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  1. Layered synthetic microstructures - Properties and applications in X-ray astronomy

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    Underwood, J. H.; Barbee, T. W., Jr.; Keith, D. C.

    1979-01-01

    Refinements in vacuum deposition technology have made it possible to produce structures in which two materials are arranged in alternating layers of uniform thickness and as thin as 5 A. Such structures act as Bragg diffractors or 'artificial crystals' for X-rays, as well as they may be regarded as multilayer interference coatings. A dynamical theory is used to show how the properties of layered synthetic microstructures are dependent on the layer materials and thicknesses and how these properties can be tailored to specific applications. Laboratory results at various X-ray wavelengths are presented. In particular, specific X-ray astronomy applications in spectroscopy, imaging, polarimetry and laboratory calibration are discussed.

  2. Synthesis and properties of layered synthetic microstructure (LSM) dispersion elements for 62 eV (200A) to 1. 24 keV (10A) radiation. Final report

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    Barbee, T.W. Jr.

    1981-08-01

    The opportunities offered by engineered synthetic multilayer dispersion elements for x-rays have been recognized since the earliest days of x-ray diffraction analysis. In this paper, application of sputter deposition technology to the synthesis of Layered Synthetic Microstructure (LSMs) of sufficient quality for use as x-ray dispersion elements is discussed. It will be shown that high efficiency, controllable bandwidth dispersion elements, with d spacings varying from 15 A to 180 A, may be synthesized onto both mechanically stiff and flexible substrates. Multilayer component materials include tungsten, niobium, molybdenum, titanium, vanadium, and silicon layers separated by carbon layers. Experimental observations of peak reflectivity in first order, integrated reflectivity in first order, and diffraction performance at selected photon energies in the range, 100 to 15,000 eV, will be reported and compared to theory.

  3. 3-D Synthetic Microstructure Generation with Ellipsoid Particles

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    2016-09-27

    oriented ellipses that have an 8:8:1 aspect ratio (i.e., plates ). Again, the 2-D image appears to contain a mix of particle sizes and shapes when in...Functions 23 Distribution List 26 iii Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. List of Figures Fig. 1 2-D images of 3-D synthetic...4 Fig. 2 2-D images of 3-D periodic synthetic microstructure with uniform ellipses of 4:1:1 aspect ratio that are

  4. Some measurements in synthetic turbulent boundary layers

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    Savas, O.

    1980-01-01

    Synthetic turbulent boundary layers are examined which were constructed on a flat plate by generating systematic moving patterns of turbulent spots in a laminar flow. The experiments were carried out in a wind tunnel at a Reynolds number based on plate length of 1,700,000. Spots were generated periodically in space and time near the leading edge to form a regular hexagonal pattern. The disturbance mechanism was a camshaft which displaced small pins momentarily into the laminar flow at frequencies up to 80 Hz. The main instrumentation was a rake of 24 hot wires placed across the flow in a line parallel to the surface. The main measured variable was local intermittency; i.e., the probability of observing turbulent flow at a particular point in space and time. The results are reported in x-t diagrams showing the evolution of various synthetic flows along the plate. The dimensionless celerity or phase velocity of the large eddies is found to be 0.88, independent of eddy scale. All patterns with sufficiently small scales eventually showed loss of coherence as they moved downstream. A novel phenomenon called eddy transposition was observed in several flows which contained appreciable laminar regions. The large eddies shifted in formation to new positions, intermediate to their original ones, while preserving their hexagonal pattern. The present results, together with some empirical properties of a turbulent spot, are used to estimate the best choice of scales for constructing a synthetic boundary layer suitable for detailed study. The values recommended are: spanwise scale/thickness = 2.5, streamwise scale/thickness = 8.

  5. Microstructure of bidisperse ferrofluids in a thin layer

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    Minina, E. S., E-mail: alla2307@gmail.com; Muratova, A. B. [Ural Federal University, Department of Mathematical Physics (Russian Federation); Cerda, J. J. [Campus University de les Illes Balears, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (Spain); Kantorovich, S. S., E-mail: sue.kantorovich@usu.ru [Ural Federal University, Department of Mathematical Physics (Russian Federation)

    2013-03-15

    In this work we present a characterization of the bidisperse ferrofluid microstructures that appear in thin layers of ferrofluid. These layers have been studied by a combination of Langevin dynamics simulations and density functional theory. Our results allow us to compare the microstructures that exist in quasi-two-dimensional ferrofluid nanolayers with the microstructures found in three-dimensional bidisperse ferrofluids. Furthermore, our results allow us to explain the influence of the geometry of the sample on the topology and size-distribution of the observed aggregates of magnetic nanoparticles.

  6. Microstructural and compositional Evolution of Compound Layers during Gaseous Nitrocarburizing

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    Du, Hong; Somers, Marcel A.J.; Ågren, John

    2000-01-01

    Compound layers developed at 848 K during gaseous nitrocarburizing of iron and iron-carbon specimens were investigated for several combinations of N and C activities imposed at the specimen surface by gas mixtures of NH3, N2, CO2 and CO. The microstructural evolution of the compound layer...... evolution and the growth kinetics of the compound layers formed is discussed for the iron substrate. The results indicate that the microstructure is governed by a fast C and a slow N absorption at the surface in an early stage of gaseous nitrocarburizing. The influence of carbon in the substrate...... on the microstructural and compositional evolution and on the growth kinetics was evaluated from comparing the results obtained for a normalised Fe-0.8C alloy with those for iron under identical nitrocar-burizing conditions....

  7. Reconstruction of microstructure in catalyst layer of PEM fuel cells

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    Rong, F.; Huang, C.; Liu, Z.S.; Song, D.T.; Wang, Q.P. [National Research Council of Canada, Vancouver, BC (Canada). Inst. for Fuel Cell Innovation

    2007-07-01

    Different microstructures of catalyst layer (CL) have been experimentally studied to improve the performance of the proton membrane exchange (PEM) fuel cell. These experiments have revealed the microstructure in catalyst layers can be considered as one kind of random media and its changes will have significant influence on the performance of PEM fuel cell. This paper presented the results of a study that applied the filtering method and stochastic optimization to reconstruct the microstructure based on the statistical information of catalyst layers. The filtering method changes the Gauss distributed signals to three-phase microstructure reconstruction while the stochastic optimization method, refines the microstructure reconstruction to fit the statistical features of experimental images. Based on the physical properties as well as the mass ratio, the statistical feature extraction based on image process of catalyst layer and the reconstruction procedure was proposed. The paper discussed evaluation of phase statistical information, initial reconstruction based on filtering method, stochastic optimization for reconstruction, as well as a summary of the study. It was concluded that the results of the filtering method as the initial pattern of stochastic optimization could make the error (between the final result and the experimental target) less than that of the random initial value and saved the computational time simultaneously. 13 refs., 6 figs.

  8. Microstructural and compositional evolution of compound layers during gaseous nitrocarburizing

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    Du, Hong; Somers, Marcel A. J.; Agren, John

    2000-01-01

    Compound layers developed at 848 K during gaseous nitrocarburizing of iron and iron-carbon specimens were investigated for several combinations of N and C activities imposed at the specimen surface by gas mixtures of NH3, N2, CO2, and CO. The microstructural evolution of the compound layer was studied by light microscopy and by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition-depth profiles were determined by electron probe (X-ray) microanalysis. Layer growth kinetics was investigated by layer thickness measurements. The influence of the N and C activities on the microstructural and compositional evolution and the growth kinetics of the compound layers formed is discussed for the iron substrate. The results indicate that the microstructure is governed by a fast C and a slow N absorption at the surface in an early stage of gaseous nitrocarburizing. The influence of carbon in the substrate on the microstructural and compositional evolutions and on the growth kinetics was evaluated from comparing the results obtained for a normalized Fe-0.8C alloy with those for iron under identical nitrocarburizing conditions.

  9. Microstructural and compositional evolution of compound layers during gaseous nitrocarburizing

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    Du, H.; Somers, M.A.J.; Aagren, J.

    2000-01-01

    Compound layers developed at 848 K during gaseous nitrocarburizing of iron and iron-carbon specimens were investigated for several combinations of N and C activities imposed at the specimen surface by gas mixtures of NH{sub 3}, N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, and CO. The microstructural evolution of the compound layer was studied by light microscopy and by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition-depth profiles were determined by electron probe (X-ray) microanalysis. Layer growth kinetics was investigated by layer thickness measurements. The influence of the N and C activities on the microstructural and compositional evolution and the growth kinetics of the compound layers formed is discussed for the iron substrate. The results indicate that the microstructure is governed by a fast C and a slow N absorption at the surface in an early stage of gaseous nitrocarburizing. The influence of carbon in the substrate on the microstructural and compositional evolutions and on the growth kinetics was evaluated from comparing the results obtained for a normalized Fe-0.8C alloy with those for iron under identical nitrocarburizing conditions.

  10. The Microstructure and Properties of Diffusion Layer of Spray Aluminum

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    YE Hong; YAN Zhonglin; SUN Zhifu

    2005-01-01

    After diffusion processing of thermal spraying, aluminum on 20 # steel is discussed in this article. Variations of microstructure, composition as well as microhardness and corrosion resistance of diffusion layer of spray aluminum were explored by means of X- ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron probe microanalysis ( EPMA ). The result shows that the diffusion layer of spray aluminum consists of η phase ( Fe2 Al5 ), ζ phase ( FeAl2 ), β1 phase ( Fe3Al ), β1 phase ( Fe3 Al ) and α phase from surface to substrate. There are balanced transitions between phases. The layer has extra high hardncss and corrosion resistance.

  11. Microstructural design in alumina-alumina/zirconia layered composites

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    Sanchez-Herencia, A.J.; Moya, J.S. [CSIC, Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Ceramica y Vidrio; Tomsia, A.P. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States). Materials Sciences Div.

    1997-12-18

    Very recently several authors have pointed out the extremely important role of microstructural design in developing structural ceramic materials for long term high temperature applications. In this sense Raj has identified several boundary conditions: (1) Resistance to oxidation, (ii) Resistance to grain boundary sliding and cavitation, (iii) Good strength and toughness at room temperature. The aspiration is to eliminate grain boundaries which can act as cavitation sites, without using single crystals which typically exhibit low toughness. In this regard ceramics with single crystal-like morphologies, e.g., large elongated grains, with good fracture toughness and high bending strength have been proposed. One route to find these apparently contradictory characteristic is by building up layered microarchitectures where layers with high toughness and high bending strength coexist with layers with high creep resistance. These conditions can be met in the case of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} laminates. The present work was directed to the study of the microstructural features and properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + unstabilized ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + t-ZrO{sub 2} (3 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) layered composites.

  12. Laser beam steering approaches for microstructuring of copper layers

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    Mur, Jaka; Podobnik, Boštjan; Poberaj, Igor

    2017-02-01

    We have investigated the process of copper layer ablation with a tightly focused Q-switched 532 nm laser. Focusing 40 ns long laser pulses to a micrometer-sized spot results in high energy density and gives rise to ablation phenomena not seen during laser processing with larger beam diameters. Use of acousto-optic deflectors (AODs) enabled us to test different laser beam steering approaches in terms of choosing the position for each laser pulse independently of the previous pulses. Random addressing of desired positions across a microstructure proved to be the most efficient method compared to various scanning approaches. Assigning a random order to the spatial sequence of laser pulses resulted in the fastest microstructuring process and featured lowest residual heating of the substrate.

  13. Microstructural properties of multi-nano-layered YSZ thin films

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    Amezaga-Madrid, P.; Antunez-Flores, W.; Gonzalez-Hernandez, J.; Saenz-Hernandez, J.; Campos-Venegas, K.; Solis-Canto, O.; Ornelas-Gutierrez, C.; Vega-Becerra, O.; Martinez-Sanchez, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih, CP. 31109 (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.m [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih, CP. 31109 (Mexico)

    2010-04-16

    We report the fabrication of submicron, multi-nano-layered, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films by aerosol assisted CVD. The film consisted of a periodic stack of several layers, a few nanometers thick, of the same composition but different density; formation of voids during synthesis originate the low-density layer. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectometry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high angle annular dark field (HAADF) images were employed to analyze the microstructure of the films. GIXRD pattern showed characteristic peaks of cubic zirconia. Peak broadening in the pattern comes from a microstructure composed of nanocrystals, but principally due to the multilayered structure, that cause satellite peaks around the Bragg reflections. Lattice fringes measurement in HRTEM and HAADF images was consistent with the interplanar distance of the YSZ cubic phase. Additionally, lattice parameter obtained from selected area electron diffraction and GIXRD patterns was around 0.513 nm, in agreement to values reported in the literature for YSZ.

  14. A study of synthetic large scales in turbulent boundary layers

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    Duvvuri, Subrahmanyam; Luhar, Mitul; Barnard, Casey; Sheplak, Mark; McKeon, Beverley

    2013-11-01

    Synthetic spanwise-constant spatio-temporal disturbances are excited in a turbulent boundary layer through a spatially impulsive patch of dynamic wall-roughness. The downstream flow response is studied through hot wire anemometry, pressure measurements at the wall and direct measurements of wall-shear-stress made using a novel micro-machined capacitive floating element sensor. These measurements are phase-locked to the input perturbation to recover the synthetic large-scale motion and characterize its structure and wall signature. The phase relationship between the synthetic large scale and small scale activity provides further insights into the apparent amplitude modulation effect between them, and the dynamics of wall-bounded turbulent flows in general. Results from these experiments will be discussed in the context of the critical-layer behavior revealed by the resolvent analysis of McKeon & Sharma (J Fluid Mech, 2010), and compared with similar earlier work by Jacobi & McKeon (J Fluid Mech, 2011). Model predictions are shown to be in broad agreement with experiments. The support of AFOSR grant #FA 9550-12-1-0469, Resnick Institute Graduate Research Fellowship (S.D.) and Sandia Graduate Fellowship (C.B.) are gratefully acknowledged.

  15. Microstructures of YBa2Cu3Oy Layers Deposited on Conductive Layer-Buffered Metal Tapes

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    Ichinose, Ataru; Hashimoto, Masayuki; Horii, Shigeru; Doi, Toshiya

    REBa2Cu3Oy (REBCO; RE: rare-earth elements)-coated conductors (CCs) have high potential for use in superconducting devices. In particular, REBCO CCs are useful for superconducting devices working at relatively high temperatures near 77 K. The important issues in their applications are high performance, reliability and low cost. To date, sufficient performance for some applications has almost been achieved by considerable efforts. The establishment of the reliability of superconducting devices is under way at present. The issue of low cost must be resolved to realize the application of superconducting devices in the near future. Therefore, we have attempted several ways to reduce the cost of REBCO CCs. The coated conductors using a Nb-doped SrTiO3 buffer layer and Ni-plated Cu and stainless steel laminate metal tapes have recently been developed to eliminate the use of electric stabilization layers of Cu and Ag, which are expected to reduce the material cost. Good superconducting properties are obtained at 77 K. The critical current density (JC) at 77 K under a magnetic self-field is determined to be more than 2x106 A/cm2. The microstructures of the CCs are analyzed by transmission electron microscopy to obtain a much higher quality. By microscopic structure analysis, an overgrowth of the buffer layer is observed at a grain boundary of the metal substrate, which is one of the reasons for the high JC.

  16. Process-microstructure-hardness relations of electrodeposited nickel layers

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    Rasmussen, Anette Alsted; Møller, Per; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction; the Vickers microhardness was measured in cross-sections. The present article is meant as a reference for forthcoming articles on the investigation of various strengthening mechanisms on the microstructure, hardness and thermal stability of Ni (alloy...

  17. Investigating the performance of catalyst layer micro-structures with different platinum loadings

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    Khakaz-Baboli, Moben; Harvey, David; Pharoah, Jon

    2012-07-01

    In this study a four-phase micro-structure of a PEFC catalyst layer was reconstructed by randomly placing overlapping spheres for each solid catalyst phase. The micro-structure was mirrored to make a micro-structure. A body-fit computational mesh was produced for the reconstructed micro-structure in OpenFOAM. Associated conservation equations were solved within all the phases with electrochemical reaction as the boundary condition at the interface between ionomer and platinum phases. The study is focused on the platinum loading of CL. The polarization curves of the micro-structure performance have been compared for different platinum loadings. This paper gives increased insight into the relatively greater losses at decreased platinum loadings.

  18. Microstructure in electrodeposited copper layers; the role of the substrate

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    Rasmussen, Anette Alsted; Jensen, Jens Dahl; Horsewell, Andy

    2001-01-01

    -crystalline Ni-P layer. The evolutions of surface topography, morphology and crystallographic texture in the layers were investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction analysis, respectively. Distinct surface topographies were observed for Cu...... layers deposited on the Au and Ni-P substrates. Deposition onto the Au substrate resulted in a very smooth surface of Cu layers, whereas the Ni-P substrate caused an irregular surface for 3-microns-thick layers of Cu. The crystallographic texture in the Cu layers in the first few micrometres depended...... stongly on the crystallographic texture in the substrate. The Cu crystallites inherited the lll-orientation of the Au substrate, whilst no preferred crystallographic orientation was observed in the Cu crystallites on the nano-crystalline Ni-P substate. For Cu layers thicker than 3 microns a lll...

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of halite/coarse muscovite synthetic aggregates deformed in torsion

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    Marques, F. O.; Burlini, L.; Burg, J.-P.

    2011-04-01

    We investigated the behavior of a synthetic two-phase aggregate composed of 80% halite + 20% coarse muscovite under torsion deformation, at 100, 200 and 300 °C, a confining pressure of 250 MPa, and a constant strain rate of 3E-4 s -1. At all temperatures, the two-phase aggregate deformed homogeneously at the sample scale. The strength of the aggregate and muscovite deformation depended on temperature, strain rate and initial orientation of muscovite greatest dimension relative to the shear plane. With muscovite initially parallel to the shear plane, halite flowed plastically and long muscovite grains were not strong enough to behave as a rigid inclusion rotating in a ductile matrix. Instead, high aspect ratio grains deformed by folding, which was visibly accomplished by slip along mica {001} cleavage and by great flattening of halite in the core of the folds. When initially normal to the shear plane, high aspect ratio muscovite grains passively rotated towards the shear plane. In both cases, small and low aspect ratio muscovite grains behaved mostly as mica-fish, with mica grains tilted opposite to shear sense. Similarly to natural mylonites, σ-porphyroclast systems and rolling structures were also common in the microstructure. A strong foliation made of halite ribbons and aligned muscovite flakes rapidly developed but did not make the composite aggregate weaker when compared with single-phase halite. Comparison with synthetic aggregates of single-phase halite shows that the two-phase aggregate was much stronger than single-phase halite in all cases. Comparison with a synthetic aggregate with calcite porphyroclasts shows that the strength of the aggregate with muscovite at 100 °C was lower below a strain of ca. 2.6 and higher beyond this value, and that the aggregate with calcite was stronger at 200 °C. Strain rate stepping tests (1E-5 s -1-2E-3 s -1) indicate that the two-phase aggregate behaved as power-law viscous, with stress exponents of ca. 12 and 10 at

  20. Spectral and angular dependences of the efficiency of relief-phase diffractive lenses with two- and three-layer microstructures

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    Greisukh, G. I.; Danilov, V. A.; Ezhov, E. G.; Stepanov, S. A.; Usievich, B. A.

    2015-06-01

    The efficiency of diffractive lenses with two-layer single-relief and three-layer double-relief microstructures is studied. Studies are carried out using the scalar and electromagnetic diffraction theories. Depending on the requirements for the diffractive lens, the theories permit one to justifiably choose the configuration, optical materials, and constructive parameters of the microstructure, as well as to determine the real maximum allowable angle of radiation incidence on the diffractive lens with the microstructure of a particular type.

  1. Localized removal of the Au-Si eutectic bonding layer for the selective release of microstructures

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    Gradin, Henrik; Braun, Stefan; Stemme, Göran; van der Wijngaart, Wouter

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents and investigates a novel technique for the footprint and thickness-independent selective release of Au–Si eutectically bonded microstructures through the localized removal of their eutectic bond interface. The technique is based on the electrochemical removal of the gold in the eutectic layer and the selectivity is provided by patterning the eutectic layer and by proper electrical connection or isolation of the areas to be etched or removed, respectively. The gold removal ...

  2. Microstructural and Phase Evolution of Compound Layers Growing on α-Iron During Gaseous Nitrocarburizing

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    Woehrle, T.; Leineweber, A.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2012-07-01

    The microstructural evolution of compound layers grown on 1-mm thick α-iron substrates after nitrocarburizing at 853 K (580 °C) in NH3/H2/N2/CO gas mixtures was investigated by light optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The evolution of the microstructure can be divided into several stages. Starting with the formation of the carbon-rich phase cementite, which practically does not contain nitrogen, the phase constitution of the compound layer develops through successive stages of microstructural change into the direction of the nitrogen-richer and carbon-poorer phases ɛ and γ'. These results are the consequences of (1) the kinetics of nitrogen and carbon uptake at the gas-solid interface and the considerably different solubilities of nitrogen and carbon in the α-iron substrate and (2) the occurrence of local equilibrium conditions prevailing at the solid-solid interphase boundaries in the compound layer. The change of the microstructure as a function of depth in the compound layer is shown to be compatible with so-called "diffusion paths" in the ternary Fe-N-C phase diagram.

  3. Effect of the Microstructure of the Functional Layers on the Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Fuzhi; Pascoe, Alexander R; Wu, Wu-Qiang; Ku, Zhiliang; Peng, Yong; Zhong, Jie; Caruso, Rachel A; Cheng, Yi-Bing

    2017-05-01

    The efficiencies of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have been rapidly approaching the benchmarks held by the leading thin-film photovoltaic technologies. Arguably, one of the most important factors leading to this rapid advancement is the ability to manipulate the microstructure of the perovskite layer and the adjacent functional layers within the device. Here, an analysis of the nucleation and growth models relevant to the formation of perovskite films is provided, along with the effect of the perovskite microstructure (grain sizes and voids) on device performance. In addition, the effect of a compact or mesoporous electron-transport-layer (ETL) microstructure on the perovskite film formation and the optical/photoelectric properties at the ETL/perovskite interface are overviewed. Insight into the formation of the functional layers within a perovskite solar cell is provided, and potential avenues for further development of the perovskite microstructure are identified. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Microstructure in electrodeposited copper layers; the role of the substrate

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    Rasmussen, Anette Alsted; Jensen, Jens Dahl; Horsewell, Andy

    2001-01-01

    stongly on the crystallographic texture in the substrate. The Cu crystallites inherited the lll-orientation of the Au substrate, whilst no preferred crystallographic orientation was observed in the Cu crystallites on the nano-crystalline Ni-P substate. For Cu layers thicker than 3 microns a lll...

  5. Influence of processing parameters on microstructure and wear resistance of Ti+TiC laser clad layer on titanium alloy

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    WU Wan-liang; SUN Jian-feng; DONG Sheng-min; LIU Rongx-iang

    2006-01-01

    Laser cladding experiments were carried out on Ti-6Al-4V alloy with Ti+33%TiC(volume fraction) powders. Laser processing parameters were studied systematically to investigate the influences on the surface quality. Microstructure, microhardness and wear resistance of the clad layer were evaluated. The results show that the laser parameter has considerable influence on microstructure and wear resistance of laser clad layer. With the optimized technical parameters, a clad layer with good surface quality and uniform microstructure was obtained. The microhardness of the clad layer HV0.2 is 1 080, and the wear rate is reduced by 57 times.

  6. Microstructural characterization of alumina-zirconia layered ceramics using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Parente, P., E-mail: pparente@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Savoini, B.; Monge, M.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Tucci, A.; Esposito, L. [Centro Ceramico Bologna, 40128 Bologna (Italy); Sanchez-Herencia, A.J. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-05-15

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), indentation, nanoindentation experiments and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations were performed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} laminates samples to assess the effect of residual stresses on their mechanical and microstructural properties. Layered samples were implemented by slip-casting, constituted by two thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} external layers and an intermediate thick one, consisting of a mixture of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} in the range 0-30 vol.%. In these systems residual tensile stresses fields were generated inside the external layers during cooling from the sintering temperature, by the expansion of the adjacent ZrO{sub 2}-containing layer. SEM observations showed the microstructural effects due to the level of tension related to the zirconia content. A correlation between the PAS parameters and the microstructural changes caused by the presence of residual stresses was found. Nanoindentation measurements were used to trace the sign and magnitude of the residual stress gradient across the interface between the layers.

  7. Microstructure evolution with varied layer thickness in magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayer films.

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    Peng, Jichang; Li, Wenbin; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Zhanshan

    2016-08-12

    The microstructure evolution of magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayers was investigated by varying the Ni and C layer thickness in the region of a few nanometers. For the samples having 2.6-nm-thick C layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.81 nm as the Ni layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 1.3 nm. Especially for the samples with Ni layers less than 2.0 nm, the interface width changes significantly due to the discontinuously distributed Ni crystallites. For the samples having 2.8-nm-thick Ni layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.59 nm when the C layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 0.7 nm. The evolution of interface microstructures with varied Ni and C layers is explained based on a proposed simple growth model of Ni and C layers.

  8. The layered resolved microstructure and spectroscopy of mouse oral mucosa using multiphoton microscopy

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    Zhuo, Shuangmu; Chen, Jianxin; Jiang, Xingshan; Xie, Shusen; Chen, Rong; Cao, Ning; Zou, Qilian; Xiong, Shuyuan

    2007-08-01

    The layered-resolved microstructure and spectroscopy of mouse oral mucosa are obtained using a combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis with different excitation wavelengths. In the keratinizing layer, the keratinocytes microstructure can be characterized and the keratinizing thickness can be measured. The keratin fluorescence signal can be further characterized by emission maxima at 510 nm. In the epithelium, the cellular microstructure can be quantitatively visualized with depth and the epithelium thickness can be determined by multiphoton imaging excited at 730 nm. The study also shows that the epithelial spectra excited at 810 nm, showing a combination of NADH and FAD fluorescence, can be used for the estimation of the metabolic state in epithelium. Interestingly, a second-harmonic generation (SHG) signal from DNA was observed for the first time within the epithelial layer in backscattering geometry and provides the possibility of analyzing the chromatin structure. In the stroma, the combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis excited at 850 nm in tandem can obtain quantitative information regarding the biomorphology and biochemistry of stroma. Specifically, the microstructure of collagen, minor salivary glands and elastic fibers, and the optical property of the stroma can be quantitatively displayed. Overall, these results suggest that the combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis with different excitation wavelengths has the potential to provide important and comprehensive information for early diagnosis of oral cancer.

  9. The layered-resolved microstructure and spectroscopy of mouse oral mucosa using multiphoton microscopy

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    Zhuo Shuangmu [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine, Fujian Normal University, Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Chen Jianxin [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine, Fujian Normal University, Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Jiang Xingshan [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine, Fujian Normal University, Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Xie Shusen [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine, Fujian Normal University, Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Chen Rong [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine, Fujian Normal University, Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Cao Ning [Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350004 (China); Zou Qilian [Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350004 (China); Xiong Shuyuan [Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350004 (China)

    2007-08-21

    The layered-resolved microstructure and spectroscopy of mouse oral mucosa are obtained using a combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis with different excitation wavelengths. In the keratinizing layer, the keratinocytes microstructure can be characterized and the keratinizing thickness can be measured. The keratin fluorescence signal can be further characterized by emission maxima at 510 nm. In the epithelium, the cellular microstructure can be quantitatively visualized with depth and the epithelium thickness can be determined by multiphoton imaging excited at 730 nm. The study also shows that the epithelial spectra excited at 810 nm, showing a combination of NADH and FAD fluorescence, can be used for the estimation of the metabolic state in epithelium. Interestingly, a second-harmonic generation (SHG) signal from DNA was observed for the first time within the epithelial layer in backscattering geometry and provides the possibility of analyzing the chromatin structure. In the stroma, the combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis excited at 850 nm in tandem can obtain quantitative information regarding the biomorphology and biochemistry of stroma. Specifically, the microstructure of collagen, minor salivary glands and elastic fibers, and the optical property of the stroma can be quantitatively displayed. Overall, these results suggest that the combination of multiphoton imaging and spectral analysis with different excitation wavelengths has the potential to provide important and comprehensive information for early diagnosis of oral cancer.

  10. Influence of magnetic field on microstructure and properties of Ni60 plasma surfacing layer

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    Liu Zhengjun; Sun Jinggang; Liu Duo; Wang Jibing; Zhang Guiqing

    2005-01-01

    In order to control the shape and distribution of hardening phase in plasma surfacing deposit, a longitudinal DC magnetic field was applied during plasma surfacing of nickel-based alloy Ni60. Hardness, wearing resistance, microstructure and phase constituent of the plasma surfacing layer were investigated. It was revealed that the hardness and wearing resistance of the Ni60 plasma surfacing layer could gotten significantly enhanced through introducing magnetic field. The mechanical properties of the surfacing deposit were optimal when magnetic field current is 1 A. The metallurgical analysis showed that the microstructure of the Ni60 plasma surfacing layer was mainly composed of γ solid solution and some hardening phase particles such as Cr7 C3 with an application of the magnetic field.

  11. Effects of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Hardness of Laser Clad NiWCRE Alloy Layer

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    LIU Su-qin; HUANG Jin-liang; WANG Shun-xing; DONG Qi-ming

    2004-01-01

    The effects of heat treatment on microstructure and hardness of laser surface-clad Ni21+20%WC+0.5%CeO2 on the heat-resistant cast iron were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction(XRD), transmission electron microscope(TEM)and microhardness test. The experimental results showed that heat-treating at 500℃ has no effect on microstructure and hardness of the layers. Although the phase composition of the layers heat-treated at 700℃ and 800℃ remain unchanged,more Ni3B and Ni4B3 phases are precipitated on the matrix of the cladding layer, the metastable phase-M7C3 is transformed into steady phase-M23C6, and the precipitated phases coarsened.

  12. Effects of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Hardness of Laser Clad NiWCRE Alloy Layer

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    LIUSu-qin; HUANGJin-liang; WANGShun-xing; DONGQi-ming

    2004-01-01

    The ettects of heat treatment on microstructure and hardness ot laser surface-clad Ni21+20%WC+0.5%CeO2 on the heat-resistant cast iron were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction(XRD), transmission electron microscope(TEM) and microhardness test. The experimental results showed that heat-treating at 500℃ has no effect on microstructure and hardness of the layers. Although the phase composition of the layers heat-treated at 700℃ and 800℃ remain unchanged, more Ni3B and Ni4B3 phases are precipitated on the matrix of the cladding layer, the metastable phase-M7C3 is transformed into steady phase-M23C6, and the precipitated phases coarsened.

  13. Thermal Stability of Surface Layer Microstructures of Commercially Pure Titanium Treated by High Energy Shot Peening

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    ZHANG Yu-juan; CHEN Chun-huan; REN Rui-ming

    2004-01-01

    Commercially pure titanium was treated by high energy shot peening, and annealed at a series of temperatures. The surface layers are characterized by means of scan electronic microscope, X-Ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscope and micro-hardness testing machine. The results showed that microhardness of surface layers decreases with anneal temperature, the tendency of microhardness is similar to unannealed one, in other words, the more close to the surface, the more rapidly the hardness decreases, after reaches the depth of 50 μm, the decrease becomes steadily. But the sub-surface microhardness decreased suddenly over 500 ℃, From 550 ℃ to 650 ℃, the microhardness of surface layers almost unchanged.Observing by TEM and SEM, the grain sizes of pure titanium surface layers have increased below 500 ℃; Deformation twins begin disappearing obviously at 550 ℃; The nano-scaled grains within about 10 micrometers from surface existed even at 550℃.Surface nanocrystallization is well known as one of important methods to improve surface properties. The thermal stability of nanocrystalline microstructures was related to their preparation and application. The commercial pure Ti thermal stability of nanocrystalline and deformed microstructures induced by high-energy-shot-peening (HESP) technique was investigated. The nanostructured surface and deformed sub-surface layers of specimens were prepared through HESP treatment. The thermal stability was characterized through XRD analyses of surface layers, SEM and TEM microstructure observation and microhardness measurement of specimens annealed in different temperature in the air after HESP treatments. The results showed that after HESP treatment, the microhardness of surface layers increased with treatment time, especially in the rang of about 40 micrometers from the surface, the microhardness increase was obvious. The surface microhardness decreased gradually with annealing temperature, but the sub

  14. A micro-structured Si-based electrodes for high capacity electrical double layer capacitors

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    Krikscikas, Valdas; Oguchi, Hiroyuki; Yanazawa, Hiroshi; Hara, Motoaki; Kuwano, Hiroki

    2014-11-01

    We challenged to make basis for Si electrodes of electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) used as a power source of micro-sensor nodes. Mcroelectromechanical systems (MEMS) processes were successfully introduced to fabricate micro-structured Si-based electrodes to obtain high surface area which leads to high capacity of EDLCs. Study of fundamental properties revealed that the microstructured electrodes benefit from good wettability to electrolytes, but suffer from electric resistance. We found that this problem can be solved by metal-coating of the electrode surface. Finally we build an EDLC consisting of Au-coated micro-structured Si electrodes. This EDLC showed capacity of 14.3 mF/cm2, which is about 530 times larger than that of an EDLC consisting of flat Au electrodes.

  15. Microstructure of Ni / WC Surface Composite Layer on Gray Iron Substrate

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    YANG Guirong; SONG Wenming; MA Ying; LU Jinjun; HAO Yuan; LI Yuandong; WANG Haitang

    2011-01-01

    The surface infiltrated composite (Ni/WC) layers on gray iron substrate were fabricated through a vacuum infiltration casting technique (VICT) using Ni-based composite powder with different WC particles content as raw materials.The microstructures of surface infiltrated composite layer,the interface structures between surface composite layer and the substrate,the changes of macro-hardness with the increasing of WC content and the micro-hardness distribution are investigated.The infiltrated composite layer includes a surface composite layer and a transition layer,and the thickness of the transition layer decreases with the increasing content of WC.The thickness of transition layer with 20%WC content in the surface infiltrated composite layer was 170 μrn which was the thickest for all transition layers with different WC content.The surface composite layer was mainly composed of WC,W2C,FeB and NiB,along with Ni-Cr-Fe,Ni (Cr) solid solution,Ni (Si) solid solution and Ni (Fe) solid solution.The transition layer was composed of Ni (Cr) solid solution,Ni (Fe) solid solution,Ni (Si) solid solution,Fe (Ni) solid solution and eutectic.The surface macrohardness and micro-hardness of the infiltrated layer had been evaluated.The macro-hardness of the surface composite layer decreases with the WC content increasing,and the average macro-hardness is HRC60.The distribution of micro-hardness presents gradient change.The average micro-hardness of the infiltrated layer is about HV 1000.

  16. Influence of 1,3,6 naphthalene trisulfonic acid on microstructure & hardness in electrodeposited Ni-layers

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    Rasmussen, Anette Alsted; Møller, Per; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2002-01-01

    The influence of the additive 1,3,6 naphthalene trisulfonic acid on the microstructure and hardness of electrodeposited nickel layers was investigated. The microstructure was characterized using transmission electron microscopy; the Vickers hardness was measured in cross sections. The additive wa...

  17. Multi-bits memory cell using degenerated magnetic states in a synthetic antiferromagnetic reference layer

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    Fukushima, Akio, E-mail: akio.fukushima@aist.go.jp; Yakushiji, Kay; Konoto, Makoto; Kubota, Hitoshi; Imamura, Hiroshi; Yuasa, Shinji

    2016-02-15

    We newly developed a magnetic memory cell having multi-bit function. The memory cell composed of a perpendicularly magnetized magnetic tunnel junction (MB-pMTJ) and a synthetic antiferromagnetic reference layer. The multi-bit function is realized by combining the freedom of states of the magnetic free layer and that in the antiferromagnetically coupled reference layer. The structure of the reference layer is (FeB/Ta/[Co/Pt]{sub 3})/Ru/([Co/Pt]{sub 6}); the top and the bottom layers are coupled through Ru layer where the reference layer has two degrees of freedom of a head-to-head and a bottom-to-bottom magnetic configuration. A four-state memory cell is realized by combination of both degrees of freedom. The states in the reference layer however is hardly detected by the total resistance of MB-pMTJ, because the magnetoresistance effect in the reference layer is negligibly small. That implies that the resistance values for the different states in the reference layer are degenerated. On the other hand, the two different states in the reference layer bring different stray fields to the free layer, which generate two different minor loop with different switching fields. Therefore, the magnetic states in the reference layer can be differentiated by the two-step reading, before and after applying the appropriately pulsed magnetic field which can identify the initial state in the reference layer. This method is similar to distinguishing different magnetic states in an in-plane magnetized spin-valve element. We demonstrated that four different states in the MB-pMTJ can be distinguished by the two-step read-out. The important feature of the two-step reading is a practically large operation margins (large resistance change in reading) which is equal to that of a single MTJ. Even though the two-step reading is a destructive method by which 50% of the magnetic state is changed, this MB-pMTJ is promising for high density non-volatile memory cell with a minor cost of operation

  18. The Influence of Impurities and Metallic Capping Layers on the Microstructure of Copper Interconnects

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    Rizzolo, Michael

    As copper interconnects have scaled to ever smaller dimensions on semiconductor devices, the microstructure has become increasingly detrimental for performance and reliability. Small grains persist in interconnects despite annealing at high temperatures, leading to higher line resistance and more frequent electromigration-induced failures. Conventionally, it was believed that impurities from the electrodeposition pinned grain growth, but limitations in analytical techniques meant the effect was inferred rather than observed. Recent advances in analytical techniques, however, have enabled this work to quantify impurity content, location, and diffusion in relation to microstructural changes in electroplated copper. Surface segregation of impurities during the initial burst of grain growth was investigated. After no surface segregation was observed, a microfluidic plating cell was constructed to plate multilayer films with regions of intentionally high and low impurity concentrations to determine if grain growth could be pinned by the presence of impurities; it was not. An alternate mechanism for grain boundary pinning based on the texture of the seed layer is proposed, supported by time-resolved transmission electron microscopy and transmission electron backscatter diffraction data. The suggested model posits that the seed in narrow features has no preferred orientation, which results in rapid nucleation of subsurface grains in trench regions prior to recrystallization from the overburden down. These rapidly growing grains are able to block off several trenches from the larger overburden grains, inhibiting grain growth in narrow features. With this knowledge in hand, metallic capping layers were employed to address the problematic microstructure in 70nm lines. The capping layers (chromium, nickel, zinc, and tin) were plated on the copper overburden prior to annealing to manipulate the stress gradient and microstructural development during annealing. It appeared that

  19. PEMFC electrode preparation: Influence of the solvent composition and evaporation rate on the catalytic layer microstructure

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    Fernandez, R.; Daza, L. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, C/ Marie Curie, 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ferreira-Aparicio, P. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2005-10-10

    A series of parameters affecting the catalytic layer microstructure in polymer exchange fuel cell electrodes have been evaluated. The deposition of the catalytic layer in the gas diffusion support is shown to depend not only on the ink deposition method but also on the characteristics of the solvent used to disperse both the catalyst and the Nafion ionomer. The solvent viscosity and its dielectric constant are two important factors to control for the catalytic ink preparation. In particular, the solvent dielectric constant is shown to be directly related to the electrode performance in single cell tests. (author)

  20. Microstructural Development of Ti-B Alloyed Layer for Hard Tissue Applications

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    A.Miklaszewski; M.U.Jurczyk; M.Jurczyk

    2013-01-01

    Microstructural development was analyzed due to the effect of different sizes of precursor powders during surface plasma alloying modification on titanium surface.Ti-B nano and micropowders with 10 wt% B were deposited onto microcrystalline titanium substrate by plasma alloying.As a result,modified surface layer composed of Ti matrix and TiB borides was obtained.The type of the powder precursor influenced recasting process,possible occurrence of porosity and finally the obtained properties and microstructure of the surface layer.Different morphologies and sizes of TiB phase from micro,submicro to even nano increased the hardness and wear resistance of the obtained surface layers.Discussed results referred to a strong TiB precipitation dispersion provided by a fine elements homogenization during mechanical alloying process.Additionally,results of in vitro test with normal human osteoblast cells revealed proper cellular adhesion to modified surfaces.Scanning electron microscopy observation revealed the influence of gas pore size on culturing osteoblast colony.The proposed surface alloying was an effective method of producing TiB phase dispersed in α-Ti matrix with high hardness,good corrosion resistance and good cytocompatibility.Results confirmed that different types of the precursor powders influenced the properties of the surface layer.TiB phase dispersed in α-Ti matrix layer can offer new structural and biofunctional properties for innovative products in hard tissue applications.

  1. Microstructure and Functional Mechanism of Friction Layer in Ni3Al Matrix Composites with Graphene Nanoplatelets

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    Xue, Bing; Zhu, Qingshuai; Shi, Xiaoliang; Zhai, Wenzheng; Yang, Kang; Huang, Yuchun

    2016-10-01

    Microstructure and functional mechanism of friction layer need to be further researched. In the present work, the friction coefficients and wear rates are analyzed through response surface methodology to obtain an empirical model for the best response. Fitting results show that the tribological performance of Ni3Al matrix composites (NMCs) with graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) is better than that of NMCs without GNPs, especially at high sliding velocities and high loads. Further research suggests that the formation of integrated friction layer, which consists of a soft microfilm on a hard coating, is the major reason to cause the differences. Of which, the wear debris layer (WDL) with a low shear strength can reduce the shear force. The ultrafine layer (UL), which is much harder and finer, can effectively avoid fracture and improve the load support capacity. Moreover, the GNPs in WDL and UL can be easily sheared and help to withstand the loads, trending to be parallel to the direction of shear force.

  2. Microstructure and properties of pure iron/copper composite cladding layers on carbon steel

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    Wan, Long; Huang, Yong-xian; Lü, Shi-xiong; Huang, Ti-fang; Lü, Zong-liang

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, pure iron/copper composite metal cladding was deposited onto carbon steel by tungsten inert gas welding. The study focused on interfacial morphological, microstructural, and mechanical analyses of the composite cladding layers. Iron liquid-solid-phase zones were formed at copper/steel and iron interfaces because of the melting of the steel substrate and iron. Iron concentrated in the copper cladding layer was observed to exhibit belt, globule, and dendrite morphologies. The appearance of iron-rich globules indicated the occurrence of liquid phase separation (LPS) prior to solidification, and iron-rich dendrites crystallized without the occurrence of LPS. The maximum microhardness of the iron/steel interface was lower than that of the copper/steel interface because of the diffusion of elemental carbon. All samples fractured in the cladding layers. Because of a relatively lower strength of the copper layer, a short plateau region appeared when shear movement was from copper to iron.

  3. Microstructure of absorber layers in CdTe/CdS solar cells

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    Cousins, M A

    2001-01-01

    expected from extrapolating the linear trend in the bulk. These observations are explained in terms of the pinning of the CdTe grain size to the underlying CdS, and the small grain size this causes. A simple model was proposed for a link between the grain-growth to the efficiency improvement. The study also examines the behaviour of defects within grains upon CdCl sub 2 treatment provided the first direct evidence of recovery on CdCl sub 2 treatment in this system. Finally, a computer model is presented to describe the evolution of microstructure during growth. This is shown to be capable of reproducing the observed variation in grain size, but its strict physical accuracy is questioned. This work concerns the microstructure of CSS-grown CdTe layers used for CdTe/CdS solar cells. Particular attention is given to how the development of microstructure on annealing with CdCl sub 2 may correlate with increases in efficiency. By annealing pressed pellets of bulk CdTe powder, it is shown that microstructural change...

  4. Grey-scale conversion X-ray mapping by EDS of multielement and multiphase layered microstructures

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    Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Hald, John; Horsewell, Andy

    2007-01-01

    procedure for grey-scale conversion of energy dispersive spectroscopy X-ray maps has been developed, which is particularly useful for the plotting of line composition profiles across modified layered engineering surfaces. The method involves (a) the collection of grey-scale elemental maps, (b) th...... be considered as a rapid alternative to energy dispersive spectroscopy spectrum imaging. The composition profiles obtained may be conveniently compared with results of multicomponent thermodynamic modelling of interdiffusion.......procedure for grey-scale conversion of energy dispersive spectroscopy X-ray maps has been developed, which is particularly useful for the plotting of line composition profiles across modified layered engineering surfaces. The method involves (a) the collection of grey-scale elemental maps, (b......) the calculation of mean grey-scale levels along strips parallel to the layered microstructure and (c) the conversion of grey-scale line profiles into composition line profiles. As an example of the grey-scale conversion method and its advantages for multielement and multiphase layered microstructures...

  5. Microstructure evolution and lubricant wear performance of laser alloyed layers on automobile engine chains

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    Sun, G. F.; Zhou, R.; Zhang, Y. K.; Yuan, G. D.; Wang, K.; Ren, X. D.; Wen, D. P.

    2014-10-01

    Wear resistant layers on nodular cast iron chains with C-B-W-Cr powders were fabricated by laser surface alloying (LSA). Microstructure, phases and lattice parameters, were investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. Micro-, nano-hardness and elastic modulus were measured with a Vickers microhardness tester and a nano-indendation tester. Lubricant sliding wear performance was performed on a ball-on-disk apparatus in ambient air using the straight line reciprocating wear form. Results indicate that microstructure of the alloyed layers changes from hyper-eutectic to hypo-eutectic, varing with laser specific energy. Nano-grain size and micro-hardness decrease while martensite lattice parameters increase with laser specific energy. Existence of graphite in the substrate increases the carbon content in the retained austenite to 1.59 wt%. Nano-hardness and elastic modulus of the alloyed layers are close. Friction and wear properties of the layers are improved by LSA compared with the substrate. Wear mechanism of them is illustrated.

  6. Microstructural characterization of chemical bath deposited and sputtered Zn(O,S) buffer layers

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    Gautron, E., E-mail: eric.gautron@cnrs-imn.fr [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Buffière, M. [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); 44solar, 14 rue Kepler, 44240 La Chapelle sur Erdre (France); Harel, S.; Assmann, L.; Arzel, L.; Brohan, L. [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Kessler, J. [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); 44solar, 14 rue Kepler, 44240 La Chapelle sur Erdre (France); Barreau, N. [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France)

    2013-05-01

    The present work aims at investigating the microstructure of Zn(O,S) buffer layers relative to their deposition route, namely either chemical bath deposition (CBD) or RF co-sputtering process (PVD) under pure Ar. The core of the study consists of cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization of the differently grown Zn(O,S) thin films on co-evaporated Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) absorbers. It shows that the morphology of Zn(O,S) layer deposited on CIGSe using CBD process is made of a thin layer of well oriented ZnS sphalerite-(111) and/or ZnS wurtzite-(0002) planes parallel to CIGSe chalcopyrite-(112) planes at the interface with CIGSe followed by misoriented nanometer-sized ZnS crystallites in an amorphous phase. As far as (PVD)Zn(O,S) is concerned, the TEM analyses reveal two different microstructures depending on the S-content in the films: for [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.6, the buffer layer is made of ZnO zincite and ZnS wurtzite crystallites grown nearly coherently to each other, with (0002) planes nearly parallel with CIGSe-(112) planes, while for [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.3, it is made of ZnO zincite type crystals with O atoms substituted by S atoms, with (0002) planes perfectly aligned with CIGSe-(112) planes. Such microstructural differences can explain why photovoltaic performances are dependent on the Zn(O,S) buffer layer deposition route. - Highlights: ► Zn(O,S) layers were grown by chemical bath (CBD) or physical vapor (PVD) deposition. ► For CBD, a 3 nm ZnS layer is followed by ZnS nano-crystallites in an amorphous phase. ► For PVD with [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.3, the layer has a Zn(O,S) zincite structure. ► For PVD with [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.6, ZnS wurtzite and ZnO zincite phases are mixed.

