Sample records for extrusion consolidation methodologies

  1. Optimization of pneumatic sheet extrusion of whole wheat flour poory dough using response surface methodology.

    Murthy, K Venkatesh; Sudha, M L; Ravi, R; Raghavarao, K S M S


    Pneumatic extrusion of whole wheat flour dough is a challenge in the preparation of Poory. In the present study, the pneumatic extrusion process variables (pneumatic pressure, rate of extrusion) and quality of deep fried product (oil uptake, frying time, puffed height) was evaluated to get Poory of maximum overall sensory quality, minimum shear and minimum oil uptake. These parameters depend on the moisture content of wheat dough. Response surface methodology was demonstrated to be an efficient tool for the optimization of process parameters of pneumatic extrusion. The results indicated that extrusion pressure ranging from 3 ~ 6 × 10(5) Pa for the whole wheat flour dough with added moisture of 56 ~ 60 % was found to give a uniform rate of extruded sheet. It was observed that submerged frying time for the extruded dough sheet was in the range of 35 ~ 40 s, with the temperature of the vegetable oil to be in the range of 180 ~ 185 °C. Oil uptake during frying was about 12 ± 1 % and the textural shear force was found to be 9.9 N with an overall sensory score of 7.2 ± 0.5 on nine point scale. The experimental errors for all attributes were non-significant (p > 0.05) and thus optimum variables predicted by the model are found suitable.

  2. Consolidation of Fe-N Magnets Using Equal Channel Angular Extrusion


    Experimental Procedures 4 3.1 Synthesis of the Fe16N2 Powder 4 3.2 Extrusions 4 3.3 Evaluation of the Magnetic Properties 5 3.3.1 an external magnetic field of ~16 kOe) of reaction products as a function of ammonia concentration in a mixture of ammonia and nitrogen at 3...approximately 400 °C in a fluidized bed reactor.8 The resultant α-iron product is then reacted, in-situ, with gaseous ammonia or mixtures of ammonia

  3. Knowledge Consolidation Analysis: Toward a Methodology for Studying the Role of Argument in Technology Development

    Dyehouse, Jeremiah


    Researchers studying technology development often examine how rhetorical activity contributes to technologies' design, implementation, and stabilization. This article offers a possible methodology for studying one role of rhetorical activity in technology development: knowledge consolidation analysis. Applying this method to an exemplar case, the…

  4. Obtaining Ready-to-Eat Blue Corn Expanded Snacks with Anthocyanins Using an Extrusion Process and Response Surface Methodology

    Anayansi Escalante-Aburto


    Full Text Available Extrusion is an alternative technology for the production of nixtamalized products. The aim of this study was to obtain an expanded nixtamalized snack with whole blue corn and using the extrusion process, to preserve the highest possible total anthocyanin content, intense blue/purple coloration (color b and the highest expansion index. A central composite experimental design was used. The extrusion process factors were: feed moisture (FM, 15%–23%, calcium hydroxide concentration (CHC, 0%–0.25% and final extruder temperature (T, 110–150 °C. The chemical and physical properties evaluated in the extrudates were moisture content (MC, %, total anthocyanins (TA, mg·kg−1, pH, color (L, a, b and expansion index (EI. ANOVA and surface response methodology were applied to evaluate the effects of the extrusion factors. FM and T significantly affected the response variables. An optimization step was performed by overlaying three contour plots to predict the best combination region. The extrudates were obtained under the following optimum factors: FM (% = 16.94, CHC (% = 0.095 and T (°C = 141.89. The predicted extrusion processing factors were highly accurate, yielding an expanded nixtamalized snack with 158.87 mg·kg−1 TA (estimated: 160 mg·kg−1, an EI of 3.19 (estimated: 2.66, and color parameter b of −0.44 (estimated: 0.10.

  5. Homogenization and texture development in rapidly solidified AZ91E consolidated by Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE)

    Overman, N. R.; Whalen, S. A.; Bowden, M. E.; Olszta, M. J.; Kruska, K.; Clark, T.; Stevens, E. L.; Darsell, J. T.; Joshi, V. V.; Jiang, X.; Mattlin, K. F.; Mathaudhu, S. N.


    Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE) -a novel processing route that combines high shear and extrusion conditions- was evaluated as a processing method to densify melt spun magnesium alloy (AZ91E) flake materials. This study illustrates the microstructural regimes and transitions in crystallographic texture that occur as a result of applying simultaneous linear and rotational shear during extrusion. Characterization of the flake precursor and extruded tube was performed using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and microindentation techniques. Results show a unique transition in the orientation of basal texture development. Despite the high temperatures involved during processing, uniform grain refinement and material homogenization are observed. These results forecast the ability to implement the ShAPE processing approach for a broader range of materials with novel microstructures and high performance.

  6. Modelling extrudate expansion in a twin-screw food extrusion cooking process through dimensional analysis methodology

    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan


    A new phenomenological model is proposed to correlate extrudate expansion and extruder operation parameters in a twin-screw food extrusion cooking process. Buckingham's pi dimensional analysis method is applied to establish the model. Three dimensionless groups, i.e. pump efficiency, water content...... and temperature, are formed to model the extrusion process from dimensional analysis. The model is evaluated with experimental data for extrusion of whole wheat flour and fish feed. The average deviations of the model correlations are 5.9% and 9% based on experimental data for the whole wheat flour and fish feed...

  7. Stress relaxation study of water atomized Cu-Cr-Zr powder alloys consolidated by inverse warm extrusion

    Poblano-Salas, C.A., E-mail: carlos.poblano@ciateq.m [CIATEQ A.C., Centro de Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Manantiales 23 A, Parque Industrial Bernardo Quintana, El Marques, Queretaro, C.P. 76246 (Mexico); Barceinas-Sanchez, J.D.O., E-mail: obarceinas@ipn.m [CICATA-IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Cerro Blanco 141, Colinas del Cimatario, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro, C.P. 76090 (Mexico)


    Stress relaxation testing in compression at high temperature was performed on Cu-Cr-Zr alloys produced by consolidation of water atomized powders. Precipitation and recrystallization were monitored during stress relaxation experiments carried out at an ageing temperature of 723 K. Pre-straining imposed to the Cu-Cr-Zr samples prior to stress relaxation testing resulted in reduced hardness compared to that reported for conventionally-aged alloys; it also resulted in shorter times for achieving maximum strengthening on ageing.

  8. An Investigation of Consolidants Penetration in Wood. Part 1: General Methodology and Microscopy

    Maria Cristina TIMAR


    Full Text Available Consolidation of degraded and frail wood by impregnation with synthetic and natural polymeric compounds in solution is one of the most important operations of active conservation of wooden cultural heritage. The effectiveness of such a treatment depends essentially on the consolidant retention, penetration and uniformity of distribution, aspects that could be cumulated in the term of impregnation level and practically influenced by many and various factors. The purpose of this work was to look at some practical possibilities of characterising the impregnation level achieved in some consolidation treatments with different solutions of a frequently employed synthetic polymer (Paraloid B72 and waxes (beeswax and modified paraffins as melts or in combination with linseed oil using a simple optical microscopy technique in conjunction with an original method of samples preparation. For this purpose were used small samples of sound, not degraded spruce (Picea abies Mill, which were impregnated by short time immersion. The examination in transmitted light (TLM of the cross-cut micro sections and in reflected light (RLM of the wooden blocks allowed the visualisation of the consolidation products and their distribution in the wood structure, but this was easier for the consolidants with high solids content (waxes, which partly filled the lumens, and much more difficult and relative in the case of the diluted Paraloid solutions which did not fill the lumens but only impart a very shiny, highly reflective aspect of the treated areas. In order to objectively appreciate the retention and penetration of consolidants into wood the method using ImageJ, a useful image processing software, was used to process the micrographs so that some quantitative estimations of the variation of the impregnation level with the penetration depth were obtained.

  9. Specific Anthocyanin Contents of Whole Blue Maize Second-Generation Snacks: An Evaluation Using Response Surface Methodology and Lime Cooking Extrusion

    Anayansi Escalante-Aburto


    Full Text Available Lime cooking extrusion (LCE is a widely applied technology for producing second-generation snacks, as an alternative to traditional nixtamalization (TN. Pigmented maize has been used to produce snacks with similar organoleptic characteristics to TN products and to obtain a product with additional functional benefits due to the anthocyanic compounds contained in those grains. However, during the process, anthocyanins are degraded, and several chemical modifications occur. Response surface methodology is applied to evaluate extrusion factors and their effects on the response variables of extrudates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in specific anthocyanins after extrusion in second-generation blue maize snacks. Three anthocyanins were identified and quantified by HPLC-UV-DAD: cyanidin 3-glucoside and pelargonidin 3-glucoside, which have been previously reported in blue maize and its products, and cyanidin 3,5-diglucoside. Higher retention values were found in the extrudates making LCE a viable option for producing second-generation blue maize snacks.

  10. Amorphous ribbons consolidation of Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy by hot extrusion; Consolidacao de fitas amorfas da liga The Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy with amorphous structure shows a temperature rangepor extrusao a quente

    Melle, A.K.; Bolfarini, C.; Botta Filho, W.J.; Kiminami, C.S. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Peres, M.M., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itabira, MG (Brazil)


    The Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy with amorphous structure shows a temperature range between the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the crystallization temperature (Tx) of Tx-Tg={Delta}T{sub x}= 100K. At this temperature range, the metal behavior is of a supercooled liquid with viscosity {approx_equal} 10{sup 6} N.s/m{sup 2}. The aim of this work is to contribute on the development of a processing route to produce bulk metallic glass. Amorphous ribbons was produced by rapid quenching using 'melt spinning' process, the ribbons were fragmented in small pieces, compacted at room temperature and consolidated by hot extrusion under extrusion temperatures on the {Delta}T{sub x}, ram speed of 1mm/min and extrusion ratio of 3:1. The extruded samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that extrusion temperature was fundamental to promote a full or partial consolidation of the amorphous ribbons, but causing the formation of some voids and inducing some regions to crystallization that showing the high sensibility to fit the extrusion temperature.(author)

  11. [Theories and methodologies of engineering designs on sustainable agricultural land consolidation project--a case study of Xuemeiyang land consolidation project in Changtai County, Fujian Province].

    Ye, Yanmei; Wu, Cifang; Cheng, Chengbiao; Qiu, Lingzhang; Huang, Shengyu; Zheng, Ruihui


    The concept and characteristics of engineering designs on sustainable agricultural land consolidation project were discussed in this paper. Principles, basic methods and procedures of engineering designs on agricultural land consolidation project were put forward, which were successfully adopted for designing agricultural land consolidation in Xuemeiyang region of Changtai County, including diversity designs of sustainable land use, engineering designs of soil improvement, roads, ditches, and drains for protecting existent animal environments, and design of ecological shelter-forests in farmland. Moreover, from sustainable economic, ecological and social points, the results of these engineering designs were evaluated based on fouteen important indexes. After carrying out these engineeringdesigns, the eco-environments and agricultural production conditions were significantly improved, and the farm income was increased in planned regions.


    Benziger, T.M.


    A new lubricant for graphite extrusion is described. In the past, graphite extrusion mixtures have bcen composed of coke or carbon black, together with a carbonaceous binder such as coal tar pitch, and a lubricant such as petrolatum or a colloidal suspension of graphite in glycerin or oil. Sinee sueh a lubricant is not soluble in, or compatible with the biiider liquid, such mixtures were difficult to extrude, and thc formed pieees lacked strength. This patent teaches tbe use of fatty acids as graphite extrusion lubricants and definite improvemcnts are realized thereby since the fatty acids are soluble in the binder liquid.

  13. Food extrusion.

    Harper, J M


    Extrusion processing has become an important food process in the manufacture of pasta, ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, pet foods, and textured vegetable protein (TVP). An extruder consists of tightly fitting screw rotating within a stationary barrel. Preground and conditioned ingredients enter the screw where they are conveyed, mixed, and heated by a variety of processes. The product exits the extruder through a die where it usually puffs and changes texture from the release of steam and normal forces. Mathematical models for extruder flow and torque have been found useful in describing exclusion operations. Scale-up can be facilitated by the application of these models. A variety of food extruder designs have developed. The differences and similarity of design are discussed. Pertinent literature on the extrusion of cereal/snack products, full-fat soy, TVP, pet foods (dry and semi-moist), pasta, and beverage or other food bases are discussed. In many of these applications, the extruder is a high temperature, short time process which minimizes losses in vitamins and amino acids. Color, flavor, and product shape and texture are also affected by the extrusion process. Extrusion has been widely applied in the production of nutritious foods. Emphasis is placed on the use of extrusion to denature antinutritional factors and the improvement of protein quality and digestibility.

  14. OPTIMASI PROSES EKSTRUSI MI JAGUNG DENGAN METODE PERMUKAAN RESPON [Optimization of Corn Noodle Extrusion Using Response Surface Methodology

    Tjahja Muhandri


    Full Text Available Cooking loss and elongation are primary noodle quality parameters that depend on microstructure of the noodle. The noodle microstructure is strongly influenced by degree of gelatinization, moisture content, and shear force experienced by the dough. These parameters are controlled by temperature and screw speed of the extruder. The objective of this research was to optimize three processing variables i.e., corn flour moisture (70, 75, 80% dry basis, extruder temperature (80, 85, 90°C, and screw speed (110, 120, 130 rpm. Corn noodles were processed using Scientific Laboratory Single Screw Extruder type LE25-30/C. Optimizations Using Response Surface Methodology were based on four parameters, i.e., hardness, stickiness, elongation, and cooking loss characteristics .Results showed that the optimum processing condition was obtained at moisture of 70% (dry basis, extruder temperature 90°C, and screw speed 130 rpm. Under this condition, corn noodles has hardness of 3039.79 gf, stickiness of -116.2 gf, elongation of 318.68%, and cooking loss of 4.56%.

  15. Estimation of design space for an extrusion-spheronization process using response surface methodology and artificial neural network modelling.

    Sovány, Tamás; Tislér, Zsófia; Kristó, Katalin; Kelemen, András; Regdon, Géza


    The application of the Quality by Design principles is one of the key issues of the recent pharmaceutical developments. In the past decade a lot of knowledge was collected about the practical realization of the concept, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The key requirement of the concept is the mathematical description of the effect of the critical factors and their interactions on the critical quality attributes (CQAs) of the product. The process design space (PDS) is usually determined by the use of design of experiment (DoE) based response surface methodologies (RSM), but inaccuracies in the applied polynomial models often resulted in the over/underestimation of the real trends and changes making the calculations uncertain, especially in the edge regions of the PDS. The completion of RSM with artificial neural network (ANN) based models is therefore a commonly used method to reduce the uncertainties. Nevertheless, since the different researches are focusing on the use of a given DoE, there is lack of comparative studies on different experimental layouts. Therefore, the aim of present study was to investigate the effect of the different DoE layouts (2 level full factorial, Central Composite, Box-Behnken, 3 level fractional and 3 level full factorial design) on the model predictability and to compare model sensitivities according to the organization of the experimental data set. It was revealed that the size of the design space could differ more than 40% calculated with different polynomial models, which was associated with a considerable shift in its position when higher level layouts were applied. The shift was more considerable when the calculation was based on RSM. The model predictability was also better with ANN based models. Nevertheless, both modelling methods exhibit considerable sensitivity to the organization of the experimental data set, and the use of design layouts is recommended, where the extreme values factors are more represented.

  16. Specific Anthocyanin Contents of Whole Blue Maize Second-Generation Snacks: An Evaluation Using Response Surface Methodology and Lime Cooking Extrusion


    Lime cooking extrusion (LCE) is a widely applied technology for producing second-generation snacks, as an alternative to traditional nixtamalization (TN). Pigmented maize has been used to produce snacks with similar organoleptic characteristics to TN products and to obtain a product with additional functional benefits due to the anthocyanic compounds contained in those grains. However, during the process, anthocyanins are degraded, and several chemical modifications occur. Response surface me...

  17. Co-extrusion of piezoelectric ceramic fibres

    Ismael Michen, Marina


    The present work successfully developed a methodology for fabricating lead zirconate titanate [PZT] thin solid- and hollow-fibres by the thermoplastic co-extrusion process. The whole process chain, that includes: a) compounding, involving the mixing of ceramic powder with a thermoplastic binder, b) rheological characterizations, c) preform composite fabrication followed by co-extrusion, d) debinding and, finally, e) sintering of the body to near full density, is systematical...

  18. Microstructural and mechanical properties analysis of an aluminium matrix composite reinforced with the amorphous alloy Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} consolidated by hot extrusion; Propriedades mecanicas e microestruturais de um composito com matrix de aluminio e reforco amorfo de Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} consolidado por extrusao a quente por extrusao a quente

    Aliaga, L.C.R.; Bolfarini, C.; Kiminami, C.S.; Botta, W.J. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Peres, M.M., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itabira, MG (Brazil)


    The aim of this work is the microstructure and the mechanical properties analysis of an aluminium matrix composite reinforced with the Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} amorphous alloy. The amorphous alloy was produced by melt-spinning and fragmented in powder particles by milling. Pure aluminium power was moistured with amorphous powder in a proportion of 80:20 (% weight) and processed by milling using 350 rpm during 30 minutes for the generation of a homogeneous composite powder. This product was consolidated by extrusion at 235 deg C, ram speed of 2mm/min and extrusion ratio of 7/1, generating a compact and cylindrical bar with 3 mm of width. The result sample was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). Microhardness and compression tests show an improvement on the mechanical properties. (author)

  19. Memory consolidation.

    Squire, Larry R; Genzel, Lisa; Wixted, John T; Morris, Richard G


    Conscious memory for a new experience is initially dependent on information stored in both the hippocampus and neocortex. Systems consolidation is the process by which the hippocampus guides the reorganization of the information stored in the neocortex such that it eventually becomes independent of the hippocampus. Early evidence for systems consolidation was provided by studies of retrograde amnesia, which found that damage to the hippocampus-impaired memories formed in the recent past, but typically spared memories formed in the more remote past. Systems consolidation has been found to occur for both episodic and semantic memories and for both spatial and nonspatial memories, although empirical inconsistencies and theoretical disagreements remain about these issues. Recent work has begun to characterize the neural mechanisms that underlie the dialogue between the hippocampus and neocortex (e.g., "neural replay," which occurs during sharp wave ripple activity). New work has also identified variables, such as the amount of preexisting knowledge, that affect the rate of consolidation. The increasing use of molecular genetic tools (e.g., optogenetics) can be expected to further improve understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying consolidation. Copyright © 2015 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; all rights reserved.

  20. Study on Extrusion Technological Parametersof Brown Rice

    ZhuYongyi; ZhouXianqing; LingLizhong


    Abstract: Extrusion is an efficient measure to improve the texture and physic-chemical properties of brown rice. The polynomial degree two model of extrusiontechnological parameters and gelatinized degree, water absorption index, water solubleindex and moisture content of extruded matter was obtained by methods of single factorand response surface methodology, R2=0.9649, 0.8745, 0.9079, 0.8677. The optimaltechnoiogica! parameters of brown rice extrusion were figured out as follows:moisturecontent of brown rice, 11.42%, speed of screw, 30rpm, feeding speed, and 20rpm.

  1. Study On Extrusion Technological Parameters Of Brown Rice

    Zhu Yongyi; Zhou Xianqing; Ling Lizhong


    Extrusion is an efficient measure to improve the texture and physic-s of brown rice. The polynomial degree two model of extrusion parameters and gelatinized degree, water absorption index, water soluble index and moisture content of extruded matter was obtained by methods of single factor and response surface methodology, R2=0.9649, 0.8745, 0.9079, 0.8677. The optimal parameters of brown rice extrusion were figured out as follows:moisture nrice, 11.42%, speed of screw, 30rpm, feeding speed, and 20rpm.

  2. Software Vulnerability Taxonomy Consolidation

    Polepeddi, Sriram S. [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)


    In today's environment, computers and networks are increasing exposed to a number of software vulnerabilities. Information about these vulnerabilities is collected and disseminated via various large publicly available databases such as BugTraq, OSVDB and ICAT. Each of these databases, individually, do not cover all aspects of a vulnerability and lack a standard format among them, making it difficult for end-users to easily compare various vulnerabilities. A central database of vulnerabilities has not been available until today for a number of reasons, such as the non-uniform methods by which current vulnerability database providers receive information, disagreement over which features of a particular vulnerability are important and how best to present them, and the non-utility of the information presented in many databases. The goal of this software vulnerability taxonomy consolidation project is to address the need for a universally accepted vulnerability taxonomy that classifies vulnerabilities in an unambiguous manner. A consolidated vulnerability database (CVDB) was implemented that coalesces and organizes vulnerability data from disparate data sources. Based on the work done in this paper, there is strong evidence that a consolidated taxonomy encompassing and organizing all relevant data can be achieved. However, three primary obstacles remain: lack of referencing a common ''primary key'', un-structured and free-form descriptions of necessary vulnerability data, and lack of data on all aspects of a vulnerability. This work has only considered data that can be unambiguously extracted from various data sources by straightforward parsers. It is felt that even with the use of more advanced, information mining tools, which can wade through the sea of unstructured vulnerability data, this current integration methodology would still provide repeatable, unambiguous, and exhaustive results. Though the goal of coalescing all available data

  3. Hydrostatic extrusion of magnesium alloys

    Sillekens, W.H.; Bohlen, J.


    This chapter deals with the capabilities and limitations of the hydrostatic extrusion process for the manufacturing of magnesium alloy sections. Firstly, the process basics for the hydrostatic extrusion of materials in general and of magnesium in particular are introduced. Next, some recent research

  4. Possibility of Extrusion of Wood Powders

    MIKI, Tsunehisa; TAKAKURA, Norio; IIZUKA, Takashi; YAMAGUCHI, Katsuhiko; KANAYAMA, Kouzou


    .... Effects of extrusion temperature, extrusion ratio, moisture content and particle size of the mixed wood powders on the flow characteristics, bending strength, hardness and bulk density of extruded...



    In the extrusion of shapes with flat-faced die,the proper design of die land is of critical importance in avoiding the generations of geometry defects.A methodology for the design of die land,which consists of a simulation-adjustment iteration,is proposed.The metal flow in extrusion is simulated by the three dimensional finite element method and the die land is adjusted according to the simulation result.Both the formulae for adjustment of the die land and the criterion for the judgment of proper die land are suggested.The extrusion of an L-section shape is chosen as the computational example and the result is compared with the industrial design.

  6. Die land optimization of section extrusion by finite element method

    卫兴华; 田柱平


    In the extrusion of sections with flat-faced die, the proper design of die land is critically important in avoid ing geometry defects. A methodology for the design of die land, which consists of a simulation-adjustment iteration, isproposed. The metal flow in extrusion is simulated by the three dimensional finite element method and the die land is adjusted according to the simulation result. The simulation-adjustment iteration is conducted repeatedly until the uniform metal flow in die land exit is obtained. Both the formulae for adjustment of the die land and the criterion for the judgment of proper die land are suggested. The extrusion of a C-section is chosen as the computational example.

  7. Instant blend from cassava derivatives produced by extrusion

    Fernanda Rossi Moretti Trombini


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The current research aimed to evaluate the effects of extrusion parameters on the physical characteristics of extruded blends of cassava leaf flour and starch. A factorial central composite design with four independent variables and the response surface methodology were used to evaluate the results of color parameters (L*, a*, b*, water absorption index, water solubility index and paste properties, according to the variations in the leaf flour percentage (1.5 to 7.5%, extrusion temperature (60 to 100ºC, screw speed (175 to 231rpm and moisture (20 to 30%. Extrusion conditions affect color, water absorption and water solubility indexes and paste properties of blends. The intermediate tested conditions of variable parameters lead to obtain extruded products with higher cold viscosity and water absorption index and light color, desirable qualities for rapid preparation products.

  8. Simultaneous consolidation and creep

    Krogsbøll, Anette


    Materials that exhibit creep under constant effective stress typically also show rate dependent behavior. The creep deformations and the rate sensitive behavior is very important when engineering and geological problems with large time scales are considered. When stress induced compaction...... (consolidation) is retarded by slow drainage of excess pore pressure it is expected that consolidation and creep occur simultaneously. A constitutive model adressing the problems of rate sensitive behavior and simultaneous consolidation and creep is presented....

  9. A study on material flow in isothermal extrusion by FEM simulation

    Peng, Zhi; Sheppard, Terry


    Numerous methods have been suggested or are being used to employ isothermal extrusion operation in commercial presses. The most popular methods may be broadly divided into two types: setting up a longitudinal thermal gradient in the billet or controlling the extrudate exit temperature by varying the ram speed. If the velocity gradient varies it could cause the extrusion to bend or twist, creating residual stress, and the same is true for variation in temperature. So, it is relevant to understand how the material flows through the die and ascertain how the flow pattern in isothermal extrusion differs from the normal extrusion process. In this study, with the help of previous experiments and finite element method (FEM) simulations, isothermal extrusion by two differing methodologies are investigated and discussed: the material flow pattern and the extrudate surface formation in isothermal extrusion. The extrusion force, the exit temperature, the temperature distribution in the transverse direction of the extrudate, the pressure on the tooling, the strain and strain rate distribution are also discussed to assist in the evaluation of isothermal extrusion.


    Mohammed Ali Hajeeh


    Full Text Available Minimizing the amount of scrap generated in an aluminum extrusion process. An optimizing model is constructed in order to select the best cutting patterns of aluminum logs and billets of various sizes and shapes. The model applied to real data obtained from an existing extrusion factory in Kuwait. Results from using the suggested model provided substantial reductions in the amount of scrap generated. Using sound mathematical approaches contribute significantly in reducing waste and savings when compared to the existing non scientific techniques.

  11. Extrusion processing : effects on dry canine diets

    Tran, Q.D.


    Keywords: Extrusion, Canine diet, Protein, Lysine, Starch gelatinization, Palatability, Drying. Extrusion cooking is a useful and economical tool for processing animal feed. This high temperature, short time processing technology causes chemical and physical changes that alter the nutritional and




    Full Text Available In this study, three dimensional modelling of extrusion forming of a double base solid rocket propellant is performed on Ansys® finite element simulation package. For the purpose of initial model construction and later comparisons with elastoviscoplastik model, the solid propellant is assumed to obey the elastic-plastic material response during the direct extrusion process. Taking into account the contact surface behavior with Coulomb friction and geometric and material nonlinearities, an incremental large large strain solution methodology has been adapted in the simulation. The hydrostatic pressure, stress, strain, and displacement values during extrusion of the solid rocket propellant are obtained from the simulation.

  13. The reactive extrusion of thermoplastic polyurethane

    Verhoeven, Vincent Wilhelmus Andreas


    The objective of this thesis was to increase the understanding of the reactive extrusion of thermoplastic polyurethane. Overall, several issues were identified: • Using a relative simple extrusion model, the reactive extrusion process can be described. This model can be used to further investigate a

  14. Stability of vitamins during extrusion.

    Riaz, Mian N; Asif, Muhammad; Ali, Rashida


    Vitamins (fat and water soluble) are vital food ingredients for healthy living, required by our bodies for normal metabolism. These are present in most natural food in small quantities, but when we process food through thermal processing methods (especially extrusion) a reasonable amount of the present vitamins are lost. During extrusion, factors like barrel temperature, screw rpm, moisture of ingredients, die diameter, and throughput affect the retention of vitamins in food and feed. The vitamins most sensitive to the extrusion process are vitamin A and vitamin E from fat-soluble vitamins, and vitamin C, B(1), and folic acid from water-soluble vitamins. The other vitamins of the B group, such as B(2), B(6), B(12), niacin, Ca-pantothenate, and biotin, are stable. Vitamin E itself or in its complex form is quite unstable during processing and even in storage of extruded food. Ascorbic acid directly added or coated with fat and then added to feed during extrusion is also very unstable. Vitamins A, C, D, and E are also sensitive to oxidation, so these vitamins have minimum retention during storage of extruded food.

  15. Legal awareness and consolidation of Russian society

    A. Kuriukin


    Full Text Available In article the author considers a question of interaction and mutually definition of sense of justice as phenomenon and political consolidation of society as process and result. Recognizing that positive type of political consolidation of society today admits democratic, despite existence of other types - nationalist, radical, religious and fundamentalist, the author carries out the analysis of its structural components, in relation to their reflectionand refraction in modern Russian sense of justice. The methodology includes logiko-legal, system and structural, concrete and sociological, and other methods of scientific sociological research. Results: By results of the analysis the conclusion of that modern Russian society seeks to be consolidated on mobilization type is drawn, round the specific personality, unconditionally supporting the bright political acts and actions embodying separate moods and expectations of masses. For the rest, from positions of sense of justice, the base of public consolidation remains very weak, therefore she hardly achievable. Accurately understanding it, the Russian power successfully substitutes public consolidation for consolidation of political establishment.

  16. Effect of extrusion ratio on coating extrusion of Pb-GF composite wire by numerical simulation and experimental investigation

    WANG Xin; SUN Hong-fei; FANG Wen-bin


    The extrusion ratio is one of the key parameters for manufacturing the lead-glass fiber (Pb-GF) composite wire by coating extrusion. The effect of extrusion ratio on coating extrusion of Pb-GF composite wire was studied by finite element numerical simulation with the use of the DEFOEM simulation software. The simulation result shows that the higher the extrusion ratio, the higher the effective stress that the glass fiber bears during extrusion. It is also observed that the extrusion force increases with the increase of the extrusion ratio. The extrusion experiment of Pb-GF composite wire reveals that extrusion ratio is changed by changing the quantity of glass fiber and composite diameter. The rule that increasing the extrusion ratio enhances the coating speed limit suggests that the load on the glass fiber increases with increasing extrusion ratio. Both the simulation and the extrusion experiments show that the extrusion force increases with increasing extrusion ratio.

  17. Hot Extrusion of Aluminum Chips

    Tekkaya, A. Erman; Güley, Volkan; Haase, Matthias; Jäger, Andreas

    The process of hot extrusion is a promising approach for the direct recycling of aluminum machining chips to aluminum profiles. The presented technology is capable of saving energy, as remelting of aluminum chips can be avoided. Depending on the deformation route and process parameters, the chip-based aluminum extradates showed mechanical properties comparable or superior to cast aluminum billets extruded under the same conditions. Using different metal flow schemes utilizing different extrusion dies the mechanical properties of the profiles extruded from chips can be improved. The energy absorption capacity of the profiles the rectangular hollow profiles extruded from chips and as-cast billets were analyzed using the drop hammer test set-up. The formability of the profiles extruded from chips and as-cast material were compared using tube bending tests in a three-roller-bending machine.

  18. Extrusion of ECC-Material

    Stang, Henrik; Li, Victor C.


    in recent years at Department of Civil and Envirionmetal Engineering, University of Michigan. These materials have been developed with the special aim of producing high performance , strain hardening materials with low volume concentrations of short fibers in a cementitious material.ECC material spcimens...... have until now been produced by traditional casting processes. In the present paper results from a recent collaborative reserach project are documented - demonstrating that ECC materials can be extruded in the process referred to above.......An extrusion process especially designed for extrusion of pipes made from fiber reinforced cementitious materials has been developed at Department of Structural Engineering and Materials at the Technical University of DenmarkEngineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) materials have been developed...

  19. Etching Behavior of Aluminum Alloy Extrusions

    Zhu, Hanliang


    The etching treatment is an important process step in influencing the surface quality of anodized aluminum alloy extrusions. The aim of etching is to produce a homogeneously matte surface. However, in the etching process, further surface imperfections can be generated on the extrusion surface due to uneven materials loss from different microstructural components. These surface imperfections formed prior to anodizing can significantly influence the surface quality of the final anodized extrusion products. In this article, various factors that influence the materials loss during alkaline etching of aluminum alloy extrusions are investigated. The influencing variables considered include etching process parameters, Fe-rich particles, Mg-Si precipitates, and extrusion profiles. This study provides a basis for improving the surface quality in industrial extrusion products by optimizing various process parameters.

  20. Effect of ECAP and extrusion on particle distribution in Al-nano–Al2O3 composite

    R Derakhshandeh Haghighi


    In this study equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) and conventional extrusion were used as two different techniques for consolidation of attritioned aluminium powder (45 m) with varying concentrations of nanoalumina powders (35 nm). The evolution of the homogeneity of the particle distribution in the material during ECAP and conventional extrusion was investigated by the quadrat method with image analysis software. The frequency histograms of the number of alumina particles per quadrat, q, for each investigated condition were plotted and the effect of particle distribution on fracture surface and wear resistance of the composite was investigated.

  1. Effects of Consolidation Stress State on Normally Consolidated Clay

    Lade, Poul V.


    and on isotropically consolidated, cubical specimens, both tested in triaxial compression and extension, clearly showed the influence of the undisturbed fabric as well as the effect of the initial consolidation stress states. While the K0-consolidated specimens appeared to retain their original fabric and exhibit......The effect of consolidation stress state on the stress-strain and strength characteristics has been studied from experiments on undisturbed block samples of a natural, normally consolidated clay known as San Francisco Bay Mud. The results of experiments on K0-consolidated, hollow cylinder specimens...

  2. Coupled model of consolidation and creep for consolidation test

    梅国雄; 殷建华


    For most soft soil,the consolidation process and the creep process were coupled and the character of settlement time curve was obtained by the consolidation test at the same time.A simple and continuous function was presented to express the whole process of consolidation including immediate settlement stage,the primary consolidation stage and the secondary consolidation stage.And the features of the continuous function were analyzed.The results of the long-term(duration to 18 months) consolidation test on clays from the Chek Lap Kok formation proved the rightness of the method.In the end,the parameter meanings of the continuous function were discussed.

  3. Chemical changes during extrusion cooking. Recent advances.

    Camire, M E


    Cooking extruders process a variety of foods, feeds, and industrial materials. Greater flexibility in product development with extruders depends upon understanding chemical reactions that occur within the extruder barrel and at the die. Starch gelatinization and protein denautration are the most important reactions during extrusion. Proteins, starches, and non-starch polysaccharides can fragment, creating reactive molecules that may form new linkages not found in nature. Vitamin stability varies with vitamin structure, extrusion conditions, and food matrix composition. Little is known about the effects of extrusion parameters on phytochemical bioavailability and stability. Reactive extrusion to create new flavor, antioxidant and color compounds will be an area of interest in the future.

  4. Schemas and memory consolidation.

    Tse, Dorothy; Langston, Rosamund F; Kakeyama, Masaki; Bethus, Ingrid; Spooner, Patrick A; Wood, Emma R; Witter, Menno P; Morris, Richard G M


    Memory encoding occurs rapidly, but the consolidation of memory in the neocortex has long been held to be a more gradual process. We now report, however, that systems consolidation can occur extremely quickly if an associative "schema" into which new information is incorporated has previously been created. In experiments using a hippocampal-dependent paired-associate task for rats, the memory of flavor-place associations became persistent over time as a putative neocortical schema gradually developed. New traces, trained for only one trial, then became assimilated and rapidly hippocampal-independent. Schemas also played a causal role in the creation of lasting associative memory representations during one-trial learning. The concept of neocortical schemas may unite psychological accounts of knowledge structures with neurobiological theories of systems memory consolidation.

  5. Process for soil consolidation

    Herrick, F.W.; Brandstrom, R.I.


    In this process for the formation of a consolidated aggregate, a mass of solid particles is combined with an aqueous alkaline consolidating compound which forms a gel. This gel consists principally of a mixture of the following: a vegetable polyphenolic material; one of the group of catechins; condensed tannins and extract of the bark of coniferous trees; with 1-10% by weight of formaldehyde; and a catalyst of the group of water-soluble salts of chromium, iron, and aluminum. This catalyst serves to catalyze the reaction of formation of the gel.

  6. Consolidating Financial Statements.

    Wood, Marcia R.

    This publication is designed to be a desktop reference and assist financial officers in both public and independent institutions of higher education in the preparation of consolidated financial statements. Chapter 1 covers generally accepted accounting principles and other accounting literature, and summarizes reporting rules of the Financial…

  7. Abstraction and Consolidation

    Monaghan, John; Ozmantar, Mehmet Fatih


    The framework for this paper is a recently developed theory of abstraction in context. The paper reports on data collected from one student working on tasks concerned with absolute value functions. It examines the relationship between mathematical constructions and abstractions. It argues that an abstraction is a consolidated construction that can…

  8. The Igwisi Hills extrusive 'kimberlites'

    Reid, A. M.; Donaldson, C. H.; Dawson, J. B.; Brown, R. W.; Ridley, W. I.


    The petrography and mineral chemistry of volcanic rocks from the Igwisi Hills in Tanzania are discussed. There is considerable evidence to suggest that the Igwisi rocks are extrusive kimberlites: a two-component nature with high P-T minerals in a low P-T matrix; the presence of chrome pyrope, Al enstatite, chrome diopside, chromite and olivine; a highly oxidized, volatile-rich matrix with serpentine, calcite, magnetite, perovskite; high Sr, Zr, and Nb contents; occurrence in a narrow isolated vent within a stable shield area. The Igwisi rocks differ from kimberlite in the lack of magnesian ilmenite, the scarcity of matrix phlogopite, and the overall low alkali content. They apparently contain material from phlogopite-bearing garnet peridotites with a primary mineral assemblage indicative of equilibrium at upper mantle temperatures and pressures. This primary assemblage was brought rapidly to the surface in a gas-charged, carbonate-rich fluid. Rapid upward transport, extrusion, and rapid cooling have tended to prevent reaction between inclusions and the carbonate-rich matrix that might otherwise have yielded a more typical kimberlite.

  9. Aluminum extrusion with a deformable die

    Assaad, W.


    Aluminum extrusion process is one of metal forming processes. In aluminum extrusion, a work-piece (billet) is pressed through a die with an opening that closely resembles a desired shape of a profile. By this process, long profiles with an enormous variety of cross-sections can be produced to

  10. Effect of Mg as sintering additive on the consolidation of mechanically alloyed Al powder

    Fuentes, J.J. [UNET, Dept. de Ingenieria Mecanica, San Cristobal (Venezuela); Rodriguez, J.A.; Herrera, E.J. [Grupo de Metalurgia e Ingenieria de los Materiales, Escuela Superior de Ingenieros, Univ. de Sevilla, Camino de los Descubrimientos, Sevilla (Spain)


    Mechanically alloyed aluminium, MA Al, powder particles are hard and covered by surface oxide layers. This gives problems in consolidation processing. Consolidation is often carried out by hot extrusion, as the main processing step. An alternative consolidation method consisting in a press-and-sinter process has been developed at the University of Seville. MA Al powder was prepared by attrition milling. To improve the sinterability of MA Al powder, small amounts of magnesium, ranging from 0.0 to 1.2 wt% Mg, were added after milling. The mixed powder was consolidated by cold pressing (1120 MPa) and vacuum sintering (650 C, 1 h). Different mechanical and structural studies have been carried out. It has been observed that the addition of magnesium improves the mechanical properties of sintered MA Al. This is attributed to the reducing action of Mg on the Al sesquioxide layer and to the formation of liquid phases during sintering. (orig.)

  11. Nonlinear Finite Strain Consolidation Analysis with Secondary Consolidation Behavior

    Jieqing Huang


    Full Text Available This paper aims to analyze nonlinear finite strain consolidation with secondary consolidation behavior. On the basis of some assumptions about the secondary consolidation behavior, the continuity equation of pore water in Gibson’s consolidation theory is modified. Taking the nonlinear compressibility and nonlinear permeability of soils into consideration, the governing equation for finite strain consolidation analysis is derived. Based on the experimental data of Hangzhou soft clay samples, the new governing equation is solved with the finite element method. Afterwards, the calculation results of this new method and other two methods are compared. It can be found that Gibson’s method may underestimate the excess pore water pressure during primary consolidation. The new method which takes the secondary consolidation behavior, the nonlinear compressibility, and nonlinear permeability of soils into consideration can precisely estimate the settlement rate and the final settlement of Hangzhou soft clay sample.

  12. Efficient continuous synthesis of high purity deep eutectic solvents by twin screw extrusion.

    Crawford, D E; Wright, L A; James, S L; Abbott, A P


    Mechanochemical synthesis has been applied to the rapid synthesis of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), including Reline 200 (choline chloride : urea, 1 : 2), in a continuous flow methodology by Twin Screw Extrusion (TSE). This gave products in higher purity and with Space Time Yields (STYs), four orders of magnitude greater than for batch methods.


    I. Liutyi


    Full Text Available The article analyses the unexplored category of "fiscal consolidation". The study shows a different interpretation of the content of fiscal consolidation. It was emphasized that in today's fiscal policy in the EU aims mainly at implementing fiscal consolidation programs that provide sustainable public finances by implementing measures to limit the fiscal imbalances (especially deficit of governance and public debt. The paper analyses the fiscal consolidation program aimed at stabilizing of public finances and improve their sustainability. The research proved that fiscal rules and norms contribute to the process of fiscal consolidation.

  14. Consolidation: Thwarting Nuclear Theft

    Bunn, Matthew G.; Harrell, Eben


    At the first nuclear security summit in April 2010, the assembled leaders agreed on the goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear material worldwide within four years, including consolidating plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) to fewer locations and minimizing the use of HEU “where technically and economically feasible.†Reducing the number of buildings and sites where nuclear weapons and weapons-usable nuclear material exist is a key element of preventing nuclear theft and nuclear ...

  15. Extrusion Processing of Cactus Pear

    Preetam Sarkar


    Full Text Available Whole fruit utilization using extrusion technology has received limited attention in the food processing industry. The objective of this study was to investigate the utilization of prickly pear fruit solids in extruded food products. Peeled prickly pear fruits were ground to form a paste. This paste was strained to remove the seeds and then mixed with rice flour in three different solid ratios. The three blends were dried to a moisture level of 13% (w/w basis and ground to form fine flour. These feed mixes were extruded in a twin screw extruder (Clextral EV-25 at a feed rate of 15 kg/h, feed moisture content of 13% (w/w, screw speed of 400 rpm and L/D ratio of 40:1. The temperature profile from feed to die end was maintained as: 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 140ºC. The extruded products were analyzed for physical and textural properties. Apparent density and breaking strength of the cactus pear extrudates increased from 116.07 to 229.66 kg/m3 and 58.5 to 178.63 kPa, respectively with increase in fruit solid level. However, true density, porosity and radial expansion ratio decreased from 837.89 to 775.84 kg/m3, 86.12 to 70.34% and 12.37 to 6.6, respectively with increase in fruit solid level. This study demonstrated the potential of extrusion processing to utilize peeled cactus pear fruits for production of expanded food products.

  16. Hot extrusion of Be–Ti powder

    Kurinskiy, P., E-mail: [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials—Applied Materials Physics (IAM—AWP), PO Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Leiste, H. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials—Applied Materials Physics (IAM—AWP), PO Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Goraieb, A.A. [Karlsruhe Beryllium Handling Facility (KBHF GmbH), Herrmann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Mueller, S. [Extrusion Research and Development Center, TU Berlin, Sekr. TIB 4/1-2, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin (Germany)


    Highlights: • Extrusion in double-walled containment of Be–Ti blended powder was investigated. • Fabrication of Be–Ti rods by extrusion at 700 °C showed more satisfactory results compared to an extrusion at 900 °C. • Factors which influence homogeneous and stable metal flow during extrusion are discussed. - Abstract: Be–30.8 wt.%Ti powder mixture was extruded in copper and steel containers at 700 and 900 °C, respectively. In both cases, achieved extrusion ratio was 7:1. Investigations of microstructure of manufactured Be–Ti rods revealed that processing temperature has a great influence on the metal flow during the extrusion as well as formation of beryllide phases. The results obtained by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis proved that brittle intermetallic phases were formed by processing at 900 °C; while no evidence of reaction between beryllium and titanium was detected after extrusion at 700 °C. Additionally, high-temperature annealing tests of produced Be–Ti samples were performed in order to study the evolution of the phase composition after the heat treatment. The effects of different mechanical properties of core materials (beryllium and titanium) and containers on uniform deformation are discussed in this work.

  17. Extrusion of ECC: Recent Developments and Applications

    Stang, Henrik; Fredslund-Hansen, Helge; Puclin, Tony;


    process. Extrusion of cementitious (fiber reinforced) materials has proven particularly difficult due to the high inter-particle friction combined with the disastrous effect of static zones in the flow pattern, and to the ease of phase migration or separation. In order to deal with these conflicting...... demands on the rheological properties of cementitious particulate materials, various methods have been suggested to dewater the particle suspension during extrusion, however practical extrusion of thin-walled cementitious large-scale elements has not been possible until the discovery of the “dewatering...

  18. A finite element model of ultrasonic extrusion

    Lucas, M [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (United Kingdom); Daud, Y, E-mail: [College of Science and Technology, UTM City Campus, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)


    Since the 1950's researchers have carried out investigations into the effects of applying ultrasonic excitation to metals undergoing elastic and plastic deformation. Experiments have been conducted where ultrasonic excitation is superimposed in complex metalworking operations such as wire drawing and extrusion, to identify the benefits of ultrasonic vibrations. This study presents a finite element analysis of ultrasonic excitation applied to the extrusion of a cylindrical aluminium bar. The effects of friction on the extrusion load are reported for the two excitation configurations of radially and axially applied ultrasonic vibrations and the results are compared with experimental data reported in the literature.

  19. A finite element model of ultrasonic extrusion

    Lucas, M.; Daud, Y.


    Since the 1950's researchers have carried out investigations into the effects of applying ultrasonic excitation to metals undergoing elastic and plastic deformation. Experiments have been conducted where ultrasonic excitation is superimposed in complex metalworking operations such as wire drawing and extrusion, to identify the benefits of ultrasonic vibrations. This study presents a finite element analysis of ultrasonic excitation applied to the extrusion of a cylindrical aluminium bar. The effects of friction on the extrusion load are reported for the two excitation configurations of radially and axially applied ultrasonic vibrations and the results are compared with experimental data reported in the literature.

  20. Lubrication in Hot Tube Extrusion of Superalloys and Ti Alloys


    Tubular products made of superalloys and titanium alloys usually work in high temperature environment and applied heavy loading. Hot extrusion is the best technology to form tubular billets with fine microstructures and good mechanical properties. Lubrication is one of the key techniques in hot extrusion, glass lubricants are most suitable for hot extrusion. Lubrication technique in hot extrusion is dealt with in this paper, the lubrication principle of hot tube extrusion is presented. Experiments of glass lubricated backward tube extrusion of titanium alloys and forward tube extrusion of superalloys are also discussed.

  1. Evaluation of Extrusion Technique for Nanosizing Liposomes

    Sandy Gim Ming Ong


    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to study the efficiency of different techniques used for nanosizing liposomes. Further, the aim was also to evaluate the effect of process parameters of extrusion techniques used for nanosizing liposomes on the size and size distribution of the resultant liposomes. To compare the efficiency of different nanosizing techniques, the following techniques were used to nanosize the liposomes: extrusion, ultrasonication, freeze-thaw sonication (FTS, sonication and homogenization. The extrusion technique was found to be the most efficient, followed by FTS, ultrasonication, sonication and homogenization. The extruder used in the present study was fabricated using readily available and relatively inexpensive apparatus. Process parameters were varied in extrusion technique to study their effect on the size and size distribution of extruded liposomes. The results obtained indicated that increase in the flow rate of the extrusion process decreased the size of extruded liposomes however the size homogeneity was negatively impacted. Furthermore, the liposome size and distribution was found to decline with decreasing membrane pore size. It was found that by extruding through a filter with a pore size of 0.2 µm and above, the liposomes produced were smaller than the pore size, whereas, when they were extruded through a filter with a pore size of less than 0.2 µm the resultant liposomes were slightly bigger than the nominal pore size. Besides that, increment of extrusion temperature above transition temperature of the pro-liposome had no effect on the size and size distribution of the extruded liposomes. In conclusion, the extrusion technique was reproducible and effective among all the methods evaluated. Furthermore, processing parameters used in extrusion technique would affect the size and size distribution of liposomes. Therefore, the process parameters need to be optimized to obtain a desirable size range and homogeneity

  2. Design of Intelligent Self-Tuning GA ANFIS Temperature Controller for Plastic Extrusion System

    S. Ravi


    Full Text Available This paper develops a GA ANFIS controller design method for temperature control in plastic extrusion system. Temperature control of plastic extrusion system suffers problems related to longer settling time, couple effects, large time constants, and undesirable overshoot. The system is generally nonlinear and the temperature of the plastic extrusion system may vary over a wide range of disturbances. The system is designed with three controllers. The proposed GA ANFIS controller is the most powerful approach to retrieve the adaptiveness in the case of nonlinear system. In this research the control methods are simulated using simulink. Relatively the methodology and efficiency of the proposed method are compared with those of the traditional methods and the results obtained from GA ANFIS controller give improved performance in terms of time domain specification, set point tracking, and disturbance rejection with optimum stability.

  3. Large scale production of vesicles by hollow fiber extrusion: a novel method for generating polymersome encapsulated hemoglobin dispersions.

    Rameez, Shahid; Bamba, Ibrahim; Palmer, Andre F


    Vesicles, which include both liposomes and polymersomes (polymer vesicles), are being developed as therapeutic drug carriers. In this study, we present a fully scalable low pressure extrusion methodology for preparing vesicles. Vesicles were generated by continuous extrusion through a 200 nm pore diameter hollow fiber (HF) membrane. The first half of this study describes a method for generating empty polymersomes composed of different molecular weight amphiphilic poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (PBD-b-PEO) diblock copolymers on a large scale (50-100 mL) using a HF membrane. Monodisperse empty polymersomes were formed with particle diameters slightly less than 200 nm, which were close to the rated 200 nm pore size of the HF membrane. The second half of this study describes the successful encapsulation of hemoglobin (Hb) inside the aqueous core of polymersomes using the HF extrusion methodology. We demonstrate that polymersome encapsulated hemoglobin (PEH) particles formed by this technique had similar oxygen affinity, cooperativity coefficient, and methemoglobin (metHb) level compared to PEH particles formed by the 1 mL volume small scale manual extrusion method. Most notably, Hb encapsulation inside the polymer vesicles formed by the HF extrusion method increased 2-fold compared to the manual extrusion method. This work is important, since it will enable facile scale-up of homogeneous vesicle dispersions that are typically required for preclinical and clinical studies as well as industrial use.

  4. Consolidated Copayment Processing Center (CCPC)

    Department of Veterans Affairs — The Consolidated Copayment Processing Center (CCPC) database contains Veteran patient contact and billing information in order to support the printing and mailing of...

  5. Consolidating Social Media Strategies

    Gyimóthy, Szilvia; Munar, Ana Maria; Larson, Mia


    This study revisits and integrates the insights of recent studies on emergent social media strategies deployed by destination and event management organisations. In a comparative analysis Munar (2012) identified four generic approaches pursued by national tourism boards in the Nordic region, while...... Gyimóthy & Larson (2014) portrayed three digital value co-creation strategies deployed by festival social media. Both frameworks provided novel analytical typologies which identified a series of categories (mimetic, analytic, immersion, advertising and insourcing, crowdsourcing and community consolidation......). This paper discusses the complementary nature of these conceptual proposals and advances an integrated conceptual framework of social media strategies. Based on the empirical findings of a case study that revisits evolving digital and social media strategies of European DMOs this paper maps the dynamics...

  6. Foam consolidation and drainage.

    Jun, S; Pelot, D D; Yarin, A L


    A theoretical model of foam as a consolidating continuum is proposed. The general model is applied to foam in a gravity settler. It is predicted that liquid drainage from foam in a gravity settler begins with a slow drainage stage. Next, a stage with faster drainage occurs where the drainage rate doubles compared to the initial stage. The experiments conducted within the framework of this work confirmed the theoretical predictions and allowed measurements of foam characteristics. Foams of three different concentrations of Pantene Pro-V Classic Care Solutions shampoo were studied, as well as the addition of polyethylene oxide (PEO) in one case. The shampoo's main foaming components are sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. It is shown to what extent foam drainage is slowed down by using higher shampoo concentrations and how it is further decreased by adding polymer (PEO).

