, because of microbial breakdown. Chitin degrading bacteria could have potential in the utilization of chitin as a renewable carbon and...... nitrogen source in the fermentation industry.Methods: Here, whole genome sequenced marine bacteria were screened for chitin degradation using phenotypic and in silico analyses.Results: The in silico analyses revealed the presence of three to nine chitinases in each strain, however the number of chitinases...... chitin regulatory system.Conclusions: This study has provided insight into the ecology of chitin degradation in marine bacteria. It also served as a basis for choosing a more efficient chitin degrading production strain e.g. for the use of chitin waste for large-scale fermentations....

  15. Ecosystemic approaches to land degradation

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    Land degradation is recognized as the main outcome of desertification. However available procedures for its assessment are still unsatisfactory because are often too costly for surveying large areas and rely on specific components of the degradation process without being able to integrate them in a unique process. One of the objectives of De Survey project is designing and implementing operational procedures for desertification surveillance, including land degradation. A strategic report was compiled and reproduced here for selecting the most appropriate approaches to the project conditions. The report focuses on using attributes of ecosystem maturity as a natural way to integrate the different drivers of land degradation in simple indices. The review surveys different families of attributes concerned with water and energy fluxes through the ecosystem, its capacity to sustain biomass and net primary productivity, and its capacity to structure the space. Finally, some conclusions are presented about the choice criteria of the different approaches in the framne of operational applications. (Author) 20 refs.

  16. Ecosystemic approaches to land degradation

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    Puigdefabregas, J.; Barrio, G. del; Hill, J.

    2009-07-01

    Land degradation is recognized as the main outcome of desertification. However available procedures for its assessment are still unsatisfactory because are often too costly for surveying large areas and rely on specific components of the degradation process without being able to integrate them in a unique process. One of the objectives of De Survey project is designing and implementing operational procedures for desertification surveillance, including land degradation. A strategic report was compiled and reproduced here for selecting the most appropriate approaches to the project conditions. The report focuses on using attributes of ecosystem maturity as a natural way to integrate the different drivers of land degradation in simple indices. The review surveys different families of attributes concerned with water and energy fluxes through the ecosystem, its capacity to sustain biomass and net primary productivity, and its capacity to structure the space. Finally, some conclusions are presented about the choice criteria of the different approaches in the framne of operational applications. (Author) 20 refs.

  17. Degradation monitoring using probabilistic inference

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    Alpay, Bulent

    In order to increase safety and improve economy and performance in a nuclear power plant (NPP), the source and extent of component degradations should be identified before failures and breakdowns occur. It is also crucial for the next generation of NPPs, which are designed to have a long core life and high fuel burnup to have a degradation monitoring system in order to keep the reactor in a safe state, to meet the designed reactor core lifetime and to optimize the scheduled maintenance. Model-based methods are based on determining the inconsistencies between the actual and expected behavior of the plant, and use these inconsistencies for detection and diagnostics of degradations. By defining degradation as a random abrupt change from the nominal to a constant degraded state of a component, we employed nonlinear filtering techniques based on state/parameter estimation. We utilized a Bayesian recursive estimation formulation in the sequential probabilistic inference framework and constructed a hidden Markov model to represent a general physical system. By addressing the problem of a filter's inability to estimate an abrupt change, which is called the oblivious filter problem in nonlinear extensions of Kalman filtering, and the sample impoverishment problem in particle filtering, we developed techniques to modify filtering algorithms by utilizing additional data sources to improve the filter's response to this problem. We utilized a reliability degradation database that can be constructed from plant specific operational experience and test and maintenance reports to generate proposal densities for probable degradation modes. These are used in a multiple hypothesis testing algorithm. We then test samples drawn from these proposal densities with the particle filtering estimates based on the Bayesian recursive estimation formulation with the Metropolis Hastings algorithm, which is a well-known Markov chain Monte Carlo method (MCMC). This multiple hypothesis testing

  18. Degradation and resilience of soils

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    Lal, R.

    1997-01-01

    Debate on global soil degradation, its extent and agronomic impact, can only be resolved through understanding of the processes and factors leading to establishment of the cause-effect relationships for major soils, ecoregions, and land uses. Systematic evaluation through long-term experimentation is needed for establishing quantitative criteria of (i) soil quality in relation to specific functions; (ii) soil degradation in relation to critical limits of key soil properties and processes; and...

  19. Bacterial degradation of bile salts

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    Philipp, Bodo

    2011-01-01

    Bile salts are surface-active steroid compounds. Their main physiological function is aiding the digestion of lipophilic nutrients in intestinal tracts of vertebrates. Many bacteria are capable of transforming and degrading bile salts in the digestive tract and in the environment. Bacterial bile salt transformation and degradation is of high ecological relevance and also essential for the biotechnological production of steroid drugs. While biotechnological aspects have been reviewed many time...

  20. Some Misconceptions About Plastic Degradation

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    Raouf, Mohamed Imad N. Raouf

    1999-01-01

    In consistence with the importance of implementing best utilization of human resources towards maintaining suitable healthy environment for our next generations, concepts and fundamentals upon which most researches on degradation of plastics are based, as a solution of solid waste reduction, will be discussed. Proper understanding of plastic figures would better utilize human efforts toward useful tasks to control solid waste. Unfortunately, when plastics are made more degradable, they becom...

  1. Degradation of CIGS solar cells

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    Theelen, M.J.

    2015-01-01

    Large scale commercial introduction of CIGS photovoltaics (PV) requires modules with low costs, high efficiencies and long and predictable lifetimes. Unfortunately,knowledge about the lifetime of CIGS PV is limited, which is reflected in the results of field studies: degradation rates varying from 0% to about 4% per year have been observed. Since warrantees are given out that the modules will still yield 80% of their initial power after 20 years of field exposure, degradation rates are often ...

  2. Working session 1: Tubing degradation

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    Kharshafdjian, G. [Atomic Energy of Canada, Mississauga, Ontario (Canada); Turluer, G. [IPSN, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)

    1997-02-01

    A general introductory overview of the purpose of the group and the general subject area of SG tubing degradation was given by the facilitator. The purpose of the session was described as to {open_quotes}develop conclusions and proposals on regulatory and technical needs required to deal with the issues of SG tubing degradation.{close_quotes} Types, locations and characteristics of tubing degradation in steam generators were briefly reviewed. The well-known synergistic effects of materials, environment, and stress and strain/strain rate, subsequently referred to by the acronym {open_quotes}MESS{close_quotes} by some of the group members, were noted. The element of time (i.e., evolution of these variables with time) was emphasized. It was also suggested that the group might want to consider the related topics of inspection capabilities, operational variables, degradation remedies, and validity of test data, and some background information in these areas was provided. The presentation given by Peter Millet during the Plenary Session was reviewed; Specifically, the chemical aspects and the degradation from the secondary side of the steam generator were noted. The main issues discussed during the October 1995 EPRI meeting on secondary side corrosion were reported, and a listing of the potential SG tube degradations was provided and discussed.

  3. Sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl

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    张光明; 华天星; 常爱敏

    2004-01-01

    The sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl was investigated. Mass spectroscopy was used to detect the products of sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl. The results show that the products of sonolytic degradation, such as biphenyl, ethyl benzene, diethylbiphenyl, dibutylbiphenyl, phenol, propylphenol and di-tert-butyl phenol are produced by thermolysis and hydroxyl free radical reactions, in which biphenyl counts for almost 40%(mole fraction) of the mother compound and others are at trace level. Rapid accumulation of chloride ion shows quick dechlorination, and 78% organic chlorine is converted into chloride ion. Free radical scavengers, bicarbonate and carbonate, decrease the reaction rate of sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl significantly, and the pseudo 1st order rate constant of sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl decreases linearly with the natural logarithm of the concentration of the added free radical scavenger, showing that the pyrolysis and hydroxyl free radical reaction are the two major pathways for the sonolytic degradation of 2-chlorobiphenyl, in which the hydroxyl radical concentration is estimated to be 1 × 10 10mol/L.

  4. Influence of pH on Morphology and Structure during Hydrolytic Degradation of the Segmented GL-b-[GL-co-TMC-co-CL]-b-GL Copolymer

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    Yolanda Márquez

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Hydrolytic degradation in media having a continuous variation of pH from 2 to 12 was studied for a copolymer having two polyglycolide hard blocks and a middle soft segment constituted by glycolide, trimethylene carbonate, and ɛ-caprolactone units. The last units were susceptible to cross-linking reactions by γ irradiation that led to an increase of the molecular weight of the sample. Nevertheless, the susceptibility to hydrolytic degradation was enhanced with respect to non-irradiated samples and consequently such samples were selected to analyze the degradation process through weight loss measurements and the evaluation of changes on molecular weight, morphology, and SAXS patterns. Results reflected the different hydrolytic mechanisms that took place in acid and basic media and the different solubilization of the degradation products. Thus, degradation was faster and solubilization higher in the basic media. In this case, fibers showed a high surface erosion and the formation of both longitudinal and deep circumferential cracks that contrasted with the peeling process detected at intermediate pHs (from 6 to 8 and the absence of longitudinal cracks at low pHs. SAXS measurements indicated that degradation was initiated through the hydrolysis of the irregular molecular folds placed on the amorphous interlamellar domains but also affected lamellar crystals at the last stages. Subsequent heating processes performed with degraded samples were fundamental to reveal the changes in microstructure that occurred during degradation and even the initial lamellar arrangement. In particular, the presence of interfibrillar domains and the disposition of lamellar domains at different levels along the fiber axis for a determined cross-section were evidenced.

  5. Redox regulation of insulin degradation by insulin-degrading enzyme.

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    Crystal M Cordes

    Full Text Available Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE is a thiol sensitive peptidase that degrades insulin and amyloid β, and has been linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease. We examined the thiol sensitivity of IDE using S-nitrosoglutathione, reduced glutathione, and oxidized glutathione to distinguish the effects of nitric oxide from that of the redox state. The in vitro activity of IDE was studied using either partially purified cytosolic enzyme from male Sprague-Dawley rats, or purified rat recombinant enzyme. We confirm that nitric oxide inhibits the degrading activity of IDE, and that it affects proteasome activity through this interaction with IDE, but does not affect the proteasome directly. Oxidized glutathione inhibits IDE through glutathionylation, which was reversible by dithiothreitol but not by ascorbic acid. Reduced glutathione had no effect on IDE, but reacted with partially degraded insulin to disrupt its disulfide bonds and accelerate its breakdown to trichloroacetic acid soluble fragments. Our results demonstrate the sensitivity of insulin degradation by IDE to the redox environment and suggest another mechanism by which the cell's oxidation state may contribute to the development of, and the link between, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

  6. Assessment of the integrity of degraded steam generator tube by the use of heterogeneous finite element method

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    Steam generator tubes at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have been experiencing a variety of degradations such as pitting, fretting wear, erosion-corrosion, thinning and denting. To assist with steam generator life cycle management, OPG has developed Fitness-For-Service Guidelines (FFSG) for steam generator tubes. The FFSG are intended to provide standard acceptance criteria and evaluation procedures for assessing the condition of steam generator tubes for structural integrity, operational leak rate, and consequential leakage during an upset or abnormal event. Based on inspection results in conjunction with representative, postulated distributions of flaws in the un-inspected tubes, the FFSG provide an acceptable method of satisfying the intent of CSA-N285.4 and justifying the continued operation of degraded steam generator tubes. Some non-mandatory empirical axial and circumferential flaw models are also provided in the FFSG for structural integrity assessments. The test data from the OPG Steam Generator Tube Test Program (SGTTP) showed that the FFSG axial flaw model is conservative for a wide range of defect morphologies. A defect-specific axial flaw model was proposed for lattice-bar fret defects in I800 tubes by utilizing the SGTTP database of extensive test results. A defect-specific flaw model for outer diameter (OD) pitting and inner diameter (ID) intergranular attack in Monel 400 tubes was also developed using the SGTTP test data. More tests have been scheduled to support the development of defect specific models for axial flaws (OD cracks or ID laps) in Monel 400 and to supplement the database for Monel 400 pits. This paper explores the use of simulated testing for use in developing defect specific flaw models to reduce the amount of expensive tests. The Heterogeneous Finite Element Model (HFEM) has been developed and successfully applied to predict the failure behaviour of ductile metals under various deformation modes, i.e. plane stress, plane strain and

  7. NRC Information No. 89-79: Degraded coatings and corrosion of steel containment vessels

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    On August 24, 1989, Duke Power Company reported significant coating damage and base metal corrosion on the outer surface of the steel shell of the McGuire Unit 2 containment which was discovered during a pre-integrated leak rate test inspection. Subsequently, Duke Power identified similar degradation of the McGuire Unit 1 containment, which is essentially identical to the Unit 2 structure. Both units have ice condenser-type containments consisting of a freestanding steel shell surrounded by a concrete shield building. The steel shells have a nominal thickness near the annulus floor of 1 inch. The degraded area on the shells of both units is limited to 30-foot circumferential sections no higher than 1 1/2 inches above the annulus floors. The average depth of the corrosion is 0.1 inch with pits of up to 0.125 inch. Corrosion that is up to 0.03 inch deep was also found in areas below the level of the annulus floor on the Unit 2 shell, where concrete was removed to expose the shell surface. The probable cause of the degradation is attack by condensed boric acid coolant leaking from instrument line compression fittings. Drains are provided in the annulus floor, but they are widely separated and the floor is not sufficiently graded to prevent pooling of the condensate between the drain locations. On September 21, 1989, Duke Power Company discovered coating damage and base metal corrosion during inspections of the steel shells of its two Catawba containments. The cause is also believed to be attack by boric acid coolant, which had leaded from instrument line compression fittings, condensed, and collected on the annulus floor. Duke Power Company plans to repair the steel shells of all four units during their next respective refueling outages

  8. Compendium of photovoltaic degradation rates: Photovoltaic degradation rates

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    Jordan, Dirk C. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Kurtz, Sarah R. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; VanSant, Kaitlyn [Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street Golden CO 8040 USA; Newmiller, Jeff [DNV GL, 2420 Camino Ramon, Suite 300 San Ramon CA 95483 USA

    2016-02-07

    Published data on photovoltaic (PV) degradation measurements were aggregated and re-examined. The subject has seen an increased interest in recent years resulting in more than 11 000 degradation rates in almost 200 studies from 40 different countries. As studies have grown in number and size, we found an impact from sampling bias attributable to size and accuracy. Because of the correlational nature of this study we examined the data in several ways to minimize this bias. We found median degradation for x-Si technologies in the 0.5-0.6%/year range with the mean in the 0.8-0.9%/year range. Hetero-interface technology (HIT) and microcrystalline silicon (..mu..c-Si) technologies, although not as plentiful, exhibit degradation around 1%/year and resemble thin-film products more closely than x-Si. Several studies showing low degradation for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) have emerged. Higher degradation for cadmium telluride (CdTe) has been reported, but these findings could reflect a convolution of less accurate studies and longer stabilization periods for some products. Significant deviations for beginning-of-life measurements with respect to nameplate rating have been documented over the last 35 years. Therefore, degradation rates that use nameplate rating as reference may be significantly impacted. Studies that used nameplate rating as reference but used solar simulators showed less variation than similar studies using outdoor measurements, even when accounting for different climates. This could be associated with confounding effects of measurement uncertainty and soiling that take place outdoors. Hotter climates and mounting configurations that lead to sustained higher temperatures may lead to higher degradation in some, but not all, products. Wear-out non-linearities for the worst performing modules have been documented in a few select studies that took multiple measurements of an ensemble of modules during the lifetime of the system. However, the majority

  9. Clad Degradation - FEPs Screening Arguments

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    The purpose of this report is to document the screening of the cladding degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) for commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF). This report also addresses the effect of some FEPs on both the cladding and the CSNF, DSNF, and HLW waste forms where it was considered appropriate to address the effects on both materials together. This report summarizes the work of others to screen clad degradation FEPs in a manner consistent with, and used in, the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This document was prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan for Waste Form Degradation Modeling, Testing, and Analyses in Support of LA'' (BSC 2004a [DIRS 167796])

  10. Clad Degradation - FEPs Screening Arguments

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    E. Siegmann

    2004-03-17

    The purpose of this report is to document the screening of the cladding degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) for commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF). This report also addresses the effect of some FEPs on both the cladding and the CSNF, DSNF, and HLW waste forms where it was considered appropriate to address the effects on both materials together. This report summarizes the work of others to screen clad degradation FEPs in a manner consistent with, and used in, the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This document was prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan for Waste Form Degradation Modeling, Testing, and Analyses in Support of LA'' (BSC 2004a [DIRS 167796]).

  11. Radiation degradation of silk protein

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    Pewlong, W.; Sudatis, B. [Office of Atomic Energy for Peace, Bangkok (Thailand); Takeshita, Hidefumi; Yoshii, Fumio; Kume, Tamikazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    2000-03-01

    Silk fibroin fiber from the domesticated silkworm Bombyx mori was irradiated using an electron beam accelerator to investigate the application of the radiation degradation technique as a means to solubilize fibroin. The irradiation caused a significant degradation of the fiber. The tensile strength of fibroin fiber irradiated up to 2500 kGy decreased rapidly with increasing dose. The presence of oxygen in the irradiation atmosphere enhanced degradation of the tensile strength. The solubilization of irradiated fibroin fiber was evaluated using the following three kinds of solutions: a calcium chloride solution(CaCl{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH/H{sub 2}O=1:2:8 in mole ratio), a hydrochloric acid (0.5 N) and a distilled water. Dissolution of fibroin fiber into these solutions was significantly enhanced by irradiation. Especially, an appreciable amount of water soluble proteins was extracted by a distilled water. (author)

  12. Radiation degradation of silk protein

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    Silk fibroin fiber from the domesticated silkworm Bombyx mori was irradiated using an electron beam accelerator to investigate the application of the radiation degradation technique as a means to solubilize fibroin. The irradiation caused a significant degradation of the fiber. The tensile strength of fibroin fiber irradiated up to 2500 kGy decreased rapidly with increasing dose. The presence of oxygen in the irradiation atmosphere enhanced degradation of the tensile strength. The solubilization of irradiated fibroin fiber was evaluated using the following three kinds of solutions: a calcium chloride solution(CaCl2/C2H5OH/H2O=1:2:8 in mole ratio), a hydrochloric acid (0.5 N) and a distilled water. Dissolution of fibroin fiber into these solutions was significantly enhanced by irradiation. Especially, an appreciable amount of water soluble proteins was extracted by a distilled water. (author)

  13. The Science of Battery Degradation.

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    Sullivan, John P; Fenton, Kyle R [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; El Gabaly Marquez, Farid; Harris, Charles Thomas [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Hayden, Carl C.; Hudak, Nicholas [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Jungjohann, Katherine Leigh [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Kliewer, Christopher Jesse; Leung, Kevin [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; McDaniel, Anthony H.; Nagasubramanian, Ganesan [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Sugar, Joshua Daniel; Talin, Albert Alec; Tenney, Craig M [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Zavadil, Kevin R. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

    2015-01-01

    This report documents work that was performed under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, Science of Battery Degradation. The focus of this work was on the creation of new experimental and theoretical approaches to understand atomistic mechanisms of degradation in battery electrodes that result in loss of electrical energy storage capacity. Several unique approaches were developed during the course of the project, including the invention of a technique based on ultramicrotoming to cross-section commercial scale battery electrodes, the demonstration of scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) to probe lithium transport mechanisms within Li-ion battery electrodes, the creation of in-situ liquid cells to observe electrochemical reactions in real-time using both transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and STXM, the creation of an in-situ optical cell utilizing Raman spectroscopy and the application of the cell for analyzing redox flow batteries, the invention of an approach for performing ab initio simulation of electrochemical reactions under potential control and its application for the study of electrolyte degradation, and the development of an electrochemical entropy technique combined with x-ray based structural measurements for understanding origins of battery degradation. These approaches led to a number of scientific discoveries. Using STXM we learned that lithium iron phosphate battery cathodes display unexpected behavior during lithiation wherein lithium transport is controlled by nucleation of a lithiated phase, leading to high heterogeneity in lithium content at each particle and a surprising invariance of local current density with the overall electrode charging current. We discovered using in-situ transmission electron microscopy that there is a size limit to lithiation of silicon anode particles above which particle fracture controls electrode degradation. From electrochemical entropy measurements, we discovered that entropy

  14. Secondary degradation mechanisms - A theoretical approach to remedial actions

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    Rudling, P. [Advanced Nuclear Technology, Uppsala (Sweden)

    2001-04-01

    A failed BWR fuel rod may degrade either by developing long axial cracks and/or transversal breaks. The tendency of failed BWR rods to degrade depends on the fuel design and reactor operation of the failed rod. The knowledge of the degradation mechanisms may be used to develop secondary degradation resistant fuel and/or to mitigate the degradation tendencies during operation of failed fuel. Literature data from three different categories has been analysed: Open literature data on failed BWR rods that have and have not degraded; Data generated in experimental reactors where primary failures have been simulated either by drilling a hole in the intact cladding before the test or by letting water/steam into the rod from a capsule connected to the otherwise intact rod. In addition data related to hydrogen production in the pellet-cladding gap in a failed rod and the subsequent hydrogen ingress and finally the hydride formation in zirconium alloys; Open literature data out-of-pile material tests to improve the knowledge of the secondary degradation mechanisms. To get an idea of the degradation mechanisms one may first characterise the failed fuel rods in commercial BWRs that form axial splits, transversal breaks and also failed rods that do not degrade at all. Considering axial splits in BWRs, they seem to occur mostly for failed fuel rods with intermediate and high burnups, i.e., in rods with small pellet-cladding gaps, that have been subjected to a power ramp. Such data indicate that the axial crack propagation rate is larger than 0.16 mm/h. It is also clear that the axial cracks formed in commercial reactors show mostly brittle cleavage features at reactor operating temperature even though the hydrogen content in the fuel cladding is low, 150-300 wtppm. Macroscopically the brittle cleavage fractures are characterised by: a fracture surface that is perpendicular to the main tensile stress direction i.e., in the cladding circumferential direction, no or very little clad

  15. Secondary degradation mechanisms - A theoretical approach to remedial actions

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    A failed BWR fuel rod may degrade either by developing long axial cracks and/or transversal breaks. The tendency of failed BWR rods to degrade depends on the fuel design and reactor operation of the failed rod. The knowledge of the degradation mechanisms may be used to develop secondary degradation resistant fuel and/or to mitigate the degradation tendencies during operation of failed fuel. Literature data from three different categories has been analysed: Open literature data on failed BWR rods that have and have not degraded; Data generated in experimental reactors where primary failures have been simulated either by drilling a hole in the intact cladding before the test or by letting water/steam into the rod from a capsule connected to the otherwise intact rod. In addition data related to hydrogen production in the pellet-cladding gap in a failed rod and the subsequent hydrogen ingress and finally the hydride formation in zirconium alloys; Open literature data out-of-pile material tests to improve the knowledge of the secondary degradation mechanisms. To get an idea of the degradation mechanisms one may first characterise the failed fuel rods in commercial BWRs that form axial splits, transversal breaks and also failed rods that do not degrade at all. Considering axial splits in BWRs, they seem to occur mostly for failed fuel rods with intermediate and high burnups, i.e., in rods with small pellet-cladding gaps, that have been subjected to a power ramp. Such data indicate that the axial crack propagation rate is larger than 0.16 mm/h. It is also clear that the axial cracks formed in commercial reactors show mostly brittle cleavage features at reactor operating temperature even though the hydrogen content in the fuel cladding is low, 150-300 wtppm. Macroscopically the brittle cleavage fractures are characterised by: a fracture surface that is perpendicular to the main tensile stress direction i.e., in the cladding circumferential direction, no or very little clad

  16. Formaldehyde degradation by catalytic oxidation.

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    Shirey, W N; Hall, T. A.; Hanel, E; Sansone, E B

    1981-01-01

    Formaldehyde used for the disinfection of a laminar-flow biological safety cabinet was oxidatively degraded by using a catalyst. This technique reduced the formaldehyde concentration in the cabinet from about 5,000 to about 45 mg/m3 in 8 h. This technique should prove useful in other applications.

  17. Degradable polyethylene: fantasy or reality.

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    Roy, Prasun K; Hakkarainen, Minna; Varma, Indra K; Albertsson, Ann-Christine

    2011-05-15

    Plastic waste disposal is one of the serious environmental issues being tackled by our society today. Polyethylene, particularly in packaging films, has received criticism as it tends to accumulate over a period of time, leaving behind an undesirable visual footprint. Degradable polyethylene, which would enter the eco-cycle harmlessly through biodegradation would be a desirable solution to this problem. However, the "degradable polyethylene" which is presently being promoted as an environmentally friendly alternative to the nondegradable counterpart, does not seem to meet this criterion. This article reviews the state of the art on the aspect of degradability of polyethylene containing pro-oxidants, and more importantly the effect these polymers could have on the environment in the long run. On exposure to heat, light, and oxygen, these polymers disintegrate into small fragments, thereby reducing or increasing the visual presence. However, these fragments can remain in the environment for prolonged time periods. This article also outlines important questions, particularly in terms of time scale of complete degradation, environmental fate of the polymer residues, and possible accumulation of toxins, the answers to which need to be established prior to accepting these polymers as environmentally benign alternatives to their nondegradable equivalents. It appears from the existing literature that our search for biodegradable polyethylene has not yet been realized. PMID:21495645

  18. Methods of degrading napalm B

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    Tyndall, R.L.; Vass, A.

    1995-09-12

    Methods of degrading napalm and/or trinitrotoluene involve contacting the waste with specific intra-amoebic isolates of ATCC 40908 and/or dispersants derived therefrom. Useful isolates are deposited as ATCC 77529, NAP-1 deposited as ATCC 77526 and 13 deposited as ATCC 77527.

  19. Methods of degrading napalm B

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    Tyndall, Richard L.; Vass, Arpad

    1995-01-01

    Methods of degrading napalm and/or trinitrotoluene involve contacting the waste with specific intra-amoebic isolates of ATCC 40908 and/or dispersants derived therefrom. Useful isolates include is deposited as ATCC 77529, NAP-1 deposited as ATCC 77526 and 13 deposited as ATCC 77527.

  20. Polymeric Materials - introduction and degradation

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    Kontogeorgis, Georgios

    1999-01-01

    These notes support the polymer part of the courses 91742 and 91762 (Materials and Corrosion/degradation of materials) taught in IFAKthey contain a short introduction on group contribution methods for estimating properties of polymers, polymer thermodynamics, viscoelasticity models as well as a...

  1. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of Rose Bengal

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    LIU Hui-ling; ZHOU Ding; LI Xiang-zhong; YUE Ping-tao

    2003-01-01

    An innovative photoelectrode, TiO2/Ti mesh electrode, was prepared by galvanostaticanodisation. The morphology and the crystalline texture of the TiO2 film on mesh electrode were examined by scanning electronic microscopy and Raman spectroscopy respectively. The examination results indicated that the structure and properties of the film depended on anodisation rate, and the anatase was the dominant component under the controlled experimental conditions. Degradation of Rose Bengal(RB) in photocatalytic(PC) and photoelectrocatalytic(PEC) reaction was investigated, the results demonstrated that electric biasing could improve the efficiency of photocatalytic reaction. The measurement results of TOC in photoelectrocatalytic degradation showed that the mineralisation of RB was complete relatively. The comparison between the degradation efficiency of RB in PEC process and that in aqueous TiO2 dispersion was conducted. The results showed that the apparent first-order rate constant of RB degradation in PEC process was larger than that in aqueous dispersion with 0.1%-0.3% TiO2 powder, but was smaller than that in aqueous dispersion with 1.0% TiO2.

  2. Fatigue, degradation, and fracture 1990

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    Bamford, W.H. (Westinghouse Energy Systems (US)); Becht, C. IV (Becht Engineering Co., Inc. (US)); Bhandari, S. (Framatome (FR)); Gilman, J.D. (Electric Power Research Institute (US)); James, L.A. (Westinghouse Bettis Laboratory (US)); Prager, M. (Materials Properties Council (US))

    1990-01-01

    This book contains papers presented at the 1990 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. It is organized under the following headings: Environmental fatigue crack growth; Fatigue analysis and fracture assessment; Fatigue and fracture of piping; Fatigue and fracture of vessels; Degradation of ferritic, austenitic, and duplex stainless alloys in nuclear service.