  7. Microstructure and Properties of Low Temperature Composite Chromized Layer on H13 Tool Steel

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    Cuilan WU; Chengping LUO; Ganfeng ZOU

    2005-01-01

    Low temperature composite chromizing is a process composed of a plain ion-carbonitriding or ion-nitriding at 550~580℃, followed by a low-temperature chromizing in a salt-bath of 590℃. The microstructure and properties of the low temperature composite chromized layer on H13 tool steel were investigated using metallography,X-ray diffraction, microanalysis, hardness and wear tests. It was found that this low temperature process was thermodynamically and kinetically possible, and the composite chromized layer on H13 steel, with a thickness of 3~6μm,consisted of three sub-layers (bands), viz. the outer Cr-rich one, the intermediate (black) one, and the inner, original white layer. After chromizing, the former diffusion layer was thickened. The results of X-ray diffraction showed that the composite chromized layer contained such nitrides and carbides of chromium as CrN, Cr2N, (Cr, Fe)23C6, and (Cr, Fe)7C3, as well as plain α-(Fe, Cr). A high surface microhardness of 1450~1550 HV0.025, which is much higher than that obtained by the conventional ion carbonitriding and ion nitriding, was obtained. In addition, an excellent wear resistance was gained on the composite chromized layer.

  8. Microstructural Evolution of Surface Layer of TWIP Steel Deformed by Mechanical Attrition Treatment

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    2012-01-01

    A nanocrystalline layer was synthesized on the surface of TWIP steel samples by surface mechanical attri- tion treatment (SMAT) under varying durations. Microhardness variation was examined along the depth of the de- formation layer. Microstructural characteristics of the surface at the TWIP steel SMATed for 90 min were observed and analyzed by optical microscope, x-ray diffraction, transmission and high-resolution electron microscope. The re- sults show that the orientation of austenite grains weakens, and a-martensite transformation occurs during SMAT. During the process of SMAT, the deformation twins generate and divide the austenite grains firstly~ then a-martens- ite transformation occurs beside and between the twin bundles~ after that the martensite and austenite grains rotate to accommodate deformation, and the orientations of martensite and between martensite and residual austenite increase; lastly the randomly oriented and uniform-sized nanocrystallir~e layers are formed under continuous deformation.

  9. Microstructural and electrochemical characterization of laser deposited 18-10 austenitic stainless steel clad layers

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    Fouquet, F. (GEMPPM/CALFETMAT, 69 Villeurbanne (France)); Sallamand, P. (GEMPPM/CALFETMAT, 69 Villeurbanne (France)); Millet, J.P. (GEMPPM/CALFETMAT, 69 Villeurbanne (France) Physicochimie Industrielle, 69 Villeurbanne (France)); Frenk, A. (GEMPPM/CALFETMAT, 69 Villeurbanne (France) Centre de Traitement des Materiaux par Laser (CTML), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)); Wagniere, J.D. (GEMPPM/CALFETMAT, 69 Villeurbanne (France) Centre de Traitement des Materiaux par Laser (CTML), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1993-11-01

    The present work reports on 18-10 stainless steel coatings produced by laser powder cladding technique on a mild steel. Uniform clad layers - about 600 [mu]m thick - have been produced through partially overlapping single cladding tracks. The clad layers thus obtained show excellent adherence, no cracks, few porosities and good chemical homogeneity. The microstructure is dendritic or cellular. Dentrites or cells have an austenitic structure and a small amount of [delta]-ferrite is detected in the interdendritic areas. The corrosion resistance of the clad layers is tested by electrochemical techniques in various neutral or acidified aqueous saline media, deaerated or naturally aerated. In every case, the coatings show an excellent uniform corrosion resistance. (orig.).

  10. Microstructure controlling of Ti/N particles dissipated energy to superficial layer of titanium nitride film

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    MA Zhongquan; ZHANG Qin

    2004-01-01

    The titanium nitride (TiNx) thin film with a controllable surface structure was fabricated by the dc-reactive magnetron sputtering technique, and the variation of microstructure in the surface layer with the energy of condensed adatom was investigated through X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and transmission electron microscope (TEM). It was found that the lattice parameters and the full width at half maximum (fwhm) of XRD peak on the top layers in the preferred orientation of (111) and (002) were closely correlated to the impacting induced phase composition, compressive strain, crystallite size and the fault density of the thin films. In the theory, a new means was used to model the atomistic process of per condensed adatom. The average energy at least in the minimum energy state of the incorporate adatom on TiN surface layer was statistically formulized through a careful consideration of dynamical process, which properly interpreted the experimental observations.

  11. Microstructures and properties of the nitrided layers fabricated on titanium substrate by direct current nitrogen arc melting technique

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    Li Xin; Ren Zhenan; Sun Daqian; Wang Li; Zhao Yunqiang

    2008-01-01

    The nitrided layers mainly containing TiN dendrites were fabricated by direct current nitrogen arc melting method. The test results show that the layers are harder and more resistant to wear than the titanium substrate. Arc traveling speeds and arc currents have an effect on both the microstructures and the properties of the layers. Decreasing the arc traveling speed or increasing the arc current can obviously enhance the hardness and the wear resistance of the nitrided layers.

  12. Research on synthetic aperture radar imaging technology of one-dimensional layered rough surfaces

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    Ji Wei-Jie; Tong Chuang-Ming

    2013-01-01

    A quick and exact imaging method for one-dimensional layered rough surfaces is proposed in this paper to study the scattering characteristics of a layered medium that exists widely in nature.The boundary integral equations of layered rough surfaces are solved by using the propagation-inside-layer expansion combined with the forward and backward spectral acceleration method (PILE+FB-SA),and the back scattering data are obtained.Then,a conventional synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging procedure called back projection method is used to generate a two-dimensional (2D) image of the layered rough surfaces.Combined with the relative dielectric permittivity of realistic soil,the random rough surfaces with Gauss spectrum are used to simulate the layered medium with rough interfaces.Since the back scattering data are computed by using the fast numerical method,this method can be used to study layered rough surfaces with any parameter,which has a great application value in the detection and remote sensing areas.

  13. Microstructure and wear properties of the electroslag remelting layer reinforced by TiC particles

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    2008-01-01

    The electroslag remelting (ESR) layer reinforced by TiC particles was obtained by electroslag remelting.The microstructure and wear properties of the ESR layer were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM),X-ray diffraction (XRD),and wear test.The results indicate that TiC particles are synthesized by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) reaction during the electroslag remelting process.The size of TiC particles is in the range of 1-10 μm,and the distribution of TiC particles is uniform,from outside to inside of the ESR layer,and the volume fraction and the size of TiC particles decrease gradually.Molten iron and slag flow into porosity due to the SHS process leading to rapid densification and the elimination of porosity in the ESR layer during the ESR process.TiC particles enhance the wear resistance of the ESR layer,whereas CaF2 can improve the high temperature lubricating property of the ESR layer.

  14. Microstructure and Scratch Resistance of TaC Dense Ceramic Layer on an Iron Matrix

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    Zhao, Nana; Xu, Yunhua; Zhong, Lisheng; Yan, Honghua; Ovcharenko, Vladimir E.

    2016-06-01

    A tantalum carbide dense ceramic layer with a thickness of ~20 μm was produced on the surface of an iron matrix using an in situ technique. The morphology, microstructure, and phase composition of the layer were characterized by means of SEM, TEM, and XRD. The results show fairly agglomerated and uniformly sized (~200 nm) TaC particulates with a face-cantered cubic structure. The values of nano-hardness for the surface and cross section of reinforcing layer can be as high as 29.5 ± 0.6 and 26.7 ± 0.1 GPa, respectively, which were analyzed using a nano-indentation apparatus. Moreover, the scratch resistance of the layer was measured by scratch tests under a progressively increasing load of 0-100 N. A high critical load of 90.4 N is obtained. It is worthy to note that there are only cracking, slight splitting, and small flaking pits (even at the maximum load) all over the whole scratch process, namely the reinforcing layer can protect the iron matrix from serious abrasion effectively. In addition, the excellent scratch resistance and mechanism are discussed in detail.

  15. Influence of substrate microstructure on the growth of anodic oxide layers

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    Fratila-Apachitei, L.E.; Terryn, H.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G.E.; Duszczyk, J.; Katgerman, L

    2004-03-15

    The effects of permanent mold cast microstructure on the growth of anodic oxide layers on three different aluminum substrates (i.e. Al99.8, AlSi10, and AlSi10Cu3, wt.%) were investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The anodic oxidation was performed galvanostatically in 2.25 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, at 0 deg. C. The oxide layers developed a microscale topography mainly determined by the morphology of aluminum grains and cells. A low amount of insoluble impurities, uniformly distributed, would contribute to the growth of oxide layers with minimum defects and uniform thickness on the pure aluminum substrate whereas for the binary and ternary systems, a fine cell structure and a modified morphology of Si particles would be favorable. The Al-Fe and Al-Fe-Si particles were occluded in the oxide layers next to Si particles, blocking locally the oxide growth whereas Al{sub 2}Cu particles were preferentially oxidized. In addition, the presence of Si particles in the layer influenced pore morphology by development of deflected pores around the particles.

  16. Microstructure and Microhardness of Tempered Ni-A1 Alloyed Layer

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    Yue Yang; Hua Wu

    2012-01-01

    A Nd:YAG pulsed laser was used to alloy the Ni-P electroless deposited coating with aluminum substrate under the condition of scanning speed of 3.0 mm/s and power density of 5.36×10^9 W/m^2. Subsequently, the samples were heat treated at 300, 400 and 500 ℃ for 2.5 h, respectively. The phase composition and microstructure of the tempered layers treated at different temperature were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the phase constituents of the alloyed zones were intermetallic compounds of NiAI, AI3Ni, Ni3P and AINi3. As a result, the microhardness of the alloyed layer after heat treatment was improved obviously compared to untreated samoles, and the laver obtained at teml0erature 400 ℃ reached HVn.1 430.

  17. Study on microstructure and properties of Mg-alloy surface alloying layer fabricated by EPC

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    Chen Dongfeng

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available AZ91D surface alloying was investigated through evaporative pattern casting (EPC technology. Aluminum powder (0.074 to 0.104 mm was used as the alloying element in the experiment. An alloying coating with excellent properties was fabricated, which mainly consisted of adhesive, co-solvent, suspending agent and other ingredients according to desired proportion. Mg-alloy melt was poured under certain temperature and the degree of negative pressure. The microstructure of the surface layer was examined by means of scanning electron microscopy. It has been found that a large volume fraction of network new phases were formed on the Mg-alloy surface, the thickness of the alloying surface layer increased with the alloying coating increasing from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm, and the microstructure became compact. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis was used to determine the chemical composition of the new phases. It showed that the new phases mainly consist of β-Mg17Al12, in addition to a small quantity of inter-metallic compounds and oxides. A micro-hardness test and a corrosion experiment to simulate the effect of sea water were performed. The result indicated that the highest micro-hardness of the surface reaches three times that of the matrix. The corrosion rate of alloying samples declines to about a fifth of that of the as-cast AZ91D specimen.

  18. Synthetic

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    Anna Maria Manferdini

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally materials have been associated with a series of physical properties that can be used as inputs to production and manufacturing. Recently we witnessed an interest in materials considered not only as ‘true matter’, but also as new breeds where geometry, texture, tooling and finish are able to provoke new sensations when they are applied to a substance. These artificial materials can be described as synthetic because they are the outcome of various qualities that are not necessarily true to the original matter, but they are the combination of two or more parts, whether by design or by natural processes. The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential of architectural surfaces to produce effects through the invention of new breeds of artificial matter, using micro-scale details derived from Nature as an inspiration.

  19. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided composite layers formed on commercially pure titanium

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    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Dziarski, P.; Piasecki, A.; Miklaszewski, A.

    2014-03-01

    Laser-boriding was proposed in order to produce composite boride layers on commercially pure titanium. Three zones were observed in the microstructure: laser-borided re-melted zone (TiB, TiB2 and Tiα'-phase), heat affected zone (Tiα'-phase) and the substrate without heat treatment (Tiα-phase). The stick-like titanium borides occurred in the re-melted zone. In some areas, the tubular nature of titanium borides was visible. Among the sticks of titanium borides the needles of Tiα'-phase appeared. The high overlapping of multiple laser tracks (86%) caused the formation of uniform laser-alloyed layer in respect of the thickness. The microcracks and pores were not detected in the laser-borided composite layer. The high hardness of the re-melted zone (1250-1650 HV) was obtained. The hardness gradually decreased up to 250-300 HV in heat affected zone and up to about 200 HV in the substrate. In case of higher laser beam power used (1.95 kW), the re-melted zone was thicker and more homogeneous in respect of the microstructure and hardness. The craters obtained at the surface after the Rockwell C indentation test evidently revealed ideal cohesion of the laser-borided layer (HF1 standard). The significant increase in wear resistance of laser-borided composite layers was observed in comparison with commercially pure titanium. The lower mass wear intensity factors were obtained for laser-alloyed layers. The measurements of relative mass loss were also used in order to evaluate wear behavior of the investigated materials. The tests of laser-borided layers showed the catastrophic wear of the counter-specimens. The separated particles of counter-sample caused the accelerated wear of the laser-alloyed specimen. The longer duration of the tests, carried out without the change in a counter-specimen, caused the adhesion of counter-sample particles on the laser-borided specimen. The increased contact surface was the reason for the higher temperature and created the favourable

  20. Microstructure and abrasion wear behavior of Ni-based laser cladding alloy layer at high temperature

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    LIU Yong; LIU Su-qin; WANG Shun-xing

    2005-01-01

    Ni-based alloy coating on 21-4-N heat-resistant steel was prepared using CO2 laser, and the high-temperature abrasion wear was tested. The microstructure of this cladding layer and its abrasion wear behavior at high temperature by changing compositions and temperatures were investigated by means of optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. Among the three compositions of cladding layer, i.e. Ni21+20%WC+0.5%CeO2, Ni25+20%WC+0.5%CeO2 and Ni60+20%WC+0.5%CeO2, the experimental results show that Ni21+20%WC+0.5%CeO2 cladding layer is made up of finer grains, and presents the best abrasion wear behavior at high temperature. The wear pattern of laser cladding layer is mainly grain abrasion at lower temperature, and it would be changed to adhesive abrasion and oxide abrasion at higher temperature.

  1. Microstructure and properties of pure iron/copper composite cladding layers on carbon steel

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    Long Wan; Yong-xian Huang; Shi-xiong L; Ti-fang Huang; Zong-liang L

    2016-01-01

    In the present study, pure iron/copper composite metal cladding was deposited onto carbon steel by tungsten inert gas welding. The study focused on interfacial morphological, microstructural, and mechanical analyses of the composite cladding layers. Iron liq-uid–solid-phase zones were formed at copper/steel and iron interfaces because of the melting of the steel substrate and iron. Iron concentrated in the copper cladding layer was observed to exhibit belt, globule, and dendrite morphologies. The appearance of iron-rich globules indicated the occurrence of liquid phase separation (LPS) prior to solidification, and iron-rich dendrites crystallized without the occurrence of LPS. The maximum microhardness of the iron/steel interface was lower than that of the copper/steel interface because of the diffusion of elemental carbon. All samples fractured in the cladding layers. Because of a relatively lower strength of the copper layer, a short plateau region ap-peared when shear movement was from copper to iron.

  2. Layered double hydroxides as the next generation inorganic anion exchangers: Synthetic methods versus applicability.

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    Chubar, Natalia; Gilmour, Robert; Gerda, Vasyl; Mičušík, Matej; Omastova, Maria; Heister, Katja; Man, Pascal; Fraissard, Jacques; Zaitsev, Vladimir

    2017-07-01

    This work is the first report that critically reviews the properties of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) on the level of speciation in the context of water treatment application and dynamic adsorption conditions, as well as the first report to associate these properties with the synthetic methods used for LDH preparation. Increasingly stronger maximum allowable concentrations (MAC) of various contaminants in drinking water and liquid foodstuffs require regular upgrades of purification technologies, which might also be useful in the extraction of valuable substances for reuse in accordance with modern sustainability strategies. Adsorption is the main separation technology that allows the selective extraction of target substances from multicomponent solutions. Inorganic anion exchangers arrived in the water business relatively recently to achieve the newly approved standards for arsenic levels in drinking water. LDHs (or hydrotalcites, HTs) are theoretically the best anion exchangers due to their potential to host anions in their interlayer space, which increases their anion removal capacity considerably. This potential of the interlayer space to host additional amounts of target aqueous anions makes the LDHs superior to bulk anion exchanger. The other unique advantage of these layered materials is the flexibility of the chemical composition of the metal oxide-based layers and the interlayer anions. However, until now, this group of "classical" anion exchangers has not found its industrial application in adsorption and catalysis at the industrial scale. To accelerate application of LDHs in water treatment on the industrial scale, the authors critically reviewed recent scientific and technological knowledge on the properties and adsorptive removal of LDHs from water on the fundamental science level. This also includes review of the research tools useful to reveal the adsorption mechanism and the material properties beyond the nanoscale. Further, these properties are

  3. Self-organization, layered structure, and aggregation enhance persistence of a synthetic biofilm consortium.

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    Katie Brenner

    Full Text Available Microbial consortia constitute a majority of the earth's biomass, but little is known about how these cooperating communities persist despite competition among community members. Theory suggests that non-random spatial structures contribute to the persistence of mixed communities; when particular structures form, they may provide associated community members with a growth advantage over unassociated members. If true, this has implications for the rise and persistence of multi-cellular organisms. However, this theory is difficult to study because we rarely observe initial instances of non-random physical structure in natural populations. Using two engineered strains of Escherichia coli that constitute a synthetic symbiotic microbial consortium, we fortuitously observed such spatial self-organization. This consortium forms a biofilm and, after several days, adopts a defined layered structure that is associated with two unexpected, measurable growth advantages. First, the consortium cannot successfully colonize a new, downstream environment until it self-organizes in the initial environment; in other words, the structure enhances the ability of the consortium to survive environmental disruptions. Second, when the layered structure forms in downstream environments the consortium accumulates significantly more biomass than it did in the initial environment; in other words, the structure enhances the global productivity of the consortium. We also observed that the layered structure only assembles in downstream environments that are colonized by aggregates from a previous, structured community. These results demonstrate roles for self-organization and aggregation in persistence of multi-cellular communities, and also illustrate a role for the techniques of synthetic biology in elucidating fundamental biological principles.

  4. Microstructural and compositional evolution of iron carbonitride compound layers during salt bath nitrocarburizing

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    Somers, M.A.J.; Colijn, P.F.; Sloof, W.G.; Mittemeijer, E.J. (Technische Hogeschool Delft (Netherlands). Lab. of Metallurgy)

    1990-01-01

    An analysis was made of iron carbonitride compound layer development during nitrocarburizing of pure iron and two iron-carbon specimens, containing 0.3 wt.-% C and 0.6 wt.-% C, respectively, in an aerated cyanate-based salt bath at 853 K. The microstructural evolution was followed by means of light- and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition-depth profiles were determined as a function of nitrocarburizing time applying electron-probe microanalysis and X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound layer formation on pure iron starts with the nucleation of cementite at the surface, which is immediately followed by nucleation of {epsilon} carbonitride containing a relatively high carbon content and a relatively low nitrogen content. Thereafter, {gamma}' (carbo)nitride and finally {epsilon} nitride develop at the outer surface. In general, on continued nitrocarburizing the nitrogen content at the outer surface increases and the carbon content decreases. Accordingly, the constitution of the compound layer is determined to a large extent by the (difference between the) absorption kinetics of carbon and of nitrogen rather than by equilibrium thermodynamics. In the surface-adjacent region, the layers are highly porous, predominantly as a consequence of corrosive attack by agents of the salt bath. As compared with nitrocarburizing of pure iron, the major effect of carbon present as cementite in pearlite regions in the iron-carbon specimens appears to be promotion of the formation of {epsilon} carbonitride in the compound layer at the cost of {gamma}' (carbo)nitride. (orig.).

  5. Microstructures and properties of Cr-Cu/W-Cu bi-layer composite coatings prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Zhang, Jiaping; Feng, Xiaomei; Shen, Yifu; Chen, Cheng; Duan, Cuiyuan [Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China). Dept. of Materials Science and Technology

    2016-06-15

    Cr-Cu/W-Cu bi-layer coatings with composite structures were fabricated by means of mechanical alloying. The Cr-Cu layer and the W-Cu layer were deposited successively and the as-synthesized bi-layer coating was made up of an inner Cr-Cu layer and an outer W-Cu layer. Microstructures, chemical and phase compositions of the as-prepared coatings were characterized. The results indicated that the bonding between the inner coating and the substrate was improved with the increase of Cu in the raw powder. The annealing treatment of the inner Cr-Cu layer was beneficial to the bonding between the inner Cr-Cu coating and the outer W-Cu coating layer. Mechanical properties such as microhardness, friction and wear resistance were tested. The as-synthesized coating could effectively improve the hardness and wear resistance of the Cu substrate.

  6. Measurement of turbulence in the oceanic mixed layer using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR

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    S. G. George

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Turbulence in the surface layer of the ocean contributes to the transfer of heat, gas and momentum across the air-sea boundary. As such, study of turbulence in the ocean surface layer is becoming increasingly important for understanding its effects on climate change. Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS techniques were implemented to examine the interaction of small-scale wake turbulence in the upper ocean layer with incident electromagnetic radar waves. Hydrodynamic-electromagnetic wave interaction models were invoked to demonstrate the ability of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR to observe and characterise surface turbulent wake flows. A range of simulated radar images are presented for a turbulent surface current field behind a moving surface vessel, and compared with the surface flow fields to investigate the impact of turbulent currents on simulated radar backscatter. This has yielded insights into the feasibility of resolving small-scale turbulence with remote-sensing radar and highlights the potential for extracting details of the flow structure and characteristics of turbulence using SAR.

  7. Double layer resist process scheme for metal lift-off with application in inductive heating of microstructures

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    Ouattara, Lassana; Knutzen, Michael; Keller, Stephan Urs

    2010-01-01

    We present a new method to define metal electrodes on top of high-aspect-ratio microstructures using standard photolithography equipment and a single chromium mask. A lift-off resist (LOR) layer is implemented in an SU-8 photolithography process to selectively remove metal at the end of the proce...

  8. Microstructural behavior of nitriding compound layer for Nb-carbonitride coating grown by thermo-reactive diffusion process

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    Lee, Kyunghoon; Kang, Namhyun; Bae, Jong-Seong; Lee, Chang-Woo

    2016-09-01

    This study aims to understand the microstructural behavior of nitriding compound layer and its effect on Nb-carbonitride growth produced by the thermo-reactive diffusion (TRD) process. Gas nitriding was performed at 550 °C for 3 and 6 h, followed by TRD at 900 °C for 6 h. The nitriding compound layers had thicknesses of 10 and 16 μm for nitriding time of 3 and 6 h, respectively. The corresponding Nb-carbonitride layers produced by TRD were 7.2 and 11.2 μm thick, respectively. Reheating at 900 °C transformed the microstructure of the nitriding compounds to Fe3O4 and FeN0.0939. As reheating proceeded to 30 min, high concentration of nitrogen, initially existing in the nitride layer diffused to 80-90 μm into the substrate. Therefore, the TRD process produced NbN layer at the interfacial area due to intensively dissolved nitrogen from FeN0.0939. As the TRD proceeded, supply of C atoms from the base metal became competitive with the N diffusion. Thus, the TRD coating layer was grown to above the interface. Reheating at 900 °C for the 16-μm-thick nitride layer resulted in a nitrogen content ˜0.4 at% higher than that for the 10-μm-thick nitride layer, thereby producing a thicker Nb-carbonitride layer.

  9. Finite Element Analysis of Layered Fiber Composite Structures Accounting for the Material's Microstructure and Delamination

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    Stier, Bertram; Simon, Jaan-Willem; Reese, Stefanie

    2015-04-01

    The present paper focuses on composite structures which consist of several layers of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). For such layered composite structures, delamination constitutes one of the major failure modes. Predicting its initiation is essential for the design of these composites. Evaluating stress-strength relation based onset criteria requires an accurate representation of the through-the-thickness stress distribution, which can be particularly delicate in the case of shell-like structures. Thus, in this paper, a solid-shell finite element formulation is utilized which allows to incorporate a fully three-dimensional material model while still being suitable for applications involving thin structures. Moreover, locking phenomena are cured by using both the EAS and the ANS concept, and numerical efficiency is ensured through reduced integration. The proposed anisotropic material model accounts for the material's micro-structure by using the concept of structural tensors. It is validated by comparison to experimental data as well as by application to numerical examples.

  10. Experimental validation of microseismic emissions from a controlled hydraulic fracture in a synthetic layered medium

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    Roundtree, Russell

    A controlled hydraulic fracture experiment was performed on two medium sized (11" x 11" x 15") synthetic layered blocks of low permeability, low porosity Lyons sandstone sandwiched between cement. The purpose of the research was to better understand and characterize the fracture evolution as the fracture tip impinged upon the layer boundaries between the well bonded layers. It is also one of the first documented uses of passive microseismic used in a laboratory environment to characterize hydraulic fracturing. A relatively low viscosity fluid of 1000 centipoise, compared to properly scaled previous work (Casas 2005, and Athavale 2007), was pumped at a constant rate of 10 mL/minute through a steel cased hole landed and isolated in the sandstone layer. Efforts were made to contain the hydraulic fracture within the confines of the rock specimen to retain the created hydraulic fracture geometry. Two identical samples and treatment schedules were created and differed only in the monitoring system used to characterize the microseismic activity during the fracture treatment. The first block had eight embedded P-wave transducers placed in the sandstone layer to record the passive microseismic emissions and localize the location and time of the acoustic event. The second block had six compressional wave transducers and twelve shear wave transducers embedded in the sandstone layer of the block. The intention was to record and process the seismic data using conventional P-wave to S-wave difference timing techniques well known in industry. While this goal ultimately not possible due to the geometry of the receiver placements and the limitations of the Vallene acquisition processing software, the data received and the events localized from the 18 transducer test were of much higher numbers and quality than on the eight transducer test. This experiment proved conclusively that passive seismic emission recording can yield positive results in the laboratory. Just as in the field

  11. Remotely Sensed Active Layer Thickness (ReSALT at Barrow, Alaska Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

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    Kevin Schaefer

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Active layer thickness (ALT is a critical parameter for monitoring the status of permafrost that is typically measured at specific locations using probing, in situ temperature sensors, or other ground-based observations. Here we evaluated the Remotely Sensed Active Layer Thickness (ReSALT product that uses the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar technique to measure seasonal surface subsidence and infer ALT around Barrow, Alaska. We compared ReSALT with ground-based ALT obtained using probing and calibrated, 500 MHz Ground Penetrating Radar at multiple sites around Barrow. ReSALT accurately reproduced observed ALT within uncertainty of the GPR and probing data in ~76% of the study area. However, ReSALT was less than observed ALT in ~22% of the study area with well-drained soils and in ~1% of the area where soils contained gravel. ReSALT was greater than observed ALT in some drained thermokarst lake basins representing ~1% of the area. These results indicate remote sensing techniques based on InSAR could be an effective way to measure and monitor ALT over large areas on the Arctic coastal plain.

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of nickel-chrome-bor-silicon layers produced by the atmospheric plasma spray process

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    Mihailo R. Mrdak

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the influence of plasma spray parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of NiCrBSi coatings deposited by the atmospheric plasma spray (APS process. The microstructure and mechanical properties of plasma spray coatings are determined by the interaction of plasma ions with powder particles when the rate and temperature of plasma particles are transferred to powder particles. The interaction effect directly depends on the time the powder particles spend in plasma, and that time is defined by the deposition distance for each type of powder, depending on the grain size, melting temperature and specific mass. In order to obtain homogeneous and dense coatings, three distances (70,120 and 170 mm from the substrate were used in the research. The coating of the best structural and mechanical characteristics was remelted and fused to the base in order to obtain a better structure. Self - fluxing NiCrBSi alloys are widely used because of the good resistance of boride, carbide and silicide solid phases to wear and corrosion. The morphology of powder particles was examined in the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope, while the microstructure of the layers was assessed using a light microscope. The microstructural analysis of the deposited layers was performed in accordance with the Pratt-Whitney standard. The mechanical properties of the layers were assessed by applying the HV0.3 method for microhardness testing and tensile testing was applied to test bond strength.

  13. Mapping soil texture targeting predefined depth range or synthetizing from standard layers?

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    Laborczi, Annamária; Dezső Kaposi, András; Szatmári, Gábor; Takács, Katalin; Pásztor, László

    2017-04-01

    There are increasing demands nowadays on spatial soil information in order to support environmental related and land use management decisions. Physical soil properties, especially particle size distribution play important role in this context. A few of the requirements can be satisfied by the sand-, silt-, and clay content maps compiled according to global standards such as GlobalSoilMap (GSM) or Soil Grids. Soil texture classes (e. g. according to USDA classification) can be derived from these three fraction data, in this way texture map can be compiled based on the proper separate maps. Soil texture class as well as fraction information represent direct input of crop-, meteorological- and hydrological models. The model inputs frequently require maps representing soil features of 0-30 cm depth, which is covered by three consecutive depth intervals according to standard specifications: 0-5 cm, 5-15 cm, 15-30 cm. Becoming GSM and SoilGrids the most detailed freely available spatial soil data sources, the common model users (e. g. meteorologists, agronomists, or hydrologists) would produce input map from (the weighted mean of) these three layers. However, if the basic soil data and proper knowledge is obtainable, a soil texture map targeting directly the 0-30 cm layer could be independently compiled. In our work we compared Hungary's soil texture maps compiled using the same reference and auxiliary data and inference methods but for differing layer distribution. We produced the 0-30 cm clay, silt and sand map as well as the maps for the three standard layers (0-5 cm, 5-15 cm, 15-30 cm). Maps of sand, silt and clay percentage were computed through regression kriging (RK) applying Additive Log-Ratio (alr) transformation. In addition to the Hungarian Soil Information and Monitoring System as reference soil data, digital elevation model and its derived components, soil physical property maps, remotely sensed images, land use -, geological-, as well as meteorological data

  14. Highly tough and transparent layered composites of nanocellulose and synthetic silicate

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    Wu, Chun-Nan; Yang, Quanling; Takeuchi, Miyuki; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Isogai, Akira

    2013-12-01

    A highly tough and transparent film material was prepared from synthetic saponite (SPN) nanoplatelets of low aspect ratios and nanofibrillar cellulose. The nanofibrillar cellulose was chemically modified by topological surface oxidation using 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxyl (TEMPO) as a catalyst. Both synthetic SPN nanoplatelets and TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (TOCNs) have abundant negative charges in high densities on their surfaces and are dispersed in water at the individual nanoelement level. Layered nanocomposite structures of the SPN nanoplatelets and TOCNs were formed through a simple cast-drying process of the mixed aqueous dispersions. The TOCN/SPN composites with 0-50% w/w SPN content were optically transparent. Mechanical properties of the TOCN/SPN composites varied depending on the SPN content. The composite with 10% w/w SPN content (5.6% volume fraction) exhibited characteristic mechanical properties: Young's modulus of 14 GPa, tensile strength of 420 MPa, and strain-to-failure of 10%. The work of fracture of the composites increased from 4 to 30 MJ m-3 - or by more than 700% - as the SPN content was increased from 0 to 10% w/w. This surprising improvement in toughness was interpreted based on a model for fracture of polymer composites reinforced with low-aspect-ratio platelets.A highly tough and transparent film material was prepared from synthetic saponite (SPN) nanoplatelets of low aspect ratios and nanofibrillar cellulose. The nanofibrillar cellulose was chemically modified by topological surface oxidation using 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxyl (TEMPO) as a catalyst. Both synthetic SPN nanoplatelets and TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (TOCNs) have abundant negative charges in high densities on their surfaces and are dispersed in water at the individual nanoelement level. Layered nanocomposite structures of the SPN nanoplatelets and TOCNs were formed through a simple cast-drying process of the mixed aqueous dispersions. The

  15. Morphological modelling of three-phase microstructures of anode layers using SEM images.

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    Abdallah, Bassam; Willot, François; Jeulin, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    A general method is proposed to model 3D microstructures representative of three-phases anode layers used in fuel cells. The models are based on SEM images of cells with varying morphologies. The materials are first characterized using three morphological measurements: (cross-)covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. They are measured on segmented SEM images, for each of the three phases. Second, a generic model for three-phases materials is proposed. The model is based on two independent underlying random sets which are otherwise arbitrary. The validity of this model is verified using the cross-covariance functions of the various phases. In a third step, several types of Boolean random sets and plurigaussian models are considered for the unknown underlying random sets. Overall, good agreement is found between the SEM images and three-phases models based on plurigaussian random sets, for all morphological measurements considered in the present work: covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. The spatial distribution and shapes of the phases produced by the plurigaussian model are visually very close to the real material. Furthermore, the proposed models require no numerical optimization and are straightforward to generate using the covariance functions measured on the SEM images.

  16. Microstructures and thermoelectric properties of GeSbTe based layered compounds

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    Yan, F.; Zhu, T.J.; Zhao, X.B. [Zhejiang University, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hangzhou (China); Dong, S.R. [Zhejiang University, Department of Information and Electronics Engineering, Hangzhou (China)

    2007-08-15

    Microstructures and thermoelectric properties of Ge{sub 1}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 4} and Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} chalcogenide semiconductors have been investigated to explore the possibility of their thermoelectric applications. The phase transformation from the face-centered cubic to hexagonal structure was observed in Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} compounds prepared by the melt spinning technique. The Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of the alloys were increased due to the enhanced scattering of charge carriers at grain boundaries. The maximum power factors of the rapidly solidified Ge{sub 1}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 4} and Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} attained 0.975 x 10{sup -3} Wm{sup -1}K{sup -2} at 750 K and 0.767 x 10{sup -3} Wm{sup -1}K{sup -2} at 643 K respectively, higher than those of water quenched counterparts, implying that thermoelectric properties of GeSbTe based layered compounds can be improved by grain refinement. The present results show this class of chalcogenide semiconductors is promising for thermoelectric applications. (orig.)

  17. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of Ti-6Al-4V produced by rapid-layer manufacturing, for biomedical applications.

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    Murr, L E; Quinones, S A; Gaytan, S M; Lopez, M I; Rodela, A; Martinez, E Y; Hernandez, D H; Martinez, E; Medina, F; Wicker, R B

    2009-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical behavior of simple product geometries produced by layered manufacturing using the electron beam melting (EBM) process and the selective laser melting (SLM) process are compared with those characteristic of conventional wrought and cast products of Ti-6Al-4V. Microstructures are characterized utilizing optical metallography (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and included alpha (hcp), beta (bcc) and alpha(') (hcp) martensite phase regimes which give rise to hardness variations ranging from HRC 37 to 57 and tensile strengths ranging from 0.9 to 1.45 GPa. The advantages and disadvantages of layered manufacturing utilizing initial powders in custom building of biomedical components by EBM and SLM in contrast to conventional manufacturing from Ti-6Al-4V wrought bar stock are discussed.

  18. Disequilibrium dihedral angles in layered intrusions: the microstructural record of fractionation

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    Holness, Marian; Namur, Olivier; Cawthorn, Grant

    2013-04-01

    The dihedral angle formed at junctions between two plagioclase grains and a grain of augite is only rarely in textural equilibrium in gabbros from km-scale crustal layered intrusions. The median of a population of these disequilibrium angles, Θcpp, varies systematically within individual layered intrusions, remaining constant over large stretches of stratigraphy with significant increases or decreases associated with the addition or reduction respectively of the number of phases on the liquidus of the bulk magma. The step-wise changes in Θcpp are present in Upper Zone of the Bushveld Complex, the Megacyclic Unit I of the Sept Iles Intrusion, and the Layered Series of the Skaergaard Intrusion. The plagioclase-bearing cumulates of Rum have a bimodal distribution of Θcpp, dependent on whether the cumulus assemblage includes clinopyroxene. The presence of the step-wise changes is independent of the order of arrival of cumulus phases and of the composition of either the cumulus phases or the interstitial liquid inferred to be present in the crystal mush. Step-wise changes in the rate of change in enthalpy with temperature (ΔH) of the cooling and crystallizing magma correspond to the observed variation of Θcpp, with increases of both ΔH and Θcpp associated with the addition of another liquidus phase, and decreases of both associated with the removal of a liquidus phase. The replacement of one phase by another (e.g. olivine ⇔ orthpyroxene) has little effect on ΔH and no discernible effect on Θcpp. An increase of ΔH is manifest by an increase in the fraction of the total enthalpy budget that is the latent heat of crystallization (the fractional latent heat). It also results in an increase in the amount crystallized in each incremental temperature drop (the crystal productivity). An increased fractional latent heat and crystal productivity result in an increased rate of plagioclase growth compared to that of augite during the final stages of solidification

  19. Microstructure Evolution and Cracking Control of 316L Stainless Steel Manufactured by Multi-layer Laser Cladding

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    SONGJian-li; DENGQi-lin; HUDe-jin; SUNKang-kai; ZHOUGuang-cai

    2004-01-01

    Multi-layer laser cladding manufacturing is a newly developed rapid manufacturing technology. It is a powerful tool for direct fabrication of three-dimensional fully dense metal components and part repairing. In this paper, the microstructure evolution and properties of 316L stainless steel deposited with this technology was investigated, compact components with properties similar to the as-cast and wrought annealed material was obtained. Cracking was eliminated by introducing of supersonic vibration and application of parameter adjustment technologies.

  20. Power efficiency of the active boundary layer control around the hump by a slotted synthetic jet generator

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    Pick Petr

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present contribution summarizes the power efficiency of the active flow control of the boundary layer of air around a hump. The synthetic jet generator with a rectangular output part, i.e. a slot, is actuated using a modulated signal. The actuation of the synthetic jet is carried out by modulating the input voltage of acoustic transducers of the generator. This causes the decrease of the loss coefficient and the change of the mixing size area (e.g. wake. A comparison of three types of modulating signals and their influence on the loss coefficient is performed. The main advantages of modulated signal are then described.

  1. Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microstructural Evolution of the Compound Layer; a Comparison of the States of Knowledge of Nitriding and Nitrocarburising

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    Somers, Marcel A.J.

    2000-01-01

    on the steel surface are sufficiently high, a compound layer is formed at the surface of a ferritic steel, which consists predominantly of ? and/or ?' phases. In the region underneath the compound layer, the so-called diffusion zone develops. The compound layer has an interesting combination of wear...... conditions for tailoring a certain combination of properties. The present paper describes aspects of the thermodynamics, kinetics and microstructure evolution of the compound layer on pure iron during nitrocarburising, by comparing the current status of qualitative understanding with that for nitriding......, which is largely quantitative. Iron was taken as a model case in order to assess the actual effect of the interstitial elements nitrogen and carbon provided by the nitriding and nitrocarburising gases....

  2. Microstructural and Wear Behavior Characterization of Porous Layers Produced by Pulsed Laser Irradiation in Glass-Ceramics Substrates

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    Jose I. Peña

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, wear behavior and microstructural characterization of porous layers produced in glass-ceramic substrates by pulsed laser irradiation in the nanosecond range are studied under unidirectional sliding conditions against AISI316 and corundum counterbodies. Depending on the optical configuration of the laser beam and on the working parameters, the local temperature and pressure applied over the interaction zone can generate a porous glass-ceramic layer. Material transference from the ball to the porous glass-ceramic layer was observed in the wear tests carried out against the AISI316 ball counterface whereas, in the case of the corundum ball, the wear volume loss was concentrated in the porous layer. Wear rate and friction coefficient presented higher values than expected for dense glass-ceramics.

  3. Effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt ultrathin films.

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    Liu, Mingfeng; Jin, Tianli; Hao, Liang; Cao, Jiangwei; Wang, Ying; Wu, Dongping; Bai, Jianmin; Wei, Fulin

    2015-01-01

    The effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt ultrathin films have been investigated. The results indicate that i) The Ag cap layer segregates from the FePt/Ag bilayer, lowers the FePt ordering temperature, promotes the FePt thin films to form island structure, and enhances the coercivity; ii) The Ru cap layer increases the FePt ordering temperature, helps to maintain smooth continuous structure film, and restrains the FePt (001) orientation and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). The effects become more pronounced for the 3-nm-thick FePt thin films. The effects can be mainly attributed to the different melting point and thermal expansion stress between the cap layer and FePt thin films.

  4. Effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt ultrathin films

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    Liu, Mingfeng; Jin, Tianli; Hao, Liang; Cao, Jiangwei; Wang, Ying; Wu, Dongping; Bai, Jianmin; Wei, Fulin

    2015-04-01

    The effects of Ru and Ag cap layers on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt ultrathin films have been investigated. The results indicate that i) The Ag cap layer segregates from the FePt/Ag bilayer, lowers the FePt ordering temperature, promotes the FePt thin films to form island structure, and enhances the coercivity; ii) The Ru cap layer increases the FePt ordering temperature, helps to maintain smooth continuous structure film, and restrains the FePt (001) orientation and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). The effects become more pronounced for the 3-nm-thick FePt thin films. The effects can be mainly attributed to the different melting point and thermal expansion stress between the cap layer and FePt thin films.

  5. Effect of underlying silicon layer on microstructure and photoluminescence of rapid-thermal-annealed carbon and C/Si nanofilms

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    Chung, C.K., E-mail: ckchung@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lai, C.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC (China); Wu, B.H. [Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: •Photoluminescence (PL) of carbon films originated from recombination of confined electron–hole pairs. •Broad PL was an interesting topic using varied methods for Si and C reaction. •Asymmetrical broad PL of two-layer Si/C and three-layer Si/C/Si was demonstrated previously. •Here, another C/Si (underlying Si layer) films have further investigated for enhancement of symmetry-like PL. •The effect and mechanism of underlying Si layer thickness on microstructure and PL evolution of two-layer C/Si was studied. -- Abstract: A composite material for broad photoluminescence (PL) from asymmetry to more symmetry-like was proposed by the formation of Si nanocrystals (nc-Si), SiC nanoparticles (np-SiC) and sp{sup 2} carbon cluster which were made from the two-layer C/Si on Si(1 0 0) using rapid-thermal-annealing at 750 °C for 1 min. The effect of underlying Si layer thickness on the microstructure and broad PL of the annealed carbon and two-layer C/Si films has been investigated. Fourier-transform-infrared-absorption spectra indicated that very weak Si–C bonding peak was observed for the annealed single-C film and the enhanced intensity occurred at two-layer C/Si films with underlying thickness of 10–25 nm. Compared to the single-C film, the two-layer C/Si film was beneficial for formation of SiC which increased with Si thickness. A more symmetry-like broad PL band around 400–700 nm was observed at the annealed C/Si films with higher Si thickness of 25 nm while the annealed C film has weak and narrow band. Also, the enhanced symmetry-like PL band was attributed to more amount of np-SiC formation at the bottom of C/Si film together with reduced C thickness which can be potentially applied into white light emission material. The detailed mechanism of broad PL was proposed in terms of microstructure evolution.

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties of multiphase layer formed during depositing Ti film followed by plasma nitriding on 2024 aluminum alloy

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    Zhang, F.Y., E-mail: zfy19861010@163.com; Yan, M.F., E-mail: yanmufu@hit.edu.cn

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • A novel duplex surface treatment on 2024 Al alloy was proposed. • A multiphase layer composed of TiN{sub 0.3}, Al{sub 3}Ti and Al{sub 18}Ti{sub 2}Mg{sub 3} was prepared on the surface of 2024 Al alloy. • The microstructures of TiN{sub 0.3}, Al{sub 3}Ti and Al{sub 18}Ti{sub 2}Mg{sub 3} were characterized by SEM and TEM. • The surface hardness of the multiphase layer reached to 590 HV{sub 0.01}, five times harder than 2024 Al alloy. • The wear resistance of 2024 Al alloy was improved significantly. - Abstract: In this study, a novel method was develop to fabricate an in situ multiphase layer on 2024 Al alloy to improve its surface mechanical properties. The method was divided into two steps, namely depositing pure Ti film on 2024 Al substrate by using magnetron sputtering, and plasma nitriding of Ti coated 2024 Al in a gas mixture comprising of 40% N{sub 2}–60% H{sub 2}. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the multiphase layer prepared at different nitriding time were investigated by using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), microhardness tester and pin-on-disc tribometer. Results showed that multiphase layer with three sub-layers (i.e. the outmost TiN{sub 0.3} layer, the intermediate Al{sub 3}Ti layer and the inside Al{sub 18}Ti{sub 2}Mg{sub 3} layer) can be obtained. The thickness of the Al{sub 18}Ti{sub 2}Mg{sub 3} layer increased faster than TiN{sub 0.3} and Al{sub 3}Ti layer with increasing nitriding time. The hardness of the layer has reached about 593 HV, which is much higher than that of 2024 Al substrate. The wear rate of the coated samples decreased 53% for 4 h nitriding and 86% for 12 h nitriding, respectively, compared with that of the uncoated one. The analysis of worn surface indicated that the coated 2024 Al exhibited predominant abrasive wear, whereas the uncoated one showed severe adhesive wear.

  7. Magnetic tunnel junctions using perpendicularly magnetized synthetic antiferromagnetic reference layer for wide-dynamic-range magnetic sensors

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    Nakano, T.; Oogane, M.; Furuichi, T.; Ando, Y.

    2017-01-01

    We developed CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a perpendicularly magnetized synthetic antiferromagnetic (p-SAF) reference layer for magnetic sensor applications. The MTJs exhibited linear tunnel magnetoresistance curves to out-of-plane applied magnetic fields with dynamic ranges more than ±2.5 kOe, which are wider than those in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB-MTJs reported to date. The performance metrics of MTJ sensors, i.e., sensitivity and nonlinearity, depend significantly on the anisotropy field of the free layer. We explained the dependences by a simple model based on the Stoner-Wohlfarth and Slonczewski models, which gives us a guideline to design the sensor performance metrics. These findings demonstrated that MTJs with a p-SAF reference layer are promising candidates for wide-dynamic-range magnetic sensors.

  8. Application of the multi-step EPD technique to fabricate thick TiO2 layers: effect of organic medium viscosity on the layer microstructure.

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    Sadeghi, A A; Ebadzadeh, T; Raissi, B; Ghashghaie, S; Fateminia, S M A

    2013-02-14

    In the present study, electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was used to obtain dense layers of TiO(2) in four organic media-methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, and butanol-with different TiO(2) nanoparticle concenterations of 1-8 g/L. Microstructural study of the obtained layers by scanning electron (SEM) and optical microscope (OM) revealed that the multistep EPD technique could effectively prevent crack formation across the layer compared with the single-step method and will consequently increase the critical cracking thickness (CCT). The quality of EPD layers was also affected by viscosity. According to SEM and atomic force microscope (AFM) results, as the viscosity of the medium increased, more compact layers were formed which can be attributed to the lower deposition rates in heavier alcohols. High deposition rate in methanol and ethanol was also confirmed by zeta potential results. Suspension viscosity was interestingly observed to control the threshold concentration above which crack formation would occur. These values were measured to be 3 and 5 g/L for methanol and ethanol, respectively. However, in suspensions based on more viscous alcohols, the threshold concentration increased to 8 g/L which implied the decisive role of medium on concentration limits. It indicates that by employing organic vehicles of higher viscosity it is possible to maintain the CCT values obtained in less viscous media with no need to decrease the colloidal concentration of the suspension.

  9. Thermally robust perpendicular Co/Pd-based synthetic antiferromagnetic coupling enabled by a W capping or buffer layer.

