Sample records for dual-ion swelling experiments

  1. Compact Dual Ion Composition Experiment for space plasmas—CoDICE (United States)

    Desai, M. I.; Ogasawara, K.; Ebert, R. W.; Allegrini, F.; McComas, D. J.; Livi, S.; Weidner, S. E.


    The Compact Dual Ion Composition Experiment—CoDICE—simultaneously provides high-quality plasma and energetic ion composition measurements over six decades in energy in a wide variety of space plasma environments. CoDICE measures two critical ion populations in space plasmas: (1) Elemental and charge state composition, and 3-D velocity distributions of 10 MeV energetic ions. CoDICE uses a novel, integrated, common time-of-flight subsystem that provides several advantages over the commonly used separate plasma and energetic ion sensors currently flying on several space missions. These advantages include reduced mass and volume compared to two separate instruments, reduced shielding in high-radiation environments, and simplified spacecraft interface and accommodation requirements. This paper describes the operation principles, electro-optic simulation results and applies the CoDICE concept for measuring plasma and energetic ion populations in Jupiter's magnetosphere.

  2. An integrated time-of-flight versus residual energy subsystem for a compact dual ion composition experiment for space plasmas. (United States)

    Desai, M I; Ogasawara, K; Ebert, R W; McComas, D J; Allegrini, F; Weidner, S E; Alexander, N; Livi, S A


    We have developed a novel concept for a Compact Dual Ion Composition Experiment (CoDICE) that simultaneously provides high quality plasma and energetic ion composition measurements over 6 decades in ion energy in a wide variety of space plasma environments. CoDICE measures the two critical ion populations in space plasmas: (1) mass and ionic charge state composition and 3D velocity and angular distributions of ∼10 eV/q-40 keV/q plasma ions—CoDICE-Lo and (2) mass composition, energy spectra, and angular distributions of ∼30 keV-10 MeV energetic ions—CoDICE-Hi. CoDICE uses a common, integrated Time-of-Flight (TOF) versus residual energy (E) subsystem for measuring the two distinct ion populations. This paper describes the CoDICE design concept, and presents results of the laboratory tests of the TOF portion of the TOF vs. E subsystem, focusing specifically on (1) investigation of spill-over and contamination rates on the start and stop microchannel plate (MCP) anodes vs. secondary electron steering and focusing voltages, scanned around their corresponding model-optimized values, (2) TOF measurements and resolution and angular resolution, and (3) cross-contamination of the start and stop MCPs' singles rates from CoDICE-Lo and -Hi, and (4) energy resolution of avalanche photodiodes near the lower end of the CoDICE-Lo energy range. We also discuss physical effects that could impact the performance of the TOF vs. E subsystem in a flight instrument. Finally, we discuss advantages of the CoDICE design concept by comparing with capabilities and resources of existing flight instruments.

  3. An integrated time-of-flight versus residual energy subsystem for a compact dual ion composition experiment for space plasmas

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    Desai, M. I.; McComas, D. J.; Allegrini, F.; Livi, S. A. [Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, Texas 78238-5166 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249-0697 (United States); Ogasawara, K.; Ebert, R. W.; Weidner, S. E.; Alexander, N. [Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, Texas 78238-5166 (United States)


    We have developed a novel concept for a Compact Dual Ion Composition Experiment (CoDICE) that simultaneously provides high quality plasma and energetic ion composition measurements over 6 decades in ion energy in a wide variety of space plasma environments. CoDICE measures the two critical ion populations in space plasmas: (1) mass and ionic charge state composition and 3D velocity and angular distributions of ∼10 eV/q–40 keV/q plasma ions—CoDICE-Lo and (2) mass composition, energy spectra, and angular distributions of ∼30 keV–10 MeV energetic ions—CoDICE-Hi. CoDICE uses a common, integrated Time-of-Flight (TOF) versus residual energy (E) subsystem for measuring the two distinct ion populations. This paper describes the CoDICE design concept, and presents results of the laboratory tests of the TOF portion of the TOF vs. E subsystem, focusing specifically on (1) investigation of spill-over and contamination rates on the start and stop microchannel plate (MCP) anodes vs. secondary electron steering and focusing voltages, scanned around their corresponding model-optimized values, (2) TOF measurements and resolution and angular resolution, and (3) cross-contamination of the start and stop MCPs’ singles rates from CoDICE-Lo and -Hi, and (4) energy resolution of avalanche photodiodes near the lower end of the CoDICE-Lo energy range. We also discuss physical effects that could impact the performance of the TOF vs. E subsystem in a flight instrument. Finally, we discuss advantages of the CoDICE design concept by comparing with capabilities and resources of existing flight instruments.

  4. MELCOR 1.8.3 assessment: GE large vessel blowdown and level swell experiments

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    Kmetyk, L.N.


    MELCOR is a fully integrated, engineering-level computer code, being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for the USNRC, that models the entire spectrum of severe accident phenomena in a unified framework for both BWRs and PWRS. As part of an ongoing assessment program, the MELCOR computer code has been used to analyze a series of blowdown tests performed in the early 1980s at General Electric. The GE large vessel blowdown and level swell experiments are a set of primary system thermal/hydraulic separate effects tests studying the level swell phenomenon for BWR transients and LOCAS; analysis of these GE tests is intended to validate the new implicit bubble separation algorithm added since the release of MELCOR 1.8.2. Basecase MELCOR results are compared to test data, and a number of sensitivity studies on input modelling parameters and options have been done. MELCOR results for these experiments also are compared to MAAP and TRAC-B qualification analyses for the same tests. Time-step and machine-dependency calculations were done to identify whether any numeric effects exist in our GE large vessel blowdown and level swell assessment analyses.

  5. Dual Ion Beam Deposition Of Diamond Films On Optical Elements (United States)

    Deutchman, Arnold H.; Partyka, Robert J.; Lewis, J. C.


    Diamond film deposition processes are of great interest because of their potential use for the formation of both protective as well as anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of optical elements. Conventional plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition diamond coating processes are not ideal for use on optical components because of the high processing temperatures required, and difficulties faced in nucleating films on most optical substrate materials. A unique dual ion beam deposition technique has been developed which now makes possible deposition of diamond films on a wide variety of optical elements. The new DIOND process operates at temperatures below 150 aegrees Farenheit, and has been used to nucleate and grow both diamondlike carbon and diamond films on a wide variety of optical :taterials including borosilicate glass, quartz glass, plastic, ZnS, ZnSe, Si, and Ge.

  6. Facial swelling (United States)

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  7. Dual ion beam deposition of carbon films with diamondlike properties (United States)

    Mirtich, M. J.; Swec, D. M.; Angus, J. C.


    A single and dual ion beam system was used to generate amorphous carbon films with diamond like properties. A methane/argon mixture at a molar ratio of 0.28 was ionized in the low pressure discharge chamber of a 30-cm-diameter ion source. A second ion source, 8 cm in diameter was used to direct a beam of 600 eV Argon ions on the substrates (fused silica or silicon) while the deposition from the 30-cm ion source was taking place. Nuclear reaction and combustion analysis indicate H/C ratios for the films to be 1.00. This high value of H/C, it is felt, allowed the films to have good transmittance. The films were impervious to reagents which dissolve graphitic and polymeric carbon structures. Although the measured density of the films was approximately 1.8 gm/cu cm, a value lower than diamond, the films exhibited other properties that were relatively close to diamond. These films were compared with diamondlike films generated by sputtering a graphite target.

  8. Patterns in swelling hydrogels (United States)

    MacMinn, Chris; Bertrand, Thibault; Peixinho, Jorge; Mukhopadhyay, Shomeek


    Swelling is a process in which a porous material spontaneously grows by absorbing additional pore fluid. Polymeric hydrogels are highly deformable materials that can experience very large volume changes during swelling. This allows a small amount of dry gel to absorb a large amount of fluid, making gels extremely useful in applications from moisture control to drug delivery. However, a well-known consequence of these extreme volume changes is the emergence of a striking morphological instability. We study the transient mechanics of this instability here by combining a theoretical model with a series of simple experiments, focusing on the extent to which this instability can be controlled by manipulating the rate of swelling.

  9. Swelling equilibrium of dentin adhesive polymers formed on the water-adhesive phase boundary: Experiments and micromechanical model (United States)

    Misra, Anil; Parthasarathy, Ranganathan; Ye, Qiang; Singh, Viraj; Spencer, Paulette


    During their application to the wet, oral environment, dentin adhesives can experience phase separation and composition change which can compromise the quality of the hybrid layer formed at the dentin-adhesive interface. The chemical composition of polymer phases formed in the hybrid layer can be represented using a ternary water-adhesive phase diagram. In this paper, these polymer phases have been characterized using a suite of mechanical tests and swelling experiments. The experimental results were evaluated using granular micromechanics based model that incorporates poro-mechanical effects and polymer-solvent thermodynamics. The variation of the model parameters and model-predicted polymer properties has been studied as a function of composition along the phase boundary. The resulting structure-property correlations provide insight into interactions occurring at the molecular level in the saturated polymer system. These correlations can be used for modeling the mechanical behavior of hybrid layer, and are expected to aid in the design and improvement of water-compatible dentin adhesive polymers. PMID:24076070

  10. Structure and Magnetic Properties of Fe-N Films Prepared by Dual Ion Beam Sputtering

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    诸葛兰剑; 吴雪梅; 汤乃云; 叶春兰; 姚伟国


    Fe-N films were prepared on Si substrate by dual ion beam sputtering (DIBS). It is of the films were investigated by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The structure of the films is insensitive to the ratios of N2/Ar in main ion source(MIS), and is mainly influenced by the substrate temperature (Ts).``

  11. Wind, current and swell influences on the ice extent and flux in the Grand Banks-Labrador sea area as observed in the LIMEX '87 experiment (United States)

    Argus, Susan Digby; Carsey, Frank; Holt, Benjamin


    This paper presents data collected by airborne and satellite instruments during the Labrador Ice Margin Experiment, that demonstrate the effects of oceanic and atmospheric processes on the ice conditions in the Grand Banks-Labrador sea area. Special consideration is given to the development of algorithms for extracting information from SAR data. It is shown that SAR data can be used to monitor ice extent, determine ice motion, locate shear zones, monitor the penetration of swell into the ice, estimate floe sizes, and establish the dimensions of the ice velocity zones. It is also shown that the complex interaction of the ice cover with winds, currents, swell, and coastlines is similar to the dynamics established for a number of sites in both polar regions.

  12. The range of β in the distributed-order infiltration into swelling soils and ponding time texted in the field experiments (United States)

    Li, Y.; Ma, X.


    Theoretical research and experimental analysis of the process that how water into the soil surface, that is infiltration, has profound implications for water-efficient irrigation both in hydrology science and soil physics due to the global water shortage and the rising demand for food. However, the majorities of previous work on infiltration equations are generally based on the assumption that soils are rigid objects and then overlook the realistic properties of swelling-shrinking properties and anomalous diffusion of natural soils, resulting in inaccurate prediction of infiltration. After the new general equation of flow in swelling soils based on the fractional calculus in a material coordinate was presented in 2010, heated research are conducted in the following years among which the parameter β is the hottest topic that has no doubt responses the physical properties of the soil and need further discussion. In such cases, we measured, for the first time, the range of parameter β with data collected from field experiments and the results show that the range of β is 0 to 2. In addition, we simulate the infiltration and analyze the spatial and temporal variability of parameters. Afterwards, we presented a new formula for the time to ponding with parameters from fractional Fokker-Planck equation (fFPE) and simulated ponding time under different rainfall intensity in Loess Plateau.

  13. Swelling and Release Studies

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  14. Potassium-Based Dual Ion Battery with Dual-Graphite Electrode. (United States)

    Fan, Ling; Liu, Qian; Chen, Suhua; Lin, Kairui; Xu, Zhi; Lu, Bingan


    A potassium ion battery has potential applications for large scale electric energy storage systems due to the abundance and low cost of potassium resources. Dual graphite batteries, with graphite as both anode and cathode, eliminate the use of transition metal compounds and greatly lower the overall cost. Herein, combining the merits of the potassium ion battery and dual graphite battery, a potassium-based dual ion battery with dual-graphite electrode is developed. It delivers a reversible capacity of 62 mA h g(-1) and medium discharge voltage of ≈3.96 V. The intercalation/deintercalation mechanism of K(+) and PF6(-) into/from graphite is proposed and discussed in detail, with various characterizations to support. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Hotspot swells revisited (United States)

    King, Scott D.; Adam, Claudia


    The first attempts to quantify the width and height of hotspot swells were made more than 30 years ago. Since that time, topography, ocean-floor age, and sediment thickness datasets have improved considerably. Swell heights and widths have been used to estimate the heat flow from the core-mantle boundary, constrain numerical models of plumes, and as an indicator of the origin of hotspots. In this paper, we repeat the analysis of swell geometry and buoyancy flux for 54 hotspots, including the 37 considered by Sleep (1990) and the 49 considered by Courtillot et al. (2003), using the latest and most accurate data. We are able to calculate swell geometry for a number of hotspots that Sleep was only able to estimate by comparison with other swells. We find that in spite of the increased resolution in global bathymetry models there is significant uncertainty in our calculation of buoyancy fluxes due to differences in our measurement of the swells’ width and height, the integration method (volume integration or cross-sectional area), and the variations of the plate velocities between HS2-Nuvel1a (Gripp and Gordon, 1990) and HS3-Nuvel1a (Gripp and Gordon, 2002). We also note that the buoyancy flux for Pacific hotspots is in general larger than for Eurasian, North American, African and Antarctic hotspots. Considering that buoyancy flux is linearly related to plate velocity, we speculate that either the calculation of buoyancy flux using plate velocity over-estimates the actual vertical flow of material from the deep mantle or that convection in the Pacific hemisphere is more vigorous than the Atlantic hemisphere.

  16. Nanocrystalline magnetite thin films grown by dual ion-beam sputtering

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    Prieto, Pilar, E-mail: [Departamento de Física Aplicada M-12, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ruiz, Patricia [Departamento de Física Aplicada M-12, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ferrer, Isabel J. [Departamento de Física de Materiales M-4, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Figuera, Juan de la; Marco, José F. [Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano”, CSIC, Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid (Spain)


    Highlights: • We have grown tensile and compressive strained nanocrystalline magnetite thin films by dual ion beam sputtering. • The magnetic and thermoelectric properties can be controlled by the deposition conditions. • The magnetic anisotropy depends on the crystalline grain size. • The thermoelectric properties depend on the type of strain induced in the films. • In plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy develops in magnetite thin films with grain sizes ⩽20 nm. - Abstract: We have explored the influence of an ion-assisted beam in the thermoelectric and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline magnetite thin films grown by ion-beam sputtering. The microstructure has been investigated by XRD. Tensile and compressive strained thin films have been obtained as a function of the parameters of the ion-assisted beam. The evolution of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy was attributed to crystalline grain size. In some films, magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements reveal the existence of uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by the deposition process related with a small grain size (⩽20 nm). Isotropic magnetic properties have observed in nanocrystalline magnetite thin film having larger grain sizes. The largest power factor of all the films prepared (0.47 μW/K{sup 2} cm), obtained from a Seebeck coefficient of −80 μV/K and an electrical resistivity of 13 mΩ cm, is obtained in a nanocrystalline magnetite thin film with an expanded out-of-plane lattice and with a grain size ≈30 nm.

  17. Dual-ion-beam deposition of carbon films with diamond-like properties (United States)

    Mirtich, M. J.; Swec, D. M.; Angus, J. C.


    A single and dual ion beam system was used to generate amorphous carbon films with diamond like properties. A methane/argon mixture at a molar ratio of 0.28 was ionized in the low pressure discharge chamber of a 30-cm-diameter ion source. A second ion source, 8 cm in diameter was used to direct a beam of 600 eV Argon ions on the substrates (fused silica or silicon) while the deposition from the 30-cm ion source was taking place. Nuclear reaction and combustion analysis indicate H/C ratios for the films to be 1.00. This high value of H/C, it is felt, allowed the films to have good transmittance. The films were impervious to reagents which dissolve graphitic and polymeric carbon structures. Although the measured density of the films was approximately 1.8 gm/cu cm, a value lower than diamond, the films exhibited other properties that were relatively close to diamond. These films were compared with diamond like films generated by sputtering a graphite target.

  18. Influence of annealing temperature on ZnO thin films grown by dual ion beam sputtering

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    Sushil Kumar Pandey; Saurabh Kumar Pandey; Vishnu Awasthi; Ashish Kumar; Uday P Deshpande; Mukul Gupta; Shaibal Mukherjee


    We have investigated the influence of in situ annealing on the optical, electrical, structural and morphological properties of ZnO thin films prepared on -type Si(100) substrates by dual ion beam sputtering deposition (DIBSD) system. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed that all ZnO films have (002) preferred orientation. Full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of XRD from the (002) crystal plane was observed to reach to a minimum value of 0.139° from ZnO film, annealed at 600 °C. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements demonstrated sharp near-band-edge emission (NBE) at ∼ 380 nm along with broad deep level emissions (DLEs) at room temperature. Moreover, when the annealing temperature was increased from 400 to 600 °C, the ratio of NBE peak intensity to DLE peak intensity initially increased, however, it reduced at further increase in annealing temperature. In electrical characterization as well, when annealing temperature was increased from 400 to 600 °C, room temperature electron mobility enhanced from 6.534 to 13.326 cm2/V s, and then reduced with subsequent increase in temperature. Therefore, 600 °C annealing temperature produced good-quality ZnO film, suitable for optoelectronic devices fabrication. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study revealed the presence of oxygen interstitials and vacancies point defects in ZnO film annealed at 400 °C.

  19. Optical Properties of dual ion beam sputtered Indium Tin Oxide films on glass and Silicon (United States)

    Simpson, Nelson; Geerts, Wilhelmus; Bandyopadhyay, Anup


    Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is a transparent conducting material that finds application in flat panel displays, solar cells, and photodetectors. High quality ITO films, i.e. films with a large transparency and a high conductivity, are normally deposited above room temperature often at 300-400 C. This high deposition temperature eliminates most plastics as substrates. To lower the substrate deposition temperature we are applying atomic instead of molecular oxygen during the sputtering process. A dual ion beam sputtering system (DIBS) has been modified to allow the substrate to be exposed to an atomic oxygen beam at 45 degrees angle of incidence. Thin films were sputtered as a function of atomic oxygen flux and substrate temperature on glass, silicon, and sapphire substrates. The optical properties were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry, reflectometry, and FTIR. Film thickness and bandgap were determined from the optical properties in the visible part of the spectrum. Mobility was determined from the infrared part of the spectruam. Optical properties appear to vary with the film thickness, the oxygen flux, and the substrate temperature. Roughness of the samples was independently measured by AFM. This work is supported by a grant from research corporation (10775).

  20. Dual Ion Spectrometers and Their Calibration for the Fast Plasma Investigation on NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (United States)

    Coffey, V. N.; Chandler, M. O.


    The scientific target of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is to study the fundamentally important phenomenon of magnetic reconnection. Theoretical models of this process predict a small size, on the order of hundred kilometers, for the ion diffusion region where ions are demagnetized at the dayside magnetopause. This region may typically sweep over the spacecraft at relatively high speeds of 50 km/s, requiring the fast plasma investigation (FPI) instrument suite to have an extremely high time resolution for measurements of the 3D particle distribution functions. As part of the FPI on MMS, the 16 dual ion spectrometers (DIS) will provide fast (150 ms) 3D ion velocity distributions, from 10 to 30,000 eV/q, by combining the measurements from four dual spectrometers on each of four MMS spacecraft. For any multispacecraft mission, the response uniformity among the spectrometer set assumes an enhanced importance. Due to these demanding instrument requirements and the effort of calibrating more than 32 sensors (16 × 2) within a tight schedule, a highly systematic and precise calibration was required for measurement repeatability. To illustrate how this challenge was met, a brief overview of the FPI DIS was presented with a detailed discussion of the calibration method of approach and implementation. Finally, a discussion of DIS performance results, their unit-to-unit variation, and the lessons learned from this calibration effort are presented.


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    Full Text Available In the course of construction of Sangtudinsky hydropower plant-1 on the River Vakhsh, it was deemed necessary to identify clay swelling properties in the event of alterations of the humidity mode of fructured half-rock soils, or the Suzakh clay, that accommodated tunnel-shaped water outlets within a section that was 75 meters long. The depth of tunnels was about 100 m. Any interaction with swelling soils could lead to destruction of the tunnel lining. Suzakh clays demonstrated the following physical and mechanical properties: density of particles of soil ρ= 2,69 g/cm; soil density ρ = 2.40-2.47 g/cm; porosity of 8.2-10.8 %; ultimate resistance to uniaxial compression = 13.1-31.0 MPa. Water saturated clay samples disintegrated into cloddy fragments; the rate of a longitudinal ultrasonic wave in the area of unaltered soils was equal to = 2500 m/c; repulse coefficient k was equal to 15 MPa/m; solidity coefficient (according to Protodyakonov was equal to 1,5; modulus of deformation in the massif was equal to 0.23 х10 MPa. The author proposed a methodology and designed a pilot set of equipment units designated for the identification of the swelling properties of fractured half-rock soils. Results of the pilot unit operation are presented in the article. Swelling properties are based on the monolith testing results. The programme contemplated a set of experiments held in various limit states on the surface of monoliths. Dependence between the swelling pressure and the swelling deformation in the course of water saturation was identified. The experiment demonstrates that alterations of the humidity mode of free surface Suzakh clays cause the relative deformation of swelling up to 1.1 %, and if the lining is rigid, the swelling pressure can exceed 4 MPa.

  2. Mitosis is swell. (United States)

    Zatulovskiy, Evgeny; Skotheim, Jan M


    Cell volume and dry mass are typically correlated. However, in this issue, Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz et al. (2015. J. Cell Biol. and Son et al. (2015. J. Cell Biol. use new live-cell techniques to show that entry to mitosis coincides with rapid cell swelling, which is reversed before division.

  3. Swelling kinetics of tea in hot water. (United States)

    Joshi, Bhushan S; Farakte, Raosaheb A; Yadav, Geeta U; Patwardhan, Ashwin W; Singh, Gurmeet


    In this study, the swelling kinetics of individual tea particles as well as bed of tea granules were investigated for different types of teas. The swelling experiments involved image analysis and volume measurements of tea particles. Each individual particle shows different swelling characteristics. Separating funnels and cylindrical columns of varying sizes were used to study the changes in volume of tea bed. Swelling in separating funnel was observed to be more than that in column. The effect of temperature, particle size, bed height and vessel diameter were investigated. The extent as well as the rate of swelling is found to increase with rise in temperature (60 to 80 °C) and reduction in particle size. A decrease in swelling is observed with increase in bed height as well as decrease in vessel diameter and vice a versa. About 70 to 75 % swelling occurs in the first 40 to 45 s. Two empirical models viz. Weibull and Peleg were used to fit the experimental data. The rate parameters obtained for a sample T5 at different temperatures were in the range of 0.012 to 0.016. The volume changes of all the teas were compared with their elution behavior, by measuring the absorbance of a diluted sample of brew at 272 nm. The activation energies for the process of tea swelling calculated for T1 (1.2 mm), T5 (2.2 mm) and T5 (0.72 mm) were 14.156, 8.37 and 13.42 kJ/mol respectively.

  4. Irradiation creep relaxation of void swelling-driven stresses

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    Hall, M.M., E-mail: [MacRay Consulting, 1366 Hillsdale Drive, Monroeville, PA (United States)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Irradiation void swelling can cause distortion of reactor core components. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Constrained swelling can drive stresses beyond acceptable levels. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compressive stresses decrease irradiation swelling rates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Irradiation creep relaxes swelling-driven stresses and core restraint forces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Swelling-driven creep stresses are consistent with predictions of a proposed model. - Abstract: Swelling-driven-creep test specimens are used to measure the compressive stresses that develop due to constraint of irradiation void swelling. These specimens use a previously non-irradiated 20% CW Type 316 stainless steel holder to axially restrain two Type 304 stainless steel tubular specimens that were previously irradiated in the US Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR-II) at 490 Degree-Sign C. One specimen was previously irradiated to fluence levels in the void nucleation regime (9 dpa) and the other in the quasi-steady void growth regime (28 dpa). A lift-off compliance measurement technique was used post-irradiation to determine compressive stresses developed during reirradiation of the two specimen assemblies in Row 7 of EBR-II at temperatures of 547 Degree-Sign C and 504 Degree-Sign C, respectively, to additional damage levels each of about 5 dpa. Results obtained on the higher fluence swelling-driven-creep specimen show that compressive stress due to constraint of swelling retards void swelling to a degree that is consistent with active load uniaxial compression specimens that were irradiated as part of a previously reported multiaxial in-reactor creep experiment. Swelling results obtained on the lower fluence swelling-driven creep specimen show a much larger effect of compressive stress in reducing swelling, demonstrating that the larger effect of stress on swelling is on void nucleation as compared to void growth. Test results are

  5. Spinal cord swelling and candidiasis

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    Ho, K.; Gronseth, G.; Aldrich, M.; Williams, A.


    Fusiform swelling of the spinal cord was noted myelographically in a patient with Hodgkin's disease. Autopsy revealed that the swelling was caused by Candida infection of the spinal cord. It is suggested that fungal infection be included in the differential diagnosis of spinal cord swelling in the immunosuppressed cancer patient.

  6. Ion beam and dual ion beam sputter deposition of tantalum oxide films (United States)

    Cevro, Mirza; Carter, George


    Ion beam sputter deposition (IBS) and dual ion beam sputter deposition (DIBS) of tantalum oxide films was investigated at room temperature and compared with similar films prepared by e-gun deposition. Optical properties ie refractive index and extinction coefficient of IBS films were determined in the 250 - 1100 nm range by transmission spectrophotometry and at (lambda) equals 632.8 nm by ellipsometry. They were found to be mainly sensitive to the partial pressure of oxygen used as a reactive gas in the deposition process. The maximum value of the refractive index of IBS deposited tantalum oxide films was n equals 2.15 at (lambda) equals 550 nm and the extinction coefficient of order k equals 2 X 10-4. Films deposited by e-gun deposition had refractive index n equals 2.06 at (lambda) equals 550 nm. Films deposited using DIBS ie deposition assisted by low energy Ar and O2 ions (Ea equals 0 - 300 eV) and low current density (Ji equals 0 - 40 (mu) A/cm2) showed no improvement in the optical properties of the films. Preferential sputtering occurred at Ea(Ar) equals 300 eV and Ji equals 20 (mu) A/cm2 and slightly oxygen deficient films were formed. Different bonding states in the tantalum-oxide films were determined by x-ray spectroscopy while composition of the film and contaminants were determined by Rutherford scattering spectroscopy. Tantalum oxide films formed by IBS contained relatively high Ar content (approximately equals 2.5%) originating from the reflected argon neutrals from the sputtering target while assisted deposition slightly increased the Ar content. Stress in the IBS deposited films was measured by the bending technique. IBS deposited films showed compressive stress with a typical value of s equals 3.2 X 109 dyn/cm2. Films deposited by concurrent ion bombardment showed an increase in the stress as a function of applied current density. The maximum was s approximately equals 5.6 X 109 dyn/cm2 for Ea equals 300 eV and Ji equals 35 (mu) A/cm2. All

  7. Ion-beam and dual-ion-beam sputter deposition of tantalum oxide films (United States)

    Cevro, Mirza; Carter, George


    Ion-beam sputter deposition (IBS) and dual-ion-beam sputter deposition (DIBS) of tantalum oxide films was investigated at room temperature and compared with similar films prepared by e-gun deposition. The optical properties, i.e., refractive index and extinction coefficient, of IBS films were determined in the 250- to 1100-nm range by transmission spectrophotometry and at (lambda) equals 632.8 nm by ellipsometry. They were found to be mainly sensitive to the partial pressure of oxygen used as a reactive gas in the deposition process. The maximum value of the refractive index of IBS deposited tantalum oxide films was n equals 2.15 at (lambda) equals 550 nm and the extinction coefficient of order k equals 2 X 10-4. Films deposited by e-gun deposition had refractive index n 2.06 at (lambda) equals 550 nm. Films deposited using DIBS, i.e., deposition assisted by low energy Ar and O2 ions (Ea equals 0 to 300 eV) and low current density (Ji equals 0 to 40 (mu) A/cm2), showed no improvement in the optical properties of the films. Preferential sputtering occurred at Ea(Ar) equals 300 eV and Ji equals 20 (mu) A/cm2 and slightly oxygen deficient films were formed. Different bonding states in the tantalum-oxide films were determined by x-ray spectroscopy, whereas composition of the film and contaminants were determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). Tantalum oxide films formed by IBS contained relatively high Ar content (approximately equals 2.5%) originating from the reflected argon neutrals from the sputtering target whereas assisted deposition slightly increased the Ar content. Stress in the IBS-deposited films was measured by the bending technique. IBS-deposited films showed compressive stress with a typical value of s equals 3.2 X 109 dyn/cm2. Films deposited by concurrent ion bombardment showed an increase in the stress as a function of applied current density. The maximum was s approximately equals 5.6 X 109 dyn/cm2 for Ea equals 300 eV and Ji equals

  8. Morphing of geometric composites via residual swelling. (United States)

    Pezzulla, Matteo; Shillig, Steven A; Nardinocchi, Paola; Holmes, Douglas P


    Understanding and controlling the shape of thin, soft objects has been the focus of significant research efforts among physicists, biologists, and engineers in the last decade. These studies aim to utilize advanced materials in novel, adaptive ways such as fabricating smart actuators or mimicking living tissues. Here, we present the controlled growth-like morphing of 2D sheets into 3D shapes by preparing geometric composite structures that deform by residual swelling. The morphing of these geometric composites is dictated by both swelling and geometry, with diffusion controlling the swelling-induced actuation, and geometric confinement dictating the structure's deformed shape. Building on a simple mechanical analog, we present an analytical model that quantitatively describes how the Gaussian and mean curvatures of a thin disk are affected by the interplay among geometry, mechanics, and swelling. This model is in excellent agreement with our experiments and numerics. We show that the dynamics of residual swelling is dictated by a competition between two characteristic diffusive length scales governed by geometry. Our results provide the first 2D analog of Timoshenko's classical formula for the thermal bending of bimetallic beams - our generalization explains how the Gaussian curvature of a 2D geometric composite is affected by geometry and elasticity. The understanding conferred by these results suggests that the controlled shaping of geometric composites may provide a simple complement to traditional manufacturing techniques.

  9. Two Dual Ion Spectrometer Flight Units of the Fast Plasma Instrument Suite (FPI) for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) (United States)

    Adams, Mitzi


    Two Dual Ion Spectrometer flight units of the Fast Plasma Instrument Suite (FPI) for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) have returned to MSFC for flight testing. Anticipated to begin on June 30, tests will ensue in the Low Energy Electron and Ion Facility of the Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office (ZP13), managed by Dr. Victoria Coffey of the Natural Environments Branch of the Engineering Directorate (EV44). The MMS mission consists of four identical spacecraft, whose purpose is to study magnetic reconnection in the boundary regions of Earth's magnetosphere.

  10. An unexpected supraclavicular swelling

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    Wilson Eliie


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cause of cancer death in UK. It commonly metastasises to the liver but rarely to small bones. Case presentation We describe a case of a patient with adenocarcinoma of the descending colon who presented preoperatively with a right supraclavicular swelling. Subsequent imaging and cytology of the lesion revealed this to be a metastasis to the right clavicle resulting in a pathological fracture. Conclusion This report describes the rare occurrence of a colorectal metastasis to the clavicle. It emphasises that although bone metastases from primary colorectal tumours are rare events, they tend to metastasise to small, non-weight bearing bones. It also discusses the utility of isotope bone scanning and that on certain occasions this imaging method may prove to be equivocal. In such circumstances, biopsy or magnetic resonance imaging is more sensitive for the detection of bone metastases.

  11. Hereditary Angioedema Attacks : Local Swelling at Multiple Sites

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    Hofman, Zonne L M; Relan, Anurag; Hack, C. Erik


    Hereditary angioedema (HAE) patients experience recurrent local swelling in various parts of the body including painful swelling of the intestine and life-threatening laryngeal oedema. Most HAE literature is about attacks located in one anatomical site, though it is mentioned that HAE attacks may al

  12. Dynamics of swelling and drying in a spherical gel

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    Bertrand, Thibault; Mukhopadhyay, Shomeek; MacMinn, Christopher W


    Swelling is a volumetric-growth process in which a porous material expands by spontaneous imbibition of additional pore fluid. Swelling is distinct from other growth processes in that it is inherently poromechanical: Local expansion of the pore structure requires that additional fluid be drawn from elsewhere in the material, or into the material from across the boundaries. Here, we study the swelling and subsequent drying of a sphere of hydrogel. We develop a dynamic model based on large-deformation poromechanics and compare the predictions of the model with a series of experiments performed with polyacrylamide spheres. We use the model and the experiments to study the complex internal dynamics of swelling and drying, and to highlight the fundamental differences between these two processes. Although we assume spherical symmetry, the model also provides insight into the transient patterns that form and then vanish during swelling as well as the risk of fracture during drying.

  13. Engineering Significant of Swelling Soils

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    Behzad Kalantari


    Full Text Available This study describes some of the most important swelling characters of expansive soils when used as foundation materials to support various types of civil engineering structures. Expansive soils are considered among difficult foundation materials and expand upon wetting and shrink upon losing moisture. They are considered problematic soils for architectural and civil engineers. These types of soils may cause minor to major structural damages to pavements as well as buildings. It is therefore essential to detect swelling soils from non-problematic foundation soils before any civil engineering projects are constructed over or adjacent to them. The study begins with definition of expansive soils and shows its distributions in the world as well as the basic causes for swelling potential that these type of soils poses. It is also shown that, the most probable depth of expansion to check for possible swelling potential for swelling soils is soil’s active zone. This zone is the most upper depth of expansive soil and it may extend up to 20 ft. (6 m below ground level. The moisture content of soil through active zone varies during different seasons while in lower part of expansive soil the moisture content stays constant during hot and cold season. Among various methods to check for swelling potential, plastic index and liquid limits are two most crucial factors, as these factors tend to increase, the swelling potential increase as well.

  14. Front-end and high-voltage electronics developments for compact, dual ion-electron thermal measurements (United States)

    Cara, A.; Lavraud, B.; Tap, H.; Ballot, Y.; Aoustin, C.; Chassela, O.; Cadu, A.; Devoto, P.; Fedorov, A.; Rouzaud, J.; Rubiella, J.; Sauvaud, J. A.; Seran, H. C.; Bernal, O.; Payan, D.; Rouzies, C.


    The Active Monitor Box of Electrostatic Risks (AMBER) is a double-head thermal electron and ion electrostatic analyzer (~0 - 30 keV) that will be launched onboard the Jason-3 spacecraft in 2015. The new generation AMBRE instrument (AMBER_NG) constitutes a significant new evolution that will be based on a single head with newly developed sub-systems to reduce all instrument resources. We will describe the main front-end and high-voltage electronics developments which are being made to perform such dual ion-electron measurements. The first purpose of AMBER_NG is the monitoring of spacecraft charging and of the plasma populations at the origin of this charging. The design is also appropriate for the study of space plasma processes in the Earth's magnetosphere, as well as at other planets where time resolution may not prevail over mass constraints.

  15. Properties of high k gate dielectric gadolinium oxide deposited on Si (1 0 0) by dual ion beam deposition (DIBD) (United States)

    Zhou, Jian-Ping; Chai, Chun-Lin; Yang, Shao-Yan; Liu, Zhi-Kai; Song, Shu-Lin; Li, Yan-Li; Chen, Nuo-Fu


    Gadolinium oxide thin films have been prepared on silicon (1 0 0) substrates with a low-energy dual ion-beam epitaxial technique. Substrate temperature was an important factor to affect the crystal structures and textures in an ion energy range of 100-500 eV. The films had a monoclinic Gd2O3 structure with preferred orientation (4 bar 0 2) at low substrate temperatures. When the substrate temperature was increased, the orientation turned to (2 0 2), and finally, the cubic structure appeared at the substrate temperature of 700 °C, which disagreed with the previous report because of the ion energy. The AES studies found that Gadolinium oxide shared Gd2O3 structures, although there were a lot of oxygen deficiencies in the films, and the XPS results confirmed this. AFM was also used to investigate the surface images of the samples. Finally, the electrical properties were presented.

  16. Foot, leg, and ankle swelling (United States)

    ... swelling during pregnancy may be a sign of preeclampsia , a serious condition that includes high blood pressure ... Studdiford JS, Pickle S, Tully AS. Edema: Diagnosis and management. Am Fam Phys . 2013;88(2): 102-110. ...

  17. Seasonality of Ankle Swelling: Population Symptom Reporting Using Google Trends. (United States)

    Liu, Fangwei; Allan, G Michael; Korownyk, Christina; Kolber, Michael; Flook, Nigel; Sternberg, Harvey; Garrison, Scott


    In our experience, complaints of ankle swelling are more common in summer, typically from patients with no obvious cardiovascular disease. Surprisingly, this observation has never been reported. To objectively establish this phenomenon, we sought evidence of seasonality in the public's Internet searches for ankle swelling. Our data, obtained from Google Trends, consisted of all related Google searches in the United States from January 4, 2004, to January 26, 2016. Consistent with our expectations and confirmed by similar data for Australia, Internet searches for information on ankle swelling are highly seasonal (highest in midsummer), with seasonality explaining 86% of search volume variability.

  18. Bias-dependent photo-detection of dual-ion beam sputtered MgZnO thin films

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    Saurabh Kumar Pandey; Shaibal Mukherjee


    The structural, morphological, elemental and electrical properties of MgZnO thin films, grown on p-Si (001) substrates by dual-ion beam sputtering deposition (DIBSD) system at different substrate temperatures were thoroughly investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of MgZnO film exhibited crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure with the preferred (002) crystal orientation. The full-width at half-maximum of the (002) plane was the narrowest with a value of 0.226° from MgZnO film grown at 400°C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the substitution of Zn$^{2+}$ by Mg$^{2+}$ in MgZnO thin films and the absence of MgO phase. Correlation between calculated crystallite size, as evaluated from XRD measurements, and room-temperature carrier mobility, as obtained from Hall measurements, was established. Current–voltage characteristics of MgZnO thin films were carried out under the influence of dark and light illumination conditions and corresponding values of photosensitivity were calculated. MgZnO film grown at 100°C exhibited the highest photosensitivity of 1.62. Compared with one of the best-reported values of photosensitivity factor from ZnO-material-based films available in the literature, briefly, $\\sim$3.085-fold improved photosensitivity factor at the same bias voltage (2 V) was obtained.

  19. Bubble-Sheet-Like Interface Design with an Ultrastable Solid Electrolyte Layer for High-Performance Dual-Ion Batteries. (United States)

    Qin, Panpan; Wang, Meng; Li, Na; Zhu, Haili; Ding, Xuan; Tang, Yongbing


    In this work, a bubble-sheet-like hollow interface design on Al foil anode to improve the cycling stability and rate performance of aluminum anode based dual-ion battery is reported, in which, a carbon-coated hollow aluminum anode is used as both anode materials and current collector. This anode structure can guide the alloying position inside the hollow nanospheres, and also confine the alloy sizes within the hollow nanospheres, resulting in significantly restricted volumetric expansion and ultrastable solid electrolyte interface (SEI). As a result, the battery demonstrates an excellent long-term cycling stability within 1500 cycles with ≈99% capacity retention at 2 C. Moreover, this cell displays an energy density of 169 Wh kg(-1) even at high power density of 2113 W kg(-1) (10 C, charge and discharge within 6 min), which is much higher than most of conventional lithium ion batteries. The interfacial engineering strategy shown in this work to stabilize SEI layer and control the alloy forming position could be generalized to promote the research development of metal anodes based battery systems.

  20. Room-Temperature Growth of SiC Thin Films by Dual-Ion-Beam Sputtering Deposition

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    C. G. Jin


    Full Text Available Silicon carbide (SiC films were prepared by single and dual-ion-beamsputtering deposition at room temperature. An assisted Ar+ ion beam (ion energy Ei = 150 eV was directed to bombard the substrate surface to be helpful for forming SiC films. The microstructure and optical properties of nonirradicated and assisted ion-beam irradicated films have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and Raman spectra. TEM result shows that the films are amorphous. The films exposed to a low-energy assisted ion-beam irradicated during sputtering from a-SiC target have exhibited smoother and compacter surface topography than which deposited with nonirradicated. The ion-beam irradicated improves the adhesion between film and substrate and releases the stress between film and substrate. With assisted ion-beam irradicated, the density of the Si–C bond in the film has increased. At the same time, the excess C atoms or the size of the sp2 bonded clusters reduces, and the a-Si phase decreases. These results indicate that the composition of the film is mainly Si–C bond.

  1. Cell swelling and volume regulation

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    Hoffmann, Else Kay


    been reported. The role of the different channels was discussed. A taurine leak pathway is clearly activated after cell swelling both in astrocytes and in neurones. The relations between the effect of glutamate and cell swelling were discussed. Discussion on the clearance of potassium from...... the extracellular space was continued. Neither the spatial buffering mechanism nor the role of the Na+/K+ pump was discussed here, but additional possibilities for K+ removal were discussed. At a high extracellular K+ concentration there is a possibility of channel-mediated KCl uptake by the glia cells, and a Na......-K-2Cl cotransport system is present in astrocytes and seems to play a role at relatively low extracellular K+ concentrations (6-20 mM). The cotransport system is likely to be regulated, but little is known about its regulation in glia cells....

  2. Indolent palatal swelling: Catch 22 (United States)

    Sharma, Preeti; Wadhwan, Vijay; Kumar, K. V. Arun; Venkatesh, Arvind; Thapa, Timsy


    We present an interesting but intriguing case of an indolent palatal swelling. The lesion was asymptomatic causing little discomfort to the patient and thus was an incidental clinical finding. Provisional diagnosis was a benign, minor salivary gland tumor. Clinical differential diagnoses included benign lymphoepithelial lesion or mucus extravasation phenomenon. Nevertheless, we also considered malignancies such as mucoepidermoid carcinoma, lymphoma, and neoplasm of the maxillary sinus. However, the histopathology revealed a rare clinicopathologic entity prompting immediate treatment of the lesion.


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    1. When solid blocks of isoelectric gelatin are placed in cold distilled water or dilute buffer of pH 4.7, only those of a gelatin content of more than 10 per cent swell, while those of a lower gelatin content not only do not swell but actually lose water. 2. The final quantity of water lost by blocks of dilute gelatin is the same whether the block is immersed in a large volume of water or whether syneresis has been initiated in the gel through mechanical forces such as shaking, pressure, etc., even in the absence of any outside liquid, thus showing that syneresis is identical with the process of negative swelling of dilute gels when placed in cold water, and may be used as a convenient term for it. 3. Acid- or alkali-containing gels give rise to greater syneresis than isoelectric gels, after the acid or alkali has been removed by dialysis. 4. Salt-containing gels show greater syneresis than salt-free gels of the same pH, after the salt has been washed away. 5. The acid and alkali and also the salt effect on syneresis of gels disappears at a gelatin concentration above 8 per cent. 6. The striking similarity in the behavior of gels with respect to syneresis and of gelatin solutions with respect to viscosity suggests the probability that both are due to the same mechanism, namely the mechanism of hydration of the micellae in gelatin by means of osmosis as brought about either by diffusible ions, as in the presence of acid or alkali, or by the soluble gelatin present in the micellae. The greater the pressures that caused swelling of the micellae while the gelatin was in the sol state, the greater is the loss of water from the gels when the pressures are removed. 7. A quantitative study of the loss of water by dilute gels of various gelatin content shows that the same laws which have been found by Northrop to hold for the swelling of gels of high concentrations apply also to the process of losing water by dilute gels, i.e. to the process of syneresis. The general

  4. Electric-field control of tri-state phase transformation with a selective dual-ion switch (United States)

    Lu, Nianpeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Zhang, Qinghua; Qiao, Ruimin; He, Qing; Li, Hao-Bo; Wang, Yujia; Guo, Jingwen; Zhang, Ding; Duan, Zheng; Li, Zhuolu; Wang, Meng; Yang, Shuzhen; Yan, Mingzhe; Arenholz, Elke; Zhou, Shuyun; Yang, Wanli; Gu, Lin; Nan, Ce-Wen; Wu, Jian; Tokura, Yoshinori; Yu, Pu


    Materials can be transformed from one crystalline phase to another by using an electric field to control ion transfer, in a process that can be harnessed in applications such as batteries, smart windows and fuel cells. Increasing the number of transferrable ion species and of accessible crystalline phases could in principle greatly enrich material functionality. However, studies have so far focused mainly on the evolution and control of single ionic species (for example, oxygen, hydrogen or lithium ions). Here we describe the reversible and non-volatile electric-field control of dual-ion (oxygen and hydrogen) phase transformations, with associated electrochromic and magnetoelectric effects. We show that controlling the insertion and extraction of oxygen and hydrogen ions independently of each other can direct reversible phase transformations among three different material phases: the perovskite SrCoO3-δ (ref. 12), the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 (ref. 13), and a hitherto-unexplored phase, HSrCoO2.5. By analysing the distinct optical absorption properties of these phases, we demonstrate selective manipulation of spectral transparency in the visible-light and infrared regions, revealing a dual-band electrochromic effect that could see application in smart windows. Moreover, the starkly different magnetic and electric properties of the three phases—HSrCoO2.5 is a weakly ferromagnetic insulator, SrCoO3-δ is a ferromagnetic metal, and SrCoO2.5 is an antiferromagnetic insulator—enable an unusual form of magnetoelectric coupling, allowing electric-field control of three different magnetic ground states. These findings open up opportunities for the electric-field control of multistate phase transformations with rich functionalities.

  5. Effect of dual ion implantation of calcium and phosphorus on the properties of titanium. (United States)

    Krupa, D; Baszkiewicz, J; Kozubowski, J A; Barcz, A; Sobczak, J W; Biliński, A; Lewandowska-Szumieł, M; Rajchel, B


    This study is concerned with the effect of dual implantation of calcium and phosphorus upon the structure, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of titanium. The ions were implanted in sequence, first Ca and then P, both at a dose of 10(17) ions/cm2 at a beam energy of 25 keV. Transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the microstructure of the implanted layer. The chemical composition of the implanted layer was examined by XPS and SIMS. The corrosion resistance was determined by electrochemical methods in a simulated body fluid (SBF) at a temperature of 37 degrees C. The biocompatibility tests were performed in vitro in a culture of human-derived bone cells (HDBC) in contact with the tested materials. The viability of the cells was determined by an XTT assay and their activity by the measurements of the alkaline phosphatase activity in contact with implanted and non-implanted titanium samples. The in vitro examinations confirmed that, under the conditions prevailing during the experiments, the biocompatibility of Ca + P ion-implanted titanium was satisfactory. TEM results show that the surface layer formed by the Ca + P implantation is amorphous. The corrosion resistance of titanium, examined by the electrochemical methods, appeared to be increased after the Ca + P ion implantation.


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    Since radiation fields of space contain many-fold more protons than high atomic number, high energy (HZE) particles, cells in astronaut crews will experience on average several proton hits before an HZE hit. Thus radiation regimes of proton exposure before HZE particle exposure simulate space radiation exposure, and measurement of the frequency of neoplastic transformation of human primary cells to anchorage-independent growth simulates in initial step in cancer induction. Previously our group found that exposure to 20 cGy 1 GeV/n protons followed within about 1 hr by a HZE ion (20 cGy 1 GeV/n Fe or Ti ions) hit gave about a 3-fold increase in transformation frequency ([1]). To provide insight into the H-HZE induced increased transformation frequencies, we asked if split doses of the same ion gave similar increased transformation frequencies. However, the data show that the split dose of 20 cGy plus 20 cGy of either H or HZE ions gave about the same effect as the 40 cGy uninterrupted dose, quite different from the effect of the mixed ion H + HZE irradiation. We also asked if lower proton doses than 20 cGy followed 15 minutes later by 20 cGy of HZE ions gave greater than additive transformation frequencies. Substantial increases in transformation levels were observed for all proton doses tested, including 1 cGy. These results point to the signal importance of protons in affecting the effect of space radiation on human cells.

  7. Critical swelling of fluctuating capsules (United States)

    Diamant, Haim; Haleva, Emir


    In many natural transport processes the solute molecules to be transported are encapsulated in semipermeable, flexible membrane vesicles of micron size. We study the swelling of such fluctuating capsules, as the number of encapsulated particles is increased, or the concentration of the outer solution is decreased. The approach to the maximum volume-to-area ratio and the associated buildup of membrane tension involve a continuous phase transition and follow universal scaling laws. The criticality and its features are model-independent, arising solely from the interplay between volume and surface degrees of freedom.ootnotetextE. Haleva and H. Diamant, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 078104 (2008).

  8. Conservation of clay-bearing stones: Understanding the swelling and damage mechanisms (United States)

    Wangler, Timothy

    Certain sandstones used in historic monuments and decorative building facades may contain clays that swell upon wetting, producing differential strains during wetting and drying cycles and leading to the development of stresses that are on the order of the strength of the stone. This leads to damage observed in the field as buckling and surface delamination, damage expected to occur during a wetting cycle as a thin wet layer of stone goes into compression relative to the bulk of the dry stone. Clays swell due to hydration of counterbalancing cations that exist between the negatively charged aluminosilicate layers that make up a clay particle. This swelling has been observed to occur over two distinct ranges: short-range, discrete intracrystalline swelling, and long-range, continuous, osmotic swelling. Additionally, it has been shown that swelling can be reduced, but not eliminated, by exchanging the counterbalancing cations in the interlayer with alpha,o diaminoalkanes. In order to mitigate damage due to swelling, it is important to understand the mechanism by which clays swell, the mechanism by which alpha,o diaminoalkanes inhibit swelling, and the mechanism by which damage occurs on a macroscopic level. In this work, it is shown that for the sandstones studied, clays swell almost entirely via intracrystalline swelling and that alpha,o diaminoalkanes inhibit swelling via ion exchange and subsequently reduced rehydration. A buckling damage mechanism is verified experimentally and a flaw propagation mechanism in which flaws can grow to a critical buckling size is explored. An understanding of the development of stresses during wetting is explored via a novel warping experiment and swelling pressure experiments.

  9. Demonstration of Solvent Differences by Visible Polymer Swelling. (United States)

    Ross, Joseph H.


    Effect of the "polarity" of low-polarity solvents on the amount of swelling produced in a solid polymer (demonstrated in an organic chemistry lecture) is also suitable as a laboratory experiment. Students can be assigned to a small group of solvents from the list provided. Procedures and materials needed are included. (Author/JN)

  10. Description of Extrudate Swell for Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Kejian Wang


    Full Text Available Extrudate swell is often observed to be weakened in nanocomposites compared to the pure polymer matrix. A theory quantifying this would be significant either for optimum processing or for understanding their viscoelasticity. A unified extrudate swell correlation with material properties and capillary parameters was suggested for polymer melt and their nanocomposites when considering the reservoir entry effect. More importantly, it was the first to find that the composite swell ratio can be the matrix swell ratio multiplied by the concentration shift factor, which is similar to the dynamic moduli expression for composites. The factor is a function of the shear field (stress or shear rate, filler content, filler internal structure and the surface state as well as the matrix properties. Several sets of swell data for nanocomposites were chosen from publications to test the new theories. The proposed quantitative model displayed good fit for the five kinds of nanocomposites, which verified the rationality of the swell theory for nanocomposites.

  11. Prediction of swelling rocks strain in tunneling (United States)

    Parsapour, D.; Fahimifar, A.


    Swelling deformations leading to convergence of tunnels may result in significant difficulties during the construction, in particular for long term use of tunnels. By extracting an experimental based explicit analytical solution for formulating swelling strains as a function of time and stress, swelling strains are predicted from the beginning of excavation and during the service life of tunnel. Results obtained from the analytical model show a proper agreement with experimental results. This closed-form solution has been implemented within a numerical program using the finite element method for predicting time-dependent swelling strain around tunnels. Evaluating effects of swelling parameters on time-dependent strains and tunnel shape on swelling behavior around the tunnel according to this analytical solution is considered. The ground-support interaction and consequent swelling effect on the induced forces in tunnel lining is considered too. Effect of delay in lining installation on swelling pressure which acting on the lining and its structural integrity, is also evaluated. A MATLAB code of " SRAP" is prepared and applied to calculate all swelling analysis around tunnels based on analytical solution.

  12. The Swell knowledge work dataset for stress and user modeling research

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    Koldijk, S.J.; Sappelli, M.; Verberne, S.; Neerincx, M.A.; Kraaij, W.


    This paper describes the new multimodal SWELL knowl- edge work (SWELL-KW) dataset for research on stress and user modeling. The dataset was collected in an experiment, in which 25 people performed typical knowledge work (writing reports, making presentations, reading e-mail, searching for

  13. The Swell knowledge work dataset for stress and user modeling research

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    Koldijk, S.J.; Sappelli, M.; Verberne, S.; Neerincx, M.A.; Kraaij, W.


    This paper describes the new multimodal SWELL knowl- edge work (SWELL-KW) dataset for research on stress and user modeling. The dataset was collected in an experiment, in which 25 people performed typical knowledge work (writing reports, making presentations, reading e-mail, searching for informatio

  14. Submandibular swelling: Tooth or salivary stone?

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    Pasquale Capaccio


    Sialolithiasis should always be considered in the diagnostic iter of painful submandibular swelling. A careful evaluation of recurrence and characteristics of signs and symptoms associated to the swelling can help in making the correct diagnosis and planning a proper therapeutic strategy.

  15. Swelling behaviour of isora/natural rubber composites in oils used in automobiles

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    Lovely Mathew; K U Joseph; Rani Joseph


    Natural rubber/isora fibre composites were cured at various temperatures. The solvent swelling characteristics of natural rubber composites containing both untreated and alkali treated fibres were investigated in aromatic and aliphatic solvents like toluene, and -hexane. The diffusion experiments were conducted by the sorption gravimetric method. The restrictions on elastomer swelling exerted by isora fibre as well as the anisotropy of swelling of the composite have been confirmed by this study. Composite cured at 100°C shows the lowest percentage swelling. The uptake of aromatic solvent is higher than that of aliphatic solvent for the composites cured at all temperatures. The effect of fibre loading on the swelling behaviour of the composite was also investigated in oils like petrol, diesel, lubricating oil etc. The % swelling index and swelling coefficient of the composite were found to decrease with increase in fibre loading. This is due to the increased hindrance exerted by the fibres at higher fibre loadings and also due to the good fibre–rubber interactions. Maximum uptake of solvent was observed with petrol followed by diesel and then lubricating oil. The presence of bonding agent in the composites restrict the swelling considerably due to the strong interfacial adhesion. At a fixed fibre loading, the alkali treated fibre composite showed lower percentage swelling compared to the untreated one.

  16. Investigating swelling characteristics of mixtures for buffer materials by an improved arrangement

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    Ning-chien, Tung; Yi-lin, Jane [Ching Yun Univ., Dept. of Civil Engineering, Taiwan (China)


    The existence of Swelling Clay usually increases the difficulties in engineer base construction and safety, which gives a big challenge to civil engineers. The resulting problems include: effect of road surface obstruction and base structure destruction. Nevertheless, in some aspects, the swelling potential of the clay is still needed in order to utilize certain water absorption and retraction characteristics, so that the base structure has the ability to self-heal and to avoid expansion of structure gaps. Therefore, during the choice of materials, there is a requirement to evaluate the magnitude of the swelling force, in order to determine the needs for the engineering. Based on the sketch of swelling-force measurement suggested in International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, Madsen (1999), a new set of equipment is designed to measure two characteristics of soil, swelling potential and swelling force, simultaneously. Meantime, the integration of a user friendly computer program equipped with multi-functions such as data retrieving, data analyzing and graphic plotting makes this equipment a completely automatic and precise measuring system. In the experiment, the swelling characteristics of various composite ratios of bentonite/ laterite/quartz sand mixtures were investigated to measure both swelling potential and force. The swelling force decrease by adding laterite and quartz sand to bentonite. And, this mixture could also satisfy the needs of the physical and chemical characteristics for buffer materials. Whereas this experiment is able to measure the swelling stress and strain directly, it could save time for 50 percent in comparison with the method mentioned in USBR-5707-89. The application of this equipment can decrease the usage of labor and man-made errors in a considerable amount, which will be a great help to research as well as practical purposes. In the fields of environmental and civil engineering, such invention also offers the

  17. Advanced liquefaction using coal swelling and catalyst dispersion techniques

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    Curtis, C.W. (Auburn Univ., AL (United States)); Gutterman, C. (Foster Wheeler Development Corp., Livingston, NJ (United States)); Chander, S. (Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States))


    Research in this project centers upon developing a new approach to the direct liquefaction of coal to produce an all-distillate product slate at a sizable cost reduction over current technology. The approach integrates all aspects of the coal liquefaction process including coal selection, pretreatment, coal swelling with catalyst impregnation, coal liquefaction experimentation, product recovery with characterization, alternate bottoms processing, and a technical assessment including an economic evaluation. The project is being carried out under contract to the United States Department of Energy. On May 28, 1992, the Department of Energy authorized starting the experimental aspects of this projects; therefore, experimentation at Amoco started late in this quarterly report period. Research contracts with Auburn University, Pennsylvania State University, and Foster Wheeler Development Corporation were signed during June, 1992, so their work was just getting underway. Their work will be summarized in future quarterly reports. A set of coal samples were sent to Hazen Research for beneficiation. The samples were received and have been analyzed. The literature search covering coal swelling has been up-dated, and preliminary coal swelling experiments were carried out. Further swelling experimentation is underway. An up-date of the literature on the liquefaction of coal using dispersed catalysts is nearing completion; it will be included in the next quarterly report.

  18. Hydrogel films and coatings by swelling-induced gelation. (United States)

    Moreau, David; Chauvet, Caroline; Etienne, François; Rannou, François P; Corté, Laurent


    Hydrogel films used as membranes or coatings are essential components of devices interfaced with biological systems. Their design is greatly challenged by the need to find mild synthesis and processing conditions that preserve their biocompatibility and the integrity of encapsulated compounds. Here, we report an approach to produce hydrogel films spontaneously in aqueous polymer solutions. This method uses the solvent depletion created at the surface of swelling polymer substrates to induce the gelation of a thin layer of polymer solution. Using a biocompatible polymer that self-assembles at high concentration [poly(vinyl alcohol)], hydrogel films were produced within minutes to hours with thicknesses ranging from tens to hundreds of micrometers. A simple model and numerical simulations of mass transport during swelling capture the experiments and predict how film growth depends on the solution composition, substrate geometry, and swelling properties. The versatility of the approach was verified with a variety of swelling substrates and hydrogel-forming solutions. We also demonstrate the potential of this technique by incorporating other solutes such as inorganic particles to fabricate ceramic-hydrogel coatings for bone anchoring and cells to fabricate cell-laden membranes for cell culture or tissue engineering.

  19. The Influences of Thickness on the Optical and Electrical Properties of Dual-Ion-Beam Sputtering-Deposited Molybdenum-Doped Zinc Oxide Layer

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    Chin-Chiuan Kuo


    Full Text Available The thickness of transparent conductive oxide (TCO layer significantly affects not only the optical and electrical properties, but also its mechanical durability. To evaluate these influences on the molybdenum-doped zinc oxide layer deposited on a flexible polyethersulfone (PES substrate by using a dual-ion-beam sputtering system, films with various thicknesses were prepared at a same condition and their optical and electrical performances have been compared. The results show that all the deposited films present a crystalline wurtzite structure, but the preferred orientation changes from (002 to (100 with increasing the film thickness. Thicker layer contains a relative higher carrier concentration, but the consequently accumulated higher internal stress might crack the film and retard the carrier mobility. The competition of these two opposite trends for carrier concentration and carrier mobility results in that the electrical resistivity of molybdenum-doped zinc oxide first decreases with the thickness but suddenly rises when a critical thickness is reached.

  20. Novel Dual-Ion Hybrid Supercapacitor Based on a NiCo2O4 Nanowire Cathode and MoO2-C Nanofilm Anode. (United States)

    Li, Yuanyuan; Tang, Fan; Wang, Renjie; Wang, Chong; Liu, Jinping


    Cobalt/nickel-based compounds have been extensively used as cathode (positive electrode) materials in alkaline electrolyte for hybrid supercapacitors (HSCs). In these HSCs, however, the anodes (negative electrodes) are almost carbon-based materials that exhibit limited capacitance, leading to relatively low energy density of the device. Herein, we report a novel dual-ion HSC concept, that is, utilizing anion and cation in the electrolyte, respectively, by the two electrodes for charge storage, to promote the device's performance. Based on this, it is possible to exploit cation-consumed metal oxide as a capacitive anode to couple with a cobalt/nickel oxide cathode. As a demonstration, a 1.8 V MoO2-C/LiOH electrolyte/NiCo2O4 HSC device is established. In such a design, NiCo2O4 cathode and MoO2-C anode react with OH(-) and Li(+), respectively, to store energy. With the benefits from enhanced kinetics in NiCo2O4 nanowire array (direct electron transport pathway and sufficient electrolyte/ion penetration) and increased stability and electrical conductivity in carbon-encapsulated MoO2 nanofilm, our device delivers a high capacitance (94.9 F g(-1)), high energy density and power density (41.8 Wh kg(-1) and 19922.2 W kg(-1)), long cycling stability >3000 times, and good rate capability (∼3.3 s charging/discharging with 43.6% capacitance retention). The dual-ion charge storage concept will stimulate great interest in the design of high-performing all-oxide hybrid electric energy storage systems.

  1. Study on Swell Pressure Stress of Bentonite in Geosynthetic Clay Liners

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    SHEN Junfeng; LI Shengrong; HE Shaohui; ZHANG Guangshan; TONG Jinggui; YAN Bokun


    The geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) is a kind of waterproofing material used widely in engineering. The waterproof mechanism is understood in terms of bentonite particles becoming water-obstruct colloid layers after they sorb water and swell. The swell pressure stress, however, has not been determined directly till now. In our experiment, swell pressure stress of the GCL under saturated water-sorbing condition was measured directly using a custom-made instrument. The results show that (1) the instrument designed by the authors performs satisfactorily and the test results are reproducible;and (2) the trend line of swell pressure stress variation with time can be divided into three segments.The first segment is characterized by a quick increase of the swell force in the first 0-50 hours. The swell pressure stress increases by 7.00×10-4-1.00×10-3 MPa/h. The second segment shows a slow increase of the swell pressure stress from the 50th to 1730th hour. The swell force increases by 7.54×10-6-2.02×10-5 MPa/h. The third segment is characterized by a little variation in swell pressure stress after 1730 hours. In this segment, the average value of the swell pressure stress measurements is 0.0719 MPa and the maximum value is 0.0729 MPa. It is suggested that the swell pressure stress is mainly raised by water entering pores among montmorillonite particles and interstitial layers in individual montmorillonite crystals, leading to an increase of volume.

