Sample records for high-pressure induced swelling

  1. Coal swelling and thermoplasticity under high pressure

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    Ndaji, F.E.; Butterfield, I.M.; Thomas, K.M. (Newcastle upon Tyne University, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom). Northern Carbon Research Labs., Dept. of Chemistry)


    The literature on the following topics is reviewed: swelling and agglomeration of coal; measurements of swelling index and dilatometric and plastometric properties at high pressures; and the effects of oxidation, tar addition and minerals on high-pressure thermoplastic properties. 34 refs., 6 figs.

  2. High pressure induced superconductivity

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    Amaya, K.; Shimizu, K


    We have developed complex extreme condition of very low temperature down to 30 mK and ultra high pressure exceeding 200 GPa by assembling compact diamond anvil cell (DAC) on a powerful {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He dilution refrigerator. We have also developed measuring techniques of electrical resistance, magnetization and optical measurement for the sample confined in the sample space of the DAC. Using the newly developed apparatus and techniques, we have searched for superconductivity in various materials under pressure. In this paper, we will shortly review our newly developed experimental apparatus and techniques and discuss a few examples of pressure induced superconductivity which were observed recently.

  3. Mitochondrial Swelling Induced by Glutathione (United States)

    Lehninger, Albert L.; Schneider, Marion


    Reduced glutathione, in concentrations approximating those occurring in intact rat liver, causes swelling of rat liver mitochondria in vitro which is different in kinetics and extent from that yielded by L-thyroxine. The effect is also given by cysteine, which is more active, and reduced coenzyme A, but not by L-ascorbate, cystine, or oxidized glutathione. The optimum pH is 6.5, whereas thyroxine-induced swelling is optimal at pH 7.5. The GSH-induced swelling is not inhibited by DNP or dicumarol, nor by high concentrations of sucrose, serum albumin, or polyvinylpyrrolidone, in contrast to thyroxine-induced swelling. ATP inhibits the GSH swelling, but ADP and AMP are ineffective. Mn-+ is a very potent inhibitor, but Mg++ is ineffective. Ethylenediaminetetraacetate is also an effective inhibitor of GSH-induced swelling. The respiratory inhibitors amytal and antimycin A do not inhibit the swelling action of GSH, but cyanide does; these findings are consistent with the view that the oxidation-reduction state of the respiratory chain between cytochrome c and oxygen is a determinant of GSH-induced swelling. Reversal of GSH-induced swelling by osmotic means or by ATP in KCl media could not be observed. Large losses of nucleotides and protein occur during the swelling by GSH, suggesting that the action is irreversible. The characteristically drastic swelling action of GSH could be prevented if L-thyroxine was also present in the medium. PMID:13630941


    Kroll, Arnold J.; Kuwabara, Toichiro


    The prevention of phosphate-induced mitochondrial swelling in the whole retina of the rabbit was studied with the electron microscope. It was found that a mixture of ATP, Mg++, and bovine serum albumin protected the mitochondria in vitro. This finding confirmed the results obtained spectrophotometrically with isolated rat liver mitochondria by Lehninger. PMID:13927020

  5. High-pressure-induced water penetration into 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase

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    Nagae, Takayuki; Kawamura, Takashi [Nagoya University, (Japan); Chavas, Leonard M. G. [High Energy Research Organization (KEK), (Japan); Niwa, Ken; Hasegawa, Masashi [Nagoya University, (Japan); Kato, Chiaki [Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), (Japan); Watanabe, Nobuhisa, E-mail: [Nagoya University, (Japan); Nagoya University, (Japan)


    Structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase were determined at pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa. Comparison of these structures gives a detailed picture of the swelling of a cavity at the dimer interface and the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface, which are accompanied by water penetration. Hydrostatic pressure induces structural changes in proteins, including denaturation, the mechanism of which has been attributed to water penetration into the protein interior. In this study, structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase (IPMDH) from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 were determined at about 2 Å resolution under pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Although most of the protein cavities are monotonically compressed as the pressure increases, the volume of one particular cavity at the dimer interface increases at pressures over 340 MPa. In parallel with this volume increase, water penetration into the cavity could be observed at pressures over 410 MPa. In addition, the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface accompanied by water penetration could also be observed at pressures over 580 MPa. These water-penetration phenomena are considered to be initial steps in the pressure-denaturation process of IPMDH.

  6. Clozapine- induced recurrent and transient parotid gland swelling

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    agonist activity at the M4 muscarinic receptor and modest antagonistic effect on D2-like receptors.1 Clozapine is known to be superior to other antipsychotics and is effective in 30-50% of patients .... Brodkin ES, Pelton GH, Price LH. Treatment of clozapine-induced parotid gland swelling. Am J Psychiatry 1996; 153(3): 445.

  7. Clozapine- induced recurrent and transient parotid gland swelling

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    Robinson D, Fenn H, Yesavage J. Possible association of parotitis with clozapine (letter). Am J Psychiatry 1995; 152: 297-298. 6. Brodkin ES, Pelton GH, Price LH. Treatment of clozapine-induced parotid gland swelling. Am J Psychiatry 1996; 153(3): 445. 7. Naranjo CA, Busto U, Sellers EM, et al. A method for estimating the.

  8. Utilizing High Pressure Processing to Induce Structural Changes in Dairy and Meat Products

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    Orlien, Vibeke


    High pressure (HP) is capable of modifying the functional properties of milk and meat proteins by pressure-induced changes of the molecular structure. Therefore, HP treatment of milk and meat has been extensively investigated to understand, clarify, and utilize HP processing in the food industry...

  9. Controllable synthesis of fullerene nano/microcrystals and their structural transformation induced by high pressure (United States)

    Yao, Ming-Guang; Du, Ming-Run; Liu, Bing-Bing


    Fullerene molecules are interesting materials because of their unique structures and properties in mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and optical aspects. Current research is focusing on the construction of well-defined fullerene nano/microcrystals that possess desirable structures and morphologies. Further tuning the intermolecular interaction of the fullerene nano/microcrystals by use of pressure is an efficient way to modify their structures and properties, such as creation of nanoscale polymer structures and new hybrid materials, which expands the potential of such nanoscale materials for direct device components. In this paper, we review our recent progress in the construction of fullerene nanostructures and their structural transformation induced by high pressure. Fullerene nano/microcrystals with controllable size, morphology and structure have been synthesized through the self-assembly of fullerene molecules by a solvent-assisted method. By virtue of high pressure, the structures, components, and intermolecular interactions of the assemblied fullerene nano/microcrystals can be finely tuned, thereby modifying the optical and electronic properties of the nanostructures. Several examples on high pressure induced novel structural phase transition in typical fullerene nanocrystals with C60 or C70 cage serving as building blocks are presented, including high pressure induced amorphization of the nanocrystals and their bulk moduli, high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) induced polymerization in C60 nanocrystals, pressure tuned reversible polymerization in ferrocene-doped C60/C70 single crystal, as well as unique long-range ordered crystal with amorphous nanoclusters serving as building blocks in solvated C60 crystals, which brings new physical insight into the understanding of order and disorder concept and new approaches to the design of superhard carbon materials. The nanosize and morphology effects on the transformations of fullerene nanocrystals have also

  10. Applicability of KrF excimer laser induced fluorescence in sooting high-pressure flames

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    Hildenbrandt, F.; Schulz, C.; Sick, V.; Jander, H.; Wagner, H.G.


    Laser-induced emissions obtained after excitation with a tunable KrF excimer laser at 248 nm were measured in well-defined sooting laminar high-pressure flames fueled with methane/air and ethylene/air up to 15 bar. A spectral analysis shows that Mie scattering, Raman scattering and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) signals can be used for detailed flame studies under sooting high-pressure conditions. Mie scattering is correlated with soot, Raman signals can be used to measure spatially-resolved major species concentrations as well as temperatures. A LIF-scheme to measure NO was found to be applicable even under these conditions. The broadband fluorescence in the range from 270 to 290 nm, usually discarded as background, correlates well with the total concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as measured via GC-MS methods. (orig.)

  11. Hypotonic swelling promotes nitric oxide release in cardiac ventricular myocytes: impact on swelling-induced negative inotropic effect. (United States)

    Gonano, Luis Alberto; Morell, Malena; Burgos, Juan Ignacio; Dulce, Raul Ariel; De Giusti, Verónica Celeste; Aiello, Ernesto Alejandro; Hare, Joshua Michael; Vila Petroff, Martin


    Cardiomyocyte swelling occurs in multiple pathological situations and has been associated with contractile dysfunction, cell death, and enhanced propensity to arrhythmias. We investigate whether hypotonic swelling promotes nitric oxide (NO) release in cardiomyocytes, and whether it impacts on swelling-induced contractile dysfunction. Superfusing rat cardiomyocytes with a hypotonic solution (HS; 217 mOsm), increased cell volume, reduced myocyte contraction and Ca(2+) transient, and increased NO-sensitive 4-amino-5-methylamino-2',7'-difluorofluorescein diacetate (DAF-FM) fluorescence. When cells were exposed to HS + 2.5 mM of the NO synthase inhibitor l-NAME, cell swelling occurred in the absence of NO release. Swelling-induced NO release was also prevented by the nitric oxide synthase 1 (NOS1) inhibitor, nitroguanidine, and significantly reduced in NOS1 knockout mice. Additionally, colchicine (inhibitor of microtubule polymerization) prevented the increase in DAF-FM fluorescence induced by HS, indicating that microtubule integrity is necessary for swelling-induced NO release. The swelling-induced negative inotropic effect was exacerbated in the presence of either l-NAME, nitroguandine, the guanylate cyclase inhibitor, ODQ, or the PKG inhibitor, KT5823, suggesting that NOS1-derived NO provides contractile support via a cGMP/PKG-dependent mechanism. Indeed, ODQ reduced Ca(2+) wave velocity and both ODQ and KT5823 reduced the HS-induced increment in ryanodine receptor (RyR2, Ser2808) phosphorylation, suggesting that in this context, cGMP/PKG may contribute to preserve contractile function by enhancing sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) release. Our findings suggest a novel mechanism for NO release in cardiomyocytes with putative pathophysiological relevance determined, at least in part, by its capability to reduce the extent of contractile dysfunction associated with hypotonic swelling. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The

  12. Thermally induced processes in mixtures of aluminum with organic acids after plastic deformations under high pressure (United States)

    Zhorin, V. A.; Kiselev, M. R.; Roldugin, V. I.


    DSC is used to measure the thermal effects of processes in mixtures of solid organic dibasic acids with powdered aluminum, subjected to plastic deformation under pressures in the range of 0.5-4.0 GPa using an anvil-type high-pressure setup. Analysis of thermograms obtained for the samples after plastic deformation suggests a correlation between the exothermal peaks observed around the temperatures of degradation of the acids and the thermally induced chemical reactions between products of acid degradation and freshly formed surfaces of aluminum particles. The release of heat in the mixtures begins at 30-40°C. The thermal effects in the mixtures of different acids change according to the order of acid reactivity in solutions. The extreme baric dependences of enthalpies of thermal effects are associated with the rearrangement of the electron subsystem of aluminum upon plastic deformation at high pressures.

  13. Estimating Shock Pressures in Chondrites From High-Pressure Minerals in Shock-induced Melt Veins (United States)

    Xie, Z.; Sharp, T. G.


    High-pressure minerals are common in highly shocked (S6) L6 chondrites, occurring within or adjacent to shock-induced melt veins and melt pockets. They provide natural examples of high-pressure minerals that make up the Earth's transition zone (410 to 660 km depth) and lower mantle, as well as a record of high-pressure and temperature conditions during impact events on chondrite parent bodies. The high-pressure minerals that crystallize in melt veins and pockets can be used as an alternative means of investigating shock pressure. We used transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to characterize the shock-vein mineralogy in seven L6 chondrites ranging from shock stage S6 to S3: Tenham (S6), Umbarger (S6), Roy (S3-5), Ramsdorf (S4), Kunashak (S4), Nakhon Pathon (S4) and La Lande (S4). Tenham contains assemblages that reflect variable cooling rates during crystallization. Majorite plus magnesiow\\x81stite occur in the center of melt veins, whereas ringwoodite, akimotoite and round amorphous grains (probably vitrified MgSiO3-pervoskite) occur along melt-vein edges. In addition, a symplectitic intergrowth of majorite and an amorphous phase has been observed, which probably represents clinopyroxene that has disassociated into majorite plus CaSiO3-pervoskite. High pressure minerals in the Umbarger melt veins include: ringwoodite, akimotoite ((Mg,Fe)SiO3-ilmenite), augite, and hollandite-structured plagioclase. In addition, Fe2SiO4-spinel (new mineral) and stishovite occur in SiO2-FeO rich melt. High-pressure minerals in the Roy melt veins include ringwoodite and majorite. Melt veins in Ramsdorf, Kunashak, Nakhon Pathon and La lande contain fine-grained olivines and pyroxenes that are defect free and interpreted as having crystallized from the melt. Crystallization pressures can be inferred from the mineral assemblages in the melt veins and available phase equilibrium data. Melt veins in Tenham crystallized at pressure of approximately 25 GPa; Umbarger at pressure between 18

  14. Temperature induced development of porous structure of bituminous coal chars at high pressure

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    Natalia Howaniec


    Full Text Available The porous structure of chars affects their reactivity in gasification, having an impact on the course and product distribution of the process. The shape, size and connections between pores determine the mechanical properties of chars, as well as heat and mass transport in thermochemical processing. In the study the combined effects of temperature in the range of 973–1273 °K and elevated pressure of 3 MPa on the development of porous structure of bituminous coal chars were investigated. Relatively low heating rate and long residence time characteristic for the in-situ coal conversion were applied. The increase in the temperature to 1173 °K under pressurized conditions resulted in the enhancement of porous structure development reflected in the values of the specific surface area, total pore volume, micropore area and volume, as well as ratio of the micropore volume to the total pore volume. These effects were attributed to the enhanced vaporization and devolatilization, as well as swelling behavior along the increase of temperature and under high pressure, followed by a collapse of pores over certain temperature value. This proves the strong dependence of the porous structure of chars not only on the pyrolysis process conditions but also on the physical and chemical properties of the parent fuel.

  15. Kinetics of microstructure formation of high-pressure induced gel from a whey protein isolate

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    He Jinsong; Yang Hongwei; Zhu Wanpeng [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Mu Taihua, E-mail: [Institute of Agro-Food Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100094 (China)


    The kinetic process of pressure-induced gelation of whey protein isolate (WPI) solutions was studied using in situ light scattering. The relationship of the logarithm of scattered light intensity (I) versus time (t) was linear after the induced time and could be described by the Cahn-Hilliard linear theory. With increasing time, the scattered intensity deviated from the exponential relationship, and the time evolution of the scattered light intensity maximum I{sub m} and the corresponding wavenumber q{sub m} could be described in terms of the power-law relationship as I{sub m}{approx}f{sup {beta}} and q{sub m}{approx}f{sup -}{alpha}, respectively. These results indicated that phase separation occurred during the gelation of WPI solutions under high pressure.

  16. Polymer-Induced Swelling of Solid-Supported Lipid Membranes (United States)

    Kreuzer, Martin; Trapp, Marcus; Dahint, Reiner; Steitz, Roland


    In this paper, we study the interaction of charged polymers with solid-supported 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) membranes by in-situ neutron reflectivity. We observe an enormous swelling of the oligolamellar lipid bilayer stacks after incubation in solutions of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) in D2O. The positively charged polyelectrolyte molecules interact with the lipid bilayers and induce a drastic increase in their d-spacing by a factor of ~4. Temperature, time, and pH influence the swollen interfacial lipid linings. From our study, we conclude that electrostatic interactions introduced by the adsorbed PAH are the main cause for the drastic swelling of the lipid coatings. The DMPC membrane stacks do not detach from their solid support at T > Tm. Steric interactions, also introduced by the PAH molecules, are held responsible for the stabilizing effect. We believe that this novel system offers great potential for fundamental studies of biomembrane properties, keeping the membrane’s natural fluidity and freedom, decoupled from a solid support at physiological conditions. PMID:26703746

  17. Evidence for photo-induced monoclinic metallic VO{sub 2} under high pressure

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin, E-mail:; Mao, Wendy L. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Trigo, Mariano [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Stanford PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Reis, David A. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Stanford PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Photon Science and Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Andrea Artioli, Gianluca; Malavasi, Lorenzo [Dipartimento di Chimica, Sezione di Chimica Fisica, INSTM (UdR Pavia), Università di Pavia, Viale Taramelli 16, 27100 Pavia (Italy)


    We combine ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy with a diamond-anvil cell to decouple the insulator-metal electronic transition from the lattice symmetry changing structural transition in the archetypal strongly correlated material vanadium dioxide. Coherent phonon spectroscopy enables tracking of the photo-excited phonon vibrational frequencies of the low temperature, monoclinic (M{sub 1})-insulating phase that transforms into the metallic, tetragonal rutile structured phase at high temperature or via non-thermal photo-excitations. We find that in contrast with ambient pressure experiments where strong photo-excitation promptly induces the electronic transition along with changes in the lattice symmetry, at high pressure, the coherent phonons of the monoclinic (M{sub 1}) phase are still clearly observed upon the photo-driven phase transition to a metallic state. These results demonstrate the possibility of synthesizing and studying transient phases under extreme conditions.

  18. High-Pressure Phases in Shock-Induced Melt Veins from the Umbarger L6 Chondrite: Constraints on Shock Conditions (United States)

    Xie, Z.; Tomioka, N.; Sharp, T. G.


    Shock-induced melt veins in the Umbarger L6 (S6) chondrite contain a previously unknown set of high-pressure phases consisting of ringwoodite ((Mg, Fe)2SiO4), akimotoite ((Mg, Fe)SiO3-ilmenite), augite ((Ca, Na)(Mg, Fe, Al)(Si, Al)2O6), and hollandite-structured plagioclase ((Na, K, Ca)(Al, Si)4O8). Crystallization of akimotoite suggests supercooling of the melt vein during adiabatic decompression. High-pressure minerals are common in highly shocked (S6) L6 chondrites. These minerals, which occur within or adjacent to shock-induced melt veins, provide evidence of very high pressure and temperature conditions during impact events. The goal of this study is to characterize the high-pressure mineral assemblages of the melt veins in the L6 chondrite Umbarger to better understand crystallization conditions, and the shock history of meteorite parent body. Mineral assemblages in shock-induced melt veins have been used to estimate crystallization conditions during shock metamorphism. based on phase equilibrium data. Umbarger was previously classified as shock stage S4, based on deformation features not associated with melt veins. Based on previously unrecognized ringwoodite in the melt veins of Umbarger, we classified the shock stage as S6. Further transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study reveals several other high-pressure phases in melt veins that can be used to infer crystallization and shock conditions.

  19. Phase transformations in a Cu−Cr alloy induced by high pressure torsion

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    Korneva, Anna, E-mail: [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Straumal, Boris [Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ac. Ossipzn Str. 2, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Laboratory of Hybrid Nanomaterials, National University of Science and Technology «MISIS», Leninskii prosp. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kilmametov, Askar [Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Chulist, Robert [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Straumal, Piotr [Laboratory of Hybrid Nanomaterials, National University of Science and Technology «MISIS», Leninskii prosp. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Zięba, Paweł [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Reymonta St. 25, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)


    Phase transformations induced by high pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature in two samples of the Cu-0.86 at.% Cr alloy, pre-annealed at 550 °C and 1000 °C, were studied in order to obtain two different initial states for the HPT procedure. Observation of microstructure of the samples before HPT revealed that the sample annealed at 550 °C contained two types of Cr precipitates in the Cu matrix: large particles (size about 500 nm) and small ones (size about 70 nm). The sample annealed at 1000 °C showed only a little fraction of Cr precipitates (size about 2 μm). The subsequent HPT process resulted in the partial dissolution of Cr precipitates in the first sample and dissolution of Cr precipitates with simultaneous decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution in another. However, the resulting microstructure of the samples after HPT was very similar from the standpoint of grain size, phase composition, texture analysis and hardness measurements. - Highlights: • Cu−Cr alloy with two different initial states was deformed by HPT. • Phase transformations in the deformed materials were studied. • SEM, TEM and X-ray diffraction techniques were used for microstructure analysis. • HPT leads to formation the same microstructure independent of the initial state.

  20. HMGB1/TLR4 signaling induces an inflammatory response following high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion in a porcine model. (United States)

    Shao, Yi; Sha, Minglei; Chen, Lei; Li, Deng; Lu, Jun; Xia, Shujie


    Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) causes a rapid increase in renal pelvic pressure in the kidney, which induces an inflammatory response. High-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is known to trigger the recruitment of inflammatory cells and the release of proinflammatory cytokines following ischemia reperfusion injury in the kidney, but the contribution of HMGB1 to the inflammatory response following high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion has not been investigated. In this study, high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion was induced in anesthetized pigs to examine the effect of HMGB1 on the inflammatory response. HMGB1 levels in the kidney increased following high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion, together with elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines in the plasma and kidney and an accumulation of neutrophils and macrophages. Inhibition of HMGB1 alleviated this inflammatory response while perfusion with recombinant HMGB1 had an augmentative effect, confirming the involvement of HMGB1 in the inflammatory response to high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion. HMGB1 regulated the inflammatory response by activating Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling. In conclusion, this study has demonstrated that HMGB1/TLR4 signaling contributes to the inflammatory response following high-pressure renal pelvic perfusion in a porcine model and has implications for the management of inflammation after PCNL. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  1. Influence of swelling and diffusion-induced convection on polymer sorption processes


    Alsoy, Sacide; Duda, John Larry


    Unsteady-state sorption of a vapor or liquid by a polymer is modeled to include the influence of the moving phase boundary associated with the polymer swelling and diffusion-induced convection. A formulation presented clearly elucidates the influence of these two effects on the overall sorption process. Numerical solutions of the model equations indicate the errors that can be induced when swelling or convection are neglected. For most polymer-solvent systems, the influence of the diffusion-i...

  2. Swelling-Induced Deformation of Nanopatterned Polymer Lines (United States)

    Tirumala, Vijay; Stafford, Christopher; Huang, Rui; Ocola, Leonidas


    The deformation behavior of isolated poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) nanolines due to swelling is studied to quantitatively establish the parameters governing their mechanical stability. The features are patterned using electron-beam lithography and are supported on a rigid substrate. In the range of 50-250 nm linewidth, we show that the swollen lines undergo Euler buckling with stable higher order modes due to the constraint for polymer chain expansion at the substrate interface. The critical wavelength for buckling surprisingly increases with decreasing line length. The linear swelling strain thus becomes a function of the initial length and decreases dramatically as the line length approaches twice the buckling wavelength for infinitely long lines. A critical length, larger than the buckling wavelength for infinitely long features, exists below which the lines remain mechanically stable regardless of their crosslink density. For sufficiently long lines with height-to-width aspect-ratio in the range 0.5-1.7, the scaling relationship for buckling wavelength vs. linewidth suggests that swelling is anisotropic and is more dominant through height than width. The results established in this study are more generally applicable to nanopatterned polymer lines since buckling instabilities involve simultaneous bending and compression, which deform the material with equal force but in opposite directions.

  3. Work-Hardening Induced Tensile Ductility of Bulk Metallic Glasses via High-Pressure Torsion


    Soo-Hyun Joo; Dong-Hai Pi; Albertus Deny Heri Setyawan; Hidemi Kato; Milos Janecek; Yong Chan Kim; Sunghak Lee; Hyoung Seop Kim


    The mechanical properties of engineering materials are key for ensuring safety and reliability. However, the plastic deformation of BMGs is confined to narrow regions in shear bands, which usually result in limited ductilities and catastrophic failures at low homologous temperatures. The quasi-brittle failure and lack of tensile ductility undercut the potential applications of BMGs. In this report, we present clear tensile ductility in a Zr-based BMG via a high-pressure torsion (HPT) process....

  4. Controlling morphology in swelling-induced wrinkled surfaces (United States)

    Breid, Derek Ronald

    Wrinkles represent a pathway towards the spontaneous generation of ordered surface microstructure for applications in numerous fields. Examples of highly complex ordered wrinkle structures abound in Nature, but the ability to harness this potential for advanced material applications remains limited. This work focuses on understanding the relationship between the patterns on a wrinkled surface and the experimental conditions under which they form. Because wrinkles form in response to applied stresses, particular attention is given to the nature of the stresses in a wrinkling surface. The fundamental insight gained was then utilized to account for observed wrinkle formation phenomena within more complex geometric and kinetic settings. In order to carefully control and measure the applied stresses on a wrinkling film, a swelling-based system was developed using poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), surface-oxidized with a UV-ozone treatment. The swelling of the oxidized surface upon exposure to an ethanol vapor atmosphere was characterized using beam-bending experiments, allowing quantitative measurements of the applied stress. The wrinkle morphologies were characterized as a function of the overstress, defined as the ratio of the applied swelling stress to the critical buckling stress of the material. A transition in the dominant morphology of the wrinkled surfaces from dimple patterns to ridge patterns was observed at an overstress value of ˜2. The pattern dependence of wrinkles on the ratio of the principal stresses was examined by fabricating samples with a gradient prestress. When swollen, these samples exhibited a smooth morphological transition from non-equibiaxial to equibiaxial patterns, with prestrains as low as 2.5% exhibiting non-equibiaxial characteristics. This transition was seen both in samples with low and high overstresses. To explore the impact of these stress states in more complex geometries, wrinkling hemispherical surfaces with radii of curvature

  5. High pressure inactivation of relevant target microorganisms in poultry meat products and the evaluation of pressure-induced protein denaturation of marinated poultry under different high pressure treatments (United States)

    Schmidgall, Johanna; Hertel, Christian; Bindrich, Ute; Heinz, Volker; Toepfl, Stefan


    In this study, the possibility of extending shelf life of marinated poultry meat products by high pressure processing was evaluated. Relevant spoilage and pathogenic strains were selected and used as target microorganisms (MOs) for challenge experiments. Meat and brine were inoculated with MOs and treated at 450 MPa, 4 °C for 3 min. The results of inactivation show a decreasing pressure tolerance in the series Lactobacillus > Arcobacter > Carnobacterium > Bacillus cereus > Brochothrix thermosphacta > Listeria monocytogenes. Leuconostoc gelidum exhibited the highest pressure tolerance in meat. A protective effect of poultry meat was found for L. sakei and L. gelidum. In parallel, the influence of different marinade formulations (pH, carbonates, citrates) on protein structure changes during a pressure treatment was investigated. Addition of sodium carbonate shows a protection against denaturation of myofibrillar proteins and provides a maximum water-holding capacity. Caustic marinades allowed a higher retention of product characteristics than low-pH marinades.

  6. Work-hardening induced tensile ductility of bulk metallic glasses via high-pressure torsion. (United States)

    Joo, Soo-Hyun; Pi, Dong-Hai; Setyawan, Albertus Deny Heri; Kato, Hidemi; Janecek, Milos; Kim, Yong Chan; Lee, Sunghak; Kim, Hyoung Seop


    The mechanical properties of engineering materials are key for ensuring safety and reliability. However, the plastic deformation of BMGs is confined to narrow regions in shear bands, which usually result in limited ductilities and catastrophic failures at low homologous temperatures. The quasi-brittle failure and lack of tensile ductility undercut the potential applications of BMGs. In this report, we present clear tensile ductility in a Zr-based BMG via a high-pressure torsion (HPT) process. Enhanced tensile ductility and work-hardening behavior after the HPT process were investigated, focusing on the microstructure, particularly the changed free volume, which affects deformation mechanisms (i.e., initiation, propagation, and obstruction of shear bands). Our results provide insights into the basic functions of hydrostatic pressure and shear strain in the microstructure and mechanical properties of HPT-processed BMGs.

  7. Ion irradiation-induced swelling and hardening effect of Hastelloy N alloy (United States)

    Zhang, S. J.; Li, D. H.; Chen, H. C.; Lei, G. H.; Huang, H. F.; Zhang, W.; Wang, C. B.; Yan, L.; Fu, D. J.; Tang, M.


    The volumetric swelling and hardening effect of irradiated Hastelloy N alloy were investigated in this paper. 7 MeV and 1 MeV Xe ions irradiations were performed at room temperature (RT) with irradiation dose ranging from 0.5 to 27 dpa. The volumetric swelling increases with increasing irradiation dose, and reaches up to 3.2% at 27 dpa. And the irradiation induced lattice expansion is also observed. The irradiation induced hardening initiates at low ion dose (≤1dpa) then saturates with higher ion dose. The irradiation induced volumetric swelling may be ascribed to excess atomic volume of defects. The irradiation induced hardening may be explained by the pinning effect where the defects can act as obstacles for the free movement of dislocation lines. And the evolution of the defects' size and number density could be responsible for the saturation of hardness.

  8. Top down analysis ceramide-induced mitochondrial dysfunctions: role of mitochondrial swelling. (United States)

    Leducq, Nathalie; Macouillard-Poulletier de Gannes, Florence; Rotureau, Marc-Antoine Belaud; Belloc, Francis; Voisin, Pierre; Canioni, Paul; Diolez, Philippe


    Mitochondrial role in ceramide-induced apoptosis pathway remains unclear. Direct effects of ceramide on mitochondria (cytochrome c release, respiratory chain inhibition, oxygen radicals production...) have been reported [1, 2] and we previously showed that addition of ceramide to intact cells or isolated mitochondria triggers mitochondrial swelling which appeared to be insensitive to cyclosporin A (CsA) [3, 4]. The purpose of this work was to determine to which extent this CsA-insensitive mitochondrial swelling, therefore distinct from permeability transition, participates to ceramide-induced apoptosis. To achieve this, we applied Top-Down analysis of integrated mitochondrial function [5], in order to better understand ceramide-induced mitochondrial dysfunctions.

  9. High pressure processing and post-high pressure storage induce the change of polyglutamyl folate and total folate from different legumes. (United States)

    Luo, Shuangyan; Duan, Hanying; Zou, Yuchen; Wang, Chao


    The aim of this work was to study the effect of high pressure processing (HPP) and post-HPP cold storage on the distribution of polyglutamyl and monoglutamyl folate and the absolute concentration of total folate in green beans, yardlong beans and winged beans using a validated ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method. The results showed that HPP led to the deglutamylation of polyglutamyl folate to monoglutamyl folate in all of the investigated beans. The degree of deglutamylation was increased with enhancing processing pressure and extending holding time. During HPP, significant loss of total folate was observed under 600 MPa/10 min treatment. Uniquely 300 MPa/5 min and 450 MPa/5 min could significantly release more folate from yardlong beans and green beans matrix. During the following cold-storage, the deglutamylation keep progressing. For those untreated beans, no significant deglutamylation and total folate loss was observed during cold storage for yardlong beans and green beans while there is slight change for the total folate in winged beans. For those HPP treated beans, total folate loss followed the first order kinetics over the storage. The rate constant of degradation was positively proportional to the applied pressure, holding time and the proportion of monoglutamyl folate. This research provided a reference for understanding the deglutamylation of polyglutamyl folate and folate loss during HPP treatment and further shelf life.

  10. High pressure-induced mtDNA alterations in retinal ganglion cells and subsequent apoptosis

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    Sheng-Hai Zhang


    Full Text Available Purpose: Our previous study indicated that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA damage and mutations are crucial to the progressive loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs in a glaucomatous rat model. In this study, we examined whether high pressure could directly cause mtDNA alterations and whether the latter could lead to mitochondrial dysfunction and RGC death.Methods: Primary cultured rat RGCs were exposed to 30 mm Hg of hydrostatic pressure (HP for 12, 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 hours. mtDNA alterations and mtDNA repair/replication enzymes OGG1, MYH and POLG expressions were also analyzed. The RGCs were then infected with a lentiviral small hairpin RNA (shRNA expression vector targeting POLG (POLG-shRNA, and mtDNA alterations as well as mitochondrial function, including complex I/III activities and ATP production were subsequently studied at appropriate times. Finally, RGC apoptosis and the mitochondrial-apoptosis pathway-related protein cleaved caspase-3 were detected using a Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL assay and western blotting, respectively. Results: mtDNA damage was observed as early as 48 hours after the exposure of RGCs to HP. At 120 h after HP, mtDNA damage and mutations significantly increased, reaching >40% and 4.8±0.3-fold, respectively, compared with the control values. Twelve hours after HP, the expressions of OGG1, MYH and POLG mRNA in the RGCs were obviously increased 5.02±0.6-fold (p<0.01, 4.3±0.2-fold (p<0.05, and 0.8±0.09-fold p<0.05. Western blot analysis showed that the protein levels of the three enzymes decreased at 72 and 120 hours after HP (p<0.05. After interference with POLG-shRNA, the mtDNA damage and mutations were significantly increased (p<0.01, while complex I/III activities gradually decreased (p<0.05. Corresponding decreases in membrane potential and ATP production appeared at 5 and 6 days after POLG-shRNA transfection respectively (p<0.05. Increases in the apoptosis of RGCs and

  11. Temperature induced immiscibility in the NaCl-H₂O system at high pressure

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    Frank, M R; Scott, H P; Maglio, S J; Prakapenka, V B; Shen, G [NIU; (CIW); (UC); (Indiana)


    High-pressure polymorphs of H{sub 2}O are a major component in many outer planets, extra solar bodies, and icy satellites. This study sought to examine the influence of ionic impurities on the phase stability, thermal expansion, and melting curve of ice VII. Powder diffraction patterns of ice VII formed from pure H{sub 2}O and 5 wt.% NaCl aqueous solutions were taken at room temperature up to 11.1 {+-} 0.3 and 26.6 {+-} 0.4 GPa, respectively. Thermal expansions, {alpha}, of all ice VII samples were recorded and modeled up to the melting point of the samples. Ice VII formed from a NaCl-bearing aqueous solution at pressures greater than 2.2 GPa and less than 500 K can be indexed by ice VII only, whereas at temperatures greater than 500 K, diffraction lines indicative of halite (NaCl) are observed and become more intense with increasing temperature and only disappear at the melting point of the high-pressure ice. This phenomenon was observed in all NaCl-bearing ice samples that were heated to greater than 500 K. The melting curves of ice VII formed from pure H{sub 2}O and a 5 wt.% NaCl aqueous solution suggest that the presence of Na{sup +} and Cl{sup -} in the ice VII structure results in a depression of the melting curve by approximately 40 K. The exsolution of halite from the NaCl-doped ice VII and the depression of the ice VII melting curve suggest that the presence of ionic impurities in ice VII may promote the formation of a self-segregating zone deep within ice-rich bodies. This zone could initiate the formation of solute-rich melt pockets that may ascend toward the surface and result in surface manifestations such as solute-bearing aqueous vents, unexplained domes/diapirism, and/or salt-rich regions.

  12. Conversion of high-pressure carbon dioxide by laser-induced plasma (United States)

    Goto, Taku; Suzuki, Hirotaka; Koizumi, Masato; Ito, Tsuyohito


    In the conversion process of CO2 ->CO + 1/2 O2 by means of plasma, an atomic oxygen is often observed as the intermediate state. As the following reaction forming 1/2 O2 from O is exothermic, unless the energy is reused, the existence of O atoms results in a lower conversion efficiency of the process. Thus, we are trying to find a pathway which forms 1/2 O2 directly, by contribution of the high pressure, which hopefully boosts the conversion efficiency. In this study, we produce plasma by nanosecond-pulsed laser focused on various metallic targets (Sn, Zn and Cu) in pressurized CO2 environments. The results indicate that the energy conversion efficiency depends on the pressure. In addition, applying a target results in a higher energy conversion efficiency than that without targets, and the efficiency depends on the target materials. We currently believe that the target materials modify the initial density of plasma and the pressure controls the following plasma dynamics. The details will be presented at the conference.

  13. Measurement of the Energy and High-Pressure Dependence of X-ray-Induced Decomposition of Crystalline Strontium Oxalate

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    Goldberger, David [High-Pressure; Evlyukhin, Egor [High-Pressure; Cifligu, Petrika [High-Pressure; Wang, Yonggang [HPCAT,; Pravica, Michael [High-Pressure


    We report measurements of the X-ray-induced decomposition of crystalline strontium oxalate (SrC2O4) as a function of energy and high pressure in two separate experiments. SrC2O4 at ambient conditions was irradiated with monochromatic synchrotron X-rays ranging in energy from 15 to 28 keV. A broad resonance of the decomposition yield was observed with a clear maximum when irradiating with ~20 keV X-rays and ambient pressure. Little or no decomposition was observed at 15 keV, which is below the Sr K-shell energy of 16.12 keV, suggesting that excitation of core electrons may play an important role in the destabilization of the C2O42– anion. A second experiment was performed to investigate the high-pressure dependence of the X-ray-induced decomposition of strontium oxalate at fixed energy. SrC2O4 was compressed in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) in the pressure range from 0 to 7.6 GPa with 1 GPa increments and irradiated in situ with 20 keV X-rays. A marked pressure dependence of the decomposition yield of SrC2O4 was observed with a decomposition yield maximum at around 1 GPa, suggesting that different crystal structures of the material play an important role in the decomposition process. This may be due in part to a phase transition observed near this pressure.

  14. High-pressure phases in shock-induced melt veins of the Umbarger l6 chondrite: Constraints of shock pressure (United States)

    Xie, Zhidong; Sharp, Thomas G.


    We report a previously undocumented set of high-pressure minerals in shock-induced melt veins of the Umbarger L6 chondrite. High-pressure minerals were identified with TEM using selected-area electron diffraction, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Ringwoodite (Fa30), akimotoite (En11Fs89), and augite (En42Wo33Fs25) were found in the silicate matrix of the melt vein, representing the crystallization from a silicate melt during the shock pulse. Ringwoodite (Fa27) and hollandite-structured plagioclase were also found as polycrystalline aggregates in the melt vein, representing solid-state transformation or melting with subsequent crystallization of entrained host-rock fragments in the vein. In addition, Fe2SiO4-spinel (Fa66-Fa99) and stishovite crystallized from a FeO-SiO2-rich zone in the melt vein, which formed by shock melting of FeO-SiO2-rich material that had been altered and metasomatized prior to shock. Based on the pressure stabilities of the high-pressure minerals, ringwoodite, akimotoite, and Ca-clinopyroxene, the melt vein crystallized at approximately 18 GPa. The Fe2SiO4-spinel + stishovite assemblage in the FeO-SiO2-rich melts is consistent with crystallization of the melt-vein matrix at the pressure up to 18 GPa. The crystallization pressure of ?18 GPa is much lower than the 45-90 GPa pressure one would conclude from the S6 shock effects in melt veins (St?ffler et al. 1991) and somewhat less than the 25-30 GPa inferred from S5 shock effects (Schmitt 2000) found in the bulk rock.

  15. Study of the Laser-Induced Decomposition of HNO3/2-NITROPROPANE Mixture at Static High Pressure (United States)

    Bouyer, V.; Hébert, P.; Doucet, M.


    The objective of the work presented here is to study the laser-induced decomposition of a condensed HNO3/2-nitropropane mixture containing 58% nitric acid. On the macroscopic scale, this energetic material detonates. Under static high pressure, the formation of an H-bonded complex with that particular composition was demonstrated in a previous study. The high pressure behavior of the complex showed the presence of a solid-solid phase transition around 18 GPa. The combustion front propagation velocity was recorded between 6 and 31 GPa. The analysis of the optical properties of the reaction products as well as the recording of their Raman spectra showed two different combustion regimes. Below 18 GPa, total combustion takes place in the sample and a black residue only composed of soot remains in the cell. Above 18 GPa, the combustion leads to a clear residue with little carbon present. However, the Raman spectra of the remaining sample show new features indicating the presence of species which are not yet clearly identified. The pressure limit between these two behaviors corresponds to the phase transition pressure measured for the complex.

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

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    Tsuyoshi Oura


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

  17. Shock-induced optical emission and high-pressure phase transformation of sapphire (United States)

    Zhang, Ning-Chao; Liu, Fu-Sheng; Wang, Wen-Peng; Sun, Yan-Yun; Liu, Qi-Jun; Peng, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Jun-Xiang


    Emission from sapphire window material was measured by spontaneous spectroscopic and multi-wavelength pyrometer techniques. The spectral distribution as a function of wavelength fit well to the grey-body spectrum. We analyzed the emissions and discovered that they arise from shear banding, which is a typical thermal radiation. It was found that the color temperature of shocked sapphire changes linearly and regularly with stress increases from 40 GPa to 59 GPa but becomes monotonic for stresses from 87 GPa to 120 GPa. The change in behavior indicates that a shock-induced phase transformation occurs between 59 GPa and 87 GPa.

  18. Shock-induced optical emission and high-pressure phase transformation of sapphire

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    Zhang, Ning-Chao [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Liu, Fu-Sheng, E-mail: [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Wang, Wen-Peng; Sun, Yan-Yun; Liu, Qi-Jun [Laboratory of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Peng, Xiao-Juan; Chen, Jun-Xiang [National Key Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation Physics, Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China)


    Emission from sapphire window material was measured by spontaneous spectroscopic and multi-wavelength pyrometer techniques. The spectral distribution as a function of wavelength fit well to the grey-body spectrum. We analyzed the emissions and discovered that they arise from shear banding, which is a typical thermal radiation. It was found that the color temperature of shocked sapphire changes linearly and regularly with stress increases from 40 GPa to 59 GPa but becomes monotonic for stresses from 87 GPa to 120 GPa. The change in behavior indicates that a shock-induced phase transformation occurs between 59 GPa and 87 GPa.

  19. Rosemary and oxygen scavenger in active packaging for prevention of high-pressure induced lipid oxidation in pork patties

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    Bolumar Garcia, Jose Tomas; Lapena Gomez, David; Skibsted, Leif Horsfelt


    Three different packaging systems: vacuum packaging, rosemary active packaging, and oxygen scavenger packaging were compared for their ability to counteract lipid oxidation in pork patties upon storage at 5 °C for 60 days following high pressure processing (HPP) (700 MPa, 10 min, 5 °C). Lipid...... oxidation was studied at the surface and the inner part by measuring secondary lipid oxidation products (TBARs) and the tendency to form radicals by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. Lipid oxidation was lower in the inner part than at the surface for all three packaging systems. Rosemary active...... packaging was the most effective method to protect pork patties from the HPP-induced lipid oxidation, while oxygen scavenger packaging was not effective since residual oxygen remained in the package in the initial period of storage. The kinetics of the oxygen trapping by oxygen scavengers appears...

  20. High-pressure phases in shock-induced melt of the unique highly shocked LL6 chondrite Northwest Africa 757 (United States)

    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.


    Northwest Africa 757 is unique in the LL chondrite group because of its abundant shock-induced melt and high-pressure minerals. Olivine fragments entrained in the melt transform partially and completely into ringwoodite. Plagioclase and Ca-phosphate transform to maskelynite, lingunite, and tuite. Two distinct shock-melt crystallization assemblages were studied by FIB-TEM analysis. The first melt assemblage, which includes majoritic garnet, ringwoodite plus magnetite-magnesiowüstite, crystallized at pressures of 20-25 GPa. The other melt assemblage, which consists of clinopyroxene and wadsleyite, solidified at ~15 GPa, suggesting a second veining event under lower pressure conditions. These shock features are similar to those in S6 L chondrites and indicate that NWA 757 experienced an intense impact event, comparable to the impact event that disrupted the L chondrite parent body at 470 Ma.

  1. Application of multi-pass high pressure homogenization under variable temperature regimes to induce autolysis of wine yeasts. (United States)

    Comuzzo, Piergiorgio; Calligaris, Sonia; Iacumin, Lucilla; Ginaldi, Federica; Voce, Sabrina; Zironi, Roberto


    The effects of the number of passes and processing temperature management (controlled vs. uncontrolled) were investigated during high pressure homogenization-induced autolysis of Saccharomyces bayanus wine yeasts, treated at 150MPa. Both variables were able to affect cell viability, and the release of soluble molecules (free amino acids, proteins and glucidic colloids), but the effect of temperature was more important. S. bayanus cells were completely inactivated in 10 passes without temperature control (corresponding to a processing temperature of 75°C). The two processing variables also affected the volatile composition of the autolysates produced: higher temperatures led to a lower concentration of volatile compounds. The management of the operating conditions may allow the compositional characteristics of the products to be modulated, making them suitable for different winemaking applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Contribution of High-Pressure-Induced Protein Modifications to the Microenvironment and Functional Properties of Rabbit Meat Sausages. (United States)

    Xue, Siwen; Yu, Xiaobo; Yang, Huijuan; Xu, Xinglian; Ma, Hanjun; Zhou, Guanghong


    Rabbit meat batters were subjected to high pressure (HP, 100 to 300 MPa for 3, 9, or 15 min) to elucidate their effects on proteins structures, the microenvironment, and the resulting functionalities of the subsequently heated products. To determine these effects, we investigated structural and microenvironmental changes using Raman spectroscopy and also expressible moisture content, textural characteristics, and dynamic rheological properties of batters during heating (20 to 80 °C). Untreated samples served as controls. Analysis of specific Raman spectral regions demonstrated that applications of HP to rabbit meat batters tended to induce the transformation of the all-gauche S-S conformation to gauche-gauche-trans in the batter system. HP treatment higher than 100 MPa for 9 min promoted secondary structural rearrangements, and molecular polarity enhancement in the proteins prior to cooking. Also, increases of O-H stretching intensities of rabbit meat sausages were obtained by HP treatment, denoting the strengthening of water-holding capacity. These HP-induced alterations resulted in improved texture and, perhaps, improved juiciness of rabbit meat sausages (P meat proteins. © 2017 Institute of Food Technologists®.

  3. Competition between adsorption-induced swelling and elastic compression of coal at CO2 pressures up to 100 MPa

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    Hol, S.; Spiers, C.J.


    Enhanced Coalbed Methane production (ECBM) by CO2 injection frequently proves ineffective due to rapidly decreasing injectivity. Adsorption-induced swelling of the coal matrix has been identified as the principal factor controlling this reduction. To improve understanding of coal swelling in

  4. Superconductivity under high pressure

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    Amaya, K.; Shimizu, K.; Takeda, K.; Tateiwa, N.; Muramatsu, T.; Ishizuka, M.; Kobayashi, T.C


    In part 1, we review techniques developed in our laboratory for producing the complex extreme condition of very low temperature and ultra-high pressure and those for measuring electrical resistance and magnetization of the sample confined in the extremely small space of the used pressure cell. In part 2, we review our experimental results in search for pressure-induced superconductivity, which have been obtained by the use of developed techniques. Typical examples are shown in the case of simple inorganic and organic molecular crystals, ionic crystals, and magnetic metals.

  5. High-Pressure Phases in Shock-induced Melt Veins from the Umbarger L6 Chondrite: Constraints on Shock Conditions (United States)

    Xie, Z.; Tomioka, N.; Sharp, T. G.


    The Umbarger L6 chondrite contains previously unknown high-pressure phases: ringwoodite, akimotoite (MgSiO3-ilmenite), augite, and hollandite phase. Crystallization of akimotoite suggests supercooling of the melt vein during adiabatic decompression.

  6. Estimating shock pressures based on high-pressure minerals in shock-induced melt veins of L chondrites (United States)

    Xie, Zhidong; Sharp, Thomas G.; de Carli, Paul S.

    Here we report the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations of the mineral assemblages and textures in shock-induced melt veins from seven L chondrites of shock stages ranging from S3 to S6. The mineral assemblages combined with phase equilibrium data are used to constrain the crystallization pressures, which can be used to constrain shock pressure in some cases. Thick melt veins in the Tenham L6 chondrite contain majorite and magnesiowüstite in the center, and ringwoodite, akimotoite, vitrified silicate-perovskite, and majorite in the edge of the vein, indicating crystallization pressure of ˜25 GPa. However, very thin melt veins (5-30 μm wide) in Tenham contain glass, olivine, clinopyroxene, and ringwoodite, suggesting crystallization during transient low-pressure excursions as the shock pressure equilibrated to a continuum level. Melt veins of Umbarger include ringwoodite, akimotoite, and clinopyroxene in the vein matrix, and Fe2SiO4-spinel and stishovite in SiO2-FeO-rich melt, indicating a crystallization pressure of ˜18 GPa. The silicate melt veins in Roy contain majorite plus ringwoodite, indicating pressure of ˜20 GPa. Melt veins of Ramsdorf and Nakhon Pathon contain olivine and clinoenstatite, indicating pressure of less than 15 GPa. Melt veins of Kunashak and La Lande include albite and olivine, indicating crystallization at less than 2.5 GPa. Based upon the assemblages observed, crystallization of shock veins can occur before, during, or after pressure release. When the assemblage consists of high-pressure minerals and that assemblage is constant across a larger melt vein or pocket, the crystallization pressure represents the equilibrium shock pressure.

  7. Adsorption-induced deformation of microporous materials: coal swelling induced by CO2-CH4 competitive adsorption. (United States)

    Brochard, Laurent; Vandamme, Matthieu; Pellenq, Roland J-M; Fen-Chong, Teddy


    Carbon dioxide injection in coal seams is known to improve the methane production of the coal seam, while ensuring a safe and long-term carbon sequestration. This improvement is due to the preferential adsorption of CO(2) in coal with respect to CH(4): an injection of CO(2) thus results in a desorption of CH(4). However, this preferential adsorption is also known to cause a differential swelling of coal, which results in a significant decrease in the reservoir permeability during the injection process. Recent studies have shown that adsorption in coal micropores (few angströms in size) is the main cause of the swelling. In this work, we focus on the competitive adsorption behavior of CO(2) and CH(4) in micropores. We perform molecular simulations of adsorption with a realistic atomistic model for coal. The competitive adsorption is studied at various temperatures and pressures representative of those in geological reservoirs. With the help of a poromechanical model, we then quantify the subsequent differential swelling induced by the computed adsorption behaviors. The differential swelling is almost insensitive to the geological temperatures and pressures considered here and is proportional to the CO(2) mole fraction in the coal.

  8. Attenuation of hypoosmotic stress-induced ANP secretion via I(Cl,swell) in renal hypertensive rat atria. (United States)

    Bai, Guang Yi; Yuan, Kuichang; Park, Woo Hyun; Kim, Sung Zoo; Kim, Suhn Hee


    Cardiac hypertrophy, an adaptive process to an increased hemodynamic overload, includes not only an increase in cell size but also qualitative changes in constituent proteins. Although swelling-activated chloride channels (I(Cl,swell)) chronically activate in hypertrophied atrial myocytes, the role of I(Cl,swell) in regulation of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) release is poorly understood. We investigated the effects of I(Cl,swell) on ANP release and contractility and its modification in hypertrophied rat atria. To stimulate I(Cl,swell), hypoosmotic HEPES buffered solution (0.8T, 0.7T and 0.6T) was perfused into isolated perfused beating atria. The hypoosmotic HEPES buffered solution increased ANP release as compared to isoosmotic buffered solution (1T) in an osmolarity-reduction dependent manner. Atrial contractility and extracellular fluid translocation did not change. Exposure to hypoosmotic buffer (0.8T) containing low chloride (8mM), tamoxifen or diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulphonic acid (DIDS) significantly attenuated hypoosmolarity-induced ANP release. The pretreatment with genistein, okdaic acid, U73122, GF109203x, and staurosporine attenuated hypoosmolarity-induced ANP release whereas orthovanadate augmented it significantly. In hypertrophied atria from renal hypertensive rats, hypoosmolarity-induced ANP release was markedly attenuated and DIDS-induced decrease in ANP release and negative inotropy were augmented as compared to sham-operated rat atria. Therefore, we suggest that I(Cl,swell) may partly participate hypoosmolarity-induced ANP release through protein tyrosine kinase and phospholipase C-protein kinase C pathway. The modification of responses of ANP release to hypoosmolarity and DIDS in hypertrophied atria may relate to changes in I(Cl,swell) activity by persistent high blood pressure.

  9. Tunable high pressure lasers (United States)

    Hess, R. V.


    Atmospheric transmission of high energy CO2 lasers is considerably improved by high pressure operation which, due to pressure broadening, permits tuning the laser lines off atmospheric absorption lines. Pronounced improvement is shown for horizontal transmission at altitudes above several kilometers and for vertical transmission through the entire atmosphere. Applications of tunable high pressure CO2 lasers to energy transmission and to remote sensing are discussed along with initial efforts in tuning high pressure CO2 lasers.

  10. Light-induced catalyst and solvent-free high pressure synthesis of high density polyethylene at ambient temperature. (United States)

    Ceppatelli, Matteo; Bini, Roberto


    The combined effect of high pressure and electronic photo-excitation has been proven to be very efficient in activating extremely selective polymerisations of small unsaturated hydrocarbons in diamond anvil cells (DAC). Here we report an ambient temperature, large volume synthesis of high density polyethylene based only on high pressure (0.4-0.5 GPa) and photo-excitation (~350 nm), without any solvent, catalyst or radical initiator. The reaction conditions are accessible to the current industrial technology and the laboratory scale pilot reactor can be scaled up to much larger dimensions for practical applications. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction, indicate that the synthesised material is of comparable quality with respect to the outstanding crystalline material obtained in the DAC. The polydispersity index is comparable to that of IV generation Ziegler-Natta catalysts. Moreover the crystalline quality of the synthesised material can be further enhanced by a thermal annealing at 373 K and ambient pressure. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Nanometer-Scale Permeabilization and Osmotic Swelling Induced by 5-ns Pulsed Electric Fields. (United States)

    Sözer, Esin B; Wu, Yu-Hsuan; Romeo, Stefania; Vernier, P Thomas


    High-intensity nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) permeabilize cell membranes. Although progress has been made toward an understanding of the mechanism of nsPEF-induced membrane poration, the dependence of pore size and distribution on pulse duration, strength, number, and repetition rate remains poorly defined experimentally. In this paper, we characterize the size of nsPEF-induced pores in living cell membranes by isosmotically replacing the solutes in pulsing media with polyethylene glycols and sugars before exposing Jurkat T lymphoblasts to 5 ns, 10 MV/m electric pulses. Pore size was evaluated by analyzing cell volume changes resulting from the permeation of osmolytes through the plasma membrane. We find that pores created by 5 ns pulses have a diameter between 0.7 and 0.9 nm at pulse counts up to 100 with a repetition rate of 1 kHz. For larger number of pulses, either the pore diameter or the number of pores created, or both, increase with increasing pulse counts. But the prevention of cell swelling by PEG 1000 even after 2000 pulses suggests that 5 ns, 10 MV/m pulses cannot produce pores with a diameter larger than 1.9 nm.

  12. Scrotal swelling (United States)

    ... you need any tests. Your provider may prescribe antibiotics and pain medicines, or recommend surgery. A scrotal ultrasound may be done to find where the swelling is occurring. Alternative Names Swelling of the scrotum; Testicular enlargement Images ...

  13. Hypotonic swelling-induced activation of PKN1 mediates cell survival in cardiac myocytes (United States)

    Kajimoto, Katsuya; Shao, Dan; Takagi, Hiromitsu; Maceri, Gregorio; Zablocki, Daniela; Mukai, Hideyuki; Ono, Yoshitaka


    Hypotonic cell swelling in the myocardium is induced by pathological conditions, including ischemia-reperfusion, and affects the activities of ion transporters/channels and gene expression. However, the signaling mechanism activated by hypotonic stress (HS) is not fully understood in cardiac myocytes. A specialized protein kinase cascade, consisting of Pkc1 and MAPKs, is activated by HS in yeast. Here, we demonstrate that protein kinase N1 (PKN1), a serine/threonine protein kinase and a homolog of Pkc1, is activated by HS (67% osmolarity) within 5 min and reaches peak activity at 60 min in cardiac myocytes. Activation of PKN1 by HS was accompanied by Thr774 phosphorylation and concomitant activation of PDK1, a potential upstream regulator of PKN1. HS also activated RhoA, thereby increasing interactions between PKN1 and RhoA. PP1 (10−5 M), a selective Src family tyrosine kinase inhibitor, significantly suppressed HS-induced activation of RhoA and PKN1. Constitutively active PKN1 significantly increased the transcriptional activity of Elk1-GAL4, an effect that was inhibited by dominant negative MEK. Overexpression of PKN1 significantly increased ERK phosphorylation, whereas downregulation of PKN1 inhibited HS-induced ERK phosphorylation. Downregulation of PKN1 and inhibition of ERK by U-0126 both significantly inhibited the survival of cardiac myocytes in the presence of HS. These results suggest that a signaling cascade, consisting of Src, RhoA, PKN1, and ERK, is activated by HS, thereby promoting cardiac myocyte survival. PMID:21037231

  14. High-pressure microfluidics (United States)

    Hjort, K.


    When using appropriate materials and microfabrication techniques, with the small dimensions the mechanical stability of microstructured devices allows for processes at high pressures without loss in safety. The largest area of applications has been demonstrated in green chemistry and bioprocesses, where extraction, synthesis and analyses often excel at high densities and high temperatures. This is accessible through high pressures. Capillary chemistry has been used since long but, just like in low-pressure applications, there are several potential advantages in using microfluidic platforms, e.g., planar isothermal set-ups, large local variations in geometries, dense form factors, small dead volumes and precisely positioned microstructures for control of reactions, catalysis, mixing and separation. Other potential applications are in, e.g., microhydraulics, exploration, gas driven vehicles, and high-pressure science. From a review of the state-of-art and frontiers of high pressure microfluidics, the focus will be on different solutions demonstrated for microfluidic handling at high pressures and challenges that remain.

  15. Intermolecular Interactions at high pressure

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    Eikeland, Espen Zink


    In this project high-pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction has been combined with quantitative energy calculations to probe the energy landscape of three hydroquinone clathrates enclosing different guest molecules. The simplicity of the hydroquinone clathrate structures together with their st......In this project high-pressure single crystal X-ray diffraction has been combined with quantitative energy calculations to probe the energy landscape of three hydroquinone clathrates enclosing different guest molecules. The simplicity of the hydroquinone clathrate structures together....... High-pressure crystallography is the perfect method for studying intermolecular interactions, by forcing the molecules closer together. In all three studied hydroquinone clathrates, new pressure induced phase transitions have been discovered using a mixture of pentane and isopentane as the pressure...... transmitting medium. Through careful structural analysis combined with theoretical calculations, the structures of all the new high-pressure phases identified herein were determined. In the hydroquinone - methanol and hydroquinone - acetonitrile clathrate structures the phase transitions break the host...

  16. High Pressure Biomass Gasification

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    Agrawal, Pradeep K [Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA (United States)


    According to the Billion Ton Report, the U.S. has a large supply of biomass available that can supplement fossil fuels for producing chemicals and transportation fuels. Agricultural waste, forest residue, and energy crops offer potential benefits: renewable feedstock, zero to low CO2 emissions depending on the specific source, and domestic supply availability. Biomass can be converted into chemicals and fuels using one of several approaches: (i) biological platform converts corn into ethanol by using depolymerization of cellulose to form sugars followed by fermentation, (ii) low-temperature pyrolysis to obtain bio-oils which must be treated to reduce oxygen content via HDO hydrodeoxygenation), and (iii) high temperature pyrolysis to produce syngas (CO + H2). This last approach consists of producing syngas using the thermal platform which can be used to produce a variety of chemicals and fuels. The goal of this project was to develop an improved understanding of the gasification of biomass at high pressure conditions and how various gasification parameters might affect the gasification behavior. Since most downstream applications of synags conversion (e.g., alcohol synthesis, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis etc) involve utilizing high pressure catalytic processes, there is an interest in carrying out the biomass gasification at high pressure which can potentially reduce the gasifier size and subsequent downstream cleaning processes. It is traditionally accepted that high pressure should increase the gasification rates (kinetic effect). There is also precedence from coal gasification literature from the 1970s that high pressure gasification would be a beneficial route to consider. Traditional approach of using thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) or high-pressure themogravimetric analyzer (PTGA) worked well in understanding the gasification kinetics of coal gasification which was useful in designing high pressure coal gasification processes. However

  17. Adsorption-induced coal swelling and stress: Implications for methane production and acid gas sequestration into coal seams (United States)

    Cui, Xiaojun; Bustin, R. Marc; Chikatamarla, Laxmi


    Sequestration of CO2 and H2S into deep unminable coal seams is an attractive option to reduce their emission into atmosphere and at the same time displace preadsorbed CH4 which is a clean energy resource. High coal seam permeability is required for efficient and practical sequestration of CO2 and H2S and recovery of CH4. However, adsorption of CO2 and H2S into coals induces strong swelling of the coal matrix (volumetric strain) and thus reduces significantly coal permeability by narrowing and even closing fracture apertures. Our experimental data on three western Canadian coals show that the adsorption-induced volumetric strain is approximately linearly proportional to the volume of adsorbed gas, and for the same gas, different coals have very similar volumetric strain coefficient. Impacts of adsorption-induced swelling on stress and permeability around wellbores were analytically investigated using our developed stress and permeability models. Our model results indicate that adsorption-induced volumetric strain has significant controls on stress and permeability of producing and sequestrating coal seams and consequently the potential of acid gas sequestration. Coal seams may undergo >10 times enhancement of permeability around CH4-producing wellbores due to a reduction in effective stress as a result of coal shrinking caused by methane desorption accompanying a reduction in reservoir pressure. Injection of H2S and CO2 on the other hand results in strong sorption-induced swelling and a marked increase in effective stress which in turn leads to a reduction of coal seam permeability of up to several orders of magnitude. Injection of mixtures of N2 and CO2 such as found in flue gas results in weaker swelling, the amount of which varies with gas composition, and provides the greatest opportunity of sequestering CO2 and secondary recovery of CH4 for most coals. Because of the marked swelling of coal in the presence of H2S, even minor amounts of H2S result in a marked

  18. NFkappaB in the mechanism of ammonia-induced astrocyte swelling in culture.

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    Sinke, A.P.; Jayakumar, A.R.; Panickar, K.S.; Moriyama, M.; Reddy, P.V.; Norenberg, M.D.