  3. Design and performance test of circumferential crankle guide vane of multistage centrifugal pumps%多级离心泵圆周弯扭式导叶设计及性能试验

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    张启华; 徐燕; 施卫东; 高雄发; 马栋棋; 陆伟刚

    2013-01-01

      为开发一种紧凑式多级泵,研究配套的一种圆周弯扭式导叶,其设计思路源自扭曲离心叶轮设计方法。通过固定导叶顶端曲线,将导叶底端曲线沿圆周方向向前延伸,形成弯扭式曲面。该导叶结构具有2个优点。首先,导叶底端沿圆周向前延伸后保证了较大的喉部进水区域面积。其次,利用底端向前延伸的部分与下一个叶片的圆柱部分自然形成扩压器状的过流通道,增强了导叶的扩压能力。在二次开发技术的基础上开发出该结构的水力设计系统。利用该系统设计出多组方案,同时利用CFD计算分析,经过不同方案的比较,最终获得了优化的导叶模型,并通过样机试验验证该模型具有较好的水力性能。该设计方法将有利于多级泵的节能,同时该方法也为紧凑式多级泵开发提供了有益的参考。%To design compact multistage centrifugal pumps, a circumferential crankle guide vane was proposed to match their compact structure. The basic design principle originated from the twisted centrifugal impeller design method and the design method of this guide vane was investigated systematically. By fixing the top curve of the guide vane and extending the bottom curve forward along a circumferential direction, a crankle surface is shaped. This design method has two merits. Firstly, the bottom curve of the first guide vane is extended circumferentially forward to guarantee a large throat flow area. And secondly, a diffuser-like passage is naturally formed by the extended surface and the cylindrical surface of the next blade, which enhances its pressure recovery ability. In addition, the blade surface is divided into two segmented parts, that is, a full twisted surface and a cylindrical surface, thus the casting and molding of the guide vane is more convenient. To reduce the design cycle of the guide vane, a hydraulic design system of the circumferential crankle

  4. Degradation of monomethylhydrazine by two soil bacteria

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    It has been reported that three heterotrophic soil bacteria had the capacity to degrade hydrazine. One of these organisms, Achromobacter sp., degraded hydrazine to N2 gas. Furthermore, it was reported that monomethylhydrazine (MMH) in Arredondo fine sand was mineralized to CO2, and that such degradation is microbial. However, microorganisms that degrade MMH have not been reported. MMH and hydrazine are chemically similar to one another. Therefore, this study was initiated to test the capacity of the two hydrazine-degrading bacteria, Achromobacter sp. and Pseudomonas sp., to degrade MMH

  5. 超声衍射时差法检测汽水管道环焊缝根部腐蚀减薄%Time-of-Flight-Diffraction Testing of Steam and Water Piping Circumferential Weld Roots Local Wall-thinning

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    钟志民; 张维; 汪明辉

    2016-01-01

    The field feedbacks show that the industry should pay more attention to secondary loop steam and water piping circumferential weld root flow-accelerated corrosion(FAC)in Nuclear Power Plants from field feedbacks. Without effective inspection and supervision, it will lead to serious consequences such as high energy pipe leakage or rupture. The weld root Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction(TOFD) inspection principle and testing results were discussed in detail. It was shown that TOFD can be applied to inspect local wall-thinning ,caused by flow-accelerated corrosion, at circumferential weld roots of secondary loop steam & water piping in nuclear power plants.%工程经验反馈表明,过往关注较少的核电站二回路汽水管道环焊缝根部由流动加速腐蚀引起的局部减薄现象应引起业界重视,如不进行有效的检测和监督,也会导致高能管道泄漏或破裂.本文重点探讨了核电站二回路汽水管道环焊缝根部局部减薄超声衍射时差法的检测原理、试验情况.结果表明,超声衍射时差法可用于检测流动加速腐蚀引起的汽水管道环焊缝根部局部减薄.

  6. 周向导波电磁超声探头(EMAT)设计与优化%Design and Optimization of Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) for Guided Circumferential Wave

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    沙高峰; 蔡桂喜

    2012-01-01

    To inspect oil and gas pipelines by using SHO mode guided circumferential ultrasonic wave,a novel electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) for guided circumferential wave was designed. The EMAT has two structural features,a carbon steel sheet is on top of all the magnets and small nonmagnetic blocks are placed between adjacent magnets. To improve its transduction efficiency, ANSYS software was used to optimize some geometric parameters of EMAT. The optimal result is the carbon steel sheet should be thicker than 1 mm, and the wire spacing of the coil should be as small as possible. Experiments on a tube 200 mm in OD and 4 mm in wall thickness indicate that the EMAT optimized can excite the SHO mode guided wave effectively.%为了利用SH0模超声周向导波检测油气管道纵向裂纹,提出了一种新的周向导波电磁超声探头(EMAT)结构设计,其结构特点是磁铁顶部放置碳钢片,相邻磁铁之间放置非磁性材料片.为了提高周向导波EMAT的换能效率,采用ANSYS仿真对其结构参数进行了优化.优化的结果为:磁铁顶部应放置厚度大于1mm的碳钢片,线圈中导线间距要尽量小.在直径200 mm壁厚、4mm的管材上进行实验,结果表明,优化设计后的探头能有效地激励出周向SH0导波.

  7. Experimental Evaluation of the Burst Pressure of Steam Generator Tube with Multiple Part-through-wall Cracks

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    Since steam generator (SG) tube is a pressure boundary of pressurized water reactor (PWR), the maintaining integrity of SG tube is very important. However, various types of defect caused by a mechanical and chemical degradations have been observed in the SG tube. In particular, the outer diameter stress corrosion cracking (ODSCC) in the secondary side is a dominant type of defect, which can lead to leakage of primary coolant and burst of SG tube. Thus, the integrity evaluation of SG tubes with SCC is considered to be an important issue. A number of experimental and analytical studies have been conducted to evaluate burst pressure of SG tube with defects and proposed evaluation models. But, most of the models were developed based on single cracks, although SCC initiates and grows at multiple sites on the surface of SG tube. Therefore, this study carried out burst tests using SG tube specimens containing multiple part-trough-wall (PTW) flaws at room temperature (RT) and evaluated burst pressure of SG tubes with multiple PTW flaws. The burst tests were conducted on 56 specimens and burst pressures were obtained. Also, failure mode of SG tube with multiple flaws was investigated by examining the shape of crack and tearing from post-test specimens. The reduction was more pronounced for L=25.4mm than L=6.3mm and was more pronounced when three flaws were arranged than when two flaws were arranged. Burst pressure increased with increasing axial distance between flaws for collinear multiple flaws, whereas the pressure decreased and saturated with increasing circumferential distance between non-aligned multiple flaws. For SG tubes with parallel multiple flaws, the burst pressure was influenced by circumferential distance between flaws and length of flaws. When two flaws were parallel with circumferential distance of l1=1mm, the burst pressure was higher about 2% than that of single flaw for L=6.3mm, but it was lower about 7% than that of single flaw for L=25.4mm. Thus an

  8. Microstructural degradation in compound tubes

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    Salonen, J.; Auerkari, P. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    In order to quantify microstructural degradation at high temperatures, samples of SA 210 / AISI 304 L compound tube material were annealed in the temperature range 540-720 deg C for 1 to 1 000 hours. The hardness of the annealed material was measured and the micro structure of the samples was investigated with optical and scanning electron microscopy. Microstructural degradation was characterised by the carbide structure in the ferritic-pearlitic base material and by the depth of decarburised and carburised zones of the compound tube interface. The observed changes were quantified in terms of their time and temperature dependence and diffusion coefficients of the process. The results can be used in estimating the extent of thermal exposure of high-temperature components after long-term service or after incidences of overheating. (orig.) (4 refs.)

  9. Learner intuitions about energy degradation

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    Daane, Abigail R; Vokos, Stamatis

    2013-01-01

    A primary learning goal for energy in K-12 science instruction is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. However, learners' everyday ideas about energy often involve energy being "used up" or "wasted." In physics, the concept of energy degradation can connect those everyday ideas to the principle of energy conservation. Learners' spontaneous discussions of aspects of energy degradation and the second law of thermodynamics include ideas concerning the inaccessibility, usefulness and dispersion of energy. These ideas have motivated us to introduce new learning goals into our K-12 teacher professional development courses. We identify alignments between these learning goals and learners' informal ideas and discuss instructional implications created by these alignments. Our aim is to create stronger ties between formal physics knowledge and sociopolitical issues by making these learning goals a priority in our professional development.

  10. Advanced Oxidation Degradation of Diclofenac

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    Advanced oxidation/reduction processes (AO/RPs), utilize free radical reactions to directly degrade chemical contaminants as an alternative to traditional water treatment. This study reports the absolute rate constants for reaction of diclofenac sodium and the model compound (2, 6-dichloraniline) with the two major AO/RP radicals; the hydroxyl radical (•OH) and hydrated electron (e-aq). The bimolecular reaction rate constants (M-1 s-1) for diclofenac for •OH was (9.29 ± 0.11) x 109, and, for e- aq was (1.53 ± 0.03) x109. Preliminary degradation mechanisms are suggested based on product analysis using 60Co γ-irradiation and LC-MS for reaction by-product identification. The toxicity of products was evaluated using the Vibrio fischeri luminescent bacteria method. (author)

  11. Identification of resin degradation product

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    Strongly basic quaternary ammonium type anion exchangers employed for the purification of plutonium undergo thermal, radiolytic and chemical degradations to the delinking of quaternay ammonium type groups which form precipitates with tetravalent metal ions like Pu4+, Th4+, etc. A detailed investigation was carried out to understand the formation of the precipitates and their characteristics. Anion exchanger Dowex-1x4 was thermally degraded with 7-8 M HNO3 at about 80degC and the precipitate formed by the leach solution with thorium was subjected to analytical investigations. Based on the analytical data and other evidences a probable formula is assigned to the compound. (author). 9 refs., 2 tabs., 4 fi gs

  12. Strength Degradation of Gfrp Bars

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    Bhise, Vikrant Sudhakar

    2002-01-01

    The primary objective of this research was to examine the strength degradation of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) bars at high temperature and alkalinity and determine if an Arrhenius type relationship can be used as a means of projecting life. The work done includes a thorough literature review, experiments and development of strength prediction models. The experimental work involves exposure of GFRP bars incased in cement mortar to lime-water solution at 30, 45 and 57°C. Overall 100 ...

  13. Bacterial Degradation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls

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    Macková, M.; Uhlík, O.; Lovecká, P.; Viktorová, J.; Nováková, M.; Demnerová, K.; Sylvestre, M.; Macek, Tomáš

    Dordrecht: Springer, 2010 - (Barton, L.; Mandl, M.; Loy, A.), s. 347-366 ISBN 978-90-481-9203-8 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA525/09/1058; GA MŠk(CZ) 2B06156; GA MŠk(CZ) 2B08031 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : bioremediation * PCB * anaerobic reductive dechlorination * aerobic degradation Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics

  14. CHARACTERIZATION OF RUBBER DEGRADING ISOLATES

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    M. D. Chengalroyen

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    Full Text Available Sixteen soil samples were screened for the presence of rubber degrading strains. Twenty-five strains displaying clear zone formation on latex agar plates were purified. Identification revealed that twenty three of these isolates were Streptomyces species, one Pseudonocardia species and one Methylibium species. The addition of carbon sources with the exception of tween 80 enhanced extracellular rubber biodegradation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the isolates were able to colonize and penetrate vulcanized glove rubber.

  15. CHARACTERIZATION OF RUBBER DEGRADING ISOLATES

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    M. D. Chengalroyen; Dabbs, E R

    2012-01-01

    Sixteen soil samples were screened for the presence of rubber degrading strains. Twenty-five strains displaying clear zone formation on latex agar plates were purified. Identification revealed that twenty three of these isolates were Streptomyces species, one Pseudonocardia species and one Methylibium species. The addition of carbon sources with the exception of tween 80 enhanced extracellular rubber biodegradation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the isolates were able to colonize...

  16. Degradation of Methyldopa by Banana

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    Kiminori Mohri; Yoshihiro Uesawa

    2010-01-01

    Methyldopa, an antihypertensive, is a very close analogue of DOPA. Drug interaction accompanied by degradation in a banana juice mixture was reported for DOPA. However, the effect of banana on methyldopa has not been reported. Therefore, we have investigated the impact of banana juice on methyldopa. The drug and supernatant of banana pulp were mixed, and the mixture was observed for changes in color, drug concentration, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra at 30 °C. The originally clear...

  17. PEM Degradation Investigation Final Technical Report

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    Dan Stevenson; Lee H Spangler

    2010-10-18

    This project conducted fundamental studies of PEM MEA degradation. Insights gained from these studies were disseminated to assist MEA manufacturers in understanding degradation mechanisms and work towards DOE 2010 fuel cell durability targets.

  18. Chlorophenol Degradation Coupled to Sulfate Reduction

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    Häggblom, M M; Young, L. Y.

    1991-01-01

    We studied chlorophenol degradation under sulfate-reducing conditions with an estuarine sediment inoculum. These cultures degraded 0.1 mM 2-, 3-, and 4-chlorophenol and 2,4-dichlorophenol within 120 to 220 days, but after refeeding with chlorophenols degradation took place in 40 days or less. Further refeeding greatly enhanced the rate of degradation. Sulfate consumption by the cultures corresponded to the stoichiometric values expected for complete oxidation of the chlorophenol to CO2. Forma...

  19. Degradation of Chlorophyll Luminescence in Plants

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    The chlorophyll photoluminescence intensity degradation of Vallisneria spiralis L. water plant is studied. It is shown that the degradation curve is rather well described by a sum of two hyperbolic functions. The rate of intensity degradation reduces at low temperatures. At room temperature, a slow restoration of the luminescent system is observed after the irradiation has been ceased. No restoration is detected at the liquid nitrogen temperature. A simplified model which describes the luminescence degradation according to the quadratic law is suggested.

  20. Economics of land degradation in Eastern Africa

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    Kirui, Oliver Kiptoo; Mirzabaev, Alisher

    2014-01-01

    Land degradation remains a serious impediment to improving livelihoods in the Eastern Africa region. This working paper presents a general overview of the state and extent of land degradation in East Africa, explores its proximate and underlying drivers, identifies the land degradation hotspots in the region, and also discusses the productivity and poverty impacts of land degradation in the region. It is intended to serve as an exploratory tool for the ensuing more detailed quantitative analy...

  1. Degradation analysis of thin film photovoltaic modules

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    Radue, C., E-mail: chantelle.radue@nmmu.ac.z [Department of Physics, PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa); Dyk, E.E. van [Department of Physics, PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa)

    2009-12-01

    Five thin film photovoltaic modules were deployed outdoors under open circuit conditions after a thorough indoor evaluation. Two technology types were investigated: amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Two 14 W a-Si:H modules, labelled Si-1 and Si-2, were investigated. Both exhibited degradation, initially due to the well-known light-induced degradation described by Staebler and Wronski [Applied Physics Letters 31 (4) (1977) 292], and thereafter due to other degradation modes such as cell degradation. The various degradation modes contributing to the degradation of the a-Si:H modules will be discussed. The initial maximum power output (P{sub MAX}) of Si-1 was 9.92 W, with the initial light-induced degradation for Si-1 approx30% and a total degradation of approx42%. For Si-2 the initial P{sub MAX} was 7.93 W, with initial light-induced degradation of approx10% and a total degradation of approx17%. Three CIGS modules were investigated: two 20 W modules labelled CIGS-1 and CIGS-2, and a 40 W module labelled CIGS-3. CIGS-2 exhibited stable performance while CIGS-1 and CIGS-3 exhibited degradation. CIGS is known to be stable over long periods of time, and thus the possible reasons for the degradation of the two modules are discussed.

  2. Degradation analysis of thin film photovoltaic modules

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    Five thin film photovoltaic modules were deployed outdoors under open circuit conditions after a thorough indoor evaluation. Two technology types were investigated: amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Two 14 W a-Si:H modules, labelled Si-1 and Si-2, were investigated. Both exhibited degradation, initially due to the well-known light-induced degradation described by Staebler and Wronski [Applied Physics Letters 31 (4) (1977) 292], and thereafter due to other degradation modes such as cell degradation. The various degradation modes contributing to the degradation of the a-Si:H modules will be discussed. The initial maximum power output (PMAX) of Si-1 was 9.92 W, with the initial light-induced degradation for Si-1 ∼30% and a total degradation of ∼42%. For Si-2 the initial PMAX was 7.93 W, with initial light-induced degradation of ∼10% and a total degradation of ∼17%. Three CIGS modules were investigated: two 20 W modules labelled CIGS-1 and CIGS-2, and a 40 W module labelled CIGS-3. CIGS-2 exhibited stable performance while CIGS-1 and CIGS-3 exhibited degradation. CIGS is known to be stable over long periods of time, and thus the possible reasons for the degradation of the two modules are discussed.

  3. Polylactide Degradation by an Amycolatopsis sp

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    Pranamuda, H.; Tokiwa, Y.; Tanaka, H.

    1997-01-01

    By applying the plate count and clear-zone methods, it was confirmed that polylactide (PLA)-degrading microorganisms are sparsely distributed in soil environments. An Amycolatopsis isolate was successfully isolated. Microbial degradation of PLA film was demonstrated; i.e., about 60% of the 100-mg film initially added was degraded by the strain after 14 days of liquid culture.

  4. Operation and fuel design strategies to minimise degradation of failed BWR fuel

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    Degradation of failed fuel may result in forced shutdown of the reactor to extract the failed fuel. If this occurs during a time when the price of electricity is high, the cost for this forced shutdown may be very costly. The objective of this paper is to point out the impact of fuel design and also operation strategy on the tendency of failed fuel degradation. The following number of items are discussed in the paper: Failure causes: The dominating causes are debris fretting, PCI and crud/water chemistry related defects. It is recommended to adopt the goal, maximum one defect per year per million rods in the core and to achieve the zero-failure goal for PCI. Models for secondary failure development: Two different secondary degradation scenarios can develop, circumferential cracks or breaks and axial cracks. Models for describing the propagation of secondary defects are given and discussed. The secondary degradation tendency can be delayed and minimized by using fuel cladding with improved corrosion resistance such as cladding with large secondary phase particles and high iron content in the liner layer. Also, the spacer design has a large impact on the tendency for transversal break formation. A spacer that catches the debris at the lower part of the fuel assembly will reduce the risk of getting transversal breaks. On the other hand a spacer that catches the debris in the upper part of the fuel assembly will result in a significant risk of developing transversal breaks in low and intermediate burnup fuel. A new model for data analyses - BwrFuelRelease: A new model, BwrFuelRelease, is presented. This model is an efficient tool for analyses of measured off-gas and reactor water data. The model can replace all currently used methods for analyses of fuel failures. By this model it is possible to detect very small defects, to quantify with high precision the amount of Fissile materials on the core surfaces during operation both with non-defected core and during

  5. Monitoring Biopolymer Degradation by Taylor Dispersion Analysis.

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    Chamieh, Joseph; Biron, Jean Philippe; Cipelletti, Luca; Cottet, Hervé

    2015-12-14

    This work aims at demonstrating the interest of modern Taylor dispersion analysis (TDA), performed in narrow internal diameter capillary, for monitoring biopolymer degradations. Hydrolytic and enzymatic degradations of dendrigraft poly-l-lysine taken as model compounds have been performed and monitored by TDA at different degradation times. Different approaches for the data processing of the taylorgrams are compared, including simple integration of the taylorgram, curve fitting with a finite number of Gaussian peaks, cumulant-like method and Constrained Regularized Linear Inversion approach. Valuable information on the kinetics of the enzymatic/hydrolytic degradation reactions and on the degradation process can be obtained by TDA. PMID:26633075

  6. 不同后路环状融合术治疗老年人腰椎不稳症的临床疗效%The therapeutic effect of different posterior circumferential fusion on lumbar instability in aged patients

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    陈柏龄; 黎艺强; 刘少喻; 李佛保; 梁春祥

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价传统后路环状融合术和简化后路环状融合术治疗老年人腰椎不稳症的临床疗效。 方法 2005年开始使用椎弓根钉系统辅助后路环状融合术治疗60岁及以上单节段腰椎不稳症80例,58例进行2年以上随访,其中28例采用了横突间植骨的传统后路环状融合术(PLIF+PLF,A组),30例采用不进行横突间植骨的简化后路环状融合术(PLIF+FF,B组)。术前和术后1、3、6、12、24个月应用X线评价腰椎状态及植骨融合情况,并应用视觉疼痛评分(VAS)和()swestry功能障碍指数(ODI)评价患者腰腿疼痛程度及生活功能情况。 结果 A组手术时间(185.3±56.6)min,术中出血量(376.3±92.9)ml;B组手术时间(146.4±46.3)min,术中出血量(234.3±64.5)ml,两组比较手术时间和出血量差异均有统计学意义(t= 12.37和37.49,均P<0.01)。A组28例中27例获骨性融合,融合率96.4%,B组30例中28例获骨性融合,融合率93.3%,两组骨融合率差异无统计学意义(x2=0.004,P>0.05)。两组患者术后腰、腿痛VAS评分及ODI均较术前明显改善。术后1个月和3个月,B组腰痛VAS评分比A组显著降低(t=3.178和2.158,P<0.05),其余3个时间点两组之间腰痛VAS差异无统计学意义(均P>0.05)。术后5个时间点A、B两组间腿痛VAS评分及ODI值均无统计学差别(均P>0.05)。 结论对于具有手术指征的老年腰椎不稳症患者,采用不进行横突间植骨融合的简化后路环状融合术与传统的后路环状融合术相比,可获得相似的融合率和满意的临床疗效,且创伤显著减少,是值得推荐的一种手术方式。%Objective To compare the clinical effect of posterior circumferential fusion with versus without intertransverse process fusion on lumbar instability in aged patients. Methods The elderly with lumbar instability were treated with the posterior instrumented circumferential fusion technique in 80

  7. Degradation of Victoria Crater, Mars

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    Wilson, Sharon A.; Grant, John A.; Cohen, Barbara A.; Golombek, Mathew P.; Geissler, Paul E.; Sullivan, Robert J.; Kirk, Randolph L.; Parker, Timothy J.

    2008-01-01

    The $\\sim$750 m diameter and $\\sim$75 m deep Victoria crater in Meridiani Planum, Mars, presents evidence for significant degradation including a low, serrated, raised rim characterized by alternating alcoves and promontories, a surrounding low relief annulus, and a floor partially covered by dunes. The amount and processes of degradation responsible for the modified appearance of Victoria crater were evaluated using images obtained in situ by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in concert with a digital elevation model created using orbital HiRISE images. Opportunity traversed along the north and northwest rim and annulus, but sufficiently characterized features visible in the DEM to enable detailed measurements of rim relief, ejecta thickness, and wall slopes around the entire degraded, primary impact structure. Victoria retains a 5 m raised rim consisting of 1-2 m of uplifted rocks overlain by 3 m of ejecta at the rim crest. The rim is $\\sim$120 to 220 m wide and is surrounded by a dark annulus reaching an average of 590 m beyond the raised rim. Comparison between observed morphology and that expected for pristine craters 500 to 750 m across indicate the original, pristine crater was close to 600 m in diameter. Hence, the crater has been erosionally widened by approximately 150 m and infilled by about 50 m of sediments. Eolian processes are responsible for modification at Victoria, but lesser contributions from mass wasting or other processes cannot be ruled out. Erosion by prevailing winds is most significant along the exposed rim and upper walls and accounts for $\\sim$50 m widening across a WNW-ESE diameter. The volume of material eroded from the crater walls and rim is $\\sim$20% less than the volume of sediments partially filling the crater, indicating eolian infilling from sources outside the crater over time. The annulus formed when $\\sim$1 m deflation of the ejecta created a lag of more resistant hematite spherules that trapped darker, regional

  8. Starch-degrading polysaccharide monooxygenases.

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    Vu, Van V; Marletta, Michael A

    2016-07-01

    Polysaccharide degradation by hydrolytic enzymes glycoside hydrolases (GHs) is well known. More recently, polysaccharide monooxygenases (PMOs, also known as lytic PMOs or LPMOs) were found to oxidatively degrade various polysaccharides via a copper-dependent hydroxylation. PMOs were previously thought to be either GHs or carbohydrate binding modules (CBMs), and have been re-classified in carbohydrate active enzymes (CAZY) database as auxiliary activity (AA) families. These enzymes include cellulose-active fungal PMOs (AA9, formerly GH61), chitin- and cellulose-active bacterial PMOs (AA10, formerly CBM33), and chitin-active fungal PMOs (AA11). These PMOs significantly boost the activity of GHs under industrially relevant conditions, and thus have great potential in the biomass-based biofuel industry. PMOs that act on starch are the latest PMOs discovered (AA13), which has expanded our perspectives in PMOs studies and starch degradation. Starch-active PMOs have many common structural features and biochemical properties of the PMO superfamily, yet differ from other PMO families in several important aspects. These differences likely correlate, at least in part, to the differences in primary and higher order structures of starch and cellulose, and chitin. In this review we will discuss the discovery, structural features, biochemical and biophysical properties, and possible biological functions of starch-active PMOs, as well as their potential application in the biofuel, food, and other starch-based industries. Important questions regarding various aspects of starch-active PMOs and possible economical driving force for their future studies will also be highlighted. PMID:27170366

  9. Managing livestock in degrading environments

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    Degraded environments are both widespread (being found on all continents on earth) and diverse. They have been broadly classified as: irrigated (and rain-fed) farmland with elevated water tables causing salinity; rain-fed farmland with soil erosion, loss of organic matter, nutrient depletion and weed invasion; and degraded rangeland. This review considers all these but with a focus on the first two, and particularly addresses options for simultaneous improvement in livestock production and landscape health. There is evidence that responsible grazing is consistent with ecosystem benefits and resilient land use systems; exclusion from grazing may reduce diversity and create management complexity. Responsible grazing however will only prevail if the land owner or user receives a financial benefit in the process. Solutions need to be profitable. In the development and management of grazing systems, expectations need to be realistic. The prescriptive approach to livestock feeding based on the selection and cultivation of a small range of improved plant species to meet predetermined energy, protein and mineral requirements is inappropriate. Degraded landscapes are often associated with a high edaphic and climatic variability that is best suited to a diverse range of plant species in an assembly that will fluctuate over time and space. This diversity means that under some circumstances degraded land may contribute to reduced risk within a whole farm business. Simultaneous objectives for livestock and landscape improvement may or may not contribute to the return of the landscape to its original state. In some cases stable vegetation that provides some of the functional benefits of the original landscape, such as improved biodiversity and soil health, combined with production benefits is the best option available. This provides an opportunity to establish a range of objectives in vegetation management and design. In Australia, such an approach is leading to the development

  10. Managing livestock in degrading environments

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    While overgrazing is often blamed for environmental degradation, there is clear evidence that livestock are not inherently damaging to rangelands or farming landscapes, and, in fact, may be required for their sustained health and profitability. Moderate to heavy grazing has, in some cases created highly resilient and ecologically sound systems while under-grazing has resulted in dense woody growth and reduced species diversity. Conversion of rangelands into intensive crop/fodder production has also led to progressive loss of diversity, species connectivity and ability to recover. Well-managed livestock in either a grassland or mixed crop/livestock system offer a highly efficient method of increasing the production of high quality food with minimal environmental impact. Although an ecological case can be established for the continued use of livestock in degrading landscapes, the reality is, livestock will only be grazed responsibly if the owner receives a benefit from the process. Importantly, by providing a potentially profitable option, the revegetation of degraded or partly degraded landscapes may take place through the expenditure of private rather than public funding. Given the vastness of the landscapes in question and the urban priorities in the expenditure of public funds, significant progress is only likely if profitable solutions are available. This use of livestock may or may not contribute to the return of the landscape to its original state. In some cases stable vegetation that provides some of the functional benefits of the original landscape, combined with the productive benefits of a profitable livestock system may be the best option available. This then provides an opportunity to design a landscape based on a range of predetermined objectives which include both profit and ecosystem services. For example, in Western Australia, the revegetation of 10% of the 1 million ha of saline land with halophytic shrubs and salt tolerant forage has resulted in a

  11. Using microorganisms to aid in hydrocarbon degradation

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    Aliphatic hydrocarbons are threatening the potable water supply and the aquatic ecosystem. Given the right microbial inhabitant(s), a large portion of these aliphatic hydrocarbons could be biodegraded before reaching the water supply. The authors' purpose is to isolate possible oil-degrading organisms. Soil samples were taken from hydrocarbon-laden soils at petroleum terminals, a petroleum refinery waste-treatment facility, a sewage-treatment plant grease collector, a site of previous bioremediation, and various other places. Some isolates known to be good degraders were obtained from culture collection services. These samples were plated on a 10w-30 multigrade motor oil solid medium to screen for aliphatic hydrocarbon degraders. The degrading organisms were isolated, identified, and tested (CO2 evolution, BOD, and COD) to determine the most efficient degrader(s). Thirty-seven organisms were tested, and the most efficient degraders were Serratia marcescens, Escherichia coli, and Enterobacter agglomerans

  12. Using microorganisms to aid in hydrocarbon degradation

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    Black, W.; Zamora, J. (Middle Tennessee State Univ., Murfreesboro (United States))

    1993-04-01

    Aliphatic hydrocarbons are threatening the potable water supply and the aquatic ecosystem. Given the right microbial inhabitant(s), a large portion of these aliphatic hydrocarbons could be biodegraded before reaching the water supply. The authors' purpose is to isolate possible oil-degrading organisms. Soil samples were taken from hydrocarbon-laden soils at petroleum terminals, a petroleum refinery waste-treatment facility, a sewage-treatment plant grease collector, a site of previous bioremediation, and various other places. Some isolates known to be good degraders were obtained from culture collection services. These samples were plated on a 10w-30 multigrade motor oil solid medium to screen for aliphatic hydrocarbon degraders. The degrading organisms were isolated, identified, and tested (CO[sub 2] evolution, BOD, and COD) to determine the most efficient degrader(s). Thirty-seven organisms were tested, and the most efficient degraders were Serratia marcescens, Escherichia coli, and Enterobacter agglomerans.