  2. Numerical Modelling of Insulin and Amyloglucosidase Release from Swelling Ca-Alginate Beads

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    Rasmussen, Michael R.; Snabe, T.; Pedersen, Lars Haastrup


    The release of insulin hexamer (39 kD) and amyloglucosidase (AMG, 97 kD), entrapped in spherical Ca–alginate beads, was investigated. While the release of insulin could be described solely by diffusion this was not the case for the 1.6 (r m /r m) larger AMG protein, where rm is the Stokes......–Einstein effective molecular radius. Because the alginate bead size was not constant during the release experiments, it was hypothesised that in addition to the diffusional mass transfer, a non-negligible convective flow of liquid in or out of the beads was present due to swelling or shrinkage, respectively...... convective flow in the numerical model, release could be described more accurately. The numerical model was able to describe the release  characteristics from both shrinking, swelling, and non-swelling alginate beads. To evaluate the effect of bead swelling on the protein release rate, a swelling modulus...

  3. The Influence of Temperature on Swelling Characteristics of Compacted Bentonite for Waste Disposal

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    Sharif Moniruzzaman Shirazi


    Full Text Available A series of experiment was conducted to find out the temperature effect on swelling characteristics of compacted bentonite. The expansion of partly saturated bentonite affects the volume change of air in the specimen respect to initial dry density. Swelling pressure reaches nearly maximum when degree of saturation of specimen is about 95% for all initial dry densities (1.29 ~ 1.95 g/cm3 in swelling pressure test using temperature 20 ~80°C. Initial dry density and temperature are the governing parameter to control the swelling pressure and deformation of compacted bentonite. To predict the swelling pressure an equation has been proposed in relation to content of montmorillonite, temperature and initial dry density of bentonite. The maximum difference between the experimental values and the fitting of this equation is 15% on an average.

  4. Swells of the East China Sea (United States)

    Tao, Aifeng; Yan, Jin; Pei, Ye; Zheng, Jinhai; Mori, Nobuhito


    Over the past few decades, an increasing number of marine activities have been conducted in the East China Sea, including the construction of various marine structures and the passage of large ships. Marine safety issues are paramount and are becoming more important with respect to the likely increase in size of ocean waves in relation to global climate change and associated typhoons. In addition, swells also can be very dangerous because they induce the resonance of floating structures, including ships. This study focuses on an investigation of swells in the East China Sea and uses hindcast data for waves over the past 5 years in a numerical model, WAVEWATCH III (WW3), together with historical climate data. The numerical calculation domain covers the entire North West Pacific. Next, swells are separated and analyzed using simulated wave fields, and both the characteristics and generation mechanisms of swells are investigated.

  5. Stress-strain relations for swelling anhydritic clay rocks – A review (United States)

    Breuer, Simon; Blum, Philipp; Butscher, Christoph


    The swelling of clay-sulfate rocks is a major threat in tunnel engineering, causing serious damage to tunnels and producing high additional costs during tunnel construction and operation. The swelling leads to geomechanical processes that may result in heave of the tunnel invert, destruction of the lining or uplift of the entire tunnel section. Heave-pressure-time relations are needed when predictions should be made about the mechanical behavior of swelling rock. For pure clay rocks, there is a linear relation between the swelling heave (strain) and the logarithm of pressure (Grob 1972). A generally accepted relation for clay-sulfate rocks, however, is still lacking to date. Therefore, finding appropriate and sustainable counter measures for an actual tunneling project affected by swelling remains extremely difficult. Grob (1972) proposed the linear relation between heave and the logarithm of pressure ("semi-logarithmic swelling law") not only for clay rocks, but also for clay-sulfate rocks. Pimentel (2007), however, presented laboratory experiments indicating that the semi-logarithmic swelling law may be inadequate for describing the swelling of clay-sulfate rocks. The laboratory tests revealed three different stages in the swelling process, including minimal deformation and prevented gypsum crystallization at high pressures (> 6 MPa); large deformation and gypsum crystallization at medium pressures; and only small deformation, possibly along with gypsum dissolution, at low pressures (water inflow into the rock, which cannot be reflected by general strain-stress relations. The present study critically reviews stress-strain relations for swelling anhydritic clay rocks proposed by various authors. Subsequently, published laboratory data from oedometric swelling tests are presented that may confirm the proposed stress-strain relationships. Finally, these data are re-examined by comparing each of the proposed relations with the same data set. Based on these results, a

  6. A mechanism of swelling suppression in phosphorous-modified Fe-Ni-Cr alloys*1 (United States)

    Lee, E. H.; Mansur, L. K.


    Five simple alloys were ion irradiated at 948 K in an experiment designed to investigate the mechanism of swelling suppression associated wtih phosphorous additions. One of the alloys was the simple ternary Fe-15Ni-13Cr, another had 0.05% P added and the other three had further additions of the phosphide precipitate-forming elements Ti and/or Si. Ion irradiations were carried out with heavy ions only (Ni or Fe) or with heavy ions followed by dual heavy ions and helium. The ternary with and without P swelled readily early in dose with or without helium. The other three alloys only showed swelling in the presence of helium and exhibited a long delay in dose prior to the onset of swelling. These displayed fine distributions of Fe 2P type phosphide precipitates enhanced by irradiation. The phosphide particles gave rise to very high concentrations of stable helium filled cavities at the precipitate matrix interfaces. The results were analyzed in terms of the theory of cavity swelling. The accumulation of the critical number of gas atoms in an individual cavity is required in the theory for point defect driven swelling to begin. It is concluded that the primary mechanism leading to swelling suppression is therefore the dilution of injected helium over a very large number of cavities. It is suggested that this mechanism may offer a key for alloy design for swelling resistance in high helium environments.

  7. Swelling characterization of gamma-radiation induced crosslinked acrylamide/maleic acid hydrogels in urea solutions

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    Karadag, Erdener [Department of Chemistry, Fen-Edebiyat Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, TR09010 Aydin (Turkey)]. E-mail:; Uzuem, Omer Baris [Department of Chemistry, Fen-Edebiyat Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, TR09010 Aydin (Turkey); Saraydin, Dursun [Department of Chemistry, Cumhuriyet University, 58140 Sivas (Turkey); Gueven, Olgun [Department of Chemistry, Hacettepe University, 06532 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey)


    Swelling behaviors of crosslinked acrylamide/maleic acid (CAMA) hydrogels synthesized by gamma-radiation crosslinking of acrylamide and maleic acid in aqueous urea solutions were investigated. CAMA hydrogels containing different amounts of maleic acid were obtained in the form of rods via a radiation technique. Swelling experiments were performed in two different urea concentrations at 25 {sup o}C, gravimetrically. The hydrogels showed enormous swelling in aqueous medium and displayed swelling characteristics that were highly dependent on the chemical composition of the hydrogels and irradiation dose. Diffusion behavior and some swelling kinetics parameters were investigated. The values of the swelling percent of CAMA hydrogels were between 935% and 5212%, while the values of the swelling percent of acrylamide hydrogels were between 669% and 923%. The difference of the concentrations of urea solutions was not affected by the swelling properties of the hydrogel systems. Urea/water diffusion into hydrogels was found to be non-Fickian in character. Equilibrium urea/water contents of the hydrogel systems were changed between 0.8699 and 0.9812.

  8. Local CO2-induced swelling of shales (United States)

    Pluymakers, Anne; Dysthe, Dag Kristian


    In heterogeneous shale rocks, CO2 adsorbs more strongly to organic matter than to the other components. CO2-induced swelling of organic matter has been shown in coal, which is pure carbon. The heterogeneity of the shale matrix makes an interesting case study. Can local swelling through adsorption of CO2 to organic matter induce strain in the surrounding shale matrix? Can fractures close due to CO2-induced swelling of clays and organic matter? We have developed a new generation of microfluidic high pressure cells (up to 100 bar), which can be used to study flow and adsorption phenomena at the microscale in natural geo-materials. The devices contain one transparent side and a shale sample on the other side. The shale used is the Pomeranian shale, extracted from 4 km depth in Poland. This formation is a potential target of a combined CO2-storage and gas extraction project. To answer the first question, we place the pressure cell under a Veeco NT1100 Interferometer, operated in Vertical Scanning Interferometry mode and equipped with a Through Transmissive Media objective. This allows for observation of local swelling or organic matter with nanometer vertical resolution and micrometer lateral resolution. We expose the sample to CO2 atmospheres at different pressures. Comparison of the interferometry data and using SEM-EDS maps plus optical microscopy delivers local swelling maps where we can distinguish swelling of different mineralogies. Preliminary results indicate minor local swelling of organic matter, where the total amount is both time- and pressure-dependent.

  9. Optical scatter imaging of cellular and mitochondrial swelling in brain tissue models of stroke (United States)

    Johnson, Lee James


    then shown to correlate to mitochondrial swelling, as observed with electron microscopy. The system is finally used to study mitochondrial and cellular swelling. Evidence of the susceptibility of certain hippocampal regions, CA1 and the dentate gyrus, to exhibit mitochondrial swelling as the result of oxygen and glucose deprivation is presented. In addition, for the first time, the time course of mitochondrial swelling is seen. Finally, experiments with scatter imaging and measurement of nitric oxide with carbon fiber electrodes demonstrate a clear link between nitric oxide and cellular swelling. A potential mechanism of the action of nitric oxide is evaluated. Nitric oxide appears to act to cause cellular swelling without the release of glutamate. The use of targeted nitric oxide inhibitors may be useful for the reduction of edema.

  10. Swelling of p H -sensitive hydrogels (United States)

    Drozdov, A. D.; deClaville Christiansen, J.


    A model is derived for the elastic response of polyelectrolyte gels subjected to unconstrained and constrained swelling. A gel is treated as a three-phase medium consisting of a solid phase (polymer network), solvent (water), and solutes (mobile ions). Transport of solvent and solutes is modeled as their diffusion through the network accelerated by an electric field formed by ions and accompanied by chemical reactions (dissociation of functional groups attached to the chains). Constitutive equations (including the van't Hoff law for ionic pressure and the Henderson-Hasselbach equation for ionization of chains) are derived by means of the free energy imbalance inequality. Good agreement is demonstrated between equilibrium swelling diagrams on several pH-sensitive gels and results of simulation. It is revealed that swelling of polyelectrolyte gels is driven by electrostatic repulsion of bound charges, whereas the effect of ionic pressure is of secondary importance.

  11. Postoperative pectoral swelling after shoulder arthroscopy. (United States)

    Ercin, Ersin; Bilgili, Mustafa Gokhan; Ones, Halil Nadir; Kural, Cemal


    Fluid extravasation is possibly the most common complication of shoulder arthroscopy. Shoulder arthroscopy can lead to major increases in the compartment pressure of adjacent muscles and this phenomenon is significant when an infusion pump is used. This article describes a case of pectoral swelling due to fluid extravasation after shoulder arthroscopy. A 24-year-old male underwent an arthroscopic Bankart repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation. The surgery was performed in the beach chair position and lasted two hours. At the end of the procedure, the patient was found to have left pectoral swelling. A chest radiography showed no abnormality. Pectoral swelling due to fluid extravasation after shoulder arthroscopy has not previously been documented.

  12. PFAPA with facial swelling- a new association? (United States)

    Khodaghalian, B; Tewary, K K; Narchi, H


    PFAPA (periodic fever, apthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, cervical adenitis) is a rare condition of unknown cause affecting children. Although the exact etiology is unknown, inflammatory, immunological or genetic causes have been suggested. The diagnosis is made by exclusion of other causes of periodic fever. Although management is essentially symptomatic, single corticosteroid dose, tonsillectomy and Cimetidine has been shown to be associated with resolution of symptoms. Although abdominal pain and genital ulcers have been reported in association with PFAPA, unilateral transient facial swelling has not been previously reported. The authors present a hitherto unreported association of PFAPA with recurrent episodes of unilateral facial swelling.

  13. NMR imaging and cryoporometry of swelling clays (United States)

    Dvinskikh, Sergey V.; Szutkowski, Kosma; Petrov, Oleg V.; Furó, István.


    Compacted bentonite clay is currently attracting attention as a promising "self-sealing" buffer material to build in-ground barriers for the encapsulation of radioactive waste. It is expected to fill up the space between waste canister and surrounding ground by swelling and thus delay flow and migration from the host rock to the canister. In environmental sciences, evaluation and understanding of the swelling properties of pre-compacted clay are of uttermost importance for designing such buffers. Major goal of present study was to provide, in a non-invasive manner, a quantitative measure of bentonite distribution in extended samples during different physical processes in an aqueous environment such as swelling, dissolution, and sedimentation on the time scale from minutes to years. The propagation of the swelling front during clay expansion depending on the geometry of the confining space was also studied. Magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy were adapted and used as main experimental techniques. With this approach, spatially resolved movement of the clay/water interface as well as clay particle distributions in gel phase can be monitored [1]. Bulk samples with swelling in a vertical tube and in a horizontal channel were investigated and clay content distribution profiles in the concentration range over five orders of magnitude and with sub-millimetre spatial resolution were obtained. Expansion rates for bulk swelling and swelling in narrow slits were compared. For sodium-exchanged montmorillonite in contact with de-ionised water, we observed a remarkable acceleration of expansion as compared to that obtained in the bulk. To characterize the porosity of the clay a cryoporometric study [2] has been performed. Our results have important implications to waste repository designs and for the assessment of its long-term performance. Further research exploring clay-water interaction over a wide variety of clay composition and water ionic

  14. Preparation and swelling behavior of polyvinyl alcohol physiological saline gel

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    Polyvinyl alcohol(PVA) physiological saline gel was prepared using physiological saline solution of the polymer by freezing and thawing method. The influences of the concentration of PVA, freezing and thawing cycle times and solvent swelling media on the swelling properties of PVA saline gel were investigated. The result show that the electrolytical ions have great effect on the swelling behavior of PVA saline gel. The equilibrium swelling ratio of PVA saline gel in aqueous swelling media is larger than that in saline swelling media. Also, the equilibrium swelling ratios of PVA saline gel in aqueous and in saline media decrease with the increase of gel concentration and the increase of freezing and thawing cycle times. The decreasing speed of equilibrium swelling ratio with the increase of freezing and thawing cycle times of PVA gel in distilled water is faster than that in physiological saline. The swelling kinetic equation can sufficiently describe the swelling behavior of PVA physiological saline gel.

  15. Swelling of Collagen-Hyaluronic Acid Co-Gels: An In Vitro Residual Stress Model. (United States)

    Lai, Victor K; Nedrelow, David S; Lake, Spencer P; Kim, Bumjun; Weiss, Emily M; Tranquillo, Robert T; Barocas, Victor H


    Tissue-equivalents (TEs), simple model tissues with tunable properties, have been used to explore many features of biological soft tissues. Absent in most formulations however, is the residual stress that arises due to interactions among components with different unloaded levels of stress, which has an important functional role in many biological tissues. To create a pre-stressed model system, co-gels were fabricated from a combination of hyaluronic acid (HA) and reconstituted Type-I collagen (Col). When placed in solutions of varying osmolarity, HA-Col co-gels swell as the HA imbibes water, which in turn stretches (and stresses) the collagen network. In this way, co-gels with residual stress (i.e., collagen fibers in tension and HA in compression) were fabricated. When the three gel types tested here were immersed in hypotonic solutions, pure HA gels swelled the most, followed by HA-Col co-gels; no swelling was observed in pure collagen gels. The greatest swelling rates and swelling ratios occurred in the lowest salt concentration solutions. Tension on the collagen component of HA-Col co-gels was calculated from a stress balance and increased nonlinearly as swelling increased. The swelling experiment results were in good agreement with the stress predicted by a fibril network + non-fibrillar interstitial matrix computational model.

  16. Assessment of void swelling in austenitic stainless steel PWR core internals.

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    Chung, H. M.; Energy Technology


    As many pressurized water reactors (PWRs) age and life extension of the aged plants is considered, void swelling behavior of austenitic stainless steel (SS) core internals has become the subject of increasing attention. In this report, the available database on void swelling and density change of austenitic SSs was critically reviewed. Irradiation conditions, test procedures, and microstructural characteristics were carefully examined, and key factors that are important to determine the relevance of the database to PWR conditions were evaluated. Most swelling data were obtained from steels irradiated in fast breeder reactors at temperatures >385 C and at dose rates that are orders of magnitude higher than PWR dose rates. Even for a given irradiation temperature and given steel, the integral effects of dose and dose rate on void swelling should not be separated. It is incorrect to extrapolate swelling data on the basis of 'progressive compounded multiplication' of separate effects of factors such as dose, dose rate, temperature, steel composition, and fabrication procedure. Therefore, the fast reactor data should not be extrapolated to determine credible void swelling behavior for PWR end-of-life (EOL) or life-extension conditions. Although the void swelling data extracted from fast reactor studies is extensive and conclusive, only limited amounts of swelling data and information have been obtained on microstructural characteristics from discharged PWR internals or steels irradiated at temperatures and at dose rates comparable to those of a PWR. Based on this relatively small amount of information, swelling in thin-walled tubes and baffle bolts in a PWR is not considered a concern. As additional data and relevant research becomes available, the newer results should be integrated with existing data, and the worthiness of this conclusion should continue to be scrutinized. PWR baffle reentrant corners are the most likely location to experience high swelling

  17. Classification of biodiesel and fuel blends using gas chromatography - differential mobility spectrometry with cluster analysis and isolation of C18:3 me by dual ion filtering. (United States)

    Pasupuleti, Dedeepya; Eiceman, Gary A; Pierce, Karisa M


    Fatty acid alkyl esters (FAAEs) were determined at 10-100mg/L in biodiesel and blends with petrodiesel without sample pre-treatment using gas chromatography with a tandem differential mobility detector. Selectivity was provided through chromatographic separations and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization reactions in the detector with mobility characterization of gas ions. Limits of detection were ~0.5ng with an average of 2.98% RSD for peak area precision, ≤1.3% RSD for retention time precision, and ≤9.2% RSD for compensation voltage precision. Biodiesel blends were classified using principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA). Unsupervised cluster analysis captured 52.72% of variance in a single PC while supervised analysis captured 71.64% of variance using Fisher ratio feature selection. Test set predictions showed successful clustering according to source or feedstock when regressed onto the training set model. Detection of the regulated substance methyl linolenate (C18:3 me) was achieved in 6-10s with a 1m long capillary column using dual ion filtering in the tandem differential mobility detector. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Oyster shell calcium induced parotid swelling

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    Muthiah Palaniappan


    Full Text Available A 59 year old female consumer was started on therapy with oyster shell calcium in combination with vitamin D3 and she presented with swelling below the ear, after two doses. She stopped the drug by herself and the swelling disappeared in one day. She started the drug one day after recovery and again she developed the swelling. She was advised to stop the drug with a suggestion to take lemon to enhance parotid secretion and the swelling subsided. Calcium plays major role in salivary secretion and studies have shown reduced parotid secretion in rats, deficient of vitamin D. But in humans involvement of calcium and vitamin D3 in parotid secretion is unknown. However, the patient had no history of reaction though she had previously taken vitamin D3 with calcium carbonate which was not from oyster shell. Hence, we ruled out vitamin D3 in this reaction and suspecting oyster shell calcium as a culprit. This adverse drug reaction (ADR was assessed using World Health Organization (WHO causality assessment, Naranjo′s and Hartwig severity scales. As per WHO causality assessment scale, the ADR was classified as "certain". This reaction was analyzed as per Naranjo′s algorithm and was classified as probable. According to Hartwig′s severity scale the reaction was rated as mild. Our case is an example of a mild but rare adverse effect of oyster shell calcium carbonate which is widely used.

  19. Parotid gland swelling following mouthrinse use

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    van der Weijden, G.A.; ten Heggeler, J.M.A.G.; Slot, D.E.; Rosema, N.A.M.; van der Velden, U.


    Background:  Unilateral or bilateral swelling of the parotid gland is a reported side effect of rinsing the mouth with chlorhexidine. Although the incidence rate is extremely low, there have been several case reports on this topic and the authors of these reports have suggested several explanations

  20. Swell Propagation over Indian Ocean Region

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    Suchandra A. Bhowmick


    Full Text Available Swells are the ocean surface gravity waves that have propagated out of their generating fetch to the distant coasts without significant attenuation. Therefore they contain a clear signature of the nature and intensity of wind at the generation location. This makes them a precursor to various atmospheric phenomena like distant storms, tropical cyclones, or even large scale sea breeze like monsoon. Since they are not affected by wind once they propagate out of their generating region, they cannot be described by regional wave models forced by local winds. However, their prediction is important, in particular, for ship routing and off shore structure designing. In the present work, the propagation of swell waves from the Southern Ocean and southern Indian Ocean to the central and northern Indian Ocean has been studied. For this purpose a spectral ocean Wave Model (WAM has been used to simulate significant wave height for 13 years from 1993–2005 using NCEP blended winds at a horizontal spatial resolution of 1° × 1°. It has been observed that Indian Ocean, with average wave height of approximately 2–3 m during July, is mostly dominated by swell waves generated predominantly under the extreme windy conditions prevailing over the Southern Ocean and southern Indian Ocean. In fact the swell waves reaching the Indian Ocean in early or mid May carry unique signatures of monsoon arriving over the Indian Subcontinent. Pre-monsoon month of April contains low swell waves ranging from 0.5–1 m. The amplitudes subsequently increase to approximately 1.5–2 meters around 7–15 days prior to the arrival of monsoon over the Indian Subcontinent. This embedded signature may be utilized as one of the important oceanographic precursor to the monsoon onset over the Indian Ocean.

  1. Influence of nickel and beryllium content on swelling behavior of copper irradiated with fast neutrons

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    Singh, B.N.; Garner, F.A.; Edwards, D.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Evans, J.H.


    In the 1970`s, the effects of nickel content on the evolution of dislocation microstructures and the formation and growth of voids in Cu-Ni alloys were studied using 1 MeV electrons in a high voltage electron microscope. The swelling rate was found to decrease rapidly with increasing nickel content. The decrease in the swelling rate was associated with a decreasing void growth rate with increasing nickel content at irradiation temperatures up to 450{degrees}C. At 500{degrees}C, both void size and swelling rate were found to peak at 1 and 2% Ni, respectively, and then to decrease rapidly with increasing nickel content. However, recent work has demonstrated that the swelling behavior of Cu-5%Ni irradiated with fission neutrons is very similar for that of pure copper. The present experiments were designed to investigate this apparent discrepancy.

  2. Mitigation of Voltage Swells by Static Series Compensator

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    Awad, Hilmy; Blaabjerg, Frede


    is lower than a predetermined voltage level, the active power is employed to charge the ESC to this voltage level; 2) otherwise, the overvoltage protection of the SSC must operate. This paper also applies an overvoltage protection scheme based on a combination of a dc resistor with a chopper and the valves...... of the SSC. The design of the dc resistor is discussed. A 10 kV SSC experimental setup is exploited to carry out experiments in the case of balanced and unbalanced voltage swells at the grid side....

  3. Assessment of TRACE Code for GE Level Swell Test to Review Industrial Code

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    Song, Chanyi; Cheng, Ae Ju; Bang, Young Seok; Hwang, Taesuk [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety(KINS) has reviewed the industrial code for safety analysis of nuclear power plant, in which TRACE and MARS-KS codes are being used to support the understanding of specific phenomena and code prediction. For this aspect, the TRACE code was assessed for the GE Level Swell Experiment. General Electric (GE) performed a series of experiments to investigate thermal-hydraulic phenomena such as critical flow, void distribution, and liquid-vapor mixture swell during blowdown conditions. These GE Level swell experiments are frequently simulated to verify safety analysis codes as a separate effect test. TRACE code calculations with version 5.0 patch 4 for GE Level Swell experiment 1004-3 have been performed to assess the applicability of the TRACE code for verification of industrial code. An Assessment analysis of the TRACE version 5.0 patch 4 code was carried out for GE Level Swell experiments 1004-3 by comparison purpose with SPACE. Overall, TRACE predicted the pressure and axial void fractions at different times reasonably well for 1004-3 blowdown test, while SPACE tends to underestimate the pressure. It was also found that results of void fraction distribution should be compared at different time to discuss the accuracy of the SPACE code against this test.

  4. Water Migration and Swelling in Bentonite Quantified using Neutron Radiography (United States)

    Vial, A.; DiStefano, V. H.; Perfect, E.; Hale, R. E.; Anovitz, L. M.; McFarlane, J.


    Permanent disposal of radioactive waste remains a critical challenge for the nation's energy future. All disposal system concepts include interfaces between engineered systems and natural materials requiring extensive characterization. Bentonite is often used to buffer subsurface disposal systems from geologic media containing ground water. Bentonite characterization experiments were carried out using the CG-1D neutron imaging beam line at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dry bentonite was packed into vertically-oriented aluminum cylinders. Water was ponded on the top surface of each packed cylinder. Images were acquired at 2 min intervals using dynamic neutron radiography. The detector consisted of stacked neutron sensitive microchannel plates above a quad Timepix readout with a 28 x 28 mm2 field of view. The spatial resolution of the detector was 55 μm. Raw neutron radiographs were imported into ImageJ and normalized with respect to the initial completely dry state. The wetting process was 1-dimensional, and vertical intensity profiles were computed by averaging pixel rows. The vertical distance between the clay-water interface and the wetting front could then be determined as a function of time. Depth of water infiltration increased linearly with the square root of time, yielding a sorptivity value of 0.75 (± 0.070) mm/min0.5. Swelling occurred in the form of upward movement of clay particles into the ponded water over time. The resulting low density assemblage was discernable by normalizing the raw profiles with respect to the intensity profile immediately after ponding. The packed clay-water interface was clearly visible in the normalized profiles, and swelling was quantified as the height of the low density assemblage above the original interface. Swelling occurred as a linear function of time, at a rate of 0.054 (± 0.020) mm/min. Further experiments of this type are planned under variable temperature and pressure regimes applicable to subsurface

  5. Combined effects of nuclear and electronic energy losses in solids irradiated with a dual-ion beam (United States)

    Thomé, Lionel; Debelle, Aurélien; Garrido, Frédérico; Trocellier, Patrick; Serruys, Yves; Velisa, Gihan; Miro, Sandrine


    Single and dual-beam irradiations of oxide (c-ZrO2, MgO, Gd2Ti2O7) and carbide (SiC) single crystals were performed to study combined effects of nuclear (Sn) and electronic (Se) energy losses. Rutherford backscattering experiments in channeling conditions show that the Sn/Se cooperation induces a strong decrease of the irradiation-induced damage in SiC and MgO and almost no effects in c-ZrO2 and Gd2Ti2O7. The healing process is ascribed to electronic excitations arising from the electronic energy loss of swift ions. These results present a strong interest for both fundamental understanding of the ion-solid interactions and technological applications in the nuclear industry where expected cooperative Sn/Se effects may lead to the preservation of the integrity of nuclear devices.

  6. Glial K(+) Clearance and Cell Swelling

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    Macaulay, Nanna; Zeuthen, Thomas


    space into the glial cell are debated. Although spatial buffer currents may occur, their quantitative contribution to K(+) clearance is uncertain. The concept of spatial buffering of K(+) precludes intracellular K(+) accumulation and is therefore (i) difficult to reconcile with the K(+) accumulation...... repeatedly observed in glial cells during K(+) clearance and (ii) incompatible with K(+)-dependent glial cell swelling. K(+) uptake into non-voltage clamped cultured glial cells is carried out by the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase and the Na(+)/K(+)/Cl(-) cotransporter in combination. In brain slices and intact optic...... nerve, however, only the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase has been demonstrated to be involved in stimulus-evoked K(+) clearance. The glial cell swelling associated with K(+) clearance is prevented under conditions that block the activity of the Na(+)/K(+)/Cl(-) cotransporter. The Na(+)/K(+)/Cl(-) cotransporter...

  7. Swelling of acetylated wood in organic liquids

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    Obataya, E; Obataya, Eiichi; Gril, Joseph


    To investigate the affinity of acetylated wood for organic liquids, Yezo spruce wood specimens were acetylated with acetic anhydride, and their swelling in various liquids were compared to those of untreated specimens. The acetylated wood was rapidly and remarkably swollen in aprotic organic liquids such as benzene and toluene in which the untreated wood was swollen only slightly and/or very slowly. On the other hand, the swelling of wood in water, ethylene glycol and alcohols remained unchanged or decreased by the acetylation. Consequently the maximum volume of wood swollen in organic liquids was always larger than that in water. The effect of acetylation on the maximum swollen volume of wood was greater in liquids having smaller solubility parameters. The easier penetration of aprotic organic liquids into the acetylated wood was considered to be due to the scission of hydrogen bonds among the amorphous wood constituents by the substitution of hydroxyl groups with hydrophobic acetyl groups.

  8. Pellet integrity and swelling of lithium ceramics

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    Hollenberg, G.W.


    The objective of this effort is to determine the swelling and pellet integrity of Li/sub 2/O, Li/sub 4/SlO/sub 4/, Li/sub 2/ZrO/sub 3/, and LiAlO/sub 2/ after irradiation in a fast neutron fluence. Differences in the pellet integrity of lithium ceramics irradiated in the EBR-II reactor were observed to be related to the level of thermal strains within the ceramics which resulted from differences in thermal conductivity and thermal expansion of the solids. Swelling in Li/sub 2/O was found to be significantly greater than that of Li/sub 2/ZrO/sub 3/, LiAlO/sub 2/, and Li/sub 4/SlO/sub 4/ at high temperatures. At 500/sup 0/C, Li/sub 2/O exhibited axial shrinkage which resulted in overall volumetric shrinkage of the pellets which is not presently understood. The high temperature swelling of Li/sub 2/O is thought to be caused by the high helium retention in this solid.

  9. Evolution of midplate hotspot swells: Numerical solutions (United States)

    Liu, Mian; Chase, Clement G.


    The evolution of midplate hotspot swells on an oceanic plate moving over a hot, upwelling mantle plume is numerically simulated. The plume supplies a Gaussian-shaped thermal perturbation and thermally-induced dynamic support. The lithosphere is treated as a thermal boundary layer with a strongly temperature-dependent viscosity. The two fundamental mechanisms of transferring heat, conduction and convection, during the interaction of the lithosphere with the mantle plume are considered. The transient heat transfer equations, with boundary conditions varying in both time and space, are solved in cylindrical coordinates using the finite difference ADI (alternating direction implicit) method on a 100 x 100 grid. The topography, geoid anomaly, and heat flow anomaly of the Hawaiian swell and the Bermuda rise are used to constrain the models. Results confirm the conclusion of previous works that the Hawaiian swell can not be explained by conductive heating alone, even if extremely high thermal perturbation is allowed. On the other hand, the model of convective thinning predicts successfully the topography, geoid anomaly, and the heat flow anomaly around the Hawaiian islands, as well as the changes in the topography and anomalous heat flow along the Hawaiian volcanic chain.

  10. Effects of the Charge Ions Strength on the Swelling of Organic-Inorganic Nanogels

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    Yu, Qin; Lu, Xiangguo; Wang, Jing; Guo, Qi; Niu, Liwei [Northeast Petroleum University, Daqing (China)


    The swelling behavior and swelling mechanism of hydrogels can be greatly affected by the charge strength of ions in them. To investigate such effects, we prepared two gels: a carboxylic acid gel (CAG) and a poly (2-acrylamide–methyl propane sulfonic acid) gel (SAG) based on starchy polyacrylamide (PAM) nanocomposite gels, both with montmorillonite, which underwent in situ intercalation, and used them as probes in swelling experiments. The equilibrium swelling rates (ESRs) of the hydrogels in both salt water and acidic water strongly depended on the charge strength of the ions in the chains. SAG had a higher ESR than CAG at the same mole ratio of polymer/water, which is attributed to the greater electrostatic repulsion between the strong electrolyte ions of SAG. Both water salinity and hydrogen ion contact of the hydrogels weakened ESR with the enhancement of charge ionic strength. The downward trend of ESR with increasing concentration of salt or hydrogen ions became weaker in SAG compared to CAG, which is attributed to the shielding and deprotonation effects of the strong electrolyte ions. Regarding the swelling mechanism, the chain relaxation occurred in neutral and acidic solutions for SAG and in neutral and weak acidic solutions for CAG, but water diffusion dominated in strong acidic solutions for CAG, leading to different swelling behaviors.

  11. Low-swelling chitosan derivatives as biosorbents for basic dyes. (United States)

    Kyzas, George Z; Bikiaris, Dimitrios N; Lazaridis, Nikolaos K


    In this study, three different chitosan microsphere derivatives were prepared as sorbents for basic dyes. Preparation was succeeded by a novel cross-linking method based on ionic gelation with tripolyphosphate and subsequent covalent cross-linking with glutaraldheyde in order to address the large amount of swelling of the powdered form of the respective derivatives. Basic blue 3G (dye) was selected as the sorbate, and chitosan microsheres grafted with acrylamide and acrylic acid were used as biosorbents. Techniques such as FTIR spectroscopy, SEM, and swelling measurements facilitated the evaluation of the materials. Sorption-desorption experiments over the whole pH range were carried out to reveal the optimum value of sorption-desorption. The Langmuir isotherm model was used to fit the equilibrium experimental data, giving a maximum sorption capacity of 0.808 mmol/g at 338 K. An intraparticle diffusion model was employed to fit the kinetic data, and the resulting diffusion coefficients were in the range of (1-10) x 10(-11) m(2)/s. Thermodynamic analysis showed that the sorption process was spontaneous and endothermic with an increased randomness. In addition, sorption experiments were realized with a mixture of three basic dyes at various concentrations of sorbents.

  12. Water holding capacity and swelling of casein hydrogels

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    de Kruif, C; Anema, Skelte G.; Zhu, Changjun; Havea, Palatasa; Coker, Christina


    The water holding capacity of casein gels was investigated by measuring the swelling and de-swelling under a variety of conditions of temperature and salt concentration. Transglutaminase cross-linked sodium caseinate (15% w/w) gels will swell in good solvents or shrink in poor solvents until an equi

  13. Synthesis and Swelling Properties of Thermosensitive Hydrogels based on Terpolymerization

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    Cai Hua NI; Xian Yu ZENG; He HUANG


    Novel thermosensitive hydrogels based on polymerization of N-isopropyl acrylamide,Sodium acrylate, and diacetone acrylamide were synthesized. The swelling ratio and dynamic swelling were investigated. The results indicated that the hydrogels exhibited high water uptake and themosensitivity. The swelling properties and volume phase transition temperature could be adjusted by contents of the comonomers in the gels.

  14. Upper limb swelling following mastectomy: lymphedema or not? (United States)

    Armer, Jane


    emergence of nonresolving chronic lymphedema. million American women are breast cancer survivors. According to the American Cancer Society, every person treated for cancer with lymph node removal, surgery, or radiation has a lifetime risk for lymphedema, swelling caused by an increase in protein-rich interstitial fluid. Some will develop lymphedema soon after cancer treatment (within weeks or months) and others may not experience

  15. Quantitative analyses of extrudate swell for polymer nanocomposites (United States)

    Wang, Kejian; Sun, Chongxiao


    The quantitative theory of extrudate swell for nanocomposite and pure polymer is significant either for optimum processing or for understanding their viscoelasticity. Based on Song's die swell theory for entangled polymers, one extrudate swell correlation with material properties and capillary parameters was developed for polymer melt and their nanocomposites when compensating reservoir entry effect. It was the first to find that the composite swell ratio can be the matrix swell ratio multiplied by the concentration shift factor. The factor is the functions of the shear field, filler content, filler internal structure and the surface state as well as the matrix properties. The quantitative model was well fitful for the five kinds of nanoomposites.

  16. Hereditary Angioedema Attacks: Local Swelling at Multiple Sites. (United States)

    Hofman, Zonne L M; Relan, Anurag; Hack, C Erik


    Hereditary angioedema (HAE) patients experience recurrent local swelling in various parts of the body including painful swelling of the intestine and life-threatening laryngeal oedema. Most HAE literature is about attacks located in one anatomical site, though it is mentioned that HAE attacks may also involve multiple anatomical sites simultaneously. A detailed description of such multi-location attacks is currently lacking. This study investigated the occurrence, severity and clinical course of HAE attacks with multiple anatomical locations. HAE patients included in a clinical database of recombinant human C1-inhibitor (rhC1INH) studies were evaluated. Visual analog scale scores filled out by the patients for various symptoms at various locations and investigator symptoms scores during the attack were analysed. Data of 219 eligible attacks in 119 patients was analysed. Thirty-three patients (28%) had symptoms at multiple locations in anatomically unrelated regions at the same time during their first attack. Up to five simultaneously affected locations were reported. The observation that severe HAE attacks often affect multiple sites in the body suggests that HAE symptoms result from a systemic rather than from a local process as is currently believed.

  17. Refraction of swell by surface currents

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    Gallet, Basile


    Using recordings of swell from pitch-and-roll buoys, we have reproduced the classic observations of long-range surface wave propagation originally made by Munk et al. (1963) using a triangular array of bottom pressure measurements. In the modern data, the direction of the incoming swell fluctuates by about $\\pm 10^\\circ$ on a time scale of one hour. But if the incoming direction is averaged over the duration of an event then, in contrast with the observations by Munk et al. (1963), the sources inferred by great-circle backtracking are most often in good agreement with the location of large storms on weather maps of the Southern Ocean. However there are a few puzzling failures of great-circle backtracking e.g., in one case, the direct great-circle route is blocked by the Tuamoto Islands and the inferred source falls on New Zealand. Mirages like this occur more frequently in the bottom-pressure observations of Munk et al. (1963), where several inferred sources fell on the Antarctic continent. Using spherical ra...

  18. Degradation and contamination of perfluorinated sulfonic acid membrane due to swelling-dehydration cycles

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    Andersen, Shuang Ma; Morgen, Per; Skou, Eivind Morten

    to the membrane degradation in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), where liquid water has direct contact with the electrolyte. An ex-situ experiment was established with swelling-dehydration cycles on the membrane. However, formation of sulfonic anhydride was not detected during the entire treatment; instead...... contamination from calcium was found the primary reason for the deterioration of the membrane properties....

  19. Swelling kinetics and impregnation of PLA with thymol under supercritical CO2 conditions

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    Milovanović Stoja L.


    Full Text Available The present work was aimed to study swelling kinetics of polylactic acid (PLA and its impregnation with thymol in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 medium. The influences of temperature and soaking time on the swelling kinetics and impregnation yield of PLA cylindrical disc and film were investigated. Swelling experiments were performed in a high pressure view cell at 10 MPa and temperatures of 40°C, 60°C and 75°C for 2 to 24 h. On the basis of swelling kinetics, pressure of 10 MPa and temperature of 40°C were chosen for supercritical solvent impregnation (SSI of the PLA samples during 2 to24 h. The highest swelling extent was observed for the PLA monolith after 24 h treatment with pure scCO2 (7.5% and scCO2 with thymol (118.3%. It was shown that sufficiently high amount of thymol can be loaded into both PLA monolith and film using SSI after only 2 h (10.0% and 6.6%, respectively. Monolith and film of PLA impregnated with thymol could be suitable for active food packaging and sterile medical disposables.

  20. Numerical Verification of the Weak Turbulent Model for Swell Evolution

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    Korotkevich, A O; Resio, D; Zakharov, V E


    We performed numerical simulation of an ensemble of nonlinearly interacting free gravity waves (swell) by two different methods: solution of primordial dynamical equations describing potential flow of the ideal fluid with a free surface and, solution of the kinetic Hasselmann equation, describing the wave ensemble in the framework of the theory of weak turbulence. Comparison of the results demonstrates applicability of the weak turbulent approach. In both cases we observed effects predicted by this theory: frequency downshift, angular spreading and formation of Zakharov-Filonenko spectrum $I_{\\omega} \\sim \\omega^{-4}$. One of the results of our article consists in the fact that physical processes in finite size laboratory wave tanks and in the ocean are quite different, and the results of such laboratory experiments can be applied to modeling of the ocean phenomena with extra care. We also present the estimate on the minimum size of the laboratory installation, allowing to model open ocean surface wave dynami...

  1. Angiosarcoma Presenting with Minor Erythema and Swelling

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    Catherine A. Cox


    Full Text Available A 76-year-old man presented with slowly progressive swelling in his forehead and left upper eyelid over the course of three months. CT scanning showed non-specific enhancement of subcutaneous tissues, suggesting a low-grade cellulitis. Poor response to treatment prompted an MRI, which revealed the presence of a soft tissue lesion. Biopsy of this lesion was positive for angiosarcoma. The patient underwent chemotherapy and radiation, but unfortunately succumbed to his malignancy eight months later. This case illustrates a rare example of facial/periorbital angiosarcoma, a benign-appearing but aggressive tumor associated with a high incidence of mortality. A review of the literature and current treatment options are discussed.

  2. Strong dissipation of steep swells observed across oceans

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    Ardhuin, Fabrice; Collard, Fabrice


    Global observations of ocean swell propagation is presented and analyzed, using on four years of satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar data. Tracking swells along their propagation paths yields an estimation of the dissipation of their energy. Swells can be very persistent with energy e-folding scales exceeding 30,000 km. For increasing swell steepness, this scale shrinks down to 2700 km, revealing a significant loss of swell energy. This pattern is consistent with a laminar to turbulent transition of the boundary layer, induced by the opposite wave-induced motions of air and water, with a threshold Reynolds number of the order of 100,000. This finding opens the way for more accurate wave forecasting models, and provides a constraint on swell-induced air-sea fluxes of momentum and energy.

  3. Swelling Behaviors of Polyaniline-Poly(Acrylic Acid) Hydrogels

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    ZHANG You-wei; ZHAO Jiong-xin; LI Xiao-feng; TAO Yong; WU Cheng-xun


    Using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) aqueous solution, NaOH aqueous solution, aniline(An) and ammonim persulfate(APS), PAn-PAA hydrogels with a semi-interpenetrating structure connected by physical interlocks, chemical ion bonds and hydrogen bonds wcre prepared. The swelling properties of the hydrogels in solutions of different pH values(adjusted by adding NaOH or HCl) were studied. All the hydrogels prepared have similar swelling curves (the curves of equilibrium swelling ratio vs. pH value) and reach their maximum swelling at pH of 8 - 10. The maximum swelling ratio of the hydrogels is dependent on composition, including molecular weight of PAA, polymer content of the hydrogel,and molar ratios of AA to An, APS to An, and NaOH to AA.And the compositional dependence of the swelling capacity of PAn-PAA hydrogels was also studied.

  4. Investigation on Swells of the East China Sea (United States)

    Tao, Aifeng; Wu, Chao


    In the recent decades, more and more human activities, including different kinds of marine structures and large ships, have been present in the East China Sea. It is necessary to fasten our attentions on the marine safety issues, particularly on the extreme waves. Because it has been known that the density of extreme waves may increase with Typhoon in the future with the global climate changing. The extreme waves can be induced not only by Typhoon in summer, but also by East Asian cold waves in winter for this special sea area. And the swells also can be very dangerous because the swells may result in the resonance with floating structures, including the ships. Focusing on the investigation of swells in the East China Sea, the hindcast for waves in the past ten years will be performed by the numerical model Wave Watch III based on the historical climate data. The numerical calculation domain covers the whole North West Pacific. Then the swells will be separated and analyzed from the simulated wave fields. Both the characteristics and the generation mechanisms of the swells will be investigated. Particularly, the swells, which propagating across the Ryukyu chain from east to west, will be analyzed in details. We used the CCMP & Myers wind data to run the WW3 model and reproduced the global wave fields in 2010-2014. After separating swell and wind sea from mixed waves, we studied the spatial and temporal distribution of swell in East China Sea and the formation mechanism of swell in East China Sea.The significant wave heights of swells in the East China Sea are mainly distributed in the 0.1-2.5m, the interval with the highest frequency of occurrence is 0.1-0.5m, and the proportion is about 50%. The spectrum peak periods of swells are mainly distributed in the 4-15s, the interval with the highest frequency of occurrence is 9-15s., and the proportion is about 25%. In terms of spatial distribution swells increase gradually from the offshore to deep sea, and also

  5. Thickness dependence of magnetic properties and giant magneto-impedance effect in amorphous Co73Si12B15 thin films prepared by Dual-Ion beam assisted deposition (United States)

    Zhang, Yu; Wang, San-sheng; Hu, Teng; He, Tong-fu; Chen, Zi-yu; Yi, Zhong; Meng, Li-Fei


    Dual-Ion Beam Assisted Deposition is a suitable method for the preparation of giant magneto-impedance (GMI) materials. In this paper, Co73Si12B15 thin films with different thicknesses were prepared by Dual-Ion Beam Assisted Deposition, and the influences of film thickness on magnetic properties and GMI effect were investigated. It was found that the asymmetric magnetic hysteresis loop in the prepared Co73Si12B15 thin films occurs at ambient temperature, and the shift behavior of hysteresis loop associated with film thickness. With the film thickness increasing, the values of shift field and coercive field and other parameters such as remanence and shift ratio appeared complex variation. At a certain frequency, the large GMI effect is only observed in some films, which have good magnetic properties including low coercivity, low remanence ratio and high shift ratio. The results indicated that the thickness dependence of magnetic properties nonlinearly determined the GMI effect in Co73Si12B15 thin films.

  6. The Initial Water Content Dependent Swelling Behavior of Clayey Soils (United States)

    Samet Öngen, Ali; Abiddin Erguler, Zeynal


    The variation in water content is known as a main controlling parameter for many physical and mechanical behaviors of clayey soils, particularly soils found in arid and semi-arid regions. Expansive soils found in such regions are naturally subjected to many volume increase and decrease cycles within unsaturated zone during rainy and dry periods, and thus these soils constitute severe hazard to low-rise light buildings and infrastructures constructed in shallow unsaturated depths. Although the relationships between swelling parameters (swelling pressure and swelling percent) and soils' physical - index properties have been investigated in details in previous researches, the continuous effect of water content on swelling mechanisms of soils is not yet sufficiently studied. The water content of unsaturated zone naturally fluctuates with changes in both seasonal climatic conditions and increasing in depths, and therefore, swelling parameters of a soil within unsaturated soils should not be represented with only one single value. For achieving accurate understanding of swelling behavior at field condition, soils should be subjected to swelling tests by considering different initial water content conditions. Considering requirement for further understanding in water content dependent swelling behavior of soils, a research program was aimed to investigate the effect of initial water content on swelling behavior of soil materials. For this purpose, soils having wide range of physical properties such as grain size distributions, mineralogical composition and consistency limits were collected from different locations in Turkey. To minimize the effect of dry unit weight on swelling behavior of soils, samples prepared at same dry unit weight (14.6 kN/m3) with various initial water contents ranging from 0% to approximately 37% were subjected to swelling tests by using convenient odometer device. Beside these tests, grain size distribution, Atterberg limits and mineralogical

  7. Molar Intubation for Intra Oral Swellings:Our Experience

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    Meenoti Potdar


    Full Text Available Molar intubation is a technique of laryngoscopy that can be used for anticipated difficult intubation in cases where standard laryngoscopy technique is difficult due to presence of any intraoral mass that anatomically hampers laryngoscopy or that bleeds on touch. This technique is very easy, reliable and rewarding but should be practiced on normal patients for easy application in actual difficult cases.

  8. Unexpected Swelling of Stiff DNA in a Polydisperse Crowded Environment. (United States)

    Kang, Hongsuk; Toan, Ngo Minh; Hyeon, Changbong; Thirumalai, D


    We investigate the conformations of DNA-like stiff chains, characterized by contour length (L) and persistence length (lp), in a variety of crowded environments containing monodisperse soft spherical (SS) and spherocylindrical (SC) particles, a mixture of SS and SC, and a milieu mimicking the composition of proteins in the Escherichia coli cytoplasm. The stiff chain, whose size modestly increases in SS crowders up to ϕ ≈ 0.1, is considerably more compact at low volume fractions (ϕ ≤ 0.2) in monodisperse SC particles than in a medium containing SS particles. A 1:1 mixture of SS and SC crowders induces greater chain compaction than the pure SS or SC crowders at the same ϕ, with the effect being highly nonadditive. We also discover a counterintuitive result that the polydisperse crowding environment, mimicking the composition of a cell lysate, swells the DNA-like polymer, which is in stark contrast to the size reduction of flexible polymers in the same milieu. Trapping of the stiff chain in a fluctuating tube-like environment created by large-sized crowders explains the dramatic increase in size and persistence length of the stiff chain. In the polydisperse medium, mimicking the cellular environment, the size of the DNA (or related RNA) is determined by L/lp. At low L/lp, the size of the polymer is unaffected, whereas there is a dramatic swelling at an intermediate value of L/lp. We use these results to provide insights into recent experiments on crowding effects on RNA and also make testable predictions.

  9. Nanoscale Electrodes for Flexible Electronics by Swelling Controlled Cracking. (United States)

    Zhao, Qiang; Wang, Wenjun; Shao, Jinyou; Li, Xiangming; Tian, Hongmiao; Liu, Lu; Mei, Xuesong; Ding, Yucheng; Lu, Bingheng


    Nanogap electrodes are realized using pre-patterned electrodes and a swelling controlled cracking method. Parallel fabrication of nanogap electrodes on flexible substrates can be achieved using this method. This swelling-controlled cracking method is promising for fabricating high-performance flexible electronics. UV photodetectors with ZnO nanoparticle-bridged nanogap electrodes exhibit high responsivity and external quantum efficiency.

  10. Sexual swellings advertise female quality in wild baboons. (United States)

    Domb, L G; Pagel, M


    The females of many Old World primate species produce prominent and conspicuous swellings of the perineal skin around the time of ovulation. These sexual swellings have been proposed to increase competition among males for females or to increase the likelihood of a female getting fertilized, by signalling either a female's general reproductive status, or the timing of her ovulation. Here we show that sexual swellings in wild baboons reliably advertise a female's reproductive value over her lifetime, in accordance with a theoretical model of honest signalling. Females with larger swellings attained sexual maturity earlier, produced both more offspring and more surviving offspring per year than females with smaller swellings, and had a higher overall proportion of their offspring survive. Male baboons use the size of the sexual swelling to determine their mating effort, fighting more aggressively to consort females with larger swellings, and spending more time grooming these females. Our results document an unusual case of a sexually selected ornament in females, and show how males, by mating selectively on the basis of the size of the sexual swelling, increase their probability of mating with females more likely to produce surviving offspring.

  11. Ocean swell within the kinetic equation for water waves (United States)

    Badulin, Sergei I.; Zakharov, Vladimir E.


    Results of extensive simulations of swell evolution within the duration-limited setup for the kinetic Hasselmann equation for long durations of up to 2 × 106 s are presented. Basic solutions of the theory of weak turbulence, the so-called Kolmogorov-Zakharov solutions, are shown to be relevant to the results of the simulations. Features of self-similarity of wave spectra are detailed and their impact on methods of ocean swell monitoring is discussed. Essential drop in wave energy (wave height) due to wave-wave interactions is found at the initial stages of swell evolution (on the order of 1000 km for typical parameters of the ocean swell). At longer times, wave-wave interactions are responsible for a universal angular distribution of wave spectra in a wide range of initial conditions. Weak power-law attenuation of swell within the Hasselmann equation is not consistent with results of ocean swell tracking from satellite altimetry and SAR (synthetic aperture radar) data. At the same time, the relatively fast weakening of wave-wave interactions makes the swell evolution sensitive to other effects. In particular, as shown, coupling with locally generated wind waves can force the swell to grow in relatively light winds.

  12. Scrotal Lymphangioma – A Rare Cause of Scrotal Swelling

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    Pradeep Kajal


    Full Text Available Lymphangioma is an extremely rare cause of scrotal swelling. We are reporting such a tumor in a one and half year old child presenting with a painless, progressive scrotal swelling. The mass was evaluated and excised completely. Histopathology confirmed it as Lymphangioma.

  13. Periorbital swelling in emergency room: Get your eyes in

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    SenthilKumaran S


    Full Text Available Facial swelling and eye pain are very common patient complaints in Emergency Departments. Clinical evidence and investigations play a crucial role in making the correct diagnosis which impacts the final disposition and management of the patient. We present a case of a patient who presented with facial swelling and headache.

  14. Relationship with the Degree of Saturation of the Swelling Strain

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    Sjafrudin Latar


    Full Text Available Expansive soil in SokooNgawi East Java often gives problems in the building stability. This research aims to study the properties of the soil in the area that mainly related to changes in moisture content in particular the influence of the degree of saturation of the swelling strain. Swelling tests were performed on disturbed soil by means of oedometer at 6.9 kPa overburden pressure. Initial moisture contents used were varied from 15.04% to 42.88%. Swelling strain was measured using overburden pressure 6.9 kPa and swelling pressure obtained from the pressure required to return the sample to the original condition. The test results show that for initial moisture content 15.04 % , γd= 1.471 gr/cm ³,S = 50.70 % the maximum swelling strain were 38.04% and swelling pressure was 2392 kPa. The initial moisture content 42.88%, γd= 0.926 gr / cm ³, S = 65.26 % the minimum swelling strain was 1.68 % and swelling pressure was 34 kPa.

  15. Thyroid swellings in the art of the Italian Renaissance. (United States)

    Sterpetti, Antonio V; De Toma, Giorgio; De Cesare, Alessandro


    Thyroid swellings in the art of the Italian Renaissance are sporadically reported in the medical literature. Six hundred paintings and sculptures from the Italian Renaissance, randomly selected, were analyzed to determine the prevalence of personages with thyroid swellings and its meaning. The prevalence of personages with thyroid swellings in the art of Italian Renaissance is much higher than previously thought. This phenomenon was probably secondary to iodine deficiency. The presence of personages with thyroid swelling was related to specific meanings the artists wanted to show in their works. Even if the function and the role of the thyroid were discovered only after thyroidectomy was started to be performed, at the beginning of the 19th century, artists of the Italian Renaissance had the intuition that thyroid swellings were related to specific psychological conditions. Artistic intuition and sensibility often comes before scientific demonstration, and it should be a guide for science development. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Ocean swell within the kinetic equation for water waves

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    Badulin, Sergei I


    Effects of wave-wave interactions on ocean swell are studied. Results of extensive simulations of swell evolution within the duration-limited setup for the kinetic Hasselmann equation at long times up to $10^6$ seconds are presented. Basic solutions of the theory of weak turbulence, the so-called Kolmogorov-Zakharov solutions, are shown to be relevant to the results of the simulations. Features of self-similarity of wave spectra are detailed and their impact on methods of ocean swell monitoring are discussed. Essential drop of wave energy (wave height) due to wave-wave interactions is found to be pronounced at initial stages of swell evolution (of order of 1000 km for typical parameters of the ocean swell). At longer times wave-wave interactions are responsible for a universal angular distribution of wave spectra in a wide range of initial conditions.

  17. Swelling of the buffer of KBS-3V deposition hole

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    Lempinen, A. [Marintel Ky, Turku (Finland)


    At the time of the installation of spent nuclear fuel canister in the KBS-3V deposition hole, empty space is left around bentonite buffer for technical reasons. The gap between the buffer and the canister is about 10 mm, and the gap between the buffer and the rock is 30 to 35 mm. In this study, the swelling of the buffer to fill the gaps was simulated, when the gaps are initially filled with water and no external water is available. The model used here is a thermodynamical model for swelling clay, with parameters determined for bentonite. The simulations presented here were performed with Freefem++ software, which is a finite element application for partial differential equations. These equations come from the material model. The simulation results show that the swelling fills the outer gaps in few years, but no significant swelling pressure is generated. For swelling pressure, external water supply is required. (orig.)

  18. Swelling of SiO{sub 2} quartz induced by energetic heavy ions

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    Trautmann, C.; Schwartz, K. [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung mbH, Darmstadt (Germany); Costantini, J.M. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France). DPTA/PMC; Meftah, A. [ENSET, Skikda (Algeria); Stoquert, J.P. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 67 - Strasbourg (France). Lab. PHASE; Toulemonde, M. [Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches avec les Ions Lourds (CIRIL), 14 - Caen (France)


    A pronounced swelling effect occurs when irradiating SiO{sub 2} quartz with heavy ions (F, S, Cu, Kr, Xe, Ta, and Pb) in the electronic energy loss regime. Using a profilometer, the out-of-plane swelling was measured by scanning over the border line between an irradiated and a virgin area of the sample surface. The step height varied between 20 and 300 nm depending on the fluence, the electronic energy loss and the total range of the ions. From complementary Rutherford backscattering experiments under channelling condition (RBS-C), the damage fraction and corresponding track radii were extracted. Normalising the step height per incoming ion and by the projected range, a critical energy loss of 1.8{+-}0.5 keV/nm was found which is in good agreement with the threshold observed by RBS-C. Swelling can be explained by the amorphisation induced along the ion trajectories. The experimental results in quartz are compared to swelling data obtained under similar irradiation conditions in LiNbO{sub 3}. (orig.)

  19. Late inflammatory swelling by carrageenan in rat's subcutaneous neck tissue. (United States)

    Rao, T S; Mathur, M; Bhide, N K


    When injected subcutaneously in the dorsum of neck in albino rats, carrageenan produced inflammatory swelling which reached peak after about 16 hr. The occurrence of the peak inflammatory swelling was delayed but not significantly reduced in severity by aspirin or indomethacin which were administered repeatedly. Phenylbutazone significantly reduced and dexamethasone almost completely inhibited it. In rat hind paw model, subplantar carrageenan injection produced peak inflammatory swelling after about 4 hr which was significantly reduced by all anti-inflammatory drugs mentioned above. It is interesting that an inflammagen when injected at different sites in the same species elicits responses which differ in the time course and drug responses.

  20. Postoperative Submandibular Gland Swelling following Craniotomy under General Anesthesia

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    Haruka Nakanishi


    Full Text Available Objective. Reporting of a rare case of postoperative submandibular gland swelling following craniotomy. Case Report. A 33-year-old male underwent resection for a brain tumor under general anesthesia. The tumor was resected via a retrosigmoid suboccipital approach and the patient was placed in a lateral position with his face down and turned to the right. Slight swelling of the right submandibular gland was observed just after the surgery. Seven hours after surgery, edematous change around the submandibular gland worsened and he required emergent reintubation due to airway compromise. The cause of submandibular gland swelling seemed to be an obstruction of the salivary duct due to surgical positioning. Conclusion. Once submandibular swelling and edematous change around the submandibular gland occur, they can worsen and compromise the air way within several hours after operation. Adequate precaution must be taken for any predisposing skull-base surgery that requires strong cervical rotation and flexion.

  1. Hydration swelling characteristics of needle-punched geosynthetic clay liners

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    A series of confined swell tests were conducted on a needle-punched geosynthetic clay liner (GCL)with tap water as the hydration medium. The effects of the static confining stress on the swelling characteristics of GCLs and the hydration time under different confining stresses were explored. Increasing the static confining stress led to: shorter hydration time; smaller final GCL height; less final GCL bulk void ratio; smaller final bentonite moisture content. The confined swell pressure determined for the tested GCL was 82.2 kPa, and the relationships between confining stress, final bulk void ratio (or final GCL height, final bentonite moisture content) were attained through the analyses of the confined swell test results in this study.

  2. Lymphangioma of epidydimis: An extremely rare cause of scrotal swelling

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    K K Pai


    Full Text Available Lymphangioma of epidydimis is a very rare cause of scrotal swelling. We report a case of lymphangioma of epidydimis in a 24 year old male. This case is being presented in view of its rarity.

  3. Identification of Swell in Nearshore Surface Wave Energy Spectra

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    Paul A. Work


    Full Text Available An approach for routine identification of swell and sea in nominally fully developed, omnidirectional, surface water wave energy spectra measured in arbitrary water depth is developed, applied, and discussed. The methodology is an extension of earlier work with deepwater spectra and involves identifying the frequency at which wave steepness is maximized and relating this to the swell separation frequency. The TMA parameterized spectrum is employed to establish a relationship between the two frequencies so that the methodology can be used when wind data are unavailable. The methodology is developed for finite water depth and tested using a dataset that includes both acoustic Doppler current profiler and wave buoy data, recorded simultaneously at the same location. For cases where the sea and swell are clearly, visually distinguishable in the omnidirectional spectra, the new method accurately distinguishes between the two, but it can also be used to identify sea and swell in unimodal spectra.

  4. Nucleon swelling and the Nolen-Schiffer anomaly

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    Epele, L.N.; Garcia Canal, C.A.; Fanchiotti, H.; Mendez Galain, R.


    A previously proposed explanation of the Nolen-Schiffer anomaly based on the nucleon swelling inside a nuclei is reanalyzed. We found a clear incompatibility beetween this proposal and the experimental results.

  5. Swelling induced by alpha decay in monazite and zirconolite ceramics: A XRD and TEM comparative study

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    Deschanels, X., E-mail: [ICSM, UMR 5257, BP 17171, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Seydoux-Guillaume, A.M., E-mail: [GET, UMR 5563CNRS, UPS, IRD, OMP-14 Avenue Édouard Belin, F-31400 Toulouse (France); Magnin, V. [ISTerre, UMR 5275, BP53, F-38041 Grenoble (France); Mesbah, A. [ICSM, UMR 5257, BP 17171, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Tribet, M. [CEA/DTCD/LMPA Centre de Marcoule, BP 17171, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Moloney, M.P. [ICSM, UMR 5257, BP 17171, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Serruys, Y. [CEA, SRMP, DEN, Lab JANNUS, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette (France); Peuget, S. [CEA/DTCD/LMPA Centre de Marcoule, BP 17171, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France)


    Zirconolite and monazite matrices are potential ceramics for the containment of actinides (Np, Cm, Am, Pu) which are produced over the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Actinides decay mainly through the emission of alpha particles, which in turn causes most ceramics to undergo structural and textural changes (amorphization and/or swelling). In order to study the effects of alpha decays on the above mentioned ceramics two parallel approaches were set up. The first involved the use of an external irradiation source, Au, which allowed the deposited recoil energy to be simulated. The second was based on short-lived actinide doping with {sup 238}Pu, (i.e. an internal source), via the incorporation of plutonium oxide into both the monazite and zirconolite structures during synthesis. In both types of irradiation experiments, the zirconolite samples became amorphous at room temperature with damage close to 0.3 dpa; corresponding to a critical dose of 4 × 10{sup 18} α g{sup −1} (i.e. ∼1.3 × 10{sup 21} keV cm{sup −3}). Both zirconolite samples also showed the same degree of macroscopic swelling at saturation (∼6%), with ballistic processes being the predominant damaging effect. In the case of the monazite however, the macroscopic swelling and amorphization were dependent on the nature of the irradiation. Externally, (Au), irradiated samples became amorphous while also demonstrating a saturation swelling of up to 8%. In contrast to this, the swelling of the {sup 238}Pu doped samples was much smaller at ∼1%. Also, unlike the externally (Au) irradiated monazite these {sup 238}Pu doped samples remained crystalline up to 7.5 × 10{sup 18} α g{sup −1} (0.8 dpa). XRD, TEM and swelling measurements were used to fully characterize and interpret this behavior. The low swelling and the conservation of the crystalline state of {sup 238}Pu doped monazite samples indicates that alpha annealing took place within this material.