    Astrocyte swelling and brain edema are major neuropathological findings in the acute form of hepatic encephalopathy (fulminant hepatic failure), and substantial evidence supports the view that elevated brain ammonia level is an important etiological factor in this condition. Although the mechanism

  19. Joint swelling (United States)

    ... or a tear in the muscle tendon or ligament. Many different types of arthritis may cause swelling, ... your heart, if possible. For example, if your ankle is swollen, lay down with pillows comfortably placed ...

  20. Facial swelling (United States)

    Causes of facial swelling may include: Allergic reaction ( allergic rhinitis , hay fever, or a bee sting ) Angioedema Blood ... come into contact with something you might be allergic to? What ... difficulty breathing , hives or rash , eye redness , fever .

  1. Experimental and numerical study of heterogeneous pressure-temperature-induced lethal and sublethal injury of Lactococcus lactis in a medium scale high-pressure autoclave. (United States)

    Kilimann, K V; Kitsubun, P; Delgado, A; Gänzle, M G; Chapleau, N; Le Bail, A; Hartmann, C


    The present contribution is dedicated to experimental and theoretical assessment of microbiological process heterogeneities of the high-pressure (HP) inactivation of Lactococcus lactis ssp. cremoris MG 1363. The inactivation kinetics are determined in dependence of pressure, process time, temperature and absence or presence of co-solutes in the buffer system namely 4 M sodium chloride and 1.5 M sucrose. The kinetic analysis is carried out in a 0.1-L autoclave in order to minimise thermal and convective effects. Upon these data, a deterministic inactivation model is formulated with the logistic equation. Its independent variables represent the counts of viable cells (viable but injured) and of the stress-resistant cells (viable and not injured). This model is then coupled to a thermo-fluiddynamical simulation method, high-pressure computer fluid dynamics technique (HP-CFD), which yields spatiotemporal temperature and flow fields occurring during the HP application inside any considered autoclave. Besides the thermo-fluiddynamic quantities, the coupled model predicts also the spatiotemporal distribution of both viable (VC) and stress-resistant cell counts (SRC). In order to assess the process non-uniformity of the microbial inactivation in a 3.3-L autoclave experimentally, microbial samples are placed at two distinct locations and are exposed to various process conditions. It can be shown with both, experimental and theoretical models that thermal heterogeneities induce process non-uniformities of more than one decimal power in the counts of the viable cells at the end of the treatment. (c) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Swelling, ion uptake and biodegradation studies of PE film modified through radiation induced graft copolymerization

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    Kaur, Inderjeet, E-mail: [Department Chemistry, HPU Shimla 171005 (India); Gupta, Nitika; Kumari, Vandna [Department Chemistry, HPU Shimla 171005 (India)


    An attempt to develop biodegradable polyethylene film grafting of mixture of hydrophilic monomers methacrylic acid (MAAc) and acrylamide (AAm) onto PE film has been carried out by preirradiation method using benzoyl peroxide as the radical initiator. Since ether linkages are susceptible to easy cleavage during degradation process, PE film was irradiated before the grafting reactions by {gamma}-rays to introduce peroxidic linkages (PE-OO-PE) that offer sites for grafting. The effect of irradiation dose, monomer concentration, initiator concentration, temperature, time and amount of water on the grafting percent was determined. Maximum percentage of grafting of binary mixture (MAAc+AAm), (1792%) was obtained at a total concentration of binary monomer mixture=204.6x10{sup -2} mol/L ([MAAc]=176.5x10{sup -2} mol/L, [AAm]=28.1x10{sup -2} mol/L), [BPO]=8.3x10{sup -2} mol/L at 100 deg. C in 70 min. The grafted PE film was characterized by the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) methods. Some selective properties of grafted films such as swelling studies, ion uptake and biodegradation studies have been investigated. The grafted films show good swelling in water, ion uptake studies shows promising results for desalination of brackish water and the soil burial test shows that PE film grafted with binary monomer mixture degrades up to 47% within 50 days. - Highlights: > Binary mixture of methacrylic acid (MAAc) and acrylamide (AAm) onto PE film by preirradiation method was carried out. > Graft copolymers of MAAc+AAm and PE film were characterized by FTIR, TGA and SEM studies and was found to be thermally stable. > Grafting of MAAc+AAm improved swelling behavior giving maximum swelling (485.71%) in water as against PE with 0% swelling. > The grafted PE-g-poly (MAAc-co-AAm) behaves as an excellent material for ion separation. > Biodegradation studies by soil burial test showed 47.19% of

  3. High pressure processing of meat

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    Grossi, Alberto; Christensen, Mette; Ertbjerg, Per

    Abstract Background: The research of high pressure (HP) processing of meat based foods needs to address how pressure affects protein interactions, aggregation and/or gelation. The understanding of the gel forming properties of myofibrillar components is fundamental for the development of muscle...... based products (Chapleau et al., 2004;Colmenero, 2002). Object: The aim was to study the rheological properties of pork meat emulsion exposed to HP and the effect of HP on the aggregation state of myofibrillar proteins. To address the role of cathepsin in myofibrillar protein degradation the changes...... in the myofibrillar protein pattern and HP-induced change in activity of cathepsin B and L were investigated. Results: In this study we showed that HP treatment of pork meat emulsion, ranging from 0.1 to 800 MPa, induced protein gel formation as shown by the increased Young’s modulus (Fig.1). Analysis of SDS...

  4. New Insights into the Formation of Viable but Nonculturable Escherichia coli O157:H7 Induced by High-Pressure CO2

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    Feng Zhao


    Full Text Available The formation of viable but nonculturable (VBNC Escherichia coli O157:H7 induced by high-pressure CO2 (HPCD was investigated using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq transcriptomics and isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ proteomic methods. The analyses revealed that 97 genes and 56 proteins were significantly changed upon VBNC state entry. Genes and proteins related to membrane transport, central metabolisms, DNA replication, and cell division were mainly downregulated in the VBNC cells. This caused low metabolic activity concurrently with a division arrest in cells, which may be related to VBNC state formation. Cell division repression and outer membrane overexpression were confirmed to be involved in VBNC state formation by homologous expression of z2046 coding for transcriptional repressor and ompF encoding outer membrane protein F. Upon VBNC state entry, pyruvate catabolism in the cells shifted from the tricarboxylic acid (TCA cycle toward the fermentative route; this led to a low level of ATP. Combating the low energy supply, ATP production in the VBNC cells was compensated by the degradation of l-serine and l-threonine, the increased AMP generation, and the enhanced electron transfer. Furthermore, tolerance of the cells with respect to HPCD-induced acid, oxidation, and high CO2 stresses was enhanced by promoting the production of ammonia and NADPH and by reducing CO2 production during VBNC state formation. Most genes and proteins related to pathogenicity were downregulated in the VBNC cells. This would decrease the cell pathogenicity, which was confirmed by adhesion assays. In conclusion, the decreased metabolic activity, repressed cell division, and enhanced survival ability in E. coli O157:H7 might cause HPCD-induced VBNC state formation.

  5. A density functional study of the high-pressure chemistry of MSiN{sub 2}(M = Be, Mg, Ca): prediction of high-pressure phases and examination of pressure-induced decomposition

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    Rebecca Roemer, S; Schnick, Wolfgang [Department Chemie und Biochemie, Lehrstuhl fuer Anorganische Festkoerperchemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Butenandtstrasse 5-13 (D), D-81377 Muenchen (Germany); Kroll, Peter [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, 700 Planetarium Place, Arlington, TX 76019-0065 (United States)], E-mail:


    Normal pressure modifications and tentative high-pressure phases of the nitridosilicates MSiN{sub 2} with M = Be, Mg, or Ca have been thoroughly studied by density functional methods. At ambient pressure, BeSiN{sub 2} and MgSiN{sub 2} exhibit an ordered wurtzite variant derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite by a C1-type distortion. At ambient pressure, the structure of CaSiN{sub 2} can also be derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite by a different type of distortion (D1-type). Energy-volume calculations for all three compounds reveal transition into an NaCl superstructure under pressure, affording sixfold coordination for Si. At 76 GPa BeSiN{sub 2} forms an LiFeO{sub 2}-type structure, corresponding to the stable ambient-pressure modification of LiFeO{sub 2}, while MgSiN{sub 2} and CaSiN{sub 2} adopt an LiFeO{sub 2}-type structure, corresponding to a metastable modification (24 and 60 GPa, respectively). For both BeSiN{sub 2} and CaSiN{sub 2} intermediate phases appear (for BeSiN{sub 2} a chalcopyrite-type structure and for CaSiN{sub 2} a CaGeN{sub 2}-type structure). These two tetragonal intermediate structures are closely related, differing mainly in their c/a ratio. As a consequence, chalcopyrite-type structures exhibit tetrahedral coordination for both cations (M and Si), whereas in CaGeN{sub 2}-type structures one cation is tetrahedrally (Si) and one bisdisphenoidally (M) coordinated. Both structure types, chalcopyrite and CaGeN{sub 2}, can also be derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite through a B1-type distortion. The group-subgroup relation of the BeSiN{sub 2}/MgSiN{sub 2}, the CaSiN{sub 2}, the chalcopyrite, the CaGeN{sub 2} and the idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite structure is discussed and the displacive phase transformation pathways are illustrated. The zero-pressure bulk moduli were calculated for all phases and have been found to be comparable to compounds such as {alpha}- Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, CaIrO{sub 3} and Al

  6. A New Route for High-Purity Organic Materials: High-Pressure-Ramp-Induced Ultrafast Polymerization of 2-(Hydroxyethyl)Methacrylate (United States)

    Evlyukhin, E.; Museur, L.; Traore, M.; Perruchot, C.; Zerr, A.; Kanaev, A.


    The synthesis of highly biocompatible polymers is important for modern biotechnologies and medicine. Here, we report a unique process based on a two-step high-pressure ramp (HPR) for the ultrafast and efficient bulk polymerization of 2-(hydroxyethyl)methacrylate (HEMA) at room temperature without photo- and thermal activation or addition of initiator. The HEMA monomers are first activated during the compression step but their reactivity is hindered by the dense glass-like environment. The rapid polymerization occurs in only the second step upon decompression to the liquid state. The conversion yield was found to exceed 90% in the recovered samples. The gel permeation chromatography evidences the overriding role of HEMA2•• biradicals in the polymerization mechanism. The HPR process extends the application field of HP-induced polymerization, beyond the family of crystallized monomers considered up today. It is also an appealing alternative to typical photo- or thermal activation, allowing the efficient synthesis of highly pure organic materials.

  7. Tyrosine kinase activation is an immediate and essential step in hypotonic cell swelling-induced ERK activation and c-fos gene expression in cardiac myocytes.


    Sadoshima, J; Qiu, Z; Morgan, J P; Izumo, S


    Hypotonic stress causes rapid cell swelling and initiates various cellular adaptive processes. However, it is unknown how cells initially sense low osmolarity and convert it into intracellular signals. We investigated the signal transduction mechanism initiated by hypotonic cell swelling in cardiac myocytes using c-fos expression as a nuclear marker. Treatment of myocytes with hypotonic culture media rapidly induced c-fos expression, whereas hypertonic stress had no effect. Transfection of c-...

  8. Report on fundamental modeling of irradiation-induced swelling and creep in FeCrAl alloys

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    Kohnert, Aaron A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dasgupta, Dwaipayan [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Wirth, Brian [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Linton, Kory D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    In order to improve the accident tolerance of light water reactor (LWR) fuel, alternative cladding materials have been proposed to replace zirconium (Zr)-based alloys. Of these materials, there is a particular focus on iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys due to much slower oxidation kinetics in high-temperature steam than Zr-alloys. This should decrease the energy release due to oxidation and allow the cladding to remain integral longer in the presence of high temperature steam, making accident mitigation more likely. As a continuation of the development for these alloys, the material response must be demonstrated to provide suitable radiation stability, in order to ensure that there will not be significant dimensional changes (e.g., swelling), as well as quantifying the radiation hardening and radiation creep behavior. In this report, we describe the use of cluster dynamics modeling to evaluate the defect physics and damage accumulation behavior of FeCrAl alloys subjected to neutron irradiation, with a particular focus on irradiation-induced swelling and defect fluxes to dislocations that are required to model irradiation creep behavior.

  9. High pressure direct injection

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    Johnson, J. [Cummins Westport Inc., Vancouver, BC (Canada)


    A brief overview of Cummins Westport was provided, indicating that Westport originated in the 1980s through a research team at the University of British Columbia, and the hiring of the first employees began in 1996. The joint venture between Cummins and Westport was formed in March 2001. Cummins is the largest builder of commercial diesels in the world, and Westport is a small incubation technology company with emphasis on natural gas. The contribution of each company benefits the joint venture. Cummins brings traditional expertise in product and process development and distribution system, while Westport contributes new high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology, funding and enthusiasm. The same base engine is kept and only the fuel system is changed. HPDI uses diesel cycle combustion and diesel pilot ignites natural gas. It allows for low emissions, high performance, high efficiency and economic payback. The pilot-ignited HPDI technology was explained, and its application to large class-8 trucks was discussed. The efficiency and performance of diesel engines is maintained by HPDI technology, there are 40 per cent reductions in nitrous oxide emissions, particulate matter emissions are reduced by 60 per cent, and carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 20 per cent. A field demonstration was reviewed, and the major test at Norcal in San Francisco was discussed. The key success factors were found to be: formalized customer support plan, on-site technical support, parts availability, driver support and interaction, and training. Liquid natural gas fuel contamination was found to cause component wear. The emphasis has now been placed on three issues: injector life improvements, fuel debris and liquid natural gas pump/dome regulator life, and fuel economy improvements. The accomplishments for 2001 were identified, such as rapidly improving reliability, 17 HPDI trucks are upfit and in-service to name a few. The goals for 2002 include the placement of permanent fuel

  10. High-pressure minerals in shocked meteorites (United States)

    Tomioka, Naotaka; Miyahara, Masaaki


    Heavily shocked meteorites contain various types of high-pressure polymorphs of major minerals (olivine, pyroxene, feldspar, and quartz) and accessory minerals (chromite and Ca phosphate). These high-pressure minerals are micron to submicron sized and occur within and in the vicinity of shock-induced melt veins and melt pockets in chondrites and lunar, howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED), and Martian meteorites. Their occurrence suggests two types of formation mechanisms (1) solid-state high-pressure transformation of the host-rock minerals into monomineralic polycrystalline aggregates, and (2) crystallization of chondritic or monomineralic melts under high pressure. Based on experimentally determined phase relations, their formation pressures are limited to the pressure range up to 25 GPa. Textural, crystallographic, and chemical characteristics of high-pressure minerals provide clues about the impact events of meteorite parent bodies, including their size and mutual collision velocities and about the mineralogy of deep planetary interiors. The aim of this article is to review and summarize the findings on natural high-pressure minerals in shocked meteorites that have been reported over the past 50 years.

  11.  Pressure-induced Fe↔Cu cationic valence exchange and its structural consequences: High-pressure studies of delafossite CuFeO2 (United States)

    Xu, W. M.; Rozenberg, G. Kh.; Pasternak, M. P.; Kertzer, M.; Kurnosov, A.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.; Pascarelli, S.; Munoz, M.; Vaccari, M.; Hanfland, M.; Jeanloz, R.


    The present high-pressure studies of CuFeO2 to 30 GPa using x-ray diffraction, along with F57e Mössbauer and Fe and CuK -edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy methods, reveal a sequence of intricate structural/electronic-magnetic pressure-induced transitions. The low-pressure R3¯m structure (0-18 GPa) is composed of sheets of FeS=5/23+ ions alternating with layers of O-CuS=01+-O dumbbells, the latter oriented along the c axis. This structure is characterized by an unusual positive d(c/a)/dP . At 18 GPa a structural transition takes place to a more isotropic C2/c structure with the O-CuS=01+-O axis tilted 28° from the c axis and with negative d(c/a)/dP . This transition corroborates with the onset of long-range antiferromagnetic order. Starting at ˜23GPa , with an initial volume reduction in ˜|ΔV/V0|=0.16 , the Cu-Fe bands overlap and this leads to a (CuS=01+FeS=5/23+)→(CuS=1/22+FeS=22+) interionic valence exchange in about 1/3 of the C2/c-CuFeO2 at 27 GPa. As a result: (i) the Cu2+-O becomes fourfold coordinated and is in a new crystallographic structure with space group P3¯m , and (ii) the Néel temperature increases above twofold [TN(CuS=1/22+FeS=22+)≈2.2TN(CuS=01+FeS=5/23+)] . This sequence of transitions is reversible with minimal hysteresis.

  12. iTRAQ-Based Proteomic Analysis of Sublethally Injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 Cells Induced by High Pressure Carbon Dioxide

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    Xiufang Bi


    Full Text Available High pressure carbon dioxide (HPCD could cause sublethally injured cells (SICs, which may cause food poisoning and spoilage during food storage and limit its application. Therefore, the formation of SICs of Escherichia coli O157:H7 was investigated by isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ proteomic methods in this study for better controlling the SICs induced by HPCD. A total of 2,446 proteins was identified by iTRAQ, of which 93 and 29 were significantly differentially expressed in the SICs compared with live control cells (CKL and dead control cells (CKD, respectively. Among the 93 differentially expressed proteins (DEP in the SICs compared with CKL, 65 proteins showed down-regulation and 28 showed up-regulation. According to the comprehensive proteome coverage analysis, the SICs survived under HPCD by reducing carbohydrate decomposing, lipid transport and metabolism, amino acid transport and metabolism, transcription and translation, DNA replication and repair. Besides, the SICs showed stress response, DNA damage response and an increased carbohydrate transport, peptidoglycan synthesis and disulfide bond formation to HPCD. Among the 29 DEP in the SICs compared with CKD, 12 proteins showed down-regulation and 17 showed up-regulation. According to the comprehensive proteome coverage analysis, the SICs survived under HPCD by accumulation of cell protective agents like carbohydrates and amino acids, and decreasing transcription and translation activities. Results showed that the formation of the SICs with low metabolic activity and high survival ability was a survival strategy for E. coli O157:H7 against HPCD.

  13. Nanosqueezed light for probing mitochondria and calcium-induced membrane swelling for study of neuroprotectants (United States)

    Gourley, Paul L.; Chen, P.; Copeland, R. G.; Hendricks, Judy K.; McDonald, Anthony E.; Keep, M. E.; Karlsson, J. R.


    We report a new bioMEMs nanolaser technique for measuring characteristics of small organelles. We have initially applied the method to study mitochondria, a very small (500nm to 1um) organelle containing the respiration apparatus for animal cells. Because the mitochondria are so tiny, it has been difficult to study them using standard light microscope or flow cytometry techniques. We employ a recently discovered a nano-optical transduction method for high-speed analysis of submicron organelles. This ultrasensitive detection of submicron particles uses nano-squeezing of light into photon modes imposed by the ultrasmall organelle dimensions in a submicron laser cavity. In this paper, we report measurements of mitochondria spectra under normal conditions and under high calcium ion gradient conditions that upset membrane homeostasis and lead to organelle swelling and lysis, similar to that observed in the diseased state. The measured spectra are compared with our calculations of the electromagnetic modes in normal and distended mitochondria using multiphysics finite element methods.

  14. Decreased resistance of sublethally injured Escherichia coli O157:H7 to salt, mild heat, nisin and acids induced by high pressure carbon dioxide. (United States)

    Bi, Xiufang; Wang, Yongtao; Hu, Xiaosong; Liao, Xiaojun


    Resistance of sublethally injured cells (SICs) of Escherichia coli O157:H7 induced by high pressure carbon dioxide (HPCD) to salt, low temperature, mild heat, nisin, acids and low pHs was investigated in this study. The SICs of E. coli were obtained following HPCD at 5 MPa and 25 °C for 40-60 min or 5 MPa and 45 °C for 20 min. The untreated cells could survive normally while the HPCD-treated cells showed 2.87 log 10  cycles' reduction on tryptic soy agar (TSA) with 3% NaCl. The counts of the untreated cells were not significantly changed during 5 h incubation at 4 °C or 40 min incubation at 45 °C, and the HPCD-treated cells were also not affected by 5 h incubation at 4 °C but showed 1.75 log 10  cycles' reduction at 45 °C for 40 min. The antimicrobial nisin caused an extra 0.25-1.0 log 10  cycles' reduction of the HPCD-treated cells while the untreated cells was not inactivated by nisin. Except for oxalic acid (OA), citric acid (CA), malic acid (MA), tartaric acid (TA), lactic acid (LA), acetic acid (AA) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) did not inactivate the untreated cells, but all these seven acids caused a 0.74-1.53 log 10  cycles' reduction of HPCD-treated cells. These results indicated that HPCD-induced SICs had a decreased resistance to salt, mild heat, nisin and acids. Moreover, the recovery test was used to investigate the sensitivity of the SICs to different pHs. Results showed that the SICs could not recover below or equal to pH 4.0. These promising results would open up the possibility of exploring the combination of other technologies (eg. mild heat, nisin and acids) with HPCD as hurdle approaches to inactivate target pathogens in foods. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Swelling and curling behaviors of articular cartilage. (United States)

    Setton, L A; Tohyama, H; Mow, V C


    A new experimental method was developed to quantify parameters of swelling-induced shape change in articular cartilage. Full-thickness strips of cartilage were studied in free-swelling tests and the swelling-induced stretch, curvature, and areal change were measured. In general, swelling-induced stretch and curvature were found to increase in cartilage with decreasing ion concentration, reflecting an increasing tendency to swell and "curl" at higher swelling pressures. An exception was observed at the articular surface, which was inextensible for all ionic conditions. The swelling-induced residual strain at physiological ionic conditions was estimated from the swelling-induced stretch and found to be tensile and from 3-15 percent. Parameters of swelling were found to vary with sample orientation, reflecting a role for matrix anisotropy in controlling the swelling-induced residual strains. In addition, the surface zone was found to be a structurally important element, which greatly limits swelling of the entire cartilage layer. The findings of this study provide the first quantitative measures of swelling-induced residual strain in cartilage ex situ, and may be readily adapted to studies of cartilage swelling in situ.

  16. High Pressure Research on Materials

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 12; Issue 6. High Pressure Research on Materials - Production and Measurement of High Pressures in the Laboratory. P Ch Sahu N V Chandra Shekar. General Article Volume 12 Issue 6 June 2007 pp 10-23 ...

  17. Austenitic stainless steel alloys having improved resistance to fast neutron-induced swelling (United States)

    Bloom, Everett E.; Stiegler, James O.; Rowcliffe, Arthur F.; Leitnaker, James M.


    The present invention is based on the discovery that radiation-induced voids which occur during fast neutron irradiation can be controlled by small but effective additions of titanium and silicon. The void-suppressing effect of these metals in combination is demonstrated and particularly apparent in austenitic stainless steels.

  18. The particle image velocimetry method in the study of the dynamics of phase transitions induced by high pressures in triolein and oleic acid (United States)

    Tefelski, D. B.; Kulisiewicz, L.; Wierschem, A.; Delgado, A.; Rostocki, A. J.; Siegoczyński, R. M.


    Particle image velocimetry (PIV) is an optical measurement method capable of providing visualisation of velocity field of particle flow in fluids. After analysis of data acquired in the form of an image sequence, it is possible to retrieve information about flow parameters as mean values of velocity, vorticity, shear and normal strain. This paper presents the results of high pressure experiments using this method applied to triolein and oleic acid samples in their phase transition region. A high pressure optical chamber, He-Ne laser and light-sheet optics together with a digital camera and image acquisition computer allow us to study the motion of particles in high pressure conditions. The set-up was similar to that presented in Özmutlu et al. [Momentum and energy transfer during phase change of water under high hydrostatic pressure, Innov. Food Sci. Emerg. Technol. 7(3) (2006), pp. 161-168] and Kulisiewicz et al. [Visualization of pressure-shift freezing and thawing of concentrated aqueous sucrose solutions, High Press. Res. 27(2) (2007), pp. 291-297]. The analysis of phase transition dynamics in triolein and oleic acid is an extension to the work presented in Tefelski et al. [The investigation of the dynamics of the phase transformation in triolein and oleic acid under pressure, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 121(142004) (2008), pp. 1-6]. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid and has a bent rod shape. Triolein is a triglyceride and has a "chair"-like shape. It is the base particle of many vegetable oils, especially olive oil. Triolein consists of three chains of oleic acid bound by a glycerol part. Information obtained by the study of phase transitions dynamics is important for food science and food technology processes which involve high pressure treatment. The PIV method shows differences in the solidification process of both substances in time, the existence of inhomogeneities (layers of different densities in the observed flow) and allows us to calculate the

  19. Synthetic tambjamine analogues induce mitochondrial swelling and lysosomal dysfunction leading to autophagy blockade and necrotic cell death in lung cancer. (United States)

    Rodilla, Ananda M; Korrodi-Gregório, Luís; Hernando, Elsa; Manuel-Manresa, Pilar; Quesada, Roberto; Pérez-Tomás, Ricardo; Soto-Cerrato, Vanessa


    Current pharmacological treatments for lung cancer show very poor clinical outcomes, therefore, the development of novel anticancer agents with innovative mechanisms of action is urgently needed. Cancer cells have a reversed pH gradient compared to normal cells, which favours cancer progression by promoting proliferation, metabolic adaptation and evasion of apoptosis. In this regard, the use of ionophores to modulate intracellular pH appears as a promising new therapeutic strategy. Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence supporting ionophores as novel antitumour drugs. Despite this, little is known about the implications of pH deregulation and homeostasis imbalance triggered by ionophores at the cellular level. In this work, we deeply analyse for the first time the anticancer effects of tambjamine analogues, a group of highly effective anion selective ionophores, at the cellular and molecular levels. First, their effects on cell viability were determined in several lung cancer cell lines and patient-derived cancer stem cells, demonstrating their potent cytotoxic effects. Then, we have characterized the induced lysosomal deacidification, as well as, the massive cytoplasmic vacuolization observed after treatment with these compounds, which is consistent with mitochondrial swelling. Finally, the activation of several proteins involved in stress response, autophagy and apoptosis was also detected, although they were not significantly responsible for the cell death induced. Altogether, these evidences suggest that tambjamine analogues provoke an imbalance in cellular ion homeostasis that triggers mitochondrial dysfunction and lysosomal deacidification leading to a potent cytotoxic effect through necrosis in lung cancer cell lines and cancer stem cells. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system (United States)

    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.; Arnold, Don W.; Hencken, Kenneth R.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Neyer, David W.


    An electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic pump for manipulating fluids in capillary-based systems. The pump uses electro-osmotic flow to provide a high pressure hydraulic system, having no moving mechanical parts, for pumping and/or compressing fluids, for providing valve means and means for opening and closing valves, for controlling fluid flow rate, and manipulating fluid flow generally and in capillary-based systems (Microsystems), in particular. The compact nature of the inventive high pressure hydraulic pump provides the ability to construct a micro-scale or capillary-based HPLC system that fulfills the desire for small sample quantity, low solvent consumption, improved efficiency, the ability to run samples in parallel, and field portability. Control of pressure and solvent flow rate is achieved by controlling the voltage applied to an electrokinetic pump.

  1. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system (United States)

    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.


    A compact high pressure hydraulic pump having no moving mechanical parts for converting electric potential to hydraulic force. The electrokinetic pump, which can generate hydraulic pressures greater than 2500 psi, can be employed to compress a fluid, either liquid or gas, and manipulate fluid flow. The pump is particularly useful for capillary-base systems. By combining the electrokinetic pump with a housing having chambers separated by a flexible member, fluid flow, including high pressure fluids, is controlled by the application of an electric potential, that can vary with time.

  2. High pressure neon arc lamp (United States)

    Sze, Robert C.; Bigio, Irving J.


    A high pressure neon arc lamp and method of using the same for photodynamic therapies is provided. The high pressure neon arc lamp includes a housing that encloses a quantity of neon gas pressurized to about 500 Torr to about 22,000 Torr. At each end of the housing the lamp is connected by electrodes and wires to a pulse generator. The pulse generator generates an initial pulse voltage to breakdown the impedance of the neon gas. Then the pulse generator delivers a current through the neon gas to create an electrical arc that emits light having wavelengths from about 620 nanometers to about 645 nanometers. A method for activating a photosensitizer is provided. Initially, a photosensitizer is administered to a patient and allowed time to be absorbed into target cells. Then the high pressure neon arc lamp is used to illuminate the target cells with red light having wavelengths from about 620 nanometers to about 645 nanometers. The red light activates the photosensitizers to start a chain reaction that may involve oxygen free radicals to destroy the target cells. In this manner, a high pressure neon arc lamp that is inexpensive and efficiently generates red light useful in photodynamic therapy is provided.

  3. High Pressure Research on Materials

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    basic types of apparatus that are now being used throughout the world. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1946. The static high pressure generating devices can be divided into two categories: piston-cylinder and opposed anvil devices. These devices with their pressure capabilities are listed in Figure 4.

  4. High-pressure phases in a shock-induced melt vein of the Tenham L6 chondrite: Constraints on shock pressure and duration (United States)

    Xie, Zhidong; Sharp, Thomas G.; DeCarli, Paul S.


    The microtexture and mineralogy of a 580-μm-wide melt vein in the Tenham L6 chondrite were investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy to better understand the shock conditions. The melt vein consists of a matrix of silicate plus metal-sulfide grains that crystallized from immiscible melts, and sub-rounded fragments of the host chondrite that have been entrained in the melt and transformed to polycrystalline high-pressure silicates. The melt-vein matrix contains two distinct textures and mineral assemblages corresponding to the vein edge and interior. The 30-μm-wide vein edge consists of vitrified silicate perovskite + ringwoodite + akimotoite + majorite with minor metal-sulfide. The 520-μm-wide vein interior consists of majorite + magnesiowüstite with irregular metal-sulfide blebs. Although these mineral assemblages are distinctly different, the pressure stabilities of both assemblages are consistent with crystallization from similar pressure conditions: the melt-vein edge crystallized at about 23-25 GPa and the vein interior crystallized at about 21-25 GPa. This relatively narrow pressure range suggests that the melt vein either crystallized at a constant equilibrium shock pressure of ˜25 GPa or during a relatively slow pressure release. Using a finite element heat transfer program to model the thermal history of this melt vein during shock, we estimate that the time required to quench this 580-μm-wide vein was ˜40 ms. Because the entire vein contains high-pressure minerals that crystallized from the melt, the shock-pressure duration was at least 40 ms. Using a synthetic Hugoniot for Tenham and assuming that the sample experienced a peak-shock pressure of 25 GPa near the impact site, we estimate that the Tenham parent body experienced an impact with collision velocity ˜2 km/s. Based on a one-dimensional planar impact model, we estimate that the projectile size was >150 m in thickness.

  5. Modeling and simulation of the chemically induced swelling behavior of anionic polyelectrolyte gels by applying the theory of porous media (United States)

    Leichsenring, Peter; Wallmersperger, Thomas


    Ionic hydrogels belong to the class of polyelectrolyte gels, also known as ionic gels. Their ability to swell or shrink under different environmental conditions such as change of pH, ion concentration or temperature make them promising materials for new sensoric or actuatoric devices. Numerical simulations play a crucial role for further developing hydrogel based devices. In the present contribution, a thermodynamically consistent continuum model based on the theory of porous media is derived. The governing field equations are solved on a one-dimensional domain by applying the finite element method. For the time discretization an Euler backward algorithm is implemented. The hydrogel swelling behavior is triggered by a chemical stimulus and is analyzed in space and time. Two mechanical configurations are considered: the hydrogel free swelling behavior and a mechanically clamped configuration, where the hydrogel swelling is hindered, are evaluated in detail. The presented results lead to a precise understanding of the chemo-electro-mechanical behavior and the driving pressure contributions.

  6. CRRT Connected to ECMO: Managing High Pressures. (United States)

    de Tymowski, Christian; Augustin, Pascal; Houissa, Hamda; Allou, Nicolas; Montravers, Philippe; Delzongle, Alienor; Pellenc, Quentin; Desmard, Mathieu

    Metabolic disorders and fluid overload are indications of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) including continuous venovenous hemofiltration in patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Direct connection of CRRT machine to the ECMO circuit provides many advantages. Nevertheless, because pressures in CRRT lines relate to ECMO blood flow, high ECMO blood flow may be associated with high pressures in CRRT lines. Thus, management of CRRT pressure lines becomes challenging. We evaluated a protocol for managing high CRRT pressures. Connections were performed according to a standardized protocol to maintain CRRT lines in the correct pressure ranges without modifying ECMO settings or inhibiting pressure alarms. To achieve this goal, the way of connecting of CRRT lines was adapted following a standardized protocol. Connection was first attempted between pump and oxygenator in the 12 patients. In five cases, high pressures in CRRT lines were successfully managed by changing the connection segment. Continuous renal replacement therapy parameters were within target levels and reduction of serum creatinine was 37%. In conclusion, management of high pressures in CRRT lines induced by ECMO could be achieved without modifying ECMO blood flow or inhibiting CRRT alarms. Iterative stops were avoided allowing efficient procedures.

  7. Swelling-induced optical anisotropy of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate): deswelling kinetics probed by quantitative Mueller matrix polarimetry. (United States)

    Patil, Nagaraj; Soni, Jalpa; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi


    Thermodynamically favored polymer-water interactions below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) caused swelling-induced optical anisotropy (linear retardance) of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate). This was exploited to study the macroscopic deswelling kinetics quantitatively by a generalized polarimetry analysis method, based on measurement of the Mueller matrix and its subsequent inverse analysis via the polar decomposition approach. The derived medium polarization parameters, namely, linear retardance (δ), diattenuation (d), and depolarization coefficient (Δ), of the hydrogels showed interesting differences between the gels prepared by conventional free radical polymerization (FRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) and also between dry and swollen state. The effect of temperature, cross-linking density, and polymerization technique employed to synthesize hydrogel on deswelling kinetics was systematically studied via conventional gravimetry and corroborated further with the corresponding Mueller matrix derived quantitative polarimetry characteristics (δ, d, and Δ). The RAFT gels exhibited higher swelling ratio and swelling-induced optical anisotropy compared to FRP gels and also deswelled faster at 30 °C. On the contrary, at 45 °C, deswelling was significantly retarded for the RAFT gels due to formation of a skin layer, which was confirmed and quantified via the enhanced diattenuation and depolarization parameters.

  8. Modeling thermal and irradiation-induced swelling effects on the integrity of Ti 3 SiC 2 /SiC joints

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


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

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

    Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs; Ankle swelling; Foot swelling; Leg swelling; Edema - peripheral; Peripheral edema ... Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is common when the person also: Is overweight Has a blood clot ...

  10. Carbon nanostructures under high pressure

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    Sundqvist, B


    Results from recent high-pressure experiments in the field of fullerenes are briefly reviewed. In particular, new results on one-, two- and three-dimensional polymerized C sub 6 sub 0 and C sub 7 sub 0 are discussed. Results discussed include the first synthesis of a well defined, one-dimensional polymer based on C sub 7 sub 0 , transformations from two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional phases in C sub 6 sub 0 , and doping of 2D C sub 6 sub 0 polymers.

  11. Non-monotonic swelling of surface grafted hydrogels induced by pH and/or salt concentration

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    Longo, Gabriel S. [Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), CONICET, La Plata (Argentina); Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Olvera de la Cruz, Monica [Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Szleifer, I., E-mail: [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States)


    We use a molecular theory to study the thermodynamics of a weak-polyacid hydrogel film that is chemically grafted to a solid surface. We investigate the response of the material to changes in the pH and salt concentration of the buffer solution. Our results show that the pH-triggered swelling of the hydrogel film has a non-monotonic dependence on the acidity of the bath solution. At most salt concentrations, the thickness of the hydrogel film presents a maximum when the pH of the solution is increased from acidic values. The quantitative details of such swelling behavior, which is not observed when the film is physically deposited on the surface, depend on the molecular architecture of the polymer network. This swelling-deswelling transition is the consequence of the complex interplay between the chemical free energy (acid-base equilibrium), the electrostatic repulsions between charged monomers, which are both modulated by the absorption of ions, and the ability of the polymer network to regulate charge and control its volume (molecular organization). In the absence of such competition, for example, for high salt concentrations, the film swells monotonically with increasing pH. A deswelling-swelling transition is similarly predicted as a function of the salt concentration at intermediate pH values. This reentrant behavior, which is due to the coupling between charge regulation and the two opposing effects triggered by salt concentration (screening electrostatic interactions and charging/discharging the acid groups), is similar to that found in end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers. Understanding how to control the response of the material to different stimuli, in terms of its molecular structure and local chemical composition, can help the targeted design of applications with extended functionality. We describe the response of the material to an applied pressure and an electric potential. We present profiles that outline the local chemical composition of the

  12. OH Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) Measurements for the Study of High Pressure Flames: An Evaluation of a New Laser and a New Camera System (United States)

    Tedder, Sarah; Hicks, Yolanda


    Planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) is used by the Combustion Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA Glenn) to assess the characteristics of the flowfield produced by aircraft fuel injectors. To improve and expand the capabilities of the PLIF system new equipment was installed. The new capabilities of the modified PLIF system are assessed by collecting OH PLIF in a methane/air flame produced by a flat flame burner. Specifically, the modifications characterized are the addition of an injection seeder to a Nd:YAG laser pumping an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and the use of a new camera with an interline CCD. OH fluorescence results using the injection seeded OPO laser are compared to results using a Nd:YAG pumped dye laser with ultraviolet extender (UVX). Best settings of the new camera for maximum detection of PLIF signal are reported for the controller gain and microchannel plate (MCP) bracket pulsing. Results are also reported from tests of the Dual Image Feature (DIF) mode of the new camera which allows image pairs to be acquired in rapid succession. This allows acquisition of a PLIF image and a background signal almost simultaneously. Saturation effects in the new camera were also investigated and are reported.

  13. Feasibility of generating a useful laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy plasma on rocks at high pressure: preliminary study for a Venus mission

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    Arp, Zane A.; Cremers, David A. E-mail:; Harris, Ronny D.; Oschwald, David M.; Parker, Gary R.; Wayne, David M


    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is being developed for future use on landers and rovers to Mars. The method also has potential for use on probes to other planets, the Moon, asteroids and comets. Like Mars, Venus is of strong interest because of its proximity to earth, but unlike Mars, conditions at the surface are far more hostile with temperatures in excess of 700 K and pressures on the order of 9.1 MPa (90 atm). These conditions present a significant challenge to spacecraft design and demand that rapid methods of chemical data gathering be implemented. The advantages of LIBS (e.g. stand-off and very rapid analysis) make the method particularly attractive for Venus exploration because of the expected short operational lifetimes ({approx}2 h) of surface instrumentation. Although the high temperature of Venus should pose no problem to the analytical capabilities of the LIBS spark, the demonstrated strong dependence of laser plasma characteristics on ambient gas pressures below earth atmospheric pressure requires that LIBS measurements be evaluated at the high Venus surface pressures. Here, we present a preliminary investigation of LIBS at 9.1 MPa for application to the analysis of a basalt rock sample. The results suggest the feasibility of the method for a Venus surface probe and that further study is justified.

  14. High pressure processing treatment prevents embryonation of eggs of Trichuris vulpis and Ascaris suum and induces delay in development of eggs. (United States)

    Rosypal, Alexa C; Zajac, Anne M; Flick, George J; Bowman, Dwight D; Lindsay, David S


    High hydrostatic pressure processing (HPP) is an effective non-thermal treatment used to inactivate pathogens from a variety of food and food products. It has been extensively examined using prokaryotic organisms and protozoan's but has had limited study on metazoans. Treatment using HPP has been shown to be effective in inactivating nematode larvae in food and preventing embryonation of Ascaris suum eggs. We conducted experiments using eggs of the canine whipworm Trichuris vulpis collected from naturally infected dogs and A. suum eggs from naturally infected pigs. We observed a delay in development of eggs of T. vulpis in a preliminary experiment and conducted 2 experiments to test the hypothesis that appropriate HPP levels can induce a delay in embryonation of nematode eggs. In experiment 1, nonembryonated T. vulpis eggs in tap water were packaged in sealable bags and exposed to 138-600 megapascals (MPa; 1 MPa=10 atm=147 psi) for 60s in a commercial HPP unit. In a second experiment, nonembryonated eggs of A. suum were exposed to 138-600 MPa and treated for 60s in the same commercial HPP unit. Embyronation of T. vulpis eggs was delayed by 4 and 5 days for eggs treated with 207 and 241 MPa but eventually eggs developed and the numbers of embryonated eggs was similar to controls on day 55. Embryonation of T. vulpis eggs treated with 345 or 350 MPa was delayed by 9 days and never reached more than 5% of eggs embryonated. On day 55 post treatment, 95% of control nontreated T. vulpis eggs were embryonated, 100-65% of eggs treated with 138-276 MPa were embryonated, a maximum of 5% of eggs treated with 345-350 MPa were embryonated, and 0% of eggs treated with ≥ 400 MPa were embryonated. T. vulpis eggs treated with ≥ 400 MPa did not undergo cell division. Embryrnation of A. suum eggs was delayed by 4, 10, and 16 days for eggs treated with 207, 241, and 250MPa, respectively, compared to nontreated control eggs. A. suum eggs treated with 207 MPa eventually embryonated

  15. High pressure chemistry of substituted acetylenes

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    Chellappa, Raja [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dattelbaum, Dana [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sheffield, Stephen [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Robbins, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    High pressure in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments were performed on substituted polyacetylenes: tert-butyl acetylene [TBA: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-C{triple_bond}CH] and ethynyl trimethylsilane [ETMS: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-Si{triple_bond}CH] to investigate pressure-induced chemical reactions. The starting samples were the low temperature crystalline phases which persisted metastably at room temperature and polymerized beyond 11 GPa and 26 GPa for TBA and ETMS respectively. These reaction onset pressures are considerably higher than what we observed in the shockwave studies (6.1 GPa for TBA and 6.6 GPa for ETMS). Interestingly, in the case of ETMS, it was observed with fluid ETMS as starting sample, reacts to form a semi-crystalline polymer (crystalline domains corresponding to the low-T phase) at pressures less than {approx}2 GPa. Further characterization using vibrational spectroscopy is in progress.

  16. High pressure Raman scattering of silicon nanowires

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    Khachadorian, Sevak; Scheel, Harald; Thomsen, Christian [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Berlin, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Papagelis, Konstantinos [Materials Science Department, University of Patras, 26504 Patras (Greece); Colli, Alan [Nokia Research Centre, 21 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Ferrari, Andrea C, E-mail: [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)


    We study the high pressure response, up to 8 GPa, of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with {approx} 15 nm diameter, by Raman spectroscopy. The first order Raman peak shows a superlinear trend, more pronounced compared to bulk Si. Combining transmission electron microscopy and Raman measurements we estimate the SiNWs' bulk modulus and the Grueneisen parameters. We detect an increase of Raman linewidth at {approx} 4 GPa, and assign it to pressure induced activation of a decay process into LO and TA phonons. This pressure is smaller compared to the {approx} 7 GPa reported for bulk Si. We do not observe evidence of phase transitions, such as discontinuities or change in the pressure slopes, in the investigated pressure range.

  17. High-Pressure Lightweight Thrusters (United States)

    Holmes, Richard; McKechnie, Timothy; Shchetkovskiy, Anatoliy; Smirnov, Alexander


    Returning samples of Martian soil and rock to Earth is of great interest to scientists. There were numerous studies to evaluate Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission architectures, technology needs, development plans, and requirements. The largest propulsion risk element of the MSR mission is the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). Along with the baseline solid-propellant vehicle, liquid propellants have been considered. Similar requirements apply to other lander ascent engines and reaction control systems. The performance of current state-ofthe- art liquid propellant engines can be significantly improved by increasing both combustion temperature and pressure. Pump-fed propulsion is suggested for a single-stage bipropellant MAV. Achieving a 90-percent stage propellant fraction is thought to be possible on a 100-kg scale, including sufficient thrust for lifting off Mars. To increase the performance of storable bipropellant rocket engines, a high-pressure, lightweight combustion chamber was designed. Iridium liner electrodeposition was investigated on complex-shaped thrust chamber mandrels. Dense, uniform iridium liners were produced on chamber and cylindrical mandrels. Carbon/carbon composite (C/C) structures were braided over iridium-lined mandrels and densified by chemical vapor infiltration. Niobium deposition was evaluated for forming a metallic attachment flange on the carbon/ carbon structure. The new thrust chamber was designed to exceed state-of-the-art performance, and was manufactured with an 83-percent weight savings. High-performance C/Cs possess a unique set of properties that make them desirable materials for high-temperature structures used in rocket propulsion components, hypersonic vehicles, and aircraft brakes. In particular, more attention is focused on 3D braided C/Cs due to their mesh-work structure. Research on the properties of C/Cs has shown that the strength of composites is strongly affected by the fiber-matrix interfacial bonding, and that weakening

  18. World of high pressure. Koatsuryoku no sekai

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    Moritoki, M.; Kanda, T. (Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (Japan))


    The present article describes development and current status of high pressure technology. It introduces applications of high pressure technology to chemical reactions and processings, utilizations of phase changes and supercritical fluids, and applications of high pressure to food processings. Contributions of high pressure technology to synthetic chemistry are mentioned as for industrialization of syntheses of ammonia, urea and methanol, and invention of synthesis of polyethylene. Processing technologies utilizing high pressure are also mentioned as for cold isostatic pressing, hot isostatic pressing, hydrostatic extrusion technique, water jet working technique, and explosive forming technique. Introduced are application of phase changes under high pressure, such as high pressure synthesis of diamond and pressurized crystallization technology, and supercritical extraction technology using water and carbon dioxide. Pressurized food processings of mandarin orange, jam, and grapefruit are described. Furthermore, current status of fundamental technologies of high pressure installations is provided as for pressure vessel technology, pressure generation and control technology, and pressure sealing technology. 12 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  19. High pressure studies of molecular lumenescence

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    Drickamer, H.G.


    The studies of high pressure molecular luminescence reviewed, along with results for inorganic systems discussed elsewhere, provide evidence about the versatility and power of high pressure as a tool for characterizing electronic states, testing theories concerning electronic phenomena, and generally obtaining a better understanding of electronic behavior in condensed systems. 16 figures.

  20. High pressure effects on fruits and vegetables

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    Timmermans, R.A.H.; Matser, A.M.


    The chapter provides an overview on different high pressure based treatments (high pressure pasteurization, blanching, pressure-assisted thermal processing, pressure-shift freezing and thawing) available for the preservation of fruits and vegetable products and extending their shelf life. Pressure

  1. Depth Gauge for Liquids Under High Pressure (United States)

    Zuckerwar, A. J.; Mazel, D. S.


    Piezoelectric element mounted in hole drilled in high-pressure plug. Transducer used to measure depth of liquid when pressure in vessel high. New configuration transmits ultrasonic vibration directly into liquid, enhancing signal strength, accuracy, and range, yet piezoelectric element protected from high-pressure liquid.

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

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


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

  3. Accessing Mefenamic Acid Form II through High-Pressure Recrystallisation

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    Nasir Abbas


    Full Text Available High-pressure crystallisation has been successfully used as an alternative technique to prepare Form II of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, mefenamic acid (MA. A single crystal of Form II, denoted as high-pressure Form II, was grown at 0.3 GPa from an ethanolic solution by using a diamond anvil cell. A comparison of the crystal structures shows that the efficient packing of molecules in Form II was enabled by the structural flexibility of MA molecules. Compression studies performed on a single crystal of Form I resulted in a 14% decrease of unit cell volume up to 2.5 GPa. No phase transition was observed up to this pressure. A reconstructive phase transition is required to induce conformational changes in the structure, which was confirmed by the results of crystallisation at high pressure.

  4. Decomposition of silicon carbide at high pressures and temperatures

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    Daviau, Kierstin; Lee, Kanani K. M.


    We measure the onset of decomposition of silicon carbide, SiC, to silicon and carbon (e.g., diamond) at high pressures and high temperatures in a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. We identify decomposition through x-ray diffraction and multiwavelength imaging radiometry coupled with electron microscopy analyses on quenched samples. We find that B3 SiC (also known as 3C or zinc blende SiC) decomposes at high pressures and high temperatures, following a phase boundary with a negative slope. The high-pressure decomposition temperatures measured are considerably lower than those at ambient, with our measurements indicating that SiC begins to decompose at ~ 2000 K at 60 GPa as compared to ~ 2800 K at ambient pressure. Once B3 SiC transitions to the high-pressure B1 (rocksalt) structure, we no longer observe decomposition, despite heating to temperatures in excess of ~ 3200 K. The temperature of decomposition and the nature of the decomposition phase boundary appear to be strongly influenced by the pressure-induced phase transitions to higher-density structures in SiC, silicon, and carbon. The decomposition of SiC at high pressure and temperature has implications for the stability of naturally forming moissanite on Earth and in carbon-rich exoplanets.

  5. Application of High Pressure in Food Processing

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    Herceg, Z.


    Full Text Available In high pressure processing, foods are subjected to pressures generally in the range of 100 – 800 (1200 MPa. The processing temperature during pressure treatments can be adjusted from below 0 °C to above 100 °C, with exposure times ranging from a few seconds to 20 minutes and even longer, depending on process conditions. The effects of high pressure are system volume reduction and acceleration of reactions that lead to volume reduction. The main areas of interest regarding high-pressure processing of food include: inactivation of microorganisms, modification of biopolymers, quality retention (especially in terms of flavour and colour, and changes in product functionality. Food components responsible for the nutritive value and sensory properties of food remain unaffected by high pressure. Based on the theoretical background of high-pressure processing and taking into account its advantages and limitations, this paper aims to show its possible application in food processing. The paper gives an outline of the special equipment used in highpressure processing. Typical high pressure equipment in which pressure can be generated either by direct or indirect compression are presented together with three major types of high pressure food processing: the conventional (batch system, semicontinuous and continuous systems. In addition to looking at this technology’s ability to inactivate microorganisms at room temperature, which makes it the ultimate alternative to thermal treatments, this paper also explores its application in dairy, meat, fruit and vegetable processing. Here presented are the effects of high-pressure treatment in milk and dairy processing on the inactivation of microorganisms and the modification of milk protein, which has a major impact on rennet coagulation and curd formation properties of treated milk. The possible application of this treatment in controlling cheese manufacture, ripening and safety is discussed. The opportunities

  6. Histone acetylation associated up-regulation of the cell wall related genes is involved in salt stress induced maize root swelling. (United States)

    Li, Hui; Yan, Shihan; Zhao, Lin; Tan, Junjun; Zhang, Qi; Gao, Fei; Wang, Pu; Hou, Haoli; Li, Lijia


    Salt stress usually causes crop growth inhibition and yield decrease. Epigenetic regulation is involved in plant responses to environmental stimuli. The epigenetic regulation of the cell wall related genes associated with the salt-induced cellular response is still little known. This study aimed to analyze cell morphological alterations in maize roots as a consequence of excess salinity in relation to the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of the cell wall related protein genes. In this study, maize seedling roots got shorter and displayed swelling after exposure to 200 mM NaCl for 48 h and 96 h. Cytological observation showed that the growth inhibition of maize roots was due to the reduction in meristematic zone cell division activity and elongation zone cell production. The enlargement of the stele tissue and cortex cells contributed to root swelling in the elongation zone. The cell wall is thought to be the major control point for cell enlargement. Cell wall related proteins include xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET), expansins (EXP), and the plasma membrane proton pump (MHA). RT-PCR results displayed an up-regulation of cell wall related ZmEXPA1, ZmEXPA3, ZmEXPA5, ZmEXPB1, ZmEXPB2 and ZmXET1 genes and the down-regulation of cell wall related ZmEXPB4 and ZmMHA genes as the duration of exposure was increased. Histone acetylation is regulated by HATs, which are often correlated with gene activation. The expression of histone acetyltransferase genes ZmHATB and ZmGCN5 was increased after 200 mM NaCl treatment, accompanied by an increase in the global acetylation levels of histones H3K9 and H4K5. ChIP experiment showed that the up-regulation of the ZmEXPB2 and ZmXET1 genes was associated with the elevated H3K9 acetylation levels on the promoter regions and coding regions of these two genes. These data suggested that the up-regulation of some cell wall related genes mediated cell enlargement to possibly mitigate the salinity-induced ionic toxicity, and

  7. High-pressure study on some superconductors

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    Li, K Q; Yao, Y S; Che, G C; Zhao, Z X


    High-pressure study has played an important role in the investigation of conventional superconductors. Since the discovery of cuprate superconductors, high-pressure study has become even more important, especially as regards high-pressure synthesis and the effect of pressure. In this report, the new materials Ca-doped Pr-123, (Fe, Cu)-1212, and MgB sub 2 - a very new and interesting system synthesized under high pressure with good quality - will be discussed. Chemical inner pressure has been thought to explain the high T sub c of Ca-doped Pr-123. As another possibility, the replacement of the physical pressure effect by a chemical effect will be discussed.

  8. High pressure structural studies of conjugated molecules

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    Knaapila, Matti; Torkkeli, Mika; Scherf, Ullrich


    This chapter highlights high pressure GPa level structural studies of conjugated polymers and their analogues: conjugated oligomers and molecules, and rigid rod polymers. Attention is placed on our recent studies of polyfluorenes.......This chapter highlights high pressure GPa level structural studies of conjugated polymers and their analogues: conjugated oligomers and molecules, and rigid rod polymers. Attention is placed on our recent studies of polyfluorenes....

  9. Intermolecular G-quadruplex induces Hyaluronic Acid-DNA superpolymers causing cancer cell swelling, blebbing and death. (United States)

    Beals, Nathan; Model, Michael; Worden, Matt; Hegmann, Torsten; Basu, Soumitra


    Over the past decade, nanomedicine has gained considerable traction through its relevance, for example in "smart" delivery, thus creating platforms for novel treatments. Here we report a natural polymer-DNA conjugate that undergoes self-assembly in a K+ dependent fashion to form a G-quadruplex (GQ) and generate superpolymeric structures. We derivatized the naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan polymer hyaluronic acid (HA) with short G-rich DNA (HASH-DNA) that can form intermolecular non-canonical GQ structure. Gel mobility shift assay and Circular Dichroism measurements confirmed HASH conjugation to DNA and K+ dependent GQ formation respectively. TEM and SEM results indicated that the addition of K+ to the HASH-DNA conjugate led to the formation of micron range structures, while control samples remained unordered and as nebulous globular form. Confocal microscopy of a fluorescently labeled form of the superpolymer verified increased cellular uptake. The HASH-DNA conjugates showed toxicity in HeLa cells while a scrambled DNA (Mut) conjugate HASH-Mut showed no cytotoxicity, presumably due to non-formation of the superpolymeric structure. To understand the mechanism of cell death and if the superpolymeric structure is responsible for it, we monitored the cell size and observed an average of 23% increase in size compared to 4.5% in control cells at 4.5 hours. We believe that cellular stress is generated presumably by the intracellular assembly of this large superpolymeric nanostructures causing cell blebbing with no exit option. This approach provides a new strategy of cellular delivery of a targeted naturally occurring polymer and a novel way to induce superpolymeric structure formation that acts as a therapeutic.

  10. High pressure processing for food safety. (United States)

    Fonberg-Broczek, Monika; Windyga, B; Szczawiński, J; Szczawińska, M; Pietrzak, D; Prestamo, G


    Food preservation using high pressure is a promising technique in food industry as it offers numerous opportunities for developing new foods with extended shelf-life, high nutritional value and excellent organoleptic characteristics. High pressure is an alternative to thermal processing. The resistance of microorganisms to pressure varies considerably depending on the pressure range applied, temperature and treatment duration, and type of microorganism. Generally, Gram-positive bacteria are more resistant to pressure than Gram-negative bacteria, moulds and yeasts; the most resistant are bacterial spores. The nature of the food is also important, as it may contain substances which protect the microorganism from high pressure. This article presents results of our studies involving the effect of high pressure on survival of some pathogenic bacteria -- Listeria monocytogenes, Aeromonas hydrophila and Enterococcus hirae -- in artificially contaminated cooked ham, ripening hard cheese and fruit juices. The results indicate that in samples of investigated foods the number of these microorganisms decreased proportionally to the pressure used and the duration of treatment, and the effect of these two factors was statistically significant (level of probability, P monocytogenes and A. hydrophila. Mathematical methods were applied, for accurate prediction of the effects of high pressure on microorganisms. The usefulness of high pressure treatment for inactivation of microorganisms and shelf-life extention of meat products was also evaluated. The results obtained show that high pressure treatment extends the shelf-life of cooked pork ham and raw smoked pork loin up to 8 weeks, ensuring good micro-biological and sensory quality of the products.

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

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


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

  12. Simulation of plasma loading of high-pressure RF cavities

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    Yu, Kwangmin [Brookhaven; Samulyak, Roman [SUNY, Stony Brook; Yonehara, Katsuya [Fermilab; Freemire, Ben [Northern Illinois U.


    Muon beam-induced plasma loading of radio-frequency (RF) cavities filled with high pressure hydrogen gas with 1% dry air dopant has been studied via numerical simulations. The electromagnetic code SPACE, that resolves relevant atomic physics processes, including ionization by the muon beam, electron attachment to dopant molecules, and electron-ion and ion-ion recombination, has been used. Simulations studies have been performed in the range of parameters typical for practical muon cooling channels.

  13. Collision condition indicted by High Pressure Phases in a Chondrite (United States)

    Kato, Y.; Sekine, T.; Kayama, M.; Miyahara, M.; Yamaguchi, A.


    It has been generally recognized that there were many collisions during planetary accretion. Chondrites include the materials at the time of formation of the solar system. It is essential to unravel the shock history in meteorites and the parent planet in order to understand such collisional processes. In this study, we investigate a thin section of ordinary chondrite Y-790729 classified as L6 in which high-pressure minerals are found in the about 620-μm-wide shock vein. The mineralogical and chemical features give us detailed information to constrain the shock conditions. We have tried to constrain the P-T condition from the viewpoints of the mineral assemblage and cathodoluminescense (CL) spectroscopy. Y-790729 consists mostly of olivine and pyroxene and has shock veins. To identify high pressure phases, we used an optical microscope, a scanning electron microscope (SEM), micro Raman spectroscopy, and electron probe micro analyzer (EPMA). In addition, scanning electron microscopy-cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) analysis, detectable shock-induced defect centers, was used to characterize the shock metamorphism in feldspar minerals. The presence of shock vein, maskelynite, and high pressure phases confirms shock record. 7 high pressure phases of ringwoodite, high-pressure clinoenstatite (HPC), majorite, merrillite, lingunite, high-pressure chromite and akimotoite were found in this section. All of them exist only in a shock vein, but maskelynite occurs everywhere in the section. From these observations, it is obvious that the shock vein experienced the high pressure and high temperature generated by shock wave. If some of the high pressure minerals are equilibrated, the P-T condition can be estimated. Based on the equilibrium phase diagram of MgSiO3 polymorphs (Presnall. 1995), the P-T conditions for crystallization of majorite, HPC and akimotoite is about 17 GPa and 1600 oC, because the compositions of the three phases are close to MgSiO3. It is consistent with the

  14. Pargasite at high pressure and temperature (United States)

    Comboni, Davide; Lotti, Paolo; Gatta, G. Diego; Merlini, Marco; Liermann, Hanns-Peter; Frost, Daniel J.


    The P-T phase stability field, the thermoelastic behavior and the P-induced deformation mechanisms at the atomic scale of pargasite crystals, from the "phlogopite peridotite unit" of the Finero mafic-ultramafic complex (Ivrea-Verbano Formation, Italy), have been investigated by a series of in situ experiments: (a) at high pressure (up to 20.1 GPa), by single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction with a diamond anvil cell, (b) at high temperature (up to 823 K), by powder synchrotron X-ray diffraction using a hot air blower device, and (c) at simultaneous HP-HT conditions, by single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction with a resistive-heated diamond anvil cell (P max = 16.5 GPa, T max = 1200 K). No phase transition has been observed within the P-T range investigated. At ambient T, the refined compressional parameters, calculated by fitting a second-order Birch-Murnaghan Equation of State (BM-EoS), are: V 0 = 915.2(8) Å3 and K P0,T0 = 95(2) GPa (β P0,T0 = 0.0121(2) GPa-1) for the unit-cell volume; a 0 = 9.909(4) Å and K(a) P0,T0 = 76(2) GPa for the a-axis; b 0 = 18.066(7) Å and K(b) P0,T0 = 111(2) GPa for the b-axis; c 0 = 5.299(5) Å and K(c) P0,T0 = 122(12) GPa for the c-axis [K(c) P0,T0 K(b) P0,T0 > K(a) P0,T0]. The high-pressure structure refinements (at ambient T) show a moderate contraction of the TO4 double chain and a decrease of its bending in response to the hydrostatic compression, along with a pronounced compressibility of the A- and M(4)-polyhedra [K P0, T0(A) = 38(2) GPa, K P0, T0(M4) = 79(5) GPa] if compared to the M(1)-, M(2)-, M(3)-octahedra [K P0, T0(M1,2,3) ≤ 120 GPa] and to the rigid tetrahedra [K P0, T0(T1,T2) 300 GPa]. The thermal behavior, at ambient pressure up to 823 K, was modelled with Berman's formalism, which gives: V 0 = 909.1(2) Å3, α0 = 2.7(2)·10-5 K-1 and α1 = 1.4(6)·10-9 K-2 [with α0(a) = 0.47(6)·10-5 K-1, α0(b) = 1.07(4)·10-5 K-1, and α0(c) = 0.97(7)·10-5 K-1]. The petrological implications for the experimental

  15. Techniques in high pressure neutron scattering

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    Klotz, Stefan


    Drawing on the author's practical work from the last 20 years, Techniques in High Pressure Neutron Scattering is one of the first books to gather recent methods that allow neutron scattering well beyond 10 GPa. The author shows how neutron scattering has to be adapted to the pressure range and type of measurement.Suitable for both newcomers and experienced high pressure scientists and engineers, the book describes various solutions spanning two to three orders of magnitude in pressure that have emerged in the past three decades. Many engineering concepts are illustrated through examples of rea

  16. High pressure water jet mining machine (United States)

    Barker, Clark R.