  13. Enzymatic degradation of polycaprolactone-gelatin blend

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    Banerjee, Aditi; Chatterjee, Kaushik; Madras, Giridhar

    2015-04-01

    Blends of polycaprolactone (PCL), a synthetic polymer and gelatin, natural polymer offer a optimal combination of strength, water wettability and cytocompatibility for use as a resorbable biomaterial. The enzymatic degradation of PCL, gelatin and PCL-gelatin blended films was studied in the presence of lipase (Novozym 435, immobilized) and lysozyme. Novozym 435 degraded the PCL films whereas lysozyme degraded the gelatin. Though Novozym 435 and lysozyme individually could degrade PCL-gelatin blended films, the combination of these enzymes showed the highest degradation of these blended films. Moreover, the enzymatic degradation was much faster when fresh enzymes were added at regular intervals. The changes in physico-chemical properties of polymer films due to degradation were studied by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. These results have important implications for designing resorbable biomedical implants.

  14. STRUCTURAL PERFORMANCE OF DEGRADED REINFORCED CONCRETE MEMBERS

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    This paper describes the results of a study to evaluate, in probabilistic terms, the effects of age-related degradation on the structural performance of reinforced concrete members at nuclear power plants. The paper focuses on degradation of reinforced concrete flexural members and shear walls due to the loss of steel reinforcing area and loss of concrete area (cracking/spalling). Loss of steel area is typically caused by corrosion while cracking and spalling can be caused by corrosion of reinforcing steel, freeze-thaw, or aggressive chemical attack. Structural performance in the presence of uncertainties is depicted by a fragility (or conditional probability of failure). The effects of degradation on the fragility of reinforced concrete members are calculated to assess the potential significance of various levels of degradation. The fragility modeling procedures applied to degraded concrete members can be used to assess the effects of degradation on plant risk and can lead to the development of probability-based degradation acceptance limits

  15. Study of PP/montmorillonite composite degradation

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    The objective of this work was to produce composites of PP/sodium bentonite and PP/ organophilic bentonite through melt intercalation and analyze the degradation produced by ultraviolet irradiation. The XRD results showed that the samples of nature bentonite had better interaction with de polymer and produced intercalated nanocomposite. The effect of UV irradiation on degradation was observed after 24 hours of exposition. The samples showed the same photoproducts and at the same proportion until 240 hours of UV exposition; with 480 hours the organophilize bentonite composite showed higher degradation than other ones. The superficial cracks increased with degradation time. The degradation occurs due chromophores impurities presented in the samples, thus samples with sodium clay show higher degradation, and organophilic clay contains ammonium salt that contribute to increase the degradation. (author)

  16. Single gene retrieval from thermally degraded DNA

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    Lianwen Zhang; Lianwen Zhang

    2005-12-01

    To simulate single gene retrieval from ancient DNA, several related factors have been investigated. By monitoring a 889 bp polymerase chain reaction (PCR) product and genomic DNA degradation, we find that heat and oxygen (especially heat) are both crucial factors influencing DNA degradation. The heat influence, mainly represented by temperature and heating time, affects the DNA degradation via DNA depurination followed by cleavage of nearby phosphodiesters. The heating time influence is temperature-dependent. By reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging and 1,3-diphenyl-isobenzofuran (DPBF) bleaching experiments the influence of oxygen on DNA thermal degradation was shown to occur via a singlet oxygen pathway. A comparative study of the thermal degradation of cellular DNA and isolated DNA showed that cellular lipids can aggravate DNA thermal degradation. These results confirm the possibility of gene amplification from thermally degraded DNA. They can be used to evaluate the feasibility of the retrieval of single gene from ancient remains.

  17. Environmental Degradation: Causes and Consequences

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    Swati Tyagi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The subject of environmental economics is at the forefront of the green debate: the environment can no longer be viewed as an entity separate from the economy. Environmental degradation is of many types and have many consequences. To address this challenge a number of studies have been conducted in both developing and developed countries applying different methods to capture health benefits from improved environmental quality. Minimizing exposure to environmental risk factors by enhancing air quality and access to improved sources of drinking and bathing water, sanitation and clean energy is found to be associated with significant health benefits and can contribute significantly to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of environmental sustainability, health and development. In this paper, I describe the national and global causes and consequences of environmental degradation and social injustice. This paper provides a review of the literature on studies associated with reduced environmental risk and in particular focusing on reduced air pollution, enhanced water quality and climate change mitigation.

  18. Degradation of Acenaphthene by Ozone

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    Objective To investigate the oxidation of acenaphthene (Ace), a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) with a saturated C-C bond by ozone and to characterize the intermediate products of ozonation. Methods Ozone was generated from filtered dry oxygen by an ozone generator and continually bubbled into a reactor containing 1g/L Ace dissolved in an acetonitrile/water solvent mixture (90/10, v/v) at a rate of 0.5 mg/s. HPLC was used to analyze the Ace concentration. Total organic carbon (TOC) was used to measure the amount of water soluble organic compounds. GC-MS was used to identify the ozonized products. Oxygen uptake rate (OUR) of activated sludge was used to characterize the biodegradability of ozonized products. Results During the ozonation process, Ace was degraded, new organic compounds were produced and these intermediate products were difficult mineralize by ozone, with increasing TOC of soluble organics. The ozonized products were degraded by activated sludge more easily than Ace. Conclusion Ozonation decomposes the Ace and improves its biodegradability. The ozonation combined with biological treatment is probably an efficient and economical way to mineralize acenaphthene in wastewater.

  19. E-beam degradation of dibutyl phthalate

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    E-beam degradation of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in oxidation system (acetonitrile/water), reduction system (methanol/water, t-BuOH/water), and pure water systems was investigated. DBP concentration in the four solutions was determined by HPLC, and the degradation products were analyzed by GC/MS. The results showed that the DBP degradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. DBP in a concentration of 7.8mg/L, in all solutions but the t-BuOH/water, could be degraded in a rate of over 85% by 0.5 kGy E-beam irradiation. The degradation products included diethyl phthalate, bis(2-methylpropyl)ester, and 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid in the three solutions. Finally, mechanism of the DBP degradation was discussed. (authors)

  20. The Degraded Poisson Wiretap Channel

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    Laourine, Amine

    2010-01-01

    Providing security guarantees for wireless communication is critically important for today's applications. While previous work in this area has concentrated on radio frequency (RF) channels, providing security guarantees for RF channels is inherently difficult because they are prone to rapid variations due small scale fading. Wireless optical communication, on the other hand, is inherently more secure than RF communication due to the intrinsic aspects of the signal propagation in the optical and near-optical frequency range. In this paper, secure communication over wireless optical links is examined by studying the secrecy capacity of a direct detection system. For the degraded Poisson wiretap channel, a closed-form expression of the secrecy capacity is given. A complete characterization of the general rate-equivocation region is also presented. For achievability, an optimal code is explicitly constructed by using the structured code designed by Wyner for the Poisson channel. The converse is proved in two dif...

  1. Protein degradation and iron homeostasis.

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    Thompson, Joel W; Bruick, Richard K

    2012-09-01

    Regulation of both systemic and cellular iron homeostasis requires the capacity to sense iron levels and appropriately modify the expression of iron metabolism genes. These responses are coordinated through the efforts of several key regulatory factors including F-box and Leucine-rich Repeat Protein 5 (FBXL5), Iron Regulatory Proteins (IRPs), Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF), and ferroportin. Notably, the stability of each of these proteins is regulated in response to iron. Recent discoveries have greatly advanced our understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing iron-sensing and protein degradation within these pathways. It has become clear that iron's privileged roles in both enzyme catalysis and protein structure contribute to its regulation of protein stability. Moreover, these multiple pathways intersect with one another in larger regulatory networks to maintain iron homeostasis. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Cell Biology of Metals. PMID:22349011

  2. Degradation of Endeavour Crater, Mars

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    Grant, J. A.; Crumpler, L. S.; Parker, T. J.; Golombek, M. P.; Wilson, S. A.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.

    2015-01-01

    The Opportunity rover has traversed portions of two western rim segments of Endeavour, a 22 km-diameter crater in Meridiani Planum, for the past three years. The resultant data enables the evaluation of the geologic expression and degradation state of the crater. Endeavour is Noa-chian-aged, complex in morphology, and originally may have appeared broadly similar to the more pristine 20.5 km-diameter Santa Fe complex crater in Lunae Palus (19.5degN, 312.0degE). By contrast, Endeavour is considerably subdued and largely buried by younger sulfate-rich plains. Exposed rim segments dubbed Cape York (CY) and Solander Point/Murray Ridge/Pillinger Point (MR) located approximately1500 m to the south reveal breccias interpreted as remnants of the ejecta deposit, dubbed the Shoemaker Formation. At CY, the Shoemaker Formation overlies the pre-impact rocks, dubbed the Matijevic Formation.

  3. Controlled enzyme catalyzed heteropolysaccharide degradation

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    Rasmussen, Louise Enggaard

    The work presented in this PhD thesis has provided a better understanding of the enzyme kinetics and quantitative phenomena of the hydrolysis of xylan substrates by selected pure enzyme preparations. Furthermore, the options for producing specific substituted xylooligosaccharides from selected...... substrates by specific xylanase treatment have been examined. The kinetics of the enzymatic degradation of water-extractable wheat arabinoxylan (WE-AX) during designed treatments with selected monocomponent enzymes was investigated by monitoring the release of xylose and arabinose. The results of different...... effects between -xylosidase and the α-L-arabinofuranosidases on the xylose release were low as compared to the effect of xylanase addition with β-xylosidase, which increased the xylose release by ~25 times in 30 minutes. At equimolar addition levels of the four enzymes, the xylanase activity was thus rate...

  4. Bacterial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds

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    Qing X. Li

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aromatic compounds are among the most prevalent and persistent pollutants in the environment. Petroleum-contaminated soil and sediment commonly contain a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs and heterocyclic aromatics. Aromatics derived from industrial activities often have functional groups such as alkyls, halogens and nitro groups. Biodegradation is a major mechanism of removal of organic pollutants from a contaminated site. This review focuses on bacterial degradation pathways of selected aromatic compounds. Catabolic pathways of naphthalene, fluorene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, pyrene, and benzo[a]pyrene are described in detail. Bacterial catabolism of the heterocycles dibenzofuran, carbazole, dibenzothiophene, and dibenzodioxin is discussed. Bacterial catabolism of alkylated PAHs is summarized, followed by a brief discussion of proteomics and metabolomics as powerful tools for elucidation of biodegradation mechanisms.

  5. Cellulose degradation by oxidative enzymes

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    Maria Dimarogona

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Enzymatic degradation of plant biomass has attracted intensive research interest for the production of economically viable biofuels. Here we present an overview of the recent findings on biocatalysts implicated in the oxidative cleavage of cellulose, including polysaccharide monooxygenases (PMOs or LPMOs which stands for lytic PMOs, cellobiose dehydrogenases (CDHs and members of carbohydrate-binding module family 33 (CBM33. PMOs, a novel class of enzymes previously termed GH61s, boost the efficiency of common cellulases resulting in increased hydrolysis yields while lowering the protein loading needed. They act on the crystalline part of cellulose by generating oxidized and non-oxidized chain ends. An external electron donor is required for boosting the activity of PMOs. We discuss recent findings concerning their mechanism of action and identify issues and questions to be addressed in the future.

  6. CLAD DEGRADATION - FEPS SCREENING ARGUMENTS

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    2004-10-21

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate and document the screening of the clad degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) with respect to modeling used to support the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This report also addresses the effect of certain FEPs on both the cladding and the commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF), DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF), and defense high-level waste (DHLW) waste forms, as appropriate to address the effects on multiple materials and both components (FEPs 2.1.09.09.0A, 2.1.09.11.0A, 2.1.11.05.0A, 2.1.12.02.0A, and 2.1.12.03.0A). These FEPs are expected to affect the repository performance during the postclosure regulatory period of 10,000 years after permanent closure. Table 1-1 provides the list of cladding FEPs, including their screening decisions (include or exclude). The primary purpose of this report is to identify and document the analysis, screening decision, and TSPA-LA disposition (for included FEPs) or screening argument (for excluded FEPs) for these FEPs related to clad degradation. In some cases, where a FEP covers multiple technical areas and is shared with other FEP reports, this report may provide only a partial technical basis for the screening of the FEP. The full technical basis for shared FEPs is addressed collectively by the sharing FEP reports. The screening decisions and associated TSPA-LA dispositions or screening arguments from all of the FEP reports are cataloged in a project-specific FEPs database.

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    The purpose of this report is to evaluate and document the screening of the clad degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) with respect to modeling used to support the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This report also addresses the effect of certain FEPs on both the cladding and the commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF), DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF), and defense high-level waste (DHLW) waste forms, as appropriate to address the effects on multiple materials and both components (FEPs 2.1.09.09.0A, 2.1.09.11.0A, 2.1.11.05.0A, 2.1.12.02.0A, and 2.1.12.03.0A). These FEPs are expected to affect the repository performance during the postclosure regulatory period of 10,000 years after permanent closure. Table 1-1 provides the list of cladding FEPs, including their screening decisions (include or exclude). The primary purpose of this report is to identify and document the analysis, screening decision, and TSPA-LA disposition (for included FEPs) or screening argument (for excluded FEPs) for these FEPs related to clad degradation. In some cases, where a FEP covers multiple technical areas and is shared with other FEP reports, this report may provide only a partial technical basis for the screening of the FEP. The full technical basis for shared FEPs is addressed collectively by the sharing FEP reports. The screening decisions and associated TSPA-LA dispositions or screening arguments from all of the FEP reports are cataloged in a project-specific FEPs database

  8. Bacterial degradation of glycol ethers.

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    Kawai, F

    1995-12-01

    Assimilation of ethyleneglycol (EG) ethers by polyethyleneglycol-utilizing bacteria was examined. Ethyleneglycol ether-utilizing bacteria were also isolated from soil and activated sludge samples by enrichment-culture techniques. Three strains (4-5-3, EC 1-2-1 and MC 2-2-1) were selected and characterized as Pseudomonas sp. 4-5-3, Xanthobacter autotrophicus, and an unidentified gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod respectively. Their growth characteristics were examined: Pseudomonas sp. 4-5-3 assimilated EG (diethyleneglycol, DEG) monomethyl, monoethyl and monobutyl ethers, DEG, propanol and butanol. X. autotrophicus EC 1-2-1 grew well on EG monoethyl and monobutyl ethers, EG and primary alcohols (C1-C4), and slightly on EG monomethyl ether. The strain MC 2-2-1 grew on EG monomethyl ether, EG, primary alcohols (C1-C4), and 1,2-propyleneglycol (PG). The mixed culture of Pseudomonas sp. 4-5-3 and X. autotrophicus EC 1-2-1 showed better growth and improved degradation than respective single cultures towards EG monomethyl, monoethyl or monobutyl ethers. Intact cells of Pseudomonas sp. 4-5-3 degraded various kinds of monoalkyl ethers, which cannot be assimilated by the strain. Metabolic products were characterized from reaction supernatants of intact cells of Pseudomonas sp. 4-5-3 with EG or DEG monoethyl ethers: they were analyzed by thin-layer chromatography and GC-MS and found to be ethoxyacetic acid and ethoxyglycoxyacetic acid. Also, PG monoalkyl ethers (C1-C4), dipropyleneglycol monoethyl and monomethyl ethers and tripropyleneglycol monomethyl ether were assimilated by polypropyleneglycol-utilizing Corynebacterium sp. 7. PMID:8597556

  9. Abiotic degradation of antibiotic ionophores

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    Hydrolytic and photolytic degradation were investigated for the ionophore antibiotics lasalocid, monensin, salinomycin, and narasin. The hydrolysis study was carried out by dissolving the ionophores in solutions of pH 4, 7, and 9, followed by incubation at three temperatures of 6, 22, and 28 °C for maximum 34 days. Using LC–MS/MS for chemical analysis, lasalocid was not found to hydrolyse in any of the tested environments. Monensin, salinomycin, and narasin were all stable in neutral or alkaline solution but hydrolysed in the solution with a pH of 4. Half-lives at 25 °C were calculated to be 13, 0.6, and 0.7 days for monensin, salinomycin, and narasin, respectively. Absorbance spectra from each compound indicated that only lasalocid is degraded by photolysis (half-life below 1 h) due to an absorbance maximum around 303 nm, and monensin, salinomycin, and narasin are resistant to direct photolysis because they absorb light of environmentally irrelevant wavelengths. -- Highlights: •Constants for calculation of hydrolysis rates are estimated. •At 25 °C and a pH of 4, monensin hydrolyses with a half-life (t1/2) of 13 days. •Salinomycin and narasin hydrolyse with t1/2 of half a day at 25 °C and a pH of 4. •Lasalocid does not hydrolyse, but is likely to be susceptible to direct photolysis. •Monensin, salinomycin and narasin are not susceptible to direct photolysis. -- Antibiotic ionophores were found to undergo either hydrolysis in acidic environments (monensin, salinomycin, and narasin) or photolysis (lasalocid)

  10. Thermal degradation of organo-soluble polyimides

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    黄俐研; 史燚; 金熹高

    1999-01-01

    The thermal degradation behavior of two organo-soluble polyimides was investigated by high resolution pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The pyrolyzates of the polymers at various temperatures were identified and characterized quantitatively. The relationship between the polymer structure and pyrolyzate distribution was discussed. The kinetic parameters of the thermal degradation were calculated based on thermogravimetric measurements. Finally, the thermal degradation mechanism for the polymers was suggested.

  11. Degradation of Lignin by Cyathus Species

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    Abbott, Thomas P.; Wicklow, Donald T.

    1984-01-01

    The ability of 12 Cyathus species to degrade 14C-labeled lignin in kenaf was studied. The sum of 14C released into solution plus 14C released into the gas phase over a 32-day fermentation period was used to determine average daily rates of lignin biodegradation. Cyathus pallidus. C. africanus, and C. berkeleyanus delignified kenaf most rapidly. C. canna showed the greatest preference for lignin degradation over other plant components, and its rate of lignin degradation was only slightly lower...

  12. Mechanical strain and degradation of laser heterostructures

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    Ptashchenko, Alexander A.; Ptashchenko, Fedor A.; Maslejeva, Natalia V.; Sadova, Galina V.

    2001-02-01

    The effect of mechanical strain on degradation processes in GaAs-AlGaAs laser heterostructures (LHS) with stripe geometry and in light emitting diodes (LED) was experimentally studied. The strain was produced either by axial pressure or by indentation with a Wickers pyramid. We show that degradation affects the degree of polarization and the far-field distribution of laser emission. The effect of strain on the degradation intensity is estimated.

  13. Land Degradation Assessment and Monitoring of Drylands

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    Stellmes, M; Sonnenschein, Ruth; Roeder, A; Udelhoven, Thomas; Sommer, Stefan; HILL Joachim

    2015-01-01

    This chapter provides an overview of important studies on remote sensing of land degradation in drylands. Section17.2 presents general considerations regarding the assessment and monitoring of land degradation including suitable indicators as well as sensor systems. The following sections give a review of the state of the art on the assessmentof land condition (Section 17.3), the monitoring of LUCCs to assess land degradation processes (Section 17.4), and the identification of human-induce...

  14. Climate global change and land degradation

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    Land degradation processes are firstly introduced within the framework of eco-pedological landscape systems; historical context is also considered. The main part of the paper deals with monitoring and predicting land degradation: the current state of land degradation is examined and the relationship of climate to various selected climate sensitive key processes (compaction, soil faunal depletion, etc.) is studied. Monitoring and prediction are illustrated with two examples from South Europe

  15. Degradation of connexins and gap junctions

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    Falk, Matthias M.; Kells, Rachael M.; Berthoud, Viviana M.

    2014-01-01

    Connexin proteins are short-lived within the cell, whether present in the secretory pathway or in gap junction plaques. Their levels can be modulated by their rate of degradation. Connexins, at different stages of assembly, are degraded through the proteasomal, endo-/lysosomal, and phago-/lysosomal pathways. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge about connexin and gap junction degradation including the signals and protein-protein interactions that participate in their targeting f...

  16. Soil degradation and prevention in greenhouse production

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    Liang, Y; Lin, X; Yamada, S; M. Inoue; Inosako, K

    2013-01-01

    Soil degradation has been a very serious problem for sustainable production, especially by a re-cropping of greenhouse-cultivated cucumber (Cucumis statirus L.). The aim of this research was to expound the actuality for soil degradation, at the same time, put forward some suggestion for preventing from soil degradation and maintain sustainable production in greenhouse basic on the two experiments conducted in a solar greenhouse during 2001-2008 suburb area of Yan'an, Shaanxi province in North...

  17. Prevention methods against hydrogen degradation of steel

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    J. Ćwiek

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is presentation of mechanisms and forms of hydrogen degradation in steel along with pointing out methods for hydrogen degradation prevention.Design/methodology/approach: Hydrogen degradation of steel is a form of environmentally assisted failure which is caused by the action of hydrogen often in combination with residual or applied stress resulting in reduction of plasticity, load bearing capacity of a component, and cracking.Findings: The sources of hydrogen in steel w...

  18. Directional Degradation of Lignocellulose by Phlebia radiata

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    Hatakka, Annele I.; Rogalski, Jerzy; Ohga, Shoji

    2009-01-01

    The white-rot fungus Phlebia radiata preferably degrades lignin and is thus a potential fungus for biopulping and other applications in the pulp and paper industry. To elucidate important factors involved in the degradation of lignin carbohydrate complex (LCC) by this fungus, the metabolism of [U-^14C]-labelled wheat straw, [^14C]-labelled cellulose and [^14C]-labelled wheat straw hemicellulose was studied. The degradation of hemicellulose and lignin were apparently linked together and contro...

  19. Autonomous valve for detection of biopolymer degradation

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    Keller, Stephan Urs; Noeth, Nadine-Nicole; Fetz, Stefanie; Grünefeld, Marco; Geschke, Oliver; Boisen, Anja; Haefliger, D.

    2009-01-01

    We present a polymer microvalve that allows the detection of biopolymer degradation without the need of external energy. The valve is based on a polymer container filled with a colored marker solution and closed by a thin lid. This structure is covered by a film of poly(L-lactide) and degradation of the biopolymer triggers the release of the color which is detected visually. The autonomous valve has potential for the fast testing of biopolymer degradation under various environmental condition...

  20. Durability Improvements Through Degradation Mechanism Studies

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    Borup, Rodney L. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mukundan, Rangachary [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Spernjak, Dusan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Baker, Andrew M. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Lujan, Roger W. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Langlois, David Alan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Ahluwalia, Rajesh [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Papadia, D. D. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Weber, Adam Z. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Kusoglu, Ahmet [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Shi, Shouwnen [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); More, K. L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Grot, Steve [Ion Power, New Castle, DE (United States)

    2015-08-03

    The durability of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells is a major barrier to the commercialization of these systems for stationary and transportation power applications. By investigating cell component degradation modes and defining the fundamental degradation mechanisms of components and component interactions, new materials can be designed to improve durability. To achieve a deeper understanding of PEM fuel cell durability and component degradation mechanisms, we utilize a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team with significant experience investigating these phenomena.

  1. Degradation of Ochratoxin A by Brevibacterium Species

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    Rodriguez, Héctor; Reverón, Inés; Doria, Francesca; Costantini, Antonella; Rivas, Blanca de las; Muñoz, Rosario; García-Moruno, Emilia

    2011-01-01

    The ability to degrade ochratoxin A was studied in different bacteria with a well-known capacity to transform aromatic compounds. Strains belonging to Rhodococcus, Pseudomonas, and Brevibacterium genera were grown in liquid synthetic culture medium containing ochratoxin A. Brevibacterium spp. strains showed 100% degradation of ochratoxin A.Ochratoxin ¿ was detected and identified by high-performance liquid chromatographymass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) as a degradation product in the cellfree supe...

  2. Anomaly Detection and Degradation Prediction of MOSFET

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    Li-Feng Wu; Yong Guan; Xiao-Juan Li; Jie Ma

    2015-01-01

    The MOSFET is an important power electronic transistor widely used in electrical systems. Its reliability has an effect on the performance of systems. In this paper, the failure models and mechanisms of MOSFETs are briefly analyzed. The on-resistance Ron is the key failure precursor parameter representing the degree of degradation. Based on the experimental data, a nonlinear dual-exponential degradation model for MOSFETs is obtained. Then, we present an approach for MOSFET degradation state p...

  3. Meta-analysis of lumbar posterolateral fusion versus circumferential fusion in the treatment of the lumbar disease%腰椎后外侧融合与360°融合的系统评价

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    崔璀; 朱悦; 韩秀鑫

    2009-01-01

    目的 对腰椎后外侧融合与360°融合治疗腰椎疾病的疗效进行系统对比评价.方法 计算机检索MEDLINE(1966.1-2007.12,Ovid检索平台)、EMBASE(1984.1-2007.12)、Cochrance Central Register of Controlled Trial(4th Quarter 2007)、中国生物医学文献数据库(1986.1-2007.12)等,手工检索Spine、European SPine Jurnal、The Journat of Bone and Joint Surgery、、、等相关期刊,检索两种融合术式的相关病例研究结果、综述等相关内容,并评价纳入研究的方法学质量,采用RevMan 5.0,5.0软件对总体疗效、融合率、二次手术率、并发症发生率、平均手术时间、手术出血量进行荟萃分析.结果 有4个临床随机对照试验(RCT)符合纳入标准,共437例患者.在融合率[OR 0.47,95%CI(0.24,0.94)]、并发症发生率[OR 0.53,95%CI(0.32,0.87)]、术中出血量[加权均数差值(WMD)=-349.95,95%CI(-561.64,-138.26)]方面,360°融合组要高于后外侧融合组,差异具有统计学意义(P=0.030、0.010、0.001);在二次手术率[OR 2.28,95%CI(1.30,3.98)]方面,后外侧融合组要高于360°融合组,差异具有统计学意义(P=0.004);在总体疗效[OR 1.04,95%CI(0.64,1.68)]和手术时间[WMD=-90.24,95%CI(-190.20,9.71)]上,两组差异无统计学意义(P=0.870、0.080).结论 360°融合组相比于后外侧融合组,能显著提高融合率,降低二次手术率,但并发症、术中出血量也显著高于后者.本研究结果尚需要多中心大样本RCT进一步证实.%Objective To evaluate the efficacy of lumbar posterolateral fusion versus circumferential fusion in the treatment of the lumbar disease. Methods Searched MEDLINE(January, 1966 to December, 2007), EMBASE (January, 1984 to December, 2007), Coehrance Central Register of Controlled Trial (4th Quarter 2007), The China Biological Medicine Database (1984 to December, 2007), and hand searched several related journals, such as Spine, European Spine Journal, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Chinese

  4. Assessing the Private Costs of Soil Degradation

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    1992-01-01

    While there is widespread concern in the Australian community with the extent of soil degradation, there is a paucity of reliable information on the extent of the costs that this degradation is imposing on Australia. A simple conceptual model of the private costs of soil degradation is outlined. On the basis of this model conventional measures of private soil degradation costs, such as the value of lost soil or production, the cost of repair and the opportunity cost of soil, are shown to have...