  7. Consolidating Social Media Strategies

    Gyimóthy, Szilvia; Munar, Ana Maria; Larson, Mia


    This study revisits and integrates the insights of recent studies on emergent social media strategies deployed by destination and event management organisations. In a comparative analysis Munar (2012) identified four generic approaches pursued by national tourism boards in the Nordic region, while...... Gyimóthy & Larson (2014) portrayed three digital value co-creation strategies deployed by festival social media. Both frameworks provided novel analytical typologies which identified a series of categories (mimetic, analytic, immersion, advertising and insourcing, crowdsourcing and community consolidation......). This paper discusses the complementary nature of these conceptual proposals and advances an integrated conceptual framework of social media strategies. Based on the empirical findings of a case study that revisits evolving digital and social media strategies of European DMOs this paper maps the dynamics...

  8. FM consolidation plan

    Nonis, M; CERN. Geneva. TS Department


    The average life duration of infrastructure being 30 years, preventive or corrective maintenance is not enough to guarantee the perpetuity of the operation of equipment and installation in order to assure the maintain of the patrimony in a functional state. At CERN, such is the age of the civil engineering infrastructure and the relative technical equipment that urgent and appropriate consolidation programs shall be established. The big number of aged buildings and equipment entails that priorities are defined. This paper realizes a portrait of the actual situation and related problems, based on data extracted from D7i and inventories carried out by TS/FM group; at the same time it defines an interventions planning which optimizes safety aspects and maintenance costs. The timing of these interventions depends on the availability of specific resources.

  9. Fiscal Consolidations and Heterogeneous Expectations

    C. Hommes; J. Lustenhouwer; K. Mavromatis


    We analyze fiscal consolidations using a New Keynesian model where agents have heterogeneous expectations and are uncertain about the composition of consoidations. Heterogeneity in expectations may amplify expansions, stabilizing thus the debt-to-GDP ratio faster under tax based consolidations, in t

  10. Hybrid SDN Architecture for Resource Consolidation in MPLS Networks

    Katov, Anton Nikolaev; Mihovska, Albena D.; Prasad, Neeli R.


    This paper proposes a methodology for resource consolidation towards minimizing the power consumption in a large network, with a substantial resource overprovisioning. The focus is on the operation of the core MPLS networks. The proposed approach is based on a software defined networking (SDN...

  11. Extrusion Upsetting Multiple Processing in Sandglass Die


    A new method of getting ultrafine grain size has been investigated, which is called "Extrusion Upsetting Multiple Processing in Sandglass Die" or "Sandglass Extrusion" (SE). Since the shape of tested billet can remain unchanged after SE, the billet can be extruded repeatedly in order to get large plastic strain. The ultrafine grain size can be obtained in the billet material due to the large plastic strain and the dynamic recrystallization during SE. The experiments on SE of Zn-5%Al alloy have been done. The SE technology, microstructures, microhardness and superplasticity of tested material after SE have been studied. The experimental results show that the equal-axial ultrafine microstructures can be introduced to the bulk test material during sandglass extrusion. The high strain rate superplasticity can be realized.

  12. INEL integrated spent nuclear fuel consolidation task team report

    Henry, R.N.; Clark, J.H.; Chipman, N.A. [and others


    This document describes a draft plan and schedule to consolidate spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and special nuclear material (SNW) from aging storage facilities throughout the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) to the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP) in a safe, cost-effective, and expedient manner. A fully integrated and resource-loaded schedule was developed to achieve consolidation as soon as possible. All of the INEL SNF and SNM management task, projects, and related activities from fiscal year 1994 to the end of the consolidation period are logic-tied and integrated with each other. The schedule and plan are presented to initiate discussion of their implementation, which is expected to generate alternate concepts that can be evaluated using the methodology described in this report. Three perturbations to consolidating SNF as soon as possible are also explored. If the schedule is executed as proposed, the new and on-going consolidation activities will require about 6 years to complete and about $25.3M of additional funding. Reduced annual operating costs are expected to recover the additional investment in about 6.4 years. The total consolidation program as proposed will cost about $66.8M and require about 6 years to recover via reduced operating costs from retired SNF/SNM storage facilities. Detailed schedules and cost estimates for the Test Reactor Area Materials Test Reactor canal transfers are included as an example of the level of detail that is typical of the entire schedule (see Appendix D). The remaining work packages for each of the INEL SNF consolidation transfers are summarized in this document. Detailed cost and resource information is available upon request for any of the SNF consolidation transfers.


    Şule ALTUN


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

  14. Elaboration de membranes pour piles a combustible par extrusion

    Chabert, France


    The aim of these studies was to process membranes by extrusion to be used in fuel cells. The functional polymers used are generally processed by polluting techniques like casting-evaporation, which are not easily transposable on industrial scale. Extrusion is a widely used shaping operation in the polymer processing industry. However, extrusion had not been used until now for arylsulfonic ionic polymers. In order to avoid any risk of degradation of the polymer during extrusion, it was necessa...

  15. Consolidation of Fe16N2 Magnets Using Equal Channel Angular Extrusion


    639, 2851-59 (2013). 10. Shinpei Yamamoto, Ruwan Gallage, Yasunobu Ogata , Yoshihiro Kusano, Naoya Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Ogawa, Naoaki Hayashi, Kaori...Kohara, Migaku Takahashi and Mikio Takano, Chem. Comm., 70, 7671 (2013). 11. H. Hiraka, K. Ohoyama, Y. Ogata , R. Gallage, N. Kobayashi, M

  16. Effects of extrusion processing on nutrients in dry pet food

    Tran, Q.D.; Hendriks, W.H.; Poel, van der A.F.B.


    Extrusion cooking is commonly used to produce dry pet foods. As a process involving heat treatment, extrusion cooking can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on the nutritional quality of the product. Desirable effects of extrusion comprise increase in palatability, destruction of

  17. Extrusion instability in an aramid fibre spinning process

    Drost, S.


    The efficiency of polymer extrusion processes can be severely limited by the occurrence of viscoelastic extrusion instabilities. In a para-aramid fibre spinning process, for example, a μm-scale extrusion instability is responsible for the waste of tons of polymer per year. At present, a considerab

  18. Using artificial neural networks to model extrusion processes for the manufacturing of polymeric micro-tubes

    Mekras, N.; Artemakis, I.


    In this paper a methodology and an application example are presented aiming to show how Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) can be used to model manufacturing processes when mathematical models are missing or are not applicable e.g. due to the micro- & nano-scaling, due to non-conventional processes, etc. Besides the ANNs methodology, the results of a Software System developed will be presented, which was used to create ANNs models for micro & nano manufacturing processes. More specifically results of a specific application example will be presented, concerning the modeling of extrusion processes for polymeric micro-tubes. ANNs models are capable for modeling manufacturing processes as far as adequate experimental and/or historical data of processes' inputs & outputs are available for their training. The POLYTUBES ANNs models have been trained and tested with experimental data records of process' inputs and outputs concerning a micro-extrusion process of polymeric micro-tubes for several materials such as: COC, PC, PET, PETG, PP and PVDF. The main ANN model of the extrusion application example has 3 inputs and 9 outputs. The inputs are: tube's inner & outer diameters, and the material density. The model outputs are 9 process parameters, which correspond to the specific inputs e.g. process temperature, die inner & outer diameters, extrusion pressure, draw speed etc. The training of the ANN model was completed, when the errors for the model's outputs, which expressed the difference between the training target values and the ANNs outputs, were minimized to acceptable levels. After the training, the micro-extrusion ANN is capable to simulate the process and can be used to calculate model's outputs, which are the process parameters for any new set of inputs. By this way a satisfactory functional approximation of the whole process is achieved. This research work has been supported by the EU FP7 NMP project POLYTUBES.

  19. Effects of extrusion conditions on the extrusion responses and the quality of brown rice pasta.

    Wang, Li; Duan, Wei; Zhou, Sumei; Qian, Haifeng; Zhang, Hui; Qi, Xiguang


    This research investigated the effects of extrusion temperature and screw speed on the extrusion system parameters and the qualities of brown rice pasta. The die pressure and motor torque value reached a maximum at 90°C but decreased when the screw speed increased from 80 to 120rpm. The extrusion temperature and screw speed also significantly affected the cooking quality and textural properties of brown rice pasta. The pasta produced at an extrusion temperature of 120°C and screw speed of 120rpm had the best quality with a cooking loss, hardness and adhesiveness of 6.7%, 2387.2g and -7.0g⋅s, respectively, similar to those of pasta made from gluten-free flour. The results indicated that brown rice can be used to produce gluten-free pasta with improved nutrition.

  20. Consolidated Human Activities Database (CHAD)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Consolidated Human Activity Database (CHAD) contains data obtained from human activity studies that were collected at city, state, and national levels. CHAD is...

  1. Physical and mathematical modelling of extrusion processes

    Arentoft, Mogens; Gronostajski, Z.; Niechajowics, A.


    The main objective of the work is to study the extrusion process using physical modelling and to compare the findings of the study with finite element predictions. The possibilities and advantages of the simultaneous application of both of these methods for the analysis of metal forming processes...

  2. Hydrodynamic modelling of hydrostatic magnesium extrusion

    Moodij, E.; Rooij, de M.B.; Schipper, D.J.


    Wilson’s hydrodynamic model of the hydrostatic extrusion process is extended to meet the geometry found on residual billets. The transition from inlet to work zone of the process is not considered sharp as in the model of Wilson but as a rounded edge, modelled by a parabolic function. It is shown th

  3. Friction phenomena in hydrostatic extrusion of magnesium

    Moodij, Ellen


    When magnesium is hydrostatically extruded an inconsistent and sometimes bad surface quality is encountered. In hydrostatic extrusion the billet is surrounded by a lubricant, usually castor oil. The required pressure to deform the material is applied onto this lubricant and not directly to the bill

  4. Formation of Chromosomal Domains by Loop Extrusion

    Geoffrey Fudenberg


    Full Text Available Topologically associating domains (TADs are fundamental structural and functional building blocks of human interphase chromosomes, yet the mechanisms of TAD formation remain unclear. Here, we propose that loop extrusion underlies TAD formation. In this process, cis-acting loop-extruding factors, likely cohesins, form progressively larger loops but stall at TAD boundaries due to interactions with boundary proteins, including CTCF. Using polymer simulations, we show that this model produces TADs and finer-scale features of Hi-C data. Each TAD emerges from multiple loops dynamically formed through extrusion, contrary to typical illustrations of single static loops. Loop extrusion both explains diverse experimental observations—including the preferential orientation of CTCF motifs, enrichments of architectural proteins at TAD boundaries, and boundary deletion experiments—and makes specific predictions for the depletion of CTCF versus cohesin. Finally, loop extrusion has potentially far-ranging consequences for processes such as enhancer-promoter interactions, orientation-specific chromosomal looping, and compaction of mitotic chromosomes.

  5. 75 FR 80527 - Aluminum Extrusions From China


    ... Republic of China: Postponement of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 75 FR 73041... Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Preliminary Determination of Targeted Dumping, 75 FR 69403, November... Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 75 FR 54302, September 7, 2010, and Aluminum Extrusions...

  6. Energy aspects in food extrusion-cooking

    Janssen, L.P.B.M.; Moscicki, L.; Mitrus, M.


    Theoretical and practical energy balance considerations in food extrusion-cooking are presented in the paper. Based on the literature review as well as on own measurement results, the baro-thermal treatment of different vegetable raw materials is discussed together with the engineering aspects of th

  7. Limits of Lubrication in Backward Can Extrusion

    Bennani, B; Bay, Niels


    The increasing demand in industry to produce cans at low reduction by the backward extrusion process involves better understanding of this process. To analyse the process, numerical simulations by the finite-element method and experimental simulations by physical modelling using wax as a model...

  8. Robo-Enabled Tumor Cell Extrusion.

    Richardson, Helena E; Portela, Marta


    How aberrant cells are removed from a tissue to prevent tumor formation is a key question in cancer biology. Reporting in this issue of Developmental Cell, Vaughen and Igaki (2016) show that a pathway with an important role in neural guidance also directs extrusion of tumor cells from epithelial tissues.

  9. Root resorption after orthodontic intrusion and extrusion:.

    Han, G.; Huang, S.; Hoff, J.W. Von den; Zeng, X.; Kuijpers-Jagtman, A.M.


    The aim of this investigation was to compare root resorption in the same individual after application of continuous intrusive and extrusive forces. In nine patients (mean age 15.3 years), the maxillary first premolars were randomly intruded or extruded with a continuous force of 100 cN for eight wee

  10. Physical and mathematical modelling of extrusion processes

    Arentoft, Mogens; Gronostajski, Z.; Niechajowics, A.


    The main objective of the work is to study the extrusion process using physical modelling and to compare the findings of the study with finite element predictions. The possibilities and advantages of the simultaneous application of both of these methods for the analysis of metal forming processes...

  11. Improved corn protein (zein) extrusion processing

    Melt processing using a single and twin screw extruder has been carried out on zein where extrusion temperatures were varied between 100ºC and 300ºC. In addition, melt reprocessing (up to seven times) of zein was undertaken using a single screw extruder. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and t...

  12. Reactive Extrusion of Zein with Glyoxal

    Cross-linked zein has been produced using glyoxal as the cross-linking reagent via reactive extrusion for the first time in a twin screw extruder using dilute sodium hydroxide as catalyst. Tri(ethylene glycol) was used as a plasticizer for various items. The extrudate was then ground and processed...

  13. 75 FR 32555 - Consolidated Audit Trail


    ... Exchange Commission 17 CFR Part 242 Consolidated Audit Trail; Proposed Rule #0;#0;Federal Register / Vol... CFR Part 242 RIN 3235-AK51 Consolidated Audit Trail AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION... maintain a consolidated order tracking system, or consolidated audit trail, with respect to the trading...

  14. Extrudability and Consolidation of Blends between CGM and DDGS

    C. J. R. Verbeek


    Full Text Available During the last decade, the global biofuels industry has experienced exponential growth. By-products such as high protein corn gluten meal (CGM and high fibre distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS have grown in parallel. CGM has been shown to be suitable as a biopolymer; the high fibre content of DDGS reduces its effectiveness, although it is considerably cheaper. In this study, the processing behaviour of CGM and DDGS blends was evaluated and resulting extrudate properties were determined. Prior to processing, urea was used as a denaturant. DDGS : CGM ratios of 0, 33, 50, 66, and 100% were processed in a single screw extruder, which solely used dissipative heating. Blends containing DDGS were less uniformly consolidated and resulted in more dissipative heating. Blends showed multiple glass transitions, which is characteristic of mechanically compatible blends. Transmission electron microscopy revealed phase separation on a microscale, although distinct CGM or DDGS phases could not be identified. On a macroscale, optical microscopy suggested that CGM-rich blends were better consolidated, supported by visual observations of a more continuous extrudate formed during extrusion. Future work should aim to also characterize the mechanical properties of these blends to assess their suitability as either bioplastic feedstock or pelletized livestock feed.

  15. Memory consolidation in sleep disorders.

    Cellini, Nicola


    In recent years sleep-related memory consolidation has become a central topic in the sleep research field. Several studies have shown that in healthy individuals sleep promotes memory consolidation. Notwithstanding this, the consequences of sleep disorders on offline memory consolidation remain poorly investigated. Research studies indicate that patients with insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and narcolepsy often exhibit sleep-related impairment in the consolidation of declarative and procedural information. On the other hand, patients with parasomnias, such as sleep-walking, night terrors and rapid eye movement (REM) behavior disorder, do not present any memory impairment. These studies suggest that only sleep disorders characterized by increased post-learning arousal and disrupted sleep architecture seem to be associated with offline memory consolidation issues. Such impairments, arising already in childhood, may potentially affect the development and maintenance of an individual's cognitive abilities, reducing their quality of life and increasing the risk of accidents. However, promising findings suggest that successfully treating sleep symptoms can result in the restoration of memory functions and marked reduction of direct and indirect societal costs of sleep disorders.

  16. Status of rod consolidation, 1988

    Bailey, W.J.


    It is estimated that the spent fuel storage pools at some domestic light-water reactors will run out of space before 2003, the year that the US Department of Energy currently predicts it will have a repository available. Of the methods being studied to alleviate the problem, rod consolidation is one of the leading candidates for achieving more efficient use of existing space in spent fuel storage pools. Rod consolidation involves mechanically removing all the fuel rods from the fuel assembly hardware (i.e., the structural components) and placing the fuel rods in a close-packed array in a canister without space grids. A typical goal of rod consolidation systems is to insert the fuel rods from two fuel assemblies into a canister that has the same exterior dimensions as one standard fuel assembly (i.e., to achieve a consolidation or compaction ratio of 2:1) and to compact the nonfuel-bearing structural components from those two fuel assemblies by a factor of 10 to 20. This report provides an overview of the current status of rod consolidation in the United States and a small amount of information on related activities in other countries. 85 refs., 36 figs., 5 tabs.

  17. Noise-induced variability of volcanic extrusions

    Alexandrov, D. V.; Bashkirtseva, I. A.; Ryashko, L. B.


    Motivated by important physical applications, we study a non-linear dynamics of volcanic extrusions on the basis of a simple pressure-mass flow model. We demonstrate that the deterministic phase portrait represents either the bulbous-type curves or closed paths stretched to their left depending on the initial conditions. The period of phase trajectories therewith increases when the pressure drop between the conduit top and bottom compensates the lava column pressure in it. Stochastic forcing changes the system dynamics drastically. We show that a repetitive scenario of volcanic behaviour with intermittency of stochastic oscillations of different extrusion amplitudes and frequencies appears in the presence of noises. As this takes place, the mean values of interspike intervals characterizing the system periodicity have a tendency to grow with increasing the noise intensity. The probability distribution functions confirming this dynamic behaviour are constructed.

  18. A process planning system for cold extrusion



    Full Text Available A Process Planning system ProEx-Cold is developed for extrusion shapes to eliminate the tedious and expensive procedure of trial and correction of a proper die and the process. The system has three modules as: feature recognition, upper bound analysis and 3D graphics generation & display using OpenGL application engine. The input parameters to the proposed CAPP system includes: die type, billet TYPE & material, geometrical details of the product, ram speed,reduction, friction condition and billet condition etc. to influence parameters like production rate, extrusion ram pressure etc. C-programming, OpenGL graphics and Visual C++ editor has been used to implement ProEx-Cold.

  19. Equal Channel Angular Extrusion of AA 6063 Using Conventional Direct Extrusion Press

    Liu, Cheng-Hsien; Lin, Hsin-Chih


    In the present work, an extrusion-equal channel angular extrusion (Ex-ECAE) process composed of two processes, extrusion and ECAE, is developed. The Ex-ECAE die contains three segments and is used directly in the conventional direct extrusion press to refine the microstructure, specifically the coarse grain layer (CGL) on the surface of the extrudate. The first segment in the die is designed to perform the normal extrusion process and the second and third segments to perform the process of ECAE. The study reveals that the CGL can be eliminated (refined) completely at the macroscale. At the microscale, the original grain is subdivided into subgrain, which contains many smaller cells. The results can be explained by the grain subdivision mechanism. The textures of the Ex-ECAE sample at various segments are measured using EBSD (Electron Backscatter Diffraction). The results reveal that the first segment of the Ex-ECAE sample has a perfect fiber texture which consists of a mixture of strong and weak fiber components. The texture of the second segment is a mixture of strong (1 1 0) [1 -2 1] and weak (0 1 1) [2 -1 0] fiber components. However, the main component of the second segment is a typical texture of the "alloy" or "brass" type. Finally, the texture of the extrudate (the third segment) is reversed to an incomplete fiber texture which consists of strong (0 0 1) [-1 -1 0] and weak (1 1 1) [1 -1 0].

  20. The extrusion properties of potato granules

    Kooi, Eng Teong


    Potato granules from different sources were found, on extrusion, to produce potato snacks of variable quality. In some instances strip formation was unsatisfactory, in other instances blistering of the snack occurred on frying. In total, about 20-25 batches of potato granules were examined and classified in relation to these two phenomena. The amylose/amylopectin ratios of these samples of potato granules were determined by the semi-micro potentiometric iodine titration technique, but it was ...

  1. Dynamic-tensile-extrusion response of fluoropolymers

    Brown, Eric N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trujillo, Carl P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gray, George T [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The current work applies the recently developed Dynamic-Tensile-Extrusion (Dyn-Ten-Ext) technique to polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE). Similar to the Taylor Impact Rod, Dynamic-Tensile-Extrusion is a strongly integrated test, probing a wide range of strain rates and stress states. However, the stress state is primarily tensile enabling investigation of dynamic tensile failure modes. Here we investigate the influence of this propensity to neck or not between PCTFE and PTFE on their response under dynamic tensile extrusion loading. The results of the Dyn-Ten-Ext technique are compared with two classic techniques. Both polymers have been investigated using Tensile Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar. The quasistatic and dynamic responses of both fluoro-polymers have been extensively characterized. The two polymers exhibit significantly different failure behavior under tensile loading at moderate strain rates. Polytetrafluoroethylene resists formation of a neck and exhibits significant strain hardening. Independent of temperature or strain rate, PTFE sustains true strains to failure of approximately 1.5. Polychlorotrifluoroethylene, on the other hand, consistently necks at true strains of approximately 0.05.

  2. Extrusão de misturas de castanha do Brasil com mandioca Extrusion of Brazil nut and cassava flour mixtures

    Maria Luzenira de Souza


    potential, low consumption in Brazil, low added-value and is an organic product; that cassava has high productivity and low cost; and that the technology of thermoplastic extrusion presents wide applicability and considerable advantages, the objective of this work was to use these three variables, formulating Brazil nut and cassava flour mixtures and processing them by extrusion, with the aim of obtaining ready-to-eat extruded products containing high levels of vegetable protein. Semi-defatted Brazil nut cake and cassava flour were used to formulate the mixtures for extrusion. A complete factorial central composite design (2³ with 3 independent variables, and the response surface methodology were used to evaluate the results of the proximate composition and caloric value, according to the variations in the quantity of nut, moisture content and temperature. The results indicate that the mixtures with higher Brazil nut levels present higher levels of protein, fat and ash, while the mixtures with less Brazil nut present higher levels of carbohydrate. The average regression coefficients of the statistical model for the responses are: moisture 7.40; carbohydrate 51.09; protein 15.34; fat 11.77; total fibre 9.92 and kcal 371.65. The trials with lower quantities of Brazil nut and higher quantities of flour are more expanded and of a lighter colour, while those with more Brazil nut do not expand and are greyish in colour. It is concluded that the addition of Brazil nut to cassava flour results in a mixture that could be submitted to extrusion, producing an extruded product that could serve as a ready-to-eat source of vegetable protein, and attend the demands of consumers who do not consume proteins of animal origin.

  3. Conceptual Design for Consolidation TCAP

    Klein, J.E.


    Two alternate Thermal Cycling Absorption Process (TCAP) designs have been developed for the Tritium Facility Modernization and Consolidation (TFM and C) Project. The alternate designs were developed to improve upon the existing Replacement Tritium Facility (RTF) TCAP design and to eliminate the use of building distributed hot and cold nitrogen system.A brief description of TCAP theory and modeling is presented, followed by an overview of the design criteria for the Isotope Separation System (ISS). Both designs are described in detail, along with a generic description of the complete TCAP system. A design is recommend for the Consolidation Project, and a development plan for both designs is proposed.

  4. Consolidation out of Diversification in Narratology

    Dan Shen


    Full Text Available Although the field of narratology is increasingly diversified with the appearance of various new approaches and new models, it has more elements of consolidation than the picture appears to be. I will discuss three aspects of consolidation: (1 how postclassical narratologies consolidate classical narrative poetics; (2 how the cognitive approach to unreliability consolidates the rhetorical criterion of unreliability and, moreover, how the rhetorical approach consolidates the cognitive concern with individual readers; and (3 how the Chinese classification of modes of discourse presentation consolidates its Western counterpart.

  5. Heat Treated AZ61 Magnesium Alloy Obtained by Direct Extrusion and Continuous Rotary Extrusion Process

    Bigaj M.


    Full Text Available The results of studies carried out on the heat treated AZ61 magnesium alloy extruded by two methods, i.e. direct extrusion and continuous rotary extrusion, were presented. As part of the work, parameters of the T6 heat treatment were proposed and aging curves were plotted. The solution heat treatment process was accompanied by the grain growth. During artificial aging, due to the decomposition of solid solution, the β-Mg17Al12 phase was precipitated from the supersaturated α solution. It precipitated in a coagulated form at the grain boundaries and in the form of fine-dispersed plates arranged in a preferred direction relative to the grain orientation. Rods obtained by continuous rotary extrusion, unlike those made by the direct process, exhibited a low degree of texturing and lack of anisotropic properties.

  6. The Collision of Athletics & Consolidation

    Graves, Bill


    For decades, people questioned the sense of having two school districts, each with its own superintendent, central office and high school, operating in the same small town of The Dalles on the banks of the Columbia River in north-central Oregon. But election campaigns to consolidate repeatedly failed because each community had strong emotional…

  7. Zr Extrusion – Direct Input for Models & Validation

    Cerreta, Ellen Kathleen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    As we examine differences in the high strain rate, high strain tensile response of high purity, highly textured Zr as a function of loading direction, temperature and extrusion velocity with primarily post mortem characterization techniques, we have also developed a technique for characterizing the in-situ extrusion process. This particular measurement is useful for partitioning energy of the system during the extrusion process: friction, kinetic energy, and temperature

  8. Hydrodynamic Analysis to Process of Hydrostatic Extrusion for Tungsten Alloy

    Fuchi WANG; Zhaohui ZHANG; Shukui LI


    The hydrodynamic analysis to the process of the hydrostatic extrusion for tungsten alloy is carried through the hydrodynamic lubrication theory and Reynolds equation in this paper. The critical velocity equation when the hydrodynamic lubrication conditions appear between the surfaces of the work- piece and the die is obtained, and the relationship between the critical velocity and the extrusion parameters is discussed, which build the theoretical bases to the application of the hydrostatic extrusion for tungsten alloy.

  9. Intrusion and extrusion of water in hydrophobic mesopores

    Barrat, Jean-Louis; Lefevre, Benoit; Bocquet, Lyderic; Saugey, Anthony; Vigier, Gérard; Gobin, Pierre-François; Charlaix, Elisabeth


    We present experimental and theoretical results on intrusion-extrusion cycles of water in hydrophobic mesoporous materials, characterized by independent cylindrical pores. The intrusion, which takes place above the bulk saturation pressure, can be well described using a macroscopic capillary model. Once the material is saturated with water, extrusion takes place upon reduction of the externally applied pressure; Our results for the extrusion pressure can only be understood by assuming that th...

  10. Synaptic consolidation across multiple timescales

    Lorric Ziegler


    Full Text Available The brain is bombarded with a continuous stream of sensory events, but retains only a small subset in memory. The selectivity of memory formation prevents our memory from being overloaded with irrelevant items that would rapidly bring the brain to its storage limit; moreover, selectivity also prevents overwriting previously formed memories with new ones. Memory formation in the hippocampus, as well as in other brain regions, is thought to be linked to changes in the synaptic connections between neurons. In this view, sensory events imprint traces at the level of synapses that reflect potential memory items. The question of memory selectivity can therefore be reformulated as follows: what are the reasons and conditions that some synaptic traces fade away whereas others are consolidated and persist? Experimentally, changes in synaptic strength induced by 'Hebbian' protocols fade away over a few hours (early long-term potentiation or e-LTP, unless these changes are consolidated. The experiments and conceptual theory of synaptic tagging and capture (STC provide a mechanistic explanation for the processes involved in consolidation. This theory suggests that the initial trace of synaptic plasticity sets a tag at the synapse, which then serves as a marker for potential consolidation of the changes in synaptic efficacy. The actual consolidation processes, transforming e-LTP into late LTP (l-LTP, require the capture of plasticity-related proteins (PRP. We translate the above conceptual model into a compact computational model that accounts for a wealth of in vitro data including experiments on cross-tagging, tag-resetting and depotentiation. A central ingredient is that synaptic traces are described with several variables that evolve on different time scales. Consolidation requires the transmission of information from a 'fast' synaptic trace to a 'slow' one through a 'write' process, including the formation of tags and the production of PRP for the

  11. Equal channel angular extrusion of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene.

    Reinitz, Steven D; Engler, Alexander J; Carlson, Evan M; Van Citters, Douglas W


    Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a common bearing surface in total joint arthroplasty, is subject to material property tradeoffs associated with conventional processing techniques. For orthopaedic applications, radiation-induced cross-linking is used to enhance the wear resistance of the material, but cross-linking also restricts relative chain movement in the amorphous regions and hence decreases toughness. Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) is proposed as a novel mechanism by which entanglements can be introduced to the polymer bulk during consolidation, with the aim of imparting the same tribological benefits of conventional processing without complete inhibition of chain motion. ECAE processing at temperatures near the crystalline melt for UHMWPE produces (1) increased entanglements compared to control materials; (2) increasing entanglements with increasing temperature; and (3) mechanical properties between values for untreated polyethylene and for cross-linked polyethylene. These results support additional research in ECAE-processed UHMWPE for joint arthroplasty applications.

  12. Continuous extrusion and rolling forming of copper strips

    Yun Xinbing


    Full Text Available Continuous extrusion and rolling technology was proposed as a new strip production technology. It conducts a hot rolling process using waste heat after continuous extrusion. The continuous extrusion and rolling forming was simulated with DEFORM-3DT. Influences of extrusion wheel velocity and rolling reduction on the continuous extrusion and rolling forming were analyzed. It was shown that as extrusion wheel velocity increases, torque of extrusion wheel, chamber force and rolling force, will drop; temperature of the billet in the area of abutment which is highest will increase. As the rolling reduction is increased, torque of the extrusion wheel and force acting on the chamber decrease, while torque and force of the rolls increase. The experimental results showed that a homogeneously distributed and equiaxed grains microstructure can be formed in copper strip billets with an average grain size of about 80 μm, after continuous extrusion. Grains of the copper strips are stretched clearly, during rolling, along the rolling direction, to form a stable orientation. Nevertheless, the grain boundaries are still relatively clear to see.

  13. Conservation of extrusion as an exit mechanism for Chlamydia.

    Zuck, Meghan; Sherrid, Ashley; Suchland, Robert; Ellis, Tisha; Hybiske, Kevin


    Chlamydiae exit via membrane-encased extrusion or through lysis of the host cell. Extrusions are novel, pathogen-containing structures that confer infectious advantages to Chlamydia, and are hypothesized to promote cell-to-cell spread, dissemination to distant tissues and facilitate immune evasion. The extrusion phenomenon has been characterized for several Chlamydia trachomatis serovars, but a thorough investigation of extrusion for additional clinically relevant C. trachomatis strains and Chlamydia species has yet to be performed. The key parameters investigated in this study were: (i) the conservation of extrusion across the Chlamydia genus, (ii) the functional requirement for candidate Chlamydia genes in extrusion formation i.e. IncA and CT228 and (iii) extrusion-mediated uptake, and consequent survival of Chlamydia inside macrophages. Inclusion morphology was characterized by live fluorescence microscopy, using an inverted GFP strategy, at early and mid-stages of infection. Enriched extrusions were used to infect bone marrow-derived macrophages, and bacterial viability was measured following macrophage engulfment. Our results demonstrate that extrusion is highly conserved across chlamydiae, including ocular, STD and LGV biovars and divergent Chlamydia species. Consequently, this exit mechanism for Chlamydia may fulfill common advantages important for pathogenesis.


    Tomasz Garbacz


    As part of the modernization of the cellular extrusion technology the extrusion head was designed and made. During the designing and modeling of the head the Auto CAD programe was used. After the prototyping the extrusion head was tested. In the article specification of cellular extrusion process of thermoplastics was presented. In the research, the endothermal chemical blowing agents in amount 1,0% by mass were used. The quantity of used blowing agent has a direct influence on density and structure of the extruded product of modified polymers. However, these properties have further influence on porosity, impact strength, hardness, tensile strength and another.

  15. Extrusão dos implantes em portadores de cavidade anoftálmica Anophthalmic cavity and implant extrusion

    Silvana Artioli Schellini


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as características dos portadores de cavidades anoftálmicas que desenvolveram extrusão do implante. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo, observacional, tendo sido avaliados 37 portadores de cavidade anoftálmica que tiveram extrusão do implante de cavidade, na Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu-UNESP. RESULTADOS: As extrusões ocorreram em cavidades enucleadas ou evisceradas, a maioria delas submetidas a cirurgia em decorrência de phthisis bulbi ou trauma, em geral de 1 a 2 anos após a cirurgia inicial. A deiscência precedeu a extrusão em todos os casos, tendo a extrusão ocorrido com todos os tipos de implantes empregados. CONCLUSÃO: Após a colocação de implantes de cavidade podem ocorrer complicações. A deiscência e extrusão das esferas são possibilidades que podem requerer nova intervenção cirúrgica, para a qual o paciente e o oftalmologista devem estar preparados.PURPOSE: To evaluate the characteristics of patients with anophthalmic cavity who developed sphere extrusion. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was done evaluating 37 patients with anophthalmic cavity and sphere extrusion at the "Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu-UNESP". RESULTS: Extrusion was observed in enucleated and eviscerated cavities. The majority of the patients had the eye removed because of phthisis bulbi or trauma and the extrusion happened 1 or 2 years after the surgery. Extrusion was preceded by conjunctival dehiscence and exposure of the sphere and occurred with all used implants. CONCLUSION: Complications after orbital implant placement are a possibility. Dehiscence and sphere extrusion may happen and another surgery would be necessary. The patient and the ophthalmologist have to be prepared for this.

  16. School Consolidation: Easing the Transition. Administrative Report.

    Moray, Mary

    Changing population patterns, inflated housing costs, and cuts in school financing have forced many school districts to face school closures and school consolidation as a way of maintaining solvency. This report reviews the literature on school consolidation with attention to the fact that the need to consolidate now faces elementary schools as…

  17. Consolidated results 2000. Forecasts 2001; Resultats consolides 2000. Perspectives 2001



    This document presents an economic analysis of the Group Gaz De France consolidated results for the year 2000. The main topics are the evolution of the energy market, the great economic growth for the five businesses of the Group (exploration-production, trade, transport, distribution and services), financial results affected by the supply costs increase, the position reinforcement among the gas leaders in Europe and the highlights of 2000. (A.L.B.)

  18. Extrusion cycles during dome-building eruptions

    de' Michieli Vitturi, M.; Clarke, A. B.; Neri, A.; Voight, B.


    We identify and quantify controls on the timescales and magnitudes of cyclic (periodic) volcanic eruptions using the numerical model DOMEFLOW (de' Michieli Vitturi et al., 2010) which was developed by the authors for magma systems of intermediate composition. DOMEFLOW treats the magma mixture as a liquid continuum with dispersed gas bubbles and crystals in thermodynamic equilibrium with the melt and assumes a modified Poiseuille form of the viscous term for fully developed laminar flow in a conduit of cylindrical cross-section. During ascent, magma pressure decreases and water vapor exsolves and partially degasses from the melt as the melt simultaneously crystallizes, causing changes in mixture density and viscosity. Two mechanisms previously proposed to cause periodic eruption behavior have been implemented in the model and their corresponding timescales explored. The first applies a stick-slip model in which motion of a shallow solid plug is resisted by static/dynamic friction, as described in Iverson et al. (2006). For a constant magma supply rate at depth, this mechanism yields cyclic extrusion with timescales of seconds to tens of seconds with values generally depending on assumed friction coefficients. The second mechanism does not consider friction but treats the plug as a high-viscosity Newtonian fluid. During viscous resistance, pressure beneath the degassed plug can increase sufficiently to overcome dome overburden, plug weight, and viscous forces, and ultimately drive the plug from the conduit. In this second model cycle periods are on the order of hours, and decrease with increasing magma supply rate until a threshold is reached, at which point periodicity disappears and extrusion rate becomes steady (vanishingly short periods). Magma volatile content for fixed chamber pressure has little effect on cycle timescales, but increasing volatile content increases mass flow rate and cycle magnitude as defined by the difference between maximum and minimum

  19. Expansion of the whole wheat flour extrusion

    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan


    A new model framework is proposed to describe the expansion of extrudates with extruder operating conditions based on dimensional analysis principle. The Buckingham pi dimensional analysis method is applied to form the basic structure of the model from extrusion process operational parameters. Us....... Using the Central Composite Design (CCD) method, whole wheat flour was processed in a twin-screw extruder with 16 trials. The proposed model can well correlate the expansion of the 16 trials using 3 regression parameters. The average deviation of the correlation is 5.9%....



    The strain distribution of equal-cross section lateral extrusion(ECSLE) has been simulated by finite element method. Considering the effect of friction and the width of sample, the simulation results are very close to the reality. The simulated results showed that, around the corner of die, the strain is distributed by sharp layers, and the gradient of the layers is very large, which means that the deformation is just plane shear deformation; the larger the width of sample or the smaller the friction, the more uniform the strain distribution is.

  1. Expansion of the whole wheat flour extrusion

    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan


    A new model framework is proposed to describe the expansion of extrudates with extruder operating conditions based on dimensional analysis principle. The Buckingham pi dimensional analysis method is applied to form the basic structure of the model from extrusion process operational parameters....... Using the Central Composite Design (CCD) method, whole wheat flour was processed in a twin-screw extruder with 16 trials. The proposed model can well correlate the expansion of the 16 trials using 3 regression parameters. The average deviation of the correlation is 5.9%....

  2. One-dimensional consolidation of over-consolidated soil under time-dependent loading

    Kanghe XIE; Kun WANG; Guohong CHEN; Anfeng HU


    The problem of one-dimensional consolidation of over-consolidated saturated soil under time-dependent loading was studied based on semi-analytical method. The relevant computer code was developed by FORTRAN programming, and one-dimensional consolidation behavior of over-consolidated soil was investigated. It is shown that, unlike this described by traditional Terzaghi's consolidation theory, the rate of excess pore water pressure dissipation is different from that of settlement developing. The magnitude of load and that of pre-consolidation pressure as well as the loading rate has all significant influence on consolidation. With the increasing of pre-consolidation pressure and loading rate, the rate of consolidation increases correspondingly. However, an increase in load will slow down the consolidation rate.

  3. Topological defects in epithelia govern cell death and extrusion

    Saw, Thuan Beng; Doostmohammadi, Amin; Nier, Vincent; Kocgozlu, Leyla; Thampi, Sumesh; Toyama, Yusuke; Marcq, Philippe; Lim, Chwee Teck; Yeomans, Julia M.; Ladoux, Benoit


    Epithelial tissues (epithelia) remove excess cells through extrusion, preventing the accumulation of unnecessary or pathological cells. The extrusion process can be triggered by apoptotic signalling, oncogenic transformation and overcrowding of cells. Despite the important linkage of cell extrusion to developmental, homeostatic and pathological processes such as cancer metastasis, its underlying mechanism and connections to the intrinsic mechanics of the epithelium are largely unexplored. We approach this problem by modelling the epithelium as an active nematic liquid crystal (that has a long range directional order), and comparing numerical simulations to strain rate and stress measurements within monolayers of MDCK (Madin Darby canine kidney) cells. Here we show that apoptotic cell extrusion is provoked by singularities in cell alignments in the form of comet-shaped topological defects. We find a universal correlation between extrusion sites and positions of nematic defects in the cell orientation field in different epithelium types. The results confirm the active nematic nature of epithelia, and demonstrate that defect-induced isotropic stresses are the primary precursors of mechanotransductive responses in cells, including YAP (Yes-associated protein) transcription factor activity, caspase-3-mediated cell death, and extrusions. Importantly, the defect-driven extrusion mechanism depends on intercellular junctions, because the weakening of cell-cell interactions in an α-catenin knockdown monolayer reduces the defect size and increases both the number of defects and extrusion rates, as is also predicted by our model. We further demonstrate the ability to control extrusion hotspots by geometrically inducing defects through microcontact printing of patterned monolayers. On the basis of these results, we propose a mechanism for apoptotic cell extrusion: spontaneously formed topological defects in epithelia govern cell fate. This will be important in predicting


    BAO Hai-jun; XU Bao-gen; WU Ci-fang; ZHOU Wang-yue


    Sustainable farmland consolidation covers ecology, economy and society, which means, its only goal is to protect eco-environment, in accordance with public benefits and economic laws. China is still a developing country, facing capital-lacking, an important but difficult problem, while sustainable farmland consolidation will need more money than common farmland consolidation. To solve the problem, this paper put forward and designed a new financing mode for farmland consolidation: BOT(Build-Operate-Transfer), which can effectively solve the financing problem and investment reclamation by the way of concession, and make sustainable farmland consolidation be realized in China.

  5. To Replay, Perchance to Consolidate.

    Lisa Genzel


    Full Text Available After a memory is formed, it continues to be processed by the brain. These "off-line" processes consolidate the memory, leading to its enhancement and to changes in memory circuits. Potentially, these memory changes are driven by off-line replay of the pattern of neuronal activity present when the memory was being formed. A new study by Dhaksin Ramanathan and colleagues, published in PLOS Biology, demonstrates that replay occurs predominately after the acquisition of a new motor skill and that it is related to changes in memory performance and to the subsequent changes in memory circuits. Together, these observations reveal the importance of neuronal replay in the consolidation of novel motor skills.

  6. Entorhinal cortex and consolidated memory.

    Takehara-Nishiuchi, Kaori


    The entorhinal cortex is thought to support rapid encoding of new associations by serving as an interface between the hippocampus and neocortical regions. Although the entorhinal-hippocampal interaction is undoubtedly essential for initial memory acquisition, the entorhinal cortex contributes to memory retrieval even after the hippocampus is no longer necessary. This suggests that during memory consolidation additional synaptic reinforcement may take place within the cortical network, which may change the connectivity of entorhinal cortex with cortical regions other than the hippocampus. Here, I outline behavioral and physiological findings which collectively suggest that memory consolidation involves the gradual strengthening of connection between the entorhinal cortex and the medial prefrontal/anterior cingulate cortex (mPFC/ACC), a region that may permanently store the learned association. This newly formed connection allows for close interaction between the entorhinal cortex and the mPFC/ACC, through which the mPFC/ACC gains access to neocortical regions that store the content of memory. Thus, the entorhinal cortex may serve as a gatekeeper of cortical memory network by selectively interacting either with the hippocampus or mPFC/ACC depending on the age of memory. This model provides a new framework for a modification of cortical memory network during systems consolidation, thereby adding a fresh dimension to future studies on its biological mechanism.

  7. Numerical Studies of Low Cycle Fatigue in Forward Extrusion Dies

    Pedersen, Thomas Ø


    Forward extrusion dies typically fail due to transverse fatigue cracks or wear. Fatigue cracks are initiated in regions where the material is subjected to repeated plastic deformations, e.g. the transition radius in a forward extrusion die, in the present work, a material model capable of describ...

  8. 75 FR 34482 - Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China


    ... Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of April 6, 2010 (75 FR... COMMISSION Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China Determinations On the basis of the record \\1\\ developed in... reason of imports from China of certain aluminum extrusions, provided for in subheadings 7604.21,...

  9. 76 FR 29007 - Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China


    ... in the Federal Register on December 22, 2010 (75 FR 80527). The hearing was held in Washington, DC... COMMISSION Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China Determinations On the basis of the record \\1\\ developed in... certain aluminum extrusions from ] China other than finished heat sinks, provided for in subheadings...

  10. Material testing of copper by extrusion-cutting

    Segalina, F.; De Chiffre, Leonardo


    was developed and implemented on a CNC lathe. An investigation was carried out extrusion-cutting copper discs using high-speed-steel cutting tools at 100 m/min cutting speed. Flow stress values for copper under machining-relevant conditions were obtained from measurement of the extrusion-cutting force...

  11. CAD implementation of design rules for aluminium extrusion dies

    Ouwerkerk, van Gijs


    Aluminium extrusion is an industrial forming process that is used to produce long profiles of a constant cross-section. This cross-section is shaped by the opening in a steel tool known as the die. The understanding of the mechanics of the aluminium extrusion process is still limited. The flow of al

  12. A quality by design approach to understand formulation and process variability in pharmaceutical melt extrusion processes.

    Patwardhan, Ketaki; Asgarzadeh, Firouz; Dassinger, Thomas; Albers, Jessica; Repka, Michael A


    In this study, the principles of quality by design (QbD) have been uniquely applied to a pharmaceutical melt extrusion process for an immediate release formulation with a low melting model drug, ibuprofen. Two qualitative risk assessment tools - Fishbone diagram and failure mode effect analysis - were utilized to strategically narrow down the most influential parameters. Selected variables were further assessed using a Plackett-Burman screening study, which was upgraded to a response surface design consisting of the critical factors to study the interactions between the study variables. In process torque, glass transition temperature (Tg ) of the extrudates, assay, dissolution and phase change were measured as responses to evaluate the critical quality attributes (CQAs) of the extrudates. The effect of each study variable on the measured responses was analysed using multiple regression for the screening design and partial least squares for the optimization design. Experimental limits for formulation and process parameters to attain optimum processing have been outlined. A design space plot describing the domain of experimental variables within which the CQAs remained unchanged was developed. A comprehensive approach for melt extrusion product development based on the QbD methodology has been demonstrated. Drug loading concentrations between 40- 48%w/w and extrusion temperature in the range of 90-130°C were found to be the most optimum. © 2015 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  13. The effect of extrusion processing on the physiochemical properties of extruded orange pomace.

    Huang, Ya-Ling; Ma, Ya-Sheng


    Soluble dietary fibre (SDF) is considered the most effective fraction of dietary fibre (DF) for human health. In this study, extrusion technology was applied to enhance the SDF obtained from orange pomace, a byproduct of juice extraction containing a high level of DF. The pomace was processed in a single-screw extruder at various barrel temperatures (X1; 115-135 °C), feed moistures (X2; 10-18 g/100g), and screw speeds (X3; 230-350 rpm). Based on response surface methodology, the optimum extrusion conditions, which produced a maximum SDF value of 30.36%, were as follows: barrel temperature, 129 °C; feed moisture, 15%; and screw speed, 299 rpm. Compared with unextruded pomace, SDF fraction in extrudate had a higher level of uronic acid. Furthermore, the extrusion process improved the physicochemical properties of extrudate, increasing the water-holding capacity, swelling, water solubility index, and cation-exchange capacity and decreasing the oil-holding capacity.

  14. Co-extrusion of biocompatible polymers for scaffolds with co-continuous morphology.

    Washburn, Newell R; Simon, Carl G; Tona, Alessandro; Elgendy, Hoda M; Karim, Alamgir; Amis, Eric J


    A methodology for the preparation of porous scaffolds for tissue engineering using co-extrusion is presented. Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) is blended with poly(ethylene oxide) in a twinscrew extruder to form a two-phase material with micron-sized domains. Selective dissolution of the poly(ethylene oxide) with water results in a porous material. A range of blend volume fractions results in co-continuous networks of polymer and void spaces. Annealing studies demonstrate that the characteristic pore size may be increased to larger than 100 microm. The mechanical properties of the scaffolds are characterized by a compressive modulus on the order of 1 MPa at low strains but displaying a marked strain-dependence. The results of osteoblast seeding suggest it is possible to use co-extrusion to prepare polymer scaffolds without the introduction of toxic contaminants. Polymer co-extrusion is amenable to both laboratory- and industrial-scale production of scaffolds for tissue engineering and only requires rheological characterization of the blend components. This method leads to scaffolds that have continuous void space and controlled characteristic length scales without the use of potentially toxic organic solvents.

  15. Abl suppresses cell extrusion and intercalation during epithelium folding.

    Jodoin, Jeanne N; Martin, Adam C


    Tissue morphogenesis requires control over cell shape changes and rearrangements. In the Drosophila mesoderm, linked epithelial cells apically constrict, without cell extrusion or intercalation, to fold the epithelium into a tube that will then undergo epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Apical constriction drives tissue folding or cell extrusion in different contexts, but the mechanisms that dictate the specific outcomes are poorly understood. Using live imaging, we found that Abelson (Abl) tyrosine kinase depletion causes apically constricting cells to undergo aberrant basal cell extrusion and cell intercalation. abl depletion disrupted apical-basal polarity and adherens junction organization in mesoderm cells, suggesting that extruding cells undergo premature EMT. The polarity loss was associated with abnormal basolateral contractile actomyosin and Enabled (Ena) accumulation. Depletion of the Abl effector Enabled (Ena) in abl-depleted embryos suppressed the abl phenotype, consistent with cell extrusion resulting from misregulated ena Our work provides new insight into how Abl loss and Ena misregulation promote cell extrusion and EMT.

  16. Friction measurement and modelling in forward rod extrusion

    Tan, Xincai; Bay, Niels; Zhang, Wenqi


    Forward extrusion is one of the important processes in bulk metal forming. Friction stress can be estimated from the slope of the load±displacement curve at the steady state after the maximum load in a forward extrusion test. In this paper, forward rod extrusion tests are carried out to determine...... experimentally friction stress at various normal pressures, reductions in area, billet heights and lubrications. Tested materials include aluminium alloy, low carbon steel and stainless steel. Two lubrication methods are applied, conversion coating followed by either alkaline soap or molybdenum disulphide...... as the lubricant. Friction stresses are obtained from measurements of slopes of extrusion pressure±punch travel curves at the steady state stage. Normal pressures are evaluated by using Mohr’s circle, in which shear ¯ow stresses are estimated at the maximum elastic deformation points from the same extrusion...

  17. Simulation of Aluminum Powder in Tube Compaction Using Equal Channel Angular Extrusion

    Haghighi, Reza Derakhshandeh; Jahromi, Ahmad Jenabali; Jahromi, Behnam Esfandiar


    Aluminum powder in tube compaction with a 25 mm front plug through equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) at room temperature was modeled using the finite element analysis package ABAQUS. The Gurson model was used in modeling this process. 2-D simulations in a 90° angle die showed better consolidation of powder near the inner edge of the die than the outer edge after one pass of ECAE but almost full densification occurs after two passes. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on densification of the powder was investigated by using two plugs varying in length dimension. The results obtained from the simulations were also compared with experiments conducted to compact aluminum powder with mean particle diameter of 45 μm. Optical microscopy, microhardness test, and density measurements confirmed the simulations. The simulations were extended to powder compaction in a 60° and 120° angle die. It was found that one pass of ECAE is sufficient to consolidate the aluminum powder completely and uniformly in a 60° angle die, whereas the material is still porous in a 120° angle die.

  18. Bioavailability enhancement of atovaquone using hot melt extrusion technology.

    Kate, Laxman; Gokarna, Vinod; Borhade, Vivek; Prabhu, Priyanka; Deshpande, Vinita; Pathak, Sulabha; Sharma, Shobhona; Patravale, Vandana


    Emerging parasite resistance and poor oral bioavailability of anti-malarials are the two cardinal issues which hinder the clinical success of malaria chemotherapy. Atovaquone-Proguanil is a WHO approved fixed dose combination used to tackle the problem of emerging resistance. However, Atovaquone is a highly lipophilic drug having poor aqueous solubility (less than 0.2 μg/ml) thus reducing its oral bioavailability. The aim of the present investigation was to explore hot melt extrusion (HME) as a solvent-free technique to enhance solubility and oral bioavailability of Atovaquone and to develop an oral dosage form for Atovaquone-Proguanil combination. Solid dispersion of Atovaquone was successfully developed using HME. The solid dispersion was characterized for DSC, FTIR, XRD, SEM, and flow properties. It was filled in size 2 hard gelatin capsules. The formulation showed better release as compared to Malarone® tablets, and 3.2-fold and 4.6-fold higher bioavailability as compared to Malarone® tablets and Atovaquone respectively. The enhanced bioavailability also resulted in 100% anti-malarial activity in murine infection model at 1/8(th) therapeutic dose. Thus the developed methodology shows promising potential to solve the problems associated with Atovaquone therapy, namely its high cost and poor oral bioavailability, resulting in increased therapeutic efficacy of Atovaquone.