  6. Increased Hydrogel Swelling Induced by Absorption of Small Molecules. (United States)

    Nam, Changwoo; Zimudzi, Tawanda J; Geise, Geoffrey M; Hickner, Michael A


    The water and small molecule uptake behavior of amphiphilic diacrylate terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMSDA)/poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) (PEGDA) cross-linked hydrogels were studied using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. These hydrogel networks absorbed more water as the PEGDA content of the network increased. In contrast to typical osmotic deswelling behavior that occurs when liquid water equilibrated hydrogels are immersed in small molecule solutions with water activities less than unity, water-swollen gels immersed in 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS-H) solutions rapidly regained their water content within 4 min following an initial deswelling response. In situ ATR-FTIR analysis of the hydrogel film during the dynamic swelling experiment indicated that small molecule absorption into the gel played an important role in inducing gel reswelling in low water activity solutions. This aspect of polymer gel water uptake and interaction with small molecules is important for optimizing hydrogel coatings and hydrophilic polymer applications where there is an interaction between the internal chemical structure of the gel and electrolytes or other molecules in solution.


    A published method previously developed to measure the swelling characteristics of pow dered coal samples has been adapted for swelling measurements on various peat, pollen, chain, and cellulose samples The swelling of these macromolecular materials is the volumetric manifestatio...

  8. Lepromatous leprosy presenting as a swelling in the neck

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    Dogra Devraj


    Full Text Available A 25-year-old electrician presented with gradually, asymptomatic swelling on left of the neck since 2 years. The swelling which was initially diagnosed as cervical lymphadenitis by the internist represented the enlarged left great auricular nerve. Cutaneous examination revealed an ill-defined, hypoaesthetic macule with minimal atrophy on the pinna of the left ear. The histopathology of the nerve showed a lepromatous neuritis with bacteriological index (BI of 5+.

  9. Labial swelling: a rare presentation of pubic bone tuberculosis. (United States)

    Shende, Prajakta; Gandhewar, Manisha; Gaikwad, Pradip; Nanaware, Sandip; Risbud Joshi, Prachi


    Tuberculosis (TB), being a global health problem, represents variedly. Its presentation as a labial swelling secondary to pubic bone TB has been reported rarely in literature. We report a case of pubic bone TB presenting as a labial swelling in a woman of reproductive age. Early diagnosis with fine needle aspiration cytology, acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining, AFB culture and magnetic resonance imaging with early initiation of treatment resulted in a favourable outcome.

  10. Rate dependence of swelling in lithium-ion cells

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    Oh, KY; Siegel, JB; Secondo, L; Kim, SU; Samad, NA; Qin, JW; Anderson, D; Garikipati, K; Knobloch, A; Epureanu, BI; Monroe, CW; Stefanopoulou, A


    Swelling of a commercial 5 Ah lithium-ion cell with a nickel/manganese/cobalt-oxide cathode is investigated as a function of the charge state and the charge/discharge rate. In combination with sensitive displacement measurements, knowledge of the electrode configuration within this prismatic cell's interior allows macroscopic deformations of the casing to be correlated to electrochemical and mechanical transformations in individual anode/separator/cathode layers. Thermal expansion and interior charge state are both found to cause significant swelling. At low rates, where thermal expansion is negligible, the electrode sandwich dilates by as much as 1.5% as the charge state swings from 0% to 100% because of lithium-ion intercalation. At high rates a comparably large residual swelling was observed at the end of discharge. Thermal expansion caused by joule heating at high discharge rate results in battery swelling. The changes in displacement with respect to capacity at low rate correlate well with the potential changes known to accompany phase transitions in the electrode materials. Although the potential response changes minimally with the C-rate, the extent of swelling varies significantly, suggesting that measurements of swelling may provide a sensitive gauge for characterizing dynamic operating states. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Swelling packer technology : case histories in open hole

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    Wilkens, A. [Easywell, Woodlands, TX (United States)


    This paper presented case histories of swelling packer technology open hole innovations. Challenges such as fluid flow management and the restriction of solids entering the well bore were discussed. Other challenges included the need to reduce well construction costs, long-term reliability, production optimization methods and positive economic returns. In order to simplify production methods, minimize pay zone damage and eliminate moving parts, it is advisable to return to the simpler open hole well-bore method. Zonal isolation issues were discussed. The role of oil swelling packer was described with reference to its flexibility attributes such as the fact that rubber swells in hydrocarbons, activates in oil but not pure water, and creates an effective seal in open hole. Swell packer for oil-based mud was examined, along with details of successful applications. Functionality issues were discussed. The advantages of swell pack for oil-based mud is that it is rugged, self-repairing and has no environmental impact. It also has a good track record and is more flexible than concrete, more durable than Hydrogenated Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (HNBR) and regains integrity after failure. Various well construction advances, completion advances and global installations were discussed. Reservoir, well construction and completion challenges were reviewed. Economic challenges were discussed. Various features of the Constrictor swell packer, which enables annular fluid flow management, were presented. The Oil Selector, a product that enables automatic water control, was also reviewed. 7 figs.

  12. A study on the enhancement of the reliability in gravure offset roll printing with blanket swelling control (United States)

    Eul Kim, Ga; Woo, Kyoohee; Kang, Dongwoo; Jang, Yunseok; Choi, Young-Man; Lee, Moon G.; Lee, Taik-Min; Kwon, Sin


    In roll-offset printing (patterning) technology with a PDMS blanket as a transfer medium, one of the major reliability issues is the occurrence of swelling, which involves absorption of the ink solvent in the printing blanket with repeated printing. This study developed a method to resolve blanket swelling in gravure offset roll printing and performed experiments for performance verification. The physical phenomena of mass and heat transfer were applied to fabricate a device based on convection drying. The proposed device managed to effectively control blanket swelling through drying by blowing air and additional temperature control. The experiments verified that printing quality (in particular the variation of the width of printed patterns) was maintained over 500 continuous printing.

  13. Can we map swelling clays with remote sensing? (United States)

    van der Meer, Freek

    Swelling soils are soils containing clay minerals that change volume with water content. The original volume of natural soils may change up to 150 percent with increasing water content, which creates major geological hazards that cause extensive damage worldwide. Current engineering practice for delineating areas of potential high swell builds on extensive laboratory analysis, including X-ray diffraction analysis for establishing clay mineralogy and Atterberg limits for deriving the swelling index. This is labour-intensive and thus expensive. Of key importance in assessing the swelling potential of soils is accurate mapping of clay mineralogy and amount (particularly of high swelling smectite and low swelling kaolinite-group minerals) and mapping of soil moisture. For applications related to slope instability processes, surface height and surface deformation need to be examined. Results from spectral analysis of clay mineral spectra presented in this paper show that careful examination of absorption bands allows the characterization and mapping of the clay mineralogy of the soil, which, in conjunction with spectral unmixing, may lead to surface fractions of the various clay minerals. This can potentially be empirically linked with current engineering tests. Remote sensing perspectives for spatial reproduction of these results are further examined in this paper. Imaging spectrometry ( ie, data acquisition in many narrow spectral bands that allow images of reflectance spectra to be derived) may provide insight in surface mineralogy, while microwave remote sensing could deliver soil moisture information. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) is one method of remotely sensed elevation mapping; other remote sensing approaches include radar and laser altimetry and the derivation of digital terrain data from stereoscopic imagery ( ie, Spot, MOMS, etc). This paper could form the basis for formulating a number of research projects within a framework of mapping swelling potential of

  14. A Molecular Thermodynamic Model for Restricted Swelling Behaviors of Thermo-sensitive Hydrogel☆

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    Cheng Lian; Dongyan Zhi; Shouhong Xu; Honglai Liu


    A molecular thermodynamic model was developed for describing the restricted swelling behavior of a thermo-sensitive hydrogel confined in a limited space. The Gibbs free energy includes two contributions, the contribution of mixing of polymer and solvent calculated by using the lattice model of random polymer solution, and the con-tribution due to the elasticity of polymer network. This model can accurately describe the swel ing behavior of restricted hydrogels under uniaxial and biaxial constraints by using two model parameters. One is the interaction energy parameter between polymer network and solvent, and the other is the size parameter depending on the degree of cross-linking. The calculated results show that the swelling ratio reduces significantly and the phase transition temperature decreases slightly as the restricted degree increases, which agree wel with the experi-mental data.

  15. Swelling characteristics of Gaomiaozi bentonite and its prediction

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    De'an Sun


    Full Text Available Gaomiaozi (GMZ bentonite has been chosen as a possible matrix material of buffers/backfills in the deep geological disposal to isolate the high-level radioactive waste (HLRW in China. In the Gaomiaozi deposit area, calcium bentonite in the near surface zone and sodium bentonite in the deeper zone are observed. The swelling characteristics of GMZ sodium and calcium bentonites and their mixtures with sand wetted with distilled water were studied in the present work. The test results show that the relationship between the void ratio and swelling pressure of compacted GMZ bentonite-sand mixtures at full saturation is independent of the initial conditions such as the initial dry density and water content, but dependent on the ratio of bentonite to sand. An empirical method was accordingly proposed allowing the prediction of the swelling deformation and swelling pressure with different initial densities and bentonite-sand ratios when in saturated conditions. Finally, the swelling capacities of GMZ Na- and Ca-bentonites and Kunigel Na-bentonite are compared.

  16. Evaluating the Swelling, Erosion and Compaction Properties of Cellulose Ethers. (United States)

    Ghori, Muhammad U; Grover, Liam M; Asare-Addo, Kofi; Smith, Alan M; Conway, Barbara R


    Swelling, erosion, deformation and consolidation properties can affect the performance of cellulose ethers, the most commonly used matrix former in hydrophilic sustained tablet formulations. The present study was designed to comparatively evaluate the swelling, erosion, compression, compaction and relaxation properties of the cellulose ethers in a comprehensive study using standardised conditions. The interrelationship between various compressional models and the inherent deformation and consolidation properties of the polymers on the derived swelling and erosion parameters are consolidated. The impact of swelling (Kw) on erosion rates (KE) and the inter-relationship between Heckel and Kawakita plasticity constants was also investigated. It is evident from the findings that the increases in both substitution and polymer chain length led to higher Kw, but a lower KE; this was also true for all particle size fractions regardless of polymer grade. Smaller particle size and high substitution levels tend to increase the relative density of the matrix but reduce porosity, yield pressure (Py), Kawakita plasticity parameter (b(-1)) and elastic relaxation. Both KW vs KE (R(2) = 0.949-0.980) and Py vs b(-1) correlations (R(2) = 0.820-0.934) were reasonably linear with regards to increasing hydroxypropyl substitution and molecular size. Hence, it can be concluded that the combined knowledge of swelling and erosion kinetics in tandem with the in and out-of-die compression findings can be used to select a specific polymer grade and further to develop and optimise formulations for oral controlled drug delivery applications.

  17. Scrotal Swelling as a Complication of Hydrochlorothiazide Induced Acute Pancreatitis

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    Ivan Nikiforov


    Full Text Available Background. Scrotal swelling is a rare complication of acute pancreatitis with few reported cases in the literature. In this case report, we present a 59-year-old male with hydrochlorothiazide induced pancreatitis who developed scrotal swelling. Case Presentation. A 59-year-old male presented to the emergency department with sharp epigastric abdominal pain that radiated to the back and chest. On physical examination, he had abdominal tenderness and distention with hypoactive bowel sounds. Computed tomography (CT scan of the abdomen showed acute pancreatitis. The patient’s condition deteriorated and he was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU. After he improved and was transferred out of the ICU, the patient developed swelling of the scrotum and penis. Ultrasound (US of the scrotum showed large hydrocele bilaterally with no varicoceles or testicular masses. Good blood flow was observed for both testicles. The swelling diminished over the next eight days with the addition of Lasix and the patient was discharged home in stable condition. Conclusion. Scrotal swelling is a rare complication of acute pancreatitis. It usually resolves spontaneously with conservative medical management such as diuretics and elevation of the legs.

  18. Degradation of Nafion due to contamination from Swelling-Dehydration Cycles

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    Andersen, Shuang Ma; Morgen, Per; Skou, Eivind Morten

    degradation in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), where liquid water has direct contact with the electrolyte. An ex-situ experiment was established with swelling-dehydration cycles on the membrane. However, formation of sulfonic anhydride was not detected during the entire treatment; instead contamination...... from traces calcium in the nominally pure water used in the experiment was found to be the primary reason for the deterioration of the membrane properties. Trace impurities in the liquid methanol feed in DMFC may therefore represent an important contamination source....

  19. Test of the Louis scheme and COARE algorithm for friction velocity in different wind-sea/swell regimes

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    The Louis scheme and the COARE algorithm (version 3.0) are tested against eddy covariance and inertial dissipation methods for friction velocity estimates in different wind-sea/swell regimes. Atmospheric forcing data, tabulated by Donelan et al. (1997.J Phys Oceanog, 27:2 087~2 099), were collected from a mast on the foredeck ofa SWATH (small water-plane area, twin hull) ship in deep sea off the State of Virginia during the surface wave dynamics experiment. These data are representative of low to moderate wind regimes.The aerodynamic roughness length is determined by using the Charnock relationship. The intercomparison shows that the Louis scheme and the COARE algorithm underestimate the friction velocity by 6% and 3% respectively under pure wind sea conditions, 15% and 13% respectively under cross swell conditions, and 21% and 17% respectively under counter swell conditions. The analysis shows that these underestimations were caused by the method chosen to determine the aerodynamic roughness length because it significantly underestimates the aerodynamic roughness length. It is especially true under the cross swell and counter swell conditions.

  20. Huge Differences in the Kinetics of Swelling Enhancement and De-enhancement of Permanently Charged Polyelectrolyte Brushes. (United States)

    Chu, Xiao; Yang, Jingfa; Zhao, Jiang


    As demonstrated previously (X. Chu et al., Soft Matter 2014, 10, 5568), permanently charged polyelectrolyte brushes can experience an enhancement of swelling by exposure to an external monovalent salt solution in moderate concentrations. Beyond the previous static measurements, the kinetics of the swelling enhancement and de-enhancement were investigated in the current study by using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). By developing an effective approach to quantify the response in QCM-D, a vast difference in swelling enhancement and de-enhancement of a model permanently charged polyelectrolyte brush (sodium polystyrene sulfonate, NaPSS) was discovered. The results indicate new physics of the charged brushes: the difference in the attachment and detachment of counterions to the polyelectrolyte chains.

  1. Aqueous suspensions of natural swelling clay minerals. 2. Rheological characterization. (United States)

    Paineau, Erwan; Michot, Laurent J; Bihannic, Isabelle; Baravian, Christophe


    We report in this article a comprehensive investigation of the viscoelastic behavior of different natural colloidal clay minerals in aqueous solution. Rheological experiments were carried out under both dynamic and steady-state conditions, allowing us to derive the elasticity and yield stress. Both parameters can be renormalized for all sizes, ionic strength, and type of clay using in a first approach only the volume of the particles. However, applying such a treatment to various clays of similar shapes and sizes yields differences that can be linked to the repulsion strength and charge location in the swelling clays. The stronger the repulsive interactions, the better the orientation of clay particles in flows. In addition, a master linear relationship between the elasticity and yield stress whose value corresponds to a critical deformation of 0.1 was evidenced. Such a relationship may be general for any colloidal suspension of anisometric particles as revealed by the analysis of various experimental data obtained on either disk-shaped or lath- and rod-shaped particles. The particle size dependence of the sol-gel transition was also investigated in detail. To understand why suspensions of larger particles gel at a higher volume fraction, we propose a very simplified view based on the statistical hydrodynamic trapping of a particle by an another one in its neighborhood upon translation and during a short period of time. We show that the key parameter describing this hydrodynamic trapping varies as the cube of the average diameter and captures most features of the sol-gel transition. Finally, we pointed out that in the high shear limit the suspension viscosity is still closely related to electrostatic interactions and follows the same trends as the viscoelastic properties. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  2. Depleting depletion: Polymer swelling in poor solvent mixtures (United States)

    Mukherji, Debashish; Marques, Carlos; Stuehn, Torsten; Kremer, Kurt

    A polymer collapses in a solvent when the solvent particles dislike monomers more than the repulsion between monomers. This leads to an effective attraction between monomers, also referred to as depletion induced attraction. This attraction is the key factor behind standard polymer collapse in poor solvents. Strikingly, even if a polymer exhibits poor solvent condition in two different solvents, it can also swell in mixtures of these two poor solvents. This collapse-swelling-collapse scenario is displayed by poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in aqueous alcohol. Using molecular dynamics simulations of a thermodynamically consistent generic model and theoretical arguments, we unveil the microscopic origin of this phenomenon. Our analysis suggests that a subtle interplay of the bulk solution properties and the local depletion forces reduces depletion effects, thus dictating polymer swelling in poor solvent mixtures.

  3. Radiation preparation and swelling behavior of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels (United States)

    Liu, Pengfei; Zhai, Maolin; Li, Jiuqiang; Peng, Jing; Wu, Jilan


    Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is a kind of degraded polymer under γ-irradiation. However, in this work, it has been found that CMC crosslinks partially to form hydrogel by radiation technique at more than 20% CMC aqueous solution. The gel fraction increases with the dose. The crosslinking reaction of CMC is promoted in the presence of N 2 or N 2O due to the increase of free radicals on CMC backbone, but gel fraction of CMC hydrogel is not high (radiation crosslinking due to the character of CMC itself. Swelling dynamics of CMC hydrogel and its swelling behavior at different conditions, such as acidic, basic, inorganic salt as well as temperature were also investigated. Strong acidity, strong basicity, small amount of inorganic salts and lower temperature can reduce swelling ratio.


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    A series of nonionic polyacrylamide hydrogels, using acrylamide as monomer and N,N’-methylene diacrylamide as crosslinking agent, were prepared by the free radical polymerization in aqueous solution. Swelling equilibria for the gels were carried out in aqueous solutions of NaCl, KCl, CaCl2, Na2HPO4 and K2HPO4 with concentration ranging from 10-3 to 5mol/kgH2O at 25℃. Experimental results revealed that the chlorides and phosphates cause a different behavior at higher salt concentration. The swelling ratio increases with increasing concentration of chlorides salts, while decreases with the increased phosphates salt concentration. The phenomena seem to be related to the different interactions of chloride and hydrogen phosphate ions with the network groups. Furthermore, the effects of different concentration of crosslinking agent and total monomers on gel swelling performance were also investigated.

  5. Geoid height versus topography for oceanic plateaus and swells (United States)

    Sandwell, David T.; Mackenzie, Kevin R.


    Gridded geoid height data (Marsh et al.l, 1986) and gridded bathymetry data (Van Wykhouse, 1973) are used to estimate the average compensation depths of 53 oceanic swells and plateaus. The relationship between geoid height and topography is examined using Airy and thermal compensation models. It is shown that geoid height is linearly related to topography between wavelengths of 400 and 4000 m as predicted by isostatic compensation models. The geoid/topography ratio is dependent on the average depth of compensation. The intermediate geoid/topography ratios of most thermal swells are interpreted as a linear combination of the decaying thermal swell signature and that of the persisting Airy-compensated volcanic edifice.

  6. Swelling/deswelling of polyacrylamide gels in aqueous NaCl solution: Light scattering and macroscopic swelling study

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    M Sivanantham; B V R Tata


    Swelling kinetics of water-swollen polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels (WSG) was investigated in various concentrations of aqueous NaCl by macroscopic swelling measurements. For lower concentration of NaCl, WSG showed exponential swelling whereas at higher concentration of NaCl it underwent deswelling at short times and exponential swelling at long times. From these studies, collective diffusion coefficient, , of the polymer network and polymer–solvent interaction parameter, , were calculated and found to decrease with increase in [NaCl]. Collective diffusion coefficients measured from dynamic light scattering (DLS) and that obtained from macroscopic swelling measurements are found to agree well. Measured ensemble-averaged dynamic structure factor (, ) for WSG and salt-swollen gels (SSG) showed an initial decay followed by a plateau at long times and it can be described by harmonically bound Brownian particle (HBBP) model. Enhanced scattering intensity at low scattering angles using static light scattering (SLS) measurements revealed the presence of inhomogeneities in PAAm gels. The reasons for increased scattering intensity of SSG over WSG gel and the linear decrease of with increase in NaCl concentration are explained.

  7. Swelling studies of camel and bovine corneal stroma

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    Turki Almubrad


    Full Text Available Turki Almubrad, Mohammad Faisal Jamal Khan, Saeed AkhtarCornea Research Chair, Department of Optometry, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi ArabiaAbstract: In the present study we investigated the swelling characteristics of fresh camel and bovine cornea in sodium salt solutions. Swelling studies were carried out at 20 minutes, 14 hours, and 46 hours on five fresh camel and 5 five fresh bovine corneas. During the 20-minute hydration of fresh corneal stroma was investigated using sodium chloride (NaCl, sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3, sodium acetate (CH3COONa, sodium thiocyanate (NaSCN, and sodium floride (NaF at 2-minute time intervals. During a 46-hour time period, the hydration study was carried out using NaCl (150, 300 mM and NaF (150 mM at random intervals. The 14-hour study was carried out to assess the rehydration of corneal stroma after 6 hours of drying. During the 20-minute swelling studies in the first 2 minutes the rate of hydration in both camel and bovine corneas was high but gradually reduced in the 2–20-minute period. The rates and levels of hydration of camel and bovine cornea were not significantly different from each other in all the strengths of solutions. During the 46-hour swelling studies, the initial rate of hydration (0–2 hours of camel and bovine stroma, in all solutions was significantly higher (Z = 0.056 compared to hydration during later hours (2–46 hours. Camel stromal hydration (high in 150 mM NaCl was significantly higher compared to bovine stromal hydration in the same solution during the 10–24, and 24–46-hour time periods. Rehydration in camel stroma was significantly lower than bovine in 150 mM NaF. The 20-minute study showed that there was no selective affinity for particular ions in camel or bovine corneal stroma. Initial swelling in both corneal and bovine stroma is faster and more prominant compared to later swelling. The swelling in camel cornea is more prominant compared

  8. Influence of effective stress on swelling pressure of expansive soils

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    Baille Wiebke


    Full Text Available The volume change and shear strength behaviour of soils are controlled by the effective stress. Recent advances in unsaturated soil mechanics have shown that the effective stress as applicable to unsaturated soils is equal to the difference between the externally applied stress and the suction stress. The latter can be established based on the soil-water characteristic curve (SWCC of the soil. In the present study, the evolution of swelling pressure in compacted bentonite-sand mixtures was investigated. Comparisons were made between magnitudes of applied suction, suction stress, and swelling pressure.

  9. Swelling characteristics of immersed sand-bentonite mixtures

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    丰土根; 崔红斌; 孙德安; 杜冰


    A laboratory one-dimensional consolidation apparatus was employed to research the swelling stress and volume of the sand-bentonite mixture under immersed conditions. The stress-strain characteristics of mixtures under varied mixing ratios and loading statuses were analyzed. Based on the results of tests, the mechanism of mixture swelling and collapsing was further discussed. The results show that mixtures with low sand ratios are suitable as hydraulic barrier or containment barriers of general landfills, geological repository and other hydraulic infrastructure works.

  10. Temporomandibular joint osteochondromatosis: an unusual cause of preauricular swelling.

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    Phelan, Eimear


    We report an unusual and rare cause of preauricular swelling and review the most recent literature concerning synovial osteochondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint. We report the clinical and radiologic findings of a case of synovial osteochondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint that presented as preauricular swelling in a female patient. This disease typically affects large joints; fewer than 100 cases reported in the literature affect the temporomandibular joint. This case illustrates that disorders of the temporomandibular joint should also be included in the differential diagnosis of patients who present with a preauricular mass.

  11. Thermal expansion and swelling of cured epoxy resin used in graphite/epoxy composite materials (United States)

    Adamson, M. J.


    The paper presents results of experiments in which the thermal expansion and swelling behavior of an epoxy resin system and two graphite/epoxy composite systems exposed to water were measured. It was found that the cured epoxy resin swells by an amount slightly less than the volume of the absorbed water and that the swelling efficiency of the water varies with the moisture content of the polymer. Additionally, the thermal expansion of cured epoxy resin that is saturated with water is observed to be more than twice that of dry resin. Results also indicate that cured resin that is saturated with 7.1% water at 95 C will rapidly increase in moisture content to 8.5% when placed in 1 C water. The mechanism for this phenomenon, termed reverse thermal effect, is described in terms of a slightly modified free-volume theory in conjunction with the theory of polar molecule interaction. Nearly identical behavior was observed in two graphite/epoxy composite systems, thus establishing that this behavior may be common to all cured epoxy resins.

  12. Strategies used to inhibit postoperative swelling following removal of impacted lower third molar

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    Francesco Sortino


    Full Text Available Postoperative swelling following different surgical strategies is an area of great interest. The main part of literature on the topic deals with swelling after extraction of low impacted third molar. In this review, we have analyzed publications of the last 20 years with a pubmed search using the following key words: impacted third molar, swelling third molar, wisdom tooth, edema jaw, corticosteroids and extraction third molar, antibiotic prophylaxis and tooth extraction. Attention has often been focused on corticosteroid therapy administered by diverse routes (orally, IV, IM, topically and at different time schedules (before or after surgery or both. This investigation revealed how the use of different molecules and dosages makes the obtained results hardly comparable. Similar conclusions can be drawn from studies aimed at evaluating the efficacy of antibiotic therapy administered either before or after surgery. A complete review has also to take into account different surgical strategies used including various flaps, no traumatic osteothomy, and primary or secondary closure. The use of pharmacological therapy and application of an ice pack is critical in the postoperative period and has always provided positive results. However, even if it is difficult to come to definite conclusions, due to the variability of the design of studies analyzed, the postoperative discomfort identified with edema, pain and trismus following wisdom tooth removal is influenced by various factors such as the difficulty of the surgical procedure involved, age and gender of the patient, and experience of the surgeon. The pharmacological therapy when performed with corticosteroids seems to improve control of the postoperative swelling related with this kind of surgeries.

  13. Thermodynamics of the solvent swelling of coal

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    Green, T.K.


    Sorption of pyridine by the pyridine-extracts of three premium Argonne coals was studied at several relative vapor pressures at 50{degree}C and 70{degree}C. The amount of pyridine sorbed by each extract increases linearly with pyridine vapor pressure. Heat of dilution were calculated from the slopes of the straight-line portions of the curves. In a related experiment, the pyridine sorption isotherms of the pyridine-extract, pyridine-insoluble residue, and the whole coal were determined at 50{degree}C. For all materials, the amount of pyridine sorbed increases linearly with pressure of pyridine, with similar slopes. However, the intercepts are different for each material. Finally, the sorption of benzene vapors by O-alkylated Illinois {number sign}6 coals were studied at 30{degree}C. The rate of benzene sorption increases dramatically upon O-methylation, indicating that coal-coal hydrogen bonds play a dominant role in controlling the rate of benzene sorption. 2 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Coupled thermo-hydro-chemical models of swelling bentonites (United States)

    Samper, Javier; Mon, Alba; Zheng, Liange; Montenegro, Luis; Naves, Acacia; Pisani, Bruno


    The disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological repositories is based on the multibarrier concept of retention of the waste by a combination of engineered and geological barriers. The engineered barrier system (EBS) includes the solid conditioned waste-form, the waste container, the buffer made of materials such as clay, grout or crushed rock that separate the waste package from the host rock and the tunnel linings and supports. The geological barrier supports the engineered system and provides stability over the long term during which time radioactive decay reduces the levels of radioactivity. The strong interplays among thermal (T), hydrodynamic (H), mechanical (M) and chemical (C) processes during the hydration, thermal and solute transport stages of the engineered barrier system (EBS) of a radioactive waste repository call for coupled THMC models for the metallic overpack, the unsaturated compacted bentonite and the concrete liner. Conceptual and numerical coupled THMC models of the EBS have been developed, which have been implemented in INVERSE-FADES-CORE. Chemical reactions are coupled to the hydrodynamic processes through chemical osmosis (C-H coupling) while bentonite swelling affects solute transport via changes in bentonite porosity changes (M-H coupling). Here we present THMC models of heating and hydration laboratory experiments performed by CIEMAT (Madrid, Spain) on compacted FEBEX bentonite and numerical models for the long-term evolution of the EBS for 1 Ma. The changes in porosity caused by swelling are more important than those produced by the chemical reactions during the early evolution of the EBS (t < 100 years). For longer times, however, the changes in porosity induced by the dissolution/precipitation reactions are more relevant due to: 1) The effect of iron mineral phases (corrosion products) released by the corrosion of the carbon steel canister; and 2) The hyper alkaline plume produced by the concrete liner. Numerical results show that

  15. Thaumasite swelling in historic mortars: field observations and laboratory research

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    Hees, R.P.J. van; Wijffels, T.J.; Klugt, L.J.A.R. van der


    The formation of thaumasite in historic mortars was found to be a recurrent problem in cases of conservation of historic masonry in the Netherlands. Several case studies in which mortar swelling occurred were performed. In this paper two case studies concerning thaumasite formation are briefly descr

  16. Metal surface swelling by heavy charged particle irradiation

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    Terasawa, M; Liu, L; Tsubakino, H; Niibe, M


    Austenitic stainless steel specimens of Type 316SS were irradiated with 200 keV He sup + or N sup + ions, and the irradiated specimen surfaces were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). At the ion irradiation in high temperatures the specimens show surface step-up. In case of He sup + , the surface swelling is remarkable and increases linearly with He ion fluence, which indicates the swelling is due to formation of He bubbles. The irradiated surface is sometimes in irregularity, especially at and near grain boundary, remarkable ridging is observed. In case of N sup + , the surface step-up is less remarkable compared with He sup +. The swelling shows a so-called bi-linear behavior, i.e. a threshold of N sup + fluence appears and beyond the threshold the swelling increase is almost linearly presumably due to evolution of voids induced by the N sup + irradiation in high temperature. Denudation of void formation adjacent to grain boundary is recognized.

  17. Case of a non-pulsatile groin swelling. (United States)

    Razif, M A Mohamed; Rajasingam, V; Abdullah, B J J


    We report a case of a non-pulsatile groin swelling in a 38 years old male drug addict without the typical clinical signs of an aneurysm. Ultrasound revealed a left femoral artery pseudo-aneurysm. He was surgically treated and the vessels were ligated without revascularisation.

  18. Linear Viscoelasticity and Swelling of Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervates (United States)

    Hamad, Fawzi; Colby, Ralph


    The addition of near equimolar amounts of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) to poly(isobutylene-alt-maleate sodium), results in formation of a polyelectrolyte complex coacervate. Zeta-potential titrations conclude that these PE-complexes are nearly charge-neutral. Swelling and rheological properties are studied at different salt concentrations in the surrounding solution. The enhanced swelling observed at high salt concentration suggests the system behaves like a polyampholyte gel, and weaker swelling at very low salt concentrations implies polyelectrolyte gel behavior. Linear viscoelastic oscillatory shear measurements indicate that the coacervates are viscoelastic liquids and that increasing ionic strength of the medium weakens the electrostatic interactions between charged units, lowering the relaxation time and viscosity. We use the time-salt superposition idea recently proposed by Spruijt, et al., allowing us to construct master curves for these soft materials. Similar swelling properties observed when varying molecular weights. Rheological measurements reveal that PE-complexes with increasing molecular weight polyelectrolytes form a network with higher crosslink density, suggesting time-molecular weight superposition idea.

  19. Laboratory tests of hydraulic fracturing and swell healing

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    Thunbo, Christensen Claes; Foged, Christensen Helle; Foged, Niels


    New laboratory test set-ups and test procedures are described - for testing the formation of hydraulically induced fractures as well as the potential for subsequent fracture closurefrom the relase of a swelling potential. The main purpose with the tests is to provide information on fracturing...

  20. Inguinoscrotal and inguinolabial swelling in infancy: Role of ...

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    Ashraf Talaat Youssef


    Nov 18, 2015 ... to color Doppler ultrasound examination in supine position. Results: Out of ... cation of the different etiologies of inguinoscrotal and inguinolabial swelling, thus ... All the children were examined in supine position with a multi- frequency .... skin of the scrotal sac and a dartos muscle with hypoechoic pattern.

  1. Lupus erythematosus--a case of facial swelling. (United States)

    Loescher, A; Edmondson, H D


    A case is reported of acute facial swelling following tooth extraction that failed to respond in a normal manner. The patient developed systemic signs and symptoms ultimately revealing the diagnosis of lupus erythematosus. The possibility of soft tissue lesions arising in some forms of lupus is emphasised by this report.

  2. Shrink-swell behavior of soil across a vertisol catena (United States)

    Shrinking and swelling of soils and the associated formation and closing of cracks can vary spatially within the smallest hydrologic unit subdivision utilized in surface hydrology models. Usually in the application of surface hydrology models, cracking is not considered to vary within a hydrologic u...

  3. Uncommon inflammatory swelling of the lips: orofacial granulomatosis. (United States)

    Hafiz, Abdul; Mufeed, Abdulla; Kandasamy, Gopinath; Krishnapillai, Rekha


    Orofacial granulomatosis (OFG) is an unusual condition associated with permanent or recurrent swelling of orofacial tissues together with oral mucosal ulceration and a variety of orofacial characteristics. The chronic inflammation inherent to OFG often displays granulomas in the subepithelial stroma. We present a case of OFG and its management. The patient responded to intralesional injections of corticosteroids.

  4. [A former bodybuilder with a swelling on the forearm]. (United States)

    Strijbos, Ruben M; Zwaard, Ton M


    A 56-year-old man came to the general practitioner with a solitary compressible swelling on his left forearm, which enlarged during exercise. The patient reported a history of bodybuilding and he worked as a plasterer. Physical examination revealed primary varicose of the upper extremity, a rare localisation of a common vascular disease.

  5. Congenital osteolytic dural fibrosarcoma presenting as a scalp swelling. (United States)

    Brohi, Shams Raza; Dilber, Muzamil


    An extremely rare case of congenital dural fibrosarcoma is reported in a 2 months old child who presented with scalp swelling since birth. CT scan revealed an osteolytic lesion compressing the underlying atrophic brain. Tumour was completely excised and duroplasty was done with a patch graft. Postoperative CSF leak was managed with aspirations and lumbar puncture.

  6. Irradiation creep and void swelling of two LMR heat of HT9 at {approx}400{degrees}C and 165 dpa

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    Toloczko, M.B. [Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States); Garner, F.A. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States)


    Two nominally identical heats of HT9 ferritic-martensitic steel were produced, fabricated into pressurized tubes, and then irradiated in FFTF, using identical procedures. After reaching 165 dpa at {approx}400C, small differences in strains associated with both phase-related change in lattice parameter and void swelling were observed in comparing the two heats. The creep strains, while different, exhibited the same functional relationship to the swelling behavior. The derived creep coefficients, the one associated with creep in the absence of swelling and the one directly responsive to swelling, were essentially identical for the two heats. Even more significantly, the creep coefficients for this bcc ferritic-martensitic steel appear to be very similar and possibly identical to those routinely derived from creep experiments on fcc austenitic steels.

  7. Swell impact on wind stress and atmospheric mixing in a regional coupled atmosphere-wave model

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    Wu, Lichuan; Rutgersson, Anna; Sahlée, Erik;


    Over the ocean, the atmospheric turbulence can be significantly affected by swell waves. Change in the atmospheric turbulence affects the wind stress and atmospheric mixing over swell waves. In this study, the influence of swell on atmospheric mixing and wind stress is introduced into an atmosphere......-wave-coupled regional climate model, separately and combined. The swell influence on atmospheric mixing is introduced into the atmospheric mixing length formula by adding a swell-induced contribution to the mixing. The swell influence on the wind stress under wind-following swell, moderate-range wind, and near......-neutral and unstable stratification conditions is introduced by changing the roughness length. Five year simulation results indicate that adding the swell influence on atmospheric mixing has limited influence, only slightly increasing the near-surface wind speed; in contrast, adding the swell influence on wind stress...

  8. Swell impact on wind stress and atmospheric mixing in a regional coupled atmosphere-wave model (United States)

    Wu, Lichuan; Rutgersson, Anna; Sahlée, Erik; Guo Larsén, Xiaoli


    Over the ocean, the atmospheric turbulence can be significantly affected by swell waves. Change in the atmospheric turbulence affects the wind stress and atmospheric mixing over swell waves. In this study, the influence of swell on atmospheric mixing and wind stress is introduced into an atmosphere-wave-coupled regional climate model, separately and combined. The swell influence on atmospheric mixing is introduced into the atmospheric mixing length formula by adding a swell-induced contribution to the mixing. The swell influence on the wind stress under wind-following swell, moderate-range wind, and near-neutral and unstable stratification conditions is introduced by changing the roughness length. Five year simulation results indicate that adding the swell influence on atmospheric mixing has limited influence, only slightly increasing the near-surface wind speed; in contrast, adding the swell influence on wind stress reduces the near-surface wind speed. Introducing the wave influence roughness length has a larger influence than does adding the swell influence on mixing. Compared with measurements, adding the swell influence on both atmospheric mixing and wind stress gives the best model performance for the wind speed. The influence varies with wave characteristics for different sea basins. Swell occurs infrequently in the studied area, and one could expect more influence in high-swell-frequency areas (i.e., low-latitude ocean). We conclude that the influence of swell on atmospheric mixing and wind stress should be considered when developing climate models.

  9. Degradation and contamination of perfluorinated sulfonic acid membrane due to swelling-dehydration cycles

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    Andersen, Shuang Ma; Morgen, Per; Skou, Eivind Morten

    Formation of sulfonic anhydride S-O-S (from the condensation of sulfonic acids) was known one of the important degradation mechanisms [i] for Nafion membrane under hydrothermal aging condition, which is especially critical for hydrogen fuel cells. Similar mechanism would also have be desirable...... to the membrane degradation in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), where liquid water has direct contact with the electrolyte. An ex-situ experiment was established with swelling-dehydration cycles on the membrane. However, formation of sulfonic anhydride was not detected during the entire treatment; instead...

  10. Relapse of leprosy presenting as nodular lymph node swelling

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    Kiran K


    Full Text Available Lymphadenopathy is known to be associated with lepromatous leprosy and has also been observed as a feature of type-2 lepra reaction. However, nodular lymph node enlargement is not commonly reported in leprosy patients or as a feature of relapse. We herewith are presenting a case of bacteriological relapse in a patient of lepromatous leprosy treated 22 years before till smear negativity with WHO multidrug therapy (MDT multibacillary type (MB. She presented with prominent nodular swelling of the cervical group of lymph nodes along with generalized lymphadenopathy, which was mistakenly treated as tubercular lymphadenopathy. A diagnosis of late bacteriological relapse of lepromatous leprosy presenting with prominent lymphadenopathy and ENL was made after relevant investigations. The patient was started on treatment with WHO MDT MB (daily dapsone and clofazimine and monthly rifampicin and thalidomide (200 mg/day. Nerve pain regressed within 2 weeks of therapy. The lymph nodal swelling regressed within 3 months of starting treatment.

  11. Reactivity, swelling and aggregation of mixed-size silicate nanoplatelets (United States)

    Segad, M.; Cabane, B.; Jönsson, Bo


    Montmorillonite is a key ingredient in a number of technical applications. However, little is known regarding the microstructure and the forces between silicate platelets. The size of montmorillonite platelets from different natural sources can vary significantly. This has an influence on their swelling behavior in water as well as in salt solutions, particularly when tactoid formation occurs, that is when divalent counterions are present in the system. A tactoid consists of a limited number of platelets aggregated in a parallel arrangement with a constant separation. The tactoid size increases with platelet size and with very small nanoplatelets, ~30 nm, no tactoids are observed irrespectively of the platelet origin and concentration of divalent ions. The formation and dissociation of tactoids seem to be reversible processes. A large proportion of small nanoplatelets in a mixed-size system affects the tactoid formation, reduces the aggregation number and increases the extra-lamellar swelling in the system.

  12. An unusual cause of pre-auricular swelling. (United States)

    Harris, A T; Bhatti, I; Bajaj, Y; Smelt, G J C


    To present an interesting cause of pre-auricular swelling. We report the case of a 39-year-old woman who presented to the ENT department as an emergency with swelling in the left pre-auricular region. The patient had recently travelled to Central America, where the botfly is endemic. On examination, there was a raised, indurated area with a central orifice. A botfly larva was suspected. The larva was suffocated with paraffin paste, allowing removal without remnants being retained. Suffocation of botfly larvae is favoured to surgical removal, due to the possibility of larval remnants being retained and acting as a nidus for infection. The increasing frequency of exotic travel means doctors need to be more aware of tropical medicine.

  13. Myxoid liposarcoma presenting like a cystic neck swelling

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    Harmeet Sahni


    Full Text Available Soft tissue sarcomas are rare and unusual neoplasm's, accounting for approximately 1% of adult human cancers and 15% of pediatric malignancies. Most liposarcomas occur in deep soft tissues of the extremities and retroperitoneum; only a very small percentage (as low as 2% occurs in the head and neck. Here we present a case of a 48yr old male with a painless mass in the neck clinically presenting as a cystic swelling. The CT neck was suggestive of cystic lesion in the neck representing benign cystic lesion. The swelling was excised and sent for histopathology which was suggestive of myxoid liposarcoma. The patient was planned for wide excision of the edges and scar and adjuvant chemo and radio therapy. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(5.000: 1281-1284

  14. Investigation of magnetically enhanced swelling behaviour of superparamagnetic starch nanoparticles

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    A K Bajpai; Sweta Likhitkar


    The present study follows a novel strategy for the preparation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles of cross-linked starch impregnated homogeneously with nanosized iron oxide. The prepared magnetic nanoparticles were characterized by infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction and magnetization studies. The size of the magnetic polymeric particles was found to lie in the range of 20–80 nm, and they exhibited superparamagnetic properties. The particles were allowed to swell in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) and the influence of factors such as chemical composition of nanoparticles, pH and temperature of the swelling bath and applied magnetic field was investigated on the water intake capacity of the nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles showed potential to provide a possible option for controlled and targeted delivery of anticancer drugs, applying external magnetic field.

  15. Modeling the rapid de-swelling of toroidal hydrogels (United States)

    Nikolov, Svetoslav; Chang, Ya-Wen; Alexeev, Alexander; Fernandez de Las Nieves, Alberto


    The utilization of synthetic hydrogel networks as 3-D cell culture platforms has allowed researchers to more effectively study how epigenetic factors affect cell growth and physiology. As a whole, this has emphasized the biomechanical role of scaffold structures and led to a number of advances in tissue engineering. Our current research focuses on modeling temperature activated shape transformations of toroidal poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) pNIPAM gels. We use dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) to simulate the steady (slow heating rates) and unsteady (fast heating rates) de-swelling behavior of these thermo-sensitive gels. Our simulations show that for slow heating rates the aspect ratio of the tori remains constant during de-swelling. For rapid heating rates we observe buckling instabilities. Our simulations agree with the experimental observations. Financial support by NSF CAREER Award DMR-1255288 is gratefully acknowledged.

  16. Thermo-mechanical behaviour of a compacted swelling clay

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    Tang, Anh-Minh; Barnel, Nathalie


    Compacted unsaturated swelling clay is often considered as a possible buffer material for deep nuclear waste disposal. An isotropic cell permitting simultaneous control of suction, temperature and pressure was used to study the thermo-mechanical behaviour of this clay. Tests were performed at total suctions ranging from 9 to 110 MPa, temperature from 25 to 80 degrees C, isotropic pressure from 0.1 to 60 MPa. It was observed that heating at constant suction and pressure induces either swelling or contraction. The results from compression tests at constant suction and temperature evidenced that at lower suction, the yield pressure was lower, the elastic compressibility parameter and the plastic compressibility parameter were higher. On the other hand, at a similar suction, the yield pressure was slightly influenced by the temperature; and the compressibility parameters were insensitive to temperature changes. The thermal hardening phenomenon was equally evidenced by following a thermo-mechanical path of loading...

  17. Anaplastic myeloma presenting as mandibular swelling: Diagnosis by cytology

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    K Subitha


    Full Text Available Multiple myeloma is a disease resulting from clonal proliferation of plasma cells. A disease of the elderly, jaw lesions are seen in 14% of patients affected with myeloma. Rarely the oral and maxillofacial lesions can be the first manifestation of the disease. We report the case of a 75-year-old man who presented with mandibular swelling. Fine-needle aspiration cytology was done from the swelling and smears were suggestive of anaplastic myeloma, which is a rare and aggressive variant of myeloma. The diagnosis of a plasmacytoma was confirmed by biopsy. Further workup of the patient revealed osteolytic lesions in skull, M band in electrophoresis and evidence of renal failure. Peripheral smear and bone marrow findings were also consistent with myeloma.

  18. Cohesional Entanglement of Amorphous Polymer in Glass State as Probed by Equilibrium Swelling in a "Non-Solvent"

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    YU,Yan-Sheng(于燕生); QIAN,Ren-Yuan(钱人元)


    The equilibrium swelling of the system Polystyrene (PS) (M=1.7× 105, monodisperse)/diethyl ether at30 ℃ and35 ℃ has been studied in detail in quiescent state for a time span over 150d. Arguments are given to show that the swellingg process in a "non-solvent" is a network swelling rather than a phase separation process. It is different from the cloud point curve (CPC)experiment studied in literature, where the experiment starts from a one-phase solution, so that the cohesional entanglement present in the solid polymer is disrupted by dissolution. The cohesional entanglement structure of the solid polymer, on the contrary, is retained in the concentrated phase on swelling, at least in the initial stage. The course of swelling as presented by the curve Vs(t) was found to proceed in three stages, where Vs is the volume of the concentratd phase. In the first and third stages of Vs(t), the curve goes up smoothly, while in the second stage the curve Vs( t ) shows large up and down jumps,indicating probably a readjustment in the network structure.Some results on a monodisperse PS sample of M = 5.8 × 105and a polydisperse sample of M = 2.0 × 105 are also given. The values of Vs observed at swelling equilibrium are not in accord with the expected cloud point temperature. The cloud point curve represents a phase separation process occurring in local regions (space limited to um) and in time scale of the order of mimute, while the process Vs( t ) occurred in the whole space of the concentrated phase, in time scale of days. For quantitative characterization of the network present in the concentrated phase, a precise value of the polymer- solvent interaction parameter χ is needed.

  19. Impurities effect on the swelling of neutron irradiated beryllium

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    Donne, M.D.; Scaffidi-Argentina, F. [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    An important factor controlling the swelling behaviour of fast neutron irradiated beryllium is the impurity content which can strongly affect both the surface tension and the creep strength of this material. Being the volume swelling of the old beryllium (early sixties) systematically higher than that of the more modem one (end of the seventies), a sensitivity analysis with the aid of the computer code ANFIBE (ANalysis of Fusion Irradiated BEryllium) to investigate the effect of these material properties on the swelling behaviour of neutron irradiated beryllium has been performed. Two sets of experimental data have been selected: the first one named Western refers to quite recently produced Western beryllium, whilst the second one, named Russian refers to relatively old (early sixties) Russian beryllium containing a higher impurity rate than the Western one. The results obtained with the ANFIBE Code were assessed by comparison with experimental data and the used material properties were compared with the data available in the literature. Good agreement between calculated and measured values has been found.

  20. Radiation preparation and swelling behavior of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels

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    Liu Pengfei; Zhai Maolin; Li Jiuqiang; Peng Jing; Wu Jilan E-mail:


    Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is a kind of degraded polymer under {gamma}-irradiation. However, in this work, it has been found that CMC crosslinks partially to form hydrogel by radiation technique at more than 20% CMC aqueous solution. The gel fraction increases with the dose. The crosslinking reaction of CMC is promoted in the presence of N{sub 2} or N{sub 2}O due to the increase of free radicals on CMC backbone, but gel fraction of CMC hydrogel is not high (<40%). Some important values related to this kind of new CMC hydrogel synthesized under different conditions, such as radiation yield of crosslinking G(x), gelation dose R{sub g}, number average molecular weight of network M{sub c} were calculated according to the Charlesby-Pinner equation. The results indicated that although crosslinked CMC hydrogel could be prepared by radiation method, the rate of radiation degradation of CMC was faster than that of radiation crosslinking due to the character of CMC itself. Swelling dynamics of CMC hydrogel and its swelling behavior at different conditions, such as acidic, basic, inorganic salt as well as temperature were also investigated. Strong acidity, strong basicity, small amount of inorganic salts and lower temperature can reduce swelling ratio.

  1. Water influx and cell swelling after nanosecond electropermeabilization. (United States)

    Romeo, Stefania; Wu, Yu-Hsuan; Levine, Zachary A; Gundersen, Martin A; Vernier, P Thomas


    Pulsed electric fields are used to permeabilize cell membranes in biotechnology and the clinic. Although molecular and continuum models provide compelling representations of the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, a clear structural link between the biomolecular transformations displayed in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the micro- and macroscale cellular responses observed in the laboratory has not been established. In this paper, plasma membrane electropermeabilization is characterized by exposing Jurkat T lymphoblasts to pulsed electric fields less than 10ns long (including single pulse exposures), and by monitoring the resulting osmotically driven cell swelling as a function of pulse number and pulse repetition rate. In this way, we reduce the complexity of the experimental system and lay a foundation for gauging the correspondence between measured and simulated values for water and ion transport through electropermeabilized membranes. We find that a single 10MV/m pulse of 5ns duration produces measurable swelling of Jurkat T lymphoblasts in growth medium, and we estimate from the swelling kinetics the ion and water flux that follows the electropermeabilization of the membrane. From these observations we set boundaries on the net conductance of the permeabilized membrane, and we show how this is consistent with model predictions for the conductance and areal density of nanoelectropulse-induced lipid nanopores.

  2. Unilateral optic disc swelling in a fighter pilot. (United States)

    Pokroy, Russell; Barenboim, Erez; Carter, Dan; Assa, Amit; Alhalel, Amir


    Optic disc swelling occurs when there is an obstruction to axonal transport at the level of the lamina cribrosa. This may result from compression, ischemia, inflammation, or metabolic and toxic etiologies. Some of these etiologies may be life threatening and others may be self-limited. Thus, differentiating the different etiologies is important, albeit often difficult. We present a case of a 25-yr-old high-performance fighter aviator who presented with unilateral optic disc swelling 2 d after an F-16 flight, in which decompression was suspected. Visual acuity of the affected eye was decreased to 20/25, with enlarged blind spot and shallow arcuate scotomata on visual field testing. Pupil function, brightness intensity, and color vision were normal. Marked swelling of the entire optic disc, retinal flame-shaped hemorrhages, and engorgement of the retinal veins were seen. Since decompression sickness with nitrogen bubbles obstructing the optic nerve head vasculature was suspected, he was treated with hyperbaric oxygen. He rapidly improved, recovering full vision function within 6 d. No concurrent disease was found on extensive investigation. He returned to high-performance aviation 3 mo after onset of symptoms. No recurrence was seen during 3 yr of follow-up.

  3. Dynamic mechanical and swelling properties of maleated hyaluronic acid hydrogels. (United States)

    Lin, Hai; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Kai; Fan, Yujiang; Zhang, Xingdong


    A series of maleated hyaluronan (MaHA) are developed by modification with maleic anhydride. The degrees of substitution (DS) of MaHA vary between 7% and 75%. The DS of MaHA is both higher and wider than methacrylated HA derivatives (MeHA) reported in the literature. MaHA hydrogels are then prepared by photopolymerization and their dynamic mechanical and swelling properties of the hydrogels are investigated. The results showed that MaHA hydrogels with moderate DS (25%, 50% and 65%) have higher storage modulus and lower equilibrium swelling ratios than those with either low or high DS (7%, 15% and 75%). Theoretical analyses also suggest a similar pattern among hydrogels with different DS. The results confirm that the increased cross-linking density enhances the strength of hydrogels. Meanwhile, the hydrophilicity of introduced groups during modification and the degree of incomplete crosslinking reaction might have negative impact on the mechanical and swelling properties of MaHA hydrogels.

  4. Advanced liquefaction using coal swelling and catalyst dispersion techniques. Quarterly technical progress report, April--June 1992

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    Curtis, C.W. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States); Gutterman, C. [Foster Wheeler Development Corp., Livingston, NJ (United States); Chander, S. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)


    Research in this project centers upon developing a new approach to the direct liquefaction of coal to produce an all-distillate product slate at a sizable cost reduction over current technology. The approach integrates all aspects of the coal liquefaction process including coal selection, pretreatment, coal swelling with catalyst impregnation, coal liquefaction experimentation, product recovery with characterization, alternate bottoms processing, and a technical assessment including an economic evaluation. The project is being carried out under contract to the United States Department of Energy. On May 28, 1992, the Department of Energy authorized starting the experimental aspects of this projects; therefore, experimentation at Amoco started late in this quarterly report period. Research contracts with Auburn University, Pennsylvania State University, and Foster Wheeler Development Corporation were signed during June, 1992, so their work was just getting underway. Their work will be summarized in future quarterly reports. A set of coal samples were sent to Hazen Research for beneficiation. The samples were received and have been analyzed. The literature search covering coal swelling has been up-dated, and preliminary coal swelling experiments were carried out. Further swelling experimentation is underway. An up-date of the literature on the liquefaction of coal using dispersed catalysts is nearing completion; it will be included in the next quarterly report.

  5. Water content - void ratio swell-shrink paths of compacted expansive soils

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    Tripathy S; Rao K.S; Fredlund D.G


    .... The void ratio and water content of the specimens at several intermediate stages during swelling until the end of swelling and during shrinkage until the end of shrinkage were determined to trace...

  6. Hydric transfer in swelling clayey soils: influence of confinement; Transfert hydrique dans des sols argileux gonflants: influence du confinement

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    Rolland, S


    Description of imbibition and swelling mechanisms in clayey soils represents an important stake in different scientific domains such as agronomy, geotechnics or petroleum industry. The aim of the present work is to show the effects of hydro-mechanical couplings during imbibition in a swelling clayey medium, under different confinement conditions. Our material is a bentonite-silt mixture, prepared with a known water content and compacted with a double-piston technique. This method allows us to produce uniform soil samples, in terms of humidity and bulk density. Experiments related to bottom imbibition are then carried out for three types of mechanical boundary conditions (free, oedometric, fixed volume). The non-intrusive dual-energy gamma-ray technique is used to assess the local variation of bulk density and humidity. Finally, the three imbibition kinetics are compared for each experiment in terms of hydraulic diffusivity, described in a Lagrangian way. (author)

  7. Guest-responsive reversible swelling and enhanced fluorescence in a super-absorbent, dynamic microporous polymer. (United States)

    Rao, K Venkata; Mohapatra, Sudip; Maji, Tapas Kumar; George, Subi J


    A swell idea! The guest-responsive reversible swelling and fluorescence enhancement of a dynamic, microporous polymer network is presented. Guest-induced breathing of hydrophobic pores imparts multi-functional properties, such as super-absorbency, phase-selective swelling of oil from water and encapsulation of C(60) (see figure), to this soft micro-porous organic polymer.

  8. Early transient leg swelling at the side of renal transplant in two children.

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    Koster-Kamphuis, L.; Die, C.E. van; Vliet, J.A. van der; Monnens, L.A.H.


    Two children are described with a huge leg swelling shortly after renal transplantation. The swelling was located at the side of the renal transplant. The swelling was caused by the compression of the iliac vein by the renal transplant combined with perirenal fluid collection. Doppler flow studies a

  9. Design and In-vitro Evaluation of Sustained Release Floating Tablets of Metformin HCl Based on Effervescence and Swelling


    Senjoti, Faria Gias; Mahmood, Syed; Jaffri, Juliana Md; Mandal, Uttam Kumar


    An oral sustained-release floating tablet formulation of metformin HCl was designed and developed. Effervescence and swelling properties were attributed on the developed tablets by sodium bicarbonate and HPMC-PEO polymer combination, respectively. Tablet composition was optimized by response surface methodology (RSM). Seventeen (17) trial formulations were analyzed according to Box-Behnken design of experiment where polymer content of HPMC and PEO at 1: 4 ratio (A), amount of sodium bi-carbon...

  10. Coexistence of Weak and Strong Wave Turbulence in a Swell Propagation

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    Zakharov, V E; Pushkarev, A; Resio, D


    By performing two parallel numerical experiments -- solving the dynamical Hamiltonian equations and solving the Hasselmann kinetic equation -- we examined the applicability of the theory of weak turbulence to the description of the time evolution of an ensemble of free surface waves (a swell) on deep water. We observed qualitative coincidence of the results. To achieve quantitative coincidence, we augmented the kinetic equation by an empirical dissipation term modelling the strongly nonlinear process of white-capping. Fitting the two experiments, we determined the dissipation function due to wave breaking and found that it depends very sharply on the parameter of nonlinearity (the surface steepness). The onset of white-capping can be compared to a second-order phase transition. This result corroborates with experimental observations by Banner, Babanin, Young.

  11. On recoil energy dependent void swelling in pure copper: part 1, experimental results

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    Singh, B.N.; Eldrup, M.; Horsewell, Andy


    , the void swelling should sensitively depend on the recoil energy since it affects strongly the intracascade clustering of SIAs and vacancies, particularly at lower recoil energies. In order to test the validity of this prediction directly by experiments, pure and annealed copper specimens were irradiated...... with 2.5 MeV electrons, 3 MeV protons and fission neutrons at about 520K. All three sets of irradiation experiments were carried out with a similar damage rate (of the order of 10-8 NRT dpa/s). Post-irradiation defect microstructures were investigated using electrical resistivity, transmission electron...... microscopy (TEM) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The accumulation of defects in the form of planar clusters as well as voids is found to increase substantially with increasing recoil energy. This is in good accord with the predictions of the PBM....

  12. Modeling multidomain hydraulic properties of shrink-swell soils (United States)

    Stewart, Ryan D.; Abou Najm, Majdi R.; Rupp, David E.; Selker, John S.


    Shrink-swell soils crack and become compacted as they dry, changing properties such as bulk density and hydraulic conductivity. Multidomain models divide soil into independent realms that allow soil cracks to be incorporated into classical flow and transport models. Incongruously, most applications of multidomain models assume that the porosity distributions, bulk density, and effective saturated hydraulic conductivity of the soil are constant. This study builds on a recently derived soil shrinkage model to develop a new multidomain, dual-permeability model that can accurately predict variations in soil hydraulic properties due to dynamic changes in crack size and connectivity. The model only requires estimates of soil gravimetric water content and a minimal set of parameters, all of which can be determined using laboratory and/or field measurements. We apply the model to eight clayey soils, and demonstrate its ability to quantify variations in volumetric water content (as can be determined during measurement of a soil water characteristic curve) and transient saturated hydraulic conductivity, Ks (as can be measured using infiltration tests). The proposed model is able to capture observed variations in Ks of one to more than two orders of magnitude. In contrast, other dual-permeability models assume that Ks is constant, resulting in the potential for large error when predicting water movement through shrink-swell soils. Overall, the multidomain model presented here successfully quantifies fluctuations in the hydraulic properties of shrink-swell soil matrices, and are suitable for use in physical flow and transport models based on Darcy's Law, the Richards Equation, and the advection-dispersion equation.

  13. Management of posttraumatic brain swelling based on clinical typing

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    刘伟国; 裘五四; 沈宏; 王卫民


    Objective: To investigate the clinical typing and prophylactico-therapeutic measures for acute posttraumatic brain swelling (BS).Methods: A retrospective study was performed in 66 cases of acute posttraumatic BS. There were 3 groups based on computered tomography (CT) scanning: 23 cases of hemisphere brain swelling (HBS) with middle line shift for less than 5 mm within 24 hours ( Group A), 20 with middle line shift for more than 5 mm (Group B ), and 23 with bilateral diffuse brain swelling (Group C).Results : (1) The mortality rates of the operative and nonoperative management in Group A, Group B, and Group C were 20.0%, 31.6%, and 75.0% versus 44.4%,0, and 85.7 %, respectively ( P > 0.05 ); while the rates in subgroups with different middle line shift ( more than 5 mm and less or equal 5 mm) were 29.2% and 75.0% versus 75.0% and 44.4%, respectively (0.05 >P >0.01). (2) The good recovery rate and mortality in Group A were 47.8 % and 39.1%, respectively and in Group C, 8.7 % and 78.3%, respectively. There was a very significant difference between Group A and Group C (P <0.01). (3) The total survival rate of the selective comprehensive therapy was 53.1%.Conclusions : ( 1 ) Acute posttraumatic BS needs to be diagnosed correctly and promptly with CT scanning within 4 hours. (2) For patients with midline shift for more than 5 mm, especially with thin-layered subdural hematoma,surgical intervention is essential to reduce the fatality of acute posttraumatic BS.

  14. Effects of Heterogeneous Sink Distribution on Void Swelling

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    Leffers, Torben; Volobuyev, A. V.; Gann, V. V.


    Swelling rates are calculated for two types of material with heterogeneous distributions of dislocations and voids, namely copper irradiated with neutrons to low dose at 250 degree C and heavily cold-worked copper irradiated with 1 MeV electrons in a HVEM at 250 degree C. Both materials...... are considered to consist of non-interacting spherical components with a wall and an inner cell with different dislocation and/or void densities. We subdivide the sphere (wall plus cell) in a number of concentric shells and find a quasi-static solution for the interstitial and vacancy concentrations...

  15. An unusual case of acute painful calf swelling

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    Chandrashekhar A Sohoni


    Full Text Available Cysticercosis commonly involves central nervous system. Isolated involvement of skeletal muscles is rare. We have reported a case of cysticercosis herein presented as acute painful calf swelling, which is an extremely unusual presentation and, hence, a diagnostic challenge. The diagnosis was strongly suspected on ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. The laboratory findings of peripheral eosinophilia and a positive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA test for IgG antibodies against Taenia solium further supported the diagnosis. Complete clinical recovery was seen after 6 weeks of oral therapy with albendazole.


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    YU Xisheng; TONG Shuixin; SUN Yishi


    A series of N-substituted acrylamide monomers and the temperature sensitive hydrogels of their copolymer with N, N ' methylene-bis -acrylamide (Bis) have been synthesized. The effects of monomer structures, composition of the initial monomer mixture, polymerization temperature, the extent of ionization of the network and the presence of acid, base, salt or organic compound on the formation and the swelling characteristics of the temperature sensitive hydrogels have been systematically studied. The mechanism of the temperature sensitive phase transformation of the hydrogels was also investigated.