  5. Thermal degradation of TBP-diluent systems

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    The influence of the temperature, the concentration of nitric acid, the diluent, as well as the influence of uranyl, zirconyl and palladium nitrates on the thermal degradation of TBP-HNO3 system have been studied. On the basis of the yield of HDBP, organic nitrites, nitro- and ca'onyl compounds, and retention of uranium in degraded solvent have been shown that, diluent and uranyl nitrate have a great influence on thermal degradation TBP-HNOL3 system. The effect of zirconyl and palladium nitrate n the thermal degradation is insignificant. (author)

  6. Degradation of ascorbic acid in ethanolic solutions.

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    Hsu, Hsin-Yun; Tsai, Yi-Chin; Fu, Chi-Chang; Wu, James Swi-Bea

    2012-10-24

    Ascorbic acid occurs naturally in many wine-making fruits. The industry also uses ascorbic acid as an antioxidant and color stabilizer in the making of alcoholic beverages including white wine, wine cooler, alcopop, and fruit liqueur. However, the degradation of ascorbic acid itself may cause browning and the deterioration of color quality. This study was aimed to monitor the degradation of ascorbic acid, the formation of degradation products, and the browning in storage of ascorbic acid containing 0-40% (v/v) ethanolic solutions buffered at pH 3.2 as models of alcoholic beverages. The results show that ascorbic acid degradation in the ethanolic solutions during storage follows first-order reaction, that the degradation and browning rates increase with the increase of ethanol concentration, that the activation energy for the degradation of ascorbic acid is in the range 10.35-23.10 (kcal/mol), that 3-hydroxy-2-pyrone is an indicator and a major product of ascorbic acid degradation, and that aerobic degradation pathway dominants over anaerobic pathway in ascorbic acid degradation in ethanolic solutions. PMID:22994409

  7. Photovoltaic Degradation Rates -- An Analytical Review

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    Jordan, D. C.; Kurtz, S. R.

    2012-06-01

    As photovoltaic penetration of the power grid increases, accurate predictions of return on investment require accurate prediction of decreased power output over time. Degradation rates must be known in order to predict power delivery. This article reviews degradation rates of flat-plate terrestrial modules and systems reported in published literature from field testing throughout the last 40 years. Nearly 2000 degradation rates, measured on individual modules or entire systems, have been assembled from the literature, showing a median value of 0.5%/year. The review consists of three parts: a brief historical outline, an analytical summary of degradation rates, and a detailed bibliography partitioned by technology.

  8. Simulating Degradation Data for Prognostic Algorithm Development

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — PHM08 Challenge Dataset is now publicly available at the NASA Prognostics Respository + Download INTRODUCTION - WHY SIMULATE DEGRADATION DATA? Of various challenges...

  9. Ballooning of CANDU pressure tubes - experiments with degraded tube material

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    Three as-received Zr-2.5% Nb pressure tube specimens and three specimens with eight 0.5 mm deep defects machined on the inside surface were tested in the ballooning test rig at Stern Laboratories Inc. The temperature ramp rate was controlled between 28 K s-1 and 35 K s-1. Temperatures on the outside and inside surfaces of the specimens, and circumferential and longitudinal strains were recorded during the transients. Post-test longitudinal, circumferential and wall thickness strains were measured. All as-received specimens ruptured full-length near the top, i.e., the hottest point. All defected specimens failed at either or both upper defects, one rupture being full-length and the others limited to one to three times the length of the defect. (author). 4 refs., 2 tabs., 15 figs

  10. Mechanisms of humic substances degradation by fungi

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    Chen, Y.; Hadar, Y.; Grinhut, T.

    2012-04-01

    Humic substances (HS) are formed by secondary synthesis reactions (humification) during the decay process and transformation of biomolecules originating from plants and other dead organisms. In nature, HS are extremely resistant to biological degradation. Thus, these substances are major components in the C cycle and in the biosphere and therefore, the understanding of the process leading to their formation and transformation and degradation is vital. Fungi active in the decomposition process of HS include mainly ascomycetes and basidiomycetes that are common in the upper layer of forest and grassland soils. Many basidiomycetes belong to the white-rot fungi (WRF) and litter-decomposing fungi (LDF). These fungi are considered to be the most efficient lignin degraders due to their nonspecific oxidizing enzymes: manganese peroxidase (MnP), lignin peroxidase (LiP) and laccase. Although bacteria dominate compost and participate in the turnover of HS, their ability to degrade stable macromolecules such as lignin and HS is limited. The overall objectives of this research were to corroborate biodegradation processes of HS by WRF. The specific objectives were: (i) To isolate, identify and characterize HS degrading WRF from biosolids (BS) compost; (ii) To study the biodegradation process of three types of HS, which differ in their structure, by WRF isolated from BS compost; and (iii) To investigate the mechanisms of HA degradation by WRF using two main approaches: (a) Study the physical and chemical analyses of the organic compounds obtained from direct fungal degradation of HA as well as elucidation of the relevant enzymatic reactions; and (b) Study the enzymatic and biochemical mechanisms involved during HA degradation. In order to study the capability of fungi to degrade HS, seventy fungal strains were isolated from biosolids (BS) compost. Two of the most active fungal species were identified based on rDNA sequences and designated Trametes sp. M23 and Phanerochaetesp., Y6

  11. Constitutive and ligand-induced TCR degradation

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    von Essen, Marina; Bonefeld, Charlotte Menné; Siersma, Volkert;

    2004-01-01

    divergent models for TCR down-regulation and degradation have been suggested. The aims of this study were to determine the rate constants for constitutive and ligand-induced TCR degradation and to determine whether the TCR subunits segregate or are processed as an intact unit during TCR down-regulation and...

  12. Geodiversity and land degradation in Hungary

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    Őrsi, Anna

    2014-05-01

    Geodiversity represents a variety of natural values, but they are threatened by a series of anthropogenic activities and land degradation processes. Their effect depends on the intensity of the processes and the sensitivity of the area in question. As a consequence of land degradation processes not only biodiversity but also geodiversity can be damaged and deteriorated. The appearance of the natural landscape changes and natural processes may not have a decisive role in landscape development any more. Some of the damages are irreversible because fundamental changes happen in the landscape, or the processes having created the original forms are no longer in operation. Small scale land degradation processes may be reversible if nature is still capable of reproducing the original state. The most important land degradation processes are desertification and soil erosion. Mining, waste disposal, urbanisation and construction activities, agriculture, inaccurate forest and water management, tourism, unsuitable land use can also lead to severe land degradation problems. The objective of the paper is to show Hungarian examples to all land degradation processes that threaten geodiversity. The results will be shown on a series of maps showing land degradation processes endangering geodiversity in Hungary. A detailed analysis of smaller study sites will be provided to show the effects of certain land degradation processes on landform development and on the changes of geodiversity. This research is supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), project Nr. 10875.

  13. Microbial Degradation of Indole and Its Derivatives

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    Full Text Available Indole and its derivatives, including 3-methylindole and 4-chloroindole, are environmental pollutants that are present worldwide. Microbial degradation of indole and its derivatives can occur in several aerobic and anaerobic pathways; these pathways involve different known and characterized genes. In this minireview, we summarize and explain the microbial degradation of indole, indole-3-acetic acid, 4-chloroindole, and methylindole.

  14. Solar maximum: solar array degradation

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    The 5-year in-orbit power degradation of the silicon solar array aboard the Solar Maximum Satellite was evaluated. This was the first spacecraft to use Teflon R FEP as a coverglass adhesive, thus avoiding the necessity of an ultraviolet filter. The peak power tracking mode of the power regulator unit was employed to ensure consistent maximum power comparisons. Telemetry was normalized to account for the effects of illumination intensity, charged particle irradiation dosage, and solar array temperature. Reference conditions of 1.0 solar constant at air mass zero and 301 K (28 C) were used as a basis for normalization. Beginning-of-life array power was 2230 watts. Currently, the array output is 1830 watts. This corresponds to a 16 percent loss in array performance over 5 years. Comparison of Solar Maximum Telemetry and predicted power levels indicate that array output is 2 percent less than predictions based on an annual 1.0 MeV equivalent election fluence of 2.34 x ten to the 13th power square centimeters space environment

  15. Oxidative degradation of lignin, (2)

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    Specifically 14C-labelled pine kraft lignin was oxidized with hydrogen peroxide and ferrous salts under various conditions. The reaction mixtures were applied to gell filtration on Sephadex G-15. The behavior of the specific carbon atoms in the reaction products was studied from the distribution of the radioactivity relative to that of molecular weight. The gaseous reaction products were separated and identified by gas chromatography, and the radioactivity of these products was measured. The results obtained are summarized as follows: 1. When a small amount of hydrogen peroxide was applied, a part of monomer compounds present in kraft waste liquor was condensed to give dimer and oligomer substances through the intermediate o-quinone. The amount of β- and R-carbon in the polymer fraction of kraft lignin in crased by mild oxidation treatment. 2. When a large amount of hydrogen peroxide was applied, the high molecular fraction of kraft lignin was considerably degraded to low molecular weight products. The ring rupture was remarkably observed. The β-carbon was retained in the high molecular fraction more firmly than other carbons even under severe oxidation conditions. 3. The gaseous reaction products identified were carbon dioxide, methane, acetylene + ethylene, ethane and propene. A large part of methoxyl carbon was converted into carbon dioxide and methane under the conditions described above. (author)

  16. Oxidative degradation of lignin, 1

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    Specifically 14C-labelled pine kraft lignin was oxidized with alkaline hydrogen peroxide under various conditions. The reaction mixture was applied to gell filtration on Sephadex G-15. The behavior of the specific carbon atoms of the degraded lignin was studied from the distribution of radioactivity relative to that of molecular weight. No kraft lignin was decomposed to low molecular weight substances, but polymerized. The amount of alpha -, beta - and gamma -carbons of side chain and ring carbon in the polymer fraction was increased by the oxidation treatment. The amount of these carbon in the polymer fraction increased by increasing the amount of applied hydrogen peroxide. On the other hand, the amount of methoxyl carbon in the polymer fraction increased when a small amount of hydrogen peroxide was applied, and decreased when the amount of hydrogen peroxide was increased. The methoxyl carbon was eliminated to a large extent by treating with alkaline hydrogen peroxide, and a part of it was converted into methane. Ring rupture was not observed under these experimental conditions. (author)

  17. Degradation of multiwall carbon nanotubes by bacteria

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    Understanding the environmental transformation of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is important to their life cycle assessment and potential environmental impacts. We report that a bacterial community is capable of degrading 14C-labeled MWCNTs into 14CO2 in the presence of an external carbon source via co-metabolism. Multiple intermediate products were detected, and genotypic characterization revealed three possible microbial degraders: Burkholderia kururiensis, Delftia acidovorans, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. This result suggests that microbe/MWCNTs interaction may impact the long-term fate of MWCNTs. Highlights: •Mineralization of MWCNTs by a bacterial community was observed. •The mineralization required an external carbon source. •Multiple intermediate products were identified in the MWCNT degrading culture. •Three bacterial species were found likely responsible for MWCNT degradation. -- The 14C-labeled multiwall carbon nanotubes can be degraded to 14CO2 and other byproducts by a bacteria community under natural conditions

  18. Graceful Degradation of Air Traffic Operations

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    Gariel, Maxime

    2008-01-01

    The introduction of new technologies and concepts of operation in the air transportation system is not possible, unless they can be proven not to adversely affect the system operation under not only nominal, but also degraded conditions. In extreme scenarios, degraded operations due to partial or complete technological failures should never endanger system safety. Many past system evolutions, whether ground-based or airborne, have been based on trial-and-error, and system safety was addressed only after a specific event yielded dramatic or near- dramatic consequences. Future system evolutions, however, must leverage available computation, prior knowledge and abstract reasoning to anticipate all possible system degradations and prove that such degradations are graceful and safe. This paper is concerned with the graceful degradation of high-density, structured arrival traffic against partial or complete surveillance failures. It is shown that for equal performance requirements, some traffic configurations might...

  19. Degradation analysis of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS)

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    Sandhu, S.S.; Warren, W.J.; Reed, A.

    1980-01-01

    The degradation of mixtures of sodium salts of butyl-, decyl-, and dodecylbenzene sulfonate was studied as influenced by shaking for seven days, by the addition of soil and sand, and by changes in pH. LAS were analyzed by measurement of the absorbance at 223 nm or by reaction with methylene blue and measurement of the absorbance at 652 nm. Slurries containing 48.0 g/l. and 6.6 g/l. of LAS degraded at room temperature, which suggested a simple chemical decomposition of the LAS to simpler products since these concentrations prohibited microbial activity. None of the treatments significantly aided the degradation process, except the addition of soil, i.e., the addition of a source of microorganisms. Contrary to the LAS slurry data, the dodecylbenzene sulfonate solution did not degrade even after aging for 30 days; however, it degraded completely after 7 days on the addition of a glucose and nutrient solution.

  20. Near ultraviolet and postirradiation DNA degradation

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    Possible effects of near ultraviolet radiation (near UV) on DNA degradation were examined. Postirradiation DNA degradation induced by ionizing radiation in strain Bsub(s-l) (uvr-, lex-) was shown to be inhibited by carbon monoxide (CO) and potassium cyanide (KCN) if the cells were grown on glycerol. Presumably the blockage of respiration by these agents lowered the amount of ATP in the cell. 50 kJ/m2 near UV did not simulate the action of CO and KCN, indicating that at this fluence the supply of ATP remains adequate for postirradiation DNA degradation. Near UV did not, itself, produce DNA degradation. In a strain (B/r) in which an inhibitor of postirradiation DNA degradation could be induced by both UV and ionizing radiation, near UV affected the inhibitor formation, whether administered before or after induction. (author)

  1. 特高压钢管塔对接环焊缝超声波检测影响因素分析%Influence Factors Analysis on Ultrasonic Testing of Ultra High Voltage(UHV) Steel Pipe Tower Butt Circumferential Weld

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    王国俊; 武英利; 韩晋锋

    2015-01-01

    特高压钢管塔对接环焊缝的超声波检测,依据 GB/T 11345和Q/GDW 707进行检测。由于钢管塔构件和焊缝的错边、余高和焊缝宽度等情况,易导致检测误判。对钢管塔法兰-钢管对接环焊缝超声波检测若干影响因素进行了分析,提出了识别和判定方法,可以实现对钢管塔对接环焊缝焊接质量的有效控制。%According to the criteria of GB/T 11345 and Q/GDW 707, ultrasonic testing was applied into butt circumferential weld of UHV steel tower. Weld offset,reinforcement,weld width of steel tower may lead to misjudgments of ultrasonic testing. In this paper, aiming to the analysis on the influence factors of steel tower flange and butt circumferential weld on exact implementation of ultrasonic testing, the methods of distinguish and judgment of ultrasonic testing were put forward. It can realize efficient controlling of welding quality for steel tower butt circumferential weld.

  2. Degradation of triclocarban by a triclosan-degrading Sphingomonas sp. strain YL-JM2C.

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    Mulla, Sikandar I; Hu, Anyi; Wang, Yuwen; Sun, Qian; Huang, Shir-Ly; Wang, Han; Yu, Chang-Ping

    2016-02-01

    Bacterial degradation plays a vital role in determining the environmental fate of micropollutants like triclocarban. The mechanism of triclocarban degradation by pure bacterium is not yet explored. The purpose of this study was to identify metabolic pathway that might be involved in bacterial degradation of triclocarban. Triclosan-degrading Sphingomonas sp. strain YL-JM2C was first found to degrade up to 35% of triclocarban (4 mg L(-1)) within 5 d. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry detected 3,4-dichloroaniline, 4-chloroaniline and 4-chlorocatechol as the major metabolites of the triclocarban degradation. Furthermore, total organic carbon results confirmed that the intermediates, 3,4-dichloroaniline (4 mg L(-1)) and 4-chloroaniline (4 mg L(-1)) could be degraded up to 77% and 80% by strain YL-JM2C within 5 d. PMID:26364219

  3. F52法兰/X52接管环焊接头开裂原因浅析%Cracking Reason Analysis on Circumferential Welding Joints of F52 Flange and X52 Welded Pipe Butt Welding

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    牛靖; 刘迎来; 王鹏; 齐丽华; 冯耀荣; 吉玲康; 张建勋

    2011-01-01

    通过化学成分、微观组织、断口形貌分析等方法对某管线场站建设中F52法兰/X52接管环焊接头裂纹产生的原因进行了研究.结果表明,裂纹出现于打底焊缝F52法兰侧的近缝区,呈现出沿晶+穿晶的开裂形貌,属于焊接冷裂纹.打底焊法兰侧近缝区的粗大马氏体是裂纹产生的主要原因,焊接工艺不当是裂纹产生的直接诱因,控制F52法兰的化学成分和适当的打底焊前预热是防止该裂纹产生的主要途径.%The circumferential welding joints cracking reason of F52 flange and XS2 welded pipe butt welding in some pipeline station was analyzed by chemical composition analysis, microstructure observation and fracture appearance analysis. The results showed that the crack which appeared near weld zone of F52 flange side belongs to welding cold cracking during backing welding, because its fracture appearance presents intergranular and transgranular fracture. The coarse martensite near weld zone of flange side is main reason which leads to crack; the improper welding process is direct inducement for crack. Controlling chemical composition of F52 flange and preheating before backing welding are the principal methods to prevent cracks.

  4. 海洋隔水管对接环焊缝接头高周疲劳性能研究%Research on High Cycle Fatigue Property for Butt Circumferential Weld of Marine Riser

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    余钊辉; 党恩; 朱安达; 杨龙; 张建勋

    2013-01-01

    The four-point bend fatigue test method was used to measure the high cycle fatigue property of marine riser X80/X80J butt circumferential weld. The influence on crack initiation location of stress concentration,microstructure and hardness was analyzed comprehensively. The results showed that the fatigue crack of welded joint with weld reinforcement initiates from toes, and then extends to the heat affected zone from the weld reinforcement,while the crack initiates from weld and propagates along the weld without reinforcement. The stress concentration caused by the weld reinforcement is the main factor to reduce the welded joint fatigue performance. The fatigue limit of welded joint is 216 MPa for with reinforcement and 400 MPa for without the weld reinforcement.%采用四点弯曲疲劳试验法,测试了海洋隔水管道X80/X80J对接环焊缝高周疲劳性能。综合分析了应力集中、显微组织和硬度对裂纹萌生位置的影响。结果表明,有余高焊接接头疲劳裂纹在焊趾处萌生并向热影响区扩展,去除余高的焊接接头疲劳裂纹从焊缝处萌生并沿焊缝扩展;焊缝余高引起的应力集中是降低焊接接头疲劳性能的主要因素,有余高焊接接头的疲劳极限为216 MPa,去除余高的焊接接头疲劳极限为400 MPa。

  5. Proactive degradation management in complex systems

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    Timely preventive maintenance is of great importance for safety equipment on NPP's. But preventive maintenance becomes complicated when we face systems in where these activities can be performed only during outage period and reactor shutdown must be executed in cause of safety related equipment failure during operation to perform corrective actions. For preventive maintenance strategy degradation monitoring is not always sufficient and degradation trending (extrapolation) should be performed to provide predictability of the extend of degradation and timely preventive or mitigative actions. Degradation trending in proactive maintenance case plays very important role. Current paper is devoted to the analysis and application of mathematical models to the degradation assessment of systems with dependent components. The main attention in present work was paid to the mathematical description of the degradation mechanism. Developed mathematical model allows assess and perform trending of degradation processes during various time moments. Methods can be applied for assessment of various risk estimates of hazardous systems such as systems at nuclear power plants. (author)

  6. Degradation of Soil Nutrients in Southeast China

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    2000-01-01

    A total of 2190 soil nutrient data in the Second National Soil Survey of China were collected to assess the degradation of soil nutrients in the hilly region of Southeast China. The definition of soil nutrient degradation is suggested firstly, then the evaluation criteria are set up and the current status of degradation of red soil and latosol is assessed. The percentages of areas in four grades of soil nutrient degradation, i.e., slightly deficient, medium deficient, severely deficient and extremely deficient, were 21.3%, 43.3%, 16.2% and 3.0% for soil total N; 0.7%, 6.4%, 16.7% and 76.2% for soil available P; and 25.4%, 26.3%, 8.6% and 5.0% for soil available K, respectively. The severity of soil nutrient degradation was in the order of P > N > K. The major factors leading to the degradation of soil nutrients in quantity include soil erosion, leaching and the consumption by crops. And the principal factor affecting the degradation of soil nutrients in availability is the fixation of N, P and K, especially the fixation of phosphorus. The average amount of P fixed by soils is 408 mg kg-1, and upland soils can fix more P than paddy soils.

  7. Prevention methods against hydrogen degradation of steel

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    J. Ćwiek

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is presentation of mechanisms and forms of hydrogen degradation in steel along with pointing out methods for hydrogen degradation prevention.Design/methodology/approach: Hydrogen degradation of steel is a form of environmentally assisted failure which is caused by the action of hydrogen often in combination with residual or applied stress resulting in reduction of plasticity, load bearing capacity of a component, and cracking.Findings: The sources of hydrogen in steel were presented. Forms of hydrogen presence in metals, mechanisms of hydrogen degradation, and types of hydrogen induced damage were discussed in details. Five specific types of hydrogen induced damage to metals and alloys could be distinguished: hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen-induced blistering, cracking from precipitation of internal hydrogen, hydrogen attack, cracking from hydride formation.Practical implications: Methods for hydrogen degradation prevention include: selection of suitable material, modifying environment to reduce hydrogen charging, and use of surface coatings and effective inhibitors.Originality/value: Originality the paper outlines the problem of hydrogen degradation of steel and other alloys, delivering knowledge to undertake preventive or remedial actions in order to avoid hydrogen induced degradation.

  8. Radiation degradation of alginate and chitosan

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    Nagasawa, Naotsugu; Mitomo, Hiroshi [Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gunma University, Kiryu, Gunma (Japan); Yoshii, Fumio; Kume, Tamikazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    2000-03-01

    Alginate and chitosan were irradiated in solid or aqueous solution condition with Co{sup 60} gamma rays in the dose range of 20 to 500 kGy. Degradation was observed both in solid and solution conditions. The degradation in solution was remarkably greater than that in solid. For example, the molecular weight of alginate in 4%(w/v) solution decreased from 2 x 10{sup 5} for 0 kGy to 6 x 10{sup 3} for 50 kGy irradiation while the equivalent degradation by solid irradiation required 500 kGy. The activated species from irradiated water must be responsible for the degradation in solution. The degradation was also accompanied with the color change of alginate: the color became deep brown for highly degraded alginate. UV spectra showed a distinct absorption peak at 265 nm for colored alginates, increasing with dose. The fact that discoloration of colored alginate was caused on exposure to ozone suggests a formation of double bond in pyranose-ring by scission of glycosidic bond. Degradation behavior of chitosan in irradiation was almost the same as that of alginate. (author)

  9. Radiation degradation of alginate and chitosan

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    Alginate and chitosan were irradiated in solid or aqueous solution condition with Co60 gamma rays in the dose range of 20 to 500 kGy. Degradation was observed both in solid and solution conditions. The degradation in solution was remarkably greater than that in solid. For example, the molecular weight of alginate in 4%(w/v) solution decreased from 2 x 105 for 0 kGy to 6 x 103 for 50 kGy irradiation while the equivalent degradation by solid irradiation required 500 kGy. The activated species from irradiated water must be responsible for the degradation in solution. The degradation was also accompanied with the color change of alginate: the color became deep brown for highly degraded alginate. UV spectra showed a distinct absorption peak at 265 nm for colored alginates, increasing with dose. The fact that discoloration of colored alginate was caused on exposure to ozone suggests a formation of double bond in pyranose-ring by scission of glycosidic bond. Degradation behavior of chitosan in irradiation was almost the same as that of alginate. (author)

  10. Autonomous valve for detection of biopolymer degradation

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    Keller, Stephan Urs; Noeth, Nadine-Nicole; Fetz, Stefanie; Grünefeld, Marco; Geschke, Oliver; Boisen, Anja; Haefliger, D.

    We present a polymer microvalve that allows the detection of biopolymer degradation without the need of external energy. The valve is based on a polymer container filled with a colored marker solution and closed by a thin lid. This structure is covered by a film of poly(L-lactide) and degradation...... of the biopolymer triggers the release of the color which is detected visually. The autonomous valve has potential for the fast testing of biopolymer degradation under various environmental conditions or by specific enzymes....

  11. Radiation degradation of short-cotton linters

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    Radiation degradation of short-cotton linters has been studied by using X-ray diffraction, an infrared spectrometer and a viscosimeter. Average molecular weight and crystallinity of short-cotton linters and the change of reducing sugar in γ-radiation degradation were examined. It was found that cellulosic saccharification in hydrolysis was enhanced with preirradiation of linters. This probably resulted from the radiation induced change of cellulosic structure. Sensitizers to promote radiation degradation effect were investigated. Carbon tetrachloride has been found to be effective. (author)

  12. CHANNEL WIDENING DURING DEGRADATION OF ALLUVIAL RIVERS

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    Guangqian WANG; Junqiang XIA

    2001-01-01

    This paper first describes the phenomenon of channel widening during degradation of alluvial rivers,explains the mechanisms of channel widening, and analyzes the stability of cohesive riverbank. Then a one-dimensional mathematical model is developed to simulate the transport of non-uniform suspended sediments, with a sub-model for the simulation of channel widening, and is used to study the process of channel widening during degradation. The effects of different incident flow and sediment conditions and different riverbank material characteristics on channel widening and bed degradation are compared.Finally, main factors that control the deformation processes are identified.

  13. Stability and Degradation of Polymer Solar cells

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    Norrman, Kion

    The current state-of-the-art allows for roll-to-roll manufacture of polymer solar cells in high volume with stability and efficiency sufficient to grant success in low-energy applications. However, further improvement is needed for the successful application of the devices in real life applications...... chemical degradation mechanisms are currently scarce. An overview of known degradation mechanisms will be presented and discussed in relation to state-of-the-art methodologies to study failure mechanisms with focus on chemical degradation....

  14. Microfluidic Assessment of Frying Oil Degradation

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    Liu, Mei; Xie, Shaorong; Ge, Ji; Xu, Zhensong; Wu, Zhizheng; Ru, Changhai; Luo, Jun; Sun, Yu

    2016-06-01

    Monitoring the quality of frying oil is important for the health of consumers. This paper reports a microfluidic technique for rapidly quantifying the degradation of frying oil. The microfluidic device generates monodispersed water-in-oil droplets and exploits viscosity and interfacial tension changes of frying oil samples over their frying/degradation process. The measured parameters were correlated to the total polar material percentage that is widely used in the food industry. The results reveal that the steady-state length of droplets can be used for unambiguously assessing frying oil quality degradation.