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    Lee, Ja-Bin; An, Gwang-Guk; Yang, Seung-Mo; Park, Hae-Soo; Chung, Woo-Seong; Hong, Jin-Pyo

    2016-02-18

    Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) that contain synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) frames show promise as reliable building blocks to meet the demands of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)-based spintronic devices. In particular, Co/Pd multilayer-based SAFs have been widely employed due to their outstanding PMA features. However, the widespread utilization of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs coupled with an adjacent CoFeB reference layer (RL) is still a challenge due to the structural discontinuity or intermixing that occurs during high temperature annealing. Thus, we address the thermally robust characteristics of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs by controlling a W layer as a potential buffer or capping layer. The W-capped Co/Pd multilayer SAF, which acts as a pinning layer, exhibited a wide-range plateau with sharp spin-flip and near-zero remanence at the zero field. Structural analysis of the W-capped multilayer SAF exhibited single-crystal-like c-axis oriented crystalline features after annealing at 400 °C, thereby demonstrating the applicability of these frames. In addition, when the W layer serving as a buffer layer in the Co/Pd multilayer SAF was coupled with a conventional CoFeB RL, higher annealing stability up to 425 °C and prominent antiferromagnetic coupling behavior were obtained.

  10. Effects of Alloying Elements on Microstructure and Erosion Resistance of Fe-C-Cr Weld Surfacing Layer

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    Daqian SUN; Wenquan WANG; Zhaozhi XUAN; Yue XU; Zhenfeng ZHOU

    2003-01-01

    Effects of alloying elements on microstructure and erosion resistance of Fe-C-Cr weld surfacing layer have been studied. The experimental results show that increasing C and Cr content favors improving the erosion resistance of the layer, and the excessive C and Cr result in decreasing the erosion resistance at 90 deg. erosion. That Mo, Nb or Ti improves the erosion resistance of Fe-C-Cr weld surfacing layer is mainly attributed to increasing the amount of M7C3 and forming fine NbC or TiC in austenite matrix, but the excessive Mo, Nb or Ti is unfavorable. The addition of Mo, Nb and Ti in proper combination possesses stronger effect on improving the erosion resistance and the erosion resistance (εA) of Fe-C-Cr weld surfacing layer with fine NbC, TiC and M7C3 distributing uniformly in austenite matrix obviously increases to 2.81 at 15 deg. erosion and 2.88 at 90 deg. erosion when the layer composition is 3.05C, 20.58Cr, 1.88Mo, 2.00Nb and 1.05Ti (in wt pct).

  11. Solidification Behavior of Laser Melting Layer of Nd15Fe77 B8Sintered Magnets and Its Microstructures Evolution

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    Pan Jing; Liu Xincai

    2005-01-01

    To research the solidification behavior and microstructures of a laser remelting/solidification layer on anisotropic Nd15Fe77B8 sintered magnets with their magnetization direction parallel to X, Y, Z-axis respectively, their surfaces (parallel to XOY plane) were scanned by 5 kW Roffin-Sinar 850 type of CO2 laser along Y axis. The rapid solidification of the molten alloy in the layer results in three distinct zones. The transition zone close to the unmolten portion of a magnet (substrate), consists of the columnar Nd2Fe14B phase (matrix), the 10.0%~15.1% dendrite primary iron phase dispersing in the matrix, and the Nd-rich phase along Nd2Fe14B grain boundaries. The columnar crystal zone in the middle of the layer consists of the long columnar Nd2Fe14B grains and their grain boundary Nd-rich phase. And the dendrite crystal zone near the free surface of the layer consists of dendrite Nd2Fe14B grains and their grain boundary Nd-rich phase. When the laser scanning velocity is lower, the growing direction of the microstructures in the layer tends to the laser scanning direction step by step. When the velocity is not lower than 25 mm · s-1, the laser remelting/solidification layer thins and the columnar crystal zone comprises almost the whole layer. Under this condition, on the substrate with its magnetization direction along X or Y-axis respectively, the columnar Nd2Fe14B grains in the layer grow in the direction of Z-axis (that is their long-axis along Z-axis), their alignment of the easy magnetization axis [001] is parallel to the magnetization direction of the substrate correspondingly; but on the substrate with its magnetization direction along Z-axis, the columnar Nd2Fe14B grains in the transition zone grow at an angle of 30°~50° between Z-axis and their long-axis. And the columnar Nd2Fe14B grains in the columnar crystal zone gradually tend to the Z-axis,and their easy magnetization axis [001] arrange in the range of 0°~360° of the plane perpendicular to

  12. Microstructures using RF sputtered PSG film as a sacrificial layer in surface micromachining

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    Vivekanand Bhatt; Sudhir Chandra; Chatar Singh

    2009-08-01

    In this paper, we explore RF magnetron sputtered Phosphor–silicate–glass (PSG) film as a sacrificial layer in surface micromachining technology. For this purpose, a 76 mm diameter target of phosphorus-doped silicon dioxide was prepared by conventional solid-state reaction route using P25 and SiO2 powders. The PSG films were prepared in a RF (13·56 MHz) magnetron sputtering system at 300 watt RF power, 20 mTorr pressure and 45 mm target-to-substrate spacing without external substrate heating. Microstructures of sputtered silicon dioxide film were fabricated using sputtered PSG film as sacrificial layer in surface micromachining process.

  13. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions with a synthetic storage or reference layer: A new route towards Pt- and Pd-free junctions

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    Cuchet, Léa; Rodmacq, Bernard; Auffret, Stéphane; Sousa, Ricardo C.; Prejbeanu, Ioan L.; Dieny, Bernard

    2016-02-01

    We report here the development of Pt and Pd-free perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJ) for STT-MRAM applications. We start by studying a p-MTJ consisting of a bottom synthetic Co/Pt reference layer and a synthetic FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB storage layer covered with an MgO layer. We first investigate the evolution of RKKY coupling with Ru spacer thickness in such a storage layer. The coupling becomes antiferromagnetic above 0.5 nm and its strength decreases monotonously with increasing Ru thickness. This contrasts with the behavior of Co-based systems for which a maximum in interlayer coupling is generally observed around 0.8 nm. A thin Ta insertion below the Ru spacer considerably decreases the coupling energy, without basically changing its variation with Ru thickness. After optimization of the non-magnetic and magnetic layer thicknesses, it appears that such a FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB synthetic storage layer sandwiched between MgO barriers can be made stable enough to actually be used as hard reference layer in single or double magnetic tunnel junctions, the storage layer being now a single soft FeCoB layer. Finally, we realize Pt- or Pd-free robust perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions, still keeping the advantage of a synthetic reference layer in terms of reduction of stray fields at small pillar sizes.

  14. Microstructure-based calculations and experimental results for sound absorbing porous layers of randomly packed rigid spherical beads

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    Zieliński, Tomasz G.

    2014-07-01

    Acoustics of stiff porous media with open porosity can be very effectively modelled using the so-called Johnson-Champoux-Allard-Pride-Lafarge model for sound absorbing porous media with rigid frame. It is an advanced semi-phenomenological model with eight parameters, namely, the total porosity, the viscous permeability and its thermal analogue, the tortuosity, two characteristic lengths (one specific for viscous forces, the other for thermal effects), and finally, viscous and thermal tortuosities at the frequency limit of 0 Hz. Most of these parameters can be measured directly, however, to this end specific equipment is required different for various parameters. Moreover, some parameters are difficult to determine. This is one of several reasons for the so-called multiscale approach, where the parameters are computed from specific finite-element analyses based on some realistic geometric representations of the actual microstructure of porous material. Such approach is presented and validated for layers made up of loosely packed small identical rigid spheres. The sound absorption of such layers was measured experimentally in the impedance tube using the so-called two-microphone transfer function method. The layers are characterised by open porosity and semi-regular microstructure: the identical spheres are loosely packed by random pouring and mixing under the gravity force inside the impedance tubes of various size. Therefore, the regular sphere packings were used to generate Representative Volume Elements suitable for calculations at the micro-scale level. These packings involve only one, two, or four spheres so that the three-dimensional finite-element calculations specific for viscous, thermal, and tortuous effects are feasible. In the proposed geometric packings, the spheres were slightly shifted in order to achieve the correct value of total porosity which was precisely estimated for the layers tested experimentally. Finally, in this paper some results based on

  15. A High-Temperature Solar Selective Absorber Based upon Periodic Shallow Microstructures Coated by Multi-Layers Using Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Makoto Shimizu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Regarding the fabrication of solar selective absorbers, the ability to create microstructures on top of metal surfaces is a promising technology. Typically, these materials are able to possess spectrally-selective absorption properties for high-temperature usage. Solar-selective absorbers that function at temperatures up to 700 °C and possess shallow honeycomb cylindrical microcavities coated with a metal-dielectric multi-layer have been investigated. Honeycomb array cylindrical microcavities were fabricated on W substrate with interference lithography and multi-layers consisting of Pt nano-film sandwiched by Al2O3 layers were created for a uniform coating via atomic layer deposition. The absorbance spectrum of fabricated samples reveals results consistent with a simulation based on a rigorous coupled-wave analysis method. A solar absorbance value of 0.92 and a hemispherical total emittance value of 0.18 at 700 °C was determined from the fabricated solar-selective absorber. Additionally, thermal stability of up to 700 °C was confirmed in vacuum.

  16. Effect of coupling ability between a synthetic antiferromagnetic layer and pinned layer on a bridging layer of Ta, Ti, and Pt in perpendicular-magnetic tunnel junctions.

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-07-22

    By fabricating CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB-based perpendicular-magnetic tunnel junction (p-MTJ) spin-valves stacked with a [Co/Pd] n -SyAF layer based on a TiN bottom electrode on a 12 inch Si wafer (001) substrate, we investigated how the bridging layers of Ta, Ti, and Pt and their thickness variation affected the tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) ratio of Co2Fe6B2 pinned-layer behavior in magnetic-tunnel-junctions. TMR ratios for Ta, Ti, and Pt bridging layers were observed to be 64.1, 70.2, and 29.5%, respectively. It was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) that this difference resulted from CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB MTJ layers with Ta and Ti bridging layers being textured well with a bcc (100) structure, indicating that Ta and Ti bridging layers bridged SyAF fcc (111) and MTJ bcc (100). On the other hand, the MTJ layer with Pt bridging layer was incorrectly textured, indicating that a Pt bridging layer is unsuitable to bridge SyAF fcc (111) and MTJ bcc (100) due to Pt being diffused into the CoFeB pinned-layer. In addition, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) behavior of the CoFeB pinned-layer was found to depend strongly on a bridging layer thickness; higher TMRs of Ta and Ti were observed at the optimal bridging layers' thickness, which enable the realization of PMAs of the pinned-layer and ferro-coupling of the pinned-layer with the lower-SyAF layer. Among the three bridging materials (Ta, Ti, and Pt), we observed that Ti showed the highest TMR ratio and widest thickness range for a high TMR ratio, indicating that a higher TMR ratio is needed to obtain the best deposition process margin.

  17. Rapid method for hydrocarbon-type analysis of heavy oils and synthetic fuels by pyrolysis thin layer chromatography

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    Poirier, M.A.; George, A.E.

    1982-09-01

    This work describes a rapid method for hydrocargon-type analysis applying thin layer chromatography (TLC) to the pentane-soluble fraction *malthenes) of the petroleum and synthetic fuels boiling above 200/sup 0/C. The principal component types encountered in this paper are saturates (SA), aromatics (AR), (mono and di together) polynuclear aromatics (PNA) and polar material (PO). The method uses a Iatroscan TLC pyrolyzer which combines the resolution capabilities of TLC with the possibility of quantification by using a flame-ionization detector (FID). Comparison of the results with those obtained by the API-60 procedure is presented.

  18. Effect of coupling ability between a synthetic antiferromagnetic layer and pinned layer on a bridging layer of Ta, Ti, and Pt in perpendicular-magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-07-01

    By fabricating CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB-based perpendicular-magnetic tunnel junction (p-MTJ) spin-valves stacked with a [Co/Pd] n -SyAF layer based on a TiN bottom electrode on a 12 inch Si wafer (001) substrate, we investigated how the bridging layers of Ta, Ti, and Pt and their thickness variation affected the tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) ratio of Co2Fe6B2 pinned-layer behavior in magnetic-tunnel-junctions. TMR ratios for Ta, Ti, and Pt bridging layers were observed to be 64.1, 70.2, and 29.5%, respectively. It was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) that this difference resulted from CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB MTJ layers with Ta and Ti bridging layers being textured well with a bcc (100) structure, indicating that Ta and Ti bridging layers bridged SyAF fcc (111) and MTJ bcc (100). On the other hand, the MTJ layer with Pt bridging layer was incorrectly textured, indicating that a Pt bridging layer is unsuitable to bridge SyAF fcc (111) and MTJ bcc (100) due to Pt being diffused into the CoFeB pinned-layer. In addition, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) behavior of the CoFeB pinned-layer was found to depend strongly on a bridging layer thickness; higher TMRs of Ta and Ti were observed at the optimal bridging layers’ thickness, which enable the realization of PMAs of the pinned-layer and ferro-coupling of the pinned-layer with the lower-SyAF layer. Among the three bridging materials (Ta, Ti, and Pt), we observed that Ti showed the highest TMR ratio and widest thickness range for a high TMR ratio, indicating that a higher TMR ratio is needed to obtain the best deposition process margin.

  19. Compound microstructures and wax layer of beetle elytral surfaces and their influence on wetting properties.

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    Mingxia Sun

    Full Text Available A beetles' first line of defense against environmental hazards is their mesothoracic elytra--rigid, protective forewings. In order to study the interaction of these wings with water, the surface microstructures of various beetles' elytra were observed by Environment Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM. Chemistry components were ascertained using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. All the beetles of various habitats (including desert, plant, dung, land and water exhibited compound microstructures on their elytra. The wetting properties of these elytra were identified using an optical contact angle meter. In general the native elytra exhibited hydrophilic or weak hydrophobic properties with contact angles (CAs ranging from 47.5° to 109.1°. After treatment with chloroform, the CAs all increased on the rougher elytral surfaces. The presence of wax is not the only determinant of hydrophobic properties, but rather a combination with microscopic structures found on the surfaces. Irregularities and the presence or absence of tiny cracks, hairs (or setae, pores and protrusions are important factors which influence the wetting properties. Rougher elytral surfaces tended to present a stronger hydrophobicity. Effects on hydrophobicity, such as surface microstructures, chemistry, environment and aging (referring to the time after emergence, are also included and discussed. Our results also provide insights into the motion of water droplets when in contact with beetle elytra.

  20. CVD钨沉积层组织控制%Control the Microstructure of Tungsten Layer Fabricated by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    马捷; 张永志; 魏建忠; 蒙丽娟

    2011-01-01

    The microstructure of tungsten layer fabricated by chemical vapor deposition was changed by supplying the reactive gas WF6 and H2 discontinuously. The effect of the technics principle of chemical vapor deposition on the tungsten layer's microstructure and properties had been analyzed. And the condition of stress on the surface and crack on the fracture surface had been discussed. The results show that the microstructure of Tungsten layer is changed from layered columnar grains to equiaxed grains with the decreasing of cyclical deposition time. And the surface appearances are spherical grains, which are no longer tending to grow in a single direction, meanwhile the deposits are of high purity and high density. The stress on the surface is reduced and the direction of the propagating cracks has been changed. The expansion of the crack can be effectively blocked.%以WF6和H2为反应气体,采用间断供应反应气体方法改变CVD钨沉积层显微组织形貌.研究了间断沉积工艺参数对沉积层显微组织及性能的影响,讨论了间断沉积层的表面应力状态及断口裂纹扩展情况.结果表明:采用间断化学气相沉积法钨层的显微组织随周期沉积时间的缩短,柱状晶晶粒长度尺寸变小,形态逐渐接近等轴晶;沉积层表面形貌呈圆球状,沉积层生长界面不再趋向于单一方向;钨层保持了连续CVD钨的高纯度、高密度特性.且采用间断供应反应气体沉积方法显著降低了钨制品表面的残余应力,使裂纹扩展方向发生改变,有效阻碍了裂纹的深入扩展.

  1. Strain and defect microstructure in ion-irradiated GeSi/Si strained layers as a function of annealing temperature

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    Glasko, J.M.; Elliman, R.G. [Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, (Australia). Department of Electronic Materials Engineering; Zou, J.; Cockayne, D.J.H. [Sydney University, Sydney, NSW (Australia). Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis and Electron Microscope Unit; Fitz Gerald, J.D. [Australian National University, Canberra, ACT (Australia). Research School of Earth Sciences

    1998-06-01

    High energy (1 MeV), ion irradiation of GeSi/Si strained layers at elevated temperatures can cause strain relaxation. In this study, the effect of subsequent thermal annealing was investigated. Three distinct annealing stages were identified and correlated with the evolution of the defect microstructure. In the temperature range from 350 to 600 deg C, a gradual recovery of strain is observed. This is believed to result from the annealing of small defect clusters and the growth of voids. The voids are visible at annealing temperatures in excess of 600 deg C, consistent with an excess vacancy concentration in the irradiated alloy layer. The 600 to 750 deg C range is marked by pronounced maximal recovery of strain, and is correlated with the dissolution of faulted loops in the substrate. At temperatures in the range 750-1000 deg C, strain relaxation is observed and is correlated with the growth of intrinsic dislocations within the alloy layer. These dislocations nucleate at the alloy-substrate interface and grow within the alloy layer, towards the surface. (authors). Extended abstract. 13 refs., 2 figs.

  2. Recent developments in the layer-by-layer assembly of polyaniline and carbon nanomaterials for energy storage and sensing applications. From synthetic aspects to structural and functional characterization

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    Marmisollé, Waldemar A.; Azzaroni, Omar

    2016-05-01

    The construction of hybrid polymer-inorganic nanoarchitectures for electrochemical purposes based on the layer-by-layer assembly of conducting polymers and carbon nanomaterials has become increasingly popular over the last decade. This explosion of interest is primarily related to the increasing mastery in the design of supramolecular constructs using simple wet chemical approaches. Concomitantly, this continuous research activity paved the way to the rapid development of nanocomposites or ``nanoblends'' readily integrable into energy storage and sensing devices. In this sense, the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique has allowed us to access three-dimensional (3D) multicomponent carbon-based network nanoarchitectures displaying addressable electrical, electrochemical and transport properties in which conducting polymers, such as polyaniline, and carbon nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes or nanographene, play unique roles without disrupting their inherent functions - complementary entities coexisting in harmony. Over the last few years the level of functional sophistication reached by LbL-assembled carbon-based 3D network nanoarchitectures, and the level of knowledge related to how to design, fabricate and optimize the properties of these 3D nanoconstructs have advanced enormously. This feature article presents and discusses not only the recent advances but also the emerging challenges in complex hybrid nanoarchitectures that result from the layer-by-layer assembly of polyaniline, a quintessential conducting polymer, and diverse carbon nanomaterials. This is a rapidly developing research area, and this work attempts to provide an overview of the diverse 3D network nanoarchitectures prepared up to now. The importance of materials processing and LbL integration is explored within each section and while the overall emphasis is on energy storage and sensing applications, the most widely-used synthetic strategies and characterization methods for ``nanoblend

  3. EFFECT OF THICKNESS ON MICROSTRUCTURE, DIELECTRIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SINGLE LAYER Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 THIN FILM

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    VELUCHAMY ESWARAMOORTHI; RAYAR VICTOR WILLIAMS

    2014-01-01

    Single layered Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films were prepared on stainless steel (304) and quartz substrates by solution method. The microstructure, grain size, surface morphology and thickness of the films were reported on the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectrometer. Variation in thickness influences the microstructure of the films. The single layered thin film had uniform crack-free surfa...

  4. EFFECT OF THICKNESS ON MICROSTRUCTURE, DIELECTRIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SINGLE LAYER Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 THIN FILM

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    VELUCHAMY ESWARAMOORTHI; RAYAR VICTOR WILLIAMS

    2014-01-01

    Single layered Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films were prepared on stainless steel (304) and quartz substrates by solution method. The microstructure, grain size, surface morphology and thickness of the films were reported on the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectrometer. Variation in thickness influences the microstructure of the films. The single layered thin film had uniform crack-free surfa...

  5. Microstructure engineering of Portland cement pastes and mortars through addition of ultrafine layer silicates

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    Lindgreen, Holger; Geiker, Mette; Krøyer, Hanne;

    2008-01-01

    Pozzolanic submicron-sized silica fume and the non-pozzolanic micron- and nano-sized layer silicates (clay minerals) kaolinite, smectite and palygorskite have been used as additives in Portland cement pastes and mortars. These layer silicates have different particle shape (needles and plates), su...

  6. Microstructure and mechanical behavior of a shape memory Ni-Ti bi-layer thin film

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    Mohri, Maryam [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechnology, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud, E-mail: nili@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for High Performance Materials, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ivanisenko, Julia [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechnology, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Schwaiger, Ruth [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Hahn, Horst; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechnology, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2015-05-29

    Two different single-layers and a bi-layer Ni-Ti thin films with chemical compositions of Ni{sub 45}Ti{sub 50}Cu{sub 5}, Ni{sub 50.8}Ti{sub 49.2} and Ni{sub 50.8}Ti{sub 49.2}/Ni{sub 45}Ti{sub 50}Cu{sub 5} (numbers indicate at.%) determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were deposited on Si (111) substrates using DC magnetron sputtering. The structures, surface morphology and transformation temperatures of annealed thin films at 500 °C for 15 min and 1 h were studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. Nanoindentation was used to characterize the mechanical properties. The DSC and X-ray diffraction results indicated the austenitic structure of the Ni{sub 50.8}Ti{sub 49.2} and martensitic structure of the Ni{sub 45}Ti{sub 50}Cu{sub 5} thin films while the bi-layer was composed of austenitic and martensitic thin films. TEM study revealed that copper encourages crystallization in the bi-layer such that crystal structure containing nano-precipitates in the Ni{sub 45}Ti{sub 50}Cu{sub 5} layer was detected after 15 min annealing while the Ni{sub 50.8}Ti{sub 49.2} layer crystallized after 60 min at 500 °C. Furthermore, after annealing at 500 °C for 15 min, a precipitate free zone and thin layer amorphous were observed closely to the interface in the top layer. The bi-layer was completely crystallized at 500 °C for 1 h and the orientation of the Ni-rich precipitates indicated a stress gradient in the bi-layer. The bi-layer thin film showed different transformation temperatures and mechanical behavior from the single-layers. The developed bi-layer has different phase transformation temperatures, the higher temperatures of shape memory effect and lower temperature of pseudo-elastic behavior compared to the single-layers. Also, the bi-layer thin film exhibited a combined pseudo-elastic behavior and shape memory effect with a reduced

  7. Multi-level three-dimensional Mg-Al layered double hydroxide hierarchical microstructures with enhanced basic catalytic property.

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    Yu, Jiaying; Fan, Guoli; Yang, Yang; Li, Feng

    2014-10-15

    Novel three-dimensional (3D) rosette-like carbonate-type Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (MgAl-LDH) hierarchical microstructures were fabricated successfully by a surfactant-assisted coprecipitation method in the presence of hexamethylenetetramine as precipitant, and the morphology-dependent basic catalytic property was exploited. The morphologies of MgAl-LDH aggregates were diversified depending on the synthesis parameters including the type of precipitant, concentration of sodium stearate surfactant, and hydrothermal aging time. Specifically, the morphology of MgAl-LDH particles could change progressively from platelet-like aggregates to rosette-like microspheres with the increasing concentration of sodium stearate. A possible formation mechanism for special 3D flower-like MgAl-LDH microstructures was proposed based on the synergistic effect of precipitant with surfactant. Moreover, the resulting activated rosette-like MgAl-LDH, which was prepared through calcination-rehydration process, showed a higher catalytic activity in the transesterification of tributyrin with methanol, compared with that derived from the conventional platelet-like MgAl-LDH precursor, which was attributed to its higher specific basicity originating from multi-level hierarchical superstructure offering an advantage in contact with more exposed base sites.

  8. Microstructural characterization of laser sintered synthetic calcium phosphate-natural dentine interface for the restoration of enamel surface

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    Animesh Jha

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Tooth sensitivity is a common occurrence and it is caused by acid induced erosion of enamel surface. In this investigation we report the results of calcium phosphate based minerals which are irradiated with lasers ex vivo for the analysis of photo activated densification of minerals. The photo-activation in these minerals may primarily arise from the absorption centres, namely OH- and rare-earth (RE3+ ion dopants (e.g. Er3+ ions incorporated during synthesis. The loss of hydroxyl group from mineral is characterized using the thermogravimetric technique. The microstructural changes under the conditions of continuous wave (CW and pulsed laser irradiation are reported together with the measured temperature rise. The preliminary data on surface hardness of occluded dentine with photo-activated calcium phosphate minerals are also reported, for aiming an eventual hardness value of 3300 MPa which is known for natural enamels.

  9. Improving the Microstructure and Electrical Properties of Aluminum Induced Polysilicon Thin Films Using Silicon Nitride Capping Layer

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    Min-Hang Weng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the capping layer effect of SiNx (silicon nitride on the microstructure, electrical, and optical properties of poly-Si (polycrystalline silicon prepared by aluminum induced crystallization (AIC. The primary multilayer structure comprised Al (30 nm/SiNx (20 nm/a-Si (amorphous silicon layer (100 nm/ITO coated glass and was then annealed in a low annealing temperature of 350°C with different annealing times, 15, 30, 45, and 60 min. The crystallization properties were analyzed and verified by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Raman spectra. The grain growth was analyzed via optical microscope (OM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The improved electrical properties such as Hall mobility, resistivity, and dark conductivity were investigated by using Hall and current-voltage (I-V measurements. The results show that the amorphous silicon film has been effectively induced even at a low temperature of 350°C and a short annealing time of 15 min and indicate that the SiNx capping layer can improve the grain growth and reduce the metal content in the induced poly-Si film. It is found that the large grain size is over 20 μm and the carrier mobility values are over 80 cm2/V-s.

  10. The microstructure of Ge/Si layers grown at low temperature

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    Roddatis, V. V.; Vasiliev, A. L.; Kovalchuk, M. V.

    2013-11-01

    Multilayer Si/Ge heterostructures with the thickness of Ge layers varying from 2 to 12 monolayers (ML) were formed by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on the (001) Si substrates at 300°C (Ge) and 450°C (Si). The study of the Si/Ge heterostructures was performed by transmission and Cs corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). It was shown that the growth of Ge layers up to thickness of 5 ML occurs through the Frank - van der Merwe mechanism. For thicker Ge layers the growth mechanism of the Si-Ge heterostructure changes to Stranski - Krastanov with Si-Ge islands having the shape of inverted pyramids. The Si-Ge layer intermixing was discussed.

  11. Effect of the Ammonia Flow on the Formation of Microstructure Defects in GaN Layers Grown by High-Temperature Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Barchuk, M.; Lukin, G.; Zimmermann, F.; Röder, C.; Motylenko, M.; Pätzold, O.; Heitmann, J.; Kortus, J.; Rafaja, D.

    2016-12-01

    High-temperature vapor phase epitaxy (HTVPE) is a physical vapor transport technology for a deposition of gallium nitride (GaN) layers. However, little is known about the influence of the deposition parameters on the microstructure of the layers. In order to fill this gap, the influence of the ammonia (NH3) flow applied during the HTVPE growth on the microstructure of the deposited GaN layers is investigated in this work. Although the HTVPE technology is intended to grow GaN layers on foreign substrates, the GaN layers under study were grown on GaN templates produced by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy in order to be able to separate the growth defects from the defects induced by the lattice misfit between the foreign substrate and the GaN layer. The microstructure of the layers is characterized by means of high-resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence. In samples deposited at low ammonia flow, planar defects were detected, along which the nitrogen atoms are found to be substituted by impurity atoms. The interplay between these planar defects and the threading dislocations is discussed. A combination of XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals the presence of compressive residual stress in the samples.

  12. Effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and hardness of C-Cr-W-Mo-V-RE Fe-based hardfacing layer

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    Chang Limin; Liu Jianhua; Gou Huiyang

    2006-01-01

    After different heat treatment processes, the metal compound, the microstructure and the hardness of the C-Cr-W-Mo-V-RE Fe-based hardfacing layers are investigated by means of metallographic microscope, X-ray diffraction (XRD),energy dispersive spectrum(EDS), transmission electron microscope(TEM) and hardness tester. The results show that the hardfacing layers have higher tempering stability and secondary hardening property. After quenching at 820 ℃, the hardness value( HRC37 )and the microstructure of the layers are similar to that normalized at 820 - 1 000 ℃. The tempering stability and the hardness increases with increasing quench temperature, which is attributed to the amount of the alloy element in the matrix. These results are very helpful for improving the mechanical properties of the hardfacing layers.

  13. Microstructure engineering of Portland cement pastes and mortars through addition of ultrafine layer silicates

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    Lindgreen, Holger; Geiker, Mette Rica; Krøyer, Hanne;

    2008-01-01

    , and the nano-structure of the C-S-H depends on type of layer silicate. The effect of layer silicate addition is most pronounced for palygorskite and smectite having the largest surface area and negative charges on the particle surfaces. The cement pastes containing palygorskite and bentonite have......, in comparison to the pure cement pasta and the paste containing kaolinite, a more open pore structure consisting of fine pores. Silica fume paste contains a significant amount of closed pores. As a secondary result, it is demonstrated that both the degree and duration of sample drying strongly modifies...

  14. Fast and easy protocol for the purification of recombinant S-layer protein for synthetic biology applications

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    Norville, Julie E.

    2011-06-17

    A goal of synthetic biology is to make biological systems easier to engineer. One of the aims is to design, with nanometer-scale precision, biomaterials with well-defined properties. The surface-layer protein SbpA forms 2D arrays naturally on the cell surface of Lysinibacillus sphaericus, but also as the purified protein in solution upon the addition of divalent cations. The high propensity of SbpA to form crystalline arrays, which can be simply controlled by divalent cations, and the possibility to genetically alter the protein, make SbpA an attractive molecule for synthetic biology. To be a useful tool, however, it is important that a simple protocol can be used to produce recombinant wild-type and modified SbpA in large quantities and in a biologically active form. The present study addresses this requirement by introducing a mild and non-denaturing purification protocol to produce milligram quantities of recombinant, active SbpA.

  15. The Evolution of Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of the Bismuth Layer Compounds with Cobalt Ions Substitution.

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    Wang, Weipeng; Shen, Xi; Wang, Wei; Guan, Xiangxiang; Yao, Yuan; Wang, Yanguo; Yu, Richeng

    2017-03-20

    One of the core issues for the A/B site doping in the bismuth layer magnetoelectric materials is to find out the evolution of the magnetic structure, crystal structure and elemental distribution, and the coupling effects between spin and lattice with the increase of ion substitution. Here, we have conducted systematic structural and physical property studies on the series samples of Bi5Ti3Fe1-xCoxO15. This work presents that Bi5Ti3Fe1-xCoxO15 forms a single four layer perovskite-like structure for 0 ≤ x < 0.67, while a three layer perovskite-like structure block begins to arise for x ≥ 0.67. With different cobalt content, the sample demonstrates antiferromagnetism, spin state determined magnetism, or magnetic anisotropy determined magnetism. The weak ferromagnetism is considered to be induced by the larger displacement of Co(3+) ions from the center of octahedra and the change of the spin state of Co(3+) ions. It is also observed that Fe and Co elements are homogeneously substituted in the three layer structure block, accompanied by the rotation (and/or distortion) of BO6 octahedra.

  16. Study on the development of coating technology for UO{sub 2} nuclear fuel pellet and the microstructural observation of the coated layer

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    Choi, Yong; Song, Moon Sup; Cho, In Sik; Kim Yu Sin; Lim Young Kyun [Sunmoon University, Asan (Korea)

    1998-04-01

    In order to enhance inherent safety of UO{sub 2} nuclear fuel pellet and develop future nuclear fuel technology, a coating method for the preparation multi-layers of pyrolytic carbon and silicon carbide on the fuel was developed. Inner pyrolytic carbon layer and outer silicon layer were prepared by thermal decomposition of propane in a fluidized bed type CVD unit and silane in ECR PECVD, respectively. Combustion reaction between two layers resulted in forming silicon carbide layer. The morphology depended on the initial carbon shape. Phase identification and microstructural analysis of the combustion product with XRD, AES, SEM and TEM showed that final products of inner layer and outer layer were pyrolytic carbon with isotropic structure and fine crystalline {beta}-SiC, respectively. This coating process is very useful for the fabrication of coated UO{sub 2} nuclear fuel pellet an future nuclear fuel fabrication technology. (author). 45 refs., 47 figs., 5 tabs.

  17. Microstructure evolution of a ZrC coating layer in TRISO particles during high-temperature annealing

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    Kim, Daejong; Chun, Young Bum; Ko, Myeong Jin; Lee, Hyeon-Geun; Cho, Moon-Sung; Park, Ji Yeon; Kim, Weon-Ju

    2016-10-01

    The influence of high-temperature annealing on the microstructure of zirconium carbide (ZrC) was investigated in relation to its application as a coating layer of a nuclear fuel in a very high temperature gas cooled reactor. ZrC was deposited as a constituent coating layer of TRISO coated particles by a fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition method using a ZrCl4-CH4-Ar-H2 system. The grain growth of ZrC during high-temperature annealing was strongly influenced by the co-deposition of free carbon. Sub-stoichiometric ZrC coatings have experienced a significant grain growth during high-temperature annealing at 1800 °C and 1900 °C for 1 h. On the other hand, a dual phase of stoichiometric ZrC and free carbon experienced little grain growth. It was revealed that the free carbon of the as-deposited ZrC was primarily distributed within the ZrC grains but was redistributed to the grain boundaries after annealing. Consequently, carbon at the grain boundary retarded the grain growth of ZrC. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) results showed that as-deposited ZrC had (001) a preferred orientation that kept its favored direction after significant grain growth during annealing. The hardness slightly decreased as the grain growth progressed.

  18. Microstructural characteristics of oxide layers formed on Mg–9 wt%Al–1 wt%Zn alloy via two-step plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Lee, Kang Min [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Young Gun, E-mail: younggun@ynu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-05

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The oxide layer on Mg alloy sample treated by two-step PEO coating was fabricated. • The breakdown voltage of sample via two-step PEO coating was observed to be ∼475 V. • Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} and ZrO{sub 2} were synthesized in the oxide layer via two-step PEO coating. - Abstract: A study investigated the formation and microstructural features of the oxide layer formed on Mg–9 wt%Al–1 wt%Zn alloy coated by two-step plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) where an acid electrolyte with K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} was used for the second PEO coating after the initial coating was done in an alkaline electrolyte. The microstructure, chemical compositions, and constituent compounds of the oxide layers were observed using scanning electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analyzer, and X-ray diffraction, respectively. The microstructural observations showed that the micropores caused by plasma discharge were formed in the oxide layers which were comprised of three different parts, namely, inner, intermediate, and outer layers from the substrate to the surface of the sample. The outer layer contained the highest concentration of Zr element whose amount decreased toward the substrate whereas the concentration of Mg element increased in the order of outer, intermediate, and inner layers. This finding suggested that the outer oxide layer was mainly comprised of ZrO{sub 2} compound while both ZrO{sub 2} and Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} compounds existed together as the main compounds in the intermediate oxide layer.

  19. Evolution of microstructure and related optical properties of ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Adib Abou Chaaya

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available A study of transmittance and photoluminescence spectra on the growth of oxygen-rich ultra-thin ZnO films prepared by atomic layer deposition is reported. The structural transition from an amorphous to a polycrystalline state is observed upon increasing the thickness. The unusual behavior of the energy gap with thickness reflected by optical properties is attributed to the improvement of the crystalline structure resulting from a decreasing concentration of point defects at the growth of grains. The spectra of UV and visible photoluminescence emissions correspond to transitions near the band-edge and defect-related transitions. Additional emissions were observed from band-tail states near the edge. A high oxygen ratio and variable optical properties could be attractive for an application of atomic layer deposition (ALD deposited ultrathin ZnO films in optical sensors and biosensors.

  20. Evolution of microstructure and related optical properties of ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition.

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    Abou Chaaya, Adib; Viter, Roman; Bechelany, Mikhael; Alute, Zanda; Erts, Donats; Zalesskaya, Anastasiya; Kovalevskis, Kristaps; Rouessac, Vincent; Smyntyna, Valentyn; Miele, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    A study of transmittance and photoluminescence spectra on the growth of oxygen-rich ultra-thin ZnO films prepared by atomic layer deposition is reported. The structural transition from an amorphous to a polycrystalline state is observed upon increasing the thickness. The unusual behavior of the energy gap with thickness reflected by optical properties is attributed to the improvement of the crystalline structure resulting from a decreasing concentration of point defects at the growth of grains. The spectra of UV and visible photoluminescence emissions correspond to transitions near the band-edge and defect-related transitions. Additional emissions were observed from band-tail states near the edge. A high oxygen ratio and variable optical properties could be attractive for an application of atomic layer deposition (ALD) deposited ultrathin ZnO films in optical sensors and biosensors.

  1. Effect of the Platinum Electroplated Layer Thickness on the Coatings' Microstructure

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    Zagula-Yavorska, Maryana; Gancarczyk, Kamil; Sieniawski, Jan

    2017-03-01

    CMSX 4 and Inconel 625 superalloys were coated by platinum layers (3 and 7 μm thick) in the electroplating process. The heat treatment of platinum layers (at 1,050 ˚C for 2 h) was performed to increase platinum adherence to the superalloys substrate. The diffusion zone obtained on CMSX 4 superalloy (3 and 7 μm platinum thick before heat treatment) consisted of two phases: γ-Ni(Al, Cr) and (Al0.25Pt0.75)Ni3. The diffusion zone obtained on Inconel 625 superalloy (3 μm platinum thick before heat treatment) consisted of the α-Pt(Ni, Cr, Al) phase. Moreover, γ-Ni(Cr, Al) phase was identified. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed the presence of platinum in the diffusion zone of the heat-treated coating (7 μm platinum thick) on Inconel 625 superalloy. The surface roughness parameter Ra of heat-treated coatings increased with the increase of platinum layers thickness. This was due to the unequal mass flow of platinum and nickel.

  2. The microstructure and magnetic properties of electrodeposited Co-Pt thin films on Ru buffer layer

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    Jeong, G.H. [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: skk94@skku.edu; Lee, C.H.; Jang, J.H. [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Park, N.J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kumoh National University of Technology, Kumi 730-701 (Korea, Republic of); Suh, S.J. [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Advanced Materials and Process Research Center for IT, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-11-15

    For high-density magnetic recording media, this study examined the crystal structure and the texture of electrodeposited cobalt-platinum (Co-Pt) films on Ru buffer layer. A 15-nm-thick Co-Pt film exhibited very high out-of-plane coercivity and squareness, which were 6248 Oe and 0.89, respectively. The coercivity, H{sub c}, of Co-Pt films grown on Ru buffer layer decreased significantly with increasing thickness, possibly due to the lattice misfit of 5.4% between Co-Pt and Ru, leading to the decrease of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Co-Pt films as indicated by the observed hexagonal-closed-packed (HCP) (1 1-bar 0 1) plane of Co-Pt films. According to nano beam diffraction pattern (NBDP), however, Co-Pt film grown on Ru layer of HCP exhibited mixed HCP and FCC phases. Also, cross-sectional TEM image suggests that the high PMA may result from the columnar structure of physically isolated Co-Pt grains with the c-axis perpendicular to the film plane.

  3. Electrical characterization of FIB processed metal layers for reliable conductive-AFM on ZnO microstructures

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    Pea, M. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy); Maiolo, L. [Istituto per la Microelettronica e i Microsistemi - CNR, Roma 00133 (Italy); Giovine, E. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy); Rinaldi, A. [University of L’Aquila, International Research Center for Mathematics & Mechanics of Complex System (MEMOCS), 04012, Cisterna di Latina (Italy); ENEA, C.R. Casaccia, Santa Maria di Galeria, 00123 Rome (Italy); Araneo, R. [Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome (Italy); Notargiacomo, A., E-mail: andrea.notargiacomo@ifn.cnr.it [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy)

    2016-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Contact resistance between conductive AFM tip and different metals is investigated. • FIB processed Ti and Cr areas have larger resistance than as deposited films. • Gold displays low and ohmic tip-sample resistance even after FIB processing. • Au/Ti stack on top of ZnO pillars allows reliable I–V characterization by C-AFM. - Abstract: We report on the conductive-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study of metallic layers in order to find the most suitable configuration for electrical characterization of individual ZnO micro-pillars fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB). The electrical resistance between the probe tip and both as deposited and FIB processed metal layers (namely, Cr, Ti, Au and Al) has been investigated. Both chromium and titanium evidenced a non homogenous and non ohmic behaviour, non negligible scanning probe induced anodic oxidation associated to electrical measurements, and after FIB milling they exhibited significantly higher tip-sample resistance. Aluminium had generally a more apparent non conductive behaviour. Conversely, gold films showed very good tip-sample conduction properties being less sensitive to FIB processing than the other investigated metals. We found that a reliable C-AFM electrical characterization of ZnO microstructures obtained by FIB machining is feasible by using a combination of metal films as top contact layer. An Au/Ti bilayer on top of ZnO was capable to sustain the FIB fabrication process and to form a suitable ohmic contact to the semiconductor, allowing for reliable C-AFM measurement. To validate the consistency of this approach, we measured the resistance of ZnO micropillars finding a linear dependence on the pillar height, as expected for an ohmic conductor, and evaluated the resistivity of the material. This procedure has the potential to be downscaled to nanometer size structures by a proper choice of metal films type and thickness.

  4. Effect of layer thickness in selective laser melting on microstructure of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 powder consolidated parts.

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    Dadbakhsh, Sasan; Hao, Liang

    2014-01-01

    In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM) to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75  μm layer thickness, and 50  μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance) were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe) oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process.

  5. Effect of Layer Thickness in Selective Laser Melting on Microstructure of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 Powder Consolidated Parts

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    Sasan Dadbakhsh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75 μm layer thickness, and 50 μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process.

  6. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of multiple-layer laser cladding coating of 308L stainless steel

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    Li, Kaibin; Li, Dong, E-mail: lid@sues.edu.cn; Liu, Dongyu; Pei, Guangyu; Sun, Lei

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Grain morphology transformations of 308L stainless steel multiple-layer are studied. • The cladding metals solidify in AF mode and consist of austenite and about 10.48% δ ferrite. • The ferrite content distributes into an increasing trend as the number of layers increase. • The distribution of hardness from the substrate to the coating is relatively uniform. • The cladding tensile sample shows good tensile properties, and the fracture mode is the ductile fracture. - Abstract: Multiple-layer laser cladding of 308L stainless steel was obtained by a fiber laser using a way of wire feeding to repair the surface scrapped or erosive parts of 316L stainless steel. The microstructure of the coating was measured by a metallographic microscope, and phase composition was determined by X-ray diffraction. The results show that good metallurgical bonding can be obtained between the 308L stainless steel coating and 316L stainless steel substrate. The coating is mainly composed of columnar dendrites, and there are also a few planar crystals and cellular dendrites distributed in the bonding zone. Meanwhile, some equiaxed grains and steering dendrites are distributed in the apex of the coating. Grains incorporate in epitaxial columnar dendrite's growth between different layers and tracks. It has been proved using XRD that the coating basically consists of austenite and a small amount of δ ferrite. The coating solidifies in FA mode according to the Creq/Nieq ratio and metallurgical analysis results. The average content of δ ferrite is about 10.48% and morphologies of the ferrite are mostly vermicular, skeletal and lathy. Due to heat treatment and different cooling rate, the δ ferrite content generally increases as the number of laser cladding layers increases. The coating and the substrate have equivalent microhardness, and softening zone does not appear in the heat affected zone. The tensile strength and elongation of the coating are 548 MPa and 40

  7. Leaching of iodide (I(-)) and iodate (IO3(-)) anions from synthetic layered double hydroxide materials.

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    Theiss, Frederick L; Ayoko, Godwin A; Frost, Ray L

    2016-09-15

    Several studies have previously demonstrated that layered double hydroxides (LDHs) show considerable potential for the adsorption of radioiodine from aqueous solution; however, few studies have demonstrated that these materials are able to store radioactive (131)I for an acceptable period. The leaching of iodide (I(-)) and iodate (IO3(-)) form Mg/Al LDHs has been carried out. Contact time appeared to be a more significant variable for the leaching of iodate (IO3(-)) compared to that of iodide (I(-)). Experimental results are fitted to the pseudo second order model, suggesting that diffusion is likely to be the rate-limiting step. The presence of carbonate in the leaching solution appeared to significantly increase the leaching of iodide (I(-)) as did the presence of chloride to a lesser extent. The maximum amount of iodate (IO3(-)) leached using ultrapure water as the leaching solution was 21% of the iodate (IO3(-)) originally present. The corresponding result for iodide (I(-)) was even lower at 3%.

  8. Removal of boron from oilfield wastewater via adsorption with synthetic layered double hydroxides.

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    Delazare, Thais; Ferreira, Letícia P; Ribeiro, Nielson F P; Souza, Mariana M V M; Campos, Juacyara C; Yokoyama, Lídia

    2014-01-01

    Hydrotalcite is a layered double hydroxide (LDH) consisting of brucite-like sheets of metal ions (Mg-Al). In this work, hydrotalcites were synthesized, and boron removal from oilfield wastewater was evaluated. LDHs were synthesized using the co-precipitation method. The calcined products (CLDHs) were obtained by heating at 500°C and characterized using X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, thermogravimetric analysis and the specific surface area (BET). The affinity of LDHs for borate ions was evaluated for calcined and uncalcined LDHs as a function of contact time, initial pH of the oilfield wastewater (pH ∼ 9) and the LDH surface area. The tests were conducted at room temperature (approximately 25ºC). The results indicated that 10 min were needed to reach a state of equilibrium during boron removal for calcined LDHs due to the high surface area (202.3 m(2) g(-1)) regardless of the initial pH of the oilfield wastewater, which resulted from the high buffering capacity of the LDHs. The adsorption capacity increased as the adsorbents levels increased for the range studied. After treatment of the oilfield wastewater containing 30 mg L(-1) of boron with Mg-Al-CO3-LDHs, the final concentration of boron was within the discharge limit set by current Brazilian environmental legislation, which is 5 mg L(-1). Pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models were tested, and the latter was found to fit the experimental data better. Isotherms for boron adsorption by CLDHs were well described using the Langmuir and Freundlich equations.

  9. Micropolar interface model of thin-layered interconnection components with heterogeneous internal microstructures

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    ZHANG; Yan; FAN; Jing-yu

    2009-01-01

    Being a wide variety of thin-layered interconnection components in electronics packaging with relatively small scale and heterogeneous materials, conventional numerical methods may be time consuming and even inefficacious to obtain an accurate prediction for the interface behavior under mechanical and/or thermal loading. Rather than resort to a fully spatial discretization in the vicinity of this interface zone, an interface model was proposed within the framework of micropolar theory by introducing discontinuous approximation. A fracture description was used to represent the microscopic failure progress inside the interface. The micropolar interface model was then numerically implemented with the finite element method. As an application, the interface behavior of a packaging system with anisotropic conductive adhesive(ACA)joint was analyzed, demonstrating its applicability and great efficiency.