  17. Swelling of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) P(NIPA)-based hydrogels with bacterial-synthesized prodigiosin for localized cancer drug delivery. (United States)

    Danyuo, Y; Dozie-Nwachukwu, S; Obayemi, J D; Ani, C J; Odusanya, O S; Oni, Y; Anuku, N; Malatesta, K; Soboyejo, W O


    We present the results of swelling experiments on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) P(NIPA)-based hydrogels. The swelling characteristics of P(NIPA)-based homo-polymer and P(NIPA)-based co-polymers with Acrylamide (AM) and Butyl Methacrylate (BMA), were studied using weight gain experiments. The swelling due to the uptake of biosynthesized cancer drug, prodigiosin (PG), was compared to swelling in controlled environments (distilled water (DW), paclitaxel™ (PT) and bromophenol blue (BB)). PG was synthesized with Serratia marcescens (SM) subsp. marcescens bacteria. The mechanisms of drug diffusion and swelling of P(NIPA)-based hydrogels are also elucidated along with characterizing the heterogeneous porous structure of the P(NIPA)-based hydrogels. High Performance Liquefied Chromatography (HPLC) analysis revealed the purity of the biosynthesized prodigiosin to be 92.8%. PG was then absorbed by P(NIPA)-based hydrogels at temperatures between 28-48°C. This is a temperature range that might be encountered during the implantation of biomedical devices for localized cancer treatment via drug delivery and hyperthermia. The results obtained are shown to provide insights for the design of implantable biomedical devices for the localized treatment of breast cancer.

  18. Spectral Characteristics of Wave Breaking and Dissipation in Combined Tsunami - Swell Wave Conditions (United States)

    Kaihatu, J. M.; Goertz, J.; Sheremet, A.; Weiss, R.


    It has been observed that the front face of landfalling tsunamis often feature dispersive "fission" waves. These are short, almost monochromatic coherent waves which result from the piling up of water as the tsunami rapidly decelerates upon encountering land. Photographs taken during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami show these waves to resemble cnoidal waves in shape and have a spatial and temporal scale of the same order as swell waves. As part of our goal to study the tsunami in concert with other aspects of the physical environment, we investigate possible physical linkages between the background random swell, monochromatic fission waves, and the long-scale tsunami waves. This particular investigation involves the modification of the dissipation characteristics of random surface waves when interacting with a coherent wavefield (e.g., laboratory proxies for the fission wave or the tsunami). Data from laboratory experiments conducted at the Large Wave Flume at Oregon State University (part of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation supported by the National Science Foundation) were analyzed and the dissipation characteristics inferred using a steepness-regulated instantaneous dissipation mechanism. It is shown that, for random waves, the instances of significant dissipation events temporally correspond to the appearance of high frequency energy in the time-frequency spectrogram. Furthermore, these observations are strongly affected by the presence of an underlying coherent wave signal, particularly in the case of interaction with a tsunami. We further discuss the possible effect of these interactions on the forces in the hydrodynamic field responsible for sediment transport.

  19. Effect of Overdischarge on Swelling and Recharge Performance of Lithium Ion Cells

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    LI Hui-Fang; GAO Jun-Kui; ZHANG Shao-Li


    Effects of overdischarge on characteristics of lithium ion cells were deeply studied,and experiments have been made to reveal its mechanisms.The results suggest that overdischarge may result in large swelling of cells and degradation of recharge capabilities.The mechanism can be explained as that:a copper foil used as an anode collector will be oxidized to copper ion when deep overdischarge occurs and reduce at the anode in recharging progress,which greatly deteriorates the cell efficiency;solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film is to decompose and reform because of excessive de-intercalation of lithium ions,and the released gas such as carbon dioxide makes the cell bulge.The experimental results prove that when 20% Li(Ni1/3CO1/3Mn1/3)O2 was added to LiCoO2 cathode materials,thecell swelling rate could be greatly reduced,and the recharge capability would be enhanced much.

  20. Evaluation of the swelling behaviour of iota-carrageenan in monolithic matrix tablets. (United States)

    Kelemen, András; Buchholcz, Gyula; Sovány, Tamás; Pintye-Hódi, Klára


    The swelling properties of monolithic matrix tablets containing iota-carrageenan were studied at different pH values, with measurements of the swelling force and characterization of the profile of the swelling curve. The swelling force meter was linked to a PC by an RS232 cable and the measured data were evaluated with self-developed software. The monitor displayed the swelling force vs. time curve with the important parameters, which could be fitted with an Analysis menu. In the case of iota-carrageenan matrix tablets, it was concluded that the pH and the pressure did not influence the swelling process, and the first section of the swelling curve could be fitted by the Korsmeyer-Peppas equation.

  1. Outcome of surgical treatment for umbilical swellings in bovine youngstock. (United States)

    Williams, H J; Gillespie, A V; Oultram, J W; Cripps, P J; Holman, A N


    Umbilical swellings are commonly identified in calves and can be caused by hernia formation, infection of the remnants of umbilical vessels or a combination of both. Ninety-one cases with umbilical swellings were admitted to the Leahurst Farm Animal Practice (LFAP) between July 2004 and February 2012; 55 were simple hernias and 36 had associated infection. Eighty-seven cases underwent surgery of which 86 survived until discharge. Postoperative complications occurred in 65/86 animals (73 per cent). In 51 cases (81 per cent) this was classified as minor requiring no additional treatment. Placement of a prosthetic mesh was associated with a higher OR for developing severe postoperative complication when compared with those not receiving a mesh (OR=19.3; 95% CI 4.5 to 83.5). Long-term survival results were available for 49 animals, 22 of which were remaining in the herd with a median age of 1346 days (3.7 years). Of the 27 animals which had exited the herd, 16 were adult dairy cows, 7 were dairy heifers, 2 were beef animals and 2 exited at an unknown stage. Umbilical surgery in calves carries a good prognosis, although placement of a mesh increases the risk of complications occurring in the postoperative period.

  2. Swelling Mechanisms of UO2 Lattices with Defect Ingrowths.

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    Seçkin D Günay

    Full Text Available The swelling that occurs in uranium dioxide as a result of radiation-induced defect ingrowth is not fully understood. Experimental and theoretical groups have attempted to explain this phenomenon with various complex theories. In this study, experimental lattice expansion and lattice super saturation were accurately reproduced using a molecular dynamics simulation method. Based on their resemblance to experimental data, the simulation results presented here show that fission induces only oxygen Frenkel pairs while alpha particle irradiation results in both oxygen and uranium Frenkel pair defects. Moreover, in this work, defects are divided into two sub-groups, obstruction type defects and distortion type defects. It is shown that obstruction type Frenkel pairs are responsible for both fission- and alpha-particle-induced lattice swelling. Relative lattice expansion was found to vary linearly with the number of obstruction type uranium Frenkel defects. Additionally, at high concentrations, some of the obstruction type uranium Frenkel pairs formed diatomic and triatomic structures with oxygen ions in their octahedral cages, increasing the slope of the linear dependence.

  3. Swelling/syneresis phenomena in gel-forming interpolymer complexes. (United States)

    Bell, C L; Peppas, N A


    Grafted poly(methacrylic acid-g-ethylene glycol) (P(MAA-g-EG)) copolymers were synthesized and their pH sensitivity investigated as a function of copolymer composition and PEG graft molecular weight. Interpolymer complexation occurred by hydrogen bonding between carboxylic groups on poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) and ether groups on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). This complexation was sensitive to the surrounding environment as complexes formed at pH levels low enough to insure substantial protonation of PMAA acid groups. At high pH, the acid groups became neutralized and did not form complexes. P(MAA-g-EG) membranes showed pH-sensitivity due to complex formation and dissociation. Uncomplexed equilibrium swelling ratios were much higher than those of the complexed states and varied according to copolymer composition and PEG graft length. Mesh sizes in the two states were determined. Swelling under oscillatory pH conditions and constant ionic strength revealed the dynamic sensitivity of P(MAA-g-EG) membranes. Under changing pH conditions, network syneresis (complexation) occurred more rapidly than network expansion (decomplexation) because of the rates of diffusion of specific ions causing the responses. No distinct water fronts were observed. Instead, water transport was continuous through the gel. These gels show great promise for a number of biomedical applications where fast biomaterial response is necessary.

  4. In situ characterization of structural dynamics in swelling hydrogels. (United States)

    Guzman-Sepulveda, J R; Deng, J; Fang, J Y; Dogariu, A


    Characterizing the structural morphology and the local viscoelastic properties of soft complex systems raises significant challenges. Here we introduce a dynamic light scattering method capable of in situ, continuous monitoring of structural changes in evolving systems such as swelling gels. We show that the inherently non-stationary dynamics of embedded probes can be followed using partially coherent radiation, which effectively isolates only single scattering contributions even during the dramatic changes in the scattering regime. Using a simple and robust experimental setup, we demonstrate the ability to continuously monitor the structural dynamics of chitosan hydrogels formed by the Ag(+) ion-triggered gelation during their long-term swelling process. We demonstrate that both the local viscoelastic properties of the suspending medium and an effective cage size experienced by diffusing probe particles loaded into the hydrogel can be recovered and used to describe the structural dynamics of hydrogels with different levels of cross-linking. This characterization capability is critical for defining and controlling the hydrogel performance in different biomedical applications.

  5. Swelling assisted photografting of itaconic acid onto sodium alginate membranes

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    Taskin, Guelsen [Gazi University, Science Faculty, Department of Chemistry, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara (Turkey); Sanli, Oya, E-mail: [Gazi University, Science Faculty, Department of Chemistry, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara (Turkey); Asman, Guelsen [Gazi University, Science Faculty, Department of Chemistry, 06500 Teknikokullar, Ankara (Turkey)


    Grafting of itaconic acid (IA) was achieved onto sodium alginate (NaAlg) membranes by using UV-radiation. Process was performed under nitrogen atmosphere and benzophenone (BP) was used as a photoinitiator. Membranes were preswelled before the polymerization process and ethanol was determined as the best swelling agent among the studied solvents. The effect of polymerization time, initiator and monomer concentrations on the grafting efficiency were investigated. The best conditions for optimum grafting were obtained with IA concentration of 1.0 M, a BP concentration of 0.1 M and a reaction time of 4 h at 25 deg. C. Under these conditions grafting efficiency for NaAlg-g-IA membranes was found to be 14% (w/w). To obtain further increase in grafting efficiency membranes were also preswelled in IA and BP solutions and polymerization was carried out at different temperatures after UV polymerization. Grafted membranes were characterized by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Effect of grafting on membrane properties such as intrinsic viscosity and swelling percentage were also determined.

  6. Shrinkage/swelling of compacted clayey loose and dense soils (United States)

    Nowamooz, Hossein; Masrouri, Farimah


    This Note presents an experimental study performed on expansive compacted loose and dense samples using osmotic oedometers. Several successive wetting and drying cycles were applied in a suction range between 0 and 8 MPa under different values of constant net vertical stress (15, 30, and 60 kPa). During the suction cycles, the dense samples showed cumulative swelling strains, while the loose samples showed volumetric shrinkage accumulation. At the end of the suction cycles, the volumetric strains converged to an equilibrium stage that indicated elastic behavior of the swelling soil for any further hydraulic variations. At this stage, the compression curves for the studied soil at the different imposed suctions (0, 2, and 8 MPa) converged towards the saturated state curve for the high applied vertical stresses. We defined this pressure as the saturation stress(P). The compression curves provided sufficient data to examine the soil mechanical behavior at the equilibrium stage. To cite this article: H. Nowamooz, F. Masrouri, C. R. Mecanique 337 (2009).

  7. Swelling and tensile properties of neutron-irradiated vanadium alloys

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    Loomis, B.A.; Smith, D.L.


    Vanadium-base alloys are candidates for use as structural material in magnetic fusion reactors. In comparison to other candidate structural materials (e.g., Type 316 stainless and HT-9 ferritic steels), vanadium-base alloys such as V-15Cr-5Ti and V-20Ti have intrinsically lower long-term neutron activation, neutron irradiation after-heat, biological hazard potential, and neutron-induced helium and hydrogen transmutation rates. Moreover, vanadium-base alloys can withstand a higher surface-heat, flux than steels because of their lower thermal stress factor. In addition to having these favorable neutronic and physical properties, a candidate alloy for use as structural material in a fusion reactor must have dimensional stability, i.e., swelling resistance, and resistance to embrittlement during the reactor lifetime at a level of structural strength commensurate with the reactor operating temperature and structural loads. In this paper, we present experimental results on the swelling and tensile properties of several vanadium-base alloys after irradiation at 420, 520, and 600{degree}C to neutron fluences ranging from 0.3 to 1.9 {times} 10{sup 27} neutrons/m{sup 2} (17 to 114 atom displacements per atom (dpa)).

  8. Swelling, Compressibility, and Phase Behavior of Soft Ionic Microgels (United States)

    Denton, Alan

    Soft colloids have inspired great attention recently for their rich and tunable materials properties. Particular interest has focused on microgels - microscopic cross-linked polymer gel particles that, when dispersed in water, become swollen and can acquire charge through dissociation of counterions. Electrostatic interparticle interactions strongly influence the structure and thermodynamics of ionic microgel suspensions*. Permeability to solvent molecules and small ions creates a competition between elastic and electrostatic forces that determines equilibrium particle sizes. Swelling can be controlled by adjusting temperature, pH, and salt concentration, with applications to chemical/biosensing and targeted drug delivery. By combining molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation with Poisson-Boltzmann theory of electrostatics and Flory-Rehner theory of swollen polymer networks, we investigate swelling and compressibility of ionic microgel particles and implications for thermodynamic phase behavior of bulk suspensions at concentrations approaching and exceeding hard-sphere close packing. Predictions for particle size and osmotic pressure are compared with available experimental data. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1106331.

  9. Functionalized positive nanoparticles reduce mucin swelling and dispersion.

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    Eric Y T Chen

    Full Text Available Multi-functionalized nanoparticles (NPs have been extensively investigated for their potential in household and commercial products, and biomedical applications. Previous reports have confirmed the cellular nanotoxicity and adverse inflammatory effects on pulmonary systems induced by NPs. However, possible health hazards resulting from mucus rheological disturbances induced by NPs are underexplored. Accumulation of viscous, poorly dispersed, and less transportable mucus leading to improper mucus rheology and dysfunctional mucociliary clearance are typically found to associate with many respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF, and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Whether functionalized NPs can alter mucus rheology and its operational mechanisms have not been resolved. Herein, we report that positively charged functionalized NPs can hinder mucin gel hydration and effectively induce mucin aggregation. The positively charged NPs can significantly reduce the rate of mucin matrix swelling by a maximum of 7.5 folds. These NPs significantly increase the size of aggregated mucin by approximately 30 times within 24 hrs. EGTA chelation of indigenous mucin crosslinkers (Ca(2+ ions was unable to effectively disperse NP-induced aggregated mucins. Our results have demonstrated that positively charged functionalized NPs can impede mucin gel swelling by crosslinking the matrix. This report also highlights the unexpected health risk of NP-induced change in mucus rheological properties resulting in possible mucociliary transport impairment on epithelial mucosa and related health problems. In addition, our data can serve as a prospective guideline for designing nanocarriers for airway drug delivery applications.

  10. Pore-scale Modelling of Capillarity in Swelling Granular Materials (United States)

    Hassanizadeh, S. M.; Sweijen, T.; Nikooee, E.; Chareyre, B.


    Capillarity in granular porous media is a common and important phenomenon in earth materials and industrial products, and therefore has been studied extensively. To model capillarity in granular porous media, one needs to go beyond current models which simulate either two-phase flow in porous media or mechanical behaviour in granular media. Current pore-scale models for two-phase flow such as pore-network models are tailored for rigid pore-skeletons, even though in many applications, namely hydro-mechanical coupling in soils, printing, and hygienic products, the porous structure does change during two-phase flow. On the other hand, models such as Discrete Element Method (DEM), which simulate the deformable porous media, have mostly been employed for dry or saturated granular media. Here, the effects of porosity change and swelling on the retention properties was studied, for swelling granular materials. A pore-unit model that was capable to construct the capillary pressure - saturation curve was coupled to DEM. Such that the capillary pressure - saturation curve could be constructed for varying porosities and amounts of absorbed water. The study material was super absorbent polymer particles, which are capable to absorb water 10's to 200 times their initial weight. We have simulated quasi-static primary imbibition for different porosities and amounts of absorbed water. The results reveal a 3 dimensional surface between capillary pressure, saturation, and porosity, which can be normalized by means of the entry pressure and the effective water saturation to a unique curve.

  11. Controlled swelling and adsorption properties of polyacrylate/montmorillonite composites

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    Natkanski, Piotr [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland); Kustrowski, Piotr, E-mail: [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland); Bialas, Anna; Piwowarska, Zofia [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland); Michalik, Marek [Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, 30-063 Krakow (Poland)


    A series of novel polyacrylate/montmorillonite composites was synthesized by in situ polymerization in aqueous slurry of clay. Dissociated (obtained by adding ammonium or sodium hydroxide) and undissociated forms of acrylic acid were used as monomers in the hydrogel synthesis. The structure and composition of the samples were studied by powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance infra-red Fourier transform spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and elemental analysis. It has been found that the kind of monomer influences strongly the location of a polymer chain in the formed composite. Complete intercalation of hydrogel into the interlayer space of montmorillonite was observed for sodium polyacrylate, whereas polyacrylic acid and ammonium polyacrylate mainly occupied the outer surface of the clay. The position of hydrogel determined the swelling and adsorption properties of the studied composites. The important factor influencing the kinetics of Fe(III) cation adsorption was pH. The analysis of adsorption isotherms allowed to propose the mechanism of Fe(III) cation adsorption. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polyacrylate hydrogels can be introduced into the interlayers of clay. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The position of hydrogel in the composite depends on the polymer type. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ammonium polyacrylate places outside the clay, sodium one is intercalated into it. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Swelling and adsorption capacities can be controlled by the polymer position. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High adsorption efficiency in Fe(III) removal was observed.

  12. Segmentation of knee injury swelling on infrared images (United States)

    Puentes, John; Langet, Hélène; Herry, Christophe; Frize, Monique


    Interpretation of medical infrared images is complex due to thermal noise, absence of texture, and small temperature differences in pathological zones. Acute inflammatory response is a characteristic symptom of some knee injuries like anterior cruciate ligament sprains, muscle or tendons strains, and meniscus tear. Whereas artificial coloring of the original grey level images may allow to visually assess the extent inflammation in the area, their automated segmentation remains a challenging problem. This paper presents a hybrid segmentation algorithm to evaluate the extent of inflammation after knee injury, in terms of temperature variations and surface shape. It is based on the intersection of rapid color segmentation and homogeneous region segmentation, to which a Laplacian of a Gaussian filter is applied. While rapid color segmentation enables to properly detect the observed core of swollen area, homogeneous region segmentation identifies possible inflammation zones, combining homogeneous grey level and hue area segmentation. The hybrid segmentation algorithm compares the potential inflammation regions partially detected by each method to identify overlapping areas. Noise filtering and edge segmentation are then applied to common zones in order to segment the swelling surfaces of the injury. Experimental results on images of a patient with anterior cruciate ligament sprain show the improved performance of the hybrid algorithm with respect to its separated components. The main contribution of this work is a meaningful automatic segmentation of abnormal skin temperature variations on infrared thermography images of knee injury swelling.

  13. Size distribution of black spot defects and their contribution to swelling in irradiated SiC

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    Tyburska-Püschel, B., E-mail: [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Physics, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Zhai, Y.; He, L.; Liu, C. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Material Science, 1509 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Boulle, A. [Science des Procédés Céramiques et Traitements de Surface, CNRS UMR 7315, Centre Européen de la Céramique, 12 Rue Atlantis, 80768 Limoges (France); Voyles, P.M. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Material Science, 1509 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Szlufarska, I. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Physics, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Material Science, 1509 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Sridharan, K. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Physics, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (United States)


    Experimental and modeling efforts were combined to investigate the role of black spot defects (BSD) in swelling of carbon- and krypton-irradiated 4H-SiC. Samples were exposed to conditions favoring BSD formation: irradiation at temperatures 600–950 °C and damage levels of 0.4–0.8 dpa. The maximum XRD swelling values, corrected for the effect of the rigid substrate, of 0.58% for C and 0.75% for Kr-irradiation were measured at the lowest irradiation temperature of 600  °C and decreased with increasing temperature. The swelling values estimated from TEM are on the same order of magnitude, but usually 40–70% lower than those measured by XRD. The contribution of BSDs to the overall swelling is 62% and the remainder of the swelling is caused by isolated point defects. The obtained results contribute to understanding of what defect types account for swelling and how their concentration evolves with the irradiation temperature and damage level. - Highlights: • We investigated the role of black spot defects (BSD) in swelling of ion-irradiated 4H-SiC. • Swelling by XRD is corrected for the effect of the rigid substrate. • BSDs contributes 62% to the overall swelling and the remainder is caused by isolated point defects. • Swelling from TEM is lower by 40% to 70% than the XRD values.

  14. Validation and Parameter Sensitivity Tests for Reconstructing Swell Field Based on an Ensemble Kalman Filter (United States)

    Wang, Xuan; Tandeo, Pierre; Fablet, Ronan; Husson, Romain; Guan, Lei; Chen, Ge


    The swell propagation model built on geometric optics is known to work well when simulating radiated swells from a far located storm. Based on this simple approximation, satellites have acquired plenty of large samples on basin-traversing swells induced by fierce storms situated in mid-latitudes. How to routinely reconstruct swell fields with these irregularly sampled observations from space via known swell propagation principle requires more examination. In this study, we apply 3-h interval pseudo SAR observations in the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) to reconstruct a swell field in ocean basin, and compare it with buoy swell partitions and polynomial regression results. As validated against in situ measurements, EnKF works well in terms of spatial–temporal consistency in far-field swell propagation scenarios. Using this framework, we further address the influence of EnKF parameters, and perform a sensitivity analysis to evaluate estimations made under different sets of parameters. Such analysis is of key interest with respect to future multiple-source routinely recorded swell field data. Satellite-derived swell data can serve as a valuable complementary dataset to in situ or wave re-analysis datasets. PMID:27898005

  15. Validation and Parameter Sensitivity Tests for Reconstructing Swell Field Based on an Ensemble Kalman Filter. (United States)

    Wang, Xuan; Tandeo, Pierre; Fablet, Ronan; Husson, Romain; Guan, Lei; Chen, Ge


    The swell propagation model built on geometric optics is known to work well when simulating radiated swells from a far located storm. Based on this simple approximation, satellites have acquired plenty of large samples on basin-traversing swells induced by fierce storms situated in mid-latitudes. How to routinely reconstruct swell fields with these irregularly sampled observations from space via known swell propagation principle requires more examination. In this study, we apply 3-h interval pseudo SAR observations in the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) to reconstruct a swell field in ocean basin, and compare it with buoy swell partitions and polynomial regression results. As validated against in situ measurements, EnKF works well in terms of spatial-temporal consistency in far-field swell propagation scenarios. Using this framework, we further address the influence of EnKF parameters, and perform a sensitivity analysis to evaluate estimations made under different sets of parameters. Such analysis is of key interest with respect to future multiple-source routinely recorded swell field data. Satellite-derived swell data can serve as a valuable complementary dataset to in situ or wave re-analysis datasets.

  16. Feet swelling in a multistage ultraendurance triathlete: a case study

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    Full Text Available Beat Knechtle,1 Matthias Alexander Zingg,2 Patrizia Knechtle,1 Thomas Rosemann,2 Christoph Alexander Rüst2 1Gesundheitszentrum St Gallen, St Gallen, 2Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Abstract: Recent studies investigating ultraendurance athletes showed an association between excessive fluid intake and swelling of the lower limbs such as the feet. To date, this association has been investigated in single-stage ultraendurance races, but not in multistage ultraendurance races. In this case study, we investigated a potential association between fluid intake and feet swelling in a multistage ultraendurance race such as a Deca Iron ultratriathlon with ten Ironman triathlons within 10 consecutive days. A 49-year-old well-experienced ultratriathlete competed in autumn 2013 in the Deca Iron ultratriathlon held in Lonata del Garda, Italy, and finished the race as winner within 129:33 hours:minutes. Changes in body mass (including body fat and lean body mass, foot volume, total body water, and laboratory measurements were assessed. Food and fluid intake during rest and competing were recorded, and energy and fluid turnovers were estimated. During the ten stages, the volume of the feet increased, percentage body fat decreased, creatinine and urea levels increased, hematocrit and hemoglobin values decreased, and plasma [Na+] remained unchanged. The increase in foot volume was significantly and positively related to fluid intake during the stages. The poststage volume of the foot was related to poststage total body water, poststage creatinine, and poststage urea. This case report shows that the volume of the foot increased during the ten stages, and the increase in volume was significantly and positively related to fluid intake during the stages. Furthermore, the poststage volume of the foot was related to poststage total body water, poststage creatinine, and poststage urea. The continuous feet swelling during the race was

  17. Advanced liquefaction using coal swelling and catalyst dispersion techniques. Volume 2, appendices. Final technical report, October 1, 1991--September 30, 1994

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    Curtis, C.W. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States); Chander, S. [Pennsylvania State Univ., College Park, PA (United States); Gutterman, C.


    Liquefaction experiments were undertaken using subbituminous Black Thunder mine coal to observe the effects of aqueous SO{sub 2} coal beneficiation and the introduction of various coal swelling solvents and catalyst precursors. Aqueous SO{sub 2} beneficiation of Black Thunder coal removed alkali metals and alkaline earth metals, increased the sulfur content and increased the catalytic liquefaction conversion to THF solubles compared to untreated Black Thunder coal. The liquefaction solvent had varying effects on coal conversion, depending upon the type of solvent added. The hydrogen donor solvent, dihydroanthracene, was most effective, while a coal-derived Wilsonville solvent promoted more coal conversion than did relatively inert 1-methylnaphthalene. Swelling of coal with hydrogen bonding solvents tetrahydrofuran (THF), isopropanol, and methanol, prior to reaction resulted in increased noncatalytic conversion of both untreated and SO{sub 2} treated Black Thunder coals, while dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), which was absorbed more into the coal than any other swelling solvent, was detrimental to coal conversion. Swelling of SO{sub 2} treated coal before liquefaction resulted in the highest coal conversions; however, the untreated coal showed the most improvements in catalytic reactions when swelled in either THF, isopropanol, or methanol prior to liquefaction. The aprotic solvent DMSO was detrimental to coal conversion.

  18. On recoil energy dependent void swelling in pure copper: Theoretical treatment

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    Golubov, S.I.; Singh, Bachu Narain; Trinkaus, H.


    the effect of recoil energy on damage accumulation. Recently, dedicated irradiation experiments using 2.5 MeV electrons, 3.0 MeV protons and fission neutrons have been carried out to determine the effect of recoilenergy on the damage accumulation behaviour in pure copper and the results have been reported......Over the years, an enormous amount of experimental results have been reported on damage accumulation (e.g. void swelling) in metals and alloys irradiated under vastly different recoil energy conditions. Unfortunately, however, very little is known eitherexperimentally or theoretically about...... in Part I of this paper (Singh, Eldrup, Horsewell, Ehrhart and Dworschak 2000). The present paper attempts to provide a theoretical framework within which theeffect of recoil energy on damage accumulation behaviour can be understood. The damage accumulation under Frenkel pair production (e.g. 2.5 Me...


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    Full Text Available When the time localization of the spectral components is needed, the WAVELE TRANSFORM (WT can be used to obtain the optimal time frequency representation of the signal. This paper deals with the use of a wavelet transform to detect and analyze voltage sags, voltage swell and transients. It introduces voltage disturbance detection approach based on wavelet transform, identifies voltage disturbances, and discriminates the type of event which has resulted in the voltage disturbance, e.g. either a fault or a capacitor-switching incident.Feasibility of the proposed disturbance detection approach is demonstrated based on digital time-domain simulation of a distribution power system using the PSCAD software package, and is implemented using MATLAB. The developed algorithm has been applied to the 14-buses IEEE system to illustrate its application. Results are analyzed.

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging of clays: swelling, sedimentation, dissolution (United States)

    Dvinskikh, Sergey; Furo, Istvan


    measure of clay distribution in extended samples during different physical processes such as swelling, dissolution, and sedimentation on the time scale from minutes to years [1-3]. To characterize the state of colloids that form after/during clay swelling the water self-diffusion coefficient was measured on a spatially resolved manner. Both natural clays and purified and ion-exchanged montmorillonite clays were investigated. The primary variables were clay composition and water ionic strength. These results have a significant impact for engineering barriers for storage of spent nuclear fuel where clay erosion by low salinity water must be addressed. Presented methods were developed under the motivation of using bentonite clays as a buffer medium to build in-ground barriers for the encapsulation of radioactive waste. Nevertheless, the same approaches can be found suitable in other applications in soil and environmental science to study other types of materials as they swell, dissolve, erode, or sediment. Acknowledgements: This work has been supported by the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co (SKB) and the Swedish Research Council VR. [1] N. Nestle, T. Baumann, R. Niessner, Magnetic resonance imaging in environmental science. Environ. Sci. Techn. 36 154A (2002). [2] S. V. Dvinskikh, K. Szutkowski, I. Furó. MRI profiles over a very wide concentration ranges: application to swelling of a bentonite clay. J. Magn. Reson. 198 146 (2009). [3] S. V. Dvinskikh, I. Furó. Magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance investigations of bentonite systems. Technical Report, TR-09-27, SKB (2009),

  1. Co-hydrogasification of lignocellulosic biomass and swelling coal (United States)

    Zhang, J.; Zheng, N.; Wang, J.


    The hydrogasification of pine wood (PW) and rice husk (RH) was carried out in a two-stage fixed-bed reactor to investigate the effects of hydrogen pressure and hydrocracking temperature on the yields of gas and tar compositions. The elevation in hydrogen pressure promoted the conversion of two biomasses, leading to the improvement in gaseous hydrocarbons but resulted in a decrease in the yield of BTX (benzene, toluene and xylene). The increased severity of hydrocracking boosted the yield of methane, ethane and BTX mainly at the expense of heavy compounds in tar for PW under 1 MPa. The co-hydrogasification of biomass and DWG swelling coal chiefly showed a synergistic effect on the yields of BTX and PCX (phenol, cresol and xylenol) at 500 °C hydrocracking temperature under 5 MPa.


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    Water swelling rubber (WSR) was prepared by reaction blending SBR and sodium polyacrylate (PAANa). The existing states of water in the WSR was studied by means of DSC and TG. It was found that water exists in three states: nonfreezing water,bound freezable water and free water. The relationships between water states and structure of PAANa were investigated. The results showed that the amount of non-freezing water was related to total water content, and the ratio of non-freezing water versus -COONa groups on PAANa (mol/mol) was about 4. However, total water content slightly affected the content of bound freezable water and remarkably affected the amount of free waer.

  3. Mechanical and swelling properties of PDMS interpenetrating polymer networks (United States)

    Cohen, Claude; Yoo, Seong Hyun


    Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of a large and a small molar mass PDMS were prepared. Six series of IPNs were obtained by first tetra-functionally end-linking long vinyl-terminated PDMS neat or in a 50 per cent solution with unreactive PDMS chains. These networks were then dried and swollen with short reactive telechelic PDMS that were subsequently end-linked. We found that the correlation between modulus (E) and equilibrium swelling (Q) in toluene of the PDMS IPNs obeys a scaling relation identical to that of normal uni-modal PDMS networks. The results of the toughness of the networks represented by the energy required to rupture them were analyzed in terms of a recent model by Okumura (Europhysics Letters 67(3), 470, 2004). A modified version of this model that assumes each component of the double network to be subjected to an equal stress gives a good representation of the data.

  4. Sarcoidosis detected due to tattoo swellings in an Indian female

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    Ashok Ghorpade


    Full Text Available A female patient presented with asymptomatic swellings in old blue-black tattoo marks of her forearms. On careful skin examination, few raised erythematous, circular plaques were also found on the non-tattooed skin on her back, about which she was unaware. The diagnosis of cutaneous and systemic sarcoidosis was confirmed after classical histopathological findings from skin lesions from her non tattooed back and from papulonodular tattooed lesions, ruling out other causes of granulomas and supported by a negative Mantoux test, raised serum angiotensin converting enzyme level, high resolution computed tomography thorax, etc. She responded well to oral steroid therapy. The importance of a careful skin examination, easy access provided by skin lesions in suspected cases of cutaneous/systemic sarcoidosis, the value of sudden tattoo changes in the diagnosis here and the possible contribution of tattoos toward the causation of cutaneous and/or systemic sarcoidosis are highlighted.

  5. An unusual cause of dyspnoea complicating right upper abdominal swelling

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    Sanjay Kumar Mandal; Partha Pratim Chakraborty; Rana Bhattacharjee; Subhasis Roy Chowdhury; Shounak Majumdar


    A middle aged, non-addict male presented with right upper abdominal pain and swelling with respiratory distress. Examination revealed central cyanosis, bipedal pitting edema with prominentepigastric and back veins.Liver was enlarged, tender, spanned 20 cm without any splenomegaly or ascites. Other systems were clinically normal. Laboratory investigations showed polymorphonuclear leucocytosis with slightly deranged liver function. Abdominal ultrasonography showed an abscess in the right lobe of the liver with compressed inferior vena cava (IVC), middle and left hepatic veins.Arterial blood gas (ABG) documented hypoxia with orthodeoxia and air-contrast echocardiography was suggestive of an intrapulmonary shunt. A diagnosis of hepato-pulmonary syndrome (HPS) was made with near normal liver function secondary to amebic liver abscess.It reversed completely following successful treatment of the liver abscess.

  6. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization (United States)

    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam


    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  7. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization

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    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam, E-mail: [Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur 741246, West Bengal (India)


    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton’s law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  8. Buoy observations of the influence of swell on wind waves in the open ocean

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    Violante-Carvalho, N.; Robinson, I.S. [University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Oceanography Centre; Ocampo-Torres, F.J. [CICESE, Ensenada (Mexico). Dpto. de Oceanografia Fisica


    The influence of longer (swell) on shorter, wind sea waves is examined using an extensive database of directional buoy measurements obtained from a heave-pitch-roll buoy moored in deep water in the South Atlantic. This data set is unique for such an investigation due to the ubiquitous presence of a young swell component propagating closely in direction and frequency with the wind sea, as well as a longer, opposing swell. Our results show, within the statistical limits of the regressions obtained from our analysis when compared to measurements in swell free environments, that there is no obvious influence of swell on wind sea growth. For operational purposes in ocean engineering this means that power-laws from fetch limited situations describing the wind sea growth can be applied in more realistic situations in the open sea when swell is present. (author)

  9. The efficacy of low-level laser treatment in reducing pain and swelling after endodontic surgery: a systematic review (United States)

    Moshari, Amirabbas; Vatanpour, Mehdi; Zakershahrak, Mehrsa


    Introduction: LLLT in oral cavity believed to reduce pain after endodontic surgery and wisdom tooth removal, to accelerate wound healing and to have an anti-inflammatory and regenerative effect. The aim of this systematic review therefore was to assess the proof available for the efficacy of low-level laser treatment in reducing pain and swelling after endodontic surgery. Methods: The PubMed service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine was searched with applicable search strategies. No language restriction was applied. The last electronic search was accomplished on August 31, 2015. All randomized clinical trials on the efficiency of low-level laser treatment in reducing pain and swelling after endodontic surgery was considered for the Meta-analysis. Quality consideration of the included randomized clinical trials was appraised according to CONSORT guidelines. Results: Only two randomized clinical trials were attained. These studies clarified that laser treatment could reduce pain and swelling, but the results were not significant. Conclusions: Low-level laser therapy can be advantageous for the reduction of postoperative pain but there is no strong confirmation for its efficiency. Its clinical utility and applicability relating to endodontic surgery, Along with the optimal energy dosage and the number of laser treatments needed after surgery, still, demand further research and experiment.

  10. Specimen Machining for the Study of the Effect of Swelling on CGR in PWR Environment.

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    Teysseyre, Sebastien Paul [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    This report describes the preparation of ten specimens to be used for the study of the effect of swelling on the propagation of irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking cracks. Four compact tension specimens, four microscopy plates and two tensile specimens were machined from a AISI 304 material that was irradiated up to 33 dpa. The specimens had been machined such as to represent the behavior of materials with 3.7%swelling and <2% swelling.

  11. Postoperative swelling and trismus after mandibular third molar removal with the lingual split bone technique. (United States)

    Rood, J P; Yates, C; Buchanan, M


    Several factors have been suggested as possible causes for the development of the swelling and trismus which occur after the surgical removal of impacted third molar teeth. In this investigation, measurements of swelling and trismus were made before and after lower third molar removal by the lingual split technique, in a series of 53 patients. No single cause of these surgical sequelae was identified and the duration and pattern of both swelling and trismus were recorded.

  12. Effects of titanium additions to austenitic ternary alloys on microstructural evolution and void swelling

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    Okita, T; Wolfer, W G; Garner, F A; Sekimura, N


    Ternary austenitic model alloys were modified with 0.25 wt.% titanium and irradiated in FFTF reactor at dose rates ranging over more than two orders in magnitude. While lowering of dose rate strongly increases swelling by shortening the incubation dose, the steady state swelling rate is not affected by dose rate. Although titanium addition strongly alters the void microstructure, swelling at {approx} 420 C does not change with titanium additions, but the sensitivity to dose rate is preserved.

  13. Hydrogel-forming microneedles prepared from "super swelling" polymers combined with lyophilised wafers for transdermal drug delivery. (United States)

    Donnelly, Ryan F; McCrudden, Maelíosa T C; Zaid Alkilani, Ahlam; Larrañeta, Eneko; McAlister, Emma; Courtenay, Aaron J; Kearney, Mary-Carmel; Singh, Thakur Raghu Raj; McCarthy, Helen O; Kett, Victoria L; Caffarel-Salvador, Ester; Al-Zahrani, Sharifa; Woolfson, A David


    We describe, for the first time, hydrogel-forming microneedle arrays prepared from "super swelling" polymeric compositions. We produced a microneedle formulation with enhanced swelling capabilities from aqueous blends containing 20% w/w Gantrez S-97, 7.5% w/w PEG 10,000 and 3% w/w Na2CO3 and utilised a drug reservoir of a lyophilised wafer-like design. These microneedle-lyophilised wafer compositions were robust and effectively penetrated skin, swelling extensively, but being removed intact. In in vitro delivery experiments across excised neonatal porcine skin, approximately 44 mg of the model high dose small molecule drug ibuprofen sodium was delivered in 24 h, equating to 37% of the loading in the lyophilised reservoir. The super swelling microneedles delivered approximately 1.24 mg of the model protein ovalbumin over 24 h, equivalent to a delivery efficiency of approximately 49%. The integrated microneedle-lyophilised wafer delivery system produced a progressive increase in plasma concentrations of ibuprofen sodium in rats over 6 h, with a maximal concentration of approximately 179 µg/ml achieved in this time. The plasma concentration had fallen to 71±6.7 µg/ml by 24 h. Ovalbumin levels peaked in rat plasma after only 1 hour at 42.36±17.01 ng/ml. Ovalbumin plasma levels then remained almost constant up to 6 h, dropping somewhat at 24 h, when 23.61±4.84 ng/ml was detected. This work represents a significant advancement on conventional microneedle systems, which are presently only suitable for bolus delivery of very potent drugs and vaccines. Once fully developed, such technology may greatly expand the range of drugs that can be delivered transdermally, to the benefit of patients and industry. Accordingly, we are currently progressing towards clinical evaluations with a range of candidate molecules.

  14. Hydrogel-forming microneedles prepared from "super swelling" polymers combined with lyophilised wafers for transdermal drug delivery.

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    Ryan F Donnelly

    Full Text Available We describe, for the first time, hydrogel-forming microneedle arrays prepared from "super swelling" polymeric compositions. We produced a microneedle formulation with enhanced swelling capabilities from aqueous blends containing 20% w/w Gantrez S-97, 7.5% w/w PEG 10,000 and 3% w/w Na2CO3 and utilised a drug reservoir of a lyophilised wafer-like design. These microneedle-lyophilised wafer compositions were robust and effectively penetrated skin, swelling extensively, but being removed intact. In in vitro delivery experiments across excised neonatal porcine skin, approximately 44 mg of the model high dose small molecule drug ibuprofen sodium was delivered in 24 h, equating to 37% of the loading in the lyophilised reservoir. The super swelling microneedles delivered approximately 1.24 mg of the model protein ovalbumin over 24 h, equivalent to a delivery efficiency of approximately 49%. The integrated microneedle-lyophilised wafer delivery system produced a progressive increase in plasma concentrations of ibuprofen sodium in rats over 6 h, with a maximal concentration of approximately 179 µg/ml achieved in this time. The plasma concentration had fallen to 71±6.7 µg/ml by 24 h. Ovalbumin levels peaked in rat plasma after only 1 hour at 42.36±17.01 ng/ml. Ovalbumin plasma levels then remained almost constant up to 6 h, dropping somewhat at 24 h, when 23.61±4.84 ng/ml was detected. This work represents a significant advancement on conventional microneedle systems, which are presently only suitable for bolus delivery of very potent drugs and vaccines. Once fully developed, such technology may greatly expand the range of drugs that can be delivered transdermally, to the benefit of patients and industry. Accordingly, we are currently progressing towards clinical evaluations with a range of candidate molecules.

  15. Swelling Studies of Chitosan-Gelatin Films Cross-Linked by Sulfate

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    Xiao Ling; Yu Zu-yu; Yang Chao; Zhu Hua-yue; Du Yu-min


    Swelling properties of chitosan-gelatin films cross-linked by sulfate were investigated. Sulfate cross-linked chitosan-gelatin films (SCG) were prepared simply by dipping chitosan-gelatin films into sodium sulfate solution. The swelling behavior of SCG was investigated as a function of pH and ionic strength. Under acidic conditions pH less than 4, SCG swelled less than 120%, while under the conditions pH larger than 7.4, SCG swelled very significantly, the swelling ratio was over 350%. Sodium chloride weakened the electrostatic interaction between sulfate and amine ions of chitosan and gelatin, therefore facilitated the film swelling. The swelling ratio increased with increasing sodium chloride concentration, the SCG dissociated in the sodium chloride concentration of 0.20 mol·L-1. The parameters of film preparation such as sulfate concentration, dipping time, sulfate solution pH, influenced the film swelling behavior. The lower concentration and the higher pH of sulfate solution resulted in a larger swelling ratio.

  16. Effect of crosslinker on the swelling and adsorption properties of cationic superabsorbent

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    In the present study, superabsorbents (SAPs) of cationicmonomer [2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl] trimethylammonium chloride have been prepared by free radical solution polymerization with different crosslinkers. They were subjected to repeated cycles of swelling and de-swelling in deionized water and NaCl solution. The conductivity of the swelling medium was measured and related to the swelling/de-swelling characteristics of the SAPs. The swelling capacity was also determined in saline solution. The swelling and de-swelling processes were described by first-order kinetics. The SAPs exhibited varied swelling capacity for crosslinkers of the same functionality as well as different functionality. The SAPs were used to adsorb the dye Orange G at different initial concentrations of the dye. The equilibrium adsorption data followed the Langmuir adsorption isotherms. The SAPs were also used to adsorb three other dyes, namely, Congo red, Amido black and Alizarin cyanine green. They exhibited different adsorption capacities for different dyes. The adsorption phenomenon was found to follow first-order kinetics.


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    WENG Zhixue; LOU Jianfeng; HUANG Zhiming; PAN Zuren


    Acrylonitrile (AN)-chlorinated polyethylene (CPE)-styrene (St) (ACS) terpolymer was synthesized by suspen sion-swelling graft copolymerization method, in which two key factors such as dispersing system and swelling time were studied. Highly effective complex dispersing system was chosen and determine, and two-layer protection modelwas put forward to clarify the stable effect mechanism. Varying the swelling time of CPE in AN and St monomer mixture, some results such as grafting effect, particle characteristics, rubber particle morphology and its size distribution, and properties of ACS resins were investigated , thus the optimum swelling time was proposed.

  18. Modeling and Stress Analysis of Doubly-Fed Induction Generator during Grid Voltage Swell

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    Zhou, Dao; Song, Yipeng; Blaabjerg, Frede


    The Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) based wind turbine system is presently dominant in the wind turbine market. Due to heavy load switch-off and faults in the power grid, voltage swells may occur and this phenomenon is currently given sufficient insights. This paper starts to describe...... the transient voltage swell and its recovery. It is concluded that although both higher swell level and higher rotor speed cause higher rotor electromotive force, the doubly-fed induction generator can successfully ride through the grid fault due to the relatively small swell level required by the modern grid...

  19. Swelling of Clay-Sulfate Rocks: A Review of Processes and Controls (United States)

    Butscher, Christoph; Mutschler, Thomas; Blum, Philipp


    The swelling of clay-sulfate rocks is a major threat in tunnel engineering, causing serious damage to tunnels and producing high additional costs during tunnel construction and operation. The swelling problem is also known from other geotechnical fields, such as road and bridge construction, and in conjunction with geothermal drillings. The planning of counter measures that would stop or minimize the swelling is extremely difficult, and it is currently impossible to predict the swelling behavior of an actual geotechnical project. One of the reasons is our limited knowledge of the processes involved in the swelling of clay-sulfate rocks, and of the geological, mineralogical, chemical, hydraulic and mechanical controls of the swelling. This article presents a literature review of processes in swelling clay-sulfate rocks and associated controls. Numerical models that aim at simulating the processes and controls are also included in this review, and some of the remaining open questions are pointed out. By focusing on process-related work in this review, the article intends to stimulate further research across disciplines in the field of swelling clay-sulfate rocks to finally get a step further in managing the swelling problem in geotechnical projects.

  20. Formation of nanoscale networks: selectively swelling amphiphilic block copolymers with CO2-expanded liquids (United States)

    Gong, Jianliang; Zhang, Aijuan; Bai, Hua; Zhang, Qingkun; Du, Can; Li, Lei; Hong, Yanzhen; Li, Jun


    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a temperature range of 45-60 °C. The formation mechanism of the network, involving plasticization of PS and selective swelling of P4VP, was proposed. Because the diblock copolymer diffusion process is controlled by the activated hopping of individual block copolymer chains with the thermodynamic barrier for moving PVP segments from one to another, the formation of the network structures is achieved in a short time scale and shows ``thermodynamically restricted'' character. Furthermore, the resulting polymer networks were employed as templates, for the preparation of polypyrrole networks, by an electrochemical polymerization process. The prepared porous polypyrrole film was used to fabricate a chemoresistor-type gas sensor which showed high sensitivity towards ammonia.Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a

  1. Corticosteroids use in controlling pain, swelling and trismus after lower third molar surgery use in controlling pain, swelling and trismus after lower third molar surgery



    Objectives: A study is made of corticosteroid use in controlling pain, swelling and trismus after lower third molar surgical removal. Material and methods: A Medline search and review was made of all randomized and controlled clinical trials on the effects of corticosteroids upon pain, swelling and trismus after lower third molar surgery. The review was limited to those studies published in the last 10 years. Of the 20 initially considered articles, 6 were finally excluded....

  2. On recoil energy dependent void swelling in pure copper: Theoretical treatment

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    Golubov, S.I. [Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation); Singh, B.N.; Trinkaus, H. [Institute fuer Festkoerperforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany)


    Over the years, an enormous amount of experimental results have been reported on damage accumulation (e.g. void swelling) in metals and alloys irradiated under vastly different recoil energy conditions. Unfortunately, however, very little is known either experimentally or theoretically about the effect of recoil energy on damage accumulation. Recently, dedicated irradiation experiments using 2.5 MeV electrons, 3.0 MeV protons and fission neutrons have been carried out to determine the effect of recoil energy on the damage accumulation behaviour in pure copper and the results have been reported in Part I of this paper (Singh, Eldrup, Horsewell, Ehrhart and Dworschak 2000). The present paper attempts to provide a theoretical framework within which the effect of recoil energy on damage accumulation behaviour can be understood. The damage accumulation under Frenkel pair production (e.g. 2.5 MeV electron) has been treated in terms of the standard rate theory (SRT) model whereas the evolution of the defect microstructure under cascade damage conditions (e.g. 3.0 MeV protons and fission neutrons) has been calculated within the framework of the production bias model (PBM). Theoretical results, in agreement with experimental results, show that the damage accumulation behaviour is very sensitive to recoil energy and under cascade damage conditions can be treated only within the framework of the PBM. The intracascade clustering of self-interstitial atoms (SIAs) and the properties of SIA clusters such as one-dimensional diffusional transport and thermal stability are found to be the main reasons for the recoil energy dependent vacancy supersaturation. The vacancy supersaturation is the main driving force for the void nucleation and void swelling. In the case of Frenkel pair production, the experimental results are found to be consistent with the SRT model with a dislocation bias value of 2 %. (au)

  3. Swelling analysis of austenitic stainless steels by means of ion irradiation and kinetic modeling

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    Kohyama, Akira [Kyoto Univ., Institute of Advanced Energy, Uji, Kyoto (Japan); Donomae, Takako [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center


    The influences of irradiation environment on the swelling behavior of austenitic stainless steel has been studied, to aid understanding the origin of the difference in swelling response of PNC316 stainless steel in fuel-pin environment and in materials irradiation capsules, in terms of irradiation conditions, damage mechanism and material conditions. This work focused on the theoretical investigation of the influence of temperature variation on microstructural development of austenitic stainless steels during irradiation, using a kinetic rate theory model. A modeling and calculation on non-steady irradiation effects were first carried out. A fully dynamic model of point defect evolution and extended defect development, which accounts for cascade damage, was developed and successfully applied to simulate the interstitial loop evolution in low temperature regimes. The influence of cascade interstitial clustering on dislocation loop formation has also been assessed. The establishment of a basis for general assessment of non-steady irradiation effects in austenitic stainless steels was advanced. The developed model was applied to evaluate the influences of temperature variation in formerly carried out CMIR and FFTF/MFA-1 FBR irradiation experiments. The results suggested the gradual approach of microstructural features to equilibrium states in all the temperature variation conditions and no sign of anomalous behavior was noted. On the other hand, there is the influence of temperature variation on microstructural development under the neutron irradiation, like CMIR. So there are some possibilities of the work of mechanism which is not taken care on this model, for example the effect of the precipitate behavior which is sensitive to irradiation temperature. (author)

  4. Can fertility signals lead to quality signals? Insights from the evolution of primate sexual swellings. (United States)

    Huchard, Elise; Courtiol, Alexandre; Benavides, Julio A; Knapp, Leslie A; Raymond, Michel; Cowlishaw, Guy


    The sexual swellings of female primates have generated a great deal of interest in evolutionary biology. Two hypotheses recently proposed to elucidate their functional significance argue that maximal swelling size advertises either female fertility within a cycle or female quality across cycles. Published evidence favours the first hypothesis, and further indicates that larger swellings advertise higher fertility between cycles. If so, a male preference for large swellings might evolve, driving females to use swellings as quality indicators, as proposed by the second hypothesis. In this paper, we explore this possibility using a combination of empirical field data and mathematical modelling. We first test and find support for three key predictions of the female-quality hypothesis in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus): (i) inter-individual differences in swelling size are maintained across consecutive cycles, (ii) females in better condition have larger swellings and higher reproductive success, and (iii) males preferentially choose females with large swellings. We then develop an individual-based simulation model that indicates that females producing larger swellings can achieve higher mating success even when female-female competition is low and within-female variance in the trait is high. Taken together, our findings show that once sexual swellings have evolved as fertility signals, they might, in certain socio-sexual systems, be further selected to act as quality signals. These results, by reconciling two hypotheses, help to clarify the processes underlying sexual swelling evolution. More generally, our findings suggest that mate choice for direct benefits (fertility) can lead to indirect benefits (good genes).

  5. Preparation and Swelling Behaviors of Rapid Responsive Semi-IPN NaCMC/PNIPAm Hydrogels

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    YI Guobin; HUANG Yunwei; XIONG Fuhua; LIAO Bing; YANG Jin; CHEN Xudong


    Semi-interpenetrating network(semi-IPN) hydrogels composed of sodium carboxylmethyl cellulose(NaCMC) and poly N-isopropylacrylamide(PNIPAm) were prepared by free radical polymerization of N-isopropyl acrylamide(NIPAm) in dimethylsulfoxide(DMSO) in the presence of NaCMC.The structures of hydrogels were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR),scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry(DSC).SEM images show that the hydrogels present porous network structures.Most water in the hydrogels were free water and freezing water.The equilibrium swelling ratio(ESR) and swelling rate(SR) were quite different at various swelling temperature.ESR of the hydrogels ranged abruptly from 15.2 g/g to 1.56 g/g and the hydrogels changed from transparent into opaque with swelling temperature changing from 33 ℃ to 34 ℃,that is to say,the hydrogels exhibited the good temperature sensitivity at about 33 C similar to low critical solution temperature(LCST) of pure PNIPAm,swelling rate were very different at below and above LCST due to hydrogel swelling with different swelling mechanism.Moreover,the semi-IPN hydrogels swelled much rapidly than pure PNIPAm hydrogels did at room temperature,the equillibrium swelling ratio(ESR) and swelling rate of the hydrogels increased with increasing of NaCMC content,i e.It is suggested that NaCMC could be potential for preparation of porous and rapid swelling hydrogels

  6. Cationic Organic/Inorganic Hybrids and Their Swelling Properties

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    E. S. Dragan; L. Ghimici; M. Cazacu


    @@ 1Introduction Specific properties of poly(dimethylsiloxanes), such as low glass transition temperature, low surface energy, good insulating properties, biological and chemical inertness, high diffusion coefficient of gases, make them very attractive for practical applications in the daily life. However, there is a great interest last time in the preparation of ionic organic/inorganic materials with new properties for new applications. Quaternary ammonium salt(QAS) groups included in siloxane copolymers could induce new interesting properties such as:permanent fungicidal and bactericidal properties, which make them very attractive as materials for sanitary applications, improved selectivity coefficients of the gas-separation membranes, ion-exchange properties and so forth. So far, QAS groups have been located in the side chain[1,2]. Our interest was focused on the preparation of some novel cationic polysiloxane copolymers containing QAS groups of both integral type and pendent type[3,4]. Our objectives for the present study concern the synthesis of some cationic organic/siloxane hybrid materials with swelling properties controlled by both the nature of cationic organic component and the ratio between the organic and inorganic counterparts. Such cationic hybrid materials could be of interest for the preparation of new stimuli-responsive hydrogels[5,6].

  7. Simulation of PVT and swelling experimental data: a systematic evaluation

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    Rocha, Paulo S.M.V. [PETROBRAS S.A., Salvador, BA (Brazil). Unidade de Negocios da Bahia]. E-mail:; Alves, Danilo C.R.; Sacramento, Vinicio S.; Costa, Gloria M.N. [Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Centro de Estudos em Petroleo e Gas Natural (CEPGN)]. E-mail:


    Accurate data of the phase behavior of oil and gas mixtures are needed, for example, for the design of process plants and reservoir simulation studies. Often, experimental PVT data are available, but in practice a few PVT measurements are carried out for a given mixture. Therefore, it is necessary to use a thermodynamic model when planning production strategies for a given petroleum reservoir. This raises the question of what accuracy can be obtained using a cubic equation of state for phase equilibrium calculations, for example at conditions in which oil and gas are being produced. The only way to improve the agreement between measured and calculated results is to adjust the equation of state parameters. Currently, there is not a clear methodology to make these modifications. The objective of this study is to investigate the best tuning to describe the PVT experimental data: differential liberation, constant composition expansion and swelling test. The following programs were used: SPECS and MI-PVT (Technical University of Denmark) and WinProp (windows version of CMGPROP). The Soave-Redlich-Kwong equation of sate was also used. Experimental data for 06 oil samples from Reconcavo Basin (Bahia- Brazil) were obtained in the CEPGN (Study Center on Oil and Natural Gas at UNIFACS) and used in the tuning (author)

  8. Methane adsorption-induced coal swelling measured with an optical method

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    Tang Shuheng; Wan Yi; Duan Lijiang; Xia Zhaohui; Zhang Songhang


    In order to quantify the effect of matrix shrinkage on reservoir permeability during coalbed methane production, coal samples from Huozhou, Changzhi and Jincheng areas in Shanxi province (classified as high-volatile bituminous coal, low-volatile bituminous coal and anthracite, respectively) were collected, and adsorption-induced coal swelling in methane were determined by an optical method at 40 ?C and pressure up to 12 MPa. All three coals showed similar behavior-that swelling increased as a function of pressure up to about 10 MPa but thereafter no further increase in swelling was observed. Swelling in the direction perpendicular to the bedding plane is greater than that parallel to the bedding plane, and the differences are about 7.77–8.33%. The maximum volumetric swelling ranges from 2.73% to 3.21%-increasing with increasing coal rank. The swelling data can be described by a modified DR model. In addition, swelling increases with the amount of adsorption. However, the increase shows a relatively slower stage followed by a relatively faster stage instead of a linear increase. Based on the assumption that sorption-induced swelling/shrinkage of coal in methane is reversible, the permeability increases induced by coal shrinkage during methane desorption was analyzed, and the results indicate that the permeability change is larger for higher rank coal in the same unit of pressure depletion.

  9. Calcium-alginate hydrogel swelling models are not pH-dependent. (United States)

    The recent article by Koc et al. (2008) reports predictive models for the swelling behavior of calcium-alginate hydrogels in response to changes in pH and temperature. We submit that the reported effect of “pH” on hydrogel swelling is unsupported by the data and is more properly interpreted as the ...

  10. A rare cause of calf swelling: the Morel-Lavallee lesion.

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    Moriarty, J M


    Calf swelling is a common clinical presentation with a wide and varied differential diagnosis. The Morel-Lavallee is a rare cause of subcutaneous swelling, caused by post-traumatic shearing of the hypodermis from the underlying fascia. The potential space so created fills with blood, lymph and necrotic fat giving specific findings on MR evaluation.

  11. Green tea polyphenols attenuate glial swelling and mitochondrial dysfunction following oxygen-glucose deprivation in cultures (United States)

    Astrocyte swelling is a major component of cytotoxic brain edema in ischemia. Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction have been hypothesized to contribute to such swelling in cultures. We investigated the protective effects of polyphenol-rich green tea extract (GTE) on key features of ischemi...

  12. Swelling of whey and egg white protein hydrogels with stranded and particulate microstructures. (United States)

    Li, Hui; Zhao, Lei; Chen, Xiao Dong; Mercadé-Prieto, Ruben


    Swelling of protein hydrogels in alkaline conditions strongly depends on the gel microstructure. Stranded transparent gels swell as predicted using a modified Flory-Rehner model with the net protein charge. Particulate opaque gels swell very differently, with a sudden increase at a narrow pH range. Its swelling is not controlled by the protein charge, but by the destruction of the non-covalent interactions. Comparable dissolution thresholds, one with pH and another with the degree of swelling, are observed in both types of microstructures. These conclusions are valid for both whey protein isolate (WPI) gels and egg white gels, suggesting that they are universal for all globular proteins that can form such microscructures. Differences are observed, however, from the prevalent chemical crosslinks in each protein system. Non-covalent interactions dominate WPI gels; when such interactions are destroyed at pH≥11.5 the gels swell extensively and eventually dissolve. In egg white gels, the higher degree of disulphide crosslinking allows extensive swelling when non-covalent interactions are destroyed, but dissolution only occurs at pH≥13 when covalent crosslinks are cleaved. The current study highlights that the microstructure of protein hydrogels, a unique particularity of protein systems compared to other synthetic hydrogels, defines swelling.

  13. Loss of knee-extension strength is related to knee swelling after total knee arthroplasty

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    Holm, Bente; Kristensen, Morten T; Bencke, Jesper;


    To examine whether changes in knee-extension strength and functional performance are related to knee swelling after total knee arthroplasty (TKA).......To examine whether changes in knee-extension strength and functional performance are related to knee swelling after total knee arthroplasty (TKA)....

  14. Influence of layer charge and charge location on the swelling pressure of dioctahedral smectites (United States)

    Sun, Linlin; Ling, Chian Ye; Lavikainen, Lasse P.; Hirvi, Janne T.; Kasa, Seppo; Pakkanen, Tapani A.


    Swelling pressure of dioctahedral smectites in the montmorillonite - beidellite series was investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The pressure was found to correlate inversely with the magnitude of the layer charge in the range of -0.5 to -1.0 per unit cell. The beidellite type smectites were found to have lower swelling pressure than the montmorillonite type smectites. A clear effect of the type of interlayer cations on the swelling pressure was found. The sodium smectites sustained significant pressure even at longer interlayer distances, while in calcium smectites the pressure decreased soon after the initial swelling. The simulation results are in good agreement with experimental observations and provide a tool for predicting macroscopic swelling behavior in smectites.

  15. Study of swelling-shrinkage regularity of montmorillonite crystal and its relation with matric suction

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    谭罗荣; 孔令伟


    The swell-shrinking mineral of saturated and unsaturated expansive soil has important effect on engineering mechanical behavior. Based on the swelling-shrinkage change regularity of montmorillonite crystal in this paper, the actions between various interlayers of montmorillonite crystal are generally summarized as two kinds of action potentials-shrinkage potential and swelling potential. Moreover, through the experimental research and analysis, the expression formula for variations of the swelling potential and shrinkage potential with interlayer distance is presented, and the regularity of matric suction variations with interlayer distance is also obtained for unsaturated expansive soil. It may provide a new theoretical basis and research path for further research on the swelling-shrinkage mechanism of expansive soil and matric suction potential of unsaturated soil.

  16. Physical modeling of the soil swelling curve vs. the shrinkage curve

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    Chertkov, V Y


    Physical understanding of the links between soil swelling, texture, structure, cracking, and sample size is of great interest for the physical understanding of many processes in the soil-air-water system and for applications in civil, agricultural, and environmental engineering. The background of this work is an available chain of interconnected physical shrinkage curve models for clay, intra-aggregate matrix, aggregated soil without cracks, and soil with cracks. The objective of the work is to generalize these models to the case of swelling, and to construct the physical-swelling-model chain with a step-by-step transition from clay to aggregated soil with cracks. The generalization is based on thorough accounting for the analogies and differences between shrinkage and swelling and the corresponding use, modification, or replacement of the soil shrinkage features. Two specific soil swelling features to be used are: (i) air entrapping in pores of the contributing clay; and (ii) aggregate destruction with the f...

