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  1. Healing and hearing results of temporalis fascia graft Vs cartilage graft (Full thickness and half thickness in type I tympanoplasty

    Sanjana V Nemade


    Full Text Available Background- Although temporalis fascia is the commonly used graft material for tympanic membrane reconstruction, cartilage–perichondrium graft is the material of choice for the reconstruction of the atelectatic tympanic membrane, recurrent perforations, subtotal and total perforations. Stiffness of cartilage graft is always the concern for the audiological outcome of the surgery. In our study, we used temporalis fascia and the cartilage graft of different thickness and have done the honest efforts to find out the ideal graft that will form a perfect balance between the stability and the acoustic sensitivity of the tympanic membrane. Materials and methods: 90 patients were included who underwent type one tympanoplasty between July 2003 to January 2006. 30 cases were included in Group A in which temporalis fascia was used. 30 cases were included in Group B in which full thickness tragal cartilage (1mm was used and 30 cases were included in Group C in which partial thickness (0.5 mm tragal cartilage was used. Results: Graft take was accomplished in 86 patients (95.5%. The average Air-Bone gap closure achieved in Group A was 27.4 dB; in Group B was 17.5dB while in Group C it was26.8 dB. Conclusion- Cartilage of 0.5 mm thickness maintains a perfect balance between sufficient stability and adequate acoustic sensitivity. If the stability of the reconstructed membrane is a higher priority, like in chronic eustachian tube blockage, full thickness tragal cartilage can be used, although it entails some sacrifice of acoustic quality.

  2. Elementary computation of radiation doses and shieldings for radiochemical laboratories; Calculo Elemental de dosis y blindajes para laboratorios radioquimicos

    Jimeno de Osso, F.


    Simple procedures for the calculation of radiation exposition, half thickness, shield thickness, etc. are described and equations and graphs are included for those gamma-emitting radionuclides, that are more often used in radiochemical laboratories. Application is made of these procedures to three radionuclides, bromine-82, sodium-24 and cobalt-60 which cover a rather energy range; theoretical results are compared with those obtained from experimental measurements. (Author) 23 refs.

  3. Elementary computation of radiation doses and shieldings for radiochemical laboratories; Calculo Elemental de dosis y blindajes para laboratorios radioquimicos

    Jimeno de Osso, F.


    Simple procedures for the calculation of radiation exposition, half thickness, shield thickness, etc. are described and equations and graphs are included for those gamma-emitting radionuclides, that are more often used in radiochemical laboratories. Application is made of these procedures to three radionuclides, bromine-82, sodium-24 and cobalt-60 which cover a rather energy range; theoretical results are compared with those obtained from experimental measurements. (Author) 23 refs.

  4. Theoretical analysis of the acoustical characteristics of suspended micro-perforated panel absorbers

    SHENG Shengwo; SONG Yongmin; WANG Jiqing


    Sound absorption characteristics of suspended micro-perforated panel absorbers were investigated theoretically. The method of half thickness model of such panel absorber with quadripole analysis was used for predicting its acoustic performance. The analysis results show that the predictions agree well with the measurements of absorption in the reverberation chamber. The factors affecting the absorption characteristics for such absorbers were discussed,and some rules as design guidelines were given.

  5. Effect of side-chain asymmetry on the intermolecular structure and order-disorder transition in alkyl-substituted polyfluorenes

    Knaapila, Matti; Stepanyan, R.; Torkkeli, M.


    We study relations among the side-chain asymmetry, structure, and order-disorder transition (ODT) in hairy-rod-type poly(9,9-dihexylfluorene) (PF6) with two identical side chains and atactic poly(9-octyl-9-methyl-fluorene) (PF1-8) with two different side chains per repeat. PF6 and PF1-8 organize...... as an indistinguishable bilayer with a half thickness Hbilayer(PF1−8)/2≈H(PF6). The low grafting density region is structurally possible but not certain for PF6 and confirmed for PF1-8....

  6. Effect of guide field on three dimensional electron shear flow instabilities in collisionless magnetic reconnection

    Jain, Neeraj


    We examine the effect of an external guide field and current sheet thickness on the growth rates and nature of three dimensional unstable modes of an electron current sheet driven by electron shear flow. The growth rate of the fastest growing mode drops rapidly with current sheet thickness but increases slowly with the strength of the guide field. The fastest growing mode is tearing type only for thin current sheets (half thickness $\\approx d_e$, where $d_e=c/\\omega_{pe}$ is electron inertial length) and zero guide field. For finite guide field or thicker current sheets, fastest growing mode is non-tearing type. However growth rates of the fastest 2-D tearing mode and 3-D non-tearing mode are comparable for thin current sheets ($d_e < $half thickness $ < 2\\,d_e$) and small guide field (of the order of the asymptotic value of the component of magnetic field supporting electron current sheet). It is shown that the general mode resonance conditions for electron-magnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) and magnetohydrody...

  7. Nonlinear evolution of three-dimensional instabilities of thin and thick electron scale current sheets: Plasmoid formation and current filamentation

    Jain, Neeraj; Büchner, Jörg [Max Planck/Princeton Center for Plasma Physics, Göttingen (Germany); Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Justus-Von-Liebig-Weg-3, Göttingen (Germany)


    Nonlinear evolution of three dimensional electron shear flow instabilities of an electron current sheet (ECS) is studied using electron-magnetohydrodynamic simulations. The dependence of the evolution on current sheet thickness is examined. For thin current sheets (half thickness =d{sub e}=c/ω{sub pe}), tearing mode instability dominates. In its nonlinear evolution, it leads to the formation of oblique current channels. Magnetic field lines form 3-D magnetic spirals. Even in the absence of initial guide field, the out-of-reconnection-plane magnetic field generated by the tearing instability itself may play the role of guide field in the growth of secondary finite-guide-field instabilities. For thicker current sheets (half thickness ∼5 d{sub e}), both tearing and non-tearing modes grow. Due to the non-tearing mode, current sheet becomes corrugated in the beginning of the evolution. In this case, tearing mode lets the magnetic field reconnect in the corrugated ECS. Later thick ECS develops filamentary structures and turbulence in which reconnection occurs. This evolution of thick ECS provides an example of reconnection in self-generated turbulence. The power spectra for both the thin and thick current sheets are anisotropic with respect to the electron flow direction. The cascade towards shorter scales occurs preferentially in the direction perpendicular to the electron flow.

  8. Evaluation of odontological X ray and conventional radiology, and mammography installed at Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, during the period of 2005 to 2010; Avaliacao dos equipamentos de raios-X odontologicos e de radiologia convencional e mamografos instalados em Recife no periodo de 2005 a 2010

    Asfora, Viviane Khoury; Andrade, Marcos Ely; Barros, Vinicius Saito de; Khoury, Helen J.; Brasileiro, Izabela V. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (DEN/UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear


    This paper studied the performance of 48 X ray equipment of odontological clinics, 22 mammography, 104 conventional X ray equipment. Accuracy tests were performed and the reproducibility of exposure time and the applied voltage to the X ray tube, collimation and alignment of the radiation beam, half-thickness and filtration. The obtained results have shown that for the mammography, only 55% of evaluated equipment attended to all requirements of the Portaria 453 of the Ministry of Health and that 46% of the odontological equipment and 53% of X-ray equipment attended to all the requirements of the document. The items presenting more inadequacy were collimation, beam filtration and time of accuracy of exposure ad voltage

  9. Post-Processing of the Full Matrix of Ultrasonic Transmit-Receive Array Data for Guided Wave Pipe Inspection

    Velichko, A.; Wilcox, P. D.


    The paper describes a method for processing data from a guided wave transducer array on a pipe. The raw data set from such an array contains the full matrix of time-domain signals from each transmitter-receiver combination. It is shown that for certain configurations of an array the total focusing method can be applied which allows the array to be focused at every point on a pipe surface in both transmission and reception. The effect of array configuration parameters on the sensitivity of the proposed method to the random and coherent noise is discussed. Experimental results are presented using electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMAT) for exciting and detecting the S0 Lamb wave mode in a 12 inch steel pipe at 200 kHz excitation frequency. The results show that using the imaging algorithm a 2-mm-diameter (0.08 wavelength) half-thickness hole can be detected.