  15. Microfluidic Assessment of Frying Oil Degradation

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    Liu, Mei; Xie, Shaorong; Ge, Ji; Xu, Zhensong; Wu, Zhizheng; Ru, Changhai; Luo, Jun; Sun, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Monitoring the quality of frying oil is important for the health of consumers. This paper reports a microfluidic technique for rapidly quantifying the degradation of frying oil. The microfluidic device generates monodispersed water-in-oil droplets and exploits viscosity and interfacial tension changes of frying oil samples over their frying/degradation process. The measured parameters were correlated to the total polar material percentage that is widely used in the food industry. The results reveal that the steady-state length of droplets can be used for unambiguously assessing frying oil quality degradation. PMID:27312884

  16. Residual stress simulation of circumferential welded joints

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    Melicher R.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Residual stresses are an important consideration in the component integrity and life assessment of welded structure. The welding process is very complex time dependent physical phenomenon with material nonlinearity. The welding is a thermal process with convection between fluid flow and welding body, between welding bodyand environment. Next type of boundary conditions is radiation and thermo-mechanical contact on the outer surface of gas pipe in the near of weld. The temperature variation so obtained is utilised to find the distribution of the stress field.In this paper, a brief review of weld simulation and residual stress modelling using the finite element method (FEM by commercial software ANSYS is presented. Thermo-elastic-plastic formulations using a von Mises yield criterion with nonlinear kinematics hardening has been employed. Residual axial and hoop stresses obtained from the analysis have been shown. The commercial FEM code ANSYS was used for coupled thermalmechanical analysis.

  17. Rising population and environmental degradation.

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    Mitra, A

    Environmental degradation is becoming an increasingly ominous threat to the well-being of India's population, and excessive population growth is the primary cause of environmental deterioration. Population growth increases the need to produce consumer products and this need, in turn, intensifies the trend to over-exploit and misuse environmental resources. Efforts to control population growth through contraceptive technology and the expansion of family planning services and to control environmental deterioration via technology and management will meet with little success. A prerequisite for controlling these dual problems is the improvement of living conditions for the masses. Only when individuals acquire a sense of security and have the prospect of acquiring a share in the resources of the country will they be willing to conserve and renew resources and to limit their fertility. Viewed from this prospective, various factors and trends in India can be assessed as either negative or positive. Positive factors, i.e., those which enhance economic oppotunities and security for the general population, include the recent achievement of economic grothw in the country's agricultural and industrial sectors, the growth in technological knowledge, and the expansion of the rural and urban infrastructure. Negative factors include 1) the increase in income inequality, 2) the refusal to grant distributive justice to the masses, 3) the lack of education which impedes public understanding and awareness of environmental issues and promotes under utilization of community and social services, 4) the high unemployment rate which prevents individuals from developing a sense of responsibility and self respect; and 5) the refusal of the government to establish fuel policies to halt the growing problem of deforestation. Major environmental problems include pollution and congestion associated with the geographical concentration of industry; the destruction of the forests which leads to

  18. Reactor for Photocatalytic Degradation of Chloroform

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    Simonsen, Morten Enggrob; Søgaard, Erik Gydesen

    In the present study a new type of continuous photoreactor is developed in which the TiO2 catalyst is immobilized on the surface of quartz tubes surrounding the UV lamps and on the internal surface of the reactor walls. The study showed that an initial concentration chloroform of 7 mg/l was...... degraded in a period of 500 hour. The kinetics of the degradation of chloroform in the flow reactor was found to obey Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. The investigation also showed that the reactor design has a significant influence on the rate of degradation, as it was observed that the position of the...... coated lamp in the reactor yield different degradation rates....

  19. Hot carrier degradation in semiconductor devices

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    2015-01-01

    This book provides readers with a variety of tools to address the challenges posed by hot carrier degradation, one of today’s most complicated reliability issues in semiconductor devices.  Coverage includes an explanation of carrier transport within devices and book-keeping of how they acquire energy (“become hot”), interaction of an ensemble of colder and hotter carriers with defect precursors, which eventually leads to the creation of a defect, and a description of how these defects interact with the device, degrading its performance. • Describes the intricacies of hot carrier degradation in modern semiconductor technologies; • Covers the entire hot carrier degradation phenomenon, including topics such as characterization, carrier transport, carrier-defect interaction, technological impact, circuit impact, etc.; • Enables detailed understanding of carrier transport, interaction of the carrier ensemble with the defect precursors, and an accurate assessment of how the newly created defects imp...

  20. Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Contaminants in Water

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    Photocatalytic treatment of organics, including regulated and contaminants of emerging concern, has been an important area of this field. Details are provided on the mechanism of degradation, reaction intermediates, kinetics, and nanointerfacial adsorption phenomena. The degradat...

  1. Microbial assisted High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) degradation.

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    Mohan, Arya J; Sekhar, Vini C; Bhaskar, Thallada; Nampoothiri, K Madhavan

    2016-08-01

    The efficacy of newly isolated Pseudomonas and Bacillus strains to degrade brominated High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) was investigated. Viability of these cultures while using e-plastic as sole carbon source was validated through Triphenyl Tetrazolium Chloride (TTC). Four days incubation of HIPS emulsion with Bacillus spp. showed 94% reduction in turbidity and was 97% with Pseudomonas spp. Confirmation of degradation was concluded by HPLC, NMR, FTIR, TGA and weight loss analysis. NMR spectra of the degraded film revealed the formation of aliphatic carbon chain with bromine and its release. FTIR analysis of the samples showed a reduction in CH, CO and CN groups. Surface changes in the brominated HIPS film was visualized through SEM analysis. Degradation with Bacillus spp showed a weight loss of 23% (w/w) of HIPS film in 30days. PMID:26993201

  2. Degradation of crude oil by marine cyanobacteria

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    Raghukumar, C.; Vipparty, V.; David, J.J.; Chandramohan, D.

    The marine cyanobacteria Oscillatoria salina Biswas, Plectonema terebrans Bornet et Flanhault and Aphanocapsa sp. degraded Bombay High crude oil when grown in artificial seawater nutrients as well as in plain natural seawater. Oil removals...

  3. Surface studies of oil-seal degradation

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    Smith, G. C.; Park, D.; Titchener, K. J.; Davies, R. E.; West, R. H.

    1995-11-01

    Fluoroelastomers are frequently used as engine oil-seal materials. Under certain test conditions specific fluoroelastomers may show degradation of mechanical properties. A range of fluoroelastomers of different chemical composition have been aged in simple oil/additive blends and in oil formulations equivalent to commercial blends. These were then examined using XPS, SEM/EPMA and XRD to elucidate the physical and chemical changes associated with degradation. The interaction is shown to proceed through amine catalysed post-curing of the constituent polymers. These reactions promote defluorination, embrittlement and cracking of elastomers with a consequent decline in tensile properties as fracture failure mechanisms dominate performance. Degradation of these materials was found, even in the most extreme case, to be limited to the near-surface region of the samples, to a depth of less than approximately 50 μm. Degradation was reduced in elastomers with a higher fluorine level, higher terpolymer content, and a greater extent of cross-linking.

  4. Plant Wall Degradative Compounds and Systems

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The present invention relates to cell wall degradative systems, in particular to systems containing enzymes that bind to and/or depolymerize cellulose. These...

  5. Managing water addition to a degraded core

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    In this paper the authors present an approach to the development of an accident management plan for adding water to a degraded core. Under certain degraded core conditions, adding water may lead to enhanced hydrogen production, changes in core geometry that would complicate recovery, steam explosions, or recriticality of the reactor core if unborated water is used. Therefore, a primary requisite for the development of an accident management plan for adding water to a degraded core is to ensure that undesirable consequences of water addition are understood so that: (1) their effects can be minimized and an accident can be terminated at the earliest possible stage, and (2) plant personnel can be better prepared to deal with plant responses that appear contrary to desired outcomes when water is added during a core degradation transient. The approach presented here addresses these concerns in the development of an accident management plan

  6. Photochemical degradation of crude oil in seawater

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    YANG Guipeng; ZHANG Li; SUN Xiaojing; JING Weiwen

    2006-01-01

    Photochemical degradation of crude oil in seawater is an important issue in marine environmental protection and is studied in this work. Results showed that petroleum hydrocarbons could be effectively degraded by the irradiation of high-pressure mercury light or natural sunlight. Photochemical reaction was controlled by various factors including light source, aquatic medium, heavy metal ion and photo-sensitizer. The rate of photo-degradation was fast at the initial stage of exposure, exhibiting a first-order reaction kinetic behavior. However, after irradiation for a few hours, the concentration of water-soluble fraction (WSF) of petroleum hydrocarbons stabilized. For all experimental conditions, the range of the photo-degradation rate is from 0.001 3 to 0.005 7/min.

  7. Bacterial degradation of monocyclic aromatic amines

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    Pankaj Kumar Arora

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Aromatic amines are an important group of industrial chemicals, which are widely used for manufacturing of dyes, pesticides, drugs, pigments, and other industrial products. These compounds have been considered highly toxic to human beings due to their carcinogenic nature. Three groups of aromatic amines have been recognized: monocyclic, polycyclic and heterocyclic aromatic amines. Bacterial degradation of several monocyclic aromatic compounds has been studied in a variety of bacteria, which utilizes monocyclic aromatic amines as their sole source of carbon and energy. Several degradation pathways have been proposed and the related enzymes and genes have also been characterized. Many reviews have been reviewed toxicity of monocyclic aromatic amines; however, there is lack of review on biodegradation of monocyclic aromatic amines. The aim of this review is to summarize bacterial degradation of monocyclic aromatic amines. This review will increase our current understanding of biochemical and molecular basis of bacterial degradation of monocyclic aromatic amines.

  8. Pt/C Fuel Cell Catalyst Degradation

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    Zana, Alessandro

    This thesis investigates the degradation behavior of Pt/C catalysts under simulated automotive conditions. By using the “tool box” synthesis method the Pt loading has been changed from low to high Pt loadings, therefore permitting to study the role of Pt on the degradation of high surface area (HSA......) Pt/C catalyst. Diverse degradation mechanisms have been found to be responsible for the electrochemical surface area loss (ECSA). The different degradation mechanisms have been found to be dependent from the diverse potential windows applied during the stress test. Furthermore the synthesis approach......).  Interestingly increasing the Pt to carbon ratio was found to enhance the ECSA loss during start/stop cycling up to a certain ratio. However, a further increase in the Pt to carbon ratio results in a decrease of the ECSA loss. Moreover a significant difference in the ESCA loss was found between two standard CBs...

  9. Fluvial carbon dynamics in degraded peatland catchments

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    Stimson, Andrew Graham

    2016-01-01

    Inland waters including streams, rivers, reservoirs and lakes are regarded as a significant site of Organic Carbon (OC) cycling, and greenhouse gas production. As a result, there has been significant recent interest in the rates and fate of fluvial carbon exported from organic soils, such as peatlands. Additionally, peatlands can be subject to substantial degradation resulting in high rates of fluvial OC export, and this has led to efforts to repair degraded peatlands through restoration pr...

  10. Restoring Soil Quality to Mitigate Soil Degradation

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    Rattan Lal

    2015-01-01

    Feeding the world population, 7.3 billion in 2015 and projected to increase to 9.5 billion by 2050, necessitates an increase in agricultural production of ~70% between 2005 and 2050. Soil degradation, characterized by decline in quality and decrease in ecosystem goods and services, is a major constraint to achieving the required increase in agricultural production. Soil is a non-renewable resource on human time scales with its vulnerability to degradation depending on complex interactions bet...

  11. Human-induced soil degradation activities

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    Oldeman L.R.; Van Baren J.H. V.

    1998-01-01

    Soil degradation is occurring over vast areas. The GLASOD and ASSOD projects reflect the present status of human-induced soil degradation and its impact on food productivity related to productivity changes observed in the recent past. However, there is a great need for well-documented, reliable soil information and other related data at national and regional levels to better understand and qualify the impact of changing soil conditions or biomass production.

  12. Non-degradative Ubiquitination of Protein Kinases.

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    K Aurelia Ball; Johnson, Jeffrey R.; Lewinski, Mary K; John Guatelli; Erik Verschueren; Krogan, Nevan J.; Matthew P Jacobson

    2016-01-01

    Growing evidence supports other regulatory roles for protein ubiquitination in addition to serving as a tag for proteasomal degradation. In contrast to other common post-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation, little is known about how non-degradative ubiquitination modulates protein structure, dynamics, and function. Due to the wealth of knowledge concerning protein kinase structure and regulation, we examined kinase ubiquitination using ubiquitin remnant immunoaffinity enrichm...

  13. Cyclopiazonic acid degradation by aqueous ozone

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    Silva, Otniel Freitas; Venâncio, Armando

    2011-01-01

    Ozone is a chemical agent with great potential to reduce mycotoxins, it was effective against to reduce some mycotoxins. In view of this it was aimed of this work study the Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA) degradation by aqueous ozone. The degradation of exogenously CPA introduced in mobile phase was confirmed by High performance liquid Chromatography (HPLC). In parallel it was tested the effect of sodium formate (SF), to evaluate the influence of this chemical to neutralize ...

  14. Soil Degradation: Will Humankind Ever Learn?

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    Douglas L. Karlen; Rice, Charles W.

    2015-01-01

    Soil degradation is a global problem caused by many factors including excessive tillage, inappropriate crop rotations, excessive grazing or crop residue removal, deforestation, mining, construction and urban sprawl. To meet the needs of an expanding global population, it is essential for humankind to recognize and understand that improving soil health by adopting sustainable agricultural and land management practices is the best solution for mitigating and reversing current soil degradation t...

  15. A Theoretical Model for Metal Corrosion Degradation

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    Ramana M. Pidaparti; Svintradze, David V.

    2010-01-01

    Many aluminum and stainless steel alloys contain thin oxide layers on the metal surface which greatly reduce the corrosion rate. Pitting corrosion, a result of localized breakdown of such films, results in accelerated dissolution of the underlying metal through pits. Many researchers have studied pitting corrosion for several decades and the exact governing equation for corrosion pit degradation has not been obtained. In this study, the governing equation for corrosion degradation due to pitt...

  16. Fungal enzyme sets for plant polysaccharide degradation

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    van den Brink, Joost; de Vries, Ronald P

    2011-01-01

    Enzymatic degradation of plant polysaccharides has many industrial applications, such as within the paper, food, and feed industry and for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Cellulose, hemicelluloses, and pectins are the main components of plant cell wall polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are often tightly packed, contain many different sugar residues, and are branched with a diversity of structures. To enable efficient degradation of these polysaccharides, fungi produce an e...

  17. Lysosome: regulator of lipid degradation pathways

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    Settembre, Carmine; Ballabio, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Autophagy is a catabolic pathway that has a fundamental role in the adaptation to fasting and primarily relies on the activity of the endolysosomal system, to which the autophagosome targets substrates for degradation. Recent studies have revealed that the lysosomal–autophagic pathway plays an important part in the early steps of lipid degradation. In this review, we discuss the transcriptional mechanisms underlying co-regulation between lysosome, autophagy, and other steps of lipid catabolis...

  18. Anaerobic microbial LCFA degradation in bioreactors

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    Sousa, D.Z.; Pereira, M.A.; Alves, J.I.; Smidt, Hauke; Stams, A.J.M.; Alves, M. M.

    2008-01-01

    This paper reviews recent results obtained on long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) anaerobic degradation. Two LCFA were used as model substrates: oleate, a mono-unsaturated LCFA, and palmitate, a saturated LCFA, both abundant in LCFA-rich wastewaters. 16S rRNA gene analysis of sludge samples submitted to continuous oleate- and palmitate-feeding followed by batch degradation of the accumulated LCFA demonstrated that bacterial communities were dominated by members of the Clostridiaceae and Sy...

  19. Degradation of tributylphosphate in plutonium nitrate solution

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    Degradation of tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP) dissolved in aqueous nitrate systems containing Pu was investigated under various conditions. The difference of degradation rates of TBP observed in reprocessed Pu streams and in nitric acid is discussed. The followings were elucidated : (1) The degradation of TBP in plutonium nitrate solutions depends upon the Pu concentration although it indicates first-order kinetics. (2) The half life of TBP increases linearly with HNO3 concentration in plutonium nitrate solutions. The retardation by undissociated HNO3 is almost independent of Pu concentration. (3) No significant effect of HNO2, generated by radiolysis, on the TBP degradation rate was observed. (4) The retardation of the degradation of TBP can be described only with the concentrations of Pu and HNO3. (5) The G-values of TBP in plutonium nitrate solutions extremely decrease with increasing the concentrations of HNO3 and Pu. (6) Plutonium other than undissociated HNO3 would be involved in the retardation due to OH radical scavenging because Pu(III) and Pu(IV) give different degradation rates of TBP. (author)

  20. Degradation of cellulose by basidiomycetous fungi.

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    Baldrian, Petr; Valásková, Vendula

    2008-05-01

    Cellulose is the main polymeric component of the plant cell wall, the most abundant polysaccharide on Earth, and an important renewable resource. Basidiomycetous fungi belong to its most potent degraders because many species grow on dead wood or litter, in environment rich in cellulose. Fungal cellulolytic systems differ from the complex cellulolytic systems of bacteria. For the degradation of cellulose, basidiomycetes utilize a set of hydrolytic enzymes typically composed of endoglucanase, cellobiohydrolase and beta-glucosidase. In some species, the absence of cellobiohydrolase is substituted by the production of processive endoglucanases combining the properties of both of these enzymes. In addition, systems producing hydroxyl radicals based on cellobiose dehydrogenase, quinone redox cycling or glycopeptide-based Fenton reaction are involved in the degradation of several plant cell wall components, including cellulose. The complete cellulolytic complex used by a single fungal species is typically composed of more than one of the above mechanisms that contribute to the utilization of cellulose as a source of carbon or energy or degrade it to ensure fast substrate colonization. The efficiency and regulation of cellulose degradation differs among wood-rotting, litter-decomposing, mycorrhizal or plant pathogenic fungi and yeasts due to the different roles of cellulose degradation in the physiology and ecology of the individual groups. PMID:18371173

  1. Soil Degradation: Will Humankind Ever Learn?

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    Douglas L. Karlen

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Soil degradation is a global problem caused by many factors including excessive tillage, inappropriate crop rotations, excessive grazing or crop residue removal, deforestation, mining, construction and urban sprawl. To meet the needs of an expanding global population, it is essential for humankind to recognize and understand that improving soil health by adopting sustainable agricultural and land management practices is the best solution for mitigating and reversing current soil degradation trends. This research editorial is intended to provide an overview for this Special Issue of Sustainability that examines the global problem of soil degradation through reviews and recent research studies addressing soil health in Africa, Australia, China, Europe, India, North and South America, and Russia. Two common factors—soil erosion and depletion of soil organic matter (SOM—emerge as consistent indicators of how “the thin layer covering the planet that stands between us and starvation” is being degraded. Soil degradation is not a new problem but failing to acknowledge, mitigate, and remediate the multiple factors leading to it is no longer a viable option for humankind. We optimistically conclude that the most promising strategies to mitigate soil degradation are to select appropriate land uses and improve soil management practices so that SOM is increased, soil biology is enhanced, and all forms of erosion are reduced. Collectively, these actions will enable humankind to “take care of the soil so it can take care of us”.

  2. Degradation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in honey.

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    Fallico, B; Arena, E; Zappala, M

    2008-11-01

    5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is the most important intermediate product of the acid-catalyzed dehydration reaction of hexoses and/or Maillard reaction; furthermore, it is the most used index to evaluate thermal damages or ageing in food products. Usually its degradation reactions, being very slow, are neglected. This study reports the findings concerning the degradation kinetics of HMF, in honeys of different floral origin at a temperature between 25 and 50 degrees C. The results highlighted higher degradation rates (k(HMF) (degradation)) compared to the corresponding formation rates (k(HMF) (formation)) in chestnut and citrus samples. Similar k-values were found in multifloral honey. Moreover, the reaction of HMF degradation was characterized by lower activation energy (E(a)) values compared to E(a) formation values. The final concentration of HMF in honey, during storage at room temperature, should be ascribed to high sugar concentration. The fluctuation of HMF in honeys could depend on the equilibrium between the accumulation and the degradation processes. This can affect the validity of HMF as storage index in some honeys, above all during the analysis of those honeys whose legislation is too restrictive (citrus) or in chestnut honey analysis where it does not accumulate. PMID:19021792

  3. Environmental degradation and environmental threats in China.

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    Wang, Ying

    2004-01-01

    The article presents a review of environmental degradation and its threats in China. Air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, soil degradation, sand depositing in dams, decaying urban infrastructure, and more and more hazards such as floods, landslides and soil erosion are major consequences of environmental degradation and are making tremendous loss both in life and property. Through investigation, the author found that poor air quality in the large cities; water pollution in the downstream of many rivers; the multiple problems of many mining areas; lack of access to fresh water; decaying sewage systems; and the disastrous impact of these environmental degradations on public health and agricultural products in many provinces is rather serious. Relationship of environmental degradation and natural hazards is close; more attention should be put in environmental degradation that may surpass economy progress if the trend continues. It is therefore imperative that Chinese government undertake a series of prudent actions now that will enable to be in the best possible position when the current environmental crisis ultimately passes. PMID:15887370

  4. Microbial PAH-Degradation in Soil: Degradation Pathways and Contributing Factors

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    ZHANG Xu-Xiang; CHENG Shu-Pei; ZHU Cheng-Jun; SUN Shi-Lei

    2006-01-01

    Adverse effects on the environment and high persistence in the microbial degradation and environmental fate of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are motivating interest. Many soil microorganisms can degrade PAHs and use various metabolic pathways to do so. However, both the physio-chemical characteristics of compounds as well as the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils can drastically influence the degradation capacity of naturally occurring microorganisms for field bioremediation. Modern biological techniques have been widely used to promote the efficiency of microbial PAH-degradation and make the biodegradation metabolic pathways more clear. In this review microbial degradation of PAHs in soil is discussed, with emphasis placed on the main degradation pathways and the environmental factors affecting biodegradation.

  5. Degradation and induction specificity in actinomycetes that degrade p-nitrophenol.

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    1993-01-01

    We have isolated two soil bacteria (identified as Arthrobacter aurescens TW17 and Nocardia sp. strain TW2) capable of degrading p-nitrophenol (PNP) and numerous other phenolic compounds. A. aurescens TW17 contains a large plasmid which correlated with the PNP degradation phenotype. Degradation of PNP by A. aurescens TW17 was induced by preexposure to PNP, 4-nitrocatechol, 3-methyl-4-nitrophenol, or m-nitrophenol, whereas PNP degradation by Nocardia sp. strain TW2 was induced by PNP, 4-nitroca...

  6. 几种焊接缺陷对X70管道环缝接头应力集中的影响%Influences on Stress Concentration of X70 Pipeline Circumferential Weld Joints of Several Welding Defects

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    李根; 张腾

    2014-01-01

    利用大型有限元软件ANSYS对在工作压力下带有咬边、凹坑、焊缝余高、错边等焊接缺陷的X70环缝管道进行了应力分析。分析结果显示,在咬边、凹坑、焊缝余高、错边焊接缺陷中,焊缝余高对受内压管道环焊缝的应力集中的影响最低,错边其次,咬边较为严重,凹坑最为严重;焊缝余高不影响X70管道接头静载强度,超过2 mm的错边量对环缝接头应力集中影响明显,咬边缺陷对X70管道环缝接头应力集中的影响大于错边,缺陷凹坑缺陷对环缝接头应力集中的影响随其三维尺寸增大而增大。%In this paper, the finite element analysis software ANSYS was used to carry out stress analysis on X70 pipeline under working pressure with welding defects, such as undercut, pit, weld reinforcement and misalignment. The results indicated that in the above defects, the influence on the weld reinforcement of stress concentration is the lowest, misalignment is the second, undercut is a bit severe, and the influence on pit is the most severe. The weld reinforcement does not affect the static load strength of X70 pipeline circumferential weld joints, and the influence of misalignment more than 2 mm on stress concentration is obvious. The influence of undercut on stress concentration is more than that of misalignment, and the influence of pit increases with three-dimensional size increasing.

  7. Connecting Indicators with land degradation and desertification

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    Kosmas, C.

    2012-04-01

    A series of 72 selected candidate indicators corresponding to the physical environment, social, economic, and land management characteristics were defined in 1672 field sites located in 17 study sites in the Mediterranean and eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The selected indicators refer to specific farm characteristics such as family status, land tenure, present and previous types of land use, period of existing type of land use, soil depth, slope gradient, tillage operations, tillage depth and direction, etc., as well as to regional characteristics such as annual rainfall, rain seasonality, water availability, water quality and quantity, rate of land abandonment, rate of burned area, etc. Based on existing geo-referenced database, classes have been designated for each indicator and presented in a tabulated form. Weighing indices have been assigned to each class based on existing research or empirically assessing the importance to land degradation and desertification. Various processes or causes related to land degradation and desertification important for the study sites have been studied and the most relevant indicators have been defined. Questionnaires for each process or cause have been prepared and data were collected at field site level in collaboration with land users. The obtained data were statistically analyzed to identify the most important indicators related to each process or cause affecting land degradation and desertification. The analyses have shown that indicators may be widely, even globally, used for assessing the various land degradation and desertification processes or causes at field level. Of course, some indicators related to agriculture, social, and institutional characteristics in some cases show trends that are opposite to what happens in other study sites. These trends can be explained by further investigation including other indicators or processes affecting land degradation and desertification that it was not possible

  8. Self-degradable Cementitious Sealing Materials

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    Sugama, T.; Butcher, T., Lance Brothers, Bour, D.

    2010-10-01

    A self-degradable alkali-activated cementitious material consisting of a sodium silicate activator, slag, Class C fly ash, and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) additive was formulated as one dry mix component, and we evaluated its potential in laboratory for use as a temporary sealing material for Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) wells. The self-degradation of alkali-activated cementitious material (AACM) occurred, when AACM heated at temperatures of {ge}200 C came in contact with water. We interpreted the mechanism of this water-initiated self-degradation as resulting from the in-situ exothermic reactions between the reactants yielded from the dissolution of the non-reacted or partially reacted sodium silicate activator and the thermal degradation of the CMC. The magnitude of self-degradation depended on the CMC content; its effective content in promoting degradation was {ge}0.7%. In contrast, no self-degradation was observed from CMC-modified Class G well cement. For 200 C-autoclaved AACMs without CMC, followed by heating at temperatures up to 300 C, they had a compressive strength ranging from 5982 to 4945 psi, which is {approx}3.5-fold higher than that of the commercial Class G well cement; the initial- and final-setting times of this AACM slurry at 85 C were {approx}60 and {approx}90 min. Two well-formed crystalline hydration phases, 1.1 nm tobermorite and calcium silicate hydrate (I), were responsible for developing this excellent high compressive strength. Although CMC is an attractive, as a degradation-promoting additive, its addition to both the AACM and the Class G well cement altered some properties of original cementitious materials; among those were an extending their setting times, an increasing their porosity, and lowering their compressive strength. Nevertheless, a 0.7% CMC-modified AACM as self-degradable cementitious material displayed the following properties before its breakdown by water; {approx}120 min initial- and {approx}180 min final

  9. Anaerobic degradation kinetics of a cholesteryl ester.

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    Gutiérrez, S; Viñas, M

    2003-01-01

    The most important components of wool scouring effluent grease are esters of sterols. Cholesteryl palmitate (CP) is the main ester in this grease. In this paper, the influence of the ester concentration in the anaerobic digestion and the relative rate of the different degradation steps, are studied. The experiment was carried out to measure methane production in the anaerobic degradation of acetate, palmitic acid (PA) and CP. A first-order kinetic model was assumed for hydrolysis and Monod models were assumed for both the methanogenic and acetogenic steps. Maximum hydrolysis rate was found to be around 20 times faster than the maximum methanogenic reaction rate during the experience. The lanolin emulsion drop size effect was also evaluated employing fine and coarse stock lanolin emulsions and no adapted sludge. Concentrations of 13.7 to 4.6 gCOD x l(-1) were employed. In a previous study, the effect of palmitic acid emulsion size was found important when similar sludge was tested. When esters are degraded, a significant effect of drop size on the degradation rate was not found. The difference between CP and PA emulsions behavior could be due to the fact that cholesterol produced during the ester degradation has a protective effect on the sludge. PMID:14640211

  10. Physical techniques for profiling heterogeneous polymer degradation

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    This report describes the application of three complementary techniques for the study of oxidative inhomogeneities in degraded polymeric materials. Samples are mounted in epoxy, cut in cross-section, and polished. Areas of degradation are seen as bands of varying reflectivity when examined microscopically. Further information on gradient shapes may be obtained by profiling relative material hardness. Additional useful information on gradients in oxygen uptake may be obtained using density gradient columns. These techniques, together with solvent extraction, give consistent results. Heterogeneous effects can exert a major influence on polymer degradation. A striking example occurs with Viton. In the absence of oxygen, the material becomes progressively more cross-linked and harder. In the presence of oxygen, the material undergoes scission, and becomes progressively softer. Result is that samples irradiated at high dose rate, where oxidation occurs only near the surface, becomes brittle. Samples irradiated at comparatively lower dose rates, where extensive oxygen permeation occurs, degrade in the opposite way, becoming soft and stretchable. The occurrence of strongly heterogeneous oxidation in samples irradiated at high dose rates is an important consideration in the design of accelerated aging experiments. Even in the absence of oxygen diffusion effects, other herterogeneous mechanisms may significantly impact polymer degradation. An example was given in which the density profiling results showed a material incompatibility problem in which copper poisoning of an EPR cable insulation led to greatly enhanced oxidation adjacent to the copper conductor

  11. Degradable polymeric materials for osteosynthesis: Tutorial

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available This report summarizes the state of the art and recent developments and advances in the use of degradable polymers devices for osteosynthesis. The current generation of biodegradable polymeric implants for bone repair utilising designs copied from metal implants, originates from the concept that devices should be supportive and as “inert” substitute to bone tissue. Today degradable polymeric devices for osteosynthesis are successful in low or mild load bearing applications. However, the lack of carefully controlled randomized prospective trials that document their efficacy in treating a particular fracture pattern is still an issue. Then, the choice between degradable and non-degradable devices must be carefully weighed and depends on many factors such as the patient age and condition, the type of fracture, the risk of infection, etc. The improvement of the biodegradable devices mechanical properties and their degradation behaviour will have to be achieved to broaden their use. The next generation of biodegradable implants will probably see the implementation of the recent gained knowledge in cell-material interactions and cells therapy, with a better control of the spatial and temporal interfaces between the material and the surrounding bone tissue.