  17. The Measurement of Polymer Swelling Processes by an Interferometric Method and Evaluation of Diffusion Coefficients

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    Aleš Mráček


    Full Text Available The amorphous polymer film swelling in a liquid solvent below the glass transition temperature was characterized by a few kinetic parameters (especially the mutual diffusion coefficient of swelling and its mean value obtained by interference of monochromatic light in the wedge arrangement. This interferometric method allows one to determine the concentration field in the swollen surface layer and consequently to compute the concentration-dependent diffusion coefficient. A software system developed at the Department of Physics and Material Engineering at TBU in Zlin has been used for the evaluation of the main kinetic parameters of the swelling process. The software can be used for the on-line analyses of interferograms during the swelling process. The main application outputs are the computation of the concentration profile, the concentration gradient, the mutual diffusion coefficient of the swelling by the solvent and its mean value.

  18. Dynamic Validation of Envisat ASAR Derived Ocean Swell Against Directional Buoy Measurements in Pacific Ocean (United States)

    Wang, He; Mouche, Alexis; Husson, Romain; Chapron, Bertrand


    Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) in wave mode aboard Envisat satellite from ESA provides the unique 10-years swell spectra dataset on a continuous and global basis for scientific community. In this paper, a method of a dynamical validation approach for SAR swell spectra is developed, in which the in situ buoy spectra are reconstructed, partitioned, and retro- propagated to the vicinity of satellite observation along the great circle based upon the linear wave theory. More than 40,000 ASAR-buoy swell partitions are dynamically collocated for the full mission of Envisat, making this study the first to provide detailed quality assessment for ASAR derived ocean swell spectra. Comparison results show a general statistics of 0.40 m, 44.99 m and 16.89 ̊ for swell height, peak wavelength and direction RMSE, indicating a good agreement with buoy in-situ in Pacific Ocean.

  19. Cell swelling activates separate taurine and chloride channels in Ehrlich mouse ascites tumor cells

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    Lambert, Ian Henry; Hoffmann, Else Kay


    The taurine efflux from Ehrlich ascites tumor cells is stimulated by hypotonic cell swelling. The swelling-activated taurine efflux is unaffected by substitution of gluconate for extracellular Cl– but inhibited by addition of MK196 (anion channel blocker) and 4,4 -diisothiocyanostilbene-2......,2 -disulfonic acid (DIDS; anion channel and anion exchange blocker) and by depolarization of the cell membrane. This is taken to indicate that taurine does not leave the osmotically swollen Ehrlich cells in exchange for extracellular Cl–, i.e., via the anion exchanger but via a MK196- and DIDS-sensitive channel...... that is potential dependent. An additional stimulation of the swelling-activated taurine efflux is seen after addition of arachidonic acid and oleic acid. Cell swelling also activates a Mini Cl– channel. The Cl– efflux via this Cl– channel, in contrast to the swelling-activated taurine efflux, is unaffected by DIDS...

  20. Monitoring austral and cyclonic swells in the "Iles Eparses" (Mozambique channel) from microseismic noise (United States)

    Barruol, Guilhem; Davy, Céline; Fontaine, Fabrice R.; Schlindwein, V.; Sigloch, K.


    We deployed five broadband three-components seismic stations in the Iles Eparses in the south-west Indian Ocean and on Mayotte Island, between April 2011 and January 2014. These small and remote oceanic islands suffer the effects of strong ocean swells that affect their coastal environments but most islands are not instrumented by wave gauges to characterize the swells. However, wave action on the coast causes high levels of ground vibrations in the solid earth, so-called microseismic noise. We use this link between the solid earth and ocean wave activity to quantify the swells locally. Spectral analyses of the continuous seismic data show clear peaks in the 0.05-0.10 Hz frequency band (periods between 10 and 20 s), corresponding to the ocean wave periods of the local swells. We analyze an example of austral swell occurring in August 2013 and a cyclonic event (Felleng) that developed in January 2013, and quantify the ground motion at each station induced by these events. In both cases, we find a linear polarization in the horizontal plane with microseismic amplitude directly correlated to the swell height (as predicted by the global swell model WaveWatchIII), and a direction of polarization close to the predicted swell propagation direction. Although this analysis has not been performed in real time, it demonstrates that terrestrial seismic stations can be efficiently used as wave gauges, and are particularly well suited for quantifying extreme swell events. This approach may therefore provide useful and cheaper alternatives to wave buoys for monitoring swells and the related environmental processes such as beach erosion or coral reef damages.

  1. Analysis of Biophysical Mechanisms of Gilgai Microrelief Formation in Dryland Swelling Soils Using Ultra-High Resolution Aerial Imagery (United States)

    Krell, N.; DeCarlo, K. F.; Caylor, K. K.


    Microrelief formations ("gilgai"), which form due to successive wetting-drying cycles typical of swelling soils, provide ecological hotspots for local fauna and flora, including higher and more robust vegetative growth. The distribution of these gilgai suggests a remarkable degree of regularity. However, it is unclear to what extent the mechanisms that drive gilgai formation are physical, such as desiccation-induced fracturing, or biological in nature, namely antecedent vegetative clustering. We investigated gilgai genesis and pattern formation in a 100 x 100 meter study area with swelling soils in a semiarid grassland at the Mpala Research Center in central Kenya. Our ongoing experiment is composed of three 9m2 treatments: we removed gilgai and limited vegetative growth by herbicide application in one plot, allowed for unrestricted seed dispersal in another, and left gilgai unobstructed in a control plot. To estimate the spatial frequencies of the repeating patterns of gilgai, we obtained ultra-high resolution (0.01-0.03m/pixel) images with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from which digital elevation models were also generated. Geostatistical analyses using wavelet and fourier methods in 1- and 2-dimensions were employed to characterize gilgai size and distribution. Preliminary results support regular spatial patterning across the gilgaied landscape and heterogeneities may be related to local soil properties and biophysical influences. Local data on gilgai and fracture characteristics suggest that gilgai form at characteristic heights and spacing based on fracture morphology: deep, wide cracks result in large, highly vegetated mounds whereas shallow cracks, induced by animal trails, are less correlated with gilgai size and shape. Our experiments will help elucidate the links between shrink-swell processes and gilgai-vegetation patterning in high activity clay soils and advance our understanding of the mechanisms of gilgai formation in drylands.

  2. Cell swelling and ion redistribution assessed with intrinsic optical signals

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    Full Text Available Cell volume changes are associated with alterations of intrinsic optical signals (IOS. In submerged brain slices in vitro, afferent stimulation induces an increase in light transmission. As assessed by measurement of the largely membrane impermeant ion tetramethylammonium (TMA in the extracellular space, these IOS correlate with the extent and time course of the change of the extracellular space size. They have a high signal to noise ratio and allow measurements of IOS changes in the order of a few percent. Under conditions of reduced net KCl uptake (low Cl solution a directed spatial buffer mechanism (K syphoning can be demonstrated in the neocortex with widening of the extracellular space in superficial layers associated with a reduced light transmission and an increase of extracellular K concentration. The nature of the IOS under pathophysiological conditions is less clear. Spreading depressions first cause an increase of light transmission, then a decrease. Such a decrease has also been observed following application of NMDA where it was associated with structural damage. Pharmacological analyses suggest that under physiological conditions changes of extracellular space size are mainly caused by astrocytic volume changes while with strong stimuli and under pathophysiological conditions also neuronal swelling occurs. With reflected light usually signals opposite to those observed with transmitted light are seen. Recording of IOS from interface slices gives very complex signals since under these conditions an increase of light transmission has been reported to be superimposed by a decrease of the signal due to mechanical lensing effects of the slice surface. Depending on the method of measurement and the exact conditions, several mechanisms may contribute to IOS. Under well defined conditions IOS are a useful supplementary tool to monitor changes of extracellular volume both in space and time.

  3. Subtask 12F1: Effect of neutron irradiation on swelling of vanadium-base alloys

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    Chung, H.M.; Loomis, B.A.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)


    The objective of this work is to determine the effects of neutron irradiation on the density change, void distribution, and microstructural evolution of vanadium-base alloys. Swelling behavior and microstructural evolution of V-Ti, V-Cr-Ti, and V-Ti-Si alloys were investigated after irradiation at 420-600{degrees}C up to 114 dpa. The alloys exhibited swelling maxima between 30 and 80 dpa and swelling decreased on irradiation to higher dpa. This is in contrast to the monotonically increasing swelling of binary alloys that contain Fe, Ni, Cr, Mo, W, and Si. Precipitation of dense Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3} promotes good resistance to swelling of the Ti-containing alloys, and it was concluded that Ti of >3 wt.% and 400-1000 wppm Si are necessary to effectively suppress swelling. Swelling was minimal in V-4Cr-4Ti, identified as the most promising alloy based on good mechanical properties and superior resistance to irradiation embrittlement. 18 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Phenomenological force and swelling models for rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells (United States)

    Oh, Ki-Yong; Epureanu, Bogdan I.; Siegel, Jason B.; Stefanopoulou, Anna G.


    Three phenomenological force and swelling models are developed to predict mechanical phenomena caused by Li-ion intercalation: a 1-D force model, a 1st order relaxation model, and a 3-D swelling model. The 1-D force model can estimate the Li-ion intercalation induced force for actual pack conditions with preloads. The model incorporates a nonlinear elastic stiffness to capture the mechanical consequences of Li-ion intercalation swelling. The model also separates the entire state of charge range into three regions considering phase transitions. The 1st order relaxation model predicts dynamic swelling during relaxation periods. A coefficient of relaxation is estimated from dynamic and quasi-static swelling at operational conditions. The 3-D swelling model predicts the swelling shape on the battery surface for all states of charge. This model introduces an equivalent modulus of elasticity, which is dependent on the state of charge, to capture material transformations of the electrodes, and the orthotropic expansion of the jellyroll in a direction perpendicular to the electrode surfaces. Considering the simplicity of the measurements and direct physical correlations between stress and strain, the proposed models can enhance battery management systems and power management strategies.

  5. The wind sea and swell waves climate in the Nordic seas (United States)

    Semedo, Alvaro; Vettor, Roberto; Breivik, Øyvind; Sterl, Andreas; Reistad, Magnar; Soares, Carlos Guedes; Lima, Daniela


    A detailed climatology of wind sea and swell waves in the Nordic Seas (North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Barents Sea), based on the high-resolution reanalysis NORA10, developed by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, is presented. The higher resolution of the wind forcing fields, and the wave model (10 km in both cases), along with the inclusion of the bottom effect, allowed a better description of the wind sea and swell features, compared to previous global studies. The spatial patterns of the swell-dominated regional wave fields are shown to be different from the open ocean, due to coastal geometry, fetch dimensions, and island sheltering. Nevertheless, swell waves are still more prevalent and carry more energy in the Nordic Seas, with the exception of the North Sea. The influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation on the winter regional wind sea and swell patterns is also presented. The analysis of the decadal trends of wind sea and swell heights during the NORA10 period (1958-2001) shows that the long-term trends of the total significant wave height (SWH) in the Nordic Seas are mostly due to swell and to the wave propagation effect.

  6. Effect of helium production on swelling of F82H irradiated in HFIR

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    Wakai, E. E-mail:; Hashimoto, N.; Miwa, Y.; Robertson, J.P.; Klueh, R.L.; Shiba, K.; Jistukawa, S


    The effects of helium production and heat treatment on the swelling of F82H steel irradiated in the HFIR to 51 dpa have been investigated using {sup 10}B, {sup 58}Ni and {sup 60}Ni-doped specimens. The swelling of tempered F82H-std and F82H doped with {sup 10}B irradiated at 400 deg. C ranged from 0.52% to 1.2%, while the swelling of the non-tempered F82H doped with {sup 58}Ni or {sup 60}Ni was less than 0.02%. At 300 deg. C the swelling in all steels was insignificant. In the F82H + Ni, a high number of density carbides formed in the matrix at these temperatures. The production of helium atoms enhanced the swelling of the F82H steel. However, the non-tempered treatment for the F82H + Ni suppressed remarkably the swelling. The cause of low swelling in the F82H + Ni may be due to the occurrence of the high density of carbides acting as sinks or the decrease of mobility of vacancies interacting with carbon atoms in matrix.

  7. Episodic swell growth inferred from variable uplift of the Cape Verde hotspot islands (United States)

    Ramalho, R.; Helffrich, G.; Cosca, M.; Vance, D.; Hoffmann, D.; Schmidt, D.N.


    On the Beagle voyage, Charles Darwin first noted the creation and subsidence of ocean islands, establishing in geology's infancy that island freeboard changes with time. Hotspot ocean islands have an obvious mechanism for freeboard change through the growth of the bathymetric anomaly, or swell, on which the islands rest. Models for swell development indicate that flexural, thermal or dynamic pressure contributions, as well as spreading of melt residue from the hotspot, can all contribute to island uplift. Here we test various models for swell development using the uplift histories for the islands of the Cape Verde hotspot, derived from isotopic dating of marine terraces and subaerial to submarine lava-flow morphologies. The island uplift histories, in conjunction with inter-island spacing, uplift rate and timing differences, rule out flexural, thermal or dynamic pressure contributions. We also find that uplift cannot be reconciled with models that advocate the spreading of melt residue in swell development unless swell growth is episodic. Instead, we infer from the uplift histories that two processes have acted to raise the islands during the past 6 Myr. During an initial phase, mantle processes acted to build the swell. Subsequently, magmatic intrusions at the island edifice caused 350 m of local uplift at the scale of individual islands. Finally, swell-wide uplift contributed a further 100 m of surface rise.

  8. Deformation mechanisms in a coal mine roadway in extremely swelling soft rock. (United States)

    Li, Qinghai; Shi, Weiping; Yang, Renshu


    The problem of roadway support in swelling soft rock was one of the challenging problems during mining. For most geological conditions, combinations of two or more supporting approaches could meet the requirements of most roadways; however, in extremely swelling soft rock, combined approaches even could not control large deformations. The purpose of this work was to probe the roadway deformation mechanisms in extremely swelling soft rock. Based on the main return air-way in a coal mine, deformation monitoring and geomechanical analysis were conducted, as well as plastic zone mechanical model was analysed. Results indicated that this soft rock was potentially very swelling. When the ground stress acted alone, the support strength needed in situ was not too large and combined supporting approaches could meet this requirement; however, when this potential released, the roadway would undergo permanent deformation. When the loose zone reached 3 m within surrounding rock, remote stress p ∞ and supporting stress P presented a linear relationship. Namely, the greater the swelling stress, the more difficult it would be in roadway supporting. So in this extremely swelling soft rock, a better way to control roadway deformation was to control the releasing of surrounding rock's swelling potential.

  9. Modeling the complex and long term swelling behavior of argillaceous rocks

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    Doostmohammadi R.; Mutschler Th.; Osan C.


    The swelling behavior of argillaceous rocks is a complex phenomenon and has been determined using a lot of indexes in the literature.Determining the required modeling indexes that need to be performed requires expensive tests and extensive time in different laboratories.In some of the cases,it is too difficult to find a relation between the effective variables and swelling potential.This paper suggests a method for modeling the time dependent swelling pressure of argillaceous rocks.The trend of short term swelling potential during the first 3 days of the swelling pressure testing is used for modeling the long term swelling pressure of mudstone that is recorded during months.The artificial neural network (ANN) as a power tool is used for modeling this nonlinear and complex behavior.This method enables predicting the swelling potential of argillaceous rocks when the required indexes and also correlation between them is unattainable.This method facilitates the model of all studied samples under a unique formulation.

  10. Investigations of the efficiency of CaO and MgO swelling cements for deep wells. Untersuchungen zur Wirksamkeit von CaO- und MgO-Quellzementen fuer Tiefbohrungen; Abschlussbericht zur Vorphase des DGMK-Projektes 444

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    Ghofrani, R.; Plack, H.


    The problem of gas tightness in annular cementing of deep wells has not been comprehensively solved in conformance with present demands. It is known from practical experience, for example, that leakage may occur in cementation over short distances. Besides possible cementing failures, the problems of gas migration are also aggravated by the setting and hardening behavior of hydraulic cements and the resulting hydration volume reduction. Swelling cements, which show a real expansion of their outer dimensions, can help to solve the present problems by filling up existing void spaces in the annulus and improving the bonding at the formation/cement and cement/pipe interfaces. This applies especially to the cementing of horizontal wells, where cavities form preferentially at the top because of gravity and thus also can result in the creation of long leak channels. The object of the present work was the ascertainment of the efficiency in principle for swelling cements based on CaO and MgO additives under simulated borehole conditions. Besides the usual characteristics of cement slurries (rheological parameters, thickening time, filtrate loss) and cement stones (compressive strength, shear bond strength, permeability), special emphasis has been placed on the swelling behavior (matrix expansion, beginning and duration of the swelling phase) of such formulations. Specialized equipment has been developed and constructed for continuous measurements of the swelling behavior. With CaO cements, real expansion by up to 10 percent has been demonstrated under hydrostatic pressures up to 120 MPa. The swelling behavior depends on the timing between hydration rate of the swelling additive and the degree of hydration of the structure-forming cement. Hydration of the swelling additive generally results in increased porosity of the cement stone. However, restrained expansion led to a reduction in pore size.

  11. Anesthetic concerns in a huge congenital sublingual swelling obscuring airway access

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    Nilesh Kumar


    Full Text Available Presence of intraoral pathology poses a great challenge during management of pediatric airway. We report management of big intraoral cystic swelling physically occupying the entire oral cavity restricting access to airway. Preintubation aspiration of swelling was done to decrease its size and make room for airway manipulation, followed by laryngoscopy and intubation in lateral position. Airway patency is at risk in postoperative period also, in this case, though the swelling decreased in size postoperatively but presence of significant edema required placement of tongue stitch and modified nasopharyngeal airway. Case report highlights simple maneuvers to manage a difficult case.


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    LI Changjiang; GAO Junying


    A method for measuring moisture swelling of amorphous PET films by using Rayleigh interferometer is reported. Plots of the optical path of light transmission in the polymer vs. soaking time were obtained, and from the same curves, the dependence of time on the moisture swelling, saturated water absorption and diffusion coefficient of PET films were estimated. These results are in agreement with those obtained by weighing method. It is shown that optical interference method is a simple but sensitive method for the study of water absorption and swelling in transparent polymer films.

  13. Effects of Swelling Processes on the Particle Morphology of Porous P(MMA-EGDMA) Particles via Seeded Two-step Swelling Method

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    1 Results Porous functional polymer particles have been drawing great interest for their applications in many fields such as ion exchange,polymeric carrier,biomedicine,biochemistry,cosmetics,plastic pigments,and were first prepared by suspension polymerization in 1 950 s.Since 1990's,some approaches such as seeded emulsion polymerization method,dynamic monomer swelling method,activated swelling method and multi-step seeded method[1-4] have been used by many researchers to synthesize this kind of polymer...

  14. Observational Evidence of Summer Shamal Swells along the West Coast of India

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    Glejin, J.; SanilKumar, V.; Nair, T.M.B.; Singh, J.; Mehra, P.

    Wave data collected off Ratnagiri, West coast of India, in 2010 and 2011 are used to examine the presence of the summer shamal swells. This study also aims to understand variations in wave characteristics and associated modifications in wind sea...

  15. Parotid swelling due to Hoshino strain following MMR vac-cination in iranian immunization program

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    Majid Avijgan; Mandana Moghni; Seyyed Kamyar Mostafavi Zadeh; Masoud Hafizi


    This paper reports two seronegative cases of parotid swelling following MMR vaccination,which contains Hoshino strain of mumps virus.This study showed a high,(5%)potential reactogenicity induced by Hoshino strain of current MMR vaccine administered in Iranian EPI.The rate of complication of parotid swelling follow-ing national immunization against mumps is more than natural infection.Based on the results of this report, there is the first report of occurrence of parotid swelling 31 days following MMR vaccination.This reaction or complication may not be dependent on the vaccine dose,because one of cases presented parotid swelling fol-lowing taking one fifth of conventional dose of vaccine.It must be considered this strain may be with high rate of complication and be the subject of change of mumps strain of this vaccine in national immunization program of Iran.

  16. Diabetes Alters Osmotic Swelling Characteristics and Membrane Conductance of Glial Cells in Rat Retina

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    Thomas Pannicke; Ianors Iandiev; Antje Wurm; Ortrud Uckermann; Franziska vom Hagen; Andreas Reichenbach; Peter Wiedemann; Hans-Peter Hammes; Andreas Bringmann


    Diabetes Alters Osmotic Swelling Characteristics and Membrane Conductance of Glial Cells in Rat Retina Thomas Pannicke 1 , Ianors Iandiev 2 , Antje Wurm 2 , Ortrud Uckermann 3 , Franziska vom Hagen 4...

  17. Network Modelling of the Influence of Swelling on the Transport Behaviour of Bentonite

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    Ignatios Athanasiadis


    Full Text Available Wetting of bentonite is a complex hydro-mechanical process that involves swelling and, if confined, significant structural changes in its void structure. A coupled structural transport network model is proposed to investigate the effect of wetting of bentonite on retention conductivity and swelling pressure response. The transport network of spheres and pipes, representing voids and throats, respectively, relies on Laplace–Young’s equation to model the wetting process. The structural network uses a simple elasto-plastic approach without hardening to model the rearrangement of the fabric. Swelling is introduced in the form of an eigenstrain in the structural elements, which are adjacent to water filled spheres. For a constrained cell, swelling is shown to produce plastic strains, which result in a reduction of pipe and sphere spaces and, therefore, influence the conductivity and retention behaviour.

  18. Gelation and Swelling Behavior of Oxidized Konjac Glucomannan/Chitosan Hydrogel

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    The gelating and swelling mechanisms of the hydrogel formed from oxidized konjac glucomannan (OKGM) and chitosan (CS) were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometry. FT-IR spectra illustrate that the interaction of polysaccharides forms the hydrogen bonds and interchain salt bonds and the dissociation of which dominates the swelling behavior in buffer solutions of different pH. The concentration of salt ion has effect on swelling behavior through the difference of salt ion concentration between in solution and in network of hydrogel, which causes penetrating pressure. Moreover, the Swelling degree and hydrogel strength could be modulated by varying conditions. It is indicated that the hydrogel has pH-sensitive and salt ion sensitive properties. The prepared optimum condition selected by varying conditions is that r = 0.2; t =30 min; Tp=343 K and I =1.6.

  19. Effect of collision cascade density on swelling and surface topography of GaN

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    Titov, A.I. [State Polytechnic University, Polytechnicheskaya 29, 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Karaseov, P.A., E-mail: [State Polytechnic University, Polytechnicheskaya 29, 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Karabeshkin, K.V.; Belyakov, V.S.; Arkhipov, A.V. [State Polytechnic University, Polytechnicheskaya 29, 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Kucheyev, S.O. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States)


    We study the surface topography and swelling of GaN irradiated at room temperature with 1.3 keV/amu F, P, PF{sub 2}, and PF{sub 4} ions. These irradiation conditions reveal the effect of the collision cascade density on ion-induced swelling and roughening of the GaN surface. Results show that, for F and P ions that create dilute collision cascades, swelling dominates erosion. In the case of molecular ion irradiation, characterized by larger cascade densities, surface erosion dominates swelling. For the conditions studied, surface roughness scales with the thickness of surface amorphous layers when these layers are thinner than about 20 nm.

  20. Swelling-induced changes in coal microstructure due to supercritical CO2 injection (United States)

    Zhang, Yihuai; Lebedev, Maxim; Sarmadivaleh, Mohammad; Barifcani, Ahmed; Iglauer, Stefan


    Enhanced coalbed methane recovery and CO2 geostorage in coal seams are severely limited by permeability decrease caused by CO2 injection and associated coal matrix swelling. Typically, it is assumed that matrix swelling leads to coal cleat closure, and as a consequence, permeability is reduced. However, this assumption has not yet been directly observed. Using a novel in situ reservoir condition X-ray microcomputed tomography flooding apparatus, for the first time we observed such microcleat closure induced by supercritical CO2 flooding in situ. Furthermore, fracturing of the mineral phase (embedded in the coal) was observed; this fracturing was induced by the internal swelling stress. We conclude that coal permeability is drastically reduced by cleat closure, which again is caused by coal matrix swelling, which again is caused by flooding with supercritical CO2.

  1. A Diagnostic Approach to Recurrent Orofacial Swelling: A Retrospective Study of 104 Patients. (United States)

    Miest, Rachel Y; Bruce, Alison J; Comfere, Nneka I; Hadjicharalambous, Elena; Endly, Dawnielle; Lohse, Christine M; Rogers, Roy S


    To identify patients evaluated in an outpatient setting at our institution with a presentation of recurrent orofacial swelling and to review the spectrum of causes to outline a diagnostic approach. A retrospective study of 104 patients with more than 1 episode of orofacial swelling lasting for more than 5 days identified through a keyword search of the electronic health record from January 2, 2000, through July 5, 2011. Patients were categorized according to final cause of orofacial swelling: idiopathic orofacial granulomatosis, solid facial edema due to rosacea and acne vulgaris, Crohn disease, contact dermatitis, sarcoidosis, exfoliative cheilitis, lichen planus, actinic cheilitis, cheilitis glandularis, lymphedema, miscellaneous, and multifactorial. Granulomatous inflammation was noted on biopsy in 40 of 85 patients (47%). Oral involvement was associated with Crohn disease (Porofacial swelling underscores the diagnostic challenge and importance of a thorough multidisciplinary evaluation to identify underlying causes. Copyright © 2017 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Coupling behavior of the pH/temperature sensitive hydrogels for the inhomogeneous and homogeneous swelling (United States)

    Mazaheri, H.; Baghani, M.; Naghdabadi, R.; Sohrabpour, S.


    In this work, a model is developed to continuously predict homogeneous and inhomogeneous swelling behavior of pH/temperature sensitive PNIPAM hydrogels. Employing the model, homogeneous swelling of the pH/temperature sensitive hydrogel is investigated for free and biaxial constrained swelling cases. Comparing the model results with the experimental data available in the literature, the validity of the model is confirmed. The model is then employed to investigate inhomogeneous swelling of a spherical shell on a hard core both analytically and numerically for pH or temperature variations. In this regard, numerical tools are developed via preparing a user defined subroutine in ABAQUS software. Then, the complicated problem of contact between the hydrogel shell and a micro-channel with rigid walls is also investigated. Considering the results, we can say that the model is applicable for solving engineering boundary value problem of pH/temperature sensitive hydrogels.

  3. Effect of compression therapy on knee swelling and pain after total knee arthroplasty

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    Munk, Stig; Jensen, Niels J. F.; Andersen, Ida Bøgh;


    PURPOSE: Knee swelling after total knee arthroplasty may impair postoperative mobilisation and training, and as medical elastic compression stockings are well tolerated and effective to prevent oedema, haematoma and postoperative pain after venous surgery, we wanted to study whether this effect...... could be transferred to total knee arthroplasty surgery reducing postoperative swelling and pain and thereby facilitating mobilisation and improving patient-reported knee function. METHODS: In a randomised controlled study, 88 patients were randomised to use either a medical elastic compression stocking...... or no stocking from the first postoperative day and the following 4 weeks after total knee arthroplasty. Outcome measures were knee, calf and ankle swelling, knee flexion, pain and patient-reported knee function. RESULTS: Seventy per cent of the swelling had occurred before application of the stocking the day...

  4. Effect of drying history on swelling properties and cell attachment to oligo(poly(ethylene glycol) fumarate) hydrogels for guided tissue regeneration applications. (United States)

    Temenoff, Johnna S; Steinbis, Emily S; Mikos, Antonios G


    In these experiments, the effects of the drying history of hydrogels made from a novel polymer, oligo(poly(ethylene glycol) fumarate) (OPF) with two different poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) molecular weights (approximately 920 (1K) and 9110 (10K) g/mol), were investigated. The hydrogels were either formed, dried and then swelled, representing what may occur in the case of a pre-formed membrane for guided tissue regeneration, or were formed and swelled immediately, as may occur with an injectable material for such applications. Subsequently, swelling properties, sol fraction and polymer network structure (as indicated by differential scanning calorimetry), as well as attachment of human dermal fibroblasts to these hydrogels at 4 and 24 h was examined. It was found that drying before swelling caused a significant reduction in final fold swelling of OPF hydrogels, regardless of OPF formulation or method of drying (air-dried or vacuum-dried) (e.g. PEG 10K swollen first: 13.94 +/- 0.35 vs. vacuum first: 6.53 +/- 0.12; PEG 1K swollen first: 8.99 +/- 0.47 vs. vacuum first: 2.26 +/- 0.08). This decreased swelling correlated to significantly higher cell attachment (% seeded) to these hydrogels at 24 h (PEG 10K vacuum first: 21.1 +/- 4.7% vs. swollen first: 7.1 +/- 5.5%; PEG 1K vacuum first: 58.2 +/- 2% vs. swollen first: 7.4 +/- 2.2%). LIVE/DEAD staining followed by microscopic analysis revealed attached cells were viable, yet rounded, and that, in the case of the PEG 1K dried-first samples, undulations in the surface visible in the hydrated state may have affected cell adhesion. Regardless of treatment, all hydrogels showed significantly less cell attachment than the tissue culture polystyrene control after 24 h (104.9 +/- 4.4%). These results suggest that, by altering the PEG molecular weight used in synthesis, OPF hydrogels may be tailored to produce desired swelling properties and reduce non-specific cell adhesion for either injectable or pre-formed applications, thus

  5. Tuning the Outward to Inward Swelling in Lithiated Silicon Nanotubes via Surface Oxide Coating

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    Wang, Jiangwei; Luo, Hao; Liu, Yang; He, Yang; Fan, Feifei; Zhang, Ze; Mao, Scott X.; Wang, Chongmin; Zhu, Ting


    The electrochemically-induced mechanical degradation hinders the application of Si anodes in advanced lithium-ion batteries. Hollow structures and surface coatings have been often used to mitigate the degradation of Si-based anodes. However, the structural change and degradation mechanism during lithiation/delithiation of hollow Si structures with coatings remain unclear. Here, we combine in situ TEM experiment and chemomechanical modeling to study the electrochemically induced swelling of amorphous-Si (a-Si) nanotubes with different thicknesses of surface SiOx layers. Surprisingly, we find that no inward expansion occurs at the inner surface during lithiation of a-Si nanotubes with native oxides. In contrast, inward expansion can be induced by increasing the thickness of SiOx on the outer surface. Moreover, both the sandwich lithiation mechanism and two-stage lithiation process in a-Si nanotubes remain unchanged with the increasing thickness of surface coatings. Our chemomechanical modeling reveals the mechanical confinement effects in lithiated a-Si nanotubes with and without SiOx coatings. This work not only provides insights into the degradation of nanotube anodes with surface coatings, but also sheds light onto the optimal design of hollow anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  6. Permeability of phospholipid membrane for small polar molecules determined from osmotic swelling of giant phospholipid vesicles

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    Peterlin, Primoz; Diamant, Haim; Haleva, Emir


    A method for determining permeability of phospholipid bilayer based on the osmotic swelling of micrometer-sized giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) is presented as an alternative to the two established techniques, dynamic light scattering on liposome suspension, and electrical measurements on planar lipid bilayers. In the described technique, an individual GUV is transferred using a micropipette from a sucrose/glucose solution into an isomolar solution containing the solute under investigation. Throughout the experiment, vesicle cross-section is monitored and recorded using a digital camera mounted on a phase-contrast microscope. Using a least-squares procedure for circle fitting, vesicle radius R is computed from the recorded images of vesicle cross-section. Two methods for determining membrane permeability from the obtained R(t) dependence are described: the first one uses the slope of R(t) for a spherical GUV, and the second one the R(t) dependence around the transition point at which a flaccid vesicle trans...

  7. Risk factors for lower limb swelling after primary total knee arthroplasty

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    GAO Fu-qiang; LI Zi-jian; ZHANG Ke; David Huang; LIU Zhong-jun


    Background Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a successful surgical technique for patients with advanced knee osteoarthritis; however,some peri-operative complications can not be predicted or avoided completely.This study aimed to investigate the factors affecting limb swelling after primary total knee arthroplasty,to guide and improve patient rehabilitation.Methods Using a hospital database,we retroactively analyzed the mean changes in limb circumferences of 286 consecutive patients who underwent primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty between October 2007 and August 2009.The lower limb circumference change was calculated and analyzed statistically.The influence of age,gender,body mass index,the presence of deep vein thrombosis,methods of anti-coagulation,operation time,hidden blood loss,and type of prosthesis on post-operative lower limb swelling was studied.Results Swelling was most pronounced from the third to the fifth post-operative day and usually occurred in both lower limbs.Swelling was significantly more pronounced in the operated limb than in the non-operated limb.The swelling above the knee was also significantly greater than that below the knee.The change in limb circumference at 10 cm above the knee was significantly different between the patients with body mass index <25 kg/m2 and those with body mass index >25 kg/m2.However,the change in limb circumference at 10 cm below the knee was not significantly different between the two groups.There was no statistically significant difference in limb swelling between different age groups (P >0.05).Similarly,gender,methods of anti-coagulation,the presence of deep vein thrombosis,the type of prosthesis,and operation time did not significantly affect post-operative limb swelling.Multivariate linear regression showed that the factors affecting post-operative limb swelling were body mass index and hidden blood loss.Conclusions Lower limb swelling after total knee arthroplasty is related to early post

  8. Solvent Swelling Influences the Electrochemical Behavior and Stability of Thin Films of Nitrated Polystyrene (United States)


    effectiveness of thermal preameaWs (which presumably induce cosslinks of aome typ) for enhancing fim siowing the rate of swelling is examined. For certain types... thermal pretreatnents (which presumably induce crosslinks of some type) for enhancing film stability by slowing the rate of swelling is examined. For...applied voltage of a precisely synthesized frequency which is swept through the frequency range of the resonance point for the crystaL The condutance of

  9. Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis manifested as painful clavicular swelling: a case report


    Bleckwenn, Markus; Sommer, Bernd; Weckbecker, Klaus


    Background Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis is a form of non-bacterial osteomyelitis which occurs primarily in childhood. In some cases painful bone swelling occurs. After a malignancy has been ruled out, antibiotic therapy is often started to treat the osteomyelitis. The course of this benign disease is self-limiting and is not positively affected by the antibiotic therapy. Case presentation A 14-year-old German girl from South Africa came to the surgery with painful swelling in th...

  10. Swelling and Creep of Isocyanate-Bonded Oriented-Particle Board


    SEKINO, Noboru; Suzuki, Masaharu


    This paper reports swelling, bending strength, and creep of Isocyanate(ls)bonded oriented-particleboard(face: orlented, core: random), which is compared with Phenol-formaldehyde(PF) bonded and Urea-formaldehyde(UF) bonded oriented-particleboards.Test results are summarized as follows:1) The orientation of flakes greatly reduces linear expansion along the oriented dlreCtion, but the thickness swelling of oriented board is almost equal to that of random-orientedboard.2) ls-bonded particleboard...

  11. Enhanced transduction of photonic crystal dye lasers for gas sensing via swelling polymer film

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    Smith, Cameron; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner;


    We present the enhanced transduction of a photonic crystal dye laser for gas sensing via deposition of an additional swelling polymer film. Device operation involves swelling of the polymer film during exposure to specific gases, leading to a change in total effective refractive index. Experimental...... in its application to other intracavity-based detection schemes to enable gas sensing. © 2011 Optical Society of America....

  12. Neck swelling from a retropharyngeal abscess caused by penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae: a case report



    Background In small children, retropharyngeal abscesses usually occur after upper respiratory tract infections. Unlike in adults, these abscesses are difficult to diagnose in small children, and can rapidly develop into deep neck or mediastinal abscesses. Case presentation A 2-year-old Japanese boy recently presented to our department with a chief complaint of neck swelling. Physical examination revealed bilateral tonsillitis and swelling of the left posterior pharyngeal wall. Emergency neck ...

  13. A Simple Optical Model for the Swelling Evaluation in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Anna De Girolamo Del Mauro


    In particular, the behavior of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (PHEMA and of carbon black/PHEMA nanocomposite layers, used for volatile organic compounds (VOCs detection, was investigated and measured under ethanol vapors exposure (max 1%. The method is very sensitive and the swelling in the range of only few nanometers can be measured. Interestingly, we have found that the nanocomposite undergoes a more pronounced swelling process with respect to pristine polymer. Ethanol diffusion coefficients in the nanocomposite were evaluated.

  14. Network Modelling of the Influence of Swelling on the Transport Behaviour of Bentonite


    Ignatios Athanasiadis; Simon Wheeler; Peter Grassl


    Wetting of bentonite is a complex hydro-mechanical process that involves swelling and, if confined, significant structural changes in its void structure. A coupled structural transport network model is proposed to investigate the effect of wetting of bentonite on retention conductivity and swelling pressure response. The transport network of spheres and pipes, representing voids and throats, respectively, relies on Laplace–Young’s equation to model the wetting process. The structural network ...

  15. Pinch and swell structures: evidence for brittle-viscous behaviour in the middle crust

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    R. Gardner


    Full Text Available The flow properties of middle to lower crustal rocks are commonly represented by viscous flow. However, examples of pinch and swell structures found in a mid-crustal high strain zone at St. Anne Point (Fiordland, New Zealand suggest pinch and swell structures are initiated by brittle failure of the more competent layer in conjunction with material softening. On this basis we develop a flexible numerical model using brittle-viscous flow where Mohr–Coulomb failure is utilised to initiate pinch and swell structure development. Results show that pinch and swell structures develop in a competent layer in both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow provided the competent layer has enough viscosity contrast and initially fails brittlely. The degree of material softening after initial failure is shown to impact pinch and swell characteristics with high rates of material softening causing the formation of thick necks between swells by limiting the successful localisation of strain. The flow regime and yielding characteristics of the matrix do not impact pinch and swell structure formation itself, so long as the matrix is less competent. To aid analysis of the structures and help derive the flow properties of rocks in the field, we define three stages of pinch and swell development and offer suggestions for measurements to be made in the field. Our study suggests that Mohr–Coulomb behaviour combined with viscous flow is an appropriate way to represent the heterogeneous rocks of the middle to lower crust. This type of mid-crustal rheological behaviour has significant influence on the localization of strain at all scales. For example, inclusion of Mohr–Coulomb brittle failure with viscous flow in just some mid-crustal layers within a crustal scale model will result in strain localisation throughout the whole crustal section allowing the development of through-going high strain structures from the upper crust into the middle and lower crust. This

  16. Swelling compositions based polycarboxylic acids and bentonite clays in solutions of salts of metals

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    A. Sarshesheva


    Full Text Available This work is devoted to the synthesis of chemical cross-linked composite materials made of natural inorganic polymer bentonite clay of Manrak deposit, and polyacrylic and polymethacrylic acids. The swelling ability of the composition in solutions of salts of heavy metals (Ni2+ and Pb2+, influence of solution of concentration, pH and temperature on the swelling ability is investigated.

  17. Synthesis, Characterization and Swelling Characteristics of Graft Copolymerized Isotactic Polypropylene Film

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    Teena Sehgal


    Full Text Available Grafted membranes were prepared through chemical graft copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA onto isotactic polypropylene film (IPP. The IPP films were grafted with MMA molecules resulting in IPP-g-MMA grafts using benzoyl peroxide as an initiator in an inert nitrogen atmosphere. Using this method, the degree of grafting and morphology could be controlled through the variation of reaction parameters such as initiator concentration, monomer concentration, reaction time, and the reaction temperature. Optimum conditions pertaining to maximum percentage of grafting (%G were evaluated as a function of these parameters. Maximum percentage of grafting (50% was obtained at [BPO]=0.03 M, [MMA]=10% V/V, and [Reaction Temperature] = 70∘C in a [Reaction time] of 120 minutes. IPP-g-MMA films were investigated for their swelling behavior. Water-swelling analysis of IPP-g-MMA was carried out as a function of different percentage of grafting, temperatures, and time. Maximum swelling percentage of IPP-g-MMA (92% was observed in 8 hours at 60∘C. The evidence of grafting was carried out by Fourier transform spectroscopy (FTIR, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM before and after grafting, respectively. The swelling pattern was characterized by two distinct stages, an initial diffusion-controlled fast swelling, followed by a subsequent slower process controlled by the relaxation of polymer fragments. Swelling chrematistics of IPP-g-MMA make it a potentially useful material.

  18. Modeling and Investigation of the Swelling Kinetics of Acrylamide-Sodium Acrylate Hydrogel

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    Azmi Seyhun Kipcak


    Full Text Available The acrylamide-sodium acrylate hydrogel was synthesized by free radical polymerization of the method of solution polymerization. Dynamic swelling tests were conducted at 25, 40, and 60°C temperatures, in order to investigate the swelling properties of the synthesized hydrogel. The results have shown that swelling content and swelling rate of the hydrogel increase with increasing the swelling water temperature. The diffusivity values changed from 1.81×10-7 to 2.97×10-7 m2 s−1 over the temperature range. The activation energies were found as 3.56, 3.71, and 3.86 kJ mol−1 at 25, 40, and 60°C, respectively. The experimental drying curves obtained were fitted to a three different models, namely, Peleg’s, first-order absorption kinetic, and exponential association equation models. All the models applied provided a good agreement with the experimental data with high values of the coefficient of determination (R2, the least values of the reduced chi-square (χ2, and root mean square error (RMSE. Comparing the determination of coefficient, reduced chi-square, and root mean square error values of three models, it was concluded that the exponential association equation model represents swelling characteristics better than the others.

  19. Does low-level laser therapy decrease swelling and pain resulting from orthognathic surgery? (United States)

    Gasperini, G; Rodrigues de Siqueira, I C; Rezende Costa, L


    Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) could be an alternative for the treatment of swelling and pain after orthognathic surgery, but there is a paucity of data in the literature on the effects of its use. This study verified the efficacy of an LLLT protocol to reduce swelling and pain after orthognathic surgery. Ten healthy patients who underwent a bilateral sagittal split with Le Fort I osteotomy were randomly selected for this study. The LLLT protocol consisted of intraoral and extraoral application to one side of the face after surgery (irradiated side); application to the other side was simulated (non-irradiated side). The irradiated and non-irradiated sides were compared regarding the swelling coefficient and were assessed for pain using a visual analogue scale. There were no significant differences between the irradiated and non-irradiated sides regarding swelling and pain in the immediate postoperative assessment. Swelling decreased significantly on the irradiated side in the postoperative assessments on days 3, 7, 15, and 30. Self-reported pain was less intense on the irradiated side at the 24-h (1.2 vs. 3.4) and 3-day (0.6 vs. 2.1) assessments, but at 7 days after surgery neither side showed pain. This LLLT protocol can improve the tissue response and reduce the pain and swelling resulting from orthognathic surgery.

  20. High concentrations of NaCl induce cell swelling leading to senescence in human cells. (United States)

    Yamakami, Yoshimi; Yonekura, Ryuzo; Matsumoto, Yuko; Takauji, Yuki; Miki, Kensuke; Fujii, Michihiko; Ayusawa, Dai


    Cell swelling and retardation in DNA replication are always observed in senescent cells. When DNA replication is slowed down with RNA and protein syntheses unchanged in proliferating cells, it causes a phenomenon known as unbalanced growth. The purpose of this study is to assess the role of cell swelling in unbalanced growth in terms of senescence and investigate the mechanism underlying this phenomenon. We tried to induce cell swelling with minimum damage to cells in this study. We perturbed the osmoregulatory functions to induce cell swelling under hypotonic and hypertonic conditions in normal human fibroblasts. Addition of excess NaCl was found to induce significant cell and nuclear swelling in dose- and time-dependent manners. Excess NaCl immediately retarded DNA replication, accumulated cells at G1 phase of the cell cycle, and eventually deprived division potential of the cells. Such cells showed typical senescent cell shape followed by expression of the typical senescence-associated genes. Excess NaCl also activated ERK1/2, p38, and JNK of the mitogen activated protein kinase family. Addition of U0126, an inhibitor of ERK1/2, prevented appearance of senescent features induced by excess NaCl. These results suggest that hypertonic conditions induce cell swelling due to unbalanced growth, thereby leading to cellular senescence.

  1. Hygroscopic Swelling Determination of Cellulose Nanocrystal (CNC) Films by Polarized Light Microscopy Digital Image Correlation. (United States)

    Shrestha, Shikha; Diaz, Jairo A; Ghanbari, Siavash; Youngblood, Jeffrey P


    The coefficient of hygroscopic swelling (CHS) of self-organized and shear-oriented cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) films was determined by capturing hygroscopic strains produced as result of isothermal water vapor intake in equilibrium. Contrast enhanced microscopy digital image correlation enabled the characterization of dimensional changes induced by the hygroscopic swelling of the films. The distinct microstructure and birefringence of CNC films served in exploring the in-plane hygroscopic swelling at relative humidity values ranging from 0% to 97%. Water vapor intake in CNC films was measured using dynamic vapor sorption (DVS) at constant temperature. The obtained experimental moisture sorption and kinetic profiles were analyzed by fitting with Guggenheim, Anderson, and deBoer (GAB) and Parallel Exponential Kinetics (PEK) models, respectively. Self-organized CNC films showed isotropic swelling, CHS ∼0.040 %strain/%C. By contrast, shear-oriented CNC films exhibited an anisotropic swelling, resulting in CHS ∼0.02 and ∼0.30 %strain/%C, parallel and perpendicular to CNC alignment, respectively. Finite element analysis (FEA) further predicted moisture diffusion as the predominant mechanism for swelling of CNC films.

  2. Extracellular acidification elicits a chloride current that shares characteristics with ICl(swell). (United States)

    Nobles, Muriel; Higgins, Christopher F; Sardini, Alessandro


    A Cl- current activated by extracellular acidification, ICl(pHac), has been characterized in various mammalian cell types. Many of the properties of ICl(pHac) are similar to those of the cell swelling-activated Cl- current ICl(swell): ion selectivity (I- > Br- > Cl- > F-), pharmacology [ICl(pHac) is inhibited by 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS), 1,9-dideoxyforskolin (DDFSK), diphenylamine-2-carboxylic acid (DPC), and niflumic acid], lack of dependence on intra- or extracellular Ca2+, and presence in all cell types tested. ICl(pHac) differs from ICl(swell) in three aspects: 1) its rate of activation and inactivation is very much more rapid, currents reaching a maximum in seconds rather than minutes; 2) it exhibits a slow voltage-dependent activation in contrast to the fast voltage-dependent activation and time- and voltage-dependent inactivation observed for ICl(swell); and 3) it shows a more pronounced outward rectification. Despite these differences, study of the transition between the two currents strongly suggests that ICl(swell) and ICl(pHac) are related and that extracellular acidification reflects a novel stimulus for activating ICl(swell) that, additionally, alters the biophysical properties of the channel.


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    M. F. Mina; M. M. Alam


    Swelling property of acrylamide hydrogels, prepared from aqueous solutions of acrylamide monomer having concentrations in the range of 10-60 wt% by γ-ray irradiation method using a Co-60 gamma radiation source at doses ranging 1-30.0 kGy, has been investigated under various swelling media. These swelling media were basically solvents (solutions), produced by dissolving methanol, ethanol, glucose, sucrose, sodium chloride and sodium persulfate individually with distilled water, and solutions prepared with phs = 3, 7 and 10. The investigation was performed in order to observe the effect of these solvents and phs as well as the influence of monomer concentrations, radiation doses and times on swelling behavior of hydrogels. Swelling values were found higher for hydrogels prepared with lower monomer concentrations (ca.20 wt%) and radiation doses (ca. 5 kGy) and showed a leveling off tendency within 24 h. The glucose solvent and the buffer solution of pH = 10 revealed significant increase of swelling of hydrogels as compared to other solutions. Results are explained based on crosslinking density in hydrogel, polymer-solvent/polymer-polymer interactions in solutions,permeability of molecules in solutions and ionization capacity of hydrogel in pH.

  4. How Much Do Ultrathin Polymers with Intrinsic Microporosity Swell in Liquids?

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    Ogieglo, Wojciech


    As synthetic membrane materials, polymers with intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) have demonstrated unprecedented permeation and molecular-separation properties. Here, we report the swelling characteristics of submicron-thick supported films of spirobisindane-based PIMs, PIM-1 and PIM-6FDA-OH, for six organic solvents and water using in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry. Surprisingly, PIMs swell significantly in most organic solvents, with swelling factors (SF = h/h) as high as 2.5. This leads to the loss of the ultrarigid character of the polymer and produces equilibrated liquid-like swollen films. Filling of the excess frozen-in fractional free volume with liquid was discovered next to swelling-induced polymer matrix dilation. Water hardly swells the polymer matrix, but it penetrates into the intrinsic microporous structure. This study is the first to provide fundamental swelling data for PIMs, leading to better comprehension of their permeation properties. Such an understanding is indispensable for applications such as solvent filtration, natural-gas separation, and ion retention in flow batteries.

  5. Children presenting in delayed fashion after minor head trauma with scalp swelling: do they require further workup? (United States)

    Sellin, Jonathan N; Moreno, Amee; Ryan, Sheila L; Lam, Sandi K; Donaruma-Kwoh, Marcella; Luerssen, Thomas G; Jea, Andrew


    It is common to evaluate children who have sustained minor head trauma with computed tomography (CT) of the head. Scalp swelling, in particular, has been associated with intracranial injury. A subset of patients, however, present in delayed fashion, often days after the head trauma, as soft tissue edema progresses and their caregiver notices scalp swelling. We explore the value of further workup in this setting. We conducted a retrospective review of a prospectively collected cohort of children ≤24 months of age presenting to the Texas Children's Hospital with scalp swelling more than 24 h following a head trauma. Cases were collected over a 2-year study period from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2016. Seventy-six patients comprising 78 patient encounters were included in our study. The mean age at presentation was 8.8 months (range 3 days-24 months). All patients had noncontrast CT of the head as part of their evaluation by emergency medicine, as well as screening for nonaccidental trauma (NAT) by the Child Protection Team. The most common finding on CT head was a linear/nondisplaced skull fracture (SF) with associated extra-axial hemorrhage (epidural or subdural hematoma), which was found in 31/78 patient encounters (40%). Of all 78 patient encounters, 43 patients (55%) were discharged from the emergency room (ER), 17 patients (22%) were admitted for neurologic monitoring, and 18 patients (23%) were admitted solely to allow further NAT evaluation. Of those patients admitted, none experienced a neurologic decline and all had nonfocal neurologic exams on discharge. No patient returned to the ER in delayed fashion for a neurologic decline. Of all the patient encounters, no patient required surgery. Pediatric patients ≤24 months of age presenting to the ER in delayed fashion with scalp swelling after minor head trauma-who were otherwise nonfocal on examination-did not require surgical intervention and did not experience any neurologic decline. Further radiographic

  6. A coupled THC model of the FEBEX in situ test with bentonite swelling and chemical and thermal osmosis

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    Zheng, L.; Samper, J.; Montenegro, L.


    The performance assessment of a geological repository for radioactive waste requires quantifying the geochemical evolution of the bentonite engineered barrier. This barrier will be exposed to coupled thermal (T), hydrodynamic (H), mechanical (M) and chemical (C) processes. This paper presents a coupled THC model of the FEBEX (Full-scale Engineered Barrier EXperiment) in situ test which accounts for bentonite swelling and chemical and thermal osmosis. Model results attest the relevance of thermal osmosis and bentonite swelling for the geochemical evolution of the bentonite barrier while chemical osmosis is found to be almost irrelevant. The model has been tested with data collected after the dismantling of heater 1 of the in situ test. The model reproduces reasonably well the measured temperature, relative humidity, water content and inferred geochemical data. However, it fails to mimic the solute concentrations at the heater-bentonite and bentonite-granite interfaces because the model does not account for the volume change of bentonite, the CO{sub 2}(g) degassing and the transport of vapor from the bentonite into the granite. The inferred HCO{sub 3}{sup -} and pH data cannot be explained solely by solute transport, calcite dissolution and protonation/deprotonation by surface complexation, suggesting that such data may be affected also by other reactions.

  7. The effect of low dose rate irradiation on the swelling of 12% cold-worked 316 stainless steel.

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    Allen, T. R.


    In pressurized water reactors (PWRs), stainless steel components are irradiated at temperatures that may reach 400 C due to gamma heating. If large amounts of swelling (>10%) occur in these reactor internals, significant swelling related embrittlement may occur. Although fast reactor studies indicate that swelling should be insignificant at PWR temperatures, the low dose rate conditions experienced by PWR components may possibly lead to significant swelling. To address these issues, JNC and ANL have collaborated to analyze swelling in 316 stainless steel, irradiated in the EBR-II reactor at temperatures from 376-444 C, at dose rates between 4.9 x 10{sup {minus}8} and 5.8 x 10{sup {minus}7} dpa/s, and to doses of 56 dpa. For these irradiation conditions, the swelling decreases markedly at temperatures less than approximately 386 C, with the extrapolated swelling at 100 dpa being around 3%. For temperatures greater than 386 C, the swelling extrapolated to 100 dpa is around 9%. For a factor of two difference in dose rate, no statistically significant effect of dose rate on swelling was seen. For the range of dose rates analyzed, the swelling measurements do not support significant (>10%) swelling of 316 stainless steel in PWRs.

  8. Impact of Resin Content on Swelling Pressure of Three Layer Perticleboard Bonded with Urea-Formaldehyde Adhesive

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    Sergej Medved


    Full Text Available When particleboards are exposed to water or moist environment, they tend to swell and expand in all directions. The degree of swelling or expansion depends on the type of adhesive used, its share, and the time of exposure and pressure used at hot pressing. The expansion of particleboard, exposed to water or high moisture content, is accompanied by swelling and/or expansion pressure. The purpose of this paper is to present the impact of adhesive share on thickness swelling and swelling pressure of three layer particleboard bonded with ureaformaldehyde adhesive. The resin content was altered in both layers; in core layer it was between 6 and 9 %, and in surface layer between 11 and 13 %. Thickness swelling and swelling pressure were determined with 24-hour immersion test. For the swelling pressure measurement, special force gauge device was used. The biggest changes in swelling and pressure were observed when the resin content was changed in core layer. The fastest change in swelling and swelling pressure was observed in the fi rst few hours after immersion in water.

  9. Role of Defects in Swelling and Creep of Irradiated SiC

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    Szlufarska, Izabela [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Voyles, Paul [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Sridharan, Kumar [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Katoh, Yutai [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    Silicon carbide is a promising cladding material because of its high strength and relatively good corrosion resistance. However, SiC is brittle and therefore SiC-based components need to be carefully designed to avoid cracking and failure by fracture. In design of SiC-based composites for nuclear reactor applications it is essential to take into account how mechanical properties are affected by radiation and temperature, or in other words, what strains and stresses develop in this material due to environmental conditions. While thermal strains in SiC can be predicted using classical theories, radiation-induced strains are much less understood. In particular, it is critical to correctly account for radiation swelling and radiation creep, which contribute significantly to dimensional instability of SiC under radiation. Swelling typically increases logarithmically with radiation dose and saturates at relatively low doses (damage levels of a few dpa). Consequently, swelling-induced stresses are likely to develop within a few months of operation of a reactor. Radiation-induced volume swelling in SiC can be as high as 2%, which is significantly higher than the cracking strain of 0.1% in SiC. Swelling-induced strains will lead to enormous stresses and fracture, unless these stresses can be relaxed via some other mechanism. An effective way to achieve stress relaxation is via radiation creep. Although it has been hypothesized that both radiation swelling and radiation creep are driven by formation of defect clusters, existing models for swelling and creep in SiC are limited by the lack of understanding of specific defects that form due to radiation in the range of temperatures relevant to fuel cladding in light water reactors (LWRs) (<1000°C). For example, defects that can be detected with traditional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques account only for 10-45% of the swelling measured in irradiated SiC. Here, we have undertaken an integrated experimental and

  10. Characteristics of the large-height swell-like waves on the east coast of Korea (United States)

    Oh, S.-H.; Jeong, W.-M.; Baek, W.-D.


    On the east coast of Korean peninsula, unusually high swell-like waves are occasionally observed several times during the winter season. These high swell-like waves are not related to the northwest monsoon that is typical in winter season, but are generated when strong northeasters blow continuously over the East Sea of Korea. In recent years, exceptionally high swell-like waves compared to the past observation record has attacked the east coast of Korean peninsula and caused severe casualties and damages of ships and coastal structures. Taking a few examples, abnormally high swell-waves of Hs =9.69 m were observed near Sokcho harbor on October 2006. More recently on the first day of Year 2011, large-height swell-like waves of Hs = 6.7 m visited at Jukbyeon port. At the present, the occurrence of such high swell-like waves are not fully predicted and only partially included in the normal weather forecast. Hence, researchers have much interest in improving understanding of the detailed generation mechanism of the high swell-like waves and predicting its occurrence. In this presentation, the characteristics of the high swell-like waves occurred on the first day of 2011 will be reported, with some supplementary results of the other big wave events that occurred previously. The New Year wave was monitored at 12 measuring stations simultaneously along the east coast. By analyzing these wave data with the corresponding meteorological data provided by Korean Meteorological Agency (KMA), major characteristics of these waves were clarified in some detail. The reason for appearance of the high swell-like waves was found to be due to the long-lasting strong northeasters in the East Sea, which was formed as a result of the low pressure trough in the vicinity of the extra-tropical low pressure system that advances to East Sea from the China inland with decreasing its central pressure. Such a strong low pressure system can be occasionally developed in winter season and may cause

  11. Shrinkage and swelling properties of flocculated mature fine tailings

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    Yao, Y.; Van Tol, A.F.; Van Paassen, L.A.; Vardon, P.J.


    In the atmospheric fines drying technique, mature fine tailings (MFT) are treated with polymers and deposited in thin layers on a sloped surface for sub-aerial drying. During the whole drying period, the tailings deposits can experience rewetting during periods of rainy weather or as result of the

  12. Modeling Thermal and Irradiation-induced Swelling Effects on Integrity of Ti3SiC2/SiC Joints

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.


    Previously, results for CVD-SiC joints created using solid state displacement reactions to form a dual-phase SiC/MAX phase irradiated at 800˚C and 5 dpa indicated some extent of cracking in the joint and along the CVD-SiC/joint interface. This paper elucidates the origin of cracking by thermomechanical modeling combined with irradiation-induced swelling effects using a continuum damage approach with support of micromechanical modeling. Three irradiation temperatures (400oC, 500oC and 800oC) are considered assuming experimental irradiation doses in a range leading to saturation swelling in SiC. The analyses indicate that a SiC/MAX joint heated to 400oC fails during irradiation-induced swelling at this temperature while it experiences some damage after being heated to 500oC and irradiated at the same temperature. However, it fails during cooling from 500oC to room temperature. The joint experiences minor damage when heated to and irradiated at 800oC but does not fail after cooling. The prediction agrees with the experimental findings available for this case.

  13. Overnight corneal swelling with high and low powered silicone hydrogel lenses☆ (United States)

    Moezzi, Amir M.; Fonn, Desmond; Varikooty, Jalaiah; Simpson, Trefford L.


    Purpose To compare central corneal swelling after eight hours of sleep in eyes wearing four different silicone hydrogel lenses with three different powers. Methods Twenty-nine neophyte subjects wore lotrafilcon A (Dk, 140), balafilcon A (Dk, 91), galyfilcon A (Dk, 60) and senofilcon A (Dk, 103) lenses in powers −3.00, −10.00 and +6.00 D on separate nights, in random order, and on one eye only. The contra-lateral eye (no lens) served as the control. Central corneal thickness was measured using a digital optical pachometer before lens insertion and immediately after lens removal on waking. Results For the +6.00 D and −10.00 D, lotrafilcon A induced the least swelling and galyfilcon A the most. The +6.00 D power, averaged across lens materials, induced significantly greater central swelling than the −10.00 and −3.00 D (Re-ANOVA, p < 0.001), (7.7 ± 2.9% vs. 6.8 ± 2.8% and 6.5 ± 2.5% respectively) but there was no difference between −10.00 and −3.00 D. Averaged for power, lotrafilcon A induced the least (6.2 ± 2.8%) and galyfilcon A the most (7.6 ± 3.0%) swelling at the center (Re-ANOVA, p < 0.001). Central corneal swelling with +6.00 D was significantly greater than −10.00 D lens power despite similar levels of average lens transmissibility of these two lens powers. Conclusions The differences in corneal swelling of the lens wearing eyes are consistent with the differences in oxygen transmission of the silicone hydrogel lenses. In silicone hydrogel lenses central corneal swelling is mainly driven by central lens oxygen transmissibility. PMID:25649637

  14. Porewater salinity and the development of swelling pressure in bentonite-based buffer and backfill materials

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    Dixon, D.A. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (Canada)


    At the depths proposed for a nuclear fuel waste repository, it is likely that saline groundwater conditions will be encountered in the granitic rocks of Finland and Canada. The potential for saline groundwater to influence of the ability of bentonite-based buffer and backfilling materials to swell and thereby generate swelling pressure has been reviewed. Based on the data collected from existing literature, it would appear that porewater salinities as high as 100 g/l will not compromise the ability of confined, bentonite-based materials to develop a swelling pressure of at least 100 kPa on its confinement, provided the effective clay dry density (ECDD), exceeds approximately 0.9 Mg/m{sup 3}. At densities less than approximately 0.9 Mg/m{sup 3} the swelling pressure of bentonite-based materials may be reduced and become sensitive to salt concentration. The influence of porewater salinity on swelling pressure can be compared on the basis of the ECDD required to develop 100 kPa of swelling pressure. In order to generate 100 kPa of swelling pressure an ECDD of approximately 0.7 Mg/m{sup 3} is required to be present under fresh water or brackish porewater conditions. This density would need to be increased to approximately 0.9 Mg/m{sup 3} where the groundwater conditions were saline. The impact that groundwater salinity will have on density specifications for buffer and backfilling materials are discussed with reference to the nuclear fuel waste disposal concepts of Finland and Canada. (orig.)

  15. [Species Determination and Spectral Characteristics of Swelling Clay Minerals in the Pliocene Sandstones in Xinghai, Qinghai]. (United States)

    Wang, Chao-wen; Chen, Jiang-jun; Fang, Qian; Yin, Ke; Hong, Han-lie


    X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) were conducted to deepen our research on specific species and spectral characteristics of swelling clay minerals in the Pliocene sandstones in Xinghai, Qinghai province. XRD results show that swelling clay minerals are dominant clay minerals in the sandstones, which can be up to 97% in percentage. XRD patterns show 060 reflections of the samples occur both remarkably at 1.534 Å and 1.498 Å, indicating the samples contain physical mixtures of trioctahedral and dioctahedral swelling clay minerals, respectively. Further treatment of Li-300 degrees C heat and glycerol saturation shows the swelling clay minerals collapse to 9.3-9.9 Å with a partial expansion to -18 Å. This indicates the swelling clay minerals dominate montmorillonite and contain minor saponite. The montmorillonite shows no swelling after Li-300 degrees C heat and glycerol saturation because of Li+ inserting into the octahedral layers, which balances the layer charge caused by the substitution of Mg to Al. FTIR results show the samples are composed of a kind of phyllosilicate with absorbed and structural water, which is in agreement with the results of XRD. Absorbed peaks at 913, 842, 880 cm(-1), corresponding to OH associated with Al-Al, Al-Mg, and Al-Fe pairs, further indicates the minerals are dominant dioctahedron in structure. Meanwhile, absorbed peaks at 625 and 519 cm(-1), corresponding to coupled Si-O and Al-O-Si deformation, indicates parts of Si is replaced by Al in tetrahedron. The spectral characteristics of the samples are against the presence of beidellite and nontronite based on the results of XRD and FTIR, while demonstrating an,existence of montmorillonite. This study, to distinguish the specific species of swelling clay species in clay minerals, would be of great importance when using clay mineralogy to interpret provenance and climatic information.