  19. Post-learning psychosocial stress enhances consolidation of neutral stimuli.

    Preuss, Diana; Wolf, Oliver T


    Post-learning stress has been reported to enhance memory consolidation in humans. This effect was observed in studies using physical stressors or an anticipatory speech task. In the present study 58 participants (28 females and 30 males) were exposed to a psychosocial stressor (Trier Social Stress Test) or a control condition following the presentation of neutral and emotionally arousing positive and negative pictures, which were accompanied by a brief narrative. The stressor induced a significant neuroendocrine stress response in men and women. In a 24h delayed free recall test the stress group showed an enhanced memory for neutral but not for emotionally arousing positive and negative items. Additionally, a significant correlation between the cortisol stress response and memory for neutral items was evident. Thus, in contrast to previous studies, post-learning stress primarily enhanced consolidation of neutral material. Several theoretical and methodological explanations for the observed effects are discussed.

  20. Measurements of uranium mill tailings consolidation characteristics

    Fayer, M J


    A series of experiments were conducted on uranium mill tailings from the tailings pile in Grand Junction, Colorado, to determine their consolidation characteristics. Three materials (sand, sand/slimes mix, slimes) were loaded under saturated conditions to determine their saturated consolidated behavior. During a separate experiment, samples of the slimes material were kept under a constant load while the pore pressure was increased to determine the partially saturated consolidation behavior. Results of the saturated tests compared well with published data. Sand consolidated the least, while slimes consolidated the most. As each material consolidated, the measured hydraulic conductivity decreased in a linear fashion with respect to the void ratio. Partially saturated experiments with the slimes indicated that there was little consolidation as the pore pressure was increased progressively above 7 kPa. The small amount of consolidation that did occur was only a fraction of the amount of saturated consolidation. Preliminary measurements between pore pressures of 0 and 7 kPa indicated that measurable consolidation could occur in this range of pore pressure, but only if there was no load. 13 references, 13 figures.

  1. Equal Channel Angular Extrusion Progress Report for March 1998 - May 1999

    Macheret, Yevgeny; Watkins, Arthur Deloss; Korth, Gary Elvan; Lillo, Thomas Martin; Flinn, John Elwood Jr.; Herling, D. R.; Smith, M. T.; Schwarz, R. B.


    Pure copper and Alloy 5083 aluminum were processed by equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE); their microstructural evolution and corresponding mechanical properties were investigated. Work also began on the possible use of ECAE to synthesize advanced materials or to consolidate metal powders or powder mixtures. The die tooling used for ECAE is described and selected microstructural and mechanical property results for ECAE-processed copper and cold-rolled (conventionally-processed) copper in the as-processed and annealed condition are compared. Results thus far show that the “pure” metal is prone to low temperature recrystallization after large strain hardening—more beneficial effects are expected in the dispersion-strengthened and precipitation-hardening alloys. The large range of tensile properties and grain sizes from the copper allowed a flow stress analysis to be performed. From this analysis, a new model for flow stress behavior is proposed. An evaluation of ECAE processing of material for spot welding electrodes began. Results to date include electrodes of ECAE-processed commercially pure copper (Alloy 101). Future work involving Glidcop® (Al2O3 oxide dispersionstrengthened copper) and CuCrZr (Cr-Zr precipitation dispersion) materials will be required to fully investigate the benefits of ECAE for electrode life extension. Initial work on Aluminum Alloy 5083 showed that ECAE led to grain refinement as well as broke up and more uniformly dispersed the hardening precipitates. This is desirable for enhancing superplastic behavior. Study of ECAE for consolidating metal powder began. Early results with a Cu-Ag powder indicate that near 100% density was achieved with room temperature consolidation.

  2. Extrusion Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass: A Review

    Jun Zheng


    Full Text Available Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to bioethanol has shown environmental, economic and energetic advantages in comparison to bioethanol produced from sugar or starch. However, the pretreatment process for increasing the enzymatic accessibility and improving the digestibility of cellulose is hindered by many physical-chemical, structural and compositional factors, which make these materials difficult to be used as feedstocks for ethanol production. A wide range of pretreatment methods has been developed to alter or remove structural and compositional impediments to (enzymatic hydrolysis over the last few decades; however, only a few of them can be used at commercial scale due to economic feasibility. This paper will give an overview of extrusion pretreatment for bioethanol production with a special focus on twin-screw extruders. An economic assessment of this pretreatment is also discussed to determine its feasibility for future industrial cellulosic ethanol plant designs.

  3. Consolidated Incineration Facility model videotape

    Krolewski, J F; Augsburger, S T


    A Consolidated Incineration Facility (CIF) is in final design for construction at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. The CIF will detoxify and volume reduce combustible radioactive, hazardous and mixed waste. A study model was constructed during scope development for project authorization to assist with equipment layout and insure sufficient maintenance access. To facilitate the Department of Energy Validation process, a videotape of the model was developed. This ten minute videotape includes general information about the incineration process and a tour of the study model with a discussion of activities in each area. The videotape will be shown and the current status and schedule for the CIF presented.

  4. Eulerian hydrocode modeling of a dynamic tensile extrusion experiment (u)

    Burkett, Michael W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Clancy, Sean P [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Eulerian hydrocode simulations utilizing the Mechanical Threshold Stress flow stress model were performed to provide insight into a dynamic extrusion experiment. The dynamic extrusion response of copper (three different grain sizes) and tantalum spheres were simulated with MESA, an explicit, 2-D Eulerian continuum mechanics hydrocode and compared with experimental data. The experimental data consisted of high-speed images of the extrusion process, recovered extruded samples, and post test metallography. The hydrocode was developed to predict large-strain and high-strain-rate loading problems. Some of the features of the features of MESA include a high-order advection algorithm, a material interface tracking scheme and a van Leer monotonic advection-limiting. The Mechanical Threshold Stress (MTS) model was utilized to evolve the flow stress as a function of strain, strain rate and temperature for copper and tantalum. Plastic strains exceeding 300% were predicted in the extrusion of copper at 400 m/s, while plastic strains exceeding 800% were predicted for Ta. Quantitative comparisons between the predicted and measured deformation topologies and extrusion rate were made. Additionally, predictions of the texture evolution (based upon the deformation rate history and the rigid body rotations experienced by the copper during the extrusion process) were compared with the orientation imaging microscopy measurements. Finally, comparisons between the calculated and measured influence of the initial texture on the dynamic extrusion response of tantalum was performed.

  5. Optimal design of an extrusion process for a hinge bracket

    Na, Geum Ju; Jang, Myung Geun; Kim, Jong Bong [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    This study considers process design in forming a hinge bracket. A thin hinge bracket is typically produced by bending a sheet panel or welding a hollow bar into a sheet panel. However, the hinge bracket made by bending or welding does not have sufficient durability in severe operating conditions because of the stress concentration in the bended region or the low corrosion resistance of the welded region. Therefore, this study uses forming to produce the hinge bracket part of a foldable container and to ensure durability in difficult operating conditions. An extrusion process for a T-shaped hinge bracket is studied using finite element analysis. Preliminary analysis shows that a very high forging load is required to form the bracket by forging. Therefore, extrusion is considered as a candidate process. Producing the part through the extrusion process enables many brackets to be made in a single extrusion and through successive cutting of the extruded part, thereby reducing the manufacturing cost. The design focuses on reducing the extrusion load and on ensuring shape accuracy. An initial billet is designed to reduce the extrusion load and to obtain a geometrically accurate part. The extruded part is bent frequently because of uneven material flow. Thus, extrusion die geometries are designed to obtain straight parts.

  6. Epithelial cell extrusion leads to breaches in the intestinal epithelium.

    Liu, Julia J; Davis, Elisabeth M; Wine, Eytan; Lou, Yuefei; Rudzinski, Jan K; Alipour, Misagh; Boulanger, Pierre; Thiesen, Aducio L; Sergi, Consolato; Fedorak, Richard N; Muruve, Daniel; Madsen, Karen L; Irvin, Randall T


    Two distinct forms of intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) extrusion are described: 1 with preserved epithelial integrity and 1 that introduced breaches in the epithelial lining. In this study, we sought to determine the mechanism underlying the IEC extrusion that alters the permeability of the gut epithelium. IEC extrusions in polarized T84 monolayer were induced with nigericin. Epithelial permeability was assessed with transepithelial electrical resistance and movements of latex microspheres and green fluorescent protein-transfected Escherichia coli across the monolayer. In vivo IEC extrusion was modulated in wild-type and a colitic (interleukin-10 knock-out) mouse model with caspase-1 activation and inhibition. Luminal aspirates and mucosal biopsies from control patients and patients with inflammatory bowel disease were analyzed for caspase-1 and caspase-3&7 activation. Caspase-1-induced IEC extrusion in T84 monolayers resulted in dose-dependent and time-dependent barrier dysfunction, reversible with caspase-1 inhibition. Moreover, the movements of microspheres and microbes across the treated epithelial monolayers were observed. Increased caspase-1-mediated IEC extrusion in interleukin-10 knock-out mice corresponded to enhanced permeation of dextran, microspheres, and translocation of E. coli compared with wild type. Caspase-1 inhibition in interleukin-10 knock-out mice resulted in a time-dependent reduction in cell extrusion and normalization of permeability to microspheres. Increased IEC extrusion in wild-type mice was induced with caspase-1 activation. In human luminal aspirates, the ratio of positively stained caspase-1 to caspase-3&7 cells were 1:1 and 2:1 in control patients and patients with inflammatory bowel disease, respectively; these observations were confirmed by cytochemical analysis of mucosal biopsies. IEC extrusion mediated by caspase-1 activation contributes to altered intestinal permeability in vitro and in vivo.

  7. Towards Extrusion of Ionomers to Process Fuel Cell Membranes

    Jean-Yves Sanchez


    Full Text Available While Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC membranes are currently prepared by film casting, this paper demonstrates the feasibility of extrusion, a solvent-free alternative process. Thanks to water-soluble process-aid plasticizers, duly selected, it was possible to extrude acidic and alkaline polysulfone ionomers. Additionally, the feasibility to extrude composites was demonstrated. The impact of the plasticizers on the melt viscosity was investigated. Following the extrusion, the plasticizers were fully removed in water. The extrusion was found to impact neither on the ionomer chains, nor on the performances of the membrane. This environmentally friendly process was successfully validated for a variety of high performance ionomers.


    W.Q. Ma; H.Y. Sun; D.C. Kang; K.D. Zhao


    The steel reinforced plastic pipe is a new kind of pressure pipe. It is made up with steel wires and plastic. Because reinforced skeleton of the steel wire increase the complexity of plastic flow during the extrusion phase, the traditional design criteria of extrusion die is not suitable. The study on extrusion die of the kind of pipe is very important step in produce development. Using finite element (FE) method in this paper, the flow rule of molten plastic inside the die has been predicted and a group of optimal structural parameters was obtained. These results are helpful for reducing the design cycle and improve the quality of the final product.

  9. A new engineering model for understanding extrusion process

    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan

    A new engineering method is proposed to understand extrudate expansion and extrusion operation parameters for starch based food extrusion cooking process through dimensional analysis principle, i.e. Buckingham pi theorem. Three dimensionless groups, i.e. pump efficiency, water content...... and temperature, are suggested to describe the extrudate expansion. Using the three dimensionless groups, an equation is derived to express the extrudate expansion. The model has been used to correlate the experimental data for whole wheat flour and fish feed extrusion cooking. The average deviations...

  10. Orthodontic extrusion in the transitional dentition: a simple technique.

    Darby, Laura J


    Extrusion of teeth may be necessary in cases of delayed eruption, primary retention, traumatically intruded teeth, or subgingivally fractured teeth. Removable appliances are advantageous, as anchorage is not as tooth-dependant as in the case of fixed appliances. They are cost-effective, operator friendly, and a valuable treatment option to consider in cases where extrusion of anterior teeth in the transitional dentition is necessary. The purpose of this paper was to describe a simple, cost-effective technique using a removable appliance for extrusion of incisors in the transitional dentition.

  11. Calibrator device for the extrusion of cable coatings

    Garbacz, Tomasz; Dulebová, Ľudmila; Spišák, Emil; Dulebová, Martina


    This paper presents selected results of theoretical and experimental research works on a new calibration device (calibrators) used to produce coatings of electric cables. The aim of this study is to present design solution calibration equipment and present a new calibration machine, which is an important element of the modernized technology extrusion lines for coating cables. As a result of the extrusion process of PVC modified with blowing agents, an extrudate in the form of an electrical cable was obtained. The conditions of the extrusion process were properly selected, which made it possible to obtain a product with solid external surface and cellular core.

  12. Deposited sediment settlement and consolidation mechanisms

    Shuai-jie Guo


    Full Text Available In order to study deposited sediment settlement and consolidation mechanisms, sediment settlement experiments were conducted using a settlement column. Based on the experimental results, sediment settlement stage definition, excessive pore pressure (EPP dissipation, and consolidation constitutive equations are discussed. Three stages, including the free settlement, hindered settlement, and self-weight consolidation settlement stages, are defined. The results of this study show that sediment settlement is mainly affected by the initial sediment concentration and initial settlement height, and the interface settlement rate is attenuated linearly with time on bilogarithmic scales during the hindered settlement and self-weight consolidation settlement stages. Moreover, the deposited sediment layer in the self-weight consolidation settlement stage experiences large strains, and the settlement amount in this stage is about 32% to 59% of the initial height of deposited sediment. EPP is nonlinearly distributed in the settlement direction, and consolidation settlement is faster than EPP dissipation in the self-weight consolidation settlement stage. Consolidation constitutive equations for the hydraulic conductivity and effective stress, applicable to large-strain consolidation calculation, were also determined and fitted in the power function form.

  13. Experimental investigation and numerical simulation of large-sized aluminum tube extrusion forming

    吕亚臣; 骆俊廷; 马春荣; 徐岩


    Large-sized aluminum tube has big section effect, aspect ratio and thin thickness, so that the extrusion technology is complex and the large specific pressure is generated in extrusion cavity. The temperature variation and velocity effect is difficult to control. The extrusion forming of large-sized aluminum tube was researched and simulated. Three-dimensional thermo-mechanical coupled finite element model was constructed and appropriate boundary conditions were given out. The results show that large-sized aluminum tube can be formed by isothermal extrusion through controlling the extrusion velocity and founding the relationship between extrusion velocity and extrusion temperature.


    Sahil Bansode* and S. S. Poddar


    Full Text Available Starting from plastic industry, today melt extrusion has found its place in the array of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Melt extrusion processes are currently applied in the pharmaceutical field for the formulation of variety of dosage forms such as granules, pellets, tablets, implants, transdermal systems & ophthalmic inserts. This technology represents an efficient pathway for increasing the solubility of poorly soluble drugs. The process forms a solid dispersion where the drug is presented in an amorphous & molecularly dispersed state in a carrier. This leads to an increase in solubility, as no lattice energy has to be overcome during dissolution. Melt extrusion is considered to be an efficient technology in the field of formulation of solid dispersions to improve bioavailability with particular advantages over solvent processes. This article highlights on the technology of Hot Melt Extrusion (HME.

  15. Effect of extrusion parameters on some properties of dietary fiber ...



    Nov 21, 2011 ... The independent variables studied were extrusion temperature (from. 59.77 to ... The extraction of juice from citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit ..... properties of extruded orange pulp and its effect on the quality of cookies.

  16. The friction in rod forward and backward micro extrusion

    J. Piwnik


    Full Text Available Micro parts are increasingly applied in industry because of the trend to miniaturization every day devices. Microforming is a method of manufacturing metal micro elements using a plastic treatment. This kind of production ensures high productivity, shapes and dimensions repeatability and good surface quality. Size effect connected with small dimensions affects changes in treatment processes of micro parts. While forming in micro scale, surface roughness is size independent and does not decrease with decreasing detail dimensions. The article presents schemas for forward and backward extrusion of metal rods. Using FEM, tool’s roughness as a triangle wave has been assumed, taking into account thereby size effect. Influence of roughness on extrusion forces by comparison with traditional flat tools and constant friction shear factor m has been specified. Impact of roughness caused growth of extrusion forces while forward extruding. On the contrary, backward extrusion ensured stable required forces, regardless of a surface structure.


    José Britti Bacalhau


    Full Text Available Aluminum extrusion dies are an important segment of application on industrial tools steels, which are manufactured in steels based on AISI H13 steel. The main properties of steels applied to extrusion dies are: wear resistance, impact resistance and tempering resistance. The present work discusses the characteristics of a newly developed hot work steel to be used on aluminum extrusion dies. The effects of Cr and Mo contents with respect to tempering resistance and the Al addition on the nitriding response have been evaluated. From forged steel bars, Charpy impact test and characterization via EPMA have been conducted. The proposed contents of Cr, Mo, and Al have attributed to the new VEX grade a much better tempering resistance than H13, as well as a deeper and harder nitrided layer. Due to the unique characteristics, this new steel provides an interesting alternative to the aluminum extrusion companies to increase their competitiveness.

  18. Encapsulation of orange terpenes investigating a plasticisation extrusion process.

    Tackenberg, Markus W; Krauss, Ralph; Schuchmann, Heike P; Kleinebudde, Peter


    Extrusion is widely used for flavour encapsulation. However, there is a lack of process understanding. This study is aimed at improving the understanding of a counter rotating twin screw extrusion process. Orange terpenes as model flavour, maltodextrin and sucrose as matrix materials, and a water feed rate between 4.0% and 5.7% were applied. Product temperatures < 80 °C and specific mechanical energy inputs <260 Wh/kg resulted. Amorphous and partly crystalline samples were obtained. The loss of crystalline sucrose was linked to a dissolution process of the sugar in the available water amount. Melting of the excipients did not arise, resulting in a plasticisation extrusion process. Maximally 67% of the flavour was retained (corresponding to a 4.1% product flavour load). The flavour loss correlated with insufficient mixing during the process and flavour evaporation after extrusion. Based on these results, recommendations for an improved encapsulation process are given.

  19. Applications of polymer extrusion technology to coal processing

    Lewis, D. W.


    Upon heating, many of the middle-aged bituminous coals exhibit a plasticity very similar to polyethylene for a few minutes. Plastic coal can be extruded, pelletized or molded using common plastics technology and equipment. Investigations concerning the plastic state of coals are conducted with the objective to develop techniques which will make useful commercial applications of this property possible. Experiments which show the characteristics of plastic-state coal are discussed, and problems related to a continuous extrusion of coal are considered. Probably the most significant difference between the continuous extrusion of coal and the extrusion of a thermoplastic polymer is that volatiles are continuously being released from the coal. Attention is given to aspects of dragflow, solids feeding, and melt pumping. Application potentials for plastic coal extrusion might be related to coal gasification, direct liquefaction, and coal combustion.

  20. 26 CFR 1.1502-3 - Consolidated tax credits.


    ... 26 Internal Revenue 12 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Consolidated tax credits. 1.1502-3 Section 1... (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Consolidated Tax Liability § 1.1502-3 Consolidated tax credits. (a) Determination of amount of consolidated credit—(1) In general. The credit allowed by section 38 for a consolidated return...

  1. Extrusion and properties of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

    Cai, S.; Millar, C.E.; Pedersen, L.


    The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates was investi......The purpose of this work was to develop a procedure for fabricating electroceramic actuators with good piezoelectric properties. The preparation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic rods and tubes by extrusion processing is described. The microstructure of extrudates...

  2. Making Ceramic/Polymer Parts By Extrusion Stereolithography

    Stuffle, Kevin; Mulligan, A.; Creegan, P.; Boulton, J. M.; Lombardi, J. L.; Calvert, P. D.


    Extrusion stereolithography developmental method of computer-controlled manufacturing of objects out of ceramic/polymer composite materials. Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software used to create image of desired part and translate image into motion commands for combination of mechanisms moving resin dispenser. Extrusion performed in coordination with motion of dispenser so buildup of extruded material takes on size and shape of desired part. Part thermally cured after deposition.

  3. 12 CFR 619.9110 - Consolidation.


    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Consolidation. 619.9110 Section 619.9110 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM DEFINITIONS § 619.9110 Consolidation. Creation of one new organizational entity from two or more existing entities or parts thereof....

  4. Shockwave Consolidation of Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials

    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Taylor, Patrick; Nemir, David


    Nanotechnology based thermoelectric materials are considered attractive for developing highly efficient thermoelectric devices. Nano-structured thermoelectric materials are predicted to offer higher ZT over bulk materials by reducing thermal conductivity and increasing electrical conductivity. Consolidation of nano-structured powders into dense materials without losing nanostructure is essential towards practical device development. Using the gas atomization process, amorphous nano-structured powders were produced. Shockwave consolidation is accomplished by surrounding the nanopowder-containing tube with explosives and then detonating. The resulting shock wave causes rapid fusing of the powders without the melt and subsequent grain growth. We have been successful in generating consolidated nano-structured bismuth telluride alloy powders by using the shockwave technique. Using these consolidated materials, several types of thermoelectric power generating devices have been developed. Shockwave consolidation is anticipated to generate large quantities of nanostructred materials expeditiously and cost effectively. In this paper, the technique of shockwave consolidation will be presented followed by Seebeck Coefficient and thermal conductivity measurements of consolidated materials. Preliminary results indicate a substantial increase in electrical conductivity due to shockwave consolidation technique.

  5. Micropolitics, Community Identity, and School Consolidation

    Warner, Wanda M.; Brown, Monica Wills; Lindle, Jane Clark


    The practice of public school consolidation has a long history in the United States. School consolidation involves several stakeholders and is tied to a community's identity. Educational leaders are faced with tough dilemmas among responding to student needs, meeting fiduciary responsibilities to constituencies, and addressing adult concerns about…

  6. Encapsulation of Liquids Via Extrusion--A Review.

    Tackenberg, Markus W; Kleinebudde, Peter


    Various encapsulation techniques are known for pharmaceutical applications. Extrusion is of minor importance. However, extrusion is used to obtain granules with encapsulate liquid active ingredients (AI) like essential oils and flavours for food applications since decades. Many of these AIs can be used for agrochemical, home care, and pharmaceutical products, too. Thus, the focus of this review is on the interdisciplinary presentation and evaluation of the available knowledge about the encapsulation process via extrusion. The desired microcapsule structure is discussed at the outset. The microcapsule is compared to the alternative glassy solid solution system, before an overview of suitable excipients is given. In the next section the development of the extrusion technique, used for encapsulation processes, is presented. Thereby, the focus is on encapsulation using twin-screw extruders. Additionally, the influence of the downstream processes on the products is discussed, too. The understanding of the physical processes during extrusion is essential for specifically adjustment of the desired product properties and thus, highlighted in this paper. Unfortunately not all processes, especially the mixing process, are well studied. Suggestions for further studies, to improve process understanding and product quality, are given, too. The last part of this review focuses on the characterization of the obtained granules, especially AI content, encapsulation efficiency, and storage stability. In conclusion, extrusion is a standard technique for flavour encapsulation, but future studies, may lead to more (pharmaceutical) applications and new products.

  7. Experimental and numerical investigation of ram extrusion of bread dough

    Mohammed, M. A. P.; Wanigasooriya, L.; Charalambides, M. N.


    An experimental and numerical study on ram extrusion of bread dough was conducted. A laboratory ram extrusion rig was designed and manufactured, where dies with different angles and exit radii were employed. Rate dependent behaviour was observed from tests conducted at different extrusion speeds, and higher extrusion pressure was reported for dies with decreasing exit radius. A finite element simulation of extrusion was performed using the adaptive meshing technique in Abaqus. Simulations using a frictionless contact between the billet and die wall showed that the model underestimates the response at high entry angles. On the other hand, when the coefficient of friction value was set to 0.09 as measured from friction experiments, the dough response was overestimated, i.e. the model extrusion pressure was much higher than the experimentally measured values. When a critical shear stress limit, τmax, was used, the accuracy of the model predictions improved. The results showed that higher die angles require higher τmax values for the model and the experiments to agree.

  8. The effect of gas assisted length on polymer melt extrusion based on the gas-assisted extrusion technique

    Wan, B.; Ren, Z.; Liu, G. D.; Huang, X. Y.


    In this study, the gas-assisted technique was used into the process of polymer melt extrusion to overcome the extrudate swell problem. The gas length is an important factors in the gas-assisted extrusion technique. To ascertain the mechanism of the gas-assisted extrusion technique, and to determine the optimal gas length, the effect of gas length on the extrudate swell ratio of melt was numerically investigated. In finite element numerical simulation, PTT constitutive model and full slip boundary condition were used to achieve the gas-assisted mode. Compared with the traditional no gas-assisted extrusion, numerical results showed that the extrudate swell problem was well eliminated by the gas-assisted method. Moreover, the extrudate swell of melt decreased with the increasing of the gas length because the pressure and shear stress of melt were greatly decreased. Moreover, the flow velocity of melt is uniform at the die outlet.

  9. Is autism partly a consolidation disorder?

    Femia, Lisa A; Hasselmo, Michael E


    Computational modeling has been useful for understanding processes of encoding and consolidation in cortical structures. In particular, this work suggests a role of neuromodulators in setting dynamics for consolidation processes during different stages of waking and sleep. Because autistic individuals show symptoms of a cognitive nature coupled with a high prevalence of comorbid conditions such as epileptiform discharge during sleep and sleep disorders, it is possible that autism could involve a breakdown in consolidation processes, which are essential to build effective cognitive representations of the environment on the basis of individual experiences. In this article, theories of consolidation during different stages of waking and sleep and the role of different neuromodulators in these consolidation processes are reviewed in conjunction with different features of autism, which may be understood in the context of these theories.

  10. Control of Bank Consolidated Financial Statements Quality

    Margarita S. Ambarchyan


    Full Text Available The author presents the multiple linear regression model of bank consolidated financial statements quality. The article considers six characteristics that can be used to estimate the level of bank consolidated financial statements quality. The multiple linear regression model was developed, using the results of point-based system of consolidated financial statements of thirty European bank and financial groups on the basis of the developed characteristics. The author offers to use the characteristic significance factor in the process of consolidated financial statements appraisal by points. The constructed regression model is checked on accuracy and statistical significance. The model can be used by internal auditors and financial analytics as an instrument for bank and non-bank consolidated financial statements quality control

  11. Fuel consolidation demonstration program: Final Report


    EPRI, Northeast Utilities, Baltimore Gas and Electric, the US Department of Energy and Combustion Engineering are engaged in a program to develop a system for consolidating spent fuel and a method of storing the consolidated fuel in the spent fuel storage pool which is licensable by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Fuel consolidation offers a means of substantially increasing the capacity of spent fuel storage pools. This is a final report of the Fuel Consolidation Demonstration Program. It provides a review of the overall program, a summary of the results obtained, the lessons learned, and an assessment of the present status of the consolidation system developed in the program. 7 refs., 15 figs., 5 tabs.


    Szora Tamas Atila


    Full Text Available The study is divided into four parts: in the introduction are presented the theoretical aspects of the consolidated financial statements and the consolidation methods. During the second part are shown the structure rates calculated prior and after the consolidation, and in the third are calculated the financial rates of return and the effective tax rates of fixed assets. The conclusion of this study presents that although the consolidated entity is not a tax, it presents the group effort without the internal flows between entities within the group. In terms of the world scientific research typology used by the authors, it refers to descriptive research, explanatory research and applied research. In terms of the novelties, brought by this study, it is specifically determined, based on the actual database, the evolution of structure indicators, indicators of balance, the financial profitability indicators of corporate companies prior to and after consolidation.

  13. Dysfunctional overnight memory consolidation in ecstasy users.

    Smithies, Vanessa; Broadbear, Jillian; Verdejo-Garcia, Antonio; Conduit, Russell


    Sleep plays an important role in the consolidation and integration of memory in a process called overnight memory consolidation. Previous studies indicate that ecstasy users have marked and persistent neurocognitive and sleep-related impairments. We extend past research by examining overnight memory consolidation among regular ecstasy users (n=12) and drug naïve healthy controls (n=26). Memory recall of word pairs was evaluated before and after a period of sleep, with and without interference prior to testing. In addition, we assessed neurocognitive performances across tasks of learning, memory and executive functioning. Ecstasy users demonstrated impaired overnight memory consolidation, a finding that was more pronounced following associative interference. Additionally, ecstasy users demonstrated impairments on tasks recruiting frontostriatal and hippocampal neural circuitry, in the domains of proactive interference memory, long-term memory, encoding, working memory and complex planning. We suggest that ecstasy-associated dysfunction in fronto-temporal circuitry may underlie overnight consolidation memory impairments in regular ecstasy users.

  14. Weld formation during material extrusion additive manufacturing.

    Seppala, Jonathan E; Hoon Han, Seung; Hillgartner, Kaitlyn E; Davis, Chelsea S; Migler, Kalman B


    Material extrusion (ME) is a layer-by-layer additive manufacturing process that is now used in personal and commercial production where prototyping and customization are required. However, parts produced from ME frequently exhibit poor mechanical performance relative to those from traditional means; moreover, fundamental knowledge of the factors leading to development of inter-layer strength in this highly non-isothermal process is limited. In this work, we seek to understand the development of inter-layer weld strength from the perspective of polymer interdiffusion under conditions of rapidly changing mobility. Our framework centers around three interrelated components: in situ thermal measurements (via infrared imaging), temperature dependent molecular processes (via rheology), and mechanical testing (via mode III fracture). We develop the concept of an equivalent isothermal weld time and test its relationship to fracture energy. For the printing conditions studied the equivalent isothermal weld time for Tref = 230 °C ranged from 0.1 ms to 100 ms. The results of these analysis provide a basis for optimizing inter-layer strength, the limitations of the ME process, and guide development of new materials.

  15. Viscoplastic flow in an extrusion damper

    Syrakos, Alexandros; Georgiou, Georgios C; Tsamopoulos, John


    Numerical simulations of the flow in an extrusion damper are performed using a finite volume method. The damper is assumed to consist of a shaft, with or without a spherical bulge, oscillating axially in a containing cylinder filled with a viscoplastic material of Bingham type. The response of the damper to a forced sinusoidal displacement is studied. In the bulgeless case the configuration is the annular analogue of the well-known lid-driven cavity problem, but with a sinusoidal rather than constant lid velocity. Navier slip is applied to the shaft surface in order to bound the reaction force to finite values. Starting from a base case, several problem parameters are varied in turn in order to study the effects of viscoplasticity, slip, damper geometry and oscillation frequency to the damper response. The results show that, compared to Newtonian flow, viscoplasticity causes the damper force to be less sensitive to the shaft velocity; this is often a desirable damper property. The bulge increases the required...

  16. Mitotic chromosome compaction via active loop extrusion

    Goloborodko, Anton; Imakaev, Maxim; Marko, John; Mirny, Leonid; MIT-Northwestern Team

    During cell division, two copies of each chromosome are segregated from each other and compacted more than hundred-fold into the canonical X-shaped structures. According to earlier microscopic observations and the recent Hi-C study, chromosomes are compacted into arrays of consecutive loops of ~100 kilobases. Mechanisms that lead to formation of such loop arrays are largely unknown. Here we propose that, during cell division, chromosomes can be compacted by enzymes that extrude loops on chromatin fibers. First, we use computer simulations and analytical modeling to show that a system of loop-extruding enzymes on a chromatin fiber self-organizes into an array of consecutive dynamic loops. Second, we model the process of loop extrusion in 3D and show that, coupled with the topo II strand-passing activity, it leads to robust compaction and segregation of sister chromatids. This mechanism of chromosomal condensation and segregation does not require additional proteins or specific DNA markup and is robust against variations in the number and properties of such loop extruding enzymes. Work at NU was supported by the NSF through Grants DMR-1206868 and MCB-1022117, and by the NIH through Grants GM105847 and CA193419. Work at MIT was supported by the NIH through Grants GM114190 R01HG003143.


    Preetam Sarkar


    Full Text Available Fruit by-products have found limited applications in the food industry. They have been primarily used as animal feed, applied to agricultural land for soil amendment or composted and applied to farms for growing crops. Some of these disposal methods are not environment friendly, while others are costly. This study was undertaken to examine the possibility of utilizing peach pomace as a source of soluble dietary fiber in expanded extruded food products. Peach pomace was combined with rice flour at four different levels. The four blends were mixed, dried to a moisture level of 13.5% (w/w and ground to flour. These blends were extruded in a twin-screw extruder (Clextral EV-25 at a feed flow rate of 15 kg/h. The extruded products were analyzed for physical and textural properties. The apparent and true densities for the extrudates decreased from 183.93 to 133.94 kg/m3 and 1275.31 to 1171.2 kg/m3, respectively. A linear increase in extrudate porosity (85.11-88.54% and radial expansion ratio (13.5-19.3 and a steady decrease in breaking strength (104-50.74 kPa were observed with increasing peach pomace level in the blends. This study demonstrates the potential of extrusion processing as a tool for fruit by-product utilization, which will not only enhance consumption of soluble dietary fiber but will also increase the overall fruit utilization.

  18. Consolidating drug data on a global scale using Linked Data.

    Jovanovik, Milos; Trajanov, Dimitar


    Drug product data is available on the Web in a distributed fashion. The reasons lie within the regulatory domains, which exist on a national level. As a consequence, the drug data available on the Web are independently curated by national institutions from each country, leaving the data in varying languages, with a varying structure, granularity level and format, on different locations on the Web. Therefore, one of the main challenges in the realm of drug data is the consolidation and integration of large amounts of heterogeneous data into a comprehensive dataspace, for the purpose of developing data-driven applications. In recent years, the adoption of the Linked Data principles has enabled data publishers to provide structured data on the Web and contextually interlink them with other public datasets, effectively de-siloing them. Defining methodological guidelines and specialized tools for generating Linked Data in the drug domain, applicable on a global scale, is a crucial step to achieving the necessary levels of data consolidation and alignment needed for the development of a global dataset of drug product data. This dataset would then enable a myriad of new usage scenarios, which can, for instance, provide insight into the global availability of different drug categories in different parts of the world. We developed a methodology and a set of tools which support the process of generating Linked Data in the drug domain. Using them, we generated the LinkedDrugs dataset by seamlessly transforming, consolidating and publishing high-quality, 5-star Linked Drug Data from twenty-three countries, containing over 248,000 drug products, over 99,000,000 RDF triples and over 278,000 links to generic drugs from the LOD Cloud. Using the linked nature of the dataset, we demonstrate its ability to support advanced usage scenarios in the drug domain. The process of generating the LinkedDrugs dataset demonstrates the applicability of the methodological guidelines and the

  19. System consolidation of memory during sleep.

    Born, Jan; Wilhelm, Ines


    Over the past two decades, research has accumulated compelling evidence that sleep supports the formation of long-term memory. The standard two-stage memory model that has been originally elaborated for declarative memory assumes that new memories are transiently encoded into a temporary store (represented by the hippocampus in the declarative memory system) before they are gradually transferred into a long-term store (mainly represented by the neocortex), or are forgotten. Based on this model, we propose that sleep, as an offline mode of brain processing, serves the 'active system consolidation' of memory, i.e. the process in which newly encoded memory representations become redistributed to other neuron networks serving as long-term store. System consolidation takes place during slow-wave sleep (SWS) rather than rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The concept of active system consolidation during sleep implicates that (a) memories are reactivated during sleep to be consolidated, (b) the consolidation process during sleep is selective inasmuch as it does not enhance every memory, and (c) memories, when transferred to the long-term store undergo qualitative changes. Experimental evidence for these three central implications is provided: It has been shown that reactivation of memories during SWS plays a causal role for consolidation, that sleep and specifically SWS consolidates preferentially memories with relevance for future plans, and that sleep produces qualitative changes in memory representations such that the extraction of explicit and conscious knowledge from implicitly learned materials is facilitated.

  20. Self-consolidating concrete homogeneity

    Jarque, J. C.


    Full Text Available Concrete instability may lead to the non-uniform distribution of its properties. The homogeneity of self-consolidating concrete in vertically cast members was therefore explored in this study, analyzing both resistance to segregation and pore structure uniformity. To this end, two series of concretes were prepared, self-consolidating and traditional vibrated materials, with different w/c ratios and types of cement. The results showed that selfconsolidating concretes exhibit high resistance to segregation, albeit slightly lower than found in the traditional mixtures. The pore structure in the former, however, tended to be slightly more uniform, probably as a result of less intense bleeding. Such concretes are also characterized by greater bulk density, lower porosity and smaller mean pore size, which translates into a higher resistance to pressurized water. For pore diameters of over about 0.5 μm, however, the pore size distribution was found to be similar to the distribution in traditional concretes, with similar absorption rates.En este trabajo se estudia la homogeneidad de los hormigones autocompactantes en piezas hormigonadas verticalmente, determinando su resistencia a la segregación y la uniformidad de su estructura porosa, dado que la pérdida de estabilidad de una mezcla puede conducir a una distribución no uniforme de sus propiedades. Para ello se han fabricado dos tipos de hormigones, uno autocompactante y otro tradicional vibrado, con diferentes relaciones a/c y distintos tipos de cemento. Los resultados ponen de manifiesto que los hormigones autocompactantes presentan una buena resistencia a la segregación, aunque algo menor que la registrada en los hormigones tradicionales. A pesar de ello, su estructura porosa tiende a ser ligeramente más uniforme, debido probablemente a un menor sangrado. Asimismo, presentan una mayor densidad aparente, una menor porosidad y un menor tamaño medio de poro, lo que les confiere mejores

  1. Fabrication of three-dimensional scaffolds using precision extrusion deposition with an assisted cooling device

    Hamid, Q; Snyder, J; Wang, C; Guceri, S; Sun, W [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Timmer, M; Hammer, J, E-mail: [Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, Somerville, NJ (United States)


    In the field of biofabrication, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, there are many methodologies to fabricate a building block (scaffold) which is unique to the target tissue or organ that facilitates cell growth, attachment, proliferation and/or differentiation. Currently, there are many techniques that fabricate three-dimensional scaffolds; however, there are advantages, limitations and specific tissue focuses of each fabrication technique. The focus of this initiative is to utilize an existing technique and expand the library of biomaterials which can be utilized to fabricate three-dimensional scaffolds rather than focusing on a new fabrication technique. An expanded library of biomaterials will enable the precision extrusion deposition (PED) device to construct three-dimensional scaffolds with enhanced biological, chemical and mechanical cues that will benefit tissue generation. Computer-aided motion and extrusion drive the PED to precisely fabricate micro-scaled scaffolds with biologically inspired, porosity, interconnectivity and internal and external architectures. The high printing resolution, precision and controllability of the PED allow for closer mimicry of tissues and organs. The PED expands its library of biopolymers by introducing an assisting cooling (AC) device which increases the working extrusion temperature from 120 to 250 deg. C. This paper investigates the PED with the integrated AC's capabilities to fabricate three-dimensional scaffolds that support cell growth, attachment and proliferation. Studies carried out in this paper utilized a biopolymer whose melting point is established to be 200 deg. C. This polymer was selected to illustrate the newly developed device's ability to fabricate three-dimensional scaffolds from a new library of biopolymers. Three-dimensional scaffolds fabricated with the integrated AC device should illustrate structural integrity and ability to support cell attachment and proliferation.

  2. Effects of popping and extrusion processes on some hydration properties of amaranth

    R.J. González


    Full Text Available The effects of popping and extrusion processes on some of the hydration properties of Amarantus cruentus, which had already been degermed and dehulled, are discussed. Response surface methodology was used to analyse the effect of process variables (temperature and moisture on hydration properties, evaluated by water solubility (S and by amylographic retrogradation (R . Results show that precooked flours obtained by popping have a very high suspension consistency with low or intermediate S, while those obtained by extrusion have very high S but a much lower suspension consistency. The high S values for extruded samples are even higher than those for extruded waxy types of cereals. The effects of the variables on each response depend on each case. S increases as temperature (T and moisture (M increase in both processes, although in extrusion, a maximum value was observed at 200 ºC and about 15% M. On the other hand, an inverse variable effect is observed for R; a minimum value is observed with extruded samples at about 14% M and for the whole T range, while a typical saddle-shaped surface is obtained for popped samples, with maximum values found at about 14 % and 18 % M for the two extreme T values, the highest and lowest, respectively. Another interesting effect is that the S-R pair values corresponding to popped samples do not fit the correlation between S and R, normally found with extruded samples. We can conclude that with the application of both processes it is possible to obtain precooked flours that have a wide range of hydration properties.

  3. Evaluation consolidated under Financial Group Banca Transilvania

    Chebac Neculina


    Full Text Available One of the components of prudence measures adopted by the competentauthorities with the regulation and supervision of financial markets at national andEuropean level is mandatory consolidation of accounts. Romania as member of theEuropean Union it harmonized national regulations with the European consolidation ofaccounts of companies. For the banks have been issued by the appropriate rules by theregulators authority, concerned by National Bank of Romania. In accordance withnational regulations, companies are required to prepare annual consolidated financialstatements may make such situations according to the regulations or accounting inaccordance with Directive VII of the European Economic Community, underInternational Financial Reporting Standards.


    陈恩国; 余碧芸; 洪武军; 应可净


    Objective: To investigate the clinical features and the reason of misdiagnosis of consolidative primary pulmonary lymphoma. Methods: Retrospective study was conducted for three cases with consolidative primary pulmonary lymphoma(PPL). The relevant literatures of primary pulmonary lymphoma in recent years were also reviewed. Results: All patients had been misdiagnosed for a long time due to the non-specific clinical features. Conclusion: Consolidative PPL is difficult to diagnose and is misdiagnosed frequently in clinic. Definitive diagnosis of PPL requires an adequate biopsy specimen. The most important prognostic factor is the histology.

  5. RLV Hopper: consolidated system concept

    Spies, Johann [Astrium - Space Infrastructure, Bremen (Germany)


    The Hopper, a concept for a reusable launch system was developed and found attractive in the frame of FESTIP, ESA's Future European Space Transportation Initiation Programme. Later, in the national German ASTRA programme this concept was adapted to newly emerged requirement and subjected to a detailed design loop. Taking off horizontally and staging at high sub-orbital velocity, the Hopper needs a rail-guided launch sled, downrange landing, re-transportation back to the launch site, and one, but only one upper stage. Horizontal take-off is used to improve safety and to reduce thrust requirement, and number, mass, and cost of main engines, and also problems with vehicle centering. Transporting of the cargo (e.g. payload and expendable upper stage) in the RLV results in only one aerodynamically affected flight configuration. Staging at high sub-orbital velocity above the sensible atmosphere enables the use of only one standardised upper stage for all missions. Using a cryogenic upper stage the Hopper system is nearly optimally staged for the dimensioning GTO mission. The paper describes the consolidated unmanned RLV concept and highlights areas of special interest, evolution potential, and further steps. (Author)

  6. Mitochondrial Extrusion through the cytoplasmic vacuoles during cell death.

    Nakajima, Akihito; Kurihara, Hidetake; Yagita, Hideo; Okumura, Ko; Nakano, Hiroyasu


    Under various conditions, noxious stimuli damage mitochondria, resulting in mitochondrial fragmentation; however, the mechanisms by which fragmented mitochondria are eliminated from the cells remain largely unknown. Here we show that cytoplasmic vacuoles originating from the plasma membrane engulfed fragmented mitochondria and subsequently extruded them into the extracellular spaces in undergoing acute tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced cell death in a caspase-dependent fashion. Notably, upon fusion of the membrane encapsulating mitochondria to the plasma membrane, naked mitochondria were released into the extracellular spaces in an exocytotic manner. Mitochondrial extrusion was specific to tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced cell death, because a genotoxic stress-inducing agent such as cisplatin did not elicit mitochondrial extrusion. Moreover, intact actin and tubulin cytoskeletons were required for mitochondrial extrusion as well as membrane blebbing. Furthermore, fragmented mitochondria were engulfed by cytoplasmic vacuoles and extruded from hepatocytes of mice injected with anti-Fas antibody, suggesting that mitochondrial extrusion can be observed in vivo under pathological conditions. Mitochondria are eliminated during erythrocyte maturation under physiological conditions, and anti-mitochondrial antibody is detected in some autoimmune diseases. Thus, elucidating the mechanism underlying mitochondrial extrusion will open a novel avenue leading to better understanding of various diseases caused by mitochondrial malfunction as well as mitochondrial biology.

  7. Uniformity and continuity of effective strain in AZ91D processed by multi-pass equal channel angular extrusion

    ZHANG Xiao-hua; LUO Shou-jing; DU Zhi-ming


    AZ91D magnesium alloy was processed by equal channel angular extrusion(ECAE). The influence of extrusion temperature, extrusion pass and extrusion route on the ultimate strength of the extruded billet was analyzed. The process of multi-pass extrusion was simulated with the method of finite element analysis, and the continuity and uniformity of effective strain in multi-pass extrusion were investigated. The results show that extrusion pass plays the most important role in improving the ultimate strength of AZ91D magnesium alloy, the extrusion route is the second, and the extrusion temperature is the last. From the numerical simulation, there exists the continuity of the accumulated deformation in multi-pass extrusion and the effective strain increases linearly. The tendency of the strain uniformity is different in multi-pass extrusion with extrusion routes. The results of experiment agree with those of numerical simulation.

  8. Consolidation and reconsolidation: two lives of memories?

    McKenzie, Sam; Eichenbaum, Howard


    Most studies on memory consolidation consider the new information as if it were imposed on a tabula rasa, but considerable evidence indicates that new memories must be interleaved within a large network of relevant pre-existing knowledge. Early studies on reconsolidation highlighted that a newly consolidated memory could be erased after reactivation, but new evidence has shown that an effective reactivation experience must also involve memory reorganization to incorporate new learning. The combination of these observations on consolidation and reconsolidation highlights the fundamental similarities of both phenomena as the integration of new information and old, and it suggests reconsolidation = consolidation as a neverending process of schema modification. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Consolidated Audit And Compliance System (CACS)

    US Agency for International Development — Consolidated Audit and Compliance System: is an audit findings management and reporting system. CACS is an implementation of the Agency Secure Image and Storage...

  10. Rate type isotach compaction of consolidated sandstone

    Waal, J.A. de; Thienen-Visser, K. van; Pruiksma, J.P.


    Laboratory experiments on samples from a consolidated sandstone reservoir are presented that demonstrate rate type compaction behaviour similar to that observed on unconsolidated sands and soils. Such rate type behaviour can have large consequences for reservoir compaction, surface subsidence and

  11. Healthcare mergers and acquisitions: strategies for consolidation.

    Zuckerman, Alan M


    The passage of federal healthcare reform legislation, in combination with other factors, makes it likely that the next few years will be a major period of consolidation for healthcare organizations. This article examines the seven key forces reshaping healthcare delivery--from insurance industry consolidation to cost inflation to the increasing gap between financially strong and struggling providers--and provides advice for organizations on both sides of an acquisition.

  12. Development of Nutritious Snack from rice industry waste using twin screw extrusion

    Sharma Renu


    Full Text Available Deoiled rice bran, a byproduct of rice milling industry was transformed into highly nutritious snack by the application of twin screw extrusion process. Response Surface Methodology (RSM with four- factor- five level central composite rotatable design (CCRD was employed to investigate the effects of extrusion conditions including moisture content of different raw flours, feed composition, barrel temperature and screw speed of extruder on properties of extrudates was studied. Second order quadratic regression model fitted adequately in the variation. The significance was established at P ≤ 0.05. The regression models can be used to interpret the effect of feed composition, moisture content, screw speed and barrel temperature on the properties of the final product. It was shown that higher rice bran in feed composition showed in minimum water absorption index and maximum water solubility index. Numerical optimization technique resulted in 123.83°C of barrel temperature, 294.68 rpm of screw speed, 13.94 % of feed moisture and 17.73 % of deoiled rice bran. The responses predicted for these optimum process conditions resulted water absorption index, 5.91468 g/g and water solubility index of 18.5553 % for the development of value added product with health benefits.

  13. Hot melt extrusion versus spray drying: hot melt extrusion degrades albendazole.

    Hengsawas Surasarang, Soraya; Keen, Justin M; Huang, Siyuan; Zhang, Feng; McGinity, James W; Williams, Robert O


    The purpose of this study was to enhance the dissolution properties of albendazole (ABZ) by the use of amorphous solid dispersions. Phase diagrams of ABZ-polymer binary mixtures generated from Flory-Huggins theory were used to assess miscibility and processability. Forced degradation studies showed that ABZ degraded upon exposure to hydrogen peroxide and 1 N NaOH at 80 °C for 5 min, and the degradants were albendazole sulfoxide (ABZSX), and ABZ impurity A, respectively. ABZ was chemically stable following exposure to 1 N HCl at 80 °C for one hour. Thermal degradation profiles show that ABZ, with and without Kollidon(®) VA 64, degraded at 180 °C and 140 °C, respectively, which indicated that ABZ could likely be processed by thermal processing. Following hot melt extrusion, ABZ degraded up to 97.4%, while the amorphous ABZ solid dispersion was successfully prepared by spray drying. Spray-dried ABZ formulations using various types of acids (methanesulfonic acid, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid) and polymers (Kollidon(®) VA 64, Soluplus(®) and Eudragit(®) E PO) were studied. The spray-dried ABZ with methanesulfonic acid and Kollidon(®) VA 64 substantially improved non-sink dissolution in acidic media as compared to bulk ABZ (8-fold), physical mixture of ABZ:Kollidon(®) VA 64 (5.6-fold) and ABZ mesylate salt (1.6-fold). No degradation was observed in the spray-dried product for up to six months and less than 5% after one-year storage. In conclusion, amorphous ABZ solid dispersions in combination with an acid and polymer can be prepared by spray drying to enhance dissolution and shelf-stability, whereas those made by melt extrusion are degraded.

  14. Consolidation Properties of Highly Plastic Clay During Osmotic Pressure Consolidation Test

    魏静; 王建华


    For the very soft clay with high water content, its void ratio, compressibility coefficient and permeability varied with stress during consolidation. It is necessary to use large strain consolidation based on the permeabilityvoid ratio relationship and effective stressvoid ratio relationship to analyze these properties. To overcome the disadvantages of conventional oedometer test, and determine the effective stressvoid relations of this kind of soil, osmotic pressure consolidation test for highly plastic clay study and the expression of permeabilityvoid ratio are performed. Therefore, the decided properties will be reasonably used for solving the large strain consolidation equation.

  15. A novel polymer extrusion micropelletization process

    Aquite, William

    Polymer micropellets provide a variety of potential applications for different processes in the polymer industry. Conventional pellets are in the size range of 2.5 mm to 5 mm, while micropellets are at least ten times smaller, in the size range of 50 μm to 1000 μm. The potential benefits to a processor using micropellets include: high surface to volume ratio, high bulk density, fast and even melting rates in extrusion, improved dry flow properties, faster injection molding cycles, and consequently lower energy consumption during processing. More specialized sintering processes that require polymer powders, such as selective sintering techniques, microporous plastics parts manufacturing, and other powder sintering methods would benefit from the production of polymer micropellets since these exhibit the advantages of pellets yet have a lower average size. This work focuses on the study of a technique developed at the Polymer Engineering Center. The technique uses a microcapillary die for the production of micropellets by causing instabilities in extruded polymer threads deformed using an air stream. Tuning of process conditions allow the development of surface disturbances that promote breakup of the threads into pellets, which are subsequently cooled and collected. Although micropellets with high sphericity and a narrow size distribution can be produced using this technique, minimal changes in process conditions also lead to the production of lenticular pellets as well as pellets, fibers and threads with a wide range of size and shape distributions. This work shows how changing processing conditions achieve a variety of shapes and sizes of micropellets, broadening its application for the production of powders from a variety of polymer resins. Different approaches were used, including dimensional analysis and numerical simulation of the micropelletization process. This research reveals the influence of non-linear viscoelastic effects on the dispersion of a polymer

  16. FEM and FVM compound numerical simulation of aluminum extrusion processes

    周飞; 苏丹; 彭颖红; 阮雪榆


    The finite element method (FEM) and the finite volume method (FVM) numerical simulation methods have been widely used in forging industries to improve the quality of products and reduce the costs. Because of very concentrative large deformation during the aluminum extrusion processes, it is very difficult to simulate the whole forming process only by using either FEM or FVM. In order to solve this problem, an FEM and FVM compound simulation method was proposed. The theoretical equations of the compound simulation method were given and the key techniques were studied. Then, the configuration of the compound simulation system was established. The tube extrusion process was simulated successfully so as to prove the validity of this approach for aluminum extrusion processes.