  10. Free Vibrations of Axisymmetric Shells: Parabolic and Elliptic cases

    Chaussade, Marie; Faou, Erwan; Yosibash, Zohar


    Approximate eigenpairs (quasimodes) of axisymmetric thin elastic domains with laterally clamped boundary conditions (Lam\\'e system) are determined by an asymptotic analysis as the thickness ($2\\varepsilon$) tends to zero. The departing point is the Koiter shell model that we reduce by asymptotic analysis to a scalar modelthat depends on two parameters: the angular frequency $k$ and the half-thickness $\\varepsilon$. Optimizing $k$ for each chosen $\\varepsilon$, we find power laws for $k$ in function of $\\varepsilon$ that provide the smallest eigenvalues of the scalar reductions.Corresponding eigenpairs generate quasimodes for the 3D Lam\\'e system by means of several reconstruction operators, including boundary layer terms. Numerical experiments demonstrate that in many cases the constructed eigenpair corresponds to the first eigenpair of the Lam\\'e system.Geometrical conditions are necessary to this approach: The Gaussian curvature has to be nonnegative and the azimuthal curvature has to dominate the meridian ...

  11. Effects of Hall Current in the Driven Reconnection with Various Scales

    YANG Hong-Ang; JIN Shu-Ping


    In the driven reconnection process with various scales, the effect of Hall current is studied numerically using a Hall magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) code derived from a multi-step implicit scheme. In the cases with Lc/di ≤ 1.0 (Lcis the half-thickness of initial current layer, di is the ion inertial length), the features of Hall MHD reconnection are shown as follows: a quasi-steady single X-line reconnection is obtained, the By component with a quadrupolar structure is generated and the maximum reconnection rate is larger than 0.11. In the cases with Lc/di > 1.0, the effect of Hall current on the reconnection dynamics weakens and Hall MHD reconnection is gradually transformed into resistive MHD reconnection as Lc/di increases.

  12. Investigation on tempering of granular bainite in an offshore platform steel

    Zhou, Yanlei; Jia, Tao; Zhang, Xiangjun [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, P.O. Box 105, No. 11, Lane 3, Wenhua Road, HePing District, Shenyang 110819 (China); Liu, Zhenyu, E-mail: [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, P.O. Box 105, No. 11, Lane 3, Wenhua Road, HePing District, Shenyang 110819 (China); Misra, R.D.K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968-0521 (United States)


    Granular bainite, where M-A constituents dispersed in bainitic ferrite matrix usually presents at the half thickness region in thermo-mechanically processed heavy gauge offshore platform steel. In the present work, the decomposition of M-A constituents during tempering at 600 °C was firstly revealed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis, which primarily involves the precipitation of cementite, recovery and recrystallization of highly dislocated ferrite matrix. Then, the effect of tempering on mechanical properties was investigated by tempering at different temperature for 60 min. Results indicated that, at tempering temperature of 500–600 °C, large quantity of micro-alloying carbides precipitated and partially compensated the loss of strength mainly due to the decomposition of M-A constituents. Compared with the as-rolled state, the decomposition of M-A constituents and softening of bainitic ferrite matrix after tempering have resulted in higher density of microvoids and substantial plastic deformation before impact failure.

  13. Local wavefield velocity imaging for damage evaluation

    Chia, Chen Ciang; Gan, Chia Sheng; Mustapha, F.


    Ultrasonic Propagation Imaging or Acoustic Wavefield Imaging has been widely used to evaluate structural damages and internal features. Inspecting complete wavefield time history for damage identification is tedious and error-prone. A more effective way is by extracting damage-related information into a single image. A wavefield velocity imaging method that maps the local estimates of group or phase velocity is proposed. Actual velocity values rather than arbitrarily-scaled intensities are mapped, enabling damage sizing without the need of supervised training or inspecting wavefield propagation video. Performance of the proposed method was tested by inspecting a 100 mm by 100 mm area of a 2 mm thick stainless steel specimen. Local phase velocity maps of A0 mode showed a half-thickness hole of 2 mm diameter as significant change in local phase velocity from the nominal 2 m/ms. Full width at half maximum of relevant velocity profiles proved the accuracy and consistency of the damage sizing.

  14. Influence of temperature on threshold stress for reorientation of hydrides and residual stress variation across thickness of Zr-2.5Nb alloy pressure tube

    Singh, R.N. [Materials Science, Technology and Society, Malmo University, SE20506 (Sweden) and Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)]. E-mail:; Lala Mikin, R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 247 667, Uttaranchal (India); Dey, G.K. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Sah, D.N. [Post Irradiation Examination Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Batra, I.S. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Stahle, P. [Materials Science, Technology and Society, Malmo University, SE20506 (Sweden)


    Threshold stress, {sigma} {sub th}, for reorientation of hydrides in cold worked and stress-relieved (CWSR) Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material was determined in the temperature range of 523-673 K. Using tapered gage tensile specimen, mean value of {sigma} {sub th} was experimentally determined by two methods, half thickness method and area compensation method. The difference between local values of {sigma} {sub th} measured across the thickness of the tube and the mean {sigma} {sub th} values yielded the residual stress variation across the tube thickness. It was observed that both the mean threshold stress and residual stress decrease with increase in reorientation temperature. Also, the maximum value of residual stresses was observed near the midsection of the tube.

  15. Magnetic configurations of the tilted current sheets in magnetotail

    C. Shen


    Full Text Available In this research, the geometrical structures of tilted current sheet and tail flapping waves have been analysed based on multiple spacecraft measurements and some features of the tilted current sheets have been made clear for the first time. The geometrical features of the tilted current sheet revealed in this investigation are as follows: (1 The magnetic field lines (MFLs in the tilted current sheet are generally plane curves and the osculating planes in which the MFLs lie are about vertical to the equatorial plane, while the normal of the tilted current sheet leans severely to the dawn or dusk side. (2 The tilted current sheet may become very thin, the half thickness of its neutral sheet is generally much less than the minimum radius of the curvature of the MFLs. (3 In the neutral sheet, the field-aligned current density becomes very large and has a maximum value at the center of the current sheet. (4 In some cases, the current density is a bifurcated one, and the two humps of the current density often superpose two peaks in the gradient of magnetic strength, indicating that the magnetic gradient drift current is possibly responsible for the formation of the two humps of the current density in some tilted current sheets. Tilted current sheets often appear along with tail current sheet flapping waves. It is found that, in the tail flapping current sheets, the minimum curvature radius of the MFLs in the current sheet is rather large with values around 1 RE, while the neutral sheet may be very thin, with its half thickness being several tenths of RE. During the flapping waves, the current sheet is tilted substantially, and the maximum tilt angle is generally larger than 45°. The phase velocities of these flapping waves are several tens km/s, while their periods and wavelengths are several tens of minutes, and several earth radii, respectively. These tail flapping events generally last several hours and occur

  16. Channeling energy loss and dechanneling of He along axial and planar directions of Si

    Shafiei, S.; Lamehi-Rachti, M.


    In the present work, the energy loss and the dechanneling of He ions in the energy of 1.5 MeV and 2 MeV along the and axial directions as well as the {1 0 0} and {1 1 0} planar directions of Si were studied by the simulation of the channeling Rutherford backscattering spectra. The simulation was done based on the considerations that a fraction of the aligned beam enters the sample as a random component due to the ions scattering from the surface, and the dechanneling starts at the greater penetration depths, xDech. It was presumed that the dechanneling process follows a simple exponential law with a parameter λ which is proportional to the half-thickness. The Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm was used to set the best parameters of energy loss ratio, xDech and λ. The experimental results are well reproduced by this simulation. Differences between various axial and planar channels in the Si crystal and their influence on the energy loss ratio and dechanneling of He ions are described. Moreover, the energy dependence of energy loss ratio and dechanneling of He ions were investigated. It is shown that the dechanneling behavior of ions depends on the energy and energy loss of the ions along a channel. The channeled to random energy loss increases by decreasing ions energy.

