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Sample records for cu cermet anodes

  1. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning

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    1992-08-01

    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  2. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning. Final report, August 1990--March 1992

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    1992-08-01

    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  3. Electrical conductivity of Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    2007-01-01

    Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets containing mass fractions of Cu of 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% were prepared, and their electrical conductivities were measured at different temperatures. The effects of temperature and content of metal Cu on the electrical conductivity were investigated especially. The results indicate that the metallic phase Cu distributes evenly in 10NiO-NiFe2O4 ceramic matrix. The mechanism of electrical conductivity of Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets obeys the rule of electrical mechanism of semiconductor, the electrical conductivity for cermet containing 5% Cu increases from 2.70 to 20.41 S/cm with temperature increasing from 200 to 900 ℃. The change trend of electrical conductivity with temperature is similar with each other and it increases with increasing temperature and content of metal Cu. At 960 ℃, the electrical conductivity of cermet increases from 2.88 to 82.65 S/cm with the content of metal Cu increasing from 0 to 20%.

  4. H2 and CO oxidation process at the three-phase boundary of Cu-ceria cermet anode for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Zheng, Minghao; Wang, Shuang; Li, Mei; Xia, Changrong

    2017-03-01

    Cu-ceria cermets have been widely investigated as the anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that operated with hydrocarbon fuels. However, the anode reaction processes are not clear yet, especially those at the ceria-Cu-gas three phase boundary (3 PB). This work investigates samaria-doped ceria (SDC)-Cu-gas 3 PB reaction kinetics for the oxidation of H2 and CO, the products from hydrocarbons via external and internal reforming. Electrochemical conductivity relaxation measurement demonstrates that Cu is a synergistic catalyst that can significantly increase the reaction rate. The reaction at 3 PB contributes 81.3/66.8% of H2/CO oxidation when 5.4% SDC surface is covered with Cu particles. Combining with AC impedance analysis, elementary steps are proposed for the reaction at 3 PB. Water vapor combining to oxygen vacancy and carbon monoxide transforming to carbonate are the rate-determining steps for the oxidation of H2 and CO, respectively. Cu-SDC has shown much higher catalytic activity, i.e. about fivefold reaction rate, for the oxidation of CO than H2. In addition, Cu-SDC electrodes exhibit lower interfacial polarization resistance and lower activation energy for the electrochemical oxidation of CO than H2. Consequently, CO is easier to be oxidized than H2 when the Cu-ceria anode is fueled with syngas, the reforming product from hydrocarbons.

  5. Effect of electrolysis superheat degree on anticorrosion performance of 5Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anode

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    2007-01-01

    5Cu/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermet inert anodes were prepared by cold-pressing and sintering process, and the effect of superheat degree of melting K3AIF6-Na3AlF6-AlF3 on their anticorrosion performance was studied under electrolysis conditions. The results show that, the fluctuation of cell becomes small with increasing of superheat degree, which is helpful to inhibit the formation of cathodic encrustation; the concentration of impurities from inert anode in bath goes up to certain degree, but it is far smaller than those in traditional high-temperature bath. Increasing the superheat degree of melting K3AlF6-Na3AlF6-AlF3 has unconspicuous effect on the contents of impurities in cathodic aluminum. The total mass fractions of Fe, Ni and Cu in aluminum are 15.38% and15.09% respectively under superheat degree of 95 and 195 ℃C. From micro-topography of anode used view, increasing the superheat degree can aggravate corrosion of metal Cu in inert anode, and has negative influence on electrical conductivity of electrode to some extent.

  6. Results from a pilot cell test of cermet anodes

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

    1992-08-01

    Goal was to develop long-lasting, energy-efficient anodes for Hall-Heroult cells used to produce Al metal. The anodes were made from a ceramic/metal composite consisting of NiO and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and a Cu/Ni metal phase. Thirteen cermet anodes were tested at Reynolds Metals Co., Muscle Shoals, AL. All anodes corroded severely during the pilot test. Electrolyte components were found deep within the anodes. However, there were many deficiencies in the pilot cell test, mainly the failure to maintain optimal operating conditions. It is concluded that there is a variety of fabrication and operational considerations that need to be addressed carefully in any future testing. 118 figs, 16 tabs, 17 refs.(DLC)

  7. Synergistic effects of Ni 1- xCo x-YSZ and Ni 1- xCu x-YSZ alloyed cermet SOFC anodes for oxidation of hydrogen and methane fuels containing H 2S

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    Grgicak, Catherine M.; Pakulska, Malgosia M.; O'Brien, Julie S.; Giorgi, Javier B.

    Preparation and performance of bimetallic Ni (1- x)Co x-YSZ and Ni (1- x)Cu x-YSZ anodes were tested to overcome common deficiencies of carbon and sulfur poisoning in SOFCs. Ni 1- xCo xO-YSZ and Ni (1- x)Cu xO-YSZ precursors were synthesized via co-precipitation of their respective chlorides. Single cell solid oxide fuel cells of these bimetallic anodes were tested in H 2, CH 4, and H 2S/CH 4 fuel mixtures. Addition of Cu 2+ into the NiO lattice resulted in large metal particle sizes and decreased SOFC performance. Addition of Co 2+ into the NiO lattice to form Ni 0.92Co 0.08O-YSZ anode precursor produced a cermet with a large BET surface area and active metal surface area, thus increasing the rate of hydrogen oxidation for this sample. The performance of both bimetallics was found to quickly degrade in dry CH 4 due to carbon deposition and lifting of the anode from the electrolyte. However, Ni 0.69Co 0.31-YSZ showed superior activity in a 10% (v/v) H 2S/CH 4 fuel mixture, surpassing performance with H 2 fuel, thereby demonstrating the exciting prospect of using sulfidated Ni (1- x)Co x-YSZ as SOFC anodes in sulfur containing methane streams. The active anode becomes a sulfidated alloy (Ni-Co-S) under operating conditions. This anode showed enhanced performance, which surpassed those of sulfidated Ni and Co anodes, thereby suggesting a synergistic behaviour in the Ni-Co-S anode.

  8. Solid solution lithium alloy cermet anodes

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    Richardson, Thomas J.

    2013-07-09

    A metal-ceramic composite ("cermet") has been produced by a chemical reaction between a lithium compound and another metal. The cermet has advantageous physical properties, high surface area relative to lithium metal or its alloys, and is easily formed into a desired shape. An example is the formation of a lithium-magnesium nitride cermet by reaction of lithium nitride with magnesium. The reaction results in magnesium nitride grains coated with a layer of lithium. The nitride is inert when used in a battery. It supports the metal in a high surface area form, while stabilizing the electrode with respect to dendrite formation. By using an excess of magnesium metal in the reaction process, a cermet of magnesium nitride is produced, coated with a lithium-magnesium alloy of any desired composition. This alloy inhibits dendrite formation by causing lithium deposited on its surface to diffuse under a chemical potential into the bulk of the alloy.

  9. Corrosion of cermet anodes during low temperature electrolysis of alumina. Final report

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    Kozarek, R.L.; Ray, S.P.; Dawless, R.K.; LaCamera, A.F.

    1997-09-26

    Successful development of inert anodes to replace carbon anodes in Hall cells has the potential benefits of lower energy consumption,lower operating costs, and reduced CO{sub 2} and CO emissions. Using inert anodes at reduced current density and reduced operating temperature (800 C) has potential for decreasing the corrosion rate of inert anodes. It may also permit the use of new materials for containment and insulation. This report describes the fabrication characteristics and the corrosion performance of 5324-17% Cu Cermet anodes in 100 hour tests. Although some good results were achieved, the corrosion rate at low temperature (800 C) is varied and not significantly lower than typical results at high temperature ({approximately} 960 C). This report also describes several attempts at 200 hour tests, with one anode achieving 177 hours of continuous operation and another achieving a total of 235 hours but requiring three separate tests of the same anode. The longest run did show a lower wear rate in the last test; but a high resistance layer developed on the anode surface and forced an unacceptably low current density. It is recommended that intermediate temperatures be explored as a more optimal environment for inert anodes. Other electrolyte chemistries and anode compositions (especially high conductivity anodes) should be considered to alleviate problems associated with lower temperature operation.

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

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    Primdahl, Søren

    1999-01-01

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

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

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    李劼; 赖延清; 周科朝; 李志友; 刘业翔

    2003-01-01

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

  12. Comparative study on ammonia oxidation over Ni-based cermet anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Molouk, Ahmed Fathi Salem; Yang, Jun; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2016-02-01

    In the current work, we investigate the performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with Ni‒yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) and Ni‒gadolinia-dope ceria (Ni-GDC) cermet anodes fueled with H2 or NH3 in terms of the catalytic activity of ammonia decomposition. The cermet of Ni-GDC shows higher catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition than Ni-YSZ. In response to this, the performance of direct NH3-fueled SOFC improved by using Ni-GDC anode. Moreover, we observe further enhancement in the cell performance and the catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition with applying Ni-GDC anode synthesised by the glycine-nitrate combustion process. These results reveal that the high performance of Ni-GDC anode for the direct NH3-fueled SOFC results from its mixed ionic-electronic conductivity as well as high catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition.

  13. Development of Planar Metal Supported SOFC with Novel Cermet Anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2009-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells, such as increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in materials cost. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal supported...... SOFC, electrode material from the active anode layer may interdiffuse with the metallic support during sintering. The purpose of this work is to illustrate how the interdiffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers......, into which electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the recent results on the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The results presented in the paper show that the novel cell and anode design has...

  14. Planar metal-supported SOFC with novel cermet anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2011-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells. For example, increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in material costs. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal...... supported SOFC, elements from the active anode layer may inter-diffuse with the metallic support during sintering. This work illustrates how the inter-diffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers, into which...... electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The electrode performance on symmetrical cells has also been evaluated. The novel cell and anode design shows a promising performance...

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

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    Primdahl, S.

    1999-08-01

    This thesis deals with the porous Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode on a YSZ electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Such anodes are predominantly operated in moist hydrogen at 700 deg. C to 1000 deg. C, and the most important technological parameters are the polarization resistance and the long-term stability. The polarization resistance can be measured by a number of techniques, in the present work impedance spectroscopy has been used extensively. By impedance spectroscopy limiting processes in the anode polarization resistance may often be separated and characterized individually, provided they have a reasonable separation in time constants. Three limiting processes are recognized in impedance spectra obtained on technological Ni/YSZ cermet anodes characterized against a stable reference electrode atmosphere. By parameter studies and illustrative experiments, the two contributions at low and medium frequency have been identified as gas conversion and diffusion limitations, respectively. Both of these effects are concentration limitations relating to the inefficient exchange of fuel gas in the test setup outside the porous cermet. A test setup geometry where these concentration effects are avoided for high-performance electrodes is recommended. The high frequency limitation is demonstrated to relate to the cermet structure. The dependence on gas composition, temperature, adsorbed species (sulfur), isotopes (H/D), sintering temperature and cermet thickness is investigated. Despite these studies and several similar studies by others, the exact chemical or physical nature of the limiting step has not been incontestably identified. However, these is a general consensus in literature about the hydrogen oxidation process taking place on or near to the triple phase boundary (TPB) line, where open gas-filled pores, the continuous electrolyte phase (oxide ion cunductor) and the continuous Ni phase (electronic conductor) meet. The physical thickness

  16. Impact of Reduction Parameters on the Initial Performance and Stability of Ni/(Sc)YSZ Cermet Anodes for SOFCs

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    Ebbehøj, Søren Lyng; Ramos, Tania; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2012-01-01

    In-situ reduction of Ni cermet anodes produces the porosity and influences the microstructure, performance and stability of the anodes. The impact on initial performance, stability and microstructure of two different reduction procedures currently in use at DTU Energy Conversion with reduction te...

  17. Development of Ni-Ba(Zr,Y)O3 cermet anodes for direct ammonia-fueled solid oxide fuel cells

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    Miyazaki, Kazunari; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2017-10-01

    In this study, the availability of Ni-Ba(Zr,Y)O3-δ (BZY) cermet for the anode of direct ammonia-fueled solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is evaluated. In this device, the anodes need to be active for the catalytic ammonia decomposition as well as the electrochemical hydrogen oxidation. In the catalytic activity test, ammonia decomposes completely over Ni-BZY at ca. 600 °C, while higher temperature is required to accomplish the complete decomposition over the conventional SOFC anode of Ni-yttria-stabilized zirconia cermet. The high activity of Ni-BZY is attributed to the high basicity of BZY and the high resistance to hydrogen poisoning effect. The electrochemical property of Ni-BZY anode is also evaluated with the anode-supported cell of Ni-BZY|BZY|Pt at 600-700 °C with feeding ammonia or hydrogen as a fuel. Since the residence time of ammonia fuel in the thick Ni-BZY anode is long, the difference in the cell performance between two fuels is relatively small. Furthermore, it is proved that the steam concentration in the fuel strongly affects the cell performance. We find that this factor is important to satisfy the above mentioned requirements for the anode of direct ammonia-fueled SOFCs. Throughout this study, it is concluded that Ni-BZY cermet will be a promising anode.

  18. Microstructural and Optical Absorption Properties of Cu-MgF2 Nanoparticle Cermet Film

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    孙兆奇; 孙大明; 阮图南

    2002-01-01

    We examine the microstructural and optical absorption spectra of 10-30 vol% Cu-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films prepared by co-evaporation in vacuum. The results show that the Cu-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Cu nanoparticles of average size 12-24 nm. The results also show that the optical absorption of the films decreases as the wavelength increases in the range of 200-800nm. The surface plasmon resonance absorption peaks of Cu nanoparticles in 10, 20 and 30 vo1% Cu-MgF2 films appear at 578, 588 and 606nm, respectively. The interband transition absorption of Cu starts from 590nm downwards.Based on the Maxwell-Garnett theory, the experimental optical absorption properties of the films have been quantitatively evaluated.

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

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    Lixia ZHANG; Jicai FENG

    2004-01-01

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

  20. EFFECT OF BRAZING TIME ON TiC CERMET/IRON JOINT BRAZED WITH Ag-Cu-Zn FILLER METAL

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    L.X. Zhang; J.C. Feng; Z.R. Li; H.J. Liu

    2004-01-01

    The brazing of TiC cermet to iron was carried out at 1223K for 5-20min using Ag-Cu-Zn filler metal. The formation phase and interface structure of the joints were investigated by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the joint strength was tested by shearing method. The results showed: there occurred three new formation phases, Cu(s.s), FeNi and Ag(s.s) in TiC cermet/iron joint. The interface structure was expressed as TiC cermet/Cu(s.s)+FeNi/Ag(s.s)+a little Cu(s.s)+a little FeNi/Cu(s.s)+ FeNi/iron. With brazing time increasing, there appeared highest shear strength of the joints, the value of which was up to 252.2MPa when brazing time was 10min.

  1. Nanostructured Cu-CGO anodes fabricated using a microwave-assisted glycine-nitrate process

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    Shaikh, Shabana P. S.; Somalu, Mahendra R.; Muchtar, Andanastuti

    2016-11-01

    This work reports a study of nanostructured copper-doped gadolinium cermet (Cu-CGO) composite anodes prepared via conventional synthesis (CS) and microwave-synthesis (MS) involving the glycine-nitrate process (GNP). A detailed investigation on the mechanical properties, electrical conductivity and electrochemical performance of prepared Cu0.5(Ce0.9Gd0.1)0.5O2-δ anodes is included. The prepared samples were characterized by techniques, such as XRD, EDX, SEM and electrical characterizations. After reduction in 10% H2 and 90% N2, the DC conductivities of the Cu-CGO anodes prepared via CS-GNP and MS-GNP are found to be 5.43×103 and 1.09×104 S cm-1 at 700 °C, respectively. The electrochemical performances of the spin-coated anode symmetrical cells sintered at 700 °C are evaluated at cell operating temperatures of 600, 700 and 800 °C. The lowest area specific resistance (ASR) values for the Cu-CGO/CGO/Cu-CGO symmetrical cells prepared via the MS-GNP route at operating temperatures of 600, 700 and 800 °C are found to be 0.34, 0.71 and 1.10 Ω cm2, respectively. The as-prepared (via MS-GNP) Cu-CGO anode exhibits excellent electrical and electrochemical performance consistent with the uniform nanostructured morphology compared with the anode prepared via CS-GNP.

  2. Combustion Synthesis of Ti-2B-Cu/Ni and 3Ti-2BN-Cu/Ni Bilayered Cermets

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    Weiping SHEN; Wenbin CAO; Changchun GE; E.H.Grigoryan; A.E.Sytschev; A.S.Rogachev

    2003-01-01

    The effects of Cu and Ni (x=0, 10, 20 and 40 wt pct) and compaction pressures (12, 24, 84 and 108 MPa)on combustion wave velocity and wave front shape for Ti-2B-Cu/Ni and 3Ti-2BN-Cu/Ni bilayered cermets were investigated by a video camera. Since the boiling point of Cu is lower, the wave velocities of specimens are slower.Due to the higher specific heat of Ni than that of Cu, the wave velocities of specimens was slowed down a lot with increasing the Ni diluent. The wave velocity differences of the specimens containing Ni are more than that of the bilayered specimens containing Cu. Wave velocities of the specimens containing Ni increased more than that of the specimens containing Cu when higher pressure was employed for green mixture. The more the wave velocity difference of the bilayer, the more curved the specimen.

  3. Study on proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells with a conventional nickel cermet anode operating on dimethyl ether

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    Liu, Yu; Guo, Youmin; Wang, Wei; Su, Chao; Ran, Ran; Wang, Huanting; Shao, Zongping

    This study investigates dimethyl ether (DME) as a potential fuel for proton-conducting SOFCs with a conventional nickel cermet anode and a BaZr 0.4Ce 0.4Y 0.2O 3-δ (BZCY4) electrolyte. A catalytic test demonstrates that the sintered Ni + BZCY4 anode has an acceptable catalytic activity for the decomposition and steam reforming of DME with CO, CH 4 and CO 2 as the only gaseous carbon-containing products. An O 2-TPO analysis demonstrates the presence of a large amount of coke formation over the anode catalyst when operating on pure DME, which is effectively suppressed by introducing steam into the fuel gas. The selectivity towards CH 4 is also obviously reduced. Peak power densities of 252, 280 and 374 mW cm -2 are achieved for the cells operating on pure DME, a DME + H 2O gas mixture (1:3) and hydrogen at 700 °C, respectively. After the test, the cell operating on pure DME is seriously cracked whereas the cell operating on DME + H 2O maintains its original integrity. A lower power output is obtained for the cell operating on DME + H 2O than on H 2 at low temperature, which is mainly due to the increased electrode polarization resistance. The selection of a better proton-conducting phase in the anode is critical to further increase the cell power output.

  4. Dissolution-precipitation mechanism of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis of TiC-Cu cermets

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    2007-01-01

    The mechanism of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) of TiC-Cu cermets was studied using a combustion front quenching method. Microstructural evolution in the quenched sample was observed using scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrometry, and the combustion temperature was measured. The results showed that the combustion reaction started with local formation of Ti-Cu melt and could be described with the dissolution-precipitation mechanism,namely, Ti, Cu, and C particles dissolved into the Ti-Cu solution and TiC particles precipitated in the saturated Ti-Cu-C liquid solution. The local formation of Ti-Cu melt resulted from the solid diffusion between Ti and Cu particles.

  5. Study of the Ni-NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-YSZ cermet for its possible application as an anode in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Reyes-Rojas, A [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados SC, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Facultad de Quimica, Toluca (Mexico); Esparza-Ponce, H E [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados SC, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Reyes-Gasga, J [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Fisica, Mexico DF (Mexico)

    2006-05-17

    Nanocrystalline Ni-NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-YSZ cermet with a possible application as anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) has been developed. The powders were prepared by using an alternative solid-state method that includes the use of nickel acetylacetonate as an inorganic precursor to obtain a highly porous material after sintering at 1400 {sup o}C and oxide reduction (NiO -Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YSZ {yields} Ni-NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-YSZ) at 800 {sup o}C for 8 h in a tubular reactor furnace using 10% H{sub 2}/N{sub 2}. Eight samples with 45% Ni and 55% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YSZ in concentrations of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides from 10 to 80 wt% of were mixed to obtain the cermets. The obtained material was compressed using unidirectional axial pressing and calcinations from room temperature to 800 {sup o}C. Good results were registered using a heating rate of 1 {sup o}C min{sup -1} and a special ramp to avoid anode cracking. Thermal expansion, electrical conductivity, and structural characterization by thermo-mechanical analyser (TMA) techniques/methods, the four-point probe method for conductivity, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and the Rietveld method were carried out. Cermets in the range 5.5 to 11% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} present a crystal size around 200 nm. An inversion degree (I) in the NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel structure of the cermets Ni-NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-YSZ was found after the sintering and reduction processes. Good electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient were obtained for the cermet with 12 wt% of spinel structure formation.

  6. Improvement in SOFC anode performance by finely-structured Ni/YSZ cermet prepared via heterocoagulation.

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    Sunagawa, Yoji; Yamamoto, Katsutoshi; Muramatsu, Atsushi

    2006-03-30

    A novel preparation technique for a nanostructured anode for a solid oxide fuel cell is investigated. By mixing nanometer-sized NiO and YSZ powders in a pH-controlled aqueous media, a fine mixture of nanoparticles is successfully obtained through heterocoagulation. The anode prepared from thus prepared mixture has a large triple phase boundary and shows a great improvement in the anode performance by increasing the electric conductivity and effective surface area.

  7. Preliminary testing of NiFe2O4-NiO-Ni cermet as inert anode in Na3AlF6-AlF3 melts

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    LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; LI Jie; YE Shao-long; LIU Ye-xiang

    2006-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of cermet 83(90NiFe2O4-10NiO)-17Ni at different temperatures was measured in air, the operating performance of inert anode was evaluated in a laboratory electrolysis cell with various electrolyte compositions. The results indicate that the electrical resistivity of cermet studied has negative temperature coefficient, which is the characteristic of semi-conducting material. The proper addition of AlF3 in the bath can improve the corrosion resistance of cermet inert anode, but excess adding amount will cause the catastrophic corrosion. Post-examination of anodes shows that metal Ni leaches preferentially on the anode surface. Chemical dissolution, electrolyte penetration as well as electrochemical dissolution serve as major corrosion mechanisms.

  8. Detailed impedance characterization of a well performing and durable Ni:CGO infiltrated cermet anode for metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Klemensø, Trine; Blennow Tullmar, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Further knowledge of the novel, well performing and durable Ni:CGO infiltrated cermet anode for metal supported fuel cells has been acquired by means of a detailed impedance spectroscopy study. The anode impedance was shown to consist of three arcs. Porous electrode theory (PET) represented...... as a transmission line response could account for the intermediate frequency arc. The PET model enabled a detailed insight into the effect of adding minor amounts of Ni into the infiltrated CGO and allowed an estimation of important characteristics such as the electrochemical utilization thickness of the anode...... of the infiltrated submicron sized particles was surprisingly robust. TEM analysis revealed the nano sized Ni particles to be trapped within the CGO matrix, which along the self limiting grain growth of the CGO seem to be able to stabilize the submicron structured anode....

  9. Results from 100 h electrolysis testing of NiFe2O4 based cermet as inert anode in aluminum reduction

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    LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; LI Jie; YE Shao-long; LI Xin-zheng; LIU Ye-xiang

    2006-01-01

    A 100 mm diameter cup-shaped inert anode for aluminum electrolysis consisting of cermet 17Ni/83(10NiO-90NiFe2O4) was prepared and the operating performance was evaluated in a laboratory cell with the electrolyte CR2.3 and Al2O3 concentration 7.43% (mass fraction). The results indicate that no major operational difficulties are encountered during the testing which lasts for 101.5 h and the inert anode exhibits good general performances. The steady-state average concentration of impurity Ni in the bath is close to the solubility, however, the Fe concentration is lower than its solubility. The contents of the main contaminants for aluminum produced are Ni 0.128 8%, Fe 1.007 4%. The corrosion rate of inert anode under electrolysis conditions based on the content of impurity Ni in metal aluminum is approximately 8.51 mm/a.

  10. Superstructure formation and variation in Ni-GDC cermet anodes in SOFC.

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Auchterlonie, Graeme John; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-05-28

    The microstructures and spatial distributions of constituent elements at the anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been characterized by analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High resolution TEM observations demonstrate two different types of superstructure formation in grain interiors and at grain boundaries. Energy-filtered TEM elemental imaging qualitatively reveals that mixture zones exist at metal-ceramic grain boundaries, which is also quantitatively verified by STEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was apparent that both metallic Ni and the rare-earth elements Ce/Gd in gadolinium-doped ceria can diffuse into each other with equal diffusion lengths (about 100 nm). This will lead to the existence of mutual diffusion zones at grain boundaries, accompanied by a change in the valence state of the diffusing ions, as identified by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). Such mutual diffusion is believed to be the dominant factor that gives rise to superstructure formation at grain boundaries, while a different superstructure is formed at grain interiors, as a consequence solely of the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) during H(2) treatment. This work will enhance the fundamental understanding of microstructural evolution at the anode, correlating with advancements in sample preparation in order to improve the performance of SOFC anodes.

  11. Enhancing Sulfur Tolerance of Ni-Based Cermet Anodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Ytterbium-Doped Barium Cerate Infiltration.

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    Li, Meng; Hua, Bin; Luo, Jing-Li; Jiang, San Ping; Pu, Jian; Chi, Bo; Li, Jian

    2016-04-27

    Conventional anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are Ni-based cermets, which are highly susceptible to deactivation by contaminants in hydrocarbon fuels. Hydrogen sulfide is one of the commonly existed contaminants in readily available natural gas and gasification product gases of pyrolysis of biomasses. Development of sulfur tolerant anode materials is thus one of the critical challenges for commercial viability and practical application of SOFC technologies. Here we report a viable approach to enhance substantially the sulfur poisoning resistance of a Ni-gadolinia-doped ceria (Ni-GDC) anode through impregnation of proton conducting perovskite BaCe0.9Yb0.1O3-δ (BCYb). The impregnation of BCYb nanoparticles improves the electrochemical performance of the Ni-GDC anode in both H2 and H2S containing fuels. Moreover, more importantly, the enhanced stability is observed in 500 ppm of H2S/H2. The SEM and XPS analysis indicate that the infiltrated BCYb fine particles inhibit the adsorption of sulfur and facilitate sulfur removal from active sites, thus preventing the detrimental interaction between sulfur and Ni-GDC and the formation of cerium sulfide. The preliminary results of the cell with the BCYb+Ni-GDC anode in methane fuel containing 5000 ppm of H2S show the promising potential of the BCYb infiltration approach in the development of highly active and stable Ni-GDC-based anodes fed with hydrocarbon fuels containing a high concentration of sulfur compounds.

  12. Cu-SiO sub 2 /Cu-cermet selective absorbers for solar photothermal conversion. [Cu-SiO sub 2

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    Garnich, F.; Sailer, E. (Ludwig-Maximilian-Univ. Muenchen (Germany, F.R.))

    1990-01-01

    Cermet solar selective surfaces of absorptance higher than 0.93 and emittance less than 0.05 have been prepared by vacuum coevaporation of quartz glass and copper. Tandem films consisting of this cermet and a copper reflector exhibit thermal stability up to at least 550 K and calculated Carnot photothermal conversion efficiency up to 0.3. (orig.).

  13. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A.; Aricò, A. S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L. R.; Antonucci, V.

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH 4 electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800 °C. A maximum power density of 320 mW cm -2 at 800 °C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300 h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750 °C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species.

  14. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A. [Pirelli Labs S.p.A., Viale Sarca 222, I-20126 Milan (Italy); Arico, A.S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L.R.; Antonucci, V. [CNR-ITAE, Via Salita Santa Lucia Sopra Contesse 5, I-98125 Messina (Italy)

    2007-01-10

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH{sub 4} electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800{sup o}C. A maximum power density of 320mWcm{sup -2} at 800{sup o}C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750{sup o}C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species. (author)

  15. Degradation of conductivity and microstructure under thermal and current load in Ni-YSZ cermets for SOFC anodes

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    Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Barfod, R.; Liu, Yuliang

    2006-01-01

    The degradation of electrical conductivity in porous nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia composite cermets in a H2/H2O atmosphere under high temperature treatments has been investigated. The parameters varied were: temperature, water partial pressure, and electrical current load. The microstructure...... was analyzed before and after the treatment by optical microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). From the optical images the particle size and total amount of Ni, as area fraction, in the sample were measured. By the use of charge contrast (CC) in the FE-SEM particle size and area...

  16. Model-supported interpretation of the electrochemical characteristics of solid oxide fuel cells with Ni/YSZ cermet anodes; Modellgestuetzte Interpretation der elektrochemischen Charakteristik von Festoxid-Brennstoffzellen mit Ni/YSZ-Cermetanoden

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    Gewies, Stefan

    2009-01-29

    This work presents the development, validation and application of a multiscale model for the detailed description of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a Ni/YSZ (nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia) cermet anode. The aim of the study is the identification of the physico-chemical loss processes, as seen in impedance spectra and polarization curves. The model consists of an elementary kinetic description of the electrochemistry including the development of an electrical double layer at the electrode/electrolyte interface of the cermet anode, a homogenized description of charge and gas-phase transport in the electrodes as well as a macroscopic description of convective and diffusive mass transport in the gas phase above the electrodes. For the rst time this study allows for a complete description of the impedance spectra of a diffusively fuel-supplied cermet anode. By comparing simulations with experiments on symmetrical cells (University of Karlsruhe) three dominant loss processes could be identified. The model was extended to account for the description of segmented SOFCs. In correspondence with experimental data (German Aerospace Center) the simulations show strong gradients in current densities and gas concentrations. (orig.)

  17. Effect of H{sub 2}S on the thermodynamic stability and electrochemical performance of Ni cermet-type of anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Venkateswara Rao, M.

    2006-11-15

    For SOFCs to be main means of power generation, they should be able to exploit wide variety of fuels. Among Ni-cermets, Ni-YSZ is the state-of-the-art materials for SOFC-anode which is the fuel electrode. But sulphur impurity present in different gaseous fuels (e.g Biogas), depending on its concentration, is highly poisonous to the stability and electrochemical performance of the Ni catalyst in the cermet anodes. Thus in this study the microstructural stability of Ni-YSZ, Ni-CGO and Ni-LSGM cermets in H{sub 2}S-containing hydrogen gas is studied in the intermediate temperature range of SOFC operation. Thermodynamic modelling of Ni-S-O-H quaternary system was performed for the calculation of thermodynamic stability and sulphur-tolerance limit of Ni in the gaseous atmosphere made up of H, O and S. The effect of presence H{sub 2}S in fuel gas, in the concentrations well below the thermodynamic tolerance limit, on the electrochemical performance of the anodes is studied by using model Ni-patterned electrodes on YSZ and LSGM. Thermodynamic modelling of the Ni-S-O-H quaternary was performed by employing CALPHAD methodology. The modelling of Ni-S binary phase diagram was performed by using sublattice models for the non-stoichiometric phases. The optimised binaries of Ni-O, and Ni-H were taken from the literature. The Ni-O-S and Ni-O-H ternaries were extrapolated from the lower order binaries. In Ni-O-S ternary, NiSO{sub 4} is the only ternary compound present. The ternary compounds, Ni(OH){sub 2} and NiOOH in the Ni-O-H ternary were considered as stoichiometric line compounds. The model parameters of the ternary compounds were optimised using the experimental data. The Ni-S-O-H quaternary was calculated by extrapolation method as employed in the CALPHAD methodology. Inorder to understand the H{sub 2}-oxidation mechanism and the role played by the electrolyte in the reaction mechanism, symmetrical cells of Ni-patterned YSZ single crystals with different crystallographic

  18. Electrical resistivity of NiFe2O4 ceramic and NiFe2O4 based cermets

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    田忠良; 赖延清; 李劼; 张刚; 刘业翔

    2004-01-01

    NiFe2O4 ceramic and NiFe2O4 based cermets, expected to be used as the inert anodes in aluminum electrolysis, were prepared and their electrical resistivities were measured at different temperatures. The effects of temperature and composition on their electrical resistivities were investigated. The results indicate that the electrical resistivities of NiFe2O4 based cermets mainly depend on temperature, resistivity of ceramic matrix, composition and dispersion of the metal phase among ceramic matrix. The electrical resistivity of NiFe2O4 ceramic decreases from 10. 094 Ω · cm to 0. 475 Ω · em with increasing temperature from 573 K to 1 233 K. The electrical resistivities of NiFe2O4 based cermets are greatly lowered, but decrease with increasing the temperature with similar trend compared to that of NiFe2O4 ceramic. The resistivities of NiFe2O4 based cermets containing 5 % Ni, 5 % Cu and 5 % CuNi alloy are 0. 046 8, 0.066 8 and 0. 0532 Ω · cm at 1 233 K, respectively, which are all acceptable as inert anode materials compared to that of the current carbon anode used for aluminum electrolysis.

  19. Optical properties of porous anodic alumina embedded Cu nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Huiyuan; Sun, Huiyuan; Liu, Lihu; Hou, Xue; Jia, Xiaoxuan

    2015-06-01

    Porous anodic alumina embedded Cu with iridescent colors were fabricated in copper sulfate electrolyte. The films display highly saturated colors after being synthesized by an ac electrodeposition method. Tunable color in the films is obtained by adjusting anodization time, and can be adjusted across the entire visible range. Theoretical results of the changes in the structural color according to the Bragg-Snell formula are consistent with the experimental results. The films could be used in many areas including decoration, display and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  20. Surface properties of copper based cermet materials

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

    2008-08-25

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

  1. Preliminary testing of NiFe2O4-NiO as ceramic matrix of cermet inert anode in aluminum electrolysis

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    秦庆伟; 赖延清; 肖劲; 李劼; 刘业翔

    2003-01-01

    Sintered samples of nickel ferrite-nickel oxide ceramic, usually used as the ceramic phase of cermet inert anode in aluminum electrolysis, were prepared and characterized. The solubilities of NiFe2O4-NiO ceramics were measured using an equilibration technique in the Na3AlF6-10%AlF3-5%CaF2-5 %Al2O3 melts at 960 ℃. Electrical resistivity was also measured for NiFe2O4-NiO ceramic samples prepared using the usual ceramic technique as function of temperature and content of NiO with an improved pyroconductivity test device, consisting of a specially constructed closed furnace and a Potentiostat/Galvanostat, based on the conventional direct current four-probe technique. Results show that, under the experimental conditions, the solubility of Fe from NiFe2O4 is 0.06% and Ni from NiFe2O4 is 0.008%. The solubility of Fe and Ni from NiFe2O4-NiO ceramic is inversely related to each other. The solubility of Ni increases but overall solubility of NiFe2O4-NiO ceramics decreases with increasing NiO content. The studied ceramic samples have a semiconductor behavior where electrical resistivity ρ decreases with increasing temperature and the resistivity ρ increases with increasing porosity. The resistivity ρ of NiFe2O4-NiO ceramic shows a minimum with increasing the content of NiO at various temperatures.

  2. Cu-Ni-YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cell by mechanical alloying processing

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    Guisard Restivo, Thomaz A.; Mello-Castanho, Sonia R.H. [IPEN, Inst. of Energetic and Nuclear Research, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2010-01-15

    The work shows some results concerning a new cermet material 40 vol.% [(Cu)-Ni]-YSZ processed by mechanical alloying followed by Sintering by Activated Surface method. The projected cermet microstructure for this application is expected to possess microstructural characteristics that lead to better electric and ionic percolating, higher electrocatalytic activity and fuel reforming. The powder samples prepared by mechanical alloying optimized conditions show a homogeneous mixture. Transmission and scanning electron microscope analysis have demonstrated the powder particles are nanosized after 2 h of milling, showing lamellar internal structure aggregates. Suitable sintered pellets are obtained from these powders, within the required porosity and microstructure. Sintering kinetics studies for pellets of Ni-YSZ and Ni-Cu-YSZ indicate 2-step sintering processes. Copper additive promotes sintering and refines the microstructure. (orig.)

  3. Influence of the indium concentration on microstructural and electrical properties of proton conducting NiO–BaCe{sub 0.9−x}In{sub x}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} cermet anodes for IT-SOFC application

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    Zunic, Milan, E-mail: milan@iq.unesp.br [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP–LIEC, CMDMC, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, 55, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 1, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Brankovic, Goran [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 1, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Foschini, Cesar Renato; Cilense, Mario; Longo, Elson; Varela, José Arana [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP–LIEC, CMDMC, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, 55, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2013-06-25

    Highlights: ► The influence of indium concentration on anode properties was investigated. ► The cermet anode powders were obtained without any undesirable phases. ► Anode substrates were tested on chemical stability in the CO{sub 2} atmosphere. ► Conductivity measurements confirmed percolation through Ni grains. ► Fuel cell tests confirmed functionality of anode substrates. -- Abstract: Optimization of the major properties of anodes based on proton conductors, such as microstructure, conductivity and chemical stability, is yet to be achieved. In this study we investigated the influence of indium on the chemical stability, microstructural and electrical characteristics of proton conducting NiO–BaCe{sub 0.9−x}In{sub x}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} (NiO–BCIYx) anodes. Four compositions of cermet anode substrates NiO–BCIYx were prepared using the method of evaporation and decomposition of solutions and suspensions (EDSS). Sintered anode substrates were reduced and their microstructural and electrical properties were examined before and after reduction as a function of the amount of indium. Anode substrates tested on chemical stability in the CO{sub 2} atmosphere showed high stability compared to anode substrates based on commonly used doped barium cerates. Microstructural properties of the anode pellets before and after testing in CO{sub 2} were investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis. Impedance spectroscopy measurements were used for evaluation of electrical properties of the anode pellets and the conductivity values of reduced anodes of more than 14 S cm{sup −1} at 600 °C confirmed percolations through Ni particles. Under fuel cell operating conditions, the cell with a Ni–BCIY20 anode achieved the highest performance, demonstrating a peak power density 223 mW/cm{sup 2} at 700 °C confirming the functionality of Ni–BCIY anodes.

  4. 添加Zn对AgCu钎料在TiC金属陶瓷表面润湿性的影响%Influence of Zn addition on wettability of AgCu brazing alloy on TiC cermet

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    雷敏; 张丽霞; 李宏伟; 冯吉才

    2012-01-01

    Wetting experiments of AgCu eutectic brazing alloy and AgCuZn brazing alloy with 30wt.% Zn addition were performed on TiC cermet.Based on observation of wetting angles of the two brazing alloys on the cermet and interfacial microstructure,it is found that wettability of brazing alloy on TiC cermet is greatly improved by Zn addition.When AgCu brazing alloy was adopted,the microstructure was Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/(Cu,Ni)+Ag(s.s)/TiC cermet+Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/TiC cermet from the near exterior surface of the alloy to the cermet.However,when Zn was added into AgCu brazing alloy,the microstructure was Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)+(Cu,Ni)/Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/(Cu,Ni)/TiC cermet+Ag(s.s)+ Cu(s.s)/TiC cermet.And it's shown that evaporation of Zn in the vacuum improves dissolution and diffusion of Ni at the interface and the wetting angle of the brazing alloy on the cermet decreases from 120.6° to 33.9°.%分别采用AgCu共晶钎料和AgCu共晶钎料中添加30%(质量分数)Zn的AgCuZn钎料在TiC金属陶瓷表面进行润湿试验.结果表明,Zn元素的添加显著改善了钎料在TiC金属陶瓷表面的润湿性;AgCu钎料润湿TiC金属陶瓷时,从近钎料外表面到钎料/陶瓷界面,组织依次为Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/(Cu,Ni)+Ag(s.s)/TiC金属陶瓷+Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/TiC金属陶瓷;而采用AgCuZn钎料润湿TiC金属陶瓷后,从近钎料外表面到钎料/陶瓷界面,组织依次为Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)+(Cu,Ni)/Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/(Cu,Ni)/TiC金属陶瓷+Ag(s.s)+Cu(s.s)/TiC金属陶瓷.Zn元素在真空中挥发促进了界面处Ni原子的溶解和扩散,使钎料在陶瓷表面的润湿角由120.6°减小到33.9°.

  5. Porous anodic film formation on an Al-3.5wt% Cu alloy

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    Paez, M. A.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G. E.; Saez, M.; Bustos, O.; Monsalve, A.

    2003-07-01

    The morphological development of porous anodic films in the initial stages is examined during anodizing an Al-3,5 wt% Cu alloy in phosphoric acid. Using transmission electron microscopy a sequence of ultramicrotomed anodic sections reveals the dynamic evolution of numerous features in the thickening film in the initial stages of anodizing. The morphological changes in the anodic oxides in the initial stages of its formation appears related to the formation of bubbles during film growth. From Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) analysis of the film, the formation of the bubbles is associated with the enrichment of copper in the alloy due to growth of the anodic oxide. On the other hand, during constant current anodizing of Al-Cu in phosphoric acid, the current efficiency is considerably less than that for anodizing super pure aluminium under similar conditions. >From the contrasting results between the charge consumed calculated from RBS and the real charge consumed during anodizing, oxygen gas bubbles generation and copper oxidation seem to be of less importance on the low efficiency for film formation. It is apparent that the main cause of losing efficiency for film growth on Al-Cu is associated with generation of oxygen ar residual second phase, with the development of stresses in the film and, the consequence of these effects on film cracking during film growth. (Author) 10 refs.

  6. Anodic Stripping Determination of Pt (IV) Based on the Anodic Oxidation of Cu from the Intermetallic Phase of Cu[3]Pt

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    Ustinova, Elvira Maratovna; Kolpakova, Nina Alexandrovna

    2014-01-01

    It is shown that platinum can be determined by anodic stripping voltammetry at the peak of selective electrooxidation of copper from intermetallic phase with platinum of Cu[3]Pt composition. The composition of intermetallic copper-platinum phase formed on the electrode during pre-electrolysis was calculated on the amount of potential displacement (delta Е) of copper electrooxidation.

  7. EFFECT OF STRUCTURAL PARAMETERS ON THE THERMAL STRESS OF A NiFe2O4-BASED CERMET INERT ANODE IN ALUMINUM ELECTROLYSIS

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    J. Li; Z.G. Wang; Y. Q. Lai; Y.Y. Wu; S.L. Ye

    2007-01-01

    Inert anode has been a hot issue in the aluminum industry for many decades. With the help of FEA (finite element analysis) software ANSYS, a model was developed to simulate the thermal stress distribution working condition of an inert anode. To reduce its thermal stress,the effect of some parameters on the thermal stress distribution was investigated, including the anode height, the anode radius, the hole depth, the hole radius, and the radius of inner chamfer and outer chamfer. The results showed that in the actual working condition of an inert anode, there existed a large axial tensile stress near the tangent interface between the anode and bath, which was the major cause of anode breaking. Increasing the anode height and reducing the hole depth properly seemed to be beneficial for the stress distribution. With the increase of anode radius, the stress distribution became better first and then deteriorated,the reasonable value was between 0.045 to 0.06m. The hole radius had a significant effect on the stress and a smaller radius would reduce the thermal stress. The effect of the radius of the inner chamfer and the outer chamfer was less than other parameters.

  8. Effect of working condition on thermal stress of NiFe2O4-based cermet inert anode in aluminum electrolysis

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    LI Jie; WANG Zhi-gang; LAI Yan-qing; LIU Wei; YE Shao-long

    2007-01-01

    Based on the FEA software ANSYS, a model was developed to simulate the thermal stress distribution of inert anode. In order to reduce its thermal stress, the effect of some parameters on thermal stress distribution was investigated, including the temperature of electrolyte, the current, the anode cathode distance, the anode immersion depth, the surrounding temperature and the convection coefficient between anode and circumstance. The results show that there exists a large axial tensile stress near the tangent interface between the anode and bath, which is the major cause of anode breaking. Increasing the temperature of electrolyte or the anode immersion depth will deteriorate the stress distribution of inert anode. When the bath temperature increases from 750 to 970 ℃, the maximal value and absolute minimal value of the 1st principal stress increase by 29.7% and 29.6%, respectively. When the anode immersion depth is changed from 1 to 10 cm, the maximal value and absolute minimal value of the 1st principal stress increase by 52.1% and 65.0%, respectively. The effects of other parameters on stress distribution are not significant.

  9. Stability, characterization and functionality of proton conducting NiO–BaCe{sub 0.85−x}Nb{sub x}Y{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ} cermet anodes for IT-SOFC application

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    Žunić, Milan, E-mail: milan@iq.unesp.br [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP-LIEC, CMDMC, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, 55, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 1, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Branković, Goran [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 1, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Basoli, Francesco [Department of Chemical Science and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Cilense, Mario; Longo, Elson; Varela, José Arana [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP-LIEC, CMDMC, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, 55, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • The influence niobium concentration on properties of anode substrates was investigated. • The cermet anode powders were obtained without any undesirable phases. • Porous anode substrates showed chemical stability in the CO{sub 2} atmosphere. • Conductivity values of reduced anode samples were σ{sup *} > 50 S cm{sup −1}. • Fuel cell tests demonstrated functionality of anode substrates. - Abstract: There are many of properties of anodes based on proton conductors, like microstructure, conductivity and chemical stability, which should be optimized. In this work we were dealing with the influence of niobium on the chemical stability, microstructural and electrical characteristics of proton conducting NiO–BaCe{sub 0.85−x}Nb{sub x}Y{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ} (NiO–BCNYx) anodes. Four anode substrates NiO–BCNYx of different Nb concentration were prepared using the method of evaporation and decomposition of solutions and suspensions (EDSS). Sintered anode substrates were reduced and their microstructural and electrical properties were examined before and after reduction as a function of the amount of niobium. Chemical stability tests showed strong influence of Nb amount on the chemical stability of anodes in the CO{sub 2}. Microstructural properties of the anode pellets before and after testing in CO{sub 2} were investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis. Electrical properties of anode samples were examined by impedance spectroscopy measurements and the conductivity values of reduced anodes were more than 50 S cm{sup −1} at 600 °C confirming percolation through Ni particles. Fuel cells were fabricated with aim to examine the functionality of anodes. During the fuel cell test the cell with Ni–BCNY10 anode achieved the highest performance, demonstrating a peak power density of 164 mW cm{sup −2} at 650 °C, which confirmed the functionality of Ni–BCNY anodes.

  10. CuO nanorods/graphene nanocomposites for high-performance lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Wang, Qi; Zhao, Jun; Shan, Wanfei; Xia, Xinbei; Xing, Lili; Xue, Xinyu, E-mail: xuexinyu@mail.neu.edu.cn

    2014-03-25

    Highlights: • CuO/GNS nanocomposites are synthesized by a hydrothermal method. • CuO/GNSs as LIB anodes exhibit much higher cyclability and capacity than CuO nanostructures. • Such excellent performances can be attributed to the synergistic effect between CuO and GNSs. -- Abstract: CuO/graphene nanocomposites are synthesized by a hydrothermal method, and their application as anodes of lithium-ion batteries has been investigated. CuO nanorods are uniformly coating on the surface of graphene nanosheets. CuO/graphene nanocomposites exhibit high cyclability and capacity. After 50 cycles, the capacity can maintain at 692.5 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 C rate (10 h per half cycle). Such a high performance can be attributed to the synergistic effect between graphene nanosheets and CuO nanorods. The present results indicate that CuO/graphene nanocomposites have potential applications in the anodes of lithium-ion battery.

  11. Structured SiCu thin films in LiB as anodes

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    Polat, B.D., E-mail: bpolat@itu.edu.tr [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469 (Turkey); Eryilmaz, O.L.; Erck, R. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Keleş, O., E-mail: ozgulkeles@itu.edu.tr [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469 (Turkey); Erdemir, A. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Amine, K. [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2014-12-01

    Both helical and inclined columnar Si–10 at.% Cu structured thin films were deposited on Cu substrates using glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. In order to deposit Cu and Si two evaporation sources were used. Ion assistance was utilized in the first 5 min of the GLAD to enhance the adhesion and the density of the films. These films were characterized by thin film XRD, GDOES, SEM, and EDS. Electrochemical characterizations were made by testing the thin films as anodes in half-cells for 100 cycles. The results showed that the columnar SiCu thin film delivered 2200 mAh g{sup −1}, where the helical one exhibited 2600 mAh g{sup −1}, and, their initial coulombic efficiencies were found to be 38%–50% respectively. For the columnar and the helical thin film anodes, sustainable 520 and 800 mAh g{sup −1} with 90% and 99% coulombic efficiencies were achieved for 100 cycles. These sustainable capacities showed the importance of the thin film structure having nano-sized crystals and amorphous particles. The higher surface area of the helices increases the capacity of the electrode because the contact area of the thin film anode with Li ions is increased, and the polarization which otherwise forms on the anode surface due to SEI formation is decreased. In addition, because of larger interspaces between the helices the ability of the anode to accommodate the volumetric changes is improved, which results in a higher coulombic efficiency and capacity retention during cycling test. - Highlights: • Cu and Si atoms were co-evaporated to form composite thin film. • GLAD is an alternative method to form new electrodes for LIB. • Uses of the composite helices and nanocolumns as anodes were shown experimentally. • IAD was used to improve the adhesion of the structured thin films. • High surface area, porosities and Cu presence improve the Si anode performance.

  12. Development of boron carbide-copper cermets. Status report

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    1979-09-01

    The status of a program to develop a B/sub 4/C-Cu cermet for Breeder Reactor spent-fuel shipping cask neutron shields is presented. It is shown that inspectable 6 to 7 cm thick 60 to 70 volume percent B/sub 4/C cermets can be fabricated using hot isostatic powder processing procedures. An alternative manufacturing method, rheocasting, also appears to be a promising, perhaps more cost-effective method for producing these cermets. Recommendations for further development of these manufacturing processes are given.

  13. Electroless Cu Plating on Anodized Al Substrate for High Power LED.

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    Rha, Sa-Kyun; Lee, Youn-Seoung

    2015-03-01

    Area-selective copper deposition on screen printed Ag pattern/anodized Al/Al substrate was attempted using a neutral electroless plating processes for printed circuit boards (PCBs), according to a range of variation of pH 6.5-pH 8 at 70 °C. The utilized basic electroless solution consisted of copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate, sodium phosphinate monohydrate, sodium citrate tribasic dihydrate, ammonium chloride, and nickel(II) sulfate hexahydrate. The pH of the copper plating solutions was adjusted from pH 6.5 to pH 8 using NH4OH. Using electroless plating in pH 6.5 and pH 7 baths, surface damage to the anodized Al layer hardly occurred; the structure of the plated Cu-rich films was a typical fcc-Cu, but a small Ni component was co-deposited. In electroless plating at pH 8, the surface of the anodized Al layer was damaged and the Cu film was composed of a lot of Ni and P which were co-deposited with Cu. Finally, in a pH 7 bath, we can make a selectively electroless plated Cu film on a PCB without any lithography and without surface damage to the anodized Al layer.

  14. Evidence and analysis of parallel growth mechanisms in Cu{sub 2}O films prepared by Cu anodization

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    Caballero-Briones, F., E-mail: fcaballerobriones@ub.ed [Department of Physical Chemistry, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CIBER-BBN, Maria de Luna 11, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Palacios-Padros, A. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Calzadilla, O. [Facultad de Fisica, Universidad de La Habana, San Lazaro y L, Colina Universitaria, 10400 Vedado, La Habana (Cuba); Sanz, Fausto, E-mail: fsanz@ub.ed [Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Edifici Helix, Baldiri i Reixac 15-21, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Department of Physical Chemistry, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CIBER-BBN, Maria de Luna 11, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2010-05-30

    We have studied the preparation of Cu{sub 2}O films by copper anodization in a 0.1 M NaOH electrolyte. We identified the potential range at which Cu{sup +} dissolution takes place then we prepared films with different times of exposure to this potential. The morphology, crystalline structure, band gap, Urbach energy and thickness of the films were studied. Films prepared with the electrode unexposed to the dissolution potential have a pyramidal growth typical of potential driven processes, while samples prepared at increasing exposure times to dissolution potential present continuous nucleation, growth and grain coalescence. We observed a discrepancy in the respective film thicknesses calculated by coulometry, atomic force microscopy and optical reflectance. We propose that anodic Cu{sub 2}O film formation involves three parallel mechanisms (i) Cu{sub 2}O nucleation at the surface, (ii) Cu{sup +} dissolution followed by heterogeneous nucleation and (iii) Cu{sup +} and OH{sup -} diffusion through the forming oxide and subsequent reaction in the solid state.

  15. In situ characterization of nanoscale catalysts during anodic redox processes

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    Sharma, Renu [National Institute of Standards and Technology; Crozier, Peter [Arizona State University; Adams, James [Arizona State University

    2013-09-19

    Controlling the structure and composition of the anode is critical to achieving high efficiency and good long-term performance. In addition to being a mixed electronic and ionic conductor, the ideal anode material should act as an efficient catalyst for oxidizing hydrogen, carbon monoxide and dry hydrocarbons without de-activating through either sintering or coking. It is also important to develop novel anode materials that can operate at lower temperatures to reduce costs and minimized materials failure associated with high temperature cycling. We proposed to synthesize and characterize novel anode cermets materials based on ceria doped with Pr and/or Gd together with either a Ni or Cu metallic components. Ceria is a good oxidation catalyst and is an ionic conductor at room temperature. Doping it with trivalent rare earths such as Pr or Gd retards sintering and makes it a mixed ion conductor (ionic and electronic). We have developed a fundamental scientific understanding of the behavior of the cermet material under reaction conditions by following the catalytic oxidation process at the atomic scale using a powerful Environmental Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (ESTEM). The ESTEM allowed in situ monitoring of structural, chemical and morphological changes occurring at the cermet under conditions approximating that of typical fuel-cell operation. Density functional calculations were employed to determine the underlying mechanisms and reaction pathways during anode oxidation reactions. The dynamic behavior of nanoscale catalytic oxidation of hydrogen and methane were used to determine: ? Fundamental processes during anodic reactions in hydrogen and carbonaceous atmospheres ? Interfacial effects between metal particles and doped ceria ? Kinetics of redox reaction in the anode material

  16. Polarization properties of porous anodic alumina with Y-branched Cu nanowires

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    Xuejun Su; Lichun Zhang; Qingshan Li; Dechun Liang

    2008-01-01

    @@ Porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates with branch structure are fabricated by the two-step anodic oxidation processes, and then the Y-branched Cu nanowires are synthesized in the templates using an alternating current (AC) deposition method. We observe the morphology image of the samples by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and measure the transmission spectrum and the polarization spectrum of the samples by the spectrophotometer. The results show that PAA films with Y-branched Cu nanowires have better transmittance in the near infrared region. An extinction ratio of 15-18 dB and an insertion loss of 0.1-0.4 dB are obtained in this region. Therefore PAA with Y-branched Cu nanowires can be used as a near-infrared micropolarizer, and this kind of micropolarizer would have a promising future in the field of photoelectricity integration.

  17. Corrosion behavior of Cu-Ni-Ag-Al alloy anodes in aluminium electrolysis

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    徐君莉; 石忠宁; 邱竹贤

    2004-01-01

    The behavior of Cu-Ni-Ag-Al alloy used as anode for aluminum electrolysis was directly visualized in a two-compartment see-through cell during electrolysis, and its performances were tested at 850℃ in acidic electrolyte molten salts consisting of 39.3 % NaF-43.7 % AlF3-8 % NaCl-5 % CAF2-4 % Al2 O3 for 40 h in a laboratory cell. The results show that nascent oxygen oxidizes the anodic surface to form oxide film at the beginning of electrolysis. X-ray diffraction analysis of alloy surface show that the oxide film on the anodic surface consists of CuO, NiO, Al2O3,CuAl2 O4 and NiAl2 O4. However, SEM image shows the oxide film is porous, loose and easy to fall into electrolyte and to contaminate aluminum. The corrosion mechanism of metal anodes was analyzed.

  18. Onion-like carbon coated CuO nanocapsules: A highly reversible anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Liu, Xianguo, E-mail: liuxianguohugh@gmail.com [Anhui Key Laboratory of Metal Materials and Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002 (China); Bi, Nannan; Feng, Chao [Anhui Key Laboratory of Metal Materials and Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002 (China); Or, Siu Wing [Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Sun, Yuping [Center for Engineering practice and Innovation Education, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002 (China); Jin, Chuangui; Li, Weihuo; Xiao, Feng [Anhui Key Laboratory of Metal Materials and Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002 (China)

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • Onion-like carbon–coated CuO nanocapsules have been synthesized. • Onion-like carbon leads to the improved stability and electric conductivity. • CuO/C nanocapsules maintain a reversible capacity of 628.7 mA h g{sup −1} after 50 cycles. -- Abstract: The synthesis and characterization of CuO/C nanocapsules for application as anode material in lithium ion batteries are reported. Introduction of onion-like carbon shell on the CuO nanoparticles leads to the improved stability, electric conductivity and electrochemical performance. When evaluated as potential anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the novel CuO/C nanocapsules deliver an initial discharge capacity of 1043.9 mA h g{sup −1} at 100 mA g{sup −1} and maintain a high reversible capacity of 628.7 mA h g{sup −1} after 50 charge–discharge cycles, much higher than those of the CuO nanoparticles. A postmortem analysis of the CuO and CuO/C anodes subjected to prolonged cycling reveals the existence of a lower degree of surface cracking and particle breakage in the CuO/C anode than the CuO anode.