  17. Stress Analysis and Optimum Design of Hot Extrusion Dies

    帅词俊; 肖刚; 倪正顺


    A three-dimensional model of a hot extrusion die was developed by using ANSYS software and its second development language-ANSYS parametric design language.A finite element analysis and optimum design were carried out.The three-dimensional stress diagram shows that the stress concentration is rather severe in the bridge of the hot extrusion die, and that the stress distribution is very uneven.The optimum dimensions are obtained.The results show that the optimum height of the extrusion die is 89.596 mm.The optimum radii of diffluence holes are 65.048 mm and 80.065 mm.The stress concentration is reduced by 27%.

  18. Diffusion between glass and metals for optical fiber preform extrusion

    Yeo, Felicia Yan Xin; Zhang, Zhifeng; Kumar Chakkathara Janardhanan Nair, Dileep; Zhang, Yilei


    When silica is extruded, diffusion of metal atoms into silica results contamination to the silica being heated, and thus is a serious concern for the glass extrusion process, such as extrusion of glass fiber preform. This paper examines diffusion between fused silica and two high strength metals, the stainless steel SS410 and the superalloy Inconel 718, at 1000 °C and under the normal atmosphere condition by SEM and Electron Dispersion Spectrum. It is found that diffusion occurs between silica and SS410, and at the same time, SS410 is severely oxidized during diffusion experiment. On the contrary, the diffusion between Inconel 718 and silica is unnoticeable, suggesting excellent high temperature performance of Inconel 718 for glass extrusion.

  19. Microfabrication of three-dimensional filters for liposome extrusion

    Baldacchini, Tommaso; Nuñez, Vicente; LaFratta, Christopher N.; Grech, Joseph S.; Vullev, Valentine I.; Zadoyan, Ruben


    Liposomes play a relevant role in the biomedical field of drug delivery. The ability of these lipid vesicles to encapsulate and transport a variety of bioactive molecules has fostered their use in several therapeutic applications, from cancer treatments to the administration of drugs with antiviral activities. Size and uniformity are key parameters to take into consideration when preparing liposomes; these factors greatly influence their effectiveness in both in vitro and in vivo experiments. A popular technique employed to achieve the optimal liposome dimension (around 100 nm in diameter) and uniform size distribution is repetitive extrusion through a polycarbonate filter. We investigated two femtosecond laser direct writing techniques for the fabrication of three-dimensional filters within a microfluidics chip for liposomes extrusion. The miniaturization of the extrusion process in a microfluidic system is the first step toward a complete solution for lab-on-a-chip preparation of liposomes from vesicles self-assembly to optical characterization.

  20. The phenomenon of durability variable dies for aluminum extrusion profiles

    J. Borowski


    Full Text Available Extrusion dies are usually regenerated several times (min 4 times. The phenomenon of extended life after each regenerative nitriding process has not been explained. In this work, the regeneration process of dies used in the extrusion of aluminium profiles has been presented. In the article, it was sought to explain the cause of increased die durability after the third or fourth nitriding. Also in this work is presented an analysis of the influence of the parameters of gas nitriding with the ZeroFlow method on hardness of dies. Results were verified under industrial conditions at extrusion company, comparing the durability of the dies nitrided with the ZeroFlow method with so-far-used dies nitrided in the commercial way. An increase of the dies durability was achieved after a single ZeroFlow nitriding.

  1. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Bulk Nanostructured Cu-Ta Alloys Consolidated by Equal Channel Angular Extrusion


    Averback RS, King WP. Scr Mater 2012;67:720. [2] Vo NQ, Chee SW, Schwen D, Zhang XA, Bellon P, Averback RS. Scr Mater 2010;63:929. [3] Zhang X, Wen JG...Cambridge University Press; 2007. [37] Li JCM. Mechanical properties of nanocrystalline materials. Singa- pore : Pan Stanford Publishing; 2011. [38] Wei QM

  2. [Impacts of farmland consolidation on farmland landscape].

    Deng, Jinsong; Wang, Ke; Li, Jun; Xu, Junfeng; Shen, Zhangquan; Gao, Yurong


    Farmland consolidation is the act of regulating, improving, and comprehensively renovating the structure, quality, and layout of field, water, road, forestry, and village in the countryside in a certain area by means of administration, economy, law, and engineering techniques according to the goal and usage defined by land use planning, so as to improve farmland use rate and its output rate, to increase farmland area, and to achieve better productive, living, and ecological environment. Recently, farmland consolidation has been carried out all over the country, especially in its economy-developed regions. But, unscientific planning and unsuitable farmland consolidation engineering have negative effects on field ecological system. In this paper, based on the technology of GIS and RS, the basic theories and methods of landscape ecology and a compositive grading method were applied to analysis the dynamics of farmland landscape fragmentation in Tongxiang county. The results showed that the farmland landscape fragmentation in this county was strongly affected by consolidation. More attention should be paid to the protection of farmland landscape during consolidation, and to avoid or decrease the negative effects resulted from unscientific planning and unsuitable farmland consolidation engineering.

  3. Satellite Based Extrusion Rates for the 2006 Augustine Eruption

    Dehn, J.; Bailey, J. E.; Dean, K. G.; Skoog, R.; Valcic, L.


    Extrusion rates were calculated from polar orbiting infrared satellite data for the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska. The pixel integrated brightness temperatures from the satellite data were converted to estimates of ground temperature by making assumptions and using first hand observations about the geometry of the hot area (lava dome, flows and pyroclastic flow deposits) relative to the cold area in the kilometer scale pixels. Extrusion rate is calculated by assuming that at a given temperature, a lava emits an amount of radiation proportional to its volume. On ten occasions during the activity, helicopter based infrared imagers were used to validate the satellite observations. The pre-January 11 thermal activity was not significantly above background in satellite data. The first strong thermal anomalies were recorded during the first explosive phase on January 11. During successive explosive phases in January, bright thermal signals were observed, often saturating the sensors. Large areas (many km2) were observed to be warm in the satellite data, indicative of pyroclastic flows. Sometime during or after January 29, during a phase of sustained ash emission, the thermal signal became persistent, suggesting the beginning of lava effusion. The extrusion rates derived from satellite data varied from 0 to nearly 7 m3/s, giving an eruption rate of 2.7 m3/s. The extrusion event produced two blocky lava flows which moved down the north flank of the volcano. Extrusion occurred through at least March 15 (day 76) when a sharp drop in extrusion rate and thermal signal is observed. Based on the derived extrusion rates, it is estimated that 18 million m3 of lava was extruded during the course of the eruption. This value agreed well with photogrammetric measurements, but does not agree with volumes derived through subtraction of digital elevation models post- and pre- eruption. It should be noted that the thermal approach only works for hot lavas, and does not

  4. The effect of extrusion conditions on the properties and textures of AZ31B alloy

    Qiang Liu


    Full Text Available The effect of extrusion conditions on the tensile properties and texture of AZ31B alloy has been investigated by means of optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD and tensile tests. It is found that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS, the yield strength (YS and elongation (EN of the extruded AZ31B alloy are more significantly influenced by extrusion velocities in contrast with temperature. Although the extrusion conditions are different, the {112¯0} 〈011¯0〉 texture is the chief texture in the AZ31B after extrusion. Moreover, the extrusion textures become scattered with increasing the temperatures at the same extrusion velocity. As the extrusion velocity is raised at the same temperature, the orientation density of textures increases and the separated textures become relatively concentrated. This leads to the changes of tensile properties at different extrusion conditions.

  5. Lightweight Medium-Sized Parts Made of Foamed HDPE Processed via Extrusion Blow Moulding: Analysis of Parison Formation

    Victor Peinado


    Full Text Available The manufacturing of medium-sized hollow parts using a foamed high density polyethylene was studied using a conventional accumulator blow extrusion machine and a systematic capture of pictures during the parison formation. To fully monitor the parison formation, several experiments were carried out varying the chemical foaming agent content from 0 wt.% to 2 wt.% and increasing the push extrusion speed. Results pointed out greater wall thickness, diameter, and length of parisons with higher weight percentage of blowing agent and extrusion speed. A full experimental characterisation of parison dimensions was essential to assure a proper prediction of the blowing step. Information was used as input for modelling and simulations of the blowing phase of an industrial container. To validate the proposed methodology, a blow moulding process of a generic container was simulated using Ansys Polyflow v13 software and its finite element analysis which provided an accurate approximation of the wall thickness expected. Further real tests on the simulated container also demonstrated that, in those parisons with a 1 wt.% CFA concentration and higher blowing pressure, there was remarkable improvement on their packaging properties such as decreasing of the total weight of the container and an enhancement of its surface quality.

  6. The Study on Provincial-level Land Consolidation Zoning

    Guoping; CHEN; Xiaowei; WU


    The principles and methods of regional land consolidation in Yunnan Province are expounded. On the basis of differences in topography, climate, soil, hydrology and other natural conditions and the characteristics of spatial layout of land use, agricultural zoning, cropping system and land consolidation measures, the land consolidation zoning indicator system composed of five indicators covering ecological environment, socio-economy, land use, land consolidation and land quality is established by using the GIS spatial analysis and mathematical analysis. Against this backdrop, the Yunnan Province is divided into five first-level land consolidation zones, including the middle-mountain lake basin plateau consolidation zone in central Yunnan, the middle and low mountain wide valley basin consolidation zone in southwest Yunnan, the karst middle and low mountains consolidation zone in southeast Yunnan, the high-mountain and highlands consolidation zone in northeast Yunnan, the middle -mountain and mountain plateau consolidation zone in northeast Yunnan.

  7. Effect of Milling Time and the Consolidation Process on the Properties of Al Matrix Composites Reinforced with Fe-Based Glassy Particles

    Özge Balcı


    Full Text Available Al matrix composites reinforced with 40 vol% Fe50.1Co35.1Nb7.7B4.3Si2.8 glassy particles have been produced by powder metallurgy, and their microstructure and mechanical properties have been investigated in detail. Different processing routes (hot pressing and hot extrusion are used in order to consolidate the composite powders. The homogeneous distribution of the glassy reinforcement in the Al matrix and the decrease of the particle size are obtained through ball milling. This has a positive effect on the hardness and strength of the composites. Mechanical tests show that the hardness of the hot pressed samples increases from 51–155 HV, and the strength rises from 220–630 MPa by extending the milling time from 1–50 h. The use of hot extrusion after hot pressing reduces both the strength and hardness of the composites: however, it enhances the plastic deformation significantly.

  8. Feed extrusion process description Descrição do processo de extrusão do alimento

    Galen J. Rokey


    Full Text Available The following work discusses the main features of feed extrusion process explaining the expected effects on the final product according to the raw material used as starch, protein, fat and fiber. The selection of processing equipments as feeder, preconditioner and extruder is discussed considering the involved costs and the probability of future expansion. Dryers are also essential in the extrusion process as it reduces the level of moisture in an extrusion cooked product. High moisture levels increase the water activity which favors the bacterial and mold growth so an overview of different kinds of dryers is considered. Guidelines for an economic prediction are shown to determine the potential for profit considering the input of raw material cost, energy cost and capital equipment cost as related to the extrusion module.Este trabalho aborda as principais características do processo de extrusão de alimentos, explicando os efeitos esperados no produto final, em função do tipo de componente utilizado na receita, como amido, proteínas, gorduras e fibras. O dimensionamento dos equipamentos da linha de extrusão, como silo, pré-condicionador e extrusor, é tratado considerando-se os custos envolvidos e a possibilidade de expansões futuras. Secadores também são essenciais no processo de extrusão, pois reduzem o nível de umidade do produto final. Altos níveis de umidade aumentam a atividade de água, favorecendo a proliferação de bactérias e mofo, portanto, uma visão geral de diferentes tipos de secadores é considerada. Orientações para uma previsão econômica são apresentadas para se determinar o potencial de lucro, considerando-se os custos com a matéria-prima, a energia utilizada no processo de fabricação e os equipamentos relacionados ao módulo de extrusão.

  9. Modelling and Validation of Synthesis of Poly Lactic Acid Using an Alternative Energy Source through a Continuous Reactive Extrusion Process

    Satya P. Dubey


    Full Text Available PLA is one of the most promising bio-compostable and bio-degradable thermoplastic polymers made from renewable sources. PLA is generally produced by ring opening polymerization (ROP of lactide using the metallic/bimetallic catalyst (Sn, Zn, and Al or other organic catalysts in a suitable solvent. In this work, reactive extrusion experiments using stannous octoate Sn(Oct2 and tri-phenyl phosphine (PPh3 were considered to perform ROP of lactide. Ultrasound energy source was used for activating and/or boosting the polymerization as an alternative energy (AE source. Ludovic® software, designed for simulation of the extrusion process, had to be modified in order to simulate the reactive extrusion of lactide and for the application of an AE source in an extruder. A mathematical model for the ROP of lactide reaction was developed to estimate the kinetics of the polymerization process. The isothermal curves generated through this model were then used by Ludovic software to simulate the “reactive” extrusion process of ROP of lactide. Results from the experiments and simulations were compared to validate the simulation methodology. It was observed that the application of an AE source boosts the polymerization of lactide monomers. However, it was also observed that the predicted residence time was shorter than the experimental one. There is potentially a case for reducing the residence time distribution (RTD in Ludovic® due to the ‘liquid’ monomer flow in the extruder. Although this change in parameters resulted in validation of the simulation, it was concluded that further research is needed to validate this assumption.

  10. Thermal analysis during the consolidation of PA 66 composite by RTM process

    Faraj, Jalal; Bailleul, Jean-Luc; Boyard, Nicolas; Delaunay, Didier; Lefevre, Nicolas; Orange, Gilles


    In this paper, we present an experimental method to analyze the heat transfer during the consolidation of thermoplastic composite injected at low pressure by Resin Transfer Moulding process (RTM). The composite is based on thermoplastic resin (new generation of low viscosity PA 66) with glass fiber (50 vol%). A specific injection unit composed of an extrusion system and connected to an extruder piston is used to inject the PA 66 in a closed mold heated at 280 °C. The preform is prepared a quasi-unidirectional glass fabrics, optimized to improve the impregnation during the injection phase. The mold is instrumented with two pressure sensors at the inlet and the outlet of the mold to ensure that the filling phase is complete. During the consolidation, the crystallization was observed on the data recorded by a heat flux sensor and also by the thermocouples placed in the preform. The experimental heat flux was compared to numerical results for validation purpose. Finally, no shearing effect, potentially induced by the flow between fibers, on the crystallization kinetics was observed.

  11. Track with overlapping links for dry coal extrusion pumps

    Saunders, Timothy; Brady, John D


    A chain for a particulate material extrusion pump includes a plurality of links, each of the plurality of links having a link body and a link ledge, wherein each link ledge of the plurality of links at least partially overlaps the link body of an adjacent one of the plurality of links.

  12. Load beam unit replaceable inserts for dry coal extrusion pumps

    Saunders, Timothy; Brady, John D.


    A track assembly for a particulate material extrusion pump according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes a link assembly with a roller bearing. An insert mounted to a load beam located such that the roller bearing contacts the insert.

  13. Extrusion cooking with glucose supplementation reduced fumonisin concentrations and toxicity

    Extrusion cooking involves forcing material through a heated barrel under high pressure using one (single-screw configuration) or two (twin-screw configuration) augers. We previously demonstrated (Bullerman et al., Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 56:2400-2405, 2008; Voss et al., Journal o...

  14. 75 FR 17436 - Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China


    ... amended, 67 FR 68036 (November 8, 2002). Even where electronic filing of a document is permitted, certain... Electronic Filing Procedures, 67 FR 68168, 68173 (November 8, 2002). In accordance with sections 201.16(c... COMMISSION Certain Aluminum Extrusions From China AGENCY: United States International Trade...

  15. MM98.36 Strain Paths in Extrusion

    Lindegren, Maria; Wiwe, Birgitte; Wanheim, Tarras


    The extrusion process has been investigated for different geometries, in order to study the strain path of different material elements during their movements through the plastic zone. This is done by using the FEM code DEFORM and physical simulation with wax togehter with the coefficient method...

  16. Protein Modifications after Foxtail Millet Extrusion: Solubility and Molecular Weight

    Xuewei Zhao


    Full Text Available With the aim of illustrating the effects of extrusion cooking on the solubility of proteins in foxtail millet and their molecular basis, foxtail millet was extruded at five barrel temperature profiles and feed moisture contents. The proteins of raw and extrudate samples were extracted with six solutions sequentially. Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE of total protein and Starch Granule-Associate Protein (SGAP was performed. Extrusion caused a significant decrease in globulin, setarin and glutelin fractions with a corresponding increase in SDS- and SDS+2-ME-soluble and residual fractions. Increasing extrusion temperature or moisture content all led to SDS-soluble fraction decrease, while SDS+2-ME-soluble fraction increase. SDS-PAGE demonstrated that disulfide bond cross-linking occurred among glutelin and with setarin subunits. Extrusion had a less pronounced impact on the 60 kDa SGAP than the other middle-high molecular weight subunits. It is the protein-protein interaction shift from electrostatic force to hydrophobic and/or hydrogen forces and covalent disulfide cross-links that contributed to the decreased solubility of protein in foxtail millet extrudates.

  17. Investigations of stone consolidants by neutron imaging

    Hameed, F. [Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria)], E-mail:; Schillinger, B. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, FRM II and Physics Department E21, Garching (Germany); Rohatsch, A. [Institute for Engineering Geology, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria); Zawisky, M.; Rauch, H. [Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria)


    The chemical preservation and structural reintegration of natural stones applied in historical buildings is carried out by the use of different stone strengtheners. As these agents contain hydrogen, they offer good properties for neutron imaging. The main interest in the restoration process is the development of a suitable stone consolidant. In cooperation with the St. Stephans Cathedral and the geologists at Vienna University of Technology, we are investigating the penetration depth and distribution of different stone consolidants. These studies are being carried out with different stone samples, mostly porous natural building stones, limestones and sandstones. The two strengtheners used in this study are ethyl silicate ester (Wacker OH100) and dissolved polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA, Paraloid B72). Neutron radiography and neutron tomography can be used successfully to visualize the distribution of consolidants both in two and three dimensions.

  18. Strategies for selling and consolidating physician practices.

    Mancino, D M


    The changing dynamics of healthcare service delivery is forcing many physicians to consider selling their practices to hospitals or health plans or consolidating them with other practices. Besides being subject to the corporate and tax requirements that apply to the sale of any business, the sale of physician practices is also subject to Federal fraud and abuse and self-referral laws. Several sale strategies are available to physicians who desire to sell or consolidate their practices, including asset sales, stock sales, forward mergers, drop down consolidations, spinoffs, and statutory mergers. Each strategy has advantages and disadvantages, but whichever strategy is chosen, both sellers and buyers must ensure that tax issues are addressed and that the transaction complies with the requirements of Federal anti-kickback and self-referral laws.

  19. Investigations of stone consolidants by neutron imaging

    Hameed, F.; Schillinger, B.; Rohatsch, A.; Zawisky, M.; Rauch, H.


    The chemical preservation and structural reintegration of natural stones applied in historical buildings is carried out by the use of different stone strengtheners. As these agents contain hydrogen, they offer good properties for neutron imaging. The main interest in the restoration process is the development of a suitable stone consolidant. In cooperation with the St. Stephans Cathedral and the geologists at Vienna University of Technology, we are investigating the penetration depth and distribution of different stone consolidants. These studies are being carried out with different stone samples, mostly porous natural building stones, limestones and sandstones. The two strengtheners used in this study are ethyl silicate ester (Wacker OH100) and dissolved polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA, Paraloid B72). Neutron radiography and neutron tomography can be used successfully to visualize the distribution of consolidants both in two and three dimensions.

  20. Aspect of fiscal consolidation: Evidence from Serbia

    Branimir Kalaš


    Full Text Available In contemporary market conditions facing continuous debt crisis, the notion of fiscal consolidation is one of potential solutions for solving the main economic issues in any country. As regards fiscal consolidation, it necessary to point out to the importance of developing strategies aimed at minimizing deficit and debt level. Serbia is among those countries in which irrational spending is widely present with unfavourable tendency regarding the aspect of production and consumption. Over the past 25 years, Serbia has spent much more than it has produced, which has led to large budget deficits and debt level. The aim is to point out to the concept of fiscal consolidation and its implementation in Serbia, while the subject of this paper is to present the package of measures and strategies defined by the government of the Republic of Serbia and the Fiscal Council Program.

  1. Protein Stability during Hot Melt Extrusion: The Effect of Extrusion Temperature, Hydrophilicity of Polymers and Sugar Glass Pre-stabilization

    Teekamp, Naomi; Olinga, Peter; Frijlink, Henderik W.; Hinrichs, Wouter


    Purpose Biodegradable polymers have been widely investigated for controlled release formulations for protein delivery. However, the processing stability of proteins remains a major challenge. The aim of this research is to assess the influence of the hot melt extrusion process on the activity of a m

  2. Protein Stability during Hot Melt Extrusion : The Effect of Extrusion Temperature, Hydrophilicity of Polymers and Sugar Glass Pre-stabilization

    Teekamp, Naomi; Olinga, Peter; Hinrichs, Wouter; Frijlink, Henderik W.


    Purpose Biodegradable polymers have been widely investigated for controlled release formulations for protein delivery. However, the processing stability of proteins remains a major challenge. The aim of this research is to assess the influence of the hot melt extrusion process on the activity of a

  3. The consolidation of rafted sea ice

    Bailey, E.; Feltham, D.; Sammonds, P.


    Rafting is an important process in the deformation of sea ice that occurs when two ice sheets collide. This process is particularly common in the North Caspian Sea, where ice floes override one another multiple times to produce thick sea ice features. To date, rafting has received little attention in the literature perhaps because in most regions pressure ridges produce the greatest loads on offshore structures. In the North Caspian Sea the shallow waters constrain the size to which pressure ridges can grow and the low salinity seems to favor rafting over ridging. Therefore it is likely that multiply-rafted sea ice may be the governing design feature for ice loads in the Caspian Sea. Here we present a one-dimensional, thermal-consolidation model for rafted sea ice. This is of interest because the degree of consolidation will affect the strength of a rafted structure, and therefore may be of value for modeling rafted ice loads. Results show that the thickness of the liquid layers reduces asymptotically with time, such that there always remains a thin liquid layer. We propose that when the liquid layer is equal to the surface roughness the adjacent layers can be considered consolidated. Using parameters specific to the North Caspian Sea, calculations show that it took 1hr, 14mins for the ice sheets to consolidate. To test the accuracy of the model concurrent experiments were carried out in the HSVA ice basin. During an experiment, equally sized portions of level ice were manually piled on top of one another to produce a rafted section. The rate of consolidation or bonding of the layers was then monitored by coring and using thermistors that were frozen into the level ice prior to rafting. Once consolidated, strength tests were carried out on the rafted ice and compared with those of level ice.

  4. Memory consolidation in the cerebellar cortex.

    Daniel O Kellett

    Full Text Available Several forms of learning, including classical conditioning of the eyeblink, depend upon the cerebellum. In examining mechanisms of eyeblink conditioning in rabbits, reversible inactivations of the control circuitry have begun to dissociate aspects of cerebellar cortical and nuclear function in memory consolidation. It was previously shown that post-training cerebellar cortical, but not nuclear, inactivations with the GABAA agonist muscimol prevented consolidation but these findings left open the question as to how final memory storage was partitioned across cortical and nuclear levels. Memory consolidation might be essentially cortical and directly disturbed by actions of the muscimol, or it might be nuclear, and sensitive to the raised excitability of the nuclear neurons following the loss of cortical inhibition. To resolve this question, we simultaneously inactivated cerebellar cortical lobule HVI and the anterior interpositus nucleus of rabbits during the post-training period, so protecting the nuclei from disinhibitory effects of cortical inactivation. Consolidation was impaired by these simultaneous inactivations. Because direct application of muscimol to the nuclei alone has no impact upon consolidation, we can conclude that post-training, consolidation processes and memory storage for eyeblink conditioning have critical cerebellar cortical components. The findings are consistent with a recent model that suggests the distribution of learning-related plasticity across cortical and nuclear levels is task-dependent. There can be transfer to nuclear or brainstem levels for control of high-frequency responses but learning with lower frequency response components, such as in eyeblink conditioning, remains mainly dependent upon cortical memory storage.

  5. Consolidation modelling for thermoplastic composites forming simulation

    Xiong, H.; Rusanov, A.; Hamila, N.; Boisse, P.


    Pre-impregnated thermoplastic composites are widely used in the aerospace industry for their excellent mechanical properties, Thermoforming thermoplastic prepregs is a fast manufacturing process, the automotive industry has shown increasing interest in this manufacturing processes, in which the reconsolidation is an essential stage. The model of intimate contact is investigated as the consolidation model, compression experiments have been launched to identify the material parameters, several numerical tests show the influents of the temperature and pressure applied during processing. Finally, a new solid-shell prismatic element has been presented for the simulation of consolidation step in the thermoplastic composites forming process.

  6. Local Identity in Times of Jurisdictional Consolidation

    Hansen, Sune Welling; Kjær, Ulrik


    Reforming the public sector has become increasingly popular. Some of the reforms have been jurisdictional consolidations of subnational authorities such as regions and municipalities. One question which remains unanswered is whether such consolidations affect citizens’ local identity? We take...... a first step towards providing an answer by examining whether citizens’ affective attachment to their municipality – and other administrative and geographical areas – declined or flourished in connection with a large-scale municipal reform implemented in Denmark in 2007. Empirically, we make use...

  7. Ram speed profile design for isothermal extrusion of AZ31 magnesium alloy by using FEM simulation


    In the conventional hot extrusion of metallic materials,the temperature of the workpiece varies during the whole extrusion process,leading to the non-uniformity of the product dimension,microstructure and properties.In the present research,a simulation model based on the principle of PID control was developed to establish ram speed profiles that can suppress the temperature evolution during the process to allow for isothermaI extrusion.With this simulation model,the real-time extrusion ram speed was adjusted according to the simulated exit temperature.The results show that temperature homogeneity is significantly improved not only along the extrudate length but also on its cross section in the case of extrusion in the isothermal mode with a designed ram speed profile in the extrusion process of AZ31 magnesium.In addition,die temperature varies over a more narrow range in comparison with extrusion in the conventional iso-speed mode.

  8. Tourism Methodologies

    This volume offers methodological discussions within the multidisciplinary field of tourism and shows how tourism researchers develop and apply new tourism methodologies. The book is presented as an anthology, giving voice to many diverse researchers who reflect on tourism methodology in different...... in interview and field work situations, and how do we engage with the performative aspects of tourism as a field of study? The book acknowledges that research is also performance and that it constitutes an aspect of intervention in the situations and contexts it is trying to explore. This is an issue dealt...

  9. Sol-Gel Application for Consolidating Stone: An Example of Project-Based Learning in a Physical Chemistry Lab

    de los Santos, Desiree´ M.; Montes, Antonio; Sa´nchez-Coronilla, Antonio; Navas, Javier


    A Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology was used in the practical laboratories of the Advanced Physical Chemistry department. The project type proposed simulates "real research" focusing on sol-gel synthesis and the application of the obtained sol as a stone consolidant. Students were divided into small groups (2 to 3 students) to…

  10. Sol-Gel Application for Consolidating Stone: An Example of Project-Based Learning in a Physical Chemistry Lab

    de los Santos, Desiree´ M.; Montes, Antonio; Sa´nchez-Coronilla, Antonio; Navas, Javier


    A Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology was used in the practical laboratories of the Advanced Physical Chemistry department. The project type proposed simulates "real research" focusing on sol-gel synthesis and the application of the obtained sol as a stone consolidant. Students were divided into small groups (2 to 3 students) to…

  11. Dynamic Multi-period Freight Consolidation

    Perez Rivera, Arturo Eduardo; Mes, Martijn R.K.; Corman, Francesco; Voβ, Stefan; Negenborn, Rudy R.


    Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) offering hinterland transportation face the trade-off between efficiently using the capacity of long-haul vehicles and minimizing the first and last-mile costs. To achieve the optimal trade-off, freights have to be consolidated considering the variation in the

  12. Dynamic multi-period freight consolidation

    Perez Rivera, Arturo Eduardo; Mes, Martijn R.K.


    Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) o ering hinterland transportation face the trade-o between e ciently using the capacity of long-haul vehicles and minimizing the rst and last-mile costs. To achieve the optimal trade-o , freights have to be consolidated considering the variation in the arrival of

  13. Negative Reinforcement Impairs Overnight Memory Consolidation

    Stamm, Andrew W.; Nguyen, Nam D.; Seicol, Benjamin J.; Fagan, Abigail; Oh, Angela; Drumm, Michael; Lundt, Maureen; Stickgold, Robert; Wamsley, Erin J.


    Post-learning sleep is beneficial for human memory. However, it may be that not all memories benefit equally from sleep. Here, we manipulated a spatial learning task using monetary reward and performance feedback, asking whether enhancing the salience of the task would augment overnight memory consolidation and alter its incorporation into…

  14. The confidence effects of fiscal consolidations

    R.M.W.J. Beetsma; J. Cimadomo; O. Furtuna; M. Giuliodori


    We explore how fiscal consolidations affect private sector confidence, a possible channel for the fiscal transmission that has received particular attention recently as a result of governments embarking on austerity trajectories in the aftermath of the crisis. Panel regressions based on the action-b

  15. The confidence effects of fiscal consolidations

    R. Beetsma; J. Cimadomo; O. Furtuna; M. Giuliodori


    We explore how fiscal consolidations affect private sector confidence, a possible channel for the transmission of fiscal policy that has received particular attention recently as a result of governments embarking on austerity trajectories in the aftermath of the crisis. Panel regressions based on th

  16. AMD and TACC Consolidation: A Delphi Study


    single or several AMDs. Figure 1: US Probability of Fault Zones ( Fogler , 2010) Regardless of whether consolidation is pursued or not, a...and Information Technology (7 th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2011. Fogler , Peter. “Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research

  17. 40 CFR 164.32 - Consolidation.



  18. Learning and Consolidation of Novel Spoken Words

    Davis, Matthew H.; Di Betta, Anna Maria; Macdonald, Mark J. E.; Gaskell, Gareth


    Two experiments explored the neural mechanisms underlying the learning and consolidation of novel spoken words. In Experiment 1, participants learned two sets of novel words on successive days. A subsequent recognition test revealed high levels of familiarity for both sets. However, a lexical decision task showed that only novel words learned on…

  19. Consolidating Air Force Maintenance Occupational Specialties


    Level Current Assigned Level (91% of Authorized Level) 11% -17% 16% -11% 23 4. Long-Run Cost and Readiness Implications of Air Force...Requirements and Readiness .............. 19 4. Long-Run Cost and Readiness Implications of Air Force Specialty Consolidation ................. 23 Cost ...Force Specialty Constructs After Taking into Account Retention ......................................................... 16 Table 4.1. Cost Impacts of

  20. Consolidation and reconsolidation of object recognition memory.

    Balderas, Israela; Rodriguez-Ortiz, Carlos J; Bermudez-Rattoni, Federico


    In the first part of this review, we will present evidence showing a functional double dissociation between different structures of the medial temporal lobe in the consolidation of object and object-in-context recognition memory. In addition, we will provide evidence to support this differential participation through protein synthesis inhibitors and neurotransmitters antagonists and agonists. This evidence points out that the perirhinal, prefrontal and insular cortices consolidate the information of individual stimuli, i.e., objects, while the hippocampus consolidates the contextual information where the objects were experimented. In the second part of this review, we will present evidence that shows that the perirhinal cortex is also necessary for reconsolidation of ORM; the destabilization/re-stabilization memory process upon its activation. In the final part of this review, we will present evidence that shows that ORM reconsolidation is an independent process from its retrieval in the perirhinal cortex. Altogether, this review depicts part of the mechanisms by which the medial temporal lobe processes the functional components of recognition memory, in both consolidation and reconsolidation.

  1. CASC Consolidates Its Liquid Propulsion Sector


    @@ To consolidate its liquid rocket engine development ability, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) integrated several of its subsidiaries, Beijing Aerospace Propulsion Institute, Beijing Institute of Aerospace Testing Technology, and Shanghai Institute of Space Propulsion (SISP) into the Academy of Aerospace Liquid Propulsion Technology (AALPT). The establishment of the new AALPT was announced on July 22 in Beijing.

  2. 77 FR 45721 - Consolidated Audit Trail


    ... the identity of the customers who originate orders, or even the fact that two sets of orders may have... letters from 56 commenters in response to the proposed consolidated audit trail representing a wide range... comment letters received, 13 expressed support for the proposal; \\10\\ 36 expressed support, but...

  3. Modified-starch Consolidation of Alumina Ceramics

    JU Chenhui; WANG Yanmin; YE Jiandong; HUANG Yun


    The alumina ceramics with the homogeneous microstructure and the higher density were fabricated via the modified-starch consolidation process by 1.0 wt%of a modified starch as a consolidator/binder.The swelling behavior of the modified oxidized tapioca starch was analyzed by optical microscope,and two other corn starches(common corn starch and high amylose COrn starch)were also analyzed for comparison.The modified starch used as a binder for the consolidation swelled at about 55℃.began to gelatinize at 65℃ and then was completely gelatinized at 75℃.But the corn starches could not be completely gelatinized even at 80℃for 1 h.The high-strength green bodies(10.6 MPa)with the complex shapes were produced.The green bodies were sintered without any binder burnout procedure at 1700℃and a relative density of 95.3% was obtained for the sintered bodies,which is similar to that of the sintered sample formed by conventional slip casting.In addition,the effect of temperature on the apparent viscosity of the starch/alumina slurry in the process was investigated,and the corresponding mechanism for the starch consolidation was discussed.

  4. The confidence effects of fiscal consolidations

    Beetsma, R.; Cimadomo, J.; Furtuna, O.; Giuliodori, M.


    We explore how fiscal consolidations affect private sector confidence, a possible channel for the transmission of fiscal policy that has received particular attention recently as a result of governments embarking on austerity trajectories in the aftermath of the crisis. Panel regressions based on

  5. The confidence effects of fiscal consolidations

    Beetsma, R.M.W.J.; Cimadomo, J.; Furtuna, O.; Giuliodori, M.


    We explore how fiscal consolidations affect private sector confidence, a possible channel for the fiscal transmission that has received particular attention recently as a result of governments embarking on austerity trajectories in the aftermath of the crisis. Panel regressions based on the

  6. Strategies for successfully consolidating revenue operations.

    Mardon, Stephanie; Reed, Susan A; Parris, Robert; Bonser, Amanda


    Beginning a large revenue cycle consolidation project with a highly disciplined pilot project can support the goal of a predictable and efficient rollout systemwide. A commitment to consistent metrics pays off in continuous improvement, transparency, and accountability. Detailed staffing plans are essential to meeting milestone targets during the transition. The right technology is key to achieving standardization and to measuring progress.

  7. Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES)


    Intelligence , Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Information Operations, Logistics and Business domains require the CANES infrastructure to operate...2016 Major Automated Information System Annual Report Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Defense Acquisition Management...Programs 3 Program Information 4 Responsible Office 4 References 4 Program Description 5 Business Case 6 Program Status 7

  8. Consolidated bioprocessing for biofuel production: recent advances

    Chinn, Mari; Mbaneme,Veronica


    Veronica Mbaneme-Smith, Mari S Chinn Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA Abstract: Consolidated bioprocessing (CBP), the combination of saccharolytic enzyme production and secretion, hydrolysis of polysaccharides, and fermentation of available sugars within a single-unit operation, improves cellulose conversion efficiency and decreases lignocellulosic biomass processing costs for producing biofuels and value-added products....

  9. Nicotine facilitates memory consolidation in perceptual learning.

    Beer, Anton L; Vartak, Devavrat; Greenlee, Mark W


    Perceptual learning is a special type of non-declarative learning that involves experience-dependent plasticity in sensory cortices. The cholinergic system is known to modulate declarative learning. In particular, reduced levels or efficacy of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine were found to facilitate declarative memory consolidation. However, little is known about the role of the cholinergic system in memory consolidation of non-declarative learning. Here we compared two groups of non-smoking men who learned a visual texture discrimination task (TDT). One group received chewing tobacco containing nicotine for 1 h directly following the TDT training. The other group received a similar tasting control substance without nicotine. Electroencephalographic recordings during substance consumption showed reduced alpha activity and P300 latencies in the nicotine group compared to the control group. When re-tested on the TDT the following day, both groups responded more accurately and more rapidly than during training. These improvements were specific to the retinal location and orientation of the texture elements of the TDT suggesting that learning involved early visual cortex. A group comparison showed that learning effects were more pronounced in the nicotine group than in the control group. These findings suggest that oral consumption of nicotine enhances the efficacy of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Our findings further suggest that enhanced efficacy of the cholinergic system facilitates memory consolidation in perceptual learning (and possibly other types of non-declarative learning). In that regard acetylcholine seems to affect consolidation processes in perceptual learning in a different manner than in declarative learning. Alternatively, our findings might reflect dose-dependent cholinergic modulation of memory consolidation. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Cognitive Enhancers'.

  10. Sleep enhances memory consolidation in children.

    Ashworth, Anna; Hill, Catherine M; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette; Dimitriou, Dagmara


    Sleep is an active state that plays an important role in the consolidation of memory. It has been found to enhance explicit memories in both adults and children. However, in contrast to adults, children do not always show a sleep-related improvement in implicit learning. The majority of research on sleep-dependent memory consolidation focuses on adults; hence, the current study examined sleep-related effects on two tasks in children. Thirty-three typically developing children aged 6-12 years took part in the study. Actigraphy was used to monitor sleep. Sleep-dependent memory consolidation was assessed using a novel non-word learning task and the Tower of Hanoi cognitive puzzle, which involves discovering an underlying rule to aid completion. Children were trained on the two tasks and retested following approximately equal retention intervals of both wake and sleep. After sleep, children showed significant improvements in performance of 14% on the non-word learning task and 25% on the Tower of Hanoi task, but no significant change in score following the wake retention interval. Improved performance on the Tower of Hanoi may have been due to children consolidating explicit aspects of the task, for example rule-learning or memory of previous sequences; thus, we propose that sleep is necessary for consolidation of explicit memory in children. Sleep quality and duration were not related to children's task performance. If such experimental sleep-related learning enhancement is generalizable to everyday life, then it is clear that sleep plays a vital role in children's educational attainment.

  11. 31 CFR 501.717 - Consolidation of proceedings.


    ... Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) Penalties § 501.717 Consolidation of proceedings. By order of the... cost or delay. Consolidation shall not prejudice any rights under this subpart and shall not affect...

  12. On the issue of modern Russian society’s consolidation

    T. N. Samsonova


    Full Text Available The authors analyze the problems that challenge to consolidation of contemporary Russian society, such as social inequality in different spheres, high level of corruption, the inefficiency of public authorities, demographic problems etc, and trace major consolidation trends.

  13. A new flapless technique for crown lengthening after orthodontic extrusion.

    Braga, Giovanni; Bocchieri, Anna


    Orthodontic extrusion (OE), which is performed in many different clinical situations to move a tooth or its periodontal tissues coronally, is often associated with supracrestal fiberotomy and root planing (OEFRP) or followed by surgical crown lengthening. The OEFRP procedure must be carried out every 2 weeks during the entire extrusive orthodontic phase, and precise control of the technique itself can be quite difficult, especially when this approach is to be performed on a limited portion of the root perimeter in teeth affected by angular defects. The aim of this study was to show a new nonsurgical crown-lengthening technique, performed shortly after the completion of OE, to simultaneously achieve proper hard and soft tissue architecture. Three different illustrative situations (periodontal pocket, root fracture, and root perforation) are described.

  14. Functionalization of whey proteins by reactive supercritical fluid extrusion

    Khanitta Ruttarattanamongkol


    Full Text Available Whey protein, a by-product from cheese-making, is often used in a variety of food formulations due to its unsurpassednutritional quality and inherent functional properties. However, the possibilities for the improvement and upgrading of wheyprotein utilization still need to be explored. Reactive supercritical fluid extrusion (SCFX is a novel technique that has beenrecently reported to successfully functionalize commercially available whey proteins into a product with enhanced functionalproperties. The specific goal of this review is to provide fundamental understanding of the reinforcement mechanism andprocessing of protein functionalization by reactive SCFX process. The superimposed extrusion variables and their interactionmechanism affect the physico-chemical properties of whey proteins. By understanding the structure, functional properties andprocessing relationships of such materials, the rational design criteria for novel functionalized proteins could be developedand effectively utilized in food systems.

  15. The effect of grain size on dynamic tensile extrusion behaviour

    Park Leeju


    Full Text Available Dynamic tensile extrusion (DTE tests were conducted on coarse grained and ultrafine grained (UFG OFHC Cu, Interstitial free (IF Steel, and pure Ta. Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP of 16passes with Bc for Cu, IF Steel and 4 passes for Ta was employed to fabricated UFG materials. DTE tests were carried out by launching the sphere samples (Dia. 7.62 mm to the conical extrusion die at a speed of ∼500 m/sec. The fragmentation behavior of the soft-recovered fragments were examined and compared with each other. The DTE fragmentation behavior of CG and UFG was numerically simulated by the LS-DYNA FEM code.

  16. HA/UHMWPE Nanocomposite Produced by Twin-screw Extrusion


    The HA/UHMWPE nanocomposite is compounded by twin-screw extrusion of the HA and UHMWPE powder mixture in paraffin oil and then compression molded to a sheet form. TGA measurement shows the HA weight loss after processing is about 1%-2% . FTIR spectra indicate the paraffin oil residue is trivial and UHMWPE is not oxidized. SEM reveals the HA nano particles are homogeneously dispersed by twin- screw extrusion and the inter-particle spaces are penetrated with UHMWPE fibrils by swelling treatment. HRTEM image indicates the HA particles and UHMWPE are intimately contacted by mechanical interlocking. Compared with the unfilled UHMWPE, stiffness of the composite with the HA volume fraction 0.23 was significantly enhanced to 9 times without detriment of the yield strength and the ductility.

  17. Some physicochemical properties of dextrin produced by extrusion process


    Dextrinization of corn starch by twin screw extruder was studied. The effect of extruder operating conditions (five different screw speeds: 35, 45, 55, 65, and 70; and three temperatures: 125, 130, and 135 °C) on some physicochemical properties of dextrin (total soluble solid, water absorption index, water solubility index, and total color difference) was investigated. Results showed that as the screw speed and temperature of extrusion were increased the water absorption index of dextrin tend...

  18. Tailoring properties of commercially pure titanium by gradation extrusion

    Bergmann, Markus; Rautenstrauch, Anja; Selbmann, René; de Oliveira, Raoni Barreto; Coelho, Rodrigo Santiago; Landgrebe, Dirk


    Commercially pure titanium (CP Ti) is of great importance in medical applications due to its attractive properties, such as high biocompatibility, excellent corrosion resistance and relatively low density and suitable stiffness. Compared to the commonly used Ti-6Al-4V alloy, its lower strength has to be increased. The most attractive approach is to subject CP Ti to severe plastic deformation (SPD) processes such as Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP). The resulting decreased grain size in CP Ti yields a significant increase in hardness and strength. Common SPD-processes typically provide a uniform modification of the material. Their material efficiency and productivity are critical and limiting factors. A new approach is to tailor the material properties by using Gradation Extrusion, which produces a distinct gradient in microstructure and strength. The forming process combines a regular impact extrusion process and severe plastic deformation in the lateral area of the material. This efficient process can be integrated easily into forming process chains, for instance for dental implants. This paper presents the forming process and the applied die geometry. The results of numerical simulations are used to illustrate the potential of the process to modify and strengthen the titanium material. Experiments show that the material is successfully processed by gradation extrusion. By characterizing the hardness and its distribution within the formed parts the effects of the process are investigated.

  19. Intrusion and extrusion of a liquid on nanostructured surfaces

    Amabili, M.; Giacomello, A.; Meloni, S.; Casciola, C. M.


    Superhydrophobicity is connected to the presence of gas pockets within surface asperities. Upon increasing the pressure this ‘suspended’ state may collapse, causing the complete wetting of the rough surface. In order to quantitatively characterize this process on nanostructured surfaces, we perform rare-event atomistic simulations at different pressures and for several texture geometries. Such an approach allows us to identify for each pressure the stable and metastable states and the free energy barriers separating them. Results show that, by starting from the superhydrophobic state and increasing the pressure, the suspended state abruptly collapses at a critical intrusion pressure. If the pressure is subsequently decreased, the system remains trapped in the metastable state corresponding to the wet surface. The liquid can be extruded from the nanostructures only at very negative pressures, by reaching the critical extrusion pressure (spinodal for the confined liquid). The intrusion and extrusion curves form a hysteresis cycle determined by the large free energy barriers separating the suspended and wet states. These barriers, which grow very quickly for pressures departing from the intrusion/extrusion pressure, are shown to strongly depend on the texture geometry.

  20. Propulsion at low Reynolds number via beam extrusion

    Gosselin, Frederick; Neetzow, Paul


    We present experimental and theoretical results on the extrusion of a slender beam in a viscous fluid. We are particularly interested in the force necessary to extrude the beam as it buckles with large amplitude due to viscous friction. The problem is inspired by the propulsion of Paramecium via trichocyst extrusion. Self-propulsion in micro-organisms is mostly achieved through the beating of flagella or cilia. However, to avoid a severe aggression, unicellular Paramecium has been observed to extrude trichocysts in the direction of the aggression to burst away. These trichocysts are rod-like organelles which, upon activation, grow to about 40 μm in length in 3 milliseconds before detaching from the animal. The drag force created by these extruding rods pushing against the viscous fluid generates thrust in the opposite direction. We developed an experimental setup to measure the force required to push a steel piano wire into an aquarium filled with corn syrup. This setup offers a near-zero Reynolds number, and allows studying deployments for a range of constant extrusion speeds. The experimental results are reproduced with a numerical model coupling a large amplitude Euler-Bernoulli beam theory with a fluid load model proportional to the local beam velocity. This study was funded in part by the The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

  1. Formation of chromosomal domains in interphase by loop extrusion

    Fudenberg, Geoffrey

    While genomes are often considered as one-dimensional sequences, interphase chromosomes are organized in three dimensions with an essential role for regulating gene expression. Recent studies have shown that Topologically Associating Domains (TADs) are fundamental structural and functional building blocks of human interphase chromosomes. Despite observations that architectural proteins, including CTCF, demarcate and maintain the borders of TADs, the mechanisms underlying TAD formation remain unknown. Here we propose that loop extrusion underlies the formation TADs. In this process, cis-acting loop-extruding factors, likely cohesins, form progressively larger loops, but stall at TAD boundaries due to interactions with boundary proteins, including CTCF. This process dynamically forms loops of various sizes within but not between TADs. Using polymer simulations, we find that loop extrusion can produce TADs as determined by our analyses of the highest-resolution experimental data. Moreover, we find that loop extrusion can explain many diverse experimental observations, including: the preferential orientation of CTCF motifs and enrichments of architectural proteins at TAD boundaries; TAD boundary deletion experiments; and experiments with knockdown or depletion of CTCF, cohesin, and cohesin-loading factors. Together, the emerging picture from our work is that TADs are formed by rapidly associating, growing, and dissociating loops, presenting a clear framework for understanding interphase chromosomal organization.

  2. Hot-melt extrusion technology and pharmaceutical application.

    Wilson, Matthew; Williams, Marcia A; Jones, David S; Andrews, Gavin P


    The use of hot-melt extrusion (HME) within the pharmaceutical industry is steadily increasing, due to its proven ability to efficiently manufacture novel products. The process has been utilized readily in the plastics industry for over a century and has been used to manufacture medical devices for several decades. The development of novel drugs with poor solubility and bioavailability brought the application of HME into the realm of drug-delivery systems. This has specifically been shown in the development of drug-delivery systems of both solid dosage forms and transdermal patches. HME involves the application of heat, pressure and agitation through an extrusion channel to mix materials together, and subsequently forcing them out through a die. Twin-screw extruders are most popular in solid dosage form development as it imparts both dispersive and distributive mixing. It blends materials while also imparting high shear to break-up particles and disperse them. HME extrusion has been shown to molecularly disperse poorly soluble drugs in a polymer carrier, increasing dissolution rates and bioavailability. The most common difficulty encountered in producing such dispersions is stabilization of amorphous drugs, which prevents them from recrystallization during storage. Pharmaceutical industrial suppliers, of both materials and equipment, have increased their development of equipment and chemicals for specific use with HME. Clearly, HME has been identified as an important and significant process to further enhance drug solubility and solid-dispersion production.

  3. Consolidation theory and rheology of mud: A literature survey

    Merckelbach, L.M.


    In the framework of project Strength evolution of soft consolidating mud layers, financially supported by the Netherlands Foundation of Technology, a literature survey on consolidation theory and rheological modelling of mud was carried out. A consolidation theory, focused on the Gibson equation (Gi

  4. Interpretation of Consolidation Test on Søvind Marl

    Grønbech, Gitte Lyng; Ibsen, Lars Bo; Nielsen, Benjaminn Nordahl


    The article deals with the interpretation of consolidation test in order to determine the preconsolidation stress; this is done by reviewing different methods. A main point in the article is the interaction between the consolidation and the secondary consolidation strains, and the methods used...

  5. 26 CFR 1.1502-4 - Consolidated foreign tax credit.


    ... 26 Internal Revenue 12 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Consolidated foreign tax credit. 1.1502-4... TAX (CONTINUED) INCOME TAXES Consolidated Tax Liability § 1.1502-4 Consolidated foreign tax credit. (a) In general. The credit under section 901 for taxes paid or accrued to any foreign country or...

  6. 24 CFR 91.10 - Consolidated program year.


    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Consolidated program year. 91.10... Consolidated program year. (a) Each of the following programs shall be administered by a jurisdiction on a single consolidated program year, established by the jurisdiction: CDBG, ESG, HOME, and HOPWA. Except as...

  7. 24 CFR 91.402 - Consolidated program year.


    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Consolidated program year. 91.402... Consolidated Plan § 91.402 Consolidated program year. (a) Same program year for consortia members. All units of general local government that are members of a consortium must be on the same program year for CDBG, HOME...

  8. Correlation of Red Mud Consolidation with its Soil Properties

    Stinson, John M.

    Consolidation tests of red muds from various bauxites allow the prediction of the extent of settlement in a mud lake and the rate of consolidation. Differences in the consolidation properties have been shown to correlate with the moisture contents at which the various muds change from a liquid to a plastic state, as indicated by the Atterberg Liquid and Plastic Limits.

  9. A cellular mechanism for system memory consolidation

    Michiel W. H. Remme


    Full Text Available Declarative memories initially depend on the hippocampus. Over a period of weeks to years, however, these memories become hippocampus-independent through a process called system memory consolidation. The underlying cellular mechanisms are unclear. Here, we suggest a consolidation mechanism, which is based on STDP and a ubiquitous anatomical network motif. As a first step in the memory consolidation process, we consider pyramidal neurons in the hippocampal CA1 area. These cells receive Schaffer collateral (SC input from the CA3 area at the proximal dendrites, and perforant path (PP input from entorhinal cortex at the distal dendrites. Both pathways carry sensory information that has been processed by cortical networks and that enters the hippocampus through the entorhinal cortex. Hence, information from entorhinal cortex reaches CA1 cells through an indirect pathway (via CA3 and SC and a direct pathway (PP. Memories are assumed to be initially stored in the recurrent CA3 network and the SC synapses during the awake, exploratory state. During a subsequent consolidation phase (during slow-wave sleep SC-dependent memories are partly transferred to the PP synapses. Through mathematical analysis and numerical simulations we show that this consolidation process occurs as a natural result from the combination of (1 STDP at PP synapses and (2 the temporal correlations between SC and PP activities, since the (indirect SC input is delayed compared to the (direct PP input by about 5-10 ms. With a detailed compartmental model we then show that the spatial tuning of a CA1 cell is copied from the proximal SC-synaptic inputs to the distal PP-inputs. Next, we repeated the network motif across many levels in a hierarchical network model: each direct connection at one level is part of the indirect pathway of the next level. Analysis and simulations of this hierarchical system demonstrate that memories gradually move from hippocampus into neocortex. Moreover, the

  10. On methodology

    Cheesman, Robin; Faraone, Roque


    This is an English version of the methodology chapter in the authors' book "El caso Berríos: Estudio sobre información errónea, desinformación y manipulación de la opinión pública".......This is an English version of the methodology chapter in the authors' book "El caso Berríos: Estudio sobre información errónea, desinformación y manipulación de la opinión pública"....