  17. The global structure of thin, stratified "alpha"-discs and the reliability of the one layer approximation

    Huré, J M; Hur\\'e, Jean-Marc; Galliano, Fr\\'ed\\'eric


    We report the results of a systematic comparison between the vertically averaged model and the vertically explicit model of steady state, Keplerian, optically thick "alpha"-discs. The simulations have concerned discs currently found in three different systems: dwarf novae, young stellar objects and active galactic nuclei. In each case, we have explored four decades of accretion rates and almost the whole disc area (except the narrow region where the vertically averaged model has degenerate solutions). We find that the one layer approach gives a remarkably good estimate of the main physical quantities in the disc, and specially the temperature at the equatorial plane which is accurate to within 30% for cases considered. The major deviations (by a factor < 4) are observed on the disc half-thickness. The sensitivity of the results to the "alpha"-parameter value has been tested for 0.001 < alpha < 0.1 and appears to be weak. This study suggests that the ``precision'' of the vertically averaged model whic...

  18. Reaction of Accretion Disks to Abrupt Mass Loss During Binary Black Hole Merger

    O'Neill, Sean M; Bogdanovic, Tamara; Reynolds, Christopher S; Schnittman, Jeremy


    The association of an electromagnetic signal with the merger of a pair of supermassive black holes would have many important implications. For example, it would provide new information about gas and magnetic field interactions in dynamical spacetimes as well as a combination of redshift and luminosity distance that would enable precise cosmological tests. A proposal first made by Bode & Phinney (2007) is that because radiation of gravitational waves during the final inspiral and merger of the holes is abrupt and decreases the mass of the central object by a few percent, there will be waves in the disk that can steepen into shocks and thus increase the disk luminosity in a characteristic way. We evaluate this process analytically and numerically. We find that shocks only occur when the fractional mass loss exceeds the half-thickness (h/r) of the disk, hence significant energy release only occurs for geometrically thin disks which are thus at low Eddington ratios. This strongly limits the effective energy r...

  19. Rupture of Achilles Tendon : Usefulness of Ultrasonography

    Kim, Nam Hyeon; Ki, Won Woo; Yoon, Kwon Ha; Kim, Song Mun; Shin, Myeong Jin [Ulsan Medical College, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Soon Tae [Chungnam University College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    To differentiate a complete rupture of Achilles tendon from an incomplete one which is important because its treatment is quite different. And it is necessary to know the exact site of the rupture preoperatively. Fifteen cases of fourteen patients which were diagnosed as Achilles tendon rupture by ultrasonography and surgery were reviewed. We compared sonographic rupture site with surgical findings. Ultrasonographic criteria for differentiation of complete and incomplete rupture was defined as follows : the discreteness, which means the proximal intervening hypoechogenicity to the interface echogenicity of distal margin of ruptured tendon : the slant sign, which represents the interface of ruptured distal margin which was seen over the 3/4 of the thickness of the tendon without intervening low echogeneicity : the invagination sign, which means the echogenic invagination from Kager triangle into posterior aspect of Achilles tendon over the half thickness of the tendon. The sites of complete tendon rupture were exactly corresponded to surgical finding in four cases of ten complete ruptures. And the discrepancy between sonographic and surgical findings in the site of complete rupture was 1.2 {+-} 0.4 cm in six cases. Three of ten complete ruptures showed the discreteness sign, all of ten showed the slant sign and two of ten showed the invagination sign. It is helpful to differentiate a complete from incomplete rupture of the Achilles tendon and to localize the site of the complete rupture with the ultrasonographic evaluation

  20. Consideration of SH-wave fundamental modes in piezoelectromagnetic plate: electrically open and magnetically open boundary conditions

    Zakharenko, A. A.


    This report studies the dispersive wave propagation in the transversely isotropic (6 mm) piezoelectromagnetic (PEM) plate when the mechanical, electrical, and magnetic boundary conditions for both the upper and lower free surfaces of the plate are as follows: the mechanically free, electrically open, and magnetically open surfaces. This study follows some original results obtained in book. The fundamental modes' dispersion relations are graphically shown for the following well-known PEM composite materials: BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 and PZT-5H-Terfenol-D. It is natural that for large values of the nondimensional parameter kd (k is the wave number and d is the plate half-thickness), the velocities of both the fundamental modes approach the surface shear-horizontal wave called the piezomagnetic exchange surface Melkumyan wave. It is well known that plate waves are usually utilized in the nondestructive testing and evaluation, for instance, in the airspace industry. Also, PEM materials are used as smart ones in various technical devices such as dispersive wave delay lines, (biochemi)sensors, lab-on-a-chip, etc.

  1. Initiation of a major calving event on the Bowdoin Glacier captured by UAV photogrammetry

    Jouvet, Guillaume; Weidmann, Yvo; Seguinot, Julien; Funk, Martin; Abe, Takahiro; Sakakibara, Daiki; Seddik, Hakime; Sugiyama, Shin


    In this paper, we analyse the calving activity of the Bowdoin Glacier, north-western Greenland, in 2015 by combining satellite images, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) photogrammetry and ice flow modelling. In particular, a high-resolution displacement field is inferred from UAV orthoimages taken immediately before and after the initiation of a large fracture, which induced a major calving event. A detailed analysis of the strain rate field allows us to accurately map the path taken by the opening crack. Modelling results reveal (i) that the crack was more than half-thickness deep, filled with water and getting irreversibly deeper when it was captured by the UAV and (ii) that the crack initiated in an area of high horizontal shear caused by a local basal bump immediately behind the current calving front. The asymmetry of the bed at the front explains the systematic calving pattern observed in May and July-August 2015. As a corollary, we infer that the calving front of the Bowdoin Glacier is currently stabilized by this bedrock bump and might enter into an unstable mode and retreat rapidly if the glacier keeps thinning in the coming years. Beyond this outcome, our study demonstrates that the combination of UAV photogrammetry and ice flow modelling is a promising tool to horizontally and vertically track the propagation of fractures responsible for large calving events.

  2. Effect of limb darkening on the radiation flux emitted from the inner region towards the outer region in accretion discs around black holes

    Zhu Ci-sheng


    Because of the thermal instability of bremsstrahlung, the optically thin outer region in accretion discs around black holes would collapse to form the optically thick inner region. The former would be geometrically much thicker than the latter. Taking limb darkening into account, accurate calculations have been carried out for the ratio L*/L/sub 0/, where L/sub 0/ is the total radiation flux emitted in the inner region of the discs and L* is a part of L/sub 0/ which strikes the outer region. A limb-darkening law I(r,theta) = I(r,0)(1-u+u cos theta) is used, u being the limb-darkening coefficient. L*/L/sub 0/ can be expressed as L*/L/sub 0/ = ..beta..h/sup 2//sub asterisk/, where ..beta.. is determined by formulae (10)--(12). r/sub 0/, r/sub 1/ and h(r/sub 1/), which appear in the definition of the dimensionless parameters x,x/sub 1/ and h/sub asterisk/, are the innermost radius of the inner region, the radius of the boundary between the two regions, and the half thickness of the outer region at radius r/sub 1/, respectively.

  3. Formation and characterization of hydride blisters in Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes

    Hellouin de Menibus, Arthur, E-mail: [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mines ParisTech/Centre des matériaux, CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France); Auzoux, Quentin; Dieye, Ousmane [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Berger, Pascal [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); CNRS UMR 3299, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Bosonnet, Sophie [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Foy, Eddy [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); CNRS UMR 3299, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Macdonald, Vincent [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Besson, Jacques; Crépin, Jerome [Mines ParisTech/Centre des matériaux, CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France)


    This article is focused on the formation of hydride blisters in zirconium alloys an experimental and theoretical standpoint, and their characterization in terms of morphology, hydrides crystallographic phases, hardness and hydrogen concentration. An experimental setup was developed to grow hydride blisters on pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes by thermo-diffusion. The thermal conditions were optimized based on thermo-diffusion calculations, that take into account the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit, to obtain a high blister growth rate. Micro-X-ray Diffraction (XRD), nano-hardness and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) showed that the blisters contain a hydrogen gradient, with pure δ-hydride phase close to the external surface over one third of the blister depth. Thermo-diffusion calculations showed these half thickness blisters should grow in only a few days in PWR conditions. Eventually, the Diffusion Equilibrium Threshold (DET) was defined as a criterion that limits the blister growth, and emphasizes that the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit in zirconium must be taken into account to model hydrogen thermo-diffusion in zirconium alloys.