  10. Reliability Analysis of Bearing Capacity of Square Footing on Soil with Strength Anisotropy Due to Layered Microstructure

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    Kawa Marek

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with reliability analysis of square footing on soil with strength anisotropy. The strength of the soil has been described with identified anisotropic strength criterion dedicated to geomaterials with layered microstructure. The analysis assumes dip angle α and azimuth angle β which define direction of lamination of the structure to be random variables with given probability density functions. Bearing capacity being a function of these variables is approximated based on results of deterministic simulations obtained for variety of orientations. The weighted regression method by Kaymaz and McMahon within the framework of Response Surface Method is used for the approximation. As a result of analysis, global factor of safety that corresponds to assumed value of probability of failure is determined. The value of the safety factor denotes the ratio between the value of the design load and the mean value of bearing capacity which is needed to reduce the probability of failure to the acceptable level. The procedure of calculating the factor has been presented for two different cases. In the first case, no information about lamination direction of the soil has been provided and thus all the orientations are assumed to be equally probable (uniform distribution. In the second case, statistical information including mean, variance and assumed probability distribution for both α and β angle is known. For the latter case, using results obtained for few different values of mean of angle α, also the influence of strength anisotropy on the value of global factor of safety is shown.

  11. Effect of Ti layer thickness on microstructure and magnetic properties of Ti/Co/Ti films

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    ZHANG Yujie; ZHANG Hanwei; FENG Shunzhen; SUN Huiyuan; HU Yanying; PENG Yan

    2006-01-01

    TiCoTi granular films were prepared by DC facing-target magnetron sputtering system onto glass substrates and subsequently in situ annealing in vacuum. Structural of Ti ( t nm)/Co (40 nm)/Ti ( t nm) films were investigated in detail, which shows that the majority Co nanograins are formed as the hexagonal-close-packed (HCP) structure. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and scanning probe microscope (SPM) were applied to study the magnetic properties, morphologies and domain structures of these samples. It has been found that the structure and magnetic properties of the Ti/Co/Ti films depend strongly on the Ti layer thickness. The out-of-plane coercivities ( Hc) of the film is maximum about 78.8 kA·m-1 when t =5 nm with annealing at 300 ℃; the distributing of grains of the sample is uniformity; and the average size of particles is about 13 nm. The obtained results suggest that this system is perpendicular anisotropy and might be applicable to perpendicular magnetic recording media.

  12. Effects of CeO2 on microstructure and corrosion resistance of TiC-VC reinforced Fe-based laser cladding layers

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    张辉; 邹勇; 邹增大; 史传伟

    2014-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 on microstructure and corrosion resistance of TiC-VC reinforced Fe-based laser cladding layers were investigated. The results showed that carbides presented in cladding layers were TiVC2 and VC. A small quantity of CeC appeared with 2.0 wt.%CeO2 addition. The amount of lamellar pearlite increased while the amount of residual austenite decreased with in-creasing CeO2 addition. The corrosion resistance of cladding layers increased firstly and then decreased with the addition of CeO2 in-creasing. The EIS spectrum of the cladding layer without CeO2 was composed of an inductive arc at low frequency and a capacitive arc at high frequency. The cladding layer with 0.5 wt.%CeO2 addition showed the best corrosion resistance, and then the inductive arc at low frequency transformed into a capacitive arc.

  13. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt film with combined MoC/(Mg-X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) intermediate layers

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    Tsai, Jai-Lin; Tzeng, Jie-Lin; Hu, Keng-Chun; Li, Hsu-Kang; Pan, Zu-Yu; Chang, Yuan-Shuo; Liao, Chang-Chun

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic properties and microstructure of FePt films grown on MoC layer and MoC/(Mg-X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) combined intermediate layers were studied. The (Mg-X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) layer with thickness of 5 nm was deposited on CrRu seed layer at 395 °C. The CrRu (200) texture was enhanced which may due to well grains growth in specific orientation and small lattice mismatch with (Mg-X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co). Finally, the FePt/MoC layers were deposited on (Mg-X)O layer at 425 °C. Using MoC/MgCuO combined intermediate layers, the rocking width of FePt (001) and CrRu (200) diffraction peak were changed from 7.1° to 6.1°, and 5.7° to 3.8°, respectively. For MoC/MgCoO dual intermediate layers, the rocking width of FePt (001) and CrRu (200) diffraction peak were 6.7° and 4.1°. The FePt/MoC/MgCoO film illustrates perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with out-of plane coercivity of 9.3 kOe which is higher than FePt film deposited on MoC layer (8.5 kOe) and the in-plane loops is linear. From microstructure, the FePt grains were more separated on MoC/(Mg-X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) combined intermediate layers.

  14. Selective electroless nickel plating on oxygen-plasma-activated gold seed-layers for the fabrication of low contact resistance vias and microstructures

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    Fischer A.C.; Lapisa M.; Roxhed N.; Stemme G; Niklaus F.

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a novel technique to selectively deposit nickel by electroless plating on gold seed layers using an oxygen-plasma-activation step. No prior wet surface pre- treatments or metal oxide etches are required. This enables the manufacturing of low-resistance vias for heterogeneous three-dimensional (3D) integration of MEMS but it is also a suitable technique for the fabrication of arbitrary shaped nickel-microstructures using chemically stable and cost-effective electroless nick...

  15. Intermediate layer, microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum alloy/stainless steel butt joint using laser-MIG hybrid welding-brazing method

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    Zhu, Zongtao; Wan, Zhandong; Li, Yuanxing; Xue, Junyu; Hui, Chen

    2017-07-01

    Butt joining of AA6061 aluminum (Al) alloy and 304 stainless steel of 2-mm thickness was conducted using laser-MIG hybrid welding-brazing method with ER4043 filler metal. To promote the mechanical properties of the welding-brazing joints, two kinds of intermediate layers (Al-Si-Mg alloy and Ag-based alloy) are used to adjust the microstructures of the joints. The brazing interface and the tensile strength of the joints were characterized. The results showed that the brazing interface between Al alloy and stainless steel consisted of double layers of Fe2Al5 (near stainless steel) and Fe4Al13 intermetallic compounds (IMCs) with a total thickness of 3.7 μm, when using Al-Si-Mg alloy as the intermediate layer. The brazing interface of the joints using Ag-based alloy as intermediate layer also consists of double IMC layers, but the first layer near stainless steel was FeAl2 and the total thickness of these two IMC layers decreased to 3.1 μm. The tensile strength of the joints using Al-Si-Mg alloy as the intermediate layer was promoted to 149 MPa, which was 63 MPa higher than that of the joints using Al-Si-Mg alloy as the intermediate layer. The fractures occurred in the brazing interface between Al alloy and stainless steel.

  16. Microstructures of GaN Buffer Layers Grown on Si(111) Using Rapic Thermal Process Low-Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    CHEN Peng; ZHENG You-Dou; JIANG Shu-Sheng; FENG Duan; Z. C. Huang; SHEN Bo; ZHU Jian-Min; CHEN Zhi-Zhong; ZHOU Yu-Gang; XIE Shi-Yong; ZHANG Rong; HAN Ping; GU Shu-Lin

    2000-01-01

    Microstructures of GaN buffer layers grown on Si (111) substrates using rapid thermal process low-pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition are investigated by an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). AFM images show that the islands appear in the GaN buffer layer after annealing at high temperature. Cross-sectional HRTEM micrographs of the buffer region of these samples indicate that there are bunched steps on the surface of the Si substrate and a lot of domains in GaN misorienting each other with small angles. The boundaries of those dowains locate near the bunched steps,and the regions of the film on a terrace between steps have the same crystal orientation. An amorphous-like layer, about 3 nm thick, can also be observed between the GaN buffer layer and the Si substrate.

  17. SiC layer microstructure in AGR-1 and AGR-2 TRISO fuel particles and the influence of its variation on the effective diffusion of key fission products

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    Gerczak, Tyler J.; Hunn, John D.; Lowden, Richard A.; Allen, Todd R.

    2016-11-01

    Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel is a promising fuel form for advanced reactor concepts such as high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR) and is being developed domestically under the US Department of Energy's Nuclear Reactor Technologies Initiative in support of Advanced Reactor Technologies. The fuel development and qualification plan includes a series of fuel irradiations to demonstrate fuel performance from the laboratory to commercial scale. The first irradiation campaign, AGR-1, included four separate TRISO fuel variants composed of multiple, laboratory-scale coater batches. The second irradiation campaign, AGR-2, included TRISO fuel particles fabricated by BWX Technologies with a larger coater representative of an industrial-scale system. The SiC layers of as-fabricated particles from the AGR-1 and AGR-2 irradiation campaigns have been investigated by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to provide key information about the microstructural features relevant to fuel performance. The results of a comprehensive study of multiple particles from all constituent batches are reported. The observations indicate that there were microstructural differences between variants and among constituent batches in a single variant. Insights on the influence of microstructure on the effective diffusivity of key fission products in the SiC layer are also discussed.

  18. Magnetic stability under magnetic cycling of MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions with an exchange-biased synthetic antiferromagnetic pinned layer

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    Qiang Hao

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the magnetic stability and endurance of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs with an exchange-biased synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF pinned layer. When a uniaxially cycling switching field is applied along the easy axis of the free magnetic layer, the magnetoresistance varies only by 1.7% logarithmically with the number of cycles, while no such change appears in the case of a rotating field. This observation is consistent with the effect of the formation and motion of domain walls in the free layer, which create significant stray fields within the pinned hard layer. Unlike in previous studies, the decay we observed only occurs during the first few starting cycles (<20, at which point there is no further variance in all performance parameters up to 107 cycles. Exchange-biased SAF structure is ideally suited for solid-state magnetic sensors and magnetic memory devices.

  19. Microstructures and properties of low-chromium high corrosion-resistant TiC-VC reinforced Fe-based laser cladding layer

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    Zhang, Hui; Zou, Yong, E-mail: yzou@sdu.edu.cn; Zou, Zengda; Wu, Dongting

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • The cladding layer with 3.0%Cr and 0.25%CeO{sub 2} showed a good corrosion resistance. • Passive film formed on the cladding layer without Cr and CeO{sub 2} was Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} displayed p type semiconductivity. • Passive film formed on the cladding layer with Cr and CeO{sub 2} was Fe(OH){sub 3} and Cr(OH){sub 3}. • Fe(OH){sub 3} displayed n type while Cr(OH){sub 3} displayed p type semiconductivity. - Abstract: Effects of 3.0 wt.%Cr and/or 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} on microstructures and properties of TiC-VC reinforced Fe-based cladding layer were investigated by using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Passive films formed on cladding layers surface were investigated by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Mott-Schottky analysis. Results showed that phases of cladding layers were α-Fe, γ-Fe, TiC, VC and TiVC{sub 2}. There were no obvious effects of adding 3.0 wt.%Cr and/or 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} on cladding layers phases. The microstructure of the cladding layer with 3.0 wt.%Cr and 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} was lath martensite and retained austenite. Microhardness of the cladding layer with 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} decreased slightly. Microhardness and corrosion resistance of the cladding layer with 3.0 wt.%Cr and 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} both increased, the corrosion resistance increased 7.33 times while the EIS Nyquist spectrum transformed into a capacitive arc. The passive film formed on the cladding layer without Cr and CeO{sub 2} was Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} which displayed p type semiconductivity. The passive film formed on the cladding layer with 3.0 wt.%Cr and 0.25 wt.%CeO{sub 2} was composed of Fe(OH){sub 3} and Cr(OH){sub 3}, which displayed n and p type semiconductivity respectively.

  20. Rapid, nondestructive estimation of surface polymer layer thickness using attenuated total reflection fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectroscopy and synthetic spectra derived from optical principles.

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    Weinstock, B André; Guiney, Linda M; Loose, Christopher

    2012-11-01

    We have developed a rapid, nondestructive analytical method that estimates the thickness of a surface polymer layer with high precision but unknown accuracy using a single attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) measurement. Because the method is rapid, nondestructive, and requires no sample preparation, it is ideal as a process analytical technique. Prior to implementation, the ATR FT-IR spectrum of the substrate layer pure component and the ATR FT-IR and real refractive index spectra of the surface layer pure component must be known. From these three input spectra a synthetic mid-infrared spectral matrix of surface layers 0 nm to 10,000 nm thick on substrate is created de novo. A minimum statistical distance match between a process sample's ATR FT-IR spectrum and the synthetic spectral matrix provides the thickness of that sample. We show that this method can be used to successfully estimate the thickness of polysulfobetaine surface modification, a hydrated polymeric surface layer covalently bonded onto a polyetherurethane substrate. A database of 1850 sample spectra was examined. Spectrochemical matrix-effect unknowns, such as the nonuniform and molecularly novel polysulfobetaine-polyetherurethane interface, were found to be minimal. A partial least squares regression analysis of the database spectra versus their thicknesses as calculated by the method described yielded an estimate of precision of ±52 nm.

  1. Microstructure of a Mo-Si-C-N multi-layered anti-oxidation coating on carbon/carbon composites by fused slurry

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    LAI Zhonghong; MENG Songhe; ZHU Jingchuan; JEON Jaeho

    2009-01-01

    A Mo-Si-C-N multi-layered anti-oxidation coating was in-situ fabricated by introducing nitrogen atmosphere during the fused sintering of Mo-Si slurry pre-layer on carbon/carbon composites. The phase composition and microstructure of the Mo-Si-C-N coating were character-ized by X-ray diffractometry, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The Mo-Si-C-N coating exhibited a three-layered structure. Besides the MoSi2/Si main-layer and the SiC bonding-layer, a surface layer of about 10 μm in thickness was synthesized on the coating surface. The surface layer mainly consisted of SiC nanowires and contained some Si3N4 and Si phases. SiC nanowires of 10 to 200 nm in diameter presented a terrace and distortion structure. Transmission electron microscopy indicated that the SiC nanowires grew along the preferred direction. Dur-ing oxidation test, SiC nanowires transmuted into Sit2 glass, which can play an important role in improving the oxidation resistance of C/C composites.

  2. Microstructure and properties of hot roll bonding layer of dissimilar metals. 2. Bonding interface microstructure of Zr/stainless steel by hot roll bonding and its controlling

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    Yasuyama, Masanori; Ogawa, Kazuhiro; Taka, Takao; Nakasuji, Kazuyuki [Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Nakao, Yoshikuni; Nishimoto, Kazutoshi

    1996-07-01

    The hot roll bonding of zirconium and stainless steel inserted with tantalium was investigated using the newly developed rolling mill. The effect of hot rolling temperatures of zirconium/stainless steel joints on bonding interface structure was evaluated. Intermetallic compound layer containing cracks was observed at the bonding interface between stainless steel and tantalium when the rolling temperature was above 1373K. The hardness of the bonding layer of zirconium and tantalium bonded above 1273K was higher than tantalium or zirconium base metal in spite of absence of intermetallic compound. The growth of reaction layer at the stainless steel and tantalium interface and at the tantalium and zirconium interface was conforming a parabolic low when that was isothermally heated after hot roll bonding, and the growth rate was almost same as that of static diffusion bonding without using hot roll bonding process. It is estimated that the strain caused by hot roll bonding gives no effect on the growth of reaction layer. It was confirmed that the dissimilar joint of zirconium and stainless steel with insert of tantalium having the sound bonding interface were obtained at the suitable bonding temperature of 1173K by the usage of the newly developed hot roll bonding process. (author)

  3. Investigation of the influence of the chemical composition of HSLA steel grades on the microstructure homogeneity during hot rolling in continuous rolling mills using a fast layer model

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    Schmidtchen, M.; Rimnac, A.; Warczok, P.; Kozeschnik, E.; Bernhard, C.; Bragin, S.; Kawalla, R.; Linzer, B.

    2016-03-01

    The newly developed LaySiMS simulation tool provides new insight for inhomogeneous material flow and microstructure evolution in an endless strip production (ESP) plant. A deepened understanding of the influence of inhomogeneities in initial material state, temperature profile and material flow and their impact on the finished product can be reached e.g. by allowing for variable layer thickness distributions in the roll gap. Coupling temperature, deformation work and work hardening/recrystallization phenomena accounts for covering important effects in the roll gap. The underlying concept of the LaySiMS approach will be outlined and new insight gained regarding microstructural evolution, shear and inhomogeneous stress and strain states in the roll gap as well as local residual stresses will be presented. For the case of thin slab casting and direct rolling (TSDR) the interrelation of inhomogeneous initial state, micro structure evolution and dissolution state of micro alloying elements within the roughing section of an ESP line will be discussed. Special emphasis is put on the influence of the local chemical composition arising from direct charging on throughthickness homogeneity of the final product. It is concluded that, due to the specific combination of large reductions in the high reduction mills (HRM) and the highly inhomogeneous inverse temperature profile, the ESP-concept provides great opportunities for homogenizing the microstructure across the strip thickness.

  4. Microstructure and thermal stability of nickel layers electrodeposited from an additive-free sulphamate-based electrolyte

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    Rasmussen, Anette Alsted; Møller, Per; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    and scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction; the Vickers hardness was measured in cross sections. The present is meant as a reference for forthcoming articles on the investigation of various strengthening mechanisms on the microstructure, hardness and thermal stability of Ni (alloys) electrodeposits....

  5. Effects of Al concentration on microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films on Si substrates by atomic layer deposition.

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    Lee, Ju Ho; Lee, Jae-Won; Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Sang Yun; Cho, Hyung Koun; Lee, Jeong Yong; Park, Jin-Seong

    2012-07-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films with various Al concentrations were synthesized on Si(001) substrates with native oxide layers by atomic layer deposition process. The effects of the Al concentration on the microstructural characteristics of the AZO thin films grown at 250 degrees C and the correlation between their microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of the AZO thin films were investigated by AFM, XRD, HRTEM and Hall measurements. The XRD and HRTEM results revealed that the crystallinity and electrical properties of the undoped ZnO thin films were enhanced by 2.48 at% Al doping. However, 12.62 at% Al doping induced the deterioration of their crystallinity and electrical properties due to the formation of nano-sized metallic Al clusters and randomly oriented ZnO-based nano-crystals. To enhance the electrical properties of the AZO thin films while maintaining their crystallinity and electrical properties, a moderate Al concentration has to be chosen under the solubility limit of Al in ZnO.

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

  7. Finite frequency effects on apparent S-wave splitting in the D″ layer: comparison between ray theory and full-wave synthetics

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    Borgeaud, Anselme F. E.; Konishi, Kensuke; Kawai, Kenji; Geller, Robert J.

    2016-10-01

    We conduct a numerical experiment to investigate potential bias in measurements of S-wave splitting (apparent differences between the arrival times of SH and SV phases) for waves propagating close to the core-mantle boundary (CMB) in the D″ layer. The bias is defined as the discrepancy between shear wave splitting measured from finite frequency synthetic seismograms (`apparent splitting') and the splitting predicted by ray theory, which is a high-frequency approximation. For simple isotropic models, we find biases which are typically between 0.5 and 4 s, depending on the model, the Q structure and the dominant period of the synthetics. The bias increases for lower frequencies or lower Q values. The epicentral distance at which the bias starts depends on the frequency and the Q structure. We also compute synthetics for models based on mineral physics (using the elastic constants under lower-mantle pressure and temperature conditions, taking into account the phase transition from Mg-perovskite to Mg-post-perovskite) and geodynamics (the thermal boundary layer) and find that the depth of the positive velocity jump associated with the phase transition and the depth range over which the velocity decreases (due to temperature increases) in the thermal boundary layer significantly influence the wavefield in the lowermost mantle. For example, in cold regions beneath subduction zones, wavefields for SH and SV differ greatly due to the steep velocity decrease close to the CMB. For complex models, apparent splitting can also arise from the possibility that low amplitude direct phases might be overlooked, and larger amplitude later phases might instead incorrectly be picked as the direct arrival. Biases of the type investigated in this study combine with other sources of uncertainty for splitting in D″ (e.g. the correction for upper-mantle anisotropy and the difference between SH and SV ray paths) to make a precise evaluation of the anisotropy in D″ difficult.

  8. Finite frequency effects on apparent S-wave splitting in the D″ layer: comparison between ray theory and full-wave synthetics

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    Borgeaud, Anselme F. E.; Konishi, Kensuke; Kawai, Kenji; Geller, Robert J.

    2016-07-01

    We conduct a numerical experiment to investigate potential bias in measurements of S-wave splitting (apparent differences between the arrival times of SH and SV phases) for waves propagating close to the core-mantle boundary (CMB) in the D″ layer. The bias is defined as the discrepancy between shear wave splitting measured from finite frequency synthetic seismograms ("apparent splitting") and the splitting predicted by ray theory, which is a high-frequency approximation. For simple isotropic models, we find biases which are typically between 0.5 s and 4 s, depending on the model, the Q structure, and the dominant period of the synthetics. The bias increases for lower frequencies or lower Q values. The epicentral distance at which the bias starts depends on the frequency and the Q structure. We also compute synthetics for models based on mineral physics (using the elastic constants under lower mantle pressure and temperature conditions, taking into account the phase transition from Mg-perovskite to post-perovskite) and geodynamics (the thermal boundary layer) and find that the depth of the positive velocity jump associated with the phase transition and the depth range over which the velocity decreases (due to temperature increases) in the thermal boundary layer significantly influence the wavefield in the lowermost mantle. For example, in cold regions beneath subduction zones, wavefields for SH and SV differ greatly due to the steep velocity decrease close to the CMB. For complex models, apparent splitting can also arise from the possibility that low amplitude direct phases might be overlooked, and larger amplitude later phases might instead incorrectly be picked as the direct arrival. Biases of the type investigated in this study combine with other sources of uncertainty for splitting in D″ (e.g., the correction for upper mantle anisotropy and the difference between SH and SV raypaths) to make a precise evaluation of the anisotropy in D″ difficult.

  9. Effects of smear layer removal agents on the physical properties and microstructure of mineral trioxide aggregate cement.

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    Ballal, Nidambur Vasudev; Sona, Mrunali; Tay, Franklin R

    2017-09-01

    To compare the effect of QMix (Dentsply Sirona), 7% maleic acid (MA), and 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) on the microhardness, flexural strength and microstructure of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA; ProRoot MTA, Dentsply Sirona). Forty MTA specimens were divided into four groups: [I] QMix [II] 7% MA [III] 17% EDTA and [IV] distilled water (control). After treatment with 5mL of the respective solution for 1min, the specimens were tested for microhardness using a Knoop hardness tester. Forty additional specimens were similarly treated and evaluated for the flexural strength using a universal testing machine. For microstructure evaluation, MTA specimens were treated in a similar manner and examined by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). For microhardness, there were no differences between distilled water, QMix and EDTA groups. However, MTA exposed to distilled water had higher microhardness than MA. When compared with QMix and EDTA, MA had lower microhardness; there was no difference between EDTA and QMix. For flexural strength, distilled water group had higher flexural strength than the other agents. There were no differences between EDTA vs MA and EDTA vs QMix. Specimens treated with QMix had higher flexural strength than MA. X-ray diffraction indicated that EDTA inhibited hydration of MTA. For SEM, all the tested agents altered the microstructure of MTA when compared to distilled water. MA had more detrimental effect on the physical properties of MTA and EDTA was more detrimental to the hydration of MTA. The present study highlights the effect of newer chelating agents on the physical properties and microstructure of MTA. Preventing the deterioration of MTA is important for its long term success in endodontic procedures. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  10. Effects of Parameters on Formation and Microstructure of Surface Composite Layer Prepared by Lost Foam Casting Technique

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    CHEN Dongfeng; DONG Xuanpu; FAN Zitian

    2012-01-01

    Surface composite layer was fabricated on the AZ91D substrate using the lost foam casting (LFC) process.The pre-coating layer rea.cted with melt substrate and formed the composite layer,and the coating was mainly consist of alloying aluminum powder and low-temperature glass powder (PbO-ZnO-Na2O).The vacuum degree,pouring temperature,mold filling process of melt,and pre-coating thickness played an important role during the formation process of composite layer.The results show that surface morphology of composite layer can be divided into three categories:alloying effect of bad and good ceramic layer,alloying effect of good and bad ceramic layer,composite layer of good quality.The main reason for bad alloying layer is that alloying pre-coating thickness is so thin that it is scoured easily and involved in the melt,in addition,it isdifficult for melt to infiltrate into the alloying coating owing to the surface tension of coating when the vacuum degree is excessively low.Bad ceramic layer is because of somewhat lower pouring temperature and the thicker alloying coating,due to the absorption of heat from the melt,making low temperature glass powder pre-coating layer fuse inadequate.Thus,to get good quality composite layer,the process conditions must be appropriate,the result shows that the optimum process parameters are as follows:at a pouring temperature of 800 ℃,vacuum degree of -0.06 MPa,alloying pre-coating thickness of 0.4 mm,and low glass powder pre-coating layer thickness of 1 mm.

  11. The microstructure of Si surface layers after plasma-immersion He+ ion implantation and subsequent thermal annealing1

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    Lomov, Andrey; Shcherbachev, Kirill; Chesnokov, Yurii

    2017-01-01

    The structural changes in the surface layer of p-type Cz-Si(001) samples after high-dose low-energy (2 keV) He+ plasma-immersion ion implantation and subsequent thermal annealing were studied using a set of complementary methods: high-resolution X-ray reflectometry, high-resolution X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The formation of a three-layer structure was observed (an amorphous a-SiOx layer at the surface, an amorphous a-Si layer and a heavily damaged tensile-strained crystalline c-Si layer), which remained after annealing. Helium-filled bubbles were observed in the as-implanted sample. The influence of annealing on the evolution of the three-layer structure and the bubbles is considered. The bubbles are shown to grow after annealing. Their characteristic size is determined to be in the range of 5–20 nm. Large helium-filled bubbles are located in the amorphous a-Si layer. Small bubbles form inside the damaged crystalline Si layer. These bubbles are a major source of tensile strain in the c-Si layer.

  12. The Microstructure and Wear Resistance of a Copper Matrix Composite Layer on Copper via Nitrogen-Shielded Arc Cladding

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    Yinan Li

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A TiN and TiN·Ti2Cu reinforced copper matrix composite layer was cladded onto a T3 copper substrate to improve the anti-wear performance of copper products by means of the nitrogen-shielded gas tungsten arc cladding method (N2-GTAC. Better than the traditional preparation method of TiN, the TiN particles in the cladding layer were in situ generated using N atoms of shielding gas and Ti atoms of pre-deposited metal powders. In addition, the composite phase TiN·Ti2Cu occurred in the cladding layer, which also had a positive effect on anti-wearing. As Ti increased, the amount and grain size of TiN·Ti2Cu and TiN increased as a result. The hardness of the cladding layer increased with the increasing amount of reinforced phase generated in the layer. The hardness of the layer reached a maximum of 410 HV, which is nearly 5.1 times greater than that of copper. The TiN·Ti2Cu- and TiN-reinforced phases improved the wear resistance of the cladding layers. The cladding layer with 15 wt % Ti had the longsest launch stage (600 s and the lowest fiction coefficient (0.56.

  13. Two-Layer Microstructures Fabricated by One-Step Anisotropic Wet Etching of Si in KOH Solution

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    Han Lu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Anisotropic etching of silicon in potassium hydroxide (KOH is an important technology in micromachining. The residue deposition from KOH etching of Si is typically regarded as a disadvantage of this technology. In this report, we make use of this residue as a second masking layer to fabricate two-layer complex structures. Square patterns with size in the range of 15–150 μm and gap distance of 5 μm have been designed and tested. The residue masking layer appears when the substrate is over-etched in hydrofluoric acid (HF solution over a threshold. The two-layer structures of micropyramids surrounded by wall-like structures are obtained according to the two different masking layers of SiO2 and residue. The residue masking layer is stable and can survive over KOH etching for long time to achieve deep Si etching. The process parameters of etchant concentration, temperature, etching time and pattern size have been investigated. With well-controlled two-layer structures, useful structures could be designed for applications in plasmonic and microfluidic devices in the future.

  14. Effect of buffer-layered buttering on microstructure and mechanical properties of dissimilar metal weld joints for nuclear plant application

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    Rathod, Dinesh W., E-mail: dineshvrathod@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Enggineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz-khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Singh, P.K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Pandey, Sunil; Aravindan, S. [Department of Mechanical Enggineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz-khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we present the metallurgical and mechanical investigation of four dissimilar welds between SA508Gr.3Cl.1 and SS304LN. The welding processes for buttering deposition and fill-pass welding were varied with ERNiCr-3/ENiCrFe-3 consumables. The Ni-Fe alloy buffer layer was introduced as intermediate layer in buttering and then the joints (with and without buffer layer in buttering) were fabricated. The effect of Ni-Fe buffer layered buttering and welding processes on the resulting weld joints properties has been addressed. Metallurgical and mechanical properties, fracture toughness were measured and various examinations were carried out for integrity assessment on all the weld joints. Addition of a Ni-Fe buttering layer leads to the development of more favourable properties than observed in welded joints made using the current practice without a buffer layer. Control of carbon migration and its subsequent effect on metallurgical, mechanical properties due to buffer layer has been justified in the study. Conventional procedure of DMW fabrication has been proven to be the least favourable against the new technique suggested. Modification in current integrity assessment procedure would be possible by considering the properties at interfacial regions, introduction of yield strength ratio mismatch and the plastic instability strength in the integrity assessment.

  15. Investigation on the Microstructure, Interfacial IMC Layer, and Mechanical Properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu- xNi/Cu Solder Joints

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    Yang, Li; Ge, Jinguo; Zhang, Yaocheng; Dai, Jun; Liu, Haixiang; Xiang, Jicen

    2016-07-01

    Sn-0.7Cu- xNi composite solder has been fabricated via mechanical mixing of different weight percentages of Ni particles with Sn-0.7Cu solder paste, and the effect of the Ni concentration on the microstructure, wettability, and tensile properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu- xNi/Cu solder joints investigated. The results show that refined dot-shaped particles of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are uniformly dispersed in a primary β-Sn matrix in the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-(0.05-0.1)Ni/Cu solder joints. The interfacial IMC layer thickness increased slightly when adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.%, then rapidly when further increasing the Ni concentration to 0.4 wt.%. Excellent wettability with bright appearance was obtained for the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni solder due to diminished interfacial tension. The tensile properties improved after adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.% due to the presence of the refined dot-like IMC particles, in agreement with theoretical predictions based on the combination of dispersion and grain-refinement strengthening mechanisms. Refined microstructure and enhanced mechanical properties were obtained for the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni/Cu solder joint.

  16. The Influence of Anion Shape on the Electrical Double Layer Microstructure and Capacitance of Ionic Liquids-Based Supercapacitors by Molecular Simulations

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    Ming Chen

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs are an emerging class of electrolytes for supercapacitors. In this work, we investigate the effects of different supercapacitor models and anion shape on the electrical double layers (EDLs of two different RTILs: 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylimide ([Emim][Tf2N] and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium 2-(cyanopyrrolide ([Emim][CNPyr] by molecular dynamics (MD simulation. The EDL microstructure is represented by number densities of cations and anions, and the potential drop near neutral and charged electrodes reveal that the supercapacitor model with a single electrode has the same EDL structure as the model with two opposite electrodes. Nevertheless, the employment of the one-electrode model without tuning the bulk density of RTILs is more time-saving in contrast to the two-electrode one. With the one-electrode model, our simulation demonstrated that the shapes of anions significantly imposed effects on the microstructure of EDLs. The EDL differential capacitance vs. potential (C-V curves of [Emim][CNPyr] electrolyte exhibit higher differential capacitance at positive potentials. The modeling study provides microscopic insight into the EDLs structure of RTILs with different anion shapes.

  17. The connection analysis between the dilution of the deposited Fe-Cr-V-Mo-C layer by the basic metal and the parameters of its microstructure

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    Degterev, A. S.; Gnusov, S. F.

    2017-02-01

    In this work, the structure of the Fe-Cr-V-Mo-C coatings received by plasma transferred arc cladding was investigated. Coatings were deposited on plates with a thickness of 10 mm and made from constructional steel (steel 20). The correlation analysis of relationships between dilution of the deposited layers by the basic metal and the parameters of their microstructure was carried out. The parameters were as follows: volume fraction, a size, a shape factor, the distance between particles, the number of particles of vanadium carbide, volume fraction of the eutectic on the basis of carbide M7C3 and the distances between its colonies, as well as the volume fraction of the α-phase in the alloy matrix.

  18. The Microstructure of Ni Layer on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Prepared by an Electroless Coating Process

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    Weixue Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs, diameter: 2~3 nm, which were obtained in the suspension of purification solution, with Ni-P coating layers were obtained by an electroless deposition process. The SWNTs before and after coating were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS. An Ni-P layer on individual nanotube with thickness of 20 nm can be obtained after the deposition process. The X-ray diffraction (XRD and selected area electron diffraction (SAED analysis of Ni-P SWNTs before and after heat treatment show that the heat treatment caused the transformation of the amorphous Ni-P layer to the nanocrystalline Ni-P (crystalline Ni and Ni3P intermetallic compound layer. The XRD pattern of SWNTs with Ni-P layers after heat treatment revealed that the crystal structures of Ni in plating layer contained: hexagonal close-packed (hcp structure and face-centered cubic (fcc structure. The lattice parameters of Ni (fcc and Ni3P are larger than the bulk's, indicting that the lattice expansion has taken place. However, the lattice parameter of Ni (hcp has no difference from the bulk's.

  19. Synthesis and Microstructure of Partly-oriented Bismuth Layer Structure Ferroelectrics Ceramics SrBi4Ti4O15

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    HAO Hua; LIU Hanxing; OUYANG Shixi

    2005-01-01

    SrBi4Ti4O15 powder was synthesized by conventional solid state synthesis (CS) and molten salt synthesis (MSS). MSS method can synthesize plate-like SrBi4Ti4O15 at lower temperature ( 900℃ ) than CS method. Plate- like form becomes more distinct when the synthesis temperature increases. This would help cause the grain orientation of the ceramics after sintering. The sintered samples of MSS had grain orientation at (0,0,10) plane. The degree of (0,0,10) grain orientation F was 62.1%. Hot pressing made (0,0,10) grain orientation more distinct ( F = 85.7% ). The microstructures of the sintered samples were detected by SEM. Due to the grain orientation, the density of samples fabricated by MSS was lower than that of prepared by CS.

  20. The effect of prolonged heat treatments on the microstructural evolution of Al/Ni intermetallic compounds in multi layered composites

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    Brunelli, K., E-mail: katya.brunelli@unipd.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, Padova (Italy); Peruzzo, L. [CNR, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Via Gradenigo 6, Padova (Italy); Dabalà, M. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, Padova (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    In this work the effects of prolonged heat treatments on the microstructural and crystallographic evolution of Al–Ni intermetallic compounds were studied in Al/Ni multilayer samples, produced by accumulative roll bonding (ARB) process. Starting from aluminium and nickel sheets, the stacks were composed alternating three aluminium with two nickel sheets. After six rolling passes, the roll-bonded material was heat treated in a tubular furnace at 500, 550 and 600 °C for different times (1–20 h). The ARB process followed by the diffusion heat treatments allowed the formation of four Al–Ni intermetallic phases (Al{sub 3}Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, AlNi and AlNi{sub 3}). Microstructural analyses of the obtained samples were carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique was used for the crystallographic analysis of the samples. After the prolonged annealing, three different sequences of phases, starting from Al, were observed: Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}–AlNi–AlNi{sub 3}, Al{sub 3}Ni and AlNi–Al{sub 3}Ni. The EBSD analysis showed that the intermetallic phases grew with a mean grain size between 0.5 μm and 3 μm and without a preferential crystallographic orientation. - Highlights: • Study of the prolonged annealing on Al/Ni system. • The presence of AlNi{sub 3} phase, not detected in similar researches, has been observed. • Three different sequences of phases were detected. • From EBSD analysis the intermetallic compounds have no preferred orientation.

  1. 镁合金激光熔凝层显微组织分析%Analysis of the Microstructure of Laser Melting Layer on Mg Alloy

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    高亚丽; 接勐; 王存山; 张海波

    2013-01-01

    The paper uses laser melting technology to treat the Mg alloy, systemly analyzing the microstructure charactristic of the melted layer after laser melting. The results show that the melted layer is consisted of the α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12, the content of β in the melted layer is higher than that of the received Mg alloy. The microstructure of the melted layer presents the dendrite characteristic, has significantly finer than that of the received Mg alloy. With the increasing of the depth of the melted layer, the dimension of the dendrite increases. The analysis of the transmission electron microscope furtherly shows that the melted layer is composed of close-packed hexagonal a-Mg and body-centred cubic β-Mg17Al12 , β precipitates as the lath, short column and hexagonal prism morphology. Otherwise, when the laser power increases from 2 kW to 5 kW, the content of β and the dimension of the dendrite in the melted layer both increases, and the increasing extent of the length of the dendrtie is 10 times to the that of the width of the dendrtie.Under the comprehensive action of the refining dendrite and precipitation strengthening, the wear resistance of the melted layers have the significant increasing compared with that of the as-received Mg alloy.%采用激光熔凝技术处理镁合金,系统分析了激光熔凝处理后熔凝层组织变化特征.研究结果表明,激光熔凝处理后,熔凝层相组成仍为α-Mg和β-Mg17Al12,其中β相含量较原始镁合金有所提高.熔凝层组织呈明显的树枝晶形貌特征,较原始镁合金晶粒显著细化,且沿熔凝层深度增加,枝晶尺寸逐渐增大.透射电镜分析进一步证明了熔凝层由密排六方结构的α-Mg和体心立方结构的β-Mg17Al12组成,其中β相呈板条状、短柱状和六棱柱状多种形态析出.另外,当激光功率从2 kW增加到5 kW时,熔凝层中β含量和枝晶尺寸均增加,且枝晶长度方向的增加幅度约为宽度方向上增加幅度的10倍.

  2. Microstructure and thermoelectric properties of screen-printed thick-films of misfit-layered cobalt oxides with Ag addition

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    Van Nong, Ngo; Samson, Alfred Junio; Pryds, Nini

    2012-01-01

    Thermoelectric properties of thick (~60 μm) films prepared by a screen-printing technique using p-type misfit-layered cobalt oxide Ca3Co4O9+δ with Ag addition have been studied. The screen-printed films were sintered in air at various temperatures ranging from 973 K to 1223 K. After each sintering...

  3. Novel Hybrid Ablative/Ceramic Layered Composite for Earth Re-entry Thermal Protection: Microstructural and Mechanical Performance

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    Triantou, K.; Mergia, K.; Marinou, A.; Vekinis, G.; Barcena, J.; Florez, S.; Perez, B.; Pinaud, G.; Bouilly, J.-M.; Fischer, W. P. P.

    2015-04-01

    In view of spacecraft re-entry applications into planetary atmospheres, hybrid thermal protection systems based on layered composites of ablative materials and ceramic matrix composites are investigated. Joints of ASTERM™ lightweight ablative material with Cf/SiC (SICARBON™) were fabricated using commercial high temperature inorganic adhesives. Sound joints without defects are produced and very good bonding of the adhesive with both base materials is observed. Mechanical shear tests under ambient conditions and in liquid nitrogen show that mechanical failure always takes place inside the ablative material with no decohesion of the interface of the adhesive layer with the bonded materials. Surface treatment of the ablative surface prior to bonding enhances both the shear strength and the ultimate shear strain by up to about 60%.

  4. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Fe-N/TiN magnetic multilayers with different thickness of TiN layers

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    LawrenceK.Y.Li

    2001-01-01

    Fe-N/TiN multilayers (MLs) with different thickness of TiN layers and 20nm thickness ofFe-N layers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering technique were studied. The structure andcomposition of MLs were characterized with low-angle X-ray diffraction (LXRD), Augur depth pro-file and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The hardness and reduced elastic modulus of these multilayerswere studied using a nano-hardness tester (NHT). The bonding strength between the MLs and thesubstrate was measured using a nano-scratch tester (NST). Effects of the thickness of the TiNlayer on critical load, hardness and reduced elastic modulus of the MLs were studied.

  5. Ultrasonic absorption characteristics of porous carbon-carbon ceramics with random microstructure for passive hypersonic boundary layer transition control

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    Wagner, Alexander; Hannemann, Klaus; Kuhn, Markus

    2014-06-01

    Preceding studies in the high enthalpy shock tunnel Göttingen of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) revealed that carbon fibre reinforced carbon ceramic (C/C) surfaces can be utilized to damp hypersonic boundary layer instabilities leading to a delay of boundary layer transition onset. To assess the ultrasonic absorption properties of the material, a test rig was set up to measure the reflection coefficient at ambient pressures ranging from 0.1 × 105 to 1 × 105 Pa. For the first time, broadband ultrasonic sound transducers with resonance frequencies of up to 370 kHz were applied to directly cover the frequency range of interest with respect to the second-mode instabilities observed in previous experiments. The reflection of ultrasonic waves from three flat plate test samples with a porous layer thickness between 5 and 30 mm was investigated and compared to an ideally reflecting surface. C/C was found to absorb up to 19 % of the acoustic power transmitted towards the material. The absorption characteristics were investigated theoretically by means of the quasi-homogeneous absorber theory. The experimental results were found to be in good agreement with the theory.

  6. Chlorine-rich amphibole in deep layered gabbros as evidence for brine/rock interaction in the lower oceanic crust: a microstructural and experimental study

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    Currin, Adriana; Koepke, Juergen; Almeev, Renat; Ildefonse, Benoit; Wolff, Paul Eric

    2017-04-01

    The occurrence of amphiboles in the lower oceanic crust indicates the presence of water during rock formation or alteration, either in the parental melt or in reacting hydrothermal fluids. Amphibole-rich high temperature metamorphic veins and magmatic dykes are found in MOR-associated layered olivine gabbros from Wadi Wariyah of the deep palaeocrust of the Sumail ophiolite, Sultanate of Oman. These veins contain different types of amphiboles: pargasite, hornblende, actinolite and Cl-rich pargasite. In some cases, amphibole grains are zoned and contain a range of compositions, from pargasite formed at magmatic conditions to Cl-rich pargasite formed at subsolidus conditions. Pargasite and ferropargasite are found containing up to 5 wt% Cl (1.4 a.p.f.u.). This variety of amphibole compositions occurring in layered gabbros evidences a complex history of brine/rock interaction and hydrothermal cooling at the base of the oceanic crust. However, the precise origin of these amphibole- and Cl-rich veins associated to hydrothermal activity is still poorly understood. We investigated the formation of Cl-rich amphibole by means of a microstructural study using EBSD (electron backscattered diffraction) and, in addition, an experimental simulation of hydrothermal processes affecting amphibole formation in gabbro at subsolidus conditions. The microstructural EBSD study on natural gabbro from Oman confirms that the hydrothermally-formed amphiboles (hornblende, actinolite, Cl-pargasite) are epitactic in relation to high-temperature pargasite areas adjacent to them. This implies a coherent process, where magmatic pargasite formed initially was subsequently transformed by a Cl-rich hydrothermal brine and fluid at decreasing temperatures, ranging from the magmatic regime down to greenschist facies. Experiments were performed with a starting material of millimetre-sized pargasite pieces (with Cl content pressure of 200 MPa, and oxygen fugacity of QFM+1. Our experimental results show

  7. Magnetic iron oxide/clay composites: effect of the layer silicate support on the microstructure and phase formation of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Szabo, Tamas [Department of Colloid Chemistry, University of Szeged, Aradi vertanuk tere 1, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Bakandritsos, Aristides [Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) ' Demokritos' , Agia Paraskevi, 15310, Athens (Greece); Tzitzios, Vassilios [Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) ' Demokritos' , Agia Paraskevi, 15310, Athens (Greece); Papp, Szilvia [Nanostructured Materials Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Szeged, Aradi vertanuk tere 1, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Koroesi, Laszlo [Nanostructured Materials Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Szeged, Aradi vertanuk tere 1, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary); Galbacs, Gabor [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, Dom ter 7, H-6720 (Hungary); Musabekov, Kuanyshbek [Department of Chemistry, Kazakh National State University named Al-Faraby, Karasay Batyr 95, Almaty, 480012, The Republic of (Kazakhstan); Bolatova, Didara [Department of Chemistry, Kazakh National State University named Al-Faraby, Karasay Batyr 95, Almaty, 480012, The Republic of (Kazakhstan); Petridis, Dimitris [Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) ' Demokritos' , Agia Paraskevi, 15310, Athens (Greece); Dekany, Imre [Department of Colloid Chemistry, University of Szeged, Aradi vertanuk tere 1, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)

    2007-07-18

    Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized on two different clay supports: natural montmorillonite and synthetic laponite. The nanocomposites obtained, characterized by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption, small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), vibrating sample magnetometry and Moessbauer spectroscopy, were found to exhibit highly different physicochemical properties despite their similar iron content. The observed size effect of the layered silicate support, resulting in the high abundance of very small particles (diameter of 1-5 nm) on laponite, was explained in terms of the difference between the surface charge densities and the lamellar dimensions of the clay substrates. Moreover, it was revealed that the nature of the layered support greatly affected the nanostructure (fractal dimensions, surface area, porosity) of the formed hybrid solids as well as the phase formation of iron oxide crystals. The high surface area laponite composites, due to the dominance of very small iron oxide particles, exhibited more pronounced superparamagnetic behaviour as compared to the montmorillonite samples prepared under identical conditions. The observed higher saturation magnetization of the laponite composites, attributed to their lower content in the antiferromagnetic hematite and to the onset of superferromagnetism in the aggregated particles, shows their excellent utility for adsorption/magnetic separation.

  8. Effect of Al doping on microstructure and optical band gap of ZnO thin film synthesized by successive ion layer adsorption and reaction

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    S Mondal; S R Bhattacharyya; P Mitra

    2013-02-01

    Thin films of pure and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) were deposited on glass substrates from ammonium zincate bath following a chemical dipping technique called successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). Characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-rays (EDX) were used to investigate the effect of Al doping on the microstructure of AZO films. Particle size analysis using X-ray line broadening shows marginally increasing trend with increasing Al impurity. The average particle size for pure ZnO is 22.75 nm. It increases to 24.26 nm for 1% AZO film and 25.13 nm for 2% AZO film. Incorporation of Al was confirmed from elemental analysis using EDX. SEM micrograph shows that pure ZnO particles are spherical shaped. However, AZO films show particles with off-spherical shape with compact interconnected grains. The value of band gap for pure ZnO is 3.229 eV and it increases to 3.29 eV for 1% AZO indicating a blue-shift for 1% AZO film. However, for 2% AZO film, a decrease in band gap compared to pure ZnO is observed indicating a red-shift of fundamental absorption edge. Electrical resistance shows an initial decrease with increasing Al content. With further enhancement of Al incorporation, the resistance increases.

  9. Thin layer chromatography-densitometric determination of some non-sedating antihistamines in combination with pseudoephedrine or acetaminophen in synthetic mixtures and in pharmaceutical formulations.

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    El-Kommos, Michael E; El-Gizawy, Samia M; Atia, Noha N; Hosny, Noha M

    2014-03-01

    The combination of certain non-sedating antihistamines (NSA) such as fexofenadine (FXD), ketotifen (KET) and loratadine (LOR) with pseudoephedrine (PSE) or acetaminophen (ACE) is widely used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and chronic urticaria. A rapid, simple, selective and precise densitometric method was developed and validated for simultaneous estimation of six synthetic binary mixtures and their pharmaceutical dosage forms. The method employed thin layer chromatography aluminum plates precoated with silica gel G 60 F254 as the stationary phase. The mobile phases chosen for development gave compact bands for the mixtures FXD-PSE (I), KET-PSE (II), LOR-PSE (III), FXD-ACE (IV), KET-ACE (V) and LOR-ACE (VI) [Retardation factor (Rf ) values were (0.20, 0.32), (0.69, 0.34), (0.79, 0.13), (0.36, 0.70), (0.51, 0.30) and (0.76, 0.26), respectively]. Spectrodensitometric scanning integration was performed at 217, 218, 218, 233, 272 and 251 nm for the mixtures I-VI, respectively. The linear regression data for the calibration plots showed an excellent linear relationship. The method was validated for precision, accuracy, robustness and recovery. Limits of detection and quantitation were calculated. Statistical analysis proved that the method is reproducible and selective for the simultaneous estimation of these binary mixtures.