  11. Influence of hot extrusion on microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ31 magnesium alloy

    WANG Ling; TIAN Su-gui; MENG Fan-lai; DU Hong-qiang


    Extrusion treatment is a common method to refine the grain size and improve the mechanical properties of metal material. The influence of hot extrusion on microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ31 magnesium alloy was investigated. The results show that the mechanical properties of AZ31 alloy are obviously improved by extrusion treatment. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of AZ31 alloy at room temperature is measured to be 222 MPa, and is enhanced to 265.8 MPa after extrusion at 420℃. The yield tensile strength (YTS) of AZ31 alloy at room temperature is measured to be 84 MPa, and is enhanced to 201 MPa after extrusion at 420℃. The effective improvements on mechanical properties result from the formation of the finer grains during extrusion and the finer particles precipitated by age treatment. The features of the microstructure evolution during hot extruded of AZ31 alloy are dislocation slipping on the matrix and occurrence of the dynamic recrystallization.

  12. Temperature window effect and its application in extrusion of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene


    Full Text Available Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE was ram extruded using a temperature window effect. The extrusion pressure abruptly drops at a very narrow extrusion temperature window which is about 10°C higher than the theoretical melting point of orthorhombic polyethylene crystals under quiescent and equilibrium states. The correlation between extrusion pressure and parameters such as extrusion temperature, annealing condition, thermal history, piston velocity, L/D ratio of the die, and molecular weight of UHMWPE, was studied. The temperature window increases with molecular weight and is unaffected by thermal history and annealing. The stable extrusion pressure and the critical piston velocity decrease with the rise in the extrusion temperature. The flow resistance reversely depends on the L/D ratio of the die. This phenomenon is attributed to an extensional flow-induced chain alignment along the streamline, which results in the formation of a metastable mesophase with higher chain mobility.

  13. Implementation of a consolidated, standardized database of environmental measurements data

    James, T.L. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Energy, Environment and Resources Center; Zygmunt, B.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    This report discusses the benefits of a consolidated and standardized database; reasons for resistance to the consolidation of data; implementing a consolidated database, including attempts at standardization, deciding what to include in the consolidated database, establishing lists of valid values, and addressing quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) issues; and the evolution of a consolidated database, which includes developing and training a user community, resolving configuration control issues, incorporating historical data, identifying emerging standards, and developing pointers to other data. OREIS is used to illustrate these topics.

  14. Shock wave consolidated MgB 2 bulk samples

    Matsuzawa, Hidenori; Tamaki, Hideyuki; Ohashi, Wataru; Kakimoto, Etsuji; Dohke, Kiyotaka; Atou, Toshiyuki; Fukuoka, Kiyoto; Kikuchi, Masae; Kawasaki, Masashi; Takano, Yoshihiko


    Commercially available MgB 2 powders were consolidated into bulk samples by two different shock wave consolidation methods: underwater shock consolidation method and gun method. Resistance vs. temperature of the samples was measured by the four-terminal method for pulsed currents of up to 3 A in self-field, as well as Vickers hardness, SEM micrographs of fraction surfaces, packing densities, and X-ray diffraction patterns. These results, in comparison with cold isostatic pressed samples, indicated that the underwater shock consolidated sample was superior in grain connectivity to the others. This is probably because the underwater shock consolidation generated most anisotropic and hence high frictional, compressive, intergrain forces.

  15. Shock wave consolidated MgB{sub 2} bulk samples

    Matsuzawa, Hidenori; Tamaki, Hideyuki; Ohashi, Wataru; Kakimoto, Etsuji; Dohke, Kiyotaka; Atou, Toshiyuki; Fukuoka, Kiyoto; Kikuchi, Masae; Kawasaki, Masashi; Takano, Yoshihiko


    Commercially available MgB{sub 2} powders were consolidated into bulk samples by two different shock wave consolidation methods: underwater shock consolidation method and gun method. Resistance vs. temperature of the samples was measured by the four-terminal method for pulsed currents of up to 3 A in self-field, as well as Vickers hardness, SEM micrographs of fraction surfaces, packing densities, and X-ray diffraction patterns. These results, in comparison with cold isostatic pressed samples, indicated that the underwater shock consolidated sample was superior in grain connectivity to the others. This is probably because the underwater shock consolidation generated most anisotropic and hence high frictional, compressive, intergrain forces.

  16. Dynamic consolidation of aluminum-silicon carbide composites

    Rabin, B.H.; Korth, G.E.; Williamson, R.L.


    Dynamic consolidation was investigated as a potential method for producing P/M metal matrix composites. In this study, 2124 aluminum powders were mixed with silicon carbide particulate and consolidated using explosives. Numerical simulations were performed to provide insight into the consolidation process and to aid in the selection of experimental conditions. The microstructure of the as-consolidated product was dependent upon processing variables. Careful control of the shock parameters allowed full density, crack free composites to be achieved in cylindrical geometries. Although full density was obtained, low fracture strengths suggested a lack of interparticle bonding, probably resulting from the limited ability to redistribute surface oxides during consolidation. 10 refs., 9 figs.

  17. Landsat International Cooperators and Global Archive Consolidation



    Landsat missions have always been an important component of U.S. foreign policy, as well as science and technology policy. The program’s longstanding network of International Cooperators (ICs), which operate numerous International Ground Stations (IGS) around the world, embodies the United States’ policy of peaceful use of outer space and the worldwide dissemination of civil space technology for public benefit. Thus, the ICs provide an essential dimension to the Landsat mission.In 2010, the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort began, with a goal to consolidate the Landsat data archives of all international ground stations, make the data more accessible to the global Landsat community, and significantly increase the frequency of observations over a given area of interest to improve scientific uses such as change detection and analysis.

  18. Consolidation of Inorganic Precipitated Silica Gel

    Matthias Kind


    Full Text Available Colloidal gels are possible intermediates in the generation of highly porous particle systems. In the production process the gels are fragmented after their formation. These gel fragments compact to particles whose application-technological properties are determined by their size and porosity. In the case of precipitated silica gels, this consolidation process depends on temperature and pH, among other parameters. It is shown that these dependencies can be characterized by oedometer measurements. Originally, the oedometer test (one-dimensional compression test stemmed from soil mechanics. It has proven to be an interesting novel examination method for gels. Quantitative data of the time-dependent shrinkage of gel samples can be obtained. The consolidation of the gels shows a characteristic dependence on the above parameters.

  19. Acute exercise and motor memory consolidation

    Thomas, Richard; Johnsen, Line Korsgaard; Geertsen, Svend Sparre;


    an important role in modulating the effects that a single bout of cardiovascular exercise has on the consolidation phase following motor skill learning. There appears to be a dose-response relationship in favour of higher intensity exercise in order to augment off-line effects and strengthen procedural memory.......A single bout of high intensity aerobic exercise (~90% VO2peak) was previously demonstrated to amplify off-line gains in skill level during the consolidation phase of procedural memory. High intensity exercise is not always a viable option for many patient groups or in a rehabilitation setting...... where low to moderate intensities may be more suitable. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of intensity in mediating the effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on motor skill learning. We investigated the effects of different exercise intensities on the retention (performance score...

  20. Consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 1996



    The following overview and accompanying audited financial statements have been prepared for Fiscal Year (FY) 1996 to report the financial position and the results of operations of the Department of Energy. These statements include the consolidated Statement of Financial Position and the consolidated Statement of Operations and Changes in Net Position. The statements have been prepared in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget Bulletin No. 94-01, Form and Content for Agency Financial Statements, and were developed in accordance with the hierarchy of accounting standards described therein. The overview provides a narrative on the Department of Energy`s mission, activities, and accomplishments. Utilizing performance measures as the primary vehicle for communicating Departmental accomplishments and results, this overview discusses the most significant measures while others are discussed in the supplemental information to the financial statements.


    Cirstea Andreea


    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to analyze the current state of consolidated reporting practice harmonization concerning the choice of presenting the income statement, the changes in equity, the methods used for presenting the cash flow statement, the extant methods for evaluating and reporting goodwill, the extant methods in which jointly controlled entities are accounted in the consolidated financial statements, or the choice for recognizing investments in subsidiaries, jointly controlled entities and associates in the separate statements of the parent company. In order to achieve our goal we selected the first 10 groups, in order of their capitalization value, that were listed on each of the following capital markets: London Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext (Paris Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange and we analyzed, in a qualitative and in a quantitative manner, for a period of six years starting with 2007, their consolidated financial statements with the design to establish exactly which of the aspects stated in the International Financial Reporting Standards were being used for the items presented above. In order to complete the empirical research part of the paper that addresses from a comparative perspective the evaluation of the degree of material harmony between the reporting practices of groups listed on the three stock exchanges above-mentioned, we used statistical and mathematical methods represented by the I Index first described by Van der Tas. Taking into account the fact that since 2005 all listed companies on the European stock exchanges were required to adopt the international accounting standards for their consolidated financial disclosures, the degree of material harmony was studied only in reference to those requirements that presented two methods or possibilities of disclosure.Our findings suggest that the groups analyzed present a high degree of material harmonization with respect to the reporting

  2. Consolidation of democracy in South Korea?

    Jonsson, Gabriel


    Although South Korea has accomplished a democratic transition, democraticconsolidation has not been achieved. The study investigates this notion on thebasis of criteria of democratic consolidation, how the presidents have fulfilledtheir promises on the deepening of democracy and how the Articles in the1987 Constitution on democracy have been implemented. What developmentssupport and disapprove this notion? The interaction between domestic politicsand the implementation of the Constitution dur...

  3. Consolidated bioprocessing method using thermophilic microorganisms

    Mielenz, Jonathan Richard


    The present invention is directed to a method of converting biomass to biofuel, and particularly to a consolidated bioprocessing method using a co-culture of thermophilic and extremely thermophilic microorganisms which collectively can ferment the hexose and pentose sugars produced by degradation of cellulose and hemicelluloses at high substrate conversion rates. A culture medium therefor is also provided as well as use of the methods to produce and recover cellulosic ethanol.

  4. Consolidated results 1999 outlook for 2000

    Gadonneix, P. [Gaz de France (GDF), 75 - Paris (France)


    This document presents an economic analysis of the consolidated results 1999 for the Group Gaz De France for the year 1999, showing a radical change for the gas industry. The main topics discussed are: a growth market for natural gas, a highly de-compartmentalized market, a market in which the Gaz de France group is an European leader and a market marked in 1999 by a sharp rise in oil prices. (A.L.B.)

  5. Iterative consolidation of unorganized point clouds.

    Liu, Shengjun; Chan, Kwan-Chung; Wang, Charlie C L


    Unorganized point clouds obtained from 3D shape acquisition devices usually present noise, outliers, and nonuniformities. The proposed framework consolidates unorganized points through an iterative procedure of interlaced downsampling and upsampling. Selection operations remove outliers while preserving geometric details. The framework improves the uniformity of points by moving the downsampled particles and refining point samples. Surface extrapolation fills missed regions. Moreover, an adaptive sampling strategy speeds up the iterations. Experimental results demonstrate the framework's effectiveness.


    X.Q. Li; W.P. Chen; W. Xia; Q.L. Zhu; Y.Y. Li; E.D. Wang


    Based on the characteristic of high energy milling and the micromechanics of composite material, a plastic constitutive equation is implemented for milled composite powders. To check the equation, the extrusion of Ti/Al composite powders prepared by high energy milling was simulated. It was from the numerical analysis that the predicted extrusion pressure mounted up with milling time and extrusion ratio increasing,which was perfect agreement with experimental results.

  7. Autobiographical thinking interferes with episodic memory consolidation.

    Michael Craig

    Full Text Available New episodic memories are retained better if learning is followed by a few minutes of wakeful rest than by the encoding of novel external information. Novel encoding is said to interfere with the consolidation of recently acquired episodic memories. Here we report four experiments in which we examined whether autobiographical thinking, i.e. an 'internal' memory activity, also interferes with episodic memory consolidation. Participants were presented with three wordlists consisting of common nouns; one list was followed by wakeful rest, one by novel picture encoding and one by autobiographical retrieval/future imagination, cued by concrete sounds. Both novel encoding and autobiographical retrieval/future imagination lowered wordlist retention significantly. Follow-up experiments demonstrated that the interference by our cued autobiographical retrieval/future imagination delay condition could not be accounted for by the sound cues alone or by executive retrieval processes. Moreover, our results demonstrated evidence of a temporal gradient of interference across experiments. Thus, we propose that rich autobiographical retrieval/future imagination hampers the consolidation of recently acquired episodic memories and that such interference is particularly likely in the presence of external concrete cues.

  8. Local communities’ consolidation process: political factors

    V. V. Fedorenko


    It has been underlined that the local communities’ consolidation process in the contemporary world is the problem which has both empirical and theoretical importance. Depending on the size of the local area, local polices are taking different forms. As usual, they provide an agreement and compromise solutions based on issues that are important to the local community. The experience of the developed democracies has shown that local assemblies ensure the establishment of coalitions based on short-termed procedures. The study has tested that an important aspect of the formation of local communities consolidated position is based on development issues and civil participation. It is especially visible in the United States and the EU countries. The municipality level determines the quality of local political bodies, which is formed on party basis. For contemporary Ukraine important tools for provision of political responsibility are forces, which take care about the local communities and determine their development for a long period. Overall, the consolidation of political forces in the local government system is an important task that determines the need for the adoption of regulatory instruments which would ensure the harmonious and constructive political cooperation regardless of their ideological positions.

  9. Consolidation treatments applied to ceramic tiles: are they homogeneous?

    D. Costa


    Full Text Available The mass consolidation treatment of azulejos is necessary when ceramic biscuits show signs of disaggregation. Such treatment is often used as a complementary conservation technique to the reestablishment of weakened glaze-ceramic bonds. In this research, two commonly used consolidants (ethyl silicate and acrylic resin were tested on artisanal ceramic tiles via mass consolidation and the resulting impregnation profiles were evaluated. The results indicated that after consolidation, hard zones frequently formed due to localized consolidant concentration after the polymerization and curing processes. These inhomogeneous hard zones subsequently influenced the results obtained through conventional mechanical strength testing (i.e. flexural and compression, creating a false impression of success. This research demonstrated that by using the Drilling Resistance Measuring System, impregnation characteristics such as penetration depth and distribution of consolidant could be observed that otherwise could not be discerned through the more common testing methods. As such, a more extensive evaluation of consolidation effects was achieved.

  10. Land Consolidations in Slovakia, Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

    Muchová Zlatica


    Full Text Available This article describes the process of land consolidations in Slovakia. Fundamental goals of land consolidation are defined in the paper. Land ownership is briefly described with emphasis on historical development. Functional reorganisation of the territory is described in detail. The authors state that this objective is in land consolidation designs, often neglected and landscaping is shifted into the background. Preference is given to activities associated with ownership as evidenced by the common tendency to award contracts for simple land consolidation. The numbers of awarded contracts for comprehensive and simple landscape consolidations from 1990 to the present were evaluated. Reasons for the observed stagnation of comprehensive land consolidation projects have been mentioned. Causes have been found and the problem was displayed from various positions. Finally, possible solutions have been found in order to stimulate discussion on the topic: why there is stagnation in designing of land consolidations in Slovakia.

  11. Application of resin system for sand consolidation, mud-loss control, and channel repairing

    Wasnik, A.; Mete, S.; Ghosh, B. [Maharashtra Inst. of Technology (India)


    Sand production is one of the major challenges facing oil well operators. A technique for sand consolidation and channel repairing with a resin system was described along with a methodology for placing a chemical casing during or after drilling a shale zone that is prone to caving. The methodology is intended to facilitate drilling with reduced mud weight, without reducing the hole size. The resin comprises a mixture of elastomers UF, MF and a suitable plasticizer to impart flexibility and impact resistance. The resin system includes both the resin and a hardener which is a mixture of 2 mild Lewis acids to control curing time. A special additive can be used to enhance surface bonding between the sand and resin. Experiments were then performed to examine the efficiency of resin (Asmid 603) with 7 different chemicals and resin Furmel 301 with Furmel catalyst as a curing modifier. The best combination for sand consolidation and chemical casing was found to be resin Asmid 603 with 0.6 per cent o-phosphoric acid at 80 degrees C and Furmel 301 with 2.5 per cent Furmel catalyst and CFNL with 0.6 per cent o-phosphoric acid. When this combination was used, the permeability was found to be nearly zero after consolidation of resin. The newly developed resin system costs one-third that of epoxy resins. Since it is water soluble, it is also easy to handle and environmentally sound. 15 refs., 2 tabs., 6 figs.

  12. Methodological guidelines

    Halsnaes, K.; Callaway, J.M.; Meyer, H.J.


    The guideline document establishes a general overview of the main components of climate change mitigation assessment. This includes an outline of key economic concepts, scenario structure, common assumptions, modelling tools and country study assumptions. The guidelines are supported by Handbook Reports that contain more detailed specifications of calculation standards, input assumptions and available tools. The major objectives of the project have been provided a methodology, an implementing framework and a reporting system which countries can follow in meeting their future reporting obligations under the FCCC and for GEF enabling activities. The project builds upon the methodology development and application in the UNEP National Abatement Coasting Studies (UNEP, 1994a). The various elements provide countries with a road map for conducting climate change mitigation studies and submitting national reports as required by the FCCC. (au) 121 refs.

  13. Application of the Extrusion to Increase the Binding between the Ceramic Particles and the Metal Matrix: Enhancement of Mechanical and Tribological Properties

    Ali Mazahery; Mohsen Ostad Shabani


    Aluminum alloyed with magnesium and silicon has been used as the matrix material owing to its excellent mechanical properties coupled with good formability and its wide applications in industrial sector.An extrusion process was developed to consolidate Al 6061-SiCp composites from mixed powders.The results show that the composites were fully densified,with no sign of pores or oxide layers observable in the optical microscope.The SiC particles were distributed uniformly in the matrix.As compared with 6061 alloys,the composites demonstrated a smaller elongation,but exhibited a higher Young's modulus and a larger work hardening capacity.These composites possessed much higher elongation at the same strength level.The present study also addressed the dry wear behavior of the composites at different sliding speeds and applied loads.Values of the friction coefficient of the matrix alloy and composite materials were in expected range for light metals in dry sliding conditions.All of these improvements were attributed to the merits,including full densification of the bulk,uniform dispersion of the SiC particles in the matrix,and strong binding between the SiC particles and the matrix resulting from the extrusion.

  14. Microemulsion extrusion technique: a new method to produce lipid nanoparticles

    de Jesus, Marcelo Bispo; Radaic, Allan; Zuhorn, Inge S.; de Paula, Eneida


    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) have been intensively investigated for different applications, including their use as drug and gene delivery systems. Different techniques have been employed to produce lipid nanoparticles, of which high pressure homogenization is the standard technique that is adopted nowadays. Although this method has a high efficiency, does not require the use of organic solvents, and allows large-scale production, some limitations impede its application at laboratory scale: the equipment is expensive, there is a need of huge amounts of surfactants and co-surfactants during the preparation, and the operating conditions are energy intensive. Here, we present the microemulsion extrusion technique as an alternative method to prepare lipid nanoparticles. The parameters to produce lipid nanoparticles using microemulsion extrusion were established, and the lipid particles produced (SLN, NLC, and liposomes) were characterized with regard to size (from 130 to 190 nm), zeta potential, and drug (mitoxantrone) and gene (pDNA) delivery properties. In addition, the particles' in vitro co-delivery capacity (to carry mitoxantrone plus pDNA encoding the phosphatase and tensin homologue, PTEN) was tested in normal (BALB 3T3 fibroblast) and cancer (PC3 prostate and MCF-7 breast) cell lines. The results show that the microemulsion extrusion technique is fast, inexpensive, reproducible, free of organic solvents, and suitable for small volume preparations of lipid nanoparticles. Its application is particularly interesting when using rare and/or costly drugs or ingredients (e.g., cationic lipids for gene delivery or labeled lipids for nanoparticle tracking/diagnosis).

  15. Microemulsion extrusion technique: a new method to produce lipid nanoparticles

    Jesus, Marcelo Bispo de, E-mail:; Radaic, Allan [University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biology (Brazil); Zuhorn, Inge S. [University of Groningen, Department of Membrane Cell Biology, University Medical Center (Netherlands); Paula, Eneida de [University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biology (Brazil)


    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) have been intensively investigated for different applications, including their use as drug and gene delivery systems. Different techniques have been employed to produce lipid nanoparticles, of which high pressure homogenization is the standard technique that is adopted nowadays. Although this method has a high efficiency, does not require the use of organic solvents, and allows large-scale production, some limitations impede its application at laboratory scale: the equipment is expensive, there is a need of huge amounts of surfactants and co-surfactants during the preparation, and the operating conditions are energy intensive. Here, we present the microemulsion extrusion technique as an alternative method to prepare lipid nanoparticles. The parameters to produce lipid nanoparticles using microemulsion extrusion were established, and the lipid particles produced (SLN, NLC, and liposomes) were characterized with regard to size (from 130 to 190 nm), zeta potential, and drug (mitoxantrone) and gene (pDNA) delivery properties. In addition, the particles' in vitro co-delivery capacity (to carry mitoxantrone plus pDNA encoding the phosphatase and tensin homologue, PTEN) was tested in normal (BALB 3T3 fibroblast) and cancer (PC3 prostate and MCF-7 breast) cell lines. The results show that the microemulsion extrusion technique is fast, inexpensive, reproducible, free of organic solvents, and suitable for small volume preparations of lipid nanoparticles. Its application is particularly interesting when using rare and/or costly drugs or ingredients (e.g., cationic lipids for gene delivery or labeled lipids for nanoparticle tracking/diagnosis)

  16. Distal corporoplasty for distal cylinders extrusion after penile prosthesis implantation.

    Carrino, Maurizio; Chiancone, Francesco; Battaglia, Gaetano; Pucci, Luigi; Fedelini, Paolo


    Distal extrusion of cylinders is a potential complication of the penile prosthesis implantation. Several methods have been proposed for repairing a distal penile erosion. We present our preliminary experience in "Distal corporoplasty" technique. We enrolled 18 consecutive patients whose underwent a distal corporoplasty with simultaneous reimplantation of an "AMS 700 inflatable penile prosthesis (LGX)" from January 2013 to November 2015 at our hospital. All procedures were performed by a single surgical team. Intraoperative and postoperative complications have been classified and reported according to Satava6 and Clavien-Dindo (CD) system.7 Mean values with standard deviations (±SD) were computed and reported for all items. Mean age of the patients was 53.61 (±11.90) years. Mean body max index (BMI) was 24.22 (±2.51). Mean operative time was 85.2 (±13.1) minutes. Blood losses were minimal. No intraoperative complications are reported according to Satava classification. Four out of 18 patients (22.22%) experienced postoperative complications according to CD system. All patients had sexual intercourse for the first time postsurgery after a mean of 59.11 ± 2.08 days. Mean follow-up was 22.11 (±9.95). Distal extrusion of cylinders is a potential complication of the penile prosthesis implantation. Distal corporoplasty was first described by Mulcahy. He reported a series of 14 patients with a follow-up of about 2 years with optimal functional outcomes. Moreover, distal corporoplasty resulted in shorter operative time, better function, less pain, and fewer recurrences than Gortex windsock repair.10 In our experience, distal corporoplasty is a simple and safe procedure in the treatment of distal cylinders extrusion when the prosthetic material is not exposed to the exterior.

  17. Role of lipids in the extrusion cooking processes

    Berghofe, E.


    Full Text Available Extrusion is a versatile and very efficient technology that is widely used in food and feed processing. The cooking extruders have found many applications, which include: breakfast cereals, snack foods, other cereal based products, pet food and aquatic foods, texturized vegetable proteins, confectionery products, chemical and biochemical reactions, and oil extraction. Lipids are components that play an important role in most of the extrusion cooking processes. They can act as plastificizers or emulsifiers, and affect more significantly texture and stickiness of the extrudate. This paper reviews effect of oils and other lipids reactions during extrusion cooking as well as the effects of amylase-lipid complexation on extrudate quality.La extrusión es, en general, una tecnología versátil y muy eficiente, que se aplica ampliamente en la elaboración de alimentos y piensos. Los equipos de cocción-extrusión tienen numerosas aplicaciones, entre las que pueden incluirse: los cereales de desayuno listos para comer, los aperitivos, diferentes productos basados en cereales, los piensos para animales domésticos y peces, proteínas vegetales texturizadas, productos de pastelería, reacciones químicas y bioquímicas, y la extracción de aceites. Los lípidos son componentes que juegan un papel importante en la mayoría de los procesos de cocción-extrusión. Pueden actuar como plastificantes o como emulsionantes, suministrando lubricación. En este artículo se revisan con detalle los efectos de las reacciones de los aceites y otros lípidos durante el proceso de cocción-extrucción así como el efecto de la formación de complejos amilasa-lípidos sobre la calidad de los extrudados.

  18. Colloid and materials science for the conservation of cultural heritage: cleaning, consolidation, and deacidification.

    Baglioni, Piero; Chelazzi, David; Giorgi, Rodorico; Poggi, Giovanna


    Serendipity and experiment have been a frequent approach for the development of materials and methodologies used for a long time for either cleaning or consolidation of works of art. Recently, new perspectives have been opened by the application of materials science, colloid science, and interface science frameworks to conservation, generating a breakthrough in the development of innovative tools for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage. This Article is an overview of the most recent contributions of colloid and materials science to the art conservation field, mainly focusing on the use of amphiphile-based fluids, gels, and alkaline earth metal hydroxide nanoparticles dispersions for the cleaning of pictorial surfaces, the consolidation of artistic substrates, and the deacidification of paper, canvas, and wood. Future possible directions for solving several conservation issues that still need to be faced are also highlighted.

  19. Application of powder densification models to the consolidation processing of composites

    Wadley, H. N. G.; Elzey, D. M.


    Unidirectional fiber reinforced metal matrix composite tapes (containing a single layer of parallel fibers) can now be produced by plasma deposition. These tapes can be stacked and subjected to a thermomechanical treatment that results in a fully dense near net shape component. The mechanisms by which this consolidation step occurs are explored, and models to predict the effect of different thermomechanical conditions (during consolidation) upon the kinetics of densification are developed. The approach is based upon a methodology developed by Ashby and others for the simpler problem of HIP of spherical powders. The complex problem is devided into six, much simpler, subproblems, and then their predicted contributions are added to densification. The initial problem decomposition is to treat the two extreme geometries encountered (contact deformation occurring between foils and shrinkage of isolated, internal pores). Deformation of these two geometries is modelled for plastic, power law creep and diffusional flow. The results are reported in the form of a densification map.

  20. Consolidity: Mystery of inner property of systems uncovered

    Hassen T. Dorrah


    Full Text Available This paper uncovers the mystery of consolidity, an inner property of systems that was amazingly hidden. Consolidity also reveals the secrecy of why strong stable and highly controllable systems are not invulnerable of falling and collapsing. Consolidity is measured by its Consolidity Index, defined as the ratio of overall changes of output parameters over combined changes of input and system parameters, all operating in fully fuzzy environment. Under this notion, systems are classified into consolidated, quasi-consolidated, neutrally consolidated, unconsolidated, quasi-unconsolidated and mixed types. The strategy for the implementation of consolidity is elaborated for both natural and man-made existing systems as well as the new developed ones. An important critique arises that the by-product consolidity of natural or built-as-usual system could lead to trapping such systems into a completely undesired unconsolidity. This suggests that the ample number of conventional techniques that do not take system consolidity into account should gradually be changed, and adjusted with improved consolidity-based techniques. Four Golden Rules are highlighted for handling system consolidity, and applied to several illustrative case studies. These case studies cover the consolidity analysis of the Drug Concentration problem, Predator-Prey Population problem, Spread of Infectious Disease problem, AIDS Epidemic problem and Arm Race model. It is demonstrated that consolidity changes are contrary (opposite in sign to changes of both stability and controllability. This is a very significant result showing that our present practice of stressing on building strong stable and highly controllable systems could have already jeopardized the consolidity behavior of an ample family of existing real life systems. It is strongly recommended that the four Golden Rules of consolidity should be enforced as future strict regulations of systems modeling, analysis, design and

  1. Adaptive Control of Freeze-Form Extrusion Fabrication Processes (Preprint)


    speed of 127 mm/s and a resolution of 2.54 µm. The axes are controlled by a Delta–Tau Turbo PMAC (Programmable Multi–Axis Controller) PCI board. conversion board (Delta–Tau ACC28) with a voltage range of ±5 V converts the analog signal from the load cell into a digital signal in the PMAC ...controllers on the PMAC control board. Estimation and control algorithms for the extrusion mechanism are implemented in PLC programs, which are also

  2. Investigation on Effects of Die Orifice Layout on Three-Hole Porthole Extrusion of Aluminum Alloy 6063 Tubes

    Zhang, Cunsheng; Zhao, Guoqun; Chen, Hao; Guan, Yanjin; Cai, Haijin; Gao, Baojie


    Currently, with the increasing demand of high production output, much attention is paid to the research and development of multi-hole extrusion die. However, owing to the complexity of multi-hole porthole extrusion technology, it has not been applied widely in practice for the production of aluminum profiles, especially for porthole die with an odd number of die orifices. The purpose of this study is to design a three-hole porthole die for producing an aluminum tube and to optimize the location of die orifices based on computer-aided design and engineering. First, three-hole extrusion dies for different locations of die orifices are designed. Then, extrusion processes with different multi-hole porthole dies are simulated by means of HyperXtrude. Through numerical simulation, metal flow, temperature distribution, welding pressure, extrusion load, and die stress, etc. could be obtained, and the effects of the location of die orifices on extrusion process are investigated. With the increasing distance between die orifice and extrusion center (described as eccentricity ratio), metal flow becomes nonhomogeneous, and twisting or bending deformation of profile occurs, but the welding pressure rises, which improves the welding quality of profiles. However, the required extrusion force, billet and die temperature, die displacement, and stress induce no significant changes. In comparison with the extrusion force during single-hole porthole extrusion, there is 18.5% decrease of extrusion force during three-hole porthole extrusion. Finally, design rules for this kind of multi-hole extrusion dies are summarized.

  3. Effects of selected process parameters in extrusion of yam flour (Dioscorea rotundata) on physicochemical properties of the extrudates.

    Sebio, L; Chang, Y K


    Raw yam (Dioscorea rotundata) flour was cooked and extruded in a Brabender single-screw laboratory scale extruder. Response surface methodology using an incomplete factorial design was applied with various combinations of barrel temperature [100, 125, 150 degrees C], feed moisture content [18, 22, 26%] and screw speed [100, 150, 200 rpm]. Initial viscosity at 30 degrees C, water solubility index, expansion and hardness were determined. The highest values of initial viscosity were at the highest barrel temperatures and the highest moisture contents. At high feed moisture content and high barrel temperatures the yam extrudate flour showed the greatest values of water solubility index. The physical properties of the extruded product showed that at high temperature the lower the moisture content the greater the expansion index. Hardness was influenced directly by moisture content and inversely by extrusion temperature. The extrusion of yam flour led to the production of snacks and pre-gelatinized flours of diverse properties. Also extruded yam flour can be successfully used in the preparation of 'futu' (pre-cooked compact dough), a yam-based food, popular in Western Africa.

  4. Soaking and extrusion effects on physicochemical parameters, phytic acid, nutrient content and mineral bio-accessibility of whole rice grain.

    Albarracín, Micaela; José González, Rolando; Drago, Silvina Rosa


    A combination of soaking and extrusion processes of whole rice grain was studied. The effects of temperature (35-55 °C) and time (24-48 h) of soaking treatment on phytic acid (PA), protein and ashes losses using a factorial design were evaluated. Taking into account ash, protein and PA losses, whole rice was soaked 24 h at 45 °C and extruded using a Brabender single screw extruder. Effects of extrusion temperature (160-190 °C) and moisture content (14-19 g/100 g) on product characteristics were evaluated using surface response methodology. Values corresponding to the different responses were: Expansion (1.64-3.28), Specific Volume (5.68-11.06 cm(3)/g), Water absorption (3.41-4.43 mL/g) and Solubility (45.44-66.20 g/100 g). The content of PA was reduced from 740.09 to 163.47 mg/100 g (77%) after both processes, resulting in a higher mineral bio-accessibility, and a 7.3% decrease of protein digestibility. Total soluble phenolics and trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) were affected according to the treatment. Both treatments were important to obtain a nutritionally improved whole grain product.

  5. Scale up tools in reactive extrusion and compounding processes. Could 1D-computer modeling be helpful?

    Pradel, J.-L.; David, C.; Quinebèche, S.; Blondel, P.


    Industrial scale-up (or scale down) in Compounding and Reactive Extrusion processes is one of the most critical R&D challenges. Indeed, most of High Performances Polymers are obtained within a reactive compounding involving chemistry: free radical grafting, in situ compatibilization, rheology control... but also side reactions: oxidation, branching, chain scission... As described by basic Arrhenius and kinetics laws, the competition between all chemical reactions depends on residence time distribution and temperature. Then, to ensure the best possible scale up methodology, we need tools to match thermal history of the formulation along the screws from a lab scale twin screw extruder to an industrial one. This paper proposes a comparison between standard scale-up laws and the use of Computer modeling Software such as Ludovic® applied and compared to experimental data. Scaling data from a compounding line to another one, applying general rules (for example at constant specific mechanical energy), shows differences between experimental and computed data, and error depends on the screw speed range. For more accurate prediction, 1D-Computer Modeling could be used to optimize the process conditions to ensure the best scale-up product, especially in temperature sensitive reactive extrusion processes. When the product temperature along the screws is the key, Ludovic® software could help to compute the temperature profile along the screws and extrapolate conditions, even screw profile, on industrial extruders.

  6. 合并会计报表的国际比较%A Comparison of International Consolidated Financial Statements



    合并会计报表是当今国际会计三大难题之一,目前许多会计理论工作者和会计实务工作者都在研究合并报表问题,寻求解决合并报表实务中难题的办法。合并会计报 表理论有母公司理论、实体理论、当代理论和所有权理论。企业合并日合并会计报表的编制方法有购买法、权益集合法和新实体法;期末合并会计报表的方法有全部合并法、比例合并法。世界各国由于会计环境不同,合并会计报表理论和实务呈现出较大的差异性,合并范围也不相同。%Now, many researchers and practicers are studying the Consolidated Financial Statement, which consists of Parent Company Theory, Entity Theory and Contempora ry Theory, and is one of the three most complicated problems in international ac counting. They are trying to find methods of solving problems in it. The methodology applicable in the making of the Consolidated Financial Stat ement includes the purchase method, the pooling of interest method and the fresh -start method while the methodology adopted in the planning terminal Consolidate d Financial Statement is composed of the total consolidation method and the prop ortion method. However, as the accounting situation varies a lot around the wo rld , there are great differences in the Consolidated Financial Statement and it s practices and it is the same case with the extent of consolidation.

  7. Multifractal methodology

    Salat, Hadrien; Arcaute, Elsa


    Various methods have been developed independently to study the multifractality of measures in many different contexts. Although they all convey the same intuitive idea of giving a "dimension" to sets where a quantity scales similarly within a space, they are not necessarily equivalent on a more rigorous level. This review article aims at unifying the multifractal methodology by presenting the multifractal theoretical framework and principal practical methods, namely the moment method, the histogram method, multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MDFA) and modulus maxima wavelet transform (MMWT), with a comparative and interpretative eye.

  8. A novel means of proppant consolidation

    Wiggins, C.B.; Zhang, K. [Trican Well Service Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada)


    The most significant objective during fracturing operations is the successful placement of proppant into fracture channels within hydrocarbon bearing formation zones. This is accomplished by creating a high conductivity channel, enabling hydrocarbons an open path from the far depths of the reservoir into a wellbore area. However, it is important that the proppant remain in place to maintain a high conductivity channel once it has been successfully placed into the formation. Difficulties can be encountered as a result of significant pressure differences between the extremities of the fracture channel and the near wellbore area, with a tendency of flow towards the lower pressure area around the wellbore. As a means of counteracting proppant flowback, a variety of methods have been utilized with varying degrees of success. This paper outlined the development and utilization of a unique chemical-based system as a method of proppant consolidation. The different methods of counteracting proppant flowback include reducing the production rate; the use of fibrous and deformable materials; and the use of resin coated proppants. The difficulties with using resin-coated proppants stem from compatibility issues with fracturing fluids; economic costs; and diminished effectiveness at lower temperatures and pressures. The product discussed in the paper fell under a different category of proppant flowback controls as it acted by adsorbing to the surface of the proppant molecule, and changing the surface properties of the proppant. The paper discussed the lab testing and proppant flowback analyses that were performed in order to understand the effectiveness of the consolidating agent under simulated downhole conditions. It was concluded that a measurable and quantifiable increase in the proppant's resistance to flowback was observed through the use of a novel proppant consolidation chemical. 8 refs., 18 figs.

  9. [Sleep-wake cycle and memory consolidation].

    Baratti, Carlos M; Boccia, Mariano M; Blake, Mariano G; Acosta, Gabriela B


    Although several hypothesis and theories have been advanced as explanations for the functions of sleep, a unified theory of sleep function remains elusive. Sleep has been implicated in the plastic cerebral changes that underlie learning and memory, in particular those related to memory consolidation of recently acquired new information. Despite steady accumulations of positive findings over the last ten years, the precise role of sleep in memory and brain plasticity is unproven at all. This situation might be solved by more integrated approaches that combine behavioral and neurophysiological measurements in well described in vivo models of neuronal activity and brain plasticity.

  10. Efforts to Consolidate Chalcogels with Adsorbed Iodine

    Riley, Brian J.; Pierce, David A.; Chun, Jaehun


    This document discusses ongoing work with non-oxide aerogels, called chalcogels, that are under development at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as sorbents for gaseous iodine. Work was conducted in fiscal year 2012 to demonstrate the feasibility of converting Sn2S3 chalcogel without iodine into a glass. This current document summarizes the work conducted in fiscal year 2013 to assess the consolidation potential of non-oxide aerogels with adsorbed iodine. The Sn2S3 and Sb13.5Sn5S20 chalcogels were selected for study. The first step in the process for these experiments was to load them with iodine (I2). The I2 uptake was ~68 mass% for Sn2S3 and ~50 mass% for Sb13.5Sn5S20 chalcogels. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of both sets of sorbents showed that metal-iodide complexes were formed during adsorption, i.e., SnI4 for Sn2S3 and SbI3 for Sb13.5Sn5S20. Additionally, metal-sulfide-iodide complexes were formed, i.e., SnSI for Sn2S3 and SbSI for Sb13.5Sn5S20. No XRD evidence for unreacted iodine was found in any of these samples. Once the chalcogels had reached maximum adsorption, the consolidation potential was assessed. Here, the sorbents were heated for consolidation in vacuum-sealed quartz vessels. The Sb13.5Sn5S20 chalcogel was heated both (1) in a glassy carbon crucible within a fused quartz tube and (2) in a single-containment fused quartz tube. The Sn2S3 chalcogel was only heated in a single-containment fused quartz tube. In both cases with the single-containment fused quartz experiments, the material consolidated nicely. However, in both cases, there were small fractions of metal iodides not incorporated into the final product as well as fused quartz particles within the melt due to the sample attacking the quartz wall during the heat treatment. The Sb13.5Sn5S20 did not appear to attack the glassy carbon crucible so, for future experiments, it would be ideal to apply a coating, such as pyrolytic graphite, to the inner walls of the fused quartz vessel to prevent

  11. Acute exercise and motor memory consolidation

    Thomas, Richard; Beck, Mikkel Malling; Lind, Rune Rasmussen


    of the exercise bout used to stimulate improvements in procedural memory is unknown. The effects of three different temporal placements of high intensity exercise were investigated following visuomotor skill acquisition on the retention of motor memory in 48 young (24.0 ± 2.5 yrs), healthy male subjects randomly...... greater for EX90 than CON (p improvements in procedural memory......High intensity aerobic exercise amplifies offline gains in procedural memory acquired during motor practice. This effect seems to be evident when exercise is placed immediately after acquisition, during the first stages of memory consolidation, but the importance of temporal proximity...

  12. Aging Behaviour Of AA6061/SiCP Composites Produced By Direct Extrusion With A Reversibly Rotating Die Method

    Wozniak J.


    Full Text Available This paper discusses the influence of thermal treatment parameters on mechanical properties of AA6061+x% vol. SiCp (x = 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10 composites. The composites were consolidated via powder metallurgy processing using the unconventional method of extrusion (the KoBo method. In order to establish the optimum parameters of the heat treatment two different temperatures of supersaturation (530 and 558ºC were applied. The aging curves were determined at various aging temperatures such as 140, 160, 180 and 200ºC. The effects of applied parameters were studied using the microstructure observations and hardness measurements. Obtained results show that the solution treatment at 530ºC is sufficient to complete dissolution of the precipitates. Higher temperature of the process resulted in accelerating the aged-hardening. The suitable age treating parameters for the AA6061-5 vol. % SiCp composites were 160 - 180ºC for 12 - 16 hours.

  13. Histopathology of explanted AlphaCor due to keratoprosthesis extrusion.

    Caporossi, Aldo; Mazzotta, Cosimo; Balestrazzi, Angelo; Occhini, Rossella; Toti, Paolo; Traversi, Claudio


    AlphaCor keratoprosthesis (KPro) is a new-concept poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) one-piece KPro that makes possible a two-step implantation technique easy to perform with a short learning curve. In literature an 18% incidence of AlphaCor removal due to melting complications is reported. The histopathology of corneal tissue removed during a re-operation while bearing an AlphaCor KPro has previously been described in the literature only in one report. Herein, the first histological features of an AlphaCor-corneal complex explanted because of KPro extrusion is described. The histopathology of the AlphaCor-corneal complex is characterized by mild inflammation in the corneal tissues, limited to the region surrounding the anteriorized and extruded part of the KPro. It is not possible to fully understand the mechanisms that trigger the device extrusion. One possible explanation could be a dislocation of the prosthesis in the corneal pocket due to the untied fixation stitch. Another explanation could be a foreign body reaction induced by KPro.

  14. Continuous manufacturing of solid lipid nanoparticles by hot melt extrusion.

    Patil, Hemlata; Kulkarni, Vijay; Majumdar, Soumyajit; Repka, Michael A


    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) can either be produced by hot homogenization of melted lipids at higher temperatures or by a cold homogenization process. This paper proposes and demonstrates the formulation of SLN for pharmaceutical applications by combining two processes: hot melt extrusion (HME) technology for melt-emulsification and high-pressure homogenization (HPH) for size reduction. This work aimed at developing continuous and scalable processes for SLN by mixing a lipid and aqueous phase containing an emulsifier in the extruder barrel at temperatures above the melting point of the lipid and further reducing the particle size of emulsion by HPH linked to HME in a sequence. The developed novel platform demonstrated better process control and size reduction compared to the conventional process of hot homogenization (batch process). Varying the process parameters enabled the production of SLN below 200 nm (for 60 mg/ml lipid solution at a flow rate of 100ml/min). Among the several process parameters investigated, the lipid concentration, residence time and screw design played major roles in influencing the size of the SLN. This new process demonstrates the potential use of hot melt extrusion technology for continuous and large-scale production of SLN.

  15. Numerical simulation of burst defects in cold extrusion process

    Labergère, C.; Lestriez, P.; Saanouni, K.


    The formation of the central bursts in axisymmetric cold extrusion is numerically simulated by using 2D finite element analysis (FEA) accounting for the mixed isotropic and kinematic hardening together with the ductile damage effect. The coupling between the ductile damage and the elastoplastic constitutive equations is formulated in the framework of the thermodynamics of irreversible processes together with the Continuum Damage Mechanics (CDM) theory. An isotropic ductile damage model is fully coupled with elastoplastic constitutive equations including non linear isotropic and kinematic hardening. A modified ductile damage criterion based on linear combination of the stress tensor invariants is used in order to predict the occurrence of micro-crack initiation as a discontinuous central bursts along the bar axis. The implicit integration scheme of the fully coupled constitutive equations and the Dynamic Explicit resolution scheme to solve the associated initial and boundary value problem are outlined. Application is made to the prediction of the chevron shaped cracks in cold extrusion of a round bar. The effect of various process parameters, as the diameter reduction ratio, the die semi-angle, the friction coefficient and the material ductility, on the central bursts occurrence are discussed.

  16. Optimization of extrusion process for production of nutritious pellets

    Ernesto Aguilar-Palazuelos


    Full Text Available A blend of 50% Potato Starch (PS, 35% Quality Protein Maize (QPM, and 15% Soybean Meal (SM were used in the preparation of expanded pellets utilizing a laboratory extruder with a 1.5 × 20.0 × 100.0 mm die-nozzle. The independent variables analyzed were Barrel Temperature (BT (75-140 °C and Feed Moisture (FM (16-30%. The effect of extrusion variables was investigated in terms of Expansion Index (EI, apparent density (ApD, Penetration Force (PF and Specific Mechanical Energy (SME, viscosity profiles, DSC, crystallinity by X-ray diffraction, and Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM. The PF decreased from 30 to 4 kgf with the increase of both independent variables (BT and FM. SME was affected only by FM, and decreased with the increase in this variable. The optimal region showed that the maximum EI was found for BT in the range of 123-140 °C and 27-31% for FM, respectively. The extruded pellets obtained from the optimal processing region were probably not completely degraded, as shown in the structural characterization. Acceptable expanded pellets could be produced using a blend of PS, QPM, and SM by extrusion cooking.

  17. Revascularization of immature permanent incisors after severe extrusive luxation injury.

    Cehreli, Zafer C; Sara, Sezgi; Aksoy, Burak


    Pulp necrosis is an uncommon sequel to extrusive luxation in immature teeth with incomplete apical closure. In this report, we describe the management of severely extruded immature maxillary incisors and the outcome of revascularization to treat subsequent pulp necrosis. An 8.5-year-old boy with severe dentoalveolar trauma to the anterior maxillary region as a result of a fall was provided emergency treatment consisting of reduction of the dislodged labial cortical bone and repositioning of the central incisors, which had suffered extrusive luxation. When he presented with spontaneous pain involving the traumatized incisors a week later, the teeth were treated via a revascularization protocol using sodium hypochlorite irrigation followed by 3 weeks of intracanal calcium hydroxide, then a coronal seal of mineral trioxide aggregate and resin composite. Complete periradicular healing was observed after 3 months, followed by progressive thickening of the root walls and apical closure. Follow-up observations confirmed the efficacy of the regenerative treatment as a viable alternative to conventional apexification in endodontically involved, traumatized immature teeth.

  18. Solid lipid extrusion of sustained release dosage forms.

    Reitz, Claudia; Kleinebudde, Peter


    The applicability of the solid lipid extrusion process as preparations method for sustained release dosage forms was investigated in this study. Two lipids with similar melting ranges but of different composition, glyceryl palmitostearate (Precirol ATO 5) and glyceryl trimyristate (Dynasan 114), and mixtures of each lipid with 50% or 75% theophylline were extruded at temperatures below their melting ranges. Extrudates were analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, porosity measurements and in vitro drug dissolution studies. The possibility of processing lipids by softening instead of complete melting and without subsequent formation of low-melting, metastable polymorphs could be demonstrated. Extrudates based on formulations of glyceryl palmitostearate/theophylline (50:50) and glyceryl trimyristate/theophylline (50:50) showed sustained release properties. An influence of extrusion conditions on the matrix structure was shown for extrudates based on a mixture of glyceryl trimyristate and theophylline (50:50). Glyceryl trimyristate tended to solidify in porous structures after melting. Exceeding a material temperature of 50.5 degrees C led to porous extrudate matrices with a faster drug release. The production of novel, non porous sustained release matrices was possible at a material temperature of 49.5 degrees C. Extrudates based on glyceryl trimyristate/theophylline (50:50) only slight changes in melting enthalpy and stable drug release profiles.

  19. Phenomenological model of maize starches expansion by extrusion

    Kristiawan, M.; Della Valle, G.; Kansou, K.; Ndiaye, A.; Vergnes, B.


    During extrusion of starchy products, the molten material is forced through a die so that the sudden abrupt pressure drop causes part of the water to vaporize giving an expanded, cellular structure. The objective of this work was to elaborate a phenomenological model of expansion and couple it with Ludovic® mechanistic model of twin screw extrusion process. From experimental results that cover a wide range of thermomechanical conditions, a concept map of influence relationships between input and output variables was built. It took into account the phenomena of bubbles nucleation, growth, coalescence, shrinkage and setting, in a viscoelastic medium. The input variables were the moisture content MC, melt temperature T, specific mechanical energy SME, shear viscosity η at the die exit, computed by Ludovic®, and the melt storage moduli E'(at T > Tg). The outputs of the model were the macrostructure (volumetric expansion index VEI, anisotropy) and cellular structure (fineness F) of solid foams. Then a general model was established: VEI = α (η/η0)n in which α and n depend on T, MC, SME and E' and the link between anisotropy and fineness was established.

  20. Extrusion foaming of protein-based thermoplastic and polyethylene blends

    Gavin, Chanelle; Lay, Mark C.; Verbeek, Casparus J. R.


    Currently the extrusion foamability of Novatein® Thermoplastic Protein (NTP) is being investigated at the University of Waikato in collaboration with the Biopolymer Network Ltd (NZ). NTP has been developed from bloodmeal (>86 wt% protein), a co-product of the meat industry, by adding denaturants and plasticisers (tri-ethylene glycol and water) allowing it to be extruded and injection moulded. NTP alone does not readily foam when sodium bicarbonate is used as a chemical blowing agent as its extensional viscosity is too high. The thermoplastic properties of NTP were modified by blending it with different weight fractions of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and polyethylene grafted maleic anhydride (PE-g-MAH) compatibiliser. Extrusion foaming was conducted in two ways, firstly using the existing water content in the material as the blowing agent and secondly by adding sodium bicarbonate. When processed in a twin screw extruder (L/D 25 and 10 mm die) the material readily expanded due to the internal moisture content alone, with a conditioned expansion ratio of up to ± 0.13. Cell structure was non-uniform exhibiting a broad range cell sizes at various stages of formation with some coalescence. The cell size reduced through the addition of sodium bicarbonate, overall more cells were observed and the structure was more uniform, however ruptured cells were also visible on the extrudate skin. Increasing die temperature and introducing water cooling reduced cell size, but the increased die temperature resulted in surface degradation.

  1. Propulsion via beam extrusion at low Reynolds number

    Gosselin, Frederick P; Paak, Mehdi


    Inspired by microscopic paramecies which use trichocyst extrusion to propel themselves away from thermal aggressions, we propose a macroscopic experiment to study the stability of a slender beam extruded in a highly viscous fluid. Piano wires were extruded axially at constant speed in a tank filled with corn syrup. The force necessary to extrude the wire was measured to increase linearly at first until the compressive viscous force causes the wire to buckle. A numerical model, coupling a lengthening elastica formulation with resistive force theory, predicts a similar behaviour. The model is used to study the dynamics at large time when the beam is highly deformed. It is found that at large time, a large deformation regime exists in which the force necessary to extrude the beam at constant speed becomes constant and length-independent. With a proper dimensional analysis, the beam can be shown to buckle at a critical length based on the extrusion speed, the bending rigidity and the dynamic viscosity of the flui...

  2. 78 FR 51143 - Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Changed Circumstances...


    ..., including, but not limited to, window frames, door frames, solar panels, curtain walls, or furniture. Such... backing material, and solar panels. The scope also excludes finished goods containing aluminum extrusions... Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order, 76 FR 30650 (May 26,...