  4. The Notable Problem of T-R Probe in the Ultrasonic Inspection of Medium Thickness Plate%双晶探头在中厚板探伤应用中应注意的问题



    The optimally focal distance of the selected probe was the half thickness of the medium thickness plate and the detection sensitivity should be adjusted by flat bottom which having double times focal distance when inspecting the plate by TR probe. Otherwise, paying more attention to the echo height of near surface defect, it seemed that the echo height did not reach the requirement, but it had met or exceeded the standard actually. It was also needed to notice the sound beam in order to avoid unnecessary losses by false method when the small flaw was identified as the big one artificially.%使用双晶探头检测中厚板时,选用探头的焦距以等于钢板厚度的一半为最佳,调整检测灵敏度最好以二倍焦距的大平底为基准,否则要注意近检测面缺陷信号,即使缺陷波高未达到判定条件,而实际缺陷有可能达到或超过控制要求。缺陷边界的测定要注意有效波束宽度问题,避免方法不当,人为地将小缺陷测定成了大缺陷,造成不必要的损失。

  5. Nano-sized precipitation and properties of a low carbon niobium micro-alloyed bainitic steel

    Xie, Z.J. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada); Ma, X.P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada); Shang, C.J., E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, X.M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Subramanian, S.V. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada)


    The present work focuses on microstructure evolution and precipitation strengthening during tempering at region of 550–680 °C to elucidate the structure–property relationship in the steel. The effect of tempering on the development of a 700 MPa grade high strength hot rolled cost-effective bainitic steel was studied for infrastructure applications. Granular bainite with dispersed martenisit–austenite (M–A) constituents in the bainitic ferrite matrix was obtained after hot rolling and air cooling to room temperature. The decomposition of M–A constituents to cementite carbides and the precipitation of nano-sized NbC carbides in bainitic matrix on tempering were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Nano-sized precipitates of NbC precipitated during tempering were in average diameter of ~4.1–6.1 nm. There were ~86–173 MPa increases in yield strength after tempering at region of 550–680 °C. It is noticeable that those nano-sized NbC precipitates provide an effective way to significantly increase the strength of the low carbon bainitic steel. High yield strength of 716 MPa with high ductility (uniform elongation of 9.3% and total elongation of 22.4%), low yield to tensile ratio of 0.9 and good low temperature toughness of 47 J (half thickness) at –40 °C was obtained after tempering at 680 °C for 30 min.

  6. Are cosmic rays effective for ionization of protoplanetary disks?

    Dolginov, Arkady Z.; Stepinski, Tomasz F.


    The principal uncertainty in studying the magnetic properties of protoplanetary disks concerns the ionization levels of the disk's gas. The low gas temperature precludes thermal ionization, leaving cosmic rays as the dominant source of ionization. It has been shown that the resulting electrical conductivity is just high enough for a MHD dynamo to produce contemporaneously a magnetic field in most of the extended parts of a turbulent protoplanetary disk. Here we argue that the effectiveness of cosmic rays to ionize the bulk of the gas is impaired by the influence of the generated magnetic field on the propagation of cosmic rays within a disk. Cosmic rays scatter on magnetic inhomogeneities, and, as a result, their penetration depth decreases to only a fraction of the disk half-thickness, resulting in a severe depletion of free charge from the midplane regions of a disk. That, in turn, undercuts the dynamo mechanism, so extended parts of the disk are free from a dynamically significant magnetic field. We also point out that any additional, even small, in situ source of ionization, such as radioactive Al-26, may again make a dynamo a viable regeneration process capable of producing a dynamically important magnetic field.

  7. Miniaturized Design of Tightly Coupled Interdigital Bandpass Filter%强耦合交指形带通滤波器小型化设计

    王阳; 李平辉; 周水威; 张毅


    文中设计了基于带条形谐振单元的强耦合交指形二阶带通滤波器和叠层谐振式二阶带通滤波器,强耦合通过宽边耦合结构实现。设计的各个滤波器中心频率依次降低,体现了滤波器等效尺寸的缩减。其中微带电路板厚减半的叠层谐振式二阶滤波器的等效尺寸约为交指形二阶滤波器的50%,显示出较好的小型化效果。%This paper presented tightly coupled 2-order interdigital Bandpass Filter (BPF) and overlapped resonating bandpass filter, both of which are based on strip resonating units. The tightly coupling can be realized through broadbrimmed coupling structure. The central frequency of the designed filters decreases successively, which shows the reduction of the equivalent dimen- sion of the filters. And the equivalent size of the overlapped resonating filter with half thickness of the microstrip board is about 50% that of the interdigital filter, which shows the good effect of miniaturization.

  8. Performance of a DOI-encoding small animal PET system with monolithic scintillators

    Carles, M., E-mail: [Instituto de Instrumentacion para Imagen Molecular(I3M), Centro mixto CSIC-Universitat Politecnica de Valencia- IEMAT, Camino de Vera s/n, 46020 Valencia (Spain); Lerche, Ch.W. [Department X-Ray Imaging Systems, Philips Research Europe, Weisshausstrasse 2, D-52066 Aachen (Germany); Sanchez, F.; Orero, A.; Moliner, L.; Soriano, A.; Benlloch, J.M. [Instituto de Instrumentacion para Imagen Molecular(I3M), Centro mixto CSIC-Universitat Politecnica de Valencia- IEMAT, Camino de Vera s/n, 46020 Valencia (Spain)


    PET systems designed for specific applications require high resolution and sensitivity instrumentation. In dedicated system design smaller ring diameters and deeper crystals are widely used in order to increase the system sensitivity. However, this design increases the parallax error, which degrades the spatial image resolution gradually from the center to the edge of the field-of-view (FOV). Our group has designed a depth of interaction(DOI)-encoding small animal PET system based on monolithic crystals. In this work we investigate the restoration of radial resolution for transaxially off-center sources using the DOI information provided by our system. For this purpose we have designed a support for point like sources adapted to our system geometry that allows a spatial compression and resolution response study. For different point source radial positions along vertical and horizontal axes of a FOV transaxial plane we compare the results obtained by three methods: without DOI information, with the DOI provided by our system and with the assumption that all the {gamma}-rays interact at half depth of the crystal thickness. Results show an improvement of the mean resolution of 10% with the half thickness assumption and a 16% achieved using the DOI provided by the system. Furthermore, a 10% restoration of the resolution uniformity is obtained using the half depth assumption and an 18% restoration using measured DOI.

  9. The Universal Aspect Ratio of Vortices in Rotating Stratified Flows: Theory and Simulation

    Hassanzadeh, Pedram; Gal, Patrice Le


    We derive a relationship for the vortex aspect ratio $\\alpha$ (vertical half-thickness over horizontal length scale) for steady and slowly evolving vortices in rotating stratified fluids, as a function of the Brunt-Vaisala frequencies within the vortex $N_c$ and in the background fluid outside the vortex $\\bar{N}$, the Coriolis parameter $f$, and the Rossby number $Ro$ of the vortex: $\\alpha^2 = Ro(1+Ro) f^2/(N_c^2-\\bar{N}^2)$. This relation is valid for cyclones and anticyclones in either the cyclostrophic or geostrophic regimes; it works with vortices in Boussinesq fluids or ideal gases, and the background density gradient need not be uniform. Our relation for $\\alpha$ has many consequences for equilibrium vortices in rotating stratified flows. For example, cyclones must have $N_c^2 > \\bar{N}^2$; weak anticyclones (with $|Ro| \\bar{N}^2$. We verify our relation for $\\alpha$ with numerical simulations of the three-dimensional Boussinesq equations for a wide variety of vortices, including: vortices that are i...