  10. Analysis on microstructure of carburized layer in cast-iron molten bath carburized 20 steel%20钢铸铁浴渗碳渗层组织的分析

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    刘建华; 湛岩; 张瑞军; 于升学; 杨雪梅

    2001-01-01

    The microstructure of carburized layer in 20 steel cast-iron molten bath carburized at different temperature and time was studied in the paper.The research results show that the microstructure of carburized layer which is at 130~150μm from the surface is cementite+pearlite+ferrite,when specimen immevsed for 30s in 1270℃;the micvostruchre of carburized layer which is at 0~120μm from the surface is cementite+pearlite,and bar carbides is obtained in the base.%本文探讨了20钢在铸铁浴中经不同温度及时间渗碳的渗层组织。结果表明,试样在1270℃的铸铁浴中保留30秒,距表面130~150μm处,其渗层组织为渗碳体+珠光体+铁素体;试样在1300℃的铸铁浴中保留30秒,距表面0~120μm处,其渗层组织为渗碳体+珠光体,且在基体上形成棒条状的碳化物。

  11. XTEM and AES study of the microstructure for high density Co-Cr-Nb-Pt double layered perpendicular magnetic recording media

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    Safran, G. E-mail: safran@ait.pref.akita.jp; Ariake, Jun; Honda, Naoki; Ouchi, Kazuhiro; Czigany, Zsolt; Barna, P.B.; Menyhard, M.; Radnoczi, G

    2001-10-01

    A Ti intermediate layer between permalloy and Co-Cr-Nb-Pt storage layer improved the magnetic properties of double layered media. Cr segregation, Ni and Co enrichment was found within the Ti layer by AES. XTEM study revealed reduced crystallite size of Co-Cr-Nb-Pt due to nucleation in an amorphous phase formed as a result of a chemical interaction at the interface of the Ti and permalloy layers.

  12. PRE-FILTRATION IN BOULDER AND SLOW SAND FILTRATION WITH NON-WOVEN SYNTHETIC LAYERS AND GRANULATED VEGETAL COAL TO IMPROVE QUALITY IN WASTEWATER TREATED BY CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS

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    Paterniani, JES; da Silva, MJM; Ribeiro, TAP; Barbosa, M.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was the comparison between two filtration systems, being one composed of a boulder pre-filter followed by a slow filter with sand as filtration media and a non-woven synthetic fabric in the upper part, and the other one composed of a boulder pre-filter followed by a slow filter with sand as filtration media and granular activated charcoal and a non-woven synthetic fabric in the upper part, for the purification of household effluents treated in cultivated beds, to b...

  13. 电火花表面强化TC4钛合金组织特征及性能研究%Microstructure and Properties of the Strengthened Layer on TC4 Alloy Prepared by Electrospark Surface Strengthening

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    潘康; 蔡兰蓉; 李敏

    2015-01-01

    In order to investigate the influence of TC4 alloy prepared by electrospark surface strengthening in powder-mixed near-dry medium on the microstructure and properties of the strengthened layer, the electrospark surface strengthening test is done with the graphite and the red copper as the electrodes. Through the microstructure morphology observation of the strength-ened layer, the micro-hardness test, and the friction and wear test, it is concluded that the pulse current has great impact on properties of the strengthened layer; the microstructure of strengthened layer treated by graphite electrode has more stacks, high micro-hardness and better wear resistance, while the surface is relatively smooth with micro-cracks by copper electrode. The whole performance would be improved remarkably after the electric spark strengthening, and comparing with the matrix, the micro-hardness of strengthening layer is about 3 times higher than that of TC4 alloy, and the wear resistance is about 7 times higher than that of the matrix.%为研究混粉准干式介质中电火花表面强化TC4钛合金工艺对强化层组织特性的影响,以石墨和紫铜为电极进行电火花表面强化试验。通过强化层微观组织形貌观察、显微硬度测定及摩擦磨损实验分析,研究表明:脉冲电流对强化层性影响较大;采用石墨电极获得强化层表面组织不规则且多层叠和褶皱,显微硬度大,耐磨性能好,而采用紫铜电极强化层表面相对平整,但有微裂纹。电火花放电强化对工件表面整体性能改善显著,显微硬度提高3倍左右,强化层耐磨性能提高7倍左右。

  14. TC4钛合金真空脉冲渗氧硬化层的组织与性能%Microstructure and Properties of Vacuum Pulse Oxidation Hardening Layer on TC4 Titanium Alloy

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    杨闯; 马亚芹; 王亮

    2013-01-01

    A hardened layer possessing good bonding strength with substrate was prepared on the surface of TC4 titanium alloy by a process of vacuum pulse oxidation.The microstructure,hardness and brittleness of hardening layer were analyzed.The results show the hardened layer comprises a surface oxide layer and an oxygen diffusion zone,TiO2 of the oxide layer happen to change,oxygen penetrate into the substrate,the phase of oxide layer is composed of α-Ti,rutile TiO2,TiO and Ti3Al,surface microstructure appear compact,the surface hardness of the TC4 titanium are 650 ~ 670HV,the thickness of the hardened layer can reach 60 ~ 80 μm,because of the effect of solid solution strengthening in oxygen diffusion zone,the hardened layer has low brittleness and the hardness gradient of hardened zone is fiat.%采用真空脉冲渗氧的方法,在TC4钛合金表面制备了与基体结合良好的硬化层,并对硬化层的组织结构、硬度、脆性等进行了分析.结果表明:硬化层由表面氧化物层和氧扩散区组成,氧化层中TiO2发生了分解,氧向基体内扩散,氧化层主要由α-Ti、金红石TiO2、TiO及少量Ti3Al组成,表层组织致密,表面硬度为650~670HV,硬化层深度可达60 ~ 80 μm;此外,由于扩散区氧的固溶强化作用,硬化层的硬度梯度平缓,脆性小.

  15. Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based perpendicular spin-transfer-torque magnetic-tunnel-junction spin-valve without [Co/Pt] n lower synthetic-antiferromagnetic layer.

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    Lee, Seung-Eun; Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2015-11-27

    We design a Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based p-MTJ spin-valve without a [Co/Pt] n lower synthetic-antiferromagnetic (SyAF) layer to greatly reduce the 12-inch wafer fabrication cost of the p-MTJ spin-valve. This spin-valve achieve a tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of 158% and an exchange field (H ex) of 1.4 kOe at an ex situ annealing temperature of >350 °C, which ensures writing error immunity. In particular, the TMR ratio strongly depends on the body-center-cubic capping-layer nanoscale thickness (t bcc), i.e., the TMR ratio peaks at t bcc = 0.6 nm.

  16. Dependency of anti-ferro-magnetic coupling strength on Ru spacer thickness of [Co/Pd]{sub n}-synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer in perpendicular magnetic-tunnel-junctions fabricated on 12-inch TiN electrode wafer

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    Chae, Kyo-Suk [MRAM Center, Department of Electronics, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., San #16 Banwol-dong, Hwasung-City, Gyeonggi-Do 445-701 (Korea, Republic of); Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun, E-mail: parkjgL@hanyang.ac.kr [MRAM Center, Department of Electronics, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-21

    We investigated the Ru spacer-thickness effect on the anti-ferro-magnetic coupling strength (J{sub ex}) of a [Co/Pd]{sub n}-synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer fabricated with Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO based perpendicular-magnetic-tunneling-junction spin-valves on 12-in. TiN electrode wafers. J{sub ex} peaked at a certain Ru spacer-thickness: specifically, a J{sub ex} of 0.78 erg/cm{sup 2} at 0.6 nm, satisfying the J{sub ex} criteria for realizing the mass production of terra-bit-level perpendicular-spin-transfer-torque magnetic-random-access-memory. Otherwise, J{sub ex} rapidly degraded when the Ru spacer-thickness was less than or higher than 0.6 nm. As a result, the allowable Ru thickness variation should be controlled less than 0.12 nm to satisfy the J{sub ex} criteria. However, the Ru spacer-thickness did not influence the tunneling-magneto-resistance (TMR) and resistance-area (RA) of the perpendicular-magnetic-tunneling-junction (p-MTJ) spin-valves since the Ru spacer in the synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer mainly affects the anti-ferro-magnetic coupling efficiency rather than the crystalline linearity of the Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} free layer/MgO tunneling barrier/Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} pinned layer, although Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO based p-MTJ spin-valves ex-situ annealed at 275 °C achieved a TMR of ∼70% at a RA of ∼20 Ω μm{sup 2}.

  17. Microstructures of corrosion layer of ACSR conductor in atmospheric corrosion and corrosion mechanism%钢芯铝绞导线大气腐蚀产物层的结构及腐蚀机理

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    张建堃; 陈国宏; 王家庆; 张涛; 王煦; 汤文明

    2011-01-01

    The dry/wet NaCl+NaHSO3 atmosphere-salt spraying experiment of the aluminum conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) conductor was carried out to study the phases and microstructures of corrosion products and the corrosion mechanism in simulated air corrosion condition. The results show that the ACSR conductor is mainly corroded by pitting corrosion. The corrosion layer mainly consists of hydroxides, sulfates and sulfate-chloride double salts and their hydrates of Zn and Al. At the initial corroding stage, the corrosion pits form on the Al strands and the galvanizing Zn layer, which are gradually replaced by the continuous corrosion layers as prolonging the spraying time. In the ACSR conductor, a primary cell is generated between the galvanizing Zn layer and the internal Al layer in the electrolyte. In the cell, as an anode, the galvanizing Zn layer is violently etched, contrarily, as a cathode, the internal Al layer is protected. In the ACSR conductor, the sequence of the corrosion rate from high to low is the galvanizing Zn layer, the external Al layer and the internal Al layer.%在模拟大气腐蚀环境中,采用干/湿NaHSO3+NaCl水溶液盐雾试验研究钢芯铝绞(ACSR)导线腐蚀产物的相组成及腐蚀层结构,讨论其腐蚀机理.结果表明:ACSR导线中单股铝线或镀锌钢芯线的腐蚀主要表现为点蚀,腐蚀产物组成复杂,主要为锌和铝的氢氧化物、硫酸盐与氯化物的复式盐;在腐蚀初期,内外层铝股线及钢芯线表面镀锌层开始形成点蚀坑,逐步形成连续的腐蚀层:由于镀锌层和内层铝股线之间构成原电池,因为牺牲阳极效应,镀锌层腐蚀速率最大;而内层铝股线受到保护,腐蚀速率最小,外层铝股线腐蚀速率居中.

  18. Influence of process parameters on layer build-up and microstructure of Ti6Al4V (ELI) alloy on the optomec LENS

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    Arthur, N

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available into a desired shape onto a substrate. The manufactured part is built up layer by layer until the final 3 D printed shape is achieved. In this study, cylindrical shapes of 15 mm diameter and 11 mm height were built-up by varying process parameters...

  19. Study on depth-related microstructure and wear property of rare earth nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel

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    Yan, M. F.; Zhang, C. S.; Sun, Z.

    2014-01-01

    The quenched M50NiL steel was plasma nitrocarburized at 500 °C with rare earth (RE) addition. The RE nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel was removed stepwise (0 μm, 12 μm, 65 μm and 100 μm from the surface) and characterized using SEM equipped with EDS, XRD and microhardness tester respectively. Depth-related wear behavior of the RE nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel was investigated using pin-on-disk tribometer. The results show that the surface layer (0 μm from the surface) mainly consists of α‧N,C (expanded martensite), γ‧-Fe4(N,C), ɛ-Fe2-3(N,C) and a trace of Fe3O4 phase. The phase structure of the inner layers is single α‧N,C or α‧-Fe. There is a lower steady stage for all the depth-related friction coefficients of the layers due to the generation of the compact oxide film. The layer 12 μm from the surface has the lowest wear rate which is 2.4660 × 10-5 mm3 N-1 m-1. The work hardening effect only occurred on the layer 100 μm from the surface. The wear mechanisms of the layers transformed from mild abrasive and oxidative wear (0 μm from the surface) to severe adhesive and oxidative wear (100 μm from the surface) due to different phase structures and hardness. The oxygen content of the wear scar increases as the flash temperature rises and the hardness decreases when the layer comes inwards. The highest wolfram content for the layer 65 μm from the surface results in the dual role of the wear mechanism and hardness.

  20. The evaluation of the influence of laser treatment parameters on the type of thermal effects in the surface layer microstructure of gray irons

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    Paczkowska, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the presented research was to create a laser heat treatment (LHT) diagram presenting singular modifications such as remelting, alloying, hardening from the solid state, tempering the surface layer of gray iron in individual ranges of laser beam parameters (power density and its interaction time). A synthesis of such different thermal phenomena taking place in gray irons surface layer resulting from LHT was the aim of this analysis. The performed research allowed specifying similar, previously created diagrams concerning different engineering materials in general. The created LHT diagram presents singular modifications in the surface layer of gray iron in individual ranges of laser beam parameters. This diagram allows distinguishing ranges of laser beam parameters that could be useful in selecting the LHT parameters or forecasting their effects in the gray iron surface layer. It has been observed that it is possible to achieve the modification of the surface layer of gray iron by applying values of laser beam power density lower than the values of density presented in previously created diagrams related to the influence of LHT parameters on their effects in the surface layer referring to different groups of engineering materials. The limit of the laser beam density was defined resulting in the modification of the surface layer for interaction time t0.2 s (hardening from the solid state). It is not possible to achieve melting or hardening of the surface layer in gray irons using a laser beam density of less than 10 W mm-2. Hardening is possible only with the interaction time longer than 0.2 s and the power beam density between 10 and 40 W mm-2. Tempering of the surface layer is possible with the density of nearly 10 W mm-2 but only with a relatively long interaction time (i.e. 4 s).

  1. Deformation microstructures

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    Hansen, N.; Huang, X.; Hughes, D.A.

    2004-01-01

    Microstructural characterization and modeling has shown that a variety of metals deformed by different thermomechanical processes follows a general path of grain subdivision, by dislocation boundaries and high angle boundaries. This subdivision has been observed to very small structural scales...... of the order of 10 nm, produced by deformation under large sliding loads. Limits to the evolution of microstructural parameters during monotonic loading have been investigated based on a characterization by transmission electron microscopy. Such limits have been observed at an equivalent strain of about 10...

  2. Synthetic environments

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    Lukes, George E.; Cain, Joel M.

    1996-02-01

    The Advanced Distributed Simulation (ADS) Synthetic Environments Program seeks to create robust virtual worlds from operational terrain and environmental data sources of sufficient fidelity and currency to interact with the real world. While some applications can be met by direct exploitation of standard digital terrain data, more demanding applications -- particularly those support operations 'close to the ground' -- are well-served by emerging capabilities for 'value-adding' by the user working with controlled imagery. For users to rigorously refine and exploit controlled imagery within functionally different workstations they must have a shared framework to allow interoperability within and between these environments in terms of passing image and object coordinates and other information using a variety of validated sensor models. The Synthetic Environments Program is now being expanded to address rapid construction of virtual worlds with research initiatives in digital mapping, softcopy workstations, and cartographic image understanding. The Synthetic Environments Program is also participating in a joint initiative for a sensor model applications programer's interface (API) to ensure that a common controlled imagery exploitation framework is available to all researchers, developers and users. This presentation provides an introduction to ADS and the associated requirements for synthetic environments to support synthetic theaters of war. It provides a technical rationale for exploring applications of image understanding technology to automated cartography in support of ADS and related programs benefitting from automated analysis of mapping, earth resources and reconnaissance imagery. And it provides an overview and status of the joint initiative for a sensor model API.

  3. Synthetic foldamers.

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    Guichard, Gilles; Huc, Ivan

    2011-06-07

    Foldamers are artificial folded molecular architectures inspired by the structures and functions of biopolymers. This highlight focuses on important developments concerning foldamers produced by chemical synthesis and on the perspectives that these new self-organized molecular scaffolds offer. Progress in the field has led to synthetic objects that resemble small proteins in terms of size and complexity yet that may not contain any α-amino acids. Foldamers have introduced new tools and concepts to develop biologically active substances, synthetic receptors and novel materials.

  4. Study on depth-related microstructure and wear property of rare earth nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel

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    Yan, M.F., E-mail: yanmufu@hit.edu.cn; Zhang, C.S.; Sun, Z.

    2014-01-15

    The quenched M50NiL steel was plasma nitrocarburized at 500 °C with rare earth (RE) addition. The RE nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel was removed stepwise (0 μm, 12 μm, 65 μm and 100 μm from the surface) and characterized using SEM equipped with EDS, XRD and microhardness tester respectively. Depth-related wear behavior of the RE nitrocarburized layer of M50NiL steel was investigated using pin-on-disk tribometer. The results show that the surface layer (0 μm from the surface) mainly consists of α{sup ′}{sub N,C} (expanded martensite), γ′-Fe{sub 4}(N,C), ε-Fe{sub 2–3}(N,C) and a trace of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} phase. The phase structure of the inner layers is single α{sup ′}{sub N,C} or α′-Fe. There is a lower steady stage for all the depth-related friction coefficients of the layers due to the generation of the compact oxide film. The layer 12 μm from the surface has the lowest wear rate which is 2.4660 × 10{sup −5} mm{sup 3} N{sup −1} m{sup −1}. The work hardening effect only occurred on the layer 100 μm from the surface. The wear mechanisms of the layers transformed from mild abrasive and oxidative wear (0 μm from the surface) to severe adhesive and oxidative wear (100 μm from the surface) due to different phase structures and hardness. The oxygen content of the wear scar increases as the flash temperature rises and the hardness decreases when the layer comes inwards. The highest wolfram content for the layer 65 μm from the surface results in the dual role of the wear mechanism and hardness.

  5. A microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber Biosensor

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev; Jensen, Jesper Bo; Hoiby, Poul E.

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of the complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fibers....

  6. Microstructure and Tribological Properties of In Situ Synthesized TiN Reinforced Ni/Ti Alloy Clad Layer Prepared by Plasma Cladding Technique

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    Jin, Guo; Li, Yang; Cui, Huawei; Cui, Xiufang; Cai, Zhaobing

    2016-06-01

    A Ni/Ti composite coating enhanced by an in situ synthesized TiN phase was fabricated on FV520B steel by plasma cladding technology. The in situ formation of the TiN phase was confirmed by XRD, SEM, and TEM. The cladding layer consisted of three regions on going from the top to the bottom, namely, columnar grain regions, columnar dendritic regions, and fine grain regions. The cladding layer was composed of Ni3Ti, TiN, (Fe, Ni), and Ti phases. The dendritic and columnar regions were mainly composed of the Ni3Ti and (Fe, Ni) phases. The Ti phase was observed at the branches of dendrite crystals and columnar grains. The volume fraction of the TiN phase in the cladding layer was about 3.2%. The maximum micro-hardness value of the in situ formed coating (760 HV0.2) was higher than that of the pure coating (537 HV0.2). The cladding layer had a small amount of scratch and wear debris when a load of 20 N was used. As the test load increased, the wear debris in the cladding layer also increased and the massive furrows were not observed.

  7. Microstructure and properties of hot roll bonding layer of dissimilar metals. 1. Effect of oxide layer on titanium surface on bonding strength of titanium clad steel by hot roll bonding; Ishu kinzoku no atsuen setsugo kaimen soshiki to shotokusei ni kansuru kenkyu. 1. Atsuen chitan clad ko no kaimen kyodo ni oyobosu chitan hyomen sankabutsuso no eikyo

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    Ogawa, K.; Komizo, Y.; Yasuyama, M. [Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Ikezaki, H.; Murayama, J.

    1996-01-25

    The effect of surface oxide layer on the titanium before bonding on the bonding strength of titanium clad steel by hot roll bonding was investigated from a view point of microstructure of the bonding interface. The bonding test of iron and titanium by hot roll bonding at 850{degree}C was conducted under the various surface conditions of titanium plate such as as-relieved, oxidized or machined. The mechanical properties of clad steel was evaluated in terms of tensile test in the rectangular direction to the bonding interface and observation of micro structures of bonding layer. As results, the bonding strength deteriorated remarkably in the clad steel produced using the titanium having oxide layer on the surface comparing with that using the machined surface of titanium. In the clad steel produced using the titanium with surface oxide, uncontinuous intermetallic compound was observed at the interface of {beta}-Ti and Fe, while in the clad steel produced by the titanium without surface oxide, no remarkable intermetallic compound was observed. Oxide layer on the titanium surface promotes the formation of inter metallic compound of titanium and iron at the bonding interface and deterioration of bonding strength. Such oxide layer, however, was found to be not an obstacle to the accomplishment of metallurgical bonding. 6 refs., 13 figs.

  8. Synthetic Astrobiology

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2016-01-01

    Synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - has the potential to transform fields from pharmaceuticals to fuels. Our lab has focused on the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize all three major parts of astrobiology: Where do we come from? Where are we going? and Are we alone? For the first and third, synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we are re-evolving the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids and developing techniques for the recovery of metals from spent electronics on other planetary bodies. And what about the limits for life? Can we create organisms that expand the envelope for life? In the future synthetic biology will play an increasing role in human activities both on earth, in fields as diverse as human health and the industrial production of novel bio-composites. Beyond earth, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. In order to do this, the field will build on two of the great contributions of astrobiology: studies of the origin of life and life in extreme environments.

  9. Synthetic Astrobiology

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - has the potential to transform fields from pharmaceuticals to fuels. Our lab has focused on the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize all three major parts of astrobiology: Where do we come from? Where are we going? and Are we alone? For the first and third, synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we are re-evolving the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids and developing techniques for the recovery of metals from spent electronics on other planetary bodies. In the future synthetic biology will play an increasing role in human activities both on earth, in fields as diverse as human health and the industrial production of novel bio-composites. Beyond earth, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. In order to do this, the field will build on two of the great contributions of astrobiology: studies of the origin of life and life in extreme environments.

  10. 超声作用对镁合金表面电沉积层组织与性能的影响%Effects of ultrasonic agitation on microstructure and properties of electrodeposited layer on magnesium alloy

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    吴化; 李雪松; 赵国良; 杨悦

    2011-01-01

    To reduce the potential difference between AZ91D magnesium alloy and deposited nickel layer, intermediate layer was designed in the present study. In consideration of the harm to human body and environment, the cyanide bath was replaced by alkaline stannate bath and the nickel layer was electrodeposited on the surface of AZ91D magnesium alloy with the aid of ultrasonic agitation. Phases and microstructure of the deposited layers were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effects of replacement of cyanide bath by alkaline stannate bath and ultrasonic agitation on the deposited layers were analyzed. The results showed that the corrosion rate of magnesium alloy in the alkaline bath was decreased for the increasing of pH value compared with the acid bath. As a result, the better electrodeposited nickel layer was obtained on the magnesium alloy surface. In the process of deposition, microstructure of the deposited layers was refined by ultrasonic agitation and consequently its compactedness increased, preferred orientation of the coatings was reduced and corrosion resistance of the nickel layer was significantly improved.%通过设计中间过渡层,缩小AZ91D镁合金与沉积层镍之间的电位差,并以碱性锡酸盐镀液代替对人体和环境均有害的氰化物镀液,配合超声波作用,在AZ91D镁合金表面获得了电沉积镍层.利用SEM观察沉积层表面微观形貌,XRD、XPS对各处理层进行相组成检测.分析了锡酸盐镀液代替氰化物镀液对沉积层质量的影响,超声波对各沉积层沉积过程的影响以及对沉积层组织的细化作用.结果表明:碱性锡酸盐的使用提高了镀液的pH值,与酸性镀液相比较,减缓了镁合金在镀液中的腐蚀速率,为电沉积镍层在其表面的获得奠定了良好基础;各沉积层获得过程中,超声波的使用明显细化了各沉积层的组织,提高了其致密性,镀

  11. CrMoCu铸铁离子氮碳共渗/渗硫复合层的微观结构%Microstructure of plasma nitrocarburized/sulphurized layer of CrMoCu cast iron

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    李新; 马世宁; 邱骥; 刘吉延; 刘谦

    2011-01-01

    Microstructure of plasma nitrocarburized/sulphurized composite layer on CrMoCu cast iron was investigated by means of SEM,TEM,EDS analysis and XRD.The effect of plasma nitrocarburization treatment on formation of sulphurized layer was examined.Results show that the roughening surface of the specimen after nitrocarburizing provides the abundant interface and defect for the reaction between sulphur and the layer,and ε-phase Fe3N formed in the process of nitrocarburization is favourable for the formation of sulphurized layer due to the same crystal structure of ε-Fe3N and FeS.%利用SEM、TEM、EDS、X射线衍射及电子衍射等表面分析技术,研究了在CrMoCu合金铸铁表面制备的离子氮碳共渗/渗硫复合层的微观结构,探讨了氮碳共渗处理对渗硫层形成的影响规律。结果表明:氮碳共渗表面形成的微观粗糙为与硫接触反应提供了丰富界面及表面缺陷,同时氮碳共渗形成的ε相Fe3N的晶体结构类型与渗硫层的FeS的晶体结构相同,因此与在基体表面渗硫相比,有利于渗硫层的形成。

  12. 激光扫描速度对45钢表面改性层组织及性能的影响%Effect of Laser Scanning Speed on Microstructure and Performance of Surface Modified Layer of Steel 45

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    唐明忠; 郭鹏; 郑国阔; 任晶鑫

    2012-01-01

    利用横流CO2激光加工机对正火态45钢表面进行激光相变处理,对改性层进行了OM实验、硬度测试以及硬化层磨料磨损实验.结果表明:相变硬化层由表及里依次为熔凝区、相变硬化区、过渡区和基体区;其中激光熔凝区晶粒最为细小;硬化层表面最高硬度为48 HRC;激光扫描速度对表面耐磨性有较大影响,其中扫描速度为8mm/s、功率700 W时改性层耐磨性最佳.%The laser phase transformation treatment in the surface of normalized steel 45 steel was carried out with transverse flow CO2 laser machine. The microstructure of the modified layer was observed by OM, the hardness and abrasive wear resistance were measured. The results indicate that the phase transformation hardening layer is divided into four parts from outside to inside: remelting zone, phase transformation hardening zone, transition zone and substrate zone; among these, the crystal grain of remelting zone is the smallest one; the maximum hardness of the surface of hardening layer is 48 HRC. Laser scanning speed has an important effect on the surface abrasive resistance, among which the abrasive resistance of modified layer is best when the scanning speed is 8mm/s, power is 700 W.

  13. Effect of laser cladding process on microstructure of nickel-base titanium carbide cladding layer%激光熔覆工艺对镍基碳化钛熔覆层组织的影响

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    贺长林; 陈少克; 周中河

    2014-01-01

    By analysis of microstructure and composition in laser cladding nickel-base titanium carbide cladding layer , the influence of laser power and scanning speed on the dissolution and precipitation of titanium carbide and carbide hard phase in cladding layer was investigated . The results show that using the lower laser powers or higher canning speed , the unmelted titanium carbide can be found in the cladding layer . When using the higher laser power or lower scanning speed , the morphology of titanium carbide that precipitated out from liquid nickel is dendrites.When the laser power achieves to a certain degree , carbide hard phase is the secondary phase precipitated from the liquid nickel , and higher scanning speed leads to uneven composition in the cladding layer .%通过对激光熔覆镍基碳化钛熔覆层组织的微观形貌和成分分析,研究了激光功率和扫描速度对熔覆层的碳化钛和硬质相碳化物的溶解和析出后的形态的影响。结果表明,使用较低功率或较高的扫描速度时,熔覆层中出现了未熔化的碳化钛,功率较大和扫描速度较低时,碳化钛全部以树枝晶的形态从液态镍中析出来。达到一定的功率时,硬质相碳化物是从液态镍中析出的二次相,且当扫描速度较快时,熔覆层还会出现成分不均。

  14. Microstructure and properties of laser transformation hardening layer on 1Crl8Ni9Ti%1Cr18Ni9Ti激光相变硬化层组织及性能

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    邱星武

    2011-01-01

    为了探讨1Cr18Ni9Ti不锈钢组织及性能的变化,采用激光相变硬化处理的方法,利用扫描电子显微镜、X射线衍射仪、显微硬度计、磨损试验机、恒电位仪等研究了激光相变硬化层的组织及性能.进行了理论分析和实验验证,取得了激光相变硬化层的硬度、耐磨性、耐蚀性数据.结果表明,激光相变硬化层主要由奥氏体、马氏体、Fe-(Cr,Ni)以及Fe等组成.随着激光功率的增大,平均显微硬度先增加后减小,在功率为750W时,平均显微硬度达最大值,为223.5HK;在功率为550W时,耐磨性最好,磨损率为基体的56%.激光相变硬化处理后耐蚀性增强;最小的维钝电流密度是基体的33%,最大的钝化稳定区长度是基体的7倍.这一结果对研究1Cr18Ni9Ti不锈钢组织及性能的转变是有帮助的.%To investigate the change of microstructure and properties, laser transformation hardening was carried out on 1Crl8Ni9Ti stainless steel, and the microstructure and properties of laser transformation hardened layers were investigated by means of scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, microhardnessmeter, abrasive wear testing machine, potentiostat etc. The hardness, wear resistance, corrosion resistance data of laser transformation hardening layer were obtained by theoretical analysis and experimental verification. The result indicated that the laser transformation hardening layer was mainly consisted of austenite, martensite, Fe-( Ct, Ni), Fe etc. With the increase of the laser power, the average microhardness of laser hardening layers increased first and then decreased. The average microhardness reached the highest (223.5HK) when laser power was 750W. Wear resistance reached the iest ( whose wear rate is 56% of the substrate ) when the power was 550W. Corrosion resistance was improved after laser transformation hardening, passivation current density of the smallest dimension was 33% of the substrate, the maximum

  15. Microstructure and Characteristics of Calcium Phosphate Layers on Bioactive Oxide Surfaces of Air-Sintered Titanium Foams after Immersion in Simulated Body Fluid

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    Hung-Bin Lee

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available We propose a simple and low-cost process for the preparation of porous Ti foams through a sponge replication method using single-step air sintering at various temperatures. In this study, the apatite-forming ability of air-sintered Ti samples after 21 days of immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF was investigated. The microstructures of the prepared Ca–P deposits were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM. In contrast to the control sample sintered in vacuum, which was found to have the simple hexagonal α-Ti phase, the air-sintered samples contained only the rutile phase. High intensities of XRD peaks for rutile TiO2 were obtained with samples sintered at 1000 °C. Moreover, the air-sintered Ti samples had a greater apatite-forming ability than that of the Ti sample sintered in vacuum. Ti samples sintered at 900 and 1000 °C had large aggregated spheroidal particles on their surfaces after immersion in SBF for 21 days. Combined XRD, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, and TEM results suggest that the calcium phosphate deposited on the rutile TiO2 surfaces consist of carbonated calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite instead of octacalcium phosphate.

  16. Synthetic chromosomes.

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    Schindler, Daniel; Waldminghaus, Torsten

    2015-11-01

    What a living organism looks like and how it works and what are its components-all this is encoded on DNA, the genetic blueprint. Consequently, the way to change an organism is to change its genetic information. Since the first pieces of recombinant DNA have been used to transform cells in the 1970s, this approach has been enormously extended. Bigger and bigger parts of the genetic information have been exchanged or added over the years. Now we are at a point where the construction of entire chromosomes becomes a reachable goal and first examples appear. This development leads to fundamental new questions, for example, about what is possible and desirable to build or what construction rules one needs to follow when building synthetic chromosomes. Here we review the recent progress in the field, discuss current challenges and speculate on the appearance of future synthetic chromosomes.

  17. Recrystallization microstructure modelling from superimposed deformed microstructure on microstructure model

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    Prantik Mukhopadhyay

    2009-08-01

    The recovered cold rolled microstructure obtained from orientation image microstructure of Al–4%Mg–0.5%Mn alloy (AA5182 alloy) was superimposed on the grid of cellular automata based microstructure model. The Taylor factors of deformed/cold rolled orientations were considered as the driving force for recrystallization. The local development of recrystallized microstructure and texture were simulated with orientation dependent grain boundary mobility and compared with the experimental results.

  18. Powerful polymeric thermal microactuator with embedded silicon microstructure

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    Lau, G.K.; Goosen, J.F.L.; Van Keulen, F.; Chu Duc, T.; Sarro, P.M.

    2007-01-01

    A powerful and effective design of a polymeric thermal microactuator is presented. The design has SU-8 epoxy layers filled and bonded in a meandering silicon (Si) microstructure. The silicon microstructure reinforces the SU-8 layers by lateral restraint. It also improves the transverse thermal expan

  19. Microstructure and properties of wear resistant layer by HIP diffusion bonding%热等静压扩散焊制备耐磨层的组织与性能

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    刘国辉; 车洪艳; 王铁军; 刘慧渊; 徐进

    2013-01-01

    采用热等静压粉-固连接工艺,研究了0Cr18Ni1oTi合金与Stellite6钴基粉末经热等静压扩散连接及热处理后,耐磨层的组织、力学性能及界面区元素扩散情况.结果表明,热等静压制备的耐磨层组织均匀,主要由Co、Cr3C2、Cr23C6和CrSi2等相组成;界面处W、Fe、Co、Ni和Cr等元素相互扩散,扩散区宽度为40 μm,形成了良好的冶金结合,其结合强度约为500 MPa;耐磨层硬度达到55 HRC以上.钴基耐磨层具有良好的耐磨性,热处理后,耐磨层材料的硬度及强度有所提高,XRD分析显示有CoWSi、CrSi2和C06 W6C相析出有利于提高材料的硬度.%0Cr18Ni10Ti stainless steel and powder Stellite6 were joined by HIP solid-powder diffusive bonding.The microstructure and properties of the wear-resistant layer,bonded interface and the inter diffusion of the components in the diffusive zone were studied.The results indicate that wear-resistant layers with homogeneous microstructure are mainly composed of Co,Cr3 C2,Cr23 C6 and CrSi2.Moreover,it has good abrasive resistance and 55 HRC hardness.A good metallurgical bonded interface zone is of 40 μn width and 500 MPa bonding strength.The inter diffusion of W,Fe,Co,Ni and Cr elements is evident.The strength and hardness increase after heat treating.XRD results indicate that there is precipitation of CoWSi,CrSi2 and Co6W6C phases which can improve hardness.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of surface layers of 30CrMnSiA steel plasma nitrocarburized with rare earth addition

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    TANG Lina; YAN Mufu

    2012-01-01

    The pulse plasma nitrocarburizing for 30CrMnSiA steel was conducted at 560 ℃ for 8 h in mixed gases of N2∶3H2 and different flow rates of rare earths (RE) addition.Effects of rare earths (RE) addition in the carrier gas on the surface morphology,phase structure and mechanical properties of the nitrocarburized layer were characterized by optical microscopy (OM),X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),microhardness testing and wear testing,respectively.The results showed that the surface phase structures changed from dual phases ε-Fe2-3N(C) and γ'-Fe4N(C) to phase Fe3C and incipient nitrides,and the nitrocarburized surface hardness value decreased slightly from 756 to 681 HV0.1 with the RE addition increasing in the carrier gas,and the corresponding morphology of the nitrocarburized surface was granular nitride group (diameter 0.8-1.5 μm) and compact-fine Fe3C stick and patch (mean size 100-300 nm),respectively.The wear resistance of the experimental steel could be improved remarkably by plasma RE nitrocarburizing.The nitrocarburized layer with Fe3C phase formed in the mixed gases of N2∶3H2 and flow rate of 0.5 L/min RE addition showed the lowest friction coefficient and the narrowest wear track.

  1. Effect of the microstructural characteristics of a Ga-doped TiO2 hole block layer on an inverted structure organic solar cell

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    Lee, Eun Ju; Ryu, Sang Ouk

    2016-09-01

    Inverted-structure organic solar cells (OSCs) were fabricated using atomic-layer-deposition (ALD) processed Ga-doped TiO2 as hole blocking layer (HBL). Measured photovoltaic efficiencies were greatly related to the crystallinity of the TiO2 films. However, the efficiencies of the OSCs and the crystallinity of the HBL did not show a linear relationship. The HBL was fully crystallized at a deposition temperature of 200 °C or above, and the power conversion efficiency was measured to be 2.7% with for the HBL processed at 200 °C, but the efficiency decreased to 2.4% for the HBL processed at 250 °C. On the other hand, the surface roughness of the crystallized films was found be increased to two fold in the studied temperature range. Once the HBL had been fully crystallized, the major factor that determined the overall performance of OSCs was the surface roughness of the HBL.

  2. Synthetic Cannabinoids.

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    Mills, Brooke; Yepes, Andres; Nugent, Kenneth

    2015-07-01

    Synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs), also known under the brand names of "Spice," "K2," "herbal incense," "Cloud 9," "Mojo" and many others, are becoming a large public health concern due not only to their increasing use but also to their unpredictable toxicity and abuse potential. There are many types of SCBs, each having a unique binding affinity for cannabinoid receptors. Although both Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and SCBs stimulate the same receptors, cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), studies have shown that SCBs are associated with higher rates of toxicity and hospital admissions than is natural cannabis. This is likely due to SCBs being direct agonists of the cannabinoid receptors, whereas THC is a partial agonist. Furthermore, the different chemical structures of SCBs found in Spice or K2 may interact in unpredictable ways to elicit previously unknown, and the commercial products may have unknown contaminants. The largest group of users is men in their 20s who participate in polydrug use. The most common reported toxicities with SCB use based on studies using Texas Poison Control records are tachycardia, agitation and irritability, drowsiness, hallucinations, delusions, hypertension, nausea, confusion, dizziness, vertigo and chest pain. Acute kidney injury has also been strongly associated with SCB use. Treatment mostly involves symptom management and supportive care. More research is needed to identify which contaminants are typically found in synthetic marijuana and to understand the interactions between different SBCs to better predict adverse health outcomes.

  3. Natural - synthetic - artificial!

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    Nielsen, Peter E

    2010-01-01

    The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life.......The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life....

  4. Structural and microstructural changes during anion exchange of CoAl layered double hydroxides: an in situ X-ray powder diffraction study

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    Johnsen, Rune; Krumeich, Frank; Norby, Poul

    2010-01-01

    Anion-exchange processes in cobalt-aluminium layered double hydroxides (LDHs) were studied by in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The processes investigated were CoAl-CO3 CoAl-Cl CoAl-CO3, CoAl-Cl CoAl-NO3 and CoAl-CO3 CoAl-SO4. The XRPD data show that the CoAl-CO3 CoAl-Cl process...... that one of these intermediates is a mixed nitrate- and chloride-based LDH phase, where the disorder decreases as the nitrate content increases. The XRPD data of the partial CoAl-CO3 CoAl-SO4 anion-exchange reaction show that the process is a two-phase transformation involving a sulfate-containing LDH...

  5. Effects of Substrate and Post-Growth Treatments on the Microstructure and Properties of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Haseman, Micah; Saadatkia, P.; Winarski, D. J.; Selim, F. A.; Leedy, K. D.; Tetlak, S.; Look, D. C.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.

    2016-12-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films were synthesized by atomic layer deposition on silicon, quartz and sapphire substrates and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy, conductivity mapping, Hall effect measurements and positron annihilation spectroscopy. XRD showed that the as-grown films are of single-phase ZnO wurtzite structure and do not contain any secondary or impurity phases. The type of substrate was found to affect the orientation and degree of crystallinity of the films but had no effect on the defect structure or the transport properties of the films. High conductivity of 10-3 Ω cm, electron mobility of 20 cm2/Vs and carrier density of 1020 cm-3 were measured in most films. Thermal treatments in various atmospheres induced a large effect on the thickness, structure and electrical properties of the films. Annealing in a Zn and nitrogen environment at 400°C for 1 h led to a 16% increase in the thickness of the film; this indicates that Zn extracts oxygen atoms from the matrix and forms new layers of ZnO. On the other hand, annealing in a hydrogen atmosphere led to the emergence of an Al2O3 peak in the XRD pattern, which implies that hydrogen and Al atoms compete to occupy Zn sites in the ZnO lattice. Only ambient air annealing had an effect on film defect density and electrical properties, generating reductions in conductivity and electron mobility. Depth-resolved measurements of positron annihilation spectroscopy revealed short positron diffusion lengths and high concentrations of defects in all as-grown films. However, these defects did not diminish the electrical conductivity in the films.

  6. The effect of composite organic acid (citric acid & tartaric acid) on microstructure and electrochemical properties of Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 Li-rich layered oxides

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    Zheng, Fenghua; Ou, Xing; Pan, Qichang; Xiong, Xunhui; Yang, Chenghao; Liu, Meilin

    2017-04-01

    The sol-gel method is applied to prepare nano-sized LMNCO lithium-rich layered oxides by adding of composite organic acid (citric acid & tartaric acid). The effect of composite organic acid on the microstructure of Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 (LMNCO) Li-rich cathode material is explored in this work. The results confirm the existence of interactions between the composite organic acid molecules and the precursors, and formation of stronger space steric effect. The stronger space steric effect can effectively prevent the growth of precursor particles in the presintering process at 550 °C for 5 h, which eventually contributed to the fabrication of nano-sized LMNCO. According to EIS analysis, the synthesized LMNCO has low charge transfer resistance of 135.4 Ω. Furthermore, it shows excellent electrochemical performance with a discharge capacity of 263.1 mAh g-1 at 0.1 C and 187.9 mAh g-1 at 5 C.

  7. 激光功率对镁合金改性层组织性能的影响%Effects of Laser Power on Microstructure and Properties of Mg Alloy Modified Layer

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    孙凯; 刘晟荥; 张文鑫; 陈飞

    2012-01-01

    为了获得镁合金表面改性处理的最佳激光功率工艺参数,对经不同激光工艺处理的AZ91D镁合金试样进行各项性能检测,研究熔凝层组织和性能随激光工艺参数的变化规律.结果表明:随激光功率的增加,镁合金试样中β-Mg17Al12含量增高,而且结合区中胞状晶尺寸也在增加.%In order to obtain laser surface treatment Mg alloy process parameters, the properties of Mg alloy treated with different laser treatment process were measured. A systematic study of melting layer microstructure and performance with the change of laser process parameters were done. The results show that with the increase of laser power, the fJ-Mg|7Al,2 levels in Mg alloy increase, and the binding of cellular grain size increases.

  8. ZnCr layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets assisted formation of hierarchical flower-like CdZnS@LDH microstructures with improved visible-light-driven H2 production.

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    Yao, Lihua; Wei, Ding; Yan, Dongpeng; Hu, Changwen

    2015-03-01

    The development of new semiconductor photocatalysts toward splitting water has supplied a promising way to obtain sustainable and clean hydrogen energy. Herein, CdZnS@layered double hydroxide (LDH) composites with a hierarchical flower-like microstructure have been fabricated with the aid of ZnCr-LDH nanosheets as templates. XRD, SEM and HRTEM show that the ZnCr-LDH nanosheets are uniformly dispersed within the composites. The surface of the hierarchical structures is rough and composed of numerous nanocrystals of CdZnS. The HRTEM images indicate that the surface of CdZnS nanocrystals is mainly composed of the (111) plane. Moreover, the visible-light-driven H2 production performance of the CdZnS in the presence and absence of ZnCr-LDH nanosheets has been measured. The results show that ZnCr-LDH nanosheets play an important role in the hierarchical morphology and photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples. In the water-splitting process, the visible-light-driven H2 -production rate of hierarchical flower-like CdZnS@LDH is 4.03 times and nearly 10 times higher than that of pristine CdZnS microsphere and pure commercial CdS, respectively. Therefore, this work not only achieves enhanced catalytic performance of the CdZnS by the introduction of ZnCr-LDH nanosheets, but also supplies an insight into the relationship between the hierarchical morphology and the semiconductor photocatalytic activity.

  9. Synthetic Brainbows

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    Wan, Y.

    2013-06-01

    Brainbow is a genetic engineering technique that randomly colorizes cells. Biological samples processed with this technique and imaged with confocal microscopy have distinctive colors for individual cells. Complex cellular structures can then be easily visualized. However, the complexity of the Brainbow technique limits its applications. In practice, most confocal microscopy scans use different florescence staining with typically at most three distinct cellular structures. These structures are often packed and obscure each other in rendered images making analysis difficult. In this paper, we leverage a process known as GPU framebuffer feedback loops to synthesize Brainbow-like images. In addition, we incorporate ID shuffing and Monte-Carlo sampling into our technique, so that it can be applied to single-channel confocal microscopy data. The synthesized Brainbow images are presented to domain experts with positive feedback. A user survey demonstrates that our synthetic Brainbow technique improves visualizations of volume data with complex structures for biologists.

  10. Integration of Natural Polymers and Synthetic Nanostructures

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    2014-11-20

    11/2014 Final Report August 15 2011- August 15 2014 INTEGRATION OF NATURAL POLYMERS AND SYNTHETIC NANOSTRUCTURES FA9550-11-1-0233 Vladimir V. Tsukruk...inorganic nanostructures . We employ fabrication techniques including layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition, vacuum-assisted self-assembly, and spin-assisted...writing. U U U UU 1 Final Performance Report August 2011 - August 2014 FA9550-11-1-0233: INTEGRATION OF NATURAL POLYMERS AND SYNTHETIC NANOSTRUCTURES

  11. Cross-sectional TEM study of the microstructure of superconducting X-ray detectors based on thin W-Al layers

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    Safran, G. E-mail: safran@mfa.kfki.hu; Loidl, M.; Meier, O.; Seidel, W.; Proebst, F

    2002-06-01

    The relation between structural and morphological properties and the performance of X-ray detectors have been studied by means of cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) and low temperature electrical measurements. The detectors consist of a strip of an aluminium thin film in contact with superconducting phase transition thermometers based on tungsten films at its both ends. Soft X-ray photons are absorbed in the sapphire substrate underneath the Al film and create high energy phonons. These phonons enter the superconducting film and break up Cooper-pairs into quasiparticles which then diffuse into the W films and create correlated thermal signals in both thermometers. XTEM investigations revealed a polycrystalline structure of the Al films above both the bare sapphire and chemically etched areas of the highly oriented W films, while the Al is single crystalline above the intact W film surface showing an orientational relationship: (2 0 0)Al parallel (0 2 0)W parallel (0 1 1-bar 2)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and [0 2-bar 2]Al parallel [2 0 0]W parallel [1 0 1-bar 2-bar]Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. No remarkable difference in morphology and structure of the layers of the two detector sides was observed. On the other hand, irregular saw-tooth-like interfaces of different profiles of low slope were found between the chemically etched regions of the W sensor films and the overlapping Al diffusion film. The observed strong asymmetry of the correlated signals is attributed to the disturbed quasiparticle propagation through the observed different interface structures of the two detector sides.

  12. The Effects of Zr Doping on the Optical, Electrical and Microstructural Properties of Thin ZnO Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Herodotou, Stephania; Treharne, Robert E; Durose, Ken; Tatlock, Gordon J; Potter, Richard J

    2015-10-27

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), with high optical transparency (≥85%) and low electrical resistivity (10(-4) Ω·cm) are used in a wide variety of commercial devices. There is growing interest in replacing conventional TCOs such as indium tin oxide with lower cost, earth abundant materials. In the current study, we dope Zr into thin ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) to target properties of an efficient TCO. The effects of doping (0-10 at.% Zr) were investigated for ~100 nm thick films and the effect of thickness on the properties was investigated for 50-250 nm thick films. The addition of Zr(4+) ions acting as electron donors showed reduced resistivity (1.44 × 10(-3) Ω·cm), increased carrier density (3.81 × 10(20) cm(-3)), and increased optical gap (3.5 eV) with 4.8 at.% doping. The increase of film thickness to 250 nm reduced the electron carrier/photon scattering leading to a further reduction of resistivity to 7.5 × 10(-4) Ω·cm and an average optical transparency in the visible/near infrared (IR) range up to 91%. The improved n-type properties of ZnO: Zr films are promising for TCO applications after reaching the targets for high carrier density (>10(20) cm(-3)), low resistivity in the order of 10(-4) Ω·cm and high optical transparency (≥85%).