  3. Chemical, physical and nutritional changes in soybean meal as a result of toasting and extrusion cooking.

    Marsman, G.J.P.


    The effect of soybean meal extrusion and the development of shear forces during single-screw extrusion was compared with the toasting process of soybean meal. Attention was focused on chemical, physical and nutritional changes during these thermo-mechanical treatments.Monitoring target parameters we

  4. Way of Producing Porous-Free Long-Measured Blanks of Hot Extrusion

    G.H. Tumanyan


    Full Text Available The blank porosity dependence on extrusion conditions is established: coefficient of drawing (λ , pressure (P, yield point (C, angle of the die (α and initial porosity (θ0. Appropriate transformations of formulas obtained by the authors, as well as numerical calculations allow to get extrusion parameters for manufacturing porous-free long-measured blanks.

  5. Mathematical model of determination of die bearing length in design of aluminum profile extrusion die

    闫洪; 王高潮; 夏巨谌; 李志刚


    Based on the finite element simulation of profile extrusion process, the effect of local extrusion ratio, die bearing area and the distance between extrusion cylindrical center and local die orfice center on mental flow velocity was investigated. The laws of deformed metalflow on profile extrusion process were obtained. The smaller the local extrusion ratio, the faster the metal flow velocity; the smaller the area of die bearing, the faster the metal flow velocity; the smaller the distance of position of local die orifice(the closer the distance of position of local die orifice from extrusion cylindrical axis), the faster the metal flow velocity. The effect of main parameters of die structure on metal flow velocity was integrated and the mathematical model of determination of die bearing length in design of aluminum profile extrusion die was proposed. The calculated results with proposed model were well compared with the experimental results. The proposed model can be applied to determine die bearing length in design of aluminum profile extrusion die.

  6. Extrusion cooking using a twin-screw apparatus reduces toxicity of fumonisin-contaminated corn grits

    Extrusion cooking using a single screw configuration reduced fumonisin concentrations of corn grits in an earlier study. Adding glucose before cooking enhanced reductions and, in one of three trials, partially reversed in vivo toxicity. To determine the effectiveness of extrusion using the more effi...

  7. Physical properties, molecular structures and protein quality of texturized whey protein isolate: effect of extrusion temperature

    Extrusion is a powerful food processing operation, which utilizes high temperature and high shear force to produce a product with unique physical and chemical characteristics. Texturization of whey protein isolate (WPI) through extrusion for the production of protein fortified snack foods has provid...

  8. The Prospect of China’s Alumin-ium Extrusion Product Market


    <正>China’s aluminium extrusion industry can be dated back to the 1950s-70s,when the North- east 101 Plant was established in 1956,the Northwest Aluminium and Southwest Alumin- ium were completed and put into operation in 1968-1969.The three plants’ extrusion assem- bly lines were designed to produce aluminium

  9. Factors affecting irrigant extrusion during root canal irrigation: a systematic review

    Boutsioukis, C.; Psimma, Z.; Sluis, van der L.W.M.


    The aim of the present study was to conduct a systematic review and critical analysis of published data on irrigant extrusion to identify factors causing, affecting or predisposing to irrigant extrusion during root canal irrigation of human mature permanent teeth. An electronic search was conducted

  10. Effect of extrusion variables (temperature, moisture) on the antinutrient components of cereal brans

    Kaur, Satinder; Sharma, Savita; Singh, Baljit; Dar, B N


    .... Extrusion variables were moisture content (14, 17 and 20 %) and temperatures (115 °C, 140 °C, 165 °C). Phytic acid, polyphenols, oxalates, trypsin inhibitor, bulk density and color of brans after extrusion were analyzed...

  11. 78 FR 66895 - Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Changed...


    ..., including, but not limited to, window frames, door frames, solar panels, curtain walls, or furniture. Such... backing material, and solar panels. The scope also excludes finished goods containing aluminum extrusions... extrusions the design and production of which are organized around meeting certain specified thermal...

  12. 76 FR 80887 - Antidumping Order on Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of...


    ... frames, solar panels, curtain walls, or furniture. Such parts that otherwise meet the definition of..., and solar panels. The scope also excludes finished goods containing aluminum extrusions that are... sinks. Finished heat sinks are fabricated heat sinks made from aluminum extrusions the design and...

  13. Factors affecting irrigant extrusion during root canal irrigation: a systematic review

    Boutsioukis, C.; Psimma, Z.; van der Sluis, L.W.M.


    The aim of the present study was to conduct a systematic review and critical analysis of published data on irrigant extrusion to identify factors causing, affecting or predisposing to irrigant extrusion during root canal irrigation of human mature permanent teeth. An electronic search was conducted

  14. Process optimization diagram based on FEM simulation for extrusion of AZ31 profile


    The ram speed and the billet temperature are the primary process variables that determine the quality of the extruded magnesium profile and the productivity of the extrusion operation.The optimization of the extrusion process concerns the interplay between these two variables in relation to the extrudate temperature and the peak extrusion pressure The 3D computer simulations were performed to determine the eriects of the ram speed and the billet temperature on the extrudate temperature and the peak extrusion pressure,thereby providing guidelines for the process optimization and minimizing the number of trial extrusion runs needed for the process optimization.A case study on the extrusion of an AZ31 X-shaped profile was conducted.The correlations between the process variables and the response from the deformed material,extrudate temperature and peak extrusion pressure,were established from the 3D FEM simulations and verified by the experiment.The research opens up a way to rational selection of the process variables for ensured quality and maximum productivity of the magnesium extrusion.

  15. Effect of Multiple Extrusions on the Impact Properties of Polypropylene/Clay Nanocomposites

    Klitkou, Rasmus; Jensen, Erik Appel; Christiansen, Jesper de Claville


    Polypropylene (PP)-based polymer nanocomposites containing organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) with and without maleic anhydride grafted PP, were compounded by twin-screw extrusion. The extrusion process was repeated various numbers of times to increase the extruder residence time (TR) and...

  16. Nonlinear analysis of consolidation with variable compressibility and permeability

    ZHUANG Ying-chun; XIE Kang-he; LI Xi-bin


    Terzaghi gave a theory of soil consolidation based on the effective stress principle, which was derived on several ideal assumptions to get a simplified theory. To avoid the limitations involved in Terzaghi's theory, many efforts are being made by scholars to solve the problems in practical engineering situations. This paper presents a generalized theory for one dimensional consolidation of saturated soft clay with variable compressibility and permeability. The semi-analytical solution presented here takes into account the well known empirical e-logk and e-logp'(σ') relations under instantaneous loading. Study of the consolidation behaviors showed that the ratio of Cc and Ck (the slope of e-logp and e-logk respectively) govern the ratio of consolidation. A simulative laboratory investigation with GDS advanced consolidation system was made to analyze the clay consolidation process and compare the results with the semi-analytical solution.

  17. Coefficient of consolidation by end of arc method

    Mohsen Abbaspout; Reza Porhoseini; Kazem Barkhordari; Ahmad Ghorbani


    One of the most important issues in geotechnical engineering is excess pore pressure caused by clay soil loading and consolidation. Regarding uncertainties and complexities, this issue has long been the subject of attention of many researchers. In this work, a one-dimensional consolidation apparatus was equipped in a way that pore water pressure and settlement could be continuously read and recorded during consolidation process under static loading. The end of primary consolidation was obtained using water pressure changes helping to present a new method for determining the end of primary consolidation and consolidation coefficient. This method was then compared with two classical theory methods of lg t and t . Using Terzaghi’s theory, the way of pore pressure dissipation for lg t, t and the new method was found and compared with experimental results. It is concluded that the new method has better results.

  18. 采用气雾化Zn-22%Al粉末挤压制造微型螺旋齿轮%Fabrication of miniature helical gears by powder extrusion using gas atomized Zn-22%Al powder

    LEE Kyung-Hun; LEE Jung-Min; PARK Joon-Hong; KIM Byung-Min


    基于Zn-22%Al共析合金的超塑性,采用粉末挤压工艺制造微型螺旋齿轮,以减小成形压力和获得细小的显微组织.该螺旋齿轮的规格为:模数0.3,齿数1.2,螺旋角15°.将粉末压制坯通过烧结和固溶热处理进行致密化.致密化的坯料由层状和细晶状组织组成.在温度250°C,应变速率2.36×i0-3和1.18×10-1s-1的条件下对坯料进行挤压,并对挤压成形的螺旋齿轮的力学性能进行测试.%Powder extrusion,which is based on the superplastic behavior of Zn-22%A1 eutectoid alloy,was proposed to reduce the forming load and promises to provide fine microstructures in the manufacture of miniature helical gears.The specifications of the helical gears were as follows:module,0.3; number of teeth,12; and helix angle,15°.Compacted powders were consolidated by sintering and solution heat treatment.The consolidated billets consisted of lamellar and fine-grained microstructures.Extrusion experiments were carried out under the following conditions:temperature,250 °C; strain rates,2.36× 10ˉ3 sˉ1 and 1.18× 10-1 s- 1.The mechanical properties of the extruded helical gears were investigated by measurement of the Vickers hardness and extrusion load,and by scanning electron microscopy.

  19. Consolidant particle transport in limestone, concrete and bone

    Campbell, Alanna Stacey


    The use of chemically compatible nano and fine particle colloidal consolidants is a new development within the field of cultural heritage conservation and applied most widely so far to the historic built environment. The ability to introduce a significantly higher quantity of chemically compatible consolidant to a substrate in fewer treatments with the possibility for greater penetration and fewer possible side-effects compared to more established consolidants is a significant ...

  20. Planning and Design for Eco-Sustainable Farmland Consolidation

    BAO Hai-Jun; WU Yu-Zhe; WU Ci-Fang; XU Bao-Gen


    With a view of sustainable development, different kinds of farmland consolidation are reviewed. A planning and design mode for eco-sustainable farmland consolidation, which integrated the ecotypic board, the ecotypic tunnel, the ecotypic island, and the ecotypic boundary, is proposed. Then, an actual case of farmland consolidation, a project located in Yinzhou County, Zhejiang Province, is used to demonstrate the effective application procedures of the planning and design mode.

  1. Consolidated Al/Cu/sub 2/O thermites

    Haws, L.D.; Kelly, M.D.; Mohler, J.N.; Latkin, A.


    Processes were developed at Mound Facility to produce high density Al/Cu/sub 2/O thermite composites. Consolidation of the precursor thermite powders produces efficient chemical heat sources that are safe to handle, are machineable, and generate minimum gas pressure upon reaction. This paper describes some of the ignition characteristics and performance features of selected consolidated thermite systems. In addition, an inexpensive low energy input system for igniting consolidated thermites is described.

  2. Magnesium concentration effects on cruciform extrusion in supercoiled DNA examined by atomic force microscopy

    Chasovskikh, S.; Dritschilo, A.


    Cruciform structures can form in DNA sequences with inverted repeats or palindromic symmetry under unwinding torsional stress. DNA repeats are widespread in the genomes of eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and their extrusion into cruciform structures may be involved in various genetic processes, including transcription and replication. Intracellular Mg 2+ may change the free energy of supercoiling to provide the driving force for cruciform extrusion. We have used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to image the effects of magnesium concentrations on cruciform extrusions in supercoiled DNA. Mg 2+ concentration dependent cruciform extrusions were observed in the supercoiled topoisomer of the pPR-PARP plasmid (=-0.065). These data show an application of AFM imaging to demonstrate that the presence of Mg 2+ results in increased extrusions and promotes compact cruciform conformation.

  3. Parametric Optimization of Simulated Extrusion of Square to Square Section Through Linear Converging Die

    Mohapatra, S. K.; Maity, K. P.


    The effect of various process parameters for determining extrusion load has been studied for square to square extrusion of Al-6061 alloy, a most used aluminium alloy series in forming industries. Parameters like operating temperature, friction condition, ram velocity, extrusion ratio and die length have been chosen as an input variable for the above study. Twenty five combinations of parameters were set for the investigation by considering aforementioned five parameters in five levels. The simulations have been carried out by Deform-3D software for predicting maximum load requirement for the complete extrusion process. Effective stress and strain distribution across the billet has been checked. Operating temperature, extrusion ratio, friction factor, ram velocity and die length have the significant effect in decreasing order on the maximum load requirement.

  4. Processing and Microstructural Evolution of Superalloy Inconel 718 during Hot Tube Extrusion

    Shihong ZHANG; Zhongtang WANG; Bing QIAO; Yi XU; Tingfeng XU


    The processing parameters of tube extrusion for superalloy Inconel 718 (IN 718), such as slug temperature, tools temperature, choice of lubricant, extrusion ratio and extrusion speed, were determined by experiment in this paper. An appropriate temperature range recommended for the slug is 1080~1120℃, and the temperature range recommended for the tools is 350~500℃. The microstructural evolution of superalloy IN 718 during tube extrusion was analyzed.With the increase of the deformation the cross crystal grains were slightly refined. While the vertical crystal grain is elongated evidently and the tensile strength increased along the axial rake. Glass lubricants have to be spread on the slug surface after being heated to 150~200℃, vegetable oil or animal oil can be used as the lubricant on the surface of the tools to reduce the extrusion force remarkably.

  5. Crystal plasticity finite element modelling of the extrusion texture of a magnesium alloy

    Shao, Yichuan; Tang, Tao; Li, Dayong; Tang, Weiqin; Peng, Yinghong


    In this paper, a crystal plasticity finite-element model (CPFEM) is developed to simulate the hot extrusion texture of the magnesium alloy AZ31. The crystal plasticity model is implemented in ABAQUS™ via user interface VUMAT subroutine. The elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) model is used as the basic polycrystal framework to simulate the slip and twinning during the extrusion. Furthermore, this framework is extended to account for the effects of the dynamically recrystallized (DRX) grains on the extrusion textures. Good agreement is found between the experimentally measured and simulated textures. The simulation results show that the presence of a secondary texture component around || extrusion direction (ED) can be attributed to the lattice rotation around the c-axis during the formation of the DRX grains. In addition, the shear strain imposed on the extruded material affects the resulting texture by enhancing the basal slip mode as the material passes through the extrusion opening.


    Maria Filomena Claret Fernandes de Aguiar VALIM


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    Defatted chickpea (Cicer arietinum, L flour was submitted to thermoplastic extrusion at three feed moisture levels (13%, 18% and 27%. The functional properties of raw and extruded flours were investigated. The nitrogen solubility index of raw chickpea flour was minimum at pH 4.0 but increased at both lower and higher pHs. Extrusion reduced nitrogen solubility drastically for all feed moisture levels. Water and oil absorption capacity were significantly (p O < 05 increased after extrusion treatment. Foam stability could be improved by extrusion and was positively influenced by alkaline pH. It was also verified that extrusion cooking increased significantly (p O < 05 the emulsifying capacity of the extruded flour with 13% moisture level in water.

  7. Experimental and Numerical Study on the Strength of Aluminum Extrusion Welding

    Sedat Bingöl


    Full Text Available The quality of extrusion welding in the extruded hollow shapes is influenced significantly by the pressure and effective stress under which the material is being joined inside the welding chamber. However, extrusion welding was not accounted for in the past by the developers of finite element software packages. In this study, the strength of hollow extrusion profile with seam weld produced at different ram speeds was investigated experimentally and numerically. The experiments were performed on an extruded hollow aluminum profile which was suitable to obtain the tensile tests specimens from its seam weld’s region at both parallel to extrusion direction and perpendicular to extrusion direction. A new numerical modeling approach, which was recently proposed in literature, was used for numerical analyses of the study. The simulation results performed at different ram speeds were compared with the experimental results, and a good agreement was obtained.

  8. On the issue of modern Russian society’s consolidation

    T. N. Samsonova; E. S. Shpuga


    The authors analyze the problems that challenge to consolidation of contemporary Russian society, such as social inequality in different spheres, high level of corruption, the inefficiency of public...

  9. Entrepreneurial motivation as a determinant of South American firm consolidation

    Agustin, Aacute lvarez Herranz; Pilar, Valencia De Lara


    .... Men, older entreprenuers, those starting a business to exploit opportunities, and those who consider entrepreneurship a good career alternative also exhibit a higher probability of consolidating...

  10. Nanocomposite Thermolectric Materials by High Pressure Powder Consolidation Manufacturing Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In response to NASA's need to develop advanced nanostructured thermolectric materials, UTRON is proposing an innovative high pressure powder consolidation...

  11. Nanocomposite Thermolectric Materials by High Pressure Powder Consolidation Manufacturing Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In response to NASA's need to develop advanced nanostructured thermolectric materials, UTRON is proposing an innovative high pressure powder consolidation...

  12. Democratic consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa

    Ángel Pérez González


    Full Text Available The contributions made by theory on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe are also pertinent to analysis of processes of democratization and democratic consolidation in other areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa. The parameters of analysis highlight the importance of a strong state (organized, with legitimated institutions and a structured society (whether multiethnic or not as necessary conditions for democratization. On the assumption that the colonizing powers basically used two models –the French assimilationist model and the British indirect government model– the study of how these conditions were fulfilled in various sub-Saharan states leads to two conclusions: the first, the possibility of a process of democratization in those states where European (French colonization produced a total assimilation of the colonized society, including above all the colonizer’s political values; and the second, the possibility of processes of democratization in states produced by British colonization where the indigenous structures and those of the metropolis were superimposed, a phenomenon which allowed the application of democratic values by legitimated local institutions.

  13. Memory Consolidation and Neural Substrate of Reward

    Redolar-Ripoll, Diego


    Full Text Available The aim of this report is to analyze the relationships between reward and learning and memory processes. Different studies have described how information about rewards influences behavior and how the brain uses this reward information to control learning and memory processes. Reward nature seems to be processed in different ways by neurons in different brain structures, ranging from the detection and perception of rewards to the use of information about predicted rewards for the control of goal-directed behavior. The neural substrate underling this processing of reward information is a reliable way of improving learning and memory processes. Evidence from several studies indicates that this neural system can facilitate memory consolidation in a wide variety of learning tasks. From a molecular perspective, certain cardinal features of reward have been described as forms of memory. Studies of human addicts and studies in animal models of addiction show that chronic drug exposure produces stable changes in the brain at the cellular and molecular levels that underlie the long-lasting behavioral plasticity associated with addiction. These molecular and cellular adaptations involved in addiction are also implicated in learning and memory processes. Dopamine seems to be a critical common signal to activate different genetic mechanisms that ultimately remodel synapses and circuits. Despite memory is an active and complex process mediated by different brain areas, the neural substrate of reward is able to improve memory consolidation in a several paradigms. We believe that there are many equivalent traits between reward and learning and memory processes.

  14. Granular mechanics of normally consolidated fine soils

    Yanqui, Calixtro


    In this paper, duality is demonstrated to be one of the inherent properties of granular packings, by mapping the stress-strain curve into the diagram that relates the pore ratio and the localization of the contact point. In this way, it is demonstrated that critical state is not related to the maximum void ratio, but to a unique value related to two different angles of packing, one limiting the domain of the dense state, and other limiting the domain of the loose state. As a consequence, packings can be dilative or contractive, as mutually exclusive states, except by the critical state point, where equations for both granular packings are equally valid. Further analysis shows that stresses, in a dilative packing, are transmitted by chains of contact forces, and, in a contractive packing, by shear forces. So that, stresses, for the first case, depend on the initial void ratio, and, for the second case, are independent. As it is known, normally consolidated and lightly overconsolidated fine soils are in loose state, and, hence, their strength is constant, because it does not depend on their initial void ratio; except at the critical state, for which, the consolidated-drained angle of friction is related to the plasticity index or the liquid limit. In this fashion, experimental results reported by several authors around the world are confronted with the theory, showing a good agreement.

  15. A Taguchi approach on optimal process control parameters for HDPE pipe extrusion process

    Sharma, G. V. S. S.; Rao, R. Umamaheswara; Rao, P. Srinivasa


    High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes find versatile applicability for transportation of water, sewage and slurry from one place to another. Hence, these pipes undergo tremendous pressure by the fluid carried. The present work entails the optimization of the withstanding pressure of the HDPE pipes using Taguchi technique. The traditional heuristic methodology stresses on a trial and error approach and relies heavily upon the accumulated experience of the process engineers for determining the optimal process control parameters. This results in setting up of less-than-optimal values. Hence, there arouse a necessity to determine optimal process control parameters for the pipe extrusion process, which can ensure robust pipe quality and process reliability. In the proposed optimization strategy, the design of experiments (DoE) are conducted wherein different control parameter combinations are analyzed by considering multiple setting levels of each control parameter. The concept of signal-to-noise ratio (S/N ratio) is applied and ultimately optimum values of process control parameters are obtained as: pushing zone temperature of 166 °C, Dimmer speed at 08 rpm, and Die head temperature to be 192 °C. Confirmation experimental run is also conducted to verify the analysis and research result and values proved to be in synchronization with the main experimental findings and the withstanding pressure showed a significant improvement from 0.60 to 1.004 Mpa.

  16. Parameters Controlling Dimensional Accuracy of Aluminum Extrusions Formed in Stretch Bending

    Baringbing, Henry Ako; Welo, Torgeir


    For stretch formed components used in the automotive industry, such as bumper beams, it is of primary importance to control parameters affecting dimensional accuracy. The variations in geometry and mechanical properties induced in extrusion and stretch forming lead to subsequent dimensional inaccuracy of the final product. In this work, tensile and compression samples were taken at three different positions along AA7108W extruded profiles in order to determine material parameters for a constitutive model particularly suited for strong texture materials. In addition, geometry were measured and analyzed statistically in order to study its impact on local cross sectional distortions (sagging) and springback in stretch bending of a bumper beam. These full scale experiments were combined with analytical and numerical simulations to quantify the impact of each basic parameter on product quality. It is concluded that this methodology provides a means to systematically control the product quality by focusing on reducing the acceptance limits of the main parameters controlling basic mechanisms in stretch forming. Despite the assumptions and simplifications made in order to make the analytical expressions solvable, the approach has proven its capability in establishing accurate closed-form expressions including the main influential parameters.

  17. Research Methodology

    Rajasekar, S; Philomination, P


    In this manuscript various components of research are listed and briefly discussed. The topics considered in this write-up cover a part of the research methodology paper of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) course and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) course. The manuscript is intended for students and research scholars of science subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, biology and computer science. Various stages of research are discussed in detail. Special care has been taken to motivate the young researchers to take up challenging problems. Ten assignment works are given. For the benefit of young researchers a short interview with three eminent scientists is included at the end of the manuscript.

  18. The Effects of Process Parameters on Evolutions of Thermodynamics and Microstructures for Composite Extrusion of Magnesium Alloy

    H.-J. Hu


    Full Text Available To research the effects of process parameters on evolutions of extrusion force and temperature rise and microstructures for composite extrusion of magnesium alloy which includes initial extrusion and shearing process subsequently and is shortened for “ES” in this paper, the ES extrusion process has been researched by using finite element modeling (FEM technology. The rules of temperature rise and the extrusion force varying with process parameters have been developed. The thermal-mechanical coupling finite element models including the geometric and FEM models and solution conditions were applied to calculate the effective strain and temperature and extrusion force during ES extrusion. The maximum temperature rises in the billets do not increase with billet temperature rising. The temperature of rod surface increased continuously with development of ES extrusion. The evolutions of extrusion load curve and effective stress and temperature can be divided into three stages obviously. Extrusion experiments have been constructed to validate the FEM models with different process conditions. The simulation results and microstructure observation showed that ES process can introduce compressive and accumulated shear strain into the magnesium alloy. The ES extrusion would cause severe plastic deformation and improve the dynamic recrystallization during ES extrusion. The microstructures show that ES is an efficient and inexpensive grain refinement method for magnesium alloys.

  19. Methodological advances

    Lebreton, J.-D.


    Full Text Available The study of population dynamics has long depended on methodological progress. Among many striking examples, continuous time models for populations structured in age (Sharpe & Lotka, 1911 were made possible by progress in the mathematics of integral equations. Therefore the relationship between population ecology and mathematical and statistical modelling in the broad sense raises a challenge in interdisciplinary research. After the impetus given in particular by Seber (1982, the regular biennial EURING conferences became a major vehicle to achieve this goal. It is thus not surprising that EURING 2003 included a session entitled “Methodological advances”. Even if at risk of heterogeneity in the topics covered and of overlap with other sessions, such a session was a logical way of ensuring that recent and exciting new developments were made available for discussion, further development by biometricians and use by population biologists. The topics covered included several to which full sessions were devoted at EURING 2000 (Anderson, 2001 such as: individual covariates, Bayesian methods, and multi–state models. Some other topics (heterogeneity models, exploited populations and integrated modelling had been addressed by contributed talks or posters. Their presence among “methodological advances”, as well as in other sessions of EURING 2003, was intended as a response to their rapid development and potential relevance to biological questions. We briefly review all talks here, including those not published in the proceedings. In the plenary talk, Pradel et al. (in prep. developed GOF tests for multi–state models. Until recently, the only goodness–of–fit procedures for multistate models were ad hoc, and non optimal, involving use of standard tests for single state models (Lebreton & Pradel, 2002. Pradel et al. (2003 proposed a general approach based in particular on mixtures of multinomial distributions. Pradel et al. (in prep. showed

  20. Effects of Extrusion Pretreatment Parameters on Sweet Sorghum Bagasse Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Its Subsequent Conversion into Bioethanol

    Erick Heredia-Olea


    Full Text Available Second-generation bioethanol production from sweet sorghum bagasse first extruded at different conditions and then treated with cell wall degrading enzymes and fermented with I. orientalis was determined. The twin extruder parameters tested were barrel temperature, screws speed, and feedstock moisture content using surface response methodology. The best extrusion conditions were 100°C, 200 rpm, and 30% conditioning moisture content. This nonchemical and continuous pretreatment did not generate inhibitory compounds. The extruded feedstocks were saccharified varying the biocatalysis time and solids loading. The best conditions were 20% solids loading and 72 h of enzymatic treatment. These particular conditions converted 70% of the total fibrous carbohydrates into total fermentable C5 and C6 sugars. The extruded enzymatically hydrolyzed sweet sorghum bagasse was fermented with the strain I. orientalis at 12% solids obtaining a yield of 198.1 mL of ethanol per kilogram of bagasse (dw.

  1. Twin screw extrusion of kodo millet-chickpea blend: process parameter optimization, physico-chemical and functional properties.

    Geetha, R; Mishra, H N; Srivastav, P P


    Kodo millet-chickpea flour blend (70:30) was explored for development of directly expanded snack by twin-screw extrusion. Effect of process parameters like temperature (80-150 °C), screw speed (250-300 rpm) and feeder speed (15-30 rpm) on physical properties (expansion ratio, bulk density, hardness, crispiness) of extrudates were investigated and optimized using response surface methodology. Desirable crispy extrudates were obtained at higher screw speed 293 rpm, lower feeder speed 19 rpm, and medium to high temperature of 123 °C. Effect of extreme and intermediate process conditions on functional, proximate quality and colour of the extrudates were also evaluated.


    Amin Salem


    Full Text Available The present investigation provides a detailed relationship between the powder composition and reliability of random ceramic beds. This evaluation is important due to standing in the liquid-gas contactors as well as predicting lifetime. It is still unclear whether the normal distribution is the most suitable function for estimation of failure. By developing the application of ceramic beds in the chemical plants, a special attention has been paid in screening strength distributions. To achieve this goal, an experimental-theoretical study was presented on compressive strength distribution. The powder compositions were prepared according to the statistical response surface methodology and then were formed by a single screw extrusion as Raschig rings. The compressive strength of specimens was measured to evaluate the strength data sets by normal and Weibull distributions. The results were analyzed by the Akaike information criterion and the Anderson-Darling test. The accuracy of distributions in prediction fracture was discussed.

  3. Genetic Architecture of Anther Extrusion in Spring and Winter Wheat

    Quddoos H. Muqaddasi


    Full Text Available Hybrid wheat breeding is gaining prominence worldwide because it ensures higher and more static yield than conventionally bred varieties. The cleistogamous floral architecture of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. impedes anthers inside the floret, making it largely an inbreeder. For hybrid seed production, high anther extrusion is needed to promote cross pollination and to ensure a high level of pollen availability for the seed plant. This study, therefore, aimed at the genetic dissection of anther extrusion (AE in panels of spring (SP, and winter wheat (WP accessions by genome wide association studies (GWAS. We performed GWAS to identify the SNP markers potentially linked with AE in each panel separately. Phenotypic data were collected for 3 years for each panel. The average levels of Pearson's correlation (r among all years and their best linear unbiased estimates (BLUEs within both panels were high (r(SP = 0.75, P < 0.0001;r(WP = 0.72, P < 0.0001. Genotypic data (with minimum of 0.05 minor allele frequency applied included 12,066 and 12,191 SNP markers for SP and WP, respectively. Both genotypes and environment influenced the magnitude of AE. In total, 23 significant (|log10(P| > 3.0 marker trait associations (MTAs were detected (SP = 11; WP = 12. Anther extrusion behaved as a complex trait with significant markers having either favorable or unfavorable additive effects and imparting minor to moderate levels of phenotypic variance (R2(SP = 9.75−14.24%; R2 (WP = 9.44−16.98%. All mapped significant markers as well as the markers within their significant linkage disequilibrium (r2 ≥ 0.30 regions were blasted against wheat genome assembly (IWGSC1+popseq to find the corresponding genes and their high confidence descriptions were retrieved. These genes and their orthologs in Hordeum vulgare, Brachypodium distachyon, Oryza sativa, and Sorghum bicolor revealed syntenic genomic regions potentially involved in flowering-related traits. Moreover, the

  4. Tube extrusion of AZ31 alloy with Sr additions

    Sadeghi, Alireza, E-mail: [McGill University, Department of Mining and Materials Science, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Hoseini, Majid; Pekguleryuz, Mihriban [McGill University, Department of Mining and Materials Science, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bending and unbending of material flow during extrusion tilts the basal pole from the center of the pole figure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Circumferential movement of material inside the welding zone forms two extra texture components. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Addition of Sr removes Al from {alpha}-Mg as a result grains could deform more easily in the circumferential directions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer By increasing level of Sr, maximum intensity of the ODFs decreases while the extra texture components strengthen. - Abstract: Three Mg alloys (AZ31, and AZ31 + 0.4 and 0.8 wt%Sr) were successfully hot extruded into tubes at 400 Degree-Sign C through a porthole die. Strontium (Sr) additions to AZ31 alloy reduced twining and the dynamically recrystallized grain size. However, Sr also increased the surface cracking tendency during extrusion. It was noted that the complex deformation path in the porthole die distributes the Sr-rich precipitates homogeneously across the microstructure and stringer formation is effectively avoided. The material flow in the die resembles that seen in multiple equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) routes and similar and significant effects on the final texture are observed. The material flow curvatures in the extrusion direction rotate the basal poles 25 Degree-Sign from the radial direction. Two other texture components ({delta}{sub 1}, {delta}{sub 2}) are also formed in the welding zone by the circumferential flow of material. The maximum intensity of the orientation distribution function (ODF) is reduced with increasing level of Sr. Noteworthy, the maximum intensity in AZ31 + 0.8Sr occurs at the {delta}{sub 1} component while for AZ31 and AZ31 + 0.4Sr, the maximum intensity is located at the basal components. With Sr, alloying, Al is depleted from Mg solid solution and grains deform more easily in the circumferential direction. As a result, selective workhardening

  5. Defeating anisotropy in material extrusion 3D printing via materials development

    Torrado Perez, Angel Ramon

    Additive Manufacturing technologies has been in continuous development for more than 35 years. Specifically, the later denominated Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (MEAM), was first developed by S. Scott Crump around 1988 and trademarked later as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Although all of these technologies have been around for a while, it was not until recently that they have been more accessible to everyone. Today, the market of 3D printers covers all ranges of price, from very specialized, heavy and expensive machines, to desktop printers of only a few cubic inches in volume. Until recently, FDM technology had remained somewhat stagnant in terms of developments; however, with the new market boom, scholars and hobbyists have opened new doors for investigation in this area. The technology is now better understood from a software, mechanical, electrical and not less important, materials point of view. The current availability of materials for MEAM is very broad: PLA (Polylactic Acid), ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PC (Polycarbonate), PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), nylon, polyurethanes, and many others. Even so, these are all materials that were used before for other technologies, adapted but not specifically developed for MEAM. The processes that take place during the production of a part are currently not very well understood, and the final properties exhibited are long ways away from reaching the potential of more traditional manufacturing techniques. Due to the nature of the process, all the material properties always display a certain level of anisotropy. The research covered in these pages aims to shed some light on understanding the different mechanics taking place during the extrusion process of additive manufacturing. The development of new materials for MEAM has been explored. Several blends and composites have been developed, and their tensile properties and fracture mechanics evaluated. The blending of different combinations of

  6. Intracerebellar vermis histamine facilitates memory consolidation in the elevated T maze model.

    Silva-Marques, Bruna; Gianlorenço, Anna Carolyna Lepesteur; Mattioli, Rosana


    Experimental evidence suggests that the cerebellum plays a more complex role in learning than simply regulating the motor response. Rather, it is thought to play a significant role in the consolidation of emotional memory in mice. Due to the difficulty of interpreting fear and anxiety behaviors-the standard methodology for the study of the histaminergic system and emotional memory-in mice, we propose a behavioral assessment of mice subjected to the Elevated T-maze after histamine microinjection of the cerebellar vermis. Young male Swiss albino mice weighing 25-35g were used. In addition, locomotor activity was tested in an open field test. Our data suggest that histamine did not affect memory consolidation during escape or open field behavior at the doses used in this study. However, we observed a significant increase in inhibitory avoidance on the second day in animals receiving a dose of 6.8nmol/0.5μl, suggesting that histamine facilitates the consolidation of inhibitory avoidance in mice.

  7. Pellet manufacturing by extrusion-spheronization using process analytical technology

    Sandler, Niklas; Rantanen, Jukka; Heinämäki, Jyrki


    The aim of this study was to investigate the phase transitions occurring in nitrofurantoin and theophylline formulations during pelletization by extrusion-spheronization. An at-line process analytical technology (PAT) approach was used to increase the understanding of the solid-state behavior...... hydrate (nitrofurantoin), dehydration was observed at higher temperatures. To reach an understanding of the process and to find the critical process parameters, the use of complementary analytical techniques are absolutely necessary when signals from APIs and different excipients overlap each other....... of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) during pelletization. Raman spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) were used in the characterization of polymorphic changes during the process. Samples were collected at the end of each processing stage (blending...

  8. A Review of Dynamic Models of Hot-Melt Extrusion

    Jonathan Grimard


    Full Text Available Hot-melt extrusion is commonly applied for forming products, ranging from metals to plastics, rubber and clay composites. It is also increasingly used for the production of pharmaceuticals, such as granules, pellets and tablets. In this context, mathematical modeling plays an important role to determine the best process operating conditions, but also to possibly develop software sensors or controllers. The early models were essentially black-box and relied on the measurement of the residence time distribution. Current models involve mass, energy and momentum balances and consists of (partial differential equations. This paper presents a literature review of a range of existing models. A common case study is considered to illustrate the predictive capability of the main candidate models, programmed in a simulation environment (e.g., MATLAB. Finally, a comprehensive distributed parameter model capturing the main phenomena is proposed.


    Anshuli Sharma


    Full Text Available Pharmaceutical invention and research are increasingly focusing on delivery systems which enhance desirable therapeutic objectives while minimising side effects. Recent trends indicate that multiparticulate drug delivery systems are especially suitable for achieving controlled or delayed release oral formulations with low risk of dose dumping, flexibility of blending to attain different release patterns as well as reproducible and short gastric residence time. Pelletization is a technique used to prepare fine powders into pellets used as multiparticulate drug delivery systems. There are different pelletization techniques used to prepare pellets. Extrusion and spheronization is one of them used to prepare pellets drug loaded beads/pellets for extended release or sustained release oral formulations such as tablets and capsules.

  10. Scalable Approach for Extrusion and Perfusion of Tubular, Heterotypic Biomaterials

    Jeronimo, Mark David

    Soft material tubes are critical in the vasculature of mammalian tissues, forming networks of blood vessels and airways. Homogeneous and heterogeneous hydrogel tubes were extruded in a one-step process using a three layer microfluidic device. Co-axial cylindrical flow of crosslinking solutions and an alginate matrix is generated by a radial arrangement of microfluidic channels at the device's vertical extrusion outlet. The flow is confined and begins a sol-gel transition immediately as it extrudes at velocities upwards of 4 mm/s. This approach allows for predictive control over the dimensions of the rapidly formed tubular structures for outer diameters from 600 microm to 3 mm. A second microfluidic device hosts tube segments for controlled perfusion and pressurization using a reversible vacuum seal. On-chip tube deflection is observed and modeled as a measure of material compliance and circumferential elasticity. I anticipate applications of these devices for perfusion cell culture of cell-laden hydrogel tubes.

  11. Characterization of extrusion flow using particle image velocimetry


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was the characterization of polymer flows within an extrusion die using particle image velocimetry (PIV in very constraining conditions (high temperature, pressure and velocity. Measurements were realized on semi-industrial equipments in order to have test conditions close to the industrial ones. Simple flows as well as disrupted ones were studied in order to determine the capabilities and the limits of the method. The analysis of the velocity profiles pointed out significant wall slip, which was confirmed by rheological measurements based on Mooney's method. Numerical simulations were used to connect the two sets of measurements and to simulate complex velocity profiles for comparison to the experimental ones. A good agreement was found between simulations and experiments providing wall slip is taken into account in the simulation.

  12. Some physicochemical properties of dextrin produced by extrusion process

    Achmat Sarifudin


    Full Text Available Dextrinization of corn starch by twin screw extruder was studied. The effect of extruder operating conditions (five different screw speeds: 35, 45, 55, 65, and 70; and three temperatures: 125, 130, and 135 °C on some physicochemical properties of dextrin (total soluble solid, water absorption index, water solubility index, and total color difference was investigated. Results showed that as the screw speed and temperature of extrusion were increased the water absorption index of dextrin tended to drop meanwhile the total soluble solid, water solubility index, and color were inclined to rise. The range of total soluble solid, water absorption index, water solubility index and total color difference was 2.1–4.6 Brix, 159–203%, 20–51%, 3.5–14.1, respectively.

  13. Gel-extrusion: A new continuous forming technique

    Millan, A.J. [Department of Materials, IUT Federico Rivero Palacios, Caracas (Venezuela); Santacruz, I.; Sanchez-Herencia, A.J.; Nieto, M.I.; Moreno, R. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, Camino de Valdelatas s/n, E-28048, Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)


    In recent years a variety of direct shaping methods has been developed for the near-net shaping of ceramic powders. The main aim in developing these methods is to provide a simple route for manufacturing bulk complex-shaped bodies with increased green resistance in order to reduce or avoid final machining, which is the most expensive step in the fabrication process. This communication reports a novel processing route for the continuous manufacture of ceramic and/or metal hollow or solid bodies based on the extrusion of aqueous suspensions that contain a small amount (<1 wt.-%) of a gelling additive that gelates on passing through a refrigerated die. (Abstract Copyright [2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  14. Visualization of the Crystallization in Foam Extrusion Process

    Tabatabaei Naeini, Alireza

    In this study, crystal formation of polypropylene (PP) and poly lactic acid (PLA) in the presence of CO2 in foam extrusion process was investigated using a visualization chamber and a CCD camera. The role of pre-existing crystals on the foaming behavior of PP and PLA were studied by characterizing the foam morphology. Visualization results showed that crystals formed within the die before foaming and these crystals affect the cell nucleation behavior and expansion ratio of PP and PLA significantly. Due to the fast crystallization kinetics of PP, crystallinity should be optimum to achieve uniform cell structure with high cell density and high expansion ratio. In PLA, enhancement of crystallinity is crucial for getting foam with a high expansion ratio. It was also visualized that CO2 significantly suppresses the crystallization temperature in PP through the plasticization effect as well as its influence on flow induced crystallinity.

  15. Thermal modelling of extrusion based additive manufacturing of composite materials

    Jensen, Mathias Laustsen; Sonne, Mads Rostgaard; Hattel, Jesper Henri


    One of the hottest topics regarding manufacturing these years is additive manufacturing (AM). AM is a young branch of manufacturing techniques, which by nature is disruptive due to its completely different manufacturing approach, wherein material is added instead of removed. By adding material...... process knowledge, and validating the generated toolpaths before the real manufacturing process takes place: Hence removing time consuming and expensive trial-and-error processes for new products. This study applies a 2D restricted finite volume model aimed to describe thermoplastic Acrylonitrille......-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and thermosetting polyurethane (PU) material extrusion processes. During the experimental evaluation of the produced models it is found that some critical material properties needs to be further investigated to increase the precision of the model. It is however also found that even with only...

  16. Consolidation of Cloud Computing in ATLAS

    AUTHOR|(INSPIRE)INSPIRE-00224309; The ATLAS collaboration; Cordeiro, Cristovao; Hover, John; Kouba, Tomas; Love, Peter; Mcnab, Andrew; Schovancova, Jaroslava; Sobie, Randall; Giordano, Domenico


    Throughout the first half of LHC Run 2, ATLAS cloud computing has undergone a period of consolidation, characterized by building upon previously established systems, with the aim of reducing operational effort, improving robustness, and reaching higher scale. This paper describes the current state of ATLAS cloud computing. Cloud activities are converging on a common contextualization approach for virtual machines, and cloud resources are sharing monitoring and service discovery components. We describe the integration of Vac resources, streamlined usage of the Simulation at Point 1 cloud for offline processing, extreme scaling on Amazon compute resources, and procurement of commercial cloud capacity in Europe. Finally, building on the previously established monitoring infrastructure, we have deployed a real-time monitoring and alerting platform which coalesces data from multiple sources, provides flexible visualization via customizable dashboards, and issues alerts and carries out corrective actions in respons...

  17. Acute Exercise and Motor Memory Consolidation

    Thomas, Richard

    It is well documented in the scientific literature that acute and chronic exercise positively affects cognitive function and brain health in humans. It has also been shown more recently that acute aerobic exercise can improve the acquisition and retention of motor skills. While this has interesting...... of exercise intensity, timing and type on the consolidation of visuomotor skill learning, to obtain further understanding of the behavioral effects and underlying mechanisms. Study I focused on the role of exercise intensity and included a low (EX45: 45% Wmax) and high (EX90: 90% Wmax) intensity aerobic...... scores. Study II focused on the role of exercise timing and included the CON and EX90 groups from study I. Two additional high intensity exercise groups were included performing the cycling bout at 1h (EX90+1) and 2h (EX90+2) post motor skill acquisition. Results showed that the positive effect...

  18. LS1: electrical engineering upgrades and consolidation

    Duval, F


    Compared to past shutdowns, the Engineering Department Electrical Engineering (EN-EL) Group's activity volume will be multiplied by about four during LS1. The Group is experienced in handling such situations and will cope with this by transferring manpower from studies to worksite supervision and thanks to its subcontractors who know how to increase their manpower in such a manner as to maintain a good level of professionalism. EN-EL is substantially increasing its resources to cope with this workload. This increase in resources is, however, limited by the management capacity of EN-EL's core staff. As a consequence, not all of the requested activities will be possible and prioritization will be necessary. This paper details the upgrades and the consolidation to be carried out during LS1 and the measures taken by EN-EL to cope with this heavy workload.

  19. Consolidation of Cloud Computing in ATLAS

    Taylor, Ryan P.; The ATLAS collaboration; Di Girolamo, Alessandro; Hover, John; Kouba, Tomas; Love, Peter; Mcnab, Andrew; Schovancova, Jaroslava; Sobie, Randall


    Throughout the first year of LHC Run 2, ATLAS Cloud Computing has undergone a period of consolidation, characterized by building upon previously established systems, with the aim of reducing operational effort, improving robustness, and reaching higher scale. This paper describes the current state of ATLAS Cloud Computing. Cloud activities are converging on a common contextualization approach for virtual machines, and cloud resources are sharing monitoring and service discovery components. We describe the integration of Vac resources, streamlined usage of the High Level Trigger cloud for simulation and reconstruction, extreme scaling on Amazon EC2, and procurement of commercial cloud capacity in Europe. Building on the previously established monitoring infrastructure, we have deployed a real-time monitoring and alerting platform which coalesces data from multiple sources, provides flexible visualization via customizable dashboards, and issues alerts and carries out corrective actions in response to problems. ...

  20. ER Consolidated Quarterly Report October 2014

    Cochran, John R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    This Environmental Restoration Operations (ER) Consolidated Quarterly Report (ER Quarterly Report) provides the status of ongoing corrective actions and related Long- Term Stewardship (LTS) activities being implemented by Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (SNL/NM) ER for the April, May, and June 2014 quarterly reporting period. Section 2.0 provides the status of ER Operations activities including closure activities for the Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL), project management and site closure, and hydrogeologic characterizations. Section 3.0 provides the status of LTS activities that relate to the Chemical Waste Landfill (CWL) and the associated Corrective Action Management Unit (CAMU). Section 4.0 provides the references noted in Section I of this report.

  1. Physical Simulation Method for the Investigation of Weld Seam Formation During the Extrusion of Aluminum Alloys

    Fang, Gang; Nguyen, Duc-Thien; Zhou, Jie


    Extrusion through the porthole die is a predominant forming process used in the production of hollow aluminum alloy profiles across the aluminum extrusion industry. Longitudinal weld seams formed during the process may negatively influence the quality of extruded profiles. It is therefore of great importance to understand the formation of weld seams inside the welding chamber during extrusion, as affected by extrusion process variables and die design. Previously developed physical simulation methods could not fully reproduce the thermomechanical conditions inside the welding chamber of porthole die. In this research, a novel physical simulation method for the investigation of weld seam formation during extrusion was developed. With a tailor-designed tooling set mounted on a universal testing machine, the effects of temperature, speed, and strain on the weld seam quality of the 6063 alloy were investigated. The strains inside the welding chamber were found to be of paramount importance for the bonding of metal streams, accompanied by microstructural changes, i.e., recovery or recrystallization, depending on the local deformation condition. The method was shown to be able to provide guidelines for the design of porthole dies and choice of extrusion process variables, thereby reducing the scrap rate of aluminum extrusion operation.

  2. 12 CFR 931.5 - Liquidation, merger, or consolidation.


    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Liquidation, merger, or consolidation. 931.5 Section 931.5 Banks and Banking FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE BOARD FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK RISK MANAGEMENT AND CAPITAL STANDARDS FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK CAPITAL STOCK § 931.5 Liquidation, merger, or consolidation....

  3. Bortezomib consolidation after autologous stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma

    Mellqvist, Ulf-Henrik; Gimsing, Peter; Hjertner, Oyvind


    The Nordic Myeloma Study Group conducted an open randomized trial to compare bortezomib as consolidation therapy given after high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) with no consolidation in bortezomib-naive patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Overall, 370...

  4. Simulation and video software development for soil consolidation testing

    Karim, U.F.A.


    The development techniques and file structures of CTM, a novel multi-media (computer simulation and video) package on consolidation and laboratory consolidation testing, are presented in this paper. A courseware tool called Authorware proved to be versatile for building the package and the paper sho

  5. Impact of consolidation pressure on contaminant migration in clay liner

    Zhi-hong ZHANG


    Full Text Available Consolidation deformation occurs in clay liners under the self-weight of wastes at a simple garbage dump or dredged sediment dump, which leads to a decrease in the porosity. However, the migration of contaminants in clay liners is influenced by the porosity. Thus, the impact of consolidation deformation of clay liners on the migration of contaminants cannot be ignored. Based on Biot’s consolidation theory, the contaminant migration theory, and consideration of the three kinds of migration mechanisms of convection, diffusion, and adsorption, a one-dimensional migration model of contaminants in deforming porous media was established, and the finite difference method was adopted to obtain the numerical solutions for an established initial-boundary value problem. The impact of consolidation pressure on the migration law of a contaminant was studied. The results show that, regardless of adsorption modes, different consolidation pressures have similar impacts on the migration law of the contaminant. Namely, over a certain migration time, the greater the consolidation pressure is, the smaller the migration depth of the contaminant. The results also show that, while the migration time increases, the impact of a certain increment of consolidation pressure on the variation of contaminant concentration with the depth increases gradually and, while the migration depth increases, the impact of a certain increment of consolidation pressure on the variation of the contaminant concentration with time increases gradually.

  6. Bortezomib consolidation after autologous stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma

    Mellqvist, Ulf-Henrik; Gimsing, Peter; Hjertner, Oyvind


    The Nordic Myeloma Study Group conducted an open randomized trial to compare bortezomib as consolidation therapy given after high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) with no consolidation in bortezomib-naive patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Overall, 370...

  7. 12 CFR 611.1123 - Merger or consolidation agreements.


    ... benefits plan, its subsequent continuation or adaptation by the board of directors of the proposed..., Consolidations, and Charter Amendments of Associations § 611.1123 Merger or consolidation agreements. (a... employees that is a party to the proposed transactions. (7) A statement that the board of directors of...

  8. 41 CFR 101-26.501-3 - Consolidated purchase program.


    ... 41 Public Contracts and Property Management 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Consolidated purchase... SOURCES AND PROGRAM 26.5-GSA Procurement Programs § 101-26.501-3 Consolidated purchase program. (a) Except..., purchased in the aggregate by group to the extent practical. These procurements are designed to obtain...

  9. The Consolidation of a Rural School District: A Case Study.

    Leisey, Robin M.; And Others

    The Coffee County (Georgia) Board of Education voted to consolidate Nicholls and Broxton High Schools with Coffee High School. This case study analyzes the issues of school consolidation, benefits to students and financial implications through sociological and political science perspectives. Data were collected by personal interview, document…

  10. 40 CFR 791.22 - Consolidation of hearings.


    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Consolidation of hearings. 791.22 Section 791.22 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT (CONTINUED) DATA REIMBURSEMENT Hearing Procedures § 791.22 Consolidation of hearings. (a...

  11. Point-Counterpoint: Consolidated Clinical Microbiology Laboratories


    The manner in which medical care is reimbursed in the United States has resulted in significant consolidation in the U.S. health care system. One of the consequences of this has been the development of centralized clinical microbiology laboratories that provide services to patients receiving care in multiple off-site, often remote, locations. Microbiology specimens are unique among clinical specimens in that optimal analysis may require the maintenance of viable organisms. Centralized laboratories may be located hours from patient care settings, and transport conditions need to be such that organism viability can be maintained under a variety of transport conditions. Further, since the provision of rapid results has been shown to enhance patient care, effective and timely means for generating and then reporting the results of clinical microbiology analyses must be in place. In addition, today, increasing numbers of patients are found to have infection caused by pathogens that were either very uncommon in the past or even completely unrecognized. As a result, infectious disease specialists, in particular, are more dependent than ever on access to high-quality diagnostic information from clinical microbiology laboratories. In this point-counterpoint discussion, Robert Sautter, who directs a Charlotte, NC, clinical microbiology laboratory that provides services for a 40-hospital system spread over 3 states in the southeastern United States explains how an integrated clinical microbiology laboratory service has been established in a multihospital system. Richard (Tom) Thomson of the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, discusses some of the problems and pitfalls associated with large-scale laboratory consolidation. PMID:25253793

  12. Co-extrusion as manufacturing technique for multilayer mini-matrices with dual drug release.

    Dierickx, L; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C


    The aim of this work was to develop by means of co-extrusion a multilayered dosage form characterized by a dual release profile of the same drug. Co-extrudates consisted of two concentric polymer matrices: a core having a lipophilic character and a coat with a hydrophilic character. Diclofenac sodium (DS) was incorporated as model drug in both layers. Several polymers were screened on the basis of their processability via hot melt extrusion (HME) and in vitro drug release. Polymer combinations with suitable properties (i.e., similar extrusion temperature, appropriate drug release profile) were processed via co-extrusion. (Co-) extruded samples were characterized in terms of solid state (XRD, SEM), in vitro drug release, core/coat adhesion, and bioavailability. Based on the polymer screening, two polymer combinations were selected for co-extrusion: ethylcellulose (core) combined with Soluplus® (coat) and polycaprolactone (core) with PEO (coat). These combinations were successfully co-extruded. XRD revealed that DS remained crystalline during extrusion in ethylcellulose, Soluplus®, polycaprolactone, and PEO. The polycaprolactone/PEO combination could be processed at a lower temperature (70 °C), vs. 140 °C for ethylcellulose/Soluplus®. The maximum drug load in core and coat depended on the extrusion temperature and the die dimensions, while adhesion between core and coat was mainly determined by the drug load and by the extrusion temperature. In vitro drug release from the co-extruded formulations was reflected in the in vivo behavior: formulations with a higher DS content in the coat (i.e., faster drug release) resulted in higher Cmax and higher AUC values. Co-extrusion is a viable method to produce in a single step a multilayer dosage form with dual drug release.