  10. Study of Gamma-Ray Shielding Properties of Barite Concrete Including CRTs at Different Energies with Monte Carlo Method%重晶石混凝土中混入CRTs的屏蔽性能MC模拟研究

    程鹏亮; 葛良全; 张庆贤; 李秋实; 严峻; 刘俊


    基于MCNP5对重晶石混凝土中混入不同比例的报废阴极X射线管瓶锥部分的屏蔽性能进行模拟研究。通过对不同能量的γ射线穿过屏蔽体的模拟研究,得出四种能量的γ射线在各种比例混凝土中的出射光谱、线衰减系数、透射率及半吸收厚度。模拟结果表明:对于同一种能量的γ射线随着CRTs比例的上升,混凝土的屏蔽性能逐渐减弱,但半吸收厚度相差不超过1cm。研究结果为CRTs型混凝土应用于辐射防护领域的可行性提供了模拟实验支持,同时对新型屏蔽材料的研发提供了一定的参考,从而为报废阴极X射线管的回收利用开辟了新的市场,也为废弃物中重金属的污染提供了治理措施。%This paper compares the shielding capability of the concrete that is produced by mixing different pro-portion of the neck portion of the scrap color cathode X-ray tube into the barite concrete based on MCNP5. The exit spectrum, line attenuation coefficient, transmittance and half thickness of absorption of γ-rays with four kinds of energies (0.662 MeV、1 MeV、2 MeV、3 MeV) can be obtained from the simulation of these fourγ-rays passing though the different concretes.The results suggest that the concrete ’ s shielding capability is gradually weakened with the increase of the proportion of CRTs for the same energyγ-ray, but the half thick-ness of absorption will not exceed more than 1cm.The conclusion provides some supports on the application of CRT-concrete in radiation protection and offers some reference in the development of new shielding materials. Meanwhile, it not only opens new markets for the recycle of the scrap color cathode X-ray tube, but also pro-vides some control measures for the pollution of heavy metal in the garbage.

  11. Behavior of Parameters of Nighttime Electron Density Enhancements of the Ionospheric F2 Layer

    Yakovets, Artur; Gordienko, Galina


    There is known a wide class of disturbances of the F2-layer of the ionosphere, which are superimposed on the regular diurnal variations of the electron density. Different types of disturbances are characterized by different mechanisms of their generation. Traveling ionospheric disturbances appear to be the most characteristic features of the inhomogeneous structure of the ionosphere. Another type of ionospheric disturbances presents the nighttime electron density enhancements in the ionospheric F2- layer maximum (NmF2). This type of irregularities is described in numerous papers. There is a concept that, in spite of the various mechanisms of ionospheric disturbances generation a response of F2-layer parameters exhibits similar features associated with the upward lift and the simultaneous expansion of the layer and then its subsequent downward movement, including layer compression, which results in the formation of the electron density peak in the layer maximum at the moment of greatest compression. The aim of this study is a verification of this concept on the example of disturbances related with the nighttime electron density enhancements, and the definition of precise quantitative relationships between the variations of different F2-layer parameters for such disturbances. By using the data of the ionospheric vertical sounding in Almaty, (76° 55'E, 43°15'N) during 2001-2012, analysis of the behavior the F2-layer parameters during the night electron density enhancements was carried out within framework of a single concept of effects of various types of ionospheric plasma perturbations in variations of height and half-thickness of the F2-layer, accompanied by increasing and decreasing NmF2 at moments of maximum compression and expansion of the layer. For a quantitative analysis of the parameters of nighttime enhancements we have selected 20 nights characterized by low magnetic activity (Dst> - 50 nT) and evident manifestations of the nighttime electron density

  12. Evaluation of EGS4/PRESTA multiple-scattering algorithms for 90Sr/90Y intravascular brachytherapy dosimetry.

    Wang, R; Li, X A; Yu, C X


    The purpose of this work is to evaluate the EGS4/PRESTA electron multiple-scattering (MS) algorithms for dose calculation in intravascular brachytherapy (IVBT) using a 90Sr/90Y source. The small source size and the small volume of interest in IVBT require very fine spatial resolution, which may break down the constraints of Molière's MS theory as implemented in EGS4. The theory is accurate only when the electron step sizes are large enough to allow the number of collisions omega0 to be much greater than e = 2.7183. When step sizes are too small to allow at least 2.7183 collisions, as may be necessitated by the fine geometry, the algorithm may switch off MS, producing dosimetric artefacts. This study showed that switching off MS could produce a dose deviation of up to 6% when the half-thickness (d/2) of the dose scoring region is comparable with the Moliere minimum step size (t(min) = 2.7183). The effect of switching off MS is negligible if d/2 > t(min) For the case of omega0 > e, if the electron step sizes are chosen to allow five to 40 collisions, with increasing step size, the doses surrounding the source increase and the error decreases. On the other hand, when larger step sizes are chosen, the dose calculation voxel size must also be increased in order for the calculations to converge. A good compromise between accuracy and applicability for IVBT simulation can be made, if the thickness of the scoring region is 0.1 mm and the electron step sizes are in the range allowing 10 to 30 collisions.

  13. Experimental study using of a G-M counter and {sup 137}Cs source to measure the HVL with lead

    Kwon, Dae Cheol [Dept. of Radiological Science, College of Health Science, Shinhan University, Uijeongbu (Korea, Republic of); Dong, Kyung Rae [Dept. of Radiological Technology, Gwangju Health University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    HVL(half-value layer) of lead was measured experimentally using a lead and {sup 137}Cs (370 kBq) source and a G-M counter in which is used a lot of material for shielding HVL measured. {sup 137}Cs in holder to 10 cm and start measuring the radiation. Continue addition of lead of the lead thickness of 1 mm one by one to continue the measurement. By measuring four times the natural radiation of 100 seconds and records the count value and the average rate to be displayed on the meter. Background radiation was a 4 times a count rate and the average 108 (100 s{sup -1}) as a result of measuring the average measurement, the standard deviation was determined to be 1.08 (s{sup -1}). An increase in the thickness of lead initial count rate starting from 920 (N) count rate is decreased with increase in the thickness of lead. Net counting rate, starting with the initial 8.12 (s{sup -1}) showed a decrease with increasing thickness, the standard deviation of the results was decreased from 0.303 (s{sup -1}) to 0.196 (s{sup -1}). Net counting rate is reduced to obtain the result that each half thickness of nappan about 7 mm. Was reduced similarly to the exponential function graph correlation coefficient (R{sup 2}) was found to be 0.9869. Half-value layer which is the initial net counting rate 7.514 (s{sup -1}) is a half the 7 mm to 3.757 (s{sup -1}). In conclusion, it was confirmed the theoretical HVL of lead 7.19 mm and experimentally measured results matched the measured HVL 7 mm.

  14. The Generation of Smooth High Speed Solar Wind from Plume-Interplume Mixing

    Parhi, Shyamsundar; Suess, Steven T.; Sulkanen, Martin E.


    Plumes and rays are magnetic field aligned density striations in coronal holes with different values of plasma beta. The overall plasma beta is very small in the low corona but exceeds unity beyond 15-20 solar radius. High speed solar wind reported beyond 0.3 AU is relatively smooth and uniform and known to originate from the much filamented coronal hole. Thus the obvious question is how to generate a smooth solar wind from seemingly filamentary structure. Hence one has to find a mechanism to substantiate this apparent observed (Ulysses) phenomenon. To do this we model plumes as jets (or wakes) of plasma emitted from the solar surface. The shear between a jet and its ambient is known to become unstable to the MHD Kelvin-Helmholtz ("KH") instability if the Alfven Mach number of the jet is greater than one and the uniform external magnetic field is small. Starting with a simple configuration we consider a jet of half thickness R, having uniform density and uniform internal magnetic field. The external medium has also a uniform density and uniform magnetic field. The jet is perturbed at the boundary with a linear amplitude and fixed frequency. We simulate the coronal jet using the 3D ZEUS code. The first results indicate the slab jet is unstable to the MHD KH instability at 5-10 solar radius for some angle of wave propagation. The propagating instability may smooth the filamented flow. It may also produce the entrained Alfvenic fluctuations observed by Ulysses in the high speed wind. We are at present determining the parameters which induce large growth rate. This may clarify the mystery behind the emergence of fast smooth solar wind from very filamentary structures in coronal holes. Also, using the dispersion relation already available for such a flow we obtain some general description of the instability criteria for the KH instability at a jet interface.