  13. The Effects of Zr Doping on the Optical, Electrical and Microstructural Properties of Thin ZnO Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Stephania Herodotou

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs, with high optical transparency (≥85% and low electrical resistivity (10−4 Ω·cm are used in a wide variety of commercial devices. There is growing interest in replacing conventional TCOs such as indium tin oxide with lower cost, earth abundant materials. In the current study, we dope Zr into thin ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD to target properties of an efficient TCO. The effects of doping (0–10 at.% Zr were investigated for ~100 nm thick films and the effect of thickness on the properties was investigated for 50–250 nm thick films. The addition of Zr4+ ions acting as electron donors showed reduced resistivity (1.44 × 10−3 Ω·cm, increased carrier density (3.81 × 1020 cm−3, and increased optical gap (3.5 eV with 4.8 at.% doping. The increase of film thickness to 250 nm reduced the electron carrier/photon scattering leading to a further reduction of resistivity to 7.5 × 10−4 Ω·cm and an average optical transparency in the visible/near infrared (IR range up to 91%. The improved n-type properties of ZnO: Zr films are promising for TCO applications after reaching the targets for high carrier density (>1020 cm−3, low resistivity in the order of 10−4 Ω·cm and high optical transparency (≥85%.

  14. Membrane with Stable Nanosized Microstructure and Method for Producing same

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    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides a membrane, comprising in this order a first catalyst layer, an electronically and ionically conducting layer having a nanosized microstructure, and a second catalyst layer, characterized in that the electronically and ionically conducting layer is formed from...

  15. Self-(Un)rolling Biopolymer Microstructures: Rings, Tubules, and Helical Tubules from the Same Material.

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    Ye, Chunhong; Nikolov, Svetoslav V; Calabrese, Rossella; Dindar, Amir; Alexeev, Alexander; Kippelen, Bernard; Kaplan, David L; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2015-07-13

    We have demonstrated the facile formation of reversible and fast self-rolling biopolymer microstructures from sandwiched active-passive, silk-on-silk materials. Both experimental and modeling results confirmed that the shape of individual sheets effectively controls biaxial stresses within these sheets, which can self-roll into distinct 3D structures including microscopic rings, tubules, and helical tubules. This is a unique example of tailoring self-rolled 3D geometries through shape design without changing the inner morphology of active bimorph biomaterials. In contrast to traditional organic-soluble synthetic materials, we utilized a biocompatible and biodegradable biopolymer that underwent a facile aqueous layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly process for the fabrication of 2D films. The resulting films can undergo reversible pH-triggered rolling/unrolling, with a variety of 3D structures forming from biopolymer structures that have identical morphology and composition.

  16. Layered-structural monoclinic–orthorhombic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} to orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} phase transition and their microstructure characterization

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    Herrera, G., E-mail: manuel.herrera@enp.unam.mx [Colegio de Física, ENP P7, “Ezequiel A. Chávez”, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de 3México, 15810 México D. F. (Mexico); Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Valencia, 46100 Burjasot, Valencia (Spain); Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 04510 México D. F. (Mexico); Jiménez-Mier, J. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 04510 México D. F. (Mexico); Chavira, E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 04510 México D. F. (Mexico)

    2014-03-01

    The layered-structural ceramics, such as lanthanum titanate (La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), have been known for their good temperature and low dielectric loss at microwave frequencies that make them good candidate materials for high frequency applications. However, few studies have been conducted on the synthesis optimization by sol gel reaction, in particular by acrylamide polymerization route. The interest in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} ceramic has been greatly increased recently due to the effect of oriented grains. This anisotropy of the microstructure leads to anisotropy in dielectric, electrical and mechanical properties. In this study, grain oriented lanthanum titanate was produced by the sol–gel acrylamide polymerization route. The characterizations of the samples were achieved by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicates that the formation of monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocrystals is a necessary first step to obtain orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites (with space group Pbnm). In this work we identified that the monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} with space group P2{sub 1} transforms its structure into one with the orthorhombic space group Cmc2{sub 1} at approximately 1073 K. The microstructure associated consisted of flaky monoclinic La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocomposites in comparison with round-shaped LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites. - Highlights: • The flaky-like La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} compound was synthesized by sol–gel acrylamide route. • Simultaneous monitoring of the DTA and XRD with temperature was performed. • Phase transformation characterization of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been carried out. • The variation of the La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and LaTiO{sub 3} grain morphology has been compared.

  17. Probing the surface microstructure of layer-by-layer self-assembly chitosan/poly(L-glutamic acid) multilayers: A grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering study

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    Zhao, Nie; Yang, Chunming, E-mail: yangchunming@sinap.ac.cn; Wang, Yuzhu; Zhao, Binyu; Bian, Fenggang; Li, Xiuhong; Wang, Jie, E-mail: wangjie@sinap.ac.cn

    2016-01-01

    This study characterized the surface structure of layer-by-layer self-assembly chitosan/poly(L-glutamic acid) multilayers through grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). A weakly long-period ordered structure along the in-plane direction was firstly observed in the polyelectrolyte multilayer by the GISAXS technique. This structure can be attributed to the specific domains on the film surface. In the domain, nanodroplets that were formed by polyelectrolyte molecules were orderly arranged along the free surface of the films. This ordered structure gradually disappeared with the increasing bilayer number because of the complex merging behavior of nanodroplets into large islands. Furthermore, resonant diffuse scattering became evident in the GISAXS patterns as the number of bilayers in the polyelectrolyte multilayer was increased. Notably, the lateral cutoff length of resonant diffuse scattering for these polyelectrolyte films was comparable with the long-period value of the ordered nanodroplets in the polyelectrolyte multilayer. Therefore, the nanodroplets could be considered as a basic transmission unit for structure propagation from the inner interface to the film surface. It suggests that the surface structure with length scale larger than the size of nanodroplets was partially complicated from the interface structure near the substrate, but surface structure smaller than the cutoff length was mainly depended on the conformation of nanodroplets. - Highlights: • The growth of ordered nanodroplets in PEMs was characterized by the GISAXS technique. • The basic transmission units for structure propagation within PEMs were nanodroplets. • High-performance of wave-guiding devices prepared by PEMs was predicted.

  18. Microstructural Study of Titanium Carbide Coating on Cemented Carbide

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    Vuorinen, S.; Horsewell, Andy

    1982-01-01

    Titanium carbide coating layers on cemented carbide substrates have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Microstructural variations within the typically 5µm thick chemical vapour deposited TiC coatings were found to vary with deposit thickness such that a layer structure could...... be delineated. Close to the interface further microstructural inhomogeneities were obsered, there being a clear dependence of TiC deposition mechanism on the chemical and crystallographic nature of the upper layers of the multiphase substrate....

  19. Synthetic Astrobiology

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2017-01-01

    "Are we alone?" is one of the primary questions of astrobiology, and whose answer defines our significance in the universe. Unfortunately, this quest is hindered by the fact that we have only one confirmed example of life, that of earth. While this is enormously helpful in helping to define the minimum envelope for life, it strains credulity to imagine that life, if it arose multiple times, has not taken other routes. To help fill this gap, our lab has begun using synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - as an enabling technology. One theme, the "Hell Cell" project, focuses on creating artificial extremophiles in order to push the limits for Earth life, and to understand how difficult it is for life to evolve into extreme niches. In another project, we are re-evolving biotic functions using only the most thermodynamically stable amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids.

  20. Study on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the cast QT750-5 synthetic ductile iron camshaft%铸态QT750-5合成球铁凸轮轴的组织及力学性能

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    陈忠士; 邹泽昌; 林燕清; 温丽娜

    2015-01-01

    采用先进的铁模覆砂铸造技术和废钢增碳技术,选择合适的化学成分和控制工艺来生产QT750-5合成球铁凸轮轴,其力学性能为:抗拉强度超过≥750 MPa,断后伸长率≥5%;基体组织是铁素体和珠光体的混合基体,基本无自由渗碳体和磷共晶存在,实现了内燃机凸轮轴材质从传统合金铸铁向高强高韧性球墨铸铁发展的飞跃。%The cast QT750-5 synthetic ductile iron camshaft was produced by using the advanced iron coated sand casting technology and scrap steel carburizing technology,with choosing the proper chemical composition and controlling production process. The tensile strength of the cast QT750-5 synthetic ductile iron camshaft was more than or equal to 750 MPa,and the elongation is greater than or equal to 5%. The matrix microstructure was the mixed matrix of ferrite and pearlite,and there was no free cementation and phosphorus eutectic. The development of the engine camshaft material from the traditional alloy cast iron to high strength and toughness ductile iron has been realized.

  1. Effect of Microstructure and Sulfide on Corrosion of Cu-Ni Alloys in Seawater

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    2000-01-01

    The microstructure and the corrosion product films have been investigated on Cu-Ni alloys by TEM, SEM, AES and electrochemical technique as well as natural seawater exposure tests. Experimental results showed that the alloys had two kinds of microstructure, I.e. Recrystallization and incomplete recrystallization. In synthetic seawater containing 2×10-6 S2-, the stability of the alloy increased with the increase of deformation and annealing temperature, I.e., the degree of recrystallization. After exposure to natural seawater for different periods of time, the corrosion product films of the recrystallized alloy were rich in Ni and compact, and there were cracks in the outer layer which contained a small amount of S; the films of the alloy of incomplete recrystallization became thick, loose and porous, and obviously of layered structure. And the intergranular corrosion took place in the underlying substrate. Besides, a great amount of seawater substance existed in the outer layer and some sulfur was found within the grain boundaries that prefer to corrode. The accelerating effect of sulfides in corrosion of Cu-Ni alloys in seawater is attributed to the coexistence and absorption of sulfides and carbides promoting the preference of corrosion where they absorb, and the formation of dissolvable Cu2S results in keeping the surface of the alloys in the active state.

  2. Effect of bi-layer ratio in ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers on microstructure and functional properties of ZnO nanocrystals embedded in Al2O3 matrix

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    Sekhar, K. C.; Levichev, S.; Buljan, M.; Bernstorff, S.; Kamakshi, Koppole; Chahboun, A.; Almeida, A.; Agostinho Moreira, J.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2014-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in alumina (Al2O3) matrix were produced via rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of pulsed laser deposited ZnO/Al2O3 multilayered nanostructures. The effect of the thickness ratio ( R) between Al2O3 and ZnO in one bi-layer on the microstructure and functional properties of NCs has been investigated. Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering confirmed the formation of nanocrystals after RTA. Grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering studies revealed that ZnO NCs have a high crystalline quality with (100) as preferred orientation. Tensile strain of NCs decreases with increasing R and is correlated to the distribution of NCs. From Raman analysis, it is noticed that the phonon frequency of the E2 mode, related to the ZnO wurtzite phase, in NCs is shifted towards that of bulk ZnO with increasing R. Photoluminescence studies revealed that the near edge peak position shifts from 382 nm to 371 nm as the ratio R changes from 1.5 to 4 and is attributed to the strain effect. The intensity of emission in the yellow-green region due to defects decreases significantly with increasing R. Current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of Al/ZnO NCs embedded in Al2O3/n-Si (100)/Al have shown a hysteresis behavior. The increasing width of the hysteresis with increasing R revealed that the origin of the hysteresis might be due to the existence of polar surface charges on well-separated NCs. The high-resistance and low-resistance states in I- V hysteresis curves seem to be governed by Fowler-Nordheim tunneling and Schottky emission mechanisms, respectively.

  3. 熔焊对碳钢渗铝层组织和抗氧化性能的影响%Influence of Fusion Welding on Microstructure and Oxidation Resistance of Aluminized Layer on Carbon Steel

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    丛伟; 姚正军; 包卫军

    2011-01-01

    Vacuum diffusion Q235 steel after hop dip aluminizing was welded by tungsten gas arc welding.The effect of fusion welding on microstructure and high-temperature (800℃ ) oxidation resistance of the aluminized layer was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectra and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the interface between aluminized layer and welding seam was metallurgical bonding. The elements of Cr, Ni and Al near fusion line gradiently distributed. The main phases near fusion line were Al2Cr, AlCrFe2 and (Fe, Cr) solid solution. The oxidation-mass gain curves of the post-weld sample were nearly parabolic. The main phases of the oxidation film in fusion zone were Al2O3, Cr2O3 and Fe2O3. Comparing with the high-temperature oxidation resistance of the aluminized sample before welding , the one of the sample after welding only decreased by 22. 8%.%采用钨极氩弧焊焊接了热浸镀铝后真空扩散的Q235钢板,采用光学显微镜、SEM、EDS、XRD等研究了熔焊对渗铝层组织及高温(800℃)抗氧化性能的影响.结果表明:渗铝层与焊缝之间实现冶金结合,铬、镍、铝元素在熔合线附近呈现梯度分布,熔合线附近的主要物相为Al2Cr、AlCrFe2以及(Fe,Cr)固溶体;焊后试样的氧化-增重曲线近似抛物线,熔合区氧化膜的主要物相为Al2O3、Cr2O3和Fe2O3,焊后渗铝试样的高温抗氧化性能比焊接前仅下降了22.8%.

  4. 在DD3单晶上进行FGH95粉末激光多层涂覆:单晶涂层组织形式规律研究%Laser Multi-layer Cladding Experiment on the DD3 Single Crystal Using FGH95 Powder: Investigation on the Microstructure of Single Crystal Cladding Layer

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    冯莉萍; 黄卫东; 林鑫; 杨海鸥; 李延民; 杨健

    2002-01-01

    Laser multi-layer cladding experimen ts were performed on the substrate of DD3 s ingle crystal with FGH95 powder as cladding material. The solidification microst ructure in the sample was investigated. It was found that the solidification mic rostructure was greatly influenced by the crystallography orientation of the sub strate and the local solidification conditions. When the angle between the prefe rred orientation of the single crystal and the direction of heat flow in the cla dding layer is less than 30°, single crystal cladding layers were acqu ired. Otherwise the crystallography orientation of the cladding layer will devia te from the orientation of the substrate and the microstructure with polycrystal line appears. Meanwhile, even when the experiments were performed on the same pr eferred crystal surface, the solidification microstructures will be different di stinctly resulting from the variation of the local solidification conditions. Th e secondary arms were degenerated and the primary arm spacing was about 10-20 μm. Further investigation shows that the phases of the cladding layer are main ly made up of γ,γ′, the flower-like γ/γ′ eutectic and carbide. T he morphology of γ′ was cubical and the size is less than 0.1μm.%利用高温合金FGH95粉末在DD3单晶的不同晶面上进行激光多层涂覆实验,深入研究了涂覆层中凝固显微组织的生长规律.研究表明基材的晶体取向和局部凝固条件对涂层中的凝固显微组织有很大的影响.当单晶基材择优晶向与热流方向夹角小于30°时,可以得到从基材上外延生长的单晶,涂层内二次臂退化,枝晶一次间距为10~20μm;当实验所在的单晶基材的择优晶向与热流的方向夹角大于30°时,涂层中晶体取向偏离基材的取向,并出现多晶.即便当实验在同一个择优晶面上进行时,局部凝固条件不同,涂层内的凝固显微组织也有很大的差别.二次臂退化,一次臂间距大约为10

  5. Experimental study on biofilm domestication for layered MBBR treating synthetic ammonia wastewater%分层MBBR处理合成氨废水的生物膜驯化试验研究

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    崔震; 金腊华; 严泽敏

    2013-01-01

    利用自建的分层悬浮填料移动床生物膜反应器(MBBR)处理模拟合成氨废水,考察了填料生物膜驯化过程中生物相的变化和反应器内基质浓度的降解情况.试验结果表明:当废水中NH3-N、CODCr和硫化物的质量浓度分别达到400、2 800和3 mg/L时,出水中的质量浓度分别为90、200和0.46 mg/L,基本达到GB 13458-2001《合成氨工业水污染物排放标准》的要求,去除率分别达到78%、93%和85%.与不分层MBBR对NH3-N和COD.的去除率(70%和89%)相比较,分层MBBR的去除效果有较大程度的提高.%A homemade layered suspended filler moving bed biofilm reactor(MBBR) was used to treat simulant synthetic ammonia wastewater. The changes of the biological phase of the biofilm and the degradation of the substrate in the reactor during the biofilm domestication process were investigated. The results of the test showed that, when the mass concentration of NH3-N, CODCr and sulfide in the wastewater were 400, 2 800 and 3 mg/L respectively, after the treatment, the corresponding indexes of the effluent water were 90, 200 and 0.46 mg/L respectively, and the removal rates reached 78%, 93% and 85% respectively, which met the requirement of GB 13458-2001 Discharge Standard of Water Pollutants for Ammonia Industry. Compared with the removal rates of NH3-N (70%) and CODCr (89%) by traditional MBBR, the removal rates by layered MBBR were obviously higher.

  6. Synthetic biology, inspired by synthetic chemistry.

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    Malinova, V; Nallani, M; Meier, W P; Sinner, E K

    2012-07-16

    The topic synthetic biology appears still as an 'empty basket to be filled'. However, there is already plenty of claims and visions, as well as convincing research strategies about the theme of synthetic biology. First of all, synthetic biology seems to be about the engineering of biology - about bottom-up and top-down approaches, compromising complexity versus stability of artificial architectures, relevant in biology. Synthetic biology accounts for heterogeneous approaches towards minimal and even artificial life, the engineering of biochemical pathways on the organismic level, the modelling of molecular processes and finally, the combination of synthetic with nature-derived materials and architectural concepts, such as a cellular membrane. Still, synthetic biology is a discipline, which embraces interdisciplinary attempts in order to have a profound, scientific base to enable the re-design of nature and to compose architectures and processes with man-made matter. We like to give an overview about the developments in the field of synthetic biology, regarding polymer-based analogs of cellular membranes and what questions can be answered by applying synthetic polymer science towards the smallest unit in life, namely a cell.

  7. Plant synthetic biology.

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    Liu, Wusheng; Stewart, C Neal

    2015-05-01

    Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that combines engineering principles with plant biology toward the design and production of new devices. This emerging field should play an important role in future agriculture for traditional crop improvement, but also in enabling novel bioproduction in plants. In this review we discuss the design cycles of synthetic biology as well as key engineering principles, genetic parts, and computational tools that can be utilized in plant synthetic biology. Some pioneering examples are offered as a demonstration of how synthetic biology can be used to modify plants for specific purposes. These include synthetic sensors, synthetic metabolic pathways, and synthetic genomes. We also speculate about the future of synthetic biology of plants.

  8. Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts")

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    ... A recent study found that 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a common synthetic cathinone, affects the brain in ... but is at least 10 times more powerful. MDPV is the most common synthetic cathinone found in ...

  9. What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

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    ... dried plant materials. Chemical tests show that their active ingredients are man-made cannabinoid compounds. Synthetic cannabinoid users report some effects similar to those produced by marijuana: elevated mood relaxation altered perception symptoms of psychosis Synthetic cannabinoids can ...

  10. Towards biochips using microstructured optical fiber sensors

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    Rindorf, Lars Henning; Hoiby, Poul Erik; Jensen, Jesper Bo

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we present the first incorporation of a microstructured optical fiber (MOF) into biochip applications. A 16-mm-long piece of MOF is incorporated into an optic-fluidic coupler chip, which is fabricated in PMMA polymer using a CO2 laser. The developed chip configuration allows...... the continuous control of liquid flow through the MOF and simultaneous optical characterization. While integrated in the chip, the MOF is functionalized towards the capture of a specific single-stranded DNA string by immobilizing a sensing layer on the microstructured internal surfaces of the fiber. The sensing...

  11. Microstructure and Properties of Titanizing Layer on Die Steels by Salt Bath Metal Cementation%模具钢表面盐浴渗钛层的制备及性能研究

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    向俊; 李承洋; 王浩宇; 辛荣; 吴思博; 张进

    2016-01-01

    Salt bath titanizing was performed on Cr1 2MoV steel substrate.The influences of process temperature,and time on the thickness of the layer were studied.The coatings were characterized in terms of microstructure,roughness and surface mechanical properties by optical microscope (OM),scanning electron microscope (SEM),X-ray diffraction (XRD),micro-hardness tester,multifunctional surface properties tester.The results indicated that the dense titanizing coat-ing with the thickness was about 1 3μm at 1 000℃for 6h.The coating mainly consisted of TiC and the value of micro-hard-ness is about 2789HV0.3 .The wear behavior of the coating was investigated.The results showed that the worn loss of the coated sample was 1 7 times smaller than the steel substrate.The average friction coefficient of the titanizing coating was about 0.4054 and it was only 70.6% of the substrate,indicating better wear resistance after titannizing of die steels.%采用盐浴法在Cr12MoV冷作模具钢表面进行渗钛处理,研究了不同温度和时间对渗层厚度的影响。通过金相显微镜、扫描电镜、X射线衍射仪、显微硬度测试仪和旋转摩擦试验仪分析了渗层的显微形貌、相结构、表断面硬度和耐磨性能。结果表明:通过配方优选,在适宜的渗入温度(1000℃)和时间(6 h )下,可在模具钢表面形成致密、厚度约13μm的渗钛层,相组成主要为TiC,渗层具有较高的表面硬度(约2789HV0.3)。室温干摩擦试验表明,与基体相比,相渗层试样的磨损量降低约17倍,平均摩擦系数为0.4054,仅为基体的70.6%,说明模具钢盐浴渗钛处理后具有较佳的耐磨减摩性能。

  12. Influence of chloride ingress on the microstructure and water sorptivity of the surface layer of concrete%氯离子渗透对混凝土表层渗水系数及微观结构的影响

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    刘军; 陈晓池; 邢锋; 王卫仑

    2014-01-01

    In this study,the influences of different immersion conditions on the pore structure and surface layer sorptivity were investigated.After cured for 28 d under standard conditions,concrete specimens with different mix proportions were immersed in ultrapure water and 5% NaCl solution,and Autoclam (a surface sorptivity tester)was used to measure the evolution of surface sorptivity of the concrete specimens following time.In par-allel,paste particles taken from the specimens were cured and immersed under the same conditions,and used for pore structure characterization.It was found that immersion in NaCl solution could significantly improve the surface water-absorption resistance of concrete as compared with the ultrapure water immersion.For example, for concrete PC1,at the immersion age of 90 d,the surface water-sorptivity of concrete immersed in NaCl solu-tion was 0.91 of the specimen immersed in ultrapure water,while this factor decreased to 0.76 at the immersion age of 150 d.This influence could be attributed to the fact that the penetration of chloride ions into concrete made the pore structure finer,and reduced the volume fraction of pores under 100 nm.It was found in experi-ments that for PC1,the volume of pores under 100 nm in specimens under NaCl solution immersion was 32.42% lower than that under ultrapure water immersion,and this ratio was 57.24% for PC2.It was proved that chloride ions facilitated the hydration of cement,thus the immersion in NaCl solution helped cement paste in concrete achieving better hydration and denser microstructure.%使用不同配合比的混凝土试件及颗粒标准养护28 d后,浸泡在超纯水和5%的 NaCl 溶液中,采用表面渗透性测试仪(Autoclam)和氮气吸附法定期检测混凝土的表层渗水系数及微观孔结构,研究氯离子对混凝土表层渗水性能及水泥水化浆体微观结构的影响.结果表明,NaCl溶液浸泡会显著提高混凝土表层的抗渗能力,对PC1混凝土,浸泡90 d后,

  13. Micromechanical Modelling of Advanced Ceramics with Statistically Representative Synthetic Microstructures

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    Alveen, Patricia; McNamara, Declan; Carolan, Declan; et al

    2013-01-01

    Advanced ceramics are a class of material used in extreme conditions, such as high speed turning of aerospace alloys and rock drilling. Their high hardness makes them suitable for these uses, however their lower toughness means that failure due to fracture and chipping is a problem. They are composed of micron-sized particles of a primary hard phase together with either a ceramic or metallic matrix material. A combined experimental-numerical method was used to investigate the role of microstr...

  14. Microstructure and of Mechanics Microwave Boriding

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    YE Weiping; HUANG Zilin; ZHANG Qiaoxin; ZHANG Qinyi

    2008-01-01

    Microwave boriding layer microstructure of carbon steels and its diffusion mechanics were studied.The results show that the existence of microwave field in the boriding can't change the growth mechanics of boriding layer. Compared with conventional boriding,if the treatment temperature and time remain constantly,the descend rate of the boriding layer thickness with the increase of carbon content of steel is smaller.The diffusion activation energy of T8 steel is 2.6× 105 J/mol between the temperature of 750 ℃and 900 ℃ in microwave field,which is in the same order ofconventional boriding.

  15. Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microstructural Evolution during Nitrocarburising

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    Somers, Marcel A.J.; Du, Hong

    2000-01-01

    for compound layers where epsilon carbonitride phase is the dominant phase and extends from the surface to the interface with the substrate. Both cementite and gamma' phase, with narrow composition ranges, reduce the growth rate. Modelling of the microstructure evolution during nitrocarburising is hindered......The evolution of the phase distribution, the composition and the growth kinetics of the compound layer is described for nitrocarburising experiments at well defined combinations of nitriding and carburising potentials in the gaseous environment. Initially, the compound layer development...

  16. Effect of Au film pre-deposited at different durations as inner electrode on the electrical properties and interface microstructures of Na2O-PbO-Nb2O5-SiO2 multi-layer glass-ceramic capacitors

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    Jun ZHU; Jun LUO; Qingmeng ZHANG; Jun DU

    2011-01-01

    To further study the effect of sputtered Au film as transition electrode layer on the electrical properties and interface microstructures of Na2O-PbO-Nb2O5-SiO2 multilayer glass-ceramic capacitors,Au films pre-deposited at different time were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering.Compared with the single paste electrode structure,samples with Au films pre-deposited from 6 to 18 min have the consistent performance to effectively improve the electrical properties of the capacitors,resulting in the doubled breakdown strength,an increase of equivalent capacitance by 22% and a decrease of leakage current by an order of magnitude.SEM observations indicate that the Au films with deposition time from 6 to 18 min would all help the formation of a dense electrode/dielectric interface and inhibit the diffusion of Ag.The results reveal that Au film pre-deposited for 6 min as inner electrode was sufficient to improve the interface microstructure and therefore to inhibit the Ag diffusion and enhance the overall performance of the multi-layer glass-ceramic capacitors.

  17. EFFECT OF PROCESSING TEMPERATURE AND TIME ON MICROSTRUCTURE OF Al-Zn ALLOYED LAYER PREPARED BY CO-ALUMINIZING-ZICIZING ON MAGNESIUM ALLOY%扩渗温度和时间对镁合金表面Al-Zn共渗层显微组织的影响

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    马幼平; 杨蕾; 李秀兰

    2009-01-01

    采用扩渗法在镁合金表面共渗Al-Zn,研究了扩渗时间和温度对表面合金层显微组织的影响.结果表明:当温度为390%时,随着扩渗时间的增加,生成的表面合金层由不连续金属间化合物层(Al6Mg10Zn、Al5Mg11Zn4)+过渡层变为连续金属间化合物层+过渡层;此过程应是物理置换扩散机制和反应扩散机制同时存在,生成的金属间化合物相主要为Al6Mg10Zn和Al5Mg11Zn4两种类型金属间化合物,其中Al5Mg11Zn4是较为稳定的相;当温度提高到410℃时,晶界扩散活性提高,晶界扩散通道增强,仅为2小时已出现了严重的沿晶界扩渗,造成合金层中金属间化合物沿晶界呈网状不均匀分布.%An Al-Zn alloyed surface layer on magnesium alloy was prepared by a co-aluminizing-zicizing process with Al and Zn powders. The effect of processing time and temperature on the microstructure of surface alloyed layer was studied. The result showed that with the time increase from 2 h to 6h at 390℃, the formed surface alloyed zone seemed to be consisted of discontinuous islets of intermetallic compounds (Al6Mg10Zn and Al5Mg11Zn4+transition layer, and then transformed to ones consisted of continuous in-termetallic compound layer+transition layer. The intermetallic compounds formed in the alloyed layer are Al6Mg10Zn and Al5Mg11Zn4 ,the latter being much stable. When the temperature increases to 410℃, serious grain boundary diffusion started by 2 h, when a network like microstructure of intermetallics ap-peared along grain boundary in the front of the alloyed layer.

  18. Si microstructures laminated with a nanolayer of TiO2 as long-term stable and effective photocathodes in PEC devices

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    Das, Chittaranjan; Tallarida, Massimo; Schmeisser, Dieter

    2015-04-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is one of the most emerging fields for green energy generation and storage. Here we show a study of microstructured Si covered by a TiO2 nano-layer. The microstructures are prepared by galvanostatic selective etching of Si. The TiO2 nano-layer was deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) to protect the microstructured photocathode against corrosion. The obtained microstructured photocathode showed a shift in the onset potential of 400 mV towards the anodic direction compared to bare Si. The Si microstructures laminated with a nano-layer of TiO2 show stability over 60 hours of measurement.

  19. Si microstructures laminated with a nanolayer of TiO2 as long-term stable and effective photocathodes in PEC devices.

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    Das, Chittaranjan; Tallarida, Massimo; Schmeisser, Dieter

    2015-05-07

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is one of the most emerging fields for green energy generation and storage. Here we show a study of microstructured Si covered by a TiO2 nano-layer. The microstructures are prepared by galvanostatic selective etching of Si. The TiO2 nano-layer was deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) to protect the microstructured photocathode against corrosion. The obtained microstructured photocathode showed a shift in the onset potential of 400 mV towards the anodic direction compared to bare Si. The Si microstructures laminated with a nano-layer of TiO2 show stability over 60 hours of measurement.

  20. Experimental investigation into flow in an ejector with four synthetic jets

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    Dančová Petra

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with experimental investigation into flow in an ejector with four synthetic jets. The aim of the synthetic jets is to excite the mixing layer in the ejector and intensify the mixing process. The cavities of the synthetic jet actuators are hidden in the mixing chamber wall and the synthetic jets are perpendicular to the ejector axis. CTA and pneumatic measuring method were used to investigate the influences of synthetic jets on flow inside the ejector.

  1. [The forensic chemical study of synthetic detergents].

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    Fartushnyĭ, A F; Sergeeva, E E; Kvasov, E B

    1994-01-01

    Six color reactions were developed and thin-layer chromatography conditions defined for identification of components of some synthetic detergents in preparations and cadaveric material. Sensitivity of toxic components identification in biologic objects is 0.1 mg for alkylbenzolsulfonate and 0.25 mg of sodium silicate per 100 g of the object.

  2. [From synthetic biology to synthetic humankind].

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    Nouvel, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose an historical survey of the expression "synthetic biology" in order to identify its main philosophical components. The result of the analysis is then used to investigate the meaning of the notion of "synthetic man". It is shown that both notions share a common philosophical background that can be summed up by the short but meaningful assertion: "biology is technology". The analysis allows us to distinguish two notions that are often confused in transhumanist literature: the notion of synthetic man and the notion of renewed man. The consequences of this crucial distinction are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Académie des sciences. Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Isolation, Separation, and Identification of Synthetic Food Colors.

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    Dixon, E. A.; Renyk, G.

    1982-01-01

    Describes a simple, inexpensive experiment for extraction of synthetic dyes permitted in foodstuffs, and their separation and identification using thin-layer chromatography and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. (Author/SK)

  4. Synthetic biology analysed tools for discussion and evaluation

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    2016-01-01

    Synthetic biology is a dynamic, young, ambitious, attractive, and heterogeneous scientific discipline. It is constantly developing and changing, which makes societal evaluation of this emerging new science a challenging task, prone to misunderstandings. Synthetic biology is difficult to capture, and confusion arises not only regarding which part of synthetic biology the discussion is about, but also with respect to the underlying concepts in use. This book offers a useful toolbox to approach this complex and fragmented field. It provides a biological access to the discussion using a 'layer' model that describes the connectivity of synthetic or semisynthetic organisms and cells to the realm of natural organisms derived by evolution. Instead of directly reviewing the field as a whole, firstly our book addresses the characteristic features of synthetic biology that are relevant to the societal discussion. Some of these features apply only to parts of synthetic biology, whereas others are relevant to synthetic bi...

  5. Simulated evolution process of core-shell microstructures

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    QIN Tao; WANG HaiPeng; WEI BingBo

    2007-01-01

    The evolution process of core-shell microstructures formed in monotectic alloys under the space environment condition was investigated by the numerical simulation method. In order to account for the effect of surface segregation on phase separation, Model H was modified by introducing a surface free energy term into the total free energy of alloy droplet. Three Fe-Cu alloys were taken as simulated examples, which usually exhibit metastable phase separation in undercooled and microgravity states. It was revealed by the dynamic simulation process that the formation of core-shell microstructures depends mainly on surface segregation and Marangoni convection. The phase separation of Fe65Cu35 alloy starts from a dispersed structure and gradually evolves into a triple-layer core-shell microstructure. Similarly, Fe50Cu50 alloy experiences a structural evolution process of "bicontinuous phase → quadruple-layer core-shell → triple-layer core-shell", while the microstructures of Fe35Cu65 alloy transfer from the dispersed structure into the final double-layer core-shell morphology. The Cu-rich phase always forms the outer layer because of surface segregation, whereas the internal microstructural evolution is controlled mainly by the Marangoni convection resulting from the temperature gradient.

  6. Microstructure of neat alcohols

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    Perera, A; Zoranic, L; Perera, Aurelien; Sokolic, Franjo; Zoranic, Larisa

    2007-01-01

    Formation of microstructure in homogeneous associated liquids is analysed through the density-density pair correlation functions, both in direct and reciprocal space, as well as an effective local one-body density function. This is illustrated through a molecular dynamics study of two neat alcohols, namely methanol and \\emph{tert}-butanol, which have a rich microstructure: chain-like molecular association for the former and micelle-like for the latter. The relation to hydrogen bonding interaction is demonstrated. The apparent failure to find microstructure in water -a stronger hydrogen bonding liquid- with the same tools, is discussed.

  7. Microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Large, Maryanne; Barton, Geoff; van Eijkelenborg, Martijn A

    2008-01-01

    Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres describes the optical properties of microstructured fibres, how they are made and modelled, and outlines some potential applications. These applications include areas where polymer fibres are already used, such as high-data rate transmission for Fibre-to-the Home or within cars, as well as completely new areas such as the photonic bandgap transmission of ""difficult"" wavelengths. Emphasising a conceptual understanding of the underlying physics, Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres is clearly written, and includes numerous illustrations. It provides an

  8. Designing synthetic biology.

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    Agapakis, Christina M

    2014-03-21

    Synthetic biology is frequently defined as the application of engineering design principles to biology. Such principles are intended to streamline the practice of biological engineering, to shorten the time required to design, build, and test synthetic gene networks. This streamlining of iterative design cycles can facilitate the future construction of biological systems for a range of applications in the production of fuels, foods, materials, and medicines. The promise of these potential applications as well as the emphasis on design has prompted critical reflection on synthetic biology from design theorists and practicing designers from many fields, who can bring valuable perspectives to the discipline. While interdisciplinary connections between biologists and engineers have built synthetic biology via the science and the technology of biology, interdisciplinary collaboration with artists, designers, and social theorists can provide insight on the connections between technology and society. Such collaborations can open up new avenues and new principles for research and design, as well as shed new light on the challenging context-dependence-both biological and social-that face living technologies at many scales. This review is inspired by the session titled "Design and Synthetic Biology: Connecting People and Technology" at Synthetic Biology 6.0 and covers a range of literature on design practice in synthetic biology and beyond. Critical engagement with how design is used to shape the discipline opens up new possibilities for how we might design the future of synthetic biology.

  9. Continuous media with microstructure

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    2010-01-01

    This book discusses the extension of classical continuum models. To the first class addressed belong various thermodynamic models of multicomponent systems, and to the second class belong primarily microstructures created by phase transformations.

  10. Solidification microstructure development

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    G Phanikumar; K Chattopadhyay

    2001-02-01

    In the present article, evolution of microstructure during solidification, as a function of various parameters, is discussed. Macrosegregation is described as being due to insufficient diffusivity of solute in the solid. Pattern formation is discussed in the light of instabilities at the solidification growth front. An overview of the scaling relations for various microstructures is given. Metastable extensions to equilibrium phase diagrams and corrections to equilibrium quantities are described.

  11. Fibonacci Series on Microstructures

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    2005-01-01

    @@ It is a big challenge for materials scientists to produce highly ordered micro- and nanostructures in a designed pattern with uniform size and shape.By controlling the geometry and the stress upon cooling, CAS researchers coaxed a microstructure to selfassemble into the triangular tessellation and Fibonacci number patterns on its surface. Their work ‘Triangular and Fibonacci number patterns driven by stress on core/shell microstructures' was published on the August 5 issue of Science.

  12. Inferring low-dimensional microstructure representations using convolutional neural networks

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    Lubbers, Nicholas; Barros, Kipton

    2016-01-01

    We apply recent advances in machine learning and computer vision to a central problem in materials informatics: The statistical representation of microstructural images. We use activations in a pre-trained convolutional neural network to provide a high-dimensional characterization of a set of synthetic microstructural images. Next, we use manifold learning to obtain a low-dimensional embedding of this statistical characterization. We show that the low-dimensional embedding extracts the parameters used to generate the images. According to a variety of metrics, the convolutional neural network method yields dramatically better embeddings than the analogous method derived from two-point correlations alone.

  13. Effect of a titanium nitride interlayer on the densification, properties and microstructure of cermets based on alumina and nickel. Part 2: Microstructures

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

    1992-01-01

    SEM microstructural analyses in conjunction with EDX and TEM microstructural analyses have been conducted with cermets based on nickel and alumina, the latter as such and with a chemical-vapour-deposited titanium nitride layer. It has been proved that there is excellent bonding at both the Al2O3/TiN

  14. Effect of synthetic methods on the thermo electrical properties of textured Bi{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Co{sub 1}.7O{sub x} ceramics

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    Rasekh, SH.; Madre, M. A.; Sotelo, A.; Guilmeau, E.; Marinel, S.; Diez, J. C.

    2010-07-01

    Thermoelectric performances on cobaltite ceramics can be changed by grain orientation. This can be performed by directional solidification on samples prepared from different synthetic methods. Three synthetic methods, conventional solid state reaction, sol-gel and polymer solution were used for preparation of Bi{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Co{sub 1}.7O{sub x} powders. The powders have been directionally grown, at a rate of 30 mm/h, by the laser floating zone method. In all the cases, the microstructure shows alternated layers, of Bi{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Co{sub 2}O{sub x} and a Bi-Ca-O solid solution, with small CoO inclusions. It has been found an improvement on the power factor at 50 degree centigrade for the solution methods with respect to the conventional solid sate sintered samples. (Author)

  15. Synthetic cathinone abuse

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    Capriola M

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Michael Capriola Thomasville Medical Center, Thomasville, NC, USA Abstract: The abuse of synthetic cathinones, widely known as bath salts, has been increasing since the mid-2000s. These substances are derivatives of the naturally occurring compound cathinone, which is the primary psychoactive component of khat. The toxicity of synthetic cathinones includes significant sympathomimetic effects, as well as psychosis, agitation, aggression, and sometimes violent and bizarre behavior. Mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone are currently the predominantly abused synthetic cathinones. Keywords: designer drugs/chemistry, street drugs/pharmacology, substance-related disorders/epidemiology, alkaloids/poisoning

  16. Synthetic Base Fluids

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    Brown, M.; Fotheringham, J. D.; Hoyes, T. J.; Mortier, R. M.; Orszulik, S. T.; Randles, S. J.; Stroud, P. M.

    The chemical nature and technology of the main synthetic lubricant base fluids is described, covering polyalphaolefins, alkylated aromatics, gas-to-liquid (GTL) base fluids, polybutenes, aliphatic diesters, polyolesters, polyalkylene glycols or PAGs and phosphate esters.Other synthetic lubricant base oils such as the silicones, borate esters, perfluoroethers and polyphenylene ethers are considered to have restricted applications due to either high cost or performance limitations and are not considered here.Each of the main synthetic base fluids is described for their chemical and physical properties, manufacture and production, their chemistry, key properties, applications and their implications when used in the environment.

  17. Analysis of Synthetic Polymers.

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    Smith, Charles G.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Reviews techniques for the characterization and analysis of synthetic polymers, copolymers, and blends. Includes techniques for structure determination, separation, and quantitation of additives and residual monomers; determination of molecular weight; and the study of thermal properties including degradation mechanisms. (MVL)

  18. Effect of microstructure on the elasto-viscoplastic deformation of dual phase titanium structures

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    Ozturk, Tugce; Rollett, Anthony D.

    2017-08-01

    The present study is devoted to the creation of a process-structure-property database for dual phase titanium alloys, through a synthetic microstructure generation method and a mesh-free fast Fourier transform based micromechanical model that operates on a discretized image of the microstructure. A sensitivity analysis is performed as a precursor to determine the statistically representative volume element size for creating 3D synthetic microstructures based on additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V characteristics, which are further modified to expand the database for features of interest, e.g., lath thickness. Sets of titanium hardening parameters are extracted from literature, and The relative effect of the chosen microstructural features is quantified through comparisons of average and local field distributions.

  19. Microstructuring of glasses

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    Hülsenberg, Dagmar; Bismarck, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    As microstructured glass becomes increasingly important for microsystems technology, the main application fields include micro-fluidic systems, micro-analysis systems, sensors, micro-actuators and implants. And, because glass has quite distinct properties from silicon, PMMA and metals, applications exist where only glass devices meet the requirements. The main advantages of glass derive from its amorphous nature, the precondition for its - theoretically - direction-independent geometric structurability. Microstructuring of Glasses deals with the amorphous state, various glass compositions and their properties, the interactions between glasses and the electromagnetic waves used to modify it. Also treated in detail are methods for influencing the geometrical microstructure of glasses by mechanical, chemical, thermal, optical, and electrical treatment, and the methods and equipment required to produce actual microdevices.

  20. A Microstructural Comparison of the Initial Growth of AIN and GaN Layers on Basal Plane Sapphire and SiC Substrates by Low Pressure Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Depositon

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    George, T.; Pike, W. T.; Khan, M. A.; Kuznia, J. N.; Chang-Chien, P.

    1994-01-01

    The initial growth by low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and subsequent thermal annealing of AIN and GaN epitaxial layers on SiC and sapphire substrates is examined using high resolution transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

  1. Processing and mechanical behavior of aluminium oxide microstructure composites

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    Pavlacka, Robert J.

    included in the templated tapes and dopants used to prevent abnormal grain growth (MgO) were included in the non templated tapes, which are subsequently stacked, laminated, and co-sintered. Appropriate dopant concentrations and sintering conditions that enable the production of well-textured layers and fine-grained equiaxed layers seperated by a sharp interface were identified. It was found that densification and microstructure development within textured and equiaxed layers is affected by changes in both differential sintering stress and dopant diffusion distance associated with layer thickess and the volume percent of textured layers within the composite. Significant crack deflection was observed during bend testing of composites with porous textured layers (2-5 vol% porosity), resulting in highly non-catastrophic failure (with W.O.F. up to 1 kJ/m2). Crack deflection, often millimeters in length, occurred along the basal faces of templated grains within the textured. Textured layers that deflect cracks (i.e. those with porosity) had significantly lower interfacial fracture energies than textured layers that do not deflect cracks (i.e. those without porosity). It was determined that crack deflection is a composite effect and the result of the combination of the anisotropic fracture energy of textured Al2O3 and the residual compressive stresses developed from thermal expansion mismatch. Other observed fracture phenomena include multiple cracking/crack arrest and preliminary evidence of flaw tolerance. Textured-equiaxed Al2O3 microstructure composites of additional connectivities, (including 1-3, 0-3, and 3-3) were produced by screen printing and co-casting processes. Template alignment during the screen printing process was demonstrated, allowing the capability to print complex textured features. Co-casting was used to produce single tapes with templated and non-templated segments. A variety of stacking strategies were employed to generate various 1-3 and 3-3 composites

  2. Application of GIS in Mineral Resource Prediction of Synthetic Information

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    Ye Shuisheng; Wang Shicheng; Li Deqiong

    2003-01-01

    This paper introduces the formation mechanism and synthetic information prediction of large and superlarge deposits in Shandong Province by analyzing and studying on the GIS platform. The authors established a prospecting model of synthetic information from large and superlarge gold deposit concentration region, and the multi-source spatial database from concentration region of deposits and anomalies. On the basis of the spatial database, a target map layer, a model map layer and a predictive map layer were set up. Based on these map layers, geological variables of the model unit and predictive unit were extracted, then launched location and quantitative prediction of the gold deposit concentration region. The achievement of predicting large and superlarge deposits by the GIS platform has enabled the authors to design automation (or semi-automatic) interpretation subsystems, namely geophysics, geochemistry, geologic prospecting and comprehensive prognosis, and a set of the applicable GIS softwarefor mineral resources prognosis of synthetic information.

  3. Simulated evolution process of core-shell microstructures

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    2007-01-01

    The evolution process of core-shell microstructures formed in monotectic alloys under the space environment condition was investigated by the numerical simula- tion method. In order to account for the effect of surface segregation on phase separation, Model H was modified by introducing a surface free energy term into the total free energy of alloy droplet. Three Fe-Cu alloys were taken as simulated examples, which usually exhibit metastable phase separation in undercooled and microgravity states. It was revealed by the dynamic simulation process that the formation of core-shell microstructures depends mainly on surface segregation and Marangoni convection. The phase separation of Fe65Cu35 alloy starts from a dispersed structure and gradually evolves into a triple-layer core-shell micro- structure. Similarly, Fe50Cu50 alloy experiences a structural evolution process of "bicontinuous phase → quadruple-layer core-shell → triple-layer core-shell", while the microstructures of Fe35Cu65 alloy transfer from the dispersed structure into the final double-layer core-shell morphology. The Cu-rich phase always forms the outer layer because of surface segregation, whereas the internal microstructural evolu- tion is controlled mainly by the Marangoni convection resulting from the tempera- ture gradient.

  4. Optics of dielectric microstructures

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    Søndergaard, Thomas

    2002-01-01

    microstructures, will be presented in the part I of this thesis consisting of the chapters 2-5. An introductions is given in chapter 2. In part I three methods are presented for calculating spontaneous and classical emission from sources in dielectric microstructures. The first method presented in chapter 3...... near fields and far fields generated by a dipole emitter in finite-sized dielectric disks. A collection of results obtained within the second topic, planar photonic crystal waveguides, are presented in part II of this thesis consisting of the chapters 6-10. Chapter 6 contains a further introduction...

  5. Emissivity of microstructured silicon.

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    Maloney, Patrick G; Smith, Peter; King, Vernon; Billman, Curtis; Winkler, Mark; Mazur, Eric

    2010-03-01

    Infrared transmittance and hemispherical-directional reflectance data from 2.5 to 25 microm on microstructured silicon surfaces have been measured, and spectral emissivity has been calculated for this wavelength range. Hemispherical-total emissivity is calculated for the samples and found to be 0.84 before a measurement-induced annealing and 0.65 after the measurement for the sulfur-doped sample. Secondary samples lack a measurement-induced anneal, and reasons for this discrepancy are presented. Emissivity numbers are plotted and compared with a silicon substrate, and Aeroglaze Z306 black paint. Use of microstructured silicon as a blackbody or microbolometer surface is modeled and presented, respectively.