  13. Memory processes during sleep: beyond the standard consolidation theory.

    Axmacher, Nikolai; Draguhn, Andreas; Elger, Christian E; Fell, Juergen


    Two-step theories of memory formation suggest that an initial encoding stage, during which transient neural assemblies are formed in the hippocampus, is followed by a second step called consolidation, which involves re-processing of activity patterns and is associated with an increasing involvement of the neocortex. Several studies in human subjects as well as in animals suggest that memory consolidation occurs predominantly during sleep (standard consolidation model). Alternatively, it has been suggested that consolidation may occur during waking state as well and that the role of sleep is rather to restore encoding capabilities of synaptic connections (synaptic downscaling theory). Here, we review the experimental evidence favoring and challenging these two views and suggest an integrative model of memory consolidation.

  14. Fiscal Consolidation As a Public Policy: Conceptual and Theoretical Framework

    Doğan Bakırtaş


    Full Text Available                         AbstractFiscal consolidation is the implementation of policies to reduce government expenditures and the public debt ratio to GDP. These policies are used to ensure fiscal discipline and minimize the debt stock by either tax or expenditure side. In this respect, the importance of fiscal consolidation policy is to ensure fiscal discipline without making negative effects on economic growth and economic life. Besides the conceptual framework, periods and the success criteria of fiscal consolidation are important factors for evaluating the success or failure of fiscal consolidation. In this study, it has been identified that there is no consensus on these criteria in the literature.Keywords: Fiscal Consolidation, Budget Deficits,Government Spending, Public EconomyJEL Classification Codes: E62, H32, H62

  15. Test Expectation Enhances Memory Consolidation across Both Sleep and Wake.

    Wamsley, Erin J; Hamilton, Kelly; Graveline, Yvette; Manceor, Stephanie; Parr, Elaine


    Memory consolidation benefits from post-training sleep. However, recent studies suggest that sleep does not uniformly benefit all memory, but instead prioritizes information that is important to the individual. Here, we examined the effect of test expectation on memory consolidation across sleep and wakefulness. Following reports that information with strong "future relevance" is preferentially consolidated during sleep, we hypothesized that test expectation would enhance memory consolidation across a period of sleep, but not across wakefulness. To the contrary, we found that expectation of a future test enhanced memory for both spatial and motor learning, but that this effect was equivalent across both wake and sleep retention intervals. These observations differ from those of least two prior studies, and fail to support the hypothesis that the "future relevance" of learned material moderates its consolidation selectively during sleep.

  16. Consolidation of the formation sand by chemical methods

    Mariana Mihočová


    Full Text Available The sand control by consolidation involves the process of injecting chemicals into the naturally unconsolidated formation to provide an in situ grain-to-grain cementation. The sand consolidation chemicals are available for some 30 years. Several types of consolidating material were tried. Presently available systems utilize solidified plastics to provide the cementation. These systems include phenol resin, phenol-formaldehyde, epoxy, furan and phenolic-furfuryl.The sand consolidation with the steam injection is a novel technique. This process provides a highly alkaline liquid phase and temperatures to 300 °C to geochemically create cements by interacting with the dirty sand.While the formation consolidation has widely applied, our experience has proved a high level of success.

  17. Study of consolidating materials applied on wood by hyperspectral imaging

    Bonifazi, G.; Serranti, S.; Capobianco, G.; Agresti, G.; Calienno, L.; Picchio, R.; Lo Monaco, A.; Santamaria, U.; Pelosi, C.


    The focus of this study was addressed to investigate the potentiality of HyperSpectral Imaging (HSI) in the monitoring of commercial consolidant products applied on wood samples. Poplar (Populus Sp.) and walnut (Juglans Regia L.) were chosen for the consolidant application. Both traditional and innovative products were selected, based on acrylic, epoxy and aliphatic compounds. Wood samples were stresses by freeze/thaw cycles in order to cause material degradation. Then the consolidants were applied under vacuum. The samples were finally artificially aged for 168 hours in a solar box chamber. The samples were acquired in the SWIR (1000-2500 nm) range by SISUChema XL™ device (Specim, Finland) after 168 hours of irradiation. As comparison, color measurement was also used as economic, simple and noninvasive technique to evaluate the deterioration and consolidation effects on wood. All data were then processed adopting a chemometric approach finalized to define correlation models, HSI based, between consolidating materials, wood species and short time ageing effects.


    Tomasz Garbacz


    Full Text Available The cellular extrusion is a method for manufacturing profiles, bars, low density cellu-lar coatings and other cellular products that have no hollow cavities on the surface and show minimal processing shrinkage, while their properties are similar to those of products produced by conventional extrusion. The paper deals with cellular extrusion of PVC. The investigation of the process was conducted using state-of-the-art endothermic and exothermic blowing agents that were dosed in up to 1.5% by weight. The experiments involved measuring output, energy consumption and energy efficiency of the process.

  19. Validation of extrusion as a killing step for Enterococcus faecium in a balanced carbohydrate-protein meal by using a response surface design.

    Bianchini, Andreia; Stratton, Jayne; Weier, Steve; Hartter, Timothy; Plattner, Brian; Rokey, Galen; Hertzel, Gerry; Gompa, Lakshmi; Martinez, Bismarck; Eskridge, Andkent M


    Outbreaks of salmonellosis and recalls of low-moisture foods including extruded products highlight the need for the food and feed industries to validate their extrusion processes to ensure the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms. Response surface methodology was employed to study the effect of moisture and temperature on inactivation by extrusion of Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 in a carbohydrate-protein mix. A balanced carbohydrate-protein mix was formulated to different combinations of moisture contents, ranging from 24.9 to 31.1%, and each was inoculated with a pure culture of E. faecium to a final level of 5 log CFU/g. Each mix of various moistures was then extruded in a pilot scale extruder at different temperatures (ranging from 67.5 to 85°C). After the extruder was allowed to equilibrate for 10 min, samples were collected in sterile bags, cooled in dry ice, and stored at 4°C prior to analysis. E. faecium was enumerated with tryptic soy agar and membrane Enterococcus media, followed by incubation at 35°C for 48 h. Each extrusion was repeated twice, with the central point of the design being repeated four times. From each extrusion, three subsamples were collected for microbial counts and moisture determination. Based on the results, the response surface model was y = 185.04 - 3.11X(1) - 4.23X(2) + 0.02X(1)(2) - 0.004X(1)X(2) + 0.08X(2)(2), with a good fit (R(2) = 0.92), which demonstrated the effects of moisture and temperature on the inactivation of E. faecium during extrusion. According to the response surface analysis, the greatest reduction of E. faecium for the inoculation levels studied here (about 5 log) in a carbohydrate-protein meal would occur at the temperature of 81.1°C and moisture content of 28.1%. Other temperature and moisture combinations needed to achieve specific log reductions were plotted in a three-dimensional response surface graph.

  20. Study on Changes for Landscape Structure after Farml and Consolidation

    梁大慶; 陳意昌; 張俊斌


    The consolidation work established standard blocks and installed agricultural water channels so that each block could be directly connected to road, irrigated, and draining.For this reason, the roads and channels are increasing quickly that changed the farm landscape structure greatly after farmland consolidation.This study used the network connectivity and circuitry indices of landscape ecology theory to characterize the corridors changing in Liu -Xiang farmland consolidation area,Ping -Dong County, the south of Taiwan.The results revealed that connectivity and circuitry of farm road corridor increased after consolidation,the connectivity from 0.405 to 0.504,and the circuitry from 0.102 to 0.247.These results showed that farm roads brought the connivances and added the paths for people, but disturbed the other creatures to pass through.And that connectivity and circuitry of waterway corridor also increased after consolidation,connectivity from 0.35 to 0.50, and circuitry from 0.241.The results show that transmission ’ s capability of channel corridors is better for creatures after farmland consolidation.If we used the ecological engineering for water channel and planting extensively in farm roads and banks that will be well for the farmland consolidation areas.

  1. Delayed working memory consolidation during the attentional blink.

    Vogel, Edward K; Luck, Steven J


    After the detection of a target (T1) in a rapid stream of visual stimuli, there is a period of 400-600 msec during which a subsequent target (T2) is missed. This impairment in performance has been labeled the attentional blink. Recent theories propose that the attentional blink reflects a bottleneck in working memory consolidation such that T2 cannot be consolidated until after T1 is consolidated, and T2 is therefore masked by subsequent stimuli if it is presented while T1 is being consolidated. In support of this explanation, Giesbrecht & Di Lollo (1998) found that when T2 is the final item in the stimulus stream, no attentional blink is observed, because there are no subsequent stimuli that might mask T2. To provide a direct test of this explanation of the attentional blink, in the present study we used the P3 component of the event-related potential waveform to track the processing of T2. When T2 was followed by a masking item, we found that the P3 wave was completely suppressed during the attentional blink period, indicating that T2 was not consolidated in working memory. When T2 was the last item in the stimulus stream, however, we found that the P3 wave was delayed but not suppressed, indicating that T2 consolidation was not eliminated but simply delayed. These results are consistent with a fundamental limit on the consolidation of information in working memory.

  2. Axisymmetric Consolidation of Unsaturated Soils by Differential Quadrature Method

    Wan-Huan Zhou


    Full Text Available Axisymmetric consolidation in a sand drain foundation is a common problem in foundation engineering. In unsaturated soils, the excess pore-water and pore-air pressures simultaneously change during the consolidation procedure; and the solutions are not easy to obtain. The present paper uses the differential quadrature method (DQM for axisymmetric consolidation of unsaturated soils in a sand drain foundation. The radial seepage of sand drain foundation is considered based on the framework of Fredlund’s one-dimensional consolidation theory in unsaturated soils. With the use of Darcy’s law and Fick’s law, the polar governing equations of excess pore-air and pore-water pressures of axisymmetric consolidation are derived. By using DQM, the two governing equations are transformed into two sets of ordinary differential equations. Then the solutions of excess pore-water and pore-air pressures can be obtained by Rong-Kutta method. The DQM solution can be used to deal with the case of nonuniform initial pore-air and pore-water distributions. Finally, case studies are presented to investigate the behavior of axisymmetric consolidation of unsaturated soils. The convergence analysis and average degree of consolidation, the settlements in radial and vertical direction, and the effects of different initial excess pore pressure distributions are presented, and discussed in this paper.

  3. Atraumatic surgical extrusion using periotome in esthetic zone: A case series

    P Mohan Kumar


    The technique presented is an alternative approach to periodontal surgical procedures consisting orthodontic extrusion and osseous recontouring. It does not result in functional or esthetic deformities especially in the anterior esthetic zone.


    X.B. Lin; H.S. Xiao; Z.L. Zhang


    During the process of finite element simulation of precision warm forging, the selec-tion of friction models has a direct effect on the precision accuracy of finite elementsimulation results. Among all the factors which influence the selection of frictionmodels, the distribution rule of normal stress at the tool-workpiece interface is a keyone. To find out the distribution rule of normal stress at the tool-workpiece inter-face, this paper has made a systematic research on three typical plastic deformationprocesses: forward extrusion, backward extrusion, and lateral extrusion by a methodof finite element simulation. Then on the base of synthesizing and correcting tradi-tional friction models, a new general friction model which is fit for warm extrusion isdeveloped at last.

  5. Optimal forming zone length in continuous extrusion of lead-clad glass fiber wire

    李霞; 唐景林; 王丽薇; 高明


    Forming zone length (FZL) is a key parameter of the lead-clad glass fiber extrusion dies, and an unsuitable FZL will lead to breakage of the glass fiber and/or unacceptable geometric and metallographic qualities of the product. The optimal FZL was determined theoretically based on a mathematical model established by upper bound method, and accepted Pb-GF wire was actually obtained experimentally by symmetric side-feed extrusion at a much lower temperature than that published before. The wire has features of fine grains, uniform diameter, good coaxiality and satisfied mechanical property. The results and conclusions obtained in the research can be used to design the forming tools for lead-clad glass fiber extrusion and have significance to further research on the extrusion of other complex wires of metal-clad brittle core.

  6. AFSC/RACE/SAP/Swiney: Primiparous and multiparous Tanner crab egg extrusion, embryo development and hatching

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This study compares timing of egg extrusion, embryo development, timing and duration of eclosion, and incubation periods of Kodiak, Alaska primiparous and...

  7. Modeling and numerical simulation of multiflux die in the multilayer co-extrusion process

    Mun, Jun Ho; Kim, Ju Hyeon; Mun, Sang Ho; Kim, See Jo


    It is of great importance to understand the stretching and folding mechanism in the multiflux co-extrusion die to get uniform multilayer distribution at the end of die lip in the multilayer co-extrusion processes. In this work, to understand the mechanism of the layer distribution, modeling and numerical simulation were carried out for three-dimensional flow analysis in the multilayer co-extrusion die. The multilayer flow fields were numerically visualized and analyzed on the arbitrary cross-section of the multiflux die. In addition, numerical results for the multiflux die characteristics were obtained for non-Newtonian fluids in terms of power-law index for the cross model, which will be useful for the optimal design of screw and die, simultaneously, in the multilayer co-extrusion process.

  8. Structure optimization of porthole die based on aluminum profile extrusion process numerical simulation

    WU Xiang-hong; ZHAO Guo-qun; LUAN Yi-guo; LOU Shu-mei; MA Xin-wu


    Porthole die extrusion method is used to produce hollow aluminum profile. Due to the complexity of the porthole die structure and the material flow, it is very difficult to get ideal profile products with the firstly designed die structure. Finite volume numerical simulation was used to analyze the extrusion process of a hollow profile with porthole die and the problem of non-uniform material flow was found. Optimization was made to the originally designed die to solve the problem. Lower load, reasonable seaming location and even extruded forepart with uniform material flow in the optimized die extrusion were obtained. Guidelines to porthole die design were given and it is also concluded that finite volume method with Eulerian description avoids mesh regeneration and is suitable to numerical simulation of severe deformation processes, such as profile extrusion.

  9. Effect of Process Variables on the Formation of Streak Defects on Anodized Aluminum Extrusions: An Overview

    Zhu, Hanliang; Couper, Malcolm J.; Dahle, Arne K.


    Streak defects are often present on anodized extrusions of 6xxx series aluminum alloys, increasing the fabrication cost of these products. Moreover, streaking often only becomes visible after etching and anodizing treatments, rather than in the as-extruded condition, making it difficult to identify the original causes and influencing factors of these defects. In this paper, various process variables that influence the formation of streak defects on anodized aluminium extrusions are reviewed on the basis of a literature review, industrial practice and experimental results. The influencing factors involved in various processing steps such as billet quality, extrusion process, die design and etching process are considered. Effective measures for preventing the formation of streak defects in industrial extrusion products are discussed.

  10. [New extrusion products in diet therapy of diseases of internal organs].

    Meshcheriakova, V A; Plotnikova, O A; Iatsyshina, T A; Sharafetdinov, Kh Kh; Faĭvishevskiĭ, M L; Lisina, T N


    Therapeutic effectiveness of 3 new extrusion foods was studied in control conditions of clinic of Institute of nutrition RAMS. The foods were produced by Institute of meat industry RAS on basis of meat resources and wheat brans. The samples of extrusion foods were differed by contents of protein (17-23 g%) and dietary fibers (up to 10%) and used in therapeutic diet for patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. It was shown that of all three extrusion foods caused decreasing of dyspeptic symptoms during first week of intake and normalisation of intestinal functions without using of laxatives unlike of control group of patients eating standard diabetic diet. It was shown also a decreasing of cholesterol in blood serum of patients received of extrusion foods No 1 and No 3. These samples are recommended for diet therapy and preventive nutrition of patients with metabolic disorders and hypomotoricity of intestinal tract as resources of dietary fibers and protein.

  11. The Effect of Paraffinic Mineral Oil Lubrication in Cold Forward Extrusion

    Mohd Hafis - Sulaiman


    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of cold forward extrusion modelling and the analysis of the contact sliding behaviour on the die-billet surface by paraffinic mineral oil lubrication with kinematic viscosity of 92 mm2/s at 40 °C. The analysis dealt with the plasticity flow that was investigated by finite element method in order to identify the loads acting on the billet. The finite element analysis of stresses was performed based on load distributions calculated from experimental test. The time behaviour of the displacements on the billet was then used as inputs for the extrusion model. The present method provided good results with reduced computation time. The results of the extrusion model revealed that the zones of high stress situated at the sharp edges of the die, which explains the observed extrusion force to reach a peak value.

  12. PVC Extrusion Development and Production for the NOvA Neutrino Experiment

    Talaga, R. L. [Argonne; Grudzinski, J. J. [Argonne; Phan-Budd, S. [Argonne; Pla-Dalmau, A. [Fermilab; Fagan, J. E. [Fermilab; Grozis, C. [Fermilab; Kephart, K. M. [Fermilab


    We have produced large and highly-reflective open-cell PVC extrusions for the NOvA neutrino oscillation experiment. The extrusions were sealed, instrumented, assembled into self-supporting detector blocks, and filled with liquid scintillator. Each Far Detector block stands 15.7 m high, is 15.7 m wide and 2.1 m thick. More than 22,000 extrusions were produced with high dimensional tolerance and robust mechanical strength. This paper provides an overview of the NOvA Far Detector, describes the preparation of the custom PVC powder, and the making of the extrusions. Quality control was a key element in the production and is described in detail.

  13. PVC Extrusion Development and Production for the NOvA Neutrino Experiment

    Talaga, R L; Phan-Budd, S; Pla-Dalmau, A; Fagan, J E; Grozis, C; Kephart, K M


    We have produced large and highly-reflective open-cell PVC extrusions for the NOvA neutrino oscillation experiment. The extrusions were sealed, instrumented, assembled into self-supporting detector blocks, and filled with liquid scintillator. Each Far Detector block stands 15.7 m high, is 15.7 m wide and 2.1 m thick. More than 22,000 extrusions were produced with high dimensional tolerance and robust mechanical strength. This paper provides an overview of the NOvA Far Detector, describes the preparation of the custom PVC powder, and the making of the extrusions. Quality control was a key element in the production and is described in detail.

  14. PVC extrusion development and production for the NOvA neutrino experiment

    Talaga, R. L.; Grudzinski, J. J.; Phan-Budd, S.; Pla-Dalmau, A.; Fagan, J. E.; Grozis, C.; Kephart, K. M.


    We have produced large and highly-reflective open-cell PVC extrusions for the NOvA neutrino oscillation experiment. The extrusions were sealed, instrumented, assembled into self-supporting detector blocks, and filled with liquid scintillator. Each Far Detector block stands 15.7 m high, is 15.7 m wide and 2.1 m thick. More than 22,000 extrusions were produced with high dimensional tolerance and robust mechanical strength. This paper provides an overview of the NOvA Far Detector, describes the preparation of the custom PVC powder, and the making of the extrusions. Quality control was a key element in the production and is described in detail.


    Garbacz, Tomasz; Jachowicz, Tomasz; Tor-Świątek, Aneta


    .... The paper deals with cellular extrusion of PVC. The investigation of the process was conducted using state-of-the-art endothermic and exothermic blowing agents that were dosed in up to 1.5% by weight...

  16. Effect of extrusion temperature on the physical properties of high-silicon aluminum alloy

    YANG Fuliang; GAN Weiping; CHEN Zhaoke


    Light-weight high-silicon aluminum alloys are used for electronic packaging in the aviation and space- flight industry. Al-30Si and Al-40Si are fabricated with air- atomization and vacuum-canning hot-extrusion process. The density, thermal conductivity, hermeticity and thermal expan- sion coefficients of the material are measured, and the relationship between extrusion temperature and properties is obtained. Experimental results show that the density of high- silicon aluminum alloys prepared with this method is as high as 99.64% of the theory density, and increases with elevating extrusion temperature. At the same time, thermal conductiv- ity varies between 104-140W/(m.K); with the extrusion temperature, thermal expansion coefficient also increases but within 13 × 10-6 (at 100℃) and hermeticity of the material is high to 10-9 order of magnitude.

  17. Schema-conformant memories are preferentially consolidated during REM sleep.

    Durrant, Simon J; Cairney, Scott A; McDermott, Cathal; Lewis, Penelope A


    Memory consolidation is most commonly described by the standard model, which proposes an initial binding role for the hippocampus which diminishes over time as intracortical connections are strengthened. Recent evidence suggests that slow wave sleep (SWS) plays an essential role in this process. Existing animal and human studies have suggested that memories which fit tightly into an existing knowledge framework or schema might use an alternative consolidation route in which the medial prefrontal cortex takes on the binding role. In this study we sought to investigate the role of sleep in this process using a novel melodic memory task. Participants were asked to remember 32 melodies, half of which conformed to a tonal schema present in all enculturated listeners, and half of which did not fit with this schema. After a 24-h consolidation interval, participants were asked to remember a further 32 melodies, before being given a recognition test in which melodies from both sessions were presented alongside some previously unheard foils. Participants remembered schema-conformant melodies better than non-conformant ones. This was much more strongly the case for consolidated melodies, suggesting that consolidation over a 24-h period preferentially consolidated schema-conformant items. Overnight sleep was monitored between the sessions, and the extent of the consolidation benefit for schema-conformant items was associated with both the amount of REM sleep obtained and EEG theta power in frontal and central regions during REM sleep. Overall our data suggest that REM sleep plays a crucial role in the rapid consolidation of schema-conformant items. This finding is consistent with previous results from animal studies and the SLIMM model of Van Kesteren, Ruiter, Fernández, and Henson (2012), and suggest that REM sleep, rather than SWS, may be involved in an alternative pathway of consolidation for schema-conformant memories.

  18. Rectal extrusion of the catheter and air ventriculography following bowel perforation in ventriculo-peritoneal shunt

    Arico, M.; Podesta, A.F.; Bianchi, E.; Beluffi, G.; Fiori, P.; Chiari, G.; Pezzotta, S.


    Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt is frequently carried out in infantile hydrocephalus. The peritoneal shunt has a lower morbidity than ventriculo-atrial shunt and severe complications are uncommon. Abdominal complications include intestinal perforation, shunt migration, inguinal hernia, cerebrospinal fluid pseudocysts and hollow viscus perforation. A few cases of catheter extrusion from the rectum, vagina, umbilicus and urethra have been described. We report a new case of intestinal perforation with rectal extrusion of the catheter associated with a ventriculogram.

  19. A neural network method to evaluate consolidation coefficient


    Many methods to calculate the consolidation coefficient of soil depend on judgment of testing curves of consolidation,and the calculation result is influenced by artificial factors. In this work, based on the main principle of back propagation neural network, a neural network model to determine the consolidation coefficient is established. The essence of the method is to simulate a serial of compression ratio and time factor curves because the neural network is able to process the nonlinear problems. It is demonstrated that this BP model has high precision and fast convergence. Such method avoids artificial influence factor successfully and is adapted to computer processing.

  20. Thermal Conductivity Measurements on consolidated Soil Analogs

    Seiferlin, K.; Heimberg, M.; Thomas, N.


    Heat transport in porous media such as soils and regolith is significantly reduced compared to the properties of compact samples of the same material. The bottle neck for solid state heat transport is the contact area between adjacent grains. For "dry" and unconsolidated materials the contact areas and thus the thermal conductivity are extremely small. Sintering and cementation are two processes that can increase the cross section of interstitial bonds signifcantly. On Mars, cementation can be caused by condensation of water or carbon dioxide ice from the vapor phase, or from salts and minerals that fall out from aqueous solutions. We produced several artificially cemented samples, using small glass beads of uniform size as soil analog. The cementation is achieved by initially molten wax that is mixed with the glass beads while liqiud. The wax freezes preferably at the contact points between grains, thus minimizing surface energy, and consolidates the samples. The thermal conductivity of these samples is then measured in vacuum. We present the results of these measurements and compare them with theoretical models. The observed range of thermal conductivity values can explain some, but not all of the variations in thermal intertia that can be seen in TES remote sensing data.

  1. On The Thermal Consolidation Of Boom Clay

    Delage, Pierre; Cui, Yu-Jun


    When a mass of saturated clay is heated, as in the case of host soils surrounding nuclear waste disposals at great depth, the thermal expansion of the constituents generates excess pore pressures. The mass of clay is submitted to gradients of pore pressure and temperature, to hydraulic and thermal flows, and to changes in its mechanical properties. In this work, some of these aspects were experimentally studied in the case of Boom clay, so as to help predicting the response of the soil, in relation with investigations made in the Belgian underground laboratory at Mol. Results of slow heating tests with careful volume change measurements showed that a reasonable prediction of the thermal expansion of the clay-water system was obtained by using the thermal properties of free water. In spite of the density of Boom clay, no significant effect of water adsorption was observed. The thermal consolidation of Boom clay was studied through fast heating tests. A simple analysis shows that the hydraulic and thermal trans...

  2. AD Consolidation for operation beyond 2010

    Eriksson, T


    The Antiproton Decelerator (AD), which started up for physics in 2000 and today supplies low-energy antiprotons to the ATRAP, ALPHA, ASACUSA and ACE experiments is based on the ACOL machine from which it still retains most of the components. ACOL construction was completed in 1986 at a total cost of approximately 80 MCHF (excluding infrastructure) which today would correspond to a value of around 160 MCHF. During recent years, a reduction of maintenance and modernisation has been unavoidable due to budgetary restraints. In order to identify the resources needed for continued AD operation beyond 2010 with a reasonably low risk of failures and to avoid increasing maintenance and repair costs, a study has been conducted involving groups from the AB, AT and TS departments. Analysis of breakdown risks, identification of items and costs for consolidation has been done as well as a risk score classification. To be noted is the relatively modest cost of the proposed items in view of the value of the facility and in c...

  3. The regulation of transcription in memory consolidation.

    Alberini, Cristina M; Kandel, Eric R


    De novo transcription of DNA is a fundamental requirement for the formation of long-term memory. It is required during both consolidation and reconsolidation, the posttraining and postreactivation phases that change the state of the memory from a fragile into a stable and long-lasting form. Transcription generates both mRNAs that are translated into proteins, which are necessary for the growth of new synaptic connections, as well as noncoding RNA transcripts that have regulatory or effector roles in gene expression. The result is a cascade of events that ultimately leads to structural changes in the neurons that mediate long-term memory storage. The de novo transcription, critical for synaptic plasticity and memory formation, is orchestrated by chromatin and epigenetic modifications. The complexity of transcription regulation, its temporal progression, and the effectors produced all contribute to the flexibility and persistence of long-term memory formation. In this article, we provide an overview of the mechanisms contributing to this transcriptional regulation underlying long-term memory formation.

  4. Fiscal consolidation processes in the European Union

    Poruchnyk Anatoliy


    Full Text Available The essence, the stages of formation and development of the budget system of the European Union (EU are revealed herein, as well as the main directions and mechanisms of consolidation of the national budget of Member States. Therole and place of the EU budget in the system of economic relations of integration association, sources of formation and targeted uses of the common budget. On the basis of the EU legal acts and research of Ukrainian and foreign scholars the principles and general rules were analyzed which govern the budget process, the essence and main reasons of inconsistency of interbudget relations in the EU. The organization and the problems of institutional cooperation in the budgetary system of the EUare studied as well as their impact on the budget policies of the EU and the Member States. Revenues and expenditures of the EU budget, their dynamics, structure, efficiency and role of regional development in the Community were analyzed as well. A mathematical calculation of projected trends of interbudget relations was made, and the author’s vision of application of specific mechanisms and instruments in the EU budget process was motivated herein.

  5. Automation, consolidation, and integration in autoimmune diagnostics.

    Tozzoli, Renato; D'Aurizio, Federica; Villalta, Danilo; Bizzaro, Nicola


    Over the past two decades, we have witnessed an extraordinary change in autoimmune diagnostics, characterized by the progressive evolution of analytical technologies, the availability of new tests, and the explosive growth of molecular biology and proteomics. Aside from these huge improvements, organizational changes have also occurred which brought about a more modern vision of the autoimmune laboratory. The introduction of automation (for harmonization of testing, reduction of human error, reduction of handling steps, increase of productivity, decrease of turnaround time, improvement of safety), consolidation (combining different analytical technologies or strategies on one instrument or on one group of connected instruments) and integration (linking analytical instruments or group of instruments with pre- and post-analytical devices) opened a new era in immunodiagnostics. In this article, we review the most important changes that have occurred in autoimmune diagnostics and present some models related to the introduction of automation in the autoimmunology laboratory, such as automated indirect immunofluorescence and changes in the two-step strategy for detection of autoantibodies; automated monoplex immunoassays and reduction of turnaround time; and automated multiplex immunoassays for autoantibody profiling.

  6. Prediction of Extrusion Pressure And Product Deflection Of Using Artificial Neural Network

    D.T. GUNDU


    Full Text Available - In this paper artificial neural network was used as a modeling tool for simulation and prediction of extrusion pressure and product deflection of extrudes of lead alloys. An extensive experimental program was undertaken to extrude a lead (Pb alloy on ELE Compact-1500 compression machine. The neural model of extrusion pressure and product deflection was developed based on groups of experiments carried out as samples, Eight (8 die bearing parameters (die bearing length, radius of curvature, slip angle, die angle, die ratio ram displacement, pocket depth and die diameter were used as inputs into the network architecture of 8 [4-3]2 2 in predicting the extrusion pressure and product deflection. After series of network architectures were trained using different training algorithms such as Levenberg-Marquardt, Bayesian Regulation, Resilient Backpropagation using MATLAB 7.9.0 (R20096, the LM8 [4-3]2 2 was selected as the most appropriate model. Prediction of the neural model exhibited reasonable correlation with the experimental extrusion pressure and product deflection. The predicted extrusion pressure and product deflection gave reasonable errors and higher correlation coefficients indicating that the model is robust for predicting extrusion pressure and product deflection.

  7. Physicochemical and Microstructural Characterization of Corn Starch Edible Films Obtained by a Combination of Extrusion Technology and Casting Technique.

    Fitch-Vargas, Perla Rosa; Aguilar-Palazuelos, Ernesto; de Jesús Zazueta-Morales, José; Vega-García, Misael Odín; Valdez-Morales, Jesús Enrique; Martínez-Bustos, Fernando; Jacobo-Valenzuela, Noelia


    Starch edible films (EFs) have been widely studied due to their potential in food preservation; however, their application is limited because of their poor mechanical and barrier properties. Because of that, the aim of this work was to use the extrusion technology (Ex T) as a pretreatment of casting technique to change the starch structure in order to obtain EFs with improved physicochemical properties. To this, corn starch and a mixture of plasticizers (sorbitol and glycerol, in different ratios) were processed in a twin screw extruder to generate the starch modification and subsequently casting technique was used for EFs formation. The best conditions of the Ex T and plasticizers concentration were obtained using response surface methodology. All the response variables evaluated, were affected significatively by the Plasticizers Ratio (Sorbitol:Glycerol) (PR (S:G)) and Extrusion Temperature (ET), while the Screw Speed (SS) did not show significant effect on any of these variables. The optimization study showed that the appropriate conditions to obtain EFs with the best mechanical and barrier properties were ET = 89 °C, SS = 66 rpm and PR (S:G) = 79.7:20.3. Once the best conditions were obtained, the optimal treatment was characterized according to its microstructural properties (X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy) to determine the damage caused in the starch during Ex T and casting technique. In conclusion, with the combination of Ex T and casting technique were obtained EFs with greater breaking strength and deformation, as well as lower water vapor permeability than those reported in the literature. © 2016 Institute of Food Technologists®

  8. Current advances and future perspectives in extrusion-based bioprinting.

    Ozbolat, Ibrahim T; Hospodiuk, Monika


    Extrusion-based bioprinting (EBB) is a rapidly growing technology that has made substantial progress during the last decade. It has great versatility in printing various biologics, including cells, tissues, tissue constructs, organ modules and microfluidic devices, in applications from basic research and pharmaceutics to clinics. Despite the great benefits and flexibility in printing a wide range of bioinks, including tissue spheroids, tissue strands, cell pellets, decellularized matrix components, micro-carriers and cell-laden hydrogels, the technology currently faces several limitations and challenges. These include impediments to organ fabrication, the limited resolution of printed features, the need for advanced bioprinting solutions to transition the technology bench to bedside, the necessity of new bioink development for rapid, safe and sustainable delivery of cells in a biomimetically organized microenvironment, and regulatory concerns to transform the technology into a product. This paper, presenting a first-time comprehensive review of EBB, discusses the current advancements in EBB technology and highlights future directions to transform the technology to generate viable end products for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  9. Sleeveless-extrusion cannula for levitation of dislocated intraocular lens.

    Agarwal, Ashvin; Narang, Priya; Agarwal, Amar; Kumar, Dhivya A


    To characterise a sleeveless-extrusion cannula-based suction technique to levitate dislocated intraocular lens (IOLs) and review the surgical outcome. This retrospective, non-comparative, single surgeon, interventional, consecutive case series examined 10 patients (10 eyes) who underwent the surgical procedure from October 2011 to December 2012. Reliability, reproducibility, and intraoperative and postoperative complications of the technique were analysed. The technique involved suction levitation of a 3-piece acrylic foldable IOL in six cases, 1-piece acrylic foldable IOL in three cases and a plate haptic IOL in one case. The IOL was exchanged in four eyes whereas the same IOL was repositioned in six eyes with sulcus repositioning in two eyes and glued intrascleral fixation in four eyes. Intraoperative suction loss and a subsequent IOL dislocation were reported in 1 (10%) eye. Early preoperative complications included pigment dispersion in 1 (10%) eye, grade 2 anterior chamber cellular reaction in 2 (20%) eyes and intraoperative corneal oedema in 1 (10%) eye which resolved with medical line of management. Intermediate and late complications included macular oedema in one patient (10%) which resolved considerably with medical line of management. No incidence of postoperative vitreous or retinal haemorrhage, retinal break or retinal detachment was reported. The early results demonstrate this surgical intervention as a reliable, reproducible and an effective alternative treatment option for levitation of dislocated IOLs with a low complication rate.

  10. Inhomogeneity in microstructure and mechanical properties during twist extrusion

    Noor, Sh. Vakili [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eivani, A.R., E-mail: [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarian, H.R. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirzaei, M. [Material Engineering Group, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In the present paper, the effect of twist extrusion (TE) on the variations of hardness and tensile properties in commercial pure copper is investigated. It is found that hardness, yield and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy increased by increasing distance from the center of the sample after one pass TE. Similar consequences are observed when the second pass of deformation is considered. This is attributed to inhomogeneity of deformation and the higher strain imposed on the material at the peripheral regions. It should be noted that the inhomogeneity is increased at the second pass when route A of deformation is utilized and reduces by utilization of route D. This has as a well-established effect on the development of microstructure throughout the cross section of the samples. In fact, it is found that the microstructure at the peripheral regions is more significantly deformed leading to higher dislocation density and extensive subgrain formation. In addition, it is found that at the second pass using route A, inhomogeneity of deformation and microstructure increases. However, less inhomogeneity is observed when route D is utilized which is in line with the hardness and tensile test results. In the end, it is concluded that depending on the aim of the SPD process, if more homogeneous deformation and microstructure is required, route D is recommended and route A should be utilized in case if maximum inhomogeneity is desirable.

  11. Thermal Stabilization study of polyacrylonitrile fiber obtained by extrusion

    Robson Fleming Ribeiro


    Full Text Available A low cost and environmental friendly extrusion process of the Polyacrylonitrile (PAN polymer was viabilized by using the 1,2,3-propanetriol (glycerol as a plasticizer. The characterization of the fibers obtained by this process was the object of study in the present work. The PAN fibers were heat treated in the range of 200 °C to 300 °C, which is the temperature range related to the stabilization/oxidation step. This is a limiting phase during the carbon fiber processing. The characterization of the fibers was made using infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis and microscopy. TGA revealed that the degradation of the extruded PAN co-VA fibers between 250 °C and 350 °C, corresponded to a 9% weight loss to samples analyzed under oxidizing atmosphere and 18% when the samples were analyzed under inert atmosphere. DSC showed that the exothermic reactions on the extruded PAN co-VA fibers under oxidizing synthetic air was broader and the cyclization started at a lower temperature compared under inert atmosphere. Furthermore, FT-IR analysis correlated with thermal anlysis showed that the stabilization/oxidation process of the extruded PAN fiber were coherent with other works that used PAN fibers obtained by other spinning processes.

  12. Manufacture of long lengths of HTSC wires by extrusion

    Yamashita, T.; Bhargava, A.; Golden, S.; Zhao, R.; Page, D.; Barry, J.; Mackinnon, I.D.R. [Univ. of Queensland, St. Lucia (Australia). Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis


    Powders of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} were prepared by co-precipitation using aqueous solution of nitrates and oxalic acid. Precipitated powders were then filtered and dried. The dried powders were calcined at 500C or 800C and mixed with 2wt% of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and small amounts of water. Long lengths of superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} wires were fabricated by means of extrusion followed by sintering. The maximum critical current density, J{sub c}, 1,100 A/cm{sup 2} (in transport) was obtained for samples prepared from 500C calcined powder and sintered at 920C. To improve J{sub c}, Y211 phase was also introduced to the calcined powder mix and extruded with binder. The maximum J{sub c} obtained by these techniques was 200 A/cm{sup 2}. A long length of wire was also extruded from the mixture of calcined Y123 powder, HPMC and a small amount of water. J{sub c} measurements show sintered density and absence of macro-pores are critical to maintain J{sub c} values. In long lengths of wire for which this condition holds the reduction of J{sub c} value with wire distance is minimal.

  13. Utilization and Fortification of Patin Fish on Extrusion Snack

    Mala Nurilmala


    Full Text Available Catfish (Pangasius sp. is a well cultured freshwater fish. Fortification improves protein level in snack and an effort to vary catfish fish product. The purpose of this study was to determine drying method for fish grit, formulation of snack and its properties. Grit formation by several drying methods and proximate (AOAC and degree of polarization. Snack used based on the physical measurement, namely development ratio. Formulations of grit composition of corn: rice: fish were 70%:30%:0% (K, 65%:25%:10% (A, 62.5%:22.5%:15% (B, 60%:20%:20% (C. Fish addition only effect the color of snack based on sensory analysis. There was no effect on snacks physical properties both 10% and 15% of fish grit added. Chemical measurements comprised water, ash, lipid, protein levels and polarization degree. Statistical analysis showed that fish addition effect the protein level on extrusion snack. In addition, polarization measurement showed that the snack with fish addition of 10% (A and 15%( B are fully gelatinized.Keyword: formulation, patin fish, snack

  14. Leavened dough processing by supercritical fluid extrusion (SCFX).

    Hicsasmaz, Zeynep; Dogan, Esref; Chu, Cindy; Rizvi, Syed S H


    Yeast-leavened dough processing is semicontinuous due to the requirement for fermentation at constant temperature and humidity. Also, new regulations on the emission of alcohols are becoming burdensome on the baking industry. Extrusion processing of dough with supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO(2)) is envisioned to alleviate emission problems and to decrease production time by eliminating fermentation. A bread dough formulation with 50% (w/w) moisture was leavened by injecting 1.5% (w/w) SC-CO(2) in a twin-screw extruder at 37 degrees C. Specific mechanical energy input was 260 kJ/kg. The operating apparent shear rate range was 60-260 s(-1). SCFX-leavened dough density (420-430 kg/m(3)) was in good agreement with values reported for similar doughs. The flow behavior index, obtained by an on-line slit rheometer, was 0.49 for the nonleavened control and 0.63 for the SCFX-leavened dough. Apparent viscosity of the SCFX-leavened dough varied from 37 to 23 Pa-s. This new continuous process offers attractive possibilities for industrial applications if further developed.

  15. Extrusion Roller Imprinting with a Variotherm Belt Mold

    Raymond Frenkel


    Full Text Available Although many precision fabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to produce microstructures and micro-devices with sub 100 nm accuracy, we are yet to see a scalable manufacturing process for large-area production. One promising solution to scalable micro- and nanofabrication is thermal roller imprinting. However, existing investigations on thermal roller imprinting revealed poor pattern transfer fidelity, especially for high aspect ratio features. The standard roller imprinting process suffers from the lack of an effective holding and cooling stage so that the adverse effects from the viscoelastic nature of polymers are not managed. To rectify this problem and further improve the production rate, a new extrusion roller imprinting process with a variotherm belt mold is designed, and its prototype was established at a laboratory scale. The process testing results demonstrate that a 30 μm sawtooth pattern can be faithfully transferred to extruded polyethylene film at take-up speeds higher than 10 m/min. The results are promising in that microfeatures or even nanofeatures may be successfully replicated by a robust and scalable industrial process suitable for large-area, continuous production.

  16. Pellets de trigo e soja produzidos por extrusão Wheat and soybean pellets produced by extrusion-cooking

    Sin Huei Wang


    Full Text Available A mistura de trigo e soja representa uma importante fonte calórico-protéica com proteínas de boa qualidade. Apesar disso, a utilização da soja como ingrediente tem sido limitada pelo seu sabor de feijão cru (beany flavor, o qual é melhorado pelo processo de extrusão. Foram estudados os efeitos de umidade da mistura, Temperatura de Barril (TB e Velocidade de Rotação de Parafuso (VRP, Nº 5 do extrusor no Índice de Expansão (IE, no Índice de Solubilidade em Água (ISA e nas características sensoriais de pellets produzidos com mistura de trigo e soja (90:10, objetivando a otimização deste processo para a obtenção de pellets fritos com melhores qualidades sensoriais. A farinha mista crua foi extrusada em 2 umidades (32 e 35%, 4 TB (60 a 90 °C e 4 VRP (60 a 150 rpm, totalizando 32 tratamentos. O pellet frito, preparado com a farinha mista com 32% de umidade e extrusada em 60 rpm a 80 °C, apresentou o maior IE e as melhores qualidades sensoriais (aparência, sabor e textura, sendo preferido pela equipe de provadores não treinados, tanto com sabor de bacon como com sabor de queijo.The mixture of wheat with soybean represents an important calorie-protein source with good protein quality. In spite of this, the use of soybeans as an ingredient has been limited by their beany flavor, which is improved by the extrusion process. Effects of mixture moisture, Barrel Temperature (BT and Screw-Speed (SS, Nº 5 on Expansion Index (EI, Water Solubility Index (WSI and sensory characteristics of pellets produced with a wheat-soybean (90:10 mixture were studied, in order to optimize this process for obtaining fried pellets with better sensory qualities. Raw mixed flour was extruded at two moisture contents (32 and 35%, four BT (60 to 90 °C and four SS (60 to 150 rpm, totalizing 32 treatments. The fried pellets, prepared with the mixed flour with 32% moisture and extruded at 60 rpm and 80 °C, presented the greatest EI and the best sensory

  17. Alterações bromatológicas em soja e milho processados por extrusão Chemical changes in soybean and corn processed by extrusion

    Liandra Maria Abaker Bertipaglia


    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os efeitos da temperatura do processo de extrusão sobre as características das frações nitrogenadas e dos carboidratos, do extrato etéreo, da digestibilidade in vitro da proteína e do fator antitríptico da soja e do milho. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições, em esquema fatorial 5 × 4, composto de cinco combinações de soja e milho (100% soja; 75% soja e 25% milho; 50% soja e 50% milho; 25% soja e 75% milho; 100% milho, com base na matéria seca e quatro temperaturas de extrusão (sem extrusão; e extrusão a 80, 100 ou 120ºC. O processo de extrusão promoveu aumento na fração lipídica e redução nos teores de fibra em detergente neutro (FDN e fibra em detergente ácido (FDA, que variaram de acordo com a proporção de milho e soja e com a temperatura de processamento, conseqüentemente, os teores de proteína insolúvel em detergente neutro (PIDN e proteína insolúvel em detergente ácido (PIDA sofreram redução. A mesma tendência foi observada nos teores de lignina, que foram menores nas misturas com até 50% de soja, processadas a 120ºC. A extrusão, independentemente da temperatura, promoveu aumento da fração A dos carboidratos, tanto no milho como na soja. Nas frações B2 e C diminuíram com a maior participação de soja na mistura. A extrusão reduziu as frações nitrogenadas A, B1 e C, fato observado nas misturas contendo soja. O processamento promoveu aumento da fração B2, exceto no milho a 100%. Alterações menos significativas foram observadas na fração B3. O processamento por extrusão não altera a digestibilidade in vitro da proteína de milho e soja, no entanto, reduz a quantidade de inibidor de tripsina quando as misturas desses grãos são processadas a 120ºC.The effects of temperatures of extrusion process on characteristics of nitrogen and carbohydrates fractions, ether extract, in vitro protein digestibility and


    S.V. Kucher


    Full Text Available The development of big business in Ukraine has led to the need to release a number of domestic companies and their groups and associations to the international financial market which was the prerequisite of the needs of users of financial statements to obtain reliable information about the activities of such companies. In accordance with the national legislation associations of enterprises and companies have to provide the consolidated financial statements which contain the pooled indices about the activities of these entities. The article analyzes the current state of normative and legal regulation of financial reporting consolidation process in Ukraine. In particular, the paper determines the basic legal acts of regulations of national and international governing process of preparation of consolidated financial statements; it also determines the circle of business entities required to draw up the consolidated financial statements solely in accordance with international financial reporting standards.

  19. Consolidation of statistical information of multiple objects in working memory.

    Baijal, Shruti; Srinivasan, Narayanan


    The present study investigated working memory consolidation in focused and distributed attention tasks by examining the time course of the consolidation process (Experiment 1) and its dependence on capacity-limited central resources (Experiment 2) in both tasks. In a match-to-sample design using masks at various intervals to vary consolidation rates, the participants performed either an identification task (focused attention) or a mean estimation task (distributed attention) with (Experiment 1) or without (Experiment 2) prior knowledge of what task they were to perform. We found that consolidation in the distributed attention task was more efficient and was about twice as fast as in the focused attention task. In addition, both tasks suffered interference when they had to be performed together, indicating that both types of attention rely on a common set of control processes. These findings can be attributed to differences in the resolution of object representations and in the scope of attention associated with focused and distributed attention.

  20. "Key-terms", a learning game for conceptual consolidation

    Fernandes, Pedro


    A short presentation describing a new participatory method that easily engages course participants in gamestorming and helps to consolidate new knowledge, by collectively agreeing on ways to place concepts in mind maps.

  1. Indigenous information as tool for consolidating and promoting ...

    Indigenous information as tool for consolidating and promoting natural resources ... Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads. ... with the view to identifying the impacts of indigenous information methods on resource conservation.

  2. Numerical modeling of consolidation processes in hydraulically deposited soils

    Brink, Nicholas Robert

    Hydraulically deposited soils are encountered in many common engineering applications including mine tailing and geotextile tube fills, though the consolidation process for such soils is highly nonlinear and requires the use of advanced numerical techniques to provide accurate predictions. Several commercially available finite element codes poses the ability to model soil consolidation, and it was the goal of this research to assess the ability of two of these codes, ABAQUS and PLAXIS, to model the large-strain, two-dimensional consolidation processes which occur in hydraulically deposited soils. A series of one- and two-dimensionally drained rectangular models were first created to assess the limitations of ABAQUS and PLAXIS when modeling consolidation of highly compressible soils. Then, geotextile tube and TSF models were created to represent actual scenarios which might be encountered in engineering practice. Several limitations were discovered, including the existence of a minimum preconsolidation stress below which numerical solutions become unstable.

  3. 24 CFR 401.401 - Consolidated Restructuring Plans.


    ... PROGRAM (MARK-TO-MARKET) Restructuring Plan § 401.401 Consolidated Restructuring Plans. A PAE may request... contribute to more efficient use of the PAE's resources. Notwithstanding the more efficient use of a...

  4. Bottler of the Year: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

    Elizabeth Fuhrman


    .... Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated, Charlotte, NC, has built its core business this year through innovative pricing strategies, enabling its sales force with new technology, grass roots marketing...

  5. The Reasons and Solutions for Problems in Rural School Consolidation

    Qingyang, Guo


    Based on investigations in six midwestern provinces/autonomous regions, Hubei, Henan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Shaanxi, and Inner Mongolia, this article analyzes the reasons for problems in the process of consolidating rural schools and their solutions.

  6. Definition and Classification of the Stakeholders in Land Consolidation Project

    LIU Xiang-dong; GUO Bi-jun; GUO Mao-xuan


    Using the methods of questionnaire survey, statistical analysis and multidimensional rating, we define and classify the stakeholders in land consolidation project. 25 kinds of stakeholders are determined, divided into three categories: core stakeholders, including county-level government, county-level land departments, county-level land consolidation center, the rural collective economic organizations, farmers, township government, and the villagers’ committee; middle stakeholders, including central government, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Land and Resources Land Consolidation Center, the provincial land departments, the provincial land consolidation center, the county-level finance departments, the county-level water resources departments, the government supervisory departments, government audit departments, and the public; peripheral stakeholders, including the county-level environmental protection departments, the county-level agricultural departments, supervisory agencies, design agencies, project contractors, equipment suppliers, material suppliers, and the bidding agencies. The project managers should pay attention to the interest appeal of the stakeholders, and adopt different coping strategies.

  7. #DDOD Use Case: Consolidated reporting of medical device recalls

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — SUMMARY DDOD use case request for consolidated, consistent reporting of medical device recalls. WHAT IS A USE CASE? A “Use Case” is a request that was made by the...


    Berty Sompie


    Full Text Available Subjected to remolded young clay, this paper shows that a lot of time dependent behavior in the standard consolidation (SC and constant strain rate consolidation (CSRC tests is represented systematically by a simple assumption concerning the time dependency of dilatancy. In the SC test, at the first stage of each loading step little dilatancy takes place and dilatancy begins to occur several minutes after step loading. In CSRC test, some time period after the stress state has entered the normally consolidated region, dilatancy tends to occur rapidly with the increase in stress ratio. Since most of dilatancy has taken place at the earlier stage of consolidation, little dilatancy occurs at the latter stage of CSRC process. This tendency makes the specimen stiffer with the passage of time, and makes the vertical pressure and pore pressure increase substantially at the last stage of CSRC process. Consideration to such behavior may be effective to correctly interpret the result of CSRC test.

  9. 29 CFR 1603.206 - Consolidation and severance of hearings.



  10. Manufacturing Titanium Metal Matrix Composites by Consolidating Matrix Coated Fibres

    Hua-Xin PENG


    Titanium metal matrix composites (TiMMCs) reinforced by continuous silicon carbide fibres are being developed for aerospace applications. TiMMCs manufactured by the consolidation of matrix-coated fibre (MCF) method offer optimum properties because of the resulting uniform fibre distribution, minimum fibre damage and fibre volume fraction control. In this paper, the consolidation of Ti-6Al-4V matrix-coated SiC fibres during vacuum hot pressing has been investigated. Experiments were carried out on multi-ply MCFs under vacuum hot pressing (VHP). In contrast to most of existing studies, the fibre arrangement has been carefully controlled either in square or hexagonal arraysthroughout the consolidated sample. This has enabled the dynamic consolidation behaviour of MCFs to be demonstrated by eliminating the fibre re-arrangement during the VHP process. The microstructural evolution of the matrix coating was reported and the deformation mechanisms involved were discussed.

  11. ER Consolidated Qtrly Rpt_April-June 2016_October 2016

    Cochran, John R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    This Environmental Restoration Operations (ER) Consolidated Quarterly Report (ER Quarterly Report) provides the status of ongoing corrective action activities being implemented by Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (SNL/NM) for the April, May, and June 2016 quarterly reporting period.