  16. ''The Incubation Period for Void Swelling and its Dependence on Temperature, Dose Rate, and Dislocation Structure Evolution''

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    Surh, M P; Sturgeon, J B; Wolfer, W G


    Void swelling in structural materials used for nuclear reactors is characterized by an incubation period whose duration largely determines the usefulness of the material for core components. Significant evolution of the dislocation and void microstructures that control radiation-induced swelling can occur during this period. Thus, a theory of incubation must treat time-dependent void nucleation in combination with dislocation evolution, in which the sink strengths of voids and dislocations change in concert. We present theoretical results for void nucleation and growth including the time-dependent, self-consistent coupling of point defect concentrations to the evolution of both void populations and dislocation density. Simulations show that the incubation radiation dose is a strong function of the starting dislocation density and of the dislocation bias factors for vacancy and interstitial absorption. Irradiation dose rate and temperature also affect the duration of incubation. The results are in general agreement with experiment for high purity metals.

  17. Voltage Swells Improvement in Low Voltage Network Using Dynamic Voltage Restorer

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    R. Omar


    Full Text Available Problem statement: Voltage disturbances are the most common power quality problem due to the increased use of a large numbers of sophisticated electronic equipment in industrial distribution system. The voltage disturbances such as voltage sags, swells, harmonics, unbalance and flickers. High quality in the power supply is needed, since failures due to such disturbances usually have a high impact on production cost. There are many different solutions to compensate voltage disturbances but the use of a DVR is considered to be the most cost effective method. The objective of this study is to propose a new topology of a DVR in order to mitigate voltage swells using a powerful power custom device namely the Dynamic Voltage Restorer (DVR. Approach: New configuration of a DVR with an improvement of a controller based on direct-quadrature-zero method has been introduced to compensate voltage swells in the network. Results: The effectiveness of the DVR with its controller were verify using Matlab/Simulinks SimPower Toolbox and then implemented using 5KVA DVR experimental setup. Simulations and experimental results demonstrate the effective dynamic performance of the proposed configuration. Conclusion: The implimentation of the proposed DVR validate the capabilities in mitigating of voltage swells effectiveness.During voltage swells, the DVR injects an appropriate voltage to maintain the load voltage at its nominal value.

  18. Water swelling properties of the electron beam irradiated PVA-g-AAc hydrogels

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    Wang, Qingguo, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Rubber-Plastics of Ministry of Education, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Rubber-Plastics, Qingdao 266042 (China); Zhou, Xue; Zeng, Jinxia; Wang, Jizeng [Key Laboratory of Rubber-Plastics of Ministry of Education, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China)


    In this paper, the electron beam irradiation technology being more suitable for the industry application is explored to fabricate the acrylic acid (AAc) monomer-grafted polyvinyl alcohol (PVA-g-AAc) hydrogels. ATR-IR spectra of the PVA-g-AAc hydrogels shows an obvious absorption peak of the −C=O group at 1701 cm{sup −1}, indicating that the AAc monomers were grafted onto the PVA macromolecules. This paper also studied some effects of the mass ratio of PVA/AAc, pH of buffer solution and irradiation dosage on the water swelling properties of the electron beam irradiated PVA-g-AAc hydrogels. The water swelling ratio of PVA-g-AAc hydrogels decreases with increased irradiation dosage and mass ratio of PVA/AAc, whereas swelling ratio increases with increased pH of buffer solution and soaking time. The water-swelling behavior of PVA-g-AAc hydrogels occurred easily in an alkaline environment, particularly in a buffer solution with pH 9.2. Both PVA-g-AAc hydrogels (PVA/AAc = 1/5, w/w) irradiated with 5 kilogray (kGy) and PVA-g-AAc hydrogels (PVA/AAc = 1/1, w/w) irradiated with 15 kGy could easily absorb water and lead to high water swelling ratios (up to about 600%), which are potential candidates to meet the requirements for some biomedical applications.

  19. Void swelling of an oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic alloy in a high voltage electron microscope (United States)

    Snykers, M.


    An oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic alloy with nominal composition Fe-13Cr-3.5Ti-1.5Mo-2TiO 2 and a cast alloy with a composition close to that of the matrix of the oxide dispersion strengthened alloy are irradiated in a high voltage electron microscope in the temperature range 380-550°C. The alloys are doped with 0-30 ppm helium. For alloys containing 10 ppm He a peak swelling temperature at 450°C is found. A maximum swelling of 1.1% is found at an irradiation dose of 20 dpa. In the absence of He no swelling is found in the temperature range 430-470°C. The swelling rate is highest at the onset of swelling. The results obtained here are quite similar to those for some ferritic steels such as FV607, EM 12 and HT9, except for the influence of He and for the dose dependence.

  20. Mono-dispersed cross-linked polystyrene micro-spheres prepared by seed swelling polymerization method

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    Dongsha WANG; Yanjun LIU


    A two-step swelling procedure was adopted to synthesize mono-dispersed and highly cross-linked poly (St-divinylbenzene) particles with PSt micro-spheres (1.80 μmin diameter). The PSt micro-spheres were prepared by a dispersion polymerization method and used as seeds. The effects of monomer concentration, ratio of ethanol to water, swelling reagents, crosslinking reagents, swelling temper-ature and agitation speed on particle size were investigated in detail. The morphologies and size distributions of these micro-spheres were examined by SEM and particle size analysis (PSA). The Tg of the micro-spheres was measured by DSC. The results indicate that the particles (6.20 μm in diameter) exhibit excellent mono dispersed property and high crosslinking degree when the concentration of the swelling reagent was 25%, the concentration of the cross-linking reagents was 23%, the swelling temperature was 30℃ and the stirring speed was 150 r/min.

  1. Effectiveness of submucosal dexamethasone to control postoperative pain & swelling in apicectomy of maxillary anterior teeth. (United States)

    Shah, Shahzad Ali; Khan, Irfanullah; Shah, Humera Shahzad


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of submucosal dexamethasone injection to control postoperative pain and swelling in apicectomy of maxillary anterior teeth. A randomized, controlled trial comprising 60 adult patients (68.3% male, 31.7% female) with no local or systemic problems was conducted. Patients were randomly divided into two groups: Group A was given 4mg dexamethasone injection perioperatively. Group B (control group) was treated conventionally without any steroid injection. Postoperative pain and swelling was evaluated using a visual analog scale (VAS). Objective measurements of facial pain and swelling were performed daily up to six days postoperatively. Dexamethasone group showed significant reduction in pain and swelling postoperatively compared with the control. Submucosal dexamethasone 4mg injection is an effective therapeutic strategy for swift and comfortable improvement after surgical procedure and has a significant effect on reducing postoperative pain and swelling. The treatment offers a simple, safe, painless, noninvasive and cost effective therapeutic option for moderate and severe cases.

  2. Research on the Long Time Swelling Properties of Poly (vinyl alcohol)/Hydroxylapatite Composite Hydrogel

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    De-kun Zhang; Da-gang Wang; Jun-jie Duan; Shi-rong Ge


    Poly (vinyl alcohol)/hydroxylapatite (PVA/HA) composite hydrogel was prepared by repeated freezing and thawing. The water loss properties of the resultant hydrogel were investigated by using optical microscope. Long time immersion tests of PVA/HA composite hydrogel were carried out in the diluted calf serum solution to study the change laws of swelling properties with the freezing-thawing cycles and HA content. The micro-morphologies of PVA/HA composite hydrogel after long time immersion were observed by means of the high-accuracy 3D profiler. The results show that the swelling process of PVA/HA composite hydrogel is the converse process of its water loss. Long time swelling ratio curves of PVA/HA composite hydrogel in the calf serum solution are manifested as four stages of quick increase, decrease, slow decrease and stable balance, and its equilibrium swelling ratio decreases with the increase of freezing-thawing cycles and HA content. It is revealed that the network structure of the composite hydrogel immersed for a long period is significantly improved with the increase of HA content.Perfect network structures of PVA/HA composite hydrogel as well as full and equilibrium tissues after swelling equilibrium are obtained when the HA content is 3% and the number of freezing-thawing cycles is 7.

  3. Anions Govern Cell Volume: A Case Study of Relative Astrocytic and Neuronal Swelling in Spreading Depolarization.

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    Niklas Hübel

    Full Text Available Cell volume changes are ubiquitous in normal and pathological activity of the brain. Nevertheless, we know little about the dynamics of cell and tissue swelling, and the differential changes in the volumes of neurons and glia during pathological states such as spreading depolarizations (SD under ischemic and non-ischemic conditions, and epileptic seizures. By combining the Hodgkin-Huxley type spiking dynamics, dynamic ion concentrations, and simultaneous neuronal and astroglial volume changes into a comprehensive model, we elucidate why glial cells swell more than neurons in SD and the special case of anoxic depolarization (AD, and explore the relative contributions of the two cell types to tissue swelling. Our results demonstrate that anion channels, particularly Cl-, are intrinsically connected to cell swelling and blocking these currents prevents changes in cell volume. The model is based on a simple and physiologically realistic description. We introduce model extensions that are either derived purely from first physical principles of electroneutrality, osmosis, and conservation of particles, or by a phenomenological combination of these principles and known physiological facts. This work provides insights into numerous studies related to neuronal and glial volume changes in SD that otherwise seem contradictory, and is broadly applicable to swelling in other cell types and conditions.

  4. Swelling and drug release properties of acrylamide/carboxymethyl cellulose networks formed by gamma irradiation

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    Nizam El-Din, Horia M. [Polymer Chemistry Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, P.O. Box 29, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt); Abd Alla, Safaa G. [Radiation Chemistry Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, P.O. Box 29, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt); El-Naggar, Abdel Wahab M., E-mail: [Radiation Chemistry Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, P.O. Box 29, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt)


    Hydrogels based on acrylamide monomer (AM) and different ratios (5-20 wt%) of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) were synthesized by gamma irradiation. The hydrogels were characterized in terms of gel content, swelling and drug release characters. The effect of temperature and pH on the degree of swelling was also studied. The results showed that the gel fraction of AM/CMC hydrogels decreases greatly with increasing the contents of CMC in the initial feeding solution. The kinetic study showed that the swelling of all the hydrogels tends to reach the equilibrium state after 5 h. However, the swelling of AM/CMC hydrogels was greater than the hydrogel based on pure AM. On the other hand, it was found that the swelling of all the hydrogels changes within the temperature range 30-40 deg. C and within the pH range 4-8. The AM/CMC hydrogels was evaluated for the possible use in drug delivery systems. In this respect, the release properties of methylene blue indicator, as a drug model, was investigated. It was found that the percentage release from the hydrogels increase with time to reach approx80% after 3 h at pH of 2 compared to approx100% at pH of 8.

  5. Swell Potential, Collapse Potential, Wetting and Drying Cycles, Cracks, Number of Segment

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    Abdulrahman T. Al Zubaydi


    Full Text Available Many of the soils undergo volumetric changes due to the change in the water content. Swell-shrink and collapse behavior of those soils affects the stress state in soil and the interacted structures. Shrinkage in the soil produce cracks of different patterns, and affects the swelling potential in next wetting cycle.This study covers swelling and collapsing properties of four different soils from Mosul city. The changes in swelling and collapsing properties with respect to number of wetting and drying cycles have been investigated. Also, A shrinkage cracks have been studied with aid of digital image after each drying cycle. Number of segments and area of cracks calculated with aid of AutoCAD package.Results indicated that, the collapse potential is influenced by soil type (soil composition and applied loads. As the applied loads increase the collapse potential increases. For sandy soil the collapse potential decreased with increasing wetting and drying cycles, and for the clayey soils, swell potential decreased while collapse potential increased with these cycles. It has been shown that the cracks increase with wetting-drying cycles. Larger values of percent crack area to the initial sample area has been observed in the soil that contain more clay content than other types of soils.

  6. Glutamate-induced swelling of cultured astrocytes is mediated by metabotropic glutamate receptor

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    袁芳; 王天佑


    The effects of glutamate and its agonists and antagonists on the swelling of cultured astrocytes were studied. Swelling of astrocytes was measured by [3H]-O-methyl-D-glucose uptake. Glutamate at 0.5, 1 and 10mmol/L and irons-l-aminocyclopentane-1,3-dicarboxylic acid (trans-ACPD), a metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) agonist, at 1 mmol/L caused a significant increase in astrocytic volume, whereas alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole proprionic acid (AMPA) was not effective. L-2-amino-3-phosphonopropionic acid (L-AP3), an antagonist of mGluR, blocked the astrocytic swelling induced by trans-ACPD or glutamate. In Ca2+-free condition, glutamate was no longer effective. Swelling of astrocytes induced by glutamate was not blocked by CdCl2 at 20 μmol/L, but significantly reduced by CdCl2 at 300 μmol/L and dantrolene at 30 μmol/L. These findings indicate that mGluR activation results in astrocytic swelling and both extracellular calcium and internal calcium stores play important roles in the genes

  7. Determining the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of a compacted sand-bentonite mixture under constant volume and free-swell conditions

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    Cui, Yu-Jun; Loiseau, Cyril; Delage, Pierre; 10.1016/j.pce.2008.10.017


    Highly compacted sand-bentonite mixtures are often considered as possible engineered barriers in deep high-level radioactive waste disposals. In-situ, the saturation of these barriers from their initially unsaturated state is a complex hydro-mechanical coupled process in which temperature effects also play a role. The key parameter of this process is the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of the barrier. In this paper, isothermal infiltration experiments were conducted to determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity according to the instantaneous profile method. To do so, total suction changes were monitored at different locations along the soil specimen by using resistivity relative humidity probes. Three constant volume infiltration tests were conducted showing, unexpectedly, a decrease of the hydraulic conductivity during infiltration. One test performed under free-swell conditions showed the opposite and standard trend. These observations were interpreted in terms of microstructure changes during wett...

  8. Low Activation Joining of SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion Applications: Modeling Thermal and Irradiation-induced Swelling Effects on Integrity of Ti3SiC2/SiC Joint

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Ferraris, M.; Katoh, Yutai


    This work developed a continuum damage mechanics model that incorporates thermal expansion combined with irradiation-induced swelling effects to study the origin of cracking observed in recent irradiation experiments. Micromechanical modeling using an Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach was used to compute the thermoelastic properties of the Ti3SiC2/SiC joint needed for the model. In addition, a microstructural dual-phase Ti3SiC2/SiC model was developed to determine irradiation-induced swelling of the composite joint at a given temperature resulting from differential swelling of SiC and the Ti3SiC2 MAX phase. Three cases for the miniature torsion hourglass (THG) specimens containing a Ti3SiC2/SiC joint were analyzed corresponding to three irradiation temperatures: 800oC, 500oC, and 400oC.

  9. The strong influence of displacement rate on void swelling in variants of Fe-16Cr-15Ni-3Mo austenitic stainless steel irradiated in BN-350 and BOR-60

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    Budylkin, N.I.; Bulanova, T.M.; Mironova, E.G.; Mitrofanova, N.M.; Porollo, S.I.; Chernov, V.M.; Shamardin, V.K.; Garner, F.A. E-mail:


    Recent irradiation experiments conducted on a variety of austenitic stainless steels have shown that void swelling appears to be increased when the dpa rate is decreased, primarily by a shortening of the transient regime of swelling. This paper presents results derived from nominally similar irradiations conducted on six Russian steels, all laboratory heat variants of Fe-16Cr-15Ni-3Mo-Nb-B, with each irradiated in two fast reactors, BOR-60 and BN-350. The BN-350 irradiation proceeded at a dpa rate three times higher than that conducted in BOR-60. In all six steels, a significantly higher swelling level was attained in BOR-60, agreeing with the results of earlier studies.

  10. Irradiation creep and swelling of various austenitic alloys irradiated in PFR and FFTF

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    In order to use data from surrogate neutron spectra for fusion applications, it is necessary to analyze the impact of environmental differences on property development. This is of particular importance in the study of irradiation creep and its interactions with void swelling, especially with respect to the difficulty of separation of creep strains from various non-creep strains. As part of an on-going creep data rescue and analysis effort, the current study focuses on comparative irradiations conducted on identical gas-pressurized tubes produced and constructed in the United States from austenitic steels (20% CW 316 and 20% CW D9), but irradiated in either the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) in the United Kingdom or the Fast Flux Test Facility in the United States. In PFR, Demountable Subassemblies (DMSA) serving as heat pipes were used without active temperature control. In FFTF the specimens were irradiated with active ({+-}{degrees}5C) temperature control. Whereas the FFTF irradiations involved a series of successive side-by-side irradiation, measurement and reinsertion of the same series of tubes, the PFR experiment utilized simultaneous irradiation at two axial positions in the heat pipe to achieve different fluences at different flux levels. The smaller size of the DMSA also necessitated a separation of the tubes at a given flux level into two groups (low-stress and high-stress) at slightly different axial positions, where the flux between the two groups varied {le}10%. Of particular interest in this study was the potential impact of the two types of separation on the derivation of creep coefficients.

  11. Subcuteneous swelling as the first clinical manifestation of small cell carcinoma of lung

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    Sunil Kumar


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous swelling as first clinical presentation of small cell lung carcinoma is uncommon and rarely reported in literature. This case highlights a rare presentation in which subcutaneous swelling was the first clinical manifestation of a small cell carcinoma of lung which also had metastasis to rib bone, muscle and pleural involvement as pleural effusion. We describe the case of a 64-year-old male patient who presented with dyspnea, pleuritic pain, loss of weight and nodule on his anterior chest, back and left arm suspicious of lipoma. Biopsies revealed small cell carcinoma of lung. This case demonstrates the meticulous work up of subcutaneous swelling in the clinical scenario of breathlessness, chest pain and loss of weight.

  12. Extracranial soft-tissue swelling: a normal postmortem radiographic finding or a sign of trauma?

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    Strouse, P.J. [Section of Pediatric Radiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor (United States); Caplan, M. [Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States); Owings, C.L. [Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, C. S. Mott Children`s Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)


    Objective. To determine if extracranial soft-tissue swelling is an expected postmortem finding or a sign of trauma. Materials and methods. Extracranial soft-tissue thickness was measured at 5 standardized locations on postmortem skull films obtained of 18 infants with no evidence of trauma on autopsy. The same measurements were performed on the skull films of 100 living children, all less than 3 years old and without clinical history of trauma. Results. Extracranial soft tissues measured only slightly greater in the postmortem group than on films of living children; however, the difference did achieve statistical significance. Conclusion. Minimal extracranial soft-tissue swelling is a normal finding on a postmortem skeletal survey. The presence of substantial or asymmetric extracranial soft-tissue swelling should be viewed with suspicion for trauma. (orig.) With 2 tabs., 5 refs.

  13. Hypoosmotic cell swelling as a novel mechanism for modulation of cloned HCN2 channels

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    Calloe, Kirstine; Elmedyb, Pernille; Olesen, Søren-Peter


    This work demonstrates cell swelling as a new regulatory mechanism for the cloned hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 2 (HCN2). HCN2 channels were coexpressed with aquaporin1 in Xenopus laevis oocytes and currents were monitored using a two-electrode voltage-clamp. HCN2...... channels were activated by hyperpolarization to -100 mV and the currents were measured before and during hypoosmotic cell swelling. Cell swelling increased HCN2 currents by 30% without changing the kinetics of the currents. Injection of 50 nl intracellular solution resulted in a current increase of 20......%, indicating that an increase in cell volume also under isoosmotic conditions may lead to activation of HCN2. In the absence of aquaporin1 only negligible changes in oocyte cell volume occur during exposure to hypoosmotic media and no significant change in HCN2 channel activity was observed during perfusion...

  14. Study on swelling behaviour of hydrogel based on acrylic acid and pectin from dragon fruit (United States)

    Abdullah, Mohd Fadzlanor; Lazim, Azwani Mat


    Biocompatible hydrogel based on acrylic acid (AA) and pectin was synthesized using gamma irradiation technique. AA was grafted onto pectin backbone that was extracted from dragon fruit under pH 3.5 and extracts and ethanol ratios (ER) 1:0.5. The optimum hydrogel system with high swelling capacity was obtained by varying the dose of radiation and ratio of pectin:AA. FTIR-ATR spectroscopy was used to verify the interaction while thermal properties were analyzed by TGA and DSC. Swelling studies was carried out in aqueous solutions with different pH values as to determine the pH sensitivity. The results show that the hydrogel with a ratio of 2:3 (pectin:AA) and 30 kGy radiation dose has the highest swelling properties at pH of 10.

  15. Effects of tunneling on groundwater flow and swelling of clay-sulfate rocks (United States)

    Butscher, Christoph; Einstein, Herbert H.; Huggenberger, Peter


    Swelling of clay-sulfate rocks is a major threat in tunneling. It is triggered by the transformation of the sulfate mineral anhydrite into gypsum as a result of water inflow in anhydrite-containing layers after tunnel excavation. The present study investigates the hydraulic effects of tunneling on groundwater flow and analyzes how hydraulic changes caused by excavation lead to water inflow into anhydrite-containing layers in the tunnel area. Numerical groundwater models are used to conduct scenario simulations that allow one to relate hydrogeological conditions to rock swelling. The influence of the topographic setting, the excavation-damaged zone around the tunnel, the sealing effect of the tunnel liner, and the geological configuration are analyzed separately. The analysis is performed for synthetic situations and is complemented by a case study from a tunnel in Switzerland. The results illustrate the importance of geological and hydraulic information when assessing the risk of swelling at an actual site.

  16. Numerical Simulation for Roadways in Swelling Rock Under Coupling Function of Water and Ground Pressure

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    缪协兴; 卢爱红; 茅献彪; 张东升


    According to the analogical relation in the governing differential equations of the humidity stress field theory and the temperature stress field theory, the problem of solving the humidity stress field was transformed into that of solving the temperature stress field by the change of parameters. As a result, th e problem of roadways in swelling rock under the coupling function of water and ground pressure can be solved by the analytical module of temperature stress fie ld in software ANSYS. In the numerical simulation mentioned above, three kinds of supporting, I.e. Steel support, bolting support and non-support, were taken I nto account, the pressure distribution and deformation state of roadways with a swelling rock floor under the coupling function of water and ground pressure were analyzed and compared with those in the action of only ground pressure. The rese arch results provides a scientific basis for the deformation control of roadways in swelling rock.

  17. Swelling soils monitoring through PSI and DINSAR interferometry : Applications on eastern Paris surroundings (France) (United States)

    Kaveh, F.; Deffontaines, B.; Fruneau, B.; Cojean, R.; Audiguier, M.; Arnaud, A.; Duro, J.


    Swelling soils may induce small surface displacements under various climatic conditions, that may affect individual buildings. The aim of this work, funded by MAIF foundation (Insurance foundation), is to monitor those small seasonal-dependant displacements through DINSAR and persistent scatterer interferometric methods. The eastern paris basin is locally composed of outcropping Marne de Pantin and Argiles Vertes particularily sensible to swelling phenomena observed during for instance the last dryness event of 2003. Radar differential interferometry (DINSAR) method which enables one to map surface displacements from two radar images acquired on a specific area gives rather poor results and is not that efficient in the eastern Paris Basin highly due to the temporal decorrelation. On the contrary, interesting results are obtained with Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) which reveal precisely the surface displacements, continuous in time. This new application of interferometry presents high potential to better understand the swelling soil natural hazards and the induced geologic processes.

  18. Cellulose nanocrystal interactions probed by thin film swelling to predict dispersibility (United States)

    Reid, Michael S.; Villalobos, Marco; Cranston, Emily D.


    The production of well-dispersed reinforced polymer nanocomposites has been limited due to poor understanding of the interactions between components. Measuring the cohesive particle-particle interactions and the adhesive particle-polymer interactions is challenging due to nanoscale dimensions and poor colloidal stability of nanoparticles in many solvents. We demonstrate a new cohesive interaction measurement method using cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as a model system; CNCs have recently gained attention in the composites community due to their mechanical strength and renewable nature. Multi-wavelength surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (SPR) was used to monitor the swelling of CNC thin films to elucidate the primary forces between CNCs. This was achieved by measuring swelling in situ in water, acetone, methanol, acetonitrile, isopropanol, and ethanol and relating the degree of swelling to solvent properties. Films swelled the most in water where we estimate 1.2-1.6 nm spacings between CNCs (or 4-6 molecular layers of water). Furthermore, a correlation was found between film swelling and the solvent's Hildebrand solubility parameter (R2 = 0.9068). The hydrogen bonding component of the solubility parameters was more closely linked to swelling than the polar or dispersive components. The films remained intact in all solvents, and using DLVO theory we have identified van der Waals forces as the main cohesive interaction between CNCs. The trends observed suggest that solvents (and polymers) alone are not sufficient to overcome CNC-CNC cohesion and that external energy is required to break CNC agglomerates. This work not only demonstrates that SPR can be used as a tool to measure cohesive particle-particle interactions but additionally advances our fundamental understanding of CNC interactions which is necessary for the design of cellulose nanocomposites.The production of well-dispersed reinforced polymer nanocomposites has been limited due to poor understanding of

  19. Crystal Crosslinked Gels with Aggregation-Induced Emissive Crosslinker Exhibiting Swelling Degree-Dependent Photoluminescence

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    Tsuyoshi Oura


    Full Text Available The synthesis and photoluminescence properties of crystal crosslinked gels (CCGs with an aggregation-induced emission (AIE active crosslinker derived from tetraphenylethene (TPE is discussed in this article. The CCG was prepared from a metal organic framework (MOF with large pore aperture to allow the penetration of TPE crosslinker. The obtained CCG possessed a rectangular shape originated from the parent MOF, KUMOF. The CCG showed stimuli-responsive photoluminescence behavior depending on the swelling degree, thus the photoluminescence intensity was higher at higher swelling degree. By changing the solvent, water content, or ionic strength, the photoluminescence intensity was controllable, accompanying the change of swelling degree. Moreover, emission color tuning was also achieved by the introduction of luminescent rare earth ions to form a coordination bonding with residual carboxylate inside the CCG.

  20. Swelling of Erectile Nasal Tissue Induced by Human Sexual Pheromone. (United States)

    Mazzatenta, Andrea; De Luca, C; Di Tano, A; Cacchio, M; Di Giulio, C; Pokorski, Mieczyslaw


    Most chemically mediated sexual communication in humans remains uncharacterized. Yet the study of sexual communication is decisive for understanding sexual behavior and evolutive mechanisms in our species. Here we provide the evidence to consider 4,16-androstadien-3-one (AND) as a man's sexual pheromone. Our experiment provides support for the physiological effect of AND on nasal airway resistance (Rna) in women, as assessed by anterior rhinomanometry. We found that AND administration increased the area of turbinate during the ovulatory phase, resulting in an increase of Rna. Thus, we discovered that minute amounts of AND, acting through neuroendocrine brain control, regulate Rna and consequently affect the sexual physiology and behavior. Fascinatingly, this finding provides the evidence of the preservation of chemosexual communication in humans, which it has been largely neglected due to its unconscious perception and concealed nature. Therefore, chemical communication is a plesiomorphic evolutive phenomenon in humans.

  1. Imbibition with swelling: Capillary rise in thin deformable porous media (United States)

    Kvick, Mathias; Martinez, D. Mark; Hewitt, Duncan R.; Balmforth, Neil J.


    The imbibition of a liquid into a thin deformable porous substrate driven by capillary suction is considered. The substrate is initially dry and has uniform porosity and thickness. Two-phase flow theory is used to describe how the liquid flows through the pore space behind the wetting front when out-of-plane deformation of the solid matrix is considered. Neglecting gravity and evaporation, standard shallow-layer scalings are used to construct a reduced model of the dynamics. The model predicts convergence to a self-similar behavior in all regions except near the wetting front, where a boundary layer arises whose structure narrows with the advance of the front. Over time, the rise height approaches the similarity scaling of t1 /2, as in the classical Washburn or BCLW law. The results are compared with a series of laboratory experiments using cellulose paper sheets, which provide qualitative agreement.

  2. Blends of hydrophobic and swelling agents in the swelling layer in the preparation of delayed-release pellets of a hydrophilic drug with low MW: Physicochemical characterizations and in-vivo evaluations

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    Chang You


    Full Text Available In this study, a hydrophobic material, ethylcellulose, which was used as its aqueous suspension Surelease®, was combined with a swelling agent as the swelling layer to prepare delayed-release pellets for Danshensu, which is a hydrophilic drug with low MW. A rupturable, delayed-release pellet consists of a drug core, a swelling layer containing a swelling agent (cross-linked sodium carboxymethyl cellulose with a hydrophobic agent (Surelease®, and a controlled layer composed by an insoluble, water-permeable polymeric coating (aqueous ethylcellulose dispersions was developed in a fluidised bed. Results showed that blending Surelease® into the swelling layer could effectively extend the release of Danshensu from the pellets, which may be attributed to the slowed swelling rate by reduction of water penetration and improvement of mechanical integrity of the swelling layer. Drug in the delayed pellets showed sustained release in beagle dogs after oral administration with comparable in-vivo exposure to the uncoated drug pellets. In conclusion, blends of hydrophobic and swelling agents in the swelling layer in double-membrane pellets could achieve a delayed drug-release profile in vitro, as well as delayed and sustained absorption in vivo for highly soluble, low-MW drug. The present study highlighted the potential use of a delayed-release system for other hydrophilic, low-MW drugs to meet the formulation requirements for chronopharmacological diseases.

  3. Relationship between swelling of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and the Hansen and Karger partial solubility parameters. (United States)

    Navarro-Lupión, Francisco-Javier; Bustamante, Pilar; Escalera, Begoña


    A model that relates the equilibrium swelling of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose to the partial solubility parameters of both the polymer and the solvents is proposed to interpret and correlate the experimental data. The non-specific interactions are expressed as the dispersion delta(d) and polar delta(p) solubility parameters of Hansen, or as a combination of both. Hydrogen bonding is represented by the acidic delta(a) and the basic delta(b) Karger solubility parameters. The results are compared with models including the same parameters for non-specific interactions (delta(d) and delta(p)) and the Hansen hydrogen bonding parameter delta(h). Equilibrium swelling of this hydrophilic polymer that is widely used in drug formulation is measured in pure solvents covering a wide polarity range. In a qualitative way, swelling increases in solvents with higher Hildebrand solubility parameters and stronger hydrogen bonding capability, and it decreases in non-polar solvents. Single polarity indexes, such as the Hildebrand solubility parameter or the partition coefficient (PC), do not fit well the overall experimental data. The best correlations were obtained with the proposed model, providing at the same time an interpretation consistent with the physical meaning of the terms included in the equation. Swelling increases as the non-specific interactions of the polymer and the solvents become alike, and as the Lewis acid-base interactions of the polymer (1) and the solvent (2) represented by the products delta(1a)delta(2b) and delta(1b)delta(2a) become greater. Conversely, hydrogen bonding self association of the solvents (the product delta(1a)delta(1b)) lowers swelling. The results show that the Karger hydrogen bonding parameters provide a better approach than the Hansen hydrogen bonding parameter to correlate the swelling behavior of a hydrophilic polymer. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  4. Cell wall swelling, fracture mode, and the mechanical properties of cherry fruit skins are closely related. (United States)

    Brüggenwirth, Martin; Knoche, Moritz


    Cell wall swelling, fracture mode (along the middle lamellae vs. across cell walls), stiffness, and pressure at fracture of the sweet cherry fruit skin are closely related. Skin cracking is a common phenomenon in many crops bearing fleshy fruit. The objectives were to investigate relationships between the mode of fracture, the extent of cell wall swelling, and the mechanical properties of the fruit skin using sweet cherry (Prunus avium) as a model. Cracking was induced by incubating whole fruit in deionised water or by fracturing exocarp segments (ESs) in biaxial tensile tests. The fracture mode of epidermal cells was investigated by light microscopy. In biaxial tensile tests, the anticlinal cell walls of the ES fractured predominantly across the cell walls (rather than along) and showed no cell wall swelling. In contrast, fruit incubated in water fractured predominantly along the anticlinal epidermal cell walls and the cell walls were swollen. Swelling of cell walls also occurred when ESs were incubated in malic acid, in hypertonic solutions of sucrose, or in water. Compared to the untreated controls, these treatments resulted in more frequent fractures along the cell walls, lower pressures at fracture (p fracture), and lower moduli of elasticity (E, i.e., less stiff). Conversely, compared to the untreated controls, incubating the ES in CaCl2 and in high concentrations of ethanol resulted in thinner cell walls, in less frequent fractures along the cell walls, higher E and p fracture. Our study demonstrates that fracture mode, stiffness, and pressure at fracture are closely related to cell wall swelling. A number of other factors, including cultivar, ripening stage, turgor, CaCl2, and malic acid, exert their effects only indirectly, i.e., by affecting cell wall swelling.

  5. Numerical Simulation Of The Treatment Of Soil Swelling Using Grid Geocell Columns

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    Fattah Mohammed Y.


    Full Text Available In this paper, a method for the treatment of the swelling of expansive soil is numerically simulated. The method is simply based on the embedment of a geogrid (or a geomesh in the soil. The geogrid is extended continuously inside the volume of the soil where the swell is needed to be controlled and orientated towards the direction of the swell. Soils with different swelling potentials are employed: bentonite base-Na and bentonite base-Ca samples in addition to kaolinite mixed with bentonite. A numerical analysis was carried out by the finite element method to study the swelling soil's behavior and investigate the distribution of the stresses and pore water pressures around the geocells beneath the shallow footings. The ABAQUS computer program was used as a finite element tool, and the soil is represented by the modified Drucker-Prager/cap model. The geogrid surrounding the geocell is assumed to be a linear elastic material throughout the analysis. The soil properties used in the modeling were experimentally obtained. It is concluded that the degree of saturation and the matric suction (the negative pore water pressure decrease as the angle of friction of the geocell column material increases due to the activity of the sand fill in the dissipation of the pore water pressure and the acceleration of the drainage through its function as a drain. When the plasticity index and the active depth (the active zone is considered to be equal to the overall depth of the clay model increase, the axial movement (swelling movement and matric suction, as a result of the increase in the axial forces, vary between this maximum value at the top of the layer and the minimum value in the last third of the active depth and then return to a consolidation at the end of the depth layer.

  6. Bifurcation of a Swelling Gel with a Mechanical Load and Geometric Constraint

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    XUE Feng; YONG Hua-Dong; ZHOU You-He


    We present an analysis of the bifurcation phenomenon of a gel in contact with a solvent. When a Mooney-Rivlin form-free energy function is introduced, an asymmetric swelling may appear for a gel swelling under uniaxial constraint or subjected to equal dead loads, which results in an interesting pitchfork bifurcation phenomenon. We present an analytical investigation of this problem based on the classical theory of continuum mechanics. The bifurcation points are obtained for different values of the chemical potential of the solvent molecules. The results demonstrate that the free swelling of the gel under uniaxial constraint will not result in the bifurcation unless further mechanical loads are applied.%We present an analysis of the bifurcation phenomenon of a gel in contact with a solvent.When a Mooney-Rivlin form-free energy function is introduced,an asymmetric swelling may appear for a gel swelling under uniaxial constraint or subjected to equal dead loads,which results in an interesting pitchfork bifurcation phenomenon.We present an analytical investigation of this problem based on the classical theory of continuum mechanics.The bifurcation points are obtained for different values of the chemical potential of the solvent molecules.The results demonstrate that the free swelling of the gel under uniaxial constraint will not result in the bifurcation unless further mechanical loads are applied.Since gels commonly exist in our daily life and engineering society,they have aroused the great interest of a large number of researchers and have been intensely studied over the past few decades.[1-7] Most possible technical and biological applications include medical devices,[8] tissue engineering[9] and actuators responsive to physiological cues.[10,11] Many mechanical models[12-14] have been reported to develop a rigorous description of gels from either an experimental or a theoretical viewpoint.

  7. Mechanisms of astrocytic K(+) clearance and swelling under high extracellular K(+) concentrations. (United States)

    Murakami, Shingo; Kurachi, Yoshihisa


    In response to the elevation of extracellular K(+) concentration ([K(+)]out), astrocytes clear excessive K(+) to maintain conditions necessary for neural activity. K(+) clearance in astrocytes occurs via two processes: K(+) uptake and K(+) spatial buffering. High [K(+)]out also induces swelling in astrocytes, leading to edema and cell death in the brain. Despite the importance of astrocytic K(+) clearance and swelling, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we report results from a simulation analysis of astrocytic K(+) clearance and swelling. Astrocyte models were constructed by incorporating various mechanisms such as intra/extracellular ion concentrations of Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-), cell volume, and models of Na,K-ATPase, Na-K-Cl cotransporter (NKCC), K-Cl cotransporter, inwardly-rectifying K(+) (KIR) channel, passive Cl(-) current, and aquaporin channel. The simulated response of astrocyte models under the uniform distribution of high [K(+)]out revealed significant contributions of NKCC and Na,K-ATPase to increases of intracellular K(+) and Cl(-) concentrations, and swelling. Moreover, we found that, under the non-uniform distribution of high [K(+)]out, KIR channels localized at synaptic clefts absorbed excess K(+) by depolarizing the equivalent potential of K(+) (E K) above membrane potential, while K(+) released through perivascular KIR channels was enhanced by hyperpolarizing E K and depolarizing membrane potential. Further analysis of simulated drug effects revealed that astrocyte swelling was modulated by blocking each of the ion channels and transporters. Our simulation analysis revealed controversial mechanisms of astrocytic K(+) clearance and swelling resulting from complex interactions among ion channels and transporters.

  8. Elastic, permeability and swelling properties of human intervertebral disc tissues: A benchmark for tissue engineering. (United States)

    Cortes, Daniel H; Jacobs, Nathan T; DeLucca, John F; Elliott, Dawn M


    The aim of functional tissue engineering is to repair and replace tissues that have a biomechanical function, i.e., connective orthopaedic tissues. To do this, it is necessary to have accurate benchmarks for the elastic, permeability, and swelling (i.e., biphasic-swelling) properties of native tissues. However, in the case of the intervertebral disc, the biphasic-swelling properties of individual tissues reported in the literature exhibit great variation and even span several orders of magnitude. This variation is probably caused by differences in the testing protocols and the constitutive models used to analyze the data. Therefore, the objective of this study was to measure the human lumbar disc annulus fibrosus (AF), nucleus pulposus (NP), and cartilaginous endplates (CEP) biphasic-swelling properties using a consistent experimental protocol and analyses. The testing protocol was composed of a swelling period followed by multiple confined compression ramps. To analyze the confined compression data, the tissues were modeled using a biphasic-swelling model, which augments the standard biphasic model through the addition of a deformation-dependent osmotic pressure term. This model allows considering the swelling deformations and the contribution of osmotic pressure in the analysis of the experimental data. The swelling stretch was not different between the disc regions (AF: 1.28±0.16; NP: 1.73±0.74; CEP: 1.29±0.26), with a total average of 1.42. The aggregate modulus (Ha) of the extra-fibrillar matrix was higher in the CEP (390kPa) compared to the NP (100kPa) or AF (30kPa). The permeability was very different across tissue regions, with the AF permeability (64 E(-16)m(4)/Ns) higher than the NP and CEP (~5.5 E(-16)m(4)/Ns). Additionally, a normalized time-constant (3000s) for the stress relaxation was similar for all the disc tissues. The properties measured in this study are important as benchmarks for tissue engineering and for modeling the disc's mechanical

  9. Transitory spinal cord swelling in a 6-year-old boy with Guillain-Barre syndrome

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    Delhaas, T. [Section of Child Neurology, Wilhelmina Children`s Hospital, University Hospital for Children and Youth, Utrecht (Netherlands)]|[Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Maastricht, P0 Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht (Netherlands); Kamphuis, D.J. [Section of Child Neurology, Wilhelmina Children`s Hospital, University Hospital for Children and Youth, Utrecht (Netherlands); Witkamp, T.D. [Department of Radiology, University Hospital Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands)


    A 6-year-old boy developed progressive motor weakness and areflexia. The clinical picture, combined with electrophysiological findings, indicated a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). MRI on admission revealed spinal cord swelling and increased signal intensity within the cord. It is concluded that, since a degree of central nervous system involvement can occasionally be part of the spectrum of GBS, swelling of the spinal cord without contrast enhancement does not exclude a diagnosis of GBS. (orig.) With 2 figs., 8 refs.

  10. Sonographic and MRI appearance of tensor fasciae suralis muscle, an uncommon cause of popliteal swelling

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    Montet, Xavier; Mauget, Denis [Departement de Radiologie, Division de Radiodiagnostic et Radiologie Interventionelle, Hopital cantonal Universitaire de Geneve, Rue Micheli-du-Crest 24, 1211 Geneva 14 (Switzerland); Sandoz, Alain [Specialiste FMH - Chirurgie orthopedique, Av. du Cardinal-Mermillod 36, 1227 Geneva (Switzerland); Martinoli, Carlo [Cattedra di Radiologia ' ' R' ' , DICMI-Universita di Genova, Largo Rosanna Benzi 8, 16132 Genoa (Italy); Bianchi, Stefano [Medecin associe, Departement de Radiologie, Division de Radiodiagnostic et Radiologie Interventionnelle, Hopital cantonal Universitaire de Geneve, Rue Micheli-du-Crest 24, 1211 Geneva 14 (Switzerland)


    A 20-year-old white man presented with a localized unilateral swelling in the popliteal fossa. Ultrasound (US) showed the presence of an accessory muscle, the tensor fasciae suralis. The muscle was located in the proximal portion of the popliteal fossa, superficial to the medial head of the gastrocnemius. Its long tendon extended inferiorly to join the Achilles tendon. Magnetic resonance images correlated well with the US findings, confirming the diagnosis. Tensor fasciae suralis muscle is a rare cause of popliteal swelling and must be differentiated from other masses. Both US and magnetic resonance imaging can diagnose it but we suggest US as the first-line technique in its evaluation. (orig.)

  11. Unilateral Intraparotid Swelling: A Case Report of Kimura’s Disease and Review of Differential Diagnosis

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    N. W. Savage


    Full Text Available An interesting case of Kimura's disease was described in the 42-year-old patient manifesting itself as a unilateral parotid swelling, albeit the disease usually affects both parotid glands. Furthermore, first pathohistological finding was not suggestive of the disease, revealing only fatty tissue, but on the repeated biopsy together with CT the correct diagnosis was established. It should be emphasized that Kimura's disease has to be taken into account while making differential diagnosis in parotid gland swellings, especially in people of Oriental origin.

  12. Effect of Swelling on Performance of Surface-Imprinted Composite Membranes (United States)

    Bing, N. C.; Chen, Q.; Zhu, L. P.; Wang, L. L.; Wang, L. J.


    Molecularly imprinted composite membranes (MIMs) are developed by thermally initiated copolymerization on the surface of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber membranes for the selective binding to levofloxacin. The prepared membranes, before and after surface polymerization, are characterized by SEM and FT-IR. The water flux, swelling changes and selectivity of the membranes are evaluated. The highest specific separation factor of about 1.27 is achieved for MIMs to separate levofloxacin and ofloxacin. The results show that imprinted polymerization has obvious influence on the performance of membranes and swelling results in the decrease of specific recognition.


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    Jia Zeng; Yong Huang


    Ethyl-cyanoethyl cellulose [(E-CE)C]/cross-linked polyacrylic acid [PAA] molecular composites with cholesteric order were prepared. It was found that the macromolecular cholesteric structure was changed with the swelling of PAA in the composites. The selective reflection of the cholesteric phase shifted to the longer wavelength and the X-ray diffraction angle shifted to the high angle direction during swelling, which suggested that the cholesteric pitch and the number of the layers of ordered (E-CE)C chains in the cholesteric phase were increased.

  14. Effect of initial oxygen content on the void swelling behavior of fast neutron irradiated copper

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    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Garner, F.A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)


    Density measurements were performed on high purity copper specimens containing {le}10 wt.ppm and {approximately}120 wt.ppm oxygen following irradiation in FFTF MOTA 2B. Significant amounts of swelling were observed in both the oxygen-free and oxygen-doped specimens following irradiation to {approximately}17 dpa at 375 C and {approximately}47 dpa at 430 C. Oxygen doping up to 360 appm (90 wt.ppm) did not significantly affect the void swelling of copper for these irradiation conditions.

  15. Acute unilateral parotid gland swelling after lateral decubitus position under general anesthesia

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    Aysun Postaci


    Full Text Available Acute swelling of the parotid gland after general anesthesia (commonly known as anesthesia mumps or acute postoperative sialadenitis is a rare but declared complication of anesthesia. The etiology is not clear, but some possible causes such as obstruction of glandular excretory ducts caused by patient position and increase in the viscosity of the saliva because of acute dehydratation and/or medications like atropin have been proposed. We report a swelling in the left preauricular and postauricular region extending to the angle of the mandibule in a 35-year-old patient after left lateral decubitus position for laparoscopic nephrectomy.

  16. Acute unilateral parotid gland swelling after lateral decubitus position under general anesthesia. (United States)

    Postaci, Aysun; Aytac, Ismail; Oztekin, Cetin Volkan; Dikmen, Bayazit


    Acute swelling of the parotid gland after general anesthesia (commonly known as anesthesia mumps or acute postoperative sialadenitis) is a rare but declared complication of anesthesia. The etiology is not clear, but some possible causes such as obstruction of glandular excretory ducts caused by patient position and increase in the viscosity of the saliva because of acute dehydratation and/or medications like atropin have been proposed. We report a swelling in the left preauricular and postauricular region extending to the angle of the mandibule in a 35-year-old patient after left lateral decubitus position for laparoscopic nephrectomy.

  17. Microstructure and anisotropic swelling behaviour of compacted bentonite/sand mixture

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    Simona Saba


    Full Text Available Pre-compacted elements (disks, torus of bentonite/sand mixture are candidate materials for sealing plugs of radioactive waste disposal. Choice of this material is mainly based on its swelling capacity allowing all gaps in the system to be sealed, and on its low permeability. When emplaced in the gallery, these elements will start to absorb water from the host rock and swell. Thereby, a swelling pressure will develop in the radial direction against the host rock and in the axial direction against the support structure. In this work, the swelling pressure of a small scale compacted disk of bentonite and sand was experimentally studied in both radial and axial directions. Different swelling kinetics were identified for different dry densities and along different directions. As a rule, the swelling pressure starts increasing quickly, reaches a peak value, decreases a little and finally stabilises. For some dry densities, higher peaks were observed in the radial direction than in the axial direction. The presence of peaks is related to the microstructure change and to the collapse of macro-pores. In parallel to the mechanical tests, microstructure investigation at the sample scale was conducted using microfocus X-ray computed tomography (μCT. Image observation showed a denser structure in the centre and a looser one in the border, which was also confirmed by image analysis. This structure heterogeneity in the radial direction and the occurrence of macro-pores close to the radial boundary of the sample can explain the large peaks observed in the radial swelling pressure evolution. Another interesting result is the higher anisotropy found at lower bentonite dry densities, which was also analysed by means of μCT observation of a sample at low bentonite dry density after the end of test. It was found that the macro-pores, especially those between sand grains, were not filled by swelled bentonite, which preserved the anisotropic microstructure caused by

  18. Impetigo presenting as an acute necrotizing swelling of the lower lip in an adult patient. (United States)

    Ghafoor, Mohammed; Halsnad, Moorthy; Fowell, Christopher; Millar, Brian G


    The authors present an unusual case of an acute swelling of the lower lip and septicemia in a 35-year-old, recent immigrant male arriving from India. The patient presented in our emergency department with a 48-hour history of a worsening, painful swelling of the lower lip. On presentation, he was pyrexial and the lip was found to be acutely inflamed with honey-colored crusting, pustular lesions, and induration . A diagnosis of impetigo leading to necrosis of the lip was established, a rare phenomenon potentially resulting in significant tissue destruction. Appropriate medical management achieved a good outcome and prevented disabling tissue loss of the orofacial region.

  19. Water Vapor Sensors Based on the Swelling of Relief Gelatin Gratings

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    Sergio Calixto


    Full Text Available We report on a novel device to measure relative humidity. The sensor is based on surface diffraction gratings made of gelatin. This material swells and shrinks according to the content of water vapor in air. By sending a light beam to the grating, diffracted orders appear. Due to the gelatin swelling or shrinking, first order intensity changes according to the relative humidity. Calibration curves relating intensity versus relative humidity have been found. The fabrication process of diffraction gratings and the testing of the prototype sensing devices are described.

  20. The Effect of Residual Swelling after Drying on Internal Bond in OSB

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    Radosław Mirski


    Full Text Available The study determined the effect of non-recoverable thickness swelling (NTS on internal bond in oriented strand boards (OSB. The tests were conducted taking into consideration different time variants, ranging from 1 to 70 h, of soaking in water at 20ºC. The analysis of the results recorded for measured non-recoverable thickness swelling indicates that the observed reduction of strength is a result of changes occurring in the core of boards. Moreover, a linear IB/NTS dependence was observed for OSB/3 and OSB/4 of 15 mm in thickness.

  1. Swelling behaviour of Early Jurassic shales when exposed to water vapour (United States)

    Houben, Maartje; Barnhoorn, Auke; Peach, Colin; Drury, Martyn


    The presence of water in mudrocks has a largely negative impact on production of gas, due to the fact that water causes swelling of the rock. Removing the water from the mudrock on the other hand could potentially shrink the rock and increase the matrix permeability. Investigation of the swelling/shrinkage behaviour of the rock during exposure to water vapour is of key importance in designing and optimizing unconventional production strategies. We have used outcrop samples of the Whitby Mudstone and the Posidonia shale [1], potential unconventional sources for gas in North-western Europe, to measure the swelling and shrinkage behaviour. Subsamples, 1 mm cubes, were prepared by the Glass Workshop at Utrecht University using a high precision digitally controlled diamond wafering saw cooled by air. The mm cubes were then exposed to atmospheres with different relative humidities either in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) or in a 3D dilatometer. So that the sample responses to exposure of water vapour could be measured. Parallel to the bedding we found a swelling strain between 0.5 and 1.5 %, perpendicular to the bedding though swelling strain varied between 1 and 3.5%. Volumetric swelling strain varied between 1 and 2% at a maximum relative humidity of 95%. Volumetric swelling strains measured in the Early Toarcian Shales are similar to the ones found in coal [2], where the results suggest that it might be possible to increase permeability in the reservoir by decreasing the in-situ water activity due to shrinkage of the matrix. [1] M.E. Houben, A. Barnhoorn, L. Wasch, J. Trabucho-Alexandre, C. J. Peach, M.R. Drury (2016). Microstructures of Early Jurassic (Toarcian) shales of Northern Europe, International Journal of Coal Geology, 165, 76-89. [2] Jinfeng Liu, Colin J. Peach, Christopher J. Spiers (2016). Anisotropic swelling behaviour of coal matrix cubes exposed to water vapour: Effects of relative humidity and sample size, International Journal of

  2. Large Plunging Ranula Presenting as Isolated Neck Swelling: Steps in Diagnosis and Surgical Steps in Management (United States)

    Malik, Neelima A.; Patil, Pankaj; Chapi, Mouneshkumar Devendrappa


    Ranula is a salivary gland cyst which typically present as localized superficial swelling over the floor of mouth. Complex or plunging ranulas develop when the mucus extravasation extends through or around the mylohyoid muscle, deeper into the neck, and present with neck lump along with or without swelling over floor of mouth. We report a case of large plunging ranula presenting as an isolated large neck mass in a 38-year-old female patient. The steps in diagnosis and surgical steps in management of the pathology are systematically described. PMID:26266141

  3. Fluctuation-induced swelling of polymer thin films-CO{sub 2} systems at gas-supercritical transition

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    Koga, Tadanori; Chu, Benjamin [Department of Chemistry, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, New York (United States); Shin, Kwanwoo; Zhang, Yimin; Seo, Young-Soo; Rafailovich, Miriam H.; Sokolov, Jonathan C. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, New York (United States); Satija, Sushil K. [Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg (United States)


    The swelling behavior of deuterated polystyrene (d-PS) thin films in contact with carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) was monitored by means of in-situ neutron reflectivity at P < 700 bar. The results clearly showed an anomalous swelling maximum at the gas-supercritical CO{sub 2} cross-over line while the swelling was uniform throughout the films and did not produce large voids. (author)

  4. Real-time observation of the swelling and hydrolysis of a single crystalline cellulose fiber catalyzed by cellulase 7B from Trichoderma reesei. (United States)

    Wang, Jingpeng; Quirk, Amanda; Lipkowski, Jacek; Dutcher, John R; Hill, Christopher; Mark, Adam; Clarke, Anthony J


    The biodegradation of cellulose involves the enzymatic action of cellulases (endoglucanases), cellobiohydrolases (exoglucanases), and β-glucosidases that act synergistically. The rate and efficiency of enzymatic hydrolysis of crystalline cellulose in vitro decline markedly with time, limiting the large-scale, cost-effective production of cellulosic biofuels. Several factors have been suggested to contribute to this phenomenon, but there is considerable disagreement regarding the relative importance of each. These earlier investigations were hampered by the inability to observe the disruption of crystalline cellulose and its subsequent hydrolysis directly. Here, we show the application of high-resolution atomic force microscopy to observe the swelling of a single crystalline cellulose fiber and its-hydrolysis in real time directly as catalyzed by a single cellulase, the industrially important cellulase 7B from Trichoderma reesei. Volume changes, the root-mean-square roughness, and rates of hydrolysis of the surfaces of single fibers were determined directly from the images acquired over time. Hydrolysis dominated the early stage of the experiment, and swelling dominated the later stage. The high-resolution images revealed that the combined action of initial hydrolysis followed by swelling exposed individual microfibrils and bundles of microfibrils, resulting in the loosening of the fiber structure and the exposure of microfibrils at the fiber surface. Both the hydrolysis and swelling were catalyzed by the native cellulase; under the same conditions, its isolated carbohydrate-binding module did not cause changes to crystalline cellulose. We anticipate that the application of our AFM-based analysis on other cellulolytic enzymes, alone and in combination, will provide significant insight into the process of cellulose biodegradation and greatly facilitate its application for the efficient and economical production of cellulosic ethanol.

  5. Thermal Expansion and Swelling of Cured Epoxy Resin Used in Graphite/Epoxy Composite (United States)

    Adamson, M. J.


    The thermal expansion and swelling of resin material as influenced by variations in temperature during moisture absorption is discussed. Comparison measurements using composites constructed of graphite fibers and each of two epoxy resin matrices are included. Polymer theory relative to these findings is discussed and modifications are proposed.

  6. An emerging pore-making strategy: confined swelling-induced pore generation in block copolymer materials. (United States)

    Wang, Yong; Li, Fengbin


    Block copolymers (BCPs) composed of two or more thermodynamically incompatible homopolymers self-assemble into periodic microdomains. Exposing self-assembled BCPs with solvents selective to one block causes a swelling of the domains composed of this block. Strong swelling in the confinement imposed by the matrix of the other glassy block leads to well-defined porous structures via morphology reconstruction. This confined swelling-induced pore-making process has emerged recently as a new strategy to produce porous materials due to synergic advantages that include extreme simplicity, high pore regularity, involvement of no chemical reactions, no weight loss, reversibility of the pore forming process, etc. The mechanism, kinetics, morphology, and governing parameters of the confined swelling-induced pore-making process in BCP thin films are discussed, and the main applications of nanoporous thin films in the fields of template synthesis, surface patterning, and guidance for the areal arrangements of nanomaterials and biomolecules are summarized. Recent, promising results of extending this mechanism to produce BCP nanofibers or nanotubes and bulk materials with well-defined porosity, which makes this strategy also attractive to researchers outside the nanocommunity, are also presented. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Bilateral breast swelling secondary to superior vena cava obstruction and subclavian vein thrombosis

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    Ariadne Mayumi Yamada


    Full Text Available Superior vena cava syndrome is defined by a set of signs and symptoms secondary to superior vena cava obstruction caused principally by malignant diseases. The present report describes the case of an unusual clinical manifestation of this syndrome with bilateral breast swelling, and emphasizes the relevance of knowledge on mammographic signs of systemic diseases.

  8. Second toe swelling: Nora's lesion or glomus tumour, case report and literature review.

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    Mohammad, A


    We report a rare case of bizarre parosteal osteochondromatous proliferation (BPOP, Nora\\'s lesion) of the right second toe in a 60-year-old man who presented with painful, bluish and bulbous swelling of the right second toe without any break in the skin.

  9. A study on reflection pattern of swells from the shoreline of peninsular India

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    Anoop, T.R.; SanilKumar, V.; Johnson, G.

    Information on reflected surface gravity waves from the shoreline is required for understanding the coastal hydrodynamics. We have quantified the reflected swells (frequency band 0.045–0.12 Hz) from the west and east coast of India based...

  10. Hyperelastic modeling of swelling in fibrous soft tissue with application to tracheal angioedema. (United States)

    Gou, Kun; Pence, Thomas J


    Angioedema, the rapid swelling of under-skin tissue, is typically triggered by complex biochemical processes that disrupt an original steady state filtration of liquid through the tissue. Swelling stabilizes once a new steady state is achieved in which the tissue has significantly increased liquid content. These processes are controlled by events at the molecular to the cellular length scale. For describing consequences at organ level length scales it is useful to invoke consolidated continuum mechanics treatments within a generalized hyperelastic framework. We describe the challenges associated with such modeling and demonstrate their use in the context of tracheal angioedema. The trachea is modeled as a two layered cylindrical tube. The inner layer and outer layer represent the soft mucosal tissue and the stiffer cartilaginous tissue respectively. Axially oriented fibers contribute anisotropy to the inner layer, and the swelling is largely confined to this layer. A boundary value problem is formulated; existence and uniqueness is verified. Numerical solutions track airway constriction as a function of mucosal swelling.

  11. Recent studies on wind seas and swells in the Indian Ocean

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    Vethamony, P.; Rashmi, R.; Samiksha, S.V.; Aboobacker, V.M.

    , Dec 7 & 8, 2012 Recent studies on wind seas and swells in the Indian ocean non-local upward mixing and local downward mixing (ACM2) (Pleim) scheme (Pleim, 2007) and surface physics by Pleim-Xiu scheme. The simulated wind parameters were validated...

  12. Propagation of Atlantic Ocean swells in the north Indian Ocean: A case study

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    Samiksha, S.V.; Vethamony, P.; Aboobacker, V.M.; Rashmi, R.

    An analysis of altimeter significant wave height data of May 2007 revealed the occurrence of an extreme weather event off southern tip of South Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, and generation of a series of very high swells at 40 degrees S...

  13. Poststroke hand swelling and oedema : prevalence and relationship with impairment and disability

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    Boomkamp-Koppen, HGM; Visser-Meily, JMA; Post, MWM; Prevo, AJH


    Objective: To examine the prevalence of swelling and oedema of the hand in stroke patients and relationships with impairments and disability. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Stroke unit at Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat, the Netherlands. Subjects: Eighty-eight adult stroke patients who were a

  14. Permeability and selectivity of reverse osmosis membranes: correlation to swelling revisited. (United States)

    Dražević, Emil; Košutić, Krešimir; Freger, Viatcheslav


    Membrane swelling governs both rejection of solutes and permeability of polymeric membranes, however very few data have been available on swelling in water of salt-rejecting reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. This study assesses swelling, thickness and their relation to water permeability for four commercial polyamide (PA) RO membranes (SWC4+, ESPA1, XLE and BW30) using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform IR spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). ATR-FTIR offered a significantly improved estimate of the actual barrier thickness of PA, given AFM is biased by porosity ("fluffy parts") or wiggling of the active layer or presence of a coating layer. Thus obtained intrinsic permeability (permeability times thickness) and selectivity of aromatic polyamides plotted versus swelling falls well on a general trend, along with previously reported data on several common materials showing RO and NF selectivity. The observed general trend may be rationalized by viewing the polymers as a random composite medium containing molecularly small pores. The results suggest that the combination of a rigid low dielectric matrix, limiting the pore size, with multiple hydrophilic H-bonding sites may be a common feature of RO/NF membranes, allowing both high permeability and selectivity.

  15. On grain size dependent void swelling in pure copper irradiated with fission neutrons

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    Singh, B.N.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Zinkle, S.J.


    in pure copper irradiated with fission neutrons at 623K to a dose level of approx0.3 dpa (displacement peratom). The post-irradiation defect microstructure including voids was investigated using transmission electron microscopy and positron annihilation spectroscopy. The evolution of void swelling...

  16. On grain-size-dependent void swelling in pure copper irradiated with fission neutrons

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Zinkle, S.J.


    in pure copper irradiated with fission neutrons at 623 K to a dose level of about 0.3 displacement per atom. The post-irradiation defect microstructure including voids was investigated using transmission electron microscopy and positron annihilation spectroscopy. The evolution of void swelling...

  17. Simulating the swelling and deformation behaviour in soft tissues using a convective thermal analogy

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    Herzog Walter


    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is generally accepted that cartilage adaptation and degeneration are mechanically mediated. Investigating the swelling behaviour of cartilage is important because the stress and strain state of cartilage is associated with the swelling and deformation behaviour. It is well accepted that the swelling of soft tissues is associated with mechanical, chemical, and electrical events. Method The purpose of the present study was to implement the triphasic theory into a commercial finite element tool (ABAQUS to solve practical problems in cartilage mechanics. Because of the mathematical identity between thermal and mass diffusion processes, the triphasic model was transferred into a convective thermal diffusion process in the commercial finite element software. The problem was solved using an iterative procedure. Results The proposed approach was validated using the one-dimensional numerical solutions and the experimental results of confined compression of articular cartilage described in the literature. The time-history of the force response of a cartilage specimen in confined compression, which was subjected to swelling caused by a sudden change of saline concentration, was predicted using the proposed approach and compared with the published experimental data. Conclusion The advantage of the proposed thermal analogy technique over previous studies is that it accounts for the convective diffusion of ion concentrations and the Donnan osmotic pressure in the interstitial fluid.

  18. Effect of electrolytes on colloidal stability and swelling of hydroxypropyl cellulose microgels (United States)

    Mithra, K.; Khandai, Santripti; Jena, Sidhartha S.


    Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (HPC) microgels were prepared by emulsion polymerization method. The volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) and swelling properties were investigated using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). The VPTT for the HPC microgels was found to be˜44°C. Microgel particles swelled˜'3' times of their original size on decreasing temperature from 50°C to 25 °C. In addition we have also studied the effect of salts, sodium nitrate and sodium bromide in the Hofmeister series on deswelling and colloidal stability of HPC microgels using DLS and turbidity measurements respectively. M icrogel particles swelled in presence of NaN03 when its concentration was increased from 10-4 to 0.5 M and deswelled beyond it. As oppose to this, swelling of microgels in presence of NaBr was seen only upto 10-3 M and beyond which deswelling of microgels was observed. The results obtained are consistent with Hofmeister series of anions. Turbidity results showed that the colloidal stability of HPC microgel dispersion was dependent on ionic strength and type of added salt. For both salts, stability of microgels was found to decrease with rise in salt concentration.

  19. Effect of a foot pump device on lower leg swelling in physically ...

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    They participated in two exercise days (day 1 and 2), spaced one week apart. ... Heart rate and steps taken were recorded on both days. ... Therefore, the use of the FPD prevented an increase in lower leg swelling over a working day in ...

  20. Sub-sarcolemmal swelling of sarcoplasmic reticulum after isometric contractions in rat semimembranosus lateralis muscle

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    Willems, M.E.T.; Huijing, P.A.J.B.M.; Friden, J.


    The decline in isometric force, swelling of sarcoplasmic reticulum and loss of desmin was measured in semimembranosus lateralis muscle of male Wistar rats immediately after a short series of brief (500 ms) maximal isometric contractions. For the active muscle, the series ended below (protocol A) and

  1. Magnitude, modeling and significance of swelling and shrinkage processes in clay soils.

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    Bronswijk, J.J.B.


    The dynamic process of swelling and shrinkage in clay soils has significant practical consequences, such as the rapid transport of water and solutes via shrinkage cracks to the subsoil, and the destruction of buildings and roads on clay soils. In order to develop measuring methods and computer simul

  2. Influence of ethanol on swelling and release behaviors of Carbopol(®)-based tablets. (United States)

    Rahim, Safwan Abdel; Al-Ghazawi, Mutasim; Al-Zoubi, Nizar


    The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of ethanol on the in vitro swelling and release behaviors of Carbopol(®)-based tablets. The swelling behavior of drug-free compacts and the release of model drugs (metformin HCl, caffeine and theophylline) from matrix tablets were evaluated in acidic and buffered media with 0, 20 and 40% (v/v) ethanol. Release data were analyzed by fitting to Higuchi and Peppas models and calculation of similarity factor (f2). ANOVA tests were performed to determine significant factors on swelling and release. It was found that ethanol affects swelling and erosion of drug-free Carbopol(®) compacts, and the effect was highly dependent on medium pH. For matrix tablets, no dose dumping due to ethanol was manifested. The release rate and mechanism, however, were significantly affected by ethanol concentration as indicated by ANOVA applied to the constant, KH, from Higuchi model and the exponent, n, from Peppas model, respectively. The effect of ethanol on release was further confirmed by similarity factor results, which indicated that ethanol led to different release profiles (f2 < 50) in seven of eight cases for matrices containing metformin HCl and in three of eight cases for matrices containing caffeine and theophylline.

  3. Physical modeling of shrink-swell cycles and cracking in a clayey vadose zone

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    Chertkov, V Y


    Physical understanding of the crack origin and quantitative physical prediction of the crack volume variation far from the clay soil surface are necessary to protect the underlying aquifers from pollutants. The basis of this work is an available physical model for predicting the shrinkage and swelling curves in the maximum water content range (the primary curves) and crack volume variation. The objective of the work is to generalize this model to the conditions of the deep layer of a clayey vadose zone with the overburden pressure, multiple shrinkage-swelling, and variation of water content in a small range. We aim to show that the scanning shrinkage and swelling curves, and steady shrink-swell cycles existing in such conditions, inevitably lead to the occurrence of cracks and a hysteretic crack volume. The generalization is based on the transition to the increasingly complex soil medium from the contributive clay, through the intra-aggregate matrix and aggregated soil with no cracking, to the soil with crack...

  4. Water Absorption and Thickness Swelling behavior of Medium Density Fiberboard Manufactured by Hydrothermally Treated Fibers

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    Peyman Fallah


    Full Text Available In this research, water absorption and thickness swelling behavior of hydrothermally modified fiberboard (MDF. Were evaluated Fibers were treated in a stainless steel reactor at temperatures of 120, 150 and 180°C for holding times of 0, 30 and 90 min. Test boards were prepared based on the target density of 0.7g/cm3 at the press temperature of 175°C as well as the pressure of 30 bar and the press time of 5 min. Urea formaldehyde (UF resin was applied at 10% based on the fibers dry weight. Test samples (10×20×20mm were cut from the boards, dried in an oven and soaked in the water. Water absorption, thickness swelling and their rates were measured in the soaked samples. Results revealed that increase of the treatment temperature caused decrease of water absorption and thickness swelling in the treated boards except in samples treated at 120°C. It was also indicated that increase of the holding time did not significantly affect water absorption and thickness swelling.

  5. Finite Element Investigations on the Interaction between a Pile and Swelling Clay

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    Kaufmann, Kristine Lee; Nielsen, Benjaminn Nordahl; Augustesen, Anders Hust

    . For the investigated case study, the influence of the pile is observed in a radius of approximately 3 pile diameters from the pile centre creating a weak zone inside this radius. The maximum heave of the excavation level inside this radius decreases polynomially with increasing interface strength. The swelling...

  6. Water absorption, retention and the swelling characteristics of cassava starch grafted with polyacrylic acid

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    Witono, J. R.; Noordergraaf, Inge; Heeres, H. J.; Janssen, L. P. B. M.; Heeres, Hero


    An important application of starch grafted with copolymers from unsaturated organic acids is the use as water absorbent. Although much research has been published in recent years, the kinetics of water absorption and the swelling behavior of starch based superabsorbents are relatively unexplored. Al


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    Different types of solvents were chosen,and their soluble expansion ability to unsaturated polyster resin was determined. The principle and method of determining the cohesive energy density of unsaturated polyster resin by using the swelling method are presented in details.

  8. Relaxation induced optical anisotropy during dynamic overshoot swelling of zwitterionic polymer films

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    Ogieglo, W.; Grooth, de J.; Wormeester, H.; Wessling, M.; Nijmeijer, D.C.; Benes, N.E.


    In-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to investigate the swelling behavior of thin supported zwitterionic polymers based on sulfobetaine methacrylate and n-butylacrylate. This material represents an interesting class of zwitterionic polymers, with large potential in reduction of biofouling of

  9. Challenges and limitations in studying the shrink-swell and crack dynamics of vertisol soils (United States)

    The need to study the shrink-swell and crack properties of vertic soils has long been recognized given their dynamics in time and space, which modifies the physical properties that impact water and air movement in the soil, flow of water into the subsoil and ground water, and generally alter the hyd...

  10. Reversible Structural Swell-Shrink and Recoverable Optical Properties in Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Perovskite. (United States)

    Zhang, Yupeng; Wang, Yusheng; Xu, Zai-Quan; Liu, Jingying; Song, Jingchao; Xue, Yunzhou; Wang, Ziyu; Zheng, Jialu; Jiang, Liangcong; Zheng, Changxi; Huang, Fuzhi; Sun, Baoquan; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang


    Ion migration in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has been suggested to be an important factor for many unusual behaviors in perovskite-based optoelectronics, such as current-voltage hysteresis, low-frequency giant dielectric response, and the switchable photovoltaic effect. However, the role played by ion migration in the photoelectric conversion process of perovskites is still unclear. In this work, we provide microscale insights into the influence of ion migration on the microstructure, stability, and light-matter interaction in perovskite micro/nanowires by using spatially resolved optical characterization techniques. We observed that ion migration, especially the migration of MA(+) ions, will induce a reversible structural swell-shrink in perovskites and recoverably affect the reflective index, quantum efficiency, light-harvesting, and photoelectric properties. The maximum ion migration quantity in perovskites was as high as approximately 30%, resulting in lattice swell or shrink of approximately 4.4%. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that ion migration in perovskites could gradually accelerate the aging of perovskites because of lattice distortion in the reversible structural swell-shrink process. Knowledge regarding reversible structural swell-shrink and recoverable optical properties may shed light on the development of optoelectronic and converse piezoelectric devices based on perovskites.

  11. Alteration of non-swelling clay minerals and magadiite by acid activation

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    Steudel, A.; Batenburg, L.F.; Fischer, H.R.; Weidler, P.G.; Emmerich, K.


    The bulk material of three kaolins, a sepiolite, an illite and one magadiite were treated with 1, 5 and 10 M H2SO4 at 80 °C for several hours. The alteration of the non-swelling clay mineral structures was controlled by the individual character of each mineral (chemical composition and initial parti

  12. Structural Changes in Lamellar Diblock Copolymer Thin Films upon Swelling in Nonselective Solvents

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    Rudov, Andrey A.; Patyukova, Elena S.; Neratova, Irina V.


    common effect, which is also valid for perpendicular lamellae, and is due to shrinkage of the diblock copolymers due to the shielding of unfavorable AB contacts by the solvent molecules. The film swelling leads to an increase of the number of perpendicular lamellae as well. However, such an increase...

  13. Reliability and validity of measurements of facial swelling with a stereophotogrammetry optical three-dimensional scanner

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    van der Meer, Wicher J.; Dijkstra, Pieter U.; Visser, Anita; Vissink, Arjan; Ren, Yijin


    Volume changes in facial morphology can be assessed using the 3dMD DSP400 stereo-optical 3-dimensional scanner, which uses visible light and has a short scanning time. Its reliability and validity have not to our knowledge been investigated for the assessment of facial swelling. Our aim therefore wa

  14. Sequential deposition: optimization of solvent swelling for high-performance polymer solar cells. (United States)

    Liu, Yao; Liu, Feng; Wang, Hsin-Wei; Nordlund, Dennis; Sun, Zhiwei; Ferdous, Sunzida; Russell, Thomas P


    Organic solar cells based on a typical DPP polymer were systematically optimized by a solvent swelling assisted sequential deposition process. We investigated the influence of solvent swelling on the morphology and structure order of the swollen film and the resultant device performance. Morphological and structural characterization confirmed the realization of ideal bulk heterojunctions using a suitable swelling solvent. A trilayered morphology was also found with the conjugated polymer concentrated bottom layer, PC71BM concentrated top layer, and interpenetrated networks of donor and acceptor in the middle by solvent swelling instead of thermal annealing in the sequential solution processing method. We proposed a simple strategy to optimize the sequential deposition fabricated devices by tuning the concentration of the PC71BM solution instead of thermal annealing. The best device showed a PCE of 7.59% with a Voc of 0.61 V, Jsc of 17.95 mA/cm(2), and FF of 69.6%, which is the highest reported efficiency for devices fabricated by a sequential processing method and among the best results for DPP polymers.

  15. Thermodynamic model for swelling of unconfined coal due to adsorption of mixed gases

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    Liu, J.; Peach, C.J.; Zhou, Hongwei; Spiers, C.J.


    Permeability evolution in coal seams during CO2-Enhanced Coalbed Methane (ECBM) production is strongly influenced by swelling/shrinkage effects related to sorption and desorption of both CO2 and CH4. Other gases, such as N2, have also been proposed for injection in ECBM operations. In addition, wate

  16. Alteration of non-swelling clay minerals and magadiite by acid activation

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    Steudel, A.; Batenburg, L.F.; Fischer, H.R.; Weidler, P.G.; Emmerich, K.


    The bulk material of three kaolins, a sepiolite, an illite and one magadiite were treated with 1, 5 and 10 M H2SO4 at 80 °C for several hours. The alteration of the non-swelling clay mineral structures was controlled by the individual character of each mineral (chemical composition and initial parti

  17. Upper lip swelling caused by a large dentigerous cyst with mesiodens. (United States)

    Khan, M H; Alam, M T; Haque, S; Khan, S H; Fatema, C N; Tahsin, T; Choudhury, A R


    Swelling of upper lip can results from various diseases such as salivary tumors, infections and inflammatory diseases and cyst, typically involving unerrupted teeth, are sometimes associated with supernumerary teeth in the maxillary anterior incisor region called the mesiodens. Mesiodens with dentigerous cyst is actually a rare case in the world and of course in Bangladesh. The overall prevalence of this type of cyst is only 0.15-1.9% of the total population. Recently we have experienced this kind of case like dentigerous cyst with mesiodens in the department of dentistry, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Hospital. The patient was 24 years old male young complaining of slow growing painless swelling on the upper lip region for the last several years. Clinical examination revealed a soft intra oral swelling in the labial surface of maxillary incisor region and there was also extra orally upper lip swelling. Radiographic examination demonstrated a large radiolucent area with a mesiodens extending to the root of both lateral incisors. The patient was treated surgically by enucleation of total cysts and surgical extraction of mesiodens under local anesthesia.

  18. Swelling in light water reactor internal components: Insights from computational modeling

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    Stoller, Roger E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Barashev, Alexander V. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Golubov, Stanislav I. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    A modern cluster dynamics model has been used to investigate the materials and irradiation parameters that control microstructural evolution under the relatively low-temperature exposure conditions that are representative of the operating environment for in-core light water reactor components. The focus is on components fabricated from austenitic stainless steel. The model accounts for the synergistic interaction between radiation-produced vacancies and the helium that is produced by nuclear transmutation reactions. Cavity nucleation rates are shown to be relatively high in this temperature regime (275 to 325°C), but are sensitive to assumptions about the fine scale microstructure produced under low-temperature irradiation. The cavity nucleation rates observed run counter to the expectation that void swelling would not occur under these conditions. This expectation was based on previous research on void swelling in austenitic steels in fast reactors. This misleading impression arose primarily from an absence of relevant data. The results of the computational modeling are generally consistent with recent data obtained by examining ex-service components. However, it has been shown that the sensitivity of the model s predictions of low-temperature swelling behavior to assumptions about the primary damage source term and specification of the mean-field sink strengths is somewhat greater that that observed at higher temperatures. Further assessment of the mathematical model is underway to meet the long-term objective of this research, which is to provide a predictive model of void swelling at relevant lifetime exposures to support extended reactor operations.

  19. Lipid diffusion and swelling in a phase separated biocompatible thermoplastic elastomer. (United States)

    Fittipaldi, Mauro; Grace, Landon R


    Lipid uptake was analyzed via gravimetric measurements in a biocompatible poly(styrene-block-isobutylene-block-styrene) (SIBS) copolymer. Absorption followed Fickian diffusion behavior very closely, although some deviation was noticed once saturation was reached. Diffusion parameters of three different SIBS formulations were calculated and used to predict the behavior of a fourth type based on molecular weight and relative polystyrene content. SIBS with lower polystyrene content and molecular weight showed lower physical stability and developed surface cracks that propagated with exposure to the lipid medium. Saturation lipid content varied from 45% to 63% by weight and was inversely related to polystyrene content, suggesting most of the plasticization is occurring in the isobutylene phase of SIBS. Moreover, swelling of specimens was monitored throughout the immersion in the lipid medium and ranged from 32% to 58%. Swelling in formulations with lower hard phase (polystyrene) was significantly higher than the swelling in SIBS with higher hard phase content. This is consistent with lipid-induced plasticization occurring in the soft (polyisobutylene) segments, relaxing the polymer network and leading to increased swelling and lipid uptake. The biocompatibility and tailorability of SIBS through control of hard/soft phase ratio offer significant advantages for in vivo applications. However, the lipophilic nature of the material and the associated degradation may render the polymer unusable in certain applications. The predictive model of lipid uptake introduced here will allow more accurate evaluation of lipid susceptibility during the preliminary design phase of SIBS-based in vivo structures.

  20. Superimposition of wind seas on pre-existing swells off Goa coast

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    Vethamony, P.; Aboobacker, V.M.; Menon, H.B.; AshokKumar, K.; Cavaleri, L.

    increase in wave height and decrease in wave period with increase in local wind speeds due to sea breeze system. During a typical daily cycle, the wave height reaches its peak early in the afternoon, then it decays progressively back to the swell conditions...

  1. Osmosis-induced swelling of Eurobitum bituminized radioactive waste in constant total stress conditions (United States)

    Valcke, E.; Marien, A.; Smets, S.; Li, X.; Mokni, N.; Olivella, S.; Sillen, X.


    In geological disposal conditions, contact of Eurobitum bituminized radioactive waste, which contains high amounts of the hygroscopic and highly soluble NaNO 3, with groundwater will result in water uptake and swelling of the waste, and in subsequent leaching of the embedded NaNO 3 and radionuclides. The swelling of and the NaNO 3 leaching from non-radioactive Eurobitum samples, comprised between two stainless steel filters and in contact with 0.1 M KOH, was studied in restricted (semi-confined) swelling conditions, i.e. under a constant total stress, or counterpressure, of 2.2, 3.3, or 4.4 MPa ( i.e. oedometer conditions). Four tests were stopped after hydration times between 800 and 1500 days, and the samples were analyzed by micro-focus X-ray Computer Tomography (μCT) and by Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM). The complete set of data enabled a consistent interpretation of the observations and lead to an improved understanding of the phenomenology of the water uptake, swelling, and NaNO 3 leaching in restricted swelling conditions. Under the studied conditions, the bituminous matrix surrounding the NaNO 3 crystals and pores with NaNO 3 solution behaved as a highly efficient semi-permeable membrane, i.e. osmotic processes occurred. In the main part of the leached layers, a high average NaNO 3 concentration and related to this a high osmotic pressure prevailed, explaining why in the studied range the swelling was not measurably affected by the counterpressure. At the interface with the stainless steel filters, a low permeable re-compressed bitumen layer was formed, contributing to the slow release of NaNO 3 compared to the water uptake rate. A fully coupled Chemo-Hydro-Mechanical (CHM) constitutive model has been developed that integrates the key processes involved and that reproduces satisfactorily the results; this is presented in another work. Combination of the experimental and the modelling study allow to conclude that under semi

  2. Influence of kinesiologic tape on postoperative swelling, pain and trismus after zygomatico-orbital fractures. (United States)

    Ristow, Oliver; Pautke, Christoph; Victoria Kehl; Koerdt, Steffen; Schwärzler, Katharina; Hahnefeld, Lilian; Hohlweg-Majert, Bettina


    Surgical treatment of zygomatico-orbital (ZO) fractures is a common procedure in maxillofacial surgery. Often accompanied by pain, trismus and swelling, postoperative morbidity is a major disadvantage, affecting patients' quality of life. The appliance of kinesiologic tape (KT) improves the blood and lymph flow, removing congestions of lymphatic fluid and haemorrhages. The aim of this study was to find out if the application of kinesiologic tape prevents or improves swelling, pain and trismus after zygomatico-orbital fracture surgery, improving patients' postoperative quality of life. A total of 30 patients were assigned for treatment of zygomatico-orbital fractures and were randomly divided into treatment either with or without kinesiologic tape. Tape was applied directly after surgery and maintained for at least 5 days postoperatively. Facial swelling was quantified using a five-line measurement at six specific time points. Pain and degree of mouth opening was measured. Patient's subjective feeling and satisfaction was queried. The results of this study show that application of kinesiologic tape after zygomatico-orbital surgery significantly reduced the incidence of swelling with an earlier swelling maximum, and decreased the maximum turgidity for more than 60% during the first 2 days after surgery. Although, kinesiologic tape has no significant influence on pain control and trismus, mouth opening increased earlier after operation in the kinesiologic tape group compared to the no-kinesiologic tape group. Furthermore, patients with kinesiologic tape felt significantly lower morbidity than those without kinesiologic tape. Therefore kinesiologic tape is a promising, simple, less traumatic, economical approach, which is free from adverse reaction and improves patients' quality of life. Copyright © 2013 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Dynamics of Polymeric Fluids: Part Ⅱ The Molecular Theory of Die Swell: Correlation of Ultimate Die Swelling Effect to the Molecular Parameters and the Operational Variables

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    Mingshi SONG; Qiang XU; Guixian HU; Sizhu WU


    A general expression for the correlation of the simple shear(tanφ)to the molecular parameters and the shear rate(γ)was deduced. It shows that the simple shear(tanφ)may be resolved into free recoil(recoverable strain)and viscous heating(unrecoverable strain). The magnitudes of the simple shears for recoil(tanφE)and(tanφv)for viscous heating not only depended on the molecular parameters and the operational variables,but also on the exponential fractions of the recoverable(1-(W)γ)and unrecoverable((W)γ)conformations for recoil and viscous heating. Therefore the magnitudes of the simple shears(tanφE)for recoil and(tanφv)for viscous heating are, respectively, expressed as the partition function to the(1-(W)γ)th power and the partition function to the(-(W)γ)th power. Thus correlations of the total recoil and the ultimately recoverable strains to the molecular parameters [n', a, η0, G0NN and(1--(W)γ)] and the operational variables(·γ, (L/D)and tr)were deduced respectively, which show that at very different shear rates(0≤·γ≤∞)the polymeric liquids may exhibit a very different viscoelastic behaviors. After introducing the uniform two-dimensional extension, the definition of swelling ratio and the ratio of L to D [De=(L/D)], two expressions for the ultimate die swelling effect and the ultimate extrudate swelling ratio BEVT5 to the molecular parameters [n', a, η0, G0N and(1--(W)·γ)] and the operational variables(·γ,(L/D)and tr)were obtained. The two correlation expressions were verified by the experimental data of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which shows that the two correlation expressions can be used to predict the correlations of the ultimate extrudate swelling behaviors of polymeric liquids to the molecular parameters and the operational variables.

  4. Competition between adsorption-induced swelling and elastic compression of coal at CO2 pressures up to 100 MPa

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    Hol, S.; Spiers, C.J.


    Enhanced Coalbed Methane production (ECBM) by CO2 injection frequently proves ineffective due to rapidly decreasing injectivity. Adsorption-induced swelling of the coal matrix has been identified as the principal factor controlling this reduction. To improve understanding of coal swelling in

  5. Contribution to swelling analysis in ceramic nuclear fuels; Contribucion al analisis del hinchamiento de combustibles nucleares ceramicos

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    Moreno Gonzalez, A.


    In this work a swelling phenomenological model containing several experimental observation is presented. Observations such as dissolution and redi solution of gas atoms, bubble nucleations in defects, dislocations and grain boundary, bubbles migration and coalescence are included. The model gives a bubbles distribution according to their size and position the swelling rate is calculated through the bubble distribution changes. (Author) 17 refs.

  6. Diminished swelling of cross-linked aromatic oligoamide surfaces revealing a new fouling mechanism of reverse-osmosis membranes. (United States)

    Ying, Wang; Kumar, Rajender; Herzberg, Moshe; Kasher, Roni


    Swelling of the active layer of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes has an important effect on permeate water flux. The effects of organic- and biofouling on the swelling of the RO membrane active layer and the consequent changes of permeate flux are examined here. A cross-linked aromatic oligoamide film that mimics the surface chemistry of an RO polyamide membrane was synthesized stepwise on gold-coated surfaces. Foulant adsorption to the oligoamide film and its swelling were measured with a quartz crystal microbalance, and the effects of fouling on the membrane's performance were evaluated. The foulants were extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) extracted from fouled RO membranes and organic compounds of ultrafiltration permeate (UFP) from a membrane bioreactor used to treat municipal wastewater. The adsorbed foulants affected the swelling of the cross-linked oligoamide film differently. EPS had little effect on the swelling of the oligoamide film, whereas UFP significantly impaired swelling. Permeate flux declined more rapidly under UFP fouling than it did under EPS. Foulant adsorption was shown to diminish swelling of the aromatic oligoamide surfaces. Among the already known RO membrane fouling mechanisms, a novel RO fouling mechanism is proposed, in which foulant-membrane interactions hinder membrane swelling and thus increase hydraulic resistance.


    A method has been developed to measure the swelling properties of Concentrated natural organic materials in various organic liquids, and has been applied to various eat, pollen, chitin and cellulose samples. The swelling of these macromolecular aterials is rhe volumetric manifest...

  8. The Effects of Swelling and Porosity Change on Capillarity: DEM Coupled with a Pore-Unit Assembly Method

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    Sweijen, T.; Nikooee, E.; Hassanizadeh, S.M.; Chareyre, B.


    In this study, a grain-scale modelling technique has been developed to generate the capillary pressure–saturation curves for swelling granular materials. This model employs only basic granular properties such as particles size distribution, porosity, and the amount of absorbed water for swelling mat

  9. Preparation and Swelling Behavior of Physically Crosslinked Hydrogels Composed of Poly(vinyl alcohol)and Chitosan

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    HE Guanghua; ZHENG Hua; XIONG Fuliang


    The physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol)/chitosan (CS) composite hydrogels were prepared by cyclic freezing/thawing techniques,and the microstructure and swelling behavior of the hydrogels in the simulated gastric (pH 1.0) and intestinal (pH 7.4) media were investigated.The experimental results of infrared spectra (IR),scanning electron microscope (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) demonstrated that poly(vinyl alcohol) and chitosan had good miscibility in the composite hydrogels,and the addition of chitosan perturbed the formation of poly(vinyl alcohol) crystallites.The swelling kinetics results indicated that the composite hydrogels had good pH sensitive properties to the acidic environments,and with the increase of chitosan content in the blend,the maximum swelling degreed and the swelling rate both increased,but it led to more dissolution at pH 1.0.And the composite hydrogels also exhibited good reversible swelling behavior with pH value of the swelling medium altering between 1.0 and 7.4.In addition,the higher freezing/thawing cycle times resulted in the lower swelling rate.Therefore,the swelling behavior of the composite hydrogels could be adjusted by changing the chitosan contents and the freezing/thawing cycle times.

  10. Stepwise Swelling of a Thin Film of Lamellae-Forming Poly(styrene-b-butadiene) in Cyclohexane Vapor

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    Di, Zhenyu; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef-M.


    We investigated the swelling of a thin film of lamellae-forming poly(styrene-b-butadiene) in cyclohexane vapor. The vapor pressure and thus the degree of swelling of the film are increased in a stepwise manner using a custom-built sample cell. The resulting structural changes during and after eac...

  11. Effect of grain morphology on gas bubble swelling in UMo fuels – A 3D microstructure dependent Booth model

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    Hu, Shenyang; Burkes, Douglas; Lavender, Curt A.; Joshi, Vineet


    A three dimensional microstructure dependent swelling model is developed for studying the fission gas swelling kinetics in irradiated nuclear fuels. The model is extended from the Booth model [1] in order to investigate the effect of heterogeneous microstructures on gas bubble swelling kinetics. As an application of the model, the effect of grain morphology, fission gas diffusivity, and spatial dependent fission rate on swelling kinetics are simulated in UMo fuels. It is found that the decrease of grain size, the increase of grain aspect ratio for the grain having the same volume, and the increase of fission gas diffusivity (fission rate) cause the increase of swelling kinetics. Other heterogeneities such as second phases and spatial dependent thermodynamic properties including diffusivity of fission gas, sink and source strength of defects could be naturally integrated into the model to enhance the model capability.

  12. Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function (United States)

    Zainuddin, Zainal; Newton, Mike; Sacco, Paul; Nosaka, Kazunori


    Context: Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes muscle pain and tenderness that typically develop several hours postexercise and consist of predominantly eccentric muscle actions, especially if the exercise is unfamiliar. Although DOMS is likely a symptom of eccentric-exercise–induced muscle damage, it does not necessarily reflect muscle damage. Some prophylactic or therapeutic modalities may be effective only for alleviating DOMS, whereas others may enhance recovery of muscle function without affecting DOMS. Objective: To test the hypothesis that massage applied after eccentric exercise would effectively alleviate DOMS without affecting muscle function. Design: We used an arm-to-arm comparison model with 2 independent variables (control and massage) and 6 dependent variables (maximal isometric and isokinetic voluntary strength, range of motion, upper arm circumference, plasma creatine kinase activity, and muscle soreness). A 2-way repeated-measures analysis of variance and paired t tests were used to examine differences in changes of the dependent variable over time (before, immediately and 30 minutes after exercise, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 14 days postexercise) between control and massage conditions. Setting: University laboratory. Patients or Other Participants: Ten healthy subjects (5 men and 5 women) with no history of upper arm injury and no experience in resistance training. Intervention(s): Subjects performed 10 sets of 6 maximal isokinetic (90°·s−1) eccentric actions of the elbow flexors with each arm on a dynamometer, separated by 2 weeks. One arm received 10 minutes of massage 3 hours after eccentric exercise; the contralateral arm received no treatment. Main Outcome Measure(s): Maximal voluntary isometric and isokinetic elbow flexor strength, range of motion, upper arm circumference, plasma creatine kinase activity, and muscle soreness. Results: Delayed-onset muscle soreness was significantly less for the massage condition for peak

  13. Leg Swelling (United States)

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  14. Thyroid swellings

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    Rebecca Hatton; Madhukar Patel; Devasenan Devendra


    @@ A 48 year old post-menopausal woman presents with a smooth midline sweHing in her neck,which has been present for more than 10 years.On find that it is consistent with an enlarged thyroid gland.

  15. Joint swelling (United States)

    ... chap 275. Raftery AT, Lim E, Ostor AJK. Joint disorders. In: Raftery AT, Lim E, Ostor AJK, eds. ... A.M. Editorial team. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Joint Disorders Browse the Encyclopedia A.D.A.M., Inc. ...

  16. Swelling of root cell walls as an indicator of their functional state. (United States)

    Meychik, N R; Yermakov, I P


    The swelling capacity of cell walls isolated from different parts of lupine root was investigated. The water content in fragments of intact roots (Q) and swelling coefficient of standardized samples of cell walls (Kcw) were determined, and the dependences of Q and Kcw on the distance from the root tip (L) were plotted. It was shown that the change in Q value along the stretch of the lupine root reaches its maximum at distances of 1.5-6 cm or 7-12 cm from the root tip in 7-day-old and 14-day-old seedlings, respectively, whereas the Kcw value distribution over the root length is virtually invariable. In the radial direction, both the Q and Kcw values in cortex tissues are about twice higher than in the central cylinder. In our opinion, the changes of both Q and Kcw in the radial direction are associated with different degrees of cross-linking between polymer chains in cell wall structures of root cortex and central cylinder. The results of measurement of the Kcw value are consistent with the widely accepted mechanisms of water transport in roots in the radial direction. These data show that water transport through apoplast to the border between the cortex and central cylinder is accompanied by an increase in the resistance to water flow. Among other factors, this increase is due to a greater degree of cross-linking between cell wall polymers in the central cylinder. The results of measurement of the swelling coefficient of standardized cell wall samples in water and in 10 mM KCl at different pH values show that the swelling capacity of root cell walls varies according to the physicochemical properties of synthetic ion exchangers. Cell walls shrink (cell wall volume decreases) as ion concentration in solution increases and pH decreases. This causes an increase in the hydraulic resistance (or a decrease in the hydraulic conductivity) of apoplast. It was concluded that swelling is determined by the physicochemical properties of the cell wall, whereas the change in the


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Acute scrotal swellings are the commonest swellings affecting both children and adults. Though these swellings are frequently encountered, many a times correct diagnosis is not made and testes have been sacrificed. Therefore, the aim is to study the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis and management of acute scrotum with use of history, clinical examination and investigations. METHODS The material for this study was obtained from patients admitted to general surgical wards of Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences with acute scrotal swellings being included in the study from July 2013 to July 2015 and were evaluated clinically as well as with additional investigations. RESULTS Epididymo-orchitis was found to be the commonest (39 out of 90 followed by testicular torsion (19 cases and Fournier’s gangrene (15 cases. Acute scrotal swellings were common in younger individuals. The maximum incidence occurred during 3rd decade. The average duration of pain from onset till presentation in case of epididymo-orchitis was 3.54 days and in case of Fournier’s gangrene was 9.6 days. Haemogram, urine analysis were not conclusive but were supportive to clinical diagnosis. USG combined with Doppler has high accuracy in detecting testicular torsion. The period of hospitalization was found to be more in Fournier’s gangrene (Mean 41 days. CONCLUSION The commonest cause for acute scrotum is epididymo-orchitis followed by torsion testis and Fournier’s gangrene. Presence of scrotal swelling with pain is the most common feature followed by fever. Patients with Fournier’s gangrene can present with septicaemic shock. The duration of symptoms is less in case of epididymo-orchitis than in case of Fournier’s gangrene. Presence of urinary symptoms, similar complaints in the past is an important factor for acute scrotum. Involvement of right side is more common than left side. Routine investigations like

  18. Influence of 4-vinylbenzylation on the rheological and swelling properties of photo-activated collagen hydrogels

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    Tronci, Giuseppe; Thomson, Neil H; Russell, Stephen J; Wood, David J


    Covalent functionalisation of collagen has been shown to be a promising strategy to adjust the mechanical properties of highly swollen collagen hydrogels. At the same time, secondary interactions between for example, amino acidic terminations or introduced functional groups also play an important role and are often challenging to predict and control. To explore this challenge, 4-vinylbenzyl chloride (4VBC) and methacrylic anhydride (MA) were reacted with type I collagen, and the swelling and rheological properties of resulting photo activated hydrogel systems investigated. 4VBC-based hydrogels showed significantly increased swelling ratio, in light of the lower degree of collagen functionalisation, with respect to methacrylated collagen networks, whilst rheological storage moduli were found to be comparable between the two systems. To explore the role of benzyl groups in the mechanical properties of the 4VBC-based collagen system, model chemical force microscopy (CFM) was carried out in aqueous environment wi...


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    Full Text Available This study presents four simple mathematical models to build the voltage shape with the knowledge of few parameters and detects voltage sag and swells accurately. Fourier series, cubic polynomial, Rational functions and Sum of Sin functions are used in this study to model the voltage profile. A new algorithm is developed to detect sag or swell in all the four models. The voltage estimation due to cubic polynomial has more voltage error and then rational function. The sum of sine function and Fourier series functions does accurate voltage estimation. Errors due to various functions are also tabulated for one electrical cycle. The performance of each method has been compared with other to know the effectiveness of different models and their results are presented.

  20. Effect of vulcanization system and carbon black on mechanical and swelling properties of EPDM blends

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    Hesty Eka Mayasari


    Full Text Available EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer is one of synthetic rubber that widely used in automotive. It must be vulcanized and added by other materials before used. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of vulcanization system and the addition of carbon black (CB to the mechanical properties and swelling characteristic of EPDM. This research used three vulcanization system, conventional vulcanization (CV, efficient vulcanization (EV and semi-efficient vulcanization (SEV with the variation of carbon black 50, 60, 70 phr (per hundred resin. This research showed that EV system resulted faster vulcanization time and lower delta torque than SEV and CV systems. This system also performed the highest tensile strength, elongation, and tear strength, while SEV system resulted the highest hardness. Furthermore, the conventional vulcanization system resulted the lowest swelling index.

  1. Swelling behavior detection of irradiated U-10Zr alloy fuel using indirect neutron radiography (United States)

    Sun, Yong; Huo, He-yong; Wu, Yang; Li, Jiangbo; Zhou, Wei; Guo, Hai-bing; Li, Hang; Cao, Chao; Yin, Wei; Wang, Sheng; Liu, Bin; Feng, Qi-jie; Tang, Bin


    It is hopeful that fusion-fission hybrid energy system will become an effective approach to achieve long-term sustainable development of fission energy. U-10Zr alloy (which means the mass ratio of Zr is 10%) fuel is the key material of subcritical blanket for fusion-fission hybrid energy system which the irradiation performance need to be considered. Indirect neutron radiography is used to detect the irradiated U-10Zr alloy because of the high residual dose in this paper. Different burnup samples (0.1%, 0.3%, 0.5% and 0.7%) have been tested with a special indirect neutron radiography device at CMRR (China Mianyang Research Reactor). The resolution of the device is better than 50 μm and the quantitative analysis of swelling behaviors was carried out. The results show that the swelling behaviors relate well to burnup character which can be detected accurately by indirect neutron radiography.

  2. The Swelling Equilibria of N-isopropylacrylamide Based Hydrogel in Aqueous Solution of Ethanol

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    许小平; HUETHERAndreas; MAURERGerd


    N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) was used to synthesize NIPAAm homopolymer (nonionized) and NIPAAm-sodium methacrylate copolymer (ionized). The swelling equilibria for both gels were obtained in aqueous solution of ethanol with concentration ranging from 0 to 100%(by mass) at 25℃. The swollen gel in water shrank first with the addition of a small amount of ethanol and then reswelled with further addition of ethanol showing not only a discontinuous volume phase transition but also a typical reentrant phenomenon. A thermodynamic model based on the UNIQUAC with the "free-volume" contribution was applied to correlate and predict the swelling behavior of the poly(NIPAAM)-gels in ethanol-water mixture.

  3. A Facile Synthesis of Silver-Coated Composite Particles by Swelling Surface Method

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    LIU Jun-Bing; LI Neng; WANG Si-Zhen; ZHANG Jian-Hui; WANG Zhen-Lin


    @@ We report a facile and rapid method for fabrication of composite particles consisting of a polystyrene (PS) core and a uniform silver shell.The process involves the PS colloid surface swelling, the anchoring of silver ions and nanoparticles onto the surfaces, and the subsequent growth of metal seeds in a short period.The present approach has the advantages of simplicity and high efficiency.The TEM images show the morphology of the obtained PS core-silver shell particles, and their chemical composition and crystallinity are analysed by x-ray diffraction.To our knowledge, this is the first study based on swelling PS surface for synthesis of silver-coated PS particles and may be implemented for preparing other metal-coated PS particles.

  4. Effects of ozone therapy on pain, swelling, and trismus following third molar surgery. (United States)

    Kazancioglu, H O; Kurklu, E; Ezirganli, S


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic ozone application in the management of pain, swelling, and trismus associated with the surgical removal of impacted mandibular third molars. Sixty consecutive patients with asymptomatic bilateral impacted mandibular third molars were recruited into the study. Randomly, by use of envelops, the molar on one side was extracted and ozone therapy was given (study side); the molar on the other side was extracted 2 weeks later and sham ozone therapy was given (negative control side). The mean age of the 60 patients was 22.6±2.3 years (range 18-25 years). No differences were found between the two sides for mouth opening or swelling. The degree of pain and the number of analgesic tablets taken was significantly lower for the study side. This study showed ozone therapy to have a positive effect on OHIP-14 questionnaire results.

  5. Swellings over the Limbs as the Earliest Feature in a Patient with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type V

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    Ali Al Kaissi


    Full Text Available Swellings over the upper and lower limbs were encountered in a one-year-old child. Skeletal survey showed a constellation of distinctive radiographic abnormalities of osteoporosis, hyperplastic callus and ossification of the interosseous membrane of the forearm, femora, and to lesser extent the tibiae. Neither wormian bones of the skull nor dentinogenesis imperfecta was present. Genetic tests revealed absence of mutation in COL1A1 or COL1A2 genes, respectively. The overall phenotypic features were consistent with the diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta type V (OI-V. The aim of this paper is to distinguish between swellings because of intrinsic bone disorders and these due to child physical abuse.

  6. Effect of dolomite on reduction swelling property of iron ore pellets

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    许斌; 侯通; 陈许玲; 李骞; 姜涛; 李鹏


    The effect of various dosages of dolomites on the reduction swelling property of iron ore pellets was studied. Experimental results show that the reduction swelling index(RSI) decreases from 13.35% to 4.0%, while the porosity of roasted pellets increases from 35% to 40% with increasing the dolomite dosage from 0 to 10.5%. Meanwhile, the content of magnesium ferrite with high melting temperature, as well as the stability of magnetite(Fe3 O4) in the roasted pellets, increases with increasing the magnesium oxide(MgO) content from dolomite. The reasons for the decrease of RSI rely on the absence of crystal transformation from Fe2 O3 to Fe3 O4, the increased porosity of roasted pellet, and the suppression of phase transition of 2CaO·SiO2 resulted from the incorporation of magnesium into calcium silicate.

  7. Synovial hemangiohamartoma presenting as knee pain, swelling and a soft tissue mass: a case report

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    Senol Serkan


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction We present a case of a patient with juxtaarticular hemangiohamartoma with a synovial extension associated with hemorrhagic synovitis and recurrent spontaneous hemarthrosis. Case presentation A 21-year-old Caucasian woman was admitted to our hospital complaining of pain and swelling at her knee for 6 months. In the magnetic resonance imaging, T2-weighted and fat-suppressed scans revealed a mass with high signal intensity just posterior to the patellar tendon. We performed an excisional biopsy of the mass through an anterior longitudinal incision. Excised material included arterial and venous vascular structures, which were found to be spread among the fat, connective and peripheral nerve tissues microscopically. Conclusion Although hemangiohamartomas are not true neoplasms, they may cause knee pain, swelling and hemarthrosis that warrant surgical resection. This lesion, although rare, should be considered in the differential diagnosis, especially in teenagers and young adults.

  8. Anomalous swelling of multilamellar lipid bilayers in the transition region by renormalization of curvature elasticity

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    Callisen, Thomas Hønger; Mortensen, Kell; Ipsen, John Hjorth


    Small-angle neutron scattering is used to determine the temperature dependence of the lamellar repeat distance in an aqueous multilamellar solution of phospholipid bilayers. A thermal anomaly in the swelling behavior is observed at the bilayer phase transition. The anomalous behavior can be suppr......Small-angle neutron scattering is used to determine the temperature dependence of the lamellar repeat distance in an aqueous multilamellar solution of phospholipid bilayers. A thermal anomaly in the swelling behavior is observed at the bilayer phase transition. The anomalous behavior can...... be suppressed by varying the lipid acyl-chain length or by alloying with a molecular stiffening agent. The experimental results are explained in terms of renormalization of the bilayer curvature elasticity and by using a theory of repulsive interlamellar undulation forces....

  9. Contact sensitivity in mice evaluated by means of ear swelling and a radiometric test

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    Baeck, O.; Larsen, A.


    Contact sensitivity to picryl chloride was investigated by means of the ear swelling test and a radiometric test in order to establish optimal experimental conditions for these assays. Contact sensitivity was demonstrated as soon as 2 days after sensitization, with a maximum reaction 3-4 days after sensitization, when a 48 hr test reaction was registered. The test reaction was followed for 72 hr and maximum was arrived at after 24 hr and 48 hr for the ear swelling test and the radiometric test, respectively. Optimal sensitization was reached with a 7% solution of picryl chloride and a maximum test reaction was found with 0.75-1.0% picryl chloride. It is concluded that both assays measure contact sensitivity in quantitative terms and a future replacement of the guinea pig maximization test is discussed.

  10. Swelling and Replicative DNA Synthesis of Detergent-treated Mouse Ascites Sarcoma Cells

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    Full Text Available Previous investigation showed that mouse ascites sarcoma cells permeabilized with appropriate concentrations of detergents (Triton X-100, Nonidet P-40 and Brij 58 had high replicative DNA synthesis in the presence of the four deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates, ATP, Mg2+ and proper ionic environment. The present study showed the optimum detergent concentration for DNA synthesis coincided closely with the minimum detergent concentration for inducing cell swelling. Phase contrast microscopy and electron microscopy of Triton-permeabilized cells showed the characteristic swollen cytoplasms and nucleus. Autoradiographic study showed that the DNA synthesis in permeable cells was confined to the nucleus. Cell viability and [3H] deoxythymidine uptake were impaired at much lower concentrations of Triton X-100 than the optimum concentration for in vitro DNA synthesis. In Triton-permeabilized cells, the minimum Triton concentration that produced cell swelling also seemed to produce high repliative DNA synthesis, which reflects the in vivo state of DNA synthesis.

  11. Swelling of the temporal region: a case of benign masticatory muscle hypertrophy

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    Gniadecka, M; Weismann, K; Herning, Gudrun Margrethe


    A 35-year-old Caucasian woman had bilateral indolent swelling of the temporal regions. Imaging studies with nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography and histopathological investigation revealed enlargement of the temporal and masseter muscles, with no pathology in the skin or subcutaneous tiss....... A small prolactinoma of the pituitary gland was incidentally found. The condition, designated benign masticatory muscle hypertrophy, should be distinguished from similar diseases affecting the skin and the subcutaneous tissue of the scalp. The cause remains unknown......A 35-year-old Caucasian woman had bilateral indolent swelling of the temporal regions. Imaging studies with nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography and histopathological investigation revealed enlargement of the temporal and masseter muscles, with no pathology in the skin or subcutaneous tissue...

  12. Expanding Prevertebral Soft Tissue Swelling Subsequent to a Motor Vehicle Collision

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    Matthew F. Ryan


    Full Text Available Cervical acceleration/deceleration or whiplash injuries are a common cause of cervical spine trauma. Cervical acceleration/deceleration can result in vertebral fractures, subluxations, and ligamentous and other soft tissue injuries. Severe injuries are often evidenced by increased prevertebral swelling on lateral X-ray. Assessment of the prevertebral space on lateral cervical spine films is an essential component for identifying potential traumatic neck injuries. We describe a case in which an 84-year-old man on coumadin presented to the emergency department after a low-impact motor vehicle crash. The patient initially complained of neck and shoulder pain which subsequently progressed to hoarseness, dysphagia, and dyspnea. Imaging studies revealed significant prevertebral tissue swelling with anterior compression of his airway that required airway stabilization via awake fiber-optic intubation and reversal of his anticoagulation therapy.

  13. Swelling and Drug Release Characteristics of Poly (methacrylic acid-co-poloxamer) hydrogels

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    XUHui; LINYan-nan; DINGPing-tian; TIANMei-juan; ZHENGJun-min


    Poly (methacrylie acid co-poloxamer) hydrogel networks were synthesized by free-radical solution polymerization, and the dynamic swelling and in vitro release properties of model drugs, dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DMP) and vitamin B12 (VB12) were studied. These gels exhibited pH-dependant swelling and sustained drug release properties, and the water uptake rate and drug release rate in neutral or basic media were higher than that in acidic media. The results showed that the water uptake followed non-Fickian or zero order process in neutral or basic media, and the release of model drugs from hydrogels of appropriate composition was of zero order kinetics over a period of several hours.

  14. Swelling of nuclei embedded in neutron-gas and consequences for fusion

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    Umar, A S; Horowitz, C J; Reinhard, P -G; Maruhn, J A


    Fusion of very neutron rich nuclei may be important to determine the composition and heating of the crust of accreting neutron stars. We present an exploratory study of the effect of the neutron-gas environment on the structure of nuclei and the consequences for pycnonuclear fusion cross-sections in the neutron drip region. We studied the formation and properties of Oxygen and Calcium isotopes embedded in varying neutron-gas densities. We observe that the formed isotope is the drip-line nucleus for the given effective interaction. Increasing the neutron-gas density leads to the swelling of the nuclear density. We have used these densities to study the effect of this swelling on the fusion cross-sections using the S\\~{a}o-Paulo potential. At high neutron-gas densities the cross-section is substantially increased but at lower densities the modification is minimal.

  15. Sternocostal joint swelling--clinical Tietze's syndrome. Report of sixteen cases and review of the literature. (United States)

    Jurik, A G; Graudal, H


    Sixteen patients with painful tender swelling in the region of the sternocostal joint (SCJ) are reported and analysed against the background of a review of 106 previously reported patients with Tietze's syndrome. Seven patients fulfilled all the diagnostic criteria for Tietze's syndrome. The radiographic findings and/or the history of these patients suggested that local strain generated by respiration is a pathogenetic factor. Nine patients had a systemic arthritic disorder, skin disease, or psoriasis in their family. They differed from the 7 patients with local involvement and from those reviewed, by the rather frequent bilateral involvement, a frequent affection of the first SCJ and the manubriosternal joint, and a female predominance. Their SCJ swellings may be viewed as part of a seronegative arthritis.

  16. The Goodman swell: a lithospheric flexure caused by crustal loading along the Midcontinent rift system (United States)

    Peterman, Z.E.; Sims, P.K.


    Rb-Sr biotite ages of Archean and Early to Middle Proterozoic crystalline rocks in northern Wisconsin and adjacent Upper Peninsula of Michigan describe a regionally systematic pattern related to differential uplift. An "age low' occurs in northern Wisconsin where values range from 1070-1172 Ma for rocks with crystallization ages of 1760 to 1865 Ma. These values overlap with the main episode of mafic igneous activity (1090 to 1120 Ma) along the Midcontinent rift system (MRS). We interpret these low biotite ages as registering closure due to cooling below the 300??C isotherm as a consequence of uplift and rapid erosion of an area that we are informally naming the Goodman swell. We interpret the swell to be a forebulge imposed on an elastic crust by loading of mafic igneous rocks along and within the axis of the MRS. -from Authors

  17. Plasticity, Swell-Shrink, and Microstructure of Phosphogypsum Admixed Lime Stabilized Expansive Soil

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    Jijo James


    Full Text Available The study involved utilization of an industrial waste, Phosphogypsum (PG, as an additive to lime stabilization of an expansive soil. Three lime dosages, namely, initial consumption of lime (ICL, optimum lime content (OLC, and less than ICL (LICL, were identified for the soil under study for stabilizing the soil. Along with lime, varying doses of PG were added to the soil for stabilization. The effect of stabilization was studied by performing index tests, namely, liquid limit, plastic limit, shrinkage limit, and free swell test, on pulverized remains of failed unconfined compression test specimens. The samples were also subjected to a microstructural study by means of scanning electron microscope. Addition of PG to lime resulted in improvement in the plasticity and swell-shrink characteristics. The microstructural study revealed the formation of a dense compact mass of stabilized soil.

  18. Mechanical, thermal and swelling properties of phosphorylated nanocellulose fibrils/PVA nanocomposite membranes. (United States)

    Niazi, Muhammad Bilal Khan; Jahan, Zaib; Berg, Sigrun Sofie; Gregersen, Øyvind Weiby


    Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) have strong reinforcing properties when incorporated in a compatible polymer matrix. This work reports the effect of the addition of phosphorylated nanocellulose (PCNF) on the mechanical, thermal and swelling properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposite membranes. The incorporation of nanocellulose in PVA reduced the crystallinity at 0%RH. However, when the films were exposed to higher humidities the crystallinity increased. No apparent trend is observed for mechanical properties for dry membranes (0% RH). However, at 93% RH the elastic modulus increased strongly from 0.12MPa to 0.82MPa when adding 6% PCNF. At higher humidities, the moisture uptake has large influence on storage modulus, tan δ and tensile properties. Membranes containing 1% PCNF absorbed most moisture. Swelling, thermal and mechanical properties indicate a good potential for applying of PVA/phosphorylated nanocellulose composite membranes for CO2 separation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Refractometric discrimination of void-space filling and swelling during vapour sorption in polymer films. (United States)

    Cross, G H; Ren, Y; Swann, M J


    Thin polymeric films have been deposited as upper cladding layers on a new integrated optical interferometer fabricated from layers of silicon oxynitride on a silicon wafer. The evanescent field of the probing waveguide mode transduces refractive index changes in the polymer layer into the measured phase changes in the device. Real-time measurement of index change and its sign is obtained. Upon exposure to humid air, we record water sorption by films of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) by a rapid positive index change for void-space filling followed by a slow negative index change for swelling. Sorption of water vapor into a thin film of the viscous liquid polymer polyethylenimine shows only swelling mode behaviour and a simple constitutive model can be applied to give the fractional water occupied volume.

  20. Swelling of the temporal region: a case of benign masticatory muscle hypertrophy

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    Gniadecka, M; Weismann, K; Herning, Gudrun Margrethe


    A 35-year-old Caucasian woman had bilateral indolent swelling of the temporal regions. Imaging studies with nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography and histopathological investigation revealed enlargement of the temporal and masseter muscles, with no pathology in the skin or subcutaneous tiss....... A small prolactinoma of the pituitary gland was incidentally found. The condition, designated benign masticatory muscle hypertrophy, should be distinguished from similar diseases affecting the skin and the subcutaneous tissue of the scalp. The cause remains unknown......A 35-year-old Caucasian woman had bilateral indolent swelling of the temporal regions. Imaging studies with nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasonography and histopathological investigation revealed enlargement of the temporal and masseter muscles, with no pathology in the skin or subcutaneous tissue...

  1. Features of rubber swelling in transformer oil, according to NMR data (United States)

    Bavin, R. R.; Fursov, D. I.; Vasil'ev, S. G.; Tarasov, V. P.; Zabrodin, V. A.; Volkov, V. I.


    NMR spectroscopy, NMR relaxation, and NMR with a pulsed magnetic field gradient methods are used to study the swelling of the elastomers based on ethylene-propylene rubber, butadiene-nitrile rubber, and fluororubber SKF-26 in transformer oil. Components corresponding to the fractions of oil and polymer network are identified. It is shown that the affinity of the polymers toward transformer oil displays an increase in the orderly sequence of ethylene-propylene rubber, fluororubber, and butadiene-nitrile rubber; the stability of the polymers towards carbon tetrachloride falls in the same sequence. Based on an analysis of the spin-spin relaxation time depending on the degree of swelling, it is found that fluororubber elastomers are characterized by the formation of a polymer network that prevents further sorption, In contrast, elastomer based on ethylene-propylene rubber gives no indication of the formation of a rigid polymer network.

  2. Nanoscale Electrodes: Nanoscale Electrodes for Flexible Electronics by Swelling Controlled Cracking (Adv. Mater. 30/2016). (United States)

    Zhao, Qiang; Wang, Wenjun; Shao, Jinyou; Li, Xiangming; Tian, Hongmiao; Liu, Lu; Mei, Xuesong; Ding, Yucheng; Lu, Bingheng


    The fabrication of nanospaced electrodes on a flexible substrate is a great challenge. W. Wang, J. Shao, and co-workers propose a novel approach to fabricate nanogap electrodes for flexible electronics using a swelling-controlled cracking method, which is described on page 6337. This method has the advantages of high applicability, parallel manufacturing capacity, and compatibility with flexible substrates. It provides a new way to create high-performance flexible electronics in a cost-efficient fashion.

  3. Biodegradable hydrophobic-hydrophilic hybrid hydrogels: swelling behavior and controlled drug release. (United States)

    Wu, Da-Qing; Chu, Chih-Chang


    The objective of this work was to investigate a new family of hydrophobic-hydrophilic biodegradable hybrid hydrogels as drug carriers. A series of hydrophobic-hydrophilic biodegradable hybrid hydrogels was formulated via photo means from hydrophobic three-arm poly (epsilon-caprolactone) maleic acid (PGCL-Ma) and hydrophilic dextran maleic acid (Dex-Ma) precursors over a wide range of the two precursors' feed ratio (PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma at 100:0, 70:30, 50:50, 30:70 and 0:100). A low-molecular-weight and hydrophilic drug, the alpha-7 agonist cocaine methiodide, was used as the model drug for the release study from the hybrid hydrogels in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer solution at 37 degrees C. The swelling data of these hybrid hydrogels depended on the hydrophobic to hydrophilic precursors' feed ratio, and there were several-fold differences in swelling ratios between a pure hydrophilic Dex-Ma and a pure hydrophobic PGCL-Ma hydrogels. The presence of the hydrophobic PGCL-Ma component significantly reduced the initial burst swelling of the hybrid hydrogels. Depending on the two precursors' feed ratios, the swelling data during the early period obeyed either Fickian diffusion (for 50:50 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma hydrogel), non-Fickian or anomalous transport (for 70:30 and 100:0 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma), or relaxation-controlled (for 30:70 and 0:100 PGCL-Ma/Dex-Ma). A wide range of cocaine methiodide release profiles was achieved by controlling hydrophobic to hydrophilic precursors' feed ratios. Initial drug burst release was significantly reduced as the concentration of the hydrophobic PGCL-Ma component increased in the hybrid hydrogels. The bulk of cocaine methiodide released during the 160-h period was via diffusion-controlled mechanism, while degradation-controlled mechanism dominated thereafter.

  4. Re-evaluation of sarcolemma injury and muscle swelling in human skeletal muscles after eccentric exercise. (United States)

    Yu, Ji-Guo; Liu, Jing-Xia; Carlsson, Lena; Thornell, Lars-Eric; Stål, Per S


    The results regarding the effects of unaccustomed eccentric exercise on muscle tissue are often conflicting and the aetiology of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) induced by eccentric exercise is still unclear. This study aimed to re-evaluate the paradigm of muscular alterations with regard to muscle sarcolemma integrity and fibre swelling in human muscles after voluntary eccentric exercise leading to DOMS. Ten young males performed eccentric exercise by downstairs running. Biopsies from the soleus muscle were obtained from 6 non-exercising controls, 4 exercised subjects within 1 hour and 6 exercised subjects at 2-3 days and 7-8 days after the exercise. Muscle fibre sarcolemma integrity, infiltration of inflammatory cells and changes in fibre size and fibre phenotype composition as well as capillary supply were examined with specific antibodies using enzyme histochemistry and immunohistochemistry. Although all exercised subjects experienced DOMS which peaked between 1.5 to 2.5 days post exercise, no significant sarcolemma injury or inflammation was detected in any post exercise group. The results do not support the prevailing hypothesis that eccentric exercise causes an initial sarcolemma injury which leads to subsequent inflammation after eccentric exercise. The fibre size was 24% larger at 7-8 days than at 2-3 days post exercise (pexercise (lower in 5 of the 6 subjects at 7-8 days than at 2-3 days; pexercise was interpreted to reflect fibre swelling. Because the fibre swelling did not appear at the time that DOMS peaked (between 1.5 to 2.5 days post exercise), we concluded that fibre swelling in the soleus muscle is not directly associated with the symptom of DOMS.

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Chitosan-based Novel Superabsorbent hydrogel: Swelling and Dye Adsorption behavior


    Oladipo, Akeem Adeyemi


    ABSTRACT: Lately, a wide application of eco-friendly polysaccharide-based hydrogels in waste water treatment has received enormous attention in the literature. Particularly, the development of super swelling chitosan-based materials as versatile and useful adsorbent polymeric agent is an expanding area in the field of adsorption science today. The effluents containing dye materials from the processing industries are washed off into rivers and lakes which can be very harmful to creatures. Low...

  6. Intrauterine Contraceptive Device Migration Presenting as Abdominal Wall Swelling: A Case Report

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    Imtiaz Wani


    Full Text Available A number of complications are reported with the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices. These may pursue asymptomatic course or present as an acute abdomen after migration into peritoneal cavity. The authors here are reporting an abdominal wall swelling caused by transuterine migration of a copper intrauterine contraceptive device in a 28-year-old female. An open approach was used, and impacted foreign body was retrieved.

  7. Influence of Salinity on the Consistency and Swelling Characteristics of Bentonite


    Kreft, A; Sikora, Z.; Wijeyesekera, D.Chitral


    Bentonite clay liners are used as a barrier material for water, chemicals and gas in civil engineering structures such as engineered landfills and in structural water proofing. Bentonic clays absorb water and expand greater than any other ordinary plastic clay. The expansiveness of the clay is characterised by the absorbed cation in the clay and the geochemical environment. This paper critically investigates factors that contribute to the swelling characteristics of bentonite clay and its pro...

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Chitosan-based Novel Superabsorbent hydrogel: Swelling and Dye Adsorption behavior


    Oladipo, Akeem Adeyemi


    ABSTRACT: Lately, a wide application of eco-friendly polysaccharide-based hydrogels in waste water treatment has received enormous attention in the literature. Particularly, the development of super swelling chitosan-based materials as versatile and useful adsorbent polymeric agent is an expanding area in the field of adsorption science today. The effluents containing dye materials from the processing industries are washed off into rivers and lakes which can be very harmful to creatures. Low...

  9. How Do Organic Vapors Swell Ultra-Thin PIM-1 Films?

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    Ogieglo, Wojciech


    Dynamic sorption of ethanol and toluene vapor into ultra-thin supported PIM-1 films down to 6 nm are studied with a combination of in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and in-situ X-ray reflectivity. Both ethanol and toluene significantly swell the PIM-1 matrix and, at the same time, induce persistent structural relaxations of the frozen-in glassy PIM-1 morphology. For ethanol below 20 nm three effects were identified. First, the swelling magnitude at high vapor pressures is reduced by about 30% as compared to thicker films. Second, at low penetrant activities (below 0.3 p/p0) films below 20 nm are able to absorb slightly more penetrant as compared with thicker films despite similar swelling magnitude. Third, for the ultra-thin films the onset of the dynamic penetrant-induced glass transition Pg has been found to shift to higher values indicating higher resistance to plasticization. All of these effects are consistent with a view where immobilization of the super-glassy PIM-1 at the substrate surface leads to an arrested, even more rigid and plasticization-resistant, yet still very open, microporous structure. PIM-1 in contact with the larger and more condensable toluene shows very complex, heterogeneous swelling dynamics and two distinct penetrant-induced relaxation phenomena, probably associated with the film outer surface and the bulk, are detected. Following the direction of the penetrant\\'s diffusion the surface seems to plasticize earlier than the bulk and the two relaxations remain well separated down to 6 nm film thickness, where they remarkably merge to form just a single relaxation.

  10. Bilateral subdural effusion and subcutaneous swelling with normally functioning csf shunt.

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    Mitra S


    Full Text Available We report a child with hydrocephalus due to tuberculous meningitis who developed a subcutaneous fluid collection around the ventriculoperitoneal shunt tube entry point, after one month of shunting. On investigation, he had decompressed ventricles with bilateral fronto parietal subdural hygroma. Bifrontal burr hole drainage helped resolution of both subdural effusion and subcutaneous scalp swelling. This complication is unique and its pathogenesis has been postulated.

  11. N3DFix: an Algorithm for Automatic Removal of Swelling Artifacts in Neuronal Reconstructions. (United States)

    Conde-Sousa, Eduardo; Szücs, Peter; Peng, Hanchuan; Aguiar, Paulo


    It is well established that not only electrophysiology but also morphology plays an important role in shaping the functional properties of neurons. In order to properly quantify morphological features it is first necessary to translate observational histological data into 3-dimensional geometric reconstructions of the neuronal structures. This reconstruction process, independently of being manual or (semi-)automatic, requires several preparation steps (e.g. histological processing) before data acquisition using specialized software. Unfortunately these processing steps likely produce artifacts which are then carried to the reconstruction, such as tissue shrinkage and formation of swellings. If not accounted for and corrected, these artifacts can change significantly the results from morphometric analysis and computer simulations. Here we present N3DFix, an open-source software which uses a correction algorithm to automatically find and fix swelling artifacts in neuronal reconstructions. N3DFix works as a post-processing tool and therefore can be used in either manual or (semi-)automatic reconstructions. The algorithm's internal parameters have been defined using a "ground truth" dataset produced by a neuroanatomist, involving two complementary manual reconstruction procedures: in the first, neuronal topology was faithfully reconstructed, including all swelling artifacts; in the second procedure a meticulous correction of the artifacts was manually performed directly during neuronal tracing. The internal parameters of N3DFix were set to minimize the differences between manual amendments and the algorithm's corrections. It is shown that the performance of N3DFix is comparable to careful manual correction of the swelling artifacts. To promote easy access and wide adoption, N3DFix is available in NEURON, Vaa3D and Py3DN.