  6. MICROSTRUCTURE ANALYSIS OF INTERFACIAL LAYER WITH TUNGSTEN INERT GAS WELDING-BRAZING JOINT OF ALUMINUM ALLOY/STAINLESS STEEL%铝合金/不锈钢钨极氩弧熔-钎焊接头界面层的微观结构分析

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    林三宝; 宋建岭; 杨春利; 马广超

    2009-01-01

    Against the background of the required weight reduction in transportation through lightweight construction, the application of hybrid structures, where aluminum alloy and steel are jointed together, has a high technical and economical potential. But jointing of material combinations of aluminum alloy and steel is problematic by fusion welding since brittle intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are formed between aluminum alloy and steel. Nowadays, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding-brazing offers a great potential for aluminum alloy and steel jointing. In this process, the sheet and filler metal are heated or melted by TIG heat, and the joint has a dual characteristic: in aluminum alloy side it is a welding joint, while in steel side it is a brazing joint. However, in the dynamic heating process, the heating temperature changes so quickly and the reaction time between the liquid filler metal and solid steel is so short that it is more difficult to control the IMC layer's growth, predominantly its thickness and microstructures. Most of past reports about the brazing of aluminum alloy and steel indicate Al-Fe binary IMC layers, e.g., Fe_2Al_5 and FeAl_3, formed in the brazing joint, which are detrimental to the mechanical properties of the joint. Si additions are used to limit the growth of the brittle Al-Fe IMC layer between aluminum alloy and steel by replacing Al-Fe phases with less detrimental Al-Fe-Si phases in aluminizing and furnace brazing of aluminum alloy and steel. By now, there have been few reports of investigating the interfacial layer of TIG welding-brazing joint of aluminum alloy and stainless steel. In this paper, a butt TIG welding-brazing joint of aluminum alloy/stainless steel was formed using Al-Si eutectic filler wire with modified Noclock flux precoated on a steel surface. The microstructure characteristics of the welded seam-steel interfacial layer were analyzed by OM, SEM and EDS and its mechanical properties were measured by dynamic ultra

  7. The Synthetic Cannabinoids Phenomenon.

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    Karila, Laurent; Benyamina, Amine; Blecha, Lisa; Cottencin, Olivier; Billieux, Joël

    2016-01-01

    « Spice » is generally used to describe the diverse types of herbal blends that encompass synthetic cannabinoids on the market. The emergence of smokable herbal products containing synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of cannabis, appears to become increasingly popular, in the new psychoactive substances landscape. In 2014, the existence of 134 different types of synthetic cannabinoids were reported by the European Union Early Warning System. These drugs are mainly sold online as an alternative to controlled and regulated psychoactive substances. They appear to have a life cycle of about 1-2 years before being replaced by a next wave of products. Legislation controlling these designer drugs has been introduced in many countries with the objective to limit the spread of existing drugs and control potential new analogs. The majority of the synthetic cannabinoids are full agonists at the CB1 receptor and do not contain tobacco or cannabis. They are becoming increasingly popular in adolescents, students and clubbers as an abused substance. Relatively high incidence of adverse effects associated with synthetic cannabinoids use has been documented in the literature. Numerous fatalities linked with their use and abuse have been reported. In this paper, we will review the available data regarding the use and effects of synthetic cannabinoids in humans in order to highlight their impact on public health. To reach this objective, a literature search was performed on two representative databases (Pubmed, Google Scholar), the Erowid Center website (a US non-profit educational organization that provides information about psychoactive plants and chemicals), and various governmental websites. The terms used for the database search were: "synthetic cannabinoids", "spice", "new psychoactive substances", and/or "substance use disorder", and/or "adverse effects", and/or "fatalities". The search was limited to years 2005 to 2016 due to emerging scientific literature at

  8. Molecular manipulation of microstructures: biomaterials, ceramics, and semiconductors.

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    Stupp, S I; Braun, P V

    1997-08-29

    Organic molecules can alter inorganic microstructures, offering a very powerful tool for the design of novel materials. In biological systems, this tool is often used to create microstructures in which the organic manipulators are a minority component. Three groups of materials-biomaterials, ceramics, and semiconductors-have been selected to illustrate this concept as used by nature and by synthetic laboratories exploring its potential in materials technology. In some of nature's biomaterials, macromolecules such as proteins, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides are used to control nucleation and growth of mineral phases and thus manipulate microstructure and physical properties. This concept has been used synthetically to generate apatite-based materials that can function as artificial bone in humans. Synthetic polymers and surfactants can also drastically change the morphology of ceramic particles, impart new functional properties, and provide new processing methods for the formation of useful objects. Interesting opportunities also exist in creating semiconducting materials in which molecular manipulators connect quantum dots or template cavities, which change their electronic properties and functionality.

  9. Consideration on buckling and plastic breakdown strength characteristics of a steel plate with surface layers of ultra fine grain microstructure (SUF); Hyoso chosairyu koban no zakutsu sosei hokai kyodo tokusei ni kansuru ichikosatsu

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    Yamamoto, M.; Yao, T.; Yajima, H.; Miyamoto, H.; Morita, S. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Ogihara, Y.; Ishikawa, T. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    Buckling and plastic breakdown strength characteristics of a structure fabricated by using new steel plates with surface layer made into ultra fine grain structure were analyzed and discussed by using a belt plate buckling and plasticity test and the finite element method. The tested steel plate has a thickness of 25 mm, and was fabricated for ocean vessel use, with surface layers on both sides of about 1/6 of the whole thickness having been made an ultra fine grain structure. As a result of a belt steel buckling and plasticity test on a steel plate with surface ratio of 29%, both of the initial yield stress and the buckling stress were found increased by about 4 to 10% as compared with a steel plate having surface ratio of 0%. An analysis by using the finite element method was made on square steel plates with a length of 80 cm, a width of 100 cm, and thicknesses of 12 mm and 24 mm. A result was obtained that, in the case of surface layer ratio of 33%, both of the initial yield stress and the maximum load withstanding force were higher by 5 to 16% than the case of surface ratio of 0%. Similar rise in strength was shown also in bend preventing plates which are basic constituting members of a vessel. 6 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Evolution of the microstructure in nanocrystalline copper electrodeposits during room temperature storage

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    Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2007-01-01

    and continued with an unprecedented time resolution until stationary values of the recorded data were obtained. Independent of the copper layer thickness, the as-deposited microstructure consisted of nanocrystalline grains with orientation dependent crystallite sizes. Orientation dependent grain growth...

  11. 激光淬火预处理对40 Cr钢离子碳氮氧硫共渗层组织与性能的影响%Effects of laser hardening pretreatment on microstructure and properties of 40 Cr steel ion NCOS co-diffusion layer

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    钟厉; 王立文; 杨再强

    2014-01-01

    通过观察金相组织、测量表面硬度和渗层深度、检测耐蚀性等方法,研究了激光淬火预处理对40 Cr钢离子碳氮氧硫共渗层组织和性能的影响。结果表明,激光淬火预处理缩短了离子碳氮氧硫共渗的时间,降低了共渗的温度。激光淬火预处理可提高共渗工件表面硬度及渗层深度,经激光淬火/离子多元共渗处理后,40Cr钢表面的ε-Fe2-3 N相和FeS含量增多,Fe3 C含量减少,可明显地改善其耐蚀性。%Effects of laser hardening pretreatment on microstructure and properties of 40Cr steel ion NCOS co-diffusion layer were studied by metallurgical structure observation , surface hardness and layer thickness measurement and corrosion resistance detection .The results show that the total co-diffusion time is cutback and the co-diffusion temperature decreases by laser pretreatment .The surface hardness and depth are increased due to the pretreatment .The content of ε-Fe2-3 N and FeS is increased and the Fe 3 C is reduced in the surface layer which result to the corrosion resistance improving after laser pretreament and ion CNOS co -diffusion.

  12. Synthetic guide star generation

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    Payne, Stephen A [Castro Valley, CA; Page, Ralph H [Castro Valley, CA; Ebbers, Christopher A [Livermore, CA; Beach, Raymond J [Livermore, CA

    2008-06-10

    A system for assisting in observing a celestial object and providing synthetic guide star generation. A lasing system provides radiation at a frequency at or near 938 nm and radiation at a frequency at or near 1583 nm. The lasing system includes a fiber laser operating between 880 nm and 960 nm and a fiber laser operating between 1524 nm and 1650 nm. A frequency-conversion system mixes the radiation and generates light at a frequency at or near 589 nm. A system directs the light at a frequency at or near 589 nm toward the celestial object and provides synthetic guide star generation.

  13. Human eye cataract microstructure modeling and its effect on simulated retinal imaging

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    Fan, Wen-Shuang; Chang, Chung-Hao; Horng, Chi-Ting; Yao, Hsin-Yu; Sun, Han-Ying; Huang, Shu-Fang; Wang, Hsiang-Chen

    2017-02-01

    We designed a crystalline microstructure during cataract lesions and calculated the aberration value of the eye by using ray trace modeling to identify the corresponding spherical aberration, coma aberration, and trefoil aberration value under different pathological-change degrees. The mutual relationship between microstructure and aberration was then discussed using these values. Calculation results showed that with increased layer number of microstructure, the influence of aberration value on spherical aberration was the greatest. In addition, the influence of a relatively compact microstructure on spherical aberration and coma aberration was small, but that on trefoil aberration was great.

  14. Investigation of the Microstructure of Joints of Aluminum Alloys Produced by Friction Stir Welding

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    Kolubaev, E. A.

    2015-02-01

    Special features of the microstructure of joints of aluminum-magnesium and aluminum-copper alloys produced by friction stir welding are analyzed. It is demonstrated that a layered structure with ultradisperse grains is produced by friction stir welding at the center of the weld joint. An analogy is drawn between the microstructures of joints produced by friction stir welding and surface layer produced by sliding friction.

  15. 自生碳化物高锰钢堆焊层的组织与力学性能%Microstructure and mechanical properties of high-manganese steel surfacing layer with spontaneous carbide particles

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    时海芳; 韩彦朝; 钟涛

    2011-01-01

    High-manganese steel surfacing layer with spontaneous carbide particles was prepared by adding ferrotitanium, ferrovanadium,graphite and rare earth elements in the covering to improve wear resistance. Morphology, distribution and composition of carbides in the surfacing layer were observed and analyzed by SEM and EDAX, and the hardness and wear resistance of the surfacing layers were tested. The results show that the hardness is enhanced with the increase of ferrotitanium and ferrovanadium contents, while the content of ferrotitanium and ferrovanadium are all 12wt% ,the hardness is 65 HRC and the wear resistance is the best.%利用药皮中钛铁、钒铁、石墨、稀土等的高温电弧冶金反应在金属堆焊层中自发生成碳化物增强颗粒,以提高堆焊层耐磨性.利用扫描电镜和能谱仪,对金属堆焊层中碳化物颗粒的形貌、分布及成分进行了观察和分析,测量了金属堆焊层的硬度并进行了耐磨性试验.结果表明,随着药皮中钛铁、钒铁的增加,堆焊层硬度提高,当加入12wt%钛铁、12wt%钒铁时,堆焊层硬度为65 HRC,耐磨性最好.

  16. Inkjet Printing of 3D Metallic Silver Complex Microstructures

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    Wits, Wessel Willems; Sridhar, Ashok; Dimitrov, D.

    2010-01-01

    To broaden the scope of inkjet printing, this paper focuses on printing of an organic silver complex ink on glass substrates towards the fabrication of metallic 3D microstructures. The droplet formation sequence of the inkjet printer is optimised to print continuous layers of metal. A brief discussi

  17. Inkjet Printing of 3D Metallic Silver Complex Microstructures

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    Wits, Wessel Willems; Sridhar, Ashok; Dimitrov, D.

    2010-01-01

    To broaden the scope of inkjet printing, this paper focuses on printing of an organic silver complex ink on glass substrates towards the fabrication of metallic 3D microstructures. The droplet formation sequence of the inkjet printer is optimised to print continuous layers of metal. A brief

  18. Novel microstructures and technologies applied in chemical analysis techniques

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    Spiering, Vincent L.; Spiering, V.L.; van der Moolen, Johannes N.; Burger, Gert-Jan; Burger, G.J.; van den Berg, Albert

    1997-01-01

    Novel glass and silicon microstructures and their application in chemical analysis are presented. The micro technologies comprise (deep) dry etching, thin layer growth and anodic bonding. With this combination it is possible to create high resolution electrically isolating silicon dioxide structures

  19. Localized biosensing with Topas microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev; Jensen, Jesper Bo; Bang, Ole

    2007-01-01

    We present what is believed to be the first microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) fabricated from Topas cyclic olefin copolymer, which has attractive material and biochemical properties. This polymer allows for a novel type of fiber-optic biosensor, where localized sensor layers may...

  20. Multi-antibody biosensing with Topas microstructured polymer optical fiber

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev; Bang, Ole; Hoiby, Poul E.

    We present a Topas based microstructured polymer optical fiber multi-antibody biosensor. This polymer allows localized activation of sensor layers on the inner side of the air holes. This concept is used to create two different sensor sections in the same fiber. Simultaneous detection of two kinds...

  1. Inkjet printing of 3D metallic silver complex microstructures

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    Wits, Wessel W.; Sridhar, Ashok

    2010-01-01

    To broaden the scope of inkjet printing, this paper focuses on printing of an organic silver complex ink on glass substrates towards the fabrication of metallic 3D microstructures. The droplet formation sequence of the inkjet printer is optimised to print continuous layers of metal. A brief discussi

  2. Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry

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    Rosen, P. A.; Hensley, S.; Joughin, I. R.; Li, F.; Madsen, S. N.; Rodriguez, E.; Goldstein, R. M.

    1998-01-01

    Synthetic aperture radar interferometry is an imaging technique for measuring the topography of a surface, its changes over time, and other changes in the detailed characteristics of the surface. This paper reviews the techniques of interferometry, systems and limitations, and applications in a rapidly growing area of science and engineering.

  3. Biodegradable synthetic bone composites

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    Liu, Gao; Zhao, Dacheng; Saiz, Eduardo; Tomsia, Antoni P.

    2013-01-01

    The invention provides for a biodegradable synthetic bone composition comprising a biodegradable hydrogel polymer scaffold comprising a plurality of hydrolytically unstable linkages, and an inorganic component; such as a biodegradable poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate)/hydroxyapatite (pHEMA/HA) hydrogel composite possessing mineral content approximately that of human bone.

  4. Synthetic growth reference charts

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    Hermanussen, Michael; Stec, Karol; Aßmann, Christian; Meigen, Christof; Van Buuren, Stef

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To reanalyze the between-population variance in height, weight, and body mass index (BMI), and to provide a globally applicable technique for generating synthetic growth reference charts. Methods: Using a baseline set of 196 female and 197 male growth studies published since 1831, common

  5. Synthetic studies towards bottromycin

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    Stefanie Ackermann

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Thio-Ugi reactions are described as an excellent synthetic tool for the synthesis of sterically highly hindered endothiopeptides. S-Methylation and subsequent amidine formation can be carried out in an inter- as well as in an intramolecular fashion. The intramolecular approach allows the synthesis of the bottromycin ring system in a straightforward manner.

  6. Synthetic Plant Defense Elicitors

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    Yasemin eBektas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To defend themselves against invading pathogens plants utilize a complex regulatory network that coordinates extensive transcriptional and metabolic reprogramming. Although many of the key players of this immunity-associated network are known, the details of its topology and dynamics are still poorly understood. As an alternative to forward and reverse genetic studies, chemical genetics-related approaches based on bioactive small molecules have gained substantial popularity in the analysis of biological pathways and networks. Use of such molecular probes can allow researchers to access biological space that was previously inaccessible to genetic analyses due to gene redundancy or lethality of mutations. Synthetic elicitors are small drug like molecules that induce plant defense responses, but are distinct from known natural elicitors of plant immunity. While the discovery of the some synthetic elicitors had already been reported in the 1970s, recent breakthroughs in combinatorial chemical synthesis now allow for inexpensive high-throughput screens for bioactive plant defense-inducing compounds. Along with powerful reverse genetics tools and resources available for model plants and crop systems, comprehensive collections of new synthetic elicitors will likely allow plant scientists to study the intricacies of plant defense signaling pathways and networks in an unparalleled fashion. As synthetic elicitors can protect crops from diseases, without the need to be directly toxic for pathogenic organisms, they may also serve as promising alternatives to conventional biocidal pesticides, which often are harmful for the environment, farmers and consumers. Here we are discussing various types of synthetic elicitors that have been used for studies on the plant immune system, their modes-of-action as well as their application in crop protection.

  7. Synthetic River Valleys

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    Brown, R.; Pasternack, G. B.

    2011-12-01

    The description of fluvial form has evolved from anecdotal descriptions to artistic renderings to 2D plots of cross section or longitudinal profiles and more recently 3D digital models. Synthetic river valleys, artificial 3D topographic models of river topography, have a plethora of potential applications in fluvial geomorphology, and the earth sciences in general, as well as in computer science and ecology. Synthetic river channels have existed implicitly since approximately the 1970s and can be simulated from a variety of approaches spanning the artistic and numerical. An objective method of synthesizing 3D stream topography based on reach scale attributes would be valuable for sizing 3D flumes in the physical and numerical realms, as initial input topography for morphodynamic models, stream restoration design, historical reconstruction, and mechanistic testing of interactions of channel geometric elements. Quite simply - simulation of synthetic channel geometry of prescribed conditions can allow systematic evaluation of the dominant relationships between river flow and geometry. A new model, the control curve method, is presented that uses hierarchically scaled parametric curves in over-lapping 2D planes to create synthetic river valleys. The approach is able to simulate 3D stream geometry from paired 2D descriptions and can allow experimental insight into form-process relationships in addition to visualizing past measurements of channel form that are limited to two dimension descriptions. Results are presented that illustrate the models ability to simulate fluvial topography representative of real world rivers as well as how channel geometric elements can be adjusted. The testing of synthetic river valleys would open up a wealth of knowledge as to why some 3D attributes of river channels are more prevalent than others as well as bridging the gap between the 2D descriptions that have dominated fluvial geomorphology the past century and modern, more complete, 3D

  8. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-19

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  9. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-01

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  10. Polar firn layering in radiative transfer models

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    Linow, Stefanie; Hoerhold, Maria

    2016-04-01

    For many applications in the geosciences, remote sensing is the only feasible method of obtaining data from large areas with limited accessibility. This is especially true for the cryosphere, where light conditions and cloud coverage additionally limit the use of optical sensors. Here, instruments operating at microwave frequencies become important, for instance in polar snow parameters / SWE (snow water equivalent) mapping. However, the interaction between snow and microwave radiation is a complex process and still not fully understood. RT (radiative transfer) models to simulate snow-microwave interaction are available, but they require a number of input parameters such as microstructure and density, which are partly ill-constrained. The layering of snow and firn introduces an additional degree of complexity, as all snow parameters show a strong variability with depth. Many studies on RT modeling of polar firn deal with layer variability by using statistical properties derived from previous measurements, such as the standard deviations of density and microstructure, to configure model input. Here, the variability of microstructure parameters, such as density and particle size, are usually assumed to be independent of each other. However, in the case of the firn pack of the polar ice sheets, we observe that microstructure evolution depends on environmental parameters, such as temperature and snow deposition. Accordingly, density and microstructure evolve together within the snow and firn. Based on CT (computer tomography) microstructure measurements of antarctic firn, we can show that: first, the variability of density and effective grain size are linked and can thus be implemented in the RT models as a coupled set of parameters. Second, the magnitude of layering is captured by the measured standard deviation. Based on high-resolution density measurements of an Antarctic firn core, we study the effect of firn layering at different microwave wavelengths. By means of

  11. Chromatin regulation at the frontier of synthetic biology

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    Keung, Albert J.; Joung, J. Keith; Khalil, Ahmad S.; Collins, James J.

    2016-01-01

    As synthetic biology approaches are extended to diverse applications throughout medicine, biotechnology and basic biological research, there is an increasing need to engineer yeast, plant and mammalian cells. Eukaryotic genomes are regulated by the diverse biochemical and biophysical states of chromatin, which brings distinct challenges, as well as opportunities, over applications in bacteria. Recent synthetic approaches, including `epigenome editing', have allowed the direct and functional dissection of many aspects of physiological chromatin regulation. These studies lay the foundation for biomedical and biotechnological engineering applications that could take advantage of the unique combinatorial and spatiotemporal layers of chromatin regulation to create synthetic systems of unprecedented sophistication. PMID:25668787

  12. THE EFFECT OF LASER GLAZING PROCESS ON MICROSTRUCTURE OF PLASMA SPRAYED THERMAL BARRIER COATINGS

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    Seyid Fehmi DİLTEMİZ

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs are widely used by aero and land based gas turbines to protect hot section parts from oxidation and reducing component temperature thereby increase life. TBCs aregenerally a combination of multiple layers of coating (usually two with each layer having a specific function [Aktaa et al., 2005]. In this study air plasma sprayed TBCs were deposited on 304 stainlesssteel substrates then ceramic surfaces were glazed using Nd-YAG laser. Both glazed and as-coated samples were subjected to metallographic examination to investigate microstructural changes inglazed ceramic layer. Laser glazing provides a remelting and subsequent solidification of the surface, resulting on new top layer microstructure.

  13. Desalination shocks in microstructures

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    Mani, Ali

    2011-01-01

    Salt transport in bulk electrolytes is limited by diffusion and convection, but in microstructures with charged surfaces (e.g. microfluidic devices, porous media, soils, or biological tissues) surface conduction and electro-osmotic flow also contribute to ionic fluxes. For small applied voltages, these effects lead to well known linear electrokinetic phenomena. In this paper, we predict some surprising nonlinear dynamics that can result from the competition between bulk and interfacial transport at higher voltages. When counter-ions are selectively removed by a membrane or electrode, a "desalination shock" can propagate through the microstructure, leaving in its wake an ultrapure solution, nearly devoid of co-ions and colloidal impurities. We elucidate the basic physics of desalination shocks and develop a mathematical theory of their existence, structure, and stability, allowing for slow variations in surface charge or channel geometry. Via asymptotic approximations and similarity solutions, we show that des...

  14. Superhydrophobicity from microstructured surface

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    ZHENG Lijun; WU Xuedong; LOU Zeng; WU Dan

    2004-01-01

    Superhydrophobicity is referred to the wettability of a solid surface which has a water apparent contact angle greater than 150°. It has attracted great interest in both fundamental researches and practical applications. This paper discusses two models: Wenzel model and Cassie model, to describe the superhydrophobic states of surface. The effectsof surface morphology and microstructure on superhydrophobicity are discussed, and the internal relationship between Wenzel and Cassie states is presented. These two su perhydrophobic states can coexist and they present different properties on contact angle hysteresis. It is reported that the irreversible transition can be realized from Cassie state to Wenzel state under some certain conditions. This paper also gives a review of recent progresses in the strategies of fabricating superhydrophobic surfaces by designing microstructured or microtextured surfaces. Finally, the fundamental research and applications of superhydrophobic surfaces are prospected.

  15. Microstructure evolution of cold-sprayed coating during deposition and through post-spraying heat treatment

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    LI Chang-jiu; LI Wen-ya

    2004-01-01

    The microstructural features of cold-sprayed coatings were investigated using Cu, Ti and Zn feedstocks by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy to reveal the microstructure evolution mechanisms in cold spray. Four typical effects including tamping, refinement, impact-induced fusion and annealing were examined on microstrueture. It is found that the microstructure of cold spray coating is remarkably influenced by spray materials. Ti coatings consist of evident porous layer and Cu coatings present a limited porous layer only near the surface. It is clear that the successive tamping effect and dynamic refinement of grains significantly influence the microstructure evolution of cold-sprayed coating. The tamping effect leads to the densification of porous coating layer gradually and the refinement effect leads to the formation of fine microstructure. It is considered that the large difference in the formation of porous layer is attributed to the dynamic impact pressure and hardenability of materials. It is also found that the impact-induced fusion during deposition of Zn coating can also modify the interfacial microstructure between particles in cold spray coating. Moreover, the nanocrystalline phase can be formed at the interfaces among particles resulting from the localized melting of the interfaces and tamping effect. Furthermore, the annealing treatment can modify the microstructure and property of a cold-sprayed coating.

  16. Nanofluidics in two-dimensional layered materials: inspirations from nature.

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    Gao, Jun; Feng, Yaping; Guo, Wei; Jiang, Lei

    2017-08-29

    With the advance of chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology, significant progress has been achieved in the design and application of synthetic nanofluidic devices and materials, mimicking the gating, rectifying, and adaptive functions of biological ion channels. Fundamental physics and chemistry behind these novel transport phenomena on the nanoscale have been explored in depth on single-pore platforms. However, toward real-world applications, one major challenge is to extrapolate these single-pore devices into macroscopic materials. Recently, inspired partially by the layered microstructure of nacre, the material design and large-scale integration of artificial nanofluidic devices have stepped into a completely new stage, termed 2D nanofluidics. Unique advantages of the 2D layered materials have been found, such as facile and scalable fabrication, high flux, efficient chemical modification, tunable channel size, etc. These features enable wide applications in, for example, biomimetic ion transport manipulation, molecular sieving, water treatment, and nanofluidic energy conversion and storage. This review highlights the recent progress, current challenges, and future perspectives in this emerging research field of "2D nanofluidics", with emphasis on the thought of bio-inspiration.

  17. The leak microstructure

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    M Lombardi; C Baiocchi; A Battistella; G Balbinot; H Huo-Ja Guoxiang; F S Lombardi

    2001-07-01

    The capabilities of a new microstructure, anode point based, for the detection of gas ionizing radiations are presented. For every single detected ionizing radiation it gives a pair of ‘induced’ charges (anodic and cathodic) of the same amount (pulses of the same amplitudes), of opposite sign, with the same collection time and essentially in time coincidence, that are proportional to the primary ionization collected. Each pulse of a pair gives the same energy and timing information, thus one can be used for these information and the other for the position. The complete lack of insulating materials in the active volume of this microstructure avoids problems of charging-up and makes stable and repeatable its behavior. It is possible to observe primary avalanches with a size of more than 2.5 × 107 electrons (4 pC), which give current pulses with a peak of more than 0.26 mA on 100 Ohm and about 30 ns duration, with 5.9 KeV X-rays of 55Fe working in proportional region in 760 Torr of isobutane gas. Single electrons emitted by a heated filament ( < 1~ eV) can also be detected in 760 Torr of isobutane; with an estimated gas gain of 1.2 × 106 and a counting rate up to 800 Kpulses/sec per single microstructure. Some new features and three different types of sensitive-position two-dimensional read-out detectors based on these microstructures, which are in developmental stage, are presented.

  18. Morphing Carbon Nanotube Microstructures

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    2015-02-20

    d) vertical twisting actuator. 2 independently from the microstructure geometry, representing a versatile principle for design and manufacturing...CNT yarn, causing the 2 composite to contract its length due to the mechanical anisotropy introduced by the twist of the CNTs about the yarn axis... Oliver , and Tom Serbowicz for contributions to the design and fabrication of the force control and imaging systems. Microfabrication was performed

  19. 碳化硼对自生颗粒增强奥氏体堆焊层组织和性能的影响%Influences of B4C on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Austenitic Hardfacing Layer Enhanced by Autogenous Particles

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    时海芳; 杨海艳; 高山; 李梅

    2011-01-01

    为了提高高锰钢堆焊层在中低载荷作用下的耐磨性,在D256焊条约皮中分别加入一定量的石墨利碳化硼,固定钛铁、钒铁和稀土的含量,利用焊接冶金反应在高锰钢堆焊层中自发生成硼化物和碳化物增强颗粒以提高其耐磨性.采用XJL-2型金相显微镜、HR-150A型洛氏硬度计、M-200型磨损试验机等仪器,研究了堆焊层的显微组织和力学性能.结果表明:添加碳化硼的焊条堆焊层的组织主要由奥氏体+大量硼化物和碳化物颗粒组成,当碳化硼含量为6%时,奥氏体晶粒细化程度最好,宏观硬度达到56HRC,其熔合区硬度较加石墨的焊条提高了8HRC,并且其耐磨性也优于后者.%In order to improve the hardfacing layer of high manganese steel under low load wear resistance, a certain volume of graphite and carbonization boron was added into D256 electrode medicine skin and fixing ferrotitanium, ferrovanadium and rare earth content Due to welding metallurgy reaction, the wear resistance of reinforcing particles in high manganese steel hardfacing layer can be improved by generating boron carbide and carbon, the mechanical properties of the hardfacing layer with abrasion tester, such as XJL-type 2 metalloscope, HR-150A type los hardometer, M-200 type instruments, were studied. The results show that the microstructure of the hardfacing layer with boron carbide is mainly composed of austenitic +carbide. When the boron carbide is 6%, the refinement level of austcnitic grain is best The microhardness can reach 56HRC, the microhardness of the fusion zone is 8HRC higher than the welding rod with graphite, the wear resistane is better than the latter.

  20. These Synthetic Times

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    KIT GILLET

    2008-01-01

    @@ Already slated to be one of the most important cultural events in the buildup to this summer's Olympic games, Synthetic Times-Media Art China 2008 will feature the works of more than 30 artists from around the world. Upwards of 40 media art installations will be exhibited in the National Art Museum of China alone, along with performances, workshops, presentations, and discussion panels focusing on the art works and the growth of media art as a discipline.

  1. Synthetic gases production

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    Mazaud, J.P.

    1996-06-01

    The natural gas or naphtha are the main constituents used for the production of synthetic gases. Several production ways of synthetic gases are industrially used as for example the natural gas or naphtha catalytic reforming, the selective oxidation of natural gas or heavy fuels and the coal oxy-vapo-gasification. The aim of this work is to study the different steps of production and treatment of the synthetic gases by the way of catalytic reforming. The first step is the desulfurization of the hydrocarbons feedstocks. The process used in industry is described. Then is realized the catalytic hydrocarbons reforming process. After having recalled some historical data on the catalytic reforming, the author gives the reaction kinetics and thermodynamics. The possible reforming catalysts, industrial equipments and furnaces designs are then exposed. The carbon dioxide is a compound easily obtained during the reforming reactions. It is a wasteful and harmful component which has to be extracted of the gaseous stream. The last step is then the gases de-carbonation. Two examples of natural gas or naphtha reforming reactions are at last given: the carbon monoxide conversion by steam and the carbon oxides reactions with hydrogen (methanization). (O.M.). 8 figs., 6 tabs.

  2. Synthetic biology in plastids.

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    Scharff, Lars B; Bock, Ralph

    2014-06-01

    Plastids (chloroplasts) harbor a small gene-dense genome that is amenable to genetic manipulation by transformation. During 1 billion years of evolution from the cyanobacterial endosymbiont to present-day chloroplasts, the plastid genome has undergone a dramatic size reduction, mainly as a result of gene losses and the large-scale transfer of genes to the nuclear genome. Thus the plastid genome can be regarded as a naturally evolved miniature genome, the gradual size reduction and compaction of which has provided a blueprint for the design of minimum genomes. Furthermore, because of the largely prokaryotic genome structure and gene expression machinery, the high transgene expression levels attainable in transgenic chloroplasts and the very low production costs in plant systems, the chloroplast lends itself to synthetic biology applications that are directed towards the efficient synthesis of green chemicals, biopharmaceuticals and other metabolites of commercial interest. This review describes recent progress with the engineering of plastid genomes with large constructs of foreign or synthetic DNA, and highlights the potential of the chloroplast as a model system in bottom-up and top-down synthetic biology approaches.

  3. Microstructure informed tractography: pitfalls and open challenges

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    Alessandro eDaducci

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the major limitations of diffusion MRI tractography is that the fiber tracts recovered by existing algorithms are not truly quantitative. Local techniques for estimating more quantitative features of the tissue microstructure exist, but their combination with tractography has always been considered intractable. Recent advances in local and global modeling made it possible to fill this gap and a number of promising techniques for microstructure informed tractography have been suggested, opening new and exciting perspectives for the quantification of brain connectivity. The ease-of-use of the proposed solutions made it very attractive for researchers to include such advanced methods in their analyses; however, this apparent simplicity should not hide some critical open questions raised by the complexity of these very high-dimensional problems, otherwise some fundamental issues may be pushed into the background. The aim of this article is to raise awareness in the diffusion MRI community, notably researchers working on brain connectivity, about some potential pitfalls and modeling choices that make the interpretation of the outcomes from these novel techniques rather cumbersome. Through a series of experiments on synthetic and real data, we illustrate practical situations where erroneous and severely biased conclusions may be drawn about the connectivity if these pitfalls are overlooked, like the presence of partial/missing/duplicate fibers or the critical importance of the diffusion model adopted. Microstructure informed tractography is a young but very promising technology, and by acknowledging its current limitations as done in this paper, we hope our observations will trigger further research in this direction and new ideas for truly quantitative and biologically-meaningful analyses of the connectivity.

  4. The role of goethite in the formation of the protective corrosion layer on steels

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    Cook, D.C. [Old Dominion University, Department of Physics (United States); Oh, S.J. [Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Korea, Republic of); Balasubramanian, R. [Old Dominion University, Department of Physics (United States); Yamashita, M. [Himeji Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Japan)

    1999-11-15

    The corrosion products formed on carbon and weathering steels exposed in marine, industrial and rural environments in the United States for 16 years have been investigated using Moessbauer spectroscopy, Raman spectrometry and chemical analysis. Moessbauer spectroscopy was used to measure the fraction of each oxide in the corrosion coatings and micro-Raman spectrometry was used to locate and map the oxides to 2 {mu}m spatial resolution. Moessbauer spectroscopy identified the corrosion products in the weathering steels as 75% goethite, 20% lepidocrocite and 5% maghemite. Raman analysis showed that the corrosion products generally formed as alternating layers containing different oxides. For the weathering steels the protective inner-layer closest to the steel substrate consisted of nano-sized goethite ranging in size from 5-30 nm and having a mean particle size of about 12 nm. The outer-layer close to the coating surface, consisted of lepidocrocite and goethite with the former oxide being most abundant. Electron probe micro-analysis measured significant chromium in the goethite close to the steel substrate. Comparison of the goethite in the corrosion products was made with synthetic chromium substituted goethite with nearly identical microstructural characteristics being recorded. It is concluded that chromium inclusions in the goethite are important for formation of a nano-phase oxide layer which may help protect the weathering steel from further corrosion.

  5. 塑料模具钢表面激光熔覆WxC/Ni基合金涂层的组织及性能%Microstructure and properties of laser clad Ni-based tungsten carbide alloy layer on a plastic mould steel

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    赵先锐; 左敦稳; 程虎; 李勤涛; 戴晟; 冯尚申

    2013-01-01

    采用TJ-HL-5000横流CO2连续激光器在2738塑料模具钢表面制备了WxC/Ni基合金涂层.利用金相显微镜、SEM、EDS、XRD、显微硬度计以及摩擦磨损试验机等检测设备研究了激光熔覆涂层组织及性能.XRD分析结果表明,熔覆层的主要物相有γ-Ni、W2C、WC、M23C6(M=Cr,Ni,Mo,W)、NiCr和Cr2O3等.金相显微镜、SEM和EDS分析结果表明,结合区为良好冶金结合,结合区为FeNiCrW合金,厚度为20 μm左右;基体对熔覆层合金的稀释度很低;熔覆层从界面向外依次分布着平面晶区、细等轴晶区、粗树枝晶区以及表面细晶区.显微硬度计结果表明,熔覆层的硬度值平均约900 HV1,是基体硬度的2.8倍左右.摩擦磨损试验结果表明,与基体相比熔覆层的耐磨性有了很大提高.%The WxC /Ni-based alloy layer was successfully coated onto 2738 plastic mould steel surface by using a TJ-HL-5000 transverse-flow CO2 continuous laser. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the coatings were investigated by metallographic microscope, SEM/ EDS, XRD, Vickers microhardness tester and friction-abrasion testing machine. XRD results show that the clad layer consists of WC, γ-nickel, Ni4B3, Cr7C3, W2C, M23 C6 ( M = Cr, Ni, Mo, W), NiCr and Cr2O3 phases. SEM and EDS results indicate that the metallurgical bonding is formed between the cladding coating and the steel substrate, and the interface zone is FeNiCrW alloy with thickness of 20 μm or so. From the interface to surface, the clad coatings consist of plane crystal layer, fine equiaxial crystal layer, coarse dendrite layer and surface fine-grain layer. The results of Vickers microhardness tesing show that the average micro-hardness of the laser clad coating is about 900 HV1, which is 1. 8 times higher than that of the steel substrate. The results of friction-wear test indicate that the wear resistance of the steel with clad layer is improved significantly compared with the substrate.

  6. Microstructure and Jahn-Teller Effect of Cu-Zn-Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides%铜锌镁铝四元水滑石的微观结构及其姜-泰勒畸变

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    王力耕; 施炜; 姚萍; 倪哲明; 李远; 刘娇

    2012-01-01

    We propose a periodic interaction model for layered double hydroxides, CuZnMgAI quaternary hydrotalcites [(M)-Ⅳ-LDHs (M=Cu, Zn, Mg, Al)]. Based on density functional theory the geometries of CuZnMgAI quaternary hydrotalcites were optimized using the CASTEP program. The impacts of the Jahn-Teller effect and the location of chlorine over the layer distortion and stability were investigated by analyzing the geometric parameters, the electronic arrangement, charge populations, binding energies, and hydrogen-bonding. The optimization results showed that the Jahn-Teller effect does not only exist in Cu2+ when its d orbital is partially filled but it also exists in Zn2+ when its d orbital is full as well as in Mg2+ when its p orbital is partially filled. Systems where the chloride is located above the metal show greater metal distortion than systems with anions located above non-metals. Eight systems (Nos. 1-8) were chosen for our work and their absolute binding energy values were found to decrease gradually while the stability of the systems became worse. Finally, the systems became unstable and were found to be flattened octahedral forms. These results help us to better understand the Jahn-Teller effect in copper-containing Ⅳ-LDHs from theory.%采用密度泛函理论(DFT),选取CASTEP程序模块,对铜锌镁铝四元水滑石[(M)-Ⅳ-LDHs (M=Cu,Zn,Mg,Al)]周期性模型进行儿何全优化,从各体系的结构参数、电子排布、Mulliken电荷布居、结合能、氢键等方面,研究了体系中的姜-泰勒效应、氯离子位置对层板畸变及体系稳定性的影响.优化结果表明,姜-泰勒效应不仅存在于d轨道未排满的Cu2+中,也存在于理论上d轨道排满的Zn2+与p轨道未排满的Mg2+中.氯离子排在金属上方的体系,其金属畸变程度大于氯离子排在非金属上方的体系同时,对于本文选取的8个CuAl-Ⅳ-LDHs体系,结合能绝对值按照1-8号逐渐降低,体系的稳定性下降,最终转变为不

  7. Asymmetry of atmospheric microstructure over synoptic scales

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    R. M. Worthington

    Full Text Available Distortions are often seen in the angular distribution of echo-power from VHF wind-profiling radars, suggesting that thin stable layers, within the air flow, are distorted and tilted from horizontal. In vertical shear of the horizontal wind, the distribution of the layer tilt angles becomes skewed. A case study using six days of VHF radar data and synoptic charts above western Europe indicates that this asymmetry of atmospheric microstructure can exist throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere, above and below the jet wind maximum, over horizontal scales of thousands of kilometres.

    Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (middle atmosphere dynamics; synoptic-scale meteorology; turbulence.

  8. Multi-scale Microstructure Characterization for Improved Understanding of Microstructure-Property Relationship in Additive Manufacturing

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    Song, Hye Yun

    Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process for making 3-D objects by adding materials layer by layer. It can result in a marked reduction of the time and cost associated with designing and producing highly complex parts. Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in machine hardware and control software for process development to achieve dimensional accuracy and mitigate defects. On the other hand, the knowledge on microstructure-property relationship in the additively manufactured builds is still being established. In additive manufacturing, the interactions between the heat source and the material lead to a series of physical phenomena including localized heating, melting, solidification and micro-segregation, and cooling. Far-from-equilibrium microstructure can form as the material experiences a large number of repeated, rapid heating and cooling cycles (i.e. temperature gyrations) during depositions. The mechanical properties of additively manufactured parts are significantly influenced by their final microstructure. The overarching goal of the present research is to improve the fundamental understanding of microstructure-property relationship for AM parts. Specially, it is investigated the high-temperature creep strength of InconelRTM 718 (abbreviated as IN718 thereafter) fabricated by laser-powder bed fusion (L-PBF) AM. The specific objectives include (1) effect of support on the local microstructure, (2) microstructure evolution during post-built heat treatment, and (3) creep strength. Detailed microstructure characterization is performed using a multitude of tools including micro-hardness mapping, scanning electron microscope (SEM) along with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM) for selected area diffraction (SAD) analysis and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The characterized microstructure is correlated to the mechanical properties. Highlights of the research findings are discussed in

  9. Opportunities in plant synthetic biology.

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    Cook, Charis; Martin, Lisa; Bastow, Ruth

    2014-05-01

    Synthetic biology is an emerging field uniting scientists from all disciplines with the aim of designing or re-designing biological processes. Initially, synthetic biology breakthroughs came from microbiology, chemistry, physics, computer science, materials science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines. A transition to multicellular systems is the next logical step for synthetic biologists and plants will provide an ideal platform for this new phase of research. This meeting report highlights some of the exciting plant synthetic biology projects, and tools and resources, presented and discussed at the 2013 GARNet workshop on plant synthetic biology.

  10. Synthetic cannabis and respiratory depression.

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    Jinwala, Felecia N; Gupta, Mayank

    2012-12-01

    In recent years, synthetic cannabis use has been increasing in appeal among adolescents, and its use is now at a 30 year peak among high school seniors. The constituents of synthetic cannabis are difficult to monitor, given the drug's easy accessibility. Currently, 40 U.S. states have banned the distribution and use of some known synthetic cannabinoids, and have included these drugs in the Schedule I category. The depressive respiratory effect in humans caused by synthetic cannabis inhalation has not been thoroughly investigated in the medical literature. We are the first to report, to our knowledge, two cases of self-reported synthetic cannabis use leading to respiratory depression and necessary intubation.

  11. Multi-scale hierarchy of Chelydra serpentina: microstructure and mechanical properties of turtle shell.

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    Balani, Kantesh; Patel, Riken R; Keshri, Anup K; Lahiri, Debrupa; Agarwal, Arvind

    2011-10-01

    Carapace, the protective shell of a freshwater snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, shields them from ferocious attacks of their predators while maintaining light-weight and agility for a swim. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the turtle shell are very appealing to materials scientists and engineers for bio-mimicking, to obtain a multi-functional surface. In this study, we have elucidated the complex microstructure of a dry Chelydra serpentina's shell which is very similar to a multi-layered composite structure. The microstructure of a turtle shell's carapace elicits a sandwich structure of waxy top surface with a harder sub-surface layer serving as a shielding structure, followed by a lamellar carbonaceous layer serving as shock absorber, and the inner porous matrix serves as a load-bearing scaffold while acting as reservoir of retaining water and nutrients. The mechanical properties (elastic modulus and hardness) of various layers obtained via nanoindentation corroborate well with the functionality of each layer. Elastic modulus ranged between 0.47 and 22.15 GPa whereas hardness varied between 53.7 and 522.2 MPa depending on the microstructure of the carapace layer. Consequently, the modulus of each layer was represented into object oriented finite element (OOF2) modeling towards extracting the overall effective modulus of elasticity (~4.75 GPa) of a turtle's carapace. Stress distribution of complex layered structure was elicited with an applied strain of 1% in order to understand the load sharing of various composite layers in the turtle's carapace.

  12. 3D Microstructural Architectures for Metal and Alloy Components Fabricated by 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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    Martinez, E.; Murr, L. E.; Amato, K. N.; Hernandez, J.; Shindo, P. W.; Gaytan, S. M.; Ramirez, D. A.; Medina, F.; Wicker, R. B.

    The layer-by-layer building of monolithic, 3D metal components from selectively melted powder layers using laser or electron beams is a novel form of 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Microstructures created in these 3D products can involve novel, directional solidification structures which can include crystallographically oriented grains containing columnar arrays of precipitates characteristic of a microstructural architecture. These microstructural architectures are advantageously rendered in 3D image constructions involving light optical microscopy and scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations. Microstructural evolution can also be effectively examined through 3D image sequences which, along with x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis in the x-y and x-z planes, can effectively characterize related crystallographic/texture variances. This paper compares 3D microstructural architectures in Co-base and Ni-base superalloys, columnar martensitic grain structures in 17-4 PH alloy, and columnar copper oxides and dislocation arrays in copper.

  13. Exothermic properties of plaster-synthetic composite casts.

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    Burghardt, Rolf D; Anderson, John G; Reed, Rob A; Herzenberg, John E

    2014-03-01

    Plaster casts can cause burns. Synthetic casts do not. Composite plaster-synthetic casts have not been thoroughly evaluated. This study analyzed the temperature from plaster casts compared with composite casts in a variety of in vitro conditions that would simulate clinical practice. A Pyrex cylinder filled with constant body temperature circulating water simulated a human extremity. Circumferential casts, of either plaster or composite construction (plaster inner layer with outer synthetic layer), were applied to the model. Peak temperatures generated by the exothermic reactions were studied relative to the following variables: dip water temperature (24 °C versus 40 °C), cast thickness (16, 30, and 34 ply), and delayed (5-min) versus immediate application of the synthetic outer layers. Peak temperatures from the all-plaster casts were compared with the composite casts of the same thickness. Finally, the relative cast strength was determined. Potentially dangerous high temperatures were measured only when 40 °C dip water was used or when thick (30- or 34-ply) casts were made. Cast strength increased with increasing cast thickness. However, the presence of synthetics in the composite casts layers did not increase cast strength in every case. When applying composite casts, the outer synthetic layers should be applied several minutes after the plaster to minimize temperature rise. Composite casts do not routinely generate peak temperatures higher than plaster casts of similar thickness. Because the skin of children and the elderly is more temperature-sensitive than average adult skin, extra care should be taken to limit the exothermic reaction when casting children and the elderly: clean, room temperature dip water, minimal required cast thickness, avoidance of insulating pillows/blankets while the cast is drying.

  14. Towards biochips using microstructured optical fiber sensors.

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    Rindorf, Lars; Høiby, Poul Erik; Jensen, Jesper Bo; Pedersen, Lars Hagsholm; Bang, Ole; Geschke, Oliver

    2006-08-01

    In this paper we present the first incorporation of a microstructured optical fiber (MOF) into biochip applications. A 16-mm-long piece of MOF is incorporated into an optic-fluidic coupler chip, which is fabricated in PMMA polymer using a CO(2) laser. The developed chip configuration allows the continuous control of liquid flow through the MOF and simultaneous optical characterization. While integrated in the chip, the MOF is functionalized towards the capture of a specific single-stranded DNA string by immobilizing a sensing layer on the microstructured internal surfaces of the fiber. The sensing layer contains the DNA string complementary to the target DNA sequence and thus operates through the highly selective DNA hybridization process. Optical detection of the captured DNA was carried out using the evanescent-wave-sensing principle. Owing to the small size of the chip, the presented technique allows for analysis of sample volumes down to 300 nL and the fabrication of miniaturized portable devices.