    A high pressure water jet mining machine for the longwall mining of coal is described. The machine is generally in the shape of a plowshare and is advanced in the direction in which the coal is cut. The machine has mounted thereon a plurality of nozzle modules each containing a high pressure water jet nozzle disposed to oscillate in a particular plane. The nozzle modules are oriented to cut in vertical and horizontal planes on the leading edge of the machine and the coal so cut is cleaved off by the wedge-shaped body.

  17. Research on viscosity of metal at high pressure (United States)

    Li, Y.; Liu, F.; Ma, X.; Zhang, M.


    A new experimental technique, the flyer-impact method, is proposed in this article to investigate the viscosity coefficient of shocked metals. In this technique, a shock wave with a sinusoidal perturbation on the front is induced by the sinusoidal profile of the impact surface of the sample by use of a two-stage light-gas gun, and the oscillatory damping process of the perturbation amplitude is monitored by electric pins. The damping processes of aluminum at 78 and 101 GPa and iron at 159 and 103 GPa are obtained by this technique, which supplement the existing data by measuring the viscosity coefficient via a dynamic high-pressure method. Applying the formula of Miller and Ahrens to fit the experimental data, the shear viscosity coefficients of aluminum at 78 and 101 GPa are 1350 ± 500 and 1200 ± 500 Pa s, respectively, and those of iron at 159 and 103 GPa are 1150 ± 1000 and 4800 ± 1000 Pa s, respectively. The values measured by the flyer-impact method, approximately 103 Pa s, are consistent with those measured by Sakharov's method, while still greatly differing from those measured by static high-pressure methods. In dynamic high-pressure experiments, the shear viscosity is related to dislocation motion in the solid material, while that in static high-pressure experiments is related to the diffusion motion of atoms or molecules in liquids. Therefore, there are different physical meanings of shear viscosity in dynamic and static high-pressure experiments, and there is no comparability among these results.

  18. Under pressure: progressively enlarging facial mass following high-pressure paint injection injury. (United States)

    Mushtaq, Jameel; Walker, Abigail; Hunter, Ben


    High-pressure paint injection injuries are relatively rare industrial accidents and almost exclusively occur on the non-dominant hand. A rarely documented complication of these injuries is the formation of a foreign body granuloma. We report a case of a 33-year-old man presenting with extensive facial scarring and progressive right paranasal swelling 7 years after a high-pressure paint injury. After imaging investigations, an excision of the mass and revision of scarring was performed. Access to the mass was gained indirectly through existing scarring over the nose to ensure an aesthetic result. Histological analysis revealed a florid granulomatous foreign body reaction to retained paint. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a facial high-pressure paint injury with consequent formation of a foreign body granuloma. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  19. Swelling instabilities in patterned, microscale gels (United States)

    Toomey, Ryan; Dupont, Samuel


    Hydrogels facilitate reconfigurable structures with response integrated at the material level. Response is engendered by a competing mechanism: the elasticity of the network ounterbalances expansion by the solvent. If the strength of expansion can be controlled by an environmental cue, the hydrogel can be adjusted in situ. The equilibrium state occurs when the osmotic stress exerted by the solvent in the gel equals the osmotic pressure of the solvent outside the gel. For a free structure, the equilibrium state corresponds to homogenous swelling. If a free surface of the gel is mechanically constrained, however, the dimensions available for the relief of the osmotic stress are reduced, resulting in non-uniform or inhomogeneous swelling. In this study, we demonstrate how mechanical constraints impose differential gel swelling and buckling in patterned gels. Depending on the initial geometry of the constrained gel, three general modes of swelling-induced deformation can be observed: lateral differential swelling, bulk sinusoidal buckling, and surface wrinkling. Through confocal microscopy and 3D image rendering, the mechanics of swelling has been evaluated in the context of linear elasticity theory.

  20. High pressure synthesis of bismuth disulfide

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    Søndergaard-Pedersen, Simone; Nielsen, Morten Bormann; Bremholm, Martin

    In this research the BiS2 compound was synthesized by a high pressure and high temperature method using a multi-anvil large volume press and the structure was solved by single crystal diffraction. The structure contains Bi atoms in distorted square-based pyramidal coordination to five surrounding...

  1. Development of high pressure proportional counters

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    Oddone, P.; Smith, G.; Green, A.; Nemethy, P.; Baksay, L.; Schick, L.; Heflin, E.G.


    We have begun to investigate the possibility of operating gas counters at high pressures. In a first step we were able to operate cylindrical chambers up to 430 atm with a gas gain of about 300 using a mixture of 92% Ar and 8% CH/sub 4/.

  2. High-field/high-pressure ESR. (United States)

    Sakurai, T; Okubo, S; Ohta, H


    We present a historical review of high-pressure ESR systems with emphasis on our recent development of a high-pressure, high-field, multi-frequency ESR system. Until 2000, the X-band system was almost established using a resonator filled with dielectric materials or a combination of the anvil cell and dielectric resonators. Recent developments have shifted from that in the low-frequency region, such as X-band, to that in multi-frequency region. High-pressure, high-field, multi-frequency ESR systems are classified into two types. First are the systems that use a vector network analyzer or a quasi-optical bridge, which have high sensitivity but a limited frequency region; the second are like our system, which has a very broad frequency region covering the THz region, but lower sensitivity. We will demonstrate the usefulness of our high-pressure ESR system, in addition to its experimental limitations. We also discuss the recent progress of our system and future plans. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. High pressure and synchrotron radiation satellite workshop

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    Bass, J.; Guignot, N.; Morard, G.; Mezouar, M.; Andrault, D.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Sturhahn, W.; Daniel, I.; Reynard, B.; Simionovici, A.; Sanchez Valle, C.; Martinez, I.; Kantor, I.; Dubrovinsky, I.; Mccammon, C.; Dubrovinskaia, N.; Kurnosiv, A.; Kuznetsov, A.; Goncharenko, I.; Loubeyre, P.; Desgreniers, S.; Weck, G.; Yoo, C.S.; Iota, V.; Park, J.; Cynn, H.; Gorelli, F.; Toulemonde, P.; Machon, D.; Merlen, A.; San Miguel, A.; Amboage, M.; Aquilanti, G.; Mathon, O.; Pascarelli, S.; Itie, J.P.; Mcmillan, P.F.; Trapananti, A.; Di Cicco, A.; Panfilis, S. de; Filipponi, A.; Kreisel, J.; Bouvier, P.; Dkhil, B.; Chaabane, B.; Rosner, H.; Koudela, D.; Schwarz, U.; Handestein, A.; Hanfland, M.; Opahle, I.; Koepernik, K.; Kuzmin, M.; Mueller, K.H.; Mydosh, J.; Richter, M.; Hejny, C.; Falconi, S.; Lundegaard, L.F.; Mcmahon, M.I; Loa, I.; Syassen, K.; Wang, X.; Roth, H.; Lorenz, T.; Farber Daniel, I.; Antonangeli Daniele, I.; Krisch, M.; Badro, J.; Fiquet, G.; Occelli, F.; Mao, W.L.; Mao, H.K.; Eng, P.; Kao, C.C.; Shu, J.F.; Hemley, R.J.; Tse, J.S.; Yao, Y.; Deen, P.P.; Paolasini, I.; Braithwaite, D.; Kernavanois, N.; Lapertot, G.; Rupprecht, K.; Leupold, O.; Ponkratz, U.; Wortmann, G.; Beraud, A.; Krisch, M.; Farber, D.; Antonangeli, D.; Aracne, C.; Zarestky, J.L.; Mcqueeney, R.; Mathon, O.; Baudelet, F.; Decremps, F.; Itie, J.P.; Nataf, I.; Pascarelli, S.; Polian, A


    The workshop is dedicated to recent advances on science at high pressure at third generation synchrotron sources. A variety of experiments using synchrotron radiation techniques including X-ray diffraction, EXAFS (extended X-ray absorption fine structure), inelastic X-ray scattering, Compton scattering and Moessbauer spectroscopy of crystalline, liquid or amorphous samples, are reported. This document gathers the abstracts of the presentations.

  4. High-pressure oxidation of methane

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    Hashemi, Hamid; Christensen, Jakob M.; Gersen, Sander; Levinsky, Howard; Klippenstein, Stephen J.; Glarborg, Peter


    Methane oxidation at high pressures and intermediate temperatures was investigated in a laminar flow reactor and in a rapid compression machine (RCM). The flow-reactor experiments were conducted at 700–900 K and 100 bar for fuel-air equivalence ratios (Φ) ranging from 0.06 to 19.7, all highly

  5. High pressure metrology for industrial applications (United States)

    Sabuga, Wladimir; Rabault, Thierry; Wüthrich, Christian; Pražák, Dominik; Chytil, Miroslav; Brouwer, Ludwig; Ahmed, Ahmed D. S.


    To meet the needs of industries using high pressure technologies, in traceable, reliable and accurate pressure measurements, a joint research project of the five national metrology institutes and the university was carried out within the European Metrology Research Programme. In particular, finite element methods were established for stress–strain analysis of elastic and nonlinear elastic–plastic deformation, as well as of contact processes in pressure-measuring piston-cylinder assemblies, and high-pressure components at pressures above 1 GPa. New pressure measuring multipliers were developed and characterised, which allow realisation of the pressure scale up to 1.6 GPa. This characterisation is based on research including measurements of material elastic constants by the resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, hardness of materials of high pressure components, density and viscosity of pressure transmitting liquids at pressures up to 1.4 GPa and dimensional measurements on piston-cylinders. A 1.6 GPa pressure system was created for operation of the 1.6 GPa multipliers and calibration of high pressure transducers. A transfer standard for 1.5 GPa pressure range, based on pressure transducers, was built and tested. Herewith, the project developed the capability of measuring pressures up to 1.6 GPa, from which industrial users can calibrate their pressure measurement devices for accurate measurements up to 1.5 GPa.

  6. Advanced Diagnostics for High Pressure Spray Combustion.

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    Skeen, Scott A.; Manin, Julien Luc; Pickett, Lyle M.


    The development of accurate predictive engine simulations requires experimental data to both inform and validate the models, but very limited information is presently available about the chemical structure of high pressure spray flames under engine- relevant conditions. Probing such flames for chemical information using non- intrusive optical methods or intrusive sampling techniques, however, is challenging because of the physical and optical harshness of the environment. This work details two new diagnostics that have been developed and deployed to obtain quantitative species concentrations and soot volume fractions from a high-pressure combusting spray. A high-speed, high-pressure sampling system was developed to extract gaseous species (including soot precursor species) from within the flame for offline analysis by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. A high-speed multi-wavelength optical extinction diagnostic was also developed to quantify transient and quasi-steady soot processes. High-pressure sampling and offline characterization of gas-phase species formed following the pre-burn event was accomplished as well as characterization of gas-phase species present in the lift-off region of a high-pressure n-dodecane spray flame. For the initial samples discussed in this work several species were identified, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); however, quantitative mole fractions were not determined. Nevertheless, the diagnostic developed here does have this capability. Quantitative, time-resolved measurements of soot extinction were also accomplished and the novel use of multiple incident wavelengths proved valuable toward characterizing changes in soot optical properties within different regions of the spray flame.

  7. Roles of phospholipase A2 isoforms in swelling- and melittin-induced arachidonic acid release and taurine efflux in NIH3T3 fibroblasts

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    Pedersen, Stine Helene Falsig; Poulsen, Kristian Arild; Lambert, Ian H.


    by cell swelling but also decreased by cell shrinkage. Arachidonic acid release to the cell exterior was similarly decreased by shrinkage yet not detectably increased by swelling. NIH3T3 cells were found to express cytosolic calcium-dependent cPLA2-IVA, cPLA2-IVB, cPLA2-IVC, iPLA2-VIA, iPLA2-VIB......, and secretory sPLA2-V. Arachidonic acid release from swollen cells was partially inhibited by BEL and by the sPLA2-inhibitor manoalide. Cell swelling elicited BEL-sensitive arachidonic acid release from the nucleus, to which iPLA2-VIA localized. Exposure to the bee venom peptide melittin, to increase PLA2...

  8. Mitosis is swell. (United States)

    Zatulovskiy, Evgeny; Skotheim, Jan M


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

  9. High pressure-sensitive gene expression in Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis

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    R.F. Vogel


    Full Text Available Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis is a Gram-positive lactic acid bacterium used in food biotechnology. It is necessary to investigate many aspects of a model organism to elucidate mechanisms of stress response, to facilitate preparation, application and performance in food fermentation, to understand mechanisms of inactivation, and to identify novel tools for high pressure biotechnology. To investigate the mechanisms of the complex bacterial response to high pressure we have analyzed changes in the proteome and transcriptome by 2-D electrophoresis, and by microarrays and real time PCR, respectively. More than 16 proteins were found to be differentially expressed upon high pressure stress and were compared to those sensitive to other stresses. Except for one apparently high pressure-specific stress protein, no pressure-specific stress proteins were found, and the proteome response to pressure was found to differ from that induced by other stresses. Selected pressure-sensitive proteins were partially sequenced and their genes were identified by reverse genetics. In a transcriptome analysis of a redundancy cleared shot gun library, about 7% of the genes investigated were found to be affected. Most of them appeared to be up-regulated 2- to 4-fold and these results were confirmed by real time PCR. Gene induction was shown for some genes up-regulated at the proteome level (clpL/groEL/rbsK, while the response of others to high hydrostatic pressure at the transcriptome level seemed to differ from that observed at the proteome level. The up-regulation of selected genes supports the view that the cell tries to compensate for pressure-induced impairment of translation and membrane transport.

  10. High-pressure behavior of CaMo O4 (United States)

    Panchal, V.; Garg, N.; Poswal, H. K.; Errandonea, D.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.; Cavalli, E.


    We report a high-pressure study of tetragonal scheelite-type CaMo O4 up to 29 GPa. In order to characterize its high-pressure behavior, we have combined Raman and optical-absorption measurements with density functional theory calculations. We have found evidence of a pressure-induced phase transition near 15 GPa. Experiments and calculations agree in assigning the high-pressure phase to a monoclinic fergusonite-type structure. The reported results are consistent with previous powder x-ray-diffraction experiments, but are in contradiction with the conclusions obtained from earlier Raman measurements, which support the existence of more than one phase transition in the pressure range covered by our studies. The observed scheelite-fergusonite transition induces significant changes in the electronic band gap and phonon spectrum of CaMo O4 . We have determined the pressure evolution of the band gap for the low- and high-pressure phases as well as the frequencies and pressure dependencies of the Raman-active and infrared-active modes. In addition, based on calculations of the phonon dispersion of the scheelite phase, carried out at a pressure higher than the transition pressure, we propose a possible mechanism for the reported phase transition. Furthermore, from the calculations we determined the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameters and atomic positions of the different phases and their room-temperature equations of state. These results are compared with previous experiments showing a very good agreement. Finally, information on bond compressibility is reported and correlated with the macroscopic compressibility of CaMo O4 . The reported results are of interest for the many technological applications of this oxide.

  11. Magnetic and Superconducting Materials at High Pressures

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V. [Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Washington, DC (United States)


    The work concentrates on few important tasks in enabling techniques for search of superconducting compressed hydrogen compounds and pure hydrogen, investigation of mechanisms of high-Tc superconductivity, and exploring new superconducting materials. Along that route we performed several challenging tasks, including discovery of new forms of polyhydrides of alkali metal Na at very high pressures. These experiments help us to establish the experimental environment that will provide important information on the high-pressure properties of hydrogen-rich compounds. Our recent progress in RIXS measurements opens a whole field of strongly correlated 3d materials. We have developed a systematic approach to measure major electronic parameters, like Hubbard energy U, and charge transfer energy Δ, as function of pressure. This technique will enable also RIXS studies of magnetic excitations in iridates and other 5d materials at the L edge, which attract a lot of interest recently. We have developed new magnetic sensing technique based on optically detected magnetic resonance from NV centers in diamond. The technique can be applied to study superconductivity in high-TC materials, to search for magnetic transitions in strongly correlated and itinerant magnetic materials under pressure. Summary of Project Activities; development of high-pressure experimentation platform for exploration of new potential superconductors, metal polyhydrides (including newly discovered alkali metal polyhydrides), and already known superconductors at the limit of static high-pressure techniques; investigation of special classes of superconducting compounds (high-Tc superconductors, new superconducting materials), that may provide new fundamental knowledge and may prove important for application as high-temperature/high-critical parameter superconductors; investigation of the pressure dependence of superconductivity and magnetic/phase transformations in 3d transition metal compounds, including

  12. Spinal cord swelling and candidiasis

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


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

  13. Cementing liners through deep high pressure ones

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    Mahony, B.J.; Barrios, J.R.


    Entry of gas into the liner-hole annulus during and after cementing liners though deep high pressure zones, generally results in a gas cut cement column from depth of gas entry to top of liner. Prior to undertaking design of liner cementation, it is necessary to know fracture pressure limits of the formations. It is also necessary to know the formation pore pressure or the pressure required to hold gas in the formation and precisely the depth of formation from which gas emerges. This knowledge may be gained from a study of formation pressure gradients of nearby wells or from sonic log analysis of the interval being readied for cementation. Both single-stage and 2-stage techniques are used to solve liner cementing problems in these high pressure zones. An example sets out conditions which are more or less typical and demonstrates how the problem may be considered and solved.

  14. Inspection technology for high pressure pipes

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    Kim, Jae H.; Lee, Jae C.; Eum, Heung S.; Choi, Yu R.; Moon, Soon S.; Jang, Jong H


    Various kinds of defects are likely to be occurred in the welds of high pressure pipes in nuclear power plants. Considering the recent accident of Zuruga nuclear power plant in Japan, reasonable policy is strongly requested for the high pressure pipe integrity. In this study, we developed the technologies to inspect pipe welds automatically. After development of scanning robot prototype in the first research year, we developed and implemented the algorithm of automatic tracking of the scanning robot along the weld line of the pipes. We use laser slit beam on weld area and capture the image using digital camera. Through processing of the captures image, we finally determine the weld line automatically. In addition, we investigated a new technology on micro systems for developing micro scanning robotic inspection of the pipe welds. The technology developed in this study is being transferred to the industry. (author)

  15. High-pressure oxidation of methane

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    Hashemi, Hamid; Christensen, Jakob Munkholt; Gersen, Sander


    Methane oxidation at high pressures and intermediate temperatures was investigated in a laminar flow reactor and in a rapid compression machine (RCM). The flow-reactor experiments were conducted at 700–900 K and 100 bar for fuel-air equivalence ratios (Φ) ranging from 0.06 to 19.7, all highly...... diluted in nitrogen. It was found that under the investigated conditions, the onset temperature for methane oxidation ranged from 723 K under reducing conditions to 750 K under stoichiometric and oxidizing conditions. The RCM experiments were carried out at pressures of 15–80 bar and temperatures of 800......–1250 K under stoichiometric and fuel-lean (Φ=0.5) conditions. Ignition delays, in the range of 1–100 ms, decreased monotonically with increasing pressure and temperature. A chemical kinetic model for high-pressure methane oxidation was established, with particular emphasis on the peroxide chemistry...

  16. Inelastic neutron scattering to very high pressures (United States)

    Klotz, S.; Braden, M.; Besson, J. M.


    Progress in high-pressure and neutron scattering methods has recently allowed measurements of phonon dispersion curves of simple solids at high pressures to 10 GPa. In this technique single crystals of 10 25 mm3 volume are compressed by the Paris-Edinburgh cell and the phonon frequencies are measured on high-flux triple axis spectrometers. Detailed studies of the lattice dynamics of low-compressible systems are feasible, including measurements of mode Grüneisen parameters, elastic constants, and precursor effects of phase transitions. We describe the experimental set-up and illustrate its potential by results on semiconductors (Ge and GaSb) and metals (Fe and Zn) obtained at the LLB (Saclay) and ILL (Grenoble) reactor sources.

  17. Melting point of polymers under high pressure

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    Seeger, Andreas [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Ernst Berl-Institut fuer Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Petersenstr. 20, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)], E-mail:; Freitag, Detlef [Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet, Erlangen-Nuernberg (Germany); Freidel, Frank [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Ernst Berl-Institut fuer Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Petersenstr. 20, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Luft, Gerhard [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Ernst Berl-Institut fuer Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Petersenstr. 20, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)], E-mail:


    The influence of highly compressed gases on the melting of polyethylene was investigated for nitrogen, helium and ethylene. The impact of the particle size of the polymer and the heating rate on the melting point were also analysed. The melting points were determined with a high pressure differential thermal analysis (HPDTA) apparatus. These measurements were compared with independent measurements, done by high pressure differential scanning calorimetry (HPDSC), without gas. From this experimental data it was possible to calculate the concentration of the gas in the molten polymer phase based on equilibrium thermodynamics. For high density polyethylene (HDPE), a concentration of nitrogen at the polymer melting point of 10.4-35.7 mL(SATP) g(polymer){sup -1}, in the pressure interval of 65-315 MPa, was calculated.

  18. Stability of xenon oxides at high pressures. (United States)

    Zhu, Qiang; Jung, Daniel Y; Oganov, Artem R; Glass, Colin W; Gatti, Carlo; Lyakhov, Andriy O


    Xenon, which is quite inert under ambient conditions, may become reactive under pressure. The possibility of the formation of stable xenon oxides and silicates in the interior of the Earth could explain the atmospheric missing xenon paradox. Using an ab initio evolutionary algorithm, we predict the existence of thermodynamically stable Xe-O compounds at high pressures (XeO, XeO(2) and XeO(3) become stable at pressures above 83, 102 and 114 GPa, respectively). Our calculations indicate large charge transfer in these oxides, suggesting that large electronegativity difference and high pressure are the key factors favouring the formation of xenon compounds. However, xenon compounds cannot exist in the Earth's mantle: xenon oxides are unstable in equilibrium with the metallic iron occurring in the lower mantle, and xenon silicates are predicted to decompose spontaneously at all mantle pressures (xenon atoms may be retained at defects in mantle silicates and oxides.

  19. High pressure layered structure of carbon disulfide


    Naghavi, S. Shahab; Crespo, Yanier; Martonak, Roman; Tosatti, Erio


    Solid CS$_{2}$ is superficially similar to CO$_{2}$, with the same $Cmca$ molecular crystal structure at low pressures, which has suggested similar phases also at high pressures. We carried out an extensive first principles evolutionary search in order to identify the zero temperature lowest enthalpy structures of CS$_{2}$ for increasing pressure up to 200\\,GPa. Surprisingly, the molecular $Cmca$ phase does not evolve into $\\beta$-cristobalite as in CO$_{2}$, but transforms instead into phase...

  20. The high-pressure behavior of bloedite

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    Comodi, Paola; Nazzareni, Sabrina; Balic Zunic, Tonci


    High-pressure single-crystal synchrotron X‑ray diffraction was carried out on a single crystal of bloedite [Na2Mg(SO4)24H2O] compressed in a diamond-anvil cell. The volume-pressure data, collected up to 11.2 GPa, were fitted by a second- and a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS), ...

  1. High Pressure Multicomponent Adsorption in Porous Media

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    Shapiro, Alexander; Stenby, Erling Halfdan


    We analyse adsorption of a multicomponent mixture at high pressure on the basis of the potential theory of adsorption. The adsorbate is considered as a segregated mixture in the external field produced by a solid adsorbent. we derive an analytical equation for the thickness of a multicomponent film...... close to a dew point. This equation (asymptotic adsorption equation, AAE) is a first order approximation with regard to the distance from a phase envelope....

  2. observed by high pressure NMR and NQR

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    Abstract. NMR and NQR studies on two interesting systems (URu2Si2, CeTIn5) were performed under high pressure. (1) URu2Si2: In the pressure range 3.0 to 8.3 kbar, we have observed new 29Si. NMR signals arising from the antiferromagnetic (AF) region besides the previously observed 29Si. NMR signals which come ...


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    A mathematical model is presented which describes non-Fickian diffusion with chemical reaction of a penetrant A with some reactive group B of a granular glassy polymer. The diffusion process cannot be described by Fick's law due to the swelling of the glassy polymer grain caused by the penetration

  4. Path Dependency of High Pressure Phase Transformations (United States)

    Cerreta, Ellen


    At high pressures titanium and zirconium are known to undergo a phase transformation from the hexagonal close packed (HCP), alpha-phase to the simple-hexagonal, omega-phase. Under conditions of shock loading, the high-pressure omega-phase can be retained upon release. It has been shown that temperature, peak shock stress, and texture can influence the transformation. Moreover, under these same loading conditions, plastic processes of slip and twinning are also affected by similar differences in the loading path. To understand this path dependency, in-situ velocimetry measurements along with post-mortem metallographic and neutron diffraction characterization of soft recovered specimens have been utilized to qualitatively understand the kinetics of transformation, quantify volume fraction of retained omega-phase and characterize the shocked alpha and omega-phases. Together the work described here can be utilized to map the non-equilibrium phase diagram for these metals and lend insight into the partitioning of plastic processes between phases during high pressure transformation. In collaboration with: Frank Addesssio, Curt Bronkhorst, Donald Brown, David Jones, Turab Lookman, Benjamin Morrow, Carl Trujillo, Los Alamos National Lab.; Juan Pablo Escobedo-Diaz, University of New South Wales; Paulo Rigg, Washington State University.

  5. High pressure synthesis gas conversion. Final report

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    The purpose of this research project is to build and test a high pressure fermentation system for the production of ethanol from synthesis gas. The fermenters, pumps, controls, and analytical system were procured or fabricated and assembled in our laboratory. This system was then used to determine the effects of high pressure on growth and ethanol production by Clostridium ljungdahlii. The limits of cell concentration and mass transport relationships were found in CSTR and immobilized cell reactors (ICR). The minimum retention times and reactor volumes were found for ethanol production in these reactors. A maximum operating pressure of 150 psig has been shown to be possible for C. ljungdahlli with the medium of Phillips et al. This medium was developed for atmospheric pressure operation in the CSTR to yield maximum ethanol concentrations and thus is not best for operation at elevated pressures. It is recommended that a medium development study be performed for C. ljungdahlii at increased pressure. Cell concentration, gas conversion and product concentration profiles were presented for C. ljungdahlii as a function of gas flow rate, the variable which affects bacterium performance the most. This pressure was chosen as a representative pressure over the 0--150 psig operating pressure range for the bacterium. Increased pressure negatively affected ethanol productivity probably due to the fact that medium composition was designed for atmospheric pressure operation. Medium development at increased pressure is necessary for high pressure development of the system.

  6. High pressure synthesis of amorphous TiO2 nanotubes

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    Quanjun Li


    Full Text Available Amorphous TiO2 nanotubes with diameters of 8-10 nm and length of several nanometers were synthesized by high pressure treatment of anatase TiO2 nanotubes. The structural phase transitions of anatase TiO2 nanotubes were investigated by using in-situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD method. The starting anatase structure is stable up to ∼20GPa, and transforms into a high-density amorphous (HDA form at higher pressure. Pressure-modified high- to low-density transition was observed in the amorphous form upon decompression. The pressure-induced amorphization and polyamorphism are in good agreement with the previous results in ultrafine TiO2 nanoparticles and nanoribbons. The relationship between the LDA form and α-PbO2 phase was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM study. In addition, the bulk modulus (B0 = 158 GPa of the anatase TiO2 nanotubes is smaller than those of the corresponding bulks and nanoparticles (180-240 GPa. We suggest that the unique open-ended nanotube morphology and nanosize play important roles in the high pressure phase transition of TiO2 nanotubes.

  7. High pressure study of high-temperature superconductors

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    Souliou, Sofia-Michaela


    The current thesis studies experimentally the effect of high external pressure on high-T{sub c} superconductors. The structure and lattice dynamics of several members of the high-T{sub c} cuprate and Fe-based superconductors families were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction under well-controlled, hydrostatic high pressure and low temperature conditions. The lattice dynamics of the high-T{sub c} superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} have been investigated systematically by Raman spectroscopy as a function of doping (x = 0.95, 0.75, 0.60, 0.55, and 0.45) and external pressure. Under ambient pressure conditions, in addition to the Raman modes expected from group theory, we observe new Raman active phonons upon cooling the underdoped samples, at temperatures well above the superconducting transition temperature. The doping dependence and the onset temperatures of the new Raman features suggest that they are associated with the incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) state recently discovered in underdoped cuprates using synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques. Under high pressure conditions (from 2 to 12 GPa), our Raman measurements on highly ordered underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.55} samples do not show any of the new Raman phonons seen at ambient pressure. High pressure and low temperature Raman measurements have been performed on the underdoped superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}. A clear renormalization of some of the Raman phonons is seen below T{sub c} as a result of the changes in the phonon self-energy upon the opening of the superconducting gap, with the most prominent one being that of the B{sub 1g}-like buckling phonon mode. The amplitude of this renormalization strongly increases with pressure, resembling the effect of hole doping in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}. At ∝ 10 GPa, the system undergoes a reversible pressure-induced structural phase transition to a non-centrosymmmetric structure (space group

  8. Pressure-induced emergence of unusually high-frequency transverse excitations in a liquid alkali metal: Evidence of two types of collective excitations contributing to the transverse dynamics at high pressures

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    Bryk, Taras [Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 1 Svientsitskii Street, UA-79011 Lviv (Ukraine); Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 S. Bandera Street, UA-79013 Lviv (Ukraine); Ruocco, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, 5 Piazzale Aldo Moro, I-00185 Roma (Italy); Center for Life Nano Science @Sapienza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, 295 Viale Regina Elena, I-00161 Roma (Italy); Scopigno, T. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, 5 Piazzale Aldo Moro, I-00185 Roma (Italy); IPCF-CNR, c/o Universita di Roma La Sapienza, 5 Piazzale Aldo Moro, I-00185 Roma (Italy); Seitsonen, Ari P. [Département de Chimie, Université de Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich (Switzerland); Département de Chimie, École Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, F-75005 Paris (France)


    Unlike phonons in crystals, the collective excitations in liquids cannot be treated as propagation of harmonic displacements of atoms around stable local energy minima. The viscoelasticity of liquids, reflected in transition from the adiabatic to elastic high-frequency speed of sound and in absence of the long-wavelength transverse excitations, results in dispersions of longitudinal (L) and transverse (T) collective excitations essentially different from the typical phonon ones. Practically, nothing is known about the effect of high pressure on the dispersion of collective excitations in liquids, which causes strong changes in liquid structure. Here dispersions of L and T collective excitations in liquid Li in the range of pressures up to 186 GPa were studied by ab initio simulations. Two methodologies for dispersion calculations were used: direct estimation from the peak positions of the L/T current spectral functions and simulation-based calculations of wavenumber-dependent collective eigenmodes. It is found that at ambient pressure, the longitudinal and transverse dynamics are well separated, while at high pressures, the transverse current spectral functions, density of vibrational states, and dispersions of collective excitations yield evidence of two types of propagating modes that contribute strongly to transverse dynamics. Emergence of the unusually high-frequency transverse modes gives evidence of the breakdown of a regular viscoelastic theory of transverse dynamics, which is based on coupling of a single transverse propagating mode with shear relaxation. The explanation of the observed high-frequency shift above the viscoelastic value is given by the presence of another branch of collective excitations. With the pressure increasing, coupling between the two types of collective excitations is rationalized within a proposed extended viscoelastic model of transverse dynamics.


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    Stefano Orsino


    As part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to improve the efficiency of coal-fired power plants and reduce the pollution generated by these facilities, DOE has funded the High-Pressure Coal Combustion Kinetics (HPCCK) Projects. A series of laboratory experiments were conducted on selected pulverized coals at elevated pressures with the specific goals to provide new data for pressurized coal combustion that will help extend to high pressure and validate models for burnout, pollutant formation, and generate samples of solid combustion products for analyses to fill crucial gaps in knowledge of char morphology and fly ash formation. Two series of high-pressure coal combustion experiments were performed using SRI's pressurized radiant coal flow reactor. The first series of tests characterized the near burner flame zone (NBFZ). Three coals were tested, two high volatile bituminous (Pittsburgh No.8 and Illinois No.6), and one sub-bituminous (Powder River Basin), at pressures of 1, 2, and 3 MPa (10, 20, and 30 atm). The second series of experiments, which covered high-pressure burnout (HPBO) conditions, utilized a range of substantially longer combustion residence times to produce char burnout levels from 50% to 100%. The same three coals were tested at 1, 2, and 3 MPa, as well as at 0.2 MPa. Tests were also conducted on Pittsburgh No.8 coal in CO2 entrainment gas at 0.2, 1, and 2 MPa to begin establishing a database of experiments relevant to carbon sequestration techniques. The HPBO test series included use of an impactor-type particle sampler to measure the particle size distribution of fly ash produced under complete burnout conditions. The collected data have been interpreted with the help of CFD and detailed kinetics simulation to extend and validate devolatilization, char combustion and pollutant model at elevated pressure. A global NOX production sub-model has been proposed. The submodel reproduces the performance of the detailed chemical

  10. Heterogeneous flow during high-pressure torsion

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    Roberto B. Figueiredo


    Full Text Available High-Pressure Torsion (HPT has attracted significant attention in recent years as an effective technique to process ultrafine and nanostructured materials. The hydrostatic pressure developed during processing prevents the occurrence of cracks and the low thickness to diameter ratio provides the opportunity for developing high strains at low numbers of rotations. The present work analyses the plastic flow during HPT. Experimental results and computer modeling are used to describe heterogeneous plastic flow. It is shown that variations in structure, hardness and in the distribution of strain are observed along the disc thickness. The sources of these heterogeneities are discussed.

  11. Foaming Glass Using High Pressure Sintering

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    Østergaard, Martin Bonderup; Petersen, Rasmus Rosenlund; König, Jakob

    Foam glass is a high added value product which contributes to waste recycling and energy efficiency through heat insulation. The foaming can be initiated by a chemical or physical process. Chemical foaming with aid of a foaming agent is the dominant industrial process. Physical foaming has two...... variations. One way is by saturation of glass melts with gas. The other involves sintering of powdered glass under a high gas pressure resulting in glass pellets with high pressure bubbles entrapped. Reheating the glass pellets above the glass transition temperature under ambient pressure allows the bubbles...

  12. High pressure hydroformylation in the chemical industry

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    Paciello, R. [BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen (Germany)


    Higher oxo alcohols are intermediates for large-scale applications, such as plasticizers, detergents and fuel additives, as well as being useful in the synthesis of fine chemicals such as vitamins or flavors and fragrances. Many of these alcohols are still made using high pressure technologies. Advantages and disadvantages of different technologies presently in use or being developed are discussed. In particular, efforts to decrease raw material costs, e.g. by increasing yield, or investment, e.g. by decreasing pressure, will be highlighted. (orig.)

  13. Exercise-Induced Changes in Caveolin-1, Depletion of Mitochondrial Cholesterol, and the Inhibition of Mitochondrial Swelling in Rat Skeletal Muscle but Not in the Liver

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    Damian Jozef Flis


    Full Text Available The reduction in cholesterol in mitochondria, observed after exercise, is related to the inhibition of mitochondrial swelling. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1 plays an essential role in the regulation of cellular cholesterol metabolism and is required by various signalling pathways. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of prolonged swimming on the mitochondrial Cav-1 concentration; additionally, we identified the results of these changes as they relate to the induction of changes in the mitochondrial swelling and cholesterol in rat skeletal muscle and liver. Male Wistar rats were divided into a sedentary control group and an exercise group. The exercised rats swam for 3 hours and were burdened with an additional 3% of their body weight. After the cessation of exercise, their quadriceps femoris muscles and livers were immediately removed for experimentation. The exercise protocol caused an increase in the Cav-1 concentration in crude muscle mitochondria; this was related to a reduction in the cholesterol level and an inhibition of mitochondrial swelling. There were no changes in rat livers, with the exception of increased markers of oxidative stress in mitochondria. These data indicate the possible role of Cav-1 in the adaptive change in the rat muscle mitochondria following exercise.

  14. High Pressure and Temperature Effects in Polymers (United States)

    Bucknall, David; Arrighi, Valeria; Johnston, Kim; Condie, Iain

    Elastomers are widely exploited as the basis for seals in gas and fluid pipelines. The underlying behaviour of these elastomer at the high pressure, elevated temperatures they experience in operation is poorly understood. Consequently, the duty cycle of these materials is often deliberately limited to a few hours, and in order to prevent failure, production is stopped in order to change the seals in critical joints. The result is significant time lost due to bringing down production to change the seals as well as knock on financial costs. In order to address the fundamental nature of the elastomers at their intended operating conditions, we are studying the gas permeation behaviour of hydrogenated natural butyl rubber (HNBR) and fluorinated elastomers (FKM) at a high pressure and elevated temperature. We have developed a pressure system that permits gas permeation studies at gas pressures of up to 5000 psi and operating temperatures up to 150° C. In this paper, we will discuss the nature of the permeation behaviour at these extreme operating conditions, and how this relates to the changes in the polymer structure. We will also discuss the use of graphene-polymer thin layer coatings to modify the gas permeation behaviour of the elastomers.

  15. High Pressure Hydrogen from First Principles (United States)

    Morales, M. A.


    Typical approximations employed in first-principles simulations of high-pressure hydrogen involve the neglect of nuclear quantum effects (NQE) and the approximate treatment of electronic exchange and correlation, typically through a density functional theory (DFT) formulation. In this talk I'll present a detailed analysis of the influence of these approximations on the phase diagram of high-pressure hydrogen, with the goal of identifying the predictive capabilities of current methods and, at the same time, making accurate predictions in this important regime. We use a path integral formulation combined with density functional theory, which allows us to incorporate NQEs in a direct and controllable way. In addition, we use state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo calculations to benchmark the accuracy of more approximate mean-field electronic structure calculations based on DFT, and we use GW and hybrid DFT to calculate the optical properties of the solid and liquid phases near metallization. We present accurate predictions of the metal-insulator transition on the solid, including structural and optical properties of the molecular phase. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and by LDRD Grant No. 13-LW-004.

  16. Is sodium a superconductor under high pressure? (United States)

    Tutchton, Roxanne; Chen, Xiaojia; Wu, Zhigang


    Superconductivity has been predicted or measured for most alkali metals under high pressure, but the computed critical temperature (T c ) of sodium (Na) at the face-centered cubic (fcc) phase is vanishingly low. Here we report a thorough, first-principles investigation of superconductivity in Na under pressures up to 260 GPa, where the metal-to-insulator transition occurs. Linear-response calculations and density functional perturbation theory were employed to evaluate phonon distributions and the electron-phonon coupling for bcc, fcc, cI16, and tI19 Na. Our results indicate that the maximum electron-phonon coupling parameter, λ, is 0.5 for the cI16 phase, corresponding to a theoretical peak in the critical temperature at T c ≈1.2 K. When pressure decreases or increases from 130 GPa, T c drops quickly. This is mainly due to the lack of p-d hybridization in Na even at 260 GPa. Since current methods based on the Eliashberg and McMillian formalisms tend to overestimate the T c (especially the peak values) of alkali metals, we conclude that under high pressure-before the metal-to-insulator transition at 260 GPa-superconductivity in Na is very weak, if it is measurable at all.

  17. Swelling kinetics of microgels embedded in a polyacrylamide hydrogel matrix. (United States)

    Huang, Na; Guan, Ying; Zhu, X X; Zhang, Yongjun


    Composite hydrogels--macroscopic hydrogels with embedded microgel particles--are expected to respond to external stimuli quickly because microgels swell much faster than bulky gels. In this work, the kinetics of the pH-induced swelling of a composite hydrogel are studied using turbidity measurements. The embedded microgel is a pH- and thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) microgel and the hydrogel matrix is polyacrylamide. A rapid pH-induced swelling of the embedded microgel particles is observed, confirming that composite hydrogels respond faster than ordinary hydrogels. However, compared with the free microgels, the swelling of the embedded microgel is much slower. Diffusion of OH(-) into the composite hydrogel film is identified as the main reason for the slow swelling of the embedded microgel particles, as the time of the pH-induced swelling of this film is comparable to that of OH(-) diffusion into the film. The composition of the hydrogel matrix does not significantly change the characteristic swelling time of the composite hydrogel film. However, the swelling pattern of the film changes with composition of the hydrogel matrix. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. High-pressure behavior of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI{sub 3}) hybrid perovskite

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    Capitani, Francesco [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Marini, Carlo [CELLS-ALBA, Carretera B.P. 1413, Cerdanyola del Valles 08290 (Spain); Caramazza, Simone; Postorino, Paolo [Department of Physics, University “Sapienza,” Rome (Italy); Garbarino, Gaston; Hanfland, Michael [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble Cedex (France); Pisanu, Ambra; Quadrelli, Paolo; Malavasi, Lorenzo, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry and INSTM, University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy)


    In this paper we provide an accurate high-pressure structural and optical study of the MAPbI{sub 3} hybrid perovskite. Structural data show the presence of a phase transition toward an orthorhombic structure around 0.3 GPa followed by full amorphization of the system above 3 GPa. After releasing the pressure, the system keeps the high-pressure orthorhombic phase. The occurrence of these structural transitions is further confirmed by pressure induced variations of the photoluminescence signal at high pressure. These variations clearly indicate that the bandgap value and the electronic structure of MAPI change across the phase transition.

  19. New developments in high pressure x-ray spectroscopy beamline at High Pressure Collaborative Access Team. (United States)

    Xiao, Y M; Chow, P; Boman, G; Bai, L G; Rod, E; Bommannavar, A; Kenney-Benson, C; Sinogeikin, S; Shen, G Y


    The 16 ID-D (Insertion Device - D station) beamline of the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team at the Advanced Photon Source is dedicated to high pressure research using X-ray spectroscopy techniques typically integrated with diamond anvil cells. The beamline provides X-rays of 4.5-37 keV, and current available techniques include X-ray emission spectroscopy, inelastic X-ray scattering, and nuclear resonant scattering. The recent developments include a canted undulator upgrade, 17-element analyzer array for inelastic X-ray scattering, and an emission spectrometer using a polycapillary half-lens. Recent development projects and future prospects are also discussed.

  20. Separation of 3′-sialyllactose and lactose by nanofiltration: A trade-off between charge repulsion and pore swelling induced by high pH

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    Nordvang, Rune Thorbjørn; Luo, Jianquan; Zeuner, Birgitte


    not affect SL retention significantly. The expected increase in retention levels of SL at high pH - due to repulsion between the negative charge of the membrane and the charged SL - was apparently offset by pore swelling of the NF membranes at high pH. The water permeability was measured before and after...... a membrane was used for filtration of a mixture of lactose and SL. For the NP010 and DSS-ETNA membranes, the decline in water permeability was lower when the experiments were conducted at high pH, which is ascribed to the electrostatic repulsion of SL by the membrane. Further improvements in the ratio...

  1. Blue emitting organic semiconductors under high pressure

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    Knaapila, Matti; Guha, Suchismita


    highlighted by high pressure optical spectroscopy whilst analogous x-ray diffraction experiments remain less frequent. By focusing on a class of blue-emitting π-conjugated polymers, polyfluorenes, this article reviews optical spectroscopic studies under hydrostatic pressure, addressing the impact of molecular......This review describes essential optical and emerging structural experiments that use high GPa range hydrostatic pressure to probe physical phenomena in blue-emitting organic semiconductors including π-conjugated polyfluorene and related compounds. The work emphasizes molecular structure...... and intermolecular self-organization that typically determine transport and optical emission in π-conjugated oligomers and polymers. In this context, hydrostatic pressure through diamond anvil cells has proven to be an elegant tool to control structure and interactions without chemical intervention. This has been...

  2. High pressure photophysics of organic molecules

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    Brey, L. A.


    High pressure spectroscopic studies on several classes of organic compounds were made both in fluid solution (to 10 kbar) and in polymeric media (to 40 kbar). The first three studies were conducted in fluid solution and concern the effect of solvent viscosity on the nonradiative deactivation rates from electronically excited states. Pressure was utilized to attain high viscosities in organic solvents at room temperature. The primary experimental technique used was fluorescence emission spectroscopy. In the fourth and last study observations were made both in fluid solution and in plastic films. The focus of this study was the effect of pressure on the solvent-chromophore dispersion interaction in several polyenes and the concomitant changes in both the radiative and non-radiative rates from the excited states. Extensive use was made of fluorescence lifetime measurements and excitation spectra. 105 references.

  3. Superconductivity from magnetic elements under high pressure

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    Shimizu, Katsuya [KYOKUGEN, Research Center for Materials Science at Extreme Conditions, Osaka University, Osaka 560-8531 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Amaya, Kiichi [Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute, Aichi 480-1192 (Japan); Suzuki, Naoshi [Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Osaka 560-8531 (Japan); Onuki, Yoshichika [Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Osaka 560-0043 (Japan)


    Can we expect the appearance of superconductivity from magnetic elements? In general, superconductivity occurs in nonmagnetic metal at low temperature and magnetic impurities destroy superconductivity; magnetism and superconductivity are as incompatible as oil and water. Here, we present our experimental example of superconducting elements, iron and oxygen. They are magnetic at ambient pressure, however, they become nonmagnetic under high pressure, then superconductor at low temperature. What is the driving force of the superconductivity? Our understanding in the early stages was a simple scenario that the superconductive state was obtained as a consequence of an emergence of the nonmagnetic states. In both cases, we may consider another scenario for the appearance of superconductivity; the magnetic fluctuation mechanism in the same way as unconventional superconductors.

  4. Polymerization of Formic Acid under High Pressure

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    Goncharov, A F; Manaa, M R; Zaug, J M; Fried, L E; Montgomery, W B


    We report combined Raman, infrared (IR) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, along with ab initio calculations on formic acid under pressure up to 50 GPa. Contrary to the report of Allan and Clark (PRL 82, 3464 (1999)), we find an infinite chain low-temperature Pna2{sub 1} structure consisting of trans molecules to be a high-pressure phase at room temperature. Our data indicate the symmetrization and a partially covalent character of the intra-chain hydrogen bonds above approximately 20 GPa. Raman spectra and XRD patterns indicate a loss of the long-range order at pressures above 40 GPa with a large hysteresis at decompression. We attribute this behavior to a three-dimensional polymerization of formic acid.

  5. Urea and deuterium mixtures at high pressures

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    Donnelly, M., E-mail:; Husband, R. J.; Frantzana, A. D.; Loveday, J. S. [Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions and School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh, Erskine Williamson Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3FD (United Kingdom); Bull, C. L. [ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford Harwell, Didcot OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Klotz, S. [IMPMC, CNRS UMR 7590, Université P and M Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris (France)


    Urea, like many network forming compounds, has long been known to form inclusion (guest-host) compounds. Unlike other network formers like water, urea is not known to form such inclusion compounds with simple molecules like hydrogen. Such compounds if they existed would be of interest both for the fundamental insight they provide into molecular bonding and as potential gas storage systems. Urea has been proposed as a potential hydrogen storage material [T. A. Strobel et al., Chem. Phys. Lett. 478, 97 (2009)]. Here, we report the results of high-pressure neutron diffraction studies of urea and D{sub 2} mixtures that indicate no inclusion compound forms up to 3.7 GPa.

  6. High-pressure structures of methane hydrate

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    Hirai, H; Fujihisa, H; Sakashita, M; Katoh, E; Aoki, K; Yamamoto, Y; Nagashima, K; Yagi, T


    Three high-pressure structures of methane hydrate, a hexagonal structure (str. A) and two orthorhombic structures (str. B and str. C), were found by in situ x-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy. The well-known structure I (str. I) decomposed into str. A and fluid at 0.8 GPa. Str. A transformed into str. B at 1.6 GPa, and str. B further transformed into str. C at 2.1 GPa which survived above 7.8 GPa. The fluid solidified as ice VI at 1.4 GPa, and the ice VI transformed to ice VII at 2.1 GPa. The bulk moduli, K sub 0 , for str. I, str. A, and str. C were calculated to be 7.4, 9.8, and 25.0 GPa, respectively.

  7. A Hamiltonian Formulation On Tsunami Over Swell (United States)

    TIAN, M.; Sheremet, A.; Kaihatu, J. M.


    Tsunami induced by earthquakes typically evolves shore-ward with a significant amplification of amplitude during the last stages of shoaling. This study focuses on tsunami evolution in shallow water under the effects of the oceanographic environment such as breaking and tsunami- swell interaction. One generally describes wave breaking directly with a discontinuity in the solution to the classical nonlinear shallow water equations (NLSW) (e.g., Stoker 1985). This wave-front steepness calculation, however, has the potential problem that for the case of the single wave defined by solitary wave, breaking occurs much closer to the wave crest so that the method is formally invalid (Madsen et. al. 2008). Li and Raichlen (2002) applied a weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) shock-capturing scheme in the numerical NSWE model to capture the wave breaking process. The problem arises that a convenient hamiltonian formalism is lacking to describe wave breaking. One wants to evaluate breaking by deducing the decay of the tsunami energy in a straightforward manner. The linear effect of the tsunami background circulation on swell is well known (e.g., Madsen et. al. 2008). However, Kaihatu and El Safty(2011) hypothesized that this is only one "half" of the mutual interaction between the tsunami and the overlying swell field, which might have subtle effects on the tsunami front-face steepness and breaking process. These effects were observed in a laboratory experiments (Kaihatu and El Safty 2011). It was observed that the presence of swell affects the maximum surface amplitude of overall wave field and produces significant energy shifts to high frequencies, thus promoting tsunami breaking. The theoretical study for tsunami-swell interaction requires a phase-resolving wave-wave interaction model. In this study, we derive a Hamiltonian formulation for the tsunami-swell interaction using the quasi stream-function formulation. This formalism is better able to handle uneven

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

    Tao, Aifeng; Wu, Chao


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

  9. Novel High Pressure Pump-on-a-Chip Technology Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — HJ Science & Technology, Inc. proposes to develop a novel high pressure "pump-on-a-chip" (HPPOC) technology capable of generating high pressure and flow rate on...

  10. The Swelling of Olympic Gels (United States)

    Lang, Michael; Fischer, Jakob; Werner, Marco; Sommer, Jens-Uwe


    The swelling equilibrium of Olympic gels is studied by Monte Carlo Simulations. We observe that gels consisting of flexible cyclic molecules of a higher degree of polymerization N show a smaller equilibrium swelling degree Q ~N - 0 . 28φ0- 0 . 72 for the same monomer volume fraction φ0 at network preparation. This observation is explained by a disinterpenetration process of overlapping non-concatenated polymers upon swelling. In the limit of a sufficiently large number of concatenations per cyclic molecule we expect that the equilibrium degree of swelling becomes proportional to φ0- 1 / 2 independent of N. Our results challenge current textbook models for the equilibrium degree of swelling of entangled polymer networks. Now at: Bio Systems Analysis Group, Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (JCB) and Department for Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, 07743 Jena, Germany.

  11. High-pressure synthesis of tantalum dihydride (United States)

    Kuzovnikov, Mikhail A.; Tkacz, Marek; Meng, Haijing; Kapustin, Dmitry I.; Kulakov, Valery I.


    The reaction of tantalum with molecular hydrogen was studied by x-ray diffraction in a diamond-anvil cell at room temperature and pressures from 1 to 41 GPa. At pressures up to 5.5 GPa, a substoichiometric tantalum monohydride with a distorted bcc structure was shown to be stable. Its hydrogen content gradually increased with the pressure increase, reaching H /Ta =0.92 (5 ) at 5 GPa. At higher pressures, a new dihydride phase of tantalum was formed. This phase had an hcp metal lattice, and its hydrogen content was virtually independent of pressure. When the pressure was decreased, the tantalum dihydride thus obtained transformed back to the monohydride at P =2.2 GPa . Single-phase samples of tantalum dihydride also were synthesized at a hydrogen pressure of 9 GPa in a toroid-type high-pressure apparatus, quenched to the liquid-N2 temperature, and studied at ambient pressure. X-ray diffraction showed them to have an hcp metal lattice with a =3.224 (3 ) and c =5.140 (5 )Å at T =85 K . The hydrogen content determined by thermal desorption was H /Ta =2.2 (1 ) .

  12. Engineering Model of High Pressure Moist Air

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    Hyhlík Tomáš


    Full Text Available The article deals with the moist air equation of state. There are equations of state discussed in the article, i.e. the model of an ideal mixture of ideal gases, the model of an ideal mixture of real gases and the model based on the virial equation of state. The evaluation of sound speed based on the ideal mixture concept is mentioned. The sound speed calculated by the model of an ideal mixture of ideal gases is compared with the sound speed calculated by using the model based on the concept of an ideal mixture of real gases. The comparison of enthalpy end entropy based on the model of an ideal mixture of ideal gases and the model of an ideal mixture of real gases is performed. It is shown that the model of an ideal mixture of real gases deviates from the model of an ideal mixture of ideal gases only in the case of high pressure. An impossibility of the definition of partial pressure in the mixture of real gases is discussed, where the virial equation of state is used.

  13. High-pressure structures of yttrium hydrides (United States)

    Liu, Lu-Lu; Sun, Hui-Juan; Wang, C. Z.; Lu, Wen-Cai


    In this work, the crystal structures of YH3 and YH4 at high pressure (100-250 GPa) have been explored using a genetic algorithm combined with first-principles calculations. New structures of YH3 with space group symmetries of P21/m and I4/mmm were predicted. The electronic structures and the phonon dispersion properties of various YH3 and YH4 structures at different temperatures and pressures were investigated. Among YH3 phases, the P21/m structure of YH3 was found to have a relatively high superconducting transformation temperature T c of 19 K at 120 GPa, which is reduced to 9 K at 200 GPa. Other YH3 structures have much lower T cs. Compared with YH3, the T c of the YH4 compound is much higher, i.e. 94 K at 120 GPa and 55 K at 200 GPa.

  14. Recent progress in high-pressure studies on organic conductors

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    Syuma Yasuzuka and Keizo Murata


    Full Text Available Recent high-pressure studies of organic conductors and superconductors are reviewed. The discovery of the highest Tc superconductivity among organics under high pressure has triggered the further progress of the high-pressure research. Owing to this finding, various organic conductors with the strong electron correlation were investigated under high pressures. This review includes the pressure techniques using the cubic anvil apparatus, as well as high-pressure studies of the organic conductors up to 10 GPa showing extraordinary temperature and pressure dependent transport phenomena.

  15. Pressure Dome for High-Pressure Electrolyzer (United States)

    Norman, Timothy; Schmitt, Edwin


    A high-strength, low-weight pressure vessel dome was designed specifically to house a high-pressure [2,000 psi (approx. = 13.8 MPa)] electrolyzer. In operation, the dome is filled with an inert gas pressurized to roughly 100 psi (approx. = 690 kPa) above the high, balanced pressure product oxygen and hydrogen gas streams. The inert gas acts to reduce the clamping load on electrolyzer stack tie bolts since the dome pressure acting axially inward helps offset the outward axial forces from the stack gas pressure. Likewise, radial and circumferential stresses on electrolyzer frames are minimized. Because the dome is operated at a higher pressure than the electrolyzer product gas, any external electrolyzer leak prevents oxygen or hydrogen from leaking into the dome. Instead the affected stack gas stream pressure rises detectably, thereby enabling a system shutdown. All electrical and fluid connections to the stack are made inside the pressure dome and require special plumbing and electrical dome interfaces for this to be accomplished. Further benefits of the dome are that it can act as a containment shield in the unlikely event of a catastrophic failure. Studies indicate that, for a given active area (and hence, cell ID), frame outside diameter must become ever larger to support stresses at higher operating pressures. This can lead to a large footprint and increased costs associated with thicker and/or larger diameter end-plates, tie-rods, and the frames themselves. One solution is to employ rings that fit snugly around the frame. This complicates stack assembly and is sometimes difficult to achieve in practice, as its success is strongly dependent on frame and ring tolerances, gas pressure, and operating temperature. A pressure dome permits an otherwise low-pressure stack to operate at higher pressures without growing the electrolyzer hardware. The pressure dome consists of two machined segments. An O-ring is placed in an O-ring groove in the flange of the bottom

  16. Structural Phase Transition of ThC Under High Pressure. (United States)

    Yu, Cun; Lin, Jun; Huai, Ping; Guo, Yongliang; Ke, Xuezhi; Yu, Xiaohe; Yang, Ke; Li, Nana; Yang, Wenge; Sun, Baoxing; Xie, Ruobing; Xu, Hongjie


    Thorium monocarbide (ThC) as a potential fuel for next generation nuclear reactor has been subjected to its structural stability investigation under high pressure, and so far no one reported the observation of structure phase transition induced by pressure. Here, utilizing the synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique, we for the first time, experimentally revealed the phase transition of ThC from B1 to P4/nmm at pressure of ~58 GPa at ambient temperature. A volume collapse of 10.2% was estimated during the phase transition. A modulus of 147 GPa for ThC at ambient pressure was obtained and the stoichiometry was attributed to the discrepancy of this value to the previous reports.

  17. Monitoring of High Pressure with Fiber Optic Sensor

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    Pandey N.K.


    Full Text Available Paper reports intensity modulated pressure sensor using microbending in the optical fiber embedded in the structural material. Pressure induced microbends have been created in silica clad graded index multimode optical fiber 50mm, plastic clad PCS200 and plastic clad PCS600 optical fibers embedded in the sample of araldite matrix. The samples have been tested separately with random microbending and periodic microbending of spatial periodicity Λ=5mm under high pressure cyclic loading conditions. The maximum pressure measured with PCS600 is 3.0 MPa, with PCS200 the maximum pressure measured is 1.8 MPa and that with silica clad 50mm maximum pressure measured is 1.6 MPa. The results with PCS600 optical fiber have been found to be linear and most reliable.

  18. High Pressure Microwave Powered UV Light Sources (United States)

    Cekic, M.; Frank, J. D.; Popovic, S.; Wood, C. H.


    Industrial microwave powered (*electrodeless*) light sources have been limited to quiescent pressures of 300 Torr of buffer gas and metal- halide fills. Recently developed multi-atmospheric electronegative bu lb fills (noble gas-halide excimers, metal halide) require electric field s for ionization that are often large multiples of the breakdown voltage for air. For these fills an auxiliary ignition system is necessary. The most successful scheme utilizes a high voltage pulse power supply and a novel field emission source. Acting together they create localized condition of pressure reduction and high free electron density. This allows the normal microwave fields to drive this small region into avalanche, ignite the bulb, and heat the plasma to it's operating poin t Standard diagnostic techniques of high density discharges are inapplicable to the excimer bulbs, because of the ionic molecular exci ted state structure and absence of self-absorption. The method for temperature determination is based on the equilibrium population of certain vibrational levels of excimer ionic excited states. Electron d ensity was determined from the measurements of Stark profiles of H_β radiation from a small amount of hydrogen mixed with noble gas and halogens. At the present time, high pressure (Te 0.5eV, ne 3 x 10^17 cm-3) production bulbs produce over 900W of radiation in a 30nm band, centered at 30nm. Similarly, these prototypes when loaded with metal-halide bulb fills produce 1 kW of radiation in 30nm wide bands, centered about the wavelength of interest.

  19. Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles under high pressure

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    Saccone, F. D.; Ferrari, S.; Grinblat, F.; Bilovol, V. [Instituto de Tecnologías y Ciencias de la Ingeniería, “Ing. H. Fernández Long,” Av. Paseo Colón 850 (1063), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Errandonea, D., E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Institut Universitari de Ciència dels Materials, Universitat de Valencia, c/ Doctor Moliner 50, E-46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain); Agouram, S. [Departamento de Física Aplicada y Electromagnetismo, Universitat de València, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain)


    We report by the first time a high pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy study of cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles carried out at room temperature up to 17 GPa. In contrast with previous studies of nanoparticles, which proposed the transition pressure to be reduced from 20–27 GPa to 7.5–12.5 GPa (depending on particle size), we found that cobalt ferrite nanoparticles remain in the spinel structure up to the highest pressure covered by our experiments. In addition, we report the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameter and Raman modes of the studied sample. We found that under quasi-hydrostatic conditions, the bulk modulus of the nanoparticles (B{sub 0} = 204 GPa) is considerably larger than the value previously reported for bulk CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (B{sub 0} = 172 GPa). In addition, when the pressure medium becomes non-hydrostatic and deviatoric stresses affect the experiments, there is a noticeable decrease of the compressibility of the studied sample (B{sub 0} = 284 GPa). After decompression, the cobalt ferrite lattice parameter does not revert to its initial value, evidencing a unit cell contraction after pressure was removed. Finally, Raman spectroscopy provides information on the pressure dependence of all Raman-active modes and evidences that cation inversion is enhanced by pressure under non-hydrostatic conditions, being this effect not fully reversible.