  15. The 10Be contents of SNC meteorites

    Pal, D. K.; Tuniz, C.; Moniot, R. K.; Savin, W.; Vajda, S.; Kruse, T.; Herzog, G. F.


    Several authors have explored the possibility that the Shergottites, Nakhlites, and Chassigny (SNC) came from Mars. The spallogenic gas contents of the SNC meteorites have been used to: constrain the sizes of the SNC's during the last few million years; to establish groupings independent of the geochemical ones; and to estimate the likelihood of certain entries in the catalog of all conceivable passages from Mars to Earth. The particular shielding dependence of Be-10 makes the isotope a good probe of the irradiation conditions experienced by the SNC meteorites. The Be-10 contents of nine members of the group were measured using the technique of accelerator mass spectrometry. The Be-10 contents of Nakhla, Governador Valadares, Chassigny, and probably Lafayette, about 20 dpm/kg, exceed the values expected from irradiation of the surface of a large body. The Be-10 data therfore do not support scenario III of Bogard et al., one in which most of the Be-10 in the SNC meteorites would have formed on the Martian surface; they resemble rather the Be-10 contents found in many ordinary chondrites subjected to 4 Pi exposures. The uncertainties of the Be-10 contents lead to appreciable errors in the Be-10 ages, t(1) = -1/lambda ln(1 Be-10/Be-10). Nonetheless, the Be-10 ages are consistent with the Ne-21 ages calculated assuming conventional, small-body production rates and short terrestrial ages for the finds. It is believed that this concordance strengthens the case for at least 3 different irradiation ages for the SNC meteorites. Given the similar half-thicknesses of the Be-10 and Ne-21 production rates, the ratios of the Be-10 and Ne-21 contents do not appear consistent with common ages for any of the groups. In view of the general agreement between the Be-10 and Ne-21 ages it does not seem useful at this time to construct multiple-stage irradiation histories for the SNC meteorites.

  16. Assessment of ultrasonic techniques for characterization of stress corrosion cracks in SG partition stubs

    Sartre, B.; Banchet, J. [AREVA NP, Saint-Marcel (France); Moras, D.; Bastin, P. [Intercontrole, Rungis (France); Beroni, C. [EDF/CEIDRE, Saint-Denis (France)


    Studies by EDF and AREVA NP on Inconel zones have identified the Inconel 600 partition stubs of steam generators as potential areas of SCC, on the hot leg side. Decision was made to perform an expert assessment using ultrasonic testing (UT) techniques to be applied on the whole area of the stub showing penetrant testing (PT) techniques indications. UT techniques, probes and tools were then developed for that purpose. The aim is to size shallow defects, sizing capacity being maintained for defects propagated to a half-thickness. Although no formal qualification was required, the development was performed in view of a performance demonstration. Three mock-ups were manufactured by AREVA NP: two welded mock-ups with machined defects, surface condition and geometry representative of the ''envelope'' of situations likely to be found on the SG; one mock-up, with representative corrosion cracks Development was carried out in two phases: development of techniques and specification of probes and tooling, then development of tools, industrialization of probes, development of procedures, personnel training and performance demonstration. The basic inspection relied on TOFDT, with a contact probe; frequencies, PCS and dimensions were optimised using the results from the mock-ups. Three sets of transducers were defined: a HF transducer for flaw sizes close to the critical size, another HF transducer, with lower PCS for smaller defects, both transducers for material whose permeability was equivalent to that of the mock-ups; anticipating less permeable materials, a MF probe was added. Tests having shown that these transducers did not cover the whole plate thickness, a back-up phased-array probe was selected to scan the plate beyond halfthickness. For a better access under the TSP, a focused transducer was also added to complete the previous set. All of these transducers were operated in immersion, with the same tool: a COBRA type arm which positioned the probes

  17. A new predictive dynamic model describing the effect of the ambient temperature and the convective heat transfer coefficient on bacterial growth.

    Ben Yaghlene, H; Leguerinel, I; Hamdi, M; Mafart, P


    In this study, predictive microbiology and food engineering were combined in order to develop a new analytical model predicting the bacterial growth under dynamic temperature conditions. The proposed model associates a simplified primary bacterial growth model without lag, the secondary Ratkowsky "square root" model and a simplified two-parameter heat transfer model regarding an infinite slab. The model takes into consideration the product thickness, its thermal properties, the ambient air temperature, the convective heat transfer coefficient and the growth parameters of the micro organism of concern. For the validation of the overall model, five different combinations of ambient air temperature (ranging from 8 degrees C to 12 degrees C), product thickness (ranging from 1 cm to 6 cm) and convective heat transfer coefficient (ranging from 8 W/(m(2) K) to 60 W/(m(2) K)) were tested during a cooling procedure. Moreover, three different ambient air temperature scenarios assuming alternated cooling and heating stages, drawn from real refrigerated food processes, were tested. General agreement between predicted and observed bacterial growth was obtained and less than 5% of the experimental data fell outside the 95% confidence bands estimated by the bootstrap percentile method, at all the tested conditions. Accordingly, the overall model was successfully validated for isothermal and dynamic refrigeration cycles allowing for temperature dynamic changes at the centre and at the surface of the product. The major impact of the convective heat transfer coefficient and the product thickness on bacterial growth during the product cooling was demonstrated. For instance, the time needed for the same level of bacterial growth to be reached at the product's half thickness was estimated to be 5 and 16.5 h at low and high convection level, respectively. Moreover, simulation results demonstrated that the predicted bacterial growth at the air ambient temperature cannot be assumed to be

  18. Virtual Ionosonde Construction by using ITS and IRI-2012 models

    Kabasakal, Mehmet; Toker, Cenk


    Ionosonde is a kind of radar which is used to examine several properties of the ionosphere, including the electron density and drift velocity. Ionosonde is an expensive device and its installation requires special expertise and a proper area clear of sources of radio interference. In order to overcome the difficulties of installing an ionosonde hardware, the target of this study is to construct a virtual ionosonde based on communication channel models where the model parameters are determined by ray tracing obtained by the PHaRLAP software and the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-2012) model. Although narrowband high frequency (HF) communication models have been widely used to represent the behaviour of the radio channel, they are applicable to a limited set of actual propagation conditions and wideband models are needed to better understand the HF channel. In 1997, the Institute for Telecommunication Science (ITS) developed a wideband HF ionospheric model, the so-called ITS model, however, it has some restrictions in real life applications. The ITS model parameters are grouped into two parts; the deterministic and the stochastic parameters. The deterministic parameters are the delay time (tau _{c}) of each reflection path based on the penetration frequency (f _{p}), the height (h _{0}) of the maximum electron density and the half thickness (sigma) of the reflective layer. The stochastic parameters, delay spread (sigma _{tau}), delay rise time (sigma _{c}), Doppler spread (sigma _{D}), Doppler shift (f _{s}), are to calculate the impulse response of the channel. These parameters are generally difficult to obtain and are based on the measured data which may not be available in all cases. In order to obtain these parameters, we propose to integrate the PHaRLAP ray tracing toolbox and the IRI-2012 model. When Total Electron Content (TEC) estimates obtained from GNSS measurements are input to IRI-2012, the model generates electron density profiles close to the

  19. Epid cine acquisition mode for in vivo dosimetry in dynamic arc radiation therapy

    Fidanzio, Andrea [U.O. di Fisica Sanitaria Policlinico A. Gemelli, Universita Cattolica S. Cuore, Rome (Italy)], E-mail:; Mameli, Alessandra; Placidi, Elisa; Greco, Francesca [U.O. di Fisica Sanitaria Policlinico A. Gemelli, Universita Cattolica S. Cuore, Rome (Italy); Stimato, Gerardina; Gaudino, Diego; Ramella, Sara; D' Angelillo, Rolando; Cellini, Francesco; Trodella, Lucio [U.O. di Radioterapia, Universita Campus Bio-Medico, Rome (Italy); Cilla, Savino; Grimaldi, Luca; D' Onofrio, Guido [U.O. di Fisica Sanitaria, Centro di Ricerca e Formazione ad Alta Tecnologia nelle Scienze Biomediche dell' Universita Cattolica S. Cuore, Campobasso (Italy); Azario, Luigi; Piermattei, Angelo [Istituto di Fisica, Universita Cattolica del S. Cuore, Rome (Italy)