  12. Photocatalytic degradation of molinate in aqueous solutions.

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    Bizani, E; Lambropoulou, D; Fytianos, K; Poulios, I

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the degradation of molinate through heterogeneous photocatalysis, using two different types of the semiconductor TiO2 as photocatalyst, as well as through homogeneous treatment, applying the photo-Fenton reaction, has been investigated. As far as heterogeneous photocatalysis is concerned, the degradation of the pesticide follows apparent first-order kinetics, while the type of the catalyst and the pH value of the solution affect the degradation rate. The effect of the addition of electron scavengers (H2O2 and K2S2O8) was also studied. In the case of photo-Fenton-assisted system, the degradation also follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. Parameters such as iron's and electron scavenger's concentration and inorganic ions strongly affect the degradation rate. The extent of pesticide mineralization was investigated using dissolved organic carbon (DOC) measurements. The toxicity of the treated solution was evaluated using the Microtox test based on the luminescent bacteria Vibrio fischeri. The detoxification and mineralization efficiency was found to be dependent on the system studied, and although it did not follow the rate of pesticide disappearance, it took place in considerable extent. The study of the photodegradation treatment was completed by the determination of the intermediate by-products formed during the process, which was carried out using LC-MS/MS technique and led to similar compounds with both processes. PMID:24928378

  13. Material degradation - a nuclear utility's view

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    Degradation of nuclear plant materials has been responsible for major costs and unit outage time. As such, nuclear utilities are important end users of the information produced by R and D on material degradation. This plenary describes the significance of material degradation for the nuclear utilities, and how utilities use information about material degradation in their short, medium and long term planning activities. Utilities invest in R and D programs to assist them in their business objective of operating safely, reliably and cost competitively. Material degradation impacts all three of these business drivers. Utilities make decisions on life cycle planning, unit refurbishment and 'new build' projects on the basis of their understanding of the behaviour of a variety of materials in a broad range of environments. The R and D being carried out today will determine the future business success of the nuclear utilities. The R and D program needs to be broadly based to include a range of materials, environments and time-frames, particularly any new materials proposed for use in new units. The R and D community needs to help the utility managers make choices that will result in an optimized materials R and D program

  14. PEM Degradation Investigation Final Technical Report

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    Dan Stevenson; Lee H Spangler

    2007-11-02

    The objectives of this paper are: (1) Develop a system capable of measuring current and voltage performance for each membrane in a Polymer Electrolyte Membranes (PEM) fuel cell stack and record the performance of each individual cell; (2) Develop a single cell PEM FC to allow in situ synchrotron x-ray measurements of the cell in operation and to perform spatially resolved x-ray measurements on fuel cell elements before and after degradation; and (3) Perform initial magnetic resonance microimaging experiments on membrane materials. The Montana State University PEM Membrane Degradation program is geared towards determining how and why membranes in fuel cells degrade and fail. By monitoring every individual membrane in a fuel cell 2000 times/sec while the cell is subjected to real-world type use, we hope to: (1) cause the types of degradation users see, but in a controlled environment; (2) determine an electrical signature that will identify what causes failure, or at least warns of impending failure; (3) allows us to perform advanced x-ray and MRI characterization of the degraded membranes to provide information that may result in improvements of the membrane material; and (4) perhaps allow design of electronic control systems that will prevent fuel cells from operating under conditions where damage is likely to occur.

  15. 下腰椎前方三维CT血管造影重建及其意义%3D-CT angiography of anterior vessels and their circumferential structure at lower lumbar vertebraes

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    康忠山; 王文军; 曹琼钦; 朱一平; 晏怡果

    2009-01-01

    目的:观察下腰椎前方血管走行特点,为下腰椎前路椎间融合术,特别是腹腔镜下微创手术提供解剖学依据.方法:对60例(男女各30例)患下腰椎疾病需行前路手术治疗的患者行下腰椎三维CT血管造影(3D-CTA),观察下腰椎前方血管在椎体前的走行,测量与腰椎前方血管位置相关的解剖学参数.结果:三维CT重建图像发现腹主动脉分叉点变异较多,髂总静脉汇合点相对恒定;腹主动脉分叉点到L5椎体下缘的距离男性平均39.1mm,女性平均37.4mm;髂总静脉汇合点到L5椎体下缘的距离男性平均27.1mm,女性平均25.9mm;L5/S1椎间隙手术窗大小男性平均36.7mm,女性平均34.6mm;腹主动脉分叉角男性平均56.3°,女性平均58.9°;髂总静脉汇合角男性平均63.1°,女性平均65.7°;右髂总动脉与左髂总静脉夹角男性平均53.6°,女性平均57.3°.结论:下腰椎前方血管解剖位置具有多变性,以腹主动脉分叉点为甚,术前行腰椎3D-CTA检查能明确血管解剖,为手术尤其是腹腔镜下微创手术提供安全保障.%Objective:To morphoiogize the vascular configuration anteriorly to lower lumbar vertebraes and their circumferential structure,and to provide the anatomic data for anterior lumbar spine inter-body fusion es-pecially for minimal invasive surgery under laparescopy.Method:60 cases(30 cases for each sex) neccessitat-ing ALIF underwent three dimensional computed tomographic angiography(3D-CTA) anteriorly to lower lumbar vertebraes,the orientation and distribution of vessels anteriorly to lower lumbar vertebraes were depicted and the anatomic parameters with respect to vessels and their circumferential were recorded either.Result:The bi-furcation level of the ventral aorta varied significantly under 3D-CTA imaging while the confluence level of the common iliac vein was constant.The distance from the bifurcation of ventral aorta to the top of L5/S1 disc averaged 39.1mm in male and 37.4mm in

  16. Hydrocarbon degradation, plant colonization and gene expression of alkane degradation genes by endophytic Enterobacter ludwigii strains

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    The genus Enterobacter comprises a range of beneficial plant-associated bacteria showing plant growth promotion. Enterobacter ludwigii belongs to the Enterobacter cloacae complex and has been reported to include human pathogens but also plant-associated strains with plant beneficial capacities. To assess the role of Enterobacter endophytes in hydrocarbon degradation, plant colonization, abundance and expression of CYP153 genes in different plant compartments, three plant species (Italian ryegrass, birdsfoot trefoil and alfalfa) were grown in sterile soil spiked with 1% diesel and inoculated with three endophytic E. ludwigii strains. Results showed that all strains were capable of hydrocarbon degradation and efficiently colonized the rhizosphere and plant interior. Two strains, ISI10-3 and BRI10-9, showed highest degradation rates of diesel fuel up to 68% and performed best in combination with Italian ryegrass and alfalfa. All strains expressed the CYP153 gene in all plant compartments, indicating an active role in degradation of diesel in association with plants. - Highlights: → E. ludwigii strains efficiently colonized plants in a non-sterile soil environment. → E. ludwigii strains efficiently expressed alkane degradation genes in plants. → E. ludwigii efficiently degraded alkane contaminations and promoted plant growth. → E. ludwigii interacted more effectively with Italian ryegrass than with other plants. → Degradation activity varied with plant and microbial genotype as well as with time. - Enterobacter ludwigii strains belonging to the E. cloacae complex are able to efficiently degrade alkanes when associated with plants and to promote plant growth.

  17. Hydrocarbon degradation, plant colonization and gene expression of alkane degradation genes by endophytic Enterobacter ludwigii strains

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    Yousaf, Sohail [AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Bioresources Unit, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria); Afzal, Muhammad [AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Bioresources Unit, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria); National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad (Pakistan); Reichenauer, Thomas G. [AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Environmental Resources and Technologies Unit, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria); Brady, Carrie L. [Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa); Sessitsch, Angela, E-mail: angela.sessitsch@ait.ac.at [AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Bioresources Unit, A-2444 Seibersdorf (Austria)

    2011-10-15

    The genus Enterobacter comprises a range of beneficial plant-associated bacteria showing plant growth promotion. Enterobacter ludwigii belongs to the Enterobacter cloacae complex and has been reported to include human pathogens but also plant-associated strains with plant beneficial capacities. To assess the role of Enterobacter endophytes in hydrocarbon degradation, plant colonization, abundance and expression of CYP153 genes in different plant compartments, three plant species (Italian ryegrass, birdsfoot trefoil and alfalfa) were grown in sterile soil spiked with 1% diesel and inoculated with three endophytic E. ludwigii strains. Results showed that all strains were capable of hydrocarbon degradation and efficiently colonized the rhizosphere and plant interior. Two strains, ISI10-3 and BRI10-9, showed highest degradation rates of diesel fuel up to 68% and performed best in combination with Italian ryegrass and alfalfa. All strains expressed the CYP153 gene in all plant compartments, indicating an active role in degradation of diesel in association with plants. - Highlights: > E. ludwigii strains efficiently colonized plants in a non-sterile soil environment. > E. ludwigii strains efficiently expressed alkane degradation genes in plants. > E. ludwigii efficiently degraded alkane contaminations and promoted plant growth. > E. ludwigii interacted more effectively with Italian ryegrass than with other plants. > Degradation activity varied with plant and microbial genotype as well as with time. - Enterobacter ludwigii strains belonging to the E. cloacae complex are able to efficiently degrade alkanes when associated with plants and to promote plant growth.

  18. Dryland degradation: Measurement and effects on ecosystems

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    Noojipady, P.; Prince, S. D.; Rishmawi, K.

    2012-12-01

    Land degradation is frequently described as a global crisis, affecting large areas globally and large numbers of people. Nevertheless, the location and severity of degradation globally with a resolution relevant to human activities is unknown. Beyond the direct stress of degradation on human livelihoods, there are important effects on the physical and biological environment. Examples include loss of potential primary production, changes in the surface water and energy balances, erosion, sediment transport and lofting of dust aerosols. Globally , degradation is mainly associated with drylands, such as the US dustbowl of the 1930s and, supposedly, ongoing loss of crop and livestock production in desert margins on all continents. The alarm over loss of land to deserts, particularly early 1980s in the African Sahel, led to the adoption of the term "desertification". Such degradation is said to have two components; a physical environment that reduces productivity; and human land use that exceeds the resilience of the land. Ecological theory suggests that land can exist in multiple stable states with transitions between them. Some experimental evidence suggests that one such state is degradation from which there can be no recovery. Clearly the occurrence of such stable degradation, where land is unable to recover when the physical conditions such as rainfall and human land use are ameliorated, is of theoretical and practical importance. The aim of this work is to contribute to the resolution of two issues: (i) are there significant areas in which land has been degraded by human actions and, (ii), have any of these areas entered a stable degraded state? Detection of the human component necessarily requires control of the physical component of degradation. We have developed a technique to detect areas that are at their potential production and to assess other areas relative to these. Satellite measurements of vegetation indices are used as a surrogate for Net Primary

  19. Physicochemical aspects of strontium ferrite cobaltite degradation

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    Solid solutions SrFexCo1-xOz (x=0.0; 0.2; 0.4; 0.6; 0.8; 1.0) resulting from solid phase synthesis in air from nitrates and annealing sequentially at 1100, 1200 and 1250 Deg C were investigated by the methods of X-ray diffraction and thermal gravimetric analyses. Oxygen non-stoichiometry of synthesized samples is determined by the method of iodometry titration. It was shown that rising concentration of oxygen vacancies ranked among factors increasing chemical degradation. The assumption was remarked that one more degradation form of obtained compounds - structural degradation, evidently connected with presence of vacancy cluster formation in oxygen sublattice. As a result of occurrence of wild distribution of clusters to sizes, the processes of dissociation and following oxidation in the system are referred rather complicated, dissipative character

  20. Degradation Modelling for Health Monitoring Systems

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    Condition-monitoring plays an increasingly important role for technical processes in order to improve reliability, availability, maintenance and lifetime of equipment. With increasing demands for efficiency and product quality, plus progress in the integration of automatic control systems in high-cost mechatronic and critical safety processes, the field of health monitoring is gaining interest. A similar research field is concerned with an estimation of the remaining useful life. A central question in these fields is the modelling of degradation; degradation is a process of a gradual and irreversible accumulation of damage which will finally result in a failure of the system. This paper is based on a current research project and explores various degradation modelling techniques. These results are explained on the basis of an industrial product – a system for the generation of health status information for pump systems. The result of this fuzzy-logic based system is a single number indicating the current health of a pump system

  1. Degradation of polycarbonate induced by gamma radiation

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    Polycarbonate (PC) DUROLON amorphous, of molecular weight 22000 g/mol is used in medical supplies and may be sterilized by gamma radiation. The main chain scission and polymer degradation occur when this polymer is irradiated. The value G = 1.54 to DUROLON was obtained by equation: 106/M v = 106/M v' + 0.054 G R. The degradation without crosslinking it is not general rule to all types of polycarbonates; an comparison was realized. The infrared (FT-IR) spectra of irradiated PC by gamma rays with different doses showed the main chain scissions in carbonyl groups. The mechanism of polymeric degradation to DUROLON, observed by NMR spectra, is a recombination of phenoxy and phenyl radicals. (author)

  2. Degradation of sulfur dioxide using plasma technology

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    This paper presents the electro-chemical study performed for sulfur dioxide (SO2) treatment using non thermal plasma coupled to a nano structured fluid bed enhancing the toxic gas removal and the adsorption of acids formed during plasma treatment, more of 80% of removal was obtained. Non thermal plasma was ignited by dielectric barrier discharge (Dbd). The research was developed through an analysis of the chemical kinetics of the process and experimental study of degradation; in each experiment the electrical parameters and the influence of carbon nano structures were monitored to establish the optimal conditions of degradation. We compared the theoretical and experimental results to conclude whether the proposed model is correct for degradation. (Author)

  3. Hot carrier injection degradation under dynamic stress

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    Ma Xiao-Hua; Cao Yan-Rong; Hao Yue; Zhang Yue

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we have studied hot carrier injection (HCI) under alternant stress. Under different stress modes, different degradations are obtained from the experiment results. The different alternate stresses can reduce or enhance the HC effect, which mainly depends on the latter condition of the stress cycle. In the stress mode A (DC stress with electron injection), the degradation keeps increasing. In the stress modes B (DC stress and then stress with the smallest gate injection) and C (DC stress and then stress with hole injection under Vg=0V and Vd = 1.8 V), recovery appears in the second stress period. And in the stress mode D (DC stress and then stress with hole injection under Vg = -1.8 V and Vd = 1.8 V), as the traps filled in by holes can be smaller or greater than the generated interface states, the continued degradation or recovery in different stress periods can be obtained.

  4. Alkaline degradation of invert sugar from molasses.

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    Yang, Byung Y; Montgomery, Rex

    2007-11-01

    Sugar beet and sugar cane molasses have been shown to be suitable starting materials for producing de-icer preparations. The sucrose in the molasses is hydrolyzed to glucose and fructose by invertase. The reducing sugars are then degraded by NaOH, the alkali being neutralized by the sugar acids produced, resulting in an increase of the ionic strength and consequently depression of the freezing point of the resulting solution. For the preparation of de-icers, the desired freezing point depression to a temperature of less than about -20 degrees C can be achieved by adjusting the amount and concentration of the alkali metal hydroxide used. The resulting products are biodegradable and eliminate the corrosive effects associated with the use of conventional chloride salts. Degradation of invert sugar by NaOH has been achieved without an external heat source. The reaction products showed the same freezing point depression as seen in the degradation products from pure glucose. PMID:17222551

  5. Degradation Modelling for Health Monitoring Systems

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    Stetter, R.; Witczak, M.

    2014-12-01

    Condition-monitoring plays an increasingly important role for technical processes in order to improve reliability, availability, maintenance and lifetime of equipment. With increasing demands for efficiency and product quality, plus progress in the integration of automatic control systems in high-cost mechatronic and critical safety processes, the field of health monitoring is gaining interest. A similar research field is concerned with an estimation of the remaining useful life. A central question in these fields is the modelling of degradation; degradation is a process of a gradual and irreversible accumulation of damage which will finally result in a failure of the system. This paper is based on a current research project and explores various degradation modelling techniques. These results are explained on the basis of an industrial product - a system for the generation of health status information for pump systems. The result of this fuzzy-logic based system is a single number indicating the current health of a pump system.

  6. Degradation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural during yeast fermentation.

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    Akıllıoglu, Halise Gül; Mogol, Burçe Ataç; Gökmen, Vural

    2011-12-01

    5-Hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) may occur in malt in high quantities depending on roasting conditions. However, the HMF content of different types of beers is relatively low, indicating its potential for degradation during fermentation. This study investigates the degradation kinetics of HMF in wort during fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The results indicated that HMF decreased exponentially as fermentation progressed. The first-order degradation rate of HMF was 0.693 × 10(-2) and 1.397 × 10(-2)min(-1) for wort and sweet wort, respectively, indicating that sugar enhances the activity of yeasts. In wort, HMF was converted into hydroxymethyl furfuryl alcohol by yeasts with a high yield (79-84% conversion). Glucose and fructose were utilised more rapidly by the yeasts in dark roasted malt than in pale malt (pyeast cells, and presence of sugars in the fermentation medium increases this activity. PMID:22010851

  7. Types of Land Degradation in Bhutan

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    Chencho Norbu et al

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available There is a growing global awareness that land degradation isas much a threat to environmental well–being as moreobvious forms of damage, such as air and water pollution (e.g.Greenland & Szalbocs, 1994; Conacher, 2001. Although thesource of land degradation is usually local, its effects oftenstretch for considerable distances from the source site. It canimpact large areas and many people. Governments, NGO’sand community groups therefore have the right and duty tobe concerned, and to intervene and assist where needed.Because of its topography and altitude, Bhutan hasinherently limited resources of productive land. Moreover,the predominantly steep slopes put these resources atparticular risk from some forms of degradation. Landdegradation is therefore an even more serious threat inBhutan than in most places. This is recognised in policy,vision, and review documents, such as the Biodiversity ActionPlan (MOA, 1998, the National Environment Strategy (NEC,1998, and Bhutan 2020.

  8. Degradation of hydrocarbons in arctic areas

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    The scope of this project is to examine the natural degradation of a hydrocarbon contamination by investigating a specific location. The investigated location is a former airfield at Marraq situated on the west coast of Greenland, approx. 90 km south of Nuuk. In Autumn 1942 the US Air force established a diversion airfield called 'Teague Airfield' - under the military code name Bluie West-4. However, the location was abandoned in 1948 and accordingly all facilities and equipment were left behind, among these were a large amount of oil barrels, which mainly contained gas oil. In relation to the present investigation a number of disposal sites were found each containing approx. 50-600 oil barrels of 200 litres each. Through the years these barrels have corroded causing a heavy gas oil contamination several places on the site. This contamination is estimated to have taken place for approx. 40-50 years ago. The contamination is of such a severe character that a heavy smell of oil can be determined on site. Furthermore, vegetation mortality was observed around the barrels in connection to disposal sites situated in places covered by plants. Marraq is a peninsula consisting of coarse fluviatile deposits. The geology is relatively homogeneous without permafrost, which combined with a range of local defined contaminations, provide a unique possibility to assess the controlling environmental factors of natural degradation of oil contamination in the Arctic. A conservative estimate of the complete amount of gas oil which has contaminated the location is estimated to approx. 120,000 litres or more. The investigation showed that the extent of the oil degradation was different at the individual deposit sites. Roughly estimated the contamination is degraded on the order of 15 to twice the original oil amount. Assumable the contamination has been degraded due to the weathering process (evaporation and wash-out) and microbial degradation. Complex processes are involved depending

  9. Degradation Parameters from Pulse-Chase Experiments

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    Sin, Celine; Chiarugi, Davide; Valleriani, Angelo

    2016-01-01

    Pulse-chase experiments are often used to study the degradation of macromolecules such as proteins or mRNA. Considerations for the choice of pulse length include the toxicity of the pulse to the cell and maximization of labeling. In the general case of non-exponential decay, varying the length of the pulse results in decay patterns that look different. Analysis of these patterns without consideration to pulse length would yield incorrect degradation parameters. Here we propose a method that constructively includes pulse length in the analysis of decay patterns and extracts the parameters of the underlying degradation process. We also show how to extract decay parameters reliably from measurements taken during the pulse phase. PMID:27182698

  10. Anaerobic lipid degradation through acidification and methanization.

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    Kim, Ijung; Kim, Sang-Hyoun; Shin, Hang-Sik; Jung, Jin-Young

    2010-01-01

    In biological wastewater treatment high lipid concentration is known to inhibit microorganisms and cause active biomass flotation. To reduce lipid inhibition, a two-phase anaerobic system, consisting of an anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) and an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor, was applied to synthetic dairy wastewater. During 153 days of operation, the two-phase system showed stable performance in lipid degradation. In the ASBR, a 13% lipid removal efficiency and 10% double bond removal efficiency were maintained. In the UASB, the chemical oxygen demand (COD), lipid and volatile fatty acid (VFA) removal efficiencies were more than 80%, 70% and 95%, respectively, up to organic loading rate 6.5 g COD/L/day. There were no operational problems such as serious scum formation or sludge washout. Protein degradation occurred prior to degradation during acidogenesis. PMID:20134250

  11. Polymer scaffold degradation control via chemical control

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    Hedberg-Dirk, Elizabeth L.; Dirk, Shawn; Cicotte, Kirsten

    2016-01-05

    A variety of polymers and copolymers suitable for use as biologically compatible constructs and, as a non-limiting specific example, in the formation of degradable tissue scaffolds as well methods for synthesizing these polymers and copolymers are described. The polymers and copolymers have degradation rates that are substantially faster than those of previously described polymers suitable for the same uses. Copolymers having a synthesis route which enables one to fine tune the degradation rate by selecting the specific stoichiometry of the monomers in the resulting copolymer are also described. The disclosure also provides a novel synthesis route for maleoyl chloride which yields monomers suitable for use in the copolymer synthesis methods described herein.

  12. Protein misfolding and degradation in genetic diseases

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    Bross, P; Corydon, T J; Andresen, B S;

    1999-01-01

    Investigations of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, phenylketonuria, mitochondrial acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiencies, and many others have shown that enhanced proteolytic degradation of mutant proteins is a common molecular pathological mechanism. Detailed...... studies of the fate of mutant proteins in some of these diseases have revealed that impaired or aberrant folding of mutant polypeptides typically results in prolonged interaction with molecular chaperones and degradation by intracellular proteases before the functional conformation is acquired. This...... appears to be the case for many missense mutations and short in-frame deletions or insertions that represent a major fraction of the mutations detected in genetic diseases. In some diseases, or under some circumstances, the degradation system is not efficient. Instead, aberrant folding leads to...

  13. Core degradation and fission product release

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    Experiments on core degradation and melt progression in severe LWR accidents have provided reasonable understanding of the principal processes involved in the early phase of melt progression that extends through core degradation and metallic material melting and relocation. A general but not a quantitative understanding of late phase melt progression that involves ceramic material melting and relocation has also been obtained, primarily from the TMI-2 core examination. A summary is given of the current state of knowledge on core degradation and melt progression obtained from these integral experiments and of the principal remaining significant uncertainties. A summary is also given of the principal results on in-vessel fission product release obtained from these experiments. (author). 8 refs, 5 figs, 3 tabs

  14. Stabilization of degradable wastes by anaerobic process

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    Within the framework of a modern waste management concept, separate collection and recycling of garden wastes and degradable wastes from households and trade are indispensable and correspond to a principle enshrined in law. The ''bion-stab'' technique is a closed-cycle process for anaerobic stabilization of degradable wastes which causes few emissions and is thus extremely environmentally friendly. Latent energy contained in degradable waste is liberated by this process. This energy is environmentally friendly, as the cycle process involves the release of bonded CO2 only for a short period of time. Thus it contributes, along with the high economic efficiency of the plant, to a positive overall result both in terms of energy and with regard to environmental problems. (orig.)