  19. Structured SiCu thin films in LiB as anodes

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    Polat, Billur Deniz [Istanbul Technical Univ. (Turkey); Eryilmaz, Osman Levent [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Erck, Robert [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Keles, O. [Istanbul Technical Univ. (Turkey); Erdemir, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Amine, Khalil [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2014-09-16

    Both helical and inclined columnar Si–10 at.% Cu structured thin films were deposited on Cu substrates using glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. In order to deposit Cu and Si two evaporation sources were used. Ion assistance was utilized in the first 5 min of the GLAD to enhance the adhesion and the density of the films. These films were characterized by thin film XRD, GDOES, SEM, and EDS. Electrochemical characterizations were made by testing the thin films as anodes in half-cells for 100 cycles. The results showed that the columnar SiCu thin film delivered 2200 mAh g-1, where the helical one exhibited 2600 mAh g-1, and, their initial coulombic efficiencies were found to be 38%–50% respectively. For the columnar and the helical thin film anodes, sustainable 520 and 800 mAh g-1 with 90% and 99% coulombic efficiencies were achieved for 100 cycles. These sustainable capacities showed the importance of the thin film structure having nano-sized crystals and amorphous particles. The higher surface area of the helices increases the capacity of the electrode because the contact area of the thin film anode with Li ions is increased, and the polarization which otherwise forms on the anode surface due to SEI formation is decreased. In addition, because of larger interspaces between the helices the ability of the anode to accommodate the volumetric changes is improved, which results in a higher coulombic efficiency and capacity retention during cycling test.

  20. One-step synthesis and microstructure of CuO-SDC composites

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    Firmino, H.C.T.; Araujo, A.J.M.; Dutra, R.P.S.; Macedo, D.A., E-mail: hellentorrano@hotmail.com, E-mail: allanjp1993@hotmail.com, E-mail: ricardopsd@gmail.com, E-mail: damaced@gmail.com [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Nascimento, R.M., E-mail: rmaribondo@ufrnet.br [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Rajesh, S., E-mail: rajeshayr@gmail.com [University of Aveiro (Portugal)

    2017-01-15

    An in situ one step synthesis route based on the polymeric precursor method was used to produce dual phase CuO-samaria doped ceria (SDC) nanocomposite powders. This chemical route allowed to obtain composite powders with reduced particle size and uniform distribution of Cu, Ce and Sm elements. The particulate material was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) combined with Rietveld refinement. CuO-SDC sintered in air between 950 to 1050 °C and subsequently reduced to Cu-SDC cermets were further characterized by XRD and scanning electron microscopy. The open porosity was measured using the Archimedes' principle. Suitable microstructures for both charge transfer and mass transport processes (30 to 45% porosity) were attained in Cu-SDC cermets previously fired at 1000 to 1050 °C. Overall results indicated that CuO-SDC composites and Cu-SDC cermets with potential application as anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) can be obtained by microstructural design. An anode supported half-cell was prepared by co-pressing and co-firing gadolinia doped ceria (CGO) and the herein synthesized CuO-SDC nanocomposite powder. (author)

  1. One-step synthesis and microstructure of CuO-SDC composites

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    H. C. T. Firmino

    Full Text Available Abstract An in situ one step synthesis route based on the polymeric precursor method was used to produce dual phase CuO-samaria doped ceria (SDC nanocomposite powders. This chemical route allowed to obtain composite powders with reduced particle size and uniform distribution of Cu, Ce and Sm elements. The particulate material was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD combined with Rietveld refinement. CuO-SDC sintered in air between 950 to 1050 °C and subsequently reduced to Cu-SDC cermets were further characterized by XRD and scanning electron microscopy. The open porosity was measured using the Archimedes’ principle. Suitable microstructures for both charge transfer and mass transport processes (30 to 45% porosity were attained in Cu-SDC cermets previously fired at 1000 to 1050 °C. Overall results indicated that CuO-SDC composites and Cu-SDC cermets with potential application as anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs can be obtained by microstructural design. An anode supported half-cell was prepared by co-pressing and co-firing gadolinia doped ceria (CGO and the herein synthesized CuO-SDC nanocomposite powder.

  2. Cu3P/RGO Nanocomposite as a New Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Liu, Shuling; He, Xiaodong; Zhu, Jianping; Xu, Liqiang; Tong, Jianbo

    2016-10-01

    Cu3P/reduced graphene oxide (Cu3P/RGO) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized by a facile one-pot method as an advanced anode material for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. Cu3P nanostructures with a polyhedral shape with the mean diameter (80–100 nm) were homogeneously anchored on the surface of RGO. The flexible RGO sheets acted as elastic buffering layer which not only reduced the volume change, but also prevented the aggregation of Cu3P nanostructures, the cracking and crumbing of electrodes. On the other hand, the presence of Cu3P nanostructures could also avoid the agglomeration of RGO sheets and retain their highly active surface area. Therefore, as an advanced anode material for high-performance lithium-ion batteries, the as-prepared Cu3P/RGO exhibited high capacity of 756.15 mAhg‑1 at the current density 500 mAg‑1 after 80 cycles, superior cyclic stability and good rate capability.

  3. Free-standing CuO nanoflake arrays coated Cu foam for advanced lithium ion battery anodes

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    Yang, Wanfeng; Wang, Jiawei; Ma, Wensheng; Dong, Chaoqun; Cheng, Guanhua; Zhang, Zhonghua

    2016-11-01

    For lithium ion batteries (LIBs), low electronic conductivity of CuO leads to rapid capacity decay and poor structural stability. Herein, we successfully fabricate three-dimensional CuO nanoflake arrays coated Cu foam by facile and efficient electrochemical oxidation. When being applied as anode material for LIBs, the CuO electrodes deliver stable reversible capacities of 523.9 mA h g-1 at 0.5 A g-1, 376.1 mA h g-1 at 1.0 A g-1 and 322.7 mA h g-1 at 2.0 A g-1 with high coulombic efficiency (>99%) after 100 cycles. A long cycle life of up to 400 cycles at 2.0 A g-1 is also achieved with the retention capacity of 193.5 mA h g-1. Moreover, the electrode exhibits excellent rate capability and can regain its original capacities as reversing to the low current densities. Noticeably, on-line differential electrochemical mass spectrometry and in situ Raman measurements confirm the formation of solid electrolyte interface film and the conversion mechanism for the CuO electrodes, respectively. The superior lithium storage performance can be attributed to the favorable nanoflake structures with high surface area and the perfect electrical contact between CuO and Cu substrate.

  4. Direct electrodeposition of Cu2Sb for lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Mosby, James M; Prieto, Amy L

    2008-08-13

    We describe the direct single potential electrodeposition of crystalline Cu2Sb, a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries, from aqueous solutions at room temperature. The use of citric acid as a complexing agent increases the solubility of antimony salts and shifts the reduction potentials of copper and antimony toward each other, enabling the direct deposition of the intermetallic compound at pH 6. Electrodeposition of Cu2Sb directly onto conducting substrates represents a facile synthetic method for the synthesis of high quality samples with excellent electrical contact to a substrate, which is critical for further battery testing.

  5. CuO/C microspheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Huang, X.H., E-mail: drhuangxh@hotmail.com [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Taizhou University, Taizhou 318000 (China); Wang, C.B.; Zhang, S.Y. [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Zhou, F., E-mail: fzhou@nuaa.edu.cn [Academy of Frontier Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China)

    2011-07-30

    Highlights: > CuO/C composite microspheres have been successfully prepared by calcining the CuCl{sub 2}/resorcinol-formaldehyde gel in argon atmosphere followed by a subsequent oxidation treatment using H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution. > CuO particles disperse homogenously inside the carbon aerogel microspheres. > Carbon aerogel microspheres have the abilities of alleviating the pulverization, suppressing the aggregation, and enhancing the conductivity of the CuO particles. Therefore, CuO/C composite microspheres exhibit better electrochemical performance than that of pure CuO. - Abstract: CuO/C microspheres are prepared by calcining CuCl{sub 2}/resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) gel in argon atmosphere followed by a subsequent oxidation process using H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution. The microstructure and morphology of materials are characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transition electron microscopy (TEM). Carbon microspheres have an average diameter of about 2 {mu}m, and CuO particles with the sizes of 50-200 nm disperse in these microspheres. The electrochemical properties of CuO/C microspheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries are investigated by galvanostatic discharge-charge and cyclic voltammetry (CV) tests. The results show that CuO/C microspheres deliver discharge and charge capacities of 470 and 440 mAh g{sup -1} after 50 cycles, and they also exhibit better rate capability than that of pure CuO. It is believed that the carbon microspheres play an important role in their electrochemical properties.

  6. Nickel-Magnesia Cermet Coatings

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    1952-06-01

    alumin " oxide cermet. To develop a bond between these tw components it in first necessary to produce a controlled film of Cr 203 on the Cr grains...somewhat more refractory. A cobalt - magnesia cermet may be made in the same way as the nickel - magnesia cermet, the bond being through the agency...of the oxide CoO. However, cobalt is not as oxidation resistant as nickel and is more strategic. Iron will wet probably all oxides and silicates and

  7. Titanium Nitride Cermets

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    1952-07-01

    C ermets 7 Effect of Amount of Metal on Strength of TiN-Ni-Cr....26 Cerme ts S Effect of Amount of Metal on Strength of TiN-Co-Cr....27 Cermets 9...Figures 7 and 8. Titanium Nitride-Nickel-Chromium Cerme ts From Figure 7, it can be seen that 2900OF was the better firing temperature. The 20% metal

  8. Characterisation of anodic layers on Cu-10Sn bronze (RDE) in aerated NaCl solution

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    Robbiola, L. [Service des Microscopies Electroniques, LECA, UMR 7575 CNRS - ENSCP - Universite Paris-6, 11, Rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, 75005 Paris (France)], E-mail: luc-robbiola@enscp.fr; Tran, T.T.M. [LISE, UPR 15 CNRS - Universite Paris-6, Case 133, 4, Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 05 (France); Dubot, P. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Surfaces, UMR 7045 CNRS - ENSCP - Universite Paris-6, 11, Rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Majerus, O. [Laboratoire de Chimie Appliquee de l' Etat Solide, UMR 7574 CNRS - ENSCP - Universite Paris-6, 11, Rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Rahmouni, K. [LISE, UPR 15 CNRS - Universite Paris-6, Case 133, 4, Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 05 (France)

    2008-08-15

    The anodic surfaces formed on Cu-10Sn (wt.%) alloy ({alpha}-bronze) are investigated in aerated 0.1 M aqueous chloride solution, using electrochemical reduction and characterisation methods such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). On the whole anodic domain, investigations performed on a bronze rotating disk electrode (RDE) reveal the systematic formation of a uniform oxidation layer. It is evidenced that the chemical composition of the layer varies with the applied anodic potential, but also that the latter always exhibits a poorly crystallised (probably nanocrystalline) hydrated and hydroxylated nature. Close to E{sub oc}, the compounds are mainly (hydroxide) oxides of tin and copper, incorporating very low amounts of chlorides. At intermediate oxidation potentials corresponding to the active-passive transition, the first oxidation peak corresponds to the formation of hydrated tin oxyhydroxide chloride species which transforms in a more stable one - probably related to the Sn(II) {yields} Sn(IV) oxidation. At higher anodic potential, on the current plateau, the layer contains hydrated tin (IV) oxyhydroxide and copper chloride (mainly CuCl). However, XRD and XPS results reveal that the barrier layer has a complex nature, including unidentified products and different spatially distributed charged surface zones. The corrosion mechanism involves an internal oxidation of the alloy linked to a preferential dissolution of copper, namely a decuprification. A decuprification factor f{sub Cu} is defined and calculated. Both f{sub Cu} and the layer thickness increase with the applied potential. We show unambiguously that the tin compounds remain in the corrosion layer, acting as stabilizing species. It is suggested that the tin species promote the formation of a network as for tin oxide xerogel, through which copper

  9. Metal-organic framework derived porous CuO/Cu2O composite hollow octahedrons as high performance anode materials for sodium ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Xiaojie; Qin, Wei; Li, Dongsheng; Yan, Dong; Hu, Bingwen; Sun, Zhuo; Pan, Likun

    2015-11-25

    Porous CuO/Cu2O composite hollow octahedrons were synthesized simply by annealing Cu-based metal-organic framework templates. When evaluated as anode materials for sodium ion batteries, they exhibit a high maximum reversible capacity of 415 mA h g(-1) after 50 cycles at 50 mA g(-1) with excellent cycling stability and good rate capability.

  10. Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer: Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance

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    Sabri, Nasehah Syamin; Yap, Chi Chin; Yahaya, Muhammad; Salleh, Muhamad Mat; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Haji

    2016-11-01

    The performance of inverted type hybrid organic solar cell based on poly(3-hexyltheopene):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) can be improved by adding an anode buffer layer of copper oxide (CuO). CuO that serves as an electron blocking layer which could effectively reduce the charge recombination at the photoactive layer (P3HT:PCBM)/silver (Ag) interfaces. At the same time, Cuo anode buffer layer could accelerate the holes collection from the photoactive layer to the top electrode. In this study we investigated the effects of ultrasonic agitation duration in preparation of solution-dispersed CuO anode buffer layer on the performance of the devices with a configuration of fluorine tin oxide (FTO)/zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays/P3HT:PCBM/ CuO/Ag. Different durations of ultrasonic agitation (0, 5, 15 and 25 min) were used for CuO nanoparticles solution dispersion to obtain the optimum particle size distribution of CuO. It was found that the smallest average particle size of CuO was obtained by applying the ultrasonic agitation for longest duration of 25 min. The highest power conversion efficiency of 1.22% was recorded from the device incorporating with CuO anode buffer layer with the smallest average particle size. It is believed that CuO anode buffer layer with the smallest average particle size had the least agglomerates, thus leading to better film formation and contact surface area.

  11. Anodic stripping voltammetric determination of Zn, Pb and Cu traces in whisky samples

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    Barbeira, P.J.S. [Departamento de Quimica - ICEx - UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Stradiotto, N.R. [Departamento de Quimica - FFCLRP - USP, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil)

    1998-07-01

    The simultaneous ``in natura`` determination of trace Zn, Pb and Cu in whisky samples by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV), using a hanging mercury drop electrode, without previous treatment or addition of supporting electrolyte is described. The choice of an appropriate stripping voltammetric method and deposition potential minimizes the influence of the organic content and ensures a good reproducibility of the measurements. The reliability of the method was tested comparing the results with those of atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), with differences of about 10%. The method allows the determination of heavy metal ions in the {mu}g L{sup -1} range. (orig.) With 3 figs., 1 tab., 18 refs.

  12. Simple solution-processed CuO{sub X} as anode buffer layer for efficient organic solar cells

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    Shen, Wenfei [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Institute of Hybrid Materials, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, 308 Ningxia Road, Qingdao 266071 (China); Yang, Chunpeng [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Bao, Xichang, E-mail: baoxc@qibebt.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Sun, Liang; Wang, Ning [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Tang, Jianguo [Institute of Hybrid Materials, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, 308 Ningxia Road, Qingdao 266071 (China); Chen, Weichao [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Yang, Renqiang, E-mail: yangrq@qibebt.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Simple solution-processed CuO{sub X} hole transport layer for efficient organic solar cell. • Good photovoltaic performances as hole transport layer in OSCs with P3HT and PBDTTT-C as donor materials. • The device with CuO{sub X} as hole transport layer shows great improved stability compared with that of device with PEDOT:PSS as hole transport layer. - Abstract: A simple, solution-processed ultrathin CuO{sub X} anode buffer layer was fabricated for high performance organic solar cells (OSCs). XPS measurement demonstrated that the CuO{sub X} was the composite of CuO and Cu{sub 2}O. The CuO{sub X} modified ITO glass exhibit a better surface contact with the active layer. The photovoltaic performance of the devices with CuO{sub X} layer was optimized by varying the thickness of CuO{sub X} films through changing solution concentration. With P3HT:PC{sub 61}BM as the active layer, we demonstrated an enhanced PCE of 4.14% with CuO{sub X} anode buffer layer, compared with that of PEDOT:PSS layer. The CuO{sub X} layer also exhibits efficient photovoltaic performance in devices with PBDTTT-C:PC{sub 71}BM as the active layer. The long-term stability of CuO{sub X} device is better than that of PEDOT:PSS device. The results indicate that the easy solution-processed CuO{sub X} film can act as an efficient anode buffer layer for high-efficiency OSCs.

  13. Cu2+1O coated polycrystalline Si nanoparticles as anode for lithium-ion battery.

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    Zhang, Junying; Zhang, Chunqian; Wu, Shouming; Liu, Zhi; Zheng, Jun; Zuo, Yuhua; Xue, Chunlai; Li, Chuanbo; Cheng, Buwen

    2016-12-01

    Cu2+1O coated Si nanoparticles were prepared by simple hydrolysis and were investigated as an anode material for lithium-ion battery. The coating of Cu2+1O on the surface of Si particles remarkably improves the cycle performance of the battery than that made by the pristine Si. The battery exhibits an initial reversible capacity of 3063 mAh/g and an initial coulombic efficiency (CE) of 82.9 %. With a current density of 300 mA/g, its reversible capacity can remains 1060 mAh/g after 350 cycles, corresponding to a CE ≥ 99.8 %. It is believed that the Cu2+1O coating enhances the electrical conductivity, and the elasticity of Cu2+1O further helps buffer the volume changes during lithiation/delithiation processes. Experiment results indicate that the electrode maintained a highly integrated structure after 100 cycles and it is in favour of the formation of stable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) on the Si surface to keep the extremely high CE during long charge and discharge cycles.

  14. Improved electrochemical performances of CuO nanotube array prepared via electrodeposition as anode for lithium ion battery

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    Xiao, Anguo, E-mail: hixiaoanguo@126.com; Zhou, Shibiao; Zuo, Chenggang; Zhuan, Yongbing; Ding, Xiang

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: CuO nanotube array electrodes prepared by electrodeposition method exhibit an excellent lithium ion storage ability as anode of Li-ion battery. - Highlights: • CuO nanotube arrays are synthesized by an electrodeposition method. • CuO nanotube shows a high-rate performance. • CuO nanotube shows an excellent cycling performance. - Abstract: We report a facile strategy to prepared CuO nanotube arrays directly grown on Cu plate through the electrodeposition method. The as-prepared CuO nanotubes show a quasi-cylinder nanostructure with internal diameters of ca. ∼100 nm, external diameters of ca. ∼120 nm, and average length of ∼3 μm. As an anode for lithium ion batteries, the electrochemical properties of the CuO nanotube arrays are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge tests. Due to the unique nanotube nanostructure, the as-prepared CuO electrodes exhibit good rate performance (550 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.1 C and 464 mAh g{sup −1} at 1 C) and cycling performance (581 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.1 C and 538 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.5 C)

  15. Manufacture of annular cermet articles

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    Forsberg, Charles W.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2004-11-02

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

  16. CuLi2Sn and Cu2LiSn: Characterization by single crystal XRD and structural discussion towards new anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Fürtauer, Siegfried; Effenberger, Herta S.; Flandorfer, Hans

    2014-12-01

    The stannides CuLi2Sn (CSD-427095) and Cu2LiSn (CSD-427096) were synthesized by induction melting of the pure elements and annealing at 400 °C. The phases were reinvestigated by X-ray powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. Within both crystal structures the ordered CuSn and Cu2Sn lattices form channels which host Cu and Li atoms at partly mixed occupied positions exhibiting extensive vacancies. For CuLi2Sn, the space group F-43m. was verified (structure type CuHg2Ti; a=6.295(2) Å; wR2(F²)=0.0355 for 78 unique reflections). The 4(c) and 4(d) positions are occupied by Cu atoms and Cu+Li atoms, respectively. For Cu2LiSn, the space group P63/mmc was confirmed (structure type InPt2Gd; a=4.3022(15) Å, c=7.618(3) Å; wR2(F²)=0.060 for 199 unique reflections). The Cu and Li atoms exhibit extensive disorder; they are distributed over the partly occupied positions 2(a), 2(b) and 4(e). Both phases seem to be interesting in terms of application of Cu-Sn alloys as anode materials for Li-ion batteries.

  17. Porous anodic film formation on an Al-3.5 wt % Cu alloy

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    Páez, M. A.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The morphological development of porous anodic films in the initial stages is examined during anodizing an Al-3.5 wt % Cu alloy in phosphoric acid. Using transmission electron microscopy a sequence of ultramicrotomed anodic sections reveals the dynamic evolution of numerous features in the thickening film in the initial stages of anodizing. The morphological changes in the anodic oxide in the initial stages of its formation appears related to the formation of bubbles during film growth. From Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS analysis of the film, the formation of the bubbles is associated with the enrichment of copper in the alloy due to growth of the anodic oxide. On the other hand, during constant current anodizing of Al-Cu in phosphoric acid, the current efficiency is considerably less than that for anodizing superpure aluminium under similar conditions. From the contrasting results between the charge consumed calculated from RBS and the real charge consumed during anodizing, oxygen gas bubbles generation and copper oxidation seem to be of less importance on the low efficiency for film formation. It is apparent that the main cause of losing efficiency for film growth on Al-Cu is associated with generation of oxygen at residual second phase, with the development of stresses in the film and, the consequence of these effects on film cracking during film growth.

    En este trabajo se examinó el desarrollo morfológico de películas anódicas porosas en los estados iniciales de la anodización de una aleación de aluminio Al-3,5 % p/p Cu. La observación de una secuencia de secciones ultramicrotomadas del metal y su película anódica, por microscopía electrónica de transmisión, revela la evolución dinámica de numerosos detalles morfológicos durante los inicios del crecimiento de la película anódica. Los cambios morfológicos en el óxido anódico, en los inicios de su formación, aparecen relacionados a la formación de

  18. One-pot facile synthesis of CuS/graphene composite as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Tao, Hua-Chao; Yang, Xue-Lin; Zhang, Lu-Lu; Ni, Shi-Bing

    2014-11-01

    CuS/graphene composite has been synthesized by the one-pot hydrothermal method using thiourea as the sulfur source and reducing agent. The formation of CuS nanoparticles and the reduction of graphene oxide occur simultaneously during the hydrothermal process, which enables a uniform dispersion of CuS nanoparticles on the graphene nanosheets. The electrochemical performance of CuS/graphene composite was studied as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. The obtained CuS/graphene composite exhibits a relative high reversible capacity and good cycling stability. The good electrochemical performance of CuS/graphene composite can be attributed to graphene, which improves the electronic conductivity of composite and enhances the interfacial stability of electrode and electrolyte.

  19. Cu6Sn5-TiC-C nanocomposite anodes for high-performance sodium-ion batteries

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    Kim, Il Tae; Allcorn, Eric; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2015-05-01

    Cu6Sn5 alloy nanoparticles dispersed in a TiC and C conductive matrix have been developed via high energy mechanical milling (HEMM), and the resulting Cu6Sn5-TiC-C nanocomposite has been assessed as anodes for sodium-ion batteries. Composite anodes of Sn-C exhibit poor cyclic performance even with the introduction of 2 vol. % fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) additive into the electrolyte. In contrast, Cu6Sn5-TiC-C nanocomposite anodes exhibit stable cycle life corresponding to a capacity retention of ∼80% at 40 cycles and high-rate performance with a capacity retention of ∼62% at 3000 mA g-1. These superior performance metrics is ascribed to the well-developed electrochemically active nanocrystalline material (Cu6Sn5) as well as a hybrid conductive matrix (TiC and C). The incorporation of 2 vol. % FEC additive into the electrolyte further improves the performance of Cu6Sn5-TiC-C nanocomposite to display a capacity retention of ∼94% at 250 cycles and high-rate capacity retention of ∼82% at 5000 mA g-1, which are attributed to the formation of a thin and stable SEI layer in presence of FEC.

  20. Effect of adding urea on performance of Cu/CeO{sub 2}/yttria-stabilized zirconia anodes for solid oxide fuel cells prepared by impregnation method

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    Li Wenyuan [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Lue Zhe, E-mail: lvzhe@hit.edu.c [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Zhu Xingbao; Guan Bo; Wei Bo; Guan Chengzhi; Su Wenhui [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China)

    2011-02-01

    Anode microstructure has a great influence on the cell performance. The addition of urea into impregnated solution has been proposed to tailor the distribution and/or morphology of Cu when fabricating the Cu-based anodes by impregnation method. While the previous reports demonstrated the single cell performance has not been improved in this route, in this paper, fuel cells with Cu/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and Cu-CeO{sub 2}/YSZ anodes were fabricated and evaluated with improved outputs. The microstructure of Cu in anodes appeared significantly different after the addition of urea. The electronic conductivity obtained from the anodes impregnated with adding urea was twice as high as the ones without. Performance of fuel cells increases by 12% while operating on H{sub 2} at 700 {sup o}C upon adding urea. Furthermore, the performance improvement was more prominent when such method was adopted in the fabrication of Cu-CeO{sub 2}/YSZ composite anodes. Cells with Cu-CeO{sub 2}/YSZ composite anodes operating in H{sub 2} at 700 {sup o}C exhibited an increase of cell performance by 37%, from 337 to 462 mW cm{sup -2}, by simply adding urea to the impregnated solution. And the performance enhancement for such fuel cells is also as high as 28% when using CH{sub 4} as fuel.

  1. Influence of Nanowire Diameter on Structural and Optical Properties of cu Nanowire Synthesized in Anodic Aluminium Oxide Film

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    Cetinel, A.; Özcelik, Z.

    2016-11-01

    Copper (Cu) nanowire arrays embedded in anodic aluminium oxide films (AAO) on aluminium substrate have been synthesized by alternating current electrochemical deposition. Two-step anodization process has been performed to get the through-hole AAO with ordered nanochannels in 0.3M oxalic acids at DC voltages 30, 40, 50 and 60V, respectively. Structural characterization of the Cu nanowires has been analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (or) X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Our SEM analysis has revealed that the diameters of vertically oriented Cu nanowires are 15, 25, 45 and 60nm and the length of Cu nanowires having high packing density is about 15μm. XRD measurement has indicated that polycrystalline Cu nanowires prefer growth orientation along the (111) direction. Optical measurements show that reflection of the Cu nanowires/AAO on aluminium reduces with decreasing diameter of the Cu nanowires. This effect can be associated with increased light scattering from metal nanoparticles near their localized plasmon resonance frequency depending on the size and shape of the nanoparticles.

  2. Preparation and electrical properties of dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrite and metallic copper

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    Baco-Carles, Valérie; Pasquet, Isabelle; Laurent, Véronique; Gabriel, Armand; Tailhades, Philippe

    2009-08-01

    Dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrites and copper micrometric particles were obtained from partial reduction under hydrogenated atmosphere at 350 °C of mixed copper nickel ferrites, and sintering in nitrogen at 980 °C. The small copper particles are homogeneous in size and well dispersed in the spinel oxide matrix. No exudation of copper metal was observed after sintering. The micro-cermets prepared are semi-conducting materials with electrical conductivity lying from 44 to 130 S/cm at 980 °C. Their overall characteristics make them interesting for inert anodes dedicated to aluminium electrolysis in melted cryolite.

  3. High capacity and high rate capability of nanostructured CuFeO 2 anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Lu, Lin; Wang, Jia-Zhao; Zhu, Xue-Bin; Gao, Xuan-Wen; Liu, Hua-Kun

    Non-toxic, cheap, nanostructured ternary transition metal oxide CuFeO 2 was synthesised using a simple sol-gel method at different temperatures. The effects of the processing temperature on the particle size and electrochemical performance of the nanostructured CuFeO 2 were investigated. The electrochemical results show that the sample synthesised at 650 °C shows the best cycling performance, retaining a specific capacity of 475 mAh g -1 beyond 100 cycles, with a capacity fading of less than 0.33% per cycle. The electrode also exhibits good rate capability in the range of 0.5 C-4 C. At the high rate of 4 C, the reversible capacity of CuFeO 2 is around 170 mAh g -1. It is believed that the ternary transition metal oxide CuFeO 2 is quite acceptable compared with other high performance nanostructured anode materials.

  4. Surface-reconstructed Cu Electrode via a Facile Electrochemical Anodization-Reduction Process for Low Overpotential CO 2 reduction

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    Min, Shixiong

    2017-03-21

    A high-surface-area Cu electrode, fabricated by a simple electrochemical anodization-reduction method, exhibits high activity and selectivity for CO2 reduction at low overpotential in 0.1 M KHCO3 solution. A faradaic efficiency of 37% for HCOOH and 27% for CO production was achieved with the current density of 1.5 mA cm-2 at −0.64 V vs. RHE, much higher than that of polycrystalline Cu. The enhanced catalytic performance is a result of the formation of the high electrochemical active surface area and high density of preferred low-index facets.

  5. Preparation of Advanced CuO Nanowires/Functionalized Graphene Composite Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Jin Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The copper oxide (CuO nanowires/functionalized graphene (f-graphene composite material was successfully composed by a one-pot synthesis method. The f-graphene synthesized through the Birch reduction chemistry method was modified with functional group “–(CH25COOH”, and the CuO nanowires (NWs were well dispersed in the f-graphene sheets. When used as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, the composite exhibited good cyclic stability and decent specific capacity of 677 mA·h·g−1 after 50 cycles. CuO NWs can enhance the lithium-ion storage of the composites while the f-graphene effectively resists the volume expansion of the CuO NWs during the galvanostatic charge/discharge cyclic process, and provide a conductive paths for charge transportation. The good electrochemical performance of the synthesized CuO/f-graphene composite suggests great potential of the composite materials for lithium-ion batteries anodes.

  6. Preparation of Advanced CuO Nanowires/Functionalized Graphene Composite Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Beibei; Zhou, Jiachen; Xia, Ruoyu; Chu, Yingli; Huang, Jia

    2017-01-01

    The copper oxide (CuO) nanowires/functionalized graphene (f-graphene) composite material was successfully composed by a one-pot synthesis method. The f-graphene synthesized through the Birch reduction chemistry method was modified with functional group “–(CH2)5COOH”, and the CuO nanowires (NWs) were well dispersed in the f-graphene sheets. When used as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, the composite exhibited good cyclic stability and decent specific capacity of 677 mA·h·g−1 after 50 cycles. CuO NWs can enhance the lithium-ion storage of the composites while the f-graphene effectively resists the volume expansion of the CuO NWs during the galvanostatic charge/discharge cyclic process, and provide a conductive paths for charge transportation. The good electrochemical performance of the synthesized CuO/f-graphene composite suggests great potential of the composite materials for lithium-ion batteries anodes. PMID:28772432

  7. Cermet crucible for metallurgical processing

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    Boring, Christopher P.

    1995-01-01

    A cermet crucible for metallurgically processing metals having high melting points comprising a body consisting essentially of a mixture of calcium oxide and erbium metal, the mixture comprising calcium oxide in a range between about 50 and 90% by weight and erbium metal in a range between about 10 and 50% by weight.

  8. Embedment of anodized p-type Cu₂O thin films with CuO nanowires for improvement in photoelectrochemical stability.

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    Wang, Peng; Ng, Yun Hau; Amal, Rose

    2013-04-01

    A highly stable p-type cuprous oxide (Cu2O) photoelectrode has been fabricated by direct anodization of the Cu foil, followed by a thermal treatment to introduce a protective layer of copper oxide (CuO) nanowires penetrating the surface of the Cu2O layer. The anodized Cu2O served as the seeding sites for the growth of CuO nanowires. The embedment of CuO nanowires within the Cu2O matrix enhanced the adhesion of the nanowires onto the Cu substrate. In addition, the presence of CuO nanowires on the outer layer of the composite film, in turn stabilized the Cu2O layer by passivating the redox activities of Cu2O when exposed to the environment. This nanostructured p-type Cu2O photoelectrode generated 360 μA cm(-2) of photocathodic current density upon visible light illumination and managed to retain its photocathodic current density after being used and kept for one month. The improvement in photoelectrochemical (PEC) stability by introducing a passive layer of CuO nanowires provides useful insights into the development of a Cu2O photoelectrode, as its stability remained as the main challenge.

  9. In-situ carbon coated CuCo2S4 anode material for Li-ion battery applications

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    Verma, Rakesh; R, Kothandaraman; Varadaraju, U. V.

    2017-10-01

    In-situ carbon coated carrollite spinel CuCo2S4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple low temperature hydrothermal route and studied as anode for lithium battery applications. The electrochemical reaction with lithium involves initial insertion of 3Li/f.u into the lattice upto 1.5 V followed by conversion reaction upto 0.01 V. A reversible capacity of 180 mAh g-1 was obtained for CuCo2S4 after 30 cycles at C/5 rate (137 mA g-1). However, in-situ carbon coated CuCo2S4 shows significantly higher capacity of 375 mAh g-1 even after 30 cycles.

  10. Electrospun CuFe2O4 nanotubes as anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Shengjie Peng; Linlin Li; Madhavi Srinivasan

    2014-01-01

    Herein, we report on the synthesis and lithium storage properties of electrospun one-dimensional (1D) CuFe2O4 nanomaterials. 1D CuFe2O4 nanotubes and nanorods were fabricated by a single spinneret electrospinning method followed by thermal decomposition for removal of polymers from the precursor fibers. The as-prepared CuFe2O4 nanotubes with wall thickness of∼50 nm presented diameters of∼150 nm and lengths up to several millimeters. It was found that phase separation between the electrospun composite materials occured during the electrospinning process, while the as-spun precursor nanofibers composed of polyacrylonitrile (PAN), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and metal salts might possess a core-shell structure (PAN as the core and PVP/metal salts composite as the shell) and then transformed to a hollow structure after calcination. Moreover, as a demonstration of the functional properties of the 1D nanostructure, CuFe2 O4 nanotubes and nanorods were investigated as anodes for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). It was demonstrated that CuFe2O4 nanotubes not only delivered a high reversible capacity of ∼816 mAh·g-1 at a current density of 200 mA·g-1 over 50 cycles, but also showed superior rate capability with respect to counterpart nanorods. Probably, the enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to its high specific surface areas as well as the unique hollow structure.

  11. Three-dimensional SnO2/carbon on Cu foam for high-performance lithium ion battery anodes

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    Chen, Weimin; Maloney, Scott; Wang, Wenyong

    2016-10-01

    SnO2 is an attractive anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to its high theoretical specific capacity (1491 mAh g-1), low cost, and environmental benignity. The main challenges for SnO2 anodes are their low intrinsic conductivity and poor cycling stability associated with their large volume changes during the charge and discharge process. Here, we present a simple chemical vapor deposition method to fabricate three-dimensional SnO2/carbon on Cu foam electrodes for LIBs. Such a three-dimensional electrode combines multiple advantages, including a continuous electrically conductive network, short pathways for electron transport and ion diffusion, and porous space to allow for the volume expansion of SnO2 nanoparticles. With this anode, superior electrochemical performance is achieved with a high reversible specific capacity of 1171 mAh g-1 at a current density of 100 mA g-1. A stable cycling performance as well as an excellent rate capability is also achieved. These outstanding lithium-storage properties suggest the strategy is a reliable approach for fabricating high-performance LIB electrodes.

  12. Enhancement of cyclability using recombination reaction of Cu for Sn{sub 2}Fe nanocomposite anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Lee, Jae-Myung; Chang, Won-Seok; Yu, Byeong-Chul; Sohn, Hun-Joon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Center for Energy Conversion and Storage, Seoul National University, Seoul, 151-742 (Korea); Kim, Hansu; Im, Dongmin; Doo, Seok-Gwang [Energy and Environment Laboratory, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics, Giheung Gu, Yongin-Si, Gyeonggi-Gi Do, 446-712 (Korea)

    2010-07-15

    A Sn{sub 2}Fe/C nanocomposite containing Cu was evaluated as an anode material for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The electrochemical reaction mechanism of this nanocomposite was examined by ex-situ X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Sn{sub 2}Fe/C nanocomposite containing Cu showed dramatically improved cycling performance. The enhanced cyclability of the Sn{sub 2}Fe/C nanocomposite containing Cu was attributed to both amorphization of the Sn{sub 2}Fe phase and a recombination reaction between Sn and Cu during the charging step. (author)

  13. Electrochemical performance of 2D polyaniline anchored CuS/Graphene nano-active composite as anode material for lithium-ion battery.

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    Iqbal, Shahid; Bahadur, Ali; Saeed, Aamer; Zhou, Kebin; Shoaib, Muhammad; Waqas, Muhammad

    2017-09-15

    Lithium-ion battery (LIB) is a revolutionary step in the electric energy storage technology for making green environment. In the present communication, a LIB anode material was constructed by using graphene/polyaniline/CuS nanocomposite (GR/PANI/CuS NC) as a high-performance electrode. Initially, pure covellite CuS nanoplates (NPs) of the hexagonal structure were synthesized by hydrothermal route and then GR/PANI/CuS NC was fabricated by in-situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of CuS NPs and graphene nanosheets (GR NSs) as host matrix. GR/PANI/CuS NC-based LIB has shown the superior reversible current capacity of 1255mAhg(-1), a high cycling stability with more than 99% coulombic efficiency over 250 cycles even at a high current density of 5Ag(-1), low volume expansion, and excellent power capabilities. Galvanostatic charge/discharge tests and cyclic voltammetry analysis were used to investigate electrochemical properties. The electrochemical test proves that GR/PANI/CuS NC is promising anode material for LIB. The crystal phases and purity of the GR/PANI/CuS NC were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to examine the morphology, size, chemical composition, and phase structure of the synthesized GR/PANI/CuS NC. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  14. Effect of the partial oxygen pressure on Cu-NiFe2O4 cermet phase%氧分压对Cu-NiFe2O4金属陶瓷相成份的影响

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    张明霞

    2009-01-01

    用高温固相法合成的NiFe2O4陶瓷粉末,选取Cu为金属陶瓷的金属相成分,研究了氧分压对Cu-NiFe2O4金属陶瓷的相成份的影响,结果表明:当烧结温度为1150℃,氧分压大于2.23Pa时,Cu被大量氧化;氧分压小于4.2×10-3Pa时,Cu和离解的Ni反应生产Cu3.8Ni合金,试样的导电性或抗氧化性都会降低,1150℃下烧结制备Cu-NiFe2O4金属陶瓷的最佳氧分压是( 0.3-42.0)×10-2Pa.

  15. Facile synthesis of novel tunable highly porous CuO nanorods for high rate lithium battery anodes with realized long cycle life and high reversible capacity.

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    Wang, Linlin; Gong, Huaxu; Wang, Caihua; Wang, Dake; Tang, Kaibin; Qian, Yitai

    2012-11-07

    Various CuO nanostructures have been well studied as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs); however, there are few reports on the synthesis of porous CuO nanostructures used for anode materials, especially one-dimensional (1D) porous CuO. In this work, novel 1D highly porous CuO nanorods with tunable porous size were synthesized in large-quantities by a new, friendly, but very simple approach. We found that the pore size could be controlled by adjusting the sintering temperature in the calcination process. With the rising of calcination temperature, the pore size of CuO has been tuned in the range of ∼0.4 nm to 22 nm. The porous CuO materials have been applied as anode materials in LIBs and the effects of porous size on the electrochemical properties were observed. The highly porous CuO nanorods with porous size in the range of ∼6 nm to 22 nm yielded excellent high specific capacity, good cycling stability, and high rate performance, superior to that of most reported CuO nanocomposites. The CuO material delivers a high reversible capacity of 654 mA h g(-1) and 93% capacity retention over 200 cycles at a rate of 0.5 C. It also exhibits excellent high rate capacity of 410 mA h g(-1) even at 6 C. These results suggest that the facile synthetic method of producing a tunable highly porous CuO nanostructure can realize a long cycle life with high reversible capacity, which is suitable for next-generation high-performance LIBs.

  16. Phosphorus-Rich CuP2 Embedded in Carbon Matrix as a High-Performance Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Kim, Sang-Ok; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2017-05-17

    Phosphorus-rich CuP2 and its carbon composites have been investigated as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Through a facile, low-cost mechanochemical reaction, microsized composites composed of active CuP2 particles uniformly embedded in the carbon matrix have been successfully synthesized. Combined structural and electrochemical characterizations show that phosphorus-rich CuP2 undergoes irreversible reaction with lithium, giving metal-rich Cu3P and amorphous phosphorus at the end of the first cycle. Both Cu3P and phosphorus are reversibly formed in subsequent cycles, contributing to a high reversible capacity of >1000 mA h g(-1). By controlling the carbon content, the electrochemical reversibility and stability of CuP2 are greatly improved. The carbon composite demonstrates a remarkable lithium-storage capability in terms of a stable capacity of >720 mA h g(-1) over 100 cycles at 200 mA g(-1), a high initial Coulombic efficiency of ∼83%, and a good rate capability with a capacity of >637 mA h g(-1) at 1.6 A g(-1). The performance improvement is mainly associated with the formation of the conductive carbon network that offers high conductivity and fast reaction kinetics, as well as enhanced structural stability of CuP2 anode.

  17. Electric field control of magnetization in Cu2O/porous anodic alumina hybrid structures at room temperature

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    Qi, L. Q.; Liu, H. Y.; Sun, H. Y.; Liu, L. H.; Han, R. S.

    2016-04-01

    Cu2O nanoporous films are deposited on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. This paper focuses on voltage driven magnetization switching in Cu2O/PAA (CP) composite films prepared by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. By applying a dc electric field, the magnetization of the CP composite films can be controlled in a reversible and reproducible way and shows an analogous on-off behavior. The magnitude of the change in the magnetization was about 75 emu/cm3 as the electric field was switched on and off. Resistive switching behavior was also observed in as-prepared CP composite films. Further analysis indicated that the formation/rupture of conducting filaments composed of oxygen vacancies is likely responsible for the changes in the magnetization as well as in the resistivity. Such reversible change of magnetization controlled by an electric field at room temperature may have applications in spintronics and power efficient data storage technologies.

  18. Investigation of CuInSe2 nanowire arrays with core-shell structure electrodeposited at various duty cycles into anodic alumina templates

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    Cheng, Yu-Song; Wang, Na-Fu; Tsai, Yu-Zen; Lin, Jia-Jun; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2017-02-01

    Copper indium selenide (CuInSe2) nanowire (NW) arrays were prepared at various electrolyte duty cycles by filling anodic alumina templates through the pulsed electrodeposition technique. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the nucleation mechanism of CuInSe2 NW arrays was affected by the electrodeposition duty cycle. Moreover, SEM images showed that the diameter and length of the NWs were 80 nm and 2 μm, respectively. Furthermore, PEDOT/CuInSe2 NW core-shell arrays were fabricated using surfactant-modified CuInSe2 NW surfaces showing the lotus effect. Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed that a core-shell structure was achieved. Current-voltage plots revealed that the CuInSe2 NW arrays were p-type semiconductors; moreover, the core-shell structure improved the diode ideality factor from 3.91 to 2.63.

  19. Enhancing the response of microbial fuel cell based toxicity sensors to Cu(II) with the applying of flow-through electrodes and controlled anode potentials.

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    Jiang, Yong; Liang, Peng; Zhang, Changyong; Bian, Yanhong; Yang, Xufei; Huang, Xia; Girguis, Peter R

    2015-08-01

    The application of microbial fuel cell (MFC)-based toxicity sensors to real-world water monitoring is partly impeded by the limited sensitivity. To address this limitation, this study optimized the flow configurations and the control modes. Results revealed that the sensitivity increased by ∼15-41times with the applying of a flow-through anode, compared to those with a flow-by anode. The sensors operated in the controlled anode potential (CP) mode delivered better sensitivity than those operated in the constant external resistance (ER) mode over a broad range of anode potentials from -0.41V to +0.1V. Electrodeposition of Cu(II) was found to bias the toxicity measurement at low anode potentials. The optimal anode potential was approximately -0.15V, at which the sensor achieved an unbiased measurement of toxicity and the highest sensitivity. This value was greater than those required for electrodeposition while smaller than those for power overshoot.

  20. Determination of Cd, Pb and Cu in Mandovi estuary by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry

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    George, M.D.; Sawkar, K.; Reddy, C.V.G.

    0-60% for Pb and 0-80% for Cu. Compared to the reported values from other estuaries, Mandovi estuarine waters have registered a higher concentration of the metals. These high concentrations, to a large extent, are considered to be the effect...

  1. Preparation and characterisation of SOFC anodic materials based on Ce-Cu

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    Fuerte, A.; Valenzuela, R.X. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2007-06-10

    Ce-Cu mixed oxide precursors with varing Ce:Cu atomic ratio have been prepared by freeze-drying and microemulsion coprecipitation methods. Nanostructured particles having different properties have been obtained. Physicochemical properties have been studied with X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, mercury intrusion porosimetry, ICP-AES, conductivity measurement and thermal expansion coefficient. All samples show fluorite structure with slight copper surface enrichment for samples having high copper content. Microemulsion method allows the introduction of a large quantity of copper into the cerium oxide structure, obtaining a nanostructured mixed oxide of high surface area. On the other hand, freeze-drying samples does not show evidence of copper incorporation to the lattice of cerium oxide. All materials have a thermal expansion coefficient similar to other components of SOFC. (author)

  2. Mechanism of Early Stage Corrosion for Boric-sulfuric Acid Anodized 2A97 Al-Cu-Li Alloy Under Tropical Marine Atmosphere

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Optical microscopy(OM, scanning electron microscopy(SEM, EDX and EIS combined with ultramicrotomy were employed to investigate the micro morphology, chemical composition and electrochemical properties of anodized 2A97 Al-Cu-Li alloy before and after atmospheric corrosion. The results show that when electrolytes containing combinations of tartaric-sulfuric or boric-sulfuric acid are used to grow the films at different temperatures, boric acid addition and higher temperature allow for higher current density that speeds up the film growth. The pore geometry and structure is similar for different electrolytes. Dispersive dark rusty spots composed of O, Al, Cl, Cu are present on the boric-sulfuric acid anodized specimen after exposure in tropical marine atmosphere for 1 month. Deposition of white corrosion product is found on the specimen surface as well. Severe pitting occurs and develops deeply into the alloy substrate after elongated outdoor exposure. Corrosion propagation is associated with θ-phase particles.

  3. Multi-metallic anodes for solid oxide fuel cell applications; Anodos multi-metalicos para aplicacoes em celulas a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Restivo, T.A. Guisard; Mello-Castanho, S.R.H. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (CCTM/IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencia e Tecnologia dos Materiais; Leite, D. Will [Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Industriais (IPEI/FEI), Sao Bernardo do Campo, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Industrial

    2009-07-01

    A new method for direct preparation of materials for solid oxide fuel cell anode - Ni- YSZ cermets - based on mechanical alloying (MA) of the original powders is developed, allowing to admix homogeneously any component. Additive metals are selected from thermodynamic criteria, leading to compacts consolidation through sintering by activated surface (SAS). The combined process MA-SSA can reduce the sintering temperature by 300 deg C, yielding porous anodes. Densification mechanisms are discussed from quasi-isothermal sintering kinetics results. Doping with Ag, W, Cu, Mo, Nb, Ta, in descending order, promotes the densification of pellets through liquid phase sintering and evaporation of metals and oxides, which allow reducing the sintering temperature. Powders and pellets characterization by electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction completes the result analyses. (author)

  4. Rapid synthesis of three-dimensional network structure CuO as binder-free anode for high-rate sodium ion battery

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    Chen, Chengcheng; Dong, Yanying; Li, Songyue; Jiang, Zhuohan; Wang, Yijing; Jiao, Lifang; Yuan, Huatang

    2016-07-01

    We report on the preparation of the three dimensional (3D) network structure CuO by rapid and facile engraving method and their application as high rate anode for sodium ion battery. The CuO is rapidly synthesized by in-situ etched and oxidated the specified Cu foils within 15 min. It shows the 3D network architecture with flower-like nanosheets connected by nanowires, which provides the porous structure, short ion diffusion pathway and collaborative electronic transmission. Furthermore, the etched CuO can be directly used as anode for sodium ion battery without polymer additions or conductive agents. The electrodes exhibit excellent electrochemical performance with a high capacity of 680 mAh·g-1 at 50 mA g-1 and a reversible capacity of 280 mAh·g-1 at 1000 mA g-1. In addition, the electrochemical reaction and detail charge/discharge process are carefully explored to discover the conversion reaction routes and the recession reason. Thus, the 3D network structure CuO might open an insight for transition-metal oxides as energy storage materials.

  5. Effect of Graphene Modified Cu Current Collector on the Performance of Li4Ti5O12 Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Jiang, Jiangmin; Nie, Ping; Ding, Bing; Wu, Wenxin; Chang, Zhi; Wu, Yuting; Dou, Hui; Zhang, Xiaogang

    2016-11-16

    Interface design between current collector and electroactive materials plays a key role in the electrochemical process for lithium-ion batteries. Here, a thin graphene film has been successfully synthesized on the surface of Cu current collector by a large-scale low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) process. The modified Cu foil was used as a current collector to support spinel Li4Ti5O12 anode directly. Electrochemical test results demonstrated that graphene coating Cu foil could effectively improve overall Li storage performance of Li4Ti5O12 anode. Especially under high current rate (e.g., 10 C), the Li4Ti5O12 electrode using modified current collector maintained a favorable capacity, which is 32% higher than that electrode using bare current collector. In addition, cycling performance has been improved using the new type current collector. The enhanced performance can be attributed to the reduced internal resistance and improved charge transfer kinetics of graphene film by increasing electron collection and decreasing lithium ion interfacial diffusion. Furthermore, the graphene film adhered on the Cu foil surface could act as an effective protective film to avoid oxidization, which can effectively improve chemical stability of Cu current collector.

  6. Self-assembled synthesis of hierarchical nanostructured CuO with various morphologies and their application as anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Xiang, J. Y.; Tu, J. P.; Zhang, L.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, X. L.; Shi, S. J.

    We report a simple self-assembled synthesis of hierarchical CuO particles with various morphologies such as leaf, shuttle, flower, dandelion, and caddice clew. The morphologies can be easily tailored by adjusting the pH value. The synthesis is based on dehydration and re-crystallization of precursor Cu(OH) 2 nanowires. [Cu(NH 3) 4] 2+ and OH - in the solutions are considered as the key factors to influence the assembling manner of CuO. The obtained hierarchical CuO particles serve as a good model system for the study as anodes for lithium ion batteries. Various morphologies of CuO particles result in different electrochemical performances of electrodes. Compared to others, dandelion-like and caddice clew-like CuO exhibit reversible discharge capacities of 385 mAh g -1 and 400 mAh g -1 at 0.1 C, 340 mAh g -1 and 374 mAh g -1 at 0.5 C after 50 cycles, respectively. The higher discharge capacities and better cycling performances are attributed to their larger surface area and porosity, leading to better contact between CuO and electrolyte and shorter diffusion length of lithium ions.

  7. Self-assembled synthesis of hierarchical nanostructured CuO with various morphologies and their application as anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Xiang, J.Y.; Tu, J.P.; Zhang, L.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, X.L.; Shi, S.J. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Zheda Road, No. 38, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2010-01-01

    We report a simple self-assembled synthesis of hierarchical CuO particles with various morphologies such as leaf, shuttle, flower, dandelion, and caddice clew. The morphologies can be easily tailored by adjusting the pH value. The synthesis is based on dehydration and re-crystallization of precursor Cu(OH){sub 2} nanowires. [Cu(NH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sup 2+} and OH{sup -} in the solutions are considered as the key factors to influence the assembling manner of CuO. The obtained hierarchical CuO particles serve as a good model system for the study as anodes for lithium ion batteries. Various morphologies of CuO particles result in different electrochemical performances of electrodes. Compared to others, dandelion-like and caddice clew-like CuO exhibit reversible discharge capacities of 385 mAh g{sup -1} and 400 mAh g{sup -1} at 0.1 C, 340 mAh g{sup -1} and 374 mAh g{sup -1} at 0.5 C after 50 cycles, respectively. The higher discharge capacities and better cycling performances are attributed to their larger surface area and porosity, leading to better contact between CuO and electrolyte and shorter diffusion length of lithium ions. (author)

  8. Controllable fabrication of nanowire-like CuO film by anodization and its properties

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    Wang, Yongqian, E-mail: cugwyq@126.com [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geoscience, Wuhan 430074 (China); Jiang, Tingting; Meng, Dawei; Jin, Hongyun [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geoscience, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yu, Meihua [Guangxi Experiment Centre of Science and Technology, Nanning 530004 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The average diameter of single nanowire is only 25 nm and the length can be tuned. • The method has the advantages of pure CuO phase and fast reaction rate. • H{sub 2}O–EtOH mix solvent can significantly improve optical and photocatalytic activities. • Clarify the growth process in detail. - Abstract: We report a simple electrochemical etching and a subsequent heat treatment to synthesize nanowire-like CuO thin films with pure phase at room temperature. The reaction media has great effect on microstructure of products to significantly improve optical and photocatalytic activities of materials. Detailed characterizations of the synthesized nanomaterials are performed utilizing X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to study their crystalline phase and morphology. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum shows a main emission peak and a blue emission band whose centers are located at 352 nm and 463 nm, respectively. Photocatalytic study demonstrated the degradation of methylene blue (MB) can reach 95.6% after 210 min irradiation, showing its potential application in waste water treatment. A plausible growth mechanism for the transformation is also proposed.

  9. The anodic and cathodic dissolution of Al and Al-Cu-Mg alloy

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    Mokaddem, M.; Volovitch, P. [Laboratoire de physicochimie des surfaces, UMR7045, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, ParisTech, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France); Rechou, F.; Oltra, R. [Institut CARNOT de Bourgogne, Electrochimie Interfaciale-Corrosion, UMR5209, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon (France); Ogle, K., E-mail: kevin-ogle@enscp.f [Laboratoire de physicochimie des surfaces, UMR7045, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, ParisTech, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France)

    2010-04-15

    Atomic emission spectroelectrochemistry (AESEC) was used to monitor the release of Al from 99.99% aluminum (1199 alloy) and Al, Mg, and Cu from 2024 Al alloy in 30 g/l NaCl electrolyte as a function of pH. The cathodic dissolution of Al was demonstrated and attributed to an increase in the pH at the interface due to the water reduction reaction. The dissolution of Mg was also observed but was a more complex function of current probably depending on the interfacial pH and the Al dissolution rate. The detachment of copper-rich particles was observed as very rapid spectroscopic emission transients (peak width < 10 ms).

  10. Full Ceramic Fuel Cells Based on Strontium Titanate Anodes, An Approach Towards More Robust SOFCs

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    Holtappels, Peter; Irvine, J.T.S.; Iwanschitz, B.

    2013-01-01

    The persistent problems with Ni-YSZ cermet based SOFCs, with respect to redox stability and tolerance towards sulfur has stimulated the development of a full ceramic cell based on strontium titanate(ST)- based anodes and anode support materials, within the EU FCH JU project SCOTAS-SOFC. Three...

  11. Investigation on microstructures of NiO-YSZ composite and Ni-YSZ cermet for SOFCs

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    Talebi, Tahereh; Sarrafi, Mohammad Hassan; Haji, Mohsen; Raissi, Babak; Maghsoudipour, Amir [Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj, Tehran 14155-4777 (Iran)

    2010-09-15

    NiO-YSZ composites and Ni-YSZ cermets were successfully performed for solid oxide fuel cell applications. These composites must have enough porosity and appropriate microstructure for transferring the fuel gases. In this study, ball-milling was used as a simple, cost-effective method for the purpose of mixing the raw materials. The homogeneity of NiO-YSZ composites was examined by Map mode of SEM. NiO-YSZ composites were reduced at the high temperature under the controlled atmosphere to fabricate Ni-YSZ cermet. Variations in the anode phases were investigated by XRD and microstructure and porosity of composites were observed by SEM. Effective parameters like temperatures and the amount of pore former were investigated on open porosity, bulk density, electrical conductivity as well as electrochemical impedance of NiO-YSZ composites and Ni-YSZ cermet. A thin layer of YSZ was deposited by EPD as an electrolyte on NiO-YSZ composites which had various amount of open porosity, to study its effect on the performance of semi-cells by electrochemical impedance. (author)

  12. Stochastic Computer Simulation of Cermet Coatings Formation

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    Oleg P. Solonenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An approach to the modeling of the process of the formation of thermal coatings lamellar structure, including plasma coatings, at the spraying of cermet powders is proposed. The approach based on the theoretical fundamentals developed which could be used for rapid and sufficiently accurate prediction of thickness and diameter of cermet splats as well as temperature at interface “flattening quasi-liquid cermet particle-substrate” depending on the key physical parameters (KPPs: temperature, velocity and size of particle, substrate temperature, and concentration of finely dispersed solid inclusions uniformly distributed in liquid metal binder. The results are presented, which concern the development of the computational algorithm and the program complex for modeling the process of laying the splats in the coating with regard to the topology of its surface, which varies dynamically at the spraying, as well as the formation of lamellar structure and porosity of the coating. The results of numerical experiments are presented through the example of thermal spraying the cermet TiC-30 vol.% NiCr powder, illustrating the performance of the developed computational technology.

  13. Toughening behavior in ceramics and cermets

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    Becher, P.F.; Sun, E.Y.; Hsueh, C.H.; Plucknett, K.P. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kim, H.D. [Korean Inst. of Machinery and Materials, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Hirao, K.; Brito, M. [National Industrial Research Inst., Nagoya (Japan)

    1998-10-01

    The development of high strength ({ge} 1 GPa), high toughness ({ge} 10 MPa {radical}m) ceramic systems is being examined using two approaches. In silicon nitride, toughening is achieved by the introduction of large prismatic shaped grains dispersed in a fine grain matrix. For the system examined herein, both the microstructure and the composition must be controlled. A distinctly bimodal distribution of grain diameters combined with controlled yttria to alumina ratio in additives to promote interfacial debonding is required. Using a cermet approach, ductile Ni{sub 3}Al-bonded TiC exhibited toughening due to plastic deformation within the Ni{sub 3}Al binder phase assisted by interfacial debonding and cleavage of TiC grains. The TiC-Ni{sub 3}Al cermets have toughness values equal to those of the WC-Co cermets. Furthermore, the TiC-Ni{sub 3}Al cermets exhibit high strengths that are retained in air to temperatures of {approximately} 1,000 C.

  14. Preparation of polypyrrole-coated CuFe2O4 and their improved electrochemical performance as lithium-ion anodes

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    Huayun Xu; Yunpo Wang; Long Zheng; Xinhui Duan; Lihui Wang; Jian Yang; Yitai Qian

    2014-01-01

    CuFe2O4 network, prepared via the electrostatic spray deposition technique, with high reversible capacity and long cycle lifetime for lithium ion battery anode material has been reported. The reversible capacity can be further enhanced by coating high electronic conductive polypyrrole (PPy). At the current density of 100 mA·g-1, Li/CuFe2O4 electrode delivers a reversible capacity of 842.9 mAh·g-1 while the reversible capac-ity of Li/PPy-coated CuFe2O4 electrode increases up to 1106.7 mAh·g-1. A high capacity of 640.7 mAh·g-1 for the Li/PPy-coated CuFe2O4 electrode is maintained in contrast of 398.9 mAh·g-1 for Li/CuFe2O4 electrode after 60 cycles, which demonstrates good electrochemical performance of the composite due to the increase of electronic conductivity. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) further reveals that the Li/PPy-coated CuFe2O4 electrode has a lower charge transfer resistance than the Li/CuFe2O4 electrode.