  20. Hand Swelling during Exercise: A Concern? (United States)

    Hand swelling during exercise: A concern? What causes hand swelling during exercise? I walk several times a ... off. Answers from Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. Hand swelling during exercise is a fairly common problem. ...

  1. NEAMS-ATF M3 Milestone Report: Literature Review of Modeling of Radiation-Induced Swelling in Fe-Cr-Al Steels

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    Bai, Xianming [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.; Biner, Suleyman Bulent [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.; Jiang, Chao [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Modeling and Simulation Dept.


    Fe-Cr-Al steels are proposed as accident-tolerant-fuel (ATF) cladding materials in light water reactors due to their excellent oxidation resistance at high temperatures. Currently, the understanding of their performance in reactor environment is still limited. In this review, firstly we reviewed the experimental studies of Fe-Cr-Al based alloys with particular focus on the radiation effects in these alloys. Although limited data are available in literature, several previous and recent experimental studies have shown that Fe-Cr-Al based alloys have very good void swelling resistance at low and moderate irradiation doses but the growth of dislocation loops is very active. Overall, the behavior of radiation damage evolution is similar to that in Fe-Cr ferritic/martensitic alloys. Secondly, we reviewed the rate theory-based modeling methods for modeling the coevolution of voids and dislocation loops in materials under irradiation such as Frenkel pair three-dimensional diffusion model (FP3DM) and cluster dynamics. Finally, we summarized and discussed our review and proposed our future plans for modeling radiation damage in Fe-Cr-Al based alloys.

  2. Using the internal stress concept to assess the importance of moisture sorption-induced swelling on the moisture transport through the glassy HPMC films. (United States)

    Laksmana, Fesia L; Kok, Paul J A Hartman; Frijlink, Henderik W; Vromans, Herman; Van der Voort Maarschalk, Kees


    The purpose of this research was to elucidate the significance of the changes in the mechanical and the volumetric properties on the moisture diffusivity through the polymer films. The internal stress concept was adapted and applied to estimate the relative impact of these property changes on the total stress experienced by a polymer film during storage. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose free films were used as a model material prepared at various conditions and stored at different relative humidities. The changes in the internal stress of these films due to the moisture sorption were studied. It was demonstrated that the stress-relaxation of the films increases at increasing moisture content. At the point when there is a definite loss of stress in the film, which is at moisture content higher than 6%, was shown to correlate with the significant increase of the moisture diffusivity. Further investigations revealed that the loss of stress is especially due to the swelling of the polymer rather than the changes in the inherent strain (the quotient between the tensile strength and the modulus of elasticity) of the HPMC films. This implies that the impact of the moisture sorption on the diffusivity is predominantly via volume addition rather than via altering the mechanical properties. Additionally, the approach presented here also brings up a new application of the internal stress concept, which in essence suggests the possibility to estimate the diffusion coefficient from the sorption isotherm and the mechanical analysis data.

  3. High pressure semiconductor physics: Looking toward the future on the shoulder of the past

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    Yu, Peter Y. [Department of Physics, University of California and Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)


    High pressure measurements attracted attention from the Semiconductor Physics community after the discovery of William Paul's Empirical Rule. The technique gained further momentum with the invention of the diamond-anvils high pressure cell. Since diamond is transparent from near IR to near UV many forms of optical spectroscopy (such as photoluminescence, modulation spectroscopy, and Raman scattering) have now been routinely carried out under high pressure. The fact that diamonds are also transparent to X-ray means structural phase transitions induced by pressure can be studied together with optical measurements. Further advances, such as electrical and magnetic measurements under hydrostatic (and sometimes quasi-hydrostatic) high pressure conditions, have established high pressure as a general, powerful, and indispensable technique in studying semiconductors. From a review of these past achievements I will attempt to ''predict'' how high pressure techniques will impact semiconductor physics in the future. I will draw examples from areas as diverse as new materials for spintronics and renewable energies, topological insulators to possible multi-ferroic semiconductors. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Ca2+-mediated potentiation of the swelling-induced taurine efflux from HeLa cells: On the role of calmodulin and novel protein kinase C isoforms

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    Falktoft, Birgitte; Lambert, Ian H.


    The present work sets out to investigate how Ca2+ regulates the volume-sensitive taurine-release pathway in HeLa cells. Addition of Ca2+-mobilizing agonists at the time of exposure to hypotonic NaCl medium augments the swelling-induced taurine release and subsequently accelerates the inactivation...... of the release pathway. The accelerated inactivation is not observed in hypotonic Ca2+-free or high-K+ media. Addition of Ca2+-mobilizing agonists also accelerates the regulatory volume decrease, which probably reflects activation of Ca2+-activated K+ channels. The taurine release from control cells and cells...... exposed to Ca2+ agonists is equally affected by changes in cell volume, application of DIDS and arachidonic acid, indicating that the volume-sensitive taurine leak pathway mediates the Ca2+-augmented taurine release. Exposure to Ca2+-mobilizing agonists prior to a hypotonic challenge also augments...

  5. Nanocomposite Thermolectric Materials by High Pressure Powder Consolidation Manufacturing Project (United States)

    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...

  6. Transient High-Pressure Fuel Injection Processes (United States)


    injection and shortly before the end of injection is very challenging. From the experimental scope the dense cloud of droplets and vapor surrounding... Schlieren imaging and laser-based techniques, e.g., Mie scattering imaging and laser-induced fluorescence produce obscure images from the regions of...diameter liquid jet by a high-speed gas stream,” J. Fluid Mech., vol. 497, pp. 405–434, 2003. [19] D. D. Joseph, A. Huang, and G. V. Candler, “ Vaporization

  7. Effects of high-pressure processing (HPP) on the microbiological ...

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    Dec 29, 2009 ... High pressure processing (HPP) is an increasingly popular food processing method that offers great potential within the food industry. ... Key words: High pressure processing, fresh cheese, dairy, spoilage. INTRODUCTION. Food ..... chemical reactions and genetic mechanisms. Primarily,. HP treatment ...

  8. High Pressure Research on Materials-Experimental Techniques to ...

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 12; Issue 8. High Pressure Research on Materials - Experimental Techniques to Study the Behaviour of Materials Under High Pressure. P Ch Sahu N V Chandra Shekar. General Article Volume 12 Issue 8 August 2007 pp 49-64 ...

  9. Quantum effects in condensed matter at high pressure

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    Stishov, S M


    Experimental data on the influence of quantum effects on the equation of state and melting at high pressure are reviewed. It is shown that quantum isotopic effects tend to increase upon compression of substances with predominately Coulomb interaction, whereas compression of the van der Waals substances reveals the opposite trend. The cold melting of Coulomb substances at high pressure is discussed

  10. The present status of high-pressure research at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility

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    Liu, J; Li, Y C


    The present status of high-pressure research at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility is reported. A ten-poles wiggler beamline provides a white beam for investigating samples using a diamond anvil cell. In situ energy-dispersive diffraction is used to determine the pressure-induced phase transitions and equations of state. High pressure can be stably applied by a stepper-motorized loading system with a strain sensor. Some megabar experiments have been carried out without damage on diamonds. Improved beam collimation reduces the background and eliminates gasket scatter. Some research and future developments are also presented.

  11. Standard guide for corrosion tests in high temperature or high pressure environment, or both

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    1.1 This guide covers procedures, specimens, and equipment for conducting laboratory corrosion tests on metallic materials under conditions of high pressure (HP) or the combination of high temperature and high pressure (HTHP). See for definitions of high pressure and temperature. 1.2 Tests conducted under HP or HTHP by their nature have special requirements. This guide establishes the basic considerations that are necessary when these conditions must be incorporated into laboratory corrosion tests. 1.3 The procedures and methods in this guide are applicable for conducting mass loss corrosion, localized corrosion, and electrochemical tests as well as for use in environmentally induced cracking tests that need to be conducted under HP or HTHP conditions. 1.4 The primary purpose for this guide is to promote consistency of corrosion test results. Furthermore, this guide will aid in the comparison of corrosion data between laboratories or testing organizations that utilize different equipment. 1.5 The values s...

  12. Thermal conductivity of iron at high pressures (United States)

    Suehiro, S.; Ohta, K.; Yagi, T.; Hirose, K.


    Earth generates and preserves a dipole magnetic field by self-sustained dynamo action in its liquid outer core for geologic timescale. Secular cooling of the core induces growth of the solid inner core that contributes additional buoyant source for the core convection. The electrical and thermal conductivities of core are fundamental physical parameters for knowing the dynamics inside the Earth. Direct measurements of the electrical and thermal conductivities of iron (Fe) at the Earth's core conditions have been recently reported (Konôpková et al., 2016; Ohta et al., 2016). Measurements of Fe thermal conductivity at the core conditions suggested thermal conductivity of the outer core was 18-32 W/m/K (Konôpková et al., 2016). On the other hand, Ohta et al. (2016) experimentally determined electrical conductivity of Fe at the core conditions, and estimated the core conductivity to be 75-117 W/m/K from obtained electrical conductivity and Wiedemann-Franz relation (κ = σLT; κ: thermal conductivity, σ: electrical conductivity, L: Lorenz number, T: absolute temperature) with ideal Lorenz number. Such large discrepancy in the estimated core thermal conductivity throw doubt on the validity of the Wiedemann-Franz relation at extremely high P-T conditions. In this study, we performed thermal conductivity measurements on Fe up to 130 GPa at room temperature in a diamond anvil cell using the pulsed light heating thermoreflectance technique (Ohta et al., 2012). The obtained thermal conductivity of Fe is in good agreement with calculated thermal conductivity via high-P/room-T Fe electrical conductivity and the Wiedemann-Franz law with constant Lorenz number up to around 50 GPa. However, the obtained thermal conductivity deviated downward from the calculated thermal conductivity profile above 50 GPa. Our results suggest pressure-dependent Lorenz number of Fe,which could be due to pressure- induced electronic topological transition in hcp Fe (Glazyrin et al., 2013). Kon

  13. Type I anaphylactic reaction due to contrast induced angioedema causing neck swelling: the role of sitting fiberoptic bronchoscopy in emergent intubation

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    Ali Dabbagh


    Full Text Available Contrast induced angioedema is a rapidly progressive state involving a number of organ systems including the upper airway tract; which is usually a type I anaphylactic reaction also known as immediate hypersensitivity reaction. Prompt preservation of the respiratory tract is the cornerstone of this situation. The use of fiberoptic bronchoscope for tracheal intubation though very helpful, has some special considerations due to the anatomic distortions created by edema.This manuscript describes a patient with contrast induced angioedema managed successfully. Serum levels of IgE were highly increased during the first hours after the event; while serum levels of complement were normal. However, rapid airway management and prophylactic intubation saved the patient and prevented the possible aftermath of airway obstruction.Keywords: airway management; type I anaphylactic reaction, angioedema; fiberoptic bronchoscope.Conflict of interest: none of the authors has any conflict of interest.

  14. Ultrasonic depth gauge for liquids under high pressure (United States)

    Zuckerwar, Allan J. (Inventor); Mazel, David S. (Inventor)


    The invention relates to an ultrasonic depth gauge for liquids under high pressure and is particularly useful in the space industry where it is necessary to use a pressurized gas to transfer a liquid from one location to another. Conventional liquid depth gauges do not have the capability to operate under extreme high pressure (i.e., exceeding 300 psi). An ultrasonic depth gauge capable of withstanding high pressure according to the present invention is comprised of a transducer assembly and a supporting electronics unit. The former is mounted in to the bottom wall of a storage vessel with its resonating surface directly exposed to the highly pressurized liquid in the vessel. In operation, the ultrasonic pulse propagates upward through the liquid to the liquid-gas interface in the storage vessel. When the ultrasonic echo returns from the liquid-gas interface, it re-excites the composite resonator into vibration. The supporting electronics unit measures the round-trip transmit time for the ultrasonic pulse and its return echo to traverse the depth of the highly pressurized liquid. The novelty of the invention resides in the use of a conventional transducer rigidly bonded to the inside wall of a bored out conventional high-pressure plug to form a composite resonator capable of withstanding extremely high pressure.

  15. Plastic deformation of silicate garnets. I. High-pressure experiments (United States)

    Voegelé, V.; Ando, J. I.; Cordier, P.; Liebermann, R. C.

    Deformation experiments have been carried out on garnet single crystals (Py20 Al73 Sp2 Gr5) under high confining pressure (6.5 GPa) and temperatures in the range 700-1440°C. The high-pressure sample assembly was designed to generate high differential stress. Below 1000°C, the specimens show only evidence of microplasticity associated with microcracking. Above 1000°C, garnet become ductile and the microstructure is characteristic of dislocation creep with significant recovery. The observed glide systems are 1/2{11¯0}, 1/2{112¯}, 1/2{123¯}, {010} and {011} in the whole temperature range. The most stable (and hence less mobile) dislocation lines appear to be the 70° 1/2 (i.e., with a large edge component) and edge . Except for some rare dislocations generated at low temperature, most of the dislocations exhibit no visible dissociation. The detailed characterization of the dislocations suggests that they have an extended, non-planar core. This core structure induces a high Peierls friction and is responsible for the brittle behavior of garnets at low temperature. The Peierls regime extends up to high temperature until diffusion takes place and enhances dislocation climb superimposed to glide.

  16. Reducing peanut allergens by high pressure combined with polyphenol oxidase (United States)

    Chung, Si-Yin; Houska, Milan; Reed, Shawndrika


    Polyphenol oxidase (PPO) has been shown to reduce major peanut allergens. Since high pressure (HP) can increase enzyme activity, we postulated that further reduction of peanut allergens can be achieved through HP combined with PPO. Peanut extracts containing caffeic acid were treated with each of the following: (1) HP; (2) HP+PPO; (3) PPO; and (4) none. HP was conducted at 300 and 500 MPa, each for 3 and 10 min, 37 °C. After treatment, SDS-PAGE was performed and allergenic capacity (IgE binding) was determined colorimetrically in inhibition enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blots, using a pooled plasma from peanut-allergic patients. Data showed that HP alone had no effect on major peanut allergens. However, HP at 500 MPa combined with PPO (HP500/PPO) induced a higher (approximately twofold) reduction of major peanut allergens and IgE binding than PPO alone or HP300/PPO. There was no difference between treatment times. We concluded that HP500/PPO at 3-min enhanced a twofold reduction of the allergenic capacity of peanut extracts, as compared to PPO itself.

  17. New perspectives on potential hydrogen storage materials using high pressure. (United States)

    Song, Yang


    In addressing the global demand for clean and renewable energy, hydrogen stands out as the most suitable candidate for many fuel applications that require practical and efficient storage of hydrogen. Supplementary to the traditional hydrogen storage methods and materials, the high-pressure technique has emerged as a novel and unique approach to developing new potential hydrogen storage materials. Static compression of materials may result in significant changes in the structures, properties and performance that are important for hydrogen storage applications, and often lead to the formation of unprecedented phases or complexes that have profound implications for hydrogen storage. In this perspective article, 22 types of representative potential hydrogen storage materials that belong to four major classes--simple hydride, complex hydride, chemical hydride and hydrogen containing materials--were reviewed. In particular, their structures, stabilities, and pressure-induced transformations, which were reported in recent experimental works together with supporting theoretical studies, were provided. The important contextual aspects pertinent to hydrogen storage associated with novel structures and transitions were discussed. Finally, the summary of the recent advances reviewed and the insight into the future research in this direction were given.

  18. Safety analysis of high pressure gasous fuel container punctures

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    Swain, M.R. [Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (United States)


    The following report is divided into two sections. The first section describes the results of ignitability tests of high pressure hydrogen and natural gas leaks. The volume of ignitable gases formed by leaking hydrogen or natural gas were measured. Leaking high pressure hydrogen produced a cone of ignitable gases with 28{degrees} included angle. Leaking high pressure methane produced a cone of ignitable gases with 20{degrees} included angle. Ignition of hydrogen produced larger overpressures than did natural gas. The largest overpressures produced by hydrogen were the same as overpressures produced by inflating a 11 inch child`s balloon until it burst.

  19. Implement and application of ultra-high pressures environment (United States)

    Xian Zhang, Yu; Li, Nan; Liu, Bin Bin; Wang, Hong


    A hydraulic system was designed which was used to generate hydrostatic ultra-high pressure environment. The functions and roles of the main elements in the hydraulic system were introduced. Deformation theory based on ultrahigh pressure cylinder was analyzed. The principle and method about measuring ultra-high pressure cylinder radial and circumferential elastic line-strain by a dial indicator were illustrated. A practical example was given to illustrate the practicability and validity of this method. The measures to decrease the measurement error were pointed out. The described priciples and methods have a certain theoretical and practical significance in engineering research and application of ultra-high pressure.

  20. Public debate on metallic hydrogen to boost high pressure research

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    Hua Y. Geng


    Full Text Available Instead of praises from colleagues, the claim of observation of metallic hydrogen at 495 GPa by Dias and Silvera met much skepticism, and grew into a public debate at the International Conference on High-Pressure Science and Technology, AIRAPT26. We briefly review this debate, and extend the topic to show that this disputation could be an opportunity to benefit the whole high pressure community. Keywords: High pressure, Metallic hydrogen, Quantum solid and liquid, Phase stability, Superconductivity, PACS codes: 61.50.Ks, 67.63.-r, 67.80.-s, 71.30.+h, 74.62.Fj

  1. Anomalous high pressure behaviour in nanosized rare earth sesquioxides

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    Dilawar, Nita; Varandani, Deepak; Mehrotra, Shalini; Bandyopadhyay, Ashis K [Pressure and Vacuum Standards, National Physical Laboratory, Dr K S Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Poswal, Himanshu K; Sharma, Surinder M [High Pressure Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)


    We report Raman spectroscopic studies of the nanosized rare earth sesquioxides, namely yttrium sesquioxide (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}), gadolinium sesquioxide (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and samarium sesquioxide (Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}), under high pressure. The samples were characterized using x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy at atmospheric pressures. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} were found to be cubic at ambient, while Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} was found to be predominantly cubic with a small fraction of monoclinic phase. The strongest Raman peaks are observed at 379, 344 and 363 cm{sup -1}, respectively, for Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. All the samples were found to be nanosized with 50-90 nm particle sizes. The high pressures were generated using a Mao-Bell type diamond anvil cell and a conventional laser Raman spectrometer is used to monitor the pressure-induced changes. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} seems to undergo a crystalline to partial amorphous transition when pressurized up to about 19 GPa, with traces of hexagonal phase. However, on release of pressure, the hexagonal phase develops into the dominant phase. Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} is also seen to develop into a mixture of amorphous and hexagonal phases on pressurizing. However, on release of pressure Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} does not show any change and the transformation is found to be irreversible. On the other hand, Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows a weakening of cubic phase peaks while monoclinic phase peaks gain intensity up to about a pressure of 6.79 GPa. However, thereafter the monoclinic phase peaks also reduce in intensity and mostly disordering sets in which does not show significant reversal as the pressure is released. The results obtained are discussed in detail.

  2. High pressure and microwave based synthesis of transition metal pnictides

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    Pobel, Roman Rupert


    The goal of this thesis was to explore the possibilities of synthetic methods that are not very common in current transition metal pnictide research. The substitution of the Ca-site in CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} with rare earth elements such as Pr the has been reported to induce superconductivity. However, some inconsistencies in the data suggested a non-intrinsic origin of the observed diamagnetic signal. Furthermore a solubility limit of 13% was found when prepared in an electrical furnace thus leaving a huge part of the physical phase diagram inaccessible. A high pressure/high temperature synthesis was developed to allow access to the whole doping range and an in-depth characterization of this compound was carried out. During the experiments concerning the high pressure synthesis of Ca{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} the new ternary iron arsenide CaFe{sub 5}As{sub 3} was identified and classified as a member of the Ca{sub n(n+1)/2}(Fe{sub 1-x}M{sub x}){sub (2+3n)}M'{sub n(n-1)/2}As{sub (n+1)(n+2)/2} (n = 1-3; M =Nb, Pd, Pt; M' = □, Pd, Pt) family. The complete solid solution Ca{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}Fe{sub 5}As{sub 3} (O ≤ x ≤ 1) was prepared and physically characterized. Furthermore, several useful techniques were developed to aid in future high pressure based investigations of transition metal pnictides. The second part of this thesis concerns a completely different, but equally promising synthetic approach. Microwave based synthesis is a well-established technique in many solution based fields, such as organic, medicinal or nano chemistry. For solid state and materials research several parameters and particularities have to be considered. But when successful, it allows for the reduction of reaction time by several orders of magnitude. It has very rarely been applied in the preparation of pnictides and on1y once in the context of pnictide superconductor research. The possibilities of this method were explored and employed in the preparation of several

  3. Swelling (United States)

    ... of the following: Acute glomerulonephritis Burns , including sunburn Chronic kidney disease Heart failure Liver failure from cirrhosis Nephrotic syndrome Poor nutrition Pregnancy Thyroid disease Too little albumin in the blood ( ...

  4. The high pressure gas Cerenkov counter at the Omega Facility.

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    The high-pressure gas Cerenkov was used to measure reactions as pion (or kaon)- hydrogen --> forward proton - X. It was built by the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseu). Here Peter Sonderegger and Patrick Fleury,

  5. Beam steering effects in turbulent high pressure flames

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    Hemmerling, B.; Kaeppeli, B. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)


    The propagation of a laser beam through a flame is influenced by variations of the optical density. Especially in turbulent high pressure flames this may seriously limit the use of laser diagnostic methods. (author) 1 fig., 2 refs.

  6. Novel High Pressure Pump-on-a-Chip Technology Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — HJ Science & Technology, Inc proposes to develop a novel high pressure "pump-on-a-chip" and "valve-on-a-chip" microfluidic technology for NASA planetary science...

  7. Monitoring protein folding through high pressure NMR spectroscopy. (United States)

    Roche, Julien; Royer, Catherine A; Roumestand, Christian


    High-pressure is a well-known perturbation method used to destabilize globular proteins. It is perfectly reversible, which is essential for a proper thermodynamic characterization of a protein equilibrium. In contrast to other perturbation methods such as heat or chemical denaturant that destabilize protein structures uniformly, pressure exerts local effects on regions or domains of a protein containing internal cavities. When combined with NMR spectroscopy, hydrostatic pressure offers the possibility to monitor at a residue level the structural transitions occurring upon unfolding and to determine the kinetic properties of the process. High-pressure NMR experiments can now be routinely performed, owing to the recent development of commercially available high-pressure sample cells. This review summarizes recent advances and some future directions of high-pressure NMR techniques for the characterization at atomic resolution of the energy landscape of protein folding. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Cell swelling and volume regulation

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    Hoffmann, Else Kay


    The extracellular space in the brain is typically 20% of the tissue volume and is reduced to at least half its size under conditions of neural insult. Whether there is a minimum size to the extracellular space was discussed. A general model for cell volume regulation was presented, followed...... by a discussion on how many of the generally involved mechanisms are identified in neural cells and (or) in astrocytes. There seems to be clear evidence suggesting that parallel K+ and Cl- channels mediate regulatory volume decrease in primary cultures of astrocytes, and a stretch-activated cation channel has...... been reported. The role of the different channels was discussed. A taurine leak pathway is clearly activated after cell swelling both in astrocytes and in neurones. The relations between the effect of glutamate and cell swelling were discussed. Discussion on the clearance of potassium from...

  9. A high-pressure MWPC detector for crystallography

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    Ortuno-Prados, F.; Bazzano, A.; Berry, A.


    The application of the Multi-Wire Proportional Counter (MWPC) as a potential detector for protein crystallography and other wide-angle diffraction experiments is presented. Electrostatic problems found with our large area MWPC when operated at high pressure are discussed. We suggest that a soluti...... to these problems is to use a glass micro-strip detector in place of the wire frames. The characteristics of a high-pressure Micro-Strip Gas Chamber (MSGC) tested in the laboratory are presented....

  10. Swelling-resistant nuclear fuel (United States)

    Arsenlis, Athanasios [Hayward, CA; Satcher, Jr., Joe; Kucheyev, Sergei O [Oakland, CA


    A nuclear fuel according to one embodiment includes an assembly of nuclear fuel particles; and continuous open channels defined between at least some of the nuclear fuel particles, wherein the channels are characterized as allowing fission gasses produced in an interior of the assembly to escape from the interior of the assembly to an exterior thereof without causing significant swelling of the assembly. Additional embodiments, including methods, are also presented.

  11. Phase Evolution of Hydrous Enstatite at High Pressures and Temperatures (United States)

    Xu, J.; Zhang, D.; Dera, P.; Zhang, J.; Fan, D.


    Pyroxenes, including Mg-rich orthopyroxene and Ca-rich clinopyroxene, are among the most important minerals in the Earth's upper mantle (account for 20% by volume). Pyroxenes are major phases of harzburgite and lherzolite, which are important components of subducting slabs, so the high pressure behavior of pyroxenes should influence the physical properties of the subducted slabs. Therefore, understanding the phase evolution and thermal equations of state and of pyroxenes at elevated pressure and temperature is crucial to model theupper mantle and subduction zones. On the other hand, water is expected to be incorporated into pyroxene minerals in the upper mantle environments, yet the effect of water on the high pressure behavior of pyroxene has not been fully explored. In this study, we conducted high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction study on hydrous enstatite sample (Mg2Si2O6) at ambient and high temperatures. High-pressure single-crystal diffraction experiments at ambient temperature were performed to 30 GPa at the experimental station 13BMC of the Advanced Photon Source. Two phase transformations were detected within the pressure range. High-pressure and high-temperature single crystal diffraction experiments were conducted to 27 GPa and 700 K also at 13BMC. From the experimental data, we derived the thermoelastic parameters of enstatite and performed structural refinements of enstatite at high pressures and temperatures, which is of implication for understanding of geophysics and geochemistry of subducting slabs.

  12. High-pressure crystallography of periodic and aperiodic crystals

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    Clivia Hejny


    Full Text Available More than five decades have passed since the first single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments at high pressure were performed. These studies were applied historically to geochemical processes occurring in the Earth and other planets, but high-pressure crystallography has spread across different fields of science including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and pharmacy. With each passing year, high-pressure studies have become more precise and comprehensive because of the development of instrumentation and software, and the systems investigated have also become more complicated. Starting with crystals of simple minerals and inorganic compounds, the interests of researchers have shifted to complicated metal–organic frameworks, aperiodic crystals and quasicrystals, molecular crystals, and even proteins and viruses. Inspired by contributions to the microsymposium `High-Pressure Crystallography of Periodic and Aperiodic Crystals' presented at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly, the authors have tried to summarize certain recent results of single-crystal studies of molecular and aperiodic structures under high pressure. While the selected contributions do not cover the whole spectrum of high-pressure research, they demonstrate the broad diversity of novel and fascinating results and may awaken the reader's interest in this topic.

  13. Back-transformation of high-pressure minerals in shocked chondrites: Low-pressure mineral evidence for strong shock


    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.


    Post-shock annealing of meteorites can destroy their shock-induced features, particularly high-pressure minerals, and complicate the estimation of impact pressure–temperature conditions. However, distinguishing post-shock annealing features from thermal metamorphism effects can be practically difficult. Here we report results from Mbale, a highly shocked L chondrite, to investigate the mechanisms, kinetics and identification criteria for post-shock annealing of high-pressure signatures. Olivi...

  14. Laboratory tests of hydraulic fracturing and swell healing

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


    New laboratory test set-ups and test procedures are described - for testing the formation of hydraulically induced fractures as well as the potential for subsequent fracture closurefrom the relase of a swelling potential. The main purpose with the tests is to provide information on fracturing...... stresses and whether or not the material in question possesses the potential for fracture closure....

  15. High pressure {sup 31}P NMR spectroscopy on guanine nucleotides

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    Spoerner, Michael; Karl, Matthias; Lopes, Pedro; Hoering, Marcus; Loeffel, Karoline; Nuehs, Andrea; Adelsberger, Joseph; Kremer, Werner; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert, E-mail: [University of Regensburg, Centre of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry and Biomedicine, Institute of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry (Germany)


    The {sup 31}P NMR pressure response of guanine nucleotides bound to proteins has been studied in the past for characterizing the pressure perturbation of conformational equilibria. The pressure response of the {sup 31}P NMR chemical shifts of the phosphate groups of GMP, GDP, and GTP as well as the commonly used GTP analogs GppNHp, GppCH{sub 2}p and GTPγS was measured in the absence and presence of Mg{sup 2+}-ions within a pressure range up to 200 MPa. The pressure dependence of chemical shifts is clearly non-linear. For all nucleotides a negative first order pressure coefficient B{sub 1} was determined indicating an upfield shift of the resonances with pressure. With exception of the α-phosphate group of Mg{sup 2+}·GMP and Mg{sup 2+}·GppNHp the second order pressure coefficients are positive. To describe the data of Mg{sup 2+}·GppCH{sub 2}p and GTPγS a Taylor expansion of 3rd order is required. For distinguishing pH effects from pressure effects a complete pH titration set is presented for GMP, as well as GDP and GTP in absence and presence of Mg{sup 2+} ions using indirect referencing to DSS under identical experimental conditions. By a comparison between high pressure {sup 31}P NMR data on free Mg{sup 2+}-GDP and Mg{sup 2+}-GDP in complex with the proto-oncogene Ras we demonstrate that pressure induced changes in chemical shift are clearly different between both forms.

  16. In situ surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy detection in high pressure solution (United States)

    Wang, Pan; Li, Heping; Cui, Can; Jiang, Jianjun


    In situ surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in solution was tested in this study at ambient temperature and high pressure (up to 978 MPa) in a diamond-anvil cell, with the intent of resolving trace detection in high pressure conditions. The 4-chlorothiophenol solution was used as the analyte in our experiments. A silver nanoparticle layer, formed by chemical reduction and assembled on a poly (allylamine hydrochloride)-modified silicon wafer, was used as the substrate. There was an obvious rise in SERS intensity when the sample chamber was pressurized for the first time in the diamond-anvil cell. But then the intensity drop occurred with increasing pressure and all peaks have pressure-induced blue shift below 700 MPa. The SERS intensity and Raman shift displayed irregular changes in the pressure range from 700 MPa to 978 MPa. The discovery of the survival of in situ high-pressure SERS in solution in the present study may make it a prospecting tool for the high-precision detection of analyte in high pressure conditions. Moreover, it could provide more information on the SERS mechanisms that have been puzzling us for decades.

  17. Unusual electronic and mechanical properties of sodium chlorides at high pressures

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    Bu, Hongxia, E-mail: [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Qilu Normal University, Jinan, Shandong 250200 (China); Zhao, Mingwen, E-mail: [School of Physics & State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Zhou, Hongcai [School of Physics & State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Du, Yanling [College of Science and Technology, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, Shandong 250355 (China)


    Using first-principles calculations, we performed systematic investigation on the electronic and mechanical properties of sodium chlorides with different stoichiometries at high pressures. It was found that most of the phases are metallic except the Pnma-NaCl{sub 3} with a gap of 2.155 eV. The extended Cl (or Na) sublattice at Cl-rich (or Na-rich) conditions contributes to the metallization. Accompanied by metallization, the Na{sub m}Cl{sub n} crystals exhibit good ductility in contrast to the brittle NaCl crystal, due to the changes of binding features induced by high pressure. These results are expected to be useful for understanding the exotic properties of NaCl at high pressures. - Highlights: • We performed systematic investigation on the electronic and mechanical properties of Na{sub m}Cl{sub n}. • The extended Cl (or Na) sublattice at Cl-rich (or Na-rich) conditions contributes to the metallization at high pressures. • The Na{sub m}Cl{sub n} crystals exhibit good ductility in contrast to the brittle NaCl crystal. • The P4/mmm-Na{sub 3}Cl possesses the best ductility and the semiconducting Pnma-NaCl{sub 3} has the largest hardness.

  18. Microscopic origins of the anomalous melting behaviour of high-pressure sodium


    Eshet, Hagai; Khaliullin, Rustam Z.; Kühne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jörg; Parrinello, Michele


    Recent experiments have shown that sodium, a prototype simple metal at ambient conditions, exhibits unexpected complexity under high pressure. One of the most puzzling phenomena in the behaviour of dense sodium is the pressure-induced drop in its melting temperature, which extends from 1000 K at ~30GPa to as low as room temperature at ~120GPa. Despite significant theoretical effort to understand the anomalous melting its origins have remained unclear. In this work, we reconstruct the sodium p...

  19. High pressure x-ray diffraction study of nickel-copper chromites solid solutions (United States)

    Mikheykin, A. S.; Torgashev, V. I.; Talanov, V. M.; Bush, A. A.; Chernyshov, D.; Yuzyuk, I. Yu; Dmitriev, V. P.


    A high-pressure synchrotron radiation diffraction study has been carried out on Ni1-xCuxCr2O4 solid solutions. Observed pressure-controlled phase transitions, along with data previously collected for temperature-induced phase transitions, are analyzed in the framework of the unified phenomenological model that results in mapping of the generic phase diagram for the whole family of Ni1-xCuxCr2O4 solid solutions.

  20. High-Pressure Design of Advanced BN-Based Materials

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    Oleksandr O. Kurakevych


    Full Text Available The aim of the present review is to highlight the state of the art in high-pressure design of new advanced materials based on boron nitride. Recent experimental achievements on the governing phase transformation, nanostructuring and chemical synthesis in the systems containing boron nitride at high pressures and high temperatures are presented. All these developments allowed discovering new materials, e.g., ultrahard nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride (nano-cBN with hardness comparable to diamond, and superhard boron subnitride B13N2. Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of high-pressure synthesis are described based on the data obtained by in situ and ex situ methods. Mechanical and thermal properties (hardness, thermoelastic equations of state, etc. are discussed. New synthetic perspectives, combining both soft chemistry and extreme pressure–temperature conditions are considered.

  1. Underground storage systems for high-pressure air and gases (United States)

    Beam, B. H.; Giovannetti, A.


    This paper is a discussion of the safety and cost of underground high-pressure air and gas storage systems based on recent experience with a high-pressure air system installed at Moffett Field, California. The system described used threaded and coupled oil well casings installed vertically to a depth of 1200 ft. Maximum pressure was 3000 psi and capacity was 500,000 lb of air. A failure mode analysis is presented, and it is shown that underground storage offers advantages in avoiding catastrophic consequences from pressure vessel failure. Certain problems such as corrosion, fatigue, and electrolysis are discussed in terms of the economic life of such vessels. A cost analysis shows that where favorable drilling conditions exist, the cost of underground high-pressure storage is approximately one-quarter that of equivalent aboveground storage.

  2. High pressure common rail injection system modeling and control. (United States)

    Wang, H P; Zheng, D; Tian, Y


    In this paper modeling and common-rail pressure control of high pressure common rail injection system (HPCRIS) is presented. The proposed mathematical model of high pressure common rail injection system which contains three sub-systems: high pressure pump sub-model, common rail sub-model and injector sub-model is a relative complicated nonlinear system. The mathematical model is validated by the software Matlab and a virtual detailed simulation environment. For the considered HPCRIS, an effective model free controller which is called Extended State Observer - based intelligent Proportional Integral (ESO-based iPI) controller is designed. And this proposed method is composed mainly of the referred ESO observer, and a time delay estimation based iPI controller. Finally, to demonstrate the performances of the proposed controller, the proposed ESO-based iPI controller is compared with a conventional PID controller and ADRC. Copyright © 2016 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. High Pressure Processing Technology and Equipment Evolution: A Review

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    Wael M. Elamin


    Full Text Available High pressure processing (HPP is an interesting non-thermal technology that involves the sterilization of food by the mean of ultra-high pressures, which lead to extending the shelf life of processed food, as well as maintaining nutritional value and quality of food products. The consumers’ increasing demand for this new products graped the interest of several already-existing high pressure equipment manufacturers around the globe. The successful of this technology encouraged them to enter the field of food processing and adjust their existing technologies to adapt to the new process. This review spots the major discoveries in HPP equipment history, describes the current applications of HHP in processing and provides comprehensive information about HPP equipment technology used in commercial and research applications. In addition, this paper presents the major manufacturers in HPP equipment industry around the world.

  4. The value of high-pressure hysterosalpingography with new cannula. (United States)

    Totani, R


    To achieve maximum dilatation of the Fallopian tubes so as to improve the pregnancy: non-pregnancy ratio of hysterosalpingography (HSG) treatment, a high-pressure injection technique was evaluated. For this purpose a disposable cannula and an adapted pair of tenacula were developed and a remote-control procedure using an auto-injector and an adapted pressure recorder was used to assure the safety of doctors and staff. 1780 cases who underwent 400 mmHg high-pressure HSG treatment were compared with 903 conventional HSG cases. Results indicated a higher pregnancy ratio for the high-pressure experimental group after treatment. In addition, it was found that side effects due to the use of disposable cannula and highly viscous water-soluble mediums developed for use in angiography were less common than for conventional materials.

  5. Ultra-high pressure water jet: Baseline report; Greenbook (chapter)

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    The ultra-high pressure waterjet technology was being evaluated at Florida International University (FIU) as a baseline technology. In conjunction with FIU`s evaluation of efficiency and cost, this report covers the evaluation conducted for safety and health issues. It is a commercially available technology and has been used for various projects at locations throughout the country. The ultra-high pressure waterjet technology acts as a cutting tool for the removal of surface substrates. The Husky{trademark} pump feeds water to a lance that directs the high pressure water at the surface to be removed. The technologies being tested for concrete decontamination are targeted for alpha contamination. The safety and health evaluation during the human factors assessment focused on two main areas: noise and dust.

  6. Confinement of hydrogen at high pressure in carbon nanotubes (United States)

    Lassila, David H [Aptos, CA; Bonner, Brian P [Livermore, CA


    A high pressure hydrogen confinement apparatus according to one embodiment includes carbon nanotubes capped at one or both ends thereof with a hydrogen-permeable membrane to enable the high pressure confinement of hydrogen and release of the hydrogen therethrough. A hydrogen confinement apparatus according to another embodiment includes an array of multi-walled carbon nanotubes each having first and second ends, the second ends being capped with palladium (Pd) to enable the high pressure confinement of hydrogen and release of the hydrogen therethrough as a function of palladium temperature, wherein the array of carbon nanotubes is capable of storing hydrogen gas at a pressure of at least 1 GPa for greater than 24 hours. Additional apparatuses and methods are also presented.

  7. A High-Pressure Phase Transition of Calcite-III (United States)

    Catalli, K. C.; Williams, Q.


    We document the presence of a high-pressure phase transition in metastable calcite-III using infrared spectroscopy. The post-calcite-III transition initiates at a pressure of 15.5 (±2) GPa, and is completed between 25 and 30 GPa. The transition is particularly apparent in the ν4-in-plane bending vibration of the carbonate group, in which two new peaks gradually supplant the doublet associated with calcite-III. Furthermore, both the ν3-asymmetric and ν1-symmetric stretches of the carbonate group in the high-pressure phase appear at considerably lower frequencies than the extrapolated positions of the corresponding calcite-III peaks. The geometry of the carbonate unit within the high-pressure phase is likely closer to trigonal symmetry than in the calcite-III structure, and the C-O bond is probably longer than in the lower pressure calcite-III phase.

  8. High-pressure injection injuries of the hand. (United States)

    Pai, C H; Wei, D C; Hou, S P


    The majority of high-pressure injection injuries can produce serious damage to the hand. Nevertheless, the injury may follow a relatively benign course if the injected substance possesses a less harmful nature. Treatment for these injuries requires immediate and aggressive surgery in most circumstances, but conservative treatment may be justified in certain instances. During a 4-year period, eight cases of high-pressure injection injury were encountered. The types of injected material were: four from paint, and one each from grease, water, benzene, and hydraulic oil. Time is an important factor regarding the results, while the types of injected material modify the clinical courses. It is advisable that the etiology of high-pressure injection injury should be established initially, and this factor be taken into consideration in choosing treatment options.

  9. Deformation Twinning of a Silver Nanocrystal under High Pressure

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    Huang, Xiaojing; Yang, Wenge; Harder, Ross; Sun, Yugang; Liu, Ming; Chu, Yong S.; Robinson, Ian K.; Mao, Ho-kwang


    Within a high-pressure environment, crystal deformation is controlled by complex processes such as dislocation motion, twinning, and phase transitions, which change materials' microscopic morphology and alter their properties. Understanding a crystal's response to external stress provides a unique opportunity for rational tailoring of its functionalities. It is very challenging to track the strain evolution and physical deformation from a single nanoscale crystal under high-pressure stress. Here, we report an in situ three-dimensional mapping of morphology and strain evolutions in a single-crystal silver nanocube within a high-pressure environment using the Bragg Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI) method. We observed a continuous lattice distortion, followed by a deformation twining process at a constant pressure. The ability to visualize stress-introduced deformation of nanocrystals with high spatial resolution and prominent strain sensitivity provides an important route for interpreting and engineering novel properties of nanomaterials.

  10. Deformation Twinning of a Silver Nanocrystal under High Pressure

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    Huang, Xiaojing; Yang, Wenge; Harder, Ross; Sun, Yugang; Lu, Ming; Chu, Yong S.; Robinson, Ian K.; Mao, Ho-kwang


    Within a high-pressure environment, crystal deformation is controlled by complex processes such as dislocation motion, twinning, and phase transitions, which change materials’ microscopic morphology and alter their properties. Understanding a crystal’s response to external stress provides a unique opportunity for rational tailoring of its functionalities. It is very challenging to track the strain evolution and physical deformation from a single nanoscale crystal under high-pressure stress. Here, we report an in situ three-dimensional mapping of morphology and strain evolutions in a single-crystal silver nanocube within a high-pressure environment using the Bragg Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI) method. We observed a continuous lattice distortion, followed by a deformation twining process at a constant pressure. The ability to visualize stress-introduced deformation of nanocrystals with high spatial resolution and prominent strain sensitivity provides an important route for interpreting and engineering novel properties of nanomaterials.

  11. Experiment on wear behavior of high pressure gas seal faces (United States)

    Xu, Jing; Peng, Xudong; Bai, Shaoxian; Meng, Xiangkai; Li, Jiyun


    Current researches show that mechanical deformation of seal ring face makes fluid film clearance decrease at high pressure side, thus a divergent clearance is formed and face wear occurs more seriously at the high pressure side than that on the low pressure side. However, there is still lack of published experimental works enough to prove the theoretical results. In this paper, a spiral groove dry gas seal at high pressures is experimentally investigated so as to prove the face wear happened at the high pressure side of seal faces due to the face mechanical deformation, and the wear behavior affected by seal ring structure is also studied. The experimental results show that face wear would occur at the high pressure side of seal faces due to the deformation, thus the leakage and face temperature increase, which all satisfies the theoretical predictions. When sealed pressure is not less than 5 MPa, the pressure can provide enough opening force to separate the seal faces. The seal ring sizes have obvious influence on face wear. Face wear, leakage and face temperature of a dry gas seal with the smaller cross sectional area of seal ring are less than that of a dry gas seal with bigger one, and the difference of leakage rate between these two sizes of seal face width is in the range of 24%-25%. Compared with the effect of seal ring sizes, the effect of secondary O-ring seal position on face deformation and face wear is less. The differences between these two types of dry gas seals with different secondary O-ring seal positions are less than 5.9% when the rotational speed varies from 0 to 600 r/min. By linking face wear and sealing performance changes to the shift in mechanical deformation of seal ring, this research presents an important experimental method to study face deformation of a dry gas seal at high pressures.

  12. Pressure induced swelling in microporous materials (United States)

    Vogt, Thomas; Hriljac, Joseph A.; Lee, Yongjae


    A method for capturing specified materials which includes contacting a microporous material with a hydrostatic fluid having at least one specified material carried therein, under pressure which structurally distorts the lattice sufficiently to permit entry of the at least one specified material. The microporous material is capable of undergoing a temporary structural distortion which alters resting lattice dimensions under increased ambient pressure and at least partially returning to rest lattice dimensions when returned to ambient pressure. The pressure of the fluid is then reduced to permit return to at least partial resting lattice dimension while the at least one specified material is therein. By this method, at least one specified material is captured in the microporous material to form a modified microporous material.

  13. Survey of High-Pressure Effects in Solids. (United States)


    Roe Nmiw 10M Finad Repas Contrat No. MDA97C-0U5 a neuabyDeftn Mdwa esch P r* Ape Arlington, Virginb 22209 The vie wW cn oncluions cotIn i kl dosmnut...the Gordon-Kim-Boyer scheme with our suggested modifications ; use of the exchange-correlation potential in the local-density approximation i such an...limitations at very high pressures. One modification that becomes necessary at high pressures is not to first determine the two-body interatomic

  14. Effects of High Pressure on Membrane Ion Binding and Transport. (United States)


    AD-AI16 015 CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF PHYSIOLOGY- ANATOMY FIG 6/16 EFFECTS OF HIGH PRESSURE ON MEMBRANE ION BINDING AND TRANSPORT.(U) DEC 80 R...ION BIND.NG AID TPANSPOFT (N)014-7 1-C-0482) 1Fobert I. 1.. cey, Ph.D. a v] Da iel M. F zan, Ph.D. Department of Ph ,sioloy- Anatomy unriveorsity o...given to Tra"uble’s theory . C. Develonrment of a High Pressure Zton-Flow Realization of the goals outlined in this project lenends on the availa- bility

  15. Novel High Pressure Multi-Component Diffusion Cell


    Elma, Muthia; Massarotto, Paul; Rudolph, Victor


    A novel high pressure multi-component diffusion cell (HPMCDC) apparatus has been designed and built to measure single and binary gas diffusion, including co-current and counter-diffusion, from low to high pressures. The apparatus incorporates capability to investigate scale effects in solid coal specimens, up to 25 mm in diameter and 25 mm in thickness. Future experiments will be conducted to measure diffusion and counter-diffusion of CH4 and CO2 gases in solid coal, at various temperatures, ...

  16. Ultra-high pressure water jet: Baseline report

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    The ultra-high pressure waterjet technology was being evaluated at Florida International University (FIU) as a baseline technology. In conjunction with FIU`s evaluation of efficiency and cost, this report covers the evaluation conducted for safety and health issues. It is a commercially available technology and has been used for various projects at locations throughout the country. The ultra-high pressure waterjet technology acts as a cutting tool for the removal of surface substrates. The Husky{trademark} pump feeds water to a lance that directs the high pressure water at the surface to be removed. The safety and health evaluation during the testing demonstration focused on two main areas of exposure. These were dust and noise. The dust exposure was found to be minimal, which would be expected due to the wet environment inherent in the technology, but noise exposure was at a significant level. Further testing for noise is recommended because of the outdoor environment where the testing demonstration took place. In addition, other areas of concern found were arm-hand vibration, ergonomics, heat stress, tripping hazards, electrical hazards, lockout/tagout, fall hazards, slipping hazards, hazards associated with the high pressure water, and hazards associated with air pressure systems.

  17. High-pressure physical properties of magnesium silicate post ...

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    dLaboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research, Institute of Fluid Physics, Academy of Engineering. Physics, PO Box 919-102, Mianyang 621900, China. MS received 1 May 2011. Abstract. The structure, thermodynamic and elastic properties of magnesium silicate (MgSiO3) post-perovskite at high pressure ...

  18. Effect of high pressurized carbon dioxide on Escherichia coli ...

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    Carbon dioxide at high pressure can retard microbial growth and sometimes kill microorganisms depending on values of applied pressure, temperature and exposure time. In this study the effect of high pressurised carbon dioxide (HPCD) on Escherichia coli was investigated. Culture of E. coli was subjected to high ...

  19. Numerical investigation of high pressure condensing flows in supersonic nozzles

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    Azzini, L.; Pini, M.


    High-pressure non-equilibrium condensing flows are investigated in this paper through a quasi-1D Euler model coupled to the method of moments for the physical characterization of the dispersed phase. Two different numerical approaches, namely the so-called (a) the mixture and (b) continuum phase

  20. Structural properties of BeO at high pressure

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    nuclear reactor (Zeezherun et al 1963). BeO has the wurzite structure (B4) under ambient condition, although the other BeX (X = S, Se and Te) crystallizes in zinc blend (B3). In recent past, phase transition at high pressure has been a subject of great interest for experi- mentalists as well as theoreticians. Recently, Yashihisa.

  1. Screening of hydrogen storage media applying high pressure thermogravimetry

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    Bentzen, J.J.; Pedersen, Allan Schrøder; Kjøller, J.


    A number of commercially available hydride-forming alloys of the MmNi5–xSnx (Mm=mischmetal, a mixture of lanthanides) type were examined using a high pressure, high temperature microbalance,scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Activation conditions, reversible storage capacity, wor...

  2. Pneumomediastinum following high pressure air injection to the hand.

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    Kennedy, J


    We present the case of a patient who developed pneumomediastinum after high pressure air injection to the hand. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of pneumomediastinum where the gas injection site was the thenar eminence. Fortunately the patient recovered with conservative management.

  3. Pneumomediastinum following high pressure air injection to the hand.

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    Kennedy, J


    We present the case of a patient who developed pneumomediastinum after high pressure air injection to the hand. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of pneumomediastinum where the gas injection site was the thenar eminence. Fortunately the patient recovered with conservative management.

  4. High pressure injection injuries: a serious occupational hazard. (United States)

    Mrvos, R; Dean, B S; Krenzelok, E P


    High pressure injection equipment such as airless paint sprayers, high pressure grease guns, and fuel injection apparatus constitute a serious safety hazard resulting in significant morbidity. These devices are capable of delivering contaminants such as paint, solvents, and grease at pressures ranging from 600-12,000 psi. This allows the substance to penetrate through a minute skin wound and to spread widely through fascial planes and tendon sheaths and to produce significant vascular compression and systemic toxicity. High pressure injection injuries frequently result in amputation. Fifty-five suspected high pressure injection injury cases were evaluated. Twenty were determined to be actual injection injuries from equipment producing pressures in the range of 1,500-12,000 psi. The injected contaminants included latex paint, mineral spirits, and concrete sealer. Fourteen injuries involved digits. Digital amputation was necessary in three patients. Hospital admissions averaged 6.5 days. Successful management of these cases involves awareness of the impending problem and rapid referral of the patient to an emergency department and to a competent orthopedic or plastic surgeon.

  5. Propane Oxidation at High Pressure and Intermediate Temperatures

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    Hashemi, Hamid; Christensen, Jakob Munkholt; Glarborg, Peter

    Propane oxidation at intermediate temperatures (500—900 K) and high pressure (100 bar) has been characterized by conducting experiments in a laminar flow reactor over a wide range of stoichiometries. The onset of fuel oxidation was found to be 600—725 K, depending on mixture stoichiometry...

  6. High pressure gas laser technology for atmospheric remote sensing (United States)

    Javan, A.


    The development of a fixed frequency chirp-free and highly stable intense pulsed laser made for Doppler wind velocity measurements with accurate ranging is described. Energy extraction from a high pressure CO2 laser at a tunable single mode frequency is also examined.

  7. Performance studies on high pressure 1-D position sensitive ...

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    Performance studies on high pressure 1-D position sensitive neutron detectors. S S DESAI and A M SHAIKH∗. Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, India. *Corresponding author. E-mail: Abstract. The powder diffractometer and Hi-Q diffractometer at ...

  8. High-pressure applications in medicine and pharmacology (United States)

    Silva, Jerson L.; Foguel, Debora; Suarez, Marisa; Gomes, Andre M. O.; Oliveira, Andréa C.


    High pressure has emerged as an important tool to tackle several problems in medicine and biotechnology. Misfolded proteins, aggregates and amyloids have been studied, which point toward the understanding of the protein misfolding diseases. High hydrostatic pressure (HHP) has also been used to dissociate non-amyloid aggregates and inclusion bodies. The diverse range of diseases that result from protein misfolding has made this theme an important research focus for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The use of high pressure promises to contribute to identifying the mechanisms behind these defects and creating therapies against these diseases. High pressure has also been used to study viruses and other infectious agents for the purpose of sterilization and in the development of vaccines. Using pressure, we have detected the presence of a ribonucleoprotein intermediate, where the coat protein is partially unfolded but bound to RNA. These intermediates are potential targets for antiviral compounds. The ability of pressure to inactivate viruses, prions and bacteria has been evaluated with a view toward the applications of vaccine development and virus sterilization. Recent studies demonstrate that pressure causes virus inactivation while preserving the immunogenic properties. There is increasing evidence that a high-pressure cycle traps a virus in the 'fusion intermediate state', not infectious but highly immunogenic.

  9. Raman Studies of Vanadates at Low Temperatures and High Pressures

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    Siranidi, E.; Lampakis, D.; Palles, D.; Liarokapis, E.; Colin, C.; Palstra, T. T. M.

    The spin and orbital ordering have been examined for high-quality SmVO(3) polycrystalline compound using Raman spectroscopy. Measurements were obtained on individual microcrystallites in the approximate y(zz)y and y(xx)y scattering configurations at low temperatures (down to 20 K) and high pressures

  10. Swelling soils in the road structures (United States)

    Pruška, Jan; Šedivý, Miroslav


    There are frequent problems with the soil swelling in the road construction in the past time. This phenomenon is known for decades. This situation is notably given by insufficient knowledge of this problem and difficulties with input parameters describing the swelling process. The paper in the first part proposed regression relations to predict swelling pressure, time of swelling and swelling strain for different initial water contents for soils and improvement soils. The relations were developed by using artificial neural network and QCExpert Professional software (on the data from site investigations by GeoTec-GS, a.s. and experimental data from CTU in Prague). The advantage of the relations is based on using the results of the basic soil tests (plasticity index, consistency index and colloidal activity) as input parameters. The authors inform the technical public with their current knowledge of the problems with the soil swelling on the motorway in the second part of the paper.

  11. High-pressure deformation and failure of polycrystalline ceramics (United States)

    Zhang, Dongmei


    High-strength polycrystalline ceramics are increasingly being used for armor applications because of their light weight and superior ballistic performance over conventional armor steels. However, accurate material modeling needed in ceramic armor design remains a challenge because of their complex behavior under impact loading. A ceramic may display extremely high strength during rapid compression but lose tensile strength when the load reverses from compression to tension. A good understanding of the mechanisms governing the deformation and failure of ceramics under high-stress impact and a capability to accurately predict the resulting effective strengths of both intact and damaged ceramics are critically needed. To this end, a computational methodology for micromechanical analysis of polycrystalline materials has been developed. It combines finite element analysis with microstructural modeling based on the Voronoi polycrystals, and material modeling that considers nonlinear elasticity, crystal plasticity, intergranular shear damage during compression and intergranular Mode-I cracking during tension. Using this method, simulations have been carried out on polycrystalline alpha-6H silicon carbide and alpha-phase aluminum oxide to determine if microplasticity is a viable mechanism of inelastic deformation in ceramics undergoing high-pressure uniaxial-strain compression. Further, the competing roles of in-grain microplasticity and intergranular microdamage during a sequence of dynamic compression and tension have been studied. The results show that microplasticity is a more plausible mechanism than microcracking under uniaxial-strain compression. The deformation by limited slip systems can be highly heterogeneous so that a significant amount of grains may remain elastic and thus result in high macroscopic compressive strength. On the other hand, the failure evolution during dynamic load reversal from compression to tension can be well predicted by intergranular Mode

  12. Structures and Gas Storage Performance of Metal-organic Framework Materials at High Pressures (United States)

    Song, Yang; Hu, Yue; Huang, Yining


    Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), are crystalline nanoporous materials comprised of small metal clusters connected three-dimensionally by polyfunctional organic ligands. MOFs have been widely studied due to their high porosity, surface area and thermal stability, which make them promising candidates for gas capture and storage. In the MOF family, Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs) have attracted much attention because of their promising applications for CO2 storage. In contrast to the extensive studies under ambient conditions, most ZIFs have only been studied under pressure in a very limited range. It is known that pressure can provide an effective driving force to achieve structural modification which includes changes in pore size, opening and geometry, channel shape and internal surface area. Subsequently, these pressure-induced changes will affect the sorption selectivity, capacity and access to the binding sites of the porous materials. Here, we report the first in situ high-pressure investigation of several ZIFs by FTIR spectroscopy. We observed rich pressure-induced transformations upon compression in different pressure ranges. Furthermore, the reversibilities of these transformations upon decompression were also examined. Finally, the performance of CO2 storage of selected ZIFs at high pressures will be addressed. Our observation and analyses contribute to the understanding of chemical and mechanical properties of ZIFs under high-pressure conditions and provide new insight into their storage applications.

  13. Effects of high pressure on azobenzene and hydrazobenzene probed by Raman spectroscopy. (United States)

    Dong, Zhaohui; Seemann, Natashia M; Lu, Ning; Song, Yang


    In this study, two hydrazine derivatives, azobenzene and hydrazobenzene, were compressed in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature up to 28 GPa followed by decompression. In situ Raman spectroscopy was employed to monitor the pressure-induced structural evolutions. Azobenzene was found to undergo a phase transition at ~10 GPa. Further compression to 18 GPa resulted in an irreversible breakdown of the molecular structure. Although hydrazobenzene exhibited a structural transition at a similar pressure of 10 GPa, it was found to sustain a compression pressure as high as 28 GPa without chemical reactions. The transition sequence of hydrazobenzene upon compression and decompression was thus entirely reversible in the pressure region studied, in strong contrast to that of azobenzene. The high-pressure structures of these two molecules were examined based on the spectroscopic data, and their drastically different high-pressure behaviors were analyzed and interpreted with the aid of ab initio molecular orbital calculations.

  14. Microscopic Origins of the Anomalous Melting Behavior of Sodium under High Pressure (United States)

    Eshet, Hagai; Khaliullin, Rustam Z.; Kühne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jörg; Parrinello, Michele


    X-ray diffraction experiments have shown that sodium exhibits a dramatic pressure-induced drop in melting temperature, which extends from 1000 K at ˜30GPa to as low as room temperature at ˜120GPa. Despite significant theoretical effort to understand the anomalous melting, its origins are still debated. In this work, we reconstruct the sodium phase diagram by using an ab initio quality neural-network potential. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the reentrant behavior results from the screening of interionic interactions by conduction electrons, which at high pressure induces a softening in the short-range repulsion.

  15. Anomalous perovskite PbRuO3 stabilized under high pressure (United States)

    Cheng, J.-G.; Kweon, K. E.; Zhou, J.-S.; Alonso, J. A.; Kong, P.-P.; Liu, Y.; Jin, Changqing; Wu, Junjie; Lin, Jung-Fu; Larregola, S. A.; Yang, Wenge; Shen, Guoyin; MacDonald, A. H.; Manthiram, Arumugam; Hwang, G. S.; Goodenough, John B.