  15. Synchrotron Investigations of SOFC Cathode Degradation

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    Idzerda, Yves

    2013-09-30

    The atomic variations occurring in cathode/electrolyte interface regions of La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}O{sub 3-δ} (LSCF) cathodes and other SOFC related materials have been investigated and characterized using soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and diffuse soft X-ray Resonant Scattering (XRS). X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy in the soft X-ray region (soft XAS) is shown to be a sensitive technique to quantify the disruption that occurs and can be used to suggest a concrete mechanism for the degradation. For LSC, LSF, and LSCF films, a significant degradation mechanism is shown to be Sr out-diffusion. By using the XAS spectra of hexavalent Cr in SrCrO4 and trivalent Cr in Cr2O3, the driving factor for Sr segregation was identified to be the oxygen vacancy concentration at the anode and cathode side of of symmetric LSCF/GDC/LSCF heterostructures. This is direct evidence of vacancy induced cation diffusion and is shown to be a significant indicator of cathode/electrolyte interfacial degradation. X-ray absorption spectroscopy is used to identify the occupation of the A-sites and B-sites for LSC, LSF, and LSCF cathodes doped with other transition metals, including doping induced migration of Sr to the anti-site for Sr, a significant cathode degradation indicator. By using spatially resolved valence mapping of Co, a complete picture of the surface electrochemistry can be determined. This is especially important in identifying degradation phenomena where the degradation is spatially localized to the extremities of the electrochemistry and not the average. For samples that have electrochemical parameters that are measured to be spatially uniform, the Co valence modifications were correlated to the effects of current density, overpotential, and humidity.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and degradation of some polyamines

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    The present assignment deals with the synthesis, characterization and thermal degradation of poly-tertiary butyl aziridine (PTBA) and its copolymers with PMMA. Macro monomer of MMA and TBA was synthesised, its polymerisation and degradation studies were also conducted. Chapter one describes the major synthetic modes and the degradative processes in polymers and the ways and means to retard the degradation are also discussed. Chapter two includes the details of analytical and thermo analytical techniques used in the present research. Chapter three describes the methods employed for purification of chemicals, experimental details and data for the synthesis of monomers and polymers, characterization methodologies and isolation techniques. Chapter four includes the characterization of poly-tertiary butyl aziridine (PTBA) which was synthesised through cationic ring opening polymerization. Significant feature being the production of oligomers in bulk quantity which were collected as cold ring fraction. The mechanisms were proposed for the degradation products. Bifunctional anionic polymerisation of MMA to the desired molecular weight, end capping it with carbon disulfide, and block copolymer synthesis of PMMA with 'living' PTBA is included in chapter five. Chapter six includes the details of the modification procedure adopted for PMMA to generate desirable 'sites' on the polymer. Living PTBA segment were later grafted onto those sites to yield PMMA-g-PTBA. The TG, TVA and SATVA shows that the copolymer is quite stable and the degradation products are almost evenly distributed in liquid and cold ring fraction with very little condensable volatile fraction. In the final chapter the details of synthesis of a new monomer N-methyl-N-tert.butyl-amino ethyl-methacrylate (MTBAEM) are given. The polymerisation and characterization of the MTBAEM is discussed in details. Thermal analysis through TG, TVA and SATVA was conducted, the major fraction was collected at the cold ring

  17. Photo catalytic degradation of m-cresol

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    The degradation of m-cresol was studied, a persistent organic compound that is consider a pollutant of residual water. There for a photo catalysis system was used, which consists in a glass reactor where is placed an aqueous solution of m-cresol and a semiconductor is added, in this case, titanium oxide. The solutions were irradiated with ultraviolet light and the surplus m-cresol was measured by UV vis spectrometry. The results indicate that the m-cresol is degraded until a 40% after 5 hours of irradiation in such conditions. (Author)

  18. DSNF AND OTHER WASTE FORM DEGRADATION ABSTRACTION

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    Several hundred distinct types of DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF) may potentially be disposed in the Yucca Mountain repository. These fuel types represent many more types than can be viably individually examined for their effect on the Total System Performance Assessment for the License Application (TSPA-LA). Additionally, for most of these fuel types, there is no known direct experimental test data for the degradation and dissolution of the waste form in repository groundwaters. The approach used in the TSPA-LA model is, therefore, to assess available information on each of 11 groups of DSNF, and to identify a model that can be used in the TSPA-LA model without differentiating between individual codisposal waste packages containing different DSNF types. The purpose of this report is to examine the available data and information concerning the dissolution kinetics of DSNF matrices for the purpose of abstracting a degradation model suitable for use in describing degradation of the DSNF inventory in the Total System Performance Assessment for the License Application. The data and information and associated degradation models were examined for the following types of DSNF: Group 1--Naval spent nuclear fuel; Group 2--Plutonium/uranium alloy (Fermi 1 SNF); Group 3--Plutonium/uranium carbide (Fast Flux Test Facility-Test Fuel Assembly SNF); Group 4--Mixed oxide and plutonium oxide (Fast Flux Test Facility-Demonstration Fuel Assembly/Fast Flux Test Facility-Test Demonstration Fuel Assembly SNF); Group 5--Thorium/uranium carbide (Fort St. Vrain SNF); Group 6--Thorium/uranium oxide (Shippingport light water breeder reactor SNF); Group 7--Uranium metal (N Reactor SNF); Group 8--Uranium oxide (Three Mile Island-2 core debris); Group 9--Aluminum-based SNF (Foreign Research Reactor SNF); Group 10--Miscellaneous Fuel; and Group 11--Uranium-zirconium hydride (Training Research Isotopes-General Atomics SNF). The analyses contained in this document provide an ''upper-limit'' (i

  19. Soil degradation: Its aspects and modelling

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    Elgubshawi, Abdelmoneim A. I.

    2009-01-01

    The study was carried out at Abujubeha area (10? 52 48.17 ‐11? 23 08.79 N and 30? 00 05.99 ‐ 31? 28 04.91’ E) in Northeast Nuba Mountain, South Kordofan region, Sudan. In order to investigate the soil degradation aspects in the study area, its causal, rate per time and mapping; the remote sensing and GIS technologies were used beside the routine soil survey and laboratory analyses. Quantitative information on soils degradation and vegetation cover changes was acquired. Using multi‐spectral sa...

  20. IMPORTANT DEGRADATIONS IN POLYETHYLENE TERAPHTALATE EXTRUSION PROCESS

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    Şule ALTUN

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyethylene terephthalate (PET is one of the most used thermo-plastic polymers. The total consumption of PET has been about 30 million tons in the year 2000. Polyester fibers constitute about 60 % of total synthetic fibers consumption. During extrusion, PET polymer is faced to thermal, thermo-oxidative and hydrolytic degradation, which result in severe reduction in its molecular weight, thereby adversely affecting its subsequent melt processability. Therefore, it is essential to understand degradation processes of PET during melt extrusion.

  1. A Theoretical Model for Metal Corrosion Degradation

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    David V. Svintradze

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Many aluminum and stainless steel alloys contain thin oxide layers on the metal surface which greatly reduce the corrosion rate. Pitting corrosion, a result of localized breakdown of such films, results in accelerated dissolution of the underlying metal through pits. Many researchers have studied pitting corrosion for several decades and the exact governing equation for corrosion pit degradation has not been obtained. In this study, the governing equation for corrosion degradation due to pitting corrosion behavior was derived from solid-state physics and some solutions and simulations are presented and discussed.

  2. Q degradations in superconducting niobium cavities

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    In the past year, several laboratories around the world have observed degradations of the Q value of superconducting niobium cavities made from high thermal conductivity niobium under certain cooldown conditions. Especially under slow cooldown or warmup to temperatures < 200 K of larger systems severe degradations have been reported. A systematic study of the influence of the cooldown speed, warmup conditions, multiple cooldowns and chemical surface treatment on cavity performance of cavities manufactured from niobium of different purity has been conducted. Possible cures such as anodic oxidation are being explored and results of these investigations are reported

  3. Quality of OCR for Degraded Text Images

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    Hartley, Roger T; Crumpton, Kathleen

    1999-01-01

    Commercial OCR packages work best with high-quality scanned images. They often produce poor results when the image is degraded, either because the original itself was poor quality, or because of excessive photocopying. The ability to predict the word failure rate of OCR from a statistical analysis of the image can help in making decisions in the trade-off between the success rate of OCR and the cost of human correction of errors. This paper describes an investigation of OCR of degraded text i...

  4. Radiation degradation in organic ion exchange resins

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    The EPICOR-2 Resin/Liner Investigation: Low-Level Waste Data Base Development Program, funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, studied the degradation effects in EPICOR-II organic ion exchange resins caused by internal radiation. Results of the third sampling analysis of ion exchange resins from prefilters PF-8 and PF-20 are compared with baseline data from tests performed on unirradiated resins and with results from the first and second samplings to determine if degradation has occurred because of the high internal radiation dose. Those results are also compared to findings of other researchers

  5. Anthocyanins degradation during storage of Hibiscus sabdariffa extract and evolution of its degradation products.

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    Sinela, André; Rawat, Nadirah; Mertz, Christian; Achir, Nawel; Fulcrand, Hélène; Dornier, Manuel

    2017-01-01

    Degradation parameters of two main anthocyanins from roselle extract (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) stored at different temperatures (4-37°C) over 60days were determined. Anthocyanins and some of their degradation products were monitored and quantified using HPLC-MS and DAD. Degradation of anthocyanins followed first-order kinetics and reaction rate constants (k values), which were obtained by non-linear regression, showed that the degradation rate of delphinidin 3-O-sambubioside was higher than that of cyanidin 3-O-sambubioside with k values of 9.2·10(-7)s(-1) and 8.4·10(-7)s(-1) at 37°C respectively. The temperature dependence of the rate of anthocyanin degradation was modeled by the Arrhenius equation. Degradation of delphinidin 3-O-sambubioside (Ea=90kJmol(-1)) tended to be significantly more sensitive to an increase in temperature than cyanidin 3-O-sambubioside (Ea=80kJmol(-1)). Degradation of these anthocyanins formed scission products (gallic and protocatechuic acids respectively) and was accompanied by an increase in polymeric color index. PMID:27507471

  6. Land degradation is indicative: proxies of forest land degradation in Ghana

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    K. Peprah

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available : How is land degradation measured? The aim of the paper is to address this research question. At the premise, the paper states that land degradation as one of the truth claims of environmental science, is not directly monitored and detectable. Observers rely on indicators to know land degradation. The issues are illuminated by theoretical reference based on the notion of critical political ecology which tries to combine realist biophysical predictions and socio-political constructions. A methodology which mixes literature review, group discussion and field work produces a set of indicators of land degradation. Indigenous farmers used the indicators to spot land degradation in the forest ecosystem of Ghana. The results reveal physical indicators of iron pan formation in farms, uphill and downhill respective lost and gain of soil fertility, roots and building foundations exposed by soil erosion and river channels that do not carry running water even in the raining season. There are biological indicators of invasive species and termite infestations as well as socioeconomic indicators of poverty implicitly taken as indicators of land degradation. The paper concludes that land degradation includes multifaceted set of processes measured by variable and error-filled indicators operating at various spatial, temporal, economic and cultural scales.

  7. The identification and degradation of isosaccharinic acid, a cellulose degradation product

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    Nirex is seeking to develop a deep underground repository for the disposal of solid intermediate-level and low-level radioactive wastes (ILW and LLW) in the UK. One possible influence on the behavior of radionuclides is the formation of water-soluble complexants by the degradation of the solid organic polymers that will be present in the wastes. The degradation products of cellulose have been shown to increase the solubility of plutonium and other radionuclides and to reduce sorption onto near-field and far-field materials. Degradation of cellulose under anaerobic alkaline conditions produces a range of organic acids. In this paper 2-C-(hydroxymethyl)-3-deoxy-D-pentonic acid (isosaccharinic acid, ISA) is identified by High Performance Liquid Chromatography as a significant component of cellulose leachates. A combination of fractionation of cellulose leachates and plutonium solubility determinations shows that ISA is responsible for the majority of the enhancement of plutonium solubility observed in such leachates. Further degradation of ISA by chemical or microbial action may lessen the effect of degraded cellulose leachates. Experiment studies on the chemical degradation of this compound under alkaline conditions suggest that the presence of oxygen is required. Microbial degradation studies show that the plutonium solubility in solutions of ISA is reduced by their exposure to microbial action

  8. Isolation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)-degrading Mycobacterium spp. and the degradation in soil.

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    Zeng, Jun; Lin, Xiangui; Zhang, Jing; Li, Xuanzhen

    2010-11-15

    The goal of this study was to isolate PAHs degraders that can utilize PAHs associated with soil particulates and investigate the biodegradation of PAHs on agar plate, in liquid culture and soil. Two Mycobacterium strains (NJS-1 and NJS-P) were isolated from PAHs-contaminated farmland soil using enrichment based on soil slurry. The isolates could degrade five test PAHs including pyrene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, anthracene and benzo[a]pyrene on plate, but showed different effects in liquid culture, especially for fluoranthene. Isolate NJS-1 was capable of utilizing benzo[a]pyrene as a sole carbon and energy source, and an enhanced degradation was observed when pyrene was supplied as cometabolic substrate. Reintroduction of the isolates into sterile contaminated soil resulted in a significant removal of aged pyrene and fluoranthene (over 40%) in 2-months incubation. In pyrene-spiked soil, the degradation of pyrene and fluoranthene increased to 90% and 50%, respectively. Comparing PAHs degradation on plate, in liquid culture and soil, we can conclude that there was corresponding degradation in different test systems. In addition, the degradation of aged PAHs in soil suggested the potential application of two isolates in further bioremediation. PMID:20724073

  9. Geotrichum capitatum, a new isolate degrading phenol

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    Anna Grabińska-Łoniewska

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Geotrichum capitatum strain GID2, highly active in degradation of phenol was isolated from the biocenosis of rotating discs reactor treating petrochemical wastes. It was also able to utilize ethanol, glycerol, acetate, citrate and p-, m-cresoles as sole C-sources.

  10. Assessment of land degradation using NASA GIMMS

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    Dent, D.L.; Bai, Z.G.

    2008-01-01

    Biomass is an integrated measure of productivity; its deviance from the norm may indicate land degradation or improvement. Biomass can be assessed by the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) derived from satellite data. Non11S may be established according to climate, soils and tenain and la

  11. Trichloroethylene degradation by subsurface microbial communities

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    This paper analyzes some of the monitoring data, the effects of methane dosing on methanotrophic populations, and the trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation potentials of the microbial communities from an in situ bioremediation demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Technology Development, Westinghouse Savannah River Site (WSRS). A series of treatments were delivered into a lower horizontal well coupled with vacuum extraction from a vadose zone horizontal well to stimulate TCE-degrading microorganisms. A control phase without treatment was followed by air injection, injection of 1% methane in air, 4% methane in air, pulsed methane and air injection, and continuous addition of triethyl phosphate and nitrous oxide in air with pulsed additions of methane and air. Microbial monitoring was utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness of bioremediation and to optimize the treatment regimes and continued for a few months after termination of all treatments. Examination of the methane present in specific wells indicated that methanotrophic populations responded to methane delivery, whereas TCE degradation capacity was not as directly tied to the methane availability. Other factors such as nitrate and phosphate availability apparently played a crucial role in the TCE degradation activity

  12. Overview of Field Experience - Degradation Rates & Lifetimes

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    Jordan, Dirk; Kurtz, Sarah

    2015-09-14

    The way a PV module fails may depend not only on its design and the materials used in its construction, but also on the weather it experiences, the way it is mounted, and the quality control during its manufacture. This presentation gives an overview of Field Experience - what degradation rates and what lifetimes are being observed in various regions.

  13. Microwave-assisted degradation of plastics

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    Beneš, Hynek; Gawelczyk, Alexandra; Horák, Pavel; Rais, David; Kruliš, Zdeněk

    Iasi : "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 2014. s. 6-7. [CEEPN Workshop on Polymer Science /2./. 24.10.2014-25.10.2014, Iasi] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI4/133 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : microwave * plastics * degradation Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  14. Digestion and degradation, air for life

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    Lettinga, G.

    2001-01-01

    Anaerobic degradation of dead biomass is a natural gasification process, an anaerobic crematorium producing a very useful end-product composed of methane and carbon dioxide, generally polluted with small amounts of some malodorous and quite toxic volatile S-compounds. It leads to the production of e

  15. On an orthotropic model for progressive degradation

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    Hammer, Velaja B.; Pedersen, Pauli

    1999-01-01

    Progressive degradation in orthotropic materials is modelled from a smear-out point of view, and physical measurable quantities are used as the describing parameters. Evolution of stiffness and evolution of strength are kept uncoupled. For plane problems the stiffness evolution is modelled by the...

  16. Analysis of thermally-degrading, confined HMX

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    Hobbs, M.L.; Schmitt, R.G.; Renlund, A.M.

    1996-12-01

    The response of a thermally-degrading, confined HMX pellet is analyzed using a Reactive Elastic-Plastic (REP) constitutive model which is founded on the collapse and growth of internal inclusions resulting from physical and chemical processes such as forced displacement, thermal expansion, and/or decomposition. Axial stress predictions compare adequately to data. Deficiencies in the model and future directions are discussed.

  17. Anaerobic degradation of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate

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    Mogensen, Anders Skibsted; Haagensen, Frank; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    2003-01-01

    increases during anaerobic stabilization due to transformation of easily degradable organic matter. Hence, LAS is regarded as resistant to biodegradation under anaerobic conditions. We present data from a lab-scale semi-continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) spiked with linear dodecylbenzene sulfonate (C...

  18. Degradation of chitosan for rice crops application

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    A variety of techniques including chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis, and radiation degradation processes can be used to prepare low molecular weight chitosan. Degradation of chitosan by radiation can be carried out in solid state and liquid state. Radiation degraded polysaccharides has been reported to exhibit growth-stimulating activity like phytohormones that induce the promotion in germination, shoot and root elongation in variety of plants. In this study, the chitosan was irradiated in solid state (powder form) by gamma rays within the dose range of 25-75 kGy. And the irradiated chitosan was then irradiated in solution form in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The effects of irradiation on the molecular weight and viscosity of the chitosan were investigated using Ubbelohde Capillary Viscometer. The molecular weight and viscosity of the chitosan decreased with increment of absorbed doses. In the presence of hydrogen peroxide, the molecular weight of chitosan could be further decreased. The effect of radiation degraded chitosan on the growth promotion of rice was investigated and it was shown during seedling period of 15 days for transplanting whereby the growth is 15%-20% faster than using chemicals growth promoters. (authors)

  19. Modeling Degradation in Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells

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    Manohar S. Sohal; Anil V. Virkar; Sergey N. Rashkeev; Michael V. Glazoff

    2010-09-01

    Idaho National Laboratory has an ongoing project to generate hydrogen from steam using solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs). To accomplish this, technical and degradation issues associated with the SOECs will need to be addressed. This report covers various approaches being pursued to model degradation issues in SOECs. An electrochemical model for degradation of SOECs is presented. The model is based on concepts in local thermodynamic equilibrium in systems otherwise in global thermodynamic no equilibrium. It is shown that electronic conduction through the electrolyte, however small, must be taken into account for determining local oxygen chemical potential, , within the electrolyte. The within the electrolyte may lie out of bounds in relation to values at the electrodes in the electrolyzer mode. Under certain conditions, high pressures can develop in the electrolyte just near the oxygen electrode/electrolyte interface, leading to oxygen electrode delamination. These predictions are in accordance with the reported literature on the subject. Development of high pressures may be avoided by introducing some electronic conduction in the electrolyte. By combining equilibrium thermodynamics, no equilibrium (diffusion) modeling, and first-principles, atomic scale calculations were performed to understand the degradation mechanisms and provide practical recommendations on how to inhibit and/or completely mitigate them.

  20. A constitutive law for degrading bioresorbable polymers.

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    Samami, Hassan; Pan, Jingzhe

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a constitutive law that predicts the changes in elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio and ultimate tensile strength of bioresorbable polymers due to biodegradation. During biodegradation, long polymer chains are cleaved by hydrolysis reaction. For semi-crystalline polymers, the chain scissions also lead to crystallisation. Treating each scission as a cavity and each new crystal as a solid inclusion, a degrading semi-crystalline polymer can be modelled as a continuum solid containing randomly distributed cavities and crystal inclusions. The effective elastic properties of a degrading polymer are calculated using existing theories for such solid and the tensile strength of the degrading polymer is predicted using scaling relations that were developed for porous materials. The theoretical model for elastic properties and the scaling law for strength form a complete constitutive relation for the degrading polymers. It is shown that the constitutive law can capture the trend of the experimental data in the literature for a range of biodegradable polymers fairly well. PMID:26971070

  1. Waveguide sensor for detection of HNS degradation

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    Alam, M. Kathleen; Martin, Laura; Beechem, Thomas E.; Schmitt, Randal L.; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.

    2009-08-01

    Hexanitrostilbene (HNS) is a secondary explosive widely used in a variety of commercial and military applications, due in part to its high heat resistivity. Degradation of HNS is known to occur through exposure to a variety of sources including heat, UV radiation, and certain chemical compounds, all of which may lead to reduced performance. Detecting the degradation of HNS within a device, however, has required destructive analyses of the entire device while probing the HNS in only an indirect fashion. Specifically, the common methods of investigating this degradation include wet chemical, surface area and performance testing of the devices incorporating HNS rather than a direct interrogation of the material itself. For example, chemical tests frequently utilized, such as volatility, conductivity, and contaminant trapping, provide information on contaminants present in the system rather than the chemical stability of the HNS. To instead probe the material directly, we have pursued the use of optical methods, in particular infrared (IR) spectroscopy, in order to assess changes within the HNS itself. In addition, by successfully implementing miniature silicon (Si) waveguides fabricated at Sandia National Laboratories to facilitate this spectroscopic approach, we have demonstrated that HNS degradation monitoring may take place in a non-destructive, in-situ fashion. Furthermore, as these waveguides may be manufactured in a variety of configurations, this direct, non-destructive, approach holds promise for incorporation into a variety of devices.

  2. Soil degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Hartemink, A.E.; Keulen, van H.

    2005-01-01

    Soil degradation in Sub-Sahara Africa has been much debated in the past decades. Although there are many different views, at the extremes there are those who are of the opinion that the problem is very serious and the main cause for the poverty and food crises and those that are convinced that it is

  3. Degradation of apple fruit xyloglucan by endoglucanase.

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    Vincken, J.P.; Beldman, G.; Niessen, W.M.A.; Voragen, A.G.J.

    1996-01-01

    A purified, alkali-extractable apple fruit xyloglucan (APfxg) was treated by endoglucanase (endoIV) from Trichoderma viride. The degradation products were fractionated by size-exclusion chromatography on BioGel P-2; the pentamer to dodecamer fractions were further fractionated by semi-preparative hi

  4. Application of radiation degraded carbohydrates for plants

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    Radiation degraded carbohydrates such as chitosan, sodium alginate, carageenan, cellulose, pectin, etc. were applied for plant cultivation. Chitosan (poly-β -D-glucosamine) was easily degraded by irradiation and induced various kinds of biological activities such as anti-microbacterial activity, promotion of plant growth, suppression of heavy metal stress on plants, phytoalexins induction, etc. Pectic fragments obtained from degraded pectin also induced the phytoalexins such as glyceollins in soybean and pisafin in pea. The irradiated chitosan shows the higher elicitor activity for pisafin than that of pectin. For the plant growth promotion, alginate derived from brown marine algae, chitosan and ligno-cellulosic extracts show a strong activity. The hot water and ethanol extracts from EFB and sugar cane bagasse were increased by irradiation. These extracts promoted the growth of plants and suppressed the damage on barley with salt and Zn stress. The results show that the degraded polysaccharides by radiation have the potential to induce various biological activities and the products can be use for agricultural and medical fields

  5. Compartmentalization of TNT degradation products in plants

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    Nepovím, Aleš; Podlipná, Radka; Soudek, Petr; Gerth, A.; Smrček, S.; Vaněk, Tomáš

    Greenwich: University of Greenwich, 2004, s. 30. [COST Action 859. Phytotechnologies to promote sustainable land use and improve food safety . Greenwich (GB), 11.11.2004-13.11.2004] R&D Projects: GA ČR GP206/02/P065 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4055905 Keywords : TNT degradation products * compartmentalization * plants Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  6. DSNF and other waste form degradation abstraction

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    Thornton, Thomas A.

    2000-12-20

    The purpose of this analysis/model report (AMR) is to select and/or abstract conservative degradation models for DOE-(US. Department of Energy) owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF) and the immobilized ceramic plutonium (Pu) disposition waste forms for application in the proposed monitored geologic repository (MGR) postclosure Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA). Application of the degradation models abstracted herein for purposes other than TSPA should take into consideration the fact that they are, in general, very conservative. Using these models, the forward reaction rate for the mobilization of radionuclides, as solutes or colloids, away from the waste fondwater interface by contact with repository groundwater can then be calculated. This forward reaction rate generally consists of the dissolution reaction at the surface of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in contact with water, but the degradation models, in some cases, may also include and account for the physical disintegration of the SNF matrix. The models do not, however, account for retardation, precipitation, or inhibition of the migration of the mobilized radionuclides in the engineered barrier system (EBS). These models are based on the assumption that all components of the DSNF waste form are released congruently with the degradation of the matrix.

  7. Radiation Induced Degradation of Galactomannan Polysaccharides

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    Galactomannans are neutral polysaccharides that occur in substantial amounts in the endosperm of the seeds of some leguminous plants. Structurally they consist of a β(1-4)-D-mannose backbone to which galactose units are attached α(1-6). Among various galactomannans known, guar gum (GG), tara gum (TG) and locust bean gum (LBG) are the most widely used in applications in, for example, the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries as thickening agents or stabilizers due mainly to the high viscosity they impart at low concentrations. In many industrial applications, the use of low molecular weight polysaccharides is essential. For example, guar solutions, which are used as hydraulic fracturing fluids in oil and gas recovery, need to be degraded to facilitate the outflow of oil. In addition, to understand the solution properties of guar as well as other water-soluble biopolymers, it is often necessary to degrade the native polymer to prepare samples with various molecular weights (MW. Degradation of polysaccharides has been widely studied. Though acid and enzymatic hydrolysis are most common, other methods such as thermal, γ-irradiation, extrusion, ultrasonication and free radical degradation are also reported. In this study, radiation induced degradation of galactomannan polysaccharides has been investigated. GG, TG and LBG samples were irradiated with gamma rays in air at ambient temperature in the solid state at low dose rate. The change in their molecular weights was determined by SEC analysis and the change in their viscosity values as a function of temperature and irradiation dose was determined. Chain scission yields, G(S), and degradation rates were calculated. As a result of irradiation the molecular weight and viscosity of all galactomannans sharply decreased up to 50 kGy, no significant change was observed beyond this dose value. We observed that mannose-to-galactose ratio is an important factor controlling the G(S) and degradation rate of

  8. Radiation degradation of alginate and some results of biological effect of degraded alginate on plants

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    Radiation degradation yields (Gd) of alginate in aqueous solution with different concentration were determined by viscometry method. The relationship between Gd and the alginate concentration was found out as: Gd=33.5 x C-0.68, with C% (w/v) and dry alginate referred to C=100%. An empirical equation for preparing degraded alginate with the desired low viscometry average molecular weight (Mv) by radiation was proposed. Alginate extracted directly horn seaweed'Sagassum, degraded by radiation was used for field experiments and results of the biological effect on plants (tea, carrot, chrysanthemum) were presented. (author)

  9. Radiation degradation of alginate and some results of biological effect of degraded alginate on plants

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    Hien, N.Q.; Hai, L.; Luan, L.Q.; Hanh, T.T. [Nuclear Research Institute, Dalat (Viet Nam); Nagasawa, Naotsugu; Yoshii, Fumio; Makuuchi, Keizo; Kume, Tamikazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment

    2000-03-01

    Radiation degradation yields (Gd) of alginate in aqueous solution with different concentration were determined by viscometry method. The relationship between Gd and the alginate concentration was found out as: Gd=33.5 x C{sup -0.68}, with C% (w/v) and dry alginate referred to C=100%. An empirical equation for preparing degraded alginate with the desired low viscometry average molecular weight (Mv) by radiation was proposed. Alginate extracted directly horn seaweed'Sagassum, degraded by radiation was used for field experiments and results of the biological effect on plants (tea, carrot, chrysanthemum) were presented. (author)

  10. Spatial degradation mapping and componentwise degradation tracking in polymer-fullerene blends

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    Pedersen, Emil Bøje Lind; Tromholt, Thomas; Madsen, Morten Vesterager;

    2014-01-01

    Using X-ray absorption the effects of photodegradation in active layer materials for polymer solar cells are investigated. Through the observation of changes in the X-ray absorption energy spectra the degradation of the individual components is tracked in blends of poly-3-hexyl-thiophene (P3HT) and...... C60 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The degradation rates in the blend are decreased by a factor of 3 for P3HT and by a factor between 1.1 and 2.3 for PCBM compared to the pure materials. For P3HT, degradation is resolved spatially using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy and the...

  11. Photocatalytic degradation kinetics in Rhodamine B dye degradation with poriferous TiO2 photocatalyst

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    WANG Zheng-ping; JIAO Cai-shan; CHEN Xing-juan

    2006-01-01

    A type of poriferous TiO2 material was prepared using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide as a template agent and butyl tetra titanate as a precursor. Through studying the photocatalytic kinetic activity of Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation reaction with a UV-1601 PC ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, the photocatalytic degradation process of Rhodamine B was found to not correspond to the firstorder kinetic process completely. According to the reaction phenomenon, the photocatalytic degradation process of Rhodamine B with poriferous TiO2 involved two irreversible reactions. The kinetic model was tested using experimental data.