  15. Effect of adding methods of metallic phase on microstructure and thermal shock resistance of Ni/(90NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermets

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    2007-01-01

    Ball mixing and electroless plating were respectively used as the adding methods of metallic phase to prepare Ni/(90NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermets for the inert anode in aluminum electrolysis. The microstructure and thermal shock resistance of cermet samples were studied. The results show that, for the samples prepared by ball mixing method, aggregation of metallic phase is found in either the green blocks or sintered samples and the extent of aggregation increases with the increase of metal content. For 6.5Ni/(90NiFe2O4-10NiO) cermets prepared with electroless plating method, the homogeneous and fine metallic particles are found in either the green compacts or sintered samples, but the relative density and thermal shock residual strength decrease by 3% and 28%-58% respectively, compared with samples prepared with ball mixing method.

  16. Porous CuCo2O4 nanocubes wrapped by reduced graphene oxide as high-performance lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Kang, Wenpei; Tang, Yongbing; Li, Wenyue; Li, Zhangpeng; Yang, Xia; Xu, Jun; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2014-06-21

    A composite of porous CuCo2O4 nanocubes well wrapped by reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets has been synthesized by a facile microwave-assisted solvothermal reaction and applied as anode in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). The porous structure of the CuCo2O4 nanocubes not only provides a high surface area for contact with the electrolyte, but also assists by accommodating volume change upon charging-discharging. Impedance measurements and transmission electron microscopy show that incorporation of rGO further decreases the charge transfer resistance and improves the structural stability of the composite. As an anode material for a LIB, the composite exhibits a high stable capacity of ∼ 570 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1) after 350 cycles. With a high specific surface area and a low charge transfer resistance, the composite anode shows impressive performance especially at high current density. The LIB shows a high capacity of ∼ 450 mA h g(-1) even at a high current density of 5000 mA g(-1), demonstrating the composite's potential for applications in LIBs with long cycling life and high power density.

  17. Low-cost carbon-coated Si-Cu3Si-Al2O3 nanocomposite anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Kim, Sang-Ok; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2016-11-01

    Carbon-coated Si-Cu3Si-Al2O3 nanocomposites have been synthesized via a facile mechanochemical reaction and employed as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Combined X-ray and microscopic studies show that the nanocomposites are composed of agglomerated nanostructured particles with uniform distribution of crystalline silicon, Cu3Si, and amorphous Al2O3. Electrochemical characterization reveals that the in situ incorporation of both the conductive Cu3Si and electrochemically stable Al2O3 phases results in a dramatic improvement of cyclability and rate capability, while the specific capacity decreases with increasing amount of Cu3Si. By controlling the Cu3Si content, the composite with a high tap density of ∼1.2 g cm-3 delivers a high reversible capacity of 841 mA h g-1, excellent cyclability, and good rate performance up to 3.2 A g-1 in half cells. Full-cell test coupled with a commercial spinel cathode also displays a high average operating voltage of >3.5 V, a relatively good capacity retention of ∼77.2% after 50 cycles with a high initial efficiency of ∼86.3%. The enhanced electrochemical performance is mainly attributed to the presence of the conductive Cu3Si buffer phase that mitigates structural degradation and offers high conductivity.

  18. Structural evolution, thermomechanical recrystallization and electrochemical corrosion properties of Ni-Cu-Mg amorphous coating on mild steel fabricated by dual-anode electrolytic processing

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    Abdulwahab, M.; Fayomi, O. S. I.; Popoola, A. P. I.

    2016-07-01

    The electrolytic Ni-Cu based alloy coating with admixed interfacial blend of Mg have been successfully prepared on mild steel substrate by dual anode electroplating processes over a range of applied current density and dwell time. The electrocodeposition of Ni-Cu-Mg coating was investigated in the presence of other bath additives. The influence of deposition current on surface morphology, adhesion behavior, preferred crystal orientation, surface topography and electrochemical activity of Ni-Cu-Mg alloy coating on mild steel were systematically examined. The thermal stability of the developed composite materials was examined via isothermal treatment. Scanning electron microscope equipped with EDS, X-ray diffraction, Atomic force microscope, micro-hardness tester and 3 μmetrohm Potentiostat/galvanostat were used to compare untreated and isothermally treated electrocodeposited composite. The induced activity of the Ni-Cu-Mg alloy changed the surface modification and results to crystal precipitation within the structural interface by the formation of Cu, Ni2Mg3 phase. The obtained results showed that the introduction of Mg particles in the plating bath generally modified the surface and brings an increase in the hardness and corrosion resistance of Ni-Cu-Mg layers fabricated. Equally, isothermally treated composites demonstrated an improved properties indicating 45% increase in the micro-hardness and 79.6% corrosion resistance which further showed that the developed composite is thermally stable.

  19. Rational design of high-rate lithium zinc titanate anode electrode by modifying Cu current collector with graphene and Au nanoparticles

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    Li, Xinxi; Wang, Lijuan; Li, Chengfei; Chen, Baokuan; Zhao, Qiang; Zhang, Guoqing

    2016-03-01

    Lithium zinc titanate (Li2ZnTi3O8) is a desirable anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) due to its low cost, non-toxicity and high safety. However, the low electronic conductivity and not perfect rate capability hinder the commercial application of Li2ZnTi3O8. Here, a facile and effective strategy is developed to fabricate the Li2ZnTi3O8 electrode using the Cu foil with grown graphene and deposited Au nanoparticles as the current collector. The graphene and Au nanoparticles greatly enhance the electrical conductivity of the current collector. The structured Cu current collector has rough interface which can strengthen the adhesion between the Li2ZnTi3O8 active material layer and the current collector, providing an excellent electron transport network and reducing the internal resistance of LIBs. The Li2ZnTi3O8 material supported on the unique structured Cu current collector demonstrates outstanding Li+ storage properties with the reversible capacity of 172.2 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at high current density of 4 A g-1. Even at 6 A g-1, 148.4 mAh g-1 can be delivered. The improved rate capability of the structured Li2ZnTi3O8 electrode makes it a promising anode candidate for high performance LIBs.

  20. Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7: An advanced anode material for lithium-ion batteries of electric vehicles

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    Yang, Chao; Lin, Chunfu; Lin, Shiwei; Chen, Yongjun; Li, Jianbao

    2016-10-01

    To explore advanced anode materials for lithium-ion batteries of electric vehicles, Cu2+/Nb5+ co-doped TiNb2O7 is studied. Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 is successfully fabricated using a facile solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction analyses combined with Rietveld refinements demonstrate that the trace Cu2+/Nb5+ co-doping does not destroy the shear ReO3 crystal structure of TiNb2O7 but increases the lattice parameters and unit cell volume. Specific surface area tests and scanning electron microscopy images reveal a smaller average particle size in Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7. Due to the increased unit cell volume and free 3d electrons in Cu2+ ions, the Li+-ion diffusion coefficient and electronic conductivity of Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 are respectively enhanced by 14.8 times and at least 220 times. Consequently, Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 exhibits advanced electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate capability and cyclic stability. At 0.1 C, it delivers a large first-cycle discharge/charge capacity of 346/315 mAh g-1. At 10 C, it still provides a large capacity of 182 mAh g-1 with tiny loss of only 1.2% over 1000 cycles. In sharp contrast, TiNb2O7 shows a small capacity of only 90 mAh g-1 and large loss of 59.8%. Therefore, Cu0.02Ti0.94Nb2.04O7 possesses great potential for the application in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

  1. Preparation of anode-electrolyte structures using graphite, sodium bicarbonate or citric acid as pore forming agents for application in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Paz Fiuza, Raigenis da; Silva, Marcos Aurelio da; Guedes, Bruna C.; Pontes, Luiz A.; Boaventura, Jaime Soares [UFBA, Salvador, Bahia (Brazil). Energy and Materials Science Group

    2010-07-01

    Cermets based on Ni supported on YSZ or GDC were prepared for use as anode in direct reform SOFCs. NaHCO3 (Na-Ni-YSZ and Na-Ni-GDC) or citric acid (Ac-Ni-YSZ and Ac-Ni-GDC) were used as pore forming agents (PFAs). The SOFC anode was also prepared using graphite (G-Ni-YSZ and G-Ni-GDC) as PFA for the purposes of comparison. The testing unitary SOFC, planar type, was made by pressing the anode-electrolyte assembly, followed by sintering at 1500 C. After this, LSM (lanthanum and strontium manganite) paint was used for the cathode deposition. The powdered cermets were evaluated in ethanol steam reforming at 650 C. The ethanol conversion was 84% and 32% for cermets Na-Ni-YSZ and G-Ni-YSZ, respectively and the selectivity to H{sub 2} was 32 and 20% for the two cermets, respectively. The Na-Ni-YSZ cermet was ten times more resistant to carbon deposition than the G-Ni-YSZ cermet. SEM micrographs of the anode-electrolyte assembly showed that the use of NaHCO{sub 3} as PFA created a well formed interface between layers with homogeneously distributed pores. In contrast, graphite as PFA formed a loose interface between anode and electrolyte. The performance of the unitary SOFC was evaluated using ethanol, hydrogen or methane as fuel. The cell operated well using any of these fuels; however, they exhibited different electrochemical behavior. (orig.)

  2. The impact of NiO on microstructure and electrical property of solid oxide fuel cell anode

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    LI Yan; LUO Zhong-yang; YU Chun-jiang; LUO Dan; XU Zhu-an; CEN Ke-fa

    2005-01-01

    Ni-Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (Ni-SDC) cermet was selected as anode material for reduced temperature (800 ℃) solid oxide fuel cells in this study. The influence of NiO powder fabrication methods for Ni-SDC cermets on the electrode performance was investigated so that the result obtained can be applied to make high-quality anode. Three kinds of NiO powder were synthesized with a fourth kind being available in the market. Four types of anode precursors were fabricated with these NiO powders and Ce0.sSm0.2O1.9 (SDC), and then were reduced to anode wafers for sequencing measurement. The electrical conductivity of the anodes was measured and the effect ofmicrostructure was investigated. It was found that the anode electrical conductivity depends strongly on the NiO powder morphologies, microstructure of the cermet anode and particle sizes, which are decided by NiO powder preparation technique. The highest electrical conductivity is obtained for anode cermets with NiO powder synthesized by NiCO3·2Ni(OH)2.4H2O or Ni(NO3)2.6H2O decomposition technique.

  3. Effect of Reaction Layers on the Residual Stress of the Brazed TiC Cermets/Steel Joints

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    Lixia Zhang; Jicai Feng

    2009-01-01

    For the first time, considering the effect of reaction layers, numerical simulation calculation of residual stress on brazed TiC cermets/steel joint was studied by finite element method (FEM). The calculation results show that, when the joint is brazed at 1123 K for 300 s (low brazing parameters), the maximum shear stress value occurs on (Cu, Ni) layer near TiC cermets, which is 92.16 MPa as the temperature is 300 K. When the joint is brazed at 1273 K for 900 s (high brazing parameters), the maximum shear stress value occurs on (Cu,Ni)+(Fe, Ni) layer, which is 39.18 MPa as the temperature is 300 K. The fracture sites of the joints obtained from numerical simulation calculation accord with experimental results.

  4. Titanium Carbide-Nickel Cermets: Processing and Joing

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    1952-03-01

    Titanium carbide -nickel cermets can be sintered to have transverse rupture strengths over 250,000 pounds per square inch. To do so, four principal...enough to allow thorough degassing. Joining titanium - carbide cermets to high-temperature alloys has been accomplished by vacuum diffusion, and gives

  5. The anomalous behaviour of Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 Cermet electroformed devices

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    Khan, M S R

    2003-01-01

    Cermet coating consisting of silver particles in an aluminium oxide matrix were prepared on glass substrates by vacuum deposition. Variation of the circulating current with potential difference was obtained in evaporated Al/Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Cu sandwich structures, 100 to 200 nm thick containing 10 wt % Ag. It was observed that the investigated sandwich structures exhibit anomalous behaviour such as electroforming with Voltage-Controlled-Negative Resistance (VCNR) in vacuo of approx 4 x 10 sup - sup 6 torr. The formed characteristics were explained on the basis of filamentary model.

  6. EFFECT OF Mo AND Mo2C ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF THE CERMETS BASED ON Ti(C,N)

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    S.Q.Zhou; W.Zhao; W.H.Xiong; Y.N.Zhou

    2008-01-01

    Effect of Mo and Mo2 C on the microstructure and properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets was investigated in this article. The results have indicated that the weight percentage of Mo from 5 to 10 can reduce Ti(C,N) grain diameter and thickness of the rim,and Ti(C,N) grain can be wetted by Ni-Cu-Mo liquid so as to get small contiguity of Ti(C,N) grain. In that way, the transverse rupture strength of Ti(C,N)-based cermets has reached 1800-1900 MPa; the fracture toughness has been due to 16-18 MPa.m1/2.But 15 wt pct Mo was not more effective on Ti(C,N)-based cermets, because the thickness of the rim becomes larger. In the circumstance of Mo2C, 5 wt pct Mo2C was good for microstructure and properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets, but 11 wt pct Mo2C has resulted in larger contiguity of Ti(C,N) grain and big Ti(C,N) grain diameter so as to reduce transverse rupture strength and fracture toughness. So that, the effect of Mo on Ti(C,N)-based cermets is better than Mo2C.

  7. Overlay metallic-cermet alloy coating systems

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Levine, S. R.; Glasgow, T. K. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    A substrate, such as a turbine blade, vane, or the like, which is subjected to high temperature use is coated with a base coating of an oxide dispersed, metallic alloy (cermet). A top coating of an oxidation, hot corrosion, erosion resistant alloy of nickel, cobalt, or iron is then deposited on the base coating. A heat treatment is used to improve the bonding. The base coating serves as an inhibitor to interdiffusion between the protective top coating and the substrate. Otherwise, the protective top coating would rapidly interact detrimentally with the substrate and degrade by spalling of the protective oxides formed on the outer surface at elevated temperatures.

  8. Electrochemical performance and carbon deposition resistance of M-BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3-δ (M = Pd, Cu, Ni or NiCu) anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Li, Meng; Hua, Bin; Pu, Jian; Chi, Bo; Jian, Li

    2015-01-01

    Pd-, Cu-, Ni- and NiCu-BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3-δ anodes, designated as M-BZCYYb, were prepared by impregnating M-containing solution into BZCYYb scaffold, and investigated in the aspects of electrocatalytic activity for the reactions of H2 and CH4 oxidation and the resistance to carbon deposition. Impregnation of Pd, Ni or NiCu significantly reduced both the ohmic (RΩ) and polarization (RP) losses of BZCYYb anode exposed to H2 or CH4, while Cu impregnation decreased only RΩ in H2 and the both in CH4. Pd-, Ni- and NiCu-BZCYYb anodes were resistant to carbon deposition in wet (3 mol. % H2O) CH4 at 750°C. Deposited carbon fibers were observed in Pd- and Ni-BZCYYb anodes exposed to dry CH4 at 750°C for 12 h, and not observed in NiCu-BZCYYb exposed to dry CH4 at 750°C for 24 h. The performance of a full cell with NiCu-BZCYYb anode, YSZ electrolyte and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ-Gd doped CeO2 (LSCF-GDC) cathode was stable at 750°C in wet CH4 for 130 h, indicating that NiCu-BZCYYb is a promising anode for direct CH4 solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).

  9. Study on spinel-based inert anode for aluminium electrolysis

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    2005-01-01

    Hot press-sintering was adopted to fabricate inert cermets anodes based on the nickel aluminate and nickel ferrite for use in aluminum electrolysis research. The density of samples, fabricated by hot pressing, is close to the theoretic density. At 900℃, the electrical conductivity of the periments. Effect of anode current on nickel ferrite-based and the reason for it were studied. A theory is that a more uniform metal distribution by improving the hot pressing process gives increased corrosion resistance of the anode.

  10. Phase III Advanced Anodes and Cathodes Utilized in Energy Efficient Aluminum Production Cells

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    R.A. Christini; R.K. Dawless; S.P. Ray; D.A. Weirauch, Jr.

    2001-11-05

    During Phase I of the present program, Alcoa developed a commercial cell concept that has been estimated to save 30% of the energy required for aluminum smelting. Phase ii involved the construction of a pilot facility and operation of two pilots. Phase iii of the Advanced Anodes and Cathodes Program was aimed at bench experiments to permit the resolution of certain questions to be followed by three pilot cells. All of the milestones related to materials, in particular metal purity, were attained with distinct improvements over work in previous phases of the program. NiO additions to the ceramic phase and Ag additions to the Cu metal phase of the cermet improved corrosion resistance sufficiently that the bench scale pencil anodes met the purity milestones. Some excellent metal purity results have been obtained with anodes of the following composition: Further improvements in anode material composition appear to be dependent on a better understanding of oxide solubilities in molten cryolite. For that reason, work was commissioned with an outside consultant to model the MeO - cryolite systems. That work has led to a better understanding of which oxides can be used to substitute into the NiO-Fe2O3 ceramic phase to stabilize the ferrites and reduce their solubility in molten cryolite. An extensive number of vertical plate bench electrolysis cells were run to try to find conditions where high current efficiencies could be attained. TiB2-G plates were very inconsistent and led to poor wetting and drainage. Pure TiB2 did produce good current efficiencies at small overlaps (shadowing) between the anodes and cathodes. This bench work with vertical plate anodes and cathodes reinforced the importance of good cathode wetting to attain high current efficiencies. Because of those conclusions, new wetting work was commissioned and became a major component of the research during the third year of Phase III. While significant progress was made in several areas, much work needs to be

  11. High-temperature ablation behavior of TiB2-Cu matrix cermets%TiB2-Cu基金属陶瓷高温烧蚀行为研究

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    徐丽; 韩杰才; 张幸红; 徐强

    2009-01-01

    为研究TiB2-Cu基金属陶瓷材料的高温烧蚀行为,采用燃烧合成与同时致密化技术(SHS/PHIP)制备了TiB2-40Cu及TiB2-40Cu-8Ni金属陶瓷复合材料,利用电弧风洞试验考察了材料的抗热震和抗烧蚀性能,利用扫描电镜、电子探针及X射线衍射等方法对材料烧蚀前后的微观组织形貌及成分进行了检测.结果表明,试验模型表面均有烧蚀冲刷痕迹,TiB2-40Cu模型由于抗热震性较差,其表面有裂纹出现,TiB2-40Cu-8Ni的质量烧蚀率较TiB2-40Cu的质量烧蚀率低,微观组织分析表明,TiB2-40Cu模型烧蚀面中心区域剖面附近存在沿厚度方向100 μm左右的烧蚀区.TiB2-40Cu复合材料的烧蚀机理为金属相的熔化、化学烧蚀和机械剥蚀.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Final report on cermet high-level waste forms

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    Kobisk, E.H.; Quinby, T.C.; Aaron, W.S.

    1981-08-01

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

  14. Redox Stable Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs can convert chemical energy from the fuel directly to electrical energy with high efficiency and fuel flexibility. Ni-based cermets have been the most widely adopted anode for SOFCs. However, the conventional Ni-based anode has low tolerance to sulfur-contamination, is vulnerable to deactivation by carbon build-up (coking from direct oxidation of hydrocarbon fuels, and suffers volume instability upon redox cycling. Among these limitations, the redox instability of the anode is particularly important and has been intensively studied since the SOFC anode may experience redox cycling during fuel cell operations even with the ideal pure hydrogen as the fuel. This review aims to highlight recent progresses on improving redox stability of the conventional Ni-based anode through microstructure optimization and exploration of alternative ceramic-based anode materials.

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

  16. Improved performances of CuPc/C60-based solar cell by using randomly and irregularly embossed PEDOT:PSS as anode buffer layer

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    Zhang, Haiqing; Hao, Yuying; Zhang, Fan; Sun, Qinjun; Li, Zhanfeng; Cui, Yanxia; Wang, Hua; Shi, Fang

    2015-07-01

    An unique organic solar cell (OSC) based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and fullerene C60 as the electron donor and acceptor materials is demonstrated with randomly and irregularly embossed poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly (styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT: PSS) as anode buffer layer. The effect of PEDOT:PSS nanostructure is characterized by optical and electrical measurements. The results indicate that introducing irregular nanostructure with random distribution into OSC leads to longer light paths by efficient scattering of the incident light and thus higher light absorption in active layer. Moreover, such a nanostructure increases the junction area, allowing more efficient exciton dissociation and charge carrier transfer/collection. These combined effects result in a prominent enhancement of 25.5% in average power conversion efficiency relative to the non-structured OSC due to the increases in short-circuit current and fill factor.

  17. Integrating 3D Flower-Like Hierarchical Cu2NiSnS4 with Reduced Graphene Oxide as Advanced Anode Materials for Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Yuan, Shuang; Wang, Sai; Li, Lin; Zhu, Yun-hai; Zhang, Xin-bo; Yan, Jun-min

    2016-04-13

    Development of an anode material with high performance and low cost is crucial for implementation of next-generation Na-ion batteries (NIBs) electrode, which is proposed to meet the challenges of large scale renewable energy storage. Metal chalcogenides are considered as promising anode materials for NIBs due to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and abundant sources. Unfortunately, their practical application in NIBs is still hindered because of low conductivity and morphological collapse caused by their volume expansion and shrinkage during Na(+) intercalation/deintercalation. To solve the daunting challenges, herein, we fabricated novel three-dimensional (3D) Cu2NiSnS4 nanoflowers (CNTSNs) as a proof-of-concept experiment using a facile and low-cost method. Furthermore, homogeneous integration with reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (RGNs) endows intrinsically insulated CNTSNs with superior electrochemical performances, including high specific capacity (up to 837 mAh g(-1)), good rate capability, and long cycling stability, which could be attributed to the unique 3D hierarchical structure providing fast ion diffusion pathway and high contact area at the electrode/electrolyte interface.

  18. Influence of the heat treatment condition of alloy AlCu4Mg1 on the microstructure and properties of anodic oxide layers

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    Morgenstern, R.; Dietrich, D.; Sieber, M.; Lampke, T.

    2017-03-01

    Due to their outstanding specific mechanical properties, high-strength, age-hardenable aluminum alloys offer a high potential for lightweight security-related applications. However, the use of copper-alloyed aluminum is limited because of their susceptibility to selective corrosion and their low wear resistance. These restrictions can be overcome and new applications can be opened up by the generation of protective anodic aluminum oxide layers. In contrast to the anodic oxidation of unalloyed aluminum, oxide layers produced on copper-rich alloys exhibit a significantly more complex pore structure. It is the aim of the investigation to identify the influence of microstructural parameters such as size and distribution of the strengthening precipitations on the coating microstructure. The aluminum alloy EN AW-2024 (AlCu4Mg1) in different heat treatment conditions serves as substrate material. The influence of the strengthening precipitations’ size and distribution on the development of the pore structure is investigated by the use of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy. Integral coating properties are characterized by non-destructive and light-microscopic thickness measurements and instrumented indentation tests.

  19. A cermet fuel reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Kruger, Gordon

    1991-01-01

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

  20. Microwave Cooled Microbolometers Based on Cermet Si-Cr Films

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    Vdovichev, S. N.; Vdovin, V. F.; Klimov, A. Yu.; Mukhin, A. S.; Nozdrin, Yu. N.; Rogov, V. V.; Udalov, O. G.

    2017-01-01

    We present the results of creating a cooled microbolometer based on the cermet films of the silicon and chromium mixture. This material is used for manufacturing the freely hanging high-resistive microbolometers for the first time. The details of fabricating such microbolometers and the prospects for using cermet films to construct microbolometers are discussed. The first estimates of sensitivity of the fabricated microbolometers are given.

  1. Aluminum oxide as a dual-functional modifier of Ni-based anodes of solid oxide fuel cells for operation on simulated biogas

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    Wang, Feng; Wang, Wei; Ran, Ran; Tade, Moses O.; Shao, Zongping

    2014-12-01

    Al2O3 and SnO2 additives are introduced into the Ni-YSZ cermet anode of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for operation on simulated biogas. The effects of incorporating Al2O3/SnO2 on the electrical conductivity, morphology, coking resistance and catalytic activity for biogas reforming of the cermet anode are systematically studied. The electrochemical performance of the internal reforming SOFC is enhanced by introducing an appropriate amount of Al2O3 into the anode, but it becomes worse with excess alumina addition. For SnO2, a negative effect on the electrochemical performance is demonstrated, although the coking resistance of the anode is improved. For fuel cells operating on biogas, stable operation under a polarization current for 130 h at 750 °C is achieved for a cell with an Al2O3-modified anode, while cells with unmodified or SnO2-modified Ni-YSZ anodes show much poorer stability under the same conditions. The improved performance of the cell with the Al2O3-modified anode mainly results from the suppressed coking and sintering of the anode and from the formation of NiAl2O4 in the unreduced anode. In sum, modifying the anode with Al2O3 may be a useful and facile way to improve the coking resistance and electrochemical performance of the nickel-based cermet anodes for SOFCs.

  2. Cd, Pb and Cu in spring waters of the Sibylline Mountains National Park (Central Italy, determined by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV was used to determine Cd, Pb and Cu in spring waters of the Sibylline Mountains National Park, Central Italy. Samples were collected from three different areas of the Park (Mount Bove North, Mount Bove South and Springs of River Nera during the period 2004-2011. Physical-chemical parameters were also determined to obtain a general characterization of the waters. Very low metal concentrations were observed (i.e., Cd 1.3±0.4 ng L-1, Pb 13.8±5.6 ng L-1, Cu 157±95 ng L-1, well below the legal limits and also below the medians of known Italian and European data. Comparing the three areas it was noted that waters from the area of the Nera Springs are the poorest in heavy metals and the richest in minerals, that conversely the waters of Mt. Bove North are the richest in heavy metals and the poorest in mineral salts, and finally that intermediate values both for heavy metals and mineral salts were observed for the waters of Mt. Bove South.

  3. Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous CuO/CeO2 Composite Frameworks as Anode Catalysts for Water Oxidation

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Cerium-rich metal oxide materials have recently emerged as promising candidates for the photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER. In this article, we report the synthesis of ordered mesoporous CuO/CeO2 composite frameworks with different contents of copper(II oxide and demonstrate their activity for photocatalytic O2 production via UV-Vis light-driven oxidation of water. Mesoporous CuO/CeO2 materials have been successfully prepared by a nanocasting route, using mesoporous silica as a rigid template. X-ray diffraction, electron transmission microscopy and N2 porosimetry characterization of the as-prepared products reveal a mesoporous structure composed of parallel arranged nanorods, with a large surface area and a narrow pore size distribution. The molecular structure and optical properties of the composite materials were investigated with Raman and UV-Vis/NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Catalytic results indicated that incorporation of CuO clusters in the CeO2 lattice improved the photochemical properties. As a result, the CuO/CeO2 composite catalyst containing ~38 wt % CuO reaches a high O2 evolution rate of ~19.6 µmol·h−1 (or 392 µmol·h−1·g−1 with an apparent quantum efficiency of 17.6% at λ = 365 ± 10 nm. This OER activity compares favorably with that obtained from the non-porous CuO/CeO2 counterpart (~1.3 µmol·h−1 and pure mesoporous CeO2 (~1 µmol·h−1.

  4. Performance of Electrolyte Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with STN Anodes

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    Veltzé, Sune; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley

    2013-01-01

    In order to replace the state of the art Ni-cermet as SOFC anode, electrolyte supported cells comprising CGO/Ni infiltrated Nbdoped SrTiO3 anodes, and LSM/YSZ cathodes have been developed and tested as single 5 x 5 cm2 cells. The initial performance reached 0.4 W/cm2 at 850 C. Further tests under...

  5. The effect of immersion time in a benzotriazole solution on anodic behaviour of AgCu50 alloy

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    Grekulović, Vesna; Rajčić-Vujasinović, Mirjana; Stević, Zoran; id_orcid 0000-0002-1867-9360

    2016-01-01

    Electrochemical behavior of silver ,copper and AgCu50 alloy after their immersion in 0.01 mol/dm3 benzotriazole solution for 30, 360, 720 i 1440 minutes, was investigated in 0.1 mol/dm3 NaOH using the cyclic voltammetry method. Currents on cyclic voltammograms for both, pure silver, pure copper and AgCu50 alloy recorded after imemersion in the benzotriazole solution are lower than the corresponding currents obtained without the contact of the metals with BTA. During the immersion of electrode...

  6. Treatment of Cu2+-Containing Wastewater by Microbial Fuel Cell with Excess Sludge as Anodic Substrate%剩余污泥为底物的微生物燃料电池处理含铜废水

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    梁敏; 陶虎春; 李绍峰; 李伟; 张丽娟; 倪晋仁

    2011-01-01

    以剩余污泥作为阳极底物,CuSO4溶液为阴极溶液构建了双室有膜微生物燃料电池(microbial fuel cell,MFC),研究了MFC的启动,污泥的降解,Cu2+的去除和阴极还原产物的性质.结果表明,Cu2+可作MFC的阴极电子受体,在外电路电阻为1 000 Ω,Cu2+浓度为6 400 mg/L的条件下获得的稳定输出电压为0.478 V,最大输出功率为536 mW/m3.应用MFC阴极可以实现水中Cu2+的去除,在外电路电阻为0 Ω,Cu2+浓度为1 000 mg/L的条件下,288 h对Cu2+的去除率达到97.8%.阴极还原产物与阴极还原力强弱相关,阴极还原力较弱时,大部分Cu2+被还原为Cu2O,小部分Cu2+以Cu4(OH)4SO4的形式析出.阴极还原力较强时,大部分Cu2+被直接还原为单质铜,极小部分Cu2+被还原为Cu2O.剩余污泥为阳极底物能够使MFC保持长时间稳定运行,阳极污泥中产电微生物的富集时间影响MFC的产电性能与阴极Cu2+的还原,可通过监测阳极电势来判断阳极板上是否形成稳定的产电微生物膜.剩余污泥为底物的MFC可以实现在降解污泥中有机质同时处理含铜废水和回收单质铜.%The two-chamber microbial fuel cells (MFCs) were constructed with excess sludge as the anodic substrate and CuSO4 solution as the catholyte. The start up method, degradation of the anodic sludge, removal of the Cu2+ and products on cathode were investigated in the study. The results of batch experiments showed that Cu2+ can be used as cathodic electron acceptors, e.g. a stable voltage output of 0. 478 V and a maximum power density of 536 mW/m3 were obtained at external resistance of 1 000 Ω and Cu2+concentration of 6 400 mg/L. The Cu2+ contained in wastewater could be removed effectively by the MFC process, e.g. 97.8% of Cu2+ was removed in a MFC reactor at the end of 288 h with initial Cu2+ concentration of 1 000 mg/L and external resistance of 0 Ω.The cathodic products depended on cathodic reducibility, most of Cu2 + was deposited as Cu2O

  7. Identification of nickel sulfides on Ni-YSZ cermet exposed to H 2 fuel containing H 2S using Raman spectroscopy

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    Dong, Jian; Cheng, Zhe; Zha, Shaowu; Liu, Meilin

    Ni-YSZ cermet was exposed to hydrogen containing different concentrations of H 2S to identify the phases formed under various conditions using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). For Ni-YSZ samples exposed to hydrogen containing 100 ppm H 2S at 727 °C for 5 days, thermodynamic calculations indicate that Ni-YSZ would be stable and XRD analysis was unable to detect any changes. However, the vibration modes of Ni 3S 2 were detected using Raman spectroscopy, suggesting that Raman spectroscopy could be a powerful tool for in situ study of sulfur poisoning of SOFC anodes. For Ni-YSZ cermet exposed to hydrogen containing 10% H 2S at 950 °C for 5 days, Ni was converted to nickel sulfide, and vibration modes of NiS were detected using Raman spectroscopy.

  8. Microstructure and strength of brazed joints of TiB2 cermet to TiAl-based alloys

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    李卓然; 冯吉才; 曹健

    2003-01-01

    In this study, TiB2 cermet and TiAl-based alloy are vacuum brazed successfully by using Ag-Cu-Ti filler metal. The microstructural analyses indicate that two reaction products, Ti(Cu, Al)2 and Ag based solid solution (Ag(s.s)), are present in the brazing seam, and the interface structure of the brazed joint is TiB2/TiB2+ Ag(s.s) /Ag(s.s)+Ti(Cu, Al)2/Ti(Cu, Al)2/TiAl. The experimental results show that the shear strength of the brazed TiB2/TiAl joints decreases as the brazing time increases at a definite brazing temperature. When the joint is brazed at 1 223 K for 5 min, a joint strength up to 173 MPa is achieved.

  9. SAE 1045 steel/WC-Co/Ni-Cu-Ni/SAE 1045 steel joints prepared by dynamic diffusion bonding: Microelectrochemical studies in 0.6 M NaCl solution

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    Andreatta, Francesco, E-mail: francesco.andreatta@uniud.i [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Universita Degli Studi di Udine, Via del Cotonificio 108, 33100 Udine (Italy); Matesanz, Laura [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); Akita, Adriano H. [UNESP, Instituto de Quimica, CP 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Paussa, Luca; Fedrizzi, Lorenzo [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Universita Degli Studi di Udine, Via del Cotonificio 108, 33100 Udine (Italy); Fugivara, Cecilio S. [UNESP, Instituto de Quimica, CP 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Gomez de Salazar, Jose M. [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); Benedetti, Assis V. [UNESP, Instituto de Quimica, CP 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2009-12-30

    Corrosion of SAE 1045 steel/WC-Co/Ni-Cu-Ni/SAE 1045 steel interfaces was investigated in 0.6 M NaCl solution using an electrochemical microcell, which enables local electrochemical characterization at the micrometer scale. Two pieces of steel, one with a WC-Co coating covered with Ni (12 mum) and Cu (5 mum) layers, and the other with a Ni (15 mum) layer, were welded by dynamic diffusion bonding. A WC-Co coating was applied to the steel by the high velocity oxygen-fuel process, and Ni-Cu and Ni layers by electroplating. Polarization curves were recorded using an electrochemical microcell. Different regions of welded samples were investigated, including steel, cermet coating, and steel/cermet and steel/Ni-Cu-Ni/cermet interfaces. Optical and electronic microscopes were employed to study the corroded regions. Potentiodynamic polarization curves obtained using the microcell revealed that the base metal was more susceptible to corrosion than the cermet. In addition, cermet steel/cermet and steel/Ni-Cu-Ni/cermet joints exhibited different breakdown potentials. Steel was strongly corroded in the regions adjacent to the interfaces, while the cermet was less corroded. Iron oxides/hydroxides and chloride salts were the main corrosion products of steel. After removal of the superficial layer of corrosion products, iron oxides were mainly observed. Chloride ions were detected mainly on a copper-enriched layer placed between two Ni-enriched layers.

  10. Effect of Yb2O3 doping on the grain boundary of NiFe2O4-10NiO-based cermets after sintering

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    Han-bing He

    2015-01-01

    xYb2O3–15(20Ni–Cu)/(85−x)(NiFe2O4–10NiO) (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 2.0, and 10.0) cermets for aluminum electrolysis were prepared to investigate the effect of Yb2O3 doping on the grain boundary of the cermets after sintering. The results showed that each interface was very clear and that with increasing Yb2O3 content, most of the Yb was evenly distributed at the grain boundary. Moreover, according to the phase composition and microstructural analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), YbFeO3 was produced along the grain boundary. The YbFeO3 was concluded to not only have formed from the interaction between the NiFe2O4 or Fe2O3 component and Yb2O3 at the grain boundary of the cermets, but also from the decomposition of NiFe2O4 into NiO and Fe2O3 and the subsequent reaction of Fe2O3 with Yb2O3. Thus, the pro-duction of YbFeO3 resulted in a cermet with high relative density, good electrical conductivity, and good corrosion resistance.

  11. Oxygen-producing inert anodes for SOM process

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    Pal, Uday B

    2014-02-25

    An electrolysis system for generating a metal and molecular oxygen includes a container for receiving a metal oxide containing a metallic species to be extracted, a cathode positioned to contact a metal oxide housed within the container; an oxygen-ion-conducting membrane positioned to contact a metal oxide housed within the container; an anode in contact with the oxygen-ion-conducting membrane and spaced apart from a metal oxide housed within the container, said anode selected from the group consisting of liquid metal silver, oxygen stable electronic oxides, oxygen stable crucible cermets, and stabilized zirconia composites with oxygen stable electronic oxides.

  12. Electrochemical and stress characteristics of SiO/Cu/expanded graphite composite as anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Jingze; Zhang, Jian; Bao, Tianzeng; Xie, Xiaohua; Xia, Baojia

    2017-04-01

    To enhance the electrochemical performance of SiO, a simple electroless plating and ultrasonication method is used to prepare SiO/Cu/expanded graphite(EG) composite. Electrochemical results show that the electrode has a reversible specific capacity of 836 mAh/g and the capacity retention ratio is 90.2% in the 100th cycle at 200 mA/g current density (25 °C). Moreover, real time stress measurements quantitatively show that EG effectively suppresses stress development in the electrodes, which results in good cycling performance.

  13. Electrochemical impedance analysis of electrodeposited Si-O-C composite thick film on Cu microcones-arrayed current collector for lithium ion battery anode

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    Hang, Tao; Mukoyama, Daikichi; Nara, Hiroki; Yokoshima, Tokihiko; Momma, Toshiyuki; Li, Ming; Osaka, Tetsuya

    2014-06-01

    The impedance behaviors of Si-O-C composite film electrodeposited on Cu microcones-arrayed current collector have been investigated to understand the electrochemical process kinetics that influences the cycling performance when used as a highly-durable anode in a lithium battery. The impedance was measured by using impedance spectroscopy in equilibrium conditions at various depths of discharge and during several hundred charge-discharge cycles. The measured impedance was interpreted with an equivalent circuit composed of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film, charge transfer and solid state diffusion. The impedance analysis shows that the change of charge transfer resistance is the main contribution to the total resistance change during discharge, but an abrupt augmentation of diffusive resistance at high depth of discharge is also observed which cannot be explained very well by the presented model. The impedance evolution of this electrode during charge-discharge cycles suggests that the slow growth of the SEI film as well as the increase of the electrode density are responsible for the capacity fading after long term cycling.

  14. A Stability Study of Ni/Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Anode for Direct Ammonia Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Yang, Jun; Molouk, Ahmed Fathi Salem; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2015-12-30

    In recent years, solid oxide fuel cells fueled with ammonia have been attracting intensive attention. In this work, ammonia fuel was supplied to the Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode at 600 and 700 °C, and the change of electrochemical performance and microstructure under the open-circuit state was studied in detail. The influence of ammonia exposure on the microstructure of Ni was also investigated by using Ni/YSZ powder and Ni film deposited on a YSZ disk. The obtained results demonstrated that Ni in the cermet anode was partially nitrided under an ammonia atmosphere, which considerably roughened the Ni surface. Moreover, the destruction of the anode support layer was confirmed for the anode-supported cell upon the temperature cycling test between 600 and 700 °C because of the nitriding phenomenon of Ni, resulting in severe performance degradation.

  15. Spark Plasma Sintering of Fuel Cermets for Nuclear Reactor Applications

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    Yang Zhong; Robert C. O' Brien; Steven D. Howe; Nathan D. Jerred; Kristopher Schwinn; Laura Sudderth; Joshua Hundley

    2011-11-01

    The feasibility of the fabrication of tungsten based nuclear fuel cermets via Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is investigated in this work. CeO2 is used to simulate fuel loadings of UO2 or Mixed-Oxide (MOX) fuels within tungsten-based cermets due to the similar properties of these materials. This study shows that after a short time sintering, greater than 90 % density can be achieved, which is suitable to possess good strength as well as the ability to contain fission products. The mechanical properties and the densities of the samples are also investigated as functions of the applied pressures during the sintering.

  16. Properties and microstructure of NiO/SDC materials for SOFC anode applications

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    CHENG Jigui; DENG Liping; ZHANG Benrui; SHI Ping; MENG Guangyao

    2007-01-01

    NiO/SDC composites and Ni/SDC cermets for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode applications were prepared from nickel oxide (NiO) and samaria doped ceria (SDC) powders by the powder metallurgy process. The physical and mechanical properties, as well as the microstructure of the NiO/SDC composites and the Ni/SDC cermets were investigated. It is shown that the sintering temperature of the NiO/SDC composites and NiO content plays an important role in determining the microstructure and properties of the NiO/SDC composites, which, in turn, influences the microstructure, electrical conductivity, and mechanical properties of the Ni/SDC cermets. The present study demonstrated that composition and tprocess parameters must be appropriately selected to optimize the microstructure and the properties of NiO/SDC materials for solid oxide fuel cell applications.

  17. Oxide anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fergus, Jeffrey W. [Auburn University, Materials Research and Education Center, 275 Wilmore Laboratories, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States)

    2006-07-15

    A major advantage of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) over polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells is their tolerance for the type and purity of fuel. This fuel flexibility is due in large part to the high operating temperature of SOFCs, but also relies on the selection and development of appropriate materials - particularly for the anode where the fuel reaction occurs. This paper reviews the oxide materials being investigated as alternatives to the most commonly used nickel-YSZ cermet anodes for SOFCs. The majority of these oxides form the perovskite structure, which provides good flexibility in doping for control of the transport properties. However, oxides that form other crystal structures, such as the cubic fluorite structure, have also shown promise for use as SOFC anodes. In this paper, oxides are compared primarily in terms of their transport properties, but other properties relative to SOFC anode performance are also discussed. (author)

  18. Impact of anode microstructure on solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Suzuki, Toshio; Hasan, Zahir; Funahashi, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Toshiaki; Fujishiro, Yoshinobu; Awano, Masanobu

    2009-08-14

    We report a correlation between the microstructure of the anode electrode of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and its electrochemical performance for a tubular design. It was shown that the electrochemical performance of the cell was extensively improved when the size of constituent particles was reduced so as to yield a highly porous microstructure. The SOFC had a power density of greater than 1 watt per square centimeter at an operating temperature as low as 600 degrees C with a conventional zirconia-based electrolyte, a nickel cermet anode, and a lanthanum ferrite perovskite cathode material. The effect of the hydrogen fuel flow rate (linear velocity) was also examined for the optimization of operating conditions. Higher linear fuel velocity led to better cell performance for the cell with higher anode porosity. A zirconia-based cell could be used for a low-temperature SOFC system under 600 degrees C just by optimizing the microstructure of the anode electrode and operating conditions.

  19. Structure And Properties Of PVD Coatings Deposited On Cermets

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    Żukowska L.

    2015-06-01

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

  20. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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    ZHULiu; LINGGuo-ping; LIJian; WANGYou-wen

    2004-01-01

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

  1. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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

    2004-01-01

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

  2. The electrochemical oxidation of H{sub 2} and CO at patterned Ni anodes of SOFCs

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    Utz, Annika

    2011-07-01

    In this work, a deeper understanding of the electrochemical oxidation at SOFC anodes was gained by the experimental characterization of patterned Ni anodes in H{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O and CO-CO{sub 2} atmosphere. By high resolution data analysis, the Line Specific Resistance attributed to charge transfer and its dependencies on gas composition, temperature and polarization voltage were identified. Furthermore, the comparison of the performance of patterned and cermet anodes was enabled using a transmission line model. (orig.)

  3. Basic research on cermet nuclear fuel

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    Ohashi, Hiroshi; Sto, Seichi [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Takano, Masahide; Minato, Kazuo; Fukuda, Kosaku

    1998-01-01

    Production of cermet nuclear fuel having fine uranium dioxide (UO{sub 2}) particles dispersed in matrix metal requires basic property data on the compatibility of matrix metal with fission product compounds. It is thermodynamically suggested that, as burnup increases, cesium in oxide fuel reacts with the fuel, other fission products or cladding pipe and produces cesium uranates, cesium molybdate, or cesium chromate in stainless steel cladding pipe. Attempt was made to measure the thermal expansion coefficient and thermal conductivity of cesium uranates (Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} and Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7}), cesium molybdate (Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}) and cesium chromate (Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}). Thermal expansion was measured by X-ray diffraction and determined by Cohen`s method. Thermal conductivity was obtained by measuring thermal diffusion by laser flash method. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} and Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7} is as low as 1.2% for the former and 1.0% for the latter, up to 1000K. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} is as high as that of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}, 2.1% for the former and 2.5% for the latter at temperatures from room temperature to 873K. Average thermal expansion in this temperature range is 4.4 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1} for Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} and 4.2 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4} is four times higher than that of UO{sub 2} and five times higher than that of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The thermal conductivity of Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} is nearly equal to that of Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7} in absolute value and temperature dependency. Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7}, having different thermal conductivity between {alpha} and {beta} phases, shows higher conductivity with {beta} than with {alpha}, about 1/4 of that of UO{sub 2} at 1000K. The thermal conductivity of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4} is nearly equal to that of Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} in absolute value and temperature dependency. (N.H.)

  4. Preparation of large-scale TiB2-Cu-Ni cermet by combustion synthesis+pseudo hot isostatic pressing%大尺寸TiB2-Cu-Ni金属陶瓷块体的燃烧合成及准热等静压致密化

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    徐强; 张幸红; 张学忠; 韩杰才

    2002-01-01

    利用燃烧合成结合准热等静压(PHIP)技术成功制备了直径为240 mm的大尺寸TiB2-Cu-Ni金属陶瓷,对合成产物进行了X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)和力学性能等实验研究.XRD结果表明反应产物中只有TiB2和(Cu,Ni)两相.SEM分析发现增强相TiB2陶瓷颗粒已经形成骨架状,其间为(Cu,Ni)基体相,TiB2颗粒形貌为近等轴状,尺寸细小且较均匀.合成产物的致密度为94.2%,弯曲强度和断裂韧性分别达到599.4 MPa和12.56 MPa*m1/2.

  5. A novel Ni/ceria-based anode for metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Rojek-Wöckner, Veronika A.; Opitz, Alexander K.; Brandner, Marco; Mathé, Jörg; Bram, Martin

    2016-10-01

    For optimization of ageing behavior, electrochemical performance, and sulfur tolerance of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells a new anode concept is introduced, which is based on a Ni/GDC cermet replacing the established Ni/YSZ anodes. In the present work optimized processing parameters compatible with MSC substrates are specified by doing sintering studies on pressed bulk specimen and on real porous anode structures. The electrochemical performance of the Ni/GDC anodes was characterized by means of symmetrical electrolyte supported model-type cells. In this study, three main objectives are pursued. Firstly, the effective technical realization of the Ni/GDC concept is demonstrated. Secondly, the electrochemical behavior of Ni/GDC porous anodes is characterized by impedance spectroscopy and compared with the current standard Ni/YSZ anode. Further, a qualitative comparison of the sulfur poisoning behavior of both anode types is presented. Thirdly, preliminary results of a successful implementation of the Ni/GDC cermet into a metal-supported single cell are presented.

  6. Ag as an alternative for Ni in direct hydrocarbon SOFC anodes

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    Cantos-Gomez, A.; Van Duijn, J. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Ruiz-Bustos, R. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico de Albacete, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    Ag has been shown to be a good metal for SOFC anode cermets using CO fuel. Here we have expanded on the work reported by testing Ag-YSZ cermets against different hydrocarbon based fuel (H{sub 2} and CH{sub 4}). This study shows that while Ag is a good current collector, it alone does not have the required catalytic activity for the direct oxidation of hydrocarbon based fuels needed to be used in SOFC anodes. As such an additional catalytic material (e.g. CeO{sub 2}) needs to be present when using fuels other then CO. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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

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

    2009-06-01

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

  8. A binder phase of TiO based cermets

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

    2005-01-01

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

  9. Dynamic SEM wear studies of tungsten carbide cermets

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

    1975-01-01

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

  10. A Science-Based Understanding of Cermet Processing.

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    Cesarano, Joseph; Roach, Robert Allen; Kilgo, Alice C.; Susan, Donald Francis; Van Ornum, David J.; Stuecker, John N.

    2006-04-01

    AbstractThis report is a summary of the work completed in FY01 for science-based characterization of the processes used to fabricate 1) cermet vias in source feedthrus using slurry and paste-filling techniques and 2) cermet powder for dry pressing. Common defects found in cermet vias were characterized based on the ability of subsequent processing techniques (isopressing and firing) to remove the defects. Non-aqueous spray drying and mist granulation techniques were explored as alternative methods of creating CND50, the powder commonly used for dry pressed parts. Compaction and flow characteristics of these techniques were analyzed and compared to standard dry-ball-milled CND50. Due to processing changes, changes in microstructure can occur. A microstructure characterization technique was developed to numerically describe cermet microstructure. Machining and electrical properties of dry pressed parts were also analyzed and related to microstructure using this analytical technique.3 Executive SummaryThis report outlines accomplishments in the science-based understanding of cermet processing up to fiscal year 2002 for Sandia National Laboratories. The three main areas of work are centered on 1) increasing production yields of slurry-filled cermets, 2) evaluating the viability of high-solids-loading pastes for the same cermet components, and 3) optimizing cermet powder used in pressing processes (CND50). An additional development that was created as a result of the effort to fully understand the impacts of alternative processing techniques is the use of analytical methods to relate microstructure to physical properties. Recommendations are suggested at the end of this report. Summaries of these four efforts are as follows:1.Increase Production Yields of Slurry-Filled Cermet Vias Finalized slurry filling criteria were determined based on three designs of experiments where the following factors were analyzed: vacuum time, solids loading, pressure drop across the filter

  11. Modified strontium titanates: From defect chemistry to SOFC anodes

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    Verbraeken, M.C.; Ramos, Tania; Agersted, Karsten

    2015-01-01

    Modified strontium titanates have received much attention recently for their potential as anode material in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Their inherent redox stability and superior tolerance to sulphur poisoning and coking as compared to Ni based cermet anodes could improve durability of SOFC...... systems dramatically. Various substitution strategies can be deployed to optimise materials properties in these strontium titanates, such as electronic conductivity, electrocatalytic activity, chemical stability and sinterability, and thus mechanical strength. Substitution strategies not only cover choice...... of modified strontium titanates, this paper reviews three different A-site deficient donor (La, Y, Nb) substituted strontium titanates for their electrical behaviour and fuel cell performance. Promising performances in both electrolyte as well as anode supported cell designs have been obtained, when using...

  12. Microstructure and characteristics of high dimension brazed joints of cermets and steel

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    J. Nowacki

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the article a state of the question concerning stresses in brazing joints of different physical and mechanical properties was appraised as well as possibility of their decrease due to use of different techniques from technological experiments to numerical methods. Evaluation of microstructure and mechanical properties of large dimensional vacuum brazed joints of WC – Co and Ferro Titanit Nicro 128 sinters and precipitation hardened stainless steel of 14 –5 PH (X5CrNiMoCuNb14-5 using copper and silver – copper as the brazing filler metal.Design/methodology/approach: Microscopic examinations with the use of scanning electron microscope (SEM were performed to establish microstructure and diffusion influences on creation of intermetallic phases in the joint. Shear strength Rt and tensile strength Rm of the joints have been defined. It have been state, that the basic factors decreasing quality of the joint, which can occur during vacuum brazing of the WC - Co ISO K05 sinter – Cu or Ag - Cu brazing filler metal – 14 -5 PH steel joints are diffusive processes leading to exchange of the cermets and brazing filler metal elements and creation of intermetallic in the joint. It can have an unfavourable influence on ductility and quality of the joint.Findings: Results of numerical calculations of two-dimensional models of brazed joints for different sizes of surfaces brazed at a constant width of solder gap are presented. Particular attention was paid to stresses occurring in joints of large brazing surfaces.Results of the investigate proved that joints microstructure and mechanical properties depend on filler and parent materials, diffusion process during brazing, leading to exchange of the cermets components and filler metal as well as joint geometry (mainly gap thickness.Practical implications: The results have been applied in surfaces are used in large dimension spinning nozzles of a die for polyethylene granulation, in that

  13. Effect of metal particles in cermets on spectral selectivity

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    Gao, J. D.; Zhao, C. Y.; Wang, B. X.

    2017-03-01

    Most cermet-based coatings achieve their solar selectivities by the tandem interference effect, which has been widely studied. This study focused on the spectral selectivity achieved by the scattering effect of metal particles in cermet-based coatings. Previous research proved that reasonable solar selectivities can be obtained for cermets in the regime of particles with a radius of the order of 100 nm, but their solar absorptance is low (Cr, Ni, and W particles with radii of 10 nm, 50 nm, 100 nm, and 200 nm, which were embedded in Al2O3 and occupied 5% of the volume fraction. It was found that by arranging different particles in different layers, a very high solar absorptance (95.6%) could be achieved. Since their thermal emittance (˜25% at 600 °C) was higher than that of normal coatings, these coatings are recommended to be used in solar absorbers that have a high concentration factor. Finally, the dependent scattering effect was qualitatively considered by the coupled-dipole approach. With a metal volume fraction of 5%, it was found that the effect of dependent scattering was small and should not change the conclusions made based on independent scattering.

  14. Electrical Resistance Measurements and Microstructural Characterization of the Anode/Interconnect Contact in Simulated Anode-Side SOFC Conditions

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    Harthøj, Anders; Alimadadi, Hossein; Holt, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    in phase transformation of the steel and in formation of oxides with a poor electrical conductivity in the anode. In this study, the area specific resistance (ASR) of the steel Crofer 22 APU, in contact with a Ni/YSZ anode with and without a tape casted CeO2 barrier layer was measured in simulated SOFC....... The zone is austenitic at the exposure temperature but transforms to ferrite during cooling. When a CeO2 nickel diffusion barrier layer was used The ASR was considerably higher. These results imply that nickel diffusion is not only detrimental: It leads to microstructural instability but also results......Metallic interconnects in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are often in direct contact with a nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ) cermet anode. Interdiffusion between the two components may occur at the operating temperature of 700–850◦C. The alteration of chemical composition can result...

  15. LITHIUM ANODE LIMITED CYCLE SECONDARY BATTERY

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    aluminum resist corrosion in these solutions. Polyolefin and polyester nonwoven fabrics may be used as separators. Li anodes in propylene carbonate...ization. Electrode test results were used to design, construct and test cells with Li anodes and CuF2 cathodes.

  16. Mixed conductor anodes: Ni as electrocatalyst for hydrogen conversion

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    Primdahl, S.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2002-01-01

    Five types of anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are examined on an yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte by impedance spectroscopy at 850 degreesC in hydrogen. The examined porous anodes are a Ni/Zr(0.92)Y(0.16)O(2.08) (Ni/YSZ) cermet, a Ni/Ce(0.9)Gd(0.1)O(1.95) (Ni/CGI) cermet, a Ce......(0.6)Gd(0.4)O(1.8) (CG4) ceramic, a La(0.75)Sr(0.25)Cr(0.97)V(0.03)O(3) (LSCV) ceramic and a Ti(0.22) Y(0.16)Zr(0.92)O(2.52) (TiYSZ) ceramic, Addition of small amounts ( approximate to I w/o) of Ni to the electrode surface is found to improve electrode performance on mixed electronic and ionic...... conductors (MIEC's), distinctly in the low-frequency part of the impedance spectra. An effect of isotope exchange (H(2)/H(2)O to D(2)/D(2)O) is observed for all anodes. The low-frequency limitation is suggested to be hydrogen adsorption and/or dissociation on the surface of MIEC electrodes, (C) 2002 Elsevier...

  17. Direct Quantification of Cd(2+) in the Presence of Cu(2+) by a Combination of Anodic Stripping Voltammetry Using a Bi-Film-Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode and an Artificial Neural Network.

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    Zhao, Guo; Wang, Hui; Liu, Gang

    2017-07-03

    Abstract: In this study, a novel method based on a Bi/glassy carbon electrode (Bi/GCE) for quantitatively and directly detecting Cd(2+) in the presence of Cu(2+) without further electrode modifications by combining square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) and a back-propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) has been proposed. The influence of the Cu(2+) concentration on the stripping response to Cd(2+) was studied. In addition, the effect of the ferrocyanide concentration on the SWASV detection of Cd(2+) in the presence of Cu(2+) was investigated. A BP-ANN with two inputs and one output was used to establish the nonlinear relationship between the concentration of Cd(2+) and the stripping peak currents of Cu(2+) and Cd(2+). The factors affecting the SWASV detection of Cd(2+) and the key parameters of the BP-ANN were optimized. Moreover, the direct calibration model (i.e., adding 0.1 mM ferrocyanide before detection), the BP-ANN model and other prediction models were compared to verify the prediction performance of these models in terms of their mean absolute errors (MAEs), root mean square errors (RMSEs) and correlation coefficients. The BP-ANN model exhibited higher prediction accuracy than the direct calibration model and the other prediction models. Finally, the proposed method was used to detect Cd(2+) in soil samples with satisfactory results.

  18. Anodic oxidation

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    Ross, Sidney D; Rudd, Eric J; Blomquist, Alfred T; Wasserman, Harry H

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    Anodic Oxidation covers the application of the concept, principles, and methods of electrochemistry to organic reactions. This book is composed of two parts encompassing 12 chapters that consider the mechanism of anodic oxidation. Part I surveys the theory and methods of electrochemistry as applied to organic reactions. These parts also present the mathematical equations to describe the kinetics of electrode reactions using both polarographic and steady-state conditions. Part II examines the anodic oxidation of organic substrates by the functional group initially attacked. This part particular

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  20. Functionally graded TiC-based cermets via combustion synthesis and quasi-isostatic pressing

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    Martinez Pacheco, M.; Stuivinga, M.E.C.; Carton, E.P.; Katgerman, L.