    Perovskite oxides ABO3 are important materials used as components in electronic devices. The highly compact crystal structure consists of a framework of corner-shared BO6 octahedra enclosing the A-site cations. Because of these structural features, forming a strong bond between A and B cations is highly unlikely and has not been reported in the literature. Here we report a pressure-induced first-order transition in PbRuO3 from a common orthorhombic phase (Pbnm) to an orthorhombic phase (Pbn21) at 32 GPa by using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. This transition has been further verified with resistivity measurements and Raman spectra under high pressure. In contrast to most well-studied perovskites under high pressure, the Pbn21 phase of PbRuO3 stabilized at high pressure is a polar perovskite. More interestingly, the Pbn21 phase has the most distorted octahedra and a shortest Pb—Ru bond length relative to the average Pb—Ru bond length that has ever been reported in a perovskite structure. We have also simulated the behavior of the PbRuO3 perovskite under high pressure by first principles calculations. The calculated critical pressure for the phase transition and evolution of lattice parameters under pressure match the experimental results quantitatively. Our calculations also reveal that the hybridization between a Ru:t2g orbital and an sp hybrid on Pb increases dramatically in the Pbnm phase under pressure. This pressure-induced change destabilizes the Pbnm phase to give a phase transition to the Pbn21 phase where electrons in the overlapping orbitals form bonding and antibonding states along the shortest Ru—Pb direction at P > Pc. PMID:24277807

  16. Experiments on aerosol removal by high-pressure water spray

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    Corno, Ada del, E-mail: [RSE, Power Generation Technologies and Materials Dept, via Rubattino 54, I-20134 Milano (Italy); Morandi, Sonia, E-mail: [RSE, Power Generation Technologies and Materials Dept, via Rubattino 54, I-20134 Milano (Italy); Parozzi, Flavio, E-mail: [RSE, Power Generation Technologies and Materials Dept, via Rubattino 54, I-20134 Milano (Italy); Araneo, Lucio, E-mail: [Politecnico di Milano, Department of Energy, via Lambruschini 4A, I-20156 Milano (Italy); CNR-IENI, via Cozzi 53, I-20125 Milano (Italy); Casella, Francesco, E-mail: [Politecnico di Milano, Department of Energy, via Lambruschini 4A, I-20156 Milano (Italy)


    Highlights: • Experimental research to measure the efficiency of high-pressure sprays in capturing aerosols if applied to a filtered containment venting system in case of severe accident. • Cloud of monodispersed SiO{sub 2} particles with sizes 0.5 or 1.0 μm and initial concentration in the range 2–90 mg/m{sup 3}. • Carried out in a chamber 0.5 × 1.0 m and 1.5 m high, with transparent walls equipped with a high pressure water spray with single nozzle. • Respect to low-pressure sprays, removal efficiency turned out significant: the half-life for 1 μm particles with a removal high-pressure spray system is orders of magnitude shorter than that with a low-pressure sprays system. - Abstract: An experimental research was managed in the framework of the PASSAM European Project to measure the efficiency of high-pressure sprays in capturing aerosols when applied to a filtered containment venting system in case of severe accident. The campaign was carried out in a purposely built facility composed by a scrubbing chamber 0.5 × 1.0 m and 1.5 m high, with transparent walls to permit the complete view of the aerosol removal process, where the aerosol was injected to form a cloud of specific particle concentration. The chamber was equipped with a high pressure water spray system with a single nozzle placed on its top. The test matrix consisted in the combination of water pressure injections, in the range 50–130 bar, on a cloud of monodispersed SiO{sub 2} particles with sizes 0.5 or 1.0 μm and initial concentration ranging between 2 and 99 mg/m{sup 3}. The spray was kept running for 2 min and the efficiency of the removal was evaluated, along the test time, using an optical particle sizer. With respect to low-pressure sprays, the removal efficiency turned out much more significant: the half-life for 1 μm particles with a removal high-pressure spray system is orders of magnitude shorter than that with a low-pressure spray system. The highest removal rate was

  17. Thermal analysis of high pressure micro plasma discharge (United States)

    Mobli, Mostafa

    High pressure micro plasma discharge has been at the center of interest in recent years, because of their vast applications, ease of access and cost efficiency. This attributes to atmospheric discharges that are generated in ambient conditions and therefore can be readily applicable to everyday use. The absence of vacuum makes these high pressure discharges to be inexpensive to operate. Despite the ease of operation, the high pressure is a source of enhanced gas heating as the gas temperature cannot be controlled by diffusion alone. Gas heating is therefore an important factor when it comes to the simulation of high pressure micro plasma discharge, unlike their low pressure counterpart where the heat generation is almost negligible. Low pressure discharge due to their low degree of collisionality generates ionic species and electrons at small concentrations, whereas high pressure discharge due to their higher gas density produces ions and electrons at higher concentrations which is a direct consequence of increase collision. The higher gas density and consequential large concentration of ionic species and electron contributes directly to higher heat generation rates. . In this thesis the gas temperature transport of high pressure micro plasma discharge has been studied with a special focus on the heat source terms, temperature boundary conditions, temperature distribution in the solid phase electrodes and the gas phase and their overall influence on the plasma characteristics. For this purpose a multi-physics mathematical model has been developed that comprised of a plasma module, neutral gas temperature module, external circuit module and conjugate heat transfer module. The plasma module consisted of conservation of the different ionic, electronically excited species, radicals, neutrals and electrons, conservation of the electron temperature, and electric field. The external circuit module resolved the coupled driving circuit comprised of a voltage source, ballast

  18. Enzymatic cell wall degradation of high-pressure-homogenized tomato puree and its effect on lycopene bioaccessibility. (United States)

    Palmero, Paola; Colle, Ines; Lemmens, Lien; Panozzo, Agnese; Nguyen, Tuyen Thi My; Hendrickx, Marc; Van Loey, Ann


    High-pressure homogenization disrupts cell structures, assisting carotenoid release from the matrix and subsequent micellarization. However, lycopene bioaccessibility of tomato puree upon high-pressure homogenization is limited by the formation of a process-induced barrier. In this context, cell wall-degrading enzymes were applied to hydrolyze the formed barrier and enhance lycopene bioaccessibility. The effectiveness of the enzymes in degrading their corresponding substrates was evaluated (consistency, amount of reducing sugars, molar mass distribution and immunolabeling). An in vitro digestion procedure was applied to evaluate the effect of the enzymatic treatments on lycopene bioaccessibility. Enzymatic treatments with pectinases and cellulase were proved to effectively degrade their corresponding cell wall polymers; however, no further significant increase in lycopene bioaccessibility was obtained. A process-induced barrier consisting of cell wall material is not the only factor governing lycopene bioaccessibility upon high-pressure homogenization. © 2015 Society of Chemical Industry.

  19. Application of High-Pressure Treatment to Enhancement of Functional Components in Agricultural Products and Development of Sterilized Foods. (United States)

    Ohara, Eri; Kawamura, Mariko; Ogino, Miyuki; Hoshino, Eri; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Hoshino, Jun; Yamazaki, Akira; Nishiumi, Tadayuki


    In 1988, the late Prof. Rikimaru Hayashi had first proposed "Use of High Pressure in Food", introducing his views, i.e., "heat and pressure are independently capable of transforming the state of a substance, and such state transforming factors are only heat and pressure in nature." Sc. D. Masaru Nakahara stated in his note that he had been impressed by the unique starting point of Prof. Hayashi's idea. Prof. Hayashi had explored some good method for food processing without using heat, so he alternatively thought of high-pressure treatment (Hayashi R (1989) Use of high pressure to food processing and preservation. In: Hayashi R (ed) Use of high pressure in food. San-Ei Publishing Co, Kyoto, pp 1-30; Nakahara M (1990) Water and ions at high pressure: their fundamental properties relevant to the pressure treatment to food. In: Hayashi R (ed) Pressure-processed food--research and development. San-Ei Publishing Co, Kyoto, pp 3-21). Since the start-up of Japanese research group of high pressure in biological field (the present "Japanese Research Group of High Pressure Bioscience and Biotechnology (JHPBB)") and "International Association of High Pressure Bioscience and Biotechnology (IAHPBB)", we have continued to research into the industrial use of high-pressure treatment over a period of 25 years to realize our dream, that is, the same as Prof. Hayashi's dream. Although heat and pressure were found to be independent factors capable of transforming the state of a substance, use of heat has been overwhelmingly more frequent in food processing up to now. However, the pressure treatment has the advantages of instantaneous transmission, uniform distribution in vessels, and ability of inducing uniform change in quality. The high-pressure treatment does not cause cleavage of the covalent bond in the substance, thereby lessening the decomposition of nutrients, the generation of offensive smell, and the production of abnormal materials when compared with the heat application. In

  20. Shock Recovery of the High Pressure Phase Bismuth III (United States)

    Fussell, Zachary; Tschauner, Oliver; Hawkins, Cameron; Ma, Chi; Smith, Jesse; Advanced Photon Source Team; California Institution of Technology Team; National Security Technologies Team; University of Nevada, Las Vegas Team


    Between 0 and 10 GPa there are five different bismuth phases. High-pressure bismuth (Bi) phases have been examined in static compression experiments; however, none could be recovered to ambient conditions. Here we report Bi-III recovery (stable above 3 GPa) to ambient conditions from a shock compression experiment to 5.7 GPa. Bi-III was identified by synchrotron micro-diffraction and backscatter electron imaging. Our work shows shock-compression provides a tool for recovering high-pressure phases that otherwise elude decompression. This work supported by National Security Technologies, LLC, under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 with the U.S. Department of Energy and by the Site-Directed Research and Development Program. DOE/NV/25946-3070.

  1. Equation of state of liquid Indium under high pressure

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    Huaming Li


    Full Text Available We apply an equation of state of a power law form to liquid Indium to study its thermodynamic properties under high temperature and high pressure. Molar volume of molten indium is calculated along the isothermal line at 710K within good precision as compared with the experimental data in an externally heated diamond anvil cell. Bulk modulus, thermal expansion and internal pressure are obtained for isothermal compression. Other thermodynamic properties are also calculated along the fitted high pressure melting line. While our results suggest that the power law form may be a better choice for the equation of state of liquids, these detailed predictions are yet to be confirmed by further experiment.

  2. Introduction to high-pressure bioscience and biotechnology. (United States)

    Bartlett, Douglas H


    The manipulation of biological materials using elevated pressure is providing an ever-growing number of opportunities in both the applied and basic sciences. Manipulation of pressure is a useful parameter for enhancing food quality and shelf life; inactivating microbes, viruses, prions, and deleterious enzymes; affecting recombinant protein production; controlling DNA hybridization; and improving vaccine preparation. In biophysics and biochemistry, pressure is used as a tool to study intermediates in protein folding, enzyme kinetics, macromolecular interactions, amyloid fibrous protein aggregation, lipid structural changes, and to discern the role of solvation and void volumes in these processes. Biologists, including many microbiologists, examine the utility and basis of pressure inactivation of cells and cellular processes, and conversely seek to discover how deep-sea life has evolved a preference for high-pressure environments. This introduction and the papers that follow provide information on the nature and promise of the highly interdisciplinary field of high-pressure bioscience and biotechnology (HPBB).

  3. Miscible displacement by high-pressure gas at Block 31

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    Hardy, J.H.; Robertson, N.


    The world's first large-scale miscible displacement project by high-pressure gas injection has produced 130,000,000 bbl, almost double the original estimated primary recovery of 69,000,000 bbl, at the University Block 31 field in Crane County, Texas. The field-wide project began in 1952, and will keep the unit on stream well into the future, with ultimate recovery efficiency estimated at 60%. Infill drilling has helped boost daily production to 16,000 bbl, highest producing rate since gas injection began in 1949. The subject discussed include reservoir characteristics, high pressure gas miscibility, flue gas generation, production problems, and new lift for an old field by infill drilling.

  4. High-pressure polymorphism of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin): Raman spectroscopy (United States)

    Crowell, Ethan L.; Dreger, Zbigniew A.; Gupta, Yogendra M.


    Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to elucidate the high-pressure polymorphic behavior of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), an important pharmaceutical compound known as aspirin. Using a diamond anvil cell (DAC), single crystals of the two polymorphic phases of aspirin existing at ambient conditions (ASA-I and ASA-II) were compressed to 10 GPa. We found that ASA-I does not transform to ASA-II, but instead transforms to a new phase (ASA-III) above ∼2 GPa. It is demonstrated that this transformation primarily introduces structural changes in the bonding and arrangement of the acetyl groups and is reversible upon the release of pressure. In contrast, a less dense ASA-II shows no transition in the pressure range studied, though it appears to exhibit a disordered structure above 7 GPa. Our results suggest that ASA-III is the most stable polymorph of aspirin at high pressures.

  5. Germination of vegetable seeds exposed to very high pressure (United States)

    Mori, Y.; Yokota, S.; Ono, F.


    Effects of high hydrostatic pressure were investigated on vegetable seeds in the GPa range to examine the potentialities of breed improvement by high-pressure processing. Specimens of several seeds of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica), Turnip leaf (Brassica rapa var. perviridis) and Potherb Mustard (Brassica rapa var. nipposinica) were put in a teflon capsule with liquid high pressure medium, fluorinate, and inserted into a pyrophillite cube. By using a cubic anvil press a hydrostatic pressure of 5.5 GP a was applied to these seeds for 15 minutes. After being brought back to ambient pressure, they were seeded on humid soil in a plant pot. Many of these vegetable seeds began to germinate within 6 days after seeded.

  6. Phase diagram of Nitrogen at high pressures and temperatures (United States)

    Jenei, Zsolt; Lin, Jung-Fu; Yoo, Choong-Shik


    Nitrogen is a typical molecular solid with relatively weak van der Waals intermolecular interactions but strong intramolecular interaction arising from the second highest binding energy of all diatomic molecules. The phase diagram of solid nitrogen is, however, complicated at high pressures, as inter-molecular interaction becomes comparable to the intra-molecular interaction. In this paper, we present an updated phase diagram of the nitrogen in the pressure-temperature region of 100 GPa and 1000 K, based on in-situ Raman and synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies using externally heated membrane diamond anvil cells. While providing an extension of the phase diagram, our results indicate a ``steeper'' slope of the δ/ɛ phase boundary than previously determined^1. We also studied the stability of the ɛ phase at high pressures and temperatures. Our new experimental results improve the understanding of the Nitrogen phase diagram. 1. Gregoryanz et al, Phys. Rev. B 66, 224108 (2002)

  7. The effect of high pressure on nitrogen compounds of milk

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    Kielczewska, Katarzyna [Institute of Dairy Science and Technology Development, Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn, Hevelius 1 Street, 10-957 Olsztyn (Poland); Czerniewicz, Maria [Institute of Dairy Science and Technology Development, Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn, Hevelius 1 Street, 10-957 Olsztyn (Poland); Michalak, Joanna [Chair of Instrumental Analysis, Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn, Hevelius 1 Street, 10-957 Olsztyn (Poland); Brandt, Waldemar [Institute of Dairy Science and Technology Development, Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn, Hevelius 1 Street, 10-957 Olsztyn (Poland)


    The effect of pressurization at different pressures (from 200 to 1000 MPa, at 200 MPa intervals, t{sub const.} = 15 min) and periods of time (from 15 to 35 min, at 10 min intervals, p{sub const.} = 800 MPa) on the changes of proteins and nitrogen compounds of skimmed milk was studied. The pressurization caused an increase in the amount of soluble casein and denaturation of whey proteins. The level of nonprotein nitrogen compounds and proteoso-peptone nitrogen compounds increased as a result of the high-pressure treatment. These changes increased with an increase in pressure and exposure time. High-pressure treatment considerably affected the changes in the conformation of milk proteins, which was reflected in the changes in the content of proteins sedimenting and an increase in their degree of hydration.

  8. Leak Detection of High Pressure Feedwater Heater Using Empirical Models

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    Lee, Song Kyu; Kim, Eun Kee [Korea Power Engineering Company, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Gyun Young [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); An, Sang Ha [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Even small leak from tube side or pass partition within the high pressure feedwater heater (HPFWH) causes a significant deficiency in its performance. Plant operation under the HPFWH leak condition for long time will result in cost increase. Tube side leak within HPFWH can produce the high velocity jet of water and it can cause neighboring tube failures. However, most of plants are being operated without any information for internal leaks of HPFWH, even though it is prone to be damaged under high temperature and high pressure operating conditions. Leaks from tubes and/or pass partition of HPFWH occurred in many nuclear power plants, for example, Mihama PS-2, Takahama PS-2 and Point Beach Nuclear Plant Unit 1. If the internal leaks of HPFWH are monitored, the cost can be reduced by inexpensive repairs relative to loss in performance and moreover plant shutdown as well as further tube damages can be prevented.

  9. Industrial high pressure applications. Processes, equipment and safety

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    Eggers, Rudolf (ed.) [Technische Univ. Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Thermische Verfahrenstechnik


    Industrial high pressure processes open the door to many reactions that are not possible under 'normal' conditions. These are to be found in such different areas as polymerization, catalytic reactions, separations, oil and gas recovery, food processing, biocatalysis and more. The most famous high pressure process is the so-called Haber-Bosch process used for fertilizers and which was awarded a Nobel prize. Following an introduction on historical development, the current state, and future trends, this timely and comprehensive publication goes on to describe different industrial processes, including methanol and other catalytic syntheses, polymerization and renewable energy processes, before covering safety and equipment issues. With its excellent choice of industrial contributions, this handbook offers high quality information not found elsewhere, making it invaluable reading for a broad and interdisciplinary audience.

  10. Tolerance of budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ultra high pressure (United States)

    Shibata, M.; Torigoe, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Yamamoto, M.; Takizawa, N.; Hada, Y.; Mori, Y.; Takarabe, K.; Ono, F.


    Our studies on the tolerance of plants and animals against very high pressure of several GPa have been extended to a smaller sized fungus, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Several pieces of budding yeast (dry yeast) were sealed in a small teflon capsule with a liquid pressure medium fluorinate, and exposed to 7.5 GPa by using a cubic anvil press. The pressure was kept constant for various duration of time from 2 to 24 h. After the pressure was released, the specimens were brought out from the teflon capsule, and they were cultivated on a potato dextrose agar. It was found that the budding yeast exposed to 7.5 GPa for up to 6 h showed multiplication. However, those exposed to 7.5 GPa for longer than 12 h were found dead. The high pressure tolerance of budding yeast is a little weaker than that of tardigrades.

  11. High pressure extraction of phenolic compounds from citrus peels† (United States)

    Casquete, R.; Castro, S. M.; Villalobos, M. C.; Serradilla, M. J.; Queirós, R. P.; Saraiva, J. A.; Córdoba, M. G.; Teixeira, P.


    This study evaluated the effect of high pressure processing on the recovery of high added value compounds from citrus peels. Overall, the total phenolic content in orange peel was significantly (P < .05) higher than that in lemon peel, except when pressure treated at 500 MPa. However, lemon peel demonstrated more antioxidant activity than orange peel. Pressure-treated samples (300 MPa, 10 min; 500 MPa, 3 min) demonstrated higher phenolic content and antioxidant activity comparatively to the control samples. For more severe treatments (500 MPa, 10 min), the phenolic content and antioxidant activity decreased in both lemon and orange peels. This paper was presented at the 8th International Conference on High Pressure Bioscience & Biotechnology (HPBB 2014), in Nantes (France), 15-18 July 2014.

  12. Chemical Vapor Deposition at High Pressure in a Microgravity Environment (United States)

    McCall, Sonya; Bachmann, Klaus; LeSure, Stacie; Sukidi, Nkadi; Wang, Fuchao


    In this paper we present an evaluation of critical requirements of organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD) at elevated pressure for a channel flow reactor in a microgravity environment. The objective of using high pressure is to maintain single-phase surface composition for materials that have high thermal decomposition pressure at their optimum growth temperature. Access to microgravity is needed to maintain conditions of laminar flow, which is essential for process analysis. Based on ground based observations we present an optimized reactor design for OMCVD at high pressure and reduced gravity. Also, we discuss non-intrusive real-time optical monitoring of flow dynamics coupled to homogeneous gas phase reactions, transport and surface processes. While suborbital flights may suffice for studies of initial stages of heteroepitaxy experiments in space are essential for a complete evaluation of steady-state growth.

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

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    Milovanović Stoja L.


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

  14. Volume analysis of supercooled water under high pressure


    Duki, Solomon F.; Tsige, Mesfin


    Motivated by recent experimental findings on the volume of supercooled water at high pressure [O. Mishima, J. Chem. Phys. 133, 144503 (2010)] we performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations study of bulk water in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble. Cooling and heating cycles at different isobars and isothermal compression at different temperatures are performed on the water sample with pressures that range from 0 to 1.0 GPa. The cooling simulations are done at temperatures that range from...

  15. Ammonia oxidation at high pressure and intermediate temperatures

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    Song, Yu; Hashemi, Hamid; Christensen, Jakob Munkholt


    was satisfactory. The main oxidation path for NH3 at high pressure under oxidizing conditions is NH3⟶+OH NH2⟶+HO2,NO2 H2NO⟶+O2 HNO⟶+O2 NO ⟶+NH2 N2. The modeling predictions are most sensitive to the reactions NH2 + NO = NNH + OH and NH2 + HO2 = H2NO + OH, which promote the ammonia consumption by forming OH...

  16. Effect of High Pressure and Heat on Bacterial Toxins

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    Dirk Margosch


    Full Text Available Even though the inactivation of microorganisms by high pressure treatment is a subject of intense investigations, the effect of high pressure on bacterial toxins has not been studied so far. In this study, the influence of combined pressure/temperature treatment (0.1 to 800 MPa and 5 to 121 °C on bacterial enterotoxins was determined. Therefore, heat-stable enterotoxin (STa of cholera toxin (CT from Vibrio cholerae, staphylococcal enterotoxins A-E, haemolysin BL (HBL from Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli (STa were subjected to different treatment schemes. Structural alterations were monitored in enzyme immunoassays (EIAs. Cytotoxicity of the pressure treated supernatant of toxigenic B. cereus DSM 4384 was investigated with Vero cells. High pressure of 200 to 800 MPa at 5 °C leads to a slight increase of the reactivity of the STa of E. coli. However, reactivity decreased at 800 MPa and 80 °C to (66±21 % after 30 min and to (44±0.3 % after 128 min. At ambient pressure no decrease in EIA reactivity could be observed after 128 min. Pressurization (0.1 to 800 MPa of heat stable monomeric staphylococcal toxins at 5 and 20 °C showed no effect. A combined heat (80 °C and pressure (0.1 to 800 MPa treatment lead to a decrease in the immuno-reactivity to 20 % of its maximum. For cholera toxin a significant loss in latex agglutination was observable only at 80 °C and 800 MPa for holding times higher than 20 min. Interestingly, the immuno-reactivity of B. cereus HBL toxin increased with the increase of pressure (182 % at 800 MPa, 30 °C, and high pressure showed only minor effects on cytotoxicity to Vero cells. Our results indicate that pressurization can increase inactivation observed by heat treatment, and combined treatments may be effective at lower temperatures and/or shorter incubation time.

  17. Submandibular swelling: Tooth or salivary stone?

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    Pasquale Capaccio


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

  18. Hand Swelling during Exercise: A Concern? (United States)

    Diseases and Conditions Edema What causes hand swelling during exercise? I walk several times a week, and my fingers get puffy to the ... 07, 2015 Original article: . Mayo Clinic Footer Legal Conditions ...

  19. Synthesis and stability of hydrogen selenide compounds at high pressure

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    Pace, Edward J.; Binns, Jack; Alvarez, Miriam Pena; Dalladay-Simpson, Philip; Gregoryanz, Eugene; Howie, Ross T. (Edinburgh); (CHPSTAR- China)


    The observation of high-temperature superconductivity in hydride sulfide (H2S) at high pressures has generated considerable interest in compressed hydrogen-rich compounds. High-pressure hydrogen selenide (H2Se) has also been predicted to be superconducting at high temperatures; however, its behaviour and stability upon compression remains unknown. In this study, we synthesize H2Se in situ from elemental Se and molecular H2 at pressures of 0.4 GPa and temperatures of 473 K. On compression at 300 K, we observe the high-pressure solid phase sequence (I-I'-IV) of H2Se through Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements, before dissociation into its constituent elements. Through the compression of H2Se in H2 media, we also observe the formation of a host-guest structure, (H2Se)2H2, which is stable at the same conditions as H2Se, with respect to decomposition. These measurements show that the behaviour of H2Se is remarkably similar to that of H2S and provides further understanding of the hydrogen chalcogenides under pressure.

  20. A subdivision algorithm for phase equilibrium calculations at high pressures

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    M. L. Corazza


    Full Text Available Phase equilibrium calculations at high pressures have been a continuous challenge for scientists and engineers. Traditionally, this task has been performed by solving a system of nonlinear algebraic equations originating from isofugacity equations. The reliability and accuracy of the solutions are strongly dependent on the initial guess, especially due to the fact that the phase equilibrium problems frequently have multiple roots. This work is focused on the application of a subdivision algorithm for thermodynamic calculations at high pressures. The subdivision algorithm consists in the application of successive subdivisions at a given initial interval (rectangle of variables and a systematic test to verify the existence of roots in each subinterval. If the interval checked passes in the test, then it is retained; otherwise it is discharged. The algorithm was applied for vapor-liquid, solid-fluid and solid-vapor-liquid equilibrium as well as for phase stability calculations for binary and multicomponent systems. The results show that the proposed algorithm was capable of finding all roots of all high-pressure thermodynamic problems investigated, independent of the initial guess used.

  1. Reinvestigation of high pressure polymorphism in hafnium metal

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    Pandey, K. K., E-mail:; Sharma, Surinder M. [High Pressure and Synchrotron Radiation Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400 085 (India); Gyanchandani, Jyoti; Dey, G. K. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400 085 (India); Somayazulu, M. [Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C. 20015 (United States); Sikka, S. K. [Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi-110 002 (India)


    There has been a recent controversy about the high pressure polymorphism of Hafnium (Hf). Unlike, the earlier known α→ω structural transition at 38 ± 8 GPa, at ambient temperature, Hrubiak et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 111, 112612 (2012)] did not observe it till 51 GPa. They observed this transition only at elevated temperatures. We have reinvestigated the room temperature phase diagram of Hf, employing x-ray diffraction (XRD) and DFT based first principles calculations. Experimental investigations have been carried out on several pure and impure Hf samples and also with different pressure transmitting media. Besides demonstrating the significant role of impurity levels on the high pressure phase diagram of Hf, our studies re-establish room temperature α→ω transition at high pressures, even in quasi-hydrostatic environment. We observed this transition in pure Hf with equilibrium transition pressure P{sub o} = 44.5 GPa; however, with large hysteresis. The structural sequence, transition pressures, the lattice parameters, the c/a ratio and its variation with compression for the α and ω phases as predicted by our ab-initio scalar relativistic (SR) calculations are found to be in good agreement with our experimental results of pure Hf.

  2. Elasticity of methane hydrate phases at high pressure. (United States)

    Beam, Jennifer; Yang, Jing; Liu, Jin; Liu, Chujie; Lin, Jung-Fu


    Determination of the full elastic constants (cij) of methane hydrates (MHs) at extreme pressure-temperature environments is essential to our understanding of the elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties of methane in MH reservoirs on Earth and icy satellites in the solar system. Here, we have investigated the elastic properties of singe-crystal cubic MH-sI, hexagonal MH-II, and orthorhombic MH-III phases at high pressures in a diamond anvil cell. Brillouin light scattering measurements, together with complimentary equation of state (pressure-density) results from X-ray diffraction and methane site occupancies in MH from Raman spectroscopy, were used to derive elastic constants of MH-sI, MH-II, and MH-III phases at high pressures. Analysis of the elastic constants for MH-sI and MH-II showed intriguing similarities and differences between the phases' compressional wave velocity anisotropy and shear wave velocity anisotropy. Our results show that these high-pressure MH phases can exhibit distinct elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties at relevant environments of their respective natural reservoirs. These results provide new insight into the determination of how much methane exists in MH reservoirs on Earth and on icy satellites elsewhere in the solar system and put constraints on the pressure and temperature conditions of their environment.

  3. Elasticity of methane hydrate phases at high pressure

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    Beam, Jennifer; Yang, Jing; Liu, Jin [Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Liu, Chujie [Laboratory of Seismology and Physics of Earth’s Interior, School of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Lin, Jung-Fu, E-mail: [Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Center for High Pressure Science and Advanced Technology Research (HPSTAR), Shanghai 201203 (China)


    Determination of the full elastic constants (c{sub ij}) of methane hydrates (MHs) at extreme pressure-temperature environments is essential to our understanding of the elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties of methane in MH reservoirs on Earth and icy satellites in the solar system. Here, we have investigated the elastic properties of singe-crystal cubic MH-sI, hexagonal MH-II, and orthorhombic MH-III phases at high pressures in a diamond anvil cell. Brillouin light scattering measurements, together with complimentary equation of state (pressure-density) results from X-ray diffraction and methane site occupancies in MH from Raman spectroscopy, were used to derive elastic constants of MH-sI, MH-II, and MH-III phases at high pressures. Analysis of the elastic constants for MH-sI and MH-II showed intriguing similarities and differences between the phases′ compressional wave velocity anisotropy and shear wave velocity anisotropy. Our results show that these high-pressure MH phases can exhibit distinct elastic, thermodynamic, and mechanical properties at relevant environments of their respective natural reservoirs. These results provide new insight into the determination of how much methane exists in MH reservoirs on Earth and on icy satellites elsewhere in the solar system and put constraints on the pressure and temperature conditions of their environment.

  4. Theoretical Predictions of Phase Transitions at Ultra-high Pressures (United States)

    Boates, Brian


    We present ab initio calculations of the high-pressure phase diagrams of important planetary materials such as CO2, MgSiO3, and MgO. For CO2, we predict a series of distinct liquid phases over a wide pressure (P) and temperature (T) range, including a first-order transition to a dense polymer liquid. We have computed finite-temperature free energies of liquid and solid CO2 phases to determine the melting curve beyond existing measurements and investigate possible phase separation transitions. The interaction of these phase boundaries with the mantle geotherm will also be discussed. Furthermore, we find evidence for a vast pressure-temperature regime where molten MgSiO3 decomposes into liquid SiO2 and solid MgO, with a volume change of approximately 1.2 percent. The demixing transition is driven by the crystallization of MgO ? the reaction only occurs below the high-pressure MgO melting curve. The predicted transition pressure at 10,000 K is in close proximity to an anomaly reported in recent laser-driven shock experiments of MgSiO3. We also present new results for the high-pressure melting curve of MgO and its B1-B2 solid phase transition, with a triple point near 364 GPa and 12,000 K.

  5. A novel reversible thermo-swelling hydrogel

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    Full Text Available A novel reversible thermo-swelling gel was prepared from poly(vinyl alcohol-trimellitate (PVA-T by crosslinking with ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (EGDGE. Only in the presence of sulfate anion, this polymer gel showed a significant and reversible swelling behavior with increasing the temperature from 5 to 40°C, and vice versa, probably due to the scission and formation of the inter- and/or intramolecular hydrogen-bondings (HBs between the carboxyls on the side groups. The involvement of inter- and/or intramolecular HBs for the thermo-swelling behavior was also suggested by a significant dependence on HCl concentration of the swelling degree. In addition, the swelling reversibility and reproducibility were confirmed via the temperature jump between 5 and 40°C, well satisfying for a candidate as a thermosensitive material.

  6. Unravelling the High-Pressure Behaviour of Dye-Zeolite L Hybrid Materials

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    Lara Gigli


    Full Text Available Self-assembly of chromophores nanoconfined in porous materials such as zeolite L has led to technologically relevant host-guest systems exploited in solar energy harvesting, photonics, nanodiagnostics and information technology. The response of these hybrid materials to compression, which would be crucial to enhance their application range, has never been explored to date. By a joint high-pressure in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamics approach, herein we unravel the high-pressure behaviour of hybrid composites of zeolite L with fluorenone dye. High-pressure experiments were performed up to 6 GPa using non-penetrating pressure transmitting media to study the effect of dye loading on the structural properties of the materials under compression. Computational modelling provided molecular-level insight on the response to compression of the confined dye assemblies, evidencing a pressure-induced strengthening of the interaction between the fluorenone carbonyl group and zeolite L potassium cations. Our results reveal an impressive stability of the fluorenone-zeolite L composites at GPa pressures. The remarkable resilience of the supramolecular organization of dye molecules hyperconfined in zeolite L channels may open the way to the realization of optical devices able to maintain their functionality under extreme conditions.

  7. Cryogenic Transport of High-Pressure-System Recharge Gas (United States)

    Ungar, Eugene K,; Ruemmele, Warren P.; Bohannon, Carl


    A method of relatively safe, compact, efficient recharging of a high-pressure room-temperature gas supply has been proposed. In this method, the gas would be liquefied at the source for transport as a cryogenic fluid at or slightly above atmospheric pressure. Upon reaching the destination, a simple heating/expansion process would be used to (1) convert the transported cryogenic fluid to the room-temperature, high-pressure gaseous form in which it is intended to be utilized and (2) transfer the resulting gas to the storage tank of the system to be recharged. In conventional practice for recharging high-pressure-gas systems, gases are transported at room temperature in high-pressure tanks. For recharging a given system to a specified pressure, a transport tank must contain the recharge gas at a much higher pressure. At the destination, the transport tank is connected to the system storage tank to be recharged, and the pressures in the transport tank and the system storage tank are allowed to equalize. One major disadvantage of the conventional approach is that the high transport pressure poses a hazard. Another disadvantage is the waste of a significant amount of recharge gas. Because the transport tank is disconnected from the system storage tank when it is at the specified system recharge pressure, the transport tank still contains a significant amount of recharge gas (typically on the order of half of the amount transported) that cannot be used. In the proposed method, the cryogenic fluid would be transported in a suitably thermally insulated tank that would be capable of withstanding the recharge pressure of the destination tank. The tank would be equipped with quick-disconnect fluid-transfer fittings and with a low-power electric heater (which would not be used during transport). In preparation for transport, a relief valve would be attached via one of the quick-disconnect fittings (see figure). During transport, the interior of the tank would be kept at a near

  8. Structural and physicochemical properties of lotus seed starch treated with ultra-high pressure. (United States)

    Guo, Zebin; Zeng, Shaoxiao; Lu, Xu; Zhou, Meiling; Zheng, Mingjing; Zheng, Baodong


    Aqueous lotus seed starch suspensions (15%, w/w) were subjected to ultra-high pressure treatment (UHP, 100-600 MPa) for 30 min. The effects of UHP treatment on the structural and physicochemical properties of starch were investigated. The SEM and laser diffraction particle size analysis revealed that UHP treatment affected the shape and size distribution of starch granules. The morphological structure of starch was completely destroyed at 600 MPa, indicating complete gelatinization. Analysis of HPSEC-MALLS-RI suggested that the dispersity index of UHP-treated starch were decreased from 1.28 to 1.11. According to XRD analyses, UHP treatment converted native starch (C-type) into a B-type pattern. The swelling power and solubility presented a significant decrease at 85 and 95 °C, but opposite trends were found at 55-75 °C. The DSC results indicated a reduction in gelatinization temperatures and enthalpy with increasing pressure treatment. The RVA viscograms revealed that UHP-treated starch showed a decreased breakdown and setback viscosity, reflecting lower retrogradation tendency compared to native starch. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Properties of lotus seed starch-glycerin monostearin complexes formed by high pressure homogenization. (United States)

    Chen, Bingyan; Zeng, Shaoxiao; Zeng, Hongliang; Guo, Zebin; Zhang, Yi; Zheng, Baodong


    Starch-lipid complexes were prepared using lotus seed starch (LS) and glycerin monostearate (GMS) via a high pressure homogenization (HPH) process, and the effect of HPH on the physicochemical properties of LS-GMS complexes was investigated. The results of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and complex index analysis showed that LS-GMS complexes were formed at 40MPa by HPH and the complex index increased with the increase of homogenization pressure. Scanning electron microscopy displayed LS-GMS complexes present more nest-shape structure with increasing homogenization pressure. X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry results revealed that V-type crystalline polymorph was formed between LS and GMS, with higher homogenization pressure producing an increasingly stable complex. LS-GMS complex inhibited starch granules swelling, solubility and pasting development, which further reduced peak and breakdown viscosity. During storage, LS-GMS complexes prepared by 70-100MPa had higher Avrami exponent values and lower recrystallization rates compared with native starch, which suggested a lower retrogradation trendency. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Effects of high pressure treatment on Ca2+ release and Ca2+ uptake of sarcoplasmic reticulum. (United States)

    Okamoto, A; Suzuki, A; Ikeuchi, Y; Saito, M


    To clarify the mechanism of pressure-induced meat tenderization or acceleration of meat conditioning, the pressure-induced morphological and biochemical changes in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), and Ca2+ release from SR in the rabbit skeletal muscle treated with high pressure (100-300 MPa, 5 min) were investigated in comparison with those of the SR from conditioned muscle. The destruction of the membrane structure of the SR expanded with increasing pressure applied to the muscle. Significant changes in the SDS-PAGE profile were not observed in the SR from the pressurized muscle up to 200 MPa, but a marked decrease of the ATPase protein and high-affinity Ca(2+)-binding protein were observed in the SR from the pressurized muscle at 300 MPa. The ATPase activities increased in the SR isolated from the muscle exposed to high pressure up to 200 MPa. When the muscle was pressurized at 300 MPa, the ATPase activity dropped to the same level with that of the SR from the untreated muscle. Ca2+ uptake ability of the SR vesicles measured using a fluorescent chelating reagent decreased with increasing pressure applied to the muscle. Ultrastructural studies showed that Ca2+, which was mainly localized in the SR region of the untreated fiber bundles, was translocated into myofibrillar space in the pressurized muscle. It is clear that a brief exposure of the muscle to high pressure causes considerable changes in membrane structure and biochemical function of SR as compared with those of SR in the muscle induced by conditioning.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  11. Second-harmonic-generation measurements on ZnSe under high pressure

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    Jin Ming Xing; Mukhtar, E; Ding Da Jun


    Second-harmonic-generation (SHG) measurements on ZnSe at high pressure, up to 7 GPa, have been reported. The zinc-blende-rock-salt transition pressure has been determined at room temperature from the SHG in ZnSe using a femtosecond laser. The pressure required to induce transformation from a zinc-blende to a rock-salt structure decreases from 11.5 to 1.07 GPa in a femtosecond laser field. SHG can be used to monitor structural changes under pressure of some materials with nonlinear optical properties.

  12. Determination of drug stability in aspirin tablet formulations by high-pressure liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Taguchi, V Y; Cotton, M L; Yates, C H; Millar, J F


    Salicylic acid and aspirin were resolved from the other salicylates in thermally degraded multicomponent tablets and determined quantitatively. The analytical method involved wetting the powdered tablet with acetic acid and diluting with chloroform to extract the drug components. Automated high-pressure liquid chromatographic analyses of filtered extracts were performed on a silica column with a mobile phase of acetic acid in heptane. The method was capable of resolving the major thermally induced transformation products in tablet formulations. It was sensitive to approximately 0.1 mg of salicylic acid/tablet. Good agreement with the compendial method for free salicylic acid was obtained.

  13. Analysis, design and testing of high pressure waterjet nozzles (United States)

    Mazzoleni, Andre P.


    The Hydroblast Research Cell at MSFC is both a research and a processing facility. The cell is used to investigate fundamental phenomena associated with waterjets as well as to clean hardware for various NASA and contractor projects. In the area of research, investigations are made regarding the use of high pressure waterjets to strip paint, grease, adhesive and thermal spray coatings from various substrates. Current industrial methods of cleaning often use ozone depleting chemicals (ODC) such as chlorinated solvents, and high pressure waterjet cleaning has proven to be a viable alternative. Standard methods of waterjet cleaning use hand held or robotically controlled nozzles. The nozzles used can be single-stream or multijet nozzles, and the multijet nozzles may be mounted in a rotating head or arranged in a fan-type shape. We consider in this paper the use of a rotating, multijet, high pressure water nozzle which is robotically controlled. This method enables rapid cleaning of a large area, but problems such as incomplete coverage (e.g. the formation of 'islands' of material not cleaned) and damage to the substrate from the waterjet have been observed. In addition, current stripping operations require the nozzle to be placed at a standoff distance of approximately 2 inches in order to achieve adequate performance. This close proximity of the nozzle to the target to be cleaned poses risks to the nozzle and the target in the event of robot error or the striking of unanticipated extrusions on the target surface as the nozzle sweeps past. Two key motivations of this research are to eliminate the formation of 'coating islands' and to increase the allowable standoff distance of the nozzle.

  14. Equilibria of oligomeric proteins under high pressure - A theoretical description. (United States)

    Ingr, Marek; Kutálková, Eva; Hrnčiřík, Josef; Lange, Reinhard


    High pressure methods have become a useful tool for studying protein structure and stability. Using them, various physico-chemical processes including protein unfolding, aggregation, oligomer dissociation or enzyme-activity decrease were studied on many different proteins. Oligomeric protein dissociation is a process that can perfectly utilize the potential of high-pressure techniques, as the high pressure shifts the equilibria to higher concentrations making them better observable by spectroscopic methods. This can be especially useful when the oligomeric form is highly stable at atmospheric pressure. These applications may be, however, hindered by less intensive experimental response as well as interference of the oligomerization equilibria with unfolding or aggregation of the subunits, but also by more complex theoretical description. In this study we develop mathematical models describing different kinds of oligomerization equilibria, both closed (equilibrium of monomer and the highest possible oligomer without any intermediates) and consecutive. Closed homooligomer equilibria are discussed for any oligomerization degree, while the more complex heterooligomer equilibria and the consecutive equilibria in both homo- and heterooligomers are taken into account only for dimers and trimers. In all the cases, fractions of all the relevant forms are evaluated as functions of pressure and concentration. Significant points (inflection points and extremes) of the resulting transition curves, that can be determined experimentally, are evaluated as functions of pressure and/or concentration. These functions can be further used in order to evaluate the thermodynamic parameters of the system, i.e. atmospheric-pressure equilibrium constants and volume changes of the individual steps of the oligomer-dissociation processes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Kinetics of solvent-swelling of coal

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    Moreno, G.; Rincon, J.M.; Mora, E. [Lab. de Combustibles, Univ. Nacional de Colombia, Santafe de Bogota (Colombia); Klose, W. [GF Thermodynamik, Kassel Univ. (Germany)


    The kinetics of coal swelling by solvent of different basic strength is followed; Cerrejon and Yerbabuena (Colombian coals), Sacer-Endsdorf and Ruhr-Anna (Germany coals) were swollen with tetrahydrofuran, pyridine and butylamine. It was found that the swelling index decreases both with solvent basicity and coal rank. When the coal rank increases, the rates of swelling are: Initially, THF follows Fickian diffusion then follows anomalous case near case II; pyridine follows anomalous case near Fickian diffusion, whereas rate with butylamine initially is anomalous case of transport to Fickian diffusion. (orig.)

  16. Back-transformation of high-pressure minerals in shocked chondrites: Low-pressure mineral evidence for strong shock (United States)

    Hu, Jinping; Sharp, Thomas G.


    Post-shock annealing of meteorites can destroy their shock-induced features, particularly high-pressure minerals, and complicate the estimation of impact pressure-temperature conditions. However, distinguishing post-shock annealing features from thermal metamorphism effects can be practically difficult. Here we report results from Mbale, a highly shocked L chondrite, to investigate the mechanisms, kinetics and identification criteria for post-shock annealing of high-pressure signatures. Olivine fragments within shock-melt veins in Mbale occur as chemically heterogeneous nanocrystalline aggregates that contain trace wadsleyite and ringwoodite. Their strong variation in fayalite content provides evidence of iron partitioning during transformation of olivine to wadsleyite, followed by back-transformation to olivine after decompression. Experimental studies of transformation kinetics show that wadsleyite transforms to olivine in seconds at temperatures above ∼1200 K and in hours at temperatures between 900 and 1200 K. Thermal models of shock-melt cooling show that shock veins in Mbale cooled to 1200 K in 1 s. The shock pulse must have been shorter than ∼1 s to provide the high temperature conditions for post-shock back-transformation of wadsleyite. Many highly shocked L chondrites, which have abundant high-pressure minerals, must have experienced relatively long shock durations combined with rapid cooling of shock-melt regions to preserve high-pressure phases. The most highly shocked samples, such as impact melt breccias, lack high-pressure phases because of post-shock back-transformations.

  17. LOX vaporization in high-pressure, hydrogen-rich gas (United States)

    Litchford, Ron J.; Jeng, San-Mou


    LOX droplet vaporization in high-pressure hydrogen-rich gas is analyzed, with special attention to thermodynamic effects which compel the surface to heat to the critical state and to supercritical vaporization processes on heating to criticality. Subcritical vaporization is modeled using a quasi-steady diffusion-controlled gas-phase transport formulation coupled to an effective-conductivity internal-energy-transport model accounting for circulation effects. It is demonstrated how the droplet surface might heat to the critical state, for ambient pressures slightly greater than the critical pressure of oxygen, such that the bulk of propellant within the droplet remains substantially below the critical mixing temperature.

  18. High Pressure Serpentinization Catalysed by Awaruite in Planetary Bodies (United States)

    Neto-Lima, J.; Fernández-Sampedro, M.; Prieto-Ballesteros, O.


    Recent discoveries from planetary missions show that serpentinization process may act significantly on the geological evolution and potential habitability of the icy bodies of the Solar System, like Enceladus or Europa. Here we review the available experimental data so far about methane formation occurring during serpentinization, which is potentially relevant to icy moons, and present our results using awaruite as a catalyst of this process. The efficiency of awaruite and high pressure in the Fischer-Tropsch and Sabatier Type reactions are evaluated here when olivine is incubated.

  19. Piston cylinder cell for high pressure ultrasonic pulse echo measurements

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    Kepa, M. W., E-mail:; Huxley, A. D. [SUPA, Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions and School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom); Ridley, C. J.; Kamenev, K. V. [Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions and School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FD (United Kingdom)


    Ultrasonic techniques such as pulse echo, vibrating reed, or resonant ultrasound spectroscopy are powerful probes not only for studying elasticity but also for investigating electronic and magnetic properties. Here, we report on the design of a high pressure ultrasonic pulse echo apparatus, based on a piston cylinder cell, with a simplified electronic setup that operates with a single coaxial cable and requires sample lengths of mm only. The design allows simultaneous measurements of ultrasonic velocities and attenuation coefficients up to a pressure of 1.5 GPa. We illustrate the performance of the cell by probing the phase diagram of a single crystal of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe{sub 2}.

  20. System Study: High-Pressure Safety Injection 1998-2014

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    Schroeder, John Alton [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Risk Assessment and Management Services Dept.


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure safety injection system (HPSI) at 69 U.S. commercial nuclear power plants. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2014 for selected components were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Consolidated Events Database (ICES). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10 year period, while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPSI results.

  1. System Study: High-Pressure Coolant Injection 1998-2014

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    Schroeder, John Alton [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Risk Assessment and Management Services Dept.


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure coolant injection system (HPCI) at 25 U.S. commercial boiling water reactors. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2014 for selected components were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Consolidated Events Database (ICES). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10 year period, while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPCI results.

  2. High pressure and high temperature behaviour of ZnO

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    Thakar, Nilesh A. [K. K. Shah Jarodwala Maninagar Science College, Rambaug, Maninagar, Ahmedabad-380008 (India); Bhatt, Apoorva D. [Department of Physics, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-380009 (India); Pandya, Tushar C., E-mail: [St. Xavier' s College, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-380009 (India)


    The thermodynamic properties with the wurtzite (B4) and rocksalt (B1) phases of ZnO under high pressures and high temperatures have been investigated using Tait's Equation of state (EOS). The effects of pressures and temperatures on thermodynamic properties such as bulk modulus, thermal expansivity and thermal pressure are explored for both two structures. It is found that ZnO material gradually softens with increase of temperature while it hardens with the increment of the pressure. Our predicted results of thermodynamics properties for both the phases of ZnO are in overall agreement with the available data in the literature.

  3. Investigation of Methacrylic Acid at High Pressure Using Neutron Diffraction

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    Marshall, William G.; Urquhart, Andrew; Oswald, Iain D. H.


    This article shows that pressure can be a low-intensity route to the synthesis of polymethacrylic acid. The exploration of perdeuterated methacrylic acid at high pressure using neutron diffraction reveals that methacrylic acid exhibits two polymorphic phase transformations at relatively low...... pressures. The first is observed at 0.39 GPa, where both phases were observed simultaneously and confirm our previous observations. This transition is followed by a second transition at 1.2 GPa to a new polymorph that is characterized for the first time. On increasing pressure, the diffraction pattern...

  4. System Study: High-Pressure Safety Injection 1998–2013

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    Schroeder, John Alton [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Risk Assessment and Management Services Dept.


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure safety injection system (HPSI) at 69 U.S. commercial nuclear power plants. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2013 for selected components were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Consolidated Events Database (ICES). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10-year period while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPSI results.

  5. High pressure CO hydrogenation over bimetallic Pt-Co catalysts

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    Christensen, Jakob Munkholt; Medford, Andrew James; Studt, Felix


    The potential of bimetallic Pt-Co catalysts for production of higher alcohols in high pressure CO hydrogenation has been assessed. Two catalysts (Pt3Co/SiO2 and PtCo/SiO2) were tested, and the existing literature on CO hydrogenation over Pt-Co catalysts was reviewed. It is found that the catalysts...... produce mainly methanol in the Pt-rich composition range andmainly hydrocarbons (and to a modest extent higher alcohols) in the Co-rich composition range. The transition between the two types of behavior occurs in a narrow composition range around a molar Pt:Co ratio of 1:1....

  6. High pressure melting curves of silver, gold and copper

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    Ho Khac Hieu


    Full Text Available In this work, based on the Lindemann's formula of melting and the pressure-dependent Grüneisen parameter, we have investigated the pressure effect on melting temperature of silver, gold and copper metals. The analytical expression of melting temperature as a function of volume compression has been derived. Our results are compared with available experimental data as well as with previous theoretical studies and the good and reasonable agreements are found. We also proposed the potential of this approach on predicting melting of copper at very high pressure.

  7. High pressure melting curves of silver, gold and copper

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    Hieu, Ho Khac, E-mail: [Research and Development Center for Science and Technology, Duy Tan University, K7/25 Quang Trung, Danang (Viet Nam); Ha, Nguyen Ngoc [VNU-Hanoi University of Science, 334 Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam)


    In this work, based on the Lindemann's formula of melting and the pressure-dependent Grüneisen parameter, we have investigated the pressure effect on melting temperature of silver, gold and copper metals. The analytical expression of melting temperature as a function of volume compression has been derived. Our results are compared with available experimental data as well as with previous theoretical studies and the good and reasonable agreements are found. We also proposed the potential of this approach on predicting melting of copper at very high pressure.

  8. High-pressure-high-temperature treatment of natural diamonds

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    Royen, J V


    The results are reported of high-pressure-high-temperature (HPHT) treatment experiments on natural diamonds of different origins and with different impurity contents. The diamonds are annealed in a temperature range up to 2000 sup o C at stabilizing pressures up to 7 GPa. The evolution is studied of different defects in the diamond crystal lattice. The influence of substitutional nitrogen atoms, plastic deformation and the combination of these is discussed. Diamonds are characterized at room and liquid nitrogen temperature using UV-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry and photoluminescence spectrometry. The economic implications of diamond HPHT treatments are discussed.

  9. Finite volume analysis and optimisation of a high pressure homogeniser


    Clarke, Andrew P.


    The homogeniser is a machine that is mostly used to change the appearance and rheological properties of a fluid by means of a high pressure radial gap. It can be implemented to kill off harmful bacteria and organisms as well as reduce the size of individual components or particles to increase the shelf live of many products. The homogeniser can be used to release useful organic materials from within cells or microbes. The homogeniser can be found in small scale production and large scale prod...

  10. System Study: High-Pressure Safety Injection 1998–2012

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    T. E. Wierman


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure safety injection system (HPSI) at 69 U.S. commercial nuclear power plants. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2012 for selected components were obtained from the Equipment Performance and Information Exchange (EPIX). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10 year period while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPSI results.

  11. System Study: High-Pressure Core Spray 1998–2013

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    Schroeder, John Alton [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Risk Assessment and Management Services Dept.


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure core spray (HPCS) at eight U.S. commercial boiling water reactors. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2013 for selected components were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Consolidated Events Database (ICES). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10-year period, while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPCS results.

  12. System Study: High-Pressure Coolant Injection 1998–2013

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    Schroeder, John Alton [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Risk Assessment and Management Services Dept.


    This report presents an unreliability evaluation of the high-pressure coolant injection system (HPCI) at 25 U.S. commercial boiling water reactors. Demand, run hours, and failure data from fiscal year 1998 through 2013 for selected components were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Consolidated Events Database (ICES). The unreliability results are trended for the most recent 10-year period, while yearly estimates for system unreliability are provided for the entire active period. No statistically significant increasing or decreasing trends were identified in the HPCI results.

  13. Investigation of Acrylic Acid at High Pressure using Neutron Diffraction

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    Johnston, Blair F.; Marshall, William G.; Parsons, Simon


    This article details the exploration of perdeuterated acrylic acid at high pressure using neutron diffraction. The structural changes that occur in acrylic acid-d4 are followed via diffraction and rationalised using the Pixel method. Acrylic acid undergoes a reconstructive phase transition to a new...... phase at ~0.8 GPa and remains molecular to 7.2 GPa before polymerising on decompression to ambient pressure. The resulting product is analysed via Raman, FT-IR spectroscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry and found to possess a different molecular structure compared with polymers produced via...

  14. Primary obstructive megaureter: the role of high pressure balloon dilation. (United States)

    Romero, Rosa M; Angulo, Jose Maria; Parente, Alberto; Rivas, Susana; Tardáguila, Ana Rosa


    There is a growing interest in minimally invasive treatment of primary obstructive megaureter (POM) in children. The absence of long-term follow-up data, however, makes it difficult to establish the indication for an endoscopic approach. The aim of our study is to determine the long-term efficacy of endourologic high-pressure balloon dilation of the vesicoureteral junction (VUJ) in children with POM that necessitates surgical treatment. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records from children with POM who were treated with endourologic high-pressure balloon dilation of the VUJ from March 2003 to April 2010. To determine the long-term, a cohort study was conducted in November 2011. Endourologic dilation of the VUJ was performed with a semicompliant high-pressure balloon (2.7 FG) with a minimum balloon size of 3 mm, followed by placement of a Double-J stent. We have treated 29 (32 renal units, left [n=16], right [n=10] and bilateral [n=3]) children with a diagnosis of POM within this period. The median age at the time of the endourologic treatment was 4.04 months (range 1.6-39 months). In three cases, an open ureteral reimplantation was needed, in two cases because of intraoperative technical failure and postoperative Double-J stent migration in one patient. The 26 children (29 renal units) who had a successful endourologic dilation of the VUJ were followed with ultrasonography and MAG-3-Lasix (furosemide) studies that showed a progressive improvement of both the ureterohydronephrosis and drainage in the first 18 months in 20 patients (23 renal units) (69%). In two patients who were treated with a 3 mm balloon, a further dilation was needed, with an excellent outcome. The cohort study (at a median follow-up of 47 months) showed that in all patients who had a good outcome at the 18-month follow-up after endourologic balloon dilation remained asymptomatic with resolution of ureterohydronephrosis on the US and good drainage on the renogram, in the children

  15. The phase stability of terephthalic acid under high pressure (United States)

    Sun, Lin; Zhao, Yue; Shang, Yujie; Sun, Chenglin; Zhou, Mi


    Terephthalic acid has been investigated by Raman spectroscopy up to 15 GPa. According to ab initio calculations, it can be speculated that both of π-π stacking interactions between molecules and the symmetry of hydrogen bonds are enhanced with gradually increasing pressure. Furthermore, we use the Hirshfeld surface to map the π-π stacking interaction in the TPA molecule at high pressure. The Raman spectra and ab initio calculation results indicate that the phase stability of TPA is related to the one-dimensional hydrogen bond network and inter-chain aromatic π-π stacking interaction.

  16. High-pressure effects on intramolecular electron transfer compounds

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    He Li Ming; Li Hong; Zhang Bao Wen; Li Yi; Yang Guo Qiang


    We explore the effect of pressure on the fluorescence spectra of the intramolecular electron transfer compound N-(1-pyrenylmethyl), N-methyl-4-methoxyaniline (Py-Am) and its model version, with poly(methyl methacrylate) blended in, at high pressure up to 7 GPa. The emission properties of Py-Am and pyrene show distinct difference with the increase of pressure. This difference indicates the strength of the charge transfer interaction resulting from the adjusting of the conformation of Py-Am with increase of pressure. The relationship between the electronic state of the molecule and pressure is discussed.

  17. A hemispherical high-pressure xenon gamma radiation spectrometer

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    Kessick, R


    A prototype hemispherical high-pressure xenon gamma radiation spectrometer was designed, constructed and tested. The detector consists of a pair of concentric hemispherical electrodes contained inside a thin-walled stainless steel pressure dome. Detector performance parameters such as energy resolution, linearity and vibration sensitivity were determined and compared to previous cylindrical and planar designs. Without a Frisch grid, the hemispherical detector provides a total room temperature energy resolution of 6% at 662 keV and is relatively insensitive to acoustic interference.

  18. High pressure water electrolysis for space station EMU recharge (United States)

    Lance, Nick; Puskar, Michael; Moulthrop, Lawrence; Zagaja, John


    A high pressure oxygen recharge system (HPORS), is being developed for application on board the Space Station. This electrolytic system can provide oxygen at up to 6000 psia without a mechanical compressor. The Hamilton standard HPORS based on a solid polymer electrolyte system is an extension of the much larger and succesful 3000 psia system of the U.S. Navy. Cell modules have been successfully tested under conditions beyond which spacecraft may encounter during launch. The control system with double redundancy and mechanical backups for all electronically controlled components is designed to ensure a safe shutdown.

  19. Thermodynamic properties of liquid sodium under high pressure (United States)

    Li, Huaming; Zhang, Xiaoxiao; Sun, Yongli; Li, Mo


    Acquiring reliable thermodynamic properties in liquid metals at high pressure and temperature is still a challenge in both experiment and theory. Equation of state (EoS) offers an alternative approach free of many of the difficulties. Here using the EoS of a power law form we obtained the thermodynamic properties of liquid sodium under pressure along the isothermal lines, including isothermal buck modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, Grüneisen parameter, and Anderson-Grüneisen parameter. The results are in excellent agreement with available experimental data measured by a piezometer at high temperature and high pressure and sound velocity measurement with pulse-echo technique. We found that the pressure derivative of the isothermal bulk modulus at zero pressure is a monotonic function of temperature and has a value around 4. In addition, unexpected crossing points were found in the isobaric thermal expansion coefficient and Grüneisen parameter; and a minimum in the isobaric heat under isothermal compression was also observed. While some of these detailed predictions are yet to be confirmed by further experiment, our results suggest that the power law form may be a more suitable choice for the EoS of liquids metals.

  20. Fabrication of Bulk Glassy Alloy Foams by High Pressure Hydrogen (United States)

    Wada, Takeshi; Inoue, Akihisa

    Porous Pd42.5Cu30Ni7.5P20 bulk glassy alloy rods with porosities of up to 70% were successfully prepared by high pressure hydrogen of 15 MPa. The melt of Pd42.5Cu30Ni7.5P20 alloy kept under high pressure hydrogen absorbs hydrogen and subsequent water quenching of the melt causes the homogeneous dispersion of hydrogen bubbles, which was resulted from the decrease of hydrogen solubility with decrease of pressure. Annealing the hydrogen bubble containing sample at a supercooled liquid state under vacuum, the bubbles are allowed to expand due to the decrease of viscosity of metallic glass matrix. Pores expansion continues until glassy matrix crystallizes or the equilibration among pressure of the pores, pressure of the atmosphere and surface tension is achieved. By utilizing these phenomena, pores up to 80 m in diameters are homogeneously distributed over the whole cross-sectional area of a fully glassy matrix. Under compressive deformation, the porous alloys with porosities exceeding 40% did not show macroscopic fracture in a wide compressive strain range up to 0.6 whereas the non-porous alloy fractures instantly after elastic limit of about 0.02. Porous bulk glassy alloys exhibit higher plateau stress, lower Young‧s modulus and higher energy absorption capacity compared with the conventional crystalline metal foams.

  1. High Pressure Angle Gears: Comparison to Typical Gear Designs (United States)

    Handschuh, Robert F.; Zabrajsek, Andrew J.


    A preliminary study has been completed to determine the feasibility of using high-pressure angle gears in aeronautic and space applications. Tests were conducted in the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) Spur Gear Test Facility at speeds up to 10,000 rpm and 73 N*m (648 in.*lb) for 3.18, 2.12, and 1.59 module gears (8, 12, and 16 diametral pitch gears), all designed to operate in the same test facility. The 3.18 module (8-diametral pitch), 28 tooth, 20deg pressure angle gears are the GRC baseline test specimen. Also, 2.12 module (12-diametral pitch), 42 tooth, 25deg pressure angle gears were tested. Finally 1.59 module (16-diametral pitch), 56 tooth, 35deg pressure angle gears were tested. The high-pressure angle gears were the most efficient when operated in the high-speed aerospace mode (10,000 rpm, lubricated with a synthetic turbine engine oil), and produced the lowest wear rates when tested with a perfluoroether-based grease. The grease tests were conducted at 150 rpm and 71 N*m (630 in.*lb).

  2. Iron Catalyst Chemistry in High Pressure Carbon Monoxide Nanotube Reactor (United States)

    Scott, Carl D.; Povitsky, Alexander; Dateo, Christopher; Gokcen, Tahir; Smalley, Richard E.


    The high-pressure carbon monoxide (HiPco) technique for producing single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) is analyzed using a chemical reaction model coupled with properties calculated along streamlines. Streamline properties for mixing jets are calculated by the FLUENT code using the k-e turbulent model for pure carbon monixide. The HiPco process introduces cold iron pentacarbonyl diluted in CO, or alternatively nitrogen, at high pressure, ca. 30 atmospheres into a conical mixing zone. Hot CO is also introduced via three jets at angles with respect to the axis of the reactor. Hot CO decomposes the Fe(CO)5 to release atomic Fe. Cluster reaction rates are from Krestinin, et aI., based on shock tube measurements. Another model is from classical cluster theory given by Girshick's team. The calculations are performed on streamlines that assume that a cold mixture of Fe(CO)5 in CO is introduced along the reactor axis. Then iron forms clusters that catalyze the formation of SWNTs from the Boudouard reaction on Fe-containing clusters by reaction with CO. To simulate the chemical process along streamlines that were calculated by the fluid dynamics code FLUENT, a time history of temperature and dilution are determined along streamlines. Alternative catalyst injection schemes are also evaluated.

  3. Inactivation of a Norovirus by High-Pressure Processing▿ (United States)

    Kingsley, David H.; Holliman, Daniel R.; Calci, Kevin R.; Chen, Haiqiang; Flick, George J.


    Murine norovirus (strain MNV-1), a propagable norovirus, was evaluated for susceptibility to high-pressure processing. Experiments with virus stocks in Dulbecco's modified Eagle medium demonstrated that at room temperature (20°C) the virus was inactivated over a pressure range of 350 to 450 MPa, with a 5-min, 450-MPa treatment being sufficient to inactivate 6.85 log10 PFU of MNV-1. The inactivation of MNV-1 was enhanced when pressure was applied at an initial temperature of 5°C; a 5-min pressure treatment of 350 MPa at 30°C inactivated 1.15 log10 PFU of virus, while the same treatment at 5°C resulted in a reduction of 5.56 log10 PFU. Evaluation of virus inactivation as a function of treatment times ranging from 0 to 150 s and 0 to 900 s at 5°C and 20°C, respectively, indicated that a decreasing rate of inactivation with time was consistent with Weibull or log-logistic inactivation kinetics. The inactivation of MNV-1 directly within oyster tissues was demonstrated; a 5-min, 400-MPa treatment at 5°C was sufficient to inactivate 4.05 log10 PFU. This work is the first demonstration that norovirus can be inactivated by high pressure and suggests good prospects for inactivation of nonpropagable human norovirus strains in foods. PMID:17142353

  4. Photoconductivity studies of the ferrocyanide ion under high pressure

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    Finston, M. I.