    In this paper the cine acquisition mode of an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) has been calibrated and tested to determine the in vivo dose for dynamic conformal arc radiation therapy (DCAT). The EPID cine acquisition mode, that allows a frame acquisition rate of one image every 1.66 s, was studied with a monitor unit rate equal to 100 UM/min. In these conditions good signal stability, {+-}1% (2SD) evaluated during three months, signal reproducibility within {+-}0.8% (2SD) and linearity with dose and dose rate within {+-}1% (2SD) were obtained. The transit signal, S{sub t}, (due to the transmitted beam below the phantom) measured by the EPID cine acquisition mode was used to determine, (i) a set of correlation functions, F(w,L), defined as the ratio between S{sub t} and the dose at half thickness, D{sub m}, measured in solid water phantoms of different thicknesses, w and with square fields of side L, (ii) a set of factors, f(d,L), that take into account the different X-ray scatter contribution from the phantom to the S{sub t} signal as a function of the variation, d, of the air gap between the phantom and the EPID. The reconstruction of the isocenter dose, D{sub iso}, for DCAT was obtained convolving the transit signal values, obtained at different gantry angles, with the respective reconstruction factors determined by a house-made software. The method was tested with cylindrical and anthropomorphic phantoms and the results show that the reconstructed D{sub iso} values can be obtained with an accuracy within {+-}2.5% in cylindrical phantom and within {+-}3.4% for anthropomorphic phantom. In conclusion, the transit dosimetry by EPID was assessed to be adequate to perform DCAT in vivo dosimetry, that is not realizable with the other traditional techniques. Moreover, the method proposed here could be implemented to supply in vivo dose values in real time.

  20. Analysis of U-Pb, O, Hf, and trace elements of horizontally oriented outer and inner zones of zircons from the Boulder batholith, Montana

    Aleinikoff, J. N.; Lund, K.; Du Bray, E. A.; Wooden, J. L.; Kozdon, R.; Kita, N.; Valley, J. W.; Kamenov, G. D.; Mueller, P. A.


    The Late Cretaceous Boulder batholith, southwestern MT, is composed of the Butte Granite and at least a dozen smaller granodiorite to syenogranite plutons. These plutons (81-73 Ma) were dated by zircon U-Pb geochronology using the SHRIMP. Typically for SIMS analysis of igneous zircon, the analytical spot is located midway between core and rim on an area that displays fine oscillatory zoning, thus sampling a ~25-30 µm area of vertically oriented zones to a depth of 1-2 µm. For this study, preliminary LA-ICP-MS analysis of Hf isotopes in zircons from several plutons suggested that some grains show significant variation (>5 ɛHf units) between inner and outer zones. This finding instigated a detailed investigation in which data for multiple isotopic systems (U-Pb, trace elements, O, and Hf ) were collected from horizontally oriented zones. Zircons were mounted in epoxy but not ground or polished. Reflected light, profilometer, and CL images were used to select homogeneous crystal faces. The outermost parts of 12-15 grains each from 12 plutons were analyzed consecutively for O and U-Pb isotope ratios, and trace element concentrations using an ion microprobe. The grains were then ground to half-thickness and O, U-Pb, and trace elements were measured at the centers of previously analyzed grains. The final step was Hf isotopic analysis by LA-ICP-MS which ablated a hole completely through the remaining half-grains. Although measurements of these isotopes from the outsides and insides of selected zircons is a limited form of depth-profiling, it enables acquisition of a very large, more precise data set than typical depth profiling. For all samples, U-Pb ages of zircon from interior and exterior zones are not resolvably different at ± 1% (2-sigma). However, in several samples a few outliers were identified, suggesting that interior parts in some grains formed later, during or after growth of the exterior parts of other grains. Thus, zircon growth was not an episodic

  1. Sensitivity analysis for heat diffusion in a fin on a nuclear fuel element; Analise de sensitividade na difusao de calor em uma aleta de um elemento combustivel nuclear

    Tito, Max Werner de Carvalho


    projected to gas-cooled nuclear reactors to compensate the low coolant thermal transport efficiency. The model is described by the temperature distribution equation and the further specific boundary conditions. The adjoint system is used to determine the sensitivity coefficients to the case of interest. Both, the direct model and the perturbative formalism resultant equations are solved. The heat flow rate on a point of the fin and the average temperature excess were the response functionals studied. The half thickness, the thermal conductivity and heat transfer coefficients and the heat flow from the base material were the parameters of interest to the sensitivity analysis. The results obtained through the perturbative method and the direct variation presented, in a general form and within acceptable physical limits, good concordance and excellent representativeness to the analyzed cases. It evidences that the differential formalism is an important tool to the sensitivity analysis and also it validates the application of the methodology in heat transmission problems on extended surfaces. The method proves to be necessary and efficient while elaborating thermal engineering projects. (author)

  2. Helium production and transport in the low permeability Callovo-Oxfordian at the Bure Site, France

    Bigler, T.; Beat, Ihly; Lehmann, B.E. [Bern Univ., Physics Institute (Switzerland); Niklaus Waber, H. [Bern Univ., Rock-Water-Interaction, Institute of Geological Sciences (Switzerland); Vinsot, A.; Latoui, K. [Laboratoire de Recherche Souterrain de Meuse/Haute-Marne, Andra (France); Tolstikhin, I. [Geological Institute, Kola Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity (Russian Federation); Gautschi, A. [National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), Wettingen (Switzerland)


    on such time scales. A characteristic time scale for diffusion, for instance, can be estimated from {tau} = z{sub 0}{sup 2}/D, where z{sub 0} is a typical diffusion distance and D is a representative effective diffusion constant. Using z{sub 0} 70 m (half thickness of the formation) times from 0,5 My to 5 My result for effective diffusion coefficients in a range between 3 x 10{sup -10} m{sup 2}/s and 3 x 10{sup -11} m{sup 2}/s. A numerical one-dimensional transport model will be used to model He transport in pore water of the Callovo-Oxfordian formation. In such a model it will also be necessary to take into account a diffusive flux into the formation from the underlaying Dogger. Measured helium concentrations in the Dogger pore waters decrease from 2,1 x 10{sup -4} cc STP He/cm{sup 3} of water at 763 m to 6,4 x 10{sup -5} cc STP He/cm{sup 3} of water at 634 m. It appears that in this formation pore waters and groundwaters are in equilibrium as a He concentration of 1,6 x 10{sup -4} cc STP He/cm{sup 3} of groundwater water published by Marty et al. is clearly in the range found in the pore waters in this study. (authors)

  3. Textures, microstructures, anisotropy and formability of aluminum-manganese-magnesium and aluminum-magnesium alloys

    Liu, Jiantao

    In this dissertation work, the microstructure and texture evolution of continuous cast (CC) and direct chill (DC) cast Al-Mn-Mg (AA 3105 and AA 3015) and Al-Mg (AA 5052) alloys during cold rolling and annealing are systematically investigated. Macrotexture analyses were based on three-dimensional orientation distribution functions (ODFs) calculated from incomplete pole figures from X-ray diffraction by using arbitrarily defined cell (ADC) and series expansion methods. A new technique, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), was adopted for microtexture and mesotexture investigation. The anisotropy and formability of Al-Mn-Mg and Al-Mg alloys are correlated to the texture results. For aluminum alloys studied in this work, a stronger Cube orientation is observed in DC hot band than in CC hot band after complete recrystallization. alpha and beta fibers become well developed beyond 50% cold rolling in both CC and DC aluminum alloys. The highest intensity along the beta fiber (skeleton line) is located between the Copper and the S orientations in both materials after high cold rolling reductions. In both CC and DC aluminum alloys, a cell structure develops with the indication of increasing CSL Sigma1 boundaries during the early stages of cold rolling. There is no evidence of the development of twin boundaries (Sigma3, Sigma9, Sigma27a & 27b) in either CC or DC aluminum alloys when the cold rolling reductions are less than 40%. The R and Cube textures are dominant recrystallization texture components in CC and DC AA 5052 alloys. The volume fraction of the Cube component is increased by increasing cold rolling reduction and annealing temperature but not by increasing annealing time while the volume fraction of the R component is only increased by increasing cold rolling reduction. Stronger Cube and R orientations are found at the surface layer than at half-thickness layer of cold rolled hot bands after annealing. The Cube and P textures are dominant recrystallization