    2004-01-01

    Experimental results on the preparation of functionally graded TiC-based cermets obtained by combustion synthesis (also known as Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis, SHS) followed by quasi-isostatic (QIP) pressing in a granulate medium are presented. Pellets of TiC-Fe graded cermets are prod

  1. Micro-scale mechanical characterization of Inconel cermet coatings deposited by laser cladding

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study, an Inconel 625-Cr3C2 cermet coating was deposited on a steel alloy by laser cladding. The elastic and plastic mechanical properties of the cermet matrix were studied by the depth sensing indentation (DSI in the micro scale. These results were compared with those obtained from an Inconel 600 bulk specimen. The values of Young's modulus and hardness of cermet matrix were higher than those of an Inconel 600 bulk specimen. Meanwhile, the indentation stress–strain curve of the cermet matrix showed a strain hardening value which was more than twice the one obtained for the Inconel 600 bulk. Additionally, the mechanical properties of unmelted Cr3C2 ceramic particles, embedded in the cermet matrix were also evaluated by DSI using a spherical indenter.

  2. Micro-scale mechanical characterization of Inconel cermet coatings deposited by laser cladding

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    Chang, Ch.; Verdi, D.; Garrido, M.A.; Ruiz-Hervias, J.

    2016-07-01

    In this study, an Inconel 625-Cr3C2 cermet coating was deposited on a steel alloy by laser cladding. The elastic and plastic mechanical properties of the cermet matrix were studied by the depth sensing indentation (DSI) in the micro scale. These results were compared with those obtained from an Inconel 600 bulk specimen. The values of Young's modulus and hardness of cermet matrix were higher than those of an Inconel 600 bulk specimen. Meanwhile, the indentation stress–strain curve of the cermet matrix showed a strain hardening value which was more than twice the one obtained for the Inconel 600 bulk. Additionally, the mechanical properties of unmelted Cr3C2 ceramic particles, embedded in the cermet matrix were also evaluated by DSI using a spherical indenter. (Author)

  3. Modification of carbon nanotubes by CuO-doped NiO nanocomposite for use as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Mustansar Abbas, Syed, E-mail: qau_abbas@yahoo.com [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Tajammul Hussain, Syed [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Ali, Saqib [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmad, Nisar [Department of Chemistry, Hazara University, Mansehra (Pakistan); Ali, Nisar [Department of Physics, University of Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan); Abbas, Saghir [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ali, Zulfiqar [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan)

    2013-06-15

    CuO-doped NiO (CuNiO) with porous hexagonal morphology is fabricated via a modified in-situ co-precipitation method and its nanocomposite is prepared with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The electrochemical properties of CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge–discharge tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Since Cu can both act as conductor and a catalyst, the CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite exhibits higher initial coulombic efficiency (82.7% of the 2nd cycle) and better capacity retention (78.6% on 50th cycle) than bare CuNiO (78.9% of the 2nd cycle), CuO/CNT (76.8% of the 2nd cycle) and NiO/CNT (77.7% of the 2nd cycle) at the current density of 100 mA /g. This high capacity and good cycling ability is attributed to the partial substitution of Cu{sup +2} for Ni{sup +2}, resulting in an increase of holes concentration, and therefore improved p-type conductivity along with an intimate interaction with CNTs providing large surface area, excellent conduction, mechanical strength and chemical stability. - Graphical abstract: The porous CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite synthesized via a modified co-precipitation method in combination with subsequent calcination was applied in the negative electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and exhibited high electrochemical performance. - Highlights: • CuO doped NiO/CNTs nano composite is achieved via a simple co-precipitation method. • Monodispersity, shape and sizes of sample particles is specifically controlled. • Good quality adhesion between CNTs and CuNiO is visible from TEM image. • High electrochemical performance is achieved. • Discharge capacity of 686 mA h/g after 50 cycles with coulombic efficiency (82.5%)

  4. Internal reforming over nickel/zirconia anodes in SOFCS operating on methane: influence of anode formulation, pre-treatment and operating conditions

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    Finnerty, C.M.; Ormerod, R.M. [Birchall Centre of Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Keele Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2000-03-01

    Internal methane reforming over nickel/zirconia cermet anodes has been studied in detail using a thin-walled extruded zirconia tubular SOFC reactor. The influence of anode formulation, anode pre-treatment, operating temperature and methane/steam ratio on the reforming characteristics, resistance to carbon deposition and durability of the anode have been investigated under actual operating conditions. Post-reaction TPO has been used to determine the amount of carbon deposition and its strength of interaction with the anode. A 90-vol.% nickel/zirconia anode shows higher activity than a 50-vol.% Ni anode at higher reforming temperatures, and shows very good durability. Pre-reducing the anodes in H{sub 2} at 1173 K leads to a more active reforming catalyst. Carbon is removed from the anodes in two processes during TPO, suggesting two types of carbon species. As the reforming temperature increases both carbon types are removed at higher temperature, and there is an increase in the relative population of the more strongly bound form of carbon. (orig.)

  5. Electrochemical and microstructural characterization of cyclic redox behaviour of SOFC anodes

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    KONG Jiangrong; SUN Kening; ZHOU Derui; ZHANG Naiqing; QIAO Jinshuo

    2006-01-01

    The oxidation of Ni to NiO in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode will result in large bulk volume change, which may change the interfaces of the two phases in the anode cermet and thus may cause significant performance degradation. The reduction and oxidation (redox) of the Ni/YSZ cermet were studied at 800 ℃. Anodic polarization measurements were performed before and after redox cycles. The anode current density at an overpotential of 100 mV kept decreasing during the whole redox treatment. It decreased from 19.11 to 7.95 mA·cm-2 after two redox cycles. Anode supported unit cell was assembled for cell's discharge measurements. Cell performance declined after each redox cycle. The maximum power density decreased from 126.28 to 40.32 mW·cm-2 . The microstructural changes after redox cycling were recorded using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results reveal that after re-oxidation, the Ni gets coarse and has a higher porosity; the nickel network structure turns to be desultory.

  6. Mechanism of Combustion Synthesis of TiC-Ti Cermet

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    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Effect of magnesium oxide content on oxidation behavior of some superalloy-base cermets

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    Zaplatynsky, I.

    1975-01-01

    The effect of increasing magnesium oxide (MgO) content on the cyclic oxidation resistance of hot-pressed cermets of MgO in NiCrAlY, MgO in Hoskins-875, MgO in Inconel-702, and MgO in Hastelloy-X was investigated. The cermets with magnesium oxide levels of 5, 10, 20, and 40 vol percent were examined. The cyclic oxidation behavior of these cermets at 1100 and 1200 C in still air was determined by a thermogravimetric method supplemented by X-ray diffraction analysis and light and electron microscopy. In all instances, MgO prevented grain growth in the metallic phase. No evidence of oxidation along interphase boundaries was detected. Cermets of MgO in NiCrAlY and MgO in Hoskins-875 were superior to cermets of MgO in Inconel-702 and MgO in Hastelloy-X. Their oxidation resistance was degraded only when the MgO content was 40 vol percent. The oxidation behavior of MgO-in-Inconel-702 powder cermets containing 5- and 10-vol percent MgO was approximately similar to that of pure Inconel-702 compacts. The 20- and 40-vol percent MgO content reduced the oxidation resistance of MgO-in-Inconel-702 powder cermets relative to that of pure Inconel-702.

  9. Characterization of TiC-FeCrMn Cermets Produced by Powder Metallurgy Method

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available TiC-NiMo cermets combine relatively low density with high hardness. Because nickel is known as a toxin and allergen and allergy to nickel is a phenomenon which has assumed growing importance in recent years there has been a flurry of activity to find alternatives to the nickel binder in cermets. It is also the global research and technical development trend in the powder metallurgy cermets industry. In present research TiC-based cermets with FeCrMn binder system were fabricated. Three different sintering conditions were used (vacuum sintering, sinter/HIP and sintering under low Ar pressure. Because of high vapor pressure of manganese different sintering conditions and technologies were investigated to depress the Mn-loss during sintering. Chemical composition of TiC-FeCrMn cermets after different sintering conditions were analyzed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS and mechanical properties – hardness and fracture toughness were evaluated on the samples. Results of research showed that Ni-free TiC-based CrMn-steels bonded cermets compare unfavorably with cermets bonded with CrNi austenitic steels in terms of fracture toughness and corrosion resistance. Noticeable Mn-loss during vacuum sintering can be avoided when sintering under low Ar gas pressure.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7364

  10. Tribological properties of TiA1N-coated cermets

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    ZHENG Liyun; ZHAO Lixin; XIONG Weihao

    2009-01-01

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

  11. Determination of water-soluble and insoluble (dilute-HCl-extractable) fractions of Cd, Pb and Cu in Antarctic aerosol by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry: distribution and summer seasonal evolution at Terra Nova Bay (Victoria Land)

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    Annibaldi, A.; Truzzi, C.; Illuminati, S.; Bassotti, E.; Scarponi, G. [Polytechnic University of Marche - Ancona, Department of Marine Science, Ancona (Italy)

    2007-02-15

    Eight PM10 aerosol samples were collected in the vicinity of the ''Mario Zucchelli'' Italian Antarctic Station (formerly Terra Nova Bay Station) during the 2000-2001 austral summer using a high-volume sampler and precleaned cellulose filters. The aerosol mass was determined by differential weighing of filters carried out in a clean chemistry laboratory under controlled temperature and humidity. A two-step sequential extraction procedure was used to separate the water-soluble and the insoluble (dilute-HCl-extractable) fractions. Cd, Pb and Cu were determined in the two fractions using an ultrasensitive square wave anodic stripping voltammetric (SWASV) procedure set up for and applied to aerosol samples for the first time. Total extractable metals showed maxima at midsummer for Cd and Pb and a less clear trend for Cu. In particular, particulate metal concentrations ranged as follows: Cd 0.84-9.2 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 4.7 {mu}g g{sup -1}), Pb 13.2-81 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 33 {mu}g g{sup -1}), Cu 126-628 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 378 {mu}g g{sup -1}). In terms of atmospheric concentration, the values were: Cd 0.55-6.3 pg m{sup -3} (average 3.4 pg m{sup -3}), Pb 8.7-48 pg m{sup -3} (average 24 pg m{sup -3}), Cu 75-365 pg m{sup -3} (average 266 pg m{sup -3}). At the beginning of the season the three metals appear widely distributed in the insoluble (HCl-extractable) fraction (higher proportions for Cd and Pb, 90-100%, and lower for Cu, 70-90%) with maxima in the second half of December. The soluble fraction then increases, and at the end of the season Cd and Pb are approximately equidistributed between the two fractions, while for Cu the soluble fraction reaches its maximum level of 36%. Practically negligible contributions are estimated for crustal and sea-spray sources. Low but significant volcanic contributions are estimated for Cd and Pb ({proportional_to}10% and {proportional_to}5%, respectively), while there is an evident although not

  12. Synthesis of Cu2O/reduced graphene oxide composites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries%锂离子电池用氧化亚铜/石墨烯负极材料的制备

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    颜果春; 李新海; 王志兴; 郭华军; 张倩; 彭文杰

    2013-01-01

    A facile way was used to synthesize Cu2O/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composites with octahedron-like morphology in aqueous solution without any surfactant. TEM images of the obtained Cu2O/rGOs reveal that the Cu2O particles and rGO distribute hierarchically and the primary Cu2O particles are encapsulated well in the graphene nanosheets. The electrochemical performance of Cu2O/rGOs is enhanced compared with bare Cu2O when they are employed as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. The Cu2O/rGO composites maintain a reversible capacity of 348.4 mA⋅h/g after 50 cycles at a current density of 100 mA/g. In addition, the composites retain 305.8 mA⋅h/g after 60 cycles at various current densities of 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 mA/g.%在不添加表面活性剂的水溶液体系中,采用水合肼作为还原剂制备得到具有八面体形貌的氧化亚铜/石墨烯复合材料。透射电镜分析表明:氧化亚铜颗粒与石墨烯在复合物中呈多层次分布,而且氧化亚铜一次颗粒很好地嵌入在石墨烯层间。相比于纯氧化亚铜,氧化亚铜/石墨烯复合材料作为锂离子电池负极材料的电化学性能得到了显著的改善。在100 mA/g的电流密度下循环50次后,氧化亚铜/石墨烯复合物的可逆比容量高达348.4 mA⋅h/g,同时,在不同倍率下(50,100,200,400,800 mA/g)循环60次后,其可恢复容量仍达305.8 mA⋅h/g。

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

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

    2004-07-01

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

  14. Alternative anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Goodenough, John B.; Huang, Yun-Hui [Texas Materials Institute, ETC 9.102, 1 University Station, C2200, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States)

    2007-11-08

    The electrolyte of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is an O{sup 2-}-ion conductor. The anode must oxidize the fuel with O{sup 2-} ions received from the electrolyte and it must deliver electrons of the fuel chemisorption reaction to a current collector. Cells operating on H{sub 2} and CO generally use a porous Ni/electrolyte cermet that supports a thin, dense electrolyte. Ni acts as both the electronic conductor and the catalyst for splitting the H{sub 2} bond; the oxidation of H{sub 2} to H{sub 2}O occurs at the Ni/electrolyte/H{sub 2} triple-phase boundary (TPB). The CO is oxidized at the oxide component of the cermet, which may be the electrolyte, yttria-stabilized zirconia, or a mixed oxide-ion/electron conductor (MIEC). The MIEC is commonly a Gd-doped ceria. The design and fabrication of these anodes are evaluated. Use of natural gas as the fuel requires another strategy, and MIECs are being explored for this application. The several constraints on these MIECs are outlined, and preliminary results of this on-going investigation are reviewed. (author)

  15. In-Situ Optical Studies of Oxidation/Reduction Kinetics on SOFC Cermet Anodes

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    2010-12-28

    Fuel Cells " Ann. Rev. Anal. Chem., 3 151-174 (2010). 2. B. C. Eigenbrodt1, M. B. Pomfret, D. A. Steinhurst, J. C. Owrutsky and R. A. Walker "Direct...in situ optical studies of solid oxide fuel cells operating with methanol and methane" J. Phys. Chem. C available online at ASAP. (Content from...Mapping of Surface Electrolyte Oxide Concentration in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells " submitted to Analytical Methods, accepted pending revisions. 4. J. D

  16. Structural state scale-dependent physical characteristics and endurance of cermet composite for cutting metal

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    Ovcharenko, V. E., E-mail: ovcharenko.ove45@mail.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Yu. F., E-mail: ivanov.yufi55@mail.ru [Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Mohovikov, A. A., E-mail: mohovikov.maa28@rambler.ru [Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Baohai, Yu, E-mail: baohai.bhyu@imr.ac.cn, E-mail: yanhui.yhzhao@imr.ac.cn; Zhao, Yanhui, E-mail: baohai.bhyu@imr.ac.cn, E-mail: yanhui.yhzhao@imr.ac.cn [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wenhua Road 72, 110016 (China)

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    A structural-phase state developed on the surface of a TiC/Ni–Cr–Al cermet alloy under superfast heating and cooling produced by pulse electron beam melting has been presented. The effect of the surface’s structural state multimodality on the temperature dependencies of the friction and endurance of the cermet tool in cutting metal has been investigated. The high-energy flux treatment of subsurface layers by electron beam pulses in argon-containing gas discharge plasma serves to improve the endurance of metal cutting tools manifold (by a factor of 6), to reduce the friction via precipitation of secondary 200 nm carbides in binder interlayers. It is possible to improve the cermet tool endurance for cutting metal by a factor of 10–12 by irradiating the cermet in a reactive nitrogen-containing atmosphere with the ensuing precipitation of nanosize 50 nm AlN particles in the binder interlayers.

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

  18. Investigation of a Cermet Gas-turbine-blade Material of Titanium Carbide Infiltrated with Hastalloy C

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    Hoffman, Charles A

    1955-01-01

    A cermet composition was investigated as a potential material for gas-turbine blades. Blades of HS-21 alloy were also operated in the engine simultaneously to provide a basis of comparison. The cermet blades survived as long as approximately 312-1/2 hours at about 1500 degrees F with an average midspan centrifugal stress of approximately 11,500 psi. The alloy blade midspan stress was about 15,300 psi. Because of extensive damage to both types of blade due to external causes, a reliable comparison of operating lives could not be made. The cermet blades tended to fail in the airfoil rather than in the base, although the base was the usual location of failure in a prior study of cold-pressed and sintered cermets of other compositions with the same blade shape.

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

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    Marek Jõeleht

    2015-09-01

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

  20. Characterization of Nanometric-Sized Carbides Formed During Tempering of Carbide-Steel Cermets

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    Matus K.; Pawlyta M.; Matula G.; Gołombek K.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this article of this paper is to present issues related to characterization of nanometric-sized carbides, nitrides and/or carbonitrides formed during tempering of carbide-steel cermets. Closer examination of those materials is important because of hardness growth of carbide-steel cermet after tempering. The results obtained during research show that the upswing of hardness is significantly higher than for high-speed steels. Another interesting fact is the displacement of secondary ...

  1. Cermets Ni-GDC para su uso como ánodos en IT-SOFC basadas en electrolitos GDC

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    Gil, V.

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work is to investigate the possible solid state reactions between the NiO-Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (NiO-GDC composites with 50% wt NiO, and cermets Ni- Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (Ni-GDC with 39 vol. % of Ni, and electrolyte solid solutions based on Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (GDC employing the X-ray diffraction technique. At the same time the thermochemical and thermomechanical compatibility between these materials was established. Results obtained from SEM and EDAX analysis showed that the electrolyte based on ceria (GDC and the anode based on nickel-ceria cermet (Ni-GDC present good adhesion and well defined interfaces. No reactive phases and other type of defects were detected. This study showed that both materials, Ni-GDC and GDC are thermochemical and thermomechanically compatible.

    El objetivo de este trabajo es estudiar en un amplio rango de temperaturas (1000-1450ºC y mediante difracción de rayos-X (DRX las posibles reacciones en estado sólido que pueden tener lugar en las regiones interfaciales de sistemas constituidos por composites NiO-Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (NiO-GDC con un 50% en peso de NiO, y de Cermets Ni-Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (Ni-GDC con un 39% en volumen Ni, y electrolitos basados en soluciones sólidas Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (GDC. Y así mismo, estudiar la compatibilidad termoquímica y termomecánica entre los distintos materiales cerámicos que constituyen los sistemas electrolito/ánodo. Se confirma mediante MEB y análisis EDAX que los sistemas cosinterizados entre 1350 y 1400ºC durante 2h y constituidos por un electrolito basado en ceria (GDC y un ánodo basado en un cermet níquel-ceria (Ni-GDC, presentan una buena adherencia entre capas, sin la formación de defectos y sin la presencia de interdifusión de especies a lo

  2. Simultaneous determination of trace Cd(II), Pb(II) and Cu(II) by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry using a reduced graphene oxide-chitosan/poly-l-lysine nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode.

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    Guo, Zhuo; Li, Dong-di; Luo, Xian-Ke; Li, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Qi-Nai; Li, Meng-Meng; Zhao, Yang-Ting; Sun, Tian-Shuai; Ma, Chi

    2017-03-15

    The reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and Chitosan (CS) hybrid matrix RGO-CS were coated onto the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surface, then, poly-l-lysine films (PLL) were prepared by electropolymerization with cyclic voltammetry (CV) method to prepare RGO-CS/PLL modified glassy carbon electrode (RGO-CS/PLL/GCE) for the simultaneous electrochemical determination of heavy metal ions Cd(II), Pb(II) and Cu(II). Combining the advantageous features of RGO and CS, RGO and CS are used together because the positively charged CS can interact with the negatively changed RGO to prevent their aggregation. Furthermore, CS has many amino groups along its macromolecular chains and possessed strongly reactive with metal ions. Moreover, PLL modified electrodes have good stability, excellent permselectivity, more active sites and strong adherence to electrode surface, which enhanced electrocatalytic activity. The RGO-CS/PLL/GCE was characterized voltammetrically using redox couples (Fe(CN)6(3-/4-)), complemented with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV) has been used for the detection of Cd(II), Pb(II) and Cu(II). The detection limit of RGO-CS/PLL/GCE toward Cd(II), Pb(II) and Cu(II) is 0.01μgL(-1), 0.02μgL(-1) and 0.02μgL(-1), respectively. The electrochemical parameters that exert influence on deposition and stripping of metal ions, such as supporting electrolytes, pH value, deposition potential, and deposition time, were carefully studied.

  3. Self-doped anthranilic acid-pyrrole copolymer/gold electrodes for selective preconcentration and determination of Cu(I) by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry.

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    Nateghi, M R; Fallahian, M H

    2007-05-01

    Electropolymerization of anthranilic acid/pyrrole (AA/PY) at solid substrate electrodes (platinum, gold, and glassy carbon) gave stable and water-insoluble films under a wide range of pH. Combining high conductivity of the polypyrrole (PPY) and pH independence of the electrochemical activity of the self-doped carboxylic acid-substituted polyaniline allows us to prepare an improved functionalized PPY-modified electrode to collect and measure Cu(I) species. The differential pulse stripping analysis of the copper ions using a polyanthranilic acid-co-polypyrrole (PAA/PPY)-modified electrode consisted of three steps: accumulation, electrochemical reduction to the elemental copper and stripping step. Factors affecting these steps, including electropolymerization conditions, accumulation and stripping medium, reduction potential, reduction time and accumulation time, were systematically investigated. A detection limit of 5.3 x 10(-9) M Cu(I) was achieved for a 7.0 min accumulation. For 12 determinations of Cu(I) at concentrations of 1.0 x 10(-8) M, an RSD of 3.5% was obtained. The log I(p) was found to vary linearly with log[Cu(I)] in the concentration range from 7.0 x 10(-9) to 1.0 x 10(-5) M.

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

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    李晨辉; 熊惟皓; 余立新

    2002-01-01

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

  5. Oxidation behavior of nickel-chromium-aluminum-yttrium - Magnesium oxide and nickel-chromium-aluminum-yttrium - zirconate type of cermets

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    Zaplatynsky, I.

    1976-01-01

    The 1100 and 1200 C cyclic oxidation resistance of dense Ni-Cr-Al-Y - MgO, Ni-Cr-Al-Y - CaZrO3, Ni-Cr-Al-Y - SrZrO3, Ni-Cr-Al-Y - MgZro3 cermets and a 70 percent dense Ni-Cr-Al-Y developmental material was determined. The cermets contained 60 and 50 volume percent of Ni-Cr-Al-Y which formed a matrix with the oxide particles imbedded in it. The cermets containing MgO were superior to cermets based on zirconates and to the porous Ni-Cr-Al-Y material.

  6. Investigations into the interactions between sulfur and anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Cheng, Zhe

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are electrochemical devices based on solid oxide electrolytes that convert chemical energy in fuels directly into electricity via electrode reactions. SOFCs have the advantages of high energy efficiency and low emissions and hold the potential to be the power of the future especially for small power generation systems (1-10 kW). Another unique advantage of SOFCs is the potential to directly utilize hydrocarbon fuels such as natural gas through internal reforming. However, all hydrocarbon fuels contain some sulfur compounds, which transform to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the reforming process and dramatically degrade the performance of the existing SOFCs. In this study, the interactions between sulfur contaminant (in the form of H2S) and the anodes for SOFCs were systematically investigated in order to gain a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of sulfur poisoning and ultimately to achieve rational design of sulfur-tolerant anodes. The sulfur poisoning behavior of the state-of-the-art Ni-YSZ cermet anodes was characterized using electrochemical measurements performed on button cells (of different structures) under various operating conditions, including H2S concentration, temperature, cell current density/terminal voltage, and cell structure. Also, the mechanisms of interactions between sulfur and the Ni-YSZ cermet anode were investigated using both ex situ and in situ characterization techniques such as Raman spectroscopy. Results suggest that the sulfur poisoning of Ni-YSZ cermet anodes at high temperatures in fuels with ppm-level H2S is due not to the formation of multi-layer conventional nickel sulfides but to the adsorption of sulfur on the nickel surface. In addition, new sulfur-tolerant anode materials were explored in this study. Thermodynamic principles were applied to predict the stability of candidate sulfur-tolerant anode materials and explain complex phenomena concerning the reactivity of candidate materials with

  7. Square-wave anodic-stripping voltammetric determination of Cd, Pb, and Cu in a hydrofluoric acid solution of siliceous spicules of marine sponges (from the Ligurian Sea, Italy, and the Ross Sea, Antarctica)

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    Truzzi, C.; Annibaldi, A.; Illuminati, S.; Bassotti, E.; Scarponi, G. [Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona (Italy). Department of Marine Science

    2008-09-15

    Square-wave anodic-stripping voltammetry (SWASV) was set up and optimized for simultaneous determination of cadmium, lead, and copper in siliceous spicules of marine sponges, directly in the hydrofluoric acid solution ({proportional_to}0.55 mol L{sup -1} HF, pH {proportional_to}1.9). A thin mercury-film electrode (TMFE) plated on to an HF-resistant epoxy-impregnated graphite rotating-disc support was used. The optimum experimental conditions, evaluated also in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio, were as follows: deposition potential -1100 mV vs. Ag/AgCl, KCl 3 mol L{sup -1}, deposition time 3-10 min, electrode rotation 3000 rpm, SW scan from -1100 mV to +100 mV, SW pulse amplitude 25 mV, frequency 100 Hz, {delta}E{sub step} 8 mV, t{sub step} 100 ms, t{sub wait} 60 ms, t{sub delay} 2 ms, t{sub meas} 3 ms. Under these conditions the metal peak potentials were Cd -654{+-}1 mV, Pb -458 {+-} 1 mV, Cu -198{+-}1 mV. The electrochemical behaviour was reversible for Pb, quasi-reversible for Cd, and kinetically controlled (possibly following chemical reaction) for Cu. The linearity of the response with concentration was verified up to {proportional_to}4 {mu}g L{sup -1} for Cd and Pb and {proportional_to}20 {mu}g L{sup -1} for Cu. The detection limits were 5.8 ng L{sup -1}, 3.6 ng L{sup -1}, and 4.3 ng L{sup -1} for Cd, Pb, and Cu, respectively, with t{sub d}=5 min. The method was applied for determination of the metals in spicules of two specimens of marine sponges (Demosponges) from the Portofino natural reserve (Ligurian Sea, Italy, Petrosia ficiformis) and Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica, Sphaerotylus antarcticus). The metal contents varied from tens of ng g{sup -1} to {proportional_to}1 {mu}g g{sup -1}, depending on the metal considered and with significant differences between the two sponge species. (orig.)

  8. A New CuO-Fe2 O3 -Mesocarbon Microbeads Conversion Anode in a High-Performance Lithium-Ion Battery with a Li1.35 Ni0.48 Fe0.1 Mn1.72 O4 Spinel Cathode.

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    Di Lecce, Daniele; Verrelli, Roberta; Campanella, Daniele; Marangon, Vittorio; Hassoun, Jusef

    2017-04-10

    A ternary CuO-Fe2 O3 -mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) conversion anode was characterized and combined with a high-voltage Li1.35 Ni0.48 Fe0.1 Mn1.72 O4 spinel cathode in a lithium-ion battery of relevant performance in terms of cycling stability and rate capability. The CuO-Fe2 O3 -MCMB composite was prepared by using high-energy milling, a low-cost pathway that leads to a crystalline structure and homogeneous submicrometrical morphology as revealed by XRD and electron microscopy. The anode reversibly exchanges lithium ions through the conversion reactions of CuO and Fe2 O3 and by insertion into the MCMB carbon. Electrochemical tests, including impedance spectroscopy, revealed a conductive electrode/electrolyte interface that enabled the anode to achieve a reversible capacity value higher than 500 mAh g(-1) when cycled at a current of 120 mA g(-1) . The remarkable stability of the CuO-Fe2 O3 -MCMB electrode and the suitable characteristics in terms of delivered capacity and voltage-profile retention allowed its use in an efficient full lithium-ion cell with a high-voltage Li1.35 Ni0.48 Fe0.1 Mn1.72 O4 cathode. The cell had a working voltage of 3.6 V and delivered a capacity of 110 mAh gcathode(-1) with a Coulombic efficiency above 99 % after 100 cycles at 148 mA gcathode(-1) . This relevant performances, rarely achieved by lithium-ion systems that use the conversion reaction, are the result of an excellent cell balance in terms of negative-to-positive ratio, favored by the anode composition and electrochemical features. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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

    1997-08-01

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

  11. Influence of WC addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of NbC-Co cermets

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    Huang, S.G. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Li, L. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, 149 Yanchang Road, Shanghai 200072 (China); Van der Biest, O. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Vleugels, J. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium)]. E-mail: Jozef.Vleugels@mtm.kuleuven.be

    2007-03-14

    NbC-24.5 wt.% Co cermets with up to 30 wt.% WC were obtained by solid state hot pressing at 1300 {sup o}C under a pressure of 45 MPa for 10 min and pressureless liquid phase sintering at 1360 {sup o}C for 60 min. The effect of WC addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of NbC-Co based cermets was investigated. The hot pressed cermets exhibited interconnected and irregular niobium carbide (NbC) or (Nb,W)C grains, whereas the shape of the NbC grains changed from faceted with rounded corners to spherical, as the WC content increased in the pressureless sintered cermets. The undissolved WC increased with increasing WC addition. A clear core/rim structure was observed in the hot pressed cermets with 10-30 wt.% WC additions, whereas this structure was gradually eliminated when pressureless sintering. The hardness remains nearly constant whereas the fracture toughness slightly increases with increasing WC addition. The dissolution of WC in the Co binder and NbC grains, as well as the formation of a solid solution (Nb,W)C phase were supported by thermodynamic calculations.

  12. Phase evolution, microstructure and properties of Y2O3-doped TiCN-based cermets

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    孙万昌; 张佩; 李攀; 佘晓林; 赵坤

    2015-01-01

    Y2O3-doped TiCN-based cermets were prepared by pressureless sintering with powders TiC, TiN, Ni, etc. as main starting materials. The influence of sintering processes and Y2O3on properties of TiCN-based cermets were investigated. The phase composi-tion of TiCN-based cermets almost had no change with Y2O3 addition. The fullly densified TiCN-based cermets were achieved by P-2 sitering process. The fracture surface showed lots of small dimples caused by hard phase particles pulling-off, and the left hard phase particles were attached to the arborous dendritic matrix. The Vickers hardness, fracture toughness and bending strength of TiCN-based cermets increased firstly and then decreased with the increment of Y2O3 content. When Y2O3 contents were both 0.8 wt.%, compared with the P-1 sintered samples, the Vickers hardness, fracture toughness and bending strength of the P-2 sintered sam-ples reached 14.84 GPa, 8.66 MPa·m1/2 and 660.4 MPa, which were increased by 7.9%, 6.1% and 45.8%, respectively.

  13. In-situ Raman spectroscopy analysis of the interfaces between Ni-based SOFC anodes and stabilized zirconia electrolyte

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    Agarkov, D A; Tsybrov, F M; Tartakovskii, I I; Kharton, V V; Bredikhin, S I

    2016-01-01

    A new experimental approach for in-situ Raman spectroscopy of the electrode | solid electrolyte interfaces in controlled atmospheres, based on the use of optically transparent single-crystal membranes of stabilized cubic zirconia, has been proposed and validated. This technique makes it possible to directly access the electrochemical reaction zone in SOFCs by passing the laser beam through single-crystal electrolyte onto the interface, in combination with simultaneous electrochemical measurements. The case study centered on the analysis of NiO reduction in standard cermet anodes under open-circuit conditions, demonstrated an excellent agreement between the observed kinetic parameters and literature data on nickel oxide. The porous cermet reduction kinetics at 400-600C in flowing H2-N2 gas mixture can be described by the classical Avrami model, suggesting that the reaction rate is determined by the metal nuclei growth limited by Ni diffusion. The advantages and limitations of the new experimental approach were...

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  15. Microstructural Characterization of Cermet Cladding Developed Through Microwave Irradiation

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    Gupta, Dheeraj; Sharma, Apurbba Kumar

    2012-10-01

    In the present work, cladding of hardfacing WC10Co2Ni powder on austenitic stainless steel has been developed through a novel processing technique. The clads were developed using microwave hybrid heating. The clad of average thickness ~2 mm has been developed through the exposure of microwave radiation at frequency 2.45 GHz and power 900 W for the duration of 360 s. The developed clads were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope, X-ray elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, and measurement of Vicker's microhardness. The microstructure study of the clad showed good metallurgical bonding with substrate and revealed that clads are free from any visible interface cracking. Clads were formed with partial dilution of a thin layer of the substrate. The cermet microstructure mainly consists of relatively soft metallic matrix phase and uniformly distributed hard carbide phase with skeleton-like structure. The developed clads exhibit an average microhardness of 1064 ± 99 Hv. The porosity of developed clad has been significantly less at approximately 0.89%.

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

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

    1973-01-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  18. Preparation of ultrafine Ti (C, N)-based cermet using oxygen-rich powders

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    FENG Ping; HE Yue-hui; XIONG Wei-hao; XIAO Yi-feng

    2005-01-01

    The availability using oxygen-rich powders to prepare ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets was investigated. The deoxidation process, denitrification phenomenon and the effect of deoxidation on microstructure and mechanical properties of sintered samples were discussed, respectively. The results show that oxygen in the samples prepared even with high oxygen contained in starting powders can be almost completely cleaned away through suitable sintering process. The ultrafine oxygen-rich powders have a significant effect on microstructure, which promotes the formation of white core phase. A ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermet with mean particle size of 0. 30 μm, uniform microstructure and excellent mechanical properties is successfully prepared. It is also found that there exists severe denitrification phenomenon in the preparation process of ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermet.

  19. Anode-Free Rechargeable Lithium Metal Batteries

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    Qian, Jiangfeng [The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Adams, Brian D. [The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Zheng, Jianming [Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Xu, Wu [The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Henderson, Wesley A. [Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Wang, Jun [A123 Systems Research and Development, Waltham MA 02451 USA; Bowden, Mark E. [Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Xu, Suochang [Earth and Biological Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Hu, Jianzhi [The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Earth and Biological Science Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Zhang, Ji-Guang [The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA; Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99354 USA

    2016-08-18

    Anode-free rechargeable lithium (Li) batteries (AFLBs) are phenomenal energy storage systems due to their significantly increased energy density and reduced cost relative to Li-ion batteries, as well as ease of assembly owing to the absence of an active (reactive) anode material. However, significant challenges, including Li dendrite growth and low cycling Coulombic efficiency (CE), have prevented their practical implementation. Here, we report for the first time an anode-free rechargeable lithium battery based on a Cu||LiFePO4 cell structure with an extremely high CE (> 99.8%). This results from the utilization of both an exceptionally stable electrolyte and optimized charge/discharge protocols which minimize the corrosion of the in-situ formed Li metal anode.

  20. Induction Heating Model of Cermet Fuel Element Environmental Test (CFEET)

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    Gomez, Carlos F.; Bradley, D. E.; Cavender, D. P.; Mireles, O. R.; Hickman, R. R.; Trent, D.; Stewart, E.

    2013-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTR) are capable of producing a high specific impulse by employing heat produced by a fission reactor to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000 K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high-temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements are limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements due to large thermal gradients; therefore, high-melting-point ceramics-metallic matrix composites (cermets) are one of the fuels under consideration as part of the Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) Advance Exploration System (AES) technology project at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The purpose of testing and analytical modeling is to determine their ability to survive and maintain thermal performance in a prototypical NTR reactor environment of exposure to hydrogen at very high temperatures and obtain data to assess the properties of the non-nuclear support materials. The fission process and the resulting heating performance are well known and do not require that active fissile material to be integrated in this testing. A small-scale test bed; Compact Fuel Element Environmental Tester (CFEET), designed to heat fuel element samples via induction heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed at MSFC to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without utilizing fissile material. This paper details the analytical approach to help design and optimize the test bed using COMSOL Multiphysics for predicting thermal gradients induced by electromagnetic heating (Induction heating) and Thermal Desktop for radiation calculations.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  2. Research on Calcium Doped Ceria Used in Intermediate-Temperature SOFCs Anodes

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    Yin Yanhong; Li Shaoyu; Zhu Wei; Xia Changrong; Meng Guangyao

    2005-01-01

    As a mixed ion-electronic conductor, doped ceria, especially rare earth doped ceria, were used as anodes or components of anodes in SOFCs. In this work, calcium doped ceria (CCO) was synthesized to be used in intermediate-temperature SOFCs (IT-SOFCs) anodes in order to reduce the cost of anode-supported SOFCs. Electrical conductivity of 20% calcium doped ceria (20CCO) reached 0.209 S·cm-1 in hydrogen at 850 ℃, and 0.041 S·cm-1 in air at 800 ℃, which is about 0.04 S·cm-1 lower than that of conventional samaria-doped ceria (0.079 S·cm-1). Electrochemical performance of Ni-20CCO cermet as anode was investigated using a fuel cell with 35 μm-thick SDC electrolyte and Sm0.5Sr0.5Co-SDC cathode. Maximum power density was 623 mW·cm-2 under humidified (3% H2O) hydrogen at 650 ℃, inferring high catalytic activity of the Ni-20CCO anode.

  3. Highly redox-resistant solid oxide fuel cell anode materials based on La-doped SrTiO3 by catalyst impregnation strategy

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    Shen, X.; Sasaki, K.

    2016-07-01

    An anode backbone using 40 wt% (ZrO2)0.89(Sc2O3)0.1(CeO2)0.01 (SSZ)-Sr0.9La0.1TiO3 (SLT) cermet was prepared for SSZ electrolyte-supported SOFC single cells. 15 mgcm-2 Ce0.9Gd0.1O2 (GDC) was impregnated to totally cover the SSZ-SLT anode backbone surface acting as a catalyst, and the cell voltage achieved 0.865 V at 200 mAcm-2 using (La0.75Sr0.25)0.98MnO3 (LSM)-SSZ cathode in 3%-humidified hydrogen fuel at 800 °C. Cell performance was substantially improved from 0.865 V to >0.97 V when 0.03 mgcm-2 Pd or Ni was further incorporated as a secondary catalyst into the anode layer. 50 redox cycles were performed to investigate redox stability of this high performance anode. It was found that even after the 50 redox cycle long-term degradation test, cell voltage at 200 mAcm-2 was retained around 0.94 V, higher than the cell performance using the conventional Ni-SSZ cermet anode. The catalytically-active reaction sites at ceria-Pd or ceria-Ni may account for the excellent performance, and the extremely low metal catalyst concentration prevent serious metal aggregation in achieving excellent redox stability.

  4. Characterization of Nanometric-Sized Carbides Formed During Tempering of Carbide-Steel Cermets

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    Matus K.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article of this paper is to present issues related to characterization of nanometric-sized carbides, nitrides and/or carbonitrides formed during tempering of carbide-steel cermets. Closer examination of those materials is important because of hardness growth of carbide-steel cermet after tempering. The results obtained during research show that the upswing of hardness is significantly higher than for high-speed steels. Another interesting fact is the displacement of secondary hardness effect observed for this material to a higher tempering temperature range. Determined influence of the atmosphere in the sintering process on precipitations formed during tempering of carbide-steel cermets. So far examination of carbidesteel cermet produced by powder injection moulding was carried out mainly in the scanning electron microscope. A proper description of nanosized particles is both important and difficult as achievements of nanoscience and nanotechnology confirm the significant influence of nanocrystalline particles on material properties even if its mass fraction is undetectable by standard methods. The following research studies have been carried out using transmission electron microscopy, mainly selected area electron diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The obtained results and computer simulations comparison were made.

  5. Evaluation of Tests for Cermets as Components of Heat-Resistant Materials.

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    Specimens of one cermet composition for flexural tests were received. These specimens K 152B (nominal composition of 70% titanium carbide - 30...nickel) were substituted for K 162B (nominal composition of 62% titanium carbide - 8% columbium - 25% nickel - 5% molybdenum). Equipment was designed for

  6. Effect of equal-channel angular pressing on pitting corrosion resistance of anodized aluminum-copper alloy

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    In-Joon SON; Hiroaki NAKANO; Satoshi OUE; Shigeo KOBAYASHI; Hisaaki FUKUSHIMA; Zenji HORITA

    2009-01-01

    The effect of equal-channel angular pressing(ECAP) on the pitting corrosion resistance of anodized Al-Cu alloy was investigated by electrochemical techniques in a solution containing 0.2 mol/L AlCl3 and also by surface analysis. Anodizing was conducted for 20 min at 200 and 400 A/m2 in a solution containing 1.53 mol/L H2SO4 and 0.018 5 mol/L Al2(SO4)3-16H2O at 20 ℃. Anodized Al-Cu alloy was immediately dipped in boiling water for 20 min to seal the micro pores present in anodic oxide films. The time required before initiating pitting corrosion of anodized Al-Cu alloy is longer with ECAP than without, indicating that ECAP process improves the pitting corrosion resistance of anodized Al-Cu alloy. Second phase precipitates such as Si, Al-Cu-Mg and Al-Cu-Si-Fe-Mn intermetallic compounds are present in Al-Cu alloy and the size of these precipitates is greatly decreased by application of ECAP. Al-Cu-Mg intermetallic compounds are dissolved during anodization, whereas the precipitates composed of Si and Al-Cu-Si-Fe-Mn remain in anodic oxide films due to their more noble corrosion potential than Al. FE-SEM and EPMA observation reveal that the pitting corrosion of anodized Al-Cu alloy occurs preferentially around Al-Cu-Si-Fe-Mn intermetallic compounds, since the anodic oxide films are absent at the boundary between the normal oxide films and these impurity precipitates. The improvement of pitting corrosion resistance of anodized Al-Cu alloy processed by ECAP appears to be attributed to a decrease in the size of precipitates, which act as origins of pitting corrosion.

  7. Advances in aluminum anodizing

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    Dale, K. H.

    1969-01-01

    White anodize is applied to aluminum alloy surfaces by specific surface preparation, anodizing, pigmentation, and sealing techniques. The development techniques resulted in alloys, which are used in space vehicles, with good reflectance values and excellent corrosive resistance.

  8. Zinc anode alloy for sacrificial anodes

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    Jore, T.N.

    1984-02-13

    A zinc anode for sacrifical anodes, for preventing intercrystalline corrosion, comprises 0.10-050% by weight Al, 0.025-1.15% by weight Cd, and the remainder zinc and impurities caused by the production method, wherein the alloy also contains 0.01-1.0% magnesium.

  9. Degradation behavior of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell using LNF cathode as function of current load

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    Komatsu, Takeshi; Yoshida, Yoshiteru; Watanabe, Kimitaka; Chiba, Reiichi; Taguchi, Hiroaki; Orui, Himeko; Arai, Hajime [NTT Energy and Environment Systems Laboratories, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa 243-0198 (Japan)

    2010-09-01

    We investigated the effect of current loading on the degradation behavior of an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The cell consisted of LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} (LNF), alumina-doped scandia stabilized zirconia (SASZ), and a Ni-SASZ cermet as the cathode, electrolyte, and anode, respectively. The test was carried out at 1073 K with constant loads of 0.3, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.3 A cm{sup -2}. The degradation rate, defined by the voltage loss during a fixed period (about 1000 h), was faster at higher current densities. From an impedance analysis, the degradation depended mainly on increases in the cathodic resistance, while the anodic and ohmic resistances contributed very little. The cathode microstructures were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). (author)

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

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

    2012-03-15

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

  11. Preconditioning of the YSZ-NiO Fuel Cell Anode in Hydrogenous Atmospheres Containing Water Vapor

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    Vasyliv, Bogdan; Podhurska, Viktoriya; Ostash, Orest

    2017-04-01

    The YSZ-NiO ceramics for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) anode have been investigated. A series of specimens were singly reduced in a hydrogenous atmosphere (Ar-5 vol% H2 mixture) at 600 °C under the pressure of 0.15 MPa or subjected to `reduction in the mixture-oxidation in air' (redox) cycling at 600 °C. The YSZ-Ni cermets formed in both treatment conditions were then aged in `water vapor in Ar-5 vol% H2 mixture' atmosphere at 600 °C under the pressure of 0.15 MPa. Additionally, the behaviour of the as-received material in this atmosphere was studied. It was revealed that small amount of water vapor in Ar-5 vol% H2 mixture (water vapor pressure below 0.03 MPa) does not affect the reduction of the nickel phase in the YSZ-NiO ceramics, but causes some changes in the YSZ-Ni cermet structure. In particular, nanopore growth in tiny Ni particles takes place. At higher concentration of water vapor in the mixture (water vapor pressure above 0.03-0.05 MPa), converse changes in the kinetics of reduction occur. The best physical and mechanical properties were revealed for the material treated by redox cycling after holding at 600 °C in water depleted gas mixture. The dual effect of water vapor on nickel-zirconia anode behaviour is discussed basing on scanning electron microscopy analysis data, material electrical conductivity, and strength.

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

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

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

    2007-06-01

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

  14. Propiedades mecánicas de cermets basados en diboruro de titanio

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    Sánchez, J. M.

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical properties of titanium diboride (TiB2 cermets critically depend on the composition of the binder phase. Both, fracture toughness and hardness, are substantially increased by avoiding the formation of extremely brittle secondary borides formed during sintering by chemical reactions between TiB2 and the metallic additives. Fractographic observations of TiB2 cermets without secondary borides show the presence of ductile ligaments of the binder phase bridging the advancing crack tip. The powder metallurgy processing route applied to these materials allows modification of the binder phase structure from the ferritic iron-aluminium phase to Fe-Ni-Al austenite by changing the aluminium content of the powder mixtures. The highest toughness values have been obtained for the TiB2 cermets with an austenitic binder phase. X-ray diffraction analyses of the fracture surfaces of such samples show that the binder phase is metastable exhibiting stress induced martensitic transformation during fracture. This new family of materials presents an outstanding combination of hardness and toughness, comparable to those obtained with commercial grades of tungsten carbide (WC hardmetals.

    Las propiedades mecánicas de los cermets basados en diboruro de titanio (TiB2 dependen críticamente de la composición de la fase ligante. Se ha comprobado que tanto la tenacidad como la dureza aumentan significativamente si se evita la formación de boruros secundarios durante la sinterización en fase líquida. Las observaciones fractográficas realizadas en cermets basados en TiB2 sin boruros secundarios confirman el comportamiento plástico de la fase ligante durante la fractura. La ruta pulvimetalúrgica aplicada a estos materiales permite la modificación intencionada de la estructura de la fase ligante desde ferrita a austenita mediante adiciones de aluminio a las mezclas de polvos. Los valores de tenacidad más elevados se han obtenido para los cermets con

  15. Compatibility study between U-UO2 cermet fuel and T91 cladding

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    Mishra, Sudhir; Kaity, Santu; Khan, K. B.; Sengupta, Pranesh; Dey, G. K.

    2016-12-01

    Cermet is a new fuel concept for the fast reactor system and is ideally designed to combine beneficial properties of both ceramic and metal. In order to understand fuel clad chemical compatibility, diffusion couples were prepared with U-UO2 cermet fuel and T91 cladding material. These diffusion couples were annealed at 923-1073 K for 1000 h and 1223 K for 50 h, subsequently their microstructures were examined using scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS) and electron probe microanalyser (EPMA). It was observed that the interaction between the fuel and constituents of T91 clad was limited to a very small region up to the temperature 993 K and discrete U6(Fe,Cr) and U(Fe,Cr)2 intermetallic phases developed. Eutectic microstructure was observed in the reaction zone at 1223 K. The activation energy for reaction at the fuel clad interface was determined.

  16. Microwave Sintering of A12O3-ZrO2-WC-Co Cermets

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    GU Tianben; LU hongzhi

    2011-01-01

    Composite powders of nanocrystalline WC-10Co (15wt%), Y2O3 (8mo1%) stabilized nanocrystalline ZrO2 (30wt%), industrial cobalt powder (4.5wt%) and submicron A12O3 (55wt%)composite powders were fabricated by high-energy ball-milling process. The nanocomposite powders were consolidated by microwave sintering process at temperature ranged 1300 ℃-1550 ℃ for 15 min,respectively. The optimum consolidation conditions, such as temperature, were researched during microwave sintering process. Vickers Hardness of the consolidated cermets was measured by using a Vickers indentation test, and density of specimens was also determined by Archimedes' principle.Microwave sintering process could not only increase the density of A12O3-ZrO2-WC-Co cermets and reduce the porosity, but also inhibit abnormal grain growth.

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

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

    1975-01-01

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

  18. Realisation of an anode supported planar SOFC system

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    Buchkremer, H.P.; Stoever, D. [Institut fuer Werkstoffe der Energietechnik, Juelich (Germany); Diekmann, U. [Zentralabteilung Technologie, Juelich (Germany)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Lowering the operating temperature of S0FCs to below 800{degrees}C potentially lowers production costs of a SOFC system because of a less expensive periphery and is able to guarantee sufficient life time of the stack. One way of achieving lower operating temperatures is the development of new high conductive electrolyte materials. The other way, still based on state-of-the-art material, i.e. yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte, is the development of a thin film electrolyte concept. In the Forschungszentrum Julich a program was started to produce a supported planar SOFC with an YSZ electrolyte thickness between 10 to 20 put. One of the electrodes, i.e. the anode, was used as support, in order not to increase the number of components in the SOFC. The high electronic conductivity of the anode-cermet allows the use of relatively thick layers without increasing the cell resistance. An additional advantage of the supported planar concept is the possibility to produce single cells larger than 10 x 10 cm x cm, that is with an effective electrode cross area of several hundred cm{sup 2}.

  19. A modular gas-cooled cermet reactor system for planetary base power

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    Jahshan, Salim N.; Borkowski, Jeffrey A.

    1993-01-01

    Fission nuclear power is foreseen as the source for electricity in planetary colonization and exploration. A six module gas-cooled, cermet-fueled reactor is proposed that can meet the design objectives. The highly enriched core is compact and can operate at high temperature for a long life. The helium coolant powers six modular Brayton cycles that compare favorably with the SP-100-based Brayton cycle.

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

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    Dmitri GOLJANDIN

    2012-03-01

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

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

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

    2012-03-15

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

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

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    M. S. Hadavi

    2005-06-01

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

  3. DURABILITY AND TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF THERMALLY SPRAYED WC CERMET COATING IN LUBRICATED ROLLING WITH SLIDING CONTACT

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    Mohammad Ali

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Durability and tribological properties of thermally sprayed WC-Cr-Ni cermet coating were investigated experimentally in lubricated rolling with sliding contact conditions. By means of the high energy type flame spraying (Hi-HVOF method, the coating was formed onto the axially ground and circumferentially ground roller specimens made of a thermally refined carbon steel. In the experiments, the WC cermet coated steel roller was mated with the carburized hardened steel roller without coating in line contact condition. The coated roller was mated with the smooth non-coated roller under a contact pressure of 1.0 or 1.2 GPa, and it was mated with the rough non-coated roller under a contact pressure of 0.6 or 0.8 GPa. As a result, it was found that in general, the coating on the circumferentially ground substrate shows a lower durability compared with that on the axially ground substrate and this difference appears more distinctly for the higher contact pressure for both smooth mating surface and rough mating surface. It was also found that there are significant differences in the tribological properties of WC cermet coating depending on the contact pressure. In addition, depending on the smooth or rough mating surface, remarkable differences in the tribological properties were found.

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

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    Junbo Liu

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

  6. Preparation and Photocatalytic Sterilization Property of Cu_2O Nanostructure with Copper Anode Oxidation Method%Cu_2O纳米阵列的铜阳极氧化法制备及其光催化杀菌性能研究

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    闫丽丽; 王艳; 熊良斌; 李家麟; 某浩然; 王保强; 余颖

    2009-01-01

    本文通过阳极氧化法直接在铜片上生长出纳米氧化亚铜阵列,所得到的样品通过扫描电子显微镜(SEM),紫外可见漫反射(UV-Vis diffuser reflectance),X-射线光电子能谱(XPS)等方法进行了表征,并研究了不同形貌氧化亚铜的杀菌效果.实验结果表明:反应过程中在阳极液中加入一定量的CTAB,有助于氧化亚铜的定向生长.通过控制反应条件(如电流密度,温度,和反应时间),可以得到不同形貌的氧化亚铜.随着电流密度的增大,氧化亚铜的形貌从网状,片状到棒状进行转化.所得到氧化亚铜的禁带宽度为1.95 eV.用所得样品进行杀菌实验,1 h内棒状氧化亚铜的杀菌率达到90.85%,而其它形貌的氧化亚铜杀菌率只有50%左右,与空铜片的杀菌率30%相比,所制得氧化亚铜具有较好的杀菌效果.%Cuprous oxide nanostructures were prepared by the method of copper anode oxidation. The obtained cuprous oxide was characterized with the techques of scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sterilization property of the samples was also investigated. It is found that CTAB plays an important role in the directional growth of the cuprous oxide. By controlling the reaction condition, such as current density, temperature and the reaction time, we can get different morphologies of Cu_2O. With the increase of current density, the morphology of Cu_2O can be nanonet, nanosheet and nanorod arrays respectively. In addition, the nanorod cuprous oxide has the best activity in sterilization and the sterilization efficiency can reach 90.85% in an hour.

  7. Microstructural degradation of Ni-YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Thyden, K.

    2008-03-15

    Ni-YSZ cermets have been used as anode materials in SOFCs for more than 20 years. Despite this fact, the major cause of degradation within the Ni-YSZ anode, namely Ni sintering / coarsening, is still not fully understood. Even if microstructural studies of anodes in tested cells are of technological relevance, it is difficult to identify the effect from isolated parameters such as temperature, fuel gas composition and polarization. Model studies of high temperature aged Ni-YSZ cermets are generally performed in atmospheres containing relatively low concentrations of H2O. In this work, the microstructural degradation in both electrochemically longterm tested cells and high-temperature aged model materials are studied. Since Ni particle sintering / coarsening is attributed to be the major cause of anode degradation, this subject attains the primary focus. A large part of the work is focused on improving microstructural techniques and shows that the application of low acceleration voltages (<= 1 kV) in a FE-SEM makes it possible to obtain two useful types of contrast between the phases in Ni-YSZ composites. By changing between the ordinary lateral SE detector and the inlens detector, using similar microscope settings, two very different sample characteristics are probed: 1) The difference in secondary emission coefficient, delta, between the percolating and non-percolating Ni is maximized in the low-voltage range due to a high delta for the former and the suppression of delta by a positive charge for the latter. This difference yields a contrast between the two phases which is picked up by an inlens secondary electron detector. 2) The difference in backscatter coefficient, eta, between Ni and YSZ is shown to increase with decreasing voltage. The contrast is illustrated in images collected by the normal secondary detector since parts of the secondary signals are generated by backscattered electrons. High temperature aging experiments of model Ni-YSZ anode cermets show

  8. Investigation of the laser engineered net shaping process for nanostructured cermets

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    Xiong, Yuhong

    Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENSRTM) is a solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technology that combines high power laser deposition and powder metallurgy technologies. The LENSRTM technology has been used to fabricate a number of metallic alloys with improved physical and mechanical material properties. The successful application provides a motivation to also apply this method to fabricate non-metallic alloys, such as tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) cermets in a timely and easy way. However, reports on this topic are very limited. In this work, the LENSRTM technology was used to investigate its application to nanostructured WC-Co cermets, including processing conditions, microstructural evolution, thermal behavior, mechanical properties, and environmental and economic benefits. Details of the approaches are described as follows. A comprehensive analysis of the relationships between process parameters, microstructural evolution and mechanical properties was conducted through various analytical techniques. Effects of process parameters on sample profiles and microstructures were analyzed. Dissolution, shape change and coarsening of WC particles were investigated to study the mechanisms of microstructural evolution. The thermal features were correlated with the microstructure and mechanical properties. The special thermal behavior during this process and its relevant effects on the microstructure have been experimentally studied and numerically simulated. A high-speed digital camera was applied to study the temperature profile, temperature gradient and cooling rate in and near the molten pool. Numerical modeling was employed for 3D samples using finite element method with ADINA software for the first time. The validated modeling results were used to interpret microstructural evolution and thermal history. In order to fully evaluate the capability of the LENSRTM technology for the fabrication of cermets, material properties of WC-Co cermets produced by different powder

  9. High-performance anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with impregnated electrodes

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    Osinkin, D. A.; Bogdanovich, N. M.; Beresnev, S. M.; Zhuravlev, V. D.

    2015-08-01

    The 61%NiO + 39%Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 (NiO-YSZ) and 56%NiO + 44%Zr0.83Sc0.16Ce0.01O1.92 (NiO-CeSSZ) composite powders have been prepared using two-steps and one-step combustion synthesis, respectively. The Ni-YSZ anode substrate with a low level of electrical resistance (less than 1 mOhm cm) and porosity of about 53% in the reduced state was fabricated. The functional layer of the anode with the high level of electrochemical activity was made of NiO-CeSSZ. The single anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with the bi-layer Ni-cermet anode, Zr0.84Sc0.16O1.92 film electrolyte and the Pt + 3% Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 cathode was fabricated. The power density and the U-I curves of the fuel cell at initial state and after impregnation of the cathode and anode by praseodymium and cerium oxides, respectively, have been measured at different temperatures. The maximum of power density of the initial fuel cell was 0.35 W cm-2 at conditions of wet hydrogen (air) supply to the anode (cathode) at 900 °C. After the electrodes were impregnated, the value of power density increased by seven times and was approximately 2.4 W cm-2 at 0.6 V. It was suggested that after the electrodes impregnation the polarization resistance of the fuel cell was determined by the gas diffusion in the supported anode.

  10. Anodized dental implant surface

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    Sunil Kumar Mishra

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Anodized implants with moderately rough surface were introduced around 2000. Whether these implants enhanced biologic effect to improve the environment for better osseointegration was unclear. The purpose of this article was to review the literature available on anodized surface in terms of their clinical success rate and bone response in patients till now. Materials and Methods: A broad electronic search of MEDLINE and PubMed databases was performed. A focus was made on peer-reviewed dental journals. Only articles related to anodized implants were included. Both animal and human studies were included. Results: The initial search of articles resulted in 581 articles on anodized implants. The initial screening of titles and abstracts resulted in 112 full-text papers; 40 animal studies, 16 studies on cell adhesion and bacterial adhesion onto anodized surfaced implants, and 47 human studies were included. Nine studies, which do not fulfill the inclusion criteria, were excluded. Conclusions: The long-term studies on anodized surface implants do favor the surface, but in most of the studies, anodized surface is compared with that of machined surface, but not with other surfaces commercially available. Anodized surface in terms of clinical success rate in cases of compromised bone and immediately extracted sockets has shown favorable success.