    The photoaquation of the ferrocyanide ion was studied using a high-pressure photoconductivity apparatus and a steady-state high-pressure mercury lamp. The first-order photocurrent rise-time could be related to the relative quantum efficiency of the photoaquation process, while the dark decay of the photocurrent yielded a relative value of the bimolecular rate-constant for the reverse reaction. Kinetic measurements were carried out on dilute solutions of potassium ferrocyanide in pure water, and in 20% ethanol. The photocurrent yield in aqueous solution was dependent upon secondary chemical equilibria which were sensitive to pressure in a predictable way. In ethanolic solution, the dependence of photocurrent yield on pressure followed the variation of the reciprocal solvent vicosity. In both aqueous and alcoholic solution, the photoaquation quantum efficiency decreased exponentially with pressure, as did the biomolecular rate-constant for the dark reaction in aqueous solution. The pressure dependence of the bimolecular rate-constant in the alcoholic solution indicated a diffusion-limited process. The pressure dependence of the photoaquation quantum yield, and of the bimolecular rate-constant in aqueous solution, was interpreted in terms of an activation volume model. The photoaquation data for both the aqueous and the alcoholic solutions agreed with a hypothetical mechanism whereby ligand-to-metal bond-breaking, and solvent-to-metal bond-formation, are effectively simultaneous. The results for the aqueous dark reaction strongly indicated breaking of the solvent-to-metal bond as the rate-limiting step.

  5. Ultrasonic level sensors for liquids under high pressure (United States)

    Zuckerwar, A. J.; Mazel, D. S.; Hodges, D. Y.


    An ultrasonic level sensor of novel design continuously measures the level of a liquid subjected to a high pressure (up to about 40 MPa), as is sometimes required for the effective transfer of the liquid. The sensor operates as a composite resonator fabricated from a standard high-pressure plug. A flat-bottom hole is machined into the plug along its center line. An ultrasonic transducer is bonded rigidly to the interior surface of the bottom wall, while the exterior surface is in contact with the liquid. Although the bottom wall is designed to satisfy the pressure code, it is still sufficiently thin to permit ready excitation of the axisymmetric plate modes of vibration. The liquid level is measured by a conventional pulse-echo technique. A prototype sensor was tested successfully in a 2300-l water vessel at pressures up to about 37 MPa. A spectral analysis of the transmitted pulse reveals that the flexural, extensional, thickness-shear, and radial plate modes are excited into vibration, but none of these appears to be significantly affected by the pressurization of the liquid.

  6. Strong environmental tolerance of moss Venturiella under very high pressure

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    Ono, F; Mori, Y; Takarabe, K [Department of Applied Science, Okayama University of Science, 1-1 Ridaicho, Okayama 700-0005 (Japan); Nishihira, N; Shindo, A [Okayama Ichinomiya High School, Okayama 700-0005 (Japan); Saigusa, M [Department of Biology, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-Naka, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Matsushima, Y [Department of Physics, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-Naka, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Saini, N L [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185 Rome (Italy); Yamashita, M, E-mail: [Aerospace Exploration Agency, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510 (Japan)


    It was shown by the present authors group that tardigrade can survive under high pressure of 7.5 GPa. In the case of land plants, however, no result of such experiment has been reported. We have extended our experiments to moss searching for lives under very high pressure. Spore placentas of moss Venturiella were sealed in a small Teflon capsule together with a liquid pressure medium. The capsule was put in the center of a pyrophillite cube, and the maximum pressure of 7.5 GPa was applied using a two-stage cubic anvil press. The pressure was kept constant at the maximum pressure for12, 24, 72 and 144 hours. After the pressure was released, the spores were seeded on a ager medium, and incubated for one week and more longer at 25{sup 0}C with white light of 2000 lux. It was proved that 70-90% of the spores were alive and germinated after exposed to the maximum pressure of 7.5 GPa for up to 72 hours. However, after exposed to 7.5 GPa for 6 days, only 4 individuals in a hundred were germinated. The pressure tolerance of moss Venturiella is found to be stronger than a small animal, tardigrade.

  7. Pulsed laser kinetic studies of liquids under high pressure

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    Eyring, E.M.


    A high pressure apparatus constructed for measuring the rates of reactions in liquids under pressures ranging from 1 atm to 2000 atm has been used to measure the complexation kinetics of molybdenum hexacarbonyl reacting with 2,2-bipyridine, 4,4{prime}-dimethyl-2-2{prime}-bipyridine and 4,4{prime}-diphenyl-2-2{prime} bipyridine in toluene. Pentacarbonyl reaction intermediates are created by a 10 nsec flash of frequency tripled Nd:YAG laser light. Measured activation volumes for chelate ligand ring closure indicate a change in mechanism from associative interchange to dissociative interchange as steric hindrance increases. A similar high pressure kinetics study of molybdenum carbonyl complexation by several substituted phenanthrolines is now well advanced that indicates that with the more rigid phenanthroline ligands steric effects from bulky substituents have less effect on the ring closure mechanism than in the case of the bipyridine ligands. An experimental concentration dependence of the fluorescence quantum yield of cresyl violet has been harmonized with previously published contradictory reports. Fluorescence of cresyl violet in various solvents and in micellar systems has also been systematically explored.

  8. Thermal and high pressure inactivation kinetics of blueberry peroxidase. (United States)

    Terefe, Netsanet Shiferaw; Delon, Antoine; Versteeg, Cornelis


    This study for the first time investigated the stability and inactivation kinetics of blueberry peroxidase in model systems (McIlvaine buffer, pH=3.6, the typical pH of blueberry juice) during thermal (40-80°C) and combined high pressure-thermal processing (0.1-690MPa, 30-90°C). At 70-80°C, the thermal inactivation kinetics was best described by a biphasic model with ∼61% labile and ∼39% stable fractions at temperature between 70 and 75°C. High pressure inhibited the inactivation of the enzyme with no inactivation at pressures as high as 690MPa and temperatures less than 50°C. The inactivation kinetics of the enzyme at 60-70°C, and pressures higher than 500MPa was best described by a first order biphasic model with ∼25% labile fraction and 75% stable fraction. The activation energy values at atmospheric pressure were 548.6kJ/mol and 324.5kJ/mol respectively for the stable and the labile fractions. Crown Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Foot Swelling during Air Travel: A Concern? (United States)

    ... concern? What causes leg and foot swelling during air travel? Answers from Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D. ... had major surgery or you take birth control pills, for example — consult your doctor before flying. He ...

  10. Microbial Evolution at High Pressure: Deep Sea and Laboratory Studies (United States)

    Bartlett, D. H.


    Elevated hydrostatic pressures are present in deep-sea and deep-Earth environments where this physical parameter has influenced the evolution and characteristics of life. Piezophilic (high-pressure-adapted) microbes have been isolated from diverse deep-sea settings, and would appear likely to occur in deep-subsurface habitats as well. In order to discern the factors enabling life at high pressure my research group has explored these adaptations at various levels, most recently including molecular analyses of deep-sea trench communities, and through the selective evolution of the model microbe Escherichia coli in the laboratory to progressively higher pressures. Much of the field work has focused on the microbes present in the deeper portions of the Puerto Rico Trench (PRT)and in the Peru-Chile Trench (PCT), from 6-8.5 km below the sea surface (~60-85 megapascals pressure). Culture-independent phylogenetic data on the Bacteria and Archaea present on particles or free-living, along with data on the microeukarya present was complemented with genomic analyses and the isolation and characterization of microbes in culture. Metagenomic analyses of the PRT revealed increased genome sizes and an overrepresentation at depth of sulfatases for the breakdown of sulfated polysaccharides and specific categories of transporters, including those associated with the transport of diverse cations or carboxylate ions, or associated with heavy metal resistance. Single-cell genomic studies revealed several linneages which recruited to the PRT metagenome far better than existing marine microbial genome sequences. analyses. Novel high pressure culture approaches have yielded new piezophiles including species preferring very low nutrient levels, those living off of hydrocarbons, and those adapted to various electron donor/electron acceptor combinations. In order to more specifically focus on functions enabling life at increased pressure selective evolution experiments were performed with

  11. Microhole High-Pressure Jet Drill for Coiled Tubing

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    Ken Theimer; Jack Kolle


    Tempress Small Mechanically-Assisted High-Pressure Waterjet Drilling Tool project centered on the development of a downhole intensifier (DHI) to boost the hydraulic pressure available from conventional coiled tubing to the level required for high-pressure jet erosion of rock. We reviewed two techniques for implementing this technology (1) pure high-pressure jet drilling and (2) mechanically-assisted jet drilling. Due to the difficulties associated with modifying a downhole motor for mechanically-assisted jet drilling, it was determined that the pure high-pressure jet drilling tool was the best candidate for development and commercialization. It was also determined that this tool needs to run on commingled nitrogen and water to provide adequate downhole differential pressure and to facilitate controlled pressure drilling and descaling applications in low pressure wells. The resulting Microhole jet drilling bottomhole assembly (BHA) drills a 3.625-inch diameter hole with 2-inch coil tubing. The BHA consists of a self-rotating multi-nozzle drilling head, a high-pressure rotary seal/bearing section, an intensifier and a gas separator. Commingled nitrogen and water are separated into two streams in the gas separator. The water stream is pressurized to 3 times the inlet pressure by the downhole intensifier and discharged through nozzles in the drilling head. The energy in the gas-rich stream is used to power the intensifier. Gas-rich exhaust from the intensifier is conducted to the nozzle head where it is used to shroud the jets, increasing their effective range. The prototype BHA was tested at operational pressures and flows in a test chamber and on the end of conventional coiled tubing in a test well. During instrumented runs at downhole conditions, the BHA developed downhole differential pressures of 74 MPa (11,000 psi, median) and 90 MPa (13,000 psi, peaks). The median output differential pressure was nearly 3 times the input differential pressure available from the


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    Kubetskiy Valeriy Leonidovich


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

  13. Scrotal swellings in the under 5s.


    Wilson-Storey, D


    Scrotal swelling is a common cause of referral to the paediatric surgical services in Edinburgh, constituting 12% of total admissions. Of these, 2818 (65%) were in boys under the age of 5 years, with a wide variety, including inguinal hernias, hydroceles, testicular torsion, tumours, and some interesting but uncommon conditions. A retrospective study was performed over a 12 year period to assess the incidence, aetiology, mode of presentation, disease, and management of scrotal swellings in bo...

  14. Prediction of void swelling in the baffle ring of WWER-1000 reactors for service life of 30–60 years

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    Kalchenko, A.S., E-mail: [National Science Center “Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology”, 61108 Kharkov (Ukraine); Bryk, V.V.; Lazarev, N.P.; Voyevodin, V.N. [National Science Center “Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology”, 61108 Kharkov (Ukraine); Garner, F.A. [Radiation Effects Consulting, Richland, WA 99354 (United States)


    Major internal components of WWER-type nuclear reactors are made from annealed 18Cr10NiTi steel, a close analog to AISI 321. Void swelling of the baffle ring in particular could be a major factor limiting operation of the reactor beyond the current 30 years license. A predictive swelling equation is needed to forecast the spatial variation of swelling so as to identify those areas requiring additional attention. Available data on the swelling of this steel arising from irradiation in the BOR-60 fast reactor was combined with data from a heavy ion accelerator at higher displacement rates to formulate a predictive equation of swelling for the WWER-relevant range of temperature, irradiation dose and dose rates. This equation was used to estimate the swelling distribution over a cross-section of the baffle ring of a WWER reactor during a service life up to 60 years, reaching a local maximum of ∼30% swelling. It was shown that void swelling extends over a larger portion of the baffle ring than previously expected and exhibits a very complex and irregular distribution in response to complex distributions of temperature and dpa rate. Most importantly, as operation is extended beyond 30 years several areas of the ring may experience swelling in excess of 10% where void-induced embrittlement begins and one area may exceed 20% after 45 years, a swelling level where a complete loss of ductility is known to occur.

  15. Decreased STAT3 Phosphorylation Mediates Cell Swelling in Ammonia-Treated Astrocyte Cultures

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    Arumugam R. Jayakumar


    Full Text Available Brain edema, due largely to astrocyte swelling, and the subsequent increase in intracranial pressure and brain herniation, are major complications of acute liver failure (ALF. Elevated level of brain ammonia has been strongly implicated in the development of astrocyte swelling associated with ALF. The means by which ammonia brings about astrocyte swelling, however, is incompletely understood. Recently, oxidative/nitrosative stress and associated signaling events, including activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs, as well as activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB, have been implicated in the mechanism of ammonia-induced astrocyte swelling. Since these signaling events are known to be regulated by the transcription factor, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3, we examined the state of STAT3 activation in ammonia-treated cultured astrocytes, and determined whether altered STAT3 activation and/or protein expression contribute to the ammonia-induced astrocyte swelling. STAT3 was found to be dephosphorylated (inactivated at Tyrosine705 in ammonia-treated cultured astrocytes. Total STAT3 protein level was also reduced in ammonia-treated astrocytes. We also found a significant increase in protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor type-1 (PTPRT-1 protein expression in ammonia-treated cultured astrocytes, and that inhibition of PTPRT-1 enhanced the phosphorylation of STAT3 after ammonia treatment. Additionally, exposure of cultured astrocytes to inhibitors of protein tyrosine phosphatases diminished the ammonia-induced cell swelling, while cultured astrocytes over-expressing STAT3 showed a reduction in the astrocyte swelling induced by ammonia. Collectively, these studies strongly suggest that inactivation of STAT3 represents a critical event in the mechanism of the astrocyte swelling associated with acute liver failure.

  16. Microstructure of calcite deformed by high-pressure torsion: An X-ray line profile study (United States)

    Schuster, Roman; Schafler, Erhard; Schell, Norbert; Kunz, Martin; Abart, Rainer


    Calcite aggregates were deformed to high strain using high-pressure torsion and applying confining pressures of 1-6 GPa and temperatures between room temperature and 450 °C. The run products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, and key microstructural parameters were extracted employing X-ray line profile analysis. The dominant slip system was determined as r { 10 1 bar 4 } ⟨ 2 bar 021 ⟩ with edge dislocation character. The resulting dislocation density and the size of the coherently scattering domains (CSD) exhibit a systematic dependence on the P-T conditions of deformation. While high pressure generally impedes recovery through reducing point defect mobility, the picture is complicated by pressure-induced phase transformations in the CaCO3 system. Transition from the calcite stability field to those of the high-pressure polymorphs CaCO3-II, CaCO3-III and CaCO3-IIIb leads to a change of the microstructural evolution with deformation. At 450 °C and pressures within the calcite stability field, dislocation densities and CSD sizes saturate at shear strains exceeding 10 in agreement with earlier studies at lower pressures. In the stability field of CaCO3-II, the dislocation density exhibits a more complex behavior. Furthermore, at a given strain and strain rate, the dislocation density increases and the CSD size decreases with increasing pressure within the stability fields of either calcite or of the high-pressure polymorphs. There is, however, a jump from high dislocation densities and small CSDs in the upper pressure region of the calcite stability field to lower dislocation densities and larger CSDs in the low-pressure region of the CaCO3-II stability field. This jump is more pronounced at higher temperatures and less so at room temperature. The pressure influence on the deformation-induced evolution of dislocation densities implies that pressure variations may change the rheology of carbonate rocks. In particular, a weakening is expected to occur at

  17. High pressure fracturing in Colombia: a quantum leap

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    Velasquez, Juan C. [BP Exploration (United Kingdom); Gutierrez, Jim; Ham, Ernesto; Castro, Alberto [BJ Services Company (United States)


    Fracturing has become one of the most common stimulation and well completion techniques in petroleum production. Due to the deeper depths and high frac gradients encountered in some areas, various treatments have resulted in early screen outs or aborted operations due to insufficient rate limited by the available treating pressures. A state of the art technology and high pressure equipment including the largest frac pumps (rated at 2,700 hhp) in the world, were used in Colombian fields to overcome these limitations. The reliability of this equipment has allowed the treatment of these wells to operating pressures of up to 18,000 psi and rates in excess of 40 bpm, placing up to 400,000 lbs of bauxite. Bottom hole treating pressures of 25,000 psi also were reached. This paper describes the development of the fracture campaign and relates the jobs performed to date, including the results and lessons learned (author)

  18. Linear ruby scale and one megabar. [high pressure fluorescence (United States)

    Ruoff, A. L.


    The accuracy and validity of certain techniques used in studying high-pressure transitions have been investigated. Experiments which place upper limits of about 20 GPa and about 50 GPa on pressures practically attainable using uniaxial supported opposed anvil devices with tungsten carbide pistons and uniaxial opposed flat anvil diamond devices, respectively, are reported. Direct static determinations of the transition pressures of GaP by two different methods are described. The values obtained indicate that the linear ruby scale increasingly overestimates the transition pressure as the pressure rises above 10 GPa. It is further shown that the use of shock-based marker materials, such as silver, as the basis of pressure measurement in X-ray diffraction studies leads to bulk moduli of cubic carbides which are in extreme disagreement with expected values.

  19. A stable compound of helium and sodium at high pressure

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    Dong, Xiao; Oganov, Artem R.; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Stavrou, Elissaios; Lobanov, Sergey; Saleh, Gabriele; Qian, Guang-Rui; Zhu, Qiang; Gatti, Carlo; Deringer, Volker L.; Dronskowski, Richard; Zhou, Xiang-Feng; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Konôpková, Zuzana; Popov, Ivan A.; Boldyrev, Alexander I.; Wang, Hui-Tian


    Helium is generally understood to be chemically inert and this is due to its extremely stable closed-shell electronic configuration, zero electron affinity and an unsurpassed ionization potential. It is not known to form thermodynamically stable compounds, except a few inclusion compounds. Here, using the ab initio evolutionary algorithm USPEX and subsequent high-pressure synthesis in a diamond anvil cell, we report the discovery of a thermodynamically stable compound of helium and sodium, Na2He, which has a fluorite-type structure and is stable at pressures >113 GPa. We show that the presence of He atoms causes strong electron localization and makes this material insulating. This phase is an electride, with electron pairs localized in interstices, forming eight-centre two-electron bonds within empty Na8 cubes. We also predict the existence of Na2HeO with a similar structure at pressures above 15 GPa.

  20. The high-pressure phase of CePtAl

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    Heymann, Gunter [Univ. Innsbruck (Austria). Inst. fuer Allgemeine, Anorganische und Theoretische Chemie; Heying, Birgit; Rodewald, Ute C. [Univ. Muenster (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Janka, Oliver [Univ. Muenster (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Univ. Oldenburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Chemie


    The intermetallic aluminum compound HP-CePtAl was synthesized by arc melting of the elements with subsequent high-pressure/high-temperature treatment at 1620 K and 10.5 GPa in a multianvil press. The compound crystallizes in the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2}-type structure (P6{sub 3}/mmc) with lattice parameters of a=552.7(1) and c=898.8(2) pm refined from powder X-ray diffraction data. With the help of single crystal investigations (wR=0.0527, 187 F{sup 2} values, 13 variables), the proposed structure type was confirmed and the mixed Pt/Al site occupations could be refined. Magnetic susceptibility measurements showed a disappearance of the complex magnetic ordering phenomena, which are observed in NP-CePtAl.

  1. In situ viscosity measurements of albite melt under high pressure

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    Funakoshi, K I; Terasaki, H


    The viscosities of albite (NaAlSi sub 3 O sub 8) melt under high pressures have been measured using an x-ray radiography falling sphere method with synchrotron radiation. This method has enabled us to determine the precise sinking velocity directly. Recent experiments of albite melt showed the presence of a viscosity minimum around 5 GPa (Poe et al 1997 Science 276 1245, Mori et al 2000 Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 175 87). We present the results for albite melt up to 5.2 GPa at 1600 and 1700 deg. C. The viscosity minimum is clearly observed to be around 4.5 GPa, and it might be explained not by the change of the compression mechanism in albite melt but by change of the phase itself.

  2. Ferrous alloys cast under high pressure gas atmosphere

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    Pirowski Z.


    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is describing the essence of the process of introducing nitrogen to the melt of ferrous alloys by application of overpressure above the metal bath. The problem was discussed in terms of both theory (the thermodynamic aspects of the process and practice (the technical and technological aspects, safety of the furnace stand operation, and technique of conducting the melt. The novel technique of melting under high pressure of the gas atmosphere (up to 5 MPa has not been used so far in the domestic industry, mainly because of the lack of proper equipment satisfyng the requirements of safe operation. Owing to cooperation undertaken with a partner from Bulgaria, a more detailed investigation of this technology has become possible and melting of selected ferrous alloys was conducted under the gas atmosphere at a pressure of about 3,5 MPa.

  3. High pressure synthesis of BiS2

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    Søndergaard-Pedersen, Simone; Nielsen, Morten Bormann; Bremholm, Martin

    crystal structures and electrical properties.1,2 Up until now, the most sulfur rich phase in the Bi-S phase diagram was Bi2S3.3 For BiS2 the Bi atoms have anisotropic charge distribution and more complex structures are expected when comparing the layered structures of transition metal dichalcogenides....... The possibilities of using high pressure synthesis to discover new phases in the Bi-S binary system were investigated as early as the 1960’s.4 The research led to discovery of a compound with BiS2 stoichiometry, but no structure solution of BiS2 was reported. A reason behind making this new phase is to study...

  4. High-Pressure Die-Casting: Contradictions and Challenges (United States)

    Bonollo, Franco; Gramegna, Nicola; Timelli, Giulio


    High-pressure die casting (HPDC) is particularly suitable for high production rates and it is applied in several industrial fields; actually, approximately half of the world production of light metal castings is obtained by this technology. An overview of the actual status of HPDC technology is described in the current work, where both critical aspects and potential advantages are evidenced. Specific attention is paid to the quality requirements from the end users, as well as to the achievable production rate, the process monitoring and control, and the European and worldwide scenario. This overview leads to individuate the most relevant challenges for HPDC industry: "zero-defect" production, real-time process control, understanding the role of the process variables, process optimization, introduction of research and development activities, and disseminating the knowledge about HPDC technology. Performing these actions, HPDC foundries could achieve a more mature and efficient approach to large end users and exploit their really relevant potential.

  5. Prediction of Surface Porosity Defects in High Pressure Die Casting (United States)

    Saeedipour, Mahdi; Schneiderbauer, Simon; Pirker, Stefan; Bozorgi, Salar

    High pressure die casting (HPDC) is a novel manufacturing method with capability of mass production with higher accuracy. Porosity is one of the challenging defects in final product and may be affected by jet instability and atomization during injection phase. In case of atomization a large number of droplets with high velocity impinges the colder confining walls of the casting mold and might solidify consecutively. Different time scales of the impingement of the droplets and their solidification may result in heterogeneous structures near the surface of final product. A numerical framework using volume of fluid method (VOF) and an Eulerian-Lagrangian approach is established to simulate the liquid metal jet breakup and droplet formation during the injection phase. An analytical model for droplet impact on mold walls and solidification is studied and implemented in the numerical framework. The latter enables the prediction of porosity formation near the surface of final product.

  6. High pressure Raman spectra of monoglycine nitrate single crystal (United States)

    Carvalho, J. O.; Moura, G. M.; Dos Santos, A. O.; Lima, R. J. C.; Freire, P. T. C.; Façanha Filho, P. F.


    Single crystal of monoglycine nitrate has been studied by Raman spectroscopy under high pressures up to 5.5 GPa. The results show changes in lattice modes in the pressure ranges of 1.1-1.6 GPa and 4.0-4.6 GPa. The first change occurs with appearance of bands related to the lattice modes as well as discontinuity in the slope of dΩ/dP of these modes. Moreover, bands associated with the skeleton of glycine suggest that the molecule undergoes conformational modifications. The appearance of a strong band at 55 cm- 1 point to a second phase transition associated with the lattice modes, while the internal modes remain unchanged. These anomalies are probably due to rearrangement of hydrogen bonds. Additionally, decompression to ambient pressure shows that the phase transitions are reversible. Finally, the results show that the nitrate anions play an important role on the stability of the monoglycine nitrate crystal.

  7. High pressure, high current, low inductance, high reliability sealed terminals (United States)

    Hsu, John S [Oak Ridge, TN; McKeever, John W [Oak Ridge, TN


    The invention is a terminal assembly having a casing with at least one delivery tapered-cone conductor and at least one return tapered-cone conductor routed there-through. The delivery and return tapered-cone conductors are electrically isolated from each other and positioned in the annuluses of ordered concentric cones at an off-normal angle. The tapered cone conductor service can be AC phase conductors and DC link conductors. The center core has at least one service conduit of gate signal leads, diagnostic signal wires, and refrigerant tubing routed there-through. A seal material is in direct contact with the casing inner surface, the tapered-cone conductors, and the service conduits thereby hermetically filling the interstitial space in the casing interior core and center core. The assembly provides simultaneous high-current, high-pressure, low-inductance, and high-reliability service.

  8. High-pressure structural behavior of nanocrystalline Ge

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    Wang, H.; Liu, J. F.; Yan, H.


    The equation of state and the pressure of the I-II transition have been studied for nanocrystalline Ge using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The bulk modulus and the transition pressure increase with decreasing particle size for both Ge-I and Ge-II, but the percentage volume collapse at the transi......The equation of state and the pressure of the I-II transition have been studied for nanocrystalline Ge using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The bulk modulus and the transition pressure increase with decreasing particle size for both Ge-I and Ge-II, but the percentage volume collapse...... at the transition remains constant. Simplified models for the high-pressure structural behaviour are presented, based on the assumption that a large fraction of the atoms reside in grain boundary regions of the nanocrystalline material. The interface structure plays a significant role in affecting the transition...

  9. Small, high pressure ratio compressor: Aerodynamic and mechanical design (United States)

    Bryce, C. A.; Erwin, J. R.; Perrone, G. L.; Nelson, E. L.; Tu, R. K.; Bosco, A.


    The Small, High-Pressure-Ratio Compressor Program was directed toward the analysis, design, and fabrication of a centrifugal compressor providing a 6:1 pressure ratio and an airflow rate of 2.0 pounds per second. The program consists of preliminary design, detailed areodynamic design, mechanical design, and mechanical acceptance tests. The preliminary design evaluate radial- and backward-curved blades, tandem bladed impellers, impeller-and diffuser-passage boundary-layer control, and vane, pipe, and multiple-stage diffusers. Based on this evaluation, a configuration was selected for detailed aerodynamic and mechanical design. Mechanical acceptance test was performed to demonstrate that mechanical design objectives of the research package were met.

  10. Development of a remote inspection robot for high pressure structures

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    Lee, Jae C.; Kim, Jae H.; Choi, Yu R.; Moon, Soon S


    The high pressure structures in industrial plants must be periodically inspected for ensure their safety. Currently, the examination of them is manually performed by human inspectors, and there are many restrictions to examine the large containers which enclose dangerous chemicals or radioactive materials. We developed a remotely operated robot to examine these structures using recent mobile robot and computer technologies. Our robot has two magnetic caterpillars that make the robot can adhere to the structures made of steel like materials. The robot moves to the position for examination, and scans that position using ultrasonic probes equipped on it's arm, and transmits the result to the inspector according to his/her commands. Without building any auxiliary structures the robot can inspect the places where manual inspection can't reach. Therefore the robot can make shortening the inspection time as well as preventing the inspector from an accident. (author)

  11. Strong environmental tolerance of Artemia under very high pressure (United States)

    Minami, K.; Ono, F.; Mori, Y.; Takarabe, K.; Saigusa, M.; Matsushima, Y.; Saini, N. L.; Yamashita, M.


    It was shown by the present authors group that a tardigrade in its tun-state can survive after exposed to 7.5 GPa for 13 hours. We have extended this experiment to other tiny animals searching for lives under extreme conditions of high hydrostatic pressure. Artemia, a kind of planktons, in its dried egg-state have strong environmental tolerance. Dozens of Artemia eggs were sealed in a small Teflon capsule together with a liquid pressure medium, and exposed to the high hydrostatic pressure of 7.5 GPa. After the pressure was released, they were soaked in seawater to observe hatching rate. It was proved that 80-90% of the Artemia eggs were alive and hatched into Nauplii after exposed to the maximum pressure of 7.5 GPa for up to 48 hours. Comparing with Tardigrades, Artemia are four-times stronger against high pressure.

  12. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A. [Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Mostaganem (Algeria); Departement de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie d' Oran, USTO, Oran (Algeria); Zaoui, A., E-mail: [Universite Lille Nord de France, LGCgE (EA 4515) Lille1, Polytech' Lille, Cite Scientifique, Avenue Paul Langevin, 59655 Villeneuve D' Ascq Cedex (France); Ferhat, M. [Departement de Physique, Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie d' Oran, USTO, Oran (Algeria)


    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  13. Color changes in pork in relation to high pressure treatment

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    Bak, Kathrine Holmgaard

    that the critical limit of O2 is higher for dry-cured meat than for cooked, cured meat, possibly due to the reduced molecular mobility in the drier samples. HP treatment appeared to offer an additional protective effect to surface color stability in dry-cured meat, possibly by introducing intermolecular hydrogen......The color changes taking place in fresh as well as cured pork as a result of high pressure (HP) treatment were investigated, characterized, and explained. The effect of HP in the range from 200 through 800 MPa at 5 °C or 20°C on the color of fresh porcine longissimus dorsi (LD) immediately after HP...... treatment and during a six-day storage period was investigated via surface reflectance. Spectroscopic studies (in the form of surface reflectance, UV-vis, and circular dichroism) on the effect of HP treatment on the soluble protein fraction of porcine LD were conducted attempting to explain the color...

  14. Topological signature in the NEXT high pressure xenon TPC (United States)

    Ferrario, Paola; NEXT Collaboration


    The NEXT experiment aims to observe the neutrinoless double beta decay of 136Xe in a high-pressure xenon gas TPC using electroluminescence to amplify the signal from ionization. One of the main advantages of this technology is the possibility to use the topology of events with energies close to Qββ as an extra tool to reject background. In these proceedings we show with data from prototypes that an extra background rejection factor of 24.3 ± 1.4 (stat.)% can be achieved, while maintaining an efficiency of 66.7 ± 1.% for signal events. The performance expected in NEW, the next stage of the experiment, is to improve to 12.9% ± 0.6% background acceptance for 66.9% ± 0.6% signal efficiency.

  15. NATO Advanced Study Institute on High-Pressure Crystallography

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    Boldyreva, Elena; High-Pressure Crystallography


    This book is devoted to the theme of crystallographic studies at high pressure, with emphasis on the phenomena characteristic to the compressed state of matter, as well as experimental and theoretical techniques used to study these phenomena. As a thermodynamic parameter, pressure is remarkable in many ways. In the visible universe its value spans over sixty orders of magnitude, from the non-equilibrium pressure of hydrogen in intergalactic space, to the kind of pressure encountered within neutron stars. In the laboratory, it provides the unique possibility to control the structure and properties of materials, to dramatically alter electronic properties, and to break existing, or form new chemical bonds. This agenda naturally encompasses elements of physics (properties, structure and transformations), chemistry (reactions, transport), materials science (new materials) and engineering (mechanical properties); in addition it has direct applications and implications for geology (minerals in deep Earth environmen...

  16. High-pressure Brillouin study on methane hydrate

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    Sasaki, S; Suwa, I; Kume, T; Shimizu, H


    Acoustic velocities and adiabatic elastic constants of structure I of methane hydrate (MH) have been determined as a function of pressure up to 0.6 GPa at 23 deg. C by the high-pressure Brillouin spectroscopy developed for a single molecular crystal. The pressure dependence of the acoustic velocities of MH is very similar to that of ice-Ih except for the longitudinal acoustic (LA) velocity. The value of the LA velocity along the (100) direction of MH at 0.02 GPa is 3.63 km s sup - sup 1 which is about 7% lower than the average of the LA velocities in the ice-Ih phase at -35.5 deg. C and atmospheric pressure.

  17. NEXT: Neutrino Experiment with high pressure Xenon gas TPC

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    Yahlali, Nadia, E-mail: Nadia.Yahlali@ific.uv.e [Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular (Centro mixto UV-CSIC), Apdo. de Correos 22085, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Ball, M.; Carcel, S.; Diaz, J.; Gil, A.; Gomez Cadenas, J.J.; Martin-Albo, J.; Monrabal, F.; Serra, L.; Sorel, M. [Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular (Centro mixto UV-CSIC), Apdo. de Correos 22085, E-46071 Valencia (Spain)


    The search of the neutrinoless double-{beta} decay address the major Physics goals of revealing the nature of the neutrino and setting an absolute scale for its mass. The observation of a positive {beta}{beta}{sup 0{nu}}signal, the unique signature of Majorana neutrinos, would have deep consequences in particle physics and cosmology. Therefore, any claim of observing a positive signal shall require extremely robust evidences. NEXT is a new double-{beta} experiment which aims at building a 100 kg high pressure {sup 136}Xe gas TPC, to be hosted in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory (LSC), in Spain. This paper address the novel design concept of NEXT TPC believed to provide a pathway for an optimized and robust double-{beta} experiment.

  18. Study on the Radial Diffuser of Multistage High Pressure Pump

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    Kim, Deok Su; Mamatov, Sanjar [Hyosung goodsprings inc, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Warn Gyu [Pusan Nat’l Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    In this study, a high-pressure multistage pump used in the combined cycle power plants is analyzed. The pump performance characteristics (differential head and efficiency) are numerically analyzed for different shapes of the radial diffuser. The design variables selected for the radial diffuser are, number of vanes, diameter ratio (D{sub 4}/D{sub 3}), return channel outlet angle(α{sub 6}), and pressure recovery factor (C{sub p}). The numerical analysis results showed that the differential head and efficiency are the highest when the diameter ratio is the highest. Further, it was observed that the differential head was lower when the return channel outlet angle was 60° than when it was 90°, because of pre-swirl at the diffuser outlet.

  19. High-Pressure Synthesis of a Pentazolate Salt

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    Steele, Brad A.; Stavrou, Elissaios; Crowhurst, Jonathan C.; Zaug, Joseph M.; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Oleynik, Ivan I.


    The pentazolates, the last all-nitrogen members of the azole series, have been notoriously elusive for the last hundred years despite enormous efforts to make these compounds in either gas or condensed phases. Here, we report a successful synthesis of a solid state compound consisting of isolated pentazolate anions N5–, which is achieved by compressing and laser heating cesium azide (CsN3) mixed with N2 cryogenic liquid in a diamond anvil cell. The experiment was guided by theory, which predicted the transformation of the mixture at high pressures to a new compound, cesium pentazolate salt (CsN5). Electron transfer from Cs atoms to N5 rings enables both aromaticity in the pentazolates as well as ionic bonding in the CsN5 crystal. This work provides critical insight into the role of extreme conditions in exploring unusual bonding routes that ultimately lead to the formation of novel high nitrogen content species.

  20. Combination of endolysins and high pressure to inactivate Listeria monocytogenes. (United States)

    van Nassau, Tomas J; Lenz, Christian A; Scherzinger, Anna S; Vogel, Rudi F


    Outbreaks of listeriosis are often related to the consumption of low-processed ready-to-eat food products (e.g. soft cheeses or smoked fish) contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Traditional preservation techniques, such as heat treatment, cannot eliminate Listeria from these products without strongly affecting the quality of the foods. We therefore investigated the use of endolysin (PlyP40, Ply511, or PlyP825) in combination with high hydrostatic pressure processing to kill L. monocytogenes in buffer. The results demonstrated a more than additive effect when both treatments were combined. For example, whereas 0.16 μg/mL PlyP825 or 300 MPa (1 min, 30 °C) applied individually reduced the cell count by 0.2 and 0.3 log cfu, respectively, a combined treatment resulted in a reduction of 5.5 log cfu. Similar results were obtained for the other endolysins combined with high pressure processing. We also showed that the synergistic inactivation of cells by endolysin and HHP is possible at a pressure level of only 200 MPa (2 min, 30 °C). Thus, the application of endolysins did not only substantially increase the bactericidal effect of high pressure, but it also enabled the inactivation of bacterial cells at much lower pressure levels. This shows the potential of using such combined processes for the inactivation of L. monocytogenes and food preservation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Instabilities and soot formation in spherically expanding, high pressure, rich, iso-octane-air flames

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    Lockett, R D [School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V OHB (United Kingdom)


    Flame instabilities, cellular structures and soot formed in high pressure, rich, spherically expanding iso-octane-air flames have been studied experimentally using high speed Schlieren cinematography, OH fluorescence, Mie scattering and laser induced incandescence. Cellular structures with two wavelength ranges developed on the flame surface. The larger wavelength cellular structure was produced by the Landau-Darrieus hydrodynamic instability, while the short wavelength cellular structure was produced by the thermal-diffusive instability. Large negative curvature in the short wavelength cusps caused local flame quenching and fracture of the flame surface. In rich flames with equivalence ratio {phi} > 1.8, soot was formed in a honeycomb-like structure behind flame cracks associated with the large wavelength cellular structure induced by the hydrodynamic instability. The formation of soot precursors through low temperature pyrolysis was suggested as a suitable mechanism for the initiation of soot formation behind the large wavelength flame cracks.

  2. Effect of high pressure treatment on the color of fresh and processed meats

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    Bak, Kathrine Holmgaard; Bolumar, Tomas; Karlsson, Anders H.


    High pressure (HP) treatment often results in discoloration of beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. The degree of color changes depends on the physical and chemical state of the meat, especially myoglobin, and the atmospheric conditions during and after pressurization. A decreased redness is attributed...... to a large degree to the oxidation of the bright red oxymyoglobin or the purplish deoxymyoglobin into the brownish metmyoglobin, as well as to the denaturation of myoglobin. Surely, the high myoglobin content makes beef more exposed to this discoloration compared to the white chicken meat. In addition, HP...... treatment causes denaturation of myofibrillar proteins followed by aggregation, consequently, changing the surface reflectance and increasing lightness. Other intrinsic and extrinsic factors may affect the pressure-induced color changes positively or negatively. In this review, the pressure-induced color...

  3. Chain-length-dependent intermolecular packing in polyphenylenes: a high pressure study

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    Heimel, G; Oehzelt, M; Hummer, K; Koppelhuber-Bitschnau, B; Porsch, F; Ambrosch-Draxl, C; Resel, R


    We report on pressure-induced structural changes in crystalline oligo(para-phenylenes) containing two to six phenyl rings. The results are discussed with particular emphasis put on the implications these changes in intermolecular distances and molecular arrangement have on important bulk properties of this class of materials, such as optical response and charge transport. We performed energy dispersive x-ray diffraction in a systematic study on polycrystalline powders of biphenyl, para-terphenyl, p-quaterphenyl, p-quinquephenyl and p-sexiphenyl under hydrostatic pressure up to 60 kbar. Revisiting the crystal structures at ambient conditions reveals details in the packing principle. A linear relationship between the density at ambient conditions and the number of phenyl rings is found. High pressure data not only yields pressure-dependent lattice parameters and hints towards pressure-induced changes in the molecular arrangement but also allows for an analysis of the equations of state of these substances as a ...

  4. Swelling Properties of Hydrogels Containing Phenylboronic Acids

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    Full Text Available Phenylboronic acids are a class of compounds that bind glucose and other sugars. When polymerized into hydrogels, they provide a convenient nonenzymatic means for sensing glucose concentration, provided competing sugars are present at negligible concentrations. In this paper we provide a comprehensive study of swelling of hydrogels containing methacrylamidophenylboronic acid (MPBA, as a function of pH and concentration of either glucose or fructose. In one set of hydrogels, MPBA is substituted at 20 mol·% in a polyacrylamide hydrogel [p(MPBA-co-AAm], while in a second set of hydrogels, 20 mol·% MPBA is supplemented with 20 mol·% of N-3-(dimethylaminopropyl methacrylamide [p(MPBA-co-DMP-co-AAm]. Swelling curves are markedly different for fructose and glucose, and for the two sets of hydrogels. While fructose alters swelling by binding and contributing to the ionization of MPBA, glucose does the same, but it also can form crosslinking bridges between separate chains, leading to hydrogel shrinkage. While the [p(MPBA-co-AAm] hydrogels behaved as polyacids, swelling monotonically with increasing pH, the [p(MPBA-co-DMP-co-AAm] hydrogels exhibited polyampholyte behavior, with swelling minima at intermediate pH values.

  5. Devices and process for high-pressure magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Hoyt, David W.; Sears, Jesse A.; Turcu, Romulus V. F.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Hu, Jian Zhi


    A high-pressure magic angle spinning (MAS) rotor is detailed that includes a high-pressure sample cell that maintains high pressures exceeding 150 bar. The sample cell design minimizes pressure losses due to penetration over an extended period of time.

  6. 21 CFR 862.2260 - High pressure liquid chromatography system for clinical use. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false High pressure liquid chromatography system for... Clinical Laboratory Instruments § 862.2260 High pressure liquid chromatography system for clinical use. (a) Identification. A high pressure liquid chromatography system for clinical use is a device intended to separate...

  7. Recent Developments in High-Pressure Research at GSECARS (Invited) (United States)

    Rivers, M. L.; Prakapenka, V.; Wang, Y.; Dera, P. K.; Eng, P.; Newville, M.; Sutton, S. R.


    GeoSoilEnviroCARS (GSECARS) is a national user facility for geoscience research at sector 13 of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. GSECARS provides the scientific community with access to high-brightness x-rays and supports a wide range of experimental techniques. Approximately 50% of the research conducted at GSECARS involves high-pressure, both in the diamond anvil cell, and in 250-ton and 1000-ton multi-anvil presses. The other 50% of the research includes x-ray microprobe, microtomography, surface scattering and spectroscopy. The high-pressure experimental techniques provided at the facility include: - Diamond Anvil Cell: Monochromatic diffraction and spectroscopy. Online laser heating is available on the undulator beamline, and external heating is available on the bending magnet beamline. The online laser heating includes two 100W 1060nm fiber lasers and a 200W CO2 laser. - Multi-anvil Press: energy-dispersive and monochromatic diffraction and imaging. There is a 250 ton press on the bending magnet beamline, and a 1000 ton press on the undulator beamline; deformation experiments, acoustic velocity measurements, and computed tomography can all be performed in the press. An addition coming soon is the D-DIA30 module, which is a large multi-stage module for deformation experiments in the 1000-ton press. This device should also permit multi-anvil experiments to approach the megabar pressure range. - Inelastic scattering (X-ray Raman) in the diamond anvil cell. This is performed on a large 6-circle diffractometer in the 13-ID-C station. It is used to determine the electronic structure of low-Z elements, such as B, C, N, and O at high pressure. - Brillouin spectroscopy in the diamond anvil cell. This facility is located on the bending magnet beamline, and allows simultaneous measurement of density (by x-ray diffraction of the sample), pressure (by x-ray diffraction of standard materials), and sound speeds (by Brillouin spectroscopy). Offline

  8. High Pressure Reduction of Selenite by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 (United States)

    Picard, A.; Daniel, I.; Testemale, D.; Letard, I.; Bleuet, P.; Cardon, H.; Oger, P.


    High-pressure biotopes comprise cold deep-sea environments, hydrothermal vents, and deep subsurface or deep-sea sediments. The latter are less studied, due to the technical difficulties to sample at great depths without contamination. Nevertheless, microbial sulfate reduction and methanogenesis have been found to be spatially distributed in deep deep-sea sediments (1), and sulfate reduction has been shown to be actually more efficient under high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) in some sediments (2). Sulfate-reducing bacteria obtained from the Japan Sea are characterized by an increased sulfide production under pressure (3,4). Unfortunately, investigations of microbial metabolic activity as a function of pressure are extremely scarce due to the experimental difficulty of such measurements at high hydrostatic pressure. We were able to measure the reduction of selenite Se(IV) by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 as a function of pressure, to 150 MPa using two different high-pressure reactors that allow in situ X-ray spectroscopy measurements on a synchrotron source. A first series of measurements was carried out in a low-pressure Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) of our own design (5) at ID22 beamline at ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility); a second one was performed in an autoclave (6) at the BM30B beamline at ESRF. Selenite reduction by strain MR-17 was monitored from ambient pressure to 150 MPa over 25 hours at 30 deg C by XANES spectroscopy (X-ray Analysis of Near Edge Structure). Spectra were recorded hourly in order to quantify the evolution of the oxidation state of selenium with time. Stationary-phase bacteria were inoculated at a high concentration into fresh growth medium containing 5 or 10 M of sodium selenite and 20 mM sodium lactate. Kinetic parameters of the Se (IV) reduction by Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1 could be extracted from the data, as a function of pressure. They show 1) that the rate constant k of the reaction is decreased by a half at high pressure

  9. Mechanisms of Inactivation of Dry Escherichia coli by High-Pressure Carbon Dioxide (United States)

    Chen, Yuan Yao; Temelli, Feral


    ABSTRACT High-pressure carbon dioxide processing is a promising technology for nonthermal food preservation. However, few studies have determined the lethality of high-pressure CO2 on dry bacterial cells, and the mechanism of inactivation remains unknown. This study explored the mechanisms of inactivation by using Escherichia coli AW1.7 and mutant strains differing in heat and acid resistance, in membrane composition based on disruption of the locus of heat resistance, and in genes coding for glutamate decarboxylases and cyclopropane fatty acid synthase. The levels of lethality of treatments with liquid, gaseous, and supercritical CO2 were compared. The cell counts of E. coli AW1.7 and mutants with a water activity (aW) of 1.0 were reduced by more than 3 log10 (CFU/ml) after supercritical CO2 treatment at 35°C for 15 min; increasing the pressure generally enhanced inactivation, except for E. coli AW1.7 ΔgadAB. E. coli AW1.7 Δcfa was more susceptible than E. coli AW1.7 after treatment at 10 and 40 MPa; other mutations did not affect survival. Dry cells of E. coli were resistant to treatments with supercritical and liquid CO2 at any temperature. Treatments with gaseous CO2 at 65°C were more bactericidal than those with supercritical CO2 or treatments at 65°C only. Remarkably, E. coli AW1.7 was more susceptible than E. coli AW1.7 Δcfa when subjected to the gaseous CO2 treatment. This study identified CO2-induced membrane fluidization and permeabilization as causes of supercritical mediated microbial inactivation, and diffusivity was a dominant factor for gaseous CO2. IMPORTANCE The safety of dry foods is of increasing concern for public health. Desiccated microorganisms, including pathogens, remain viable over long periods of storage and generally tolerate environmental insults that are lethal to the same organisms at high water activity. This study explored the use of high-pressure carbon dioxide to determine its lethality for dried Escherichia coli and to

  10. Mechanisms of Inactivation of Dry Escherichia coli by High-Pressure Carbon Dioxide. (United States)

    Chen, Yuan Yao; Temelli, Feral; Gänzle, Michael G


    High-pressure carbon dioxide processing is a promising technology for nonthermal food preservation. However, few studies have determined the lethality of high-pressure CO 2 on dry bacterial cells, and the mechanism of inactivation remains unknown. This study explored the mechanisms of inactivation by using Escherichia coli AW1.7 and mutant strains differing in heat and acid resistance, in membrane composition based on disruption of the locus of heat resistance, and in genes coding for glutamate decarboxylases and cyclopropane fatty acid synthase. The levels of lethality of treatments with liquid, gaseous, and supercritical CO 2 were compared. The cell counts of E. coli AW1.7 and mutants with a water activity (a W ) of 1.0 were reduced by more than 3 log 10 (CFU/ml) after supercritical CO 2 treatment at 35°C for 15 min; increasing the pressure generally enhanced inactivation, except for E. coli AW1.7 Δ gadAB E. coli AW1.7 Δ cfa was more susceptible than E. coli AW1.7 after treatment at 10 and 40 MPa; other mutations did not affect survival. Dry cells of E. coli were resistant to treatments with supercritical and liquid CO 2 at any temperature. Treatments with gaseous CO 2 at 65°C were more bactericidal than those with supercritical CO 2 or treatments at 65°C only. Remarkably, E. coli AW1.7 was more susceptible than E. coli AW1.7 Δ cfa when subjected to the gaseous CO 2 treatment. This study identified CO 2 -induced membrane fluidization and permeabilization as causes of supercritical mediated microbial inactivation, and diffusivity was a dominant factor for gaseous CO 2 IMPORTANCE The safety of dry foods is of increasing concern for public health. Desiccated microorganisms, including pathogens, remain viable over long periods of storage and generally tolerate environmental insults that are lethal to the same organisms at high water activity. This study explored the use of high-pressure carbon dioxide to determine its lethality for dried Escherichia coli and to

  11. Evolution of Titan's High-Pressure Ice layer (United States)

    Sotin, C.; Kalousova, K.


    Constraints on the present interior structure of Titan come from the gravity science experiment onboard the Cassini spacecraft and from the interpretation of the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) wave observed by the Huygens probe [1, 2]. From the surface to the center, Titan would be composed of 4 layers: an icy crust, a global salty ocean, a layer of high-pressure ice (HP ice) and a core made of hydrated silicates [2, 3, 4]. The presence of a large amount of 40Ar in Titan's atmosphere argues for a geologically recent exchange process between the silicate core, where 40Ar is produced by the decay of 40K, and the atmosphere. Argon must then be able to be transported from the silicate core to the surface. This study investigates how volatiles can be transported through the HP ice layer.Recent numerical simulations [5] have demonstrated that the dynamics of the HP ice layer is controlled by convection processes in a two-phase material (water and high-pressure ice). The silicate / HP ice interface is maintained at the melting temperature, which might allow for the incorporation of volatiles such as 40Ar into the convecting HP ice. Above the hot thermal boundary layer, the temperature of the convecting HP ice is below the melting temperature, except for the upwelling plumes when they approach the cold thermal boundary layer. The upper part of the HP ice layer is at the melting point and permeable for water transport, providing a path for the transfer of volatiles trapped in the ice towards the ocean.Scaling laws are inferred from the numerical simulations [5]. They are then used to model the evolution of the HP ice layer. Specifically, we look at the effect of (i) ice viscosity, (ii) heat flux at the silicate/HP ice interface, and (iii) presence of anti-freeze compounds in the ocean, on the thickness of the HP ice layer. In addition, our results provide insights on possible resurfacing processes that could explain the geologically young age of Titan's surface. This work

  12. Synthesis and Raman spectroscopy of a layered SiS2 phase at high pressures. (United States)

    Wang, Yu; Jiang, Shu-Qing; Goncharov, Alexander F; Gorelli, Federico A; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Plašienka, Dušan; Martoňák, Roman; Tosatti, Erio; Santoro, Mario


    Dichalcogenides are known to exhibit layered solid phases, at ambient and high pressures, where 2D layers of chemically bonded formula units are held together by van der Waals forces. These materials are of great interest for solid-state sciences and technology, along with other 2D systems such as graphene and phosphorene. SiS2 is an archetypal model system of the most fundamental interest within this ensemble. Recently, high pressure (GPa) phases with Si in octahedral coordination by S have been theoretically predicted and also experimentally found to occur in this compound. At variance with stishovite in SiO2, which is a 3D network of SiO6 octahedra, the phases with octahedral coordination in SiS2 are 2D layered. Very importantly, this type of semiconducting material was theoretically predicted to exhibit continuous bandgap closing with pressure to a poor metallic state at tens of GPa. We synthesized layered SiS2 with octahedral coordination in a diamond anvil cell at 7.5-9 GPa, by laser heating together elemental S and Si at 1300-1700 K. Indeed, Raman spectroscopy up to 64.4 GPa is compatible with continuous bandgap closing in this material with the onset of either weak metallicity or of a narrow bandgap semiconductor state with a large density of defect-induced, intra-gap energy levels, at about 57 GPa. Importantly, our investigation adds up to the fundamental knowledge of layered dichalcogenides.

  13. Divergent synthesis routes and superconductivity of ternary hydride MgSiH6 at high pressure (United States)

    Ma, Yanbin; Duan, Defang; Shao, Ziji; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Hanyu; Tian, Fubo; Huang, Xiaoli; Li, Da; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian


    We predict a new ternary hydride MgSiH6 under high pressures, which is a metal with an ionic feature and takes on a simple cubic structure with space group P m -3 above 250 GPa. Our first-principles calculations show that the cubic MgSiH6 is a potential high-temperature superconductor with a superconducting transition temperature Tc of ˜63 K at 250 GPa. Further analysis suggests that phonon softening along mainly Γ -X and Γ -M directions induced by Fermi surface nesting plays a crucial role in the high-temperature superconductivity. Herein we propose the "triangle straight-line method" which provides a clear guide to determine the specific A + B → D type formation routes for ternary hydrides of the Mg-Si-H system and it effectively reveals two divergent paths to obtain MgSiH6 under high pressures: MgH2+SiH4→MgSiH6 and MgSi + 3 H2→MgSiH6 . This method might be applicable to all ternary compounds, which will be very significant for further experimental synthesis.

  14. High pressure inactivation of Pseudomonas in black truffle - comparison with Pseudomonas fluorescens in tryptone soya broth (United States)

    Ballestra, Patricia; Verret, Catherine; Cruz, Christian; Largeteau, Alain; Demazeau, Gerard; El Moueffak, Abdelhamid


    Pseudomonas is one of the most common genera in black Perigord truffle. Its inactivation by high pressure (100-500 MPa/10 min) applied on truffles at sub-zero or low temperatures was studied and compared with those of Pseudomonas fluorescens in tryptone soya broth. Pressurization of truffles at 300 MPa/4 °C reduced the bacterial count of Pseudomonas by 5.3 log cycles. Higher pressures of 400 or 500 MPa, at 4 °C or 20 °C, allowed us to slightly increase the level of destruction to the value of ca. 6.5 log cycles but did not permit us to completely inactivate Pseudomonas. The results showed a residual charge of about 10 CFU/g. Pressure-shift freezing of truffles, which consists in applying a pressure of 200 MPa/-18 °C for 10 min and then quickly releasing this pressure to induce freezing, reduced the population of Pseudomonas by 3.3 log cycles. The level of inactivation was higher than those obtained with conventional freezing. Endogenous Pseudomonas in truffle was shown to be more resistant to high pressure treatments than P. fluorescens used for inoculation of broths.

  15. Synthesis and Raman spectroscopy of a layered SiS2 phase at high pressures (United States)

    Wang, Yu; Jiang, Shu-Qing; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Gorelli, Federico A.; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Plašienka, Dušan; MartoÅák, Roman; Tosatti, Erio; Santoro, Mario


    Dichalcogenides are known to exhibit layered solid phases, at ambient and high pressures, where 2D layers of chemically bonded formula units are held together by van der Waals forces. These materials are of great interest for solid-state sciences and technology, along with other 2D systems such as graphene and phosphorene. SiS2 is an archetypal model system of the most fundamental interest within this ensemble. Recently, high pressure (GPa) phases with Si in octahedral coordination by S have been theoretically predicted and also experimentally found to occur in this compound. At variance with stishovite in SiO2, which is a 3D network of SiO6 octahedra, the phases with octahedral coordination in SiS2 are 2D layered. Very importantly, this type of semiconducting material was theoretically predicted to exhibit continuous bandgap closing with pressure to a poor metallic state at tens of GPa. We synthesized layered SiS2 with octahedral coordination in a diamond anvil cell at 7.5-9 GPa, by laser heating together elemental S and Si at 1300-1700 K. Indeed, Raman spectroscopy up to 64.4 GPa is compatible with continuous bandgap closing in this material with the onset of either weak metallicity or of a narrow bandgap semiconductor state with a large density of defect-induced, intra-gap energy levels, at about 57 GPa. Importantly, our investigation adds up to the fundamental knowledge of layered dichalcogenides.

  16. High-pressure structural and elastic properties of Tl₂O₃

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    Gomis, O., E-mail:; Vilaplana, R. [Centro de Tecnologías Físicas, MALTA Consolider Team, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València (Spain); Santamaría-Pérez, D. [Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, MALTA Consolider Team, Universidad de Valencia, Edificio de Investigación, C/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Earth Sciences Department, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London (United Kingdom); Ruiz-Fuertes, J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada-ICMUV, MALTA Consolider Team, Universidad de Valencia, Edificio de Investigación, C/Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Geowissenschaften, Goethe-Universität, Altenhöferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Sans, J. A.; Manjón, F. J.; Mollar, M. [Instituto de Diseño para la Fabricación y Producción Automatizada, MALTA Consolider Team, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València (Spain); and others


    The structural properties of Thallium (III) oxide (Tl₂O₃) have been studied both experimentally and theoretically under compression at room temperature. X-ray powder diffraction measurements up to 37.7 GPa have been complemented with ab initio total-energy calculations. The equation of state of Tl₂O₃ has been determined and compared to related compounds. It has been found experimentally that Tl₂O₃ remains in its initial cubic bixbyite-type structure up to 22.0 GPa. At this pressure, the onset of amorphization is observed, being the sample fully amorphous at 25.2 GPa. The sample retains the amorphous state after pressure release. To understand the pressure-induced amorphization process, we have studied theoretically the possible high-pressure phases of Tl₂O₃. Although a phase transition is theoretically predicted at 5.8 GPa to the orthorhombic Rh₂O₂-II-type structure and at 24.2 GPa to the orthorhombic α-Gd₂S₃-type structure, neither of these phases were observed experimentally, probably due to the hindrance of the pressure-driven phase transitions at room temperature. The theoretical study of the elastic behavior of the cubic bixbyite-type structure at high-pressure shows that amorphization above 22 GPa at room temperature might be caused by the mechanical instability of the cubic bixbyite-type structure which is theoretically predicted above 23.5 GPa.

  17. Trimethylamine-N-oxide's effect on polypeptide solvation at high pressure: a molecular dynamics simulation study. (United States)

    Sarma, Rahul; Paul, Sandip


    The solvation characteristics of a 15-residue polypeptide and also the structure of the solution in the presence and absence of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), one of the strongest known protein stabilizers among the natural osmolytes both at low and high pressures, are investigated under high pressure conditions by employing the molecular dynamics simulation technique. The goal is to provide a molecular level understanding of how TMAO protects proteins at elevated pressures. Two different conformations of the polypeptide are used: helix and extended. Analysis of peptide hydration characteristics reveals that the pressure-induced enhancement of hydration number is higher for the extended state as compared to the helix. TMAO shows an opposite effect and causes more dehydration of the extended state. The total number of atomic sites that solvate peptide residues increases in the presence of TMAO, whereas the number of hydrogen bonds formed by peptide with solution species reduces due to the inability of TMAO to donate its hydrogen to peptide hydrogen bonding sites. In solution, both hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding sites of TMAO are found to be well solvated by water molecules and solvation of TMAO enhances water structure and reduces the number of nearest identical neighbors for water. Pressure and TMAO are seen to have counteracting effects on water structural properties. Implications of these results for counteracting mechanism of TMAO are discussed.

  18. Insulator-metal transitions and superconductivity in solids at high pressures (United States)

    Dias, Ranga


    Under high pressure, simple molecular solids transform into non-molecular (extended) solids as compression energies approach the energies of strong covalent bonds in constituent chemical species. As a result, it is common to observe the transformation of molecular solids into more compact extended structures with more itinerant electrons, which softens repulsive interatomic interactions at high density. This allows exotic properties to be tuned, such as mechanical strength, nonlinear second harmonic optical properties, electric and optical conductivites, and magnetic properties of condensed-matter systems. Carbon dioxide, for example, exhibits a richness of high-pressure polymorphs with a great diversity in intermolecular interaction, chemical bonding, and crystal structures. Thus, group IV sulfides, in comparison with their chemical analog CO2, provide opportunities to exploit the relationship between the structural phase transition, electronic metallization, and superconductivity. We present integrated spectral, structural, resistance, and theoretical evidence for several systems of simple molecular group IV sulfides that undergo pressure-induced electronic phase transitions to novel metallic, magnetically ordered, and/or superconducting states. The work has been performed in support of NSF-DMR (Grant No. 0854618 and 1203834).

  19. Swelling and stacking fault formation in helium implanted SiC

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    Barbot, J.F., E-mail: [Institut Pprime, UPR3346, CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, Department of Material Sciences, SP2MI, Bd. M. et P. Curie, Teleport 2, BP 30179, F-86962 Futuroscope - Chasseneuil (France); Beaufort, M.F. [Institut Pprime, UPR3346, CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, Department of Material Sciences, SP2MI, Bd. M. et P. Curie, Teleport 2, BP 30179, F-86962 Futuroscope - Chasseneuil (France); Texier, M. [IM2NP Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Campus de Saint Jerome, av. Escadrille Normandie Niemen, F-13397 Marseille Cedex (France); Tromas, C. [Institut Pprime, UPR3346, CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, Department of Material Sciences, SP2MI, Bd. M. et P. Curie, Teleport 2, BP 30179, F-86962 Futuroscope - Chasseneuil (France)


    Effects of annealing on surface swelling in helium implanted 4H-SiC were studied for different implant conditions. The significant increase of surface swelling observed upon high temperature annealing of samples implanted under severe implant conditions (high temperature and fluence) is observed to be concomitant with the growth of cavities and the formation of other extended defects in the highly damaged zone. Frank loops resulting from the drift of interstitials only form in the highly damaged zone. These loops promote the formation of Shockley partial dislocations leading to stacking fault pile-up. For less severe conditions of implantation, low temperature and fluence, the formation of dislocations is avoided upon post-annealing, and the recovery of swelling progressively occurs. Under intermediate conditions of implantation, the compensation between elastic recovery of the implantation-induced strain and the limited formation of cavities and interstitial-type clusters result in a constant swelling.