  12. Podocytes degrade endocytosed albumin primarily in lysosomes.

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    Carson, John M; Okamura, Kayo; Wakashin, Hidefumi; McFann, Kim; Dobrinskikh, Evgenia; Kopp, Jeffrey B; Blaine, Judith

    2014-01-01

    Albuminuria is a strong, independent predictor of chronic kidney disease progression. We hypothesize that podocyte processing of albumin via the lysosome may be an important determinant of podocyte injury and loss. A human urine derived podocyte-like epithelial cell (HUPEC) line was used for in vitro experiments. Albumin uptake was quantified by Western blot after loading HUPECs with fluorescein-labeled (FITC) albumin. Co-localization of albumin with lysosomes was determined by confocal microscopy. Albumin degradation was measured by quantifying FITC-albumin abundance in HUPEC lysates by Western blot. Degradation experiments were repeated using HUPECs treated with chloroquine, a lysosome inhibitor, or MG-132, a proteasome inhibitor. Lysosome activity was measured by fluorescence recovery after photo bleaching (FRAP). Cytokine production was measured by ELISA. Cell death was determined by trypan blue staining. In vivo, staining with lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1) was performed on tissue from a Denys-Drash trangenic mouse model of nephrotic syndrome. HUPECs endocytosed albumin, which co-localized with lysosomes. Choloroquine, but not MG-132, inhibited albumin degradation, indicating that degradation occurs in lysosomes. Cathepsin B activity, measured by FRAP, significantly decreased in HUPECs exposed to albumin (12.5% of activity in controls) and chloroquine (12.8%), and declined further with exposure to albumin plus chloroquine (8.2%, p<0.05). Cytokine production and cell death were significantly increased in HUPECs exposed to albumin and chloroquine alone, and these effects were potentiated by exposure to albumin plus chloroquine. Compared to wild-type mice, glomerular staining of LAMP-1 was significantly increased in Denys-Drash mice and appeared to be most prominent in podocytes. These data suggest lysosomes are involved in the processing of endocytosed albumin in podocytes, and lysosomal dysfunction may contribute to podocyte injury and

  13. Restoring Soil Quality to Mitigate Soil Degradation

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    Rattan Lal

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Feeding the world population, 7.3 billion in 2015 and projected to increase to 9.5 billion by 2050, necessitates an increase in agricultural production of ~70% between 2005 and 2050. Soil degradation, characterized by decline in quality and decrease in ecosystem goods and services, is a major constraint to achieving the required increase in agricultural production. Soil is a non-renewable resource on human time scales with its vulnerability to degradation depending on complex interactions between processes, factors and causes occurring at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Among the major soil degradation processes are accelerated erosion, depletion of the soil organic carbon (SOC pool and loss in biodiversity, loss of soil fertility and elemental imbalance, acidification and salinization. Soil degradation trends can be reversed by conversion to a restorative land use and adoption of recommended management practices. The strategy is to minimize soil erosion, create positive SOC and N budgets, enhance activity and species diversity of soil biota (micro, meso, and macro, and improve structural stability and pore geometry. Improving soil quality (i.e., increasing SOC pool, improving soil structure, enhancing soil fertility can reduce risks of soil degradation (physical, chemical, biological and ecological while improving the environment. Increasing the SOC pool to above the critical level (10 to 15 g/kg is essential to set-in-motion the restorative trends. Site-specific techniques of restoring soil quality include conservation agriculture, integrated nutrient management, continuous vegetative cover such as residue mulch and cover cropping, and controlled grazing at appropriate stocking rates. The strategy is to produce “more from less” by reducing losses and increasing soil, water, and nutrient use efficiency.

  14. Hydrogen degradation of high strength weldable steels

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    J. Ćwiek

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this paper is presentation of hydrogen degradation issue of high strength steels andespecially their welded joints. Establishing of applicable mechanisms of hydrogen-enhanced cracking was theaim of performed research.Design/methodology/approach: High strength quenched and tempered steels grade S690Q were used. Weldedjoints were prepared with typical technology used in shipyards. Susceptibility to hydrogen degradation in seawater under cathodic polarization was evaluated with the use of mechanical tests. Various kinds of loads wereapplied, i.e. monotonically increasing static, constant, and cyclic. Appropriate measures of hydrogen degradationwere chosen and analyzed. Mechanisms of hydrogen degradation were detected and established on the basis ofscanning electron microscopy (SEM observation of fracture samples surface.Findings: Tested high strength steels and their welded joints are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement whenevaluated using a slow strain rate test (SSRT. On contrary, these steels and welded joints have high resistance tohydrogen delayed cracking under a constant load test. Significant reduction of a fatigue life time due to hydrogenabsorption has been observed during severe low-cycle fatigue tests.Research limitations/implications: There is no possibility to perform direct observation of exact hydrogenassistedcracking mechanisms in massive samples. Valid hydrogen-enhanced cracking model could be onlydeducted from degradation evidences like plasticity loss and fracture modes.Practical implications: Tested quenched and tempered S690Q steel grades could be safely utilized for marinewelded constructions under cathodic polarization. Hydrogen-assisted cracking should not occur unless a hugeoverprotection and plastic deformation take place.Originality/value: Hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity (HELP model is the most applicable mechanism ofhydrogen degradation for weldable steels with yield strength up to 1000 MPa.

  15. Degradation of caffeic acid in subcritical water and online HPLC-DPPH assay of degradation products.

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    Khuwijitjaru, Pramote; Suaylam, Boonyanuch; Adachi, Shuji

    2014-02-26

    Caffeic acid was subjected to degradation under subcritical water conditions within 160-240 °C and at a constant pressure of 5 MPa in a continuous tubular reactor. Caffeic acid degraded quickly at these temperatures; the main products identified by liquid chromatography-diode array detection/mass spectrometry were hydroxytyrosol, protocatechuic aldehyde, and 4-vinylcatechol. The reaction rates for the degradation of caffeic acid and the formation of products were evaluated. Online high-performance liquid chromatography/2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl assay was used to determine the antioxidant activity of each product in the solution. It was found that the overall antioxidant activity of the treated solution did not change during the degradation process. This study showed a potential of formation of antioxidants from natural phenolic compounds under these subcritical water conditions, and this may lead to a discovering of novel antioxidants compounds during the extraction by this technique. PMID:24483598

  16. Morphology And Degradation Properties Of Pcl/Hyaff11? Composite Scaffolds With Multiscale Degradation Rate

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    Guarino, V.; Lewandowska, M.; Bil, M.; Polak, B.; Ambrosio, L

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The analysis of scaffold degradation is a promising strategy for understanding the dynamic changes in texture and pore morphology which accompany polymer resorption, and for collecting same fundamental indicators regarding the potential fate of the scaffold in the biological environment. In this study, we investigate the morphology and degradation properties of three composite scaffolds based on poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL) embedded with benzyl ester of hyaluronic acid (HYAF...

  17. Iodinated contrast media electro-degradation: Process performance and degradation pathways

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    Del Moro, Guido; Pastore, Carlo; Di Iaconi, Claudio; Mascolo, Giuseppe, E-mail: giuseppe.mascolo@ba.irsa.cnr.it

    2015-02-15

    The electrochemical degradation of six of the most widely used iodinated contrast media was investigated. Batch experiments were performed under constant current conditions using two DSA® electrodes (titanium coated with a proprietary and patented mixed metal oxide solution of precious metals such as iridium, ruthenium, platinum, rhodium and tantalum). The degradation removal never fell below 85% (at a current density of 64 mA/cm{sup 2} with a reaction time of 150 min) when perchlorate was used as the supporting electrolyte; however, when sulphate was used, the degradation performance was above 80% (at a current density of 64 mA/cm{sup 2} with a reaction time of 150 min) for all of the compounds studied. Three main degradation pathways were identified, namely, the reductive de-iodination of the aromatic ring, the reduction of alkyl aromatic amides to simple amides and the de-acylation of N-aromatic amides to produce aromatic amines. However, as amidotrizoate is an aromatic carboxylate, this is added via the decarboxylation reaction. The investigation did not reveal toxicity except for the lower current density used, which has shown a modest toxicity, most likely for some reaction intermediates that are not further degraded. In order to obtain total removal of the contrast media, it was necessary to employ a current intensity between 118 and 182 mA/cm{sup 2} with energy consumption higher than 370 kWh/m{sup 3}. Overall, the electrochemical degradation was revealed to be a reliable process for the treatment of iodinated contrast media that can be found in contaminated waters such as hospital wastewater or pharmaceutical waste-contaminated streams. - Highlights: • The electrochemical degradation of six iodinated contrast media were investigated. • Treatment feasibility as well as reaction by-products and toxicity were investigated. • In all the investigated cases, the removal efficiency was higher than 80%. • Two main degradation pathways were identified.

  18. Characterization of Methane Degradation and Methane-Degrading Microbes in Alaska Coastal Water

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    Kirchman, David L. [Univ. of Delaware, Lewes, DE (United States)

    2012-03-29

    The net flux of methane from methane hydrates and other sources to the atmosphere depends on methane degradation as well as methane production and release from geological sources. The goal of this project was to examine methane-degrading archaea and organic carbon oxidizing bacteria in methane-rich and methane-poor sediments of the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. The Beaufort Sea system was sampled as part of a multi-disciplinary expedition (Methane in the Arctic Shelf or MIDAS) in September 2009. Microbial communities were examined by quantitative PCR analyses of 16S rRNA genes and key methane degradation genes (pmoA and mcrA involved in aerobic and anaerobic methane degradation, respectively), tag pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes to determine the taxonomic make up of microbes in these sediments, and sequencing of all microbial genes (metagenomes ). The taxonomic and functional make-up of the microbial communities varied with methane concentrations, with some data suggesting higher abundances of potential methane-oxidizing archaea in methane-rich sediments. Sequence analysis of PCR amplicons revealed that most of the mcrA genes were from the ANME-2 group of methane oxidizers. According to metagenomic data, genes involved in methane degradation and other degradation pathways changed with sediment depth along with sulfate and methane concentrations. Most importantly, sulfate reduction genes decreased with depth while the anaerobic methane degradation gene (mcrA) increased along with methane concentrations. The number of potential methane degradation genes (mcrA) was low and inconsistent with other data indicating the large impact of methane on these sediments. The data can be reconciled if a small number of potential methane-oxidizing archaea mediates a large flux of carbon in these sediments. Our study is the first to report metagenomic data from sediments dominated by ANME-2 archaea and is one of the few to examine the entire microbial assemblage potentially involved in

  19. Organic matter degradation in Chilean sediments - following nature's own degradation experiment

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    Langerhuus, Alice Thoft; Niggemann, Jutta; Lomstein, Bente Aagaard

    indicators (percentage of carbon and nitrogen present as amino acid carbon and nitrogen, the ratio between a protein precursor and its non-protein degradation product and the percentage of D-amino acids) revealed ongoing degradation in these sediments, indicating that microorganisms were still active in 15...... #:053 Date: 01-27-09 Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Presentation is given by student: Yes...

  20. Iodinated contrast media electro-degradation: Process performance and degradation pathways

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    The electrochemical degradation of six of the most widely used iodinated contrast media was investigated. Batch experiments were performed under constant current conditions using two DSA® electrodes (titanium coated with a proprietary and patented mixed metal oxide solution of precious metals such as iridium, ruthenium, platinum, rhodium and tantalum). The degradation removal never fell below 85% (at a current density of 64 mA/cm2 with a reaction time of 150 min) when perchlorate was used as the supporting electrolyte; however, when sulphate was used, the degradation performance was above 80% (at a current density of 64 mA/cm2 with a reaction time of 150 min) for all of the compounds studied. Three main degradation pathways were identified, namely, the reductive de-iodination of the aromatic ring, the reduction of alkyl aromatic amides to simple amides and the de-acylation of N-aromatic amides to produce aromatic amines. However, as amidotrizoate is an aromatic carboxylate, this is added via the decarboxylation reaction. The investigation did not reveal toxicity except for the lower current density used, which has shown a modest toxicity, most likely for some reaction intermediates that are not further degraded. In order to obtain total removal of the contrast media, it was necessary to employ a current intensity between 118 and 182 mA/cm2 with energy consumption higher than 370 kWh/m3. Overall, the electrochemical degradation was revealed to be a reliable process for the treatment of iodinated contrast media that can be found in contaminated waters such as hospital wastewater or pharmaceutical waste-contaminated streams. - Highlights: • The electrochemical degradation of six iodinated contrast media were investigated. • Treatment feasibility as well as reaction by-products and toxicity were investigated. • In all the investigated cases, the removal efficiency was higher than 80%. • Two main degradation pathways were identified

  1. Degradation of Degradable Starch-Polyethylene Plastics in a Compost Environment †

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    Johnson, Kenneth E.; Pometto, Anthony L.; Nikolov, Zivko L.

    1993-01-01

    The degradation performance of 11 types of commercially produced degradable starch-polyethylene plastic compost bags was evaluated in municipal yard waste compost sites at Iowa State University (Ames) and in Carroll, Dubuque, and Grinnell, Iowa. Masterbatches for plastic production were provided by Archer Daniels Midland Co. (Decatur, Ill.), St. Lawrence Starch Co. Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), and Fully Compounded Plastics (Decatur, Ill.). Bags differed in starch content (5 to 9%) and...

  2. Degradation on a PTFE/Nafion membrane electrode assembly with accelerating degradation technique

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    Jao, Ting-Chu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Ke, Shih-Tsung [Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Chi, Pei-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lee-Ming Institute of Technology, No. 2-2, Lee Zhuan Road, Taishan Township, Taipei Country 243 (China); Jung, Guo-Bin; Chan, Shih-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China)

    2010-07-15

    Cost and durability are the main issues of Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) commercializing. This study uses the accelerate degradation technique to analyze the durability of low cost PTFE/Nafion membrane electrode assembly (MEA). Before the MEA degradation experiment, the MEA must be activated at 65 C until the performance is stable. Then increase the operation temperature to 80 C. The experimental process for MEA degradation contains three steps in one cycle. The first step is to open circuit voltage (OCV) for 30 s under R.H. 100%. Then, set 0.6V for 150 s under R.H. 100%. The final step is to set 0.6V for 120 s under R.H. 0%. These three steps take around 5 min to complete. This MEA degradation experiment process includes the OCV, potential cycles, and R.H. cycles. This study uses the polarization curve, AC impedance, cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), equations and equivalent circuit to analyze state of the MEA. At less than 160 experiment cycles, the result show that catalyst degradation is the main reason for the decay of MEA. After 280 cycles, the MEA begins to exhibit creep deformation due to the R.H. cycle. Electrochemical surface area and high frequency resistance can be used to estimate the degree of MEA degradation approximately. (author)

  3. Entanglement degradation in depolarizing light scattering

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    Full text: In the classical regime, when a beam of light is scattered by a medium, it may emerge partially or completely depolarized depending on the optical properties of the medium. Correspondingly, in the quantum regime, when an entangled two-photon pair is scattered, the classical depolarization may result in an entanglement degradation. Here, relations between photon scattering, entanglement and multi-mode detection are investigated. We establish a general framework in which one- and two-photon elastic scattering processes can be discussed, and we focus on the study of the intrinsic entanglement degradation caused by a multi-mode detection. We show that any multi-mode scattered state cannot maximally violate the Bell-CHSH inequality because of the momentum spread. The results presented here have general validity and can be applied to both deterministic and random scattering processes. (author)

  4. Determining anaerobic degradation kinetics from batch tests.

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    Moreda, Iván López

    2016-01-01

    Data obtained from a biomethane potential (BMP) test were used in order to obtain the parameters of a kinetic model of solid wastes anaerobic degradation. The proposed model considers a hydrolysis step with a first order kinetic, a Monod kinetic for the soluble organic substrate degradation and a first order decay of microorganisms. The instantaneous release of methane was assumed. The parameters of the model are determined following a direct search optimization procedure. A 'multiple-shooting' technique was used as a first step of the optimization process. The confidence interval of the parameters was determined by using Monte Carlo simulations. Also, the distribution functions of the parameters were determined. Only the hydrolysis first order constant shows a normal distribution. PMID:27191569

  5. The Integrated Assessment of Land Degradation

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    Luca Salvati

    Full Text Available This paper reviews recent findings on the complex field of land degradation (LD with focus on the Mediterranean Basin and Italy, in particular. The LD definition and assessment methods are examined in the light of the most important natural and human driving forces of the phenomenon, such as land use and climate changes.Various methodological issues are dealt with from multidisciplinary perspective with the aim of providing the ground for the development of integrated approaches: monitoring needs, assessment of costs, development of mitigation strategies, etc. Factors affecting land vulnerability to degradation are classified into bio-physical and socio-economic drivers with some examples of applications in Italy. The role of determinants such as agricultural development, population growth, and urban sprawl is recognised as important but still ambiguous and thus needs further studies. Based on these findings, policy responses aimed at mitigating LD and thus reducing desertification risk are discussed and methodological proposal are presented.

  6. Protein misfolding and degradation in genetic diseases

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    Bross, Peter; Corydon, Thomas Juhl; Andresen, Brage S.;

    1999-01-01

    in which proteins fold. Within the context of genetic diseases, we review knowledge on the molecular processes underlying protein quality control in the various subcellular compartments. The important impact of such systems for variability of the expression of genetic deficiencies is emphasised.......Investigations of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, phenylketonuria, mitochondrial acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiencies, and many others have shown that enhanced proteolytic degradation of mutant proteins is a common molecular pathological mechanism. Detailed...... appears to be the case for many missense mutations and short in-frame deletions or insertions that represent a major fraction of the mutations detected in genetic diseases. In some diseases, or under some circumstances, the degradation system is not efficient. Instead, aberrant folding leads to...

  7. DSNF AND OTHER WASTE FORM DEGRADATION ABSTRACTION

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    J. CUNNANE

    2004-11-19

    Several hundred distinct types of DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF) may potentially be disposed in the Yucca Mountain repository. These fuel types represent many more types than can be viably individually examined for their effect on the Total System Performance Assessment for the License Application (TSPA-LA). Additionally, for most of these fuel types, there is no known direct experimental test data for the degradation and dissolution of the waste form in repository groundwaters. The approach used in the TSPA-LA model is, therefore, to assess available information on each of 11 groups of DSNF, and to identify a model that can be used in the TSPA-LA model without differentiating between individual codisposal waste packages containing different DSNF types. The purpose of this report is to examine the available data and information concerning the dissolution kinetics of DSNF matrices for the purpose of abstracting a degradation model suitable for use in describing degradation of the DSNF inventory in the Total System Performance Assessment for the License Application. The data and information and associated degradation models were examined for the following types of DSNF: Group 1--Naval spent nuclear fuel; Group 2--Plutonium/uranium alloy (Fermi 1 SNF); Group 3--Plutonium/uranium carbide (Fast Flux Test Facility-Test Fuel Assembly SNF); Group 4--Mixed oxide and plutonium oxide (Fast Flux Test Facility-Demonstration Fuel Assembly/Fast Flux Test Facility-Test Demonstration Fuel Assembly SNF); Group 5--Thorium/uranium carbide (Fort St. Vrain SNF); Group 6--Thorium/uranium oxide (Shippingport light water breeder reactor SNF); Group 7--Uranium metal (N Reactor SNF); Group 8--Uranium oxide (Three Mile Island-2 core debris); Group 9--Aluminum-based SNF (Foreign Research Reactor SNF); Group 10--Miscellaneous Fuel; and Group 11--Uranium-zirconium hydride (Training Research Isotopes-General Atomics SNF). The analyses contained in this document provide an &apos

  8. Accelerated degradation testing of a photovoltaic module

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    Charki, Abdérafi; Laronde, Rémi; Bigaud, David

    2013-01-01

    There are a great many photovoltaic (PV) modules installed around the world. Despite this, not enough is known about the reliability of these modules. Their electrical power output decreases with time mainly as a result of the effects of corrosion, encapsulation discoloration, and solder bond failure. The failure of a PV module is defined as the point where the electrical power degradation reaches a given threshold value. Accelerated life tests (ALTs) are commonly used to assess the reliability of a PV module. However, ALTs provide limited data on the failure of a module and these tests are expensive to carry out. One possible solution is to conduct accelerated degradation tests. The Wiener process in conjunction with the accelerated failure time model makes it possible to carry out numerous simulations and thus to determine the failure time distribution based on the aforementioned threshold value. By this means, the failure time distribution and the lifetime (mean and uncertainty) can be evaluated.

  9. Radiation-induced degradation of galactomannan polysaccharides

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    In this study, guar gum, tara gum and locust bean gum were irradiated in a gamma cell in the solid state. The change in their molecular weights were determined by size exclusion chromatography analysis and the change in their viscosity values with change of temperature and irradiation dose were determined. Chain scission yield, G(s), and degradation rate values were calculated. The calculated G(s) values is 1.09 ± 0.16, 1.07 ± 0.06, 0.85 ± 0.10 for GG, TG and LBG, respectively. The effect of mannose-galactose ratio and initial molecular weight of these gums on the degradation behavior were discussed

  10. Degradation of insulating ceramics due to irradiation

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    Kobayashi, Tomohiro; Terai, Takayuki; Yoneoka, Toshiaki; Tanaka, Satoru [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    Radiation-induced electrical degradation was investigated on single crystal alumina under 2.2 MeV electron irradiation with a dose rate of 5.7 x 10{sup 5} Gy/s and an electrical field of 1.6 x 10{sup 5} V/m at 773 K. After irradiation, electrical resistivity both on the surface and in the bulk decreased in the temperature range of 300 to 773 K. Substantial resistivity decreased from the initial value due to the irradiation, the degradation ratio was much smaller than the case of poly-crystalline specimens. On the other hands, surface resistivity decreased with increasing temperature for measurement with an abrupt change by 4 orders of magnitude around 600 K, and it showed thermal hysteresis. (author)

  11. Xylan-Degrading Catalytic Flagellar Nanorods.

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    Klein, Ágnes; Szabó, Veronika; Kovács, Mátyás; Patkó, Dániel; Tóth, Balázs; Vonderviszt, Ferenc

    2015-09-01

    Flagellin, the main component of flagellar filaments, is a protein possessing polymerization ability. In this work, a novel fusion construct of xylanase A from B. subtilis and Salmonella flagellin was created which is applicable to build xylan-degrading catalytic nanorods of high stability. The FliC-XynA chimera when overexpressed in a flagellin deficient Salmonella host strain was secreted into the culture medium by the flagellum-specific export machinery allowing easy purification. Filamentous assemblies displaying high surface density of catalytic sites were produced by ammonium sulfate-induced polymerization. FliC-XynA nanorods were resistant to proteolytic degradation and preserved their enzymatic activity for a long period of time. Furnishing enzymes with self-assembling ability to build catalytic nanorods offers a promising alternative approach to enzyme immobilization onto nanostructured synthetic scaffolds. PMID:25966869

  12. Degradation of indole by Alcaligenes spec.

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    Claus, G; Kutzner, H J

    1983-01-01

    Alcaligenes spec. strain In 3 was isolated from an enrichment culture with indole inoculated with activated sludge. The organism was able to grow with indole as sole source of carbon and nitrogen. During growth with this substrate indigo and anthranilate accumulated in the culture broth. By measurement of the oxidation of intermediates (O(2)-uptake) and determination of the activity of enzymes responsible for ring cleavage the following pathway for indole degradation could be established: indole → indoxyl → isatin → anthranilate → gentisate → maleyl pyruvate → fumaryl pyruvate → fumarate + pyruvate. - Alcaligenes spec. strain In 3 was also able to grow with various aromatic compounds; these were degraded by ortho- or meta-cleavage or via the gentisinic acid pathway. PMID:23194589

  13. Radiolytic degradation and stability of polycarbonate

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    The radiolytic stability of polycarbonate was studied using national commercial additives, employed in the photo and thermo-oxidative stabilization of polymers. Among several additives tested only two showed the efficiency to radiolytic protection: one quencher and one radical scavenger. It was derived a linear relation that provides by slope of the straight line the degree of degradation (scissions), G, and the factors of radiolytic protection P (degree of protection) and CE (capture of energy) conferred by radioprotector additive easily. Therefore the method developed in this work (viscosity) to study the molecular degradation and stability of polymers is a simply and precise method. The synergic mixture of two additives (1% of weight total) confers at polycarbonate excellent radiolytic protection of 98% (20 - 40 kGy) reducing the G value of 16.7 to only 0.4. (author). 69 refs, 31 figs, 17 tabs

  14. On-Orbit Teflon FEP Degradation

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    Townsend, Jacqueline A.; Hansen, Patricia A.; Dever, Joyce A.

    1998-01-01

    During the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Second Servicing Mission (SM2), degradation of unsupported Teflon' FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), used as the outer layer of the multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets, was evident as large cracks on the telescope light shield. A sample of the degraded outer layer was retrieved during the mission and returned to Earth for ground testing and evaluation. The results of the Teflon FEP sample evaluation and additional testing of pristine Teflon FEP led the investigative team to theorize that the HST damage was caused by thermal cycling with deep-layer damage from electron and proton radiation which allowed the propagation of cracks along stress concentrations, and that the damage increased with the combined total dose of electrons, protons, LTV and x-rays along with thermal cycling. This paper discusses the testing and evaluation of the Teflon FEP.

  15. Polar codes for degradable quantum channels

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    Wilde, Mark M

    2011-01-01

    Channel polarization is a phenomenon in which a particular recursive encoding induces a set of synthesized channels from many instances of a memoryless channel, such that a fraction of the synthesized channels become near perfect for data transmission and the other fraction become near useless for this task. Mahdavifar and Vardy have recently exploited this phenomenon to construct codes that achieve the symmetric private capacity for private data transmission over a degraded wiretap channel. In the current paper, we build on their work and demonstrate how to construct quantum wiretap polar codes that achieve the symmetric private capacity of a degraded quantum wiretap channel with a classical eavesdropper. Due to the Schumacher-Westmoreland correspondence between quantum privacy and quantum coherence, we can construct quantum polar codes by operating these quantum wiretap polar codes in superposition, much like Devetak's technique for demonstrating the achievability of the coherent information rate for quantu...

  16. Modeling of Degradation Processes in Historical Mortars

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    Sýkora, J

    2014-01-01

    The aim of presented paper is modeling of degradation processes in historical mortars exposed to moisture impact during freezing. Internal damage caused by ice crystallization in pores is one of the most important factors limiting the service life of historical structures. Coupling the transport processes with the mechanical part will allow us to address the impact of moisture on the durability, strength and stiffness of mortars. This should be accomplished with the help of a complex thermo-h...

  17. IMPORTANT DEGRADATIONS IN POLYETHYLENE TERAPHTALATE EXTRUSION PROCESS

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    Şule ALTUN; ULCAY, Yusuf

    2003-01-01

    Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most used thermo-plastic polymers. The total consumption of PET has been about 30 million tons in the year 2000. Polyester fibers constitute about 60 % of total synthetic fibers consumption. During extrusion, PET polymer is faced to thermal, thermo-oxidative and hydrolytic degradation, which result in severe reduction in its molecular weight, thereby adversely affecting its subsequent melt processability. Therefore, it is essential to understan...

  18. Degradation products of benzyldibutylamine as extraction agent

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    The composition of the degradation products of benzyldibutylamine (BDBuN) and benzene radiolysis in the presence of nitric acid and lanthanide nitrates was identified by means of mass, NMR and infrared spectra, elementary analysis and gas liquid chromatography. The change in the extraction capacity of this agent and its solutions in aromatic hydrocarbon solvents in the extraction of Eu/III/ and Am/III/ was investigated in dependence on the absorbed dose of the ionising radiation. (author)

  19. Degradation products of benzyldibutylamine as extracton agent

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    Mirchi, R.; Jedinakova, V.

    The composition of the degradation products of benzyldibutylamine (BDBuN) and benzene radiolysis in the presence of nitric acid and lanthanide nitrates was identified by means of mass, NMR and infrared spectra, elementary analysis and gas liquid chromatography. The change in the extraction capacity of this agent and its solutions in aromatic hydrocarbon solvents in the extraction of Eu/III/ and Am/III/ was investigated in dependence on the absorbed dose of the ionising radiation.

  20. On models of degradation and partial repairs

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    Volf, Petr

    Galsgow : Strathclyde University, 2007, s. 1-8. ISBN 978-1-58603-865-6. [Fifth International Conference Mathematical Methods in Reliability. Glasgow (GB), 01.07.2007-04.07.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06047 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : intensity of failure * degradation process * incomplete repair Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research