  11. Anodized aluminum on LDEF

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    Golden, Johnny L.

    1993-01-01

    A compilation of reported analyses and results obtained for anodized aluminum flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was prepared. Chromic acid, sulfuric acid, and dyed sulfuric acid anodized surfaces were exposed to the space environment. The vast majority of the anodized surface on LDEF was chromic acid anodize because of its selection as a thermal control coating for use on the spacecraft primary structure, trays, tray clamps, and space end thermal covers. Reports indicate that the chromic acid anodize was stable in solar absorptance and thermal emittance, but that contamination effects caused increases in absorptance on surfaces exposed to low atomic oxygen fluences. There were some discrepancies, however, in that some chromic acid anodized specimens exhibited significant increases in absorptance. Sulfuric acid anodized surfaces also appeared stable, although very little surface area was available for evaluation. One type of dyed sulfuric acid anodize was assessed as an optical baffle coating and was observed to have improved infrared absorptance characteristics with exposure on LDEF.

  12. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

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    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are…

  13. Anodized dental implant surface.

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    Mishra, Sunil Kumar; Kumar, Muktadar Anand; Chowdhary, Ramesh

    2017-01-01

    Anodized implants with moderately rough surface were introduced around 2000. Whether these implants enhanced biologic effect to improve the environment for better osseointegration was unclear. The purpose of this article was to review the literature available on anodized surface in terms of their clinical success rate and bone response in patients till now. A broad electronic search of MEDLINE and PubMed databases was performed. A focus was made on peer-reviewed dental journals. Only articles related to anodized implants were included. Both animal and human studies were included. The initial search of articles resulted in 581 articles on anodized implants. The initial screening of titles and abstracts resulted in 112 full-text papers; 40 animal studies, 16 studies on cell adhesion and bacterial adhesion onto anodized surfaced implants, and 47 human studies were included. Nine studies, which do not fulfill the inclusion criteria, were excluded. The long-term studies on anodized surface implants do favor the surface, but in most of the studies, anodized surface is compared with that of machined surface, but not with other surfaces commercially available. Anodized surface in terms of clinical success rate in cases of compromised bone and immediately extracted sockets has shown favorable success.

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  15. Degradation of conductivity and microstructure under thermal and current load in Ni-YSZ cermets for SOFC anodes

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    Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Barfod, R.; Liu, Yuliang

    2006-01-01

    was analyzed before and after the treatment by optical microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). From the optical images the particle size and total amount of Ni, as area fraction, in the sample were measured. By the use of charge contrast (CC) in the FE-SEM particle size and area...... fraction of percolated Ni was measured. Temperature proved to have the largest effect on the degradation. Samples tested at 1000°C, in contrast to 750°C, showed a severe decrease of conductivity and growth of Ni particles. Higher water partial pressure accelerated Ni particle growth at both temperatures...

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

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

    2006-07-01

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

  17. Ni-CeO2 Cermets Synthesis by Solid State Sintering of Ni/CeO2 Multilayer

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    Aleksandras ILJINAS

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Nickel and gadolinium doped cerium oxide (GDC cermet is intensively investigated for an application as an anode material for solid oxide fuel cells based on various electrolytes. The purpose of the present investigation is to analyze morphology, microstructure, and optical properties of deposited and annealed for one hour in the temperatures from 500 ºC to 900 ºC Ni/CeO2 multilayer thin films deposited by sputtering. The crystallographic structure of thin films was investigated by X-ray diffraction. The morphology of the film cross-section was investigated with scanning electron microscope. The elemental analysis of samples was investigated by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The fitting of the optical reflectance data was made using Abeles matrix method that is used for the design of interference coatings. The film cross-section of the post-annealed samples consisted of four layers. The first CeO2 layer (on Si had the same fine columnar structure with no features of Ni intermixing. The part of Ni (middle-layer after annealing was converted to NiO with grain size exceeding 100 nm. The CeO2 layer deposited on Ni was divided into two layers. Lower layer had small grains not exceeding 25 nm and consisting of NiO and CeO2 mixture. Upper layer consisted of CeO2 columns with approximate thickness of 50 nm. Ni sample annealed at 600 ºC was fully oxidized. The NiO thickness and refraction index were almost steady after annealing in various temperatures. The approximation of experimental reflectance data was successful only for the samples with one transparent homogeneous layer. The reflectance of the Ni/CeO2 samples annealed at intermediate temperatures could not be fitted using one-layer or three-layer model. That may show that a simplified model could not be implemented.  The real system has complicated distribution of refraction index. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.4.3073

  18. Study on the influences of reduction temperature on nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia solid oxide fuel cell anode using nickel oxide-film electrode

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    Jiao, Zhenjun; Ueno, Ai; Suzuki, Yuji; Shikazono, Naoki

    2016-10-01

    In this study, the reduction processes of nickel oxide at different temperatures were investigated using nickel-film anode to study the influences of reduction temperature on the initial performances and stability of nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia anode. Compared to conventional nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia composite cermet anode, nickel-film anode has the advantage of direct observation at nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia interface. The microstructural changes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The reduction process of nickel oxide is considered to be determined by the competition between the mechanisms of volume reduction in nickel oxide-nickel reaction and nickel sintering. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was applied to analyze the time variation of the nickel-film anode electrochemical characteristics. The anode performances and microstructural changes before and after 100 hours discharging and open circuit operations were analyzed. The degradation of nickel-film anode is considered to be determined by the co-effect between the nickel sintering and the change of nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia interface bonding condition.

  19. A New-type of Cermets Cutter with Nano-TiN Addition: Microstructure, Mechanical and Cutting Properties

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    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of a new- type of cermets cutter ( tool A ) with nano- TiN modification and its cutting properties in cutting gray cast iron are investigated.SEM and TEM observations of the microstructure of the above material reveal that nano- TiN modified cermets possess a finer microstructure than conventional cermets .In the cutting tests, for comparison, cemented carbide cutter ( YG8 , tool B) was also utilized.The cutting results show that the cutting properties of tool A are superior to those of tool B.It is also found that the predominant failure mode of tool A is normal wear and micro-spalling under lower cutting quantities, and that chipping occurs under higher cutting quantities.SEM analysis reveals that cohesion, oxidation and diffusion wear become very apparent at a higher cutting speed.On the contrary, grain wear also exists but is not apparent.

  20. 高性能SS-AlN金属陶瓷真空太阳集热管的制备%Preparation of high performance evacuated SS-AlN cermet solar collector tubes

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    池华敬; 郭帅; 熊凯; 王双; 周旭; 苗建朋; 陈革; 章其初

    2012-01-01

    采用真空磁控溅射沉积SS-AlN金属陶瓷太阳选择性吸收涂层.涂层光学功能层的制备,先采用铜靶溅射Cu红外反射层;再采用不锈钢(SS)和铝两金属靶在Ar和N2的混合气体中同时溅射沉积SS-AlN金属陶瓷吸收层;最后采用Al靶在Ar和N2中反应溅射沉积AlN减反射层.金属陶瓷吸收层由高、低SS体积份额的两吸收子层组成.优化溅射镀膜工艺参数获得高性能吸收涂层,太阳吸收比α(AM1.5)高达0.956±0.003(国标GB:α≥0.86),比GB高10%;红外发射比ε仅为0.043±0.003(GB:ε≤0.08).制备成φ58×2100 mm全玻璃真空太阳集热管,80℃平均热损系数ULT仅为0.47±0.01 W/m2℃ (GB:ULT≤0.85 W/m2℃),比GB低0.38W/m2℃,性能提高45%.制备的真空集热管具有良好的真空品质,集热管内管加热350℃恒温480 h后,吸气镜面轴向长度平均消失率仅为2~3%,集热管真空品质优于GB高达100倍以上(GB:350℃恒温48 h,镜面消失率≤50%).%Stainless steel-aluminium nitride (SS-AHV) cermet solar selective coatings were deposited by vacuum magnetron sputtering. The depositing process of the SS-A1N solar coatings is described as follows. Firstly, a Cu inferred reflection layer was deposited with Cu target. Secondly, a SS-A1N cermet absorber layer was deposited by sputtering simultaneously with Al and SS two metallic targets in the gas mixture of Ar and N2. Finally, an A1N anti-reflection layer was deposited with Al target in the gas mixture of Ar and N2. The SS-A1N cermet absorber layer is composed of a double cermet layer film structure incorporating two distinct cermet layers, a high SS volume fraction absorbing layer and a low SS volume fraction absorbing layer. A solar absorptance a of 0.956±0.003, and emittance e of 0.043±0.003 were achieved with optimized sputtering deposition parameters. The optical performance of the SS-A1N solar absorber coatings were unchanged after baking-evacuating the solar collector tubes at 450

  1. Cavitation Erosion of Cermet-Coated Aluminium Bronzes

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    2016-03-01

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

  2. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

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    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  4. Copper anode corrosion affects power generation in microbial fuel cells

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    Zhu, Xiuping

    2013-07-16

    Non-corrosive, carbon-based materials are usually used as anodes in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In some cases, however, metals have been used that can corrode (e.g. copper) or that are corrosion resistant (e.g. stainless steel, SS). Corrosion could increase current through galvanic (abiotic) current production or by increasing exposed surface area, or decrease current due to generation of toxic products from corrosion. In order to directly examine the effects of using corrodible metal anodes, MFCs with Cu were compared with reactors using SS and carbon cloth anodes. MFCs with Cu anodes initially showed high current generation similar to abiotic controls, but subsequently they produced little power (2 mW m-2). Higher power was produced with microbes using SS (12 mW m-2) or carbon cloth (880 mW m-2) anodes, with no power generated by abiotic controls. These results demonstrate that copper is an unsuitable anode material, due to corrosion and likely copper toxicity to microorganisms. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

  5. Stainless steel-supported solid oxide fuel cell with La0.2Sr0.8Ti0.9Ni0.1O3-δ/yttria-stabilized zirconia composite anode

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    Dayaghi, Amir Masoud; Kim, Kun Joong; Kim, Sunwoong; Park, Juahn; Kim, Sun Jae; Park, Byung Hyun; Choi, Gyeong Man

    2016-08-01

    A metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) is fabricated by co-firing stainless steel (STS) support with a new reduction-resistant oxide-anode and yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte. La and Ni co-doped SrTiO3 (La0.2Sr0.8Ti0.9Ni0.1O3-δ, LSTN) which shows Ni exsolution capability is composited with Y0.16Zr0.84O2-δ (YSZ) electrolyte to form a new LSTN-YSZ anode. A cermet layer composed of STS and YSZ (STS-YSZ) is inserted between a porous STS support and a new LSTN-YSZ composite anode for stable contact. With La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) cathode and Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ (GDC) interlayer coated on top of co-fired half-cell, YSZ/LSTN-YSZ/STS-YSZ/STS, a newly designed and fabricated cell achieved maximum power density of 185 mW cm-2 at 650 °C. This power density is an improvement over many conventional co-fired MS-SOFCs that use a Ni-cermet anode.

  6. Studying Cu Alloy Corrosion Products in Cooling Liquid

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    2001-01-01

    The effect of cooiing liquid used for heat exchangers on the Cu alloy corrosion products has been examined using potential-time measurements under applied current condition (anodizing), potentiodynamic polarization, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopy (IR). The corrosion products formed on the Cu alloy surface during anodizing, are Cu2O, Cu2(OH)3CI, and Cu2S. NaCI is detected in the corrosion products. The film formation depends on the applied current and the shift of potential to nobler direction indicates its formation progress.

  7. Effect of NiO content on corrosion behaviour of Ni-xNiO-NiFe2O4 cermets in Na3AlF6-Al2O3 melts

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    李劼; 段华南; 赖延清; 田忠良; 刘业翔

    2004-01-01

    5Ni-xNiO-NiFe2O4 cermets with different NiO contents were prepared and the corrosion behaviour in Na3 AlF6-Al2O3 melts was investigated in laboratory electrolysis tests. The results indicate that adding NiO is unfavorable to the densification of NiFe2O4-xNiO ceramics, while small Ni doping can greatly improve the sintering property. The electrolysis tests show that excess NiO is beneficial to the reduction of Fe while has little effects on that of Ni in the bath; the steady-state concentrations of Ni, Fe are below the corresponding solubilities of NiFe2O4-xNiO, implying that corrosion mechanism changes while electrifying. Post-electrolysis examination of anodes shows that Ni metal leaches at the anode surface, yet the substrate ceramic prevents the penetration of bath and the further loss of metal phase.

  8. High temperature resistant cermet and ceramic compositions. [for thermal resistant insulators and refractory coatings

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    Phillips, W. M. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    High temperature oxidation resistance, high hardness and high abrasion and wear resistance are properties of cermet compositions particularly to provide high temperature resistant refractory coatings on metal substrates, for use as electrical insulation seals for thermionic converters. The compositions comprise a sintered body of particles of a high temperature resistant metal or metal alloy, preferably molybdenum or tungsten particles, dispersed in and bonded to a solid solution formed of aluminum oxide and silicon nitride, and particularly a ternary solid solution formed of a mixture of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride. Ceramic compositions comprising a sintered solid solution of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride are also described.

  9. Methods of three-dimensional electrophoretic deposition for ceramic and cermet applications and systems thereof

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    Rose, Klint Aaron; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Worsley, Marcus

    2016-09-27

    A ceramic, metal, or cermet according to one embodiment includes a first layer having a gradient in composition, microstructure and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the first layer. A ceramic according to another embodiment includes a plurality of layers comprising particles of a non-cubic material, wherein each layer is characterized by the particles of the non-cubic material being aligned in a common direction. Additional products and methods are also disclosed.

  10. Microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films

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    Sun Zhao-Qi; Cai Qi; Song Xue-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films with different Au contents are studied.The microstructural analysis shows that the films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Au nanoparticles with a mean size of 9.8-21.4nm.Spectral analysis suggests that the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption peak of Au particles appears at λ=492-537nm.With increasing Au content,absorption peak intensity increases,profile narrows and location redshifts.Theoretical absorption spectra are calculated based on Maxwell-Garnett theory and compared with experimental spectra.

  11. Microstructural degradation of Ni-YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Thydén, Karl Tor Sune

    2008-01-01

    are of technological relevance, it is difficult to identify the effect from isolated parameters such as temperature, fuel gas composition and polarization. Model studies of high temperature aged Ni-YSZ cermets are generally performed in atmospheres containing relatively low concentrations of H2O. In this work......, the microstructural degradation in both electrochemically longterm tested cells and high-temperature aged model materials are studied. Since Ni particle sintering / coarsening is attributed to be the major cause of anode degradation, this subject attains the primary focus. A large part of the work is focused......-reforming catalysis. In the context of electrochemically tested and technologically relevant cells, the majority of the microstructural work is performed on a cell tested at 850°C under relatively severe conditions for 17,500 hours. It is demonstrated that the major Ni rearrangements take place at the interface...

  12. Preparation and characters of anode Ni-YSZ nanotubes of SOFC

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    Meng, X.; Yang, N.; Tan, X. [Shandong Univ., Zibo (China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    Nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) cermet composite nanotubes with a high specific surface area were synthesized using the sol-gel method with a porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) as a template. X-ray diffraction (XRD) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET measurements were conducted to characterize the samples. The catalytic performance of the Ni-YSZ nanotubes was also evaluated using a fixed bed reactor. The analyses demonstrated that the nanotubes were approximately 200 nm. The methane conversion rate was improved by approximately 10 per cent. Results of the study suggested that the Ni-YSZ nanotubes possessed a higher catalytic performance than other Ni-YSZ powders in relation to methane oxidation. The improved performance was attributed to the higher specific surface of the nanotubes. Results indicated that the nanotubes can be used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. 4 refs.

  13. Transition of Resistive Switching to Bidirectional Diode in Cu2O/Cu Nanowires

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    Kim, Deok-kee; Shin, Ho Sun; Song, Jae Yong

    2012-08-01

    Cu2O/Cu nanowires of about 2 µm length were electrodeposited within anodized aluminum oxide templates in an aqueous acidic solution using template-assisted pulse-reverse electrolysis. In the virgin state, reversible copper filaments were formed by using the copper ions driven by an electric field towards the cathode. Initially, the resistive switching dominated the electrical characteristics of the Cu2O/Cu nanowires due to the low-resistance reversible copper filaments. After the permanent breakup of the copper filaments under the high current density, the Cu2O/Cu nanowire showed bipolar exponential characteristics, which was attributed to mixed ionic and electronic conduction.

  14. TiC0.5N0.5-Based Cermets with Varied Amounts of Si3N4 Nanopowders Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Changchun Lv

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available TiCN-based cermets with varied fractions of Si3N4 nanopowder (0–5 wt.% were prepared by spark plasma sintering. The microstructural and mechanical properties of these cermets were investigated. In general, with increasing addition amount of Si3N4 nanopowder the relative density as well as mechanical properties of the as-prepared TiCN cermets increased first and then decreased. The samples containing 2 wt.% Si3N4 nanopowder presented the best performance with the relative density of about 98%, bending strength of 1000 MPa, and Vickers microhardness of about 1810 HV10.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  16. Formation of layer-shaped pores in TiC-Fe cermet by combustion synthesis

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    2001-01-01

    To study the formation of layer-shaped pores in TiC-Fe cermet, two Ti-C-Fe powder compacts containing Ti powders with two size ranges (<44?μm and 135~154?μm) respectively were ignited in a special ignition mode. The combustion temperatures of the reactions were measured, the phase constituents of the combustion-synthesized products were inspected by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and the structures of the products were observed with scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the case of the finer Ti powder used, TiC-Fe cermet and pore rank in an alternately laminar shape, and the shape of the pore is the same as that of the combustion wavefront, implying that the layer-shaped pore results from a gather of the retained gas into the combustion wavefront. While in the case of the coarser Ti powder used, the lower combustion temperature causes the gather of the retained gas to be difficult, the pore being present in an arbitrary shape and distributing randomly.

  17. Advanced WC-Co cermet composites with reinforcement of TiCN prepared by extended thermal plasma route

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    Mondal, B. [Centre for Advanced Materials Processing, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Durgapur 713 209, West Bengal (India)], E-mail: bnmondal@rediffmail.com; Das, P.K. [Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India); Singh, S.K. [Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IIMT), Bhubeneswar (India)

    2008-12-20

    The synthesis of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) powders by thermal plasma using extended arc thermal plasma reactor and the effect of TiCN reinforcement for the development of advanced WC-Co cermets has been studied with respect to hardness and fracture toughness. These classes of materials are being investigated for future application in wear-resistant seals, cutting tools, etc. Metallurgical reactions and microstructural developments during sintering of cermets and functionally graded cemented carbonitrides are being investigated by analytical methods such as differential thermal analysis/thermo-gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and analytical Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. By an in-depth understanding of the complex phase reactions and the mechanisms that govern the sintering process and metallurgical reactions, new cermets and different types of functionally graded cemented carbonitrides with desired microstructures and properties have been attempted to develop. The significant improvement of micro-hardness was observed with optimal concentration of TiCN reinforcement addition in WC-Co system without sacrificing much fracture toughness value of the composite cermets.

  18. Investigation into the diffusion and oxidation behavior of the interface between a plasma-sprayed anode and a porous steel support for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhang, Shan-Lin; Li, Cheng-Xin; Li, Chang-Jiu; Liu, Meilin; Yang, Guan-Jun

    2016-08-01

    Porous metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have attracted much attention because their potential to dramatically reduce the cost while enhancing the robustness and manufacturability. In particular, 430 ferritic steel (430L) is one of the popular choice for SOFC support because of its superior performance and low cost. In this study, we investigate the oxidation and diffusion behavior of the interface between a Ni-based anode and porous 430L support exposed to a humidified (3% H2O) hydrogen atmosphere at 700 °C. The Ni-GDC (Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ) cermet anodes are deposited on the porous 430L support by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS). The effect of exposure time on the microstructure and phase structure of the anode and the supports is studied and the element diffusion across the support/anode interface is characterized. Results indicate that the main oxidation product of the 430L support is Cr2O3, and that Cr and Fe will diffuse to the anode and the diffusion thickness increases with the exposure time. The diffusion thickness of Cr and Fe reach about 5 and 2 μm, respectively, after 1000 h exposure. However, the element diffusion and oxidation has little influence on the area-specific resistance, indicating that the porous 430L steel and plasma sprayed Ni-GDC anode are promising for durable SOFCs.

  19. Lithium batteries, anodes, and methods of anode fabrication

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    Li, Lain-Jong

    2016-12-29

    Prelithiation of a battery anode carried out using controlled lithium metal vapor deposition. Lithium metal can be avoided in the final battery. This prelithiated electrode is used as potential anode for Li- ion or high energy Li-S battery. The prelithiation of lithium metal onto or into the anode reduces hazardous risk, is cost effective, and improves the overall capacity. The battery containing such an anode exhibits remarkably high specific capacity and a long cycle life with excellent reversibility.

  20. Nickel-based anode with water storage capability to mitigate carbon deposition for direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Wang, Wei; Su, Chao; Ran, Ran; Zhao, Bote; Shao, Zongping; Tade, Moses O; Liu, Shaomin

    2014-06-01

    The potential to use ethanol as a fuel places solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) as a sustainable technology for clean energy delivery because of the renewable features of ethanol versus hydrogen. In this work, we developed a new class of anode catalyst exemplified by Ni+BaZr0.4Ce0.4Y0.2O3 (Ni+BZCY) with a water storage capability to overcome the persistent problem of carbon deposition. Ni+BZCY performed very well in catalytic efficiency, water storage capability and coking resistance tests. A stable and high power output was well maintained with a peak power density of 750 mW cm(-2) at 750 °C. The SOFC with the new robust anode performed for seven days without any sign of performance decay, whereas SOFCs with conventional anodes failed in less than 2 h because of significant carbon deposition. Our findings indicate the potential applications of these water storage cermets as catalysts in hydrocarbon reforming and as anodes for SOFCs that operate directly on hydrocarbons.

  1. Phosphorus-doped silicon nanorod anodes for high power lithium-ion batteries

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    Chao Yan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Heavy-phosphorus-doped silicon anodes were fabricated on CuO nanorods for application in high power lithium-ion batteries. Since the conductivity of lithiated CuO is significantly better than that of CuO, after the first discharge, the voltage cut-off window was then set to the range covering only the discharge–charge range of Si. Thus, the CuO core was in situ lithiated and acts merely as the electronic conductor in the following cycles. The Si anode presented herein exhibited a capacity of 990 mAh/g at the rate of 9 A/g after 100 cycles. The anode also presented a stable rate performance even at a current density as high as 20 A/g.

  2. CO2 emission free co-generation of energy and ethylene in hydrocarbon SOFC reactors with a dehydrogenation anode.

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    Fu, Xian-Zhu; Lin, Jie-Yuan; Xu, Shihong; Luo, Jing-Li; Chuang, Karl T; Sanger, Alan R; Krzywicki, Andrzej

    2011-11-21

    A dehydrogenation anode is reported for hydrocarbon proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A Cu-Cr(2)O(3) nanocomposite is obtained from CuCrO(2) nanoparticles as an inexpensive, efficient, carbon deposition and sintering tolerant anode catalyst. A SOFC reactor is fabricated using a Cu-Cr(2)O(3) composite as a dehydrogenation anode and a doped barium cerate as a proton conducting electrolyte. The protonic membrane SOFC reactor can selectively convert ethane to valuable ethylene, and electricity is simultaneously generated in the electrochemical oxidative dehydrogenation process. While there are no CO(2) emissions, traces of CO are present in the anode exhaust when the SOFC reactor is operated at over 700 °C. A mechanism is proposed for ethane electro-catalytic dehydrogenation over the Cu-Cr(2)O(3) catalyst. The SOFC reactor also has good stability for co-generation of electricity and ethylene at 700 °C.

  3. Anodes sliced with ions

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    Boukamp, Bernard A.

    2006-01-01

    A detailed image of a complex fuel-cell anode structure, obtained through ion-beam milling, SEM imaging and advanced digital reconstruction, yields an accurate description of the three-dimensional structure, and enables correct prediction of the electrode's properties

  4. Anodes for alkaline electrolysis

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    Soloveichik, Grigorii Lev

    2011-02-01

    A method of making an anode for alkaline electrolysis cells includes adsorption of precursor material on a carbonaceous material, conversion of the precursor material to hydroxide form and conversion of precursor material from hydroxide form to oxy-hydroxide form within the alkaline electrolysis cell.

  5. Inert Anode Report

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    none,

    1999-07-01

    This ASME report provides a broad assessment of open literature and patents that exist in the area of inert anodes and their related cathode systems and cell designs, technologies that are relevant for the advanced smelting of aluminum. The report also discusses the opportunities, barriers, and issues associated with these technologies from a technical, environmental, and economic viewpoint.

  6. Movable anode x-ray source with enhanced anode cooling

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    Bird, C.R.; Rockett, P.D.

    1987-08-04

    An x-ray source is disclosed having a cathode and a disc-shaped anode with a peripheral surface at constant radius from the anode axis opposed to the cathode. The anode has stub axle sections rotatably carried in heat conducting bearing plates which are mounted by thermoelectric coolers to bellows which normally bias the bearing plates to a retracted position spaced from opposing anode side faces. The bellows cooperate with the x-ray source mounting structure for forming closed passages for heat transport fluid. Flow of such fluid under pressure expands the bellows and brings the bearing plates into heat conducting contact with the anode side faces. A worm gear is mounted on a shaft and engages serrations in the anode periphery for rotating the anode when flow of coolant is terminated between x-ray emission events. 5 figs.

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

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

    1997-10-15

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

  8. Faradaic current in different mullite materials. Single crystal, ceramic and cermets

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    Mata-Osoro, Gustavo; Moya, Jose S.; Pecharroman, Carlos [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Morales, Miguel [Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain). LabCaF; Diaz, L. Antonio [Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN-CSIC), Llanera (Spain); Schneider, Hartmut [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie

    2012-04-15

    Faradaic current measurements have been carried out on three different types of mullite: 2: 1 mullite single crystals (E perpendicular to c), 3: 2 ceramics and 11 % mullite/Mo composites. Measurements were carried out on very thin samples (60 {mu}m) at high voltages (500 to 1 000 V). Under these conditions, measurable currents were recorded even at room temperature. Results indicate notable differences between these three samples, which suggest that, although they share the same name and similar crystalline structure, binding energies and defect distributions seem to be very different. Finally, it has been seen that the excellent behaviour against dielectric breakdown of ceramic mullite does not hold for single crystals or mullite based cermets. (orig.)

  9. Production of small uranium dioxide microspheres for cermet nuclear fuel using the internal gelation process

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    Collins, Robert T [ORNL; Collins, Jack Lee [ORNL; Hunt, Rodney Dale [ORNL; Ladd-Lively, Jennifer L [ORNL; Patton, Kaara K [ORNL; Hickman, Robert [NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

    2014-01-01

    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing a uranium dioxide (UO2)/tungsten cermet fuel for potential use as the nuclear cryogenic propulsion stage (NCPS). The first generation NCPS is expected to be made from dense UO2 microspheres with diameters between 75 and 150 m. Previously, the internal gelation process and a hood-scale apparatus with a vibrating nozzle were used to form gel spheres, which became UO2 kernels with diameters between 350 and 850 m. For the NASA spheres, the vibrating nozzle was replaced with a custom designed, two-fluid nozzle to produce gel spheres in the desired smaller size range. This paper describes the operational methodology used to make 3 kg of uranium oxide microspheres.

  10. Multidisciplinary Simulation of Graphite-Composite and Cermet Fuel Elements for NTP Point of Departure Designs

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    Stewart, Mark E.; Schnitzler, Bruce G.

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares the expected performance of two Nuclear Thermal Propulsion fuel types. High fidelity, fluid/thermal/structural + neutronic simulations help predict the performance of graphite-composite and cermet fuel types from point of departure engine designs from the Nuclear Thermal Propulsion project. Materials and nuclear reactivity issues are reviewed for each fuel type. Thermal/structural simulations predict thermal stresses in the fuel and thermal expansion mis-match stresses in the coatings. Fluid/thermal/structural/neutronic simulations provide predictions for full fuel elements. Although NTP engines will utilize many existing chemical engine components and technologies, nuclear fuel elements are a less developed engine component and introduce design uncertainty. Consequently, these fuel element simulations provide important insights into NTP engine performance.

  11. A Comparison of Materials Issues for Cermet and Graphite-Based NTP Fuels

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    Stewart, Mark E.; Schnitzler, Bruce G.

    2013-01-01

    This paper compares material issues for cermet and graphite fuel elements. In particular, two issues in NTP fuel element performance are considered here: ductile to brittle transition in relation to crack propagation, and orificing individual coolant channels in fuel elements. Their relevance to fuel element performance is supported by considering material properties, experimental data, and results from multidisciplinary fluid/thermal/structural simulations. Ductile to brittle transition results in a fuel element region prone to brittle fracture under stress, while outside this region, stresses lead to deformation and resilience under stress. Poor coolant distribution between fuel element channels can increase stresses in certain channels. NERVA fuel element experimental results are consistent with this interpretation. An understanding of these mechanisms will help interpret fuel element testing results.

  12. Combustion Synthesis of TiC-TiB2-Based Cermets from Elemental Powders

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    Jun Yu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available TiC-TiB2-based cermets with Ni binder were fabricated using combustion synthesis assisted by pseudohot isostatic pressing by heating the compacted powder mixture to approximately 700°C. The effects of composition on microstructure and hardness of the synthesized samples were investigated. The samples exhibited finer microstructure and higher hardness as TiC/TiB2 volume ratio increased and as Ni increased up to 30 vol%. A relatively high hardness value of 1950 HV was obtained for TiC-TiB2-Ni(52.5/17.5/30 vol%. However, the transverse rupture strength and the modulus of elasticity values were not very high. This may be due to weak bonding strength of the interface between hard phases and Ni binder and/or insufficient densification of the samples.

  13. Photoluminescence structure, and composition of laterally anodized porous Si

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    Jung, K. H.; Shih, S.; Kwong, D. L.; George, T.; Lin, T. L.; Liu, H. Y.; Zavada, J.

    1992-01-01

    We have studied the photoluminescence (PL), structure, and composition of laterally anodized porous Si. Broad PL peaks were observed centered between about 620-720 nm with strong intensities measured from 500 to 860 nm. Macroscopic variations in PL intensities and peak positions are explained in terms of the structure and anodization process. Structural studies suggest that the PL appears to originate from a multilayered porous Si structure in which the top two layers are amorphous. X-ray diffraction spectra also suggest the presence of a significant amorphous phase. In addition to high concentrations of B and N, we have measured extremely high concentrations much greater than 10 exp 20 cu cm of H, C, O, and F. Our results indicate that laterally anodized porous Si does not fit the crystalline Si quantum wire model prevalent in the literature suggesting that some other structure is responsible for the observed luminescence.

  14. Ideal anodization of silicon

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    Yamani, Z.; Thompson, W.H.; AbuHassan, L.; Nayfeh, M.H. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    1997-06-01

    Silicon has been anodized such that the porous layer is passivated with a homogeneous stretching phase by incorporating H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in the anodization mixture. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements show that the Si{endash}H stretching mode oriented perpendicular to the surface at {approximately}2100cm{sup {minus}1} dominates the spectrum with negligible contribution from the bending modes in the 600{endash}900cm{sup {minus}1} region. Material analysis using Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the samples have very little impurities, and that the luminescent layer is very thin (5{endash}10 nm). Scanning electron microscopy shows that the surface is smoother with features smaller than those of conventional samples. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. TUNING SILICON NANORODS FOR ANODES OF LI-ION RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

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    Au, M.

    2010-11-23

    Silicon is a promising anode material for Li-ion batteries in regarding of high capacity, low cost and safety, but it suffers poor cycling stability due to the pulverization induced by severe volume expansion/shrinkage (297%) during lithium insertion/extraction. In our previous investigation on aluminum nanorods anodes, it is found the selection of substrates in which Al nanorods grown plays the role in prevention of pulverization resulting in the increase of cycling life. Adapting this knowledge, we investigated the Si based nanorods anodes by tuning its composition and element distribution. Our results show that although the Si nanorods demonstrated higher initial anodic capacity of 1500 mAh/g, it diminished after 50 cycles due to morphology change and pulverization. By codepositing Cu, the Si-Cu composite nanorods demonstrated sustainable capacity of 500 mAh/g in 100 cycles attributing to its flexible and less brittle nature.

  16. Improvement of organic solar cell performances using a zinc oxide anode coated by an ultrathin metallic layer

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    Bernède, J. C.; Berredjem, Y.; Cattin, L.; Morsli, M.

    2008-02-01

    The authors have achieved an efficient organic solar cell based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) layer as donor and fullerene (C60) as acceptor. The aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) instead of indium tin oxide (ITO) is used as the anode. An ultrathin gold film is introduced among ZnO:Al, transparent conductor oxide, and the CuPc donor layer. We show that the power conversion efficiency of this cell is enhanced by one order of magnitude compared to that achieved with a ZnO anode without ultrathin gold film. Therefore, the power conversion efficiency of this cell is comparable to that with an ITO anode.

  17. Si nanowire arrays as anodes in Li ion batteries

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    Foell, H.; Hartz, H.; Ossei-Wusu, E.; Carstensen, J.; Riemenschneider, O. [Institute for Materials Science, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Germany)

    2010-02-15

    Si nanowires can incorporate large amounts of Li without fracturing and are thus prime candidates for anodes in Li ion batteries. Anodes made from Si nanowires offer a specific capacity per gram more then 10 times larger than the present graphite standard. It is shown how optimized Si nanowire arrays embedded in Cu can be produced in a relatively simple way employing macropore etching in Si followed by chemical etching and Cu galvanic deposition. First tests of these arrays in half-cells and batteries demonstrated a substantially increased capacity, small irreversible losses and cycle stability. In particular more than 60 charge/discharge cycles could be realized without loss of capacity. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Effect of metallic content on mechanical property of Ni/(10NiO-NiFe2O4) cermets

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    LI Jie; ZHANG Gang; YE Shao-long; LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; SUN Xiao-gang

    2006-01-01

    Ni/ (10NiO-NiFe2O4 ) cermets were fabricated by using cold pressing-sintering method. The phase composition and effect of metallic content on the mechanical properties such as bending strength, Vickers' hardness,fracture toughness and thermal shock resistance were studied. The results show that the cermets consist of Ni, NiO and NiFe2O4. Within the range of metallic content from 0 to 17% (mass fraction), the relative density decreases with the increase of metallic content and the decrease of sintering temperature, Vickers' hardness decreases from 7 097 MPa to 4 814 MPa and the bending strength increases from 110 MPa to 157 MPa, and the fracture toughness mal shock testing falls sharply as the thermal shock temperature difference is above 200℃. The cermets samples,whose metallic content is 10% and 15%, respectively, exhibit promising property of thermal shock resistance at 960 ℃ with six cycles of heating and quenching testing.

  19. Structural Characteristics and Magnetic Properties of Al2O3 Matrix-Based Co-Cermet Nanogranular Films

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    Giap Van Cuong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic micro- and nanogranular materials prepared by different methods have been used widely in studies of magnetooptical response. However, among them there seems to be nothing about magnetic nanogranular thin films prepared by a rf cosputtering technique for both metals and insulators till now. This paper presented and discussed preparation, structural characteristics, and magnetic properties of alumina (Al2O3 matrix-based granular Co-cermet thin films deposited by means of the cosputtering technique for both Co and Al2O3. By varying the ferromagnetic (Co atomic fraction, x, from 0.04 to 0.63, several dominant features of deposition for these thin films were shown. Structural characteristics by X-ray diffraction confirmed a cermet-type structure for these films. Furthermore, magnetic behaviours presented a transition from paramagnetic- to superparamagnetic- and then to ferromagnetic-like properties, indicating agglomeration and growth following Co components of Co clusters or nanoparticles. These results show a typical granular Co-cermet feature for the Co-Al2O3 thin films prepared, in which Co magnetic nanogranules are dispersed in a ceramic matrix. Such nanomaterials can be applied suitably for our investigations in future on the magnetooptical responses of spinplasmonics.

  20. The influence of high energy milling and sintering parameters on reactive sintered (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets

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    Jõeleht, Marek, E-mail: marek.joeleht@ttu.ee [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Pirso, Jüri; Juhani, Kristjan [Department of Materials Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia); Viljus, Mart; Traksmaa, Rainer [Materials Research Centre, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn 19086 (Estonia)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • High energy milling and reactive sintering was used to produce (Ti, Mo)C–Ni cermets. • A linear relationship between milling time and oxygen contamination was observed. • TiC grain cores were visible with shorter milling durations. • Optimal milling time was found to be 6 h. • Mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa were obtained. - Abstract: Reactive sintering was used to produce titanium carbide cermets with molybdenum as an alloying element and nickel for binder. High energy attritor mill was used to mill the same composition of Ti, C, Ni and Mo powders with different durations. High energy milling significantly reduces the temperatures at which a series of reactions occurs between metal and carbon during the heating. A two-step sintering cycle was used with vacuum and argon gas isostatic pressure as sintering atmospheres. Dense (Ti, Mo)C–17 wt%Ni cermets were obtained with mechanical properties above 1500 HV10 and 1.1 GPa. The optimum milling duration was found to be 6 h of milling with the available attritor. The powders were investigated with SEM, XRD and by oxygen/nitrogen analysis. The materials were characterised by density, Vicker’s hardness and transverse rupture strength were studied.

  1. Influence of preparation process on sintering behavior and mechanical properties of ultrafine grained Ti(C, N)-based cermets

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    FENG Ping; HE Yue-hui; XIAO Yi-feng; LIU Wen-jun; XIONG Wei-hao

    2007-01-01

    The influences of forming and sintering processes on distortion, cracking as well as mechanical properties of sintered bodies of ultrafine grained Ti(C, N)-based cermets were investigated. The results show that lubricant is indispensable to fabrication of ultrafine Ti(C, N)-based cermets, however, with low binder content in powder mixture, the lubrication action of paraffin is attenuated. A appropriate level of 2% (mass fraction) paraffin is determined for a cermet with binder content of 36% (mass fraction). It is also found that the influence of compaction pressure on distortion and cracking of sintered bodies presents a complex relationship. A relatively lower or higher compaction pressure, less than 100 MPa and more than 400 MPa respectively, favors uniform density distribution in green compact. The heating rate of sintering should be strictly controlled. Too fast heating rate results in enclosed pores to burst and forms large size pores in sintering body. A heating rate of 3 ℃/min is recommended.

  2. Copper Nanoparticle-Incorporated Carbon Fibers as Free-Standing Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Han, Pan; Yuan, Tao; Yao, Long; Han, Zhuo; Yang, Junhe; Zheng, Shiyou

    2016-12-01

    Copper-incorporated carbon fibers (Cu/CF) as free-standing anodes for lithium-ion batteries are prepared by electrospinning technique following with calcination at 600, 700, and 800 °C. The structural properties of materials are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, thermogravimetry (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). It is found that the Cu/CF composites have smooth, regular, and long fibrous morphologies with Cu nanoparticles uniformly dispersed in the carbon fibers. As free-standing anodes, the unique structural Cu/CF composites show stable and high reversible capacities, together with remarkable rate and cycling capabilities in Li-ion batteries. The Cu/CF calcined at 800 °C (Cu/CF-800) has the highest charge/discharge capacities, long-term stable cycling performance, and excellent rate performance; for instance, the Cu/CF-800 anode shows reversible charge/discharge capacities of around 800 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) with stable cycling performance for more than 250 cycles; even when the current density increases to 2 A g(-1), the Cu/CF-800 anode can still deliver a capacity of 300 mAh g(-1). This excellent electrochemical performance is attributed to the special 1D structure of Cu/CF composites, the enhanced electrical conductivity, and more Li(+) active positions by Cu nanoinclusion.

  3. Effects of temperature and operation parameters on the galvanic corrosion of Cu coupled to Au in organic solderability preservatives process

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    Oh, SeKwon; Kim, YoungJun; Jung, KiMin; Kim, JongSoo; Shon, MinYoung; Kwon, HyukSang

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we quantitatively examined the effects of temperature and operation parameters such as anode (Cu) to cathode (Au) area ratio, stirring speed, and Cu ion concentration on the galvanic corrosion kinetics of Cu coupled to Au (icouple ( Cu-Au)) on print circuit board in organic solderability preservative (OSP) soft etching solution. With the increase of temperature, galvanic corrosion rate (icouple ( Cu-Au) was increased; however, the degree of galvanic corrosion rate (icouple ( Cu-Au) - icorr (Cu)) was decreased owing to the lower activation energy of Cu coupled to Au, than that of Cu alone. With the increase of area ratio (cathode/anode), stirring speed of the system, icouple ( Cu-Au) was increased by the increase of cathodic reaction kinetics. And icouple ( Cu-Au) was decreased by the increase of the Cu-ion concentration in the OSP soft etching solution.

  4. Effects of temperature and operation parameters on the galvanic corrosion of Cu coupled to Au in organic solderability preservatives process

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    Oh, SeKwon; Kim, YoungJun; Jung, KiMin; Kim, JongSoo; Shon, MinYoung; Kwon, HyukSang

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we quantitatively examined the effects of temperature and operation parameters such as anode (Cu) to cathode (Au) area ratio, stirring speed, and Cu ion concentration on the galvanic corrosion kinetics of Cu coupled to Au (icouple (Cu-Au)) on print circuit board in organic solderability preservative (OSP) soft etching solution. With the increase of temperature, galvanic corrosion rate (icouple (Cu-Au) was increased; however, the degree of galvanic corrosion rate (icouple (Cu-Au) - icorr (Cu)) was decreased owing to the lower activation energy of Cu coupled to Au, than that of Cu alone. With the increase of area ratio (cathode/anode), stirring speed of the system, icouple (Cu-Au) was increased by the increase of cathodic reaction kinetics. And icouple (Cu-Au) was decreased by the increase of the Cu-ion concentration in the OSP soft etching solution.

  5. Nanotextured metal copper substrates as powerful and long-lasting fuel cell anodes.

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    Filanovsky, Boris; Granot, Eran; Dirawi, Rawi; Presman, Igor; Kuras, Iliya; Patolsky, Fernando

    2011-04-13

    Fuel cells (FCs) are promising electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy of fuels directly into electrical energy. We present a new anode material based on nanotextured metal copper for fuel cell applications. We have demonstrated that low-cost copper catalyst anodes act as highly efficient and ultra-long-lasting materials for the direct electro-oxidation of ammonia-borane and additional amine derivatives. High power densities of ca. 1W·cm(-2) (ca. -1 V vs Ag/AgCl at 1 A) are readily achieved at room temperature. We fabricate fuel cell devices based on our nanotextured Cu anodes in combination with commercial air cathodes.

  6. Thin flexible intercalation anodes

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    Levy, S.C.; Cieslak, W.R.; Klassen, S.E.; Lagasse, R.R.

    1994-10-01

    Poly(acrylonitrile) fibers have been pyrolyzed under various conditions to form flexible carbon yarns capable of intercalating lithium ions. These fibers have also been formed into both woven and non woven cloths. Potentiostatic, potentiodynamic and galvanostatic tests have been conducted with these materials in several electrolytes. In some tests, a potential hold was used after each constant current charge and discharge. These tests have shown some of these flexible materials to reversibly intercalate lithium ions to levels that are suitable for use as a practical battery anode.

  7. Anodic bonded graphene

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    Balan, Adrian; Kumar, Rakesh; Boukhicha, Mohamed; Beyssac, Olivier; Bouillard, Jean-Claude; Taverna, Dario; Sacks, William; Marangolo, Massimiliano; Lacaze, Emanuelle; Gohler, Roger; Escoffier, Walter; Poumirol, Jean-Marie; Shukla, Abhay

    2010-09-01

    We show how to prepare graphene samples on a glass substrate with the anodic bonding method. In this method, a graphite precursor in flake form is bonded to a glass substrate with the help of an electrostatic field and then cleaved off to leave few layer graphene on the substrate. Now that several methods are available for producing graphene, the relevance of our method is in its simplicity and practicality for producing graphene samples of about 100 µm lateral dimensions. This method is also extensible to other layered materials. We discuss some detailed aspects of the fabrication and results from Raman spectroscopy, local probe microscopy and transport measurements on these samples.

  8. Anodic bonded graphene

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    Balan, Adrian; Kumar, Rakesh; Boukhicha, Mohamed; Beyssac, Olivier; Bouillard, Jean-Claude; Taverna, Dario; Sacks, William; Shukla, Abhay [Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, CNRS-UMR7590, Institut de Mineralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condenses, 140 rue de Lourmel, Paris, F-75015 France (France); Marangolo, Massimiliano; Lacaze, Emanuelle; Gohler, Roger [Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, CNRS-UMR7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, 140 rue de Lourmel, Paris, F-75015 France (France); Escoffier, Walter; Poumirol, Jean-Marie, E-mail: abhay.shukla@upmc.f [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Intenses, INSA UPS CNRS, UPR 3228, Universite de Toulouse, 143 avenue de Rangueil, 31400 Toulouse (France)

    2010-09-22

    We show how to prepare graphene samples on a glass substrate with the anodic bonding method. In this method, a graphite precursor in flake form is bonded to a glass substrate with the help of an electrostatic field and then cleaved off to leave few layer graphene on the substrate. Now that several methods are available for producing graphene, the relevance of our method is in its simplicity and practicality for producing graphene samples of about 100 {mu}m lateral dimensions. This method is also extensible to other layered materials. We discuss some detailed aspects of the fabrication and results from Raman spectroscopy, local probe microscopy and transport measurements on these samples.

  9. Effect of Mo/B atomic ratio on the properties of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets

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    Xie, Lang; Li, XiaoBo; Zhang, Dan; Yi, Li; Gao, XiaoQing [Xiangtan Univ. (China). School of Mechanical Engineering; Xiangtan Univ. (China). Key Laboratory of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province

    2015-05-15

    Using three elementary substances, Mo, Ni, and amorphous B as raw materials, four series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets with the Mo/B atomic ratio ranging from 0.9 to 1.2 were successfully prepared via reaction sintering. The effect of Mo/B atomic ratio on the microstructure and properties was studied for the cermets. The results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the Mo/B atomic ratio and properties. The transverse rupture strength of the cermets increases with an increase in Mo/B ratio and shows a maximum value of 1 872 MPa at an Mo/B atomic ratio of 1.1 and then decreases with increasing Mo/B atomic ratio. The hardness and the corrosion resistance of the cermets increase monotonically with an increase in Mo/B atomic ratio. In Mo-rich cermets with an atomic ratio of Mo/B above 1.1, a small amount Ni-Mo intermetallic compound is found precipitated at the interface of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} grains.

  10. Mesoporous Silicon-Based Anodes

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    Peramunage, Dharmasena

    2015-01-01

    For high-capacity, high-performance lithium-ion batteries. A new high-capacity anode composite based on mesoporous silicon is being developed. With a structure that resembles a pseudo one-dimensional phase, the active anode material will accommodate significant volume changes expected upon alloying and dealloying with lithium (Li).

  11. Assessment of the performance of Ni-yttria-stabilized zirconia anodes in anode-supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells operating on H 2-CO syngas fuels

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    Ye, Xiao-Feng; Wang, S. R.; Zhou, J.; Zeng, F. R.; Nie, H. W.; Wen, T. L.

    Anode-supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) with Ni-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode have been fabricated and studied using H 2-CO syngas fuels. Syngas fuels with different compositions of H 2-CO are supplied and the cell performance is measured at 750 °C. A high CO content has caused carbon deposition and crack formation in the Ni-YSZ anode after long-term operation, even though it is diluted with H 2O and N 2. However, it was found that a Cu-CeO 2 coating on Ni-YSZ can greatly improve the anode stability in syngas by facilitating the water gas shift reaction. The optimized single cell has run in sygas with a composition of 65%H 2-32%CO-3%H 2O for 1050 h without obvious degradation of its performance.

  12. Influence of Bond Coat on HVOF-Sprayed Gradient Cermet Coating on Copper Alloy

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    Ke, Peng; Cai, Fei; Chen, Wanglin; Wang, Shuoyu; Ni, Zhenhang; Hu, Xiaohong; Li, Mingxi; Zhu, Guanghong; Zhang, Shihong

    2017-06-01

    Coatings are required on mold copper plates to prolong their service life through enhanced hardness, wear resistance, and oxidation resistance. In the present study, NiCr-30 wt.%Cr3C2 ceramic-metallic (cermet) layers were deposited by high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spraying on different designed bond layers, including electroplated Ni, HVOF-sprayed NiCr, and double-decker Ni-NiCr. Annealing was also conducted on the gradient coating (GC) with NiCr bond layer to improve the wear resistance and adhesion strength. Coating microstructure was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. Mechanical properties including microhardness, wear resistance, and adhesion strength of the different coatings were evaluated systematically. The results show that the types of metallic bond layer and annealing process had a significant impact on the mechanical properties of the GCs. The GCs with electroplated Ni bond layer exhibited the highest adhesion strength (about 70 MPa). However, the GC with HVOF-sprayed NiCr bond layer exhibited better wear resistance. The wear resistance and adhesion strength of the coating with NiCr metallic bond layer were enhanced after annealing.

  13. Sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of Cr3C2–NiCr cermets

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    A Özer; Y K Tür

    2013-10-01

    Cr3C2–NiCr cermets are used as metal cutting tools due to their relatively high hardness and low sintering temperatures. In this study, a powder mixture consisting of 75 wt% Cr3C2–25 wt% NiCr was sintered at four different temperatures and characterized for itsmicrostructure and mechanical properties. The highest relative density obtained was 97% when sintered at 1350 °C. As the relative density increased, elastic modulus, transverse rupture strength, fracture toughness and hardness of the samples reached to a maximum of 314 GPa, 810 MPa, 10.4 MPa.m1/2 and 11.3 GPa, respectively. However, sintering at 1400 °C caused further grain growth and pore coalescence which resulted in decreasing density and degradation of all mechanical properties. Fracture surface investigation showed that the main failure mechanism was the intergranular fracture of ceramic phase accompanied by the ductile fracture of the metal phase which deformed plastically during crack propagation and enhanced the fracture toughness.

  14. Conceptual Design of a CERMET NTR Fission Core Using Multiphysics Modeling Techniques

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    Jonathan A. Webb; Brian J. Gross; William T. Taitano

    2011-08-01

    An initial pre-conceptual CERMET Nuclear Thermal Propulsion reactor system is investigated within this paper. Reactor configurations are investigated where the fuel consists of 60 vol.% UO2 and 40 vol.% W where the UO2 consists of Gd2O3 concentrations of 5 and 10 mol.%.Gd2O3. The fuel configuration consisting of 5 mol.% UO2 was found to have a total mass of 2761 kg and a thrust to weight ratio of 4.10 and required a coolant channel surface area to fueled volume ratio of approximately 15.0 in order to keep the centerline temperature below 3000 K. The configuration consisting of 10 mol.% Gd2O3 required a surface area to volume ratio of approximately 12.2 to cool the reactor to a peak temperature of 3000 K and had a total mass of 3200 kg and a thrust to weight ratio of 3.54. It is not known yet what concentration of Gd2O3 is required to maintain fuel stability at 3000 K; however, both reactors offer the potential for operations at 25,000 lb, and at a specific impulse which may range from 900 to 950 seconds.

  15. Phase Evolution in Boride-Based Cermets and Reaction Bonding onto Plain Low Carbon Steel Substrate

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    Palanisamy, B.; Upadhyaya, A.

    2012-04-01

    Reaction sinter bonding is a process that aims to bond two materials for improvement in properties through reactive sintering technique. The process has been effectively used to sinter hard materials like borides in situ which not only possess excellent oxidation resistance, good corrosion resistance but also resistant to abrasive wear. Sinter bonding is a unique surface modification process achieved through powder metallurgy and is competent with other techniques like boronizing sintering and sinter-brazing since it eliminates the additional operations of heat treatment and assembly and removes the inherent setbacks with these processes. This study focuses on identifying the phase evolution mechanism using characterization tools like x-ray diffractometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy and study of sinter bonding of the boron containing precursors (Mo-Cr-Fe-Ni-FeB-MoB) onto plain carbon steel. A microstructure containing Fe-based matrix dispersed with complex borides develops with temperature in the tape cast sheets. A fivefold increase in hardness between plain carbon steel in wrought condition and sinter bonded steel was observed. The multilayer consisted of a reaction zone adjacent to the interface and was investigated with the composition profile and hardness measurements. A model of sinter bonding between the cermet and the steel has also been proposed.

  16. A Combined Neutronic-Thermal Hydraulic Model of CERMET NTR Reactor

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    Jonathan A. Webb; Brian Gross; William T. Taitano

    2011-02-01

    Abstract. Two different CERMET fueled Nuclear Thermal Propulsion reactors were modeled to determine the optimum coolant channel surface area to volume ratio required to cool a 25,000 lbf rocket engine operating at a specific impulse of 940 seconds. Both reactor concepts were computationally fueled with hexagonal cross section fuel elements having a flat-to-flat distance of 3.51 cm and containing 60 vol.% UO2 enriched to 93wt.%U235 and 40 vol.% tungsten. Coolant channel configuration consisted of a 37 coolant channel fuel element and a 61 coolant channel model representing 0.3 and 0.6 surface area to volume ratios respectively. The energy deposition from decelerating fission products and scattered neutrons and photons was determined using the MCNP monte carlo code and then imported into the STAR-CCM+ computational fluid dynamics code. The 37 coolant channel case was shown to be insufficient in cooling the core to a peak temperature of 3000 K; however, the 61 coolant channel model shows promise for maintaining a peak core temperature of 3000 K, with no more refinements to the surface area to volume ratio. The core was modeled to have a power density of 9.34 GW/m3 with a thrust to weight ratio of 5.7.

  17. Soudage par explosion thermique sous charge de cermets poreux à base de TiC-Ni sur substrat en acier-comportement tribologique Welding of porous TiC–Ni based cermets on substrate steel by thermal explosion under load-tribological behaviour

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Dans ce travail, nous nous intéressons à l'élaboration de cermets à base de TiC-Ni par dispersion de particules de carbures, oxydes ou borures dans une matrice de nickel, grâce à la technique de l'explosion thermique sous une charge de 20 MPa. La combustion de mélanges actifs (Ti-C-Ni-An où An = Al2O3, MgO, SiC, TiB2, WC, basée sur la réaction de synthèse de TiC (ΔHf298K = −184 kJ/mole, génère des cermets complexes. Un court maintien sous charge du cermet à 1373 K, après l'explosion thermique, permet son soudage sur un substrat en acier XC55. Les cermets obtenus dans ces conditions demeurent poreux et conservent une porosité de l'ordre de 25–35 %. La densité relative du cermet, sa dureté et son comportement tribologique, dépendront de la nature de l'addition dans les mélanges de départ. Porous TiC-Ni based cermets were obtained by dispersion of carbides, oxides or borides particles in a nickel matrix thanks to the thermal explosion technique realized under a load of 20 MPa. The combustion of active mixtures (Ti-C-Ni-An where An = Al2O3, MgO, SiC, TiB2 or WC based on the titanium carbide reaction synthesis (ΔHf = −184 kJ/mol, generates porous complex cermets. After the thermal explosion, a short maintenance under load at 1373 K of the combustion product, allows at the same time the cermets welding on a carbon steel substrate. The obtained cermets under these conditions preserve a porosity of about 25–35%. The relative density, hardness and tribological behaviour of the complex cermets depend on the additions nature (An in the starting mixtures.

  18. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi{sub 2}-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

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    Felmetsger, Valery V. [Tegal Corporation, 51 Daggett Drive, San Jose, California 95134 (United States)

    2010-01-15

    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 {Omega}/{open_square} and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi{sub 2}-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 {Omega}/{open_square} and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization, and Optimization of Novel Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes

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    Miller, Elizabeth C.

    This dissertation presents research on the development of novel materials and fabrication procedures for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes. The work discussed here is divided into three main categories: all-oxide anodes, catalyst exsolution oxide anodes, and Ni-infiltrated anodes. The all-oxide and catalyst exsolution anodes presented here are further classi?ed as Ni-free anodes operating at the standard 700-800°C SOFC temperature while the Ni-infiltrated anodes operate at intermediate temperatures (≤650°C). Compared with the current state-of-the-art Ni-based cermets, all-oxide, Ni-free SOFC anodes offer fewer coking issues in carbon-containing fuels, reduced degradation due to fuel contaminants, and improved stability during redox cycling. However, electrochemical performance has proven inferior to Ni-based anodes. The perovskite oxide Fe-substituted strontium titanate (STF) has shown potential as an anode material both as a single phase electrode and when combined with Gd-doped ceria (GDC) in a composite electrode. In this work, STF is synthesized using a modified Pechini processes with the aim of reducing STF particle size and increasing the electrochemically active area in the anode. The Pechini method produced particles ? 750 nm in diameter, which is signi°Cantly smaller than the typically micron-sized solid state reaction powder. In the first iteration of anode fabrication with the Pechini powder, issues with over-sintering of the small STF particles limited gas di?usion in the anode. However, after modifying the anode firing temperature, the Pechini cells produced power density comparable to solid state reaction based cells from previous work by Cho et al. Catalyst exsolution anodes, in which metal cations exsolve out of the lattice under reducing conditions and form nanoparticles on the oxide surface, are another Ni-free option for standard operating temperature SOFCs. Little information is known about the onset of nanoparticle formation, which

  20. Tenacidad a la fractura de compuestos cermets 3Al2O3*2SiO2/Ag manufacturados por molienda de alta energía

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    Hernández,José G. Miranda; Bustamante,Miriam Vázquez; Hernández,Héctor Herrera; Morán,Carlos O. González; Rangel,Enrique Rocha; García,Elizabeth Refugio

    2016-01-01

    La fabricación de materiales compuestos de matriz cerámica reforzados con partículas metálicas han propiciado la formación de nuevos materiales conocidos como compuestos CERMETS, materiales que debido a sus elementos precursores poseen propiedades distintas a las de los materiales convencionales. En este trabajo se establece la ruta de fabricación de materiales compuestos cermets base 3Al2O3*2SiO2 reforzados con partículas metálicas de Ag a partir de la formación de la composición química en ...