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

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


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

  1. Coherent Lamellar Growth of Akimotoite within Enstatite Host at High Pressure and Temperature (United States)

    Lockridge, J.; Sharp, T. G.; Hu, J.


    To constrain models of the rheology and dynamic behavior of subducting oceanic lithosphere within the mantle transition zone, it is important to understand the mechanisms by which the major mineralogical components of the slab transform to their high-pressure polymorphs. Despite being the second most abundant component of the upper mantle, the mechanisms of polymorphic phase transformations in pyroxene remain poorly understood. In subducting oceanic lithosphere, which is colder than the surrounding mantle, akimotoite would be stable relative to majorite and the polymorphic reaction to akimotoite would be kinetically favored over disproportionation reactions to ringwoodite or wadsleyite plus stishovite. There are two transformation mechanisms that have been observed in experiments studying polymorphic transformation of mantle silicates. Heterogeneous nucleation and interface controlled growth is the most commonly observed mechanism, with product phases typically growing as incoherent, granular rims. A second, shear-induced mechanism is characterized by coherent lamellar growth of high-pressure phases on stacking faults within the host grain. Coherent lamellar intergrowth has been observed experimentally in (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 olivine (Kerschhofer 1996, 1998) and within shocked chondritic meteorites for both olivine (Chen et al., 2004) and enstatite (Tomioka and Fujino 1997, 1999). Tomioka (2007) modeled a shear-induced mechanism for the enstatite-akimotoite transition, but this mechanism has not been observed experimentally. We are investigating transformation reactions and kinetics of natural Mg0.9Fe0.1SiO3 enstatite. Within a sample transformed at 20GPa and 1400°C, we observe akimotoite lamellae within the enstatite host. Using transmission electron microscopy, we confirm the coherent, topotaxial relationship between the akimotoite and enstatite as modeled in Tomioka (2007). These findings suggest that shear-induced intracrystalline transformation of enstatite to

  2. Gamma radiation synthesis of rapid swelling superporous polyacrylamide hydrogels

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    Francis, Sanju [Radiation Technology Development Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)], E-mail:; Mitra, D.; Dhanawade, B.R.; Varshney, Lalit; Sabharwal, Sunil [Radiation Technology Development Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)


    In this report a simple route for gamma radiation induced synthesis of superporous hydrogel (SPH) is described. Conventional SPH synthesis requires foaming and cross-linking reactions to take place simultaneously. However, in radiation synthesis it is difficult to introduce foaming during the cross-linking reactions. In order to overcome this limitation, the foaming and radiation cross-linking reactions were decoupled and carried out in two stages. The polyacrylamide SPH synthesized by this approach has very fast swelling kinetics compared to the non-porous hydrogel.

  3. Gamma radiation synthesis of rapid swelling superporous polyacrylamide hydrogels (United States)

    Francis, Sanju; Mitra, D.; Dhanawade, B. R.; Varshney, Lalit; Sabharwal, Sunil


    In this report a simple route for gamma radiation induced synthesis of superporous hydrogel (SPH) is described. Conventional SPH synthesis requires foaming and cross-linking reactions to take place simultaneously. However, in radiation synthesis it is difficult to introduce foaming during the cross-linking reactions. In order to overcome this limitation, the foaming and radiation cross-linking reactions were decoupled and carried out in two stages. The polyacrylamide SPH synthesized by this approach has very fast swelling kinetics compared to the non-porous hydrogel.

  4. High-pressure Moessbauer study of perovskite iron oxides

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    Kawakami, T; Sasaki, T; Kuzushita, K; Morimoto, S; Endo, S; Kawasaki, S; Takano, M


    The perovskite oxides CaFeO sub 3 and La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 have been investigated by high-pressure sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The critical temperatures of the charge disproportionation (CD) and the magnetic order (MO) have been determined as a function of pressure. In CaFeO sub 3 the CD (2Fe sup 4 sup + -> Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) occurs at an almost constant temperature of 290 K in the pressure range of 0-17 GPa. Above 20 GPa, the CD is suppressed. The MO temperature of 125 K at an ambient pressure rises to 300 K at 34 GPa. In La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 the CD (3Fe sup 1 sup 1 sup / sup 3 sup + -> 2Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) and the MO occur at the same temperature up to 21 GPa, which decreases from 207 to 165 K with increasing pressure. Above 25 GPa, however, the MO temperature rises above 400 K.

  5. Transport properties of liquid metal hydrogen under high pressures (United States)

    Brown, R. C.; March, N. H.


    A theory is developed for the compressibility and transport properties of liquid metallic hydrogen, near to its melting point and under high pressure. The interionic force law is assumed to be of the screened Coulomb type, because hydrogen has no core electrons. The random phase approximation is used to obtain the structure factor S(k) of the system in terms of the Fourier transform of this force law. The long wavelenth limit of the structure factor S(o) is related to the compressibility, which is much lower than that of alkali metals at their melting points. The diffusion constant at the melting point is obtained in terms of the Debye frequency, using a frequency spectrum analogous with the phonon spectrum of a solid. A similar argument is used to obtain the combined shear and bulk viscosities, but these depend also on S(o). The transport coefficients are found to be about the same size as those of alkali metals at their melting points.

  6. Production of nanograined intermetallics using high-pressure torsion

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    Alhamidi, Ali; Edalati, Kaveh; Horita, Zenji, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan)


    Formation of intermetallics is generally feasible at high temperatures when the lattice diffusion is fast enough to form the ordered phases. This study shows that nanograined intermetallics are formed at a low temperature as 573 K in Al- 25 mol% Ni, Al- 50 mol.% Ni and Al- 50 mol% Ti powder mixtures through powder consolidation using high-pressure torsion (HPT). For the three compositions, the hardness gradually increases with straining but saturates to the levels as high as 550-920 Hv. In addition to the high hardness, the TiAl material exhibits high yield strength as {approx}3 GPa with good ductility as {approx}23%, when they are examined by micropillar compression tests. X-ray diffraction analysis and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveal that the significant increase in hardness and strength is due to the formation of nanograined intermetallics such as Al{sub 3}Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, TiAl{sub 3}, TiAl{sub 2} and TiAl with average grain sizes of 20-40 nm (author)

  7. Effect of high pressure on cod (Gadus morhua) desalting (United States)

    Salvador, Ângelo C.; Saraiva, Jorge A.; Fidalgo, Liliana G.; Delgadillo, Ivonne


    The effect of high pressure on salt and water diffusion in the desalting process of cod was studied. Under pressure, up to 300 MPa, the osmotic equilibrium is reached much faster, compared to desalting at atmospheric pressure. Water (D ew) and salt (D es) effective diffusion coefficients reached a maximum at 200 MPa, increasing 500- and 160-fold, respectively, compared with desalting at atmospheric pressure. Increasing pressure up to 300 MPa causes a reduction in both effective diffusion coefficients, although they were still about 70-fold higher than at atmospheric pressure. Up to 200 MPa, a linear correlation was found between D ew and D es and pressure. However, the total diffused amounts of water and salt, when the osmotic equilibrium was reached, were lower under pressure. At atmospheric pressure cod water content increased 1.65-fold, but under pressure the increment was on average 1.25-fold, while salt content decreased to 0.51-fold the initial value at atmospheric pressure and to around 0.75-fold under pressure.

  8. Efficiency of liquid-jet high-pressure booster compressors (United States)

    Mikheev, N. I.; Davletshin, I. A.; Mikheev, A. N.; Kratirov, D. V.; Fafurin, V. A.


    There are almost no experimental data on the head-capacity curves for liquid-jet compressors with the inlet gas pressure of liquid-jet apparatus more than 1 MPa. Meanwhile, this range is important for many engineering applications in which relatively low compressor ratio is required for the pumping of gas under high pressure. This is mostly the case when gas circulation is to be provided in a closed or almost closed circuit. A head-capacity curve of a liquid-jet apparatus has been estimated experimentally for the air pumping at up to 2.5 MPa by a water jet. To obtain this curve, a new original technique has been submitted and verified which is based on an inverse unsteady problem of gas pumping and allows derivation of the whole curve instead of one operating point, which is the case for conventional methods. The experiments have demonstrated that the relative head of the liquid-jet compressor grows with the apparatus inlet air pressure in the middle part of the curve.

  9. X-ray Diffraction Study of Arsenopyrite at High Pressure

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    D Fan; M Ma; W Zhou; S Wei; Z Chen; H Xie


    The high-pressure X-ray diffraction study of a natural arsenopyrite was investigated up to 28.2 GPa using in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction and a diamond anvil cell at National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The 16:3:1 methanol-ethanol-water mixture was used as a pressure-transmitting medium. Pressures were measured using the ruby-fluorescence method. No phase change has been observed up to 28.2 GPa. The isothermal equation of state (EOS) was determined. The values of K{sub 0}, and K'{sub 0} refined with a third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS are K{sub 0} = 123(9) GPa, and K'{sub 0} = 5.2(8). Furthermore, we confirm that the linear compressibilities ({beta}) along a, b and c directions of arsenopyrite is elastically isotropic ({beta}{sub a} = 6.82 x 10{sup -4}, {beta}{sub b} = 6.17 x 10{sup -4} and {beta}{sub c} = 6.57 x 10{sup -4} GPa{sup -1}).

  10. High-pressure studies of cycloheptane up to 30 GPa (United States)

    Ma, Chunli; Cui, Qiliang; Liu, Zhenxian


    High-pressure synchrotron angle dispersive x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and infrared absorption studies have been performed on cycloheptane (C7H14) up to 30 GPa at room temperature by using diamond anvil cell techniques. The synchrotron x-ray diffraction results indicate that the liquid cyclopentane undergoes two phase transitions at around 0.5 and 1.0 GPa, respectively. Then, it gradually turns into glass state starting from 3.0 GPa. The features of the Raman scattering and infrared absorption show no significant changes with increasing pressure below 3 GPa. This implies that the two phases observed by the x-ray diffraction can be attributed to plastic phases in which the cycloheptane molecules are held in an ordered structure while the molecular orientation is disordered. Up on further compression, all Raman and infrared bands begin broadening around 3.0 GPa that provide further evidence on the transition to glass state. Our results also suggest different paths on phase transitions under isothermal compression at room temperature compare to that previously reported under isobaric cooling at ambient pressure. This work was supported by the NSF of China (91014004, 11004074,11074089), the specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (20110061110011, 20100061120093), and the National Basic Research Program of China (2011CB808200).

  11. Rapid Heat Treatment of Aluminum High-Pressure Diecastings (United States)

    Lumley, R. N.; Polmear, I. J.; Curtis, P. R.


    Recently, it has been demonstrated that common high-pressure diecasting (HPDC) alloys, such as those based on the Al-Si-Cu and Al-Si-Mg-(Cu) systems, may be successfully heat treated without causing surface blistering or dimensional instability. In some compositions, the capacity to exploit age hardening may allow the proof stress values to be doubled when compared to the as-cast condition. This heat treatment procedure involves the use of severely truncated solution treatment cycles conducted at lower than normal temperatures, followed by quenching and natural or artificial aging. The potential therefore exists to develop and evaluate secondary HPDC alloys designed specifically for rapid heat treatment, while still displaying high castability. This article reports results of an experimental program in which responses of various alloy compositions to age hardening have been investigated with the primary aim of further reducing the duration and cost of the heat treatment cycle while maintaining high tensile properties. Composition ranges have been established for which values of 0.2 pct proof stress exceeding 300 MPa ( i.e., increases of ~100 pct above as-cast values) can be achieved using a procedure that involves a total time for solution treatment plus age hardening of only 30 minutes. This rapid aging behavior is shown to be related to precipitation of the complex Q' phase, which forms primarily when Mg contents of the alloys are above ~0.2 wt pct.

  12. High pressure die casting of Fe-based metallic glass. (United States)

    Ramasamy, Parthiban; Szabo, Attila; Borzel, Stefan; Eckert, Jürgen; Stoica, Mihai; Bárdos, András


    Soft ferromagnetic Fe-based bulk metallic glass key-shaped specimens with a maximum and minimum width of 25.4 and 5 mm, respectively, were successfully produced using a high pressure die casting (HPDC) method, The influence of die material, alloy temperature and flow rate on the microstructure, thermal stability and soft ferromagnetic properties has been studied. The results suggest that a steel die in which the molten metal flows at low rate and high temperature can be used to produce completely glassy samples. This can be attributed to the laminar filling of the mold and to a lower heat transfer coefficient, which avoids the skin effect in the steel mold. In addition, magnetic measurements reveal that the amorphous structure of the material is maintained throughout the key-shaped samples. Although it is difficult to control the flow and cooling rate of the molten metal in the corners of the key due to different cross sections, this can be overcome by proper tool geometry. The present results confirm that HPDC is a suitable method for the casting of Fe-based bulk glassy alloys even with complex geometries for a broad range of applications.

  13. High pressure die casting of Fe-based metallic glass (United States)

    Ramasamy, Parthiban; Szabo, Attila; Borzel, Stefan; Eckert, Jürgen; Stoica, Mihai; Bárdos, András


    Soft ferromagnetic Fe-based bulk metallic glass key-shaped specimens with a maximum and minimum width of 25.4 and 5 mm, respectively, were successfully produced using a high pressure die casting (HPDC) method, The influence of die material, alloy temperature and flow rate on the microstructure, thermal stability and soft ferromagnetic properties has been studied. The results suggest that a steel die in which the molten metal flows at low rate and high temperature can be used to produce completely glassy samples. This can be attributed to the laminar filling of the mold and to a lower heat transfer coefficient, which avoids the skin effect in the steel mold. In addition, magnetic measurements reveal that the amorphous structure of the material is maintained throughout the key-shaped samples. Although it is difficult to control the flow and cooling rate of the molten metal in the corners of the key due to different cross sections, this can be overcome by proper tool geometry. The present results confirm that HPDC is a suitable method for the casting of Fe-based bulk glassy alloys even with complex geometries for a broad range of applications.

  14. Feeding Mechanisms in High-Pressure Die Castings (United States)

    Otarawanna, S.; Laukli, H. I.; Gourlay, C. M.; Dahle, A. K.


    This work focuses on understanding the feeding behavior during high-pressure die casting (HPDC). The effects of intensification pressure (IP) and gate thickness on the transport of material through the gate during the latter stages of HPDC were investigated using an AlSi3MgMn alloy. Microstructural characterization of the gate region indicated a marked change in feeding mechanism with increasing IP and gate size. Castings produced with a high IP or thick gate contained a relatively low fraction of total porosity, and shear band-like features existed through the gate, suggesting that semisolid strain localization in the gate is involved in feeding during the pressure intensification stage. When a low IP is combined with a thin gate, no shear band is observed in the gate and feeding is less effective, resulting in a higher level of porosity in the HPDC component. Although shear banding through the gate was found to reduce porosity in HPDC parts, if gates are not properly designed, deformation of the mushy zone through the gate can cause severe macrosegregation, large pores, and large cracks, which could severely reduce the performance of the component.

  15. Energy Efficient High-Pressure Turbine Leakage Technology Report (United States)

    Gardner, W. B.


    The leakage test program was one of such supporting technology programs structured to provide guidance to the Energy Efficient Engine High Pressure Turbine Component Design Effort. Leakage reduction techniques were identified and evaluated. Test models were used to simulate component leak paths and to evaluate leakage reduction techniques. These models simulated the blade/disk attachment, the vane inner platform attachment, and the vane outer platform attachment combined with the blade outer airseal. Disk blade attachment testing indicated that leakage in this area could be reduced to very low levels by paying careful attention to the tolerances along the contact surface between the blade vibration damper and the blade platform contact surface. The aim of feather seal testing was to achieve a goal for an effective leakage gap of one mil (.001 inch) per inch of feather seal length. Results indicated that effective gaps even below the goal level were achievable by (1) maintaining close tolerances between feather seals and their slots to minimize end gaps and limit seal rotation, (2) avoiding feather seal overlap, and (3) minimizing feather seal intersections. W seals were shown to be effective leakage control devices. Wire rope, in its present state of development, was shown not to be an effective sealing concept for application to the component design.

  16. High-pressure differential scanning calorimetry of colorant products. (United States)

    Marsh, J M; Clarke, C J; Meinert, K; Dahlgren, R M


    High-pressure differential scanning calorimetry (HPDSC) can be used to gain information on both the degree of crystallinity in the intermediate filaments (IFs) and the structural rigidity of the surrounding matrix or intermediate filament associated proteins (IFAP) of the hair cortex (1-3). We have used HPDSC to measure changes in the denaturation temperature (T(D)) and enthalpy (DeltaH(D)) of the crystalline components after multiple treatments with permanent hair colorant products. We have observed that after three repeat treatments both the denaturation enthalpy and peak temperature are significantly decreased vs the untreated starting substrate. However, on dialysis of the fibers in deionized water this decrease is shown to be completely reversible, returning the enthalpy and temperature to that of the untreated hair. It is proposed that the decrease is due to the incorporation of formulation components such as the alkalizer and surfactants etc. and metal ions such as calcium and magnesium from the tap wash water. These components are predicted to have a non-permanent effect on the salt bridges and hydrogen bonds and hence the rigidity or viscosity of the matrix. We have compared the denaturation temperature with the tensile properties of the fiber after treatment both before and after removal of actives from the fiber.

  17. Integrated high pressure microhydraulic actuation and control for surgical instruments. (United States)

    Moers, A J M; De Volder, M F L; Reynaerts, D


    To reduce the surgical trauma to the patient, minimally invasive surgery is gaining considerable importance since the eighties. More recently, robot assisted minimally invasive surgery was introduced to enhance the surgeon's performance in these procedures. This resulted in an intensive research on the design, fabrication and control of surgical robots over the last decades. A new development in the field of surgical tool manipulators is presented in this article: a flexible manipulator with distributed degrees of freedom powered by microhydraulic actuators. The tool consists of successive flexible segments, each with two bending degrees of freedom. To actuate these compliant segments, dedicated fluidic actuators are incorporated, together with compact hydraulic valves which control the actuator motion. Especially the development of microvalves for this application was challenging, and are the main focus of this paper. The valves distribute the hydraulic power from one common high pressure supply to a series of artificial muscle actuators. Tests show that the angular stroke of the each segment of this medical instrument is 90°.

  18. Microbial growth under a high-pressure CO2 environment (United States)

    Thompson, J. R.; Hernandez, H. H.


    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) of CO2 has the potential to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses associated with fossil fuel combustion. The largest potential for storing captured CO2 in the United Sates is in deep geologic saline formations. Currently, little is known about the effects of CO2 storage on biologically active microbial communities found in the deep earth biosphere. Therefore, to investigate how deep earth microbial communities will be affected by the storage of CO2, we have built a high-pressure microbial growth system in which microbial samples are subjected to a supercritical CO2 (scCO2) environment. Recently we have isolated a microbial consortium that is capable of growth and extracellular matrix production in nutrient media under a supercritical CO2 headspace. This consortium was cultivated from hydrocarbon residues associated with saline formation waters and includes members of the gram-positive Bacillus genus. The cultivation of actively growing cells in an environment containing scCO2 is unexpected based on previous experimental evidence of microbial sterilization attributed to the acidic, desiccating, and solvent-like properties of scCO2. Such microbial consortia have potential for development as (i) biofilm barriers for geological carbon-dioxide sequestration, and as (ii) agents of biocatalysis in environmentally-friendly supercritical (sc) CO2 solvent systems. The discovery that microbes can remain biologically active, and grow, in these environments opens new frontiers for the use of self-regenerating biological systems in engineering applications.

  19. Microorganisms under high pressure--adaptation, growth and biotechnological potential. (United States)

    Mota, Maria J; Lopes, Rita P; Delgadillo, Ivonne; Saraiva, Jorge A


    Hydrostatic pressure is a well-known physical parameter which is now considered an important variable of life, since organisms have the ability to adapt to pressure changes, by the development of resistance against this variable. In the past decades a huge interest in high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) technology is increasingly emerging among food and biosciences researchers. Microbial specific stress responses to HHP are currently being investigated, through the evaluation of pressure effects on biomolecules, cell structure, metabolic behavior, growth and viability. The knowledge development in this field allows a better comprehension of pressure resistance mechanisms acquired at sub-lethal pressures. In addition, new applications of HHP could arise from these studies, particularly in what concerns to biotechnology. For instance, the modulation of microbial metabolic pathways, as a response to different pressure conditions, may lead to the production of novel compounds with potential biotechnological and industrial applications. Considering pressure as an extreme life condition, this review intends to present the main findings so far reported in the scientific literature, focusing on microorganisms with the ability to withstand and to grow in high pressure conditions, whether they have innated or acquired resistance, and show the potential of the application of HHP technology for microbial biotechnology. © 2013.

  20. Pulsed laser kinetic studies of liquids under high pressure

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    Eyring, E.M.


    Experiments have been developed for measuring the rates of chemical reactions liquids and in supercritical Co[sub 2]. A pulsed (Q-switch) Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm was the pump beam for laser flash photolysis studies of molybdenum and tungsten hexacarbonyls undergoing ligand displacement reactions by bidentate chelating agents such as 2,2[prime]-bipyridine in toluene. Experiments were carried out at 0.1 to 150 MPa. In the case of molybdenum complexes, the reaction mechanism for thermal ring closure is found from activation volumes to change from associative interchange to dissociative interchange as substituents on the 2,2[prime]-bipyridine ligands become bulkier. In a similar study of more rigid, substituted phenanthroline bidentate ligands it was found that substituent bulkiness had little effect on the thermal ring closure mechanism. Similar high pressure flash photolysis experiments with tungsten hexacarbonyl have also been completed. The concentration dependence of the fluorescence and nonradiative decay quantum yields for cresyl violet in several solvent have been reported as well as stability constants for the complexation of lithium ion by four different crown ethers dissolved in a room temperature molten salt.

  1. Effect of high pressure treatment on liquid whole egg (United States)

    Németh, Csaba; Dalmadi, István; Mráz, Balázs; Friedrich, László; Zeke, Ildikó; Juhász, Réka; Suhajda, Ágnes; Balla, Csaba


    In our tests, we artificially infected liquid whole egg samples with Salmonella enteritidis, Listeria monocytogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and then treated the samples in "Food Lab900" high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) instrument for 3-17 min at 200-400 MPa. Subsequently, the change of the viable cell count of the specific bacteria has been tested. In addition to the samples infected with various bacteria, non-infected samples were also treated in each test and the change in viable cell count, colour and viscosity of the samples upon the effect of the treatment. In summary, it can be concluded that in each test of our investigations, the viable cell count of S. enteritidis critical for egg products is reduced significantly, while the reduction of the total viable cell count was around two magnitudes. Additionally, based on our results, microbial destruction, reduction of enthalpy (denaturation of egg white) caused by the treatment at HPP, and colour change are primarily affected by the pressure level, while the changes in rheological properties are also significantly affected by the duration of high pressure treatment (p<0.05).

  2. Bio-mass utilization in high pressure cogeneration boiler (United States)

    Koundinya, Sandeep; Maria Ambrose Raj, Y.; Sreeram, K.; Divakar Shetty A., S.


    Coal is widely used all over the world in almost all power plants. The dependence on coal has increased enormously as the demand for electricity has reached its peak. Coal being a non-renewable source is depleting fast. We being the engineers, it's our duty to conserve the natural resources and optimize the coal consumption. In this project, we have tried to optimize the bio-mass utilization in high pressure cogeneration boiler. The project was carried in Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited, erode related to Boiler No:10 operating at steam pressure of 105 kscg and temperature of 510°C. Available bio-mass fuels in and around the mill premises are bagasse, bagasse pith, cane trash and chipper dust. In this project, we have found out the coal equivalent replacement by the above bio-mass fuel(s) to facilitate deciding on the optimized quantity of coal that can be replaced by biomass without modifying the existing design of the plant. The dominant fuel (coal) which could be displaced with the substitute biomass fuel had been individually (biomass) analyzed.

  3. Dense superconducting phases of copper-bismuth at high pressure (United States)

    Amsler, Maximilian; Wolverton, Chris


    Although copper and bismuth do not form any compounds at ambient conditions, two intermetallics, CuBi and Cu11Bi7 , were recently synthesized at high pressures. Here we report on the discovery of additional copper-bismuth phases at elevated pressures with high densities from ab initio calculations. In particular, a Cu2Bi compound is found to be thermodynamically stable at pressures above 59 GPa, crystallizing in the cubic Laves structure. In strong contrast to Cu11Bi7 and CuBi, cubic Cu2Bi does not exhibit any voids or channels. Since the bismuth lone pairs in cubic Cu2Bi are stereochemically inactive, the constituent elements can be closely packed and a high density of 10.52 g/cm3 at 0 GPa is achieved. The moderate electron-phonon coupling of λ =0.68 leads to a superconducting temperature of 2 K, which exceeds the values observed both in Cu11Bi7 and CuBi, as well as in elemental Cu and Bi.

  4. High pressure oxidation of C2H4/NO mixtures

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    Giménez-López, J.; Alzueta, M.U.; Rasmussen, C.T.


    An experimental and kinetic modeling study of the interaction between C2H4 and NO has been performed under flow reactor conditions in the intermediate temperature range (600–900K), high pressure (60bar), and for stoichiometries ranging from reducing to oxidizing conditions. The main reaction...... pathways of the C2H4/O2/NOx conversion, the capacity of C2H4 to remove NO, and the influence of the presence of NOx on the C2H4 oxidation are analyzed. Compared to the C2H4/O2 system, the presence of NOx shifts the onset of reaction 75–150K to lower temperatures. The mechanism of sensitization involves...... is removed. This removal is partly explained by the reaction C2H3+NO→HCN+CH2O. However, a second removal mechanism is active in the 700–850K range, which is not captured by the chemical kinetic model. With the present thermochemistry and kinetics, neither formation of nitro-hydrocarbons (CH3NO2, C2H3NO2, C2H...


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    Vinayak N. Kabadi


    The Vapor Liquid Equilibrium measurement setup of this work was first established several years ago. It is a flow type high temperature high pressure apparatus which was designed to operate below 500 C temperature and 2000 psia pressure. Compared with the static method, this method has three major advantages: the first is that large quantity of sample can be obtained from the system without disturbing the equilibrium state which was established before; the second is that the residence time of the sample in the equilibrium cell is greatly reduced, thus decomposition or contamination of the sample can be effectively prevented; the third is that the flow system allows the sample to degas as it heats up since any non condensable gas will exit in the vapor stream, accumulate in the vapor condenser, and not be recirculated. The first few runs were made with Quinoline-Tetralin system, the results were fairly in agreement with the literature data . The former graduate student Amad used the same apparatus acquired the Benzene-Ethylbenzene system VLE data. This work used basically the same setup (several modifications had been made) to get the VLE data of Ethylbenzene-Quinoline system.

  6. The Eoalpine High Pressure Belt west of the Tauern Window (United States)

    Pomella, Hannah; Flöss, David; Speckbacher, Romed; Tropper, Peter; Fügenschuh, Bernhard


    Eclogites in the Texel Unit (Eastern Alps; South Tyrol, Italy) represent the westernmost outcrops of the E-W striking Eoalpine High Pressure Belt (EHB), a key feature of the Eastern Alps. The EHB forms part of a Cretaceous intra-continental, south(east) dipping subduction/collision zone as visible east of the Tauern window. West of the Tauern window the same nappe stack displays a northwest dip giving rise for discussion on the general setting. Based on own observations and literature data we present a new and coherent tectonic model for the eastern end of the EHB: Despite at present the major structures dip to northwest the subduction was originally directed to south(east). Due to the special situation of this area at the tip of the Southalpine indenter the originally south(east) dipping structures became overturned and former thrusts appear as normal faults (e.g. Schneeberg fault zone) while former normal faults presently display thrust geometries (e.g. Jaufen fault). Two crustal-scale cross-sections together with an evolution model are presented to illustrate the model.

  7. Pulse Radiolysis at High Temperatures and High Pressures

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    Christensen, H.; Sehested, Knud


    A set-up enabling pulse radiolysis measurements at high temperatures (up to 320°C) and high pressures (up to 140 bar) has been constructed in collaboration between Risö National Laboratory and Studsvik Energiteknik. The cell has been used for experiments with aqueous solutions with the purpose.......2 kcal.mol−1) and OH+OH (tentatively 8 kJ·mol−1, 1.9 kcal·mol−1) have been determined. The absorption spectrum of the OH radical has been determined up to temperatures of 200°C. The absorption maximum is found at 230 nm at all temperatures. The reaction between Fe2+ and OH radicals has been studied up...... to a temperature of 220°C. An activation energy of 9 kJ·mol−1 (2.2 kcal·mol−1) has been determined and the spectrum of the transient formed in the reaction has been determined at different temperatures....

  8. Future directions in high-pressure neutron diffraction (United States)

    Guthrie, M.


    The ability to manipulate structure and properties using pressure has been well known for many centuries. Diffraction provides the unique ability to observe these structural changes in fine detail on lengthscales spanning atomic to nanometre dimensions. Amongst the broad suite of diffraction tools available today, neutrons provide unique capabilities of fundamental importance. However, to date, the growth of neutron diffraction under extremes of pressure has been limited by the weakness of available sources. In recent years, substantial government investments have led to the construction of a new generation of neutron sources while existing facilities have been revitalized by upgrades. The timely convergence of these bright facilities with new pressure-cell technologies suggests that the field of high-pressure (HP) neutron science is on the cusp of substantial growth. Here, the history of HP neutron research is examined with the hope of gleaning an accurate prediction of where some of these revolutionary capabilities will lead in the near future. In particular, a dramatic expansion of current pressure-temperature range is likely, with corresponding increased scope for extreme-conditions science with neutron diffraction. This increase in coverage will be matched with improvements in data quality. Furthermore, we can also expect broad new capabilities beyond diffraction, including in neutron imaging, small angle scattering and inelastic spectroscopy.

  9. High pressure inactivation of Brettanomyces bruxellensis in red wine. (United States)

    van Wyk, Sanelle; Silva, Filipa V M


    Brettanomyces bruxellensis ("Brett") is a major spoilage concern for the wine industry worldwide, leading to undesirable sensory properties. Sulphur dioxide, is currently the preferred method for wine preservation. However, due to its negative effects on consumers, the use of new alternative non-thermal technologies are increasingly being investigated. The aim of this study was to determine and model the effect of high pressure processing (HPP) conditions and yeast strain on the inactivation of "Brett" in Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Processing at 200 MPa for 3 min resulted in 5.8 log reductions. However higher pressure is recommended to achieve high throughput in the wine industry, for example >6.0 log reductions were achieved after 400 MPa for 5 s. The inactivation of B. bruxellensis is pressure and time dependent, with increased treatment time and pressure leading to increased yeast inactivation. It was also found that yeast strain had a significant effect on HPP inactivation, with AWRI 1499 being the most resistant strain. The Weibull model successfully described the HPP "Brett" inactivation. HPP is a viable alternative for the inactivation of B. bruxellensis in wine, with the potential to reduce the industry's reliance on sulphur dioxide. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Optimization of stent implantation using a high pressure inflation protocol. (United States)

    Vallurupalli, Srikanth; Bahia, Amit; Ruiz-Rodriguez, Ernesto; Ahmed, Zubair; Hakeem, Abdul; Uretsky, Barry F


    High-pressure inflation is the universal standard for stent deployment but a specific protocol for its use is lacking. We developed a standardized "pressure optimization protocol" (POP) using time to inflation pressure stability as an endpoint for determining the required duration of stent inflation. The primary study purpose was to determine the stent inflation time (IT) in a large patient cohort using the standardized inflation protocol, to correlate various patient and lesion characteristics with IT, and ascertain in an in vitro study the time for pressure accommodation within an inflation system. Six hundred fifteen stent implants in 435 patients were studied. Multivariate analysis was performed to determine predictors of longer ITs. In an in vitro study, various stents and balloons were inflated in air to determine the pressure accommodation time of the inflation system. The mean stent IT was 104 ± 41 sec (range 30-380 sec). Stent length was the only predictor of prolonged stent inflation. The "accommodation time" in vitro of the stent inflation system itself was 33 ± 24 sec. The protocol was safe requiring premature inflation termination in expand the stent and that the use of a pressure stability protocol will allow for safe, predictable, and more complete stent deployment. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Evaluate of Chill Vent Performance for High Pressure Die-Casting Production and Simulation of Motorcycle Fuel Caps


    Meethum Piyanut; Suvanjumrat Chakrit


    Inappropriate air vent design always induced porosities in thin and complex shape of high pressure die-casting (HPDC) products. Chill block installation was preferred to improve permanent molds for reducing porosities. There were not regular to obtain an appropriated chill vent from this method unless an experience of mold makers. This research was performed to investigate and evaluate the chill block performance in the HPDC mold of motorcycle fuel caps. The HPDC mold of the thin and complex ...

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

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


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

  13. Unusual presentation of ulcerative postauricular swelling as ...

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    The swelling became ulcerative and associated with progressive tinnitus and hoarseness of voice. The patient was investigated. Fine‑needle aspiration cytology suggested sebaceous cell carcinoma. Then excision biopsy was done, and histopathological examination of excised tissue confirmed the diagnosis. Extraorbital ...

  14. An unusual swelling in the male perineum. (United States)

    Parnham, Arie Stewart; Freeman, Alex; Kirkham, Alex; Muneer, Asif


    Median raphe cysts are a rare, congenital entity. We present a case and review the literature in respect to a 35-year-old man with a non-visible, painless midline swelling in the anterior perineum initially thought to be a liposarcoma. Subsequent histopathological examination confirmed a median raphe cyst. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  15. An unusual swelling in the male perineum

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    Parnham, Arie Stewart; Freeman, Alex; Kirkham, Alex; Muneer, Asif


    Median raphe cysts are a rare, congenital entity. We present a case and review the literature in respect to a 35-year-old man with a non-visible, painless midline swelling in the anterior perineum initially thought to be a...

  16. A Biophysical Model for Cytotoxic Cell Swelling

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    Dijkstra, Koen; Hofmeijer, Jeannette; van Gils, Stephanus A.; van Putten, Michel Johannes Antonius Maria


    We present a dynamic biophysical model to explain neuronal swelling underlying cytotoxic edema in conditions of low energy supply, as observed in cerebral ischemia. Our model contains Hodgkin—Huxley-type ion currents, a recently discovered voltage-gated chloride flux through the ion exchanger

  17. Water-bearing, high-pressure Ca-silicates (United States)

    Németh, Péter; Leinenweber, Kurt; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Groy, Thomas; Domanik, Kenneth J.; Kovács, István J.; Kovács, Judit S.; Buseck, Peter R.


    Water-bearing minerals provide fundamental knowledge regarding the water budget of the mantle and are geophysically significant through their influence on the rheological and seismic properties of Earth's interior. Here we investigate the CaO-SiO2-H2O system at 17 GPa and 1773 K, corresponding to mantle transition-zone condition, report new high-pressure (HP) water-bearing Ca-silicates and reveal the structural complexity of these phases. We document the HP polymorph of hartrurite (Ca3SiO5), post-hartrurite, which is tetragonal with space group P4/ncc, a = 6.820 (5), c = 10.243 (8) Å, V = 476.4 (8) Å3, and Z = 4, and is isostructural with Sr3SiO5. Post-hartrurite occurs in hydrous and anhydrous forms and coexists with larnite (Ca2SiO4), which we find also has a hydrous counterpart. Si is 4-coordinated in both post-hartrurite and larnite. In their hydrous forms, H substitutes for Si (4H for each Si; hydrogrossular substitution). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy shows broad hydroxyl absorption bands at ∼3550 cm-1 and at 3500-3550 cm-1 for hydrous post-hartrurite and hydrous larnite, respectively. Hydrous post-hartrurite has a defect composition of Ca2.663Si0.826O5H1.370 (5.84 weight % H2O) according to electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA), and the Si deficiency relative to Ca is also observed in the single-crystal data. Hydrous larnite has average composition of Ca1.924Si0.851O4H0.748 (4.06 weight % H2O) according to EPMA, and it is in agreement with the Si occupancy obtained using X-ray data collected on a single crystal. Superlattice reflections occur in electron-diffraction patterns of the hydrous larnite and could indicate crystallographic ordering of the hydroxyl groups and their associated cation defects. Although textural and EPMA-based compositional evidence suggests that hydrous perovskite may occur in high-Ca-containing (or low silica-activity) systems, the FTIR measurement does not show a well-defined hydroxyl absorption band for this

  18. Solubility of silicon in hcp-iron at high pressure (United States)

    Kuwayama, Y.


    The Earth's outer core is believed to be composed of liquid iron alloy with one or more light elements (e.g., Birch 1952; Poirier 1994). Although a number of elements lighter than iron, including hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, silicon, and sulfur, have been considered by various researchers as potential light elements in the Earth's core, silicon is one of the most attractive candidates for the light element in the core (e.g., Takafuji et al. 2005; Sakai et al. 2006; Ozawa et al. 2008, 2009, Wood et al., 2008). The Earth's inner core is considered to consist mainly of a solid iron-nickel alloy. However, multiple experimental studies revealed that the inner core is also less dense than pure iron, indicating the presence of light components in the inner core (e.g., Jephcoat and Olson 1987; Mao et al. 1998; Lin et al. 2005; Badro et al. 2007). If silicon is indeed a major light element in the liquid outer core, the maximum amount of silicon that can be incorporated in the solid inner core during inner-core solidification is limited by the solubility of silicon in solid iron at the pressure of the inner core boundary. Therefore the phase relations of iron-silicon alloys, especially the solubility of silicon in solid iron at high pressure and temperature, are the key to understanding the composition, structure, and crystallization of the inner core. The phase relations of iron-silicon alloys at high pressure have been extensively studied using a multi-anvil apparatus (Zhang and Guyot 1999; Dobson et al. 2002; Kuwayama and Hirose 2004) and a diamond-anvil cell with in-situ x-ray diffraction measurements (Lin et al. 2002; Lin et al. 2003; Dubrovinsky et al. 2003; Hirao et al. 2004; Asanuma et al. 2008, Lin et al 2009, Kuwayama et al. 2009). Below 200 GPa, the solubility of silicon in solid hcp-iron has been well studied. Solid hcp-iron can contain at least ~10 wt% Si at low temperature, but it decomposed to iron-rich hcp phase and silicon-rich bcc phase at high temperature

  19. High-pressure Raman study of microcrystalline WO{sub 3} tungsten oxide

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    Boulova, M. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces (CNRS UMR 5631), ENSEEG-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France); Chemistry Department, Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Rosman, N.; Bouvier, P.; Lucazeau, G. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces (CNRS UMR 5631), ENSEEG-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France)


    A high-pressure Raman study of microcrystalline tungsten oxide was performed in the 0.1 MPa-30 GPa pressure range under hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic conditions. Two phase transitions are evidenced; they take place below 0.1 GPa and at about 22 GPa and are of first order. Two spectral anomalies are observed at about 3 and 10 GPa; they may be related to diffuse weak structural transitions. The number of observed Raman bands remains practically unchanged in the 0.1-30 GPa range and thus the symmetry changes are likely to be small. Surprisingly, the non-hydrostatic conditions do not induce inhomogeneous band broadening and do not modify the transition sequence observed in hydrostatic conditions. The compressibilities of the different observed phases are estimated from spectral data and discussed within Hazen's polyhedral approach. (author)

  20. High-pressure Raman study of microcrystalline WO3 tungsten oxide (United States)

    Boulova, M.; Rosman, N.; Bouvier, P.; Lucazeau, G.


    A high-pressure Raman study of microcrystalline tungsten oxide was performed in the 0.1 MPa-30 GPa pressure range under hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic conditions. Two phase transitions are evidenced; they take place below 0.1 GPa and at about 22 GPa and are of first order. Two spectral anomalies are observed at about 3 and 10 GPa they may be related to diffuse weak structural transitions. The number of observed Raman bands remains practically unchanged in the 0.1-30 GPa range and thus the symmetry changes are likely to be small. Surprisingly, the non-hydrostatic conditions do not induce inhomogeneous band broadening and do not modify the transition sequence observed in hydrostatic conditions. The compressibilities of the different observed phases are estimated from spectral data and discussed within Hazen's polyhedral approach.

  1. Origin of the critical temperature discontinuity in superconducting sulfur under high pressure (United States)

    Monni, M.; Bernardini, F.; Sanna, A.; Profeta, G.; Massidda, S.


    Elemental sulfur shows a superconducting phase at high pressure (above 100 GPa), with critical temperatures that rise up to 20 K [Phys. Rev. B 65, 064504 (2002), 10.1103/PhysRevB.65.064504; Nature (London) 525, 73 (2015), 10.1038/nature14964] and presenting a jump at about 160 GPa, close to a structural phase transition to the β -Po phase. In this work we present a theoretical and fully ab initio characterization of sulfur based on superconducting density functional theory (SCDFT), focusing in the pressure range from 100 to 200 GPa. Calculations result in very good agreement with available experiments and point out that the origin of the critical temperature discontinuity is not related to the structural phase transition but induced by an electronic Lifshitz transition. This brings a strongly (interband) coupled electron pocket available for the superconducting condensation.

  2. Weakening of the diamagnetic shielding in FeSe1 -xSx at high pressures (United States)

    Yip, K. Y.; Chan, Y. C.; Niu, Q.; Matsuura, K.; Mizukami, Y.; Kasahara, S.; Matsuda, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Goh, Swee K.


    The superconducting transition of FeSe1 -xSx with three distinct sulfur concentrations x was studied under hydrostatic pressures up to ˜70 kbar via bulk ac susceptibility. The pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) features a small dome-shaped variation at low pressures for x =0.04 and x =0.12 , followed by a more substantial Tc enhancement to a value of around 30 K at moderate pressures. In x =0.21 , a similar overall pressure dependence of Tc is observed, except that the small dome at low pressures is flattened. For all three concentrations, a significant weakening of the diamagnetic shielding is observed beyond the pressure around which the maximum Tc of 30 K is reached near the verge of the pressure-induced magnetic phase. This observation points to a strong competition between the magnetic and high-Tc superconducting states at high pressure in this system.

  3. Topological Dirac line nodes and superconductivity coexist in SnSe at high pressure

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    Chen, Xuliang; Lu, Pengchao; Wang, Xuefei; Zhou, Yonghui; An, Chao; Zhou, Ying; Xian, Cong; Gao, Hao; Guo, Zhaopeng; Park, Changyong; Hou, Binyang; Peng, Kunling; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Sun, Jian; Xiong, Yimin; Yang, Zhaorong; Xing, Dingyu; Zhang, Yuheng


    We report on the discovery of a pressure-induced topological and superconducting phase of SnSe, a material which attracts much attention recently due to its superior thermoelectric properties. In situ high-pressure electrical transport and synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements show that the superconductivity emerges along with the formation of a CsCl-type structural phase of SnSe above around 27 GPa, with a maximum critical temperature of 3.2 K at 39 GPa. Based on ab initio calculations, this CsCl-type SnSe is predicted to be a Dirac line-node (DLN) semimetal in the absence of spin-orbit coupling, whose DLN states are protected by the coexistence of time-reversal and inversion symmetries. These results make CsCl-type SnSe an interesting model platform with simple crystal symmetry to study the interplay of topological physics and superconductivity.

  4. High pressure Raman scattering study on Sm2Mo4O15 system (United States)

    Silva Santos, S. D.; Paraguassu, W.; Maczka, M.; Freire, P. T. C.


    High-pressure Raman experiments were performed on Sm2Mo4O15 system up to 7.9 GPa. We show that this system exhibits an irreversible structural amorphization at 5.0 GPa. In contrast to any other molybdates and tungstates experiencing pressure-induced amorphization, this structural change in Sm2Mo4O15 has strongly first-order character. This amorphous phase can be originated from the hindrance of a crystalline structural phase transition from the P 1 bar to P2/m structure. Additionally, the assignment of Raman modes of the ambient-pressure phase of Sm2Mo4O15 was proposed based on lattice dynamics calculations.

  5. Moessbauer high pressure and magnetic field studies of the superconductor FeSe

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, Mainz (Germany); Wortmann, Gerhard [Department of Physics, University of Paderborn, Paderborn (Germany); Trojan, Ivan; Palasyuk, Taras; Medvedev, Sergey; Eremets, Michail [Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); McQueen, Tyrel M.; Cava, Richard J. [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton (United States)


    Superconducting FeSe has been investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy applying high pressure and strong external magnetic fields. It was found that pressure-induced structural phase transition between tetragonal and hexagonal modifications is accompanied by increased distortion of local surrounding of Fe atoms. Appearance of the hexagonal phase above 7.2 GPa is accompanied by degradation of superconducting properties of FeSe. Low-temperature measurements demonstrated that the ground states in both orthorhombic and hexagonal phases of FeSe are nonmagnetic. Moessbauer measurements in the external magnetic field below transition to the superconducting state revealed zero electron spin density on Fe atoms. Interpretation of Moessbauer spectra of FeSe in the Shubnikov phase is discussed.

  6. High-pressure X-ray diffraction study of bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN

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    Jorgensen, J.E.; Jakobsen, J.M.; Jiang, Jianzhong


    Bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN have been studied by high-pressure energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction. Pressure-induced structural phase transitions from the wurtzite to the NaCl phase were observed in both materials. The transition pressure was found to be 40 GPa for the bulk-crystalline GaN, while...... the wurtzite phase was retained up to 60 GPa in the case of nanocrystalline GaN. The bulk moduli for the wurtzite phases were determined to be 187 ( 7) and 319 ( 10) GPa for the bulk- and nanocrystalline phases, respectively, while the respective NaCl phases were found to have very similar bulk moduli [ 208...

  7. High Pressure Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of PbSe

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    P. Bhambhani


    Full Text Available High pressure structural phase transition and electronic properties have been investigated using the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO method with two exchange-correlation approximations, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA and local density approximation (LDA. The present study shows phase transitions from B1 to B27 and B27 to B2 at 6.24 GPa and 16.39 GPa, respectively. Lattice constant, bulk modulus, and energy gap of pressure-induced PbSe are found to be in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. Variation of electronic band structure with pressure shows direct band gap along L point of the Brillouin zone.

  8. Diffusion Creep of Enstatite at High Pressures Under Hydrous Conditions (United States)

    Zhang, Guinan; Mei, Shenghua; Song, Maoshuang; Kohlstedt, David L.


    Mantle convection and large-scale plate motion depend critically on the nature of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and thus on the viscosity structure of Earth's upper mantle, which is determined by the rheological properties of its constituent minerals. To constrain the flow behavior of orthopyroxene, the second most abundant constituent of the upper mantle, deformation experiments were carried out in triaxial compressive creep on fine-grained ( 6 μm) samples of enstatite at high pressures (3.8-6.3 GPa) and high temperatures (1323-1573 K) using a deformation-DIA apparatus. Based on results from this study, the deformation behavior of enstatite is quantitatively presented in the form of a flow law that describes the dependence of deformation rate on differential stress, water fugacity, temperature, and pressure. Specifically, the creep rate depends approximately linearly on stress, indicating deformation in the diffusion creep regime. A least squares regression fit to our data yielded a flow law for diffusion creep with an activation energy of 200 kJ/mol and an activation volume of 14 × 10-6 m3/mol. The magnitude of the water-weakening effect is similar to that for olivine with a water fugacity exponent of r ≈ 0.7. This strong dependence of viscosity on water fugacity (concentration) indicates that the viscosity of an orthopyroxene-bearing mantle varies from one geological setting to another, depending on the large-scale water distribution. Based on the rheology contrast between olivine and enstatite, we conclude that olivine is weaker than enstatite throughout most of the upper mantle except in some shallow regions in the diffusion creep regime.

  9. High pressure humidification columns: Design equations, algorithm, and computer code

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    Enick, R.M. [Pittsburgh Univ., PA (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; Klara, S.M. [USDOE Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, PA (United States); Marano, J.J. [Burns and Roe Services Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)


    This report describes the detailed development of a computer model to simulate the humidification of an air stream in contact with a water stream in a countercurrent, packed tower, humidification column. The computer model has been developed as a user model for the Advanced System for Process Engineering (ASPEN) simulator. This was done to utilize the powerful ASPEN flash algorithms as well as to provide ease of use when using ASPEN to model systems containing humidification columns. The model can easily be modified for stand-alone use by incorporating any standard algorithm for performing flash calculations. The model was primarily developed to analyze Humid Air Turbine (HAT) power cycles; however, it can be used for any application that involves a humidifier or saturator. The solution is based on a multiple stage model of a packed column which incorporates mass and energy, balances, mass transfer and heat transfer rate expressions, the Lewis relation and a thermodynamic equilibrium model for the air-water system. The inlet air properties, inlet water properties and a measure of the mass transfer and heat transfer which occur in the column are the only required input parameters to the model. Several example problems are provided to illustrate the algorithm`s ability to generate the temperature of the water, flow rate of the water, temperature of the air, flow rate of the air and humidity of the air as a function of height in the column. The algorithm can be used to model any high-pressure air humidification column operating at pressures up to 50 atm. This discussion includes descriptions of various humidification processes, detailed derivations of the relevant expressions, and methods of incorporating these equations into a computer model for a humidification column.

  10. Microstructural analysis of aluminum high pressure die castings (United States)

    David, Maria Diana

    Microstructural analysis of aluminum high pressure die castings (HPDC) is challenging and time consuming. Automating the stereology method is an efficient way in obtaining quantitative data; however, validating the accuracy of this technique can also pose some challenges. In this research, a semi-automated algorithm to quantify microstructural features in aluminum HPDC was developed. Analysis was done near the casting surface where it exhibited fine microstructure. Optical and Secondary electron (SE) and backscatter electron (BSE) SEM images were taken to characterize the features in the casting. Image processing steps applied on SEM and optical micrographs included median and range filters, dilation, erosion, and a hole-closing function. Measurements were done on different image pixel resolutions that ranged from 3 to 35 pixel/μm. Pixel resolutions below 6 px/μm were too low for the algorithm to distinguish the phases from each other. At resolutions higher than 6 px/μm, the volume fraction of primary α-Al and the line intercept count curves plateaued. Within this range, comparable results were obtained validating the assumption that there is a range of image pixel resolution relative to the size of the casting features at which stereology measurements become independent of the image resolution. Volume fraction within this curve plateau was consistent with the manual measurements while the line intercept count was significantly higher using the computerized technique for all resolutions. This was attributed to the ragged edges of some primary α-Al; hence, the algorithm still needs some improvements. Further validation of the code using other castings or alloys with known phase amount and size may also be beneficial.

  11. High Pressure Supersonic Gas Jet Fueling on NSTX

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    Soukhanovskii, V; Bell, M; Blanchard, W; Dong, J; Gernhardt, R; Kaita, R; Kugel, H; Provost, T; Roquemore, A; Sichta, P


    A supersonic gas injector (SGI) has been developed for fueling and diagnostic applications on NSTX. The SGI is comprised of a small de Laval converging-diverging graphite nozzle, a commercial piezoelectric gas valve, and a diagnostic package, all mounted on a movable probe at a low field side midplane port location. The nozzle operated in a pulsed regime at room temperature, reservoir deuterium pressure up to 2500 Torr (50 PSIA), flow rate up to 65 Torr l /s (4.55e21 particles/s), and a measured Mach number of about 4. In initial experiments the SGI was used for fueling of ohmic and 2 - 6 MW NBI-heated L- and H-mode plasmas. Reliable H-mode access was obtained with SGI fueling, with a fueling efficiency in the range 0.1 - 0.3. Good progress was also made toward a controlled density SGI-fueled H-mode plasma scenario with the flow rate of the uncontrolled high field side (HFS) gas injector reduced by up to 20. These experiments motivated a number of SGI upgrades: (1) the maximum plenum pressure has been increased to 5000 Torr (100 PSIA), (2) the plenum pressure volume has been doubled, (3) the gas delivery system has been changed to allow for injection of various gases, (4) a multi-pulse capability has been implemented. As a result of the upgrades, the maximum flow rate increased to about 130 Torr l /s. Laboratory gas jet characterization tests indicated a Mach number of about 4 with H2 and D2, and 4-6 with He and N2. Plasma experiments demonstrated the high-pressure gas jet fueling compatibility with H-mode plasmas, high fueling efficiency (0.1 - 0.3), and high SOL penetration.

  12. Digital valve for high pressure high flow applications (United States)

    Badescu, Mircea; Sherrit, Stewart; Lewis, Derek; Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Hall, Jeffery L.


    To address the challenges, which are involved with the development of flow control valves that can meet high demand requirements such as high pressure, high flow rate, limited power and limited space, the authors have conceived a novel design configuration. This design consists of a digitalized flow control valve with multipath and multistage pressure reduction structures. Specifically, the valve is configured as a set of parallel flow paths from the inlet to the outlet. A choke valve controls the total flow rate by digitally opening different paths or different combination of the paths. Each path is controlled by a poppet cap valve basically operated in on-off states. The number of flow states is 2N where N is the number of flow paths. To avoid erosion from sand in the fluid and high speed flow, the seal area of the poppet cap valve is located at a distance from the flow inlet away from the high speed flow and the speed is controlled to stay below a predefined erosion safe limit. The path is a multistage structure composed of a set of serial nozzles-expansion chambers that equally distribute the total pressure drop to each stage. The pressure drop of each stage and, therefore, the flow speed at the nozzles and expansion chambers is controlled by the number of stages. The paths have relatively small cross section and could be relatively long for large number of stages and still fit in a strict annular space limit. The paper will present the design configuration, analysis and preliminary test results.

  13. High-pressure optical spectroscopy study of natural siderite (United States)

    Taran, Michail N.; Müller, Jan; Friedrich, Alexandra; Koch-Müller, Monika


    Optical absorption spectra of siderite were taken across the high-spin (HS)-to-low-spin (LS) transition up to a pressure of 70 GPa in the spectral range between 28,500 and 10,000 cm-1. Up to a pressure of 44.5 GPa, a pair of two overlapping broad bands was observed that are caused by the electronic spin-allowed 5 T 2g → 5 E g transition of the octahedrally coordinated Fe2+. Furthermore, eight spin-forbidden bands are observable at high pressures up to 44.5 GPa, but they are gradually overlapped by the increasing high-energy absorption edge to be tracked down over the whole pressure range. Due to the HS-to-LS-spin-state transition of Fe2+ between 44.5 and 47.6 GPa, a new broad intense absorption band appears on the steep background of the edge, which is assigned to the electronic spin-allowed 1 A 1g → 1 T 1g transition of octahedral Fe2+ in LS configuration. We estimated a mean octahedral module K_{oct}^{spectr} of Fe2+ in the LS state for pressure range 47.6-65.5 GPa as 263 (17) GPa. Especially, a strong intensification of the spin-allowed and spin-forbidden bands with increasing pressure is observed in the HS state. This is assumed to be caused by the borrowing of intensity from the UV absorption bands, which are allowed by the Laporte selection rule and are caused by electronic ligand-to-metal charge-transfer transitions.

  14. Swell Propagation over Indian Ocean Region

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    Suchandra A. Bhowmick


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

  15. High pressure phase transitions for CdSe

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    The structure and pressure-induced phase transitions for CdSe are investigated using first-principles calculations. The pressure-induced phase transition sequence WZ/ZB → Rs → → CsCl for CdSe is drawn reasonably for the fist time, the corresponding transition pressures are 3.8, 29 and 107 GPa, respectively and ...

  16. Volumetric properties underlying ligand binding in a monomeric hemoglobin: a high-pressure NMR study. (United States)

    Dellarole, Mariano; Roumestand, Christian; Royer, Catherine; Lecomte, Juliette T J


    The 2/2 hemoglobin of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002, GlbN, coordinates the heme iron with two histidines and exists either with a b heme or with a covalently attached heme. The binding of exogenous ligands displaces the distal histidine and induces a conformational rearrangement involving the reorganization of internal void volumes. The formation of passageways within the resulting conformation is thought to facilitate ligand exchange and play a functional role. Here we monitored the perturbation induced by pressure on the ferric bis-histidine and cyanide-bound states of GlbN using (1)H-(15)N HSQC NMR spectroscopy. We inspected the outcome with a statistical analysis of 170 homologous 2/2 hemoglobin sequences. We found that the compression landscape of GlbN, as represented by the variation of an average chemical shift parameter, was highly sensitive to ligand swapping and heme covalent attachment. Stabilization of rare conformers was observed at high pressures and consistent with cavity redistribution upon ligand binding. In all states, the EF loop was found to be exceptionally labile to pressure, suggesting a functional role as a semi-flexible hinge between the adjacent helices. Finally, coevolved clusters presented a common pattern of compensating pressure responses. The high-pressure dissection combined with protein sequence analysis established locations with volumetric signatures relevant to residual communication of 2/2 hemoglobins. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Oxygen Binding and Sensing Proteins. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. High Pressure Sensing and Dynamics Using High Speed Fiber Bragg Grating Interrogation Systems

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    Rodriguez, G. [LANL; Sandberg, R. L. [LANL; Lalone, B. M. [NSTec; Marshall, B. R. [NSTec; Grover, M. [NSTec; Stevens, G. D. [NSTec; Udd, E. [Columbia Gorge Research


    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are developing into useful sensing tools for measuring high pressure dynamics in extreme environments under shock loading conditions. Approaches using traditional diode array coupled FBG interrogation systems are often limited to readout speeds in the sub-MHz range. For shock wave physics, required detection speeds approaching 100 MHz are desired. We explore the use of two types of FBG sensing systems that are aimed at applying this technology as embedded high pressure probes for transient shock events. Both approaches measure time resolved spectral shifts in the return light from short (few mm long) uniform FBGs at 1550 nm. In the first approach, we use a fiber coupled spectrometer to demultiplex spectral channels into an array (up to 12) of single element InGaAs photoreceivers. By monitoring the detectors during a shock impact event with high speed recording, we are able to track the pressure induced spectral shifting in FBG down to a time resolution of 20 ns. In the second approach, developed at the Special Technologies Lab, a coherent mode-locked fiber laser is used to illuminate the FBG sensor. After the sensor, wavelength-to-time mapping is accomplished with a chromatic dispersive element, and entire spectra are sampled using a single detector at the modelocked laser repetition rate of 50 MHz. By sampling with a 12 GHz InGaAs detector, direct wavelength mapping in time is recorded, and the pressure induced FBG spectral shift is sampled at 50 MHz. Here, the sensing systems are used to monitor the spectral shifts of FBGs that are immersed into liquid water and shock compressed using explosives. In this configuration, the gratings survive to pressures approaching 50 kbar. We describe both approaches and present the measured spectral shifts from the shock experiments.

  18. Carvacrol suppresses high pressure high temperature inactivation of Bacillus cereus spores. (United States)

    Luu-Thi, Hue; Corthouts, Jorinde; Passaris, Ioannis; Grauwet, Tara; Aertsen, Abram; Hendrickx, Marc; Michiels, Chris W


    The inactivation of bacterial spores generally proceeds faster and at lower temperatures when heat treatments are conducted under high pressure, and high pressure high temperature (HPHT) processing is, therefore, receiving an increased interest from food processors. However, the mechanisms of spore inactivation by HPHT treatment are poorly understood, particularly at moderately elevated temperature. In the current work, we studied inactivation of the spores of Bacillus cereus F4430/73 by HPHT treatment for 5 min at 600MPa in the temperature range of 50-100°C, using temperature increments of 5°C. Additionally, we investigated the effect of the natural antimicrobial carvacrol on spore germination and inactivation under these conditions. Spore inactivation by HPHT was less than about 1 log unit at 50 to 70°C, but gradually increased at higher temperatures up to about 5 log units at 100°C. DPA release and loss of spore refractility in the spore population were higher at moderate (≤65°C) than at high (≥70°C) treatment temperatures, and we propose that moderate conditions induced the normal physiological pathway of spore germination resulting in fully hydrated spores, while at higher temperatures this pathway was suppressed and replaced by another mechanism of pressure-induced dipicolinic acid (DPA) release that results only in partial spore rehydration, probably because spore cortex hydrolysis is inhibited. Carvacrol strongly suppressed DPA release and spore rehydration during HPHT treatment at ≤65°C and also partly inhibited DPA release at ≥65°C. Concomitantly, HPHT spore inactivation was reduced by carvacrol at 65-90°C but unaffected at 95-100°C. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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


    To compare central corneal swelling after eight hours of sleep in eyes wearing four different silicone hydrogel lenses with three different powers. Twenty-nine neophyte subjects wore lotrafilcon A (Dk, 140), balafilcon A (Dk, 91), galyfilcon A (Dk, 60) and senofilcon A (Dk, 103) lenses in powers -3.00, -10.00 and +6.00 D on separate nights, in random order, and on one eye only. The contra-lateral eye (no lens) served as the control. Central corneal thickness was measured using a digital optical pachometer before lens insertion and immediately after lens removal on waking. For the +6.00 D and -10.00 D, lotrafilcon A induced the least swelling and galyfilcon A the most. The +6.00 D power, averaged across lens materials, induced significantly greater central swelling than the -10.00 and -3.00 D (Re-ANOVA, p<0.001), (7.7±2.9% vs. 6.8±2.8% and 6.5±2.5% respectively) but there was no difference between -10.00 and -3.00 D. Averaged for power, lotrafilcon A induced the least (6.2±2.8%) and galyfilcon A the most (7.6±3.0%) swelling at the center (Re-ANOVA, p<0.001). Central corneal swelling with +6.00 D was significantly greater than -10.00 D lens power despite similar levels of average lens transmissibility of these two lens powers. The differences in corneal swelling of the lens wearing eyes are consistent with the differences in oxygen transmission of the silicone hydrogel lenses. In silicone hydrogel lenses central corneal swelling is mainly driven by central lens oxygen transmissibility. Copyright © 2013 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

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

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    Ogieglo, Wojciech


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

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

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


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

  2. How Much Do Ultrathin Polymers with Intrinsic Microporosity Swell in Liquids? (United States)

    Ogieglo, Wojciech; Ghanem, Bader; Ma, Xiaohua; Pinnau, Ingo; Wessling, Matthias


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


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    Full Text Available Understanding characteristics of soil mixtures lead to increasing the confidence level before applying such materials in the field. The outcomes of this study can provide insight into the swelling and the compressibility behavior of soil – bentonite mixtures, between non-swelling materials and swelling materials. A simple swell and compression laboratory test has been conducted for the purposes of this study. The result of this study indicated that the existence of bentonite in the soil mixtures influence the swelling behavior, which follows a hyperbolic curve model. Amount and size of nonswelling fraction affected the swelling and compressibility.