  12. Study of the Effect of Swelling on Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking

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    Teysseyre, Sebastien Paul [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    This report describes the methodology used to study the effect of swelling on the crack growth rate of an irradiation-assisted stress corrosion crack that is propagating in highly irradiated stainless steel 304 material irradiated to 33 dpa in the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II. The material selection, specimens design, experimental apparatus and processes are described. The results of the current test are presented.

  13. Water diffusion pathway, swelling pressure, and biomechanical properties of the intervertebral disc during compression load

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    Ohshima, H.; Tsuji, H.; Hirano, N.; Ishihara, H.; Katoh, Y.; Yamada, H. (Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical Univ. (Japan))


    The behavior of water in the intervertebral disc of pig tail and its physiologic and biomechanical properties were investigated in relation to compression load. The water content, chemical composition, and swelling pressure in the intervertebral disc were measured, and the mechanism of the generation of the swelling pressure in relation to compression load stress was studied. The swelling pressure, through regulation of the water content of the disc and the resistance of the external load, differs with the region of the intervertebral disc. In the nucleus pulposus and the inner layer of the anulus fibrosus, the swelling pressure rises in proportion to the load, but few changes occur in the outer layer of the anulus fibrosus, and the constant pressure environment is thus maintained. The tritiated water (3H2O) uptake of the disc under various loads was measured. The molar partition coefficient of tritiated water is almost equal to 1 even under a compression load, which suggests that water is freely exchangeable. The diffusion of 3H2O in the intervertebral disc was traced using two pathway models: the perianular route and the end-plate route. The diffusion of water in the unloaded disc for both uptake and washout was about 2 to 3 times larger in the perianular route than in the end-plate route. Under load, the water diffusion was inhibited in both pathways. The relation between the load and displacement revealed viscoelastic properties indicating creep and stress relaxation. Young's modulus and the stiffness increased with a rise in load speed.

  14. Disassembly of actin structures by nanosecond pulsed electric field is a downstream effect of cell swelling. (United States)

    Pakhomov, Andrei G; Xiao, Shu; Pakhomova, Olga N; Semenov, Iurii; Kuipers, Marjorie A; Ibey, Bennett L


    Disruption of the actin cytoskeleton structures was reported as one of the characteristic effects of nanosecond-duration pulsed electric field (nsPEF) in both mammalian and plant cells. We utilized CHO cells that expressed the monomeric fluorescent protein (mApple) tagged to actin to test if nsPEF modifies the cell actin directly or as a consequence of cell membrane permeabilization. A train of four 600-ns pulses at 19.2 kV/cm (2 Hz) caused immediate cell membrane poration manifested by YO-PRO-1 dye uptake, gradual cell rounding and swelling. Concurrently, bright actin features were replaced by dimmer and uniform fluorescence of diffuse actin. To block the nsPEF-induced swelling, the bath buffer was isoosmotically supplemented with an electropore-impermeable solute (sucrose). A similar addition of a smaller, electropore-permeable solute (adonitol) served as a control. We demonstrated that sucrose efficiently blocked disassembly of actin features by nsPEF, whereas adonitol did not. Sucrose also attenuated bleaching of mApple-tagged actin in nsPEF-treated cells (as integrated over the cell volume), although did not fully prevent it. We conclude that disintegration of the actin cytoskeleton was a result of cell swelling, which, in turn, was caused by cell permeabilization by nsPEF and transmembrane diffusion of solutes which led to the osmotic imbalance.

  15. “Caught by the Eye of Sound” – Epigastric Swelling due to Xiphisternal Tuberculosis (United States)

    Grover, Shabnam Bhandari; Arora, Sumit; Kumar, Amit; Grover, Hemal; Katyan, Amit; Nair, Deepthi Mohan


    Summary Background Common causes of an epigastric mass include hepatomegaly, pancreatic pseudocyst and epigastric hernia, less common causes being carcinoma of the stomach or pancreas, whereas diseases of the sternum presenting as an epigastric swelling is extremely uncommon. We report a case of tubercular infection of the sternum located in the xiphoid process resulting in its presentation as an epigastric swelling. Case Report A 30-year-old immunocompetent woman with complaints of an epigastric swelling and undocumented pyrexia for four months was referred for sonographic evaluation with a clinical suspicion of an incompletely treated liver abscess. The patient was examined with ultrasound, sternal radiographs, CT and MRI. Ultrasound revealed a heterogeneous epigastric collection with linear echogenic components suggestive of bone fragments. These appearances suggested chronic infective osteomyelitis of the xiphoid process of the sternum. Lateral chest radiograph demonstrated lytic destruction of the xiphisternum. Tubercular etiology was considered and further evaluation with Multidetector Computed tomography (MDCT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) demonstrated erosive osteomyelitis of the xiphoid process with enhancing inflammation and collection in the adjoining soft tissue. Ultrasound-guided aspiration, PCR and Amplified Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA test confirmed tubercular infection. Conclusions We report a new case of osteo-articular tuberculosis localized to the xiphisternum, a rare clinical entity with an extremely unusual clinical presentation as an epigastric mass. The role of ultrasound in primary diagnosis and as an interventional diagnostic modality for guided aspiration is highlighted. PMID:28217237

  16. Analytical method of load-transfer of single pile under expansive soil swelling

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    FAN Zhen-hui; WANG Yong-he; XIAO Hong-bin; ZHANG Chun-shun


    The elastic differential equations of load-transfer of single pile either with applied loads on pile-top or only under the soil swelling were established, respectively, based on the theory of pile-soil interaction and the shear-deformation method. The derivation of analytic solution to load-transfer for single pile in expansive soil could hereby be obtained by means of superposition principle under expansive soils swelling. The comparison of two engineering examples was made to prove the credibility of the suggested method. The analyzed results show that this analytic solution can achieve high precision with few parameters required, indicating its' simplicity and practicability in engineering application. The employed method can contribute to determining the greatest tension along pile shaft resulting from expansive soils swelling and provide reliable bases for engineering design. The method can be employed to obtain various distributive curves of axial force, settlements and skin friction along the pile shaft with the changes of active depth, vertical movements of the surface and loads of pile-top.

  17. Modeling the effects of pH and ionic strength on swelling of anionic polyelectrolyte gels (United States)

    Drozdov, A. D.; deClaville Christiansen, J.


    A constitutive model is developed for the elastic response of an anionic polyelectrolyte gel under swelling in water with an arbitrary pH and an arbitrary molar fraction of dissolved monovalent salt. A gel is treated as a three-phase medium consisting of a solid phase (polymer network), solvent (water), and solute (mobile ions). Transport of solvent and solute is thought of as their diffusion through the polymer network accelerated by an electric field formed by mobile and fixed ions and accompanied by chemical reactions (dissociation of functional groups attached to polymer chains and formation of ion pairs between bound charges and mobile counter-ions). Constitutive equations are derived by means of the free energy imbalance inequality for an arbitrary three-dimensional deformation with finite strains. These relations are applied to analyze equilibrium swelling diagrams on poly(acrylic acid) gel, poly(methacrylic acid) gel, and three composite hydrogels under water uptake in a bath (i) with a fixed molar fraction of salt and varied pH, and (ii) with a fixed pH and varied molar fraction of salt. To validate the ability of the model to predict observations quantitatively, material constants are found by matching swelling curves under one type of experimental conditions and results of simulation are compared with experimental data in the other type of tests.

  18. Swelling and drug releasing properties of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) thermo-sensitive copolymer gels

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    Chunyue PAN; Qingde LONG; Dian YU; Yanping RAO; Nianqian WU; Xingcui LI


    A series of N,isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm)copolymer gels with different hydrophilicities were prepared from NIPAAm, hydrophilic acrylamide (AAm) and hydrophobic butyl methacrylate (BMA). The swelling and thermo,responsive properties of PNIPAAm P (NIPAm,co,BMA) and P(NIPAm,co,AAm) copolymer hydrogels were investigated. The drug loading and releasing behaviors for two kinds of model drug with different hydrophilicities were studied. The result shows that the copolymer gels present negative thermo,sensitivities. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST), equilibrium swelling degree and the initial swelling rate increase as the hydrophilicity of gels increases when the temperature is below the LCST. With increasing gel hydrophilicity the loading ratio for sodium salicylate increases, while for salicylic acid, the reverse is observed. The initial drug releasing rate of sodium salicylate and salicylic acid also increase with increasing gel hydrophilicity. The initial drug releasing rate of sodium salicylate is significantly higher than that of salicylic acid. For salicylic acid which is less hydrophilic, the equilibrium releasing ratio at high temperature is lower than that at low temperature while for sodium salicylate which is more hydrophilic, the equilibrium releasing ratio at high temperature is almost the same as that at low temperature. Equilibrium releasing ratios of the three gels are significantly different from each other for salicylic acid when the temperature is below LCST while the equilibrium releasing ratios of the three gels are all 100% for sodium salicylate.

  19. A transverse isotropic model for microporous solids: Application to coal matrix adsorption and swelling (United States)

    Espinoza, D. N.; Vandamme, M.; Dangla, P.; Pereira, J.-M.; Vidal-Gilbert, S.


    Understanding the adsorption-induced swelling in coal is critical for predictable and enhanced coal bed methane production. The coal matrix is a natural anisotropic disordered microporous solid. We develop an elastic transverse isotropic poromechanical model for microporous solids which couples adsorption and strain through adsorption stress functions and expresses the adsorption isotherm as a multivariate function depending on fluid pressure and solid strains. Experimental data from the literature help invert the anisotropic adsorptive-mechanical properties of Brzeszcze coal samples exposed to CO2. The main findings include the following: (1) adsorption-induced swelling can be modeled by including fluid-specific and pressure-dependent adsorption stress functions into equilibrium equations, (2) modeling results suggest that swelling anisotropy is mostly caused by anisotropy of the solid mechanical properties, and (3) the total amount of adsorbed gas measured by immersing coal in the adsorbate overestimates adsorption amount compared to in situ conditions up to ˜20%. The developed fully coupled model can be upscaled to determine the coal seam permeability through permeability-stress relationships.

  20. Association between ROS production, swelling and the respirasome integrity in cardiac mitochondria. (United States)

    Jang, Sehwan; Javadov, Sabzali


    Although mitochondrial Ca(2+) overload and ROS production play a critical role in mitochondria-mediated cell death, a cause-effect relationship between them remains elusive. This study elucidated the crosstalk between mitochondrial swelling, ROS production, and electron transfer chain (ETC) supercomplexes in rat heart mitochondria in response to Ca(2+) and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBH), a lipid-soluble organic peroxide. Results showed that ROS production induced by TBH was significantly increased in the presence of Ca(2+) in a dose-dependent manner. TBH markedly inhibited the state 3 respiration rate with no effect on the mitochondrial swelling. Ca(2+) exerted a slight effect on mitochondrial respiration that was greatly aggravated by TBH. Analysis of supercomplexes revealed a minor difference in the presence of TBH and/or Ca(2+). However, incubation of mitochondria in the presence of high Ca(2+) (1 mM) or inhibitors of ETC complexes (rotenone and antimycin A) induced disintegration of the main supercomplex, respirasome. Thus, PTP-dependent swelling of mitochondria solely depends on Ca(2+) but not ROS. TBH has no effect on the respirasome while Ca(2+) induces disintegration of the supercomplex only at a high concentration. Intactness of individual ETC complexes I and III is important for maintenance of the structural integrity of the respirasome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Swelling, Functionalization, and Structural Changes of the Nanoporous Layered Silicates AMH-3 and MCM-22

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    Kim, Wun-gwi


    Nanoporous layered silicate materials contain 2D-planar sheets of nanoscopic thickness and ordered porous structure. In comparison to porous 3D-framework materials such as zeolites, they have advantages such as significantly increased surface area and decreased diffusion limitations because the layers can potentially be exfoliated or intercalated into polymers to form nanocomposite materials. These properties are particularly interesting for applications as materials for enhancing molecular selectivity and throughput in composite membranes. In this report, the swelling and surface modification chemistry of two attractive nanoporous layered silicate materials, AMH-3 and MCM-22, were studied. We first describe a method, using long-chain diamines instead of monoamines, for swelling of AMH-3 while preserving its pore structure to a greater extent during the swelling process. Then, we describe a stepwise functionalization method for functionalizing the layer surfaces of AMH-3 and MCM-22 via silane condensation reactions. The covalently attached hydrocarbon chain molecules increased the hydrophobicity of AMH-3 and MCM-22 layer surfaces and therefore allow the possibility of effectively dispersing these materials in polymer matrices for thin film/membrane applications. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  2. Influence of clay swelling on the mechanical behaviour of Egyptian Helwan limestone (United States)

    Aly, Nevin


    Clay minerals exist naturally in the majority of different Egyptian limestones types. Changes in the dimensions of clays during swelling / shrinking process induced by changes in the environmental conditions can result in acceleration the deterioration of the hosting stone. Petrographic investigation by scanning - electron microscope (SEM) of Helwan limestone (biomicritic limestone) revealed distribution of a typical smectite morphology (curled - leaf shape) beside abundance of glauconite pellets within the stone material. The clay frication extracted from Helwan reached 10% and oriented aggregates samples were analyzed by X- ray diffraction (XRD) and confirmed the identification of smectite as the main mineral in the clay frication. To study the effect of the clay content on the mechanical behavior of Helwan limestone, hygric swelling test was performed at first by using displacement sensor and then the effect of multiple wetting/ drying cycles on the stone strength was determined using unconfined compressive strength (UCS). Results revealed that there was a significant correlation between degree of swelling of the clay and strength of the limestone.

  3. Thermal stability, swelling behavior and CO 2 absorption properties of Nanoscale Ionic Materials (NIMs)

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    Andrew Lin, Kun-Yi


    © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. Nanoscale Ionic Materials (NIMs) consist of a nanoscale core, a corona of charged brushes tethered on the surface of the core, and a canopy of the oppositely charged species linked to the corona. Unlike conventional polymeric nanocomposites, NIMs can display liquid-like behavior in the absence of solvents, have a negligible vapor pressure and exhibit unique solvation properties. These features enable NIMs to be a promising CO2 capture material. To optimize NIMs for CO2 capture, their structure-property relationships were examined by investigating the roles of the canopy and the core in their thermal stability, and thermally- and CO2-induced swelling behaviors. NIMs with different canopy sizes and core fractions were synthesized and their thermal stability as well as thermally- and CO2-induced swelling behaviors were determined using thermogravimetry, and ATR FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies. It was found that the ionic bonds between the canopy and the corona, as well as covalent bonds between the corona and the core significantly improved the thermal stability compared to pure polymer and polymer/nanofiller mixtures. A smaller canopy size and a larger core fraction led to a greater enhancement in thermal stability. This thermal stability enhancement was responsible for the long-term thermal stability of NIMs over 100 temperature swing cycles. Owing to their ordered structure, NIMs swelled less when heated or when they adsorbed CO2 compared to their corresponding polymers. This journal is

  4. Mitochondrial swelling impairs the transport of organelles in cerebellar granule neurons. (United States)

    Kaasik, Allen; Safiulina, Dzhamilja; Choubey, Vinay; Kuum, Malle; Zharkovsky, Alexander; Veksler, Vladimir


    Organelle transport in neuronal processes is central to the organization, developmental fate, and functions of neurons. Organelles must be transported through the slender, highly branched neuronal processes, making the axonal transport vulnerable to any perturbation. However, some intracellular structures like mitochondria are able to considerably modify their volume. We therefore hypothesized that swollen mitochondria could impair the traffic of other organelles in neurite shafts. To test this hypothesis, we have investigated the effects of mitochondrial swellers on the organelle traffic. Our data demonstrate that treatment of neurons with potassium ionophore valinomycin led to the fast time-dependent inhibition of organelle movement in cerebellar granule neurons. Similar inhibition was observed in neurons treated with the inhibitors of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, sodium azide and antimycin, which also induced swelling. No decrease in the motility of organelles was observed in cultures treated with inhibitors of ATP production or transport, oligomycin or bongkrekic acid, suggesting that inhibition of the ATP-generating activity itself without swelling does not affect the motility of organelles. The effect of swellers on the traffic was more important in thin processes, thus indicating the role of steric hindrance of swollen mitochondria. We propose that the size and morphology of the transported cargo is also relevant for seamless axonal transport and speculate that mitochondrial swelling could be one of the reasons for impaired organelle transport in neuronal processes.

  5. Preparation and characterization of oil palm frond based cellulose hydrogel and its swelling properties (United States)

    Selvakumaran, Nesha; Lazim, Mohd Azwani Shah bin Mat


    Malaysia is one of the largest producer of palm oil thus the quantity of biomass each year from this industry is very large. The oil palm frond from palm oil industry can be used as a source of cellulose which can be incorporated into hydrogel to be used as adsorbent. This research reported how to disperse 2 % cellulose in a `green-solution' prepared by using urea and sodium hydroxide. Polymerization is carried out between the monomers polyacrylamide and cellulose using microwave to form hydrogel. Hydrogel with 2 % cellulose have a swelling index of 1814 %. Meanwhile, zero hydrogel which is made with only polyacrylamide has swelling index of 15 %. Scanning electron microscope shows that cellulose hydrogel have a rough surface compared with zero hydrogel. This might attribute to the high swelling index for cellulose hydrogel compared with zero hydrogel. Meanwhile, FTIR shows that successful polymerization has occurred between polyacrylamide and cellulose with the characteristic band at 1657.99 cm-1 which is for N-H bond.

  6. Effect of filler water absorption on water swelling properties of natural rubber (United States)

    Trakuldee, J.; Boonkerd, K.


    The efficient water swelling rubber can be obtained by using high hydrophilic rubber such as chloroprene rubber. However, chloroprene rubber is synthetic rubber developed from the petroleum. Recently, many researches try to replace the usage of synthetic rubber with natural rubber. This is not only due to the concerning of environment but the cost reduction as well. However, natural rubber is hydrophobic, thus not absorbing water. To develop the water swelling rubber from natural rubber, the addition of water absorption filler is needed. The study was aimed to formulate water swelling rubber from natural rubber filled with sodium polyacrylate (SA)/sodium bentonite clay (SBC) hybrid filler used to water absorbent. The filler loading was kept constantly at 150 phr. The effect of SA/SBC ratio varied from 1:0, 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 on the water absorption of the hybrid filled natural rubber was determined. The obtained result showed that the water adsorption proportionally increased with increasing SA loading but decreased with increasing SBC loading. The effect of glycidyl methacrylate (GM) and poly ethylene glycol (PEG) on the water absorption was studied later. The result from a scanning electron microscope depicted that the presence of GM can depress the falling out of SA from the rubber matrix while the presence of PEG increased water absorption.

  7. Electron microscopic observation of montmorillonite swelled by water with the aid of hydrophilic ionic liquid

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    Takahashi, Chisato [Advanced Ceramics Research Center, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Honmachi 3-101-1, Tajimi, Gifu 507-0033 (Japan); Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Pharmacy, Aichi Gakuin University, Kusumoto 1-100, Chikusa, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8650 (Japan); Shirai, Takashi [Advanced Ceramics Research Center, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Honmachi 3-101-1, Tajimi, Gifu 507-0033 (Japan); Fuji, Masayoshi, E-mail: [Advanced Ceramics Research Center, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Honmachi 3-101-1, Tajimi, Gifu 507-0033 (Japan)


    The morphology and structure of hydrous montmorillonite in different swelling condition have been observed with the aid of hydrophilic ionic liquid (IL; 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Tetrafluoroborate) using electron microscope. The observation mechanism of hydrous montmorillonite with layer structure using IL was revealed by swelling behavior as measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with selected area electron diffraction pattern (SAED). The morphology of hydrous montmorillonite containing a large amount of water was also successfully observed by field emission electron microscope (FE-SEM). In addition, the inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and thermogravimetric – differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) results showed the ion-exchange behavior of hydrous montmorillonite during the IL treatment. The technique allowed the exact morphology to be observed of hydrated materials with layer structure in civil engineering, cosmetics, medical and agricultural fields. - Highlights: • Observation of two different conditions of hydrated montmorillonite was investigated. • The swelling structure by water molecules was characterized by TEM. • The observation mechanism of hydrous montmorillonite was revealed. • Ionic liquid is useful for characterization of hydrated materials with layer structure.

  8. Prediction of postoperative facial swelling, pain and trismus following third molar surgery based on preoperative variables (United States)

    de Souza-Santos, Jadson A.; Martins-Filho, Paulo R.; da Silva, Luiz C.; de Oliveira e Silva, Emanuel D.; Gomes, Ana C.


    Objective: This paper investigates the relationship between preoperative findings and short-term outcome in third molar surgery. Study design: A prospective study was carried out involving 80 patients who required 160 surgical extractions of impacted mandibular third molars between January 2009 and December 2010. All extractions were performed under local anesthesia by the same dental surgeon. Swelling and maximal inter-incisor distance were measured at 48 h and on the 7th day postoperatively. Mean visual analogue pain scores were determined at four different time periods. Results: One-hundred eight (67.5%) of the 160 extractions were performed on male subjects and 52 (32.5%) were performed on female subjects. Median age was 22.46 years. The amount of facial swelling varied depending on gender and operating time. Trismus varied depending on gender, operating time and tooth sectioning. The influence of age, gender and operating time varied depending on the pain evaluation period (p trismus and pain) differ depending on the patients’ characteristics (age, gender and body mass index). Moreover, surgery characteristics such as operating time and tooth sectioning were also associated with postoperative variables. Key words:Third molar extraction, pain, swelling, trismus, postoperative findings, prediction. PMID:23229245

  9. Quantitative Studies on PDMS-PDMS Interface Bonding with Piranha Solution and its Swelling Effect

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    Choon-Lai Chiang


    Full Text Available In this paper, a low-cost yet effective method of irreversible bonding between two elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS interfaces using Piranha solution is investigated. Piranha solutions at a weight ratio of 3:1 using different acids and hydrogen peroxide were attempted. The average tensile strengths of the device bonded with concentrated sulfuric acid-based piranha solution and nitric acid-based piranha solution were found to be 200 ± 20 kPa and 100 ± 15 kPa respectively. A PDMS surface treated with Piranha Solution demonstrated an increase in hydrophilicity. In addition, relatively straightforward swelling studies of PDMS using a weight loss method with common organic solvents were also investigated. Experimental results show that hexane, toluene, ethyl acetate, n-propyl alcohol and acetone swell PDMS significantly over a duration of up to 1 h and above; PDMS samples reached a steady state of swelling only after 5 min of immersion in other solvents. This will enable researchers to develop devices for the future according to the interaction between the material and the solvents in contact.

  10. Muscle stiffness, strength loss, swelling and soreness following exercise-induced injury in humans. (United States)

    Howell, J N; Chleboun, G; Conatser, R


    1. In order to study injury-related changes in muscle stiffness, injury to the elbow flexors of thirteen human subjects was induced by a regimen of eccentric exercise. 2. Passive stiffness over an intermediate range of elbow angles was measured with a device which held the relaxed arm of the subject in the horizontal plane and stepped it through the range of elbow angles from 90 deg to near full extension at 180 deg. The relation between static torque and elbow angle was quite linear over the first 50 deg and was taken as stiffness. 3. Stiffness over this range of angles more than doubled immediately after exercise and remained elevated for about 4 days, and may result from low level myofibrillar activation induced by muscle stretch. 4. Arm swelling was biphasic; arm circumference increased by about 3% immediately after exercise, fell back toward normal, then increased by as much as 9% and remained elevated for as long as 9 days. 5. Ultrasound imaging showed most of the swelling immediately following the exercise to be localized to the flexor muscle compartment; subsequent swelling involved other tissue compartments as well. 6. Muscle strength declined by almost 40% after the exercise and recovery was only slight 10 days later; the half-time of recovery appeared to be as long as 5-6 weeks. PMID:8229798

  11. Changes in cerebral hemodynamics in patients with posttraumatic diffuse brain swelling after external intraventricular drainage

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    Kefei Chen; Jirong Dong; Tian Xia; Chunlei Zhang; Wei Zhao; Qinyi Xu; Xuejian Cai


    Purpose: To investigate the changes of cerebral hemodynamics pre-and post-ventricular drainage in patients with posttraumatic acute diffuse brain swelling.Methods: Twenty-four cases of traumatic diffuse brain swelling were analyzed retrospectively.Patients in nonsurgical group were treated by medicine therapy.Patients in surgical group were treated by external ventricular drainage plus medicine therapy.The first CT perfusion scan was completed within 4 -5 h after trauma and scanned again after 7 days.The changes of perfusion parameters in area-of-interest in two groups were analyzed and compared before and after treatment.Result: Compared with the nonsurgical group, the value of cerebral blood volume, cerebral blood flow and mean transit time in bilateral frontal temporopadetal grey matter, basal ganglia, cerebellum, and brain stem at pre-and post-therapy were increased significantly (p < 0.05) in surgical group, and consequently the prognosis of patients undergoing surgery was also better than that of nonsurgical group.Conclusion: External ventricular drainage can improve cerebral perfusion and increase survival quality for the patients with posttraumatic acute diffuse brain swelling.


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    2 '-methacryloxy-3α, 7α 12α- trimethacryloyl cholic acid ethyl ester (CAGE4MA) has been prepared from cholic acid. Photo-polymeric resins were prepared from CAGE4MA. 2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacrylyloxypropoxy)phenyl]propane (bis-GMA) was used for comparison, triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) was used as diluent. The polymerization was initiated by camphoroquinone (CQ)/N, N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) system. The conversion of CAGE4MA was 39% when the reaction time is 60s, which is lower than bis-GMA and TEGDMA.The swelling value of CAGE4MA resin was 0.41% in distilled water, which is much lower than those of bis-GMA resin (2.04%) and TEGDMA resin (4.77%) under the same conditions. Copolymers from CAGE4MA and TEGDMA have been prepared. With the increase of TEGDMA in mixture, the degree of conversion of CA GE4MA and swelling value increased. The swelling values of photocured resins in 0. 1mol/L HCl were also measured.

  13. Effect of proteolytic enzyme bromelain on pain and swelling after removal of third molars. (United States)

    Singh, Tejpal; More, Vinayak; Fatima, Umayra; Karpe, Tanveer; Aleem, Mohammed A; Prameela, J


    To evaluate the effect of bromelain on pain and swelling after surgical removal of third molars. A prospective randomized clinical study was conducted among 40 patients requiring surgical removal of impacted mandibular third molars. All the impacted molars were surgically removed, and the patients were administered bromelain along with amoxicillin. Patients were recalled on day 1, day 3, and day 7 for postoperative pain assessment using visual analogue scale (VAS) and postoperative swelling assessment using facial reference points tragus and pogonion. VAS score was statistically analyzed using repeated analysis of variance with post-hoc Bonferroni test postoperatively on day 1, day 3, and day 7 using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software version 14. Out of the total 40 patients, bromelain was effective in 28 (70%) patients. In these patients, there was reduction in swelling and pain after taking bromelain. Bromelain can be used as a successful oral enzyme therapy for oral surgery patients, especially after removal of impacted third molars.

  14. Low-temperature swelling in LWR internal components: a computational assessment

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    Stoller, Roger E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Golubov, Stanislav I. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Barashev, Alexander V. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)


    A modern cluster dynamics model has been used to investigate the materials and irradiation parameters that control microstructural evolution under the relatively low-temperature exposure conditions that are representative of the operating environment for in-core light water reactor components. The focus is on components fabricated from austenitic stainless steel. The model accounts for the synergistic interaction between radiation-produced vacancies and the helium that is produced by nuclear transmutation reactions. Cavity nucleation rates are shown to be relatively high in this temperature regime (275 to 325 °C), but are sensitive to assumptions about the fine-scale microstructure produced under low-temperature irradiation. The cavity nucleation rates observed run counter to the expectation that void swelling would not occur under these conditions. This expectation was based on previous research on void swelling in austenitic steels in fast reactors. This misleading impression arose primarily from an absence of relevant data. The results of the computational modeling are generally consistent with recent data obtained by examining ex-service components. The long-term objective of this research is to provide a predictive model of void swelling at relevant lifetime exposures to support extended reactor operations.

  15. Continuous ventricular cerebrospinal fluid drainage with intracranial pressure monitoring for management of posttraumatic diffuse brain swelling

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    Almir Ferreira de Andrade


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Ventricular drainage has played an important role in the management of traumatic brain-injured patients. The aim of the present study was describe outcomes in a series of 57 patients with diffuse brain swelling underwent to intracranial pressure (ICP monitoring. METHOD: Fifty-eight patients with diffuse posttraumatic brain swelling, were evaluated prospectively. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS scores of patients varied from 4 to 12. Patients groups divided according to GCS and age. Patient neurological assessment was classified as favorable, unfavorable, and death. RESULTS: Mechanisms of injury were vehicle accidents in 72.4% and falls in 15.6%. 54% of patients had GCS scores between 6 and 8. There were no statistical differences, regarding outcome, between groups separated by age. In the adults group (n=47, 44.7% evolved favorably. CONCLUSION: Our results indicate a poor prognosis in patients with brain swelling. We believe that continuous ventricular CSF drainage with ICP monitoring is a simple method as an adjunct in the management of these patients.

  16. Synthesis and swelling behavior of polyurethane networks based on hyperbranched polymer

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    Džunuzović Jasna V.


    Full Text Available A series of six polyurethane (PU networks was synthesized from BoltornR hydroxy-functional hyperbranched polyester (HBP of the second pseudo generation as a crosslinking agent, α,ω- dihydroxy-(ethylene oxide-poly(dimethylsiloxane-ethylene oxide (EO-PDMS-EO and 4,4’- methylenediphenyl diisocyanate, by a two-step polymerization in solution. Each sample of the prepared PUs had different EO-PDMS-EO content. The chemical structure of the synthesized networks was analyzed by FTIR spectroscopy. The influence of the EO-PDMS-EO content and type of the solvent on the swelling behavior of the PUs in 2-propanol and toluene was investigated. During the swelling measurements certain amount of sol fractions was extracted from the PUs by solvents. According to the 1H NMR results, sol fractions are mainly composed of the soluble hyperbranched PU, formed during the polymerization by partial modification of the end hydroxyl groups of HBP with NCO-terminated prepolymer synthesized in the first step of the reaction. Chains of the so reacted prepolymer can then fold back and form cyclic products by reaction of the free -NCO group from the NCO-terminated prepolymer with free -OH group of HBP. As the EO-PDMS-EO content increases the amount of the sol fractions and swelling degree also increased, indicating that networks with lower EO-PDMS-EO content are more crosslinked and have higher solvent resistance.

  17. Improvement of the Dimensional Stability of Powder Injection Molded Compacts by Adding Swelling Inhibitor into the Debinding Solvent (United States)

    Fan, Yang-Liang; Hwang, Kuen-Shyang; Su, Shao-Chin


    Defects are frequently found in powder injection molded (PIM) compacts during solvent debinding due to the swelling of the binders. This problem can be alleviated by adjusting the composition of the debinding solvent. In this study, 10 vol pct swelling inhibitors were added into heptane, and the in-situ amounts of swelling and sagging of the specimen in the solvent were recorded using a noncontacting laser dilatometer. The results show that the addition of ethanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-pentanol reduced the amounts of swelling by 31, 21, 17, and 11 pct, respectively. This was because the small molecule alcohols, which do not dissolve paraffin wax (PW) or stearic acid (SA) in the binder system, could diffuse easily into the specimen and increased the portion of the swelling inhibitor inside. The amount of the extracted PW and SA also decreased, but only by 8.3, 6.1, 4.3, and 2.4 pct, respectively. The solubility parameters of 1-bromopropane (n-PB) and ethyl acetate (EA) are between those of heptane and alcohols, and they also yielded a slight reduction in the amounts of swelling by 6 and 11 pct, respectively. These results suggest that to reduce defects caused by binder swelling during solvent debinding, alcohols with high solubility parameters can be added into heptane without sacrificing significantly on the debinding rate.

  18. Advanced liquefaction using coal swelling and catalyst dispersion techniques. Quarterly technical progress report No. 7, April 1993--June 1993

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    Curtis, C.W. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States); Chander, S. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Gutterman, C.


    The overall objective of this project is to develop a new approach for the direct liquefaction of coal to produce an all-distillate product slate at a sizable cost reduction over current technology. The approach integrates coal selection, pretreatment, coal swelling with catalyst impregnation, liquefaction, product recovery with characterization, alternate bottoms processing, and carrying out a technical assessment including an economic evaluation. The project is being carried out under contract to the United States Department of Energy. All three coals used in this study (Black Thunder, Burning Star bituminous, and Martin Lake lignite) are effectively swelled by a number of solvents. The most effective solvents are those having hetero-functionality. In addition, a synergistic effect has been demonstrated, in which solvent blends are more effective for coal swelling than the pure solvents alone. Therefore, it will be necessary to use only low levels of swelling agents and yet promote the impregnation of catalyst precursors. The rate of the impregnation of catalyst precursors into swollen coal increases greatly as the effectiveness of the solvent to swell the coal increases. This effect is also demonstrated by improved catalyst precursor impregnation with increased contact temperature. Laboratory- and bench-scale liquefaction experimentation is underway using swelled and catalyst impregnated coal samples. Higher coal conversions were observed for the SO{sub 2}-treated coal than the raw coal, regardless of catalyst type. Conversions of swelled coal were highest when Molyvan-L, molybdenum naphthenate, and nickel octoate, respectively, were added to the liquefaction solvent.

  19. Swelling and microstructure of austenitic stainless steel ChS-68 CW after high dose neutron irradiation

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    Porollo, S.I.; Konobeev, Yu.V. [State Scientific Center of Russian Federation - Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE), Obninsk, Kaluga Region (Russian Federation); Garner, F.A., E-mail: [Radiation Effects Consulting, 2003 Howell Avenue, Richland, WA 99354 (United States)


    Austenitic stainless steel ChS-68 serving as fuel pin cladding was irradiated in the 20% cold-worked condition in the BN-600 fast reactor in the range 56-84 dpa. This steel was developed to replace EI-847 which was limited by its insufficient resistance to void swelling. Comparison of swelling between EI-847 and ChS-68 under similar irradiation conditions showed improvement of the latter steel by an extended transient regime of an additional approx10 dpa. Concurrent with swelling was the development of a variety of phases. In the temperature range 430-460 deg. S where the temperature peak of swelling was located, the principal type of phase generated during irradiation was G-phase, with volume fraction increasing linearly with dose to approx0.5% at 84 dpa. While the onset of swelling is concurrent with formation of G-phase, the action of G-phase cannot be confidently ascribed to significant removal from solution of swelling-suppressive elements such as silicon. A plausible mechanism for the higher resistance to void swelling of ChS-68 as compared with EI-847 may be related to an observed higher stability of faulted dislocation loops in ChS-68 that impedes the formation of a glissile dislocation network. The higher level of boron in ChS-68 is thought to be one contributor that might play this role.

  20. Teleconnection between the North Indian Ocean high swell events and meteorological conditions over the Southern Indian Ocean (United States)

    Remya, P. G.; Vishnu, S.; Praveen Kumar, B.; Balakrishnan Nair, T. M.; Rohith, B.


    The link between North Indian Ocean (NIO) high swell events and the meteorological conditions over the Southern Indian Ocean (SIO) is explored in this article, using a combination of in situ measurements and model simulations for the year 2005. High waves, without any sign in the local winds, sometimes cause severe flooding events along the south-west coast of India, locally known as the Kallakkadal events and cause major societal problems along the coasts. In situ observations report 10 high swell events in NIO during 2005. Our study confirms that these events are caused by the swells propagating from south of 30°S. In all cases, 3-5 days prior to the high swell events in NIO, we observed a severe low pressure system, called the Cut-Off Low (COL) in the Southern Ocean. These COLs are quasistationary in nature, providing strong (˜25 ms-1) and long duration (˜3 days) surface winds over a large fetch; essential conditions for the generation of long-period swells. The intense equator ward winds associated with COLs in the SIO trigger the generation of high waves, which propagate to NIO as swells. Furthermore, these swells cause high wave activity and sometimes Kallakkadal events along the NIO coastal regions, depending on the local topography, angle of incidence, and tidal conditions. Our study shows that such natural hazards along the NIO coasts can be forecasted at least 2 days in advance if the meteorological conditions of the SIO are properly monitored.

  1. Hygromorphic behaviour of cellular material: hysteretic swelling and shrinkage of wood probed by phase contrast X-ray tomography (United States)

    Derome, Dominique; Rafsanjani, Ahmad; Patera, Alessandra; Guyer, Robert; Carmeliet, Jan


    Wood is a hygromorphic material, meaning it responds to changes in environmental humidity by changing its geometry. Its cellular biological structure swells during wetting and shrinks during drying. The origin of the moisture-induced deformation lies at the sub-cellular scale. The cell wall can be considered a composite material with stiff cellulose fibrils acting as reinforcement embedded in a hemicellulose/lignin matrix. The bulk of the cellulose fibrils, forming 50% of the cell wall, are oriented longitudinally, forming long-pitched helices. Both components of cell wall matrix are displaying swelling. Moisture sorption and, to a lesser degree, swelling/shrinkage are known to be hysteretic. We quantify the affine strains during the swelling and shrinkage using high resolution images obtained by phase contrast synchrotron X-ray tomography of wood samples of different porosities. The reversibility of the swelling/shrinkage is found for samples with controlled moisture sorption history. The deformation is more hysteretic for high than for low density samples. Swelling/shrinkage due to ad/desorption of water vapour displays also a non-affine component. The reversibility of the swelling/shrinkage indicates that the material has a structural capacity to show a persistent cellular geometry for a given moisture state and a structural composition that allows for moisture-induced transitional states. A collection of qualitative observations of small subsets of cells during swelling/shrinkage is further studied by simulating the observed behaviour. An anisotropic swelling coefficient of the cell wall is found to emerge and its origin is linked to the anisotropy of the cellulose fibrils arrangement in cell wall layers.

  2. Preparation and evaluation of swelling induced-orally disintegrating tablets by microwave irradiation. (United States)

    Sano, Syusuke; Iwao, Yasunori; Kimura, Susumu; Itai, Shigeru


    A major challenge in the development of orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) is to achieve a good balance between tablet hardness and disintegration time. In this study, an advanced method was demonstrated to improve these opposing properties in a molded tablet using a one-step procedure that exploits the swelling induced by microwave treatment. Wet molded tablets consisting of the delta form of mannitol and silicon dioxide were prepared and microwave-heated to generate water vapor inside the tablets. This induced either swelling or shrinking of tablets, in the extent of each being dependent on tablet formulation and manufacturing conditions. A two-level full factorial design method was used to evaluate the effects of several variables in formulation and manufacturing conditions on the tablet properties, hardness, disintegration time and change in shape. The variables investigated in this study were: ratio of silicon dioxide in formulation, water volume added in granulation, ratio of water absorbed by silicon dioxide prior to granulation, and microwave irradiation time. Swelling of tablet by microwave irradiation was observed in the batches with high ratio of silicon dioxide and low levels of water volume. The disintegration time was clearly shortened by induction of the swelling, while tablet hardness increased. We demonstrated that the water vapor generated by microwave irradiation promoted a change in the crystalline form of mannitol from delta to beta, and that this may have contributed to an increase in tablet hardness. Additionally, it was found that new solid bridges were formed between the granules in the tablet via the pathway from dissolution of mannitol in water vapor to congelation, resulting in an increase in tablet hardness. Thus, both tablet hardness and disintegration properties of the molded tablets were improved by the proposed one-step method and the appropriate ranges for variables are indicated. In addition, multiple regression modeling was

  3. Swelling, ion uptake and biodegradation studies of PE film modified through radiation induced graft copolymerization

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    Kaur, Inderjeet, E-mail: [Department Chemistry, HPU Shimla 171005 (India); Gupta, Nitika; Kumari, Vandna [Department Chemistry, HPU Shimla 171005 (India)


    An attempt to develop biodegradable polyethylene film grafting of mixture of hydrophilic monomers methacrylic acid (MAAc) and acrylamide (AAm) onto PE film has been carried out by preirradiation method using benzoyl peroxide as the radical initiator. Since ether linkages are susceptible to easy cleavage during degradation process, PE film was irradiated before the grafting reactions by {gamma}-rays to introduce peroxidic linkages (PE-OO-PE) that offer sites for grafting. The effect of irradiation dose, monomer concentration, initiator concentration, temperature, time and amount of water on the grafting percent was determined. Maximum percentage of grafting of binary mixture (MAAc+AAm), (1792%) was obtained at a total concentration of binary monomer mixture=204.6x10{sup -2} mol/L ([MAAc]=176.5x10{sup -2} mol/L, [AAm]=28.1x10{sup -2} mol/L), [BPO]=8.3x10{sup -2} mol/L at 100 deg. C in 70 min. The grafted PE film was characterized by the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) methods. Some selective properties of grafted films such as swelling studies, ion uptake and biodegradation studies have been investigated. The grafted films show good swelling in water, ion uptake studies shows promising results for desalination of brackish water and the soil burial test shows that PE film grafted with binary monomer mixture degrades up to 47% within 50 days. - Highlights: > Binary mixture of methacrylic acid (MAAc) and acrylamide (AAm) onto PE film by preirradiation method was carried out. > Graft copolymers of MAAc+AAm and PE film were characterized by FTIR, TGA and SEM studies and was found to be thermally stable. > Grafting of MAAc+AAm improved swelling behavior giving maximum swelling (485.71%) in water as against PE with 0% swelling. > The grafted PE-g-poly (MAAc-co-AAm) behaves as an excellent material for ion separation. > Biodegradation studies by soil burial test showed 47.19% of

  4. Kinetics of swelling-breakdown of a W/O/W multiple emulsion: possible mechanisms for the lipophilic surfactant effect. (United States)

    Geiger, S; Tokgoz, S; Fructus, A; Jager-Lezer, N; Seiller, M; Lacombe, C; Grossiord, J L


    The properties and behavior of a W/O/W multiple emulsion formulation were analyzed during a swelling-breakdown process. Various experimental analyses, such as granulometry, rheology and conductimetry were performed, as well as a micropipette aspiration method. The predominant role of the lipophilic surfactant during the swelling phase confirmed. Two different mechanism can be proposed. Both imply the migration of the lipophilic surfactant from one interface to another and probably take place successively. The lipophilic surfactant could diffuse from the first to the second interface, thus rigidifying the membrane, or from the oily phase to the first interface, resulting in delayed coalescence of the aqueous droplets during swelling.

  5. High-dose neutron induced radiation swelling simulated by heavy ion irradiation and its microscopic study with positron annihilation technique

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    70 MeV-carbon-ion irradiation is used to simulate the radiation swelling induced by neutron irradiation of 3.2×1022 n·cm-2 in domestically-made 316 austenitic stainless steels modified by a 20%-cold-working and Ti-adding from room temperature to 802°C. The created swelling is microscopically examined by the positron annihilation lifetime technique. A radiation swelling peak is observed at 580°C and the corresponding void has an average diameter of 0.7nm which is hardly probed by macroscopic methods.

  6. Synoptic View of a Swell Field in the Pacific: from Spaceborne SAR Measurements to Seismic Noise on the Coast (United States)

    Husson, R.; Collard, F.; Ardhuin, F.; Stutzmann, E.; Balanche, A.


    Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating with a wave mode offers a space and time sampling that provides a global view of ocean swell fields. Following the methodology described by Collard et al. (2009), SAR-derived observations are attributed to identified swell events. Then, estimates of swell peak period, height and direction are calculated along their propagation route in the mid and far field (typically more than 4000 km from the source region). This real-time data set is combined into a synthetic swell field whose main advantage is to compensate for the sparse sampling of the instrument. The ability to represent the energy distribution of the swell field with this method is assessed using buoy data. We also investigate the possible synergetic uses of the SAR-derived swell data and seismic noise. This attempt is motivated by the theory developed by Longuet-Higgins (1950) stating that microseims energy results from the non-linear wave-wave interaction of oppositely travelling waves of the same frequency. The study focuses on a powerful storm event on April 11th 2008 on the South-East of New-Zeeland, with a two-day period of high winds, blowing over 20 m/s as measured by QuickScat and wave heights up to 12 meters, measured along the JASON altimeter track. The concept of virtual buoys described by Collard et al. (2009) is applied at the seismic station locations, around the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The spectral analysis reveals similar linear features, characteristic of the dispersive arrivals of swells from remote storms, with identical arrival times for waves of the same frequency. These structures, as given by the SAR, encompass wave periods from 12 to 16 seconds. Longer waves, forerunners as W. Munk called them, cannot be seen by the SAR since they are not high enough to be discriminated from the background noise. Nevertheless, this set of observation is very well complemented by the ones of the seismic stations which extend from 14 to 22 seconds

  7. Constraints on Pacific midplate swells from global depth-age and heat flow-age models (United States)

    Stein, Carol A.; Stein, Seth

    Oceanic midplate swells are identified by shallow seafloor depths. In turn, models of the processes giving rise to these regions rely on assessments of how their depths, surface heat flow, and flexural properties differ from those for lithosphere which is presumed not to have been affected by these processes. Such comparisons have been inhibited because reference thermal models, which are assumed to describe unperturbed lithosphere, predict deeper depths and lower heat flow than typically observed for lithosphere older than 70 Ma. As a result, both depth and heat flow anomalies can be overestimated. To address this difficulty, we have derived model GDH1 (Global Depth and Heat flow) by joint fitting of heat flow and bathymetry. GDH1, which has a hotter and thinner lithosphere than previous models, fits the depth and heat flow data significantly better, including the data from older lithosphere previously treated as anomalous. It also provides an improved fit to depth-to-basement data for ocean drilling sites, and to geoid offsets across fracture zones. The improved fit occurs for depth-age data from both the DBDB-5 digital bathymetry, and from regional medians from ship tracks, which yield comparable depth-age curves. We use GDH1 to study three classes of midplate swells: the Hawaiian and other hot spot swells, the Darwin Rise area of widespread Cretaceous volcanism, and the Superswell, considered a present analogue to the Darwin Rise. Heat flow on the Hawaiian swell, though anomalously high with respect to previous reference models, is at most slightly high relative to GDH1. The situation is similar for the Bermuda, Cape Verde, and Crozet hot spots. The absence of a significant heat flow anomaly favors a primarily dynamic, rather than thermal, origin for these swells. Similarly, the present depths and heat flow for the Darwin Rise are consistent with GDH1, although they were anomalous with respect to previous reference models. The depth and heat flow data thus


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    Full Text Available The chemical composition of green buckwheat flakes, especially swelling of the flakes at different process conditions. The process of swelling depends on the nature of the high molecular compound, temperature, composition and pH of the absorbing liquid and can flow unrestricted and restricted. With a limited degree of swelling of the swelling reaches the limit and is no longer changing. As a result of limited swelling formed jelly. If the limit value of the degree of swelling in contact with a further high-molecular compound and a solvent is reduced, there is an unlimited swelling. In this case, the swelling of the first stage of dissolution. Unlimited swell polymers with weak intermolecular bonds. Character of the process has an impact on quality indicators and semi-finished products. The resulting kinetic curves indicate limited swelling main components of green buckwheat flakes in all test solutions. In the alkaline pH range, partial dissolution occurred certain components, but the general nature of the process is not appreciably affected. The paper identified the maximum degree and the rate constant swelling green buckwheat flakes in solutions with different pH. To quantify the extent and limit of the rate constant swelling high-molecular compound at different process conditions (type of solvent, temperature, pH determine the degree of swelling at specified intervals and construct the kinetic curve swelling. The acidity of the medium affects mainly on swelling polyampholytes, which are the proteins that make up most of the swell components flakes green buckwheat. Depending on the pH of the protein macromolecule adopt different conformations. The minimum degree of swelling of the protein corresponds to its isoelectric point at which stipulates equality of positive and negative charges in the macromolecule and it rolled into a ball or globule, which hinders the penetration of solvent molecules into the matrix of high-molecular compound

  9. Influence of Sulfonated-Kaolin On Cationic Exchange Capacity Swelling Degree and Morphology of Chitosan/Kaolin Composites

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    Ozi Adi Saputra


    Full Text Available Preparation of sulfonated-kaolin (sKao has been conducted and used as filler on chitosan matrix via solution casting method, namely chitosan/sKao (Cs/sKao. Swelling degree, cationic exchange capacity and thermal stability were evaluated to determine chitosan/sKao membranes performance as proton exchange membrane in fuel cell. Functional group analysis of chitosan, sKao and synthesized products were studied using Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR spectroscopy. In this study, swelling degree and swelling area of Cs/sKao are also studied to determine of membrane ability to swelling which compare to unmodified chitosan/kaolin (Cs/Kao. The presence of sKao in chitosan matrix was able to improve cationic exchange capacity (CEC which proved by morphological study of membrane surface after CEC test. Moreover, Thermal stability of Cs/sKao showed the membrane has meet requirement for PEM application.

  10. The influence of fabrication procedure on the void swelling of an oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic alloy in a HVEM (United States)

    Snykers, M.; Biermans, F.; Cornelis, J.

    The influence of changes in the fabrication procedure of ferritic alloys with compositions Fe-13Cr-Ti-Mo-TiO 2 on the swelling behaviour are investigated. The fabrication procedures are: casting, powder metallurgy 3- milling in air and powder metallurgy 3- milling in argon. No difference is found for the results obtained for the materials fabricated by casting and by powder metallurgy 3- milling in air. Slightly different results are obtained for the material fabricated by powder metallurgy 3- milling in argon. This material contains argon in solution in the matrix, which causes a small shift of the peak swelling temperature and of the peak swelling helium concentration for tests carried out at 450°C. The overall swelling of this material is the lowest due to the small grain size and to the high density of inclusions.

  11. Co-existence of wind seas and swells along the west coast of India during non-monsoon season

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    Rashmi, R.; Aboobacker, V.M.; Vethamony, P.; John, M.P.

    propagates opposite to the direction of the wind and wind sea. Wind seas have minimum angular spreads in multimodal state. Under low winds, the interaction between wind sea and swell dominates and thereby the multimodal state reduces to unimodal state...

  12. Synthesis, characterization and swelling behavior investigation of gela-tin-g-poly(acrylic acid-co-itaconic acid

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    Hossein Hosseinzadeh


    Full Text Available A novel pH-responsive superabsorbent hydrogel based on gelatin was prepared through crosslinking copolymerization of poly (acrylic acid and poly (itaconic acid. The copolymerization conditions including monomers, initiator, gelatin and crosslinker concentration, reaction temperature, and neutralization percent were systematically optimized to achieve a hydrogel with swelling capacity as high as possible. The hydrogels structure was confirmed using Fourier-transform infrared, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetric and scanning electron microscopy. The swelling of the superabsorbing hydrogel was examined in buffer solutions with pH ranged 3-12. Moreover, the swelling of the hydrogel was conducted in 0.15 M aqueous solutions of NaCl, CaCl2, and AlCl3. Due to the high swelling capacity in salt solutions, the hydrogel may be referred to as "low-salt sensitive" superabsorbent.

  13. Studies on Swelling and Solubility of Modified Starch from Taro (Colocasia esculenta: Effect of pH and Temperature

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    Feroz Alam


    Full Text Available Several physical and chemical treatments were employed to modify Taro (Colocasia esculenta starch. The effects of pH and heating temperature on their swelling powers and solubilities were studied. At 95 °C, heat-moisture treated, oxidized and acetylated starches were more soluble, while cross-linked starch was less soluble as compared to raw starch. Heat-moisture treated and chemically modified starches had lower swelling power (at 95 °C than that of isolated starch. Swelling power and solubility were found to be a function of pH and it was observed that all these modified starches had greater swelling capacity and solubility at pH 2.0 and 10.0.

  14. 温敏性三元共聚水凝胶溶胀及消溶胀行为%Swelling and Deswelling Behavior of Temperature-Sensitive Terpolymer Hydrogels

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    刘维俊; 吉家俊; 朱信龙; 曲华军; 沈琼


    Terpolymer hydrogels of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-chitosan-co-methacrylic acid)[P(NIPAM-co-CS-co-MAA)] were prepared by free radical solution polymerization at room temperature.The structure and swelling of the hydrogels were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and gravimetric method.The results indicate the swelling behavior of higher cross-linking hydrogels accords with non-Fickian diffusion mechanism,and the copolymer occurres prominently deswelling as temperature above 35 ℃.An obvious effect of monomers composition on swelling was confirmed by means of swelling experiments,and the swelling and deswelling transition arose from MAA to the terpolymer are greater than from CS under the same mass of MAA and CS monomers.For the swelling behavior of the hydrogels in various pH solutions,the swelling degree in alkaline solution exceeds in acidic medium,but it becomes bad in about pH=5.0 solution.This fact indicates that the hydrogels possess an anomalous pH-sensitivity,which differs from conventional methacrylic acid hydrogels,and the deswelling process is in very good agreement with first-ordered kinetics.%采用自由基溶液聚合法,室温下制备了聚(N-异丙基丙烯酰胺-co-壳聚糖-co-甲基丙烯酸)[P(NIPAM-co-CS-co-MAA)]三元共聚水凝胶,以红外光谱及质量法对凝胶结构和溶胀性进行了表征。结果表明,高交联凝胶溶胀符合non-Fickian扩散;温度高于35℃时溶胀的共聚凝胶均发生明显收缩;相同甲基丙烯酸(MAA)和壳聚糖(CS)单体用量,MAA对凝胶溶胀和消溶胀影响大于CS。不同pH溶液中的溶胀碱性时比酸性条件下更大,pH=5.0左右较差,显示与传统甲基丙烯酸系水凝胶不同的pH敏感性,其消溶胀动力学满足一级动力学方程。

  15. Design and In-vitro Evaluation of Sustained Release Floating Tablets of Metformin HCl Based on Effervescence and Swelling. (United States)

    Senjoti, Faria Gias; Mahmood, Syed; Jaffri, Juliana Md; Mandal, Uttam Kumar


    An oral sustained-release floating tablet formulation of metformin HCl was designed and developed. Effervescence and swelling properties were attributed on the developed tablets by sodium bicarbonate and HPMC-PEO polymer combination, respectively. Tablet composition was optimized by response surface methodology (RSM). Seventeen (17) trial formulations were analyzed according to Box-Behnken design of experiment where polymer content of HPMC and PEO at 1: 4 ratio (A), amount of sodium bi-carbonate (B), and amount of SSG (C) were adopted as independent variables. Floating lag time in sec (Y1), cumulative percent drug released at 1 h (Y2) and 12 h (Y3) were chosen as response variables. Tablets from the optimized formulation were also stored at accelerated stability condition (40°C and 75% RH) for 3 months to assess their stability profile. RSM could efficiently optimize the tablet composition with excellent prediction ability. In-vitro drug release until 12 h, floating lag time, and duration of floating were dependent on the amount of three selected independent variables. Optimized tablets remained floating for more than 24 h with a floating lag time of less than 4 min. Based on best fitting method, optimized formulation was found to follow Korsmeyer-Peppas release kinetic. Accelerated stability study revealed that optimized formulation was stable for three months without any major changes in assay, dissolution profile, floating lag time and other physical properties.

  16. Behavior of nuclear materials irradiated with a dual ion beam (United States)

    Thomé, Lionel; Velişa, Gihan; Debelle, Aurélien; Miro, Sandrine; Garrido, Frédérico; Trocellier, Patrick; Serruys, Yves


    Synergistic effects of nuclear (Sn) and electronic (Se) energy losses are investigated by comparing the damage accumulated in selected oxide (c-ZrO2, MgO, Gd2Ti2O7) and carbide (SiC) single crystals irradiated with single and dual low and high energy ion beams. Channeling results show that the Sn/Se synergy induces a strong decrease of the damage in MgO and SiC (where amorphization is prevented) and almost no effects in c-ZrO2 and Gd2Ti2O7. Raman and TEM results confirm this statement. The healing of defects generated by nuclear collisions in MgO and SiC is due to the electronic excitation produced in the wake of swift ions. These results present a strong interest for technological applications in the nuclear industry where expected cooperative Sn/Se effects may preserve the integrity of nuclear materials.


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    T.H. Zhang; Z.Z. Yi; X.Y. Wu; S.J. Zhang; Y.G. Wu; X. Zhang; H.X. Zhang; A.D. Liu; X.J. Zhang


    Mo silicides MosSi3 with high quality were prepared using ion beam deposition equip-ment with two Filter Metal Vacuum Arc Deposition (FMEVAD). When the numberof alternant deposition times was 198, total thickness of the coating is 40nm. Thecoatings with droplet free can be readily obtained, so the surface is smooth. TEMobservation shows that Mo and Si alternant deposition coating is conpact structure.The fine Mo silicide grains densely distributed in the coating. The coating adherenceon silicon is excellent.

  18. The effect of water-swelling polymer composition on radiocesium transfer in 'water - soil - plant' system

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    Tavakalyan, N.; Sergeeva, S.; Voskanyan, P. [Yerevan Institute ' Plastpolymer' Yerevan, 0007, 127 Arshacunats (Armenia); Tadevosyan, A.; Pyuskyulyan, K. [Institute of Hydroponics Problems NAS RA, Yerevan, 0082, 108 Noragyugh (Armenia); Mihranyan, A. [Division of Materials Science, Luleaa University of Technology, LuleAa SE-971 87 (Sweden); Tsuruoka, S. [Research Center for Exotic Nanocarbons, Shinshu University, Nagano,380-8553,4-17-1 Wakasato (Japan)


    Due to the relatively long half-life (T{sub 1/2} = 30 years) and high solubility {sup 137}Cs presents a serious threat to the environment. The study on radioactive cesium transfer into plants and its distribution in different parts of plants (roots, stems and leaves) is among the tasks of agricultural radioecology. The problem has become especially urgent in connection with the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant. The present work describes potential countermeasures to regulate radiocesium transfer from soil to agricultural plants. As countermeasure the use polymer hydrogels is offered. Water-swelling polymers are of great interest for their practical application as effective absorbents of humidity at growth of agricultural plants. Composite polymer hydrogels containing an inorganic phase are of special interest, as numerous inorganic fillers exhibit the ability to absorb radionuclides. Optimal samples of hydrogels based on ammonium acrylate with good water-swelling and water-retention were obtained. Samples with the same polymer matrix - ammonium acrylate - and such fillers as silica gel, synthetic aluminosilicate, bentonite and zeolite from Armenian deposits were used. Developed gels with and without fillers are applicable for multiple uses in the processes of water sorption and desorption. For preliminary assessment of radiocesium migration in 'water - soil- plant' system we studied sorption of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 134}Cs from water. In the experiments, water with the specific radioactivity (1.86-4.38)x10{sup 4} Bq/L was used for {sup 137}Cs, while for {sup 134}Cs we used (2.175- 3.41)x10{sup 4} Bq/L water. Low-background gamma spectrometer with pure Ge detector and supporting 'GENIE' software were used for measurements. Non-filled gels of ammonium acrylate actually did not absorb radiocesium from water. Cesium sorption by filled gels of ammonium acrylate depended on the filler type and quantity. The optimal quantity of filler was

  19. Drainage and Landscape Evolution in the Bighorn Basin Accompanying Advection of the Yellowstone Hotspot Swell Through North America (United States)

    Guerrero, E. F.; Meigs, A.


    Mantle plumes have been recognized to express themselves on the surface as long wavelength and low amplitude topographic swells. These swells are measured as positive geoid anomalies and include shorter wavelength topographic features such as volcanic edifices and pre-exisitng topography. Advection of the topographic swell is expected as the lithosphere passes over the plume uplift source. The hot spot swell occurs in the landscape as transient signal that is expressed with waxing and waning topography. Waxing topography occurs at the leading edge of the swell and is expressed as an increase in rock uplift that is preserved by rivers and landscapes. Advection of topography predicts a shift in a basin from deposition to incision, an increase in convexity of a transverse river's long profile and a lateral river migration in the direction of advection. The Yellowstone region has a strong positive geoid anomaly and the volcanic signal, which have been interpreted as the longer and shorter wavelength topographic expressions of the hot spot. These expressions of the hot spot developed in a part of North America with a compounded deformation and topographic history. Previous studies of the Yellowstone topographic swell have concentrated on the waning or trailing signal preserved in the Snake River Plain. Our project revisits the classic geomorphology study area in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming and Montana, which is in leading edge of the swell. Present models identify the swell as having a 400 km in diameter and that it is centered on the Yellowstone caldera. If we assume advection to occur in concert with the caldera eruptive track, the Yellowstone swell has migrated to the northeast at a rate of 3 cm yr-1 and began acting on the Bighorn Basin's landscape between 3 and 2 Ma. The Bighorn Basin has an established history of a basin-wide switch from deposition to incision during the late Pliocene, yet the age control on the erosional evolution of the region is relative. This

  20. Endothelins Inhibit Osmotic Swelling of Rat Retinal Glial and Bipolar Cells by Activation of Growth Factor Signaling. (United States)

    Vogler, Stefanie; Grosche, Antje; Pannicke, Thomas; Wiedemann, Peter; Reichenbach, Andreas; Bringmann, Andreas


    Water accumulation in retinal glial (Müller) and neuronal cells resulting in cellular swelling contributes to the development of retinal edema and neurodegeneration. Here, we show that endothelin-1 (ET-1) dose-dependently inhibits the hypoosmotic swelling of Müller cells in freshly isolated retinal slices of control and diabetic rats, with a maximal inhibition at 100 nM. Osmotic Müller cell swelling was also inhibited by ET-2. The effect of ET-1 was mediated by activation of ETA and ETB receptors resulting in transactivation of metabotropic glutamate receptors, purinergic P2Y1, and adenosine A1 receptors. ET-1 (but not ET-2) also inhibited the osmotic swelling of bipolar cells in retinal slices, but failed to inhibit the swelling of freshly isolated bipolar cells. The inhibitory effect of ET-1 on the bipolar cell swelling in retinal slices was abrogated by inhibitors of the FGF receptor kinase (PD173074) and of TGF-β1 superfamily activin receptor-like kinase receptors (SB431542), respectively. Both Müller and bipolar cells displayed immunoreactivities of ETA and ETB receptor proteins. The data may suggest that neuroprotective effects of ETs in the retina are in part mediated by prevention of the cytotoxic swelling of retinal glial and bipolar cells. ET-1 acts directly on Müller cells, while the inhibitory effect of ET-1 on bipolar cell swelling is indirectly mediated, via stimulation of the release of growth factors like bFGF and TGF-β1 from Müller cells.