  1. Prognosis and comparison of performances of composite CERCER and CERMET fuels dedicated to transmutation of TRU in an EFIT ADS

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    Sobolev, V.; Uyttenhove, W.; Thetford, R.; Maschek, W.

    2011-07-01

    The neutronic and thermomechanical performances of two composite fuel systems: CERCER with (Pu,Np,Am,Cm)O 2-x fuel particles in ceramic MgO matrix and CERMET with metallic Mo matrix, selected for transmutation of minor actinides in the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT), were analysed aiming at their optimisation. The ALEPH burnup code system, based on MNCPX and ORIGEN codes and JEFF3.1 nuclear data library, and the modern version of the fuel rod performance code TRAFIC were used for this analysis. Because experimental data on the properties of the mixed minor-actinide oxides are scarce, and the in-reactor behaviour of the T91 steel chosen as cladding, as well as of the corrosion protective layer, is still not well-known, a set of "best estimates" provided the properties used in the code. The obtained results indicate that both fuel candidates, CERCER and CERMET, can satisfy the fuel design and safety criteria of EFIT. The residence time for both types of fuel elements can reach about 5 years with the reactivity swing within ±1000 pcm, and about 22% of the loaded MA is transmuted during this period. However, the fuel centreline temperature in the hottest CERCER fuel rod is close to the temperature above which MgO matrix becomes chemically instable. Moreover, a weak PCMI can appear in about 3 years of operation. The CERMET fuel can provide larger safety margins: the fuel temperature is more than 1000 K below the permitted level of 2380 K and the pellet-cladding gap remains open until the end of operation.

  2. Tribological performance evaluation of tungsten carbide-based cermets and development of a fracture mechanics wear model

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    Bhagat, R.B. [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States). Applied Research Lab.; Conway, J.C. Jr. [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States). Applied Research Lab.; Amateau, M.F. [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States). Applied Research Lab.; Brezler, R.A. III [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States). Applied Research Lab.

    1996-12-15

    Tungsten carbide tools may exhibit sudden brittle fracture at high stresses such as are encountered in shear and slitter knives. This has limited the use of tungsten carbide tools to certain applications in spite of their high hardness and wear resistance. The objective of this investigation is to evaluate the tribological performance of selected cermets and develop a fracture mechanics wear model. Six compositions of WC-Co materials (Co ranging from 4 to 30% by weight) with or without TiC, NbC, TaC, or Mo{sub 2}C were selected for relating wear modes of these tool materials to pertinent mechanical properties such as fracture toughness and hardness. The influence of mechanical properties such as Young`s modulus, hardness, fracture toughness, modulus of rupture, and Weibull modulus on wear rates and wear modes of the selected materials is presented and discussed. The major mechanisms of wear in WC-Co materials are discussed as they apply to the development of suitable relationships between wear and mechanical properties. The wear process is by the transfer of steel from the ring to the cemented carbide block specimens, initiation of mode I cracks normal to the mating surface, propagation of mode II cracks parallel to the wear surfaces and the subsequent separation of platelets with adhered WC and Co particles through adhesive forces with the steel ring. The wear rates of the cermets do not show a consistent relationship with mode I or mode II fracture toughness, but a general trend of decreasing wear rate with hardness is seen. This suggests that the tribological performance of these cermets depends on certain specific functions of pertinent parameters including fracture toughness, hardness, applied load, coefficient of friction and microstructural characteristics. A fracture mechanics-based wear model has been developed to relate the steady state wear rate (W{sub ss}) to hardness, mode II fracture toughness, coefficient of friction, and applied load. (orig./MM)

  3. Multi-anode ionization chamber

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    Bolotnikov, Aleksey E. (South Setauket, NY); Smith, Graham (Port Jefferson, NY); Mahler, George J. (Rocky Point, NY); Vanier, Peter E. (Setauket, NY)

    2010-12-28

    The present invention includes a high-energy detector having a cathode chamber, a support member, and anode segments. The cathode chamber extends along a longitudinal axis. The support member is fixed within the cathode chamber and extends from the first end of the cathode chamber to the second end of the cathode chamber. The anode segments are supported by the support member and are spaced along the longitudinal surface of the support member. The anode segments are configured to generate at least a first electrical signal in response to electrons impinging thereon.

  4. In-pile and out-of-pile testing of a molybdenum-uranium dioxide cermet fueled themionic diode

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    Diianni, D. C.

    1972-01-01

    The behavior of Mo-UO2 cermet fuel in a diode for thermionic reactor application was studied. The diode had a Mo-0.5 Ti emitter and niobium collector. Output power ranged from 1.4 to 2.8 W/cm squared at emitter and collector temperatures of 1500 deg and 540 C. Thermionic performance was stable within the limits of the instrumentation sensitivity. Through 1000 hours of in-pile operation the emitter was dimensionally stable. However, some fission gases (15 percent) leaked through an inner clad imperfection that occurred during fuel fabrication.

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

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    DINGZhang-xiong; TUGuo-fu

    2004-01-01

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

  6. Properties of Cr3C2-NiCr Cermet Coating Sprayed by High Power Plasma and HVOF Processes

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    Otsubo, Fumitaka; Era, Hidenori; Kishitake, K; Uchida, T.

    2000-01-01

    The structure, hardness and shear adhesion strength have beeninvestigated in Cr3C2-NiCr cermet coatings sprayed onto a mild steelsubstrate by 200 kW high power plasma spraying (HPS) and high velocityoxy-fuel (HVOF) processes. Amorphous and supersaturated nickel phasesform in both as-sprayed coatings. The hardness of the HVOF coating ishigher than that of the HPS coating because the HVOF coating containsmore non-melted Cr3C2 carbide particles. On heat-treating at 873 K, theamorphous phase deco...

  7. Enhanced stability of Zr-doped Ba(CeTb)O(3-δ)-Ni cermet membrane for hydrogen separation.

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    Wei, Yanying; Xue, Jian; Fang, Wei; Chen, Yan; Wang, Haihui; Caro, Jürgen

    2015-07-25

    A mixed protonic and electronic conductor material BaCe(0.85)Tb(0.05)Zr(0.1)O(3-δ) (BCTZ) is prepared and a Ni-BCTZ cermet membrane is synthesized for hydrogen separation. Stable hydrogen permeation fluxes can be obtained for over 100 h through the Ni-BCTZ membrane in both dry and humid conditions, which exhibits an excellent stability compared with Ni-BaCe(0.95)Tb(0.05)O(3-δ) membrane due to the Zr doping.

  8. Preliminary Investigation of the Effect of Surface Treatment on the Strength of a Titanium Carbide - 30 Percent Nickel Base Cermet

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    Robins, Leonard; Grala, Edward M

    1957-01-01

    Specimens of a nickel-bonded titanium carbide cermet were given the following surface treatments: (1) grinding, (2) lapping, (3) blast cleaning, (4) acid roughening, (5) oxidizing, and (6) oxidizing and refinishing. Room-temperature modulus-of-rupture and impact strength varied with the different surface treatments. Considerable strength losses resulted from the following treatments: (1) oxidation at 1600 F for 100 hours, (2) acid roughening, and (3) severe grinding with 60-grit silicon carbide abrasive. The strength loss after oxidation was partially recovered by grit blasting or diamond grinding.

  9. A Study of the "toss Factor" in the Impact Testing of Cermets by the Izod Pendulum Test

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    Probst, H B; Mchenry, Howard T

    1957-01-01

    The test method presented shows that the "toss energy" contributed by the apparatus for brittle materials is negligible. The total toss energy is considered to consist of two components. (a) recovered stored elastic energy and (b) kinetic energy contributed directly by the apparatus. The results were verified by high-speed motion pictures of the test in operation. From these photographs, velocities of tossed specimens were obtained and toss energy computed. In addition, impact energies of some titanium carbide base cermets and high-temperature alloys, as measured by the low-capacity Izod pendulum test, compare well with impact energies measured by the NACA drop test.

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

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    Kumar, Pardeep; Sidhu, Buta Singh

    2016-01-01

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

  11. Electrically Conductive Anodized Aluminum Surfaces

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    Nguyen, Trung Hung

    2006-01-01

    Anodized aluminum components can be treated to make them sufficiently electrically conductive to suppress discharges of static electricity. The treatment was conceived as a means of preventing static electric discharges on exterior satin-anodized aluminum (SAA) surfaces of spacecraft without adversely affecting the thermal-control/optical properties of the SAA and without need to apply electrically conductive paints, which eventually peel off in the harsh environment of outer space. The treatment can also be used to impart electrical conductivity to anodized housings of computers, medical electronic instruments, telephoneexchange equipment, and other terrestrial electronic equipment vulnerable to electrostatic discharge. The electrical resistivity of a typical anodized aluminum surface layer lies between 10(exp 11) and 10(exp 13) Omega-cm. To suppress electrostatic discharge, it is necessary to reduce the electrical resistivity significantly - preferably to anodized surface becomes covered and the pores in the surface filled with a transparent, electrically conductive metal oxide nanocomposite. Filling the pores with the nanocomposite reduces the transverse electrical resistivity and, in the original intended outer-space application, the exterior covering portion of the nanocomposite would afford the requisite electrical contact with the outer-space plasma. The electrical resistivity of the nanocomposite can be tailored to a value between 10(exp 7) and 10(exp 12) Omega-cm. Unlike electrically conductive paint, the nanocomposite becomes an integral part of the anodized aluminum substrate, without need for adhesive bonding material and without risk of subsequent peeling. The electrodeposition process is compatible with commercial anodizing production lines. At present, the electronics industry uses expensive, exotic, electrostaticdischarge- suppressing finishes: examples include silver impregnated anodized, black electroless nickel, black chrome, and black copper. In

  12. Automatic system for the determination of metals by anodic stripping potentiometry in non-deaerated samples

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    An automatic system for the determination of Zn, Cd, Pb and Cu by anodic stripping potentiometry using the oxygen dissolved in the sample as oxidant is reported. The system relies on the use of a PC-compatible computer for instrumental control and data acquisition and processing.

  13. Effect of Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) weight ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermet tool materials

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Zhao, Jun, E-mail: zhaojun@sdu.edu.cn; Ai, Xing; Qin, Wenzhen; Wang, Dawei; Huang, Weimin

    2015-11-15

    To optimize the Mo{sub 2}C content in Ti(C,N)-based cermet tool materials used for cutting the high-strength steel of 42CrMo (AISI 4140/4142 steel), the cermets with different Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) weight ratios were prepared. And the microstructure and mechanical properties of cermets were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and measurements of transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}). The results indicate that the Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratios have great influences on the microstructure features and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets. When the Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio increases, the Ti(C,N) grains become finer with smaller black cores surrounded by thinner rims, and the structure of cermets tends to be more compact with smaller binder mean free path. Owing to the medium grains and moderate rims, the cermets with a Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio of 0.4 exhibit better mechanical properties, and can be chosen as the tool material for machining 42CrMo steel due to the lower Mo content. - Highlights: • Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratios affect microstructure and mechanical properties of cermets. • Grains become fine and structure of cermets tends to be compact with raised Mo{sub 2}C. • The cermets with a Mo{sub 2}C/(Mo{sub 2}C + WC) ratio of 0.4 can be used to machine 42CrMo steel.

  14. Inert anode containing oxides of nickel, iron and zinc useful for the electrolytic production of metals

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    Ray, Siba P. (Murrysville, PA); Weirauch, Jr., Douglas A. (Murrysville, PA); Liu, Xinghua (Monroeville, PA)

    2002-01-01

    An inert anode for the electrolytic production of metals such as aluminum is disclosed. The inert anode includes a ceramic oxide material preferably made from NiO, Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 and ZnO. The inert anode composition may comprise the following mole fractions of NiO, Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 and ZnO: 0.2 to 0.99 NiO; 0.0001 to 0.8 Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 ; and 0.0001 to 0.3 ZnO. The inert anode may optionally include other oxides and/or at least one metal phase, such as Cu, Ag, Pd, Pt, Au, Rh, Ru, Ir and/or Os. The Ni--Fe--Co--O ceramic material exhibits very low solubility in Hall cell baths used to produce aluminum.

  15. Electrical Conductivity and Corrosion Resistance of ZnFe2O4-Based Materials Used as Inert Anode for Aluminum Electrolysis

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    1999-01-01

    ZnFe2O4 and ZnFe2O4-based materials were tested to obtain the electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance in melting bath for aluminum electrolysis. The results proved that adequate additives, such as Ni2O3 CuO,Cu, ZnO and CeO2 would increase the electrical conductivity, and the ZnFe2O4-based anodes with these additives were of good corrosion resistance. The current density on anode, the mole ratio of NaF/AlF3 (MR) and the content of alumina in the bath effect the anode corrosion rate in different way.

  16. Electrochemical reduction of CerMet fuels for transmutation using surrogate CeO2-Mo pellets

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    Claux, B.; Souček, P.; Malmbeck, R.; Rodrigues, A.; Glatz, J.-P.

    2017-08-01

    One of the concepts chosen for the transmutation of minor actinides in Accelerator Driven Systems or fast reactors proposes the use of fuels and targets containing minor actinides oxides embedded in an inert matrix either composed of molybdenum metal (CerMet fuel) or of ceramic magnesium oxide (CerCer fuel). Since the sufficient transmutation cannot be achieved in a single step, it requires multi-recycling of the fuel including recovery of the not transmuted minor actinides. In the present work, a pyrochemical process for treatment of Mo metal inert matrix based CerMet fuels is studied, particularly the electroreduction in molten chloride salt as a head-end step required prior the main separation process. At the initial stage, different inactive pellets simulating the fuel containing CeO2 as minor actinide surrogates were examined. The main studied parameters of the process efficiency were the porosity and composition of the pellets and the process parameters as current density and passed charge. The results indicated the feasibility of the process, gave insight into its limiting parameters and defined the parameters for the future experiment on minor actinide containing material.

  17. Characterization of phase transformation and microstructure of nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet by spark plasma sintering

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    丰平; 熊惟皓; 李鹏; 余新; 夏阳华

    2004-01-01

    By means of optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), the process of densification, the characterization of phase transformation and the microstructure for spark plasma sintering (SPS) nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet were investigated. It is found that the spark plasma sintering (SPS) enables the nano hard phase Ti(C,N)-based cermet to densify rapidly, however, the full densification of the sintered samples can not be obtained. The rate of phase transformation is significantly quick.When being sintered at 1 200 ℃ for 8 min, Mo2C is completely dissolved, and TiN dissolves into TiC entirely and disappears. Above 1 200 ℃, Ti(C,N) begins to decompose and the atoms of C and N separate from Ti(C,N) resulting in the generation of N2 and the graphite. Due to the denitrification and the graphitization, the density and the hardness of sintered samples are rather low. The distribution of grain size of the sample sintered at 1 350 ℃ covers a wide range of 90 - 500 nm, and most of the grain size are about 200 nm. The hard phase is not of typical core-rim structure. Oxides on the surface of particles can not be fully removed and present in sample as titanium oxide TiO2.Graphite exists in band-like shape.

  18. The behaviour under irradiation of molybdenum matrix for inert matrix fuel containing americium oxide (CerMet concept)

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    D'Agata, E.; Knol, S.; Fedorov, A. V.; Fernandez, A.; Somers, J.; Klaassen, F.

    2015-10-01

    Americium is a strong contributor to the long term radiotoxicity of high activity nuclear waste. Transmutation by irradiation in nuclear reactors or Accelerator Driven System (ADS, subcritical reactors dedicated to transmutation) of long-lived nuclides like 241Am is therefore an option for the reduction of radiotoxicity of waste packages to be stored in a repository. In order to safely burn americium in a fast reactor or ADS, it must be incorporated in a matrix that could be metallic (CerMet target) or ceramic (CerCer target). One of the most promising matrix to incorporate Am is molybdenum. In order to address the issues (swelling, stability under irradiation, gas retention and release) of using Mo as matrix to transmute Am, two irradiation experiments have been conducted recently at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten (The Netherland) namely HELIOS and BODEX. The BODEX experiment is a separate effect test, where the molybdenum behaviour is studied without the presence of fission products using 10B to ;produce; helium, the HELIOS experiment included a more representative fuel target with the presence of Am and fission product. This paper covers the results of Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) of the two irradiation experiments mentioned above where molybdenum behaviour has been deeply investigated as possible matrix to transmute americium (CerMet fuel target). The behaviour of molybdenum looks satisfying at operating temperature but at high temperature (above 1000 °C) more investigation should be performed.

  19. Effect of a titanium nitride interlayer on the densification, properties and microstructure of cermets based on alumina and nickel. Part 2: Microstructures

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

    1992-01-01

    SEM microstructural analyses in conjunction with EDX and TEM microstructural analyses have been conducted with cermets based on nickel and alumina, the latter as such and with a chemical-vapour-deposited titanium nitride layer. It has been proved that there is excellent bonding at both the Al2O3/TiN

  20. Effect of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content on the microstructure and properties of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets

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    Xie, Lang; Li, XiaoBo; Zhang, Dan; Yang, ChengMing; Yin, FuCheng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). School of Materials Science and Engineering; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education; Xiao, YiFeng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province

    2015-10-15

    Four series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets with Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition of between 0 and 7.5 wt.% in 2.5 wt.% increments were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray diffractometry. The transverse rupture strength and hardness were also measured. It was found that Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} completely dissolved in Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets. Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition improved the wettability of the Ni binder phase on the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} hard phase, which resulted in a decrease in the porosity and an increase in the phase uniformity. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content showed relatively fine grains and almost full density. A high Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content resulted in the formation of M{sub 6}C (M = Mo, Cr, Ni) phase. In addition, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy results showed that the content of Mo in the binder decreased with increasing Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest transverse rupture strength of 2210 MPa, whereas the cermets without Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest hardness.

  1. Mechanochemical approaches to employ silicon as a lithium-ion battery anode

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    Norihiro Shimoi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Silicon is essential as an active material in lithium-ion batteries because it provides both high-charge and optimal cycle characteristics. The authors attempted to realize a composite by a simple mechanochemical grinding approach of individual silicon (Si particles and copper monoxide (CuO particles to serve as an active material in the anode and optimize the charge-discharge characteristics of a lithium-ion battery. The composite with Si and CuO allowed for a homogenous dispersion with nano-scale Si grains, nano-scale copper-silicon alloy grains and silicon monoxide oxidized the oxide from CuO. The authors successfully achieved the synthesis of an active composite unites the structural features of an active material based on silicon composite as an anode in Li-ion battery with high capacity and cyclic reversible charge properties of 3256 mAh g−1 after 200 cycles.

  2. ANODE CATALYST MATERIALS FOR USE IN FUEL CELLS

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    2002-01-01

    Catalyst materials having a surface comprising a composition M¿x?/Pt¿3?/Sub; wherein M is selected from the group of elements Fe, Co, Rh and Ir; or wherein M represent two different elements selected from the group comprising Fe, CO, Rh, Ir, Ni, Pd, CU, Ag, Au and Sn; and wherein Sub represents...... a substrate material selected from Ru and Os; the respective components being present within specific ranges, display improved properties for use inanodes for low-temperature fuel cell anodes for PENFC fuel cells and direct methanol fuel cells....

  3. Nanoporous Ni-Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9-x thin film cermet SOFC anodes prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Infortuna, Anna; Harvey, Ashley S; Muecke, Ulrich P; Gauckler, Ludwig J

    2009-05-21

    Nickel oxide-gadolinia-doped ceria thin films with a ceria composition of 80 at% Ce and 20 at% Gd were grown by pulsed laser deposition on sapphire and SiO2/Si wafers as well as on yttria stabilized zirconia polycrystalline substrates. Upon reduction of the NiO phase in a H2/N2 atmosphere at 600 degrees C, a stable three-phase, 3-D interconnecting microstructure was obtained of metallic Ni, ceramic, and pores. Coarsening and segregation of the Ni to the surface of the film was observed at higher temperatures. The kinetics of this process depend strongly on the microstructures that can be developed in situ during deposition or post-deposition heat treatments. In situ minimization of Ni-coarsening can be achieved at temperatures as low as 500 degrees C when the deposition pressure does not exceed 0.02 mbar. For films deposited at higher pressure and at temperatures below 800 degrees C, coarsening can be minimized post deposition by annealing in air at 1000 degrees C. The films showed very good metallic conductivity and stability upon thermal cycling in a reducing atmosphere. Redox cycles performed at 600 degrees C between air and H2 induced a loss of connectivity of the metallic phase and consequent degradation of the conductivity. After 16 cycles, corresponding to 65 hrs, the conductivity is reduced by one order of magnitude.

  4. Anode-supported single-chamber SOFCs based on gadolinia doped ceria electrolytes

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    Morales, M.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The utilization of anode supported electrolytes is a useful strategy to increase the electrical properties of the solid oxide fuel cells, because it is possible to decrease considerably the thickness of the electrolytes. We have prepared successfully singlechamber fuel cells of gadolinia doped ceria electrolytes Ce1-xGdxO2-y (CGO supported on an anode formed by a cermet of Ni-CGO. Mixtures of precursor powders of NiO and gadolinium doped ceria with different particle sizes and compositions were analyzed to obtain optimal bulk porous anodes to be used as anode supported fuel cells. Doped ceria electrolytes were prepared by sol-gel related techniques. Then, ceria based electrolytes were deposited by dip coating at different thickness (15-30 µm using an ink prepared with nanometric powders of electrolytes dispersed in a commercial liquid polymer. Cathodes of La1-xSrxCoO3-s (LSCO were also prepared by sol-gel related techniques and were deposited by dip coating on the electrolyte thick films. Finally, electrical properties were determined in a single-chamber reactor where propane as fuel was mixed with synthetic air above the higher explosive limit. Stable density currents were obtained in these experimental conditions, but flow rates of the carrier gas and propane partial pressure were determinants for the optimization of the electrical properties of the fuel cells.

    La utilización de electrolitos soportados en el ánodo es una estrategia muy útil para mejorar las propiedades eléctricas de las pilas de combustible de óxido sólido, debido a que permiten disminuir considerablemente el espesor de los electrolitos. Para este trabajo, se han preparado exitosamente pilas de combustible de óxido sólido con electrolitos de ceria dopada con Gd, Ce1-xGdxO2-y (CGO soportados sobre un ánodo formado por un cermet de Ni/CGO. Dichas pilas se han

  5. [Effect of Cu2+ on the power output of dual-chamber microbial fuel cell].

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    Mu, Shu-Jun; Li, Xiu-Fen; Ren, Yue-Ping; Wang, Xin-Hua

    2014-07-01

    After addition of Cu2+ into the anodic and/or cathodic chamber, the effect of Cu2+ on the internal resistance and its distribution, power output and coulombic efficiency of dual-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) was investigated in this manuscript with the aid of analyzing the distribution of copper speciation. It could provide helpful information for correlative research on treatment of copper-containing wastewater by MFC. It showed that the addition of 10 mg x L(-1) Cu2+ into the anodic chamber inhibited the microbial activity, and increased the anodic activation resistance as well as the apparent internal resistance, consequently reduced the power output and coulombic efficiency of the system. However, the addition of 500 mg x L(-1) Cu2+ into the cathodic chamber significantly reduced the cathodic activation resistance as well as the apparent internal resistance, while improved the power output and the coulombic efficiency. Cu2+ in the anodic chamber was not transfered into the cathodic chamber. When adding Cu2+ into the cathodic chamber, it was mainly reduced and deposited on the cathodic chamber. It could also be transferred/diffused to the anodic chamber across the proton exchange membrane (2.8%) because of its concentration difference, thus affecting the microbial activity and power output. Only a small amount of Cu2+ remained in the supernatant of the cathodic chamber at the end of experiment.

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

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    Atefeh Khaleghi; Sattar Ghader; Dariush Afzali

    2014-01-01

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

  7. Effect of inlet fuel type on the degradation of Ni/YSZ anode of solid oxide fuel cell by carbon deposition

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    Suttichai Assabumrungrat

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available According to the high operating temperature of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC (700-1100ºC, it is known that some hydrocarbon fuels can be directly used as inlet fuel instead of hydrogen by feeding straight to the anode. This operation is called a direct internal reforming SOFC (DIR-SOFC. However, the major difficulty of this operation is the possible degradation of anode by the carbon deposition, as the carbon species are easily formed. In the present work, the effect of inlet fuel (i.e. H2, synthesis gas (H2+CO, CH4, CH4+H2O, CH3OH+H2O, and C2H5OH+H2O on the degradation of nickel cermet (Ni/YSZ, which is the most common anode material of SOFC, was studied.It was found from the work that hydrogen and synthesis gas (CO+H2 are proper to be used as direct inlet fuels for DIR-SOFC with Ni/YSZ anode, since the carbon formation on Ni/YSZ occurred in the small quantity. The mixture of methane and steam (CH4+H2O can also be used as the inlet feed, but the H2O/CH4 ratio plays an important role. In contrast, pure methane (CH4, methanol with steam (CH3OH+H2O and ethanol with steam (C2H5OH+H2O are not suitable for using as direct inlet fuel for DIR-SOFC with Ni/YSZ anode even the higher H2O/CH3OH and H2O/C2H5OH ratios were applied.

  8. DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY FOR ANODE BALL PRODUCTION

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    G. V. Kozhevnikova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Technology of copper anode balls manufacturing by means of cross-wedge rolling method is developed. The technology satisfies the requirements towards anode balls’ crystalline structure, form and geometrical dimensions accuracy.

  9. STUDY OF ANODIC OVERVOLTAGE IN NEODYMIUM ELECTROLYSIS

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    K.R. Liu; J.S. Chen; Q. Han; X.J. Wei

    2003-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of neodymium electrolysis was determined by slow scanning oscillogram. The effects of some factors, i.e. the temperature, the anodic current density, the concentration of Nd2O3 and the components of the electrolyte were investigated and the approaches to decrease the anodic overvoltage were also discussed. The results show that the anodic overvoltage increases with the anodic current density and decreases with the increasing temperature. The linear relation between the anodic overvoltage and the current density corresponding to Tafel equation is determined to some extent. The anodic overvoltage decreases with the increasing concentrations of LiF and NdF3. It also decreases by controlling the anodic current density properly, increasing the temperature or the concentrations of LiF and NdF3 and the reducing polar distance.

  10. Anode supported single chamber solid oxide fuel cells operating in exhaust gases of thermal engine

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    Briault, Pauline; Rieu, Mathilde; Laucournet, Richard; Morel, Bertrand; Viricelle, Jean-Paul

    2014-12-01

    This project deals with the development and the electrochemical characterization of anode supported single chamber SOFC in a simulated environment of thermal engine exhaust gas. In the present work, a gas mixture representative of exhaust conditions is selected. It is composed of hydrocarbons (HC: propane and propene), oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and water. Only oxygen content is varied leading to different gas mixtures characterized by three ratios R = HC/O2. Concerning the cell components, a cermet made of nickel and an electrolyte material, Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) is used as anode and two cathode materials, La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) and Pr2NiO4+δ (PNO), are evaluated. The prepared cells are investigated in the various gas mixtures for temperatures ranging from 450 °C to 600 °C. Ni-CGO/CGO/LSCF-CGO cell has delivered a maximum power density of 15 mW cm-2 at 500 °C with R = HC/O2 = 0.21, while lower power densities are obtained for the other ratios, R = 0.44 and R = 0.67. Afterwards, LSCF and PNO cathode materials are compared and LSCF is found to deliver the highest power densities. Finally, by improving the electrolyte microstructure, some cells presenting a maximum power density of 25 mW cm-2 at 550 °C are produced. Moreover, up to 17% of initial HC are eliminated in the gas mixture.

  11. Application of Anodization Process for Cast Aluminium Surface Properties Enhancement

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available An huge interest is observed in last years in metal matrix composite, mostly light metal based, which have found their applications in many industry branches, among others in the aircraft industry, automotive-, and armaments ones, as well as in electrical engineering and electronics, where one of the most important issue is related to the corrosion resistance, especially on the surface layer of the used aluminium alloys. This elaboration presents the influence of ceramic phase on the corrosion resistance, quality of the surface layer its thickness and structure of an anodic layer formed on aluminium alloys. As test materials it was applied the aluminium alloys Al-Si-Cu and Al-Cu-Mg, for which heat treatment processes and corrosion tests were carried out. It was presented herein grindability test results and metallographic examination, as well. Hardness of the treated alloys with those ones subjected to corrosion process were compared.

  12. Synthesis of copper nanoparticles by electrolysis of DNA utilizing copper as sacrificial anode.

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    Singh, Dinesh Pratap; Srivastava, Onkar Nath

    2007-06-01

    Copper nanoparticles have been synthesized by anodic oxidation through a simple electrolysis process employing de-oxy ribonucleic acid (DNA) as electrolyte. Platinum was taken as cathode and copper as anode. The applied voltage was 4 V and the electrolysis was performed for duration of 1 h. The copper nanoparticles were prepared in situ from the electron beam irradiation on residues of electrolyte consisting of DNA and copper particles: DNA (Cu) complexes. The size of the nanoparticles ranges between 5-50 nm. A tentative explanation has been given for the formation of copper nanoparticles.

  13. Microfabrication of an anodic oxide film by anodizing laser-textured aluminium

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    2007-01-01

    A simple method for the fabrication of microstructures of an aluminium anodic oxide film (anodic alumina) by anodizing laser-textured aluminium is demonstrated. In the process, the aluminium substrate was first textured by a low power laser beam, and then the textured aluminium was subjected to anodizing, to develop a continuous, thick porous layer on the textured surface. Microstructures with a depth of a few to several tens of micrometres were fabricated successfully on the anodic oxide fil...

  14. Machinability of Hastelloy C-276 Using Hot-pressed Sintered Ti(C7N3)-based Cermet Cutting Tools

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    XU Kaitao; ZOU Bin; HUANG Chuanzhen; YAO Yang; ZHOU Huijun; LIU Zhanqiang

    2015-01-01

    C-276 nickel-based alloy is a difficult-to-cut material. In high-speed machining of Hastelloy C-276, notching is a prominent fallure mode due to high mechanical properties of work piece, which results in the short tool life and low productivity. In this paper, a newly developed Ti(C7N3)-based cermet insert manufactured by a hot-pressing method is used to machine the C-276 nickel-based alloy, and its cutting performances are studied. Based on orthogonal experiment method, the influence of cutting parameters on tool life, material removal rates and surface roughness are investigated. Experimental research results indicate that the optimal cutting condition is a cutting speed of 50 m/min, depth of cut of 0.4 mm and feed rate of 0.15 mm/r if the tool life and material removal rates are considered comprehensively. In this case, the tool life is 32 min and material removal rates are 3000 mm3/min, which is appropriate to the rough machining. If the tool life and surface roughness are considered, the better cutting condition is a cutting speed of 75 m/min, depth of cut of 0.6 mm and feed rate of 0.1 mm/r. In this case, the surface roughness is 0.59mm. Notch wear, flank wear, chipping at the tool nose, built-up edge(BUE) and micro-cracks are found when Ti(C7N3)-based cermet insert turned Hastelloy C-276. Oxidation, adhesive, abrasive and diffusion are the wear mechanisms, which can be investigated by the observations of scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. This research will help to guide studies on the evaluation of machining parameters to further advance the productivity of nickel based alloy Hastelloy C-276 machining.

  15. Anode sheath transition in an anodic arc for synthesis of nanomaterials

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    Nemchinsky, V. A.; Raitses, Y.

    2016-06-01

    The arc discharge with ablating anode or so-called anodic arc is widely used for synthesis of nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes and fullerens, metal nanoparticles etc. We present the model of this arc, which confirms the existence of the two different modes of the arc operation with two different anode sheath regimes, namely, with negative anode sheath and with positive anode sheath. It was previously suggested that these regimes are associated with two different anode ablating modes—low ablation mode with constant ablation rate and the enhanced ablation mode (Fetterman et al 2008 Carbon 46 1322). The transition of the arc operation from low ablation mode to high ablation mode is determined by the current density at the anode. The model can be used to self-consistently determine the distribution of the electric field, electron density and electron temperature in the near-anode region of the arc discharge. Simulations of the carbon arc predict that for low arc ablating modes, the current is driven mainly by the electron diffusion to the anode. For positive anode sheath, the anode voltage is close to the ionization potential of anode material, while for negative anode sheath, the anode voltage is an order of magnitude smaller. It is also shown that the near-anode plasma, is far from the ionization equilibrium.

  16. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

    An automated computer interpretation of ellisometer measurements of anodic film growth was developed. Continuous mass and charge balances were used to utilize more fully the time dependence of the ellipsometer data and the current and potential measurements. A multiple-film model was used to characterize the growth of films which proceeds via a dissolution--precipitation mechanism; the model also applies to film growth by adsorption and nucleation mechanisms. The characteristic parameters for film growth describe homogeneous and heterogeneous crystallization rates, film porosities and degree of hydration, and the supersaturation of ionic species in the electrolyte. Additional descriptions which may be chosen are patchwise film formation, nonstoichiometry of the anodic film, and statistical variations in the size and orientation of secondary crystals. Theories were developed to describe the optical effects of these processes. An automatic, self-compensating ellipsometer was used to study the growth in alkaline solution of anodic films on silver, cadmium, and zinc. Mass-transport conditions included stagnant electrolyte and forced convection in a flow channel. Multiple films were needed to characterize the optical properties of these films. Anodic films grew from an electrolyte supersatuated in the solution-phase dissolution product. The degree of supersaturation depended on transport conditions and had a major effect on the structure of the film. Anodic reaction rates were limited by the transport of charge carriers through a primary surface layer. The primary layers on silver, zinc, and cadmium all appeared to be nonstoichiometric, containing excess metal. Diffusion coefficients, transference numbers, and the free energy of adsorption of zinc oxide were derived from ellipsometer measurements. 97 figures, 13 tables, 198 references.

  17. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

    An automated computer interpretation of ellisometer measurements of anodic film growth was developed. Continuous mass and charge balances were used to utilize more fully the time dependence of the ellipsometer data and the current and potential measurements. A multiple-film model was used to characterize the growth of films which proceeds via a dissolution--precipitation mechanism; the model also applies to film growth by adsorption and nucleation mechanisms. The characteristic parameters for film growth describe homogeneous and heterogeneous crystallization rates, film porosities and degree of hydration, and the supersaturation of ionic species in the electrolyte. Additional descriptions which may be chosen are patchwise film formation, nonstoichiometry of the anodic film, and statistical variations in the size and orientation of secondary crystals. Theories were developed to describe the optical effects of these processes. An automatic, self-compensating ellipsometer was used to study the growth in alkaline solution of anodic films on silver, cadmium, and zinc. Mass-transport conditions included stagnant electrolyte and forced convection in a flow channel. Multiple films were needed to characterize the optical properties of these films. Anodic films grew from an electrolyte supersatuated in the solution-phase dissolution product. The degree of supersaturation depended on transport conditions and had a major effect on the structure of the film. Anodic reaction rates were limited by the transport of charge carriers through a primary surface layer. The primary layers on silver, zinc, and cadmium all appeared to be nonstoichiometric, containing excess metal. Diffusion coefficients, transference numbers, and the free energy of adsorption of zinc oxide were derived from ellipsometer measurements. 97 figures, 13 tables, 198 references.

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

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    Faisal, N. H.; Ahmed, R.

    2011-12-01

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

  19. [Vernier Anode Design and Image Simulation].

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    Zhao, Ai-rong; Ni, Qi-liang; Song, Ke-fei

    2015-12-01

    Based-MCP position-sensitive anode photon-counting imaging detector is good at detecting extremely faint light, which includes micro-channel plate (MCP), position-sensitive anode and readout, and the performances of these detectors are mainly decided by the position-sensitive anode. As a charge division anode, Vernier anode using cyclically varying electrode areas which replaces the linearly varying electrodes of wedge-strip anode can get better resolution and greater electrode dynamic range. Simulation and design of the Vernier anode based on Vernier's decode principle are given here. Firstly, we introduce the decode and design principle of Vernier anode with nine electrodes in vector way, and get the design parameters which are the pitch, amplitude and the coarse wavelength of electrode. Secondly, we analyze the effect of every design parameters to the imaging of the detector. We simulate the electron cloud, the Vernier anode and the detector imaging using Labview software and get the relationship between the pitch and the coarse wavelength of the anode. Simultaneously, we get the corresponding electron cloud for the designing parameters. Based on the result of the simulation and the practical machining demand, a nine electrodes Vernier anode was designed and fabricated which has a pitch of 891 µm, insulation width of 25 µm, amplitude of 50 µm, coarse pixel numbers of 5.

  20. Electrocatalysis of carbon anode in aluminium electrolysis

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    2002-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of the carbon anode in aluminum electrolysis isof the order of 0.6 V at normal current densities. However, it can be reduced somewhat by doping the anode carbon with various inorganic compounds. A new apparatus was designed to improve the precision of overvoltage measurements. Anodes were doped with MgAl2O4 and AlF3 both by impregnation of the coke and by adding powder, and the measured overvoltage was compared with that of undoped samples. For prebake type anodes baked at around 1150 oC, the anodic overvoltage was reduced by 40-60 mV, and for Soderberg type anodes, baked at 950 oC, by 60-80 mV.

  1. Theoretical research on the propagation of the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface of the cermet cladding material structure

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    Junru, Yang; Chuanjuan, Song; Minglan, Wang; Yeukan, Zhang; Jing, Sun [College of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao (China)

    2016-01-15

    The interface crack propagation problem in the cermet cladding material structure was studied. A comparative propagation property parameter (CP) suitable to judge the propagation direction of the interface crack in the cermet cladding material structure was proposed. The interface crack propagation criterion was established. Theoretical models of the CPs for the crack normal to and dwelling on the interface deflecting separately into the clad, the interface and the substrate were built, and the relations between the CPs and the load action angle, the clad thickness ratio and the load were investigated with an example. The research results show that, under the research conditions, the interface crack will more easily propagate into the clad layer than into the substrate.

  2. Effects of Anode Wettability and Slots on Anodic Bubble Behavior Using Transparent Aluminium Electrolytic Cells

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    Zhao, Zhibin; Gao, Bingliang; Feng, Yuqing; Huang, Yipeng; Wang, Zhaowen; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei

    2017-02-01

    Transparent aluminum electrolytic cells were used to study the effects of anode wettability and slots on bubble behavior in a similar environment to that used in industrial cells. Observations were conducted using two types of transparent cells, one with side-observation and the other with a bottom-observation cell design. Anodic bubbles rising process in the side channel is strongly affected by the wettability of the anode. After rising a short distance, the bubbles detach from the anode vertical surface at good-wetting anode cases, while the bubbles still attach to the vertical surface at poor-wetting anode cases. Anode slots of width of 4 mm are able to prevent smaller bubbles from coalescing into larger bubbles and thus decrease the bubble size and gas coverage on the anode. Anode slots also make a contribution in slightly reducing bubble thickness. With the presence of slots, the bubble-induced cell voltage oscillation decreases as well.

  3. Fabrication and anodic polarization behavior of lead-based porous anodes in zinc electrowinning

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    2008-01-01

    A new type of lead-based porous anode in zinc electrowinning was prepared by negative pressure infiltration.The anodie polarization potential and corrosion rate were studied and compared with those of traditional fiat anodes (Pb-0.8%Ag) used in industry.The anode eorrosion rate was determined by anode actual current density and microstructure.The results show that the anodic oxygen evolution potential decreases first and then increases with the decrease of pore diameter.The anodic potential decreases to the lowest value of 1.729 V at the pore diameter of 1.25-1.60 mm.The porous anode can decrease its actual current density and thus decrease the anodic corrosion rate.When the pore diameter is 1.60-2.00 mm,the anodic relative corrosion rate reaches the lowest value of 52.1%.

  4. Ultra-High Density Single Nanometer-Scale Anodic Alumina Nanofibers Fabricated by Pyrophosphoric Acid Anodizing

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Nishinaga, Osamu; Nakajima, Daiki; Kawashima, Jun; Natsui, Shungo; Sakaguchi, Norihito; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    Anodic oxide fabricated by anodizing has been widely used for nanostructural engineering, but the nanomorphology is limited to only two oxides: anodic barrier and porous oxides. Therefore, the discovery of an additional anodic oxide with a unique nanofeature would expand the applicability of anodizing. Here we demonstrate the fabrication of a third-generation anodic oxide, specifically, anodic alumina nanofibers, by anodizing in a new electrolyte, pyrophosphoric acid. Ultra-high density single nanometer-scale anodic alumina nanofibers (1010 nanofibers/cm2) consisting of an amorphous, pure aluminum oxide were successfully fabricated via pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The nanomorphologies of the anodic nanofibers can be controlled by the electrochemical conditions. Anodic tungsten oxide nanofibers can also be fabricated by pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The aluminum surface covered by the anodic alumina nanofibers exhibited ultra-fast superhydrophilic behavior, with a contact angle of less than 1°, within 1 second. Such ultra-narrow nanofibers can be used for various nanoapplications including catalysts, wettability control, and electronic devices.

  5. Carbon Supported Oxide-Rich Pd-Cu Bimetallic Electrocatalysts for Ethanol Electrooxidation in Alkaline Media Enhanced by Cu/CuOx

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    Zengfeng Guo

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Different proportions of oxide-rich PdCu/C nanoparticle catalysts were prepared by the NaBH4 reduction method, and their compositions were tuned by the molar ratios of the metal precursors. Among them, oxide-rich Pd0.9Cu0.1/C (Pd:Cu = 9:1, metal atomic ratio exhibits the highest electrocatalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR in alkaline media. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM confirmed the existence of both Cu and CuOx in the as-prepared Pd0.9Cu0.1/C. About 74% of the Cu atoms are in their oxide form (CuO or Cu2O. Besides the synergistic effect of Cu, CuOx existed in the Pd-Cu bimetallic nanoparticles works as a promoter for the EOR. The decreased Pd 3d electron density disclosed by XPS is ascribed to the formation of CuOx and the spill-over of oxygen-containing species from CuOx to Pd. The low Pd 3d electron density will decrease the adsorption of CH3COads intermediates. As a result, the electrocatalytic activity is enhanced. The onset potential of oxide-rich Pd0.9Cu0.1/C is negative shifted 150 mV compared to Pd/C. The oxide-rich Pd0.9Cu0.1/C also exhibited high stability, which indicated that it is a candidate for the anode of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs.

  6. Cathode Erosion of Graphite and Cu/C Materials in Airarcs

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    ZHANG Chengyu; QIAO Shengru; LIU Yiwen; YANG Zhimao; WANG Yaping; GUO Yong

    2012-01-01

    Cathode erosion of graphite and Cu/C was studied in direct current arcs,which were ignited between two electrodes comprised of two kinds of carbon materials and a tungsten anode in air.The arced zones on the cathode surface were investigated by a scanning electron microscope.Also,the cathode erosion rates of the investigated materials were measured.The results show that two distinct zone can be seen on both cathodes.The eroded area was located at the zone just opposite to the anode and surrounded by a white zone.The arced surface on the Cu/C containing 9.3 % Cu is rougher than that of the pure graphite.Many particles with various sizes distributed on the Cu/C.The vaporization of Cu can lower the surface temperature and reduce the cathode erosion.Therefore,the cathode erosion rate of the Cu/C is lower than that of the pure graphite.

  7. Highly conductive freestanding graphene films as anode current collectors for flexible lithium-ion batteries.

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    Rana, Kuldeep; Singh, Jyoti; Lee, Jeong-Taik; Park, Jong Hyeok; Ahn, Jong-Hyun

    2014-07-23

    The electrodes in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are typically films that are arranged on metal foil current collectors with a thickness of several tens of μm. Here, we report on the preparation of a thick free-standing graphene film synthesized by CVD as an alternative to Cu foil as an anode current collector. As a model system, MoS2 anodes with a flower-like morphology were anchored onto the surface of the thick graphene film. A hybrid and binder free anode without a conventional metal current collector exhibited an excellent capacity value of around 580 mAh/g (@50 mA/g) and reasonable charge/discharge cyclability. The work presented here may stimulate the use of graphene films as replacements for conventional current collectors and additive free electrode in LIBs.

  8. A Comparative Study on SiC-B4C-Si Cermet Prepared by Pressureless Sintering and Spark Plasma Sintering Methods

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    Sahani, P.; Karak, S. K.; Mishra, B.; Chakravarty, D.; Chaira, D.

    2016-06-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-boron carbide (B4C) based cermets were doped with 5, 10, and 20 wt pct Silicon (Si) and their sinterability and properties were investigated for conventional sintering at 2223 K (1950 °C) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 1623 K (1350 °C). An average particle size of ~3 µm was obtained after 10 hours of milling. There is an enhancement of Vickers microhardness in the 10 wt pct Si sample from 18.10 in conventional sintering to 27.80 GPa for SPS. The relative density, microhardness, and indentation fracture toughness of the composition SiC60(B4C)30Si10 fabricated by SPS are 98 pct, 27.80 GPa, and 3.8 MPa m1/2, respectively. The novelty of the present study is to tailor the wettability and ductility of the cermet by addition of Si into the SiC-B4C matrix. Better densification with improved properties is achieved for cermets consolidated by SPS at lower temperatures than conventional sintering.

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

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting properties of the materials were determined from service tests in which continuous machining of C45E steel was carried out. The hardness of the substrate and the microhardness of the coatings were determined with a DUH 202 SHIMADZU ultra microhardness tester with a load of 70 mN. Roughness tests were also carried out before applying the coatings and after the PVD process. Cutting tests confirmed the advantages of the TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN type coatings obtained using the PVD method in the CAE mode on cemented carbides and cermets, as a material that undergoes very low abrasive, thermal and adhesion wear. These coatings extend tool life compared to commercially available uncoated tools with single and multi-layer coatings deposited using PVD/CVD methods.

  10. Anodic polarographic determination of flucloxacillin.

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    Squella, J A; Silva, M M; Nuñez-Vergara, L J

    1981-11-01

    The hydrolysis of flucloxacillin at pH 4.9 yields a degradation product which is polarographically oxidizable. This derivative has not been identified, but would seem to contain a thiol group. It gives a diffusion-controlled anodic polarographic wave with a half-wave potential at -0.24 V vs. SCE. The method developed has been applied to the analysis of flucloxacillin capsules, and a recovery of 99% has been obtained.

  11. Reactions on carbon anodes in aluminium electrolysis

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    Eidet, Trygve

    1997-12-31

    The consumption of carbon anodes and energy in aluminium electrolysis is higher than what is required theoretically. This thesis studies the most important of the reactions that consume anode materials. These reactions are the electrochemical anode reaction and the airburn and carboxy reactions. The first part of the thesis deals with the kinetics and mechanism of the electrochemical anode reaction using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The second part deals with air and carboxy reactivity of carbon anodes and studies the effects of inorganic impurities on the reactivity of carbon anodes in the aluminium industry. Special attention is given to sulphur since its effect on the carbon gasification is not well understood. Sulphur is always present in anodes, and it is expected that the sulphur content of available anode cokes will increase in the future. It has also been suggested that sulphur poisons catalyzing impurities in the anodes. Other impurities that were investigated are iron, nickel and vanadium, which are common impurities in anodes which have been reported to catalyze carbon gasification. 88 refs., 92 figs., 24 tabs.

  12. Elemental and Chemical Mapping of High Capacity Intermetallic Li-ion Anodes with Transmission X-ray Microscopy

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    Ausderau, Logan J.; Gonzalez Malabet, Hernando J.; Buckley, Joseph R.; De Andrade, Vincent; Liu, Yijin; Nelson, George J.

    2017-09-01

    X-ray nanotomography has been applied toward the three-dimensional (3D) imaging of a Li-ion battery alloy anode material (Cu6Sn5), and subsequent segmentation and analysis has been performed to distinguish the alloy material from its constituent components. Follow-on x-ray absorption near edge structure imaging was performed yielding absorption spectra for Cu, Cu6Sn5, and Li2CuSn. Analyses based on these spectra were performed on two-dimensional (2D) images of samples from cycled electrodes to assess chemical composition in Cu-containing phases. The capability to distinguish the different materials within mixed samples suggests that microstructure and composition changes resulting from lithiation and delithiation in Cu6Sn5 may be observed and better understood with 3D x-ray imaging methods. These methods are expected to be applicable to other intermetallic tin alloy electrodes.

  13. Self-ordered nanopore arrays through hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp

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    Mohammadniaei, M.; Maleki, K.; Kashi, M. Almasi; Ramezani, A.; Mayamei, Y.

    2016-10-01

    In the present work, hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp was employed to fabricate self-ordered nanoporous alumina in the wide range of interpore distances (259-405 nm) in pure oxalic acid and mixture of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions. Anode temperature ramp technique was employed to adjust the anodization current density to optimize the self-ordering of the nanopore arrays in the interpore range in which no ordered self-assembled hard anodized anodic aluminum oxide has reported. It is found that the certain ratios of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions in this anodization technique increased self-ordering of the nanopores especially for anodization voltages over the 170 V by increasing alumina's viscous flow which could lead to decrease the overall current density of anodization, yet leveled up by anode temperature ramp. However, below 150 V anodization voltage, the ratio of interpore distance to the anodization voltage of the both anodization techniques was the same (~2 nm/V), while above this voltage, it increased to about 2.2 nm/V.

  14. Analysis of peel strength of consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide and a copper foil laminate composite

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    Shin, Hyeong-Won; Lee, Hyo-Soo; Jung, Seung-Boo

    2017-01-01

    Laminate composites consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide, and copper foil have been used as heat-spreader materials for high-power light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These composites are comparable to the conventional structure comprising an aluminum sheet, epoxy adhesives, and copper foil. The peel strength between the copper foil and anodic aluminum oxide should be more than 1.0 kgf/cm in order to be applied in high-power LED products. We investigated the effect of the anodic aluminum oxide morphology and heat-treatment conditions on the peel strength of the composites. We formed an anodic aluminum oxide layer on a 99.999% pure aluminum sheet using electrochemical anodization. A Ti/Cu seed layer was formed using the sputtering direct bonding copper process in order to form a copper circuit layer on the anodic aluminum oxide layer by electroplating. The developed heat spreader, composed of an aluminum layer, anodic aluminum oxide, and a copper circuit layer, showed peel strengths ranging from 1.05 to 3.45 kgf/cm, which is very suitable for high-power LED applications.

  15. Effect of Copper and Silicon on Al-5%Zn Alloy as a Candidate Low Voltage Sacrificial Anode

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    Pratesa, Yudha; Ferdian, Deni; Togina, Inez

    2017-05-01

    One common method used for corrosion protection is a sacrificial anode. Sacrificial anodes that usually employed in the marine environment are an aluminum alloy sacrificial anode, especially Al-Zn-In. However, the electronegativity of these alloys can cause corrosion overprotection and stress cracking (SCC) on a high-strength steel. Therefore, there is a development of the sacrificial anode aluminum low voltage to reduce the risk of overprotection. The addition of alloying elements such as Cu, Si, and Ge will minimize the possibility of overprotection. This study was conducted to analyze the effect of silicon and copper addition in Al-5Zn. The experiment started from casting the sacrificial anode aluminum uses electrical resistance furnace in a graphite crucible in 800°C. The results alloy was analyzed using Optical emission spectroscopy (OES), Differential scanning calorimetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and metallography. Aluminum alloy with the addition of a copper alloy is the most suitable and efficient to serve as a low-voltage sacrificial anode aluminum. Charge transfer resistivity of copper is smaller than silicon which indicates that the charge transfer between the metal and the electrolyte is easier t to occur. Also, the current potential values in coupling with steel are also in the criteria range of low-voltage aluminum sacrificial anodes.

  16. Interfacial engineering of solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) cermets towards thermodynamically stable, anti-oxidation solar selective absorbers

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

    2016-04-01

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

  17. New anodizing process for magnesium alloys

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    LUO Sheng-lian; DAI Lei; ZHOU Hai-hui; CHAI Li-yuan; KUANG Ya-fei

    2006-01-01

    Compact anodic films with high hardness and good corrosion resistance on magnesium alloys were prepared by a new constant voltage and arc-free anodizing process. The effects of anodizing parameters such as applied voltage and electrolyte temperature on the peak current density and the thickness of films were investigated. In addition, the morphologies and corrosion resistance of films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and potentiodynamic polarization, respectively. The results show that the higher the applied voltage, the higher the peak current density and the thicker the films. However, too high applied voltage may result in breakdown of films and intense sparking which may deteriorate the properties of the anodic films and bring about unsafety. The new anodizing process can be applied in a wide range of temperature. The new anodic films have numbers of pores with the diameter of 0.5 - 5.0 μm which do not transverse the entire film.

  18. Dual-Phase Lithium Metal Anode Containing a Polysulfide-Induced Solid Electrolyte Interphase and Nanostructured Graphene Framework for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Cheng, Xin-Bing; Peng, Hong-Jie; Huang, Jia-Qi; Zhang, Rui; Zhao, Chen-Zi; Zhang, Qiang

    2015-06-23

    Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, with a theoretical energy density of 2600 Wh kg(-1), are a promising platform for high-energy and cost-effective electrochemical energy storage. However, great challenges such as fast capacity degradation and safety concerns prevent it from widespread application. With the adoption of Li metal as the anode, dendritic and mossy metal depositing on the negative electrode during repeated cycles leads to serious safety concerns and low Coulombic efficiency. Herein, we report a distinctive graphene framework structure coated by an in situ formed solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) with Li depositing in the pores as the anode of Li-S batteries. The graphene-based metal anode demonstated a superior dendrite-inhibition behavior in 70 h of lithiation, while the cell with a Cu foil based metal anode was short-circuited after only 4 h of lithiation at 0.5 mA cm(-2). The graphene-modified Li anode with SEI induced by the polysulfide-containing electrolyte improved the Coulombic efficiency to ∼97% for more than 100 cycles, while the control sample with Cu foil as the current collector exhibited huge fluctuations in Coulombic efficiency. The unblocked ion pathways and high electron conductivities of frameworks in the modified metal anode led to the rapid transfer of Li ions through the SEI and endowed the anode framework with an ion conductivity of 7.81 × 10(-2) mS cm(-1), nearly quintuple that of the Cu foil based Li metal anode. Besides, the polarization in the charge-discharge process was halved to 30 mV. The stable and efficient Li deposition was maintained after 2000 cycles. Our results indicated that nanoscale interfacial electrode engineering could be a promising strategy to tackle the intrinsic problems of lithium metal anodes, thus improving the safety of Li-S cells.

  19. Electrochemical detection of copper ions leached from CuO nanoparticles in saline buffers and biological media using a gold wire working electrode

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    Baldisserri, Carlo; Costa, Anna Luisa

    2016-04-01

    We performed explorative cyclic voltammetry in phosphate-buffered saline buffers, Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM), and fetal bovine serum-added DMEM using Au wire as working electrode, both in the absence and in the presence of known nominal concentrations of Cu2+ ions or 15 nm CuO nanoparticles. Addition of either Cu2+ ions or aqueous suspension of CuO nanoparticles caused a single anodic peak to appear in the double-layer region of all three pristine media. The height of the anodic peak was found to increase in a monotonic fashion vs. Cu2+ concentration in Cu2+-added media, and versus time since CuO addition in CuO-added media. Stepwise addition of glycine to Cu2+-added phosphate-buffered saline buffer caused an increasing cathodic shift of the anodic peak accompanied by decreasing peak currents. Results indicate that preparing Cu2+-free suspensions of CuO nanoparticles in such media is difficult, owing to the presence of leached copper ions. The implications on results of experiments in which CuO nanoparticle-added biological media are used as cell culture substrates are discussed. Literature data on the interactions between Cu2+ ions, dissolved carbon dioxide in aqueous CuO suspensions, and amino acids present in such media are compared to our results.

  20. Ultraviolet-ozone-treated PEDOT:PSS as anode buffer layer for organic solar cells.

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    Su, Zisheng; Wang, Lidan; Li, Yantao; Zhao, Haifeng; Chu, Bei; Li, Wenlian

    2012-08-17

    Ultraviolet-ozone-treated poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)was used as the anode buffer layer in copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene-based solar cells. The power conversion efficiency of the cells with appropriated UV-ozone treatment was found to increase about 20% compared to the reference cell. The improved performance is attributed to the increased work function of the PEDOT:PSS layer, which improves the contact condition between PEDOT:PSS and CuPc, hence increasing the extraction efficiency of the photogenerated holes and decreasing the recombination probability of holes and electrons in the active organic layers.

  1. Structural engineering of nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide by pulse anodization of aluminium.

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    Lee, Woo; Schwirn, Kathrin; Steinhart, Martin; Pippel, Eckhard; Scholz, Roland; Gösele, Ulrich

    2008-04-01

    Nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide has traditionally been made in one of two ways: mild anodization or hard anodization. The first method produces self-ordered pore structures, but it is slow and only works for a narrow range of processing conditions; the second method, which is widely used in the aluminium industry, is faster, but it produces films with disordered pore structures. Here we report a novel approach termed "pulse anodization" that combines the advantages of the mild and hard anodization processes. By designing the pulse sequences it is possible to control both the composition and pore structure of the anodic aluminium oxide films while maintaining high throughput. We use pulse anodization to delaminate a single as-prepared anodic film into a stack of well-defined nanoporous alumina membrane sheets, and also to fabricate novel three-dimensional nanostructures.

  2. Anodizing And Sealing Aluminum In Nonchromated Solutions

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    Emmons, John R.; Kallenborn, Kelli J.