  4. Altered osmotic swelling behavior of proteoglycan-depleted bovine articular cartilage using high frequency ultrasound

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    Wang, Q; Zheng, Y P; Leung, G; Mak, A F T [Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Lam, W L; Guo, X [Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Lu, H B; Qin, L [Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)], E-mail:


    Swelling behavior is an electrochemical mechanical property of articular cartilage. It plays an important role in weight bearing and joint lubrication. In this study, the altered transient and inhomogeneous swelling behavior of the degenerated articular cartilage was observed and quantified in situ using ultrasound. Three groups of bovine patellar articular cartilage samples (n = 10 x 3) were obtained and digested by trypsin for 10, 20 and 30 min respectively to mimic different levels of degeneration. The osmotic-free shrinkage and swelling behavior induced by changing the concentration of the bathing saline solution from 0.15 M to 2 M and then back to 0.15 M were characterized using high-frequency ultrasound (central frequency = 35 MHz) before and after digestion. It was found that the degenerated cartilage specimens showed a weaker shrinkage-swelling behavior compared with the normal cartilage samples. However, no significant differences in the peak shrinkage or swelling strains were observed between different groups. The absolute values of the peak shrinkage strain significantly (p < 0.05) decreased by 45.4%, 42.1% and 50.6% respectively after the trypsin digestion for 10, 20 and 30 min, but such significance was not demonstrated for the peak swelling strains. Due to the potential alterations in the collagen-PG matrix during trypsin digestion, the correlation between the swelling strain and the shrinkage strain of the degenerated samples changed slightly in comparison with the normal samples. The proposed ultrasound method has been successfully used to measure the transient and inhomogeneous swelling behavior of the degenerated articular cartilage and has the potential for the characterization of osteoarthritis.

  5. Exhumation of (ultra-high-pressure terranes: concepts and mechanisms

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    C. J. Warren


    Full Text Available The formation and exhumation of high and ultra-high-pressure, (UHP, rocks of crustal origin appears to be ubiquitous during Phanerozoic plate subduction and continental collision events. Exhumation of (UHP material has been shown in some orogens to have occurred only once, during a single short-lived event; in other cases exhumation appears to have occurred multiple discrete times or during a single, long-lived, protracted event. It is becoming increasingly clear that no single exhumation mechanism dominates in any particular tectonic environment, and the mechanism may change in time and space within the same subduction zone. Subduction zone style and internal force balance change in both time and space, responding to changes in width, steepness, composition of subducting material and velocity of subduction. In order for continental crust, which is relatively buoyant compared to the mantle even when metamorphosed to (UHP assemblages, to be subducted to (UHP conditions, it must remain attached to a stronger and denser substrate. Buoyancy and external tectonic forces drive exhumation, although the changing spatial and temporal dominance of different driving forces still remains unclear. Exhumation may involve whole-scale detachment of the terrane from the subducting slab followed by exhumation within a subduction channel (perhaps during continued subduction or a reversal in motion of the entire plate (eduction following the removal of a lower part of the subducting slab. Weakening mechanisms that may be responsible for the detachment of deeply subducted crust from its stronger, denser substrate include strain weakening, hydration, melting, grain size reduction and the development of foliation. These may act locally to form narrow high-strain shear zones separating stronger, less-strained crust or may act on the bulk of the subducted material, allowing whole-scale flow. Metamorphic reactions, metastability and the composition of the subducted crust

  6. High Pressure Burn Rate Measurements on an Ammonium Perchlorate Propellant

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    Glascoe, E A; Tan, N


    High pressure deflagration rate measurements of a unique ammonium perchlorate (AP) based propellant are required to design the base burn motor for a Raytheon weapon system. The results of these deflagration rate measurements will be key in assessing safety and performance of the system. In particular, the system may experience transient pressures on the order of 100's of MPa (10's kPSI). Previous studies on similar AP based materials demonstrate that low pressure (e.g. P < 10 MPa or 1500 PSI) burn rates can be quite different than the elevated pressure deflagration rate measurements (see References and HPP results discussed herein), hence elevated pressure measurements are necessary in order understand the deflagration behavior under relevant conditions. Previous work on explosives have shown that at 100's of MPa some explosives will transition from a laminar burn mechanism to a convective burn mechanism in a process termed deconsolidative burning. The resulting burn rates that are orders-of-magnitude faster than the laminar burn rates. Materials that transition to the deconsolidative-convective burn mechanism at elevated pressures have been shown to be considerably more violent in confined heating experiments (i.e. cook-off scenarios). The mechanisms of propellant and explosive deflagration are extremely complex and include both chemical, and mechanical processes, hence predicting the behavior and rate of a novel material or formulation is difficult if not impossible. In this work, the AP/HTPB based material, TAL-1503 (B-2049), was burned in a constant volume apparatus in argon up to 300 MPa (ca. 44 kPSI). The burn rate and pressure were measured in-situ and used to calculate a pressure dependent burn rate. In general, the material appears to burn in a laminar fashion at these elevated pressures. The experiment was reproduced multiple times and the burn rate law using the best data is B = (0.6 {+-} 0.1) x P{sup (1.05{+-}0.02)} where B is the burn

  7. High pressure electrical conductivity in naturally occurring silicate liquids (United States)

    Tyburczy, James A.; Waff, Harve S.

    Electrical conductivities of molten Hawaiian rhyodacite and Yellowstone rhyolite obsidian were measured between 1200° C and 1400° C and at pressures up to 25 kilobars. The two melts exhibit similar trends. Arrhenius behavior is observed at all pressures studied. Isobaric activation enthalpies increase from about 0.5 eV at atmospheric pressure to about 0.9 eV at 25 kbars, and the magnitude of the conductivity decreases by about a factor of 4 between 0 and 25 kbar. At pressures between about 10 and 15 kbar an abrupt decrease in the slopes of isothermal log a versus pressure plots is observed. In each pressure range an equation of the form σ = σ'0 exp [- (E'σ + PΔV'σ)/kT], where σ'0, E'σ, and ΔV'σ, are constants, describes the polybaric, polythermal data. Comparison of these data with high pressure electrical conductivities of molten basalt and andesite reveals that relatively silica-rich melts, from andesitic to rhyolitic in composition, display similar trends, while the basaltic melt has analogous, but quantitatively different trends. Comparison of zero-pressure electrical conductivity and sodium diffusivity by means of the Nernst-Einstein relation indicates that sodium ion transport is the dominant mechanism of charge transport in the obsidian melt at zero pressure. The tholeiitic melt, on the other hand, displays only order of magnitude agreement between the electrical conductivity and sodium diffusivity, indicating that either ions other than sodium play a significant role in electrical transport or that the motions of the sodium ions are strongly correlated, or both. Comparison of the isobaric and isochoric activation enthalpies indicates that electrical conduction is energy restrained, as opposed to volume restrained. Conductivities in the andesitic, rhyodacitic, and rhyolitic melts conform to a single compensation law line, with no indication of the change in activation volume. The tholeiitic melt has a slightly different compensation line. In light

  8. Melting in the Fe-Si System at High Pressures (United States)

    Campbell, A. J.; Fischer, R. A.; Reaman, D. M.; Prakapenka, V.; Dera, P. K.


    The density of Earth's core is less dense than that of pure iron, indicating the presence of a light element component that not only reduces the density of the outer core but lowers its melting point as well. Among the most likely candidates for this light element component are Si, S, C, and O; it is important to know the high-pressure, high-temperature properties of iron alloyed with these elements to understand the nature of Earth's core. Here we report on melting experiments in the Fe-Si system to pressures reaching those in the outermost core. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments were performed on laser-heated diamond anvil cell samples at beamline 13-ID-D of the Advanced Photon Source. Temperatures were measured spectroradiometrically, and melting was determined by the appearance and disappearance of diffuse scattering from the melt during heating and cooling cycles. Two compositions, Fe-9Si and Fe-16Si, were studied. Our results are compatible with recent studies [1,2] on similar compositions but lower pressures. At 137 GPa we bracket the melting temperature of Fe-16Si between 3530 and 3800 K; accordingly, 3520 K is a minimum temperature for the outermost core if it were to consist exclusively of Fe-Si alloy. At these pressures the stable solid phase assemblage for Fe-16Si is a mixture of Fe-rich hcp alloy and a more Si-rich alloy with the B2 structure (Fischer et al., this volume [3]). We observe that the hcp phase disappears while the B2 phase persists at the 138 GPa melting point, implying that the Fe-Si eutectic composition at that pressure lies below 16 wt% Si. By comparison, the maximum Si content of a Fe-Si core is 12 wt%, based on comparison of recent equation of state measurements of Fe-Si alloy [3] with a seismological model of the Earth. [1] Morard et al., PCM 2011. [2] Asanuma et al., PCM 2010. [3] Fischer et al., Fall AGU 2011.

  9. High pressure HC1 conversion of cellulose to glucose

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    Antonoplis, Robert Alexander [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Blanch, Harvey W. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Wilke, Charles R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    The production of ethanol from glucose by means of fermentation represents a potential long-range alternative to oil for use as a transportation fuel. Today's rising oil prices and the dwindling world supply of oil have made other fuels, such as ethanol, attractive alternatives. It has been shown that automobiles can operate, with minor alterations, on a 10% ethanol-gasoline mixture popularly known as gasohol. Wood has long been known as a potential source of glucose. Glucose may be obtained from wood following acid hydrolysis. In this research, it was found that saturating wood particles with HCl gas under pressure was an effective pretreatment before subjecting the wood to dilute acid hydrolysis. The pretreatment is necessary because of the tight lattice structure of cellulose, which inhibits dilute acid hydrolysis. HCl gas makes the cellulose more susceptible to hydrolysis and the glucose yield is doubled when dilute acid hydrolysis is preceded by HCl saturation at high pressure. The saturation was most effectively performed in a fluidized bed reactor, with pure HCl gas fluidizing equal volumes of ground wood and inert particles. The fluidized bed effectively dissipated the large amount of heat released upon HCl absorption into the wood. Batch reaction times of one hour at 314.7 p.s.i.a. gave glucose yields of 80% and xylose yields of 95% after dilute acid hydrolysis. A non-catalytic gas-solid reaction model, with gas diffusing through the solid limiting the reaction rate, was found to describe the HCl-wood reaction in the fluidized bed. HCl was found to form a stable adduct with the lignin residue in the wood, in a ratio of 3.33 moles per mole of lignin monomer. This resulted in a loss of 0.1453 lb. of HCl per pound of wood. The adduct was broken upon the addition of water. A process design and economic evaluation for a plant to produce 214 tons per day of glucose from air-dried ground Populus tristi gave an estimated glucose cost of 15.14 cents per pound

  10. The High-Pressure Assemblage Majorite-Pyrope Solid Solution + Magnesiowustite: A New Constraint on the High Pressure and Temperature History of Shock Melt Veins in Chondrites (United States)

    Chen, M.; Sharp, T. G.; El Goresy, A.; Wopenka, B.; Xie, X.


    Two coexisting distinct high pressure assemblages were discovered in shock melt veins of the Sixiangkou (L6) chondrite: (1) majorite-pyrope(sub)ss + magnesiowustite and (2) ringwoodite + low-Ca majorite. The majorite-pyrope(sub)ss + magnesiowustite evidently crystallized from a dense melt of bulk Sixiangkou composition that was produced by shock-fusion under high pressures and temperatures, whereas ringwoodite and low-Ca majorite in the second assemblage were formed by solid state transformation of olivine and low-Ca pyroxene originally present in the meteorite. The two high pressure assemblages indicate a duration over a time on the order of seconds under a high pressure (20-24 GPa) and high temperature (2050-2300 degrees C) regime.

  11. Morphological effect on swelling behaviour of hydrogel (United States)

    Yacob, Norzita; Hashim, Kamaruddin


    Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymer networks that are capable of imbibing large amounts of water. In this work, hydrogels prepared from natural and synthetic polymers were irradiated by using electron beam irradiation. The morphology of hydrogel inter-polymeric network (IPN) was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The studies reveal correlations between pore sizes of IPN with degree of cross-linking. This relation also has an effect on swelling properties of the hydrogel. The results indicated that hydrogel with smaller pore size, as a result of much dense IPN, would decrease water uptake capacity. Combination of natural and synthetic polymers to form hydrogel affects the pore size and swelling property of the hydrogel as compared to each component of polymer.

  12. The Attenuation of Swell Waves by Rain (United States)

    Cavaleri, Luigi; Bertotti, Luciana


    Within the progressive improvement in wave modeling we focus on the attenuation of swell waves by rain. Till now ignored, the process is shown to be relevant, especially for the correct estimate of swell. Following the practical impossibility of devoted field experiments, we exploit the global model results over a period of more than four years to extract the tiny signal associated to the attenuation by rain. A direct comparison of the ratio model by altimeter significant wave heights versus the encountered rain amount hints to a marked related dependence. A proper quantification of the related physical effect requires a multiple step procedure that we describe in detail. We check the reliability of the results, and we provide the related source function ready for implementation in operational wave models.

  13. Morphological effect on swelling behaviour of hydrogel

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    Yacob, Norzita; Hashim, Kamaruddin [Radiation Processing Technology Division, Malaysian Nuclear Agency (NUKLEAR MALAYSIA) Bangi, 43000 Kajang (Malaysia)


    Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymer networks that are capable of imbibing large amounts of water. In this work, hydrogels prepared from natural and synthetic polymers were irradiated by using electron beam irradiation. The morphology of hydrogel inter-polymeric network (IPN) was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The studies reveal correlations between pore sizes of IPN with degree of cross-linking. This relation also has an effect on swelling properties of the hydrogel. The results indicated that hydrogel with smaller pore size, as a result of much dense IPN, would decrease water uptake capacity. Combination of natural and synthetic polymers to form hydrogel affects the pore size and swelling property of the hydrogel as compared to each component of polymer.

  14. Influence of activation and germination on high pressure inactivation of ascospores of the mould Eurotium repens. (United States)

    Eicher, R; Ludwig, H


    We investigated heat activation and germination of Eurotium repens ascospores to follow high pressure inactivation. Activation energy and entropy values strengthen the idea of protein denaturation as the underlying mechanism of heat activation. Preceding activation, germination or a combination of both affected high pressure inactivation in different ways. Activation followed immediately by high pressure treatment led to the most efficient improvement in inactivation. However, a pause after activation caused a partial re-establishment of the spores' stability and less efficient high pressure inactivation. Germination stabilized the spores against high pressure. A combined treatment of activation and germination led to an initially fast inactivation, but compared to high pressure treatment of only activated spores the time course of inactivation was slowed down.

  15. High pressure synthesis of novel, zeolite based nano-composite materials (United States)

    Santoro, Mario


    Meso/micro-porous solids such as zeolites are complex materials exhibiting an impressive range of applications, including molecular sieve, gas storage, catalysis, electronics and photonics. We used these materials, particularly non catalytic zeolites in an entirely different fashion. In fact, we performed high pressure (0.5-30 GPa) chemical reactions of simple molecules on a sub-nanometer scale in the channels of a pure SiO2 zeolite, silicalite to obtain unique nano-composite materials with drastically modified physical and chemical properties. Our material investigations are based on a combination of X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques in the diamond anvil cell. I will first briefly show how silicalite can be easily filled by simple molecules such as Ar, CO2 and C2H4 among others from the fluid phase at high pressures, and how this efficient filling removes the well known pressure induced amorphization of the silica framework (Haines et al., JACS 2010). I will then present on a silicon carbonate crystalline phase synthesized by reacting silicalite and molecular CO2 that fills the nano-pores, at 18-26 GPa and 600-980 K; after the synthesis the compound is temperature quenched and it results to be slightly metastable at room conditions (Santoro et al., PNAS 2011). On the other hand, a stable at room condition spectacular crystalline nano-composite is obtained by photo-polymerizing ethylene at 0.5-1.5 GPa under UV (351-364 nm) irradiation in the channels of silicalite (Santoro et al., Nat. Commun, in press 2013). For this composite we obtained a structure with single polyethylene chains adapting very well to the confining channels, which results in significant increases in bulk modulus and density, and the thermal expansion coefficient changes sign from negative to positive with respect to the original silicalite host. Mechanical properties may thus be tuned by varying the amount of polymerized ethylene. We then think our findings could allow the

  16. Swelling Properties of Hydrogels Containing Phenylboronic Acids


    Arum Kim; Mujumdar, Siddharthya K.; Siegel, Ronald A.


    Phenylboronic acids are a class of compounds that bind glucose and other sugars. When polymerized into hydrogels, they provide a convenient nonenzymatic means for sensing glucose concentration, provided competing sugars are present at negligible concentrations. In this paper we provide a comprehensive study of swelling of hydrogels containing methacrylamidophenylboronic acid (MPBA), as a function of pH and concentration of either glucose or fructose. In one set of hydrogels, MPBA is substitut...

  17. A Biophysical Model for Cytotoxic Cell Swelling. (United States)

    Dijkstra, Koen; Hofmeijer, Jeannette; van Gils, Stephan A; van Putten, Michel J A M


    We present a dynamic biophysical model to explain neuronal swelling underlying cytotoxic edema in conditions of low energy supply, as observed in cerebral ischemia. Our model contains Hodgkin-Huxley-type ion currents, a recently discovered voltage-gated chloride flux through the ion exchanger SLC26A11, active KCC2-mediated chloride extrusion, and ATP-dependent pumps. The model predicts changes in ion gradients and cell swelling during ischemia of various severity or channel blockage with realistic timescales. We theoretically substantiate experimental observations of chloride influx generating cytotoxic edema, while sodium entry alone does not. We show a tipping point of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase functioning, where below cell volume rapidly increases as a function of the remaining pump activity, and a Gibbs-Donnan-like equilibrium state is reached. This precludes a return to physiological conditions even when pump strength returns to baseline. However, when voltage-gated sodium channels are temporarily blocked, cell volume and membrane potential normalize, yielding a potential therapeutic strategy. Cytotoxic edema most commonly results from energy shortage, such as in cerebral ischemia, and refers to the swelling of brain cells due to the entry of water from the extracellular space. We show that the principle of electroneutrality explains why chloride influx is essential for the development of cytotoxic edema. With the help of a biophysical model of a single neuron, we show that a tipping point of the energy supply exists, below which the cell volume rapidly increases. We simulate realistic time courses to and reveal critical components of neuronal swelling in conditions of low energy supply. Furthermore, we show that, after transient blockade of the energy supply, cytotoxic edema may be reversed by temporary blockade of Na(+) channels. Copyright © 2016 the authors 0270-6474/16/3611881-10$15.00/0.

  18. Swelling in commercial Fe-Cr-Ni based alloys under electron irradiation (United States)

    Thomas, L. E.; Gelles, D. S.


    Electron irradiation in a 1 MeV electron microscope has been used to study the void swelling response of several commercial austenitic stainless steels and iron-nickel based superalloys. Use of the 1 MeV microscope permits direct, continuous observation of the void development during elevated-temperature irradiations at displacement rates about 10 000 times greater then those in a fast breeder reactor. The alloys examined in this work included AISI 310, RA 330, A286, M813, Nimonic PE16, Inconel 706, Inconel 718 and Incoloy 901. Both helium preinjected specimens and uninjected specimens were studied. In all of the above alloys, swelling proceeds by formation of irradiation-induced dislocations and voids, followed by growth of the voids. The swelling rates and peak swelling temperatures vary considerably with alloy composition, heat treatment and helium preinjection. Comparisons of these results with recently reported swelling data from the same alloys after high fluence neutron irradiation in the EBR-II reactor shows good qualitative agreement in most cases. Helium preinjection of the electron irradiated specimens generally produced a poorer simulation than no helium preinjection. In one or two cases where the electron and neutron irradiation results strongly disagree, the differences appear to result from differences in irradiation-induced precipitation. Although the correlations between neutron and electron irradiation results are inadequate to obtain reliable engineering data by simulation, in-reactor swelling behavior is in general qualitatively well-represented by swelling response in the 1 MeV electron microscope. Nimonic is the registered trademark of Henry Wiggin and Company, UK. Inconel and Incoloy are registered trademarks of the International Nickel Company, Inc.

  19. Microbial production of metabolites and associated enzymatic reactions under high pressure. (United States)

    Dong, Yongsheng; Jiang, Hua


    High environmental pressure exerts an external stress on the survival of microorganisms that are commonly found under normal pressure. In response, many growth traits alter, including cell morphology and physiology, cellular structure, metabolism, physical and chemical properties, the reproductive process, and defense mechanisms. The high-pressure technology (HP) has been industrially utilized in pressurized sterilization, synthesis of stress-induced products, and microbial/enzymatic transformation of chemicals. This article reviews current research on pressure-induced production of metabolites in normal-pressure microbes and their enzymatic reactions. Factors that affect the production of such metabolites are summarized, as well as the effect of pressure on the performance of microbial fermentation and the yield of flavoring compounds, different categories of induced enzymatic reactions and their characteristics in the supercritical carbon dioxide fluid, effects on enzyme activity, and the selection of desirable bacterial strains. Technological challenges are discussed, and future research directions are proposed. Information presented here will benefit the research, development, and application of the HP technology to improve microbial fermentation and enzymatic production of biologically active substances, thereby help to meet their increasing demand from the ever-expanding market.

  20. Development and Evaluation of a Prototype Wheeled Ultra-High Pressure Extinguisher System with Novec 1230 (United States)


    AFCEC-CX-TY-TR-2016-0004 Development and Evaluation of a Prototype Wheeled Ultra-High Pressure Extinguisher System with Novec 1230 Dr. Mark Enlow...Report 1 Nov 2014 -- 1 Jul 2015 Development and Evaluation of a Prototype Wheeled Ultra-High Pressure Extinguisher System With Novec 1230 FA8051-14-P...Halon 1211 flightline extinguisher , the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) developed and evaluated a prototype wheeled ultra-high pressure

  1. Characterization of high-pressure RTM processes for manufacturing of high performance composites


    R. Chaudhari; Karcher, M.; Elsner, P.; Henning, F


    The current paper addresses new variants of the RTM process namely High Pressure-Injection Resin Transfer Molding (HP-IRTM) and High Pressure - Compression Resin Transfer Molding (HP-CRTM) for manufacturing of continuous fiber reinforced composites with high fiber volume content. Both these process utilize High Pressure RTM equipment for precise dosing and mixing of highly reactive epoxy resin and amine hardener with relatively high throughput rates. The objective of the proposed study was to...

  2. Lycopene degradation, isomerization and in vitro bioaccessibility in high pressure homogenized tomato puree containing oil: effect of additional thermal and high pressure processing. (United States)

    Knockaert, Griet; Pulissery, Sudheer K; Colle, Ines; Van Buggenhout, Sandy; Hendrickx, Marc; Loey, Ann Van


    In the present study, the effect of equivalent thermal and high pressure processes at pasteurization and sterilization intensities on some health related properties of high pressure homogenized tomato puree containing oil were investigated. Total lycopene concentration, cis-lycopene content and in vitro lycopene bioaccessibility were examined as health related properties. Results showed that pasteurization hardly affected the health related properties of tomato puree. Only the formation of cis-lycopene during intense thermal pasteurization was observed. Sterilization processes on the other hand had a significant effect on the health related properties. A significant decrease in total lycopene concentration was found after the sterilization processes. Next to degradation, significant isomerization was also observed: all-trans-lycopene was mainly converted to 9-cis- and 13-cis-lycopene. High pressure sterilization limited the overall lycopene isomerization, when compared to the equivalent thermal sterilization processes. The formation of 5-cis-lycopene on the other hand seemed to be favoured by high pressure. The in vitro lycopene bioaccessibility of high pressure homogenized tomato puree containing oil was decreased during subsequent thermal or high pressure processing, whereby significant changes were observed for all the sterilization processes. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Carbonate mineral dissolution kinetics in high pressure experiments (United States)

    Dethlefsen, F.; Dörr, C.; Schäfer, D.; Ebert, M.


    The potential CO2 reservoirs in the North German Basin are overlain by a series of Mesozoic barrier rocks and aquifers and finally mostly by Tertiary and Quaternary close-to-surface aquifers. The unexpected rise of stored CO2 from its reservoir into close-to-surface aquifer systems, perhaps through a broken well casing, may pose a threat to groundwater quality because of the acidifying effect of CO2 dissolution in water. The consequences may be further worsening of the groundwater quality due to the mobilization of heavy metals. Buffer mechanisms counteracting the acidification are for instance the dissolution of carbonates. Carbonate dissolution kinetics is comparably fast and carbonates can be abundant in close-to-surface aquifers. The disadvantages of batch experiments compared to column experiments in order to determine rate constants are well known and have for instance been described by v. GRINSVEN and RIEMSDIJK (1992). Therefore, we have designed, developed, tested, and used a high-pressure laboratory column system to simulate aquifer conditions in a flow through setup within the CO2-MoPa project. The calcite dissolution kinetics was determined for CO2-pressures of 6, 10, and 50 bars. The results were evaluated by using the PHREEQC code with a 1-D reactive transport model, applying a LASAGA (1984) -type kinetic dissolution equation (PALANDRI and KHARAKA, 2004; eq. 7). While PALANDRI and KHARAKA (2004) gave calcite dissolution rate constants originating from batch experiments of log kacid = -0.3 and log kneutral = -5.81, the data of the column experiment were best fitted using log kacid = -2.3 and log kneutral = -7.81, so that the rate constants fitted using the lab experiment applying 50 bars pCO2 were approximately 100 times lower than according to the literature data. Rate constants of experiments performed at less CO2 pressure (pCO2 = 6 bars: log kacid = -1.78; log kneutral = -7.29) were only 30 times lower than literature data. These discrepancies in the

  4. High Pressure Atmospheric Sampling Inlet System for Venus or the Gas Giants Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized high pressure atmospheric sampling inlet system for sample acquisition in extreme planetary environments,...

  5. Widespread subcutaneous emphysema and barotrauma resulting from high pressure gas injection

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    Smith, Barnaby; Brown, Troy


    Widespread subcutaneous emphysema is an unusual emergency presentation. We present a case of accidental high pressure insufflation, the pathophysiology and subsequent medical management in the acute setting...

  6. Phase transformations of amorphous semiconductor alloys under high pressures

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    Antonov, V E; Fedotov, V K; Harkunov, A I; Ponyatovsky, E G


    The paper reviews the results of experimental studies and thermodynamical modelling of metastable T-P diagrams of initially amorphous GaSb-Ge and Zn-Sb alloys which provide a new insight into the problem of pressure-induced amorphization.

  7. Water holding capacity and swelling of casein hydrogels

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


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

  8. The Future of Swelling Elastomers: An Elastomer Manufacturer's View of Swelling Elastomer Developments and Market Trends

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    R Seyger


    Full Text Available Swelling elastomers have gained acceptance as very effective products for creating sealing in various industries, including those creating energy from fossil fuels and geothermal resources. This paper outlines the research and development work being conducted not only in the application of these elastomers but also in the development work required to create new generations of elastomers. It touches on fundamental research into the mechanics of swelling with the intent to create a better and more predictable sealing as well as more advanced elastomers. It lifts the veil on the direction of work being done on new elastomers being developed in order to enable a better control of swelling. By doing so, the research is opening up field of applications for new equipment designs and mechanical possibilities in the future. Additionally, it addresses the need for a better and more in-depth dialogue between both chemical and mechanical engineers, and the elastomer companies and their customers on the potential that both swelling and non-swelling elastomers can offer to the industry as a whole.

  9. The powerful high pressure tool for protein conformational studies

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    Marchal S.


    Full Text Available The pressure behavior of proteins may be summarized as a the pressure-induced disordering of their structures. This thermodynamic parameter has effects on proteins that are similar but not identical to those induced by temperature, the other thermodynamic parameter. Of particular importance are the intermolecular interactions that follow partial protein unfolding and that give rise to the formation of fibrils. Because some proteins do not form fibrils under pressure, these observations can be related to the shape of the stability diagram. Weak interactions which are differently affected by hydrostatic pressure or temperature play a determinant role in protein stability. Pressure acts on the 2º, 3º and 4º structures of proteins which are maintained by electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions and by hydrogen bonds. We present some typical examples of how pressure affects the tertiary structure of proteins (the case of prion proteins, induces unfolding (ataxin, is a convenient tool to study enzyme dissociation (enolase, and provides arguments to understand the role of the partial volume of an enzyme (butyrylcholinesterase. This approach may have important implications for the understanding of the basic mechanism of protein diseases and for the development of preventive and therapeutic measures.

  10. Application of water-insoluble polymers to orally disintegrating tablets treated by high-pressure carbon dioxide gas. (United States)

    Ito, Yoshitaka; Maeda, Atsushi; Kondo, Hiromu; Iwao, Yasunori; Noguchi, Shuji; Itai, Shigeru


    The phase transition of pharmaceutical excipients that can be induced by humidifying or heating is well-known to increase the hardness of orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs). However, these conditions are not applicable to drug substances that are chemically unstable against such stressors. Here, we describe a system which enhances the hardness of tablets containing water-insoluble polymers by using high-pressure carbon dioxide (CO2). On screening of 26 polymeric excipients, aminoalkyl methacrylate copolymer E (AMCE) markedly increased tablet hardness (+155N) when maintained in a high-pressure CO2 environment. ODTs containing 10% AMCE were prepared and treatment with 4.0MPa CO2 gas at 25°C for 10min increased the hardness to +30N, whose level corresponded to heating at 70°C for 720min. In addition, we confirmed the effects of CO2 pressure, temperature, treatment time, and AMCE content on the physical properties of ODTs. Optimal pressure of CO2 gas was considered to be approximately 3.5MPa for an AMCE formula, as excessive pressure delayed the disintegration of ODTs. Combination of high-pressure CO2 gas and AMCE is a prospective approach for increasing the tablet hardness for ODTs, and can be conducted without additional heat or moisture stress using a simple apparatus. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Experimental and Simulation Studies of Strength and Fracture Behaviors of Wind Turbine Bearing Steel Processed by High Pressure Torsion

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    Ning Wang


    Full Text Available White structure flaking (WSF has been found to be one of the failure modes in bearing steels under rolling contacts through the formation of cracks associated with a microstructural change called white etching area (WEA. In the present research, the effects of the high-pressure torsion (HPT process on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an AISI 52100 alloy are studied. An annealed AISI 52100 was subjected to high-pressure torsion at room temperature under a pressure of up to ~6 GPa for up to three turns. Finite-element modeling (FEM was used to simulate the process under high-pressure torsion and quasi-constrained conditions to reveal the material property changes occurring in HPT. Scanning electron microscopy and microhardness testing after processing were used to investigate the microstructural and mechanical property evolution of the steel. Strain induced microstructural transformations occur and affect the mechanical properties in a similar way to the well-known white etching area (WEA found beneath the surface of wind turbine bearings. Here, HPT is used to study the feasibility of creating microstructural changes that are similar to WEA. This paper presents the preliminary results of using HPT to produce WEAs.

  12. Effect of high pressure treatment on the color of fresh and processed meats: A review. (United States)

    Bak, K H; Bolumar, T; Karlsson, A H; Lindahl, G; Orlien, V


    High pressure (HP) treatment often results in discoloration of beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. The degree of color changes depends on the physical and chemical state of the meat, especially myoglobin, and the atmospheric conditions during and after pressurization. A decreased redness is attributed to a large degree to the oxidation of the bright red oxymyoglobin or the purplish deoxymyoglobin into the brownish metmyoglobin, as well as to the denaturation of myoglobin. Surely, the high myoglobin content makes beef more exposed to this discoloration compared to the white chicken meat. In addition, HP treatment causes denaturation of myofibrillar proteins followed by aggregation, consequently, changing the surface reflectance and increasing lightness. Other intrinsic and extrinsic factors may affect the pressure-induced color changes positively or negatively. In this review, the pressure-induced color changes in meat are discussed in relation to modification of the myoglobin molecule, changes in the meat microstructure, and the impact of the presence of different chemical compounds and physical conditions during processing.

  13. Amorphization-decomposition behavior of HfW2O8 at high pressure (United States)

    Sakuntala, T.; Rao, Rekha; Garg, Alka B.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.


    Structural stability of HfW2O8 is investigated at high pressure using Raman spectroscopy. Irreversible amorphization is found to occur when pressurized to above 3 GPa under hydrostatic conditions. The Raman spectrum of the pressure-amorphized sample closely resembles that of amorphous WO3. On the other hand, spectrum of the recovered sample subjected to uniaxial compression of about 5 GPa showed bands characteristic of crystalline HfO2 besides the parent cubic phase and amorphous phase. Ex situ x-ray diffraction measurements on the pressure-cycled samples also indicated the presence of monoclinic HfO2. These results suggest that the observed pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) under hydrostatic compression is indeed due to hindered decomposition, which is facilitated under uniaxial compression. Thus, the behavior of HfW2O8 appears to be different from that of ZrW2O8, which exhibited only PIA and not pressure-induced decomposition at ambient temperature.

  14. Effect of dynamic high pressure on functional and structural properties of bovine serum albumin. (United States)

    Maresca, Paola; Ferrari, Giovanna; Leite Júnior, Bruno Ricardo de Castro; Zanphorlin, Leticia Maria; Ribeiro, Luma Rossi; Murakami, Mário Tyago; Cristianini, Marcelo


    Dynamic high pressure (DHP) has been investigated as an innovative suitable method to induce protein modifications. This work evaluated the effect of DHP (up to three passes at 100, 150 and 200MPa, with an inlet temperature of 20°C) on functional and structural properties of bovine serum albumin (BSA). Results indicated that DHP process applied up to an energy limit of 100MPa increased the protein foaming capacity (FC) (pstructure. DHP did not affect tryptophan microenvironment in BSA; however, this process induced the rearrangement of secondary structure elements. In the first cycle, the pressure increase resulted in a loss of secondary structure, while in the second and third cycles the DHP process resulted in the gain of secondary structure elements. These results indicated that the second and third passes triggered a molecular rearrangement of the protein structure, giving rise to a novel and more stable conformational state. This conclusion was also supported by thermal unfolding studies (melting temperature reduction from 67.5 to 54.6°C after 1 pass at 200MPa), in which the additional cycles of DHP caused the occurrence of an initial denaturation at high temperatures, compared to the first cycle. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Property and structure changes of myofibril protein in pork treated by high pressure combined with heat. (United States)

    Huang, Yechuan; Guo, Liping; Xiong, Shuangli; Li, Anlin


    The effects of myofibril protein in pork treated by high hydrostatic pressure combined with heat were investigated. The solubility of myofibril protein significantly increased up to 400 MPa but since then began to decrease up to 600 MPa. The best solubility was shown under all pressure at 35 ℃ and the lowest solubility was observed at 55 ℃. The carbonyl group value, disulfide bond and surface hydrophobicity exhibited pressure-dependent increase in the same manner. Particle size decreased up to 400 MPa and then increased up to 600 MPa, but the turbidity always reduced. The increase of intrinsic fluorescence intensity with red shift and decrease of absorbance around 278 nm with blue shift indicated that protein unfolding and exposure of hydrophobic amino acid occurred with increase of pressure. The second derivative infrared spectra and curve fittings suggested that high pressure induced reduction of β-sheet structures, enhancement of α-helix and random coil and β-turns segments, which was opposite to the effects of temperature. Emission scanning electron microscope assay further demonstrated protein unfolding and aggregation process induced by different pressure and temperature. The data suggested that cooperative effect of moderate pressure and temperature could improve physical-chemical and processing properties of meat. © The Author(s) 2016.

  16. New methodologies at PF AR-NW12A: the implementation of high-pressure macromolecular crystallography

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    Chavas, Leonard Michel Gabriel, E-mail: [PF/IMSS/KEK, 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-0801 (Japan); Nagae, Tadayuki [Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Yamada, Hiroyuki [Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Watanabe, Nobuhisa [Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Nagoya University, Furo-cho Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Yamada, Yusuke; Hiraki, Masahiko; Matsugaki, Naohiro [PF/IMSS/KEK, 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-0801 (Japan)


    The evolution of AR-NW12A into a multi-purpose end-station with optional high-pressure crystallography is described. The macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamline AR-NW12A is evolving from its original design of high-throughput crystallography to a multi-purpose end-station. Among the various options to be implemented, great efforts were made in making available high-pressure MX (HPMX) at the beamline. High-pressure molecular biophysics is a developing field that attracts the interest of a constantly growing scientific community. A plethora of activities can benefit from high pressure, and investigations have been performed on its applicability to study multimeric complex assemblies, compressibility of proteins and their crystals, macromolecules originating from extremophiles, or even the trapping of higher-energy conformers for molecules of biological interest. Recent studies using HPMX showed structural hydrostatic-pressure-induced changes in proteins. The conformational modifications could explain the enzymatic mechanism differences between proteins of the same family, living at different environmental pressures, as well as the initial steps in the pressure-denaturation process that have been attributed to water penetration into the protein interior. To facilitate further HPMX, while allowing access to various individualized set-ups and experiments, the AR-NW12A sample environment has been revisited. Altogether, the newly added implementations will bring a fresh breath of life to AR-NW12A and allow the MX community to experiment in a larger set of fields related to structural biology.

  17. High pressure properties of solid α-O2 (United States)

    Helmy, A.; Kobashi, K.; Etters, R. D.


    The static and dynamic properties of solid oxygen are calculated vs pressure at zero temperature using a pattern recognition optimization scheme and harmonic lattice dynamics method. The lattice parameters, phonon and libron dispersion curves, acoustic sound velocities, compressibility, root mean square translational and librational fluctuations from equilibrium, and the pressure dependence of the intramolecular stretching mode are calculated. It is shown that the attractive magnetic interaction strongly influences the behavior of the solid at all pressures. A soft mode induced phase transition from the monoclinic α structure to an orthorhombic structure is predicted at zero temperature near 6 kbar. No volume change is observed at the transition.

  18. Thermal evolution of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Alps

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    Brouwer, F.M.


    There are two major and currently unresolved issues in Alpine geology concerning the metamorphic evolution of the rocks in the internal zones of the Alps. First, rocks showing evidence for geologically young, high-pressure to very high-pressure metamorphism are now exposed at the Earth's surface,

  19. High pressure studies on uranium and thorium silicide compounds: Experiment and theory

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    Yagoubi, S.; Heathman, S.; Svane, A.


    The actinide silicides ThSi, USi and USi2 have been studied under high pressure using both theory and experiment. High pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments were performed on polycrystalline samples in diamond anvil cells at room temperature and for pressures up to 54, 52 and 26 GPa,...

  20. 49 CFR 192.621 - Maximum allowable operating pressure: High-pressure distribution systems. (United States)


    ... STANDARDS Operations § 192.621 Maximum allowable operating pressure: High-pressure distribution systems. (a) No person may operate a segment of a high pressure distribution system at a pressure that exceeds the... segment of a distribution system otherwise designed to operate at over 60 p.s.i. (414 kPa) gage, unless...

  1. Quality and storage-stability of high-pressure preseved green beans

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    Krebbers, B.; Matser, A.M.; Koets, M.; Berg, van den R.W.


    The effects of high-pressure technology on naturally present microbial flora, texture, color, ascorbic acid content and peroxidase activity of whole green beans were evaluated and compared to conventional preservation techniques. High-pressure processing (HPP) and two-pulse pressure treatment (pHPP)

  2. Temperature uniformity mapping in a high pressure high temperature reactor using a temperature sensitive indicator

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    Grauwet, T.; Plancken, van der I.; Vervoort, L.; Matser, A.M.; Hendrickx, M.; Loey, van A.


    Recently, the first prototype ovomucoid-based pressure–temperature–time indicator (pTTI) for high pressure high temperature (HPHT) processing was described. However, for temperature uniformity mapping of high pressure (HP) vessels under HPHT sterilization conditions, this prototype needs to be

  3. Study of the thermohydraulics of CO2 discharge from a high pressure reservoir

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    Ahmad, M.; Osch, M.B.V.; Buit, L.; Florisson, O.; Hulsbosch-Dam, C.; Spruijt, M.; Davolio, F.


    An experimental test set up has been constructed to carry out controlled CO2 release experiments from a high pressure vessel. The test set up is made up of a 500l stainless steel vessel where CO2 can be introduced up to high pressures and where controlled releases can be conducted. The work

  4. A preliminary reactive transport approach to quantify swelling of clay-sulfate rocks (United States)

    Schweizer, D.; Prommer, H.; Blum, P.; Butscher, C.; Siade, A. J.


    The processes underlying the swelling of clay-sulfate rocks are complex and have been the subject of numerous previous investigations. In general, the transformation of anhydrite into gypsum is considered the main mechanism of swelling, a process that is likely initiated by a change in hydraulic conditions, followed by influx of water and a change in geochemistry. Furthermore, it is accompanied by a volume increase of 61 % and a heat production of 28 kJ/mol. However, hydraulic and geochemical processes in the swelling zone, typically induced by construction measures such as borehole drillings, remain difficult to assess. In this study a numerical model was developed and applied to a site in Staufen, Germany, where significant swelling occurred in clay-sulfate rocks as a result of geothermal drillings. We used a field-scale dual-domain reactive transport modeling approach to investigate and quantify the importance of groundwater influx and geochemical reactions within the swelling zone. The observed swelling process was conceptualized through (i) a mobile domain that accounts for water flux and solute transport along preferential flow paths (PFP); and (ii) an immobile `reactive' domain considering the rate-limited transformation of anhydrite into gypsum. The model development was constrained by geodesic heave measurements at the ground surface as well as vertical temperature profiles. Both data types could be related to the predicted increase in rock volume and release of heat caused by the exothermal reaction, respectively. Compared to reported reaction rates of anhydrite dissolution and gypsum precipitation determined in laboratory experiments, our calibrated model yields considerably lower effective reaction rates. It was found that transport by PFP as well as the mass transfer between domains and therefore water availability impose a strong control on the magnitude and spatial extent of the simulated swelling process.

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and swelling behaviors of salt-sensitive maize bran-poly(acrylic acid) superabsorbent hydrogel. (United States)

    Zhang, Mingyue; Cheng, Zhiqiang; Zhao, Tianqi; Liu, Mengzhu; Hu, Meijuan; Li, Junfeng


    A novel composite hydrogel was prepared via UV irradiation copolymerization of acrylic acid and maize bran (MB) in the presence of composite initiator (2,2-dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone and ammonium persulfate) and cross-linker (N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide)). Under the optimized conditions, maize bran-poly(acrylic acid) was obtained (2507 g g(-1) in distilled water and 658 g g(-1) in 0.9 wt % NaCl solution). Effects of granularity, salt concentration, and various cations and anions on water absorbency were investigated. It was found that swelling was extremely sensitive to the ionic strength and cation and anion type. Swelling kinetics and water diffusion mechanism in distilled water were also discussed. Moreover, the product showed excellent water retention capability under the condition of high temperature or high pressure. The salt sensitivity, good water absorbency, and excellent water retention capability of the hydrogels give this intelligentized polymer wide potential applications.

  6. Application of high pressure processing for controlling Clostridium tyrobutyricum and late blowing defect on semi-hard cheese. (United States)

    Ávila, Marta; Gómez-Torres, Natalia; Delgado, David; Gaya, Pilar; Garde, Sonia


    In this study we evaluated the application of different high pressure (HP) treatments (200-500 MPa at 14 °C for 10 min) to industrial sized semi-hard cheeses on day 7, with the aim of controlling two Clostridium tyrobutyricum strains causing butyric acid fermentation and cheese late blowing defect (LBD). Clostridium metabolism and LBD appearance in cheeses were monitored by sensory (cheese swelling, cracks/splits, off-odours) and instrumental analyses (organic acids by HPLC and volatile compounds by SPME/GC-MS) after 60 days. Cheeses with clostridial spores HP-untreated and HP-treated at 200 MPa showed visible LBD symptoms, lower concentrations of lactic, citric and acetic acids, and higher levels of pyruvic, propionic and butyric acids and of 1-butanol, ethyl and methyl butanoate, and ethyl pentanoate than cheeses without spores. However, cheeses with clostridial spores and HP-treated at ≥ 300 MPa did not show LBD symptoms and their organic acids and volatile compounds profiles were comparable to those of their respective HP-treated control cheeses, despite HP treatments caused a low spore reduction. A decrease in C. tyrobutyricum spore counts was observed after curd pressing, which seems to indicate an early spore germination, suggesting that HP treatments ≥300 MPa were able to inactivate the emerged C. tyrobutyricum vegetative cells and, thereby, prevent LBD. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. The Impact History of Chondrites as Revealed by High-Pressure Minerals (United States)

    Sharp, T. G.; Xie, Z.; de Carli, P. S.


    A record of impact processes on meteorite parent bodies is recorded as shock-metamorphic effects in meteorites. The key to reading this record is to use the shock effects to estimate the pressure and duration of shock events, which can constrain velocities and sizes of the impacting bodies. Shock pressures have been estimated in natural samples by calibrating the pressures needed to generate specific deformation and transformation effects in shock-recovery experiments. However, this approach is limited by the large activation energies for reconstructive phase transitions combined with relatively low shock temperatures and microsecond durations of shock-recovery experiments. As a result, the calibrated pressures for highly shocked rocks are too high. For example, olivine and pyroxene have never been transformed in a shock recovery experiment, but highly shocked (S6) meteorites, where olivine is transformed to ringwoodite are inferred to have reached pressures from 45 to 90 GPa [1]. One alternative approach is to use the results of static high-pressure experiments to interpret phase transformations in meteorites. However, these experiments generally involve highly reactive crushed starting materials and timescales much longer than those of natural shock events. The resulting transformations occur near equilibrium and are not directly relevant to shock-induced transformations. Static kinetic experiments provide useful kinetic data for specific transformation mechanisms, but these are not generally the same mechanisms that are active during shock. An alternative to calibrating the pressures of phase transitions is to use the mineralogy of shock-induced melt that crystallizes at high pressure [2]. Pressure estimates based on crystallization mineralogy indicate that many meteorites classified as highly shocked (S6) were exposed to equilibrium shock pressures in the range of 18-25 GPa, having durations in excess of 0.1 s. The relatively low shock pressures of chondrites

  8. Determination of swelling of responsive gels with nanometer resolution. Fiber-optic based platform for hydrogels as signal transducers. (United States)

    Tierney, Sven; Hjelme, Dag Roar; Stokke, Bjørn Torger


    A novel technique for detection of hydrogel swelling intended for use as a chemical or biological sensor, but also generally applicable for obtaining high-precision hydrogel swelling data, is described. The underlying design principle is that a hydrogel bound to the tip of an optical fiber constituting the environmental sensing element makes up a Fabry-Perot cavity for high-resolution detection of the optical length. The interference of light guided by the optical fiber and reflected at the two interfaces, fiber-gel and gel-solution, enables optical detection of the optical path length within the gel and degree of swelling of the gel. Acrylamide-based hydrogels with various molar fractions of the cationic monomer, N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)acrylamide, were fabricated at the end of the fiber to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach. These sensors were investigated in solutions of varying ionic strength and pH. Relative gel length changes of the approximately 50-microm half-spherical gels were determined with a precision of approximately 2 nm. Moreover, the combination of good reproducibility and resolution of determination of swelling supports measurements of ionic strength changes in the millimolar range. Kinetic measurements for gel swelling induced by changes in ionic strengths had a time constant of approximately 2 s (half-spherical gel with 60-microm radius), whereas the time constants for gel swelling induced by changes in pH were observed in the range 90-130 s. Thus, different processes dictate the swelling rate in the two different cases. The results show that hydrogel equilibrium swelling and kinetics can be determined by the optical interference method with nanometer resolution, thus providing a unique platform for characterization of hydrogels swelling in general, and using functionalized hydrogels as biological sensors in particular.

  9. Negative thermal expansion and its relation to high pressures (United States)

    Sikka, S. K.


    Most materials expand when heated. However, many exceptions are now known. Recently, interest in this has been revived with the discovery of isotropic negative thermal expansion (NTE) in ZrW2O8. From equation of state considerations, one can relate NTE to negative Grüneisen parameters (thermal or electronic). Under pressure, these lead to equation of state anomalies with the pressure derivative of the bulk modules being small or negative. Many of these materials undergo pressure-induced amorphization. This in some of them can be understood on the steric constraint model. It is also argued that NTE in most materials may be understood from the fact that these materials have two degenerate or nearly degenerate energy states. On increase of temperature, the material then samples the lower volume state, leading to NTE.

  10. Swelling and water transport in temperature-sensitive hydrogels based on 2-methoxyethylacrylate

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    Martellini, F. E-mail:; Mei, L.H.I.; Balino, J.L.; Carenza, M. E-mail:


    A series of thermoresponsive hydrogels based on copolymers of 2-methoxyethylacrylate with acrylamide or N,N-dimethylacrylamide were prepared by radiation-induced polymerization in dimethylformamide solution in the presence of a crosslinking agent. The swelling behaviour of the hydrogels was studied by immersing the polymer samples in water at 5 deg. C, 10 deg. C and 37 deg. C. The data were found to satisfactorily fit Fick's law with a constant diffusion coefficient. The results indicate that the swelling ratio increases with increasing the content of the hydrophilic monomers in the hydrogels and at the same time the equilibrium swelling time decreases. The effect of temperature on water transport mechanism was observed.

  11. Hygroscopic swelling and shrinkage of latewood cell wall micropillars reveal ultrastructural anisotropy. (United States)

    Rafsanjani, Ahmad; Stiefel, Michael; Jefimovs, Konstantins; Mokso, Rajmund; Derome, Dominique; Carmeliet, Jan


    We document the hygroscopic swelling and shrinkage of the central and the thickest secondary cell wall layer of wood (named S2) in response to changes in environmental humidity using synchrotron radiation-based phase contrast X-ray tomographic nanoscopy. The S2 layer is a natural fibre-reinforced nano-composite polymer and is strongly reactive to water. Using focused ion beam, micropillars with a cross section of few micrometres are fabricated from the S2 layer of the latewood cell walls of Norway spruce softwood. The thin neighbouring cell wall layers are removed to prevent hindering or restraining of moisture-induced deformation during swelling or shrinkage. The proposed experiment intended to get further insights into the microscopic origin of the anisotropic hygro-expansion of wood. It is found that the swelling/shrinkage strains are highly anisotropic in the transverse plane of the cell wall, larger in the normal than in the direction parallel to the cell wall's thickness. This ultrastructural anisotropy may be due to the concentric lamellation of the cellulose microfibrils as the role of the cellulose microfibril angle in the transverse swelling anisotropy is negligible. The volumetric swelling of the cell wall material is found to be substantially larger than the one of wood tissues within the growth ring and wood samples made of several growth rings. The hierarchical configuration in wood optimally increases its dimensional stability in response to a humid environment with higher scales of complexity.

  12. Spin crossover and Mott—Hubbard transition under high pressure and high temperature in the low mantle of the Earth (United States)

    Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Ovchinnikova, T. M.; Plotkin, V. V.; Dyad'kov, P. G.


    Effect of high pressure induced spin crossover on the magnetic, electronic and structural properties of the minerals forming the Earth's low mantle is discussed. The low temperature P, T phase diagram of ferropericlase has the quantum phase transition point Pc = 56 GPa at T = 0 confirmed recently by the synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy. The LDA+GTB calculated phase diagram describes the experimental data. Its extension to the high temperature resulted earlier in prediction of the metallic properties of the Earth's mantle at the depth 1400 km insulator transition and compare them with the experimental seismic and geomagnetic field data.

  13. Refraction of swell by surface currents

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    Gallet, Basile


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

  14. Giant cell arteritis presenting as facial swelling. (United States)

    Ricketti, Anthony J; Cleri, Dennis J; Godyn, Janusz J; Shenk, Suzanne H; Vernaleo, John R


    Facial swelling is commonly ascribed to angioedema and a host of other causes. Temporal arteritis (TA), a disease most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 50 years, frequently presents with nonspecific and often ignored complaints (headache, symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica, low-grade fever, fever of unknown origin, loss of appetite, depression, joint pains, weight loss, hair loss, and even respiratory symptoms). The diagnosis of TA is highly likely in the presence of new-onset headaches, polymyalgia rheumatica, and a tender, cord-like, or swollen temporal artery. Facial swelling must be appreciated as another presentation of TA, especially when accompanied by other nonspecific symptoms. High clinical suspicion, immediate treatment, and definitive diagnosis by temporal artery biopsy are necessary to prevent the most severe vascular complications of blindness and cerebrovascular accidents. Treatment with corticosteroids is most often successful. Because this treatment is fraught with all the risks of high-dose and prolonged steroid therapy, it should only be initiated in cases of significant clinical suspicion, followed by a timely temporal artery biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Delay in therapy increases the risk of a vascular catastrophe. Delay in obtaining a temporal artery biopsy after therapy has been initiated decreases the diagnostic sensitivity of the test. Other modalities of immunosuppressive therapy remain either unsuccessful or unproven. Concomitant low-dose aspirin therapy appears to hold promise.

  15. Experimental Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in Diabetic Mice Exhibited Severe Retinal Swelling Associated With VEGF Elevation. (United States)

    Sun, Ming-Hui; Shariati, Mohammad Ali; Liao, Yaping Joyce


    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important risk factors for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). In this study, we investigated for the first time the impact of experimental AION in a DM model. We induced a photochemical thrombosis model of AION after streptozotocin-induced DM and performed serial optical coherence tomography (OCT), morphometric analyses, and VEGF levels in the retina and sera. Compared with non-DM animals, experimental AION in DM mice led to significantly greater retinal swelling on day 1 and worse thinning at week 3 on OCT measurements. Greater retinal swelling on OCT in DM-AION eyes was associated with significantly increased loss of brain-specific homeobox/POU domain protein 3A (Brn3A+) retinal ganglion cells at week 3. In acute AION, there was greater inflammation as seen by an increase in ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1+)-activated microglia. On day 1, there was increase in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level in nondiabetic AION retinae and sera, but the VEGF level was the highest in the diabetic AION group, which decreased to nondiabetic levels after insulin treatment. The decrease in retinal and serum VEGF levels after insulin treatment correlated with a reduction in retinal swelling. In the setting of hyperglycemia, AION led to greater acute, postischemic microglial activation and elevation of VEGF levels, which likely contributed to greater retinal swelling acutely and worse retinal thinning and loss of retinal ganglion cells chronically. Treatment of hyperglycemia with insulin reduced VEGF levels and retinal swelling, consistent with the idea that VEGF is an important factor in postischemic swelling and that good glycemic control following AION may lead to better visual outcome.

  16. Strongly correlated electrons at high pressure: an approach by inelastic X-Ray scattering; Electrons correles sous haute pression: une approche par diffusion inelastique des rayons X

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    Rueff, J.P


    Inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) and associated methods has turn out to be a powerful alternative for high-pressure physics. It is an all-photon technique fully compatible with high-pressure environments and applicable to a vast range of materials. Standard focalization of X-ray in the range of 100 microns is typical of the sample size in the pressure cell. Our main aim is to provide an overview of experimental results obtained by IXS under high pressure in 2 classes of materials which have been at the origin of the renewal of condensed matter physics: strongly correlated transition metal oxides and rare-earth compounds. Under pressure, d and f-electron materials show behaviors far more complex that what would be expected from a simplistic band picture of electron delocalization. These spectroscopic studies have revealed unusual phenomena in the electronic degrees of freedom, brought up by the increased density, the changes in the charge-carrier concentration, the over-lapping between orbitals, and hybridization under high pressure conditions. Particularly we discuss about pressure induced magnetic collapse and metal-insulator transitions in 3d compounds and valence fluctuations phenomena in 4f and 5f compounds. Thanks to its superior penetration depth, chemical selectivity and resonant enhancement, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering has appeared extremely well suited to high pressure physics in strongly correlated materials. (A.C.)

  17. Exploring the coordination change of vanadium and structure transformation of metavanadate MgV2O6 under high pressure (United States)

    Tang, Ruilian; Li, Yan; Xie, Shengyi; Li, Nana; Chen, Jiuhua; Gao, Chunxiao; Zhu, Pinwen; Wang, Xin


    Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ADXRD), first-principles calculations, and electrical resistivity measurements were carried out under high pressure to investigate the structural stability and electrical transport properties of metavanadate MgV2O6. The results have revealed the coordination change of vanadium ions (from 5+1 to 6) at around 4 GPa. In addition, a pressure-induced structure transformation from the C2/m phase to the C2 phase in MgV2O6 was detected above 20 GPa, and both phases coexisted up to the highest pressure. This structural phase transition was induced by the enhanced distortions of MgO6 octahedra and VO6 octahedra under high pressure. Furthermore, the electrical resistivity decreased with pressure but exhibited different slope for these two phases, indicating that the pressure-induced structural phase transitions of MgV2O6 was also accompanied by the obvious changes in its electrical transport behavior. PMID:27924843

  18. High-pressure, flux-conserving tokamak equilibria

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    Dory, R.A.; Peng, Y.K.M.


    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) tokamak equilibria are found with values of ..beta.. up to 20 percent and prescribed MHD safety factor values (e.g., q(axis) = 1 and q(edge) = 4.8) for tokamaks with aspect ratio A = 4 and D-shaped cross section. If such equilibria could be attained experimentally, they would be very attractive for decreasing the projected costs of tokamak power reactors substantially. In the flux-conserving tokamak (FCT) model, where rapid heating is applied to an already relatively hot plasma, these high ..beta.. equilibria are achievable. We study the quasi-static evolution of FCT equilibria as ..beta.. increases. An operating window is found in the pressure profile width w/sub p/: for high ..beta.. the values of w/sub p/ must lie between 0.40 and 0.55 of the plasma minor width. Within this window, plasma current and poloidal ..beta.. increase monotonically with ..beta... For fixed plasma boundary, significant poloidal surface currents are induced, but these can be eliminated by small increases in the plasma minor radius, the pressure profile width, and the vacuum toroidal field.

  19. Structural evolution behavior of manganese monophosphide under high pressure: experimental and theoretical study (United States)

    Yu, Zhenhai; Wu, Wei; Lu, Pengchao; Zhao, Jinggeng; Cheng, Jinguang; Hu, Qingyang; Yuan, Ye; Li, Xin; Pei, Cuiying; Chen, Fengjiao; Yan, Zhipeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sun, Jian; Luo, Jianlin; Wang, Lin


    The influence of external pressure on the structural properties of manganese monophosphides (MnP) at room temperature has been studied using in situ angle dispersive synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction (AD-XRD) with a diamond anvil cell. The crystal structure of MnP is stable between 0 to 15 GPa. However, the compressibility of b-axis is much larger than those of a- and c-axes. From this result we suggested that the occurrence of superconductivity in MnP was induced by suppression of the long-range antiferromagnetically ordered state rather than a structural phase transition. Furthermore, the present experimental results show that the Pnma phase of MnP undergoes a pressure-induced structural phase transition at ~15.0 GPa. This finding lighted up-to-date understanding of the common prototype B31 structure (Strukturbericht Designation: B31) in transition metal monophosphides. No additional structural phase transition was observed up to 35.1 GPa (Run 1) and 40.2 GPa (Run 2) from the present AD-XRD results. With an extensive crystal structure searching and ab initio calculations, we predict that MnP underwent two pressure-induced structural phase transitions of Pnma  →  P213 and P213  →  Pm-3m (CsCl-type) at 55.0 and 92.0 GPa, respectively. The structural stability and the electronic structures of manganese monophosphides under high pressure are also briefly discussed.

  20. Effect of swelling mineral on geotechnical characteristics of clay soil

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    Mohammed Cherif Mechri


    Full Text Available The shrinking and swelling is a very common phenomenon in the world, mainly in arid and semiarid areas. The construction on these soils often requires a study of the risk of swelling, in advance. The emergence of this phenomenon in soils is caused primarily by the presence of swelling clays and water. The risk is most significant when the rate of the expansive minerals, such as bentonite, is important. Several researchers have studied the relationship between the percentages of swelling minerals and soil swelling potential. The researchers have shown the difficulty of characterization, because of the complexity of the phenomenon under natural conditions, where several other phenomena occur, and which are not considered in laboratory experimentation. This article addresses the characterization of several soils, with different swelling rates from the physical, chemical and mechanical tests. It shows the relationship between the quantity of swelling minerals and some site conditions, such as water content and consolidation stress, on the ability of soil to swell. This work aims to establish empirical relationships between the percentage of swelling minerals and soil swelling potential.