  12. Motor memory in childhood: early expression of consolidation phase gains.

    Ashtamker, Lilach; Karni, Avi


    Are children faster than adults in consolidating procedural knowledge? In adults, the expression of the full benefits of motor practice requires a few hours of consolidation and sleep. Here we show that, although the processes generating the delayed gains continued beyond the first few hours post-training, children expressed significant gains as early as 1 h post-training, in the awake state. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. DoDs Efforts to Consolidate Data Centers Need Improvement


    through automation; and • enhance business agility and effectively manage change. DoD’s data center consolidation plan identified the following...Assistance The DoD OIG Quantitative Methods Division assisted with the nonstatistical sampling method that we used to select the data centers to visit...H 2 9 , 2 0 1 6 Report No. DODIG-2016-068 DoD’s Efforts to Consolidate Data Centers Need Improvement Mission Our mission is to provide independent

  14. Low-Cost Structural Thermoelectric Materials: Processing and Consolidation


    nanocrystalline materials11,12 and this research utilizes the existing powder processing infrastructure at ARL to explore nanostructured TE materials ...The process of utilizing mechanical alloying to produce bulk nanocrystalline materials is shown in Fig. 3. There are a number of different types of...consolidate nanocrystalline metal powders. In fact, the bottom image in Fig. 9 is the Ti–Ni–Sn material consolidated at 1,000 ◦C. The hollowed area is the


    Elena B. Shuvalova


    Full Text Available In article features of formation of the consolidated base on income tax of the organizations, difficulties of tax control of all participants of the consolidated group oftaxpayers are opened. On the basis of theanalysis of statistical reportes of FederalTax Service of Russia subjects of the Russian Federation in whom need of carryingout tax audits is proved are revealed.

  16. Fleet Replacement Squadron consolidation : a cost model applied.

    Maholchic, Robert M.


    The consolidation of Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRS) represents one method of achieving planned force reductions. This thesis utilizes the Cost of Base Realignment Actions (COBRA) cost model to develop cost estimates for determination of the cost effective site location. The A-6 FRS consolidation is used as a case study. Data were compiled using completed Functional Wing studies as well as local information sources. A comparison between the cost estimates provided by the COBRA cost model fo...

  17. Interviewing and Writing: methodologies for words rooted in dancing

    Cássia Navas Alves de Castro


    Full Text Available Based on case studies from a consolidated work in dance research, this article presents examples, description, context, propositions and discussion on dance interviews and dance writings, suggesting methodologies for questioning artists and specific procedures for writing about dance, such as the use of master-questions or stick-questions and alternate-writings or writings in between, in order to expand the debate on contemporary performing arts and their methods, in a contribution to the specificity of this field.

  18. Effect of Equal Channel Angular Extrusion on the Microstructures and Properties of Two Extruded Al-Mg-Si Alloys

    M. Cai; G. W. Lorimer


    The effect of equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) on the microstructure of two Al-Mg-Si extrusion alloys was investigated by high resolution electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) using a field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Two contrasting alloys: a dilute alloy, based on alloy 6061 and a concentrated alloy, based on alloy 6069 were employed for this research. It has been found that prior ECAE to extrusion promotes high angle grain boundaries (HAGBs) in the extrusions, and the increase in HAGBs ratio is due to the large shear deformation involved in the processof ECAE. Tensile testing results show that a further ageing treatment strengthens the alloys after extrusion and the ECAE processedextrusions are more ductile than conventional extrusions.

  19. Usage of internal statements in making consolidated financial statement

    V.N. Herman


    Full Text Available The emergence of the consolidated financial statements is the result of integration processes in the businesses that lead to pooling of different companies. As consolidated financial statements present an aggregated look at the financial position of a parent and its subsidiaries, they let you gauge the overall health of an entire group of companies as opposed to one company’s standalone position. Consolidation of financial statements requires from the participants of joining elaborating their individual statements. The article describes the general scheme of consolidation process and defines the key trends of consolidation adjustments, in particular, financial investments, internal operations, goodwill and exchange rate differences. It is found out that to get information about internal operations and financial investments such data have to be synthesized from internal statements. This approach allows using the same accounting methods to parent and subsidiary entities. The objects, the users and the subject domain of internal statements are determined in order to make consolidation of financial statements of joining.

  20. Sleep-related memory consolidation in primary insomnia.

    Nissen, Christoph; Kloepfer, Corinna; Feige, Bernd; Piosczyk, Hannah; Spiegelhalder, Kai; Voderholzer, Ulrich; Riemann, Dieter


    It has been suggested that healthy sleep facilitates the consolidation of newly acquired memories and underlying brain plasticity. The authors tested the hypothesis that patients with primary insomnia (PI) would show deficits in sleep-related memory consolidation compared to good sleeper controls (GSC). The study used a four-group parallel design (n=86) to investigate the effects of 12 h of night-time, including polysomnographically monitored sleep ('sleep condition' in PI and GSC), versus 12 h of daytime wakefulness ('wake condition' in PI and GSC) on procedural (mirror tracing task) and declarative memory consolidation (visual and verbal learning task). Demographic characteristics and memory encoding did not differ between the groups at baseline. Polysomnography revealed a significantly disturbed sleep profile in PI compared to GSC in the sleep condition. Night-time periods including sleep in GSC were associated with (i) a significantly enhanced procedural and declarative verbal memory consolidation compared to equal periods of daytime wakefulness in GSC and (ii) a significantly enhanced procedural memory consolidation compared to equal periods of daytime wakefulness and night-time sleep in PI. Across retention intervals of daytime wakefulness, no differences between the experimental groups were observed. This pattern of results suggests that healthy sleep fosters the consolidation of new memories, and that this process is impaired for procedural memories in patients with PI. Future work is needed to investigate the impact of treatment on improving sleep and memory.

  1. A consolidated and standardized relational database for ER data

    Zygmunt, B.C.


    The three US Department of Energy (DOE) installations on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12, and K-25) were established during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project that ``built the bomb.`` That research, and work in more recent years, has resulted in the generation of radioactive materials and other toxic wastes. Lockheed Martin Energy Systems manages the three Oak Ridge installations (as well as the Environmental Restoration (ER) programs at the DOE plants in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Paducah, Kentucky). DOE Oak Ridge Operations has been mandated by federal and state agreements to provide a consolidated repository of environmental data and is tasked to support environmental data management activities at all five installations. The Oak Ridge Environmental Information System (OREIS) was initiated to fulfill these requirements. The primary use of OREIS data is to provide access to project results by regulators. A secondary use is to serve as background data for other projects. This paper discusses the benefits of a consolidated and standardized database; reasons for resistance to the consolidation of data; implementing a consolidated database, including attempts at standardization, deciding what to include in the consolidated database, establishing lists of valid values, and addressing quality control (QC) issues; and the evolution of a consolidated database, which includes developing and training a user community, dealing with configuration control issues, and incorporating historical data. OREIS is used to illustrate these topics.

  2. Extrusão de placa escleral senil: relato de um caso Extrusion of a senile scleral plaque: A case report

    Eduardo Ferrari Marback


    Full Text Available Objetivo: Relatar caso de extrusão parcial espontânea de placa de transluscência focal senil de esclera calcificada. Método: Relato de caso de mulher de 75 anos, encaminhada com suspeita de tumor conjuntival, apresentando lesão leucoplásica em esclera, localizada anteriormente à inserção do músculo reto medial do olho esquerdo causando sensação de corpo estranho; instituindo-se tratamento por exérese e enxerto escleral. O exame histopatológico revelou tecido conjuntivo fibroso com calcificação. Conclusão: A extrusão de placa de transluscência senil de esclera deve ser considerada no diagnóstico diferencial dos tumores epibulbares.Purpose: To present a case of spontaneous extrusion of a calcified plaque of scleral focal senile translucency. Methods: Case report of a 75-year-old female, referred because of a epibulbar tumor suspicion. She complained of foreign body sensation and had a white scleral plaque in front of the left medial rectus insertion. The lesion was exci-sed and a scleral graft performed. The histologic examination showed fibrous connective tissue, with calcification. Conclusion: Spontaneous extrusion of senile scleral plaques should be included in the differential diagnosis of epibulbar tumors.

  3. Sheets of branched poly(lactic acid) obtained by one step reactive extrusion calendering process: Melt rheology analysis

    Cailloux, J.; Santana, O.O.; E. Franco-Urquiza; Bou, J. J.; F. Carrasco; J. Gamez-Perez; M. L. Maspoch


    One-step reactive extrusion-calendering process (REX-Calendering) was used in order to obtain sheets of 1mm from two PD,L-LA extrusion grades modified with a styrene-acrylic multifunctional oligomeric agent. In a preliminary internal mixer study, torque versus time was monitored in order to determine chain extender ratios and reaction time. Once all parameters were optimized, reactive extrusion experiments were performed. Independently of the processing method employed, under the same pro...

  4. Efeito dos parâmetros de extrusão sobre as propriedades funcionais de extrusados da farinha de batata-doce Effect of extrusion parameters on sweet potato extrudates

    Alexandra M. Borba


    Full Text Available Farinha de batata-doce (Ipomoea batatas foi extrusada em equipamento de rosca simples, mantendo-se fixas as temperaturas na 1ª e 2ª zonas de extrusão (20ºC e 60ºC, respectivamente. O efeito das variáveis umidade da farinha (15, 18 e 21%, temperatura na 3ª zona (100, 120 e 140ºC e rotação da rosca (180, 210 e 240 rpm sobre as características dos extrusados foi investigado utilizando-se metodologia de superfície de resposta. O teor de umidade e a temperatura de extrusão influenciaram significativamente a expansão dos extrusados. O índice de expansão apresentou valores crescentes com a temperatura sob baixos teores de umidade. A dureza dos extrusados e também o índice de absorção de água e o índice de solubilidade em água das farinhas extrusadas não mostraram modelo de regressão significativo com as condições de processo. Quanto à cor das farinhas, o componente L* (luminosidade apresentou valores crescentes e o parâmetro a*, valores decrescentes com a elevação do teor de umidade até 20-21%. O parâmetro b* e a diferença de cor entre farinhas extrusadas e não extrusadas mostraram valores decrescentes com o aumento da umidade.Sweet potato flour was processed using a single-screw extruder, with extrusion temperatures in zones 1 and 2 of 20ºC and 60ºC, respectively. The effect of flour moisture content (15, 18 and 21%, barrel temperature in zone 3 (100, 120 and 140ºC and screw speed (180, 210 and 240 rpm on extrudate attributes was investigated using response surface methodology. Moisture content and extrusion temperature had a significant (p<0.05 influence on extrudates expansion. The expansion ratio of the extrudates showed increasing values with temperature under conditions of low moisture content. The firmness of extrudates and also the water absorption index and water solubility index of the pre-gelatinized flours did not show significant regression models with the processing conditions. The flours color was

  5. Consolidation and Centralization of Waste Operations Business Systems - 12319

    Newton, D. Dean [Oak Ridge Operations, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (United States)


    This abstract provides a comprehensive plan supporting the continued development and integration of all waste operations and waste management business systems. These include existing systems such as ATMS (Automated Transportation Management System), RadCalc, RFITS (Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System) Programs as well as incorporating key components of existing government developed waste management systems and COTS (Computer Off The Shelf) applications in order to deliver a truly integrated waste tracking and management business system. Some of these existing systems to be integrated include IWTS at Idaho National Lab, WIMS at Sandia National Lab and others. The aggregation of data and consolidation into a single comprehensive business system delivers best practices in lifecycle waste management processes to be delivered across the Department of Energy facilities. This concept exists to reduce operational costs to the federal government by combining key business systems into a centralized enterprise application following the methodology that as contractors change, the tools they use to manage DOE's assets do not. IWITS is one efficient representation of a sound architecture currently supporting multiple DOE sites from a waste management solution. The integration of ATMS, RadCalc and RFITS and the concept like IWITS into a single solution for DOE contractors will result in significant savings and increased efficiencies for DOE. Building continuity and solving collective problems can only be achieved through mass collaboration, resulting in an online community that DOE contractors and subcontractors access common applications, allowing for the collection of business intelligence at an unprecedented level. This is a fundamental shift from a solely 'for profit' business model to a 'for purpose' business model. To the conventional-minded, putting values before profit is an unfamiliar and unnatural way for a contractor to operate

  6. Optimization of Map Compilation for County-level Land Consolidation Planning


    Based on practice of the land consolidation planning in Changfeng County of Hefei City,taking full account of reality of land consolidation and its significance as livelihood project,we analyzed map compilation procedure.In combination with actual effect of land consolidation,we carried out consolidation assessment of same elements by overall planning method,and optimized the map compilation for county-level land consolidation planning.Results show that planning map of land consolidation potential is to be improved and legends should be merged.After consolidation of legends,it is convenient to apply in potential planning map and solve complicated problem of reading maps.

  7. A simplified model for V-ATPase H+ extrusion.

    Luo, Chuan; Clark, John W; Heming, Thomas A; Bidani, Akhil


    An analytical model of V-type H+-translocating ATPase (V-ATPase) was developed based on an approximation to the mechanochemical model of Grabe et al. (Biophys. J., pp. 2798-2813, vol. 78, 2000). Grabe's work utilizes structural information and physiological assumptions to construct a detailed mechanochemical model of the V-ATPase. Due to the complexity of their model, it does not give a readily usable mathematical expression for the V-ATPase current. Based on their analysis of the structure of the proton pump, we develop a two-compartment model of the V-ATPase, which contains a membrane "half-channel" for proton translocation separated by a hydrophilic strip and a hydrophobic wall from the cytoplasm. Using the Langevin equation to describe proton transport across the membrane, we simplify the model based on their assumptions on the molecular structure of the pump and arrive at a general form of solution to the proton pump flux driven by ATP hydrolysis based on assumptions on the physiological properties of the strip and the wall, as well as the two fluid compartments. In this process of simplification, we explicitly relate V-ATPase structure, stoichiometry, pump efficiency, and ATP hydrolysis energy to the active pump current. The simplified model is used to provide model-generated approximations to measured data from a variety of laboratories. In addition, it provides a very compact characterization of V-ATPase, which can be used as a proton extruder in a variety of different cell membranes, as well as in the membranes of intracellular organelles. Index Terms-Electrophysiology, mechanochemstry, molecular motors, proton extrusion

  8. A unified theory for systems and cellular memory consolidation.

    Dash, Pramod K; Hebert, April E; Runyan, Jason D


    The time-limited role of the hippocampus for explicit memory storage has been referred to as systems consolidation where learning-related changes occur first in the hippocampus followed by the gradual development of a more distributed memory trace in the neocortex. Recent experiments are beginning to show that learning induces plasticity-related molecular changes in the neocortex as well as in the hippocampus and with a similar time course. Present memory consolidation theories do not account for these findings. In this report, we present a theory (the C theory) that incorporates these new findings, provides an explanation for the length of time for hippocampal dependency, and that can account for the apparent longer consolidation periods in species with larger brains. This theory proposes that a process of cellular consolidation occurs in the hippocampus and in areas of the neocortex during and shortly after learning resulting in long-term memory storage in both areas. For a limited time, the hippocampus is necessary for memory retrieval, a process involving the coordinated reactivation of these areas. This reactivation is later mediated by longer extrahippocampal connectivity between areas. The delay in hippocampal-independent memory retrieval is the time it takes for gene products in these longer extrahippocampal projections to be transported from the soma to tagged synapses by slow axonal transport. This cellular transport event defines the period of hippocampal dependency and, thus, the duration of memory consolidation. The theoretical description for memory consolidation presented in this review provides alternative explanations for several experimental observations and presents a unification of the concepts of systems and cellular memory consolidation.

  9. Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics Simulation of Micro-Cup-Extrusion Using a Graphit-ic Coating

    Li Shi-Cheng


    Full Text Available Microextrusion is becoming increasingly important for the manufacturing of microcomponents. However, this reduction in scale to a microlevel means that the influence of friction and the need for suitable lubrication are greatly increased. This study therefore looks at the use of a low-friction and highly wear resistant Graphit-ic coating on the mold-forming section of a microextrusion mold, this coating being applied by a closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputter ion plating technique. A microcup of CuZn33 brass alloy was then extruded, with a wall thickness of 0.45 mm, outside diameter of 2.9 mm, and an internal diameter of 2 mm. The experimental results in which extrusion uses the mold coating with Graphit-ic film are compared against the experimental results in which extrusion uses the mold uncoating with Graphit-ic film. This showed that the load was decreased a lot and the self-lubricating solid coating facilitates a smooth extrusion process. As the extrusion rate was quite high, smoothed particle hydrodynamics method simulations of the extrusion process were conducted, these being then compared with the experimental results. These result showed that the SPH simulation can be applied to show the deformation of materials and predict the load trend.

  10. High meniscal slope angle as a risk factor for meniscal allograft extrusion.

    Łuczkiewicz, P; Daszkiewicz, K; Chróścielewski, J; Witkowski, W; Kuik, L


    A meniscal graft extrusion is still an unresolved problem that affects most patients after a meniscal transplantation. Despite the advances in surgical techniques, together with the improved methods for a meniscal allograft sizing, success is only observed in up to 75% of patients after they experience a meniscal allograft transplantation. Because a meniscal extrusion is associated with a cartilage deterioration and the progression of osteoarthritis there is a great interest in how to prevent this phenomenon. The crucial factor for the minimisation of a meniscal allograft extrusion is by perfectly matching the implant. Most methods for a meniscal allograft sizing only focus on assessing the length and the width of the meniscus. Even though there is some evidence that there is a relationship between the shape of the meniscus in a cross-sectional plane and the meniscal extrusion, any of the planning methods do not take this factor into consideration. Although there is a large variability of meniscus shapes in cross-section, we hypothesise that by taking the meniscal slope into account during surgical planning, as well as performing the correct adjustments of this particular parameter, we can diminish the risk of a meniscal allograft extrusion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Effect of die shape on the metal flow pattern during direct extrusion process

    Solomon, N.; Solomon, I.


    The geometric shape of the tools is the main factor by which an optimum technological process can be developed. In the case of extrusion process the strain distribution and other important variables that influence material structure, such as hydrostatic stress, are strongly dependent on the geometry of the die. Careful design of the extrusion die profile can therefore control the product structure and can be used to minimise the amount of inhomogeneity imparted into the product. A possibility to minimise the amount of product inhomogeneity is the using of a flat die with a fillet radius in front to the bearing surface with leads to a minimum dead zone and consequently to a minimum friction at billet-container interface. In the case of aluminium alloy type 2024, for an extrusion ratio of R=8.5, good results were obtained with a fillet radius of 3.0 mm. The experimental data have been used for the finite element numerical simulation of the extrusion process. The data obtained by numerical simulation with FORGE2 programme confirm the theoretical and experimental outcomes. The aim of this paper is to study the influence of such flat die on the material flow during direct extrusion process and consequently on extruded product microstructure and mechanical properties. (Author).

  12. Die Radius Affecting Sheet Metal Extrusion Quality for Fine Blanking Process

    Chatkaew Suriyapha


    Full Text Available Problem statement: Sheet metal extrusion is a process in which the punch penetrates one surface of the sheet metal material to cause it to extrude and flow toward the outlet of the die. Therefore, the process can invent different thickness of sheet metal work piece. From these advantages on the sheet metal extrusion, nowadays, it is generally used in many manufacturing of industrial elements fields. The Sheet Metal Extrusions in Fine Blanking (SME-FB advantages, over a conventional extrusion, are possible due to a blank holder force, a counterpunch force and a large die radius. However, the selection on those parameter values affects on the material flow and the surface quality on the extrusion parts also. Namely, it causes the crack surface and shrinkage failure which are the general problems in the SME-FB. Approach: Objective of this research was to study the effect of die radius on the SME-FB surface which investigated the formation of the failure defection with respect to the several die radiuses by using the Finite Element Method (FEM. Results: From the results, it indicated that applying the small die radius caused the material flow difficult resulting in the decreasing of smooth surface. Vice versa, in the case of large die radius, the material flow easy is resulting in the increasing of smooth surface. Conclusion: The FEM simulation results of a larger die radius will cause the residual stress at work piece.

  13. Pharmaceutical approaches to preparing pelletized dosage forms using the extrusion-spheronization process.

    Trivedi, Namrata R; Rajan, Maria Gerald; Johnson, James R; Shukla, Atul J


    Pelletized dosage forms date back to the 1950s, when the first product was introduced to the market. Since then, these dosage forms have gained considerable popularity because of their distinct advantages, such as ease of capsule filling because of better flow properties of the spherical pellets; enhancement of drug dissolution; ease of coating; sustained, controlled, or site-specific delivery of the drug from coated pellets; uniform packing; even distribution in the GI tract; and less GI irritation. Pelletized dosage forms can be prepared by a number of techniques, including drug layering on nonpareil sugar or microcrystalline cellulose beads, spray drying, spray congealing, rotogranulation, hot-melt extrusion, and spheronization of low melting materials or extrusion-spheronization of a wet mass. This review discusses recent developments in the pharmaceutical approaches that have been used to prepare pelletized dosage forms using the extrusion-spheronization process over the last decade. The review is divided into three parts: the first part discusses the extrusion-spheronization process, the second part discusses the effect of varying formulation and process parameters on the properties of the pellets, and the last part discusses the different approaches that have been used to prepare pelletized dosage forms using the extrusion-spheronization process.

  14. FEM Analysis of Force Parameters During Hot Extrusion Expanding and Reducing Tube Process

    WANG Fenghui; JIAO Anyuan; LI Haidong; GAO Xingqi; YANG Siqiong


    In this paper, based on the plastic forming large deformation theory and thermodynamic elastic-plastic FEM, the process of expanding and reducing tube was analyzed by using nonlinear finite element software MARC. The coupled thermal-mechanical models for the thermal-extrusion tube process were established, and the dynamic simulation to them was carried out. By the study on 3D deformation regulation of the thermal-extrusion tube, the distribution of stress,strain and the curves between the force of extrusion and the distance were obtained. As a result, with only a small quantity of necessary experiments, the select of the schemes and parameters can conveniently be performed in the computers. So, not only large numbers of experiments can be avoided, but also trial-manufacture period is consumedly shortened and some costs may be saved. In addition, in order to validate our numerical calculation, an experiment of the tube made of 20 steel is presented in this paper. Good agreement is shown between measured and predicted results of the theoretical analysis model. The study provides a scientific basis for parametric optimizations of the thermal extrusion expanding and reducing tube production equipment. At the same time, the method used in the present paper has important referential value for studying the similar thermal extrusion parts.

  15. Comparison of Murine Cervicovaginal Infection by Chlamydial Strains: Identification of Extrusions Shed In vivo

    Shaw, Jennifer H.; Behar, Amanda R.; Snider, Timothy A.; Allen, Noah A.; Lutter, Erika I.


    Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and preventable blindness. Untreated, asymptomatic infection as well as frequent re-infection are common and may drive pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. In vivo models of chlamydial infection continue to be instrumental in progress toward a vaccine and further elucidating the pathogenesis of this intracellular bacterium, however significant gaps in our understanding remain. Chlamydial host cell exit occurs via two mechanisms, lysis and extrusion, although the latter has yet to be reported in vivo and its biological role is unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate whether chlamydial extrusions are shed in vivo following infection with multiple strains of Chlamydia. We utilized an established C3H/HeJ murine cervicovaginal infection model with C. trachomatis serovars D and L2 and the Chlamydia muridarum strain MoPn to monitor the (i) time course of infection and mode of host cell exit, (ii) mucosal and systemic immune response to infection, and (iii) gross and histopathology following clearance of active infection. The key finding herein is the first identification of chlamydial extrusions shed from host cells in an in vivo model. Extrusions, a recently appreciated mode of host cell exit and potential means of dissemination, had been previously observed solely in vitro. The results of this study demonstrate that chlamydial extrusions exist in vivo and thus warrant further investigation to determine their role in chlamydial pathogenesis. PMID:28217555

  16. Poly(ether ester) Ionomers as Water-Soluble Polymers for Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Processes.

    Pekkanen, Allison M; Zawaski, Callie; Stevenson, André T; Dickerman, Ross; Whittington, Abby R; Williams, Christopher B; Long, Timothy E


    Water-soluble polymers as sacrificial supports for additive manufacturing (AM) facilitate complex features in printed objects. Few water-soluble polymers beyond poly(vinyl alcohol) enable material extrusion AM. In this work, charged poly(ether ester)s with tailored rheological and mechanical properties serve as novel materials for extrusion-based AM at low temperatures. Melt transesterification of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG, 8k) and dimethyl 5-sulfoisophthalate afforded poly(ether ester)s of sufficient molecular weight to impart mechanical integrity. Quantitative ion exchange provided a library of poly(ether ester)s with varying counterions, including both monovalent and divalent cations. Dynamic mechanical and tensile analysis revealed an insignificant difference in mechanical properties for these polymers below the melting temperature, suggesting an insignificant change in final part properties. Rheological analysis, however, revealed the advantageous effect of divalent countercations (Ca(2+), Mg(2+), and Zn(2+)) in the melt state and exhibited an increase in viscosity of two orders of magnitude. Furthermore, time-temperature superposition identified an elevation in modulus, melt viscosity, and flow activation energy, suggesting intramolecular interactions between polymer chains and a higher apparent molecular weight. In particular, extrusion of poly(PEG8k-co-CaSIP) revealed vast opportunities for extrusion AM of well-defined parts. The unique melt rheological properties highlighted these poly(ether ester) ionomers as ideal candidates for low-temperature material extrusion additive manufacturing of water-soluble parts.

  17. Effect of extrusion rate on morphology of Kaolin/PolyEtherSulfone (PESf) membrane precursor

    Misaran, M. S.; Sarbatly, R.; Bono, A.; Rahman, M. M.


    This study aims to investigate the influence of apparent viscosity induced by spinneret geometry and extrusion rate on morphology of Kaolin/PESf hollow fiber membranes. Different extrusion rates at two different rheology properties were introduced on a straight and conical spinneret resulting in various shear rates. The hollow fiber membrane precursors were spun using the wet spinning method to decouple the effect of shear and elongation stress due to gravity stretched drawing. The morphology of the spun hollow fiber was observed under Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and the overall porosity were measured using mercury intrusion porosimeter. Shear rate and apparent viscosity at the tip of the spinneret annulus were simulated using a computational fluid dynamics package; solidworks floworks. Simulation data shows that extrusion rate increment increases the shear rate at the spinneret wall which in turn reduce the apparent viscosity; consistent with a non Newtonian shear thinning fluid behavior. Thus, the outer finger-like region grows as the shear rate increases. Also, overall porosity of hollow fiber membrane decreases with extrusion rate increment which is caused by better molecular orientation; resulting in denser hollow fiber membrane. Thin outer finger-like region is achieved at low shear experience of 109.55 s-1 via a straight spinneret. Increasing the extrusion rate; thus shear rate will cause outer finger-like region growth which is not desirable in a separation process.

  18. Improvement of mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of biodegradable Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloys by double extrusion

    Zhang, Xiaobo, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, 211167 (China); Wang, Zhangzhong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, 211167 (China); Yuan, Guangyin [National Engineering Research Center of Light Alloy Net Forming, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240 (China); Xue, Yajun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, 211167 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure of Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloys was refined and homogenized by double extrusion process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mechanical properties of the alloys were significantly enhanced by double extrusion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The biocorrosion resistance of the alloys was improved by double extrusion. - Abstract: Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy is a novel and promising biodegradable magnesium alloy due to good biocompatibility, desired uniform corrosion mode and outstanding corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid (SBF). However, the corrosion resistance and mechanical properties should be improved to meet the requirement of the biodegradable implants, such as plates, screws and cardiovascular stents. In the present study, double extrusion process was adopted to refine microstructure and improve mechanical properties of Mg-2.25Nd-0.11Zn-0.43Zr and Mg-2.70Nd-0.20Zn-0.41Zr alloys. The corrosion resistance of the alloys after double extrusion was also studied. The results show that the microstructure of the alloys under double extrusion becomes much finer and more homogeneous than those under once extrusion. The yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation of the alloys under double extrusion are over 270 MPa, 300 MPa and 32%, respectively, indicating that outstanding mechanical properties of Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy can be obtained by double extrusion. The results of immersion experiment and electrochemical measurements in SBF show that the corrosion resistance of Alloy 1 and Alloy 2 under double extrusion was increased by 7% and 8% respectively compared with those under just once extrusion.

  19. Sleep and cortisol interact to support memory consolidation.

    Bennion, Kelly A; Mickley Steinmetz, Katherine R; Kensinger, Elizabeth A; Payne, Jessica D


    Separate lines of research have demonstrated that rises in cortisol can benefit memory consolidation, as can the occurrence of sleep soon after encoding. For the first time, we demonstrate that pre-learning cortisol interacts with sleep to benefit memory consolidation, particularly for negative arousing items. Resting cortisol levels during encoding were positively correlated with subsequent memory, but only following a period of sleep. There was no such relation following a period of wakefulness. Using eye tracking, we further reveal that for negative stimuli, this facilitative effect may arise because cortisol strengthens the relationship between looking time at encoding and subsequent memory. We suggest that elevated cortisol may "tag" attended information as important to remember at the time of encoding, thus enabling sleep-based processes to optimally consolidate salient information in a selective manner. Neuroimaging data suggest that this optimized consolidation leads to a refinement of the neural processes recruited for successful retrieval of negative stimuli, with the retrieval of items attended in the presence of elevated cortisol and consolidated over a night of sleep associated with activity in the amygdala and vmPFC.


    Carmen NISTOR


    Full Text Available Although accounts consolidation was used in practice from the early 1900’s its theoretical basis were developed later in concordance with the rise of concepts like “entity” and “group”. The aim of this article is to examine the literature in the accounting field regarding the consolidation theories developed over the years. In order to discuss the different opinions regarding the consolidation theories we used the descriptive approach. As a result we tried to explain how these theories appeared and developed, respectively what consequences have their use in preparing consolidated financial statements. The results of the study suggest that every theory has certain aspects which differentiate it from the others in terms of recognition of subsidiary income and reporting net assets of the subsidiary. However, from all theories analyzed, the entity theory takes into account several guidelines of maximum importance when preparing consolidated financial statements: “You can’t own yourself!”, “You can’t owe yourself money!”, “You can’t make money selling to yourself.”

  1. Exercise enhances memory consolidation in the aging brain

    Shikha eSnigdha


    Full Text Available Exercise has been shown to reduce age-related losses in cognitive function including learning and memory, but the mechanisms underlying this effect remain poorly understood. Memory formation occurs in stages that include an initial acquisition phase, an intermediate labile phase, and then a process of consolidation which leads to long term memory formation. An effective way to examine the mechanism by which exercise improves memory is to introduce the intervention (exercise, post-acquisition, making it possible to selectively examine memory storage and consolidation. Accordingly we evaluated the effects of post-trial exercise (10 minutes on a treadmill on memory consolidation in aged canines both right after, an hour after, and twenty-four hours after acute exercise training in concurrent discrimination, object location memory (OLM and novel object recognition (NOR tasks. Our study shows that post-trial exercise facilitates memory function by improving memory consolidation in aged animals in a time-dependent manner. The improvements were significant at twenty-four hour post exercise and not right after or one hour after exercise. Aged animals were also tested following chronic exercise (10 min/day for 14 consecutive days on OLM or till criterion were reached (for reversal learning task. We found improvements from a chronic exercise design in both the object location and reversal learning tasks. Our studies suggest that mechanisms to improve overall consolidation and cognitive function remain accessible even with progressing age and can be re-engaged by both acute and chronic exercise.

  2. Task Classification Based Energy-Aware Consolidation in Clouds

    HeeSeok Choi


    Full Text Available We consider a cloud data center, in which the service provider supplies virtual machines (VMs on hosts or physical machines (PMs to its subscribers for computation in an on-demand fashion. For the cloud data center, we propose a task consolidation algorithm based on task classification (i.e., computation-intensive and data-intensive and resource utilization (e.g., CPU and RAM. Furthermore, we design a VM consolidation algorithm to balance task execution time and energy consumption without violating a predefined service level agreement (SLA. Unlike the existing research on VM consolidation or scheduling that applies none or single threshold schemes, we focus on a double threshold (upper and lower scheme, which is used for VM consolidation. More specifically, when a host operates with resource utilization below the lower threshold, all the VMs on the host will be scheduled to be migrated to other hosts and then the host will be powered down, while when a host operates with resource utilization above the upper threshold, a VM will be migrated to avoid using 100% of resource utilization. Based on experimental performance evaluations with real-world traces, we prove that our task classification based energy-aware consolidation algorithm (TCEA achieves a significant energy reduction without incurring predefined SLA violations.

  3. Exercise enhances memory consolidation in the aging brain.

    Snigdha, Shikha; de Rivera, Christina; Milgram, Norton W; Cotman, Carl W


    Exercise has been shown to reduce age-related losses in cognitive function including learning and memory, but the mechanisms underlying this effect remain poorly understood. Memory formation occurs in stages that include an initial acquisition phase, an intermediate labile phase, and then a process of consolidation which leads to long-term memory formation. An effective way to examine the mechanism by which exercise improves memory is to introduce the intervention (exercise), post-acquisition, making it possible to selectively examine memory storage and consolidation. Accordingly we evaluated the effects of post-trial exercise (10 min on a treadmill) on memory consolidation in aged canines both right after, an hour after, and 24 h after acute exercise training in concurrent discrimination, object location memory (OLM), and novel object recognition tasks. Our study shows that post-trial exercise facilitates memory function by improving memory consolidation in aged animals in a time-dependent manner. The improvements were significant at 24 h post-exercise and not right after or 1 h after exercise. Aged animals were also tested following chronic exercise (10 min/day for 14 consecutive days) on OLM or till criterion were reached (for reversal learning task). We found improvements from a chronic exercise design in both the object location and reversal learning tasks. Our studies suggest that mechanisms to improve overall consolidation and cognitive function remain accessible even with progressing age and can be re-engaged by both acute and chronic exercise.

  4. 'Consolidation' of HVAC and cooling systems at CERN

    Inigo-Golfin, J; Pepinster, P; CERN. Geneva. TS Department


    A â€ワconsolidation” of installations after they have reached the end of their predetermined life-time is part of the life cycle of industrial installations, regardless how well maintained they are. The â€ワconsolidation” plan might cover the replacement of obsolete equipment, partial refurbishment, the work requested to comply with new standards and applicable rules (environmental aspects) until the complete replacement of the whole installation. This â€ワconsolidation” process is all the more critical since the installation dates of the existing cooling and HVAC equipment at CERN spans over a period of 50 years and â€ワconsolidation” in the past has been not been systematic, being most of the time associated with new projects. This paper describes the reasons behind the recent â€ワconsolidation” requests for cooling and HVAC equipment both for the accelerators backbone and in tertiary buildings. A criticality analysis is given, based on the criteria laid down in the p...

  5. Nondestructive testing and assessment of consolidation effects of earthen sites

    Xudong Wang; Qinglin Guo; Shanlong Yang; Dexuan Zhang; Yanwu Wang


    Earthen sites are widely distributed throughout China, and most of them belong to archaeological sites with significant values, which not only directly witness the origin, formation and development of Chi-nese civilization, but also possess important values for conservation and exhibition. Many researches and practices on their conservation and consolidation have been carried out; however, the consolidation effect is mainly judged by visual observation and expert evaluation. Scientific assessment of conservation and consolidation effects is a challenging issue. Many instruments in other fields cannot be directly applied to the conservation of cultural relics due to their peculiarity. In order to assess the effects of field conservation experiments, this paper tries to understand the consolidation effects at Liangzhu site using nondestructive or micro-damage methods, including thermo-physical parameters testing, infrared thermal imaging, high-density microelectrode resistivity testing, portable microscope observation, and hydrophilic and hydrophobic testing, and thereby explores the practicable methods for evaluating the properties of consolidation materials for earthen sites treatment.

  6. 肉骨粉双螺杆挤压工艺条件的研究%Parameters of twin crew extrusion system for meat and bone meal

    肖珺; 逯良忠; 金青哲


    采用挤压法对肉骨粉进行预处理,再经正己烷溶剂浸出,以获得脱脂肉骨粉,并通过响应面分析法对肉骨粉挤压预处理的主要参数进行了优化.结果表明,最优挤压条件为:物料含水率10%,机筒温度50℃,螺杆转速130 r/min.在此条件下挤压物料容重、渗滤性得到提高,浸出油中杂质含量大大降低,经测定浸出30 min后残油率仅为0.42%.%Meat and bone meal (MBM) was pretreated by extruding, and defatted MBM was obtained by hexane leaching. The parameters of extrusion were optimized by response surface methodology. The results showed that the optimal extrusion conditions were as follows:moisture content of feed 10% , sleeve temperature 50℃ and rotating speed of screw 130 r/min. Under these conditions, the bulk density and percolation of extruded MBM increased; the content of impurity in leached crude oil decreased, and the residual oil rate was only 0.42% after leaching for 30 min.

  7. Studies in reactive extrusion processing of biodegradable polymeric materials

    Balakrishnan, Sunder

    Various reaction chemistries such as Polymerization, Polymer cross-linking and Reactive grafting were investigated in twin-screw extruders. Poly (1,4-dioxan-2-one) (PPDX) was manufactured in melt by the continuous polymerization of 1,4-dioxan-2-one (PDX) monomer in a twin-screw extruder using Aluminum tri-sec butoxide (ATSB) initiator. Good and accurate control over molecular weight was obtained by controlling the ratio of monomer to initiator. A screw configuration consisting of only conveying elements was used for the polymerization. The polymerization reaction was characterized by a monomer-polymer dynamic equilibrium, above the melting temperature of the polymer, limiting the equilibrium conversion to 78-percent. Near complete (˜100-percent) conversion was obtained on co-polymerizing PDX monomer with a few mol-percent (around 8-percent) Caprolactone (CL) monomer in a twin-screw extruder using ATSB initiator. The co-polymers exhibited improved thermal stability with reduction in glass transition temperature. The extruder was modeled as an Axial Dispersed Plug Flow Reactor for the polymerization of CL monomer using Residence Time Distribution (RTD) Analysis. The model provided a good fit to the experimental RTD and conversion data. Aliphatic and aliphatic-aromatic co-polyesters, namely Polycaprolactone (PCL) and Poly butylenes (adipate-co-terephthalate) (Ecoflex) were cross-linked in a twin-screw extruder using radical initiator to form micro-gel reinforced biodegradable polyesters. Cross-linked Ecoflex was further extrusion blended with talc to form blends suitable to be blown into films. A screw configuration consisting of conveying and kneading elements was found to be effective in dispersion of the talc particles (5--10 microns) in the polyester matrix. While the rates of crystallization increased for the talc filled polyester blends, overall crystallinity reduced. Mechanical, tear and puncture properties of films made using the talc filled polyester blends

  8. Seismic wave propagation through an extrusive basalt sequence

    Sanford, Oliver; Hobbs, Richard; Brown, Richard; Schofield, Nick


    Layers of basalt flows within sedimentary successions (e.g. in the Faeroe-Shetland Basin) cause complex scattering and attenuation of seismic waves during seismic exploration surveys. Extrusive basaltic sequences are highly heterogeneous and contain strong impedance contrasts between higher velocity crystalline flow cores (˜6 km s-1) and the lower velocity fragmented and weathered flow crusts (3-4 km s-1). Typically, the refracted wave from the basaltic layer is used to build a velocity model by tomography. This velocity model is then used to aid processing of the reflection data where direct determination of velocity is ambiguous, or as a starting point for full waveform inversion, for example. The model may also be used as part of assessing drilling risk of potential wells, as it is believed to constrain the total thickness of the sequence. In heterogeneous media, where the scatter size is of the order of the seismic wavelength or larger, scattering preferentially traps the seismic energy in the low velocity regions. This causes a build-up of energy that is guided along the low velocity layers. This has implications for the interpretation of the observed first arrival of the seismic wave, which may be a biased towards the low velocity regions. This will then lead to an underestimate of the velocity structure and hence the thickness of the basalt, with implications for the drilling of wells hoping to penetrate through the base of the basalts in search of hydrocarbons. Using 2-D acoustic finite difference modelling of the guided wave through a simple layered basalt sequence, we consider the relative importance of different parameters of the basalt on the seismic energy propagating through the layers. These include the proportion of high to low velocity material, the number of layers, their thickness and the roughness of the interfaces between the layers. We observe a non-linear relationship between the ratio of high to low velocity layers and the apparent velocity

  9. Co-Extrusion: Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Devices

    Cobb, Corie Lynn [PARC, Palo Alto, CA (United States)


    The development of mass markets for large-format batteries, including electric vehicles (EVs) and grid support, depends on both cost reductions and performance enhancements to improve their economic viability. Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) has developed a multi-material, advanced manufacturing process called co-extrusion (CoEx) to remove multiple steps in a conventional battery coating process with the potential to simultaneously increase battery energy and power density. CoEx can revolutionize battery manufacturing across most chemistries, significantly lowering end-product cost and shifting the underlying economics to make EVs and other battery applications a reality. PARC’s scale-up of CoEx for electric vehicle (EV) batteries builds on a solid base of experience in applying CoEx to solar cell manufacturing, deposition of viscous ceramic pastes, and Li-ion battery chemistries. In the solar application, CoEx has been deployed commercially at production scale where multi-channel CoEx printheads are used to print viscous silver gridline pastes at full production speeds (>40 ft/min). This operational scale-up provided invaluable experience with the nuances of speed, yield, and maintenance inherent in taking a new technology to the factory floor. PARC has leveraged this experience, adapting the CoEx process for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing. To date, PARC has worked with Li-ion battery materials and structured cathodes with high-density Li-ion regions and low-density conduction regions, documenting both energy and power performance. Modeling results for a CoEx cathode show a path towards a 10-20% improvement in capacity for an EV pouch cell. Experimentally, we have realized a co-extruded battery structure with a Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) cathode at print speeds equivalent to conventional roll coating processes. The heterogeneous CoEx cathode enables improved capacity in thick electrodes at higher C-rates. The proof-of-principle coin cells

  10. Development of expanded extrusion food products for an Advanced Life Support system.

    Zasypkin, D V; Lee, T C


    Extrusion processing was proposed to provide texture and to expand the variety of cereal food products in an isolated Advanced Life Support (ALS) system. Rice, wheat, and soy are the baseline crops selected for growing during long-term manned space missions. A Brabender single-screw laboratory extruder (model 2003, L/D 20:1), equipped with round nozzles of various lengths, was used as a prototype of a small-size extruder. Several concepts were tested to extend the variety and improve the quality of the products, to decrease environmental loads, and to promote processing stability. These concepts include: the blending of wheat and soybean flour, the extrusion of a coarser rice flour, separation of wheat bran, and optimization of the extruder nozzle design. An optimal nozzle length has been established for the extrusion of rice flour. Bran separating was necessary to improve the quality of wheat extrudates.

  11. Effects of extrusion cooking on the chemical composition and functional properties of dry common bean powders.

    Ai, Yongfeng; Cichy, Karen A; Harte, Janice B; Kelly, James D; Ng, Perry K W


    The impact of extrusion cooking on the chemical composition and functional properties of bean powders from four common bean varieties was investigated. The raw bean powders were extruded under eight different conditions, and the extrudates were then dried and ground (particle size⩽0.5mm). Compared with corresponding non-extruded (raw) bean powders (particle size⩽0.5mm), the extrusion treatments did not substantially change the protein and starch contents of the bean powders and showed inconsistent effects on the sucrose, raffinose and stachyose contents. The extrusion cooking did cause complete starch gelatinization and protein denaturation of the bean powders and thus changed their pasting properties and solvent-retention capacities. The starch digestibilities of the cooked non-extruded and cooked extruded bean powders were comparable. The extruded bean powders displayed functional properties similar to those of two commercial bean powders. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. A novel optical technique to characterize fiberization of textured vegetable proteins under high-moisture extrusion

    Yao, Gang; Liu, Keshun; Hsieh, Fu-Hung


    There have been great interests in using twin-screw extruders under high moisture conditions to produce textured vegetable proteins. Unlike the low moisture extrusion counterpart, a product extruded under high moisture can have well-defined fiber orientation and bears a strong resemblance to muscle meat. The textural properties of such extruded products are important for consumer acceptance. In this study, we developed a novel fluorescence polarization based technique that measures the fiber formation of extruded protein products. The experimental results using our new technique showed good agreements with results obtained from visual inspection and digital imaging of the dissected samples. The new technique provides an in vivo and noninvasive approach to characterize the fiber formation of textured vegetable proteins under high moisture extrusion. It has a potential to be used as a real time monitoring tool in food extrusion studies.

  13. Characterisation of the wall-slip during extrusion of heavy-clay products

    Kocserha, I.; Gömze, A. L.; Kulkov, S.; Kalatur, E.; Buyakova, S. P.; Géber, R.; Buzimov, A. Y.


    During extrusion through the extrusion die, heavy-clay compounds are usually show plug flow with extensive slip at the wall of the die. In this study, the viscosity and the thickness of the slip layer were investigated. For the examination a brick-clay from Malyi (Hungary) deposit was applied as a raw material. The clay was characterised by XRPD, BET, SEM and granulometry. As the slip layer consists of suspension of the fine clay fraction so the clay minerals content of the clay (dwater content was measured by means of rotational viscosimeter. The thickness of the slip layer was calculated from the measured viscosity and other data obtained from an earlier study with capillary rheometer. The calculated thickness value showed a tendency to reach a limit value by increasing the extrusion speed.

  14. Thermoplastic starch/polyester films: effects of extrusion process and poly (lactic acid) addition.

    Shirai, Marianne Ayumi; Olivato, Juliana Bonametti; Garcia, Patrícia Salomão; Müller, Carmen Maria Olivera; Grossmann, Maria Victória Eiras; Yamashita, Fabio


    Biodegradable films were produced using the blown extrusion method from blends that contained cassava thermoplastic starch (TPS), poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA) with two different extrusion processes. The choice of extrusion process did not have a significant effect on the mechanical properties, water vapor permeability (WVP) or viscoelasticity of the films, but the addition of PLA decreased the elongation, blow-up ratio (BUR) and opacity and increased the elastic modulus, tensile strength and viscoelastic parameters of the films. The films with 20% PLA exhibited a lower WVP due to the hydrophobic nature of this polymer. Morphological analyses revealed the incompatibility between the polymers used.

  15. Replication of micro-sized pillars in polypropylene using the extrusion coating process

    Okulova, Nastasia; Johansen, Peter; Christensen, Lars


    A recent advancement in nano-pattern replication using roll-to-roll extrusion coating (R2R-EC) shows potential for many biomimetic applications. For further development of the technique a study of the micro-replication regime is carried out. In this study a full and partial replication in polypro......A recent advancement in nano-pattern replication using roll-to-roll extrusion coating (R2R-EC) shows potential for many biomimetic applications. For further development of the technique a study of the micro-replication regime is carried out. In this study a full and partial replication...... in polypropylene (PP) of micro-sized pillars has been demonstrated using the extrusion coating process. The replication fidelity of the pillars is investigated in a systematic variation of different process parameters: the line-speed of the rolls, the extruder output, the cooling roll temperature and the pressure...

  16. Extrusion – back to the future: Using an established technique to reform automated chemical synthesis


    Herein, the benefits which extrusion can provide for the automated continuous synthesis of organic compounds are highlighted. Extrusion is a well-established technique that has a vital role in the manufacturing processes of polymers, pharmaceuticals and food products. Furthermore, this technique has recently been applied to the solvent-free continuous synthesis of co-crystals and coordination compounds including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To date, a vast amount of research has already been conducted into reactive extrusion (REX), particularly in the polymer industry, which in many cases has involved organic transformations, however, it has not received significant recognition for this. This review highlights these transformations and discusses how this previous research can be applied to the future of organic compound manufacture. PMID:28179950

  17. Extrusion - back to the future: Using an established technique to reform automated chemical synthesis.

    Crawford, Deborah E


    Herein, the benefits which extrusion can provide for the automated continuous synthesis of organic compounds are highlighted. Extrusion is a well-established technique that has a vital role in the manufacturing processes of polymers, pharmaceuticals and food products. Furthermore, this technique has recently been applied to the solvent-free continuous synthesis of co-crystals and coordination compounds including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To date, a vast amount of research has already been conducted into reactive extrusion (REX), particularly in the polymer industry, which in many cases has involved organic transformations, however, it has not received significant recognition for this. This review highlights these transformations and discusses how this previous research can be applied to the future of organic compound manufacture.

  18. Computer aided die design: A new open-source methodology

    Carneiro, Olga Sousa; Rajkumar, Ananth; Ferrás, Luís Lima; Fernandes, Célio; Sacramento, Alberto; Nóbrega, João Miguel


    In this work we present a detailed description of how to use open source based computer codes to aid the design of complex profile extrusion dies, aiming to improve its flow distribution. The work encompasses the description of the overall open-source die design methodology, the implementation of the energy conservation equation in an existing OpenFOAM® solver, which will be then capable of simulating the steady non-isothermal flow of an incompressible generalized Newtonian fluid, and two case studies to illustrate the capabilities and practical usefulness of the developed methodology. The results obtained with these case studies, used to solve real industrial problems, demonstrate that the computational design aid is an excellent alternative, from economical and technical points of view, to the experimental trial-and-error procedure commonly used in industry.

  19. A brief review of extrusion-based tissue scaffold bio-printing.

    Ning, Liqun; Chen, Xiongbiao


    Extrusion-based bio-printing has great potential as a technique for manipulating biomaterials and living cells to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds for damaged tissue repair and function restoration. Over the last two decades, advances in both engineering techniques and life sciences have evolved extrusion-based bio-printing from a simple technique to one able to create diverse tissue scaffolds from a wide range of biomaterials and cell types. However, the complexities associated with synthesis of materials for bio-printing and manipulation of multiple materials and cells in bio-printing pose many challenges for scaffold fabrication. This paper presents an overview of extrusion-based bio-printing for scaffold fabrication, focusing on the prior-printing considerations (such as scaffold design and materials/cell synthesis), working principles, comparison to other techniques, and to-date achievements. This paper also briefly reviews the recent development of strategies with regard to hydrogel synthesis, multi-materials/cells manipulation, and process-induced cell damage in extrusion-based bio-printing. The key issue and challenges for extrusion-based bio-printing are also identified and discussed along with recommendations for future, aimed at developing novel biomaterials and bio-printing systems, creating patterned vascular networks within scaffolds, and preserving the cell viability and functions in scaffold bio-printing. The address of these challenges will significantly enhance the capability of extrusion-based bio-printing. Copyright © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Immediate release pellets with lipid binders obtained by solvent-free cold extrusion.

    Krause, Julia; Thommes, Markus; Breitkreutz, Jörg


    Lipid-based drug delivery systems have spread in their use in pharmaceutical drug development. This work focuses on the use of lipid binders as alternative non-toxic extrusion aid for pellet formulations. The preparation of immediate release pellets with solid lipid binders through a solvent-free cold extrusion/spheronisation process was investigated in this study. Various binary, ternary and quaternary mixtures of powdered lipids and the model drug sodium benzoate were investigated and compared to well-known wet extrusion binders like microcrystalline cellulose and kappa-carrageenan. The cold lipid extrusion process offers multiple advantages as it is suitable for thermal sensitive as well as for hygroscopic drugs, furthermore no drying process to evaporate the solvent is needed and the process is feasible for different extruder types. Some of the developed pellets showed favourable properties like spherical shape, narrow size distribution, a high drug load of 80% sodium benzoate and a drug release of more than 90% within 40 min. The stability of drug release, which can be problematic when using lipid excipients, was sufficient for some mixtures, as storage under elevated temperatures changed the release profiles only slightly and no formulation released less than 80% within the first 60 min. A formulation with a mixture of hard fat, glycerol distearate and glycerol trimyristate showed the best results, as pellets with a low aspect ratio, narrow size distribution and complete drug release were obtained. Using appropriate mixtures of acylglycerides it becomes possible to produce pharmaceutical pellets with immediate release characteristics by cold extrusion and subsequent spheronisation. Thus, lipids are very promising alternatives to commonly used extrusion/spheronisation binders.