    1995-01-01

    Improved process for anodizing and sealing aluminum involves use of 5 volume percent sulfuric acid in water as anodizing solution, and 1.5 to 2.0 volume percent nickel acetate in water as sealing solution. Replaces process in which sulfuric acid used at concentrations of 10 to 20 percent. Improved process yields thinner coats offering resistance to corrosion, fatigue life, and alloy-to-alloy consistency equal to or superior to those of anodized coats produced with chromated solutions.

  3. Anodic Materials for Electrocatalytic Ozone Generation

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    Yun-Hai Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ozone has wide applications in various fields. Electrocatalytic ozone generation technology as an alternative method to produce ozone is attractive. Anodic materials have significant effect on the ozone generation efficiency. The research progress on anodic materials for electrocatalytic ozone generation including the cell configuration and mechanism is addressed in this review. The lead dioxide and nickel-antimony-doped tin dioxide anode materials are introduced in detail, including their structure, property, and preparation. Advantages and disadvantages of different anode materials are also discussed.

  4. The anodization synthesis of copper oxide nanosheet arrays and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Shu, Xia; Zheng, Hongmei; Xu, Guangqing; Zhao, Jiebo; Cui, Lihua; Cui, Jiewu; Qin, Yongqiang; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Yong; Wu, Yucheng

    2017-08-01

    We studied the growth of copper oxide nanosheet arrays on copper foil via a simple anodization method. The structures, morphologies, and elemental compositions of the specimens were characterized with an X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscope, and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. The copper oxide (Cu2O and CuO) nanosheet arrays were comprised of 30-nm-thick nanosheets that stand vertically on the Cu substrate. The anodizing parameters, such as the current density, temperature, and polyethylene glycol concentration, were optimized to obtain the regular nanosheet arrays. The optical absorption properties of the anodized products were evaluated using a diffuse reflectance spectrometer, and broad and strong optical absorption bands arising from the UV to visible region were observed. The photoelectrochemical performance of the nanosheet arrays was measured with chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry on an electrochemical workstation equipped with a Xe lamp (wavelength >400 nm). A negative photocurrent was obtained due to the p-type semiconductor of the copper oxides. The copper oxide nanosheet arrays achieve the highest photocurrent of 0.4 mA/cm2 at the current density of 1.0 A/dm2, temperature of 70 °C, and polyethylene glycol concentration of 0.5 g/L.

  5. Modulation of Transmission Spectra of Anodized Alumina Membrane Distributed Bragg Reflector by Controlling Anodization Temperature

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    Zheng WenJun

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We have successfully prepared anodized alumina membrane distributed Bragg reflector (DBR using electrochemical anodization method. The transmission peak of this distributed Bragg reflector could be easily and effectively modulated to cover almost any wavelength range of the whole visible spectrum by adjusting anodization temperature.

  6. Anodically bonded submicron microfluidic chambers.

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    Dimov, S; Bennett, R G; Córcoles, A; Levitin, L V; Ilic, B; Verbridge, S S; Saunders, J; Casey, A; Parpia, J M

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of anodic bonding to fabricate cells with characteristic size as large as 7 x 10 mm(2), with height of approximately 640 nm, and without any internal support structure. The cells were fabricated from Hoya SD-2 glass and silicon wafers, each with 3 mm thickness to maintain dimensional stability under internal pressure. Bonding was carried out at 350 degrees C and 450 V with an electrode structure that excluded the electric field from the open region. We detail fabrication and characterization steps and also discuss the design of the fill line for access to the cavity.

  7. Anodically bonded submicron microfluidic chambers

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    Dimov, S.; Bennett, R. G.; Córcoles, A.; Levitin, L. V.; Ilic, B.; Verbridge, S. S.; Saunders, J.; Casey, A.; Parpia, J. M.

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of anodic bonding to fabricate cells with characteristic size as large as 7×10 mm2, with height of ≈640 nm, and without any internal support structure. The cells were fabricated from Hoya SD-2 glass and silicon wafers, each with 3 mm thickness to maintain dimensional stability under internal pressure. Bonding was carried out at 350 °C and 450 V with an electrode structure that excluded the electric field from the open region. We detail fabrication and characterization steps and also discuss the design of the fill line for access to the cavity.

  8. Anodization process produces opaque, reflective coatings on aluminum

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    1965-01-01

    Opaque, reflective coatings are produced on aluminum articles by an anodizing process wherein the anodizing bath contains an aqueous dispersion of finely divided insoluble inorganic compounds. These particles appear as uniformly distributed occlusions in the anodic deposit on the aluminum.

  9. Catalytic modification of conventional SOFC anodes with a view to reducing their activity for direct internal reforming of natural gas

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    Boder, M.; Dittmeyer, R. [Research Group Technical Chemistry, Karl-Winnacker-Institut, DECHEMA e.V., Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, D-60486 Frankfurt (Germany)

    2006-04-18

    When using natural gas as fuel for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), direct internal reforming lowers the requirement for cell cooling and, theoretically, offers advantages with respect to capital cost and efficiency. The high metal content of a nickel/zirconia anode and the high temperature, however, cause the endothermic reforming reaction to take place very fast. The resulting drop of temperature at the inlet produces thermal stresses, which may lower the system efficiency and limit the stack lifetime. To reduce the reforming rate without lowering the electrochemical activity of the cell, a wet impregnation procedure for modifying conventional cermets by coverage with a less active metal was developed. As the coating material copper was chosen. Copper is affordable, catalytically inert for the reforming reaction and exhibits excellent electronic conductivity. The current density-voltage characteristics of the modified units showed that it is possible to maintain a good electrochemical performance of the cells despite the catalytic modification. A copper to nickel ratio of 1:3 resulted in a strong diminution of the catalytic reaction rate. This indicates that the modification could be a promising method to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells with direct internal reforming of hydrocarbons. (author)

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

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

    2015-08-30

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

  11. Microscopic Examination of Cold Spray Cermet Sn+In2O3 Coatings for Sputtering Target Materials

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    M. Winnicki

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Low-pressure cold spraying is a newly developed technology with high application potential. The aim of this study was to investigate potential application of this technique for producing a new type of transparent conductive oxide films target. Cold spraying technique allows the manufacture of target directly on the backing plate; therefore the proposed sputtering target has a form of Sn+In2O3 coating sprayed onto copper substrate. The microstructure and properties of the feedstock powder prepared using three various methods as well as the deposited ones by low-pressure cold spraying coatings were evaluated, compared, and analysed. Produced cermet Sn+In2O3 targets were employed in first magnetron sputtering process to deposit preliminary, thin, transparent conducting oxide films onto the glass substrates. The resistivity of obtained preliminary films was measured and allows believing that fabrication of TCO (transparent conducting oxide films using targets produced by cold spraying is possible in the future, after optimization of the deposition conditions.

  12. Growth behavior of anodic oxide formed by aluminum anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid electrolytes

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    Nakajima, Daiki; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Natsui, Shungo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    The growth behavior of anodic oxide films formed via anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid solutions was investigated based on the acid dissociation constants of electrolytes. High-purity aluminum foils were anodized in glutaric, ketoglutaric, and acetonedicarboxylic acid solutions under various electrochemical conditions. A thin barrier anodic oxide film grew uniformly on the aluminum substrate by glutaric acid anodizing, and further anodizing caused the film to breakdown due to a high electric field. In contrast, an anodic porous alumina film with a submicrometer-scale cell diameter was successfully formed by ketoglutaric acid anodizing at 293 K. However, the increase and decrease in the temperature of the ketoglutaric acid resulted in non-uniform oxide growth and localized pitting corrosion of the aluminum substrate. An anodic porous alumina film could also be fabricated by acetonedicarboxylic acid anodizing due to the relatively low dissociation constants associated with the acid. Acid dissociation constants are an important factor for the fabrication of anodic porous alumina films.

  13. Increased chondrocyte adhesion on nanotubular anodized titanium.

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    Burns, Kevin; Yao, Chang; Webster, Thomas J

    2009-03-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated increased osteoblast (bone-forming cells) functions (including adhesion, synthesis of intracellular collagen, alkaline phosphatase activity, and deposition of calcium-containing minerals) on titanium anodized to possess nanometer features compared with their unanodized counterparts. Such titanium materials were anodized to possess novel nanotubes also capable of drug delivery. Since titanium has not only experienced wide spread commercial use in orthopedic but also in cartilage applications, the objective of the present in vitro study was for the first time to investigate chondrocyte (cartilage synthesizing cells) functions on titanium anodized to possess nanotubes. For this purpose, titanium was anodized in dilute hydrofluoric acid at 20 V for 20 min. Results showed increased chondrocyte adhesion on anodized titanium with nanotube structures compared with unanodized titanium. Importantly, the present study also provided evidence why. Since material characterization studies revealed significantly greater nanometer roughness and similar chemistry as well as crystallinity between nanotubular anodized and unanodized titanium, the results of the present study highlight the importance of the nanometer roughness provided by anodized nanotubes on titanium for enhancing chondrocyte adhesion. In this manner, the results of the present in vitro study indicated that anodization might be a promising quick and inexpensive method to modify the surface of titanium-based implants to induce better chondrocyte adhesion for cartilage applications.

  14. Underpotential deposition and anodic stripping voltammetry at mesoporous microelectrodes.

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    Sanchez, Pablo Lozano; Elliott, Joanne M

    2005-05-01

    Using the technique of liquid crystal templating a series of high surface area mesoporous platinum microelectrodes was fabricated. The underpotential deposition of metal ions at such electrodes was found to be similar to that at conventional platinum electrodes. The phenomena of underpotential deposition, in combination with the intrinsic properties of mesoporous microelectrodes (i.e. a high surface area and efficient mass transport) was exploited for the purpose of anodic stripping voltammetry. In particular the underpotential deposition of Ag(+), Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) ions was investigated and it was found that mesoporous microelectrodes were able to quantify the concentration of ions in solution down to the ppb range. The overall behaviour of the mesoporous electrodes was found to be superior to that of conventional microelectrodes and the effects of interference by surfactants were minimal.

  15. Downscaled anodic oxidation process for aluminium in oxalic acid

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    Sieber, M.; Morgenstern, R.; Kuhn, D.; Hackert-Oschätzchen, M.; Schubert, A.; Lampke, T.

    2017-03-01

    The increasing multi-functionality of parts and assemblies in several fields of engineering demands, amongst others, highly functionalised surfaces. For the different applications, on the one hand, there is a need to scale up surface modification processes originating in the nano- and micro-scale. On the other hand, conventional macro-scale surface refinement methods offer a huge potential for application in the said nano- and micro-scale. The anodic oxidation process, which is established especially for aluminium and its alloys, allows the formation of oxide ceramic layers on the surface. The build-up of an oxide ceramic coating comes along with altered chemical, tribological and electrical surface properties. As a basis for further investigations regarding the use of the anodic oxidation process for micro-scale-manufacturing, the scale effects of oxalic acid anodising on commercially pure aluminium as well as on the AlZn5.5MgCu alloy are addressed in the present work. The focus is on the amount of oxide formed during a potentiostatic process in relation to the exchanged amount of charge. Further, the hardness of the coating as an integral measure to assess the porous oxide structure is approached by nano-indentation technique.

  16. Development of a low energy ion source with multicapillary anode

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    Ogawa, Soichi; Okamoto, Akio; Takiguchi, Katsumi; Yoshitake, Masaaki; Nosaka, Toshikazu; Fukui, Shigeo; Ueno, Tsutomu

    1989-02-01

    A new type of hot cathode ion source which has a multicapillary anode and a discharge stabilizer electrode has been developed. There are two special features in this ion source. The gaseous flow is intense and of the collimated beam type, because it is introduced through the multicapillary anode. A high ion current density ( > 5 mA/cm 2) can be obtained because discharge in high vacuum can continue with the help of the stabilizer electrode. At a stabilizer voltage ( Vs) of 50 V, ion current densities of 2.2 and 6.1 mA/cm 2 were obtained at acceleration voltages ( Vacc) of 20 and 200 V, respectively. The ion energy was dependent on Vd, and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of its distribution was less than 15 eV. Cu films were etched by this ion source. The etching rate ( Er) was 150 Å/min at Vacc = 100 V. The relationship between the etching rate and Vacc was represented by Er ∝ ( Vacc) α. The values of α were 2.0 in the region of Vacc ≤ 100 V and 1.0 for Vacc ≥ 100 V.

  17. Enhanced stability of Zr-doped Ba(CeTb)O3−δ-Ni cermet membrane for hydrogen separation

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    Wei, Yanying; Xue, Jian; Fang, Wei; Chen, Yan; Wang, Haihui; Caro, Jürgen

    2015-01-01

    A mixed protonic and electronic conductor material BaCe0.85Tb0.05Zr0.1O3−δ (BCTZ) is prepared and a Ni-BCTZ cermet membrane is synthesized for hydrogen separation. Stable hydrogen permeation fluxes can be obtained for over 100 h through the Ni-BCTZ membrane in both dry and humid conditions, which exhibits an excellent stability compared with Ni-BaCe0.95Tb0.05O3−δ membrane due to the Zr doping.

  18. The Nitrogen-Nitride Anode.

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    Delnick, Frank M.

    2014-10-01

    Nitrogen gas N 2 can be reduced to nitride N -3 in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic salt electrolyte. However, the direct oxidation of N -3 back to N 2 is kinetically slow and only occurs at high overvoltage. The overvoltage for N -3 oxidation can be eliminated by coordinating the N -3 with BN to form the dinitridoborate (BN 2 -3 ) anion which forms a 1-D conjugated linear inorganic polymer with -Li-N-B-N- repeating units. This polymer precipitates out of solution as Li 3 BN 2 which becomes a metallic conductor upon delithiation. Li 3 BN 2 is oxidized to Li + + N 2 + BN at about the N 2 /N -3 redox potential with very little overvoltage. In this report we evaluate the N 2 /N -3 redox couple as a battery anode for energy storage.

  19. Anodizing of High Electrically Stressed Components

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    Flores, P. [NSTec; Henderson, D. J. [NSTec; Good, D. E. [NSTec; Hogge, K. [NSTec; Mitton, C. V. [NSTec; Molina, I. [NSTec; Naffziger, C. [NSTec; Codova, S. R. [SNL; Ormond, E. U. [SNL

    2013-06-01

    Anodizing creates an aluminum oxide coating that penetrates into the surface as well as builds above the surface of aluminum creating a very hard ceramic-type coating with good dielectric properties. Over time and use, the electrical carrying components (or spools in this case) experience electrical breakdown, yielding undesirable x-ray dosages or failure. The spool is located in the high vacuum region of a rod pinch diode section of an x-ray producing machine. Machine operators have recorded decreases in x-ray dosages over numerous shots using the reusable spool component, and re-anodizing the interior surface of the spool does not provide the expected improvement. A machine operation subject matter expert coated the anodized surface with diffusion pump oil to eliminate electrical breakdown as a temporary fix. It is known that an anodized surface is very porous, and it is because of this porosity that the surface may trap air that becomes a catalyst for electrical breakdown. In this paper we present a solution of mitigating electrical breakdown by oiling. We will also present results of surface anodizing improvements achieved by surface finish preparation and surface sealing. We conclude that oiling the anodized surface and using anodized hot dip sealing processes will have similar results.

  20. Use of Both Anode and Cathode Reactions in Wastewater Treatment

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    Brillas, Enric; Sirés, Ignasi; Cabot, Pere LluíS.

    Here, we describe the fundamentals, laboratory experiments, and environmental applications of indirect electrooxidation methods based on H2O2 electrogeneration such as electro-Fenton, photoelectro-Fenton and peroxicoagulation for the treatment of acidic wastewaters containing toxic and recalcitrant organics. These methods are electrochemical advanced oxidation processes that can be used in divided and undivided electrolytic cells in which pollutants are oxidized by hydroxyl radical (•OH) produced from anode and/or cathode reactions. H2O2 is generated from the two-electron reduction of O2 at reticulated vitreous carbon, graphite, carbon-felt, and O2-diffusion cathodes. The most usual method is electro-Fenton where Fe2 + added to the wastewater reacts with electrogenerated H2O2 to yield •OH and Fe3 + from Fenton's reaction. An advantage of this technique is that Fe2 + is continuously regenerated from cathodic reduction of Fe3 +. The characteristics of different electro-Fenton systems where pollutants are simultaneously destroyed by •OH formed in the medium from Fenton's reaction and at the anode surface from water oxidation are explained. The effect of the anode [Pt or boron-doped diamond (BDD)] and cathode (carbon-felt or O2-diffusion) on the degradation rate of persistent industrial by-products, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, etc. is examined. Initial pollutants react much more rapidly with •OH formed in the medium and their degradation sequences are discussed from aromatic intermediates and finally short aliphatic acids are detected. The synergetic positive catalytic effect of Cu2 + on the electro-Fenton process is evidenced. The photoelectro-Fenton method involves the irradiation of the wastewater with UVA light that rapidly photodecomposes complexes of Fe3 + with final carboxylic acids enhancing total decontamination. The peroxicoagulation method uses a sacrificial Fe anode that is continuously oxidized to Fe2 + and organics are either mineralized

  1. Dual-Anode Nickel/Hydrogen Cell

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    Gahn, Randall F.; Ryan, Timothy P.

    1994-01-01

    Use of two hydrogen anodes in nickel/hydrogen cell reduces ohmic and concentration polarizations contributing to internal resistance, yielding cell with improved discharging performance compared to single-anode cell. Dual-anode concept incorporated into nickel/hydrogen cells of individual pressure-vessel type (for use aboard spacecraft) and common pressure-vessel type, for use on Earth to store electrical energy from photovoltaic sources, "uninterruptible" power supplies of computer and telephone systems, electric vehicles, and load leveling on power lines. Also applicable to silver/hydrogen and other metal/gas batteries.

  2. Anode readout for pixellated CZT detectors

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    Narita, Tomohiko; Grindlay, Jonathan E.; Hong, Jaesub; Niestemski, Francis C.

    2004-02-01

    Determination of the photon interaction depth offers numerous advantages for an astronomical hard X-ray telescope. The interaction depth is typically derived from two signals: anode and cathode, or collecting and non-collecting electrodes. We present some preliminary results from our depth sensing detectors using only the anode pixel signals. By examining several anode pixel signals simultaneously, we find that we can estimate the interaction depth, and get sub-pixel 2-D position resolution. We discuss our findings and the requirements for future ASIC development.

  3. Magnesium anode for chloride ion batteries.

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    Zhao, Xiangyu; Li, Qiang; Zhao-Karger, Zhirong; Gao, Ping; Fink, Karin; Shen, Xiaodong; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2014-07-23

    A key advantage of chloride ion battery (CIB) is its possibility to use abundant electrode materials that are different from those in Li ion batteries. Mg anode is presented as such a material for the first time and Mg/C composite prepared by ball milling of Mg and carbon black powders or thermally decomposed MgH2/C composite has been tested as anode for CIB. The electrochemical performance of FeOCl/Mg and BiOCl/Mg was investigated, demonstrating the feasibility of using Mg as anode.

  4. Electronic structures, elastic properties, and minimum thermal conductivities of cermet M{sub 3}AlN

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    Wang, Jin [Faculty of Materials and Energy, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Key Laboratory of Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Chen, ZhiQian, E-mail: chen_zq@swu.edu.cn [Faculty of Materials and Energy, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Li, ChunMei; Li, Feng; Nie, ChaoYin [Faculty of Materials and Energy, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China)

    2014-08-15

    The electronic structures and elastic anisotropies of cubic Ti{sub 3}AlN, Zr{sub 3}AlN, and Hf{sub 3}AlN are investigated by pseudopotential plane-wave method based on density functional theory. At the Fermi level, the electronic structures of these compounds are successive with no energy gap between conduct and valence bands, and exhibit metallicity in ground states. In valence band of each partial density of states, the different orbital electrons indicate interaction of corresponding atoms. In addition, the anisotropy of Hf{sub 3}AlN is found to be significantly different from that of Ti{sub 3}AlN and Zr{sub 3}AlN, which involve the differences in the bonding strength. It is notable that Hf{sub 3}AlN is a desired thermal barrier material with the lowest thermal conductivity at high temperature among the three compounds. - Graphical abstract: 1.Young's moduli of anti-perovskite Ti{sub 3}AlN, Zr{sub 3}AlN, and Hf{sub 3}AlN in full space. 2.Electron density differences on crystal planes (1 0 0), (2 0 0), and (1 1 0) of anti-perovskite Zr{sub 3}AlN. - Highlights: • We calculated three anti-perovskite cermets with first-principles theory. • We illustrated 3D Young modulus and found the anomalous anisotropy. • We explained the anomaly and calculated the minimum thermal conductivities.

  5. Controlling the antibacterial activity of CuSn thin films by varying the contents of Sn

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    Kang, Yujin; Park, Juyun; Kim, Dong-Woo; Kim, Hakjun; Kang, Yong-Cheol

    2016-12-01

    We investigated antibacterial activity of CuSn thin films against Gram positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). CuSn thin films with different Cu to Sn ratios were deposited on Si(100) by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method using Cu and Sn metal anodes. The film thickness was fixed at 200 nm by varying the sputtering time and RF power on the metal targets. The antibacterial test was conducted in various conditions such as different contact times and Cu to Sn ratios in the CuSn films. The antibacterial activities of CuSn thin films increased as the ratio of Cu and the contact time between the film and bacteria suspension increased execpt in the case of CuSn-83. The oxidation states of Cu and Sn and the chemical composition of CuSn thin films before and after the antibacterial test were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). When the contact time was fixed, the Cu species was further oxidized as the RF power on Cu target increased. The intensity of Sn 3d decreased with increasing Cu ratio. When the sample was fixed, the peak intensity of Sn 3d decreased as the contact time increased due to the permeation of Sn into the cell.

  6. No effect of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the motor cortex on response-related ERPs during a conflict task.

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    Alexander Christian Conley

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS over the motor cortex is considered a potential treatment for motor rehabilitation following stroke and other neurological pathologies. However, both the context under which this stimulation is effective and the underlying mechanisms remain to be determined. In this study, we examined the mechanisms by which anodal tDCS may affect motor performance by recording event-related potentials (ERPs during a cued go/nogo task after anodal tDCS over dominant M1 in young adults (Experiment 1 and both dominant and non-dominant M1 in old adults (Experiment 2. In both experiments, anodal tDCS had no effect on either response time or response-related ERPs, including the cue-locked contingent negative variation (CNV and both target-locked and response-locked lateralised readiness potentials (LRP. Bayesian model selection analyses showed that, for all measures, the null effects model was stronger than a model including anodal tDCS vs. sham. We conclude that anodal tDCS has no effect on response time or response-related ERPs during a cued go/nogo task in either young or old adults.

  7. A rapid one-step electrodeposition process for fabrication of superhydrobic surfaces on anode and cathode

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    郝丽梅; 闫小乐; 解忧; 张涛; 陈志

    2016-01-01

    This work presents a method to solve the weak solubility of zinc chloride (ZnCl2) in the ethanol by adding some reasonable water into an ethanol electrolyte containing ZnCl2and myristic acid (CH3(CH2)12COOH). A rapid one-step electrodeposition process was developed to fabricate anodic (2.5 min) and cathodic (40 s) superhydrophobic surfaces of copper substrate (contact angle more than 150°) in an aqueous ethanol electrolyte. Morphology, composition, chemical structure and superhydrophobicity of these superhydrophobic surfaces were investigated by SEM, FTIR, XRD, and contact angle measurement, respectively. The results indicate that water ratio of the electrolyte can reduce the required deposition time, superhydrophobic surface needs over 30 min with anhydrous electrolyte, while it needs only 2.5 min with electrolyte including 10 mL water, and the maximum contact angle of anodic surface is 166° and that of the cathodic surface is 168°. Two copper electrode surfaces have different reactions in the process of electrodeposition time, and the anodic copper surface covers copper myristate (Cu[CH3(CH2)12COO]2) and cupric chloride (CuCl); while, zinc myristate (Zn[CH3(CH2)12COO]2) and pure zinc (Zn) appear on the cathodic surface.

  8. Anodic Bonding between LTCC Substrate and Si Substrate with Electrical Connections

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    Matsuzaki, Sakae; Tanaka, Shuji; Esashi, Masayoshi

    This paper describes metal-metal electrical connection simultaneously established with anodic bonding between a LTCC (low temperature cofired ceramic) substrate and a Si substrate. Metal pads are composed of Sn on Cu. Sn melts during anodic bonding, absorbing the height margin of the metal pads to ensure good contact between the LTCC substrate and the Si substrate. This study first investigated formic acid vapor treatment before anodic bonding to remove an oxide layer on the Sn surface. The removal of the oxide layer proceeds at a process temperature of 150°C or higher. By the treatment at 250°C, the surface of the Sn layer is smoothed due to reflow effect, but the multilayer structure of the metal pads does not significantly change after 5 min treatment. The bonded metal pad is almost uniform in both structure and composition throughout its thickness. The composition of the bonded metal pads is approximately Sn : Cu = 1 : 1 in atomic ratio, and might have a remelting temperature of ca. 415°C, which is much higher than a reflow temperature in device mounting process.

  9. Masking of aluminum surface against anodizing

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    Crawford, G. B.; Thompson, R. E.

    1969-01-01

    Masking material and a thickening agent preserve limited unanodized areas when aluminum surfaces are anodized with chromic acid. For protection of large areas it combines well with a certain self-adhesive plastic tape.

  10. Anodic bonding of diamond to glass

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    Fuentes, R. [Materials and Technologies Corp., Poughkeepsie, NY (United States); Trolio, L.M. [Geo-Centers, Inc., Fort Washington, MD (United States); Butler, J.E. [Naval Research Lab., Washington, DC (United States)

    1995-12-31

    A method is described for anodically bonding smooth nanocrystalline diamond films to glass substrates to form extremely flat diamond membranes with the smoothest side available of patterning absorber structures to form masks for proximity focused x-ray lithography.

  11. Copper ferrites@reduced graphene oxide anode materials for advanced lithium storage applications.

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    Wang, Junyong; Deng, Qinglin; Li, Mengjiao; Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Jinzhong; Hu, Zhigao; Chu, Junhao

    2017-08-21

    Copper ferrites are emerging transition metal oxides that have potential applications in energy storage devices. However, it still lacks in-depth designing of copper ferrites based anode architectures with enhanced electroactivity for lithium-ion batteries. Here, we report a facile synthesis technology of copper ferrites anchored on reduced graphene oxide (CuFeO2@rGO and Cu/CuFe2O4@rGO) as the high-performance electrodes. In the resulting configuration, reduced graphene offers continuous conductive channels for electron/ion transfer and high specific surface area to accommodate the volume expansion of copper ferrites. Consequently, the sheet-on-sheet CuFeO2@rGO electrode exhibits a high reversible capacity (587 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 200 mA g(-1)). In particular, Cu/CuFe2O4@rGO hybrid, which combines the advantages of nano-copper and reduced graphene, manifests a significant enhancement in lithium storage properties. It reveals superior rate capability (723 mAh g(-1) at 800 mA g(-1); 560 mAh g(-1) at 3200 mA g(-1)) and robust cycling capability (1102 mAh g(-1) after 250 cycles at 800 mA g(-1)). This unique structure design provides a strategy for the development of multivalent metal oxides in lithium storage device applications.

  12. Comparative study of the fabrication of ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets by spark plasma sintering and conventional vacuum sintering

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    LEI Yan; XIONG Weihao; LIANG Zaiguo; FENG Ping; WANG Zhiwu

    2005-01-01

    Spark plasma sintering (SPS) and conventional vacuum sintering (VS) were employed to fabricate ultrafine Ti(C,N)-based cermets. The shrinkage behavior, microstructure, and porosity and mechanical properties of the samples fabricated by SPS were compared with those of the samples sintered by VS using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, universal testing machine, and rockwell tester. The results are as follows: (1) The shrinkage process occurred mainly in the range of 1000-1300℃ during the VS process, and only a 0.2% linear shrinkage ratio appeared below 800℃;during the SPS process, a 60% dimensional change occurred below 800℃ as a result of pressure action. (2) By utilizing the SPS technique, it is difficult for obtaining fully dense Ti(C,N)-based cermets. Due to the much existence of pores and uncombined carbon, the mechanical properties of the sintered samples by SPS are inferior to sintered ones by VS. (3) grain size of the samples sintered by SPS is still below 0.5 μm, but not by VS; because of low sintering temperature, there are no typical core/rim structures formed in the sintered samples by SPS 1; the main microstructures of the sintered samples by SPS2 are a white core/grey shell structure, whereas by VS show a typical black core/grey shell structure.

  13. Critical tuning of magnetron sputtering process parameters for optimized solar selective absorption of NiCrO{sub x} cermet coatings on aluminium substrate

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    Gaouyat, Lucie, E-mail: lucie.gaouyat@fundp.ac.be [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), 61 rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Mirabella, Frédéric [CRM Group – AC and CS, 57b boulevard de Colonster, B-4000 Liège (Belgium); Deparis, Olivier [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), 61 rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur (Belgium)

    2013-04-15

    NiCrO{sub x} ceramic–metal composites (i.e. cermets) exhibit not only oxidation and moisture resistances, which are very important for industrial applications, but also remarkable solar selective absorption properties. In order to reach the best optical performances with only one coating layer, tuning of the magnetron sputtering process parameters (O{sub 2} flow rate, pressure and deposition time) was performed systematically. The process window turned out to be very narrow implying a critical tuning of the parameters. The optimal operating point was determined for a single layer coating of NiCrO{sub x} on an aluminium substrate, leading to a spectrally integrated solar absorption as high as 78%. Among various material properties, the focus was put on the optical reflectance of the coating/substrate system, which was measured by UV–vis–NIR spectrophotometry. Using complex refractive index data from the literature, the theoretical reflectance spectra were calculated and found to be in good agreement with the measurements. Chemical analysis combined with scanning electronic and atomic force microscopies suggested a cermet structure consisting of metallic Ni particles and a compound matrix made of a mixture of chromium oxide, nickel oxide and nickel hydroxide.

  14. Bond strength of W-Cu/CuCr integrated material

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    范志康; 梁淑华; 薛旭

    2001-01-01

    The bond strength of W-Cu/CuCr integrated material was investigated. The results show that the fracture of W-Cu/CuCr integrated material often takes place at W-Cu/CuCr interface. Some alloying elements enhance the bond of W and CuCr alloy, which results in the increase of the strength of the W-Cu/CuCr interface. And the fracture of the WCu/CuCr integrated material occurs in the CuCr alloy part, not at the W-Cu/CuCr interface. Chromium in CuCr alloy part of the integrated material can improve Cr diffusing from the CuCr alloy to W-Cu composite and can be alloyed (near the W-Cu/CuCr interface) in the W-Cu composite. Thus the strength of W-Cu/CuCr interface is also increased.

  15. Lithium Ion Battery Anode Aging Mechanisms

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    Victor Agubra

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Degradation mechanisms such as lithium plating, growth of the passivated surface film layer on the electrodes and loss of both recyclable lithium ions and electrode material adversely affect the longevity of the lithium ion battery. The anode electrode is very vulnerable to these degradation mechanisms. In this paper, the most common aging mechanisms occurring at the anode during the operation of the lithium battery, as well as some approaches for minimizing the degradation are reviewed.

  16. Lithium Ion Battery Anode Aging Mechanisms

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    Victor Agubra; Jeffrey Fergus

    2013-01-01

    Degradation mechanisms such as lithium plating, growth of the passivated surface film layer on the electrodes and loss of both recyclable lithium ions and electrode material adversely affect the longevity of the lithium ion battery. The anode electrode is very vulnerable to these degradation mechanisms. In this paper, the most common aging mechanisms occurring at the anode during the operation of the lithium battery, as well as some approaches for minimizing the degradation are reviewed.

  17. Ultraviolet photoluminescence of porous anodic alumina films

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    2003-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of porous anodic alumina (PAA) films prepared by using electrochemical anodization technique in a mixed solution of oxalic and sulfuric acid have been investigated. The PAA films have an intensive ultraviolet PL emission around 350 nm, of which a possible PL mechanism has been proposed. It was found that the incorporated oxalic ions, which could transform into PL centers and exist in the PAA films, are responsible for this ultraviolet PL emission.

  18. Anodic growth of titanium dioxide nanostructures

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    2010-01-01

    Disclosed is a method of producing nanostructures of titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) by anodisation of titanium (Ti) in an electrochemical cell, comprising the steps of: immersing a non-conducting substrate coated with a layer of titanium, defined as the anode, in an electrolyte solution...... an electrical contact to the layer of titanium on the anode, where the electrical contact is made in the electrolyte solution...

  19. Relationships between structures and performance of SOFC anodes

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    Klemensø, Trine; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Jacobsen, Torben

    analysis), bulk measurements (porosity, dilatometry, mechanical properties), measurements of the electrical performance (direct current conductivity, impedance spectroscopy), measurements of the redox kinetics (thermo gravimetric analysis, synchrotron), and application of simple models of the layered...... expansion of the cermet structure upon oxidation. The bulk expansion promoted cracking of the electrolyte. The redistribution of the reduced nickel phase was observed to occur as rounding of the particles, and nickel sintering. The degree of sintering depended on the temperature, the composition...

  20. Fibrous zinc anodes for high power batteries

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    Zhang, X. Gregory

    This paper introduces newly developed solid zinc anodes using fibrous material for high power applications in alkaline and large size zinc-air battery systems. The improved performance of the anodes in these two battery systems is demonstrated. The possibilities for control of electrode porosity and for anode/battery design using fibrous materials are discussed in light of experimental data. Because of its mechanical integrity and connectivity, the fibrous solid anode has good electrical conductivity, mechanical stability, and design flexibility for controlling mass distribution, porosity and effective surface area. Experimental data indicated that alkaline cells made of such anodes can have a larger capacity at high discharging currents than commercially available cells. It showed even greater improvement over commercial cells with a non-conventional cell design. Large capacity anodes for a zinc-air battery have also been made and have shown excellent material utilization at various discharge rates. The zinc-air battery was used to power an electric bicycle and demonstrated good results.

  1. Lowering the Operational Voltage of Single-Layer Polymer Electroluminescent Devices by Using CuOx Modifying Indium-Tin Oxide Electrode

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    ZHOU Xin-ran; ZHAO Xin-wen; HU Wen-ping

    2007-01-01

    In this study it is demonstrated that oxygen-plasma-generated CuOx can enhance the holes injection from ITO anode into polymer layer in single-layer polymer EL devices. The possible reason for this enhancement is because the ITO anode modified with CuOx possesses much higher work function than pure ITO anode, which reduces the barrier for hole-injection and further lowers the operational voltage of the polymer EL devices. The work function shift is probable due to the oxygen-plasma-generated CuOx can store more releasable oxygen, and the releasable oxygen in turn changes the oxygen concentration just near ITO surface, which will shift the work function of ITO anode.

  2. An Experimental Investigation of Galvanic Anode Specifications for Suitable Cathodic Corrosion Protection of Low Carbon Steel in Kaduna Metropolitan Soil

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    T.N. Guma

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper stresses corrosion risks from huge underground engineering steel structures within the metropolitan area of Kaduna-a top city in Nigeria. Cathodic protection (CP is examined as an effective, economical and durable method of preventing corrosion of such structures if suitably designed-installed. Variables that can cause wide differences and difficulties in CP designs such as material make, surface area and nature of structure, corrosivity level of environment, etc, are recognized. Some supplementary information that accounts for complexity of such variables which can be used to optimize CP design of the structures was sought experimentally. Relative performances by zinc, pure magnesium and magnesium alloy as common and cheap galvanic anodes were investigated in a laboratory CP of polished bare low carbon steel specimens in soil of surveyed resistivity spectrum 31.9-152.9 ohm-m from the area. Specimens were exposed with and without CP by the anodes at ambient temperature up to 40 days in various samples of the soil. Levels of specimen protections were determined by analysis of obtained information on their corrosion rates and polarized potentials relative to the un-protected ones at 8-day intervals. The analysis indicated that; corrosion of the structures can be optimally reduced to negligible rates by polarizing them to -0.85V versus Cu/CuSO4 electrode with the anodes, pure magnesium is comparatively the best of the anodes for CP of the structures in terms of economy and effectiveness followed by magnesium alloy, and a unit surface area of the anodes can protect up to nearly 1200 units of the structure with the -0.85V protective potential depending on the anode type.

  3. Nanostructures Using Anodic Aluminum Oxide

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    Valmianski, Ilya; Monton, Carlos M.; Pereiro, Juan; Basaran, Ali C.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2013-03-01

    We present two fabrication methods for asymmetric mesoscopic dot arrays over macroscopic areas using anodic aluminum oxide templates. In the first approach, metal is deposited at 45o to the template axis to partially close the pores and produce an elliptical shadow-mask. In the second approach, now underway, nanoimprint lithography on a polymer intermediary layer is followed by reactive ion etching to generate asymmetric pore seeds. Both these techniques are quantified by an analysis of the lateral morphology and lattice of the pores or dots using scanning electron microscopy and a newly developed MATLAB based code (available for free download at http://ischuller.ucsd.edu). The code automatically provides a segmentation of the measured area and the statistics of morphological properties such as area, diameter, and eccentricity, as well as the lattice properties such as number of nearest neighbors, and unbiased angular and radial two point correlation functions. Furthermore, novel user defined statistics can be easily obtained. We will additionally present several applications of these methods to superconducting, ferromagnetic, and organic nanostructures. This work is supported by AFOSR FA9550-10-1-0409

  4. Study on Temperature Filed Simulation During Electro-discharge Machining of TiC/Ni Cermet%TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工温度场仿真研究

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    冯业瑞; 郭永丰; 李宗峰

    2016-01-01

    为深入研究TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工过程,进行了TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工单脉冲放电温度场仿真。建立了TiC/Ni金属陶瓷颗粒随机分布模型,运用ANSYS软件采用生死单元法对TiC/Ni金属陶瓷进行单脉冲温度场仿真研究,并对结果进行了实验验证。结果表明:TiC/Ni金属陶瓷颗粒随机分布模型适于TiC/Ni金属陶瓷电火花加工温度场仿真,且随着峰值电流及脉宽的增大,TiC/Ni金属陶瓷蚀除体积增加,表现为试验时材料蚀除率增加。%To study electro-discharge machining (EDM) process of TiC/Ni cermet ,the temperature field simulation of single pulse EDM of TiC/Ni cermet was carried out ,the randomly distribution model of TiC/Ni cermet particles was established. The single pulse temperature field was simulated using birth-death element method based on ANSYS software. Experimental results verify that the model is suitable for EDM temperature field simulation of TiC/Ni cermet. The results also show that with increase of peak current and pulse-on time ,due to increase of material removal rate ,material removal volume of TiC/Ni cermet increase.

  5. Steam reforming of methanol over copper loaded anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) prepared through electrodeposition

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    Linga Reddy, E.; Karuppiah, J.; Lee, Hyun Chan; Kim, Dong Hyun

    2014-12-01

    In order to study the steam reforming of methanol (SRM) to produce hydrogen for fuel cells, porous γ-alumina support is developed on Al substrate using anodic oxidation process and copper catalyst particles are deposited homogeneously over anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) surface by electrodeposition method. We investigated the effect of electrodeposition time and hot water treatment (HWT) on the activity of catalysts for SRM reaction in the temperature range between 160 and 360 °C. The experimental results indicate that the SRM activity, CO2 and dimethyl ether (DME) selectivity's over Cu catalysts increased as the electrodeposition time increased from 30 to 120 s, further increment in deposition time of Cu have no significant effect on it. The rates of SRM conversion are found to be higher for the catalysts made from the supports obtained after HWT, which may be due to the enhancement in the surface area of AAO support. It is found that the SRM activity and CO2 selectivity strongly depended upon the free exposed copper sites available for methanol adsorption and reaction, and DME in products is mainly observed in the reaction temperature range between 300 and 350 °C and it is higher for the catalysts with low Cu content.

  6. Growth of copper oxide nanocrystals in metallic nanotubes for high performance battery anodes.

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    Zhao, Yuxin; Mu, Shanjun; Sun, Wanfu; Liu, Quanzhen; Li, Yanpeng; Yan, Zifeng; Huo, Ziyang; Liang, Wenjie

    2016-12-08

    A rational integration of 1D metallic nanotubes and oxide nanoparticles has been demonstrated as a viable strategy for the production of both highly stable and efficient anodes for lithium ion batteries. We encapsulated copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles in ultra-long metallic copper nanotubes with engineered interspaces, and explored their electrochemical properties. Such a hierarchical architecture provides three important features: (i) a continuous nanoscale metallic Cu shell to minimize electronic/ionic transmitting impedance; (ii) a unique quasi-one-dimensional structure with a large aspect ratio to reduce self-aggregation; (iii) free space for volume expansion of CuO nanoparticles and stable solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation. The anode materials with such hierarchical structures have high specific capacity (around 600 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 0.1 A g(-1)), excellent cycling stability (over 94% capacity retention after 200 cycles) and superb reversible capacity of 175 mA h g(-1) at a high charging rate of 15 A g(-1).

  7. Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials.

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    Laycock, Christian J; Staniforth, John Z; Ormerod, R Mark

    2011-05-28

    Numerous investigations have been carried out into the conversion of biogas into synthesis gas (a mixture of H(2) + CO) over Ni/YSZ anode cermet catalysts. Biogas is a variable mixture of gases consisting predominantly of methane and carbon dioxide (usually in a 2 : 1 ratio, but variable with source), with other constituents including sulfur-containing gases such as hydrogen sulfide, which can cause sulfur poisoning of nickel catalysts. The effect of temperature on carbon deposition and sulfur poisoning of 90 : 10 mol% Ni/YSZ under biogas conversion conditions has been investigated by carrying out a series of catalytic reactions of methane-rich (2 : 1) CH(4)/CO(2) mixtures in the absence and presence of H(2)S over the temperature range 750-1000 °C. The effect of ceria-doping on carbon dioxide reforming, carbon deposition and sulfur tolerance has also been investigated by carrying out a similar series of reactions over ceria-doped Ni/YSZ. Ceria was doped at 5 mol% of the nickel content to give an anode catalyst composition of 85.5 : 4.5 : 10 mol% Ni/CeO(2)/YSZ. Reactions were followed using quadrupolar mass spectrometry (QMS) and the amount of carbon deposition was analysed by subjecting the reacted catalyst samples to a post-reaction temperature programmed oxidation (TPO). On undoped Ni/YSZ, carbon deposition occurred predominantly through thermal decomposition of methane. Ceria-doping significantly suppressed methane decomposition and at high temperatures simultaneously promoted the reverse Boudouard reaction, significantly lowering carbon deposition. Sulfur poisoning of Ni/YSZ occurred in two phases, the first of which caused the most activity loss and was accelerated on increasing the reaction temperature, while the second phase had greater stability and became more favourable with increasing reaction temperature. Adding H(2)S significantly inhibited methane decomposition, resulting in much less carbon deposition. Ceria-doping significantly increased the sulfur

  8. Anode Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells - Deconvolution of Degradation into Cathode and Anode Contributions

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    Hagen, Anke; Liu, Yi-Lin; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2007-01-01

    The degradation of anode supported cells was studied over 1500 h as function of cell polarization either in air or oxygen on the cathode. Based on impedance analysis, contributions of anode and cathode to the increase of total resistance were assigned. Accordingly, the degradation rates of the ca...

  9. Anodized aluminum on LDEF: A current status of measurements on chromic acid anodized aluminum

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    Golden, Johnny L.

    1992-01-01

    Chromic acid anodize was used as the exterior coating for aluminum surfaces on LDEF to provide passive thermal control. Chromic acid anodized aluminum was also used as test specimens in thermal control coatings experiments. The following is a compilation and analysis of the data obtained thus far.

  10. Facile synthesis of Fe-incorporated CuO nanoarrays with enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium ion full batteries

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    Heng, Bojun [Institute of Nano-science and Technology, Central-China Normal University, Wuhan, 430079 (China); Department of Applied Physics, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430065 (China); Qing, Chen; Wang, Hai; Sun, Daming; Wang, Bixiao [Institute of Nano-science and Technology, Central-China Normal University, Wuhan, 430079 (China); Tang, Yiwen, E-mail: ywtang@phy.ccnu.edu.cn [Institute of Nano-science and Technology, Central-China Normal University, Wuhan, 430079 (China)

    2015-11-15

    CuO nanoarrays (CNAs) and Fe-incorporated CuO nanoarrays (FCNAs) were fabricated by hydrothermal method. Addition of Fe salt to the reaction mixture allowed the introduction of iron oxide onto the CNAs surface, which was characterized by XPS and HRTEM. Introducing Fe ion into reaction precursor significantly affected not only the morphologies of as-prepared products but also their electrochemical performance as anode for lithium ion full battery. The FCNAs electrodes showed higher specific capacity and better capacity retention at different current densities than that of CNAs. - Highlights: • Fe-incorporated CuO nanoarrays were fabricated by hydrothermal method. • Fe salt in reaction mixture leads to iron oxides forming on the surface of CuO. • Fe-incorporating improves the lithium ion battery performance of CuO anodes.

  11. Microstructure, impurity and metal cap effects on Cu electromigration

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    Hu, C.-K.; Gignac, L. G.; Ohm, J.; Breslin, C. M.; Huang, E.; Bonilla, G.; Liniger, E.; Rosenberg, R. [IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (United States); Choi, S.; Simon, A. H. [IBM Microelectronic Division, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (United States)

    2014-06-19

    Electromigration (EM) lifetimes and void growth of pure Cu, Cu(Mn) alloy, and pure Cu damascene lines with a CoWP cap were measured as a function of grain structure (bamboo, near bamboo, and polycrystalline) and sample temperature. The bamboo grains in a bamboo-polycrystalline grained line play the key role in reducing Cu mass flow. The variation in Cu grain size distribution among the wafers was achieved by varying the metal line height and wafer annealing process step after electroplating Cu and before or after chemical mechanical polishing. The Cu grain size was found to have a large impact on Cu EM lifetime and activation energy, especially for the lines capped with CoWP. The EM activation energy for pure Cu with a CoWP cap from near-bamboo, bamboo-polycrystalline, mostly polycrystalline to polycrystalline only line grain structures was reduced from 2.2 ± 0.2 eV, to 1.7 ± 0.1 eV, to 1.5 ± 0.1 eV, to 0.72 ± 0.05 eV, respectively. The effect of Mn in Cu grain boundary diffusion was found to be dependent on Mn concentration in Cu. The depletion of Cu at the cathode end of the Cu(Mn) line is preceded by an incubation period. Unlike pure Cu lines with void growth at the cathode end and hillocks at the anode end of the line, the hillocks grew at a starting position roughly equal to the Blech critical length from the cathode end of the Cu(Mn) polycrystalline line. The effectiveness of Mn on Cu grain boundary migration can also be qualitatively accounted for by a simple trapping model. The free migration of Cu atoms at grain boundaries is reduced by the presence of Mn due to Cu-solute binding. A large binding energy of 0.5 ± 0.1 eV was observed.

  12. The Role of Anode Manufacturing Processes in Net Carbon Consumption

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    Khalil Khaji

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Carbon anodes are consumed in electrolysis cells during aluminum production. Carbon consumption in pre-bake anode cells is 400–450 kg C/t Al, considerably higher than the theoretical consumption of 334 kg C/t Al. This excess carbon consumption is partly due to the anode manufacturing processes. Net carbon consumption over the last three years at Emirates Aluminium (EMAL, also known as Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA Al Taweelah was analyzed with respect to anode manufacturing processes/parameters. The analysis indicates a relationship between net carbon consumption and many manufacturing processes, including anode desulfurization during anode baking. Anode desulfurization appears to increase the reaction surface area, thereby helping the Boudouard reaction between carbon and carbon dioxide in the electrolysis zone, as well as reducing the presence of sulfur which could inhibit this reaction. This paper presents correlations noted between anode manufacturing parameters and baked anode properties, and their impact on the net carbon consumption in electrolytic pots. Anode reactivities affect the carbon consumption in the pots during the electrolysis of alumina. Pitch content in anodes, impurities in anodes, and anode desulfurization during baking were studied to find their influence on anode reactivities. The understanding gained through this analysis helped reduce net carbon consumption by adjusting manufacturing processes. For an aluminum smelter producing one million tonnes of aluminum per year, the annual savings could be as much as US $0.45 million for every kg reduction in net carbon consumption.

  13. New High-Energy Nanofiber Anode Materials

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    Zhang, Xiangwu; Fedkiw, Peter; Khan, Saad; Huang, Alex; Fan, Jiang

    2013-11-15

    The overall goal of the proposed work was to use electrospinning technology to integrate dissimilar materials (lithium alloy and carbon) into novel composite nanofiber anodes, which simultaneously had high energy density, reduced cost, and improved abuse tolerance. The nanofiber structure allowed the anodes to withstand repeated cycles of expansion and contraction. These composite nanofibers were electrospun into nonwoven fabrics with thickness of 50 μm or more, and then directly used as anodes in a lithium-ion battery. This eliminated the presence of non-active materials (e.g., conducting carbon black and polymer binder) and resulted in high energy and power densities. The nonwoven anode structure also provided a large electrode-electrolyte interface and, hence, high rate capacity and good lowtemperature performance capability. Following are detailed objectives for three proposed project periods. • During the first six months: Obtain anodes capable of initial specific capacities of 650 mAh/g and achieve ~50 full charge/discharge cycles in small laboratory scale cells (50 to 100 mAh) at the 1C rate with less than 20 percent capacity fade; • In the middle of project period: Assemble, cycle, and evaluate 18650 cells using proposed anode materials, and demonstrate practical and useful cycle life (750 cycles of ~70% state of charge swing with less than 20% capacity fade) in 18650 cells with at least twice improvement in the specific capacity than that of conventional graphite electrodes; • At the end of project period: Deliver 18650 cells containing proposed anode materials, and achieve specific capacities greater than 1200 mAh/g and cycle life longer than 5000 cycles of ~70% state of charge swing with less than 20% capacity fade.

  14. Anodized Ti3SiC2 As an Anode Material for Li-ion Microbatteries.

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    Tesfaye, Alexander T; Mashtalir, Olha; Naguib, Michael; Barsoum, Michel W; Gogotsi, Yury; Djenizian, Thierry

    2016-07-06

    We report on the synthesis of an anode material for Li-ion batteries by anodization of a common MAX phase, Ti3SiC2, in an aqueous electrolyte containing hydrofluoric acid (HF). The anodization led to the formation of a porous film containing anatase, a small quantity of free carbon, and silica. By varying the anodization parameters, various oxide morphologies were produced. The highest areal capacity was achieved by anodization at 60 V in an aqueous electrolyte containing 0.1 v/v HF for 3 h at room temperature. After 140 cycles performed at multiple applied current densities, an areal capacity of 380 μAh·cm(-2) (200 μA·cm(-2)) has been obtained, making this new material, free of additives and binders, a promising candidate as a negative electrode for Li-ion microbatteries.

  15. Corrosion resistance of benzotriazole passivated Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy in artificial Ringer's solution

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    LIANG Chenghao; CHEN Bangyi; CHEN Wan; WANG Hua

    2005-01-01

    The corrosion resistance of the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy passivated by benzotriazole was investigated by salt spraying test and electrochemical methods in artificial Ringer's solution. The results showed that after benzotriazole passivation, the corrosion resistance of the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy was improved evidently. The anodic polarization current density of the passivated alloy decreased, the mass loss reduced, the anodic passivation accelerated, the anodic active dissolution was inhibited effectively, and the surface tarnishing was restrained. Infrared reflection spectrum test showed that Cu(Ⅰ)-benzoaiazole or Cu(Ⅱ)-benzotriazole complex layer was formed on the surface of the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy after passivation. This layer appeared plane, well adhesion, and presented homogeneous golden metallic luster. The corrosion resistance of the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy passivated by benzotriazole is improved for the formation of an electrochemical stable baffle layer on passivated surface. This layer separates the metal substrate from the outside corrosion medium effectively and retards the corrosion process of dezincification.

  16. Anodizing color coded anodized Ti6Al4V medical devices for increasing bone cell functions

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    Webster TJ

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Alexandra P Ross, Thomas J WebsterSchool of Engineering and Department of Orthopedics, Brown University, Providence, RI, USAAbstract: Current titanium-based implants are often anodized in sulfuric acid (H2SO4 for color coding purposes. However, a crucial parameter in selecting the material for an orthopedic implant is the degree to which it will integrate into the surrounding bone. Loosening at the bone–implant interface can cause catastrophic failure when motion occurs between the implant and the surrounding bone. Recently, a different anodization process using hydrofluoric acid has been shown to increase bone growth on commercially pure titanium and titanium alloys through the creation of nanotubes. The objective of this study was to compare, for the first time, the influence of anodizing a titanium alloy medical device in sulfuric acid for color coding purposes, as is done in the orthopedic implant industry, followed by anodizing the device in hydrofluoric acid to implement nanotubes. Specifically, Ti6Al4V model implant samples were anodized first with sulfuric acid to create color-coding features, and then with hydrofluoric acid to implement surface features to enhance osteoblast functions. The material surfaces were characterized by visual inspection, scanning electron microscopy, contact angle measurements, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Human osteoblasts were seeded onto the samples for a series of time points and were measured for adhesion and proliferation. After 1 and 2 weeks, the levels of alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition were measured to assess the long-term differentiation of osteoblasts into the calcium depositing cells. The results showed that anodizing in hydrofluoric acid after anodizing in sulfuric acid partially retains color coding and creates unique surface features to increase osteoblast adhesion, proliferation, alkaline phosphatase activity, and calcium deposition. In this manner, this study

  17. Porous and mesh alumina formed by anodization of high purity aluminum films at low anodizing voltage

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    Abd-Elnaiem, Alaa M., E-mail: alaa.abd-elnaiem@science.au.edu.eg [KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Mebed, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 2014 (Saudi Arabia); El-Said, Waleed Ahmed [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Abdel-Rahim, M.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt)

    2014-11-03

    Electrochemical oxidation of high-purity aluminum (Al) films under low anodizing voltages (1–10) V has been conducted to obtain anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with ultra-small pore size and inter-pore distance. Different structures of AAO have been obtained e.g. nanoporous and mesh structures. Highly regular pore arrays with small pore size and inter-pore distance have been formed in oxalic or sulfuric acids at different temperatures (22–50 °C). It is found that the pore diameter, inter-pore distance and the barrier layer thickness are independent of the anodizing parameters, which is very different from the rules of general AAO fabrication. The brand formation mechanism has been revealed by the scanning electron microscope study. Regular nanopores are formed under 10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultra-small nanopores. Anodization that is performed at voltages less than 5 V leads to mesh structured alumina. In addition, we have introduced a simple one-pot synthesis method to develop thin walls of oxide containing lithium (Li) ions that could be used for battery application based on anodization of Al films in a supersaturated mixture of lithium phosphate and phosphoric acid as matrix for Li-composite electrolyte. - Highlights: • We develop anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with small pore size and inter-pore distance. • Applying low anodizing voltages onto aluminum film leads to form mesh structures. • The value of anodizing voltage (1–10 V) has no effect on pore size or inter-pore distance. • Applying anodizing voltage less than 5 V leads to mesh structured AAO. • AAO can be used as a matrix for Li-composite electrolytes.

  18. Electroless Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite coatings for bipolar plates of proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Lee, Cheng-Kuo

    2012-12-01

    This study evaluates the effects of an electroless Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite coating on the surface characteristics of anodized 5083 aluminum alloy, including electrical resistivity, corrosion resistance of the alloy in a simulated solution of 0.5 M H2SO4 + 2 ppm NaF in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The co-deposition and adhesion of the composite coatings on a 5083 substrate are enhanced by an anodizing process. The electroless Ni-Cu-P plating solution is prepared by adding different CuSO4·5H2O concentrations into the electroless Ni-P plating solution and adding nano-graphite (15-40 nm) particles to form the Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite coatings. Experimental results indicate that the electroless Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite coating enhances the hardness, conductivity, corrosion resistance of the 5083 substrate in the corrosive solution. The anodizing treatment enhances the electroless composite coatings by providing better uniformity, density, and adhesion compared to substrate without anodizing treatment. The electroless Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite coating deposited on the optimal anodized 5083 substrate at a low CuSO4·5H2O concentration of 0.25 g l-1 with 20 g l-1 nano-graphite added have the best surface structure, highest hardness, electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance. Therefore, this novel electroless Ni-Cu-P/nano-graphite composite-coated 5083 aluminum alloy has potential applications in bipolar plates of PEM fuel cells.

  19. Electric current characteristic of anodic bonding

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    He, Jun; Yang, Fang; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Li; Huang, Xian; Zhang, Dacheng

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, a novel current-time model of anodic bonding is proposed and verified experimentally in order to investigate underlying mechanisms of anodic bonding and to achieve real-time monitoring of bonding procedure. The proposed model provides a thorough explanation for the electric current characteristic of anodic bonding. More significantly, it explains two issues which other models cannot explain. One is the sharp rise in current when a voltage is initially applied during anodic bonding. The other is the unexpected large width of depletion layers. In addition, enlargement of the intimately contacted area during anodic bonding can be obtained from the proposed model, which can be utilized to monitor the bonding process. To verify the proposed model, Borofloat33 glass and silicon wafers were adopted in bonding experiments in SUSS SB6 with five different bonding conditions (350 °C 1200 V 370 °C 1200 V 380 °C 1200 V 380 °C 1000 V and 380 °C 1400 V). The results indicate that the observed current data highly coincide with the proposed current-time model. For widths of depletion layers, depth profiling using secondary ion mass spectrometry demonstrates that the calculated values by the model are basically consistent with the experimental values as well.