  15. VLSI electronics microstructure science

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    1981-01-01

    VLSI Electronics: Microstructure Science, Volume 3 evaluates trends for the future of very large scale integration (VLSI) electronics and the scientific base that supports its development.This book discusses the impact of VLSI on computer architectures; VLSI design and design aid requirements; and design, fabrication, and performance of CCD imagers. The approaches, potential, and progress of ultra-high-speed GaAs VLSI; computer modeling of MOSFETs; and numerical physics of micron-length and submicron-length semiconductor devices are also elaborated. This text likewise covers the optical linewi

  16. VLSI electronics microstructure science

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    1982-01-01

    VLSI Electronics: Microstructure Science, Volume 4 reviews trends for the future of very large scale integration (VLSI) electronics and the scientific base that supports its development.This book discusses the silicon-on-insulator for VLSI and VHSIC, X-ray lithography, and transient response of electron transport in GaAs using the Monte Carlo method. The technology and manufacturing of high-density magnetic-bubble memories, metallic superlattices, challenge of education for VLSI, and impact of VLSI on medical signal processing are also elaborated. This text likewise covers the impact of VLSI t

  17. Biopolymers Versus Synthetic Polymers

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    Florentina Adriana Cziple

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper present an overview of important synthetic and natural polymers with emphasis on polymer structure, the chemistry of polymer formation. an introduction to polymer characterization. The biodegradation process can take place aerobically and anaerobically with or without the presence of light. These factors allow for biodegradation even in landfill conditions which are normally inconducive to any degradation. The sheeting used to make these packages differs significantly from other “degradable plastics” in the market as it does not attempt to replace the current popular materials but instead enhances them by rendering them biodegradable.

  18. CASH vs. SYNTHETIC CDOs

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    Silviu Eduard Dinca

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available During the past few years, in the recent post-crisis aftermath, global asset managers are constantly searching new ways to optimize their investment portfolios while financial and banking institutions around the world are exploring new alternatives to better secure their financing and refinancing demands altogether with the enhancement of their risk management capabilities. We will exhibit herewith a comparison between the true-sale and synthetic CDO securitizations as financial markets-based funding, investment and risks mitigation techniques, highlighting certain key structuring and implementation specifics on each of them.

  19. Inhomogeneous microstructural growth by irradiation

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    Krishan, K.; Singh, Bachu Narain; Leffers, Torben

    1985-01-01

    In the present paper we discuss the development of heterogeneous microstructure for uniform irradiation conditions. It is shown that microstructural inhomogeneities on a scale of 0.1 μm can develop purely from kinematic considerations because of the basic structure of the rate equations used to d...

  20. Synthetic collective intelligence.

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    Solé, Ricard; Amor, Daniel R; Duran-Nebreda, Salva; Conde-Pueyo, Núria; Carbonell-Ballestero, Max; Montañez, Raúl

    2016-10-01

    Intelligent systems have emerged in our biosphere in different contexts and achieving different levels of complexity. The requirement of communication in a social context has been in all cases a determinant. The human brain, probably co-evolving with language, is an exceedingly successful example. Similarly, social insects complex collective decisions emerge from information exchanges between many agents. The difference is that such processing is obtained out of a limited individual cognitive power. Computational models and embodied versions using non-living systems, particularly involving robot swarms, have been used to explore the potentiality of collective intelligence. Here we suggest a novel approach to the problem grounded in the genetic engineering of unicellular systems, which can be modified in order to interact, store memories or adapt to external stimuli in collective ways. What we label as Synthetic Swarm Intelligence defines a parallel approach to the evolution of computation and swarm intelligence and allows to explore potential embodied scenarios for decision making at the microscale. Here, we consider several relevant examples of collective intelligence and their synthetic organism counterparts.

  1. Freedom and Responsibility in Synthetic Genomics: The Synthetic Yeast Project

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    Sliva, Anna; Yang, Huanming; Boeke, Jef D.; Debra J. H. Mathews

    2015-01-01

    First introduced in 2011, the Synthetic Yeast Genome (Sc2.0) Project is a large international synthetic genomics project that will culminate in the first eukaryotic cell (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with a fully synthetic genome. With collaborators from across the globe and from a range of institutions spanning from do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) to commercial enterprises, it is important that all scientists working on this project are cognizant of the ethical and policy issues associated with...

  2. Relation between microstructure and adhesion of hot dip galvanized zinc coatings on dual phase steel

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    Song, G. M.; Vystavel, T.; De Hosson, J. Th M.; Sloof, W. G.; van der Pers, N.M.

    The microstructure of hot dip galvanized zinc coatings on dual phase steel was investigated by electron microscopy and the coating adhesion characterized by tensile testing. The zinc coating consists of a zinc layer and columnar zeta-FeZn13 particles on top of a thin inhibition layer adjacent to the

  3. Microstructure analysis of magnesium alloy melted by laser irradiation

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    Liu, S. Y.; Hu, J. D.; Yang, Y.; Guo, Z. X.; Wang, H. Y.

    2005-12-01

    The effects of laser surface melting (LSM) on microstructure of magnesium alloy containing Al8.57%, Zn 0.68%, Mn0.15%, Ce0.52% were investigated. In the present work, a pulsed Nd:YAG laser was used to melt and rapidly solidify the surface of the magnesium alloy with the objective of changing microstructure and improving the corrosion resistance. The results indicate that laser-melted layer contains the finer dendrites and behaviors good resistance corrosion compared with the untreated layer. Furthermore, the absorption coefficient of the magnesium alloy has been estimated according to the numeral simulation of the thermal conditions. The formation process of fine microstructure in melted layers was investigated based on the experimental observation and the theoretical analysis. Some simulation results such as the re-solidification velocities are obtained. The phase constitutions of the melted layers determined by X-ray diffraction were β-Mg 17Al 12 and α-Mg as well as some phases unidentified.

  4. 渗碳温度对22Si2MnCrNi2MoA钢渗碳层的影响%Influence of carburizing temperature on microstructure and properties of carburized layers of a 22Si2MnCrNi2MoA steel

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    黄斌; 朱洪武; 杨忠; 周乐育; 刘雅政

    2013-01-01

    Influence of carburizing temperature on carburized layers of a 22Si2MnCrNi2MoA steel solid-carburized was studied by OM,SEM,XRD and hardness measurements.The relationship between carburizing temperature and carbon concentration,micro-hardness and retained austenite of the carburized layers were examined.The results indicate that with the carburizing temperature increasing for carburizing time of 6 h,the carbon concentration of the carburized layers gradually increases,and the distribution gradient of the carbon concentration gets smoother.The relationship between the micro-hardness of the carburized layers and carbon concentration obeys normal distribution.It is recommended that the surface carbon concentration of the carburized steel should be controlled in the range of 0.80% and 0.90% in order to obtain martensite microstructure with high hardness.When the surface carbon concentration is more than 0.80%-0.90%,aging treatment for a long time or deep cryogenic treatment are required to remove retained austenite in the carburized layers.%通过固体渗碳试验研究了加热温度对钎具用钢22Si2MnCrNi2MoA渗碳层的影响,分析了渗碳温度-碳浓度-显微硬度-残留奥氏体的关系以及残留奥氏体的控制措施.结果表明:当渗碳时间为6h时,随着渗碳温度的升高,渗碳层的碳浓度逐渐增加,碳浓度分布梯度越来越平缓.22Si2MnCrNi2MoA钢渗碳层的显微硬度-碳浓度关系符合正态分布.在渗碳处理过程中,为了使渗碳表层获得硬度很高的马氏体组织,22Si2MnCrNi2MoA钢渗碳层表面碳浓度应该控制在0.80% ~0.90%之间.当表面碳浓度超过0.80%~0.90%时,渗碳完成后需采取后续的工艺措施来消除已经存在的残留奥氏体,如采用长时间自然时效或深冷处理等.

  5. Asymmetry of Drop Impacts on Patterned Hydrophobic Microstructures

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    Willmott, Geoff; Robson, Simon; Broom, Matheu

    2016-11-01

    When a water drop falls on to a flat solid surface, asymmetries in the geometry of the spreading drop can be specifically determined by patterned surface microstructures. For hydrophobic (or superhydrophobic) micropillar arrays, the most important asymmetric mechanisms appear to be the surface energy of contact lines, and pathways for gas escaping from penetrated microstructure. In this presentation, static wetting and drop impact experiments will be discussed in relation to drop asymmetries. In addition to micropillar arrays, natural superhydrophobic surfaces (leaves) have been studied, and may suggest possibilities for controlling drop impacts in applications. Some of the clearest large scale drop asymmetries on leaves, which are similar to those associated with low drop impact contact times on synthetic surfaces, appear to be caused by features which generate high contact angle hysteresis, and are therefore indicative of poor superhydrophocity.

  6. Effect of Annealing Temperature and Time on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Multilayered Steel Composite Sheets

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    Cao, R.; Yu, X.; Feng, Z.; Ojima, M.; Inoue, J.; Koseki, T.

    2016-12-01

    Multilayered composite steels consisting of alternating layers of martensitic phase and austenitic phase exhibit an excellent combination of strength and elongation compared with conventional advanced high-strength steels. The deformation processes underlying these properties are of considerable interest. In this article, microstructure, grain size, and phase are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscattering diffraction. The hardness of each layer is analyzed by a microindentation hardness testing system. Finally, the deformation and failure processes in multilayered steel are investigated by in-situ SEM. The hardness results indicate that various hardening modes occur in the soft austenitic layer and the hard martensitic layer. In- situ SEM results combined with microstructure analysis and hardness results reveal that annealing temperature and annealing time have a significant impact on final microstructure, fracture behavior, strength, hardness, and ductility.

  7. In-situ investigation of the microstructure evolution in nanocrystalline copper electrodeposits at room temperature

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    Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure evolution in copper electrodeposits at room temperature (self-annealing) was investigated by means of x-ray diffraction analysis and simultaneous measurements of the electrical resistivity as a function of time. In situ studies were started immediately after deposition...... growth, crystallographic texture changes by multiple twinning, and a decrease of the electrical resistivity occurred as a function of time at room temperature. The kinetics of self-annealing is strongly affected by the layer thickness: the thinner the layer, the slower the microstructure evolution is...... of the various thick layers and continued with a unique time resolution until stabilization of the recorded data occurred. Independent of the copper layer thickness, the as-deposited microstructure consisted of nanocrystalline grains with orientation dependent crystallite sizes. Orientation dependent grain...

  8. Tissue Harmonic Synthetic Aperture Imaging

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    Rasmussen, Joachim

    The main purpose of this PhD project is to develop an ultrasonic method for tissue harmonic synthetic aperture imaging. The motivation is to advance the field of synthetic aperture imaging in ultrasound, which has shown great potentials in the clinic. Suggestions for synthetic aperture tissue...... system complexity compared to conventional synthetic aperture techniques. In this project, SASB is sought combined with a pulse inversion technique for 2nd harmonic tissue harmonic imaging. The advantages in tissue harmonic imaging (THI) are expected to further improve the image quality of SASB...... harmonic techniques have been made, but none of these methods have so far been applicable for in-vivo imaging. The basis of this project is a synthetic aperture technique known as synthetic aperture sequential beamforming (SASB). The technique utilizes a two step beamforming approach to drastically reduce...

  9. Synthetic biology and genetic causation.

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    Oftedal, Gry; Parkkinen, Veli-Pekka

    2013-06-01

    Synthetic biology research is often described in terms of programming cells through the introduction of synthetic genes. Genetic material is seemingly attributed with a high level of causal responsibility. We discuss genetic causation in synthetic biology and distinguish three gene concepts differing in their assumptions of genetic control. We argue that synthetic biology generally employs a difference-making approach to establishing genetic causes, and that this approach does not commit to a specific notion of genetic program or genetic control. Still, we suggest that a strong program concept of genetic material can be used as a successful heuristic in certain areas of synthetic biology. Its application requires control of causal context, and may stand in need of a modular decomposition of the target system. We relate different modularity concepts to the discussion of genetic causation and point to possible advantages of and important limitations to seeking modularity in synthetic biology systems. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Space Synthetic Biology Project

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    Howard, David; Roman, Monsi; Mansell, James (Matt)

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic biology is an effort to make genetic engineering more useful by standardizing sections of genetic code. By standardizing genetic components, biological engineering will become much more similar to traditional fields of engineering, in which well-defined components and subsystems are readily available in markets. Specifications of the behavior of those components and subsystems can be used to model a system which incorporates them. Then, the behavior of the novel system can be simulated and optimized. Finally, the components and subsystems can be purchased and assembled to create the optimized system, which most often will exhibit behavior similar to that indicated by the model. The Space Synthetic Biology project began in 2012 as a multi-Center effort. The purpose of this project was to harness Synthetic Biology principals to enable NASA's missions. A central target for application was to Environmental Control & Life Support (ECLS). Engineers from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC's) ECLS Systems Development Branch (ES62) were brought into the project to contribute expertise in operational ECLS systems. Project lead scientists chose to pursue the development of bioelectrochemical technologies to spacecraft life support. Therefore, the ECLS element of the project became essentially an effort to develop a bioelectrochemical ECLS subsystem. Bioelectrochemical systems exploit the ability of many microorganisms to drive their metabolisms by direct or indirect utilization of electrical potential gradients. Whereas many microorganisms are capable of deriving the energy required for the processes of interest (such as carbon dioxide (CO2) fixation) from sunlight, it is believed that subsystems utilizing electrotrophs will exhibit smaller mass, volume, and power requirements than those that derive their energy from sunlight. In the first 2 years of the project, MSFC personnel conducted modeling, simulation, and conceptual design efforts to assist the

  11. 3D geometrical characterization and modelling of solid oxide cells electrodes microstructure by image analysis

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    Moussaoui, H.; Debayle, J.; Gavet, Y.; Delette, G.; Hubert, M.; Cloetens, P.; Laurencin, J.

    2017-03-01

    A strong correlation exists between the performance of Solid Oxide Cells (SOCs), working either in fuel cell or electrolysis mode, and their electrodes microstructure. However, the basic relationships between the three-dimensional characteristics of the microstructure and the electrode properties are not still precisely understood. Thus, several studies have been recently proposed in an attempt to improve the knowledge of such relations, which are essential before optimizing the microstructure, and hence, designing more efficient SOC electrodes. In that frame, an original model has been adapted to generate virtual 3D microstructures of typical SOCs electrodes. Both the oxygen electrode, which is made of porous LSCF, and the hydrogen electrodes, made of porous Ni-YSZ, have been studied. In this work, the synthetic microstructures are generated by the so-called 3D Gaussian `Random Field model'. The morphological representativeness of the virtual porous media have been validated on real 3D electrode microstructures of a commercial cell, obtained by X-ray nano-tomography at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). This validation step includes the comparison of the morphological parameters like the phase covariance function and granulometry as well as the physical parameters like the `apparent tortuosity'. Finally, this validated tool will be used, in forthcoming studies, to identify the optimal microstructure of SOCs.

  12. Zirconia implant abutments: microstructural analysis.

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    Vaquero-Aguilar, Cristina; Jiménez-Melendo, Manuel; Torres-Lagares, Daniel; Llena-Blasco, Oriol; Bruguera, August; Llena-Blasco, Jaime; García-Calderón, Manuel; Velázquez-Cayón, Rocío; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José-Luis

    2012-01-01

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia (ZrO₂-Y₂O₃) ceramics have received increasing attention in recent years because of their stress-induced tetragonal-to-monoclinic (martensitic) transformation. This unique process acts as a toughening mechanism, imparting strength and toughness to the ceramic alloy. This property, along with well-documented biocompatibility, is now being exploited in an increasing number of medical applications, including implant dentistry. To prevent clinical problems and predict their behavior and physical limitations, a characterization of the ceramic elements used in dental restorations is essential. The aim of the present study is to characterize the crystal structure, elemental composition, and micr ostructure of asreceived ZiReal Post (Biomet 3i) zirconium oxide abutments, as well as specimens coated with a first layer of a low-fusing fluoroapatite ceramic. Zirconium oxide abutments, both as-received and porcelain-coated, were studied using the following techniques: x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, optical microscopy, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. X-ray analyses detected only the presence of Zr, O, Y, and hafnium (Hf), in an amount of 3% to 4% molecular weight Y₂O₃-ZrO₂. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the ceramic abutment crystallizes mainly in the tetragonal phase, with some residual monoclinic phase. The microstructure is characterized by a rather homogenous grain distribution, formed by equiaxed and fine grains with a mean size of 0.30 Μm. Compositional and diffraction results are consistent with polycrystalline yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia. The material is susceptible to undergoing the stress-induced transformation toughening mechanism because of the very fine grain size. Except for machining ring marks, the surfaces exhibit an excellent finishing quality. No structural modifications were observed in the fluoroapatite ceramic-coated abutments

  13. Airfoil drag elimination and stall suppression via piezoelectric dynamic tangential synthetic jet actuators

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    Barrett, R.; Corpening, J.; Reasonover, C.

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a new method for drag elimination and stall suppression via tangential synthetic jet actuators. This boundary layer control (BLC) method is shown to perform as well as continuous and normal synthetic jet BLC methods but without fouling difficulties, system-level complexity or ex

  14. Construction of synthetic dermis and skin based on a self-assembled peptide hydrogel scaffold.

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    Kao, Bunsho; Kadomatsu, Koichi; Hosaka, Yoshiaki

    2009-09-01

    Using biocompatible peptide hydrogel as a scaffold, we prepared three-dimensional synthetic skin that does not contain animal-derived materials or pathogens. The present study investigated preparation methods, proliferation, and functional expression of fibroblasts in the synthetic dermis and differentiation of keratinocytes in the epidermis. Synthetic dermis was prepared by mixing fibroblasts with peptide hydrogel, and synthetic skin was prepared by forming an epidermal layer using keratinocytes on the synthetic dermis. A fibroblast-rich foamy layer consisting of homogeneous peptide hydrogel subsequently formed in the synthetic dermis, with fibroblasts aggregating in clusters within the septum. The epidermis consisted of three to five keratinocyte layers. Immunohistochemical staining showed human type I collagen, indicating functional expression around fibroblasts in the synthetic dermis, keratinocyte differentiation in the epidermis, and expression of basement membrane proteins. The number of fibroblasts tended to increase until the second week and was maintained until the fourth week, but rapidly decreased in the fifth week. In the synthetic dermis medium, the human type I collagen concentration increased after the second week to the fifth week. These findings suggest that peptide hydrogel acts as a synthetic skin scaffold that offers a platform for the proliferation and functional expression of fibroblasts and keratinocytes.

  15. Life after the synthetic cell

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    Rasmussen, Steen

    2010-01-01

    Nature asked eight synthetic-biology experts about the implications for science and society of the “synthetic cell” made by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). The institute's team assembled, modified and implanted a synthesized genome into a DNA-free bacterial shell to make a self-replicating ......Nature asked eight synthetic-biology experts about the implications for science and society of the “synthetic cell” made by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). The institute's team assembled, modified and implanted a synthesized genome into a DNA-free bacterial shell to make a self...

  16. Synthetic biology and occupational risk.

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    Howard, John; Murashov, Vladimir; Schulte, Paul

    2017-03-01

    Synthetic biology is an emerging interdisciplinary field of biotechnology that involves applying the principles of engineering and chemical design to biological systems. Biosafety professionals have done an excellent job in addressing research laboratory safety as synthetic biology and gene editing have emerged from the larger field of biotechnology. Despite these efforts, risks posed by synthetic biology are of increasing concern as research procedures scale up to industrial processes in the larger bioeconomy. A greater number and variety of workers will be exposed to commercial synthetic biology risks in the future, including risks to a variety of workers from the use of lentiviral vectors as gene transfer devices. There is a need to review and enhance current protection measures in the field of synthetic biology, whether in experimental laboratories where new advances are being researched, in health care settings where treatments using viral vectors as gene delivery systems are increasingly being used, or in the industrial bioeconomy. Enhanced worker protection measures should include increased injury and illness surveillance of the synthetic biology workforce; proactive risk assessment and management of synthetic biology products; research on the relative effectiveness of extrinsic and intrinsic biocontainment methods; specific safety guidance for synthetic biology industrial processes; determination of appropriate medical mitigation measures for lentiviral vector exposure incidents; and greater awareness and involvement in synthetic biology safety by the general occupational safety and health community as well as by government occupational safety and health research and regulatory agencies.

  17. Life after the synthetic cell

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    Rasmussen, Steen

    2010-01-01

    Nature asked eight synthetic-biology experts about the implications for science and society of the “synthetic cell” made by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). The institute's team assembled, modified and implanted a synthesized genome into a DNA-free bacterial shell to make a self-replicating ......Nature asked eight synthetic-biology experts about the implications for science and society of the “synthetic cell” made by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). The institute's team assembled, modified and implanted a synthesized genome into a DNA-free bacterial shell to make a self...

  18. Thermal microstructure measurement system

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    Carver, Michael J. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A thermal microstructure measurement system (TMMS) operates autonomously h its own internal power supply and telemeters data to a platform. A thermal array is mounted on a cross-braced frame designed to orient itself normal to existing currents with fixed sensor positioning bars protruding from the cross bars. A plurality of matched thermistors, conductivity probes and inclinometers are mounted on the frame. A compass and pressure transducer are contained in an electronics package suspended below the array. The array is deployed on a taut mooring below a subsurface float. Data are digitized, transmitted via cable to a surface buoy and then telemetered to the platform where the data is processed via a computer, recorded and/or displayed. The platform computer also sends commands to the array via telemetry.

  19. Synthetic Aperture Ultrasound Imaging

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    Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Nikolov, Svetoslav; Gammelmark, Kim Løkke

    2006-01-01

    The paper describes the use of synthetic aperture (SA) imaging in medical ultrasound. SA imaging is a radical break with today's commercial systems, where the image is acquired sequentially one image line at a time. This puts a strict limit on the frame rate and the possibility of acquiring...... a sufficient amount of data for high precision flow estimation. These constrictions can be lifted by employing SA imaging. Here data is acquired simultaneously from all directions over a number of emissions, and the full image can be reconstructed from this data. The talk will demonstrate the many benefits...... of SA imaging. Due to the complete data set, it is possible to have both dynamic transmit and receive focusing to improve contrast and resolution. It is also possible to improve penetration depth by employing codes during ultrasound transmission. Data sets for vector flow imaging can be acquired using...

  20. Computational synthetic geometry

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    Bokowski, Jürgen

    1989-01-01

    Computational synthetic geometry deals with methods for realizing abstract geometric objects in concrete vector spaces. This research monograph considers a large class of problems from convexity and discrete geometry including constructing convex polytopes from simplicial complexes, vector geometries from incidence structures and hyperplane arrangements from oriented matroids. It turns out that algorithms for these constructions exist if and only if arbitrary polynomial equations are decidable with respect to the underlying field. Besides such complexity theorems a variety of symbolic algorithms are discussed, and the methods are applied to obtain new mathematical results on convex polytopes, projective configurations and the combinatorics of Grassmann varieties. Finally algebraic varieties characterizing matroids and oriented matroids are introduced providing a new basis for applying computer algebra methods in this field. The necessary background knowledge is reviewed briefly. The text is accessible to stud...

  1. Transionospheric synthetic aperture imaging

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    Gilman, Mikhail; Tsynkov, Semyon

    2017-01-01

    This landmark monograph presents the most recent mathematical developments in the analysis of ionospheric distortions of SAR images and offers innovative new strategies for their mitigation. As a prerequisite to addressing these topics, the book also discusses the radar ambiguity theory as it applies to synthetic aperture imaging and the propagation of radio waves through the ionospheric plasma, including the anisotropic and turbulent cases. In addition, it covers a host of related subjects, such as the mathematical modeling of extended radar targets (as opposed to point-wise targets) and the scattering of radio waves off those targets, as well as the theoretical analysis of the start-stop approximation, which is used routinely in SAR signal processing but often without proper justification. The mathematics in this volume is clean and rigorous – no assumptions are hidden or ambiguously stated. The resulting work is truly interdisciplinary, providing both a comprehensive and thorough exposition of the field,...

  2. Variation and Synthetic Speech

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    Miller, C; Massey, N; Miller, Corey; Karaali, Orhan; Massey, Noel

    1997-01-01

    We describe the approach to linguistic variation taken by the Motorola speech synthesizer. A pan-dialectal pronunciation dictionary is described, which serves as the training data for a neural network based letter-to-sound converter. Subsequent to dictionary retrieval or letter-to-sound generation, pronunciations are submitted a neural network based postlexical module. The postlexical module has been trained on aligned dictionary pronunciations and hand-labeled narrow phonetic transcriptions. This architecture permits the learning of individual postlexical variation, and can be retrained for each speaker whose voice is being modeled for synthesis. Learning variation in this way can result in greater naturalness for the synthetic speech that is produced by the system.

  3. Synthetic Aperture Compound Imaging

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    Hansen, Jens Munk

    Medical ultrasound imaging is used for many purposes, e.g. for localizing and classifying cysts, lesions, and other processes. Almost any mass is first observed using B-mode imaging and later classified using e.g. color flow, strain, or attenuation imaging. It is therefore important that the B....... The method is investigated using simulations and through measurements using both phased array and convex array transducers. The images all show an improved contrast compared to images without compounding, and by construction, imaging using an improved frame rate is possible. Using a phased array transducer...... and the limiting factor is the amount of memory IO resources available. An equally high demand for memory throughput is found in the computer gaming industry, where a large part of the processing takes place on the graphics processing unit (GPU). Using the GPU, a framework for synthetic aperture imaging...

  4. Layer-by-Layer Proteomic Analysis of Mytilus galloprovincialis Shell.

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    Peng Gao

    Full Text Available Bivalve shell is a biomineralized tissue with various layers/microstructures and excellent mechanical properties. Shell matrix proteins (SMPs pervade and envelop the mineral crystals and play essential roles in biomineralization. Despite that Mytilus is an economically important bivalve, only few proteomic studies have been performed for the shell, and current knowledge of the SMP set responsible for different shell layers of Mytilus remains largely patchy. In this study, we observed that Mytilus galloprovincialis shell contained three layers, including nacre, fibrous prism, and myostracum that is involved in shell-muscle attachment. A parallel proteomic analysis was performed for these three layers. By combining LC-MS/MS analysis with Mytilus EST database interrogations, a whole set of 113 proteins was identified, and the distribution of these proteins in different shell layers followed a mosaic pattern. For each layer, about a half of identified proteins are unique and the others are shared by two or all of three layers. This is the first description of the protein set exclusive to nacre, myostracum, and fibrous prism in Mytilus shell. Moreover, most of identified proteins in the present study are novel SMPs, which greatly extended biomineralization-related protein data of Mytilus. These results are useful, on one hand, for understanding the roles of SMPs in the deposition of different shell layers. On the other hand, the identified protein set of myostracum provides candidates for further exploring the mechanism of adductor muscle-shell attachment.

  5. Layer-by-Layer Proteomic Analysis of Mytilus galloprovincialis Shell

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    Wang, Xin-xing; Bao, Lin-fei; Fan, Mei-hua; Li, Xiao-min; Wu, Chang-wen; Xia, Shu-wei

    2015-01-01

    Bivalve shell is a biomineralized tissue with various layers/microstructures and excellent mechanical properties. Shell matrix proteins (SMPs) pervade and envelop the mineral crystals and play essential roles in biomineralization. Despite that Mytilus is an economically important bivalve, only few proteomic studies have been performed for the shell, and current knowledge of the SMP set responsible for different shell layers of Mytilus remains largely patchy. In this study, we observed that Mytilus galloprovincialis shell contained three layers, including nacre, fibrous prism, and myostracum that is involved in shell-muscle attachment. A parallel proteomic analysis was performed for these three layers. By combining LC-MS/MS analysis with Mytilus EST database interrogations, a whole set of 113 proteins was identified, and the distribution of these proteins in different shell layers followed a mosaic pattern. For each layer, about a half of identified proteins are unique and the others are shared by two or all of three layers. This is the first description of the protein set exclusive to nacre, myostracum, and fibrous prism in Mytilus shell. Moreover, most of identified proteins in the present study are novel SMPs, which greatly extended biomineralization-related protein data of Mytilus. These results are useful, on one hand, for understanding the roles of SMPs in the deposition of different shell layers. On the other hand, the identified protein set of myostracum provides candidates for further exploring the mechanism of adductor muscle-shell attachment. PMID:26218932

  6. Layer-by-Layer Proteomic Analysis of Mytilus galloprovincialis Shell.

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    Gao, Peng; Liao, Zhi; Wang, Xin-Xing; Bao, Lin-Fei; Fan, Mei-Hua; Li, Xiao-Min; Wu, Chang-Wen; Xia, Shu-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Bivalve shell is a biomineralized tissue with various layers/microstructures and excellent mechanical properties. Shell matrix proteins (SMPs) pervade and envelop the mineral crystals and play essential roles in biomineralization. Despite that Mytilus is an economically important bivalve, only few proteomic studies have been performed for the shell, and current knowledge of the SMP set responsible for different shell layers of Mytilus remains largely patchy. In this study, we observed that Mytilus galloprovincialis shell contained three layers, including nacre, fibrous prism, and myostracum that is involved in shell-muscle attachment. A parallel proteomic analysis was performed for these three layers. By combining LC-MS/MS analysis with Mytilus EST database interrogations, a whole set of 113 proteins was identified, and the distribution of these proteins in different shell layers followed a mosaic pattern. For each layer, about a half of identified proteins are unique and the others are shared by two or all of three layers. This is the first description of the protein set exclusive to nacre, myostracum, and fibrous prism in Mytilus shell. Moreover, most of identified proteins in the present study are novel SMPs, which greatly extended biomineralization-related protein data of Mytilus. These results are useful, on one hand, for understanding the roles of SMPs in the deposition of different shell layers. On the other hand, the identified protein set of myostracum provides candidates for further exploring the mechanism of adductor muscle-shell attachment.

  7. The Effect of Microstructure on Firn Gas Transport

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    Keegan, Kaitlin M.

    The processes affecting gas transport through the firn column are important to understand in order to accurately interpret climate records from ice cores. Historically, density measurements have been used to estimate open and closed porosity in the firn layers to inform firn densification models. These densification models directly affect the gas-age ice-age calculation that is used to determine the offset between ice and air bubble proxies of the ice core climate records. Through studies of firn microstructure, we hope to learn more about pore geometry and ultimately how gas transports through firn layers. Such studies will directly influence our understanding of the gas-age ice-age difference. In this thesis, we present three examples of firn microstructure affecting the gas transport through the firn column, in ways that are inconsistent with the current understanding of the firn column. First, we examine the effect melt layers found in firn cores from dry snow region of Greenland. From permeability measurements, we find that the assumption that these melt layers are impermeable, or at least disrupt gas transport, to be incorrect. We compare the melt layers found at NEEM to other Greenlandic firn cores, to reveal that a widespread melt event occurred in 1889 and that warm temperatures combined with black carbon deposition due to forest fires were the cause of such event. The second example we examine is the lock-in zone of the NEEM firn column. We find that the lock-in depth of the NEEM firn to consist of 4.5 m of low permeability firn layers, unlike the single impermeable firn layer that is typically described. This extended lock-in depth of the NEEM lock-in zone helps in the understanding of a NEEM firn air campaign that requires a diffusion term within the lock-in zone, because the extended lock-in depth is capable of allowing a small amount of diffusion through the layers. Lastly, we examine the effect of impurities in the firn layers and their ability to

  8. [Investigation of the surface layer of 3D-matrices for tissue engineering].

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    Chernonosova, V S; Kvon, R I; Kiseleva, E V; Stepanova, A O; Laktionov, P P

    2017-01-01

    Electrospinning is a convenient and promising manufacturing method a variety of materials for tissue engineering. 3D matrices fabricated by electrospinning from solutions of polycaprolactone with human serum albumin or gelatin in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol were studied. The microstructure of the 3D matrices and surface of the fibers were investigated using scanning electron microscopy. Protein distribution in the surface layer was studied by modification of protein amino groups with N-(2-hydroxyethyl)phenazine and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was shown, that concentration of the proteins in the surface layer of fibers exceeded their concentration in the initial electrospun solution up to 12 times and the surface layer was enriched in the protein inversely to the concentration of the protein in solution. The minor part of the proteins was released from fibers during first 30-60 min after swelling in water. Treatment of matrices with proteinase K hydrolyzed about 1/3 of the surface exposed human serum albumin. Thus, both methods can be used to study the surface content of the materials produced by electrospinning from blends of synthetic and natural polymers, however X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy appears to be more convenient and informative.

  9. System and method for forming synthetic protein crystals to determine the conformational structure by crystallography

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    Craig, George D.; Glass, Robert; Rupp, Bernhard

    1997-01-01

    A method for forming synthetic crystals of proteins in a carrier fluid by use of the dipole moments of protein macromolecules that self-align in the Helmholtz layer adjacent to an electrode. The voltage gradients of such layers easily exceed 10.sup.6 V/m. The synthetic protein crystals are subjected to x-ray crystallography to determine the conformational structure of the protein involved.

  10. Semiconductors and semimetals epitaxial microstructures

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    Willardson, Robert K; Beer, Albert C; Gossard, Arthur C

    1994-01-01

    Newly developed semiconductor microstructures can now guide light and electrons resulting in important consequences for state-of-the-art electronic and photonic devices. This volume introduces a new generation of epitaxial microstructures. Special emphasis has been given to atomic control during growth and the interrelationship between the atomic arrangements and the properties of the structures.Key Features* Atomic-level control of semiconductor microstructures* Molecular beam epitaxy, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition* Quantum wells and quantum wires* Lasers, photon(IR)detectors, heterostructure transistors

  11. Shell microstructure and its inheritance in the calcitic helcionellid Mackinnonia

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    Michael J. Vendrasco

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Mackinnonia davidi from the Cambrian (Series 2 of Australia has a prismatic outer shell layer and, as newly described here, a calcitic semi-nacre inner layer. The pattern is the same as in stenothecids such as Mellopegma, providing more evidence for a strong phylogenetic signal in the shell microstructure of Cambrian molluscs. In addition, calcite now appears to have been common in helcionellids and other molluscs during the early and middle Cambrian, with many species exhibiting foliated calcite. This is surprising given the dominance of aragonite in molluscs, both modern and from post-Cambrian fossil deposits with exceptional shell microstructure preservation, including localities from the Ordovician of the Cincinnati region, USA.

  12. Topological Optimization of Artificial Microstructure Strategies

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    2015-04-02

    Topographic Optimization Through Artificial Microstructure Strategies During this project as part of DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and demonstrate...Topographic Optimization Through Artificial Microstructure Strategies Report Title During this project as part of DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and...Artificial Microstructure Strategies (Yale and Johns Hopkins) During DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and demonstrate a 3D microstructural

  13. The properties and microstructure of padding welds built up on the surface of forging dies

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The study presents selected results of the examinations of the properties and microstructure of weld overlays built up with the UTOP38,F-812 and F-818 welding wires on a substrate of the 42CrMo4 structural steel. Among others, the following investigations were carriedout: bend tests, hardness measurements and determination of ferrite content in a bainitic-martensitic microstructure of UTOP38 and F-812layers.

  14. Microstructural Characterization and Hardness Behavior of a Biological Saxidomus purpuratus Shell

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    Wen Yang; Guangping Zhang; Huasai Liu; Xiaowu Li

    2011-01-01

    The microstructures of the Saxidorus purpuratus shell were observed. It was found that the inner and middle layers of the shell are composed of crossed lamellae, while the outer layer exhibits porous structures. With the characteristic structure of each layer, the hardness of inner layer with narrow domains in crossed lamellar structure is the highest, and that of middle layer with wide domains is lower, while the outer layer has the lowest hardness. The damage morphologies of the indentations change a lot, depending not only upon the magnitude of the indentation load, but also upon the orientation between the indentation direction and the crossed lamellae in the microstructure of the shell, which illustrates the anisotropy in mechanical properties of such shells.

  15. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Ceramic/Metal Gradient Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    XIAO Jin-sheng; JIANG Bing; LIU Jie; HUANG Shi-yong

    2003-01-01

    The ceramic/metal gradient thermal barrier coatings (CMGTBCs) which combined the conceptions of thermal barrier coatings ( TBG ) and functional gradient materials ( FGMs ) are investigated. The structure model studied in this paper is a general model which includes four different layers: pure ceramic layer , ceramic/metal gradient layer, pure metal layer, and substrate layer. The microstructures of gradient layer have different ceramics and metal volume fraction profile along with the direction of thickness. The profile function used to describe the gradient microstructures can be expressed in power-law or polynomial expression. The mechanical properties of CMGTBCs are obtained by means of microscopic mechanics. As special cases, the interactive solutions are given by Mori- Tanaka method, and the non- interactive solutions by dilute solution. The Young's modulus calculated by these methods are compared with those by other methods , e g, the rule of mixtures.

  16. Acoustic imaging internal microstructure of a packaging material

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    Kao-Walter, Sharon; Levin, M. L.; Petronyuk, J.S.; Walter, Mats

    2008-01-01

    Microstructure of a paper-based packaging material was studied by acoustic microscopy method. The laminate structure of the packaging material contains paperboard, polymer and aluminium, which are widely used for aseptic liquid food package. The method has also been used to detect delaminations inside the material. The results show the possibility to study the micro structural features of paperboard, polymer and aluminium foil layered materials by applying the high-resolution ultrasonic acous...

  17. Localized biosensing with Topas microstructured polymer optical fiber.

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    Emiliyanov, Grigoriy; Jensen, Jesper B; Bang, Ole; Hoiby, Poul E; Pedersen, Lars H; Kjaer, Erik M; Lindvold, Lars

    2007-03-01

    We present what is believed to be the first microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) fabricated from Topas cyclic olefin copolymer, which has attractive material and biochemical properties. This polymer allows for a novel type of fiber-optic biosensor, where localized sensor layers may be activated on the inner side of the air holes in a predetermined section of the mPOF. The concept is demonstrated using a fluorescence-based method for selective detection of fluorophore-labeled antibodies.

  18. Imaging with Synthetic Aperture Radar

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    Massonnet, Didier

    2008-01-01

    Describing a field that has been transformed by the recent availability of data from a new generation of space and airborne systems, the authors offer a synthetic geometrical approach to the description of synthetic aperture radar, one that addresses physicists, radar specialists, as well as experts in image processing.  

  19. Engineering Ecosystems and Synthetic Ecologies#

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    Mee, Michael T.; Wang, Harris H.

    2012-01-01

    Microbial ecosystems play an important role in nature. Engineering these systems for industrial, medical, or biotechnological purposes are important pursuits for synthetic biologists and biological engineers moving forward. Here, we provide a review of recent progress in engineering natural and synthetic microbial ecosystems. We highlight important forward engineering design principles, theoretical and quantitative models, new experimental and manipulation tools, and possible applications of ...

  20. Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.

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    Stephanopoulos, Gregory

    2012-11-16

    Metabolic engineering emerged 20 years ago as the discipline occupied with the directed modification of metabolic pathways for the microbial synthesis of various products. As such, it deals with the engineering (design, construction, and optimization) of native as well as non-natural routes of product synthesis, aided in this task by the availability of synthetic DNA, the core enabling technology of synthetic biology. The two fields, however, only partially overlap in their interest in pathway engineering. While fabrication of biobricks, synthetic cells, genetic circuits, and nonlinear cell dynamics, along with pathway engineering, have occupied researchers in the field of synthetic biology, the sum total of these areas does not constitute a coherent definition of synthetic biology with a distinct intellectual foundation and well-defined areas of application. This paper reviews the origins of the two fields and advances two distinct paradigms for each of them: that of unit operations for metabolic engineering and electronic circuits for synthetic biology. In this context, metabolic engineering is about engineering cell factories for the biological manufacturing of chemical and pharmaceutical products, whereas the main focus of synthetic biology is fundamental biological research facilitated by the use of synthetic DNA and genetic circuits.

  1. Holographically Correcting Synthetic Aperture Aberrations.

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    1987-12-01

    Malacara (20:105-148). The synthetic aperture was aligned in accordance with the synthetic-aperture alignment technique of Gill (8:61-64). The...1987. 20. Malacara , Daniel, ed. Optical Shop Testing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1978. 21. Marciniak, Capt Michael. Tutorial Presentation of mV

  2. Synthetic peptides for antibody production

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    Zegers, N.D.

    1995-01-01

    Synthetic peptides are useful tools for the generation of antibodies. The use of antibodies as specific reagents in inununochemical assays is widely applied. In this chapter, the application of synthetic peptides for the generation of antibodies is described. The different steps that lead to the uni

  3. Microstructure of laterally overgrown GaN layers

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    Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Cherns, David

    2001-04-03

    Transmission electron microscopy study of plan-view and cross-section samples of epitaxial laterally overgrown (ELOG) GaN samples is described. Two types of dislocation with the same type of Burgers vector but different line direction have been observed. It is shown that threading edge dislocations bend to form dislocation segments in the c-plane as a result of shear stresses developed in the wing material along the stripe direction. It is shown that migration of these dislocations involves both glide and climb. Propagation of threading parts over the wing area is an indication of high density of point defects present in the wing areas on the ELOG samples. This finding might shed new light on the optical properties of such samples.

  4. Computer vision in microstructural analysis

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    Srinivasan, Malur N.; Massarweh, W.; Hough, C. L.

    1992-01-01

    The following is a laboratory experiment designed to be performed by advanced-high school and beginning-college students. It is hoped that this experiment will create an interest in and further understanding of materials science. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate that the microstructure of engineered materials is affected by the processing conditions in manufacture, and that it is possible to characterize the microstructure using image analysis with a computer. The principle of computer vision will first be introduced followed by the description of the system developed at Texas A&M University. This in turn will be followed by the description of the experiment to obtain differences in microstructure and the characterization of the microstructure using computer vision.

  5. Neutral Color Semitransparent Microstructured Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Eperon, Giles E.

    2014-01-28

    Neutral-colored semitransparent solar cells are commercially desired to integrate solar cells into the windows and cladding of buildings and automotive applications. Here, we report the use of morphological control of perovskite thin films to form semitransparent planar heterojunction solar cells with neutral color and comparatively high efficiencies. We take advantage of spontaneous dewetting to create microstructured arrays of perovskite "islands", on a length-scale small enough to appear continuous to the eye yet large enough to enable unattenuated transmission of light between the islands. The islands are thick enough to absorb most visible light, and the combination of completely absorbing and completely transparent regions results in neutral transmission of light. Using these films, we fabricate thin-film solar cells with respectable power conversion efficiencies. Remarkably, we find that such discontinuous films still have good rectification behavior and relatively high open-circuit voltages due to the inherent rectification between the n- and p-type charge collection layers. Furthermore, we demonstrate the ease of "color-tinting" such microstructured perovksite solar cells with no reduction in performance, by incorporation of a dye within the hole transport medium. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  6. Plasma etching a ceramic composite. [evaluating microstructure

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    Hull, David R.; Leonhardt, Todd A.; Sanders, William A.

    1992-01-01

    Plasma etching is found to be a superior metallographic technique for evaluating the microstructure of a ceramic matrix composite. The ceramic composite studied is composed of silicon carbide whiskers (SiC(sub W)) in a matrix of silicon nitride (Si3N4), glass, and pores. All four constituents are important in evaluating the microstructure of the composite. Conventionally prepared samples, both as-polished or polished and etched with molten salt, do not allow all four constituents to be observed in one specimen. As-polished specimens allow examination of the glass phase and porosity, while molten salt etching reveals the Si3N4 grain size by removing the glass phase. However, the latter obscures the porosity. Neither technique allows the SiC(sub W) to be distinguished from the Si3N4. Plasma etching with CF4 + 4 percent O2 selectively attacks the Si3N4 grains, leaving SiC(sub W) and glass in relief, while not disturbing the pores. An artifact of the plasma etching reaction is the deposition of a thin layer of carbon on Si3N4, allowing Si3N4 grains to be distinguished from SiC(sub W) by back scattered electron imaging.

  7. Wafer-level microstructuring of glassy carbon

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    Hans, Loïc. E.; Prater, Karin; Kilchoer, Cédric; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Hermerschmidt, Andreas

    2014-03-01

    Glassy carbon is used nowadays for a variety of applications because of its mechanical strength, thermal stability and non-sticking adhesion properties. One application is glass molding that allows to realize high resolution diffractive optical elements on large areas and at affordable price appropriate for mass production. We study glassy carbon microstructuring for future precision compression molding of low and high glass-transition temperature. For applications in optics the uniformity, surface roughness, edge definition and lateral resolution are very important parameters for a stamp and the final product. We study different methods of microstructuring of glassy carbon by etching and milling. Reactive ion etching with different protection layers such as photoresists, aluminium and titanium hard masks have been performed and will be compare with Ion beam etching. We comment on the quality of the structure definition and give process details as well as drawbacks for the different methods. In our fabrications we were able to realize optically flat diffractive structures with slope angles of 80° at typical feature sizes of 5 micron and 700 nm depth qualified for high precision glass molding.

  8. Fresh fruit: microstructure, texture, and quality

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    Wood, Delilah F.; Imam, Syed H.; Orts, William J.; Glenn, Gregory M.

    2009-05-01

    Fresh-cut produce has a huge following in today's supermarkets. The trend follows the need to decrease preparation time as well as the desire to follow the current health guidelines for consumption of more whole "heart-healthy" foods. Additionally, consumers are able to enjoy a variety of fresh produce regardless of the local season because produce is now shipped world-wide. However, most fruits decompose rapidly once their natural packaging has been disrupted by cutting. In addition, some intact fruits have limited shelf-life which, in turn, limits shipping and storage. Therefore, a basic understanding of how produce microstructure relates to texture and how microstructure changes as quality deteriorates is needed to ensure the best quality in the both the fresh-cut and the fresh produce markets. Similarities between different types of produce include desiccation intolerance which produces wrinkling of the outer layers, cracking of the cuticle and increased susceptibility to pathogen invasion. Specific examples of fresh produce and their corresponding ripening and storage issues, and degradation are shown in scanning electron micrographs.

  9. Ecotoxicology of synthetic pyrethroids.

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    Maund, S J; Campbell, P J; Giddings, J M; Hamer, M J; Henry, K; Pilling, E D; Warinton, J S; Wheeler, J R

    2012-01-01

    In this chapter we review the ecotoxicology of the synthetic pyrethroids (SPs). SPs are potent, broad-spectrum insecticides. Their effects on a wide range of nontarget species have been broadly studied, and there is an extensive database available to evaluate their effects. SPs are highly toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates in the laboratory, but effects in the field are mitigated by rapid dissipation and degradation. Due to their highly lipophilic nature, SPs partition extensively into sediments. Recent studies have shown that toxicity in sediment can be predicted on the basis of equilibrium partitioning, and whilst other factors can influence this, organic carbon content is a key determining variable. At present for SPs, there is no clear evidence for adverse population-relevant effects with an underlying endocrine mode of action. SPs have been studied intensively in aquatic field studies, and their effects under field conditions are mitigated from those measured in the laboratory by their rapid dissipation and degradation. Studies with a range of test systems have shown consistent aquatic field endpoints across a variety of geographies and trophic states. SPs are also highly toxic to bees and other nontarget arthropods in the laboratory. These effects are mitigated in the field through repellency and dissipation of residues, and recovery from any adverse effects tends to be rapid.

  10. Small Molecule-Assisted Exfoliation of Layered Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets by Ionic Liquids

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    Xia, Fangqing; Yong, Huaisong; Han, Xiao; Sun, Dazhi

    2016-07-01

    Exfoliation of layered inorganic nanomaterials into single-layered sheets has been widely interested in materials chemistry and composite fabrication. Here, we report the exfoliation of layered zirconium phosphate nanoplatelets by using small molecule intercalating agents in ionic liquids, which opens a new platform for fabricating single-layered inorganic materials from synthetic layered compounds.

  11. Synthetic biology: lessons from the history of synthetic organic chemistry.

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    Yeh, Brian J; Lim, Wendell A

    2007-09-01

    The mid-nineteenth century saw the development of a radical new direction in chemistry: instead of simply analyzing existing molecules, chemists began to synthesize them--including molecules that did not exist in nature. The