  4. Estimulação da cicatrização óssea pelo plasma autógeno rico em plaquetas: estudo experimental em coelhos Bone healing stimulation by platelet-rich autogenous plasma: an experimental study in rabbits

    Elisabete Mitiko Kobaiashi Wilson


    (platelet-rich plasma, or PRP has been used in clinical practice to stimulate bone healing in a number of situations, allegedly because of its ability to carry a high concentration of platelet-derived and beta-transformer growth factors, which are well known to stimulate different tissues growth and repair. In the present study, PRP was used to repair a half-thick, 2-cm long segmental diaphyseal bone gap produced on New Zealand rabbits’ radius. Periosteum was dried at the circumference of the gap site and the spinal cord cavity was sealed with bony wax in all animals in order to block the entrance of repairing cells other than the ones from the bone itself, but from surrounding tissues. Three groups of 15 animals each were designed, according to the procedure performed: 1 gap left empty; 2 gap filled with PRP; and 3 gap filled with an inert material (Gelfoam®. In each group, the animals were deployed into three subgroups according to postoperative follow-up period, of 4, 8, and 12 weeks, respectively, after which animals were sacrificed and the radius was dried for histological study purposes. X-rays and scintiscan were taken within 4 weeks intervals, starting from the fourth postoperative week. Full healing and remodeling were seen in group 2 as soon as the 8th postoperative week, while in groups 1 and 3, that process was only partial at the 12th week. Tecnetium uptake was increased in all groups, remaining as such throughout the whole follow-up period in groups 1 and 3, but showing reduction between the 8th and 12th week in group 2, accompanying remodeling process, with significant differences between groups (p<0.05.

  5. St. Patrick's Day 2015 geomagnetic storm analysis based on Real Time Ionosphere Monitoring

    García-Rigo, Alberto


    Ionosphere Monitoring (RTIM) is a new Working Group within the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Sub-Commission 4.3 "Atmosphere Remote Sensing". The complementary expertise of the participating research groups allows to analyse the ionospheric behaviour from a broad perspective, taking benefit of comparing multiple independent real time and near real time ionospheric approaches. In this context, a detailed analysis will be presented for the days in March, 2015 surrounding St. Patrick's Day 2015 geomagnetic storm, based on the existing ionospheric models (global or regional) within the group, which are mainly based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and ionosonde data. For this purpose, a variety of ionospheric parameters will be considered, including Total Electron Content (TEC), F2 layer critical frequency (foF2), F2 layer peak (hmF2), bottomside half-thickness (B0) and ionospheric disturbance W-index. Also, ionospheric high-frequency perturbations such as Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs), scintillations and the impact of solar flares facing the Earth will be presented to derive a clear picture of the ionospheric dynamics. Among other sources of information to take part in the comparisons, there will be (1) scintillation results -from MONITOR ESA/ESTEC-funded project- derived by means of S4 index and Sigma Phi (IEEA), specially significant in the African sector and European high latitudes, (2) dynamics of the global maps of W-index with 1h resolution derived from JPL Global Ionospheric Maps (GIMs; IZMIRAN), (3) deviations from expected quiet-time behavior analysed in terms of foF2, hmF2, B0 and B1 based on IRTAM and GIRO network of digisondes (Lowell), showing F2 layer peculiar changes due to the storm, (4) statistics based on the median of the VTEC for the 15 previous days considering VTEC european regional maps (ROB), (5) time series of VTEC data that are derived by running the NRT ionosphere model of DGFI-TUM in offline mode, which show

  6. Baroclinic Vortices in Rotating Stratified Shearing Flows: Cyclones, Anticyclones, and Zombie Vortices

    Hassanzadeh, Pedram

    Large coherent vortices are abundant in geophysical and astrophysical flows. They play significant roles in the Earth's oceans and atmosphere, the atmosphere of gas giants, such as Jupiter, and the protoplanetary disks around forming stars. These vortices are essentially three-dimensional (3D) and baroclinic, and their dynamics are strongly influenced by the rotation and density stratification of their environments. This work focuses on improving our understanding of the physics of 3D baroclinic vortices in rotating and continuously stratified flows using 3D spectral simulations of the Boussinesq equations, as well as simplified mathematical models. The first chapter discusses the big picture and summarizes the results of this work. In Chapter 2, we derive a relationship for the aspect ratio (i.e., vertical half-thickness over horizontal length scale) of steady and slowly-evolving baroclinic vortices in rotating stratified fluids. We show that the aspect ratio is a function of the Brunt-Vaisala frequencies within the vortex and outside the vortex, the Coriolis parameter, and the Rossby number of the vortex. This equation is basically the gradient-wind equation integrated over the vortex, and is significantly different from the previously proposed scaling laws that find the aspect ratio to be only a function of the properties of the background flow, and independent of the dynamics of the vortex. Our relation is valid for cyclones and anticyclones in either the cyclostrophic or geostrophic regimes; it works with vortices in Boussinesq fluids or ideal gases, and non-uniform background density gradient. The relation for the aspect ratio has many consequences for quasi-equilibrium vortices in rotating stratified flows. For example, cyclones must have interiors more stratified than the background flow (i.e., super-stratified), and weak anticyclones must have interiors less stratified than the background (i.e., sub-stratified). In addition, this equation is useful to

  7. 二(2,2,2-三硝基乙基)硝胺的热安全性和密度泛函理论研究%The Thermal Safety and A Density Functional Theoretical Study on Bis(2,2,2-Trinitroethyl)-Nitramine (BTNNA)

    胡荣祖; 赵凤起; 高红旭; 马海霞; 张海; 徐抗震; 赵宏安; 姚二岗


    BTNNA with half thickness and radius of 1m surrounded with surrounding of 310K,peak temperature corresponding to the maximum value of S(T) vs T relation curve(Ts(T) max),safety degree (SD),critical thermal explosion ambient temperature (Tacr) and thermal explosion probability (PTE) of BTNNA were calculated.The following results of evaluating the thermal safety of BTNNA were obtained:(1) △cU(BTNNA,s,298.15K) =-2 184.57kJ · mol 1 and △1H0m(BTNNA,s,298.15K)=(14.08±0.53)kJ ·mol 1; (2)T00 =356.89K,TSADT=Te0=374.75K,Tp0=430.04K;Tbe0=387.11K,Tbp0=439.20K;(3) when Ek=128040J ·mol-1,Ak,1012.865s 1,cp=1.21J· g-1 · K-1,Qd=2725.88J·g-1·T0=Te0=430.04K,,T=Tb=442.68K,f(a)=(1-a)n,a=10-3cm,ρ=1.97g·cm-3,t-t0=10-4s,Troom=293.15Kandλ=31.4×10-1J·cm-1 ·s-1 · K-1,H50=12.50cm,tTIad=1.73(n=0)s,1.74(n=1)s,1.75(n=2)s,Tcr,hot spot =446.41℃,for infinite plate,TS(T)max=303 5K,Tacr=298.77K,SD=14.57 %,PT E=85.43%,for infinite cylinder,TS(T)max=308.5K,Tacr=303.82K,SD=25.57%,PTE=74.43%,for sphere,TS(T)max=312.0K,Tacr =307.02K,SD=33.67 %,PTE =66 33 %.The optimiaed geometry of BTNNA was obtained using H F/6-31 + G* method.The NMR chemical shift were obtained.The frontier orbital energy,atomic net charges and stabilization energy were discussed.