  20. Chemical enhancement of metallized zinc anode performance

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    Bennett, J. [J.E. Bennett Consultants, Inc., Chardon, OH (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Galvanic current delivered to reinforced concrete by a metallized zinc anode was studied relative to the humidity of its environment and periodic direct wetting. Current decreased quickly at low humidity to values unlikely to meet accepted cathodic protection criteria, but could be easily restored by direct wetting of the anode. Thirteen chemicals were screened for their ability to enhance galvanic current. Such chemicals, when applied to the exterior surface of the anode, are easily transported by capillary action to the anode-concrete interface where they serve to maintain the interface conductive and the zinc electrochemically active. The most effective chemicals were potassium and lithium bromide, acetate, chloride and nitrate, which increased galvanic current by a factor of 2--15, depending on relative humidity and chloride contamination of the concrete. This new technique is expected to greatly expand the number of concrete structures which can be protected by simple galvanic cathodic protection, The use of lithium-based chemicals together with metallized zinc anode is also proposed for mitigation of existing problems due to ASR. In this case, lithium which prevents or inhibits expansion due to ASR can be readily injected into the concrete. A new process, electrochemical maintenance of concrete (EMC), is also proposed to benefit reinforced concrete structures suffering from chloride-induced corrosion.

  1. Anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Manthiram, Arumugam; Applestone, Danielle; Yoon, Sukeun

    2017-03-21

    The current disclosure relates to an anode material with the general formula M.sub.ySb-M'O.sub.x--C, where M and M' are metals and M'O.sub.x--C forms a matrix containing M.sub.ySb. It also relates to an anode material with the general formula M.sub.ySn-M'C.sub.x--C, where M and M' are metals and M'C.sub.x--C forms a matrix containing M.sub.ySn. It further relates to an anode material with the general formula Mo.sub.3Sb.sub.7--C, where --C forms a matrix containing Mo.sub.3Sb.sub.7. The disclosure also relates to an anode material with the general formula M.sub.ySb-M'C.sub.x--C, where M and M' are metals and M'C.sub.x--C forms a matrix containing M.sub.ySb. Other embodiments of this disclosure relate to anodes or rechargeable batteries containing these materials as well as methods of making these materials using ball-milling techniques and furnace heating.

  2. Spin momentum transfer effects observed in electrodeposited Co/Cu/Co nanowires

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    Blon, T.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Mária; Piraux, L.

    2007-01-01

    Spin-transfer torque effects are reported in nanowires consisting in Co/Cu/Co trilayers electrodeposited on an anodic alumina template. Using a nanolithography process based on electrically controlled nanoindentation of the alumina template, we are able to investigate the spin transport propertie...

  3. Synthesis of copper hydroxide and oxide nanostructures via anodization technique for efficient photocatalytic application.

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    Hyam, Rajeshkumar Shankar; Lee, Jongseok; Cho, Eunju; Khim, Jeehyeong; Lee, Haigun

    2012-11-01

    We have demonstrated a facile protocol for synthesizing CuO and Cu2O mixed-phase nanostructures by anodization of copper hydroxide (Cu(OH)2) nanoneedles and their heat treatment in different atmospheres, which affect photocatalytic degradation efficiency. The oxygen annealed sample had relatively small (100 nm) lamellar, spherical nanoparticulate structures on the substrate surface, which showed better photocatalytic degradation of reactive black 5 dye resulting from the appropriate morphology and phase formation, compared to the samples annealed in different atmospheres and vacuum. The pseudo first-order rate constant (k) of the oxygen annealed sample was 0.0054/min, which was relatively high due to the formation of a CuO-Cu2O heterojunction with matching band potentials. Air, nitrogen, argon and vacuum annealing resulted in bigger particles and different morphologies, which led to pseudo first-order rate constants (k) of 0.0032/min (air-annealed); 0.0021/min (N2-annealed); 0.0033/min (Ar-annealed); and 0.0027/min (vacuum-annealed), which resulted in poor photocatalytic degradation of the reactive black 5 dye.

  4. An Insoluble Titanium-Lead Anode for Sulfate Electrolytes

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    Ferdman, Alla

    2005-05-11

    The project is devoted to the development of novel insoluble anodes for copper electrowinning and electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) production. The anodes are made of titanium-lead composite material produced by techniques of powder metallurgy, compaction of titanium powder, sintering and subsequent lead infiltration. The titanium-lead anode combines beneficial electrochemical behavior of a lead anode with high mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of a titanium anode. In the titanium-lead anode, the titanium stabilizes the lead, preventing it from spalling, and the lead sheathes the titanium, protecting it from passivation. Interconnections between manufacturing process, structure, composition and properties of the titanium-lead composite material were investigated. The material containing 20-30 vol.% of lead had optimal combination of mechanical and electrochemical properties. Optimal process parameters to manufacture the anodes were identified. Prototypes having optimized composition and structure were produced for testing in operating conditions of copper electrowinning and EMD production. Bench-scale, mini-pilot scale and pilot scale tests were performed. The test anodes were of both a plate design and a flow-through cylindrical design. The cylindrical anodes were composed of cylinders containing titanium inner rods and fitting over titanium-lead bushings. The cylindrical design allows the electrolyte to flow through the anode, which enhances diffusion of the electrolyte reactants. The cylindrical anodes demonstrate higher mass transport capabilities and increased electrical efficiency compared to the plate anodes. Copper electrowinning represents the primary target market for the titanium-lead anode. A full-size cylindrical anode performance in copper electrowinning conditions was monitored over a year. The test anode to cathode voltage was stable in the 1.8 to 2.0 volt range. Copper cathode morphology was very smooth and uniform. There was no

  5. Zinc sacrifical anode behavior at elevated temperatures

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    Haney, E.G.

    1986-04-01

    Intergranular corrosion (IGC) and the passivation of cast sacrificial zinc anodes were investigated in the laboratory with substitute seawater at temperatures from 21 to 75/sup 0/C by impressed current techniques. Aluminum-bearing alloys show increasing penetration of grain boundaries with increasing temperature. As little as 0.012% Al added to special high grade (SHG) zinc can induce intergranular penetration at elevated temperatures. High purity zinc was tested as a function of iron content down to 4 ppm Fe at an anode current density of 2.7 A/m/sup 2/ (250 mA/ft/sup 2/). These anodes resisted IGC attack, but their tendency toward passivation in these tests precludes their use at high temperatures in seawater for optimum cathodic protection (CP).

  6. Anodic behavior and microstructure of Al/Pb-Ag-Co anode during zinc electrowinning

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    张永春; 陈步明; 杨海涛; 黄惠; 郭忠诚

    2014-01-01

    In order to study the anodic behavior and microstructures of Al/Pb-Ag-Co anode during zinc electrowinning, by means of potentiodynamic investigations, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction(XRD)analyses, the mechanism of the anodic processes playing on the surface of Al/Pb-0.8%Ag and Al/Pb-0.75%Ag-0.03%Co anodes prepared by electro-deposition from methyl sulfonic acid bath for zinc electrowinning from model sulphate electrolytes have been measured. On the basis of the cyclic voltammograms obtained, information about the corrosion rate of the composite in PbO2 region has been concluded. The microstructures were also observed by means of SEM and XRD which showed Pb-0.75%Ag-0.03%Co alloy composite coating has uniform and chaotic orientation tetragonal symmetry crystallites of PbSO4, but Pb-0.8%Ag alloy composite coating has well-organized orientation crystallites of PbSO4 concentrated in the certain zones after 24 h of anodic polarization. It is important that Al/Pb-0.75%Ag-0.03%Co anode oxide film consists of non-conductive dense MnO2 and PbSO4 andα,β-PbO2 penetrated into which, in fact, are the active centers of the oxygen evolution after 24 h of anodic polarization.

  7. Anodizing color coded anodized Ti6Al4V medical devices for increasing bone cell functions.

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    Ross, Alexandra P; Webster, Thomas J

    2013-01-01

    Current titanium-based implants are often anodized in sulfuric acid (H(2)SO(4)) for color coding purposes. However, a crucial parameter in selecting the material for an orthopedic implant is the degree to which it will integrate into the surrounding bone. Loosening at the bone-implant interface can cause catastrophic failure when motion occurs between the implant and the surrounding bone. Recently, a different anodization process using hydrofluoric acid has been shown to increase bone growth on commercially pure titanium and titanium alloys through the creation of nanotubes. The objective of this study was to compare, for the first time, the influence of anodizing a titanium alloy medical device in sulfuric acid for color coding purposes, as is done in the orthopedic implant industry, followed by anodizing the device in hydrofluoric acid to implement nanotubes. Specifically, Ti6Al4V model implant samples were anodized first with sulfuric acid to create color-coding features, and then with hydrofluoric acid to implement surface features to enhance osteoblast functions. The material surfaces were characterized by visual inspection, scanning electron microscopy, contact angle measurements, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Human osteoblasts were seeded onto the samples for a series of time points and were measured for adhesion and proliferation. After 1 and 2 weeks, the levels of alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition were measured to assess the long-term differentiation of osteoblasts into the calcium depositing cells. The results showed that anodizing in hydrofluoric acid after anodizing in sulfuric acid partially retains color coding and creates unique surface features to increase osteoblast adhesion, proliferation, alkaline phosphatase activity, and calcium deposition. In this manner, this study provides a viable method to anodize an already color coded, anodized titanium alloy to potentially increase bone growth for numerous implant applications.

  8. Influence of electroless coatings of Cu, Ni-P and Co-P on MmNi{sub 3.25}Al{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.66} alloy used as anodes in Ni-MH batteries

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    Raju, M. [Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery Section, Electrochemical Power Sources Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006 (India); Ananth, M.V. [Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery Section, Electrochemical Power Sources Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006 (India)], E-mail: mvananth@rediffmail.com; Vijayaraghavan, L. [Manufacturing Engineering Section, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

    2009-05-05

    Electroless coatings of Ni-P, Co-P and Cu were applied on the surface of non-stoichiometric MmNi{sub 3.25}Al{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.66} (Mm: misch metal) metal hydride alloy. Elemental analysis was made with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX). The structural analysis of bare and coated alloys was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) whereas surface morphology was examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The electrode characteristics inclusive of electrochemical capacity and cycle life were studied at C/5 rate. Superior performance is obtained with copper coated alloy. Microstructure observations indicate that the observed excellent performance could be attributed to uniform and efficient surface coverage with copper. Also, lanthanum surface enrichment in samples during Cu coating leads to improvement in performance. It is inferred from electro analytical investigations that copper coatings act as microcurrent collectors with alterations in hydrogen transport mechanism and facilitate charge transfer reaction on the alloy surface without altering battery properties. Moreover, supportive first time TEM evidence of existence of such copper nano current collectors (about 8 nm in diameter and length about 20 nm) is reported.

  9. Si–Cu alloy nanowires grown by oblique angle deposition as a stable negative electrode for Li-ion batteries

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    Polat, B. D.; Keles, O.; Chen, Z. H.; Amine, K.

    2016-03-29

    Thin films having nanocolumnar arrays made of various Si–Cu atomic ratios (90–10, 80–20, 70–30 %) are fabricated by an ion-assisted oblique angle co-deposition technique to produce stable negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Cu is added into the electrode because of its ductility and electron conductivity. Cu plays a crucial role in holding the electrode together, minimizing overall capacity loss and enabling faster electron transfer. Plus, Cu is inactive versus Li?; therefore, Si–Cu variation is expected to affect the electrochemical performances of the electrodes. In this work, the effect of Si–Cu atomic ratios on the morphologies and the structures of the electrodes are studied. Plus, the uses of these nanocolumns with different Cu contents are evaluated as anodes by electrochemical tests. The morphological analyses demonstrate that an increase in Si–Cu atomic ratio affects the width of the nanocolumns and the homogeneity of the thin film morphology. The increase in Cu content dramatically improves the capacity retention of Si–Cu anodes, whereas it decreases the initial discharge capacity.

  10. Silicon Whisker and Carbon Nanofiber Composite Anode

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    Lang, Christopher M.

    2015-01-01

    Phase II Objectives: Demonstrate production levels of grams per batch; Achieve full cell anode capacity of greater than 1,000 mAh/g at a charge rate of 10 (C/10) and 0 degree C; Establish a full cell cycle life of over 300 cycles; Display an operating temperature of negative 30 degrees C to plus 30 degrees C; Demonstrate a rate capability of C/5 or higher; Deliver to NASA three 2.5 Ah cells (energy density greater than 220 Wh/kg); Exhibit the safety features of the anode and full cells; Design a 1 kWh prismatic battery pack.

  11. A New Innovative Spherical Cermet Nuclear Fuel Element to Achieve an Ultra-Long Core Life for use in Grid-Appropriate LWRs

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    Senor, David J.; Painter, Chad L.; Geelhood, Ken J.; Wootan, David W.; Meriwether, George H.; Cuta, Judith M.; Adkins, Harold E.; Matson, Dean W.; Abrego, Celestino P.

    2007-12-01

    Spherical cermet fuel elements are proposed for use in the Atoms For Peace Reactor (AFPR-100) concept. AFPR-100 is a small-scale, inherently safe, proliferation-resistant reactor that would be ideal for deployment to nations with emerging economies that decide to select nuclear power for the generation of carbon-free electricity. The basic concept of the AFPR core is a water-cooled fixed particle bed, randomly packed with spherical fuel elements. The flow of coolant within the particle bed is at such a low rate that the bed does not fluidize. This report summarizes an approach to fuel fabrication, results associated with fuel performance modeling, core neutronics and thermal hydraulics analyses demonstrating a ~20 year core life, and a conclusion that the proliferation resistance of the AFPR reactor concept is high.

  12. Investigation on hole manufacture in 42CrMo4 steel using 3-flute carbide drills and 6-flute cermet reamers

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    Müller, Pavel; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2009-01-01

    An investigation on cutting forces and hole quality using carbide 3-flute self-centering drills and 6-flute cermet reamers was performed on 42CrMo4 alloy steel. Different depths of cuts were analyzed with respect to cutting thrust and cutting torque, hole diameter, form and surface integrity. Good...... reproducibility in cutting forces was obtained for all drilled holes with coefficients of variation less than 6% for thrust and 8% for torque respectively. Good reproducibility for all depths of cuts was obtained in reaming, reaching coefficient of variation in the range 7-13% for thrust and 9-23% for torque....... It was found that drilled holes were generally reproducible with low form error, recording roundness less than 10m and cylindricity less than 30m as well as low roughness (Ra...

  13. High Temperature Oxidation of Nickel-based Cermet Coatings Composed of Al2O3 and TiO2 Nanosized Particles

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    Farrokhzad, M. A.; Khan, T. I.

    2014-09-01

    New technological challenges in oil production require materials that can resist high temperature oxidation. In-Situ Combustion (ISC) oil production technique is a new method that uses injection of air and ignition techniques to reduce the viscosity of bitumen in a reservoir and as a result crude bitumen can be produced and extracted from the reservoir. During the in-situ combustion process, production pipes and other mechanical components can be exposed to air-like gaseous environments at extreme temperatures as high as 700 °C. To protect or reduce the surface degradation of pipes and mechanical components used in in-situ combustion, the use of nickel-based ceramic-metallic (cermet) coating produced by co-electrodeposition of nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 have been suggested and earlier research on these coatings have shown promising oxidation resistance against atmospheric oxygen and combustion gases at elevated temperatures. Co-electrodeposition of nickel-based cermet coatings is a low-cost method that has the benefit of allowing both internal and external surfaces of pipes and components to be coated during a single electroplating process. Research has shown that the volume fraction of dispersed nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 particles in the nickel matrix which affects the oxidation resistance of the coating can be controlled by the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution, as well as the applied current density during electrodeposition. This paper investigates the high temperature oxidation behaviour of novel nanostructured cermet coatings composed of two types of dispersed nanosized ceramic particles (Al2O3 and TiO2) in a nickel matrix and produced by coelectrodeposition technique as a function of the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution and applied current density. For this purpose, high temperature oxidation tests were conducted in dry air for 96 hours at 700 °C to obtain mass changes (per unit of area) at specific time

  14. Effect of Si on 1Cr18Ni11Nb/TiO interface and investigation of TiO based cermet binder phase

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    LI Qingkui; ZHONG Hui; GUAN Shaokang; LI Jiang; ZHONG Haiyun

    2005-01-01

    The effect of trace amount of active element Si on the wetting and interface characteristics of 1Cr1 8Ni1 1Nb/TiO was investigated. Based on the results, a new binder phase for TiO based cermets imitated gold materials was developed,and the related mechanisms were studied. The results indicated that there was small wet-ability of the 1Crl8Ni11Nb alloy on TiO, and the interface binding strength of 1Cr1 8Ni1 1Nb/TiO was low. 1.5%Si in 1Cr1 8Ni1 1No could not only make the alloy wet TiO, but also lead to mutual dissolving near the interface, forming high interface binding strength and matching with the thermal expansion coefficient of TiO.

  15. Silicon Whisker and Carbon Nanofiber Composite Anode Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop a silicon whisker and carbon nanofiber composite anode for lithium ion batteries on a Phase I program. This anode...

  16. Aluminum microstructures on anodic alumina for aluminum wiring boards.

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki

    2010-03-01

    The paper demonstrates simple methods for the fabrication of aluminum microstructures on the anodic oxide film of aluminum. The aluminum sheets were first engraved (patterned) either by laser beam or by embossing to form deep grooves on the surface. One side of the sheet was then anodized, blocking the other side by using polymer mask to form the anodic alumina. Because of the lower thickness at the bottom part of the grooves, the part was completely anodized before the complete oxidation of the other parts. Such selectively complete anodizing resulted in the patterns of metallic aluminum on anodic alumina. Using the technique, we fabricated microstructures such as line patterns and a simple wiring circuit-board-like structure on the anodic alumina. The aluminum microstructures fabricated by the techniques were embedded in anodic alumina/aluminum sheet, and this technique is promising for applications in electronic packaging and devices.

  17. Fabrication of anodic aluminum oxide with incorporated chromate ions

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    Stępniowski, Wojciech J.; Norek, Małgorzata; Michalska-Domańska, Marta; Bombalska, Aneta; Nowak-Stępniowska, Agata; Kwaśny, Mirosław; Bojar, Zbigniew

    2012-10-01

    The anodization of aluminum in 0.3 M chromic acid is studied. The influence of operating conditions (like anodizing voltage and electrolyte's temperature) on the nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide geometry (including pore diameter, interpore distance, the oxide layer thickness and pores density) is thoroughly investigated. The results revealed typical correlations of the anodic alumina nanopore geometry with operating conditions, such as linear increase of pore diameter and interpore distance with anodizing voltage. The anodic aluminum oxide is characterized by a low pores arrangement, as determined by Fast Fourier transforms analyses of the FE-SEM images, which translates into a high concentration of oxygen vacancies. Moreover, an optimal experimental condition where chromate ions are being successfully incorporated into the anodic alumina walls, have been determined: the higher oxide growth rate the more chromate ions are being trapped. The trapped chromate ions and a high concentration of oxygen vacancies make the anodic aluminum oxide a promising luminescent material.

  18. Formation of Cu/Pd bimetallic crystals by electrochemical deposition

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    Alvarez, A.E. [Instituto de Ingenieria Electroquimica y Corrosion (INIEC), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Avda. Alem 1253, 8000 Bahia Blanca (Argentina); Salinas, D.R., E-mail: dsalinas@uns.edu.a [Instituto de Ingenieria Electroquimica y Corrosion (INIEC), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Avda. Alem 1253, 8000 Bahia Blanca (Argentina)

    2010-04-15

    The early stages of the palladium electrodeposition process onto a vitreous carbon (VC) substrate as well as the deposition of Cu on such Pd/VC modified surface were investigated using classical electrochemical techniques, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Within the potential range considered the kinetics of the Pd electrodeposition from a PdCl{sub 2} acid solution can be described by a model involving progressive nucleation on active sites and diffusion-controlled 3D growth. The nucleation rate constant, A{sub 0}, and the number of active sites of the substrate, N{sub 0}, were determined from the analysis of potentiostatic current transients on the basis of an existing theoretical model. The AFM images corroborated the progressive nucleation mechanism showing irregular palladium crystals randomly distributed over the VC surface, with different sizes and 3D morphological characteristics. The electrodeposition of Cu was carried out onto the characterized Pd/VC modified surface from a Cu{sup 2+} containing solution using a well defined polarization routine. The SEM/EDX images confirmed the formation of Cu/Pd bimetallic crystals uniformly distributed on the VC surface and the in situ AFM images obtained during this process corroborated that Cu formed a core-shell structure with the Pd crystals. Nevertheless, the subsequent anodic stripping produced only a partial dissolution of the Cu deposits, and therefore, the formation of a Cu/Pd alloy could be inferred.

  19. Self-assembly of mesoporous CuO nanosheets-CNT 3D-network composites for lithium-ion batteries

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    Huang, Hongwen; Liu, Yu; Wang, Junhua; Gao, Mingxia; Peng, Xinsheng; Ye, Zhizhen

    2013-02-01

    A facile, flexible and large-scale technique was proposed to prepare a CuO-CNT 3D-network composite with the aid of electrostatic interactions in aqueous solution. The composite greatly improves the electrochemical performance. At a rate of 0.1 C, the cycling discharge capacity of the optimal composite is more than 2.3 times of that of unmodified mesoporous CuO nanosheets as the active material in an anode after 40 cycles.A facile, flexible and large-scale technique was proposed to prepare a CuO-CNT 3D-network composite with the aid of electrostatic interactions in aqueous solution. The composite greatly improves the electrochemical performance. At a rate of 0.1 C, the cycling discharge capacity of the optimal composite is more than 2.3 times of that of unmodified mesoporous CuO nanosheets as the active material in an anode after 40 cycles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details; Raman spectrum of CuO-CNT composite (Fig. S1); the cycling performance of CNT as anode material at a current density of 67 mA g-1 (Fig. S2); the charge-discharge profiles of mesoporous CuO (Fig. S3a) and 8 CuO-2 CNT (Fig. S3b) as active materials in anodes. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34070h

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

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    Hernández-González, L. W.

    2011-06-01

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

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

  1. Silicon-Based Anode and Method for Manufacturing the Same

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    Yushin, Gleb Nikolayevich (Inventor); Luzinov, Igor (Inventor); Zdyrko, Bogdan (Inventor); Magasinski, Alexandre (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    A silicon-based anode comprising silicon, a carbon coating that coats the surface of the silicon, a polyvinyl acid that binds to at least a portion of the silicon, and vinylene carbonate that seals the interface between the silicon and the polyvinyl acid. Because of its properties, polyvinyl acid binders offer improved anode stability, tunable properties, and many other attractive attributes for silicon-based anodes, which enable the anode to withstand silicon cycles of expansion and contraction during charging and discharging.

  2. Sensitive and reproducible quantification of Cu2+ by stripping with a carbon paste electrode modified with humic acid.

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    Thobie-Gautier, Christine; da Silva, Wilson T Lopes; Rezende, Maria O O; El Murr, Nabil

    2003-09-01

    The preparation of a humic acid modified carbon paste electrode (HA-MCPE) as well as the behavior of its surface as complexing agent toward Cu2+ cations are described. Electrochemical studies of the reduction of the complexed cations and of the anodic stripping oxidation of the resulting copper are outlined. The anodic stripping current was correlated to the Cu2+ concentrations. A well-defined method for the preparation of reproducible electrodes is described. The effects on the current response obtained by cyclic voltammetry of the humic acid ratio, the pH, the accumulation time, and the speed scan rate were studied. Calibration graphs were linear over the range 3 x 10(-8)-10(-5) mol L(-1) Cu2+ and the relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) was 1.2% (n=5) for [Cu2+] = 1.6 x 10(-5) mol L(-1). 5 min accumulation time for [Cu2+] > 10(-7) mol L(-1) and 10 min for [Cu2+] < 10(-7) mol L(-1) were sufficient to permit sensitive and reproducible measurements. The electrode was successfully used to measure Cu2+ in real samples and the results were compared to those obtained by the standard method with differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry.

  3. Electrochemical preparation of uniform CuO/Cu2O heterojunction on β-cyclodextrin-modified carbon fibers

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    Chen, Fang-Ping

    2016-01-18

    Abstract: In this work, a uniform heterojunction of cupric oxide/cuprous oxide was decorated on the surface of carbon fibers by electrochemical method (CuO/Cu2O/CDs/CFs). Methyl-β-cyclodextrin was first grafted on the surface of carbon fibers (CDs/CFs). Cubic cuprous oxide was electrodeposited on the surface of (Cu2O/CDs/CFs) in 0.1 M KNO3, the cuprous oxide was then partly anodized to cupric oxide to form a heterojunction of cupric oxide/cuprous oxide with a burr shape (CuO/Cu2O/CDs/CFs). The obtained materials were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical techniques. The potential application in pollution treatment was further investigated, and the prepared CuO/Cu2O/CDs/CFs could be a promising adsorbent/photocatalyst toward the uptake and degradation of 2, 6-dichlorophenol (2, 6-DCP). Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

  4. Anode heat transfer in a constricted tube arc.

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    Lukens, L. A.; Incropera, F. P.

    1971-01-01

    The complex energy exchange mechanisms occurring on the most severely heated component of an arc constrictor, the anode, have been investigated. Measurements performed to determine the anode heat flux for a cascade, atmospheric argon arc of the Maecker type are described. The results are used to check the validity of an existing anode heat transfer model.

  5. Preparation of Porosity-Graded SOFC Anode Substrates

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    Holtappels, P.; Sorof, C.; Verbraeken, M.C.; Rambert, S.; Vogt, U.

    2006-01-01

    Porosity graded anode substrates for solid oxide fuel cells are considered to optimise the gas transport through the substrate by maintaining a high electrochemical activity for fuel oxidation at the anode/solid electrolyte interface. In this work, the fabrication of porosity graded anode substrates

  6. Preliminary Investigation of Ceramic-Coated Anodes for Cathodic Protection.

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    1983-08-01

    used Electrodes," Journal De Physique, Vol 4. p CI (1977) R. Itai and anodes that are either inexpensive and very large, or H. Kunai, U.S. Patent No...have been made to manu- protection system anodes was only begun recently. facture anodes coated with magnetite. Itai and Kanai Two types of systems

  7. Cadmium plated steel caps seal anodized aluminum fittings

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    Padden, J.

    1971-01-01

    Cadmium prevents fracturing of hard anodic coating under torquing to system specification requirements, prevents galvanic coupling, and eliminates need for crush washers, which, though commonly used in industry, do not correct leakage problem experienced when anodized aluminum fittings and anodized aluminum cap assemblies are joined.

  8. Optimizing Misch-Metal Compositions In Metal Hydride Anodes

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    Bugga, Ratnakumar V.; Halpert, Gerald

    1995-01-01

    Electrochemical cells based on metal hydride anodes investigated experimentally in effort to find anode compositions maximizing charge/discharge-cycle performances. Experimental anodes contained misch metal alloyed with various proportions of Ni, Co, Mn, and Al, and experiments directed toward optimization of composition of misch metal.

  9. Influence of the operating parameters over the current efficiency and corrosion rate in the Hall-Heroult aluminum cell with tin oxide anode substrate material

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    Virgil Constantin

    2015-01-01

    A systematic laboratory study was conducted on current efficiency and corrosion obtalned in cryolite–alumina melts with SnO2–Sb2O3–CuO ceramic inert anodes. The current efficiency (CE) was determined by measuring the total amount of oxygen evolved at the anode and was found to be~95%. The influence of operating parameters (inter-elec-trode distance, temperature and current density) was evaluated. The quantitative interdependencies as wel as the ranges of CE optimal values were established (2–3 cm, 940–960 °C and 0.7–0.8 A·cm−2). The corrosion process of these anodes was evaluated by the mass loss method. The evaluation also took care of the corrosion data, as the prob-lem of the anode corrosion appeared to be the maln obstacle for the use of those anodes in the commercial cel s. Low-ering of the ACD up to 2 cm did not aggravate anode corrosion.

  10. Low temperature anodic bonding to silicon nitride

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    Weichel, Steen; Reus, Roger De; Bouaidat, Salim;

    2000-01-01

    Low-temperature anodic bonding to stoichiometric silicon nitride surfaces has been performed in the temperature range from 3508C to 4008C. It is shown that the bonding is improved considerably if the nitride surfaces are either oxidized or exposed to an oxygen plasma prior to the bonding. Both bulk...

  11. Hybrid anode for semiconductor radiation detectors

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    Yang, Ge; Bolotnikov, Aleksey E; Camarda, Guiseppe; Cui, Yonggang; Hossain, Anwar; Kim, Ki Hyun; James, Ralph B

    2013-11-19

    The present invention relates to a novel hybrid anode configuration for a radiation detector that effectively reduces the edge effect of surface defects on the internal electric field in compound semiconductor detectors by focusing the internal electric field of the detector and redirecting drifting carriers away from the side surfaces of the semiconductor toward the collection electrode(s).

  12. Characterization of nanopores ordering in anodic alumina

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    Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Piraux, L.

    2008-01-01

    A simple characterization method of the ordering of the nanopores is described for nanoporous anodized aluminium oxides. The method starts with image analysis on scanning electron microscopy representations for the purpose to find repetitive shapes and their centres, i.e. nanopores. Then triangles...

  13. Anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Sunkara, Mahendra Kumar; Meduri, Praveen; Sumanasekera, Gamini

    2014-12-30

    An anode material for lithium-ion batteries is provided that comprises an elongated core structure capable of forming an alloy with lithium; and a plurality of nanostructures placed on a surface of the core structure, with each nanostructure being capable of forming an alloy with lithium and spaced at a predetermined distance from adjacent nanostructures.

  14. Anodic Stripping Voltammetry: An Instrumental Analysis Experiment.

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    Wang, Joseph

    1983-01-01

    Describes an experiment designed to acquaint students with the theory and applications of anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) as well as such ASV problems as contamination associated with trace analysis. The experimental procedure, instrumentation, and materials discussed are designed to minimize cost and keep procedures as simple as possible. (JM)

  15. Study on selenium extraction from anode slime

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    GU; Heng

    2005-01-01

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

  16. Silicon nitride coated silicon thin film on three dimensions current collector for lithium ion battery anode

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    Wu, Cheng-Yu; Chang, Chun-Chi; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2016-09-01

    Silicon nitride coated silicon (N-Si) has been synthesized by two-step DC sputtering on Cu Micro-cone arrays (CMAs) at ambient temperature. The electrochemical properties of N-Si anodes with various thickness of nitride layer are investigated. From the potential window of 1.2 V-0.05 V, high rate charge-discharge and long cycle test have been executed to investigate the electrochemical performances of various N-Si coated Si-based lithium ion batteries anode materials. Higher specific capacity can be obtained after 200 cycles. The cycling stability is enhanced via thinner nitride layer coating as silicon nitride films are converted to Li3N with covered Si thin films. These N-Si anodes can be cycled under high rates up to 10 C due to low charge transfer resistance resulted from silicon nitride films. This indicates that the combination of silicon nitride and silicon can effectively endure high current and thus enhance the cycling stability. It is expected that N-Si is a potential candidate for batteries that can work effectively under high power.

  17. Self-ordering behavior of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) in malonic acid anodization

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    Lee, W; Nielsch, K; Goesele, U [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, D-06120 Halle (Germany)

    2007-11-28

    The self-ordering behavior of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been investigated for anodization of aluminum in malonic acid (H{sub 4}C{sub 3}O{sub 4}) solution. In the present study it is found that a porous oxide layer formed on the surface of aluminum can effectively suppress catastrophic local events (such as breakdown of the oxide film and plastic deformation of the aluminum substrate), and enables stable fast anodic oxidation under a high electric field of 110-140 V and {approx}100 mA cm{sup -2}. Studies on the self-ordering behavior of AAO indicated that the cell homogeneity of AAO increases dramatically as the anodization voltage gets higher than 120 V. Highly ordered AAO with a hexagonal arrangement of the nanopores could be obtained in a voltage range 125-140 V. The current density (i.e., the electric field strength (E) at the bottom of a pore) is an important parameter governing the self-ordering of the nanopores as well as the interpore distance (D{sub int}) for a given anodization potential (U) during malonic acid anodization.

  18. Electrocatalytic cermet sensor

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    Shoemaker, Erika L.; Vogt, Michael C.

    1998-01-01

    A sensor for O.sub.2 and CO.sub.2 gases. The gas sensor includes a plurality of layers driven by a cyclic voltage to generate a unique plot characteristic of the gas in contact with the sensor. The plurality of layers includes an alumina substrate, a reference electrode source of anions, a lower electrical reference electrode of Pt coupled to the reference source of anions, a solid electrolyte containing tungsten and coupled to the lower reference electrode, a buffer layer for preventing flow of Pt ions into the solid electrolyte and an upper catalytically active Pt electrode coupled to the buffer layer.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of TiO{sub 2} nanotubes arrays modified with Cu, AgCu and Bi nanoparticles obtained via radiolytic reduction

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    Nischk, Michał [Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, 11/12 G. Narutowicza 11/12 St., 80-233 Gdansk (Poland); Department of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, 63 Wita Stwosza St., 80-308 Gdansk (Poland); Mazierski, Paweł [Department of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, 63 Wita Stwosza St., 80-308 Gdansk (Poland); Wei, Zhishun [Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, N21, W10, 001-0021, Sapporo (Japan); Siuzdak, Katarzyna [Centre for Plasma and Laser Engineering, The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences, 14 Fiszera St., 80-231 Gdansk (Poland); Kouame, Natalie Amoin [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, CNRS—UMR 8000,Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Bâtiment 349, 91405 Orsay (France); Kowalska, Ewa [Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University, N21, W10, 001-0021, Sapporo (Japan); Remita, Hynd [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, CNRS—UMR 8000,Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Bâtiment 349, 91405 Orsay (France); Zaleska-Medynska, Adriana, E-mail: adriana.zaleska@ug.edu.pl [Department of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, 63 Wita Stwosza St., 80-308 Gdansk (Poland)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were modified with Cu, AgCu, Bi nanoparticles via gamma radiolysis. • Excessive amount of deposited metal decreased photocatalytic activity. • AgCu-modified samples were more active than Cu-modified (with the same Cu content). • AgCu nanoparticles exist in a core{sub (Ag)}-shell{sub (Cu)} form. • Examined photocatalysts were resistant towards photocorrosion processes. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanotubes arrays (NTs), obtained via electrochemical anodization of Ti foil, were modified with monometallic (Cu, Bi) and bimetallic (AgCu) nanoparticles. Different amounts of metals’ precursors were deposited on the surface of NTs by the spin-coating technique, and the reduction of metals was performed via gamma radiolysis. Surface modification of titania was studied by EDS and XPS analysis. The results show that AgCu nanoparticles exist in a Ag{sub core}-Cu{sub shell} form. Photocatalytic activity was examined under UV irradiation and phenol was used as a model pollutant of water. Over 95% of phenol degradation was achieved after 60 min of irradiation for almost all examined samples, but only slight difference in degradation efficiency (about 3%) between modified and bare NTs was observed. However, the initial phenol degradation rate and TOC removal efficiency was significantly enhanced for the samples modified with 0.31 and 0.63 mol% of Bi as well as for all the samples modified with Cu and AgCu nanoparticles in comparison with bare titania nanotubes. The saturated photocurrent, under the influence of simulated solar light irradiation, for the most active Bi- and AgCu-modified samples, was over two times higher than for pristine NTs. All the examined materials were resistant towards photocorrosion processes that enables their application for long term processes induced by light.

  20. Influence of substrate microstructure on the growth of anodic oxide layers

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    Fratila-Apachitei, L.E.; Terryn, H.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G.E.; Duszczyk, J.; Katgerman, L

    2004-03-15

    The effects of permanent mold cast microstructure on the growth of anodic oxide layers on three different aluminum substrates (i.e. Al99.8, AlSi10, and AlSi10Cu3, wt.%) were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The anodic oxidation was performed galvanostatically in 2.25 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, at 0 deg. C. The oxide layers developed a microscale topography mainly determined by the morphology of aluminum grains and cells. A low amount of insoluble impurities, uniformly distributed, would contribute to the growth of oxide layers with minimum defects and uniform thickness on the pure aluminum substrate whereas for the binary and ternary systems, a fine cell structure and a modified morphology of Si particles would be favorable. The Al-Fe and Al-Fe-Si particles were occluded in the oxide layers next to Si particles, blocking locally the oxide growth whereas Al{sub 2}Cu particles were preferentially oxidized. In addition, the presence of Si particles in the layer influenced pore morphology by development of deflected pores around the particles.

  1. 3D amorphous silicon on nanopillar copper electrodes as anodes for high-rate lithium-ion batteries.

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    Kim, Gyutae; Jeong, Sookyung; Shin, Ju-Hyeon; Cho, Jaephil; Lee, Heon

    2014-02-25

    We present an amorphous Si anode deposited on a Cu nanopillar current collector, fabricated using a thermal roll-to-roll process followed by electroformation and LPCVD, for application in high-rate Li-ion batteries. Cu nanopillar current collectors with diameters of 250 and 500 nm were patterned periodically with 1 μm pitch and 2 μm height to optimize the diameters of the pillars for better electrochemical performance. Void spaces between Cu nanopillars allowed not only greater effective control of the strain caused by the Si expansion during lithiation than that allowed by a nonpatterned electrode but also significantly improved cycle performance even at 20 C measured after the same rate test: After 100 cycles at 0.5 C, the patterned electrodes with 250 and 500 nm diameter nanopillars showed high capacity retentions of 86% and 84%, respectively. These electrodes retained discharge capacities of 1057 and 780 mAh/g even at 20 C, respectively.

  2. Experimental studies of anode sheath phenomena in a hall thruster.

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    Dorf, L. A. (Leonid A.); Fisch, N. J.; Raitses, Yevgeny F.

    2004-01-01

    Both electron-repelling (negative anode fall) and electron-attracting (positive anode fall) anode sheaths in a Hall thruster were identified experimentally by performing accurate, non-disturbing near-anode measurements with biased and emissive probes. An interesting new phenomenon revealed by the probe measurements is that the anode fall changes from positive to negative upon removal of the dielectric coating, which appears on the anode surface during the course of Hall thruster operation. Probe measurements in a Hall thruster with three different magnetic field configurations show that an anode fall at the clean anode is a function of the radial magnetic field profile inside the channel. A positive anode fall formation mechanism suggested in this work is that: (1) when the anode front surface is coated with dielectric, a discharge current closes to the anode at the surfaces that remain conductive, (2) a total thermal electron current toward the conductive area is significantly smaller than the discharge current, therefore an additional electron flux needs to be attracted toward the conductive surfaces by the electronattracting sheath that appears at these surfaces.

  3. Delineating the effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on myoelectric control based on slow cortical potentials.

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    Dutta, Anirban; Boulenouar, Rahima S; Guiraud, David; Nitsche, Michael A

    2014-01-01

    Active cortical participation in rehabilitation procedures may be facilitated by modulating neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) with electromyogram (EMG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) derived biopotentials, that represent simultaneous volitional effort. Here, the ability of the nervous system to respond to intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing its structure, function, and connections is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is involved in post-stroke functional disturbances, but also in rehabilitation. Beneficial neuroplastic changes may be facilitated with an adjuvant treatment with non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS). This paper presents the results from a motor cortex anodal tDCS-EEG/EMG study in healthy volunteers. We investigated slow cortical potentials (SCP) during self-initiated movements. In this preliminary study, we found that anodal tDCS increased baseline-normalized post-tDCS mean power in the Theta band (4-8 Hz) of resting state EEG (60.71% vs. 8.36%; papplied to auto-correlated noise—in this case the output of a leaky stochastic accumulator—can account for the specific shape of the SCP prior to movement. We postulate that the anodal tDCS facilitated change in the slope of SCP may be related to the reaction times during a cued movement task since our prior work showed that anodal tDCS decreases the delay in initiation of muscle contraction and increases the delay in termination of muscle activity.

  4. Comparison of microstructure and corrosion properties of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys 7150 and 7010

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    MENG Qing-chang; FAN Xi-gang; REN Shi-yu; ZHANG Xin-mei; ZHANG Bao-you

    2006-01-01

    The influence of coarse Cu-bearing particles, matrix and subgrain boundary precipitates on the stress corrosion susceptibility of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys was investigated. The strength of 7150 alloy is about 15 MPa higher than that of 7010 alloy.The 7010 alloy exhibits higher resistance to stress corrosion cracking as compared with the 7150 alloy. The coarse Cu-bearing particles are detrimental to the resistance to stress corrosion cracking. The increase of size of matrix and subgrain boundary precipitates decreases the susceptibility of stress corrosion. The anodic dissolution and hydrogen embrittlement govern the cracking process. The severity of stress corrosion cracking is shown to be related to the coarse Cu-bearing particles, matrix and subgrain precipitates in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys.

  5. Effect of aluminium alloy surface heterogeneities on anodic layer growth and properties; Efecto de las heterogeneidades superficiales de las aleaciones de aluminio sobre el crecimiento y propiedades de las capas anodicas

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    Bartolome, M. J.; Feliu, J.V.; Lopez, E.; Gonzalez, J. A.; Feliu, S.

    2007-07-01

    In the present work, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to study sealed and unsealed anodic coatings obtained on pure-Al and on Al-Cu, Al-Mg-Si and Al-Mg alloys. In general, the sealing process is seen to produce a significant increase in the O/A ratio in the anodic coatings. this increase is more considerable with the Al-Cu and Al-Mg alloys than with the pure Al and the Al-Mg-Si alloy, perhaps due to the greater porosity of the coatings obtained on the former. An attempt is made to establish possible relationships between anodic film characteristics and surface heterogeneities, which also act in the phase prior to anodising. According to the results of this work, these heterogeneities affect the degree of dissolution of the metallic substrate during the anodising operation. (Author)

  6. Optical Transmittance of Anodically Oxidized Aluminum Alloy

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    Saito, Mitsunori; Shiga, Yasunori; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Wada, Kenji; Ono, Sachiko

    1995-06-01

    Optical transmittance and anisotropy of anodic oxide films that were made from pure aluminum and an aluminum alloy (A5052) were studied. The alloy oxide film exhibits an enhanced polarization function, particularly when anodization is carried out at a large current density. It was revealed by chemical analysis that the alloy oxide film contains a larger amount of unoxidized aluminum than the pure-aluminum oxide film. The polarization function can be elucidated by considering unoxidized aluminum particles that are arranged in the columnar structure of the alumina film. Electron microscope observation showed that many holes exist in the alloy oxide film, around which columnar cells are arranged irregularly. Such holes and irregular cell arrangement cause the increase in the amount of unoxidized aluminum, and consequently induces scattering loss.

  7. Electronic properties of anodic bonded graphene

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    Deepika, Balan, Adrian; Shukla, Abhay; Walter, Escoffier; Kumar, Rakesh

    2013-02-01

    Here, we report electronic properties of graphene field-effect transistor in a magnetic field of 9.0 tesla. Raman spectroscopy on graphene sample prepared by anodic bonding method shows it to be of the highest quality. The observation of charge neutrality point at a positive gate voltage is due to hole doping in the sample from the immobile oxygen ions created during anodic bonding process. Hysteresis observed in the longitudinal resistance (between source and drain) while sweeping voltage at gate in a loop may be due to high viscosity of polythene oxide matrix for mobile Li ions. The longitudinal resistance as a function of gate voltage Vg shows that both kind of charge carriers (electron and hole) can be doped in graphene, which is further ascertained by the Hall measurements.

  8. Photoluminescence from Nd Doped Anodic Aluminium Oxide

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    ZHOU Zhang-Kai; PENG Xiao-Niu; SU Xiong-Rui; HAO Zhong-Hua

    2009-01-01

    We prepare Nd doped anodic aluminium oxide (Nd:AAO) template by using Nd doped aluminium foils through two-step anodization processes. Photoluminescence (PL) from the Nd:AAO template with the annealing temper-ature higher than 400℃ is observed, and the PL intensity enhanced with the increasing annealing temperature is found. We investigate the crystallization of Nd:AAO template and the excitation wavelength dependence of PL intensity, showing that the PL results from the Nd doped in the template. The approach presented may probably facilitate the fabricating of AAO with good light-emitting property, which can be used in fabrication of multifunctional nanosized films and may find applications in photonic devices.

  9. Investigation of mechanism of anode plasma formation in ion diode with dielectric anode

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    Pushkarev, A.

    2015-10-01

    The results of investigation of the anode plasma formation in a diode with a passive anode in magnetic insulation mode are presented. The experiments have been conducted using the BIPPAB-450 ion accelerator (350-400 kV, 6-8 kA, 80 ns) with a focusing conical diode with Br external magnetic field (a barrel diode). For analysis of plasma formation at the anode and the distribution of the ions beam energy density, infrared imaging diagnostics (spatial resolution of 1-2 mm) is used. For analysis of the ion beam composition, time-of-flight diagnostics (temporal resolution of 1 ns) were used. Our studies have shown that when the magnetic induction in the A-C gap is much larger than the critical value, the ion beam energy density is close to the one-dimensional Child-Langmuir limit on the entire working surface of the diode. Formation of anode plasma takes place only by the flashover of the dielectric anode surface. In this mode, the ion beam consists primarily of singly ionized carbon ions, and the delay of the start of formation of the anode plasma is 10-15 ns. By reducing the magnetic induction in the A-C gap to a value close to the critical one, the ion beam energy density is 3-6 times higher than that calculated by the one-dimensional Child-Langmuir limit, but the energy density of the ion beam is non-uniform in cross-section. In this mode, the anode plasma formation occurs due to ionization of the anode material with accelerated electrons. In this mode, also, the delay in the start of the formation of the anode plasma is much smaller and the degree of ionization of carbon ions is higher. In all modes occurred effective suppression of the electronic component of the total current, and the diode impedance was 20-30 times higher than the values calculated for the mode without magnetic insulation of the electrons. The divergence of the ion beam was 4.5°-6°.

  10. On the stability of Sr-doped La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} against different electrolytes for IT-SOFCs

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    Ruiz-Bustos, R.; Santos-Garcia, A.J. dos; Sanchez-Bautista, C. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico de Albacete, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Cantos-Gomez, A.; Duijn, J. van [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    The thermal stability of the cathode material against an electrolyte at the operating temperature plays an important role in the fuel cell's performance. As such, compatibility tests of the most common used electrolytes with La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} have been performed. The chemical reaction between these two materials in the temperature ranging from 800 to 1,000 C was examined by X-ray diffraction analyses. The results show that in all the cases there is reaction above 925 C, making conventional cell fabrication non-appropriate. However, we demonstrate that infiltration is a useful technique for obtaining cuprate cermets for use as cathode materials in IT-SOFCs. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. High performance anode for advanced Li batteries

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    Lake, Carla [Applied Sciences, Inc., Cedarville, OH (United States)

    2015-11-02

    The overall objective of this Phase I SBIR effort was to advance the manufacturing technology for ASI’s Si-CNF high-performance anode by creating a framework for large volume production and utilization of low-cost Si-coated carbon nanofibers (Si-CNF) for the battery industry. This project explores the use of nano-structured silicon which is deposited on a nano-scale carbon filament to achieve the benefits of high cycle life and high charge capacity without the consequent fading of, or failure in the capacity resulting from stress-induced fracturing of the Si particles and de-coupling from the electrode. ASI’s patented coating process distinguishes itself from others, in that it is highly reproducible, readily scalable and results in a Si-CNF composite structure containing 25-30% silicon, with a compositionally graded interface at the Si-CNF interface that significantly improve cycling stability and enhances adhesion of silicon to the carbon fiber support. In Phase I, the team demonstrated the production of the Si-CNF anode material can successfully be transitioned from a static bench-scale reactor into a fluidized bed reactor. In addition, ASI made significant progress in the development of low cost, quick testing methods which can be performed on silicon coated CNFs as a means of quality control. To date, weight change, density, and cycling performance were the key metrics used to validate the high performance anode material. Under this effort, ASI made strides to establish a quality control protocol for the large volume production of Si-CNFs and has identified several key technical thrusts for future work. Using the results of this Phase I effort as a foundation, ASI has defined a path forward to commercialize and deliver high volume and low-cost production of SI-CNF material for anodes in Li-ion batteries.

  12. The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films

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    Ren, Jianjun; Zuo, Yu

    2012-11-01

    The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films were studied. The voltage-time response for galvanostatic anodization of aluminum in malonic acid solution exhibits a conventional three-stage feature but the formation voltage is much higher. With the increase of electrolyte concentration, the electrolyte viscosity increases simultaneously and the high viscosity decreases the film growth rate. With the concentration increase of the malonic acid electrolyte, the critical current density that initiates local "burning" on the sample surface decreases. For malonic acid anodization, the field-assisted dissolution on the oxide surface is relatively weak and the nucleation of pores is more difficult, which results in greater barrier layer thickness and larger cell dimension. The embryo of the porous structure of anodic film has been created within the linear region of the first transient stage, and the definite porous structure has been established before the end of the first transient stage. The self-ordering behavior of the porous film is influenced by the electrolyte concentration, film thickness and the applied current density. Great current density not only improves the cell arrangement order but also brings about larger cell dimension.

  13. Anode potential influences the structure and function of anodic electrode and electrolyte-associated microbiomes

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    Dennis, Paul G.; Virdis, Bernardino; Vanwonterghem, Inka; Hassan, Alif; Hugenholtz, Phil; Tyson, Gene W.; Rabaey, Korneel

    2016-12-01

    Three bioelectrochemical systems were operated with set anode potentials of +300 mV, +550 mV and +800 mV vs. Standard Hydrogen Electrode (SHE) to test the hypothesis that anode potential influences microbial diversity and is positively associated with microbial biomass and activity. Bacterial and archaeal diversity was characterized using 16 S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing, and biofilm thickness was measured as a proxy for biomass. Current production and substrate utilization patterns were used as measures of microbial activity and the mid-point potentials of putative terminal oxidases were assessed using cyclic voltammetry. All measurements were performed after 4, 16, 23, 30 and 38 days. Microbial biomass and activity differed significantly between anode potentials and were lower at the highest potential. Anodic electrode and electrolyte associated community composition was also significantly influenced by anode potential. While biofilms at +800 mV were thinner, transferred less charge and oxidized less substrate than those at lower potentials, they were also associated with putative terminal oxidases with higher mid-point potentials and generated more biomass per unit charge. This indicates that microbes at +800 mV were unable to capitalize on the potential for additional energy gain due to a lack of adaptive traits to high potential solid electron acceptors and/or sensitivity to oxidative stress.

  14. Zinc electrowinning: anode conditioning and current distribution studies

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    Gonzalez, J.A. [Cominco Research, Cominco Ltd., Trail, British Columbia (Canada)

    2001-07-01

    In the zinc electrowinning (EW) process, Pb-Ag anodes are widely used. Prior to their use in the EW process, anodes are conditioned to form a stable oxide layer that can evolve O{sub 2} without excessive Pb contamination of the cathode and MnO{sub 2} precipitation. The most widely used conditioning techniques are: passivation in a KF-H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolysis bath, chemical oxidation in a KMnO{sub 4}-H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution, and sandblasting. In this paper, a comparison of these treatments using flat and corrugated anodes is presented. Laboratory and industrial-scale tests carried out at Cominco's Trail and Cajamarquilla zinc plants indicated that flat anodes should be sandblasted or electrochemically passivated before their use in the Zn electrowinning process. Further, corrugated anodes should be sandblasted or chemically conditioned in a KMnO{sub 4}-H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} -electrolyte. The beneficial effects of chemical conditioning are lost if the anode is non-corrugated. Flat, chemically conditioned anodes generate up to 10 times more mud than corrugated-chemically conditioned anodes. Because anode mud growth is evenly distributed on sandblasted anodes, short-circuit frequency may decrease and anode life may increase. Sandblasting does not appear to affect anode performance. Parallel to the industrial anode conditioning tests, current distribution measurements were made. Current flow measurements were used to correct troublesome electrodes and/or bad electrical contacts. In Cajamarquilla, this technique was used in four industrial electrowinning cells and energy consumption values lower than 3000 kWh/t Zn were obtained at current efficiencies as high as 95% and at current densities up to 450 A/m{sup 2}. (author)

  15. Lithium Metal Anodes for Rechargeable Batteries

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    Xu, Wu [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Wang, Jiulin [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China); Ding, Fei [Tianjin Inst. of Power Sources (China); Chen, Xilin [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Nasybulin, Eduard N. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Zhang, Yaohui [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Harbin Inst. of Technology (China); Zhang, Jiguang [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2013-10-29

    Rechargeable lithium metal batteries have much higher energy density than those of lithium ion batteries using graphite anode. Unfortunately, uncontrollable dendritic lithium growth inherent in these batteries (upon repeated charge/discharge cycling) and limited Coulombic efficiency during lithium deposition/striping has prevented their practical application over the past 40 years. With the emerging of post Li-ion batteries, safe and efficient operation of lithium metal anode has become an enabling technology which may determine the fate of several promising candidates for the next generation of energy storage systems, including rechargeable Li-air battery, Li-S battery, and Li metal battery which utilize lithium intercalation compounds as cathode. In this work, various factors which affect the morphology and Coulombic efficiency of lithium anode will be analyzed. Technologies used to characterize the morphology of lithium deposition and the results obtained by modeling of lithium dendrite growth will also be reviewed. At last, recent development in this filed and urgent need in this field will also be discussed.

  16. Chromic acid anodizing of aluminum foil

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    Dursch, H.

    1988-01-01

    The success of the Space Station graphite/epoxy truss structure depends on its ability to endure long-term exposure to the LEO environment, primarily the effects of atomic oxygen and the temperture cycling resulting from the 94 minute orbit. This report describes the development and evaluation of chromic acid anodized (CAA) aluminum foil as protective coatings for these composite tubes. Included are: development of solar absorptance and thermal emittance properties required of Al foil and development of CAA parameters to achieve these optical properties; developing techniques to CAA 25 ft lengths of Al foil; developing bonding processes for wrapping the Al foil to graphite/epoxy tubes; and atomic oxygen testing of the CAA Al foil. Two specifications were developed and are included in the report: Chromic Acid Anodizing of Aluminum Foil Process Specification and Bonding of Anodized Aluminum Foil to Graphite/Epoxy Tubes. Results show that CAA Al foil provides and excellent protective and thermal control coating for the Space Station truss structure.

  17. Protection of MOS capacitors during anodic bonding

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    Schjølberg-Henriksen, K.; Plaza, J. A.; Rafí, J. M.; Esteve, J.; Campabadal, F.; Santander, J.; Jensen, G. U.; Hanneborg, A.

    2002-07-01

    We have investigated the electrical damage by anodic bonding on CMOS-quality gate oxide and methods to prevent this damage. n-type and p-type MOS capacitors were characterized by quasi-static and high-frequency CV-curves before and after anodic bonding. Capacitors that were bonded to a Pyrex wafer with 10 μm deep cavities enclosing the capacitors exhibited increased leakage current and interface trap density after bonding. Two different methods were successful in protecting the capacitors from such damage. Our first approach was to increase the cavity depth from 10 μm to 50 μm, thus reducing the electric field across the gate oxide during bonding from approximately 2 × 105 V cm-1 to 4 × 104 V cm-1. The second protection method was to coat the inside of a 10 μm deep Pyrex glass cavity with aluminium, forming a Faraday cage that removed the electric field across the cavity during anodic bonding. Both methods resulted in capacitors with decreased interface trap density and unchanged leakage current after bonding. No change in effective oxide charge or mobile ion contamination was observed on any of the capacitors in the study.

  18. Flank wear study of coating carbides and cermet inserts during the dry high speed turning of AISI 1045 steel; Estudio del desgaste del flanco de carburos recubiertos y cermet durante el torneado de alta velocidad en seco del acero AISI 1045

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    Hernandez-Gonzalez, L. W.; Perez-Rodriguez, R.; Zambrano-Robledo, P.; Guerrero-Mata, M.; Dumitrescu, L.

    2011-07-01

    This work deals with the experimental study of the flank wear evolution of two coating carbide inserts and a cermet insert during the dry finishing turning of AISI 1045 steel with 400, 500 and 600 m/min cutting speeds. The results were analyzed using the variance analysis and lineal regression analysis in order to describe the relationship between the flank wear and machining time, obtaining the adjusted model equation. The investigation demonstrated a significant effect of cutting speed and machining time on the flank wear at high speed machining. The three coating layers insert showed the best performance while the two layers insert had the worst behaviour of the cutting tool wear at high cutting speeds. (Author) 19 refs.

  19. Unexpected large room-temperature ferromagnetism in porous Cu{sub 2}O thin films

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    Hou, Xue [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Sun, Huiyuan, E-mail: huiyuansun@126.com [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Liu, Lihu; Jia, Xiaoxuan; Liu, Huiyuan [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Porous Cu{sub 2}O films have been fabricated on porous anodic alumina substrates using DC-reactive magnetron sputtering with pure Cu targets, and unexpectedly large room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in the films. The maximum saturation magnetic moment along the out-of-plane direction was as high as 94 emu/cm{sup 3}. Photoluminescence spectra show that the ferromagnetism originates with oxygen vacancies. The ferromagnetism could be adjusted by changing the concentration of oxygen vacancies through annealing in an oxygen atmosphere. These observations suggest that the origin of the ferromagnetism is due to coupling between oxygen vacancies with local magnetic moments in the porous Cu{sub 2}O films, which can occur either directly through exchange interactions between oxygen vacancies, or through the mediation of conduction electrons. Such a ferromagnet without the presence of any ferromagnetic dopant may find applications in spintronic devices. - Highlights: • Porous Cu{sub 2}O films were deposited on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates. • Significant room-temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in porous Cu{sub 2}O films. • Ferromagnetism of Cu{sub 2}O films exhibited different magnetic signals with the field. • The saturation magnetization is 94 emu/cm{sup 3} with an out-of-plane.

  20. Fundamental Investigation of Si Anode in Li-Ion Cells

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    Wu, James J.; Bennett, William R.

    2012-01-01

    Silicon is a promising and attractive anode material to replace graphite for high capacity lithium ion cells since its theoretical capacity is approximately 10 times of graphite and it is an abundant element on earth. However, there are challenges associated with using silicon as Li-ion anode due to the significant first cycle irreversible capacity loss and subsequent rapid capacity fade during cycling. In this paper, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy are used to build a fundamental understanding of silicon anodes. The results show that it is difficult to form the SEI film on the surface of Si anode during the first cycle, the lithium ion insertion and de-insertion kinetics for Si are sluggish, and the cell internal resistance changes with the state of lithiation after electrochemical cycling. These results are compared with those for extensively studied graphite anodes. The understanding gained from this study will help to design better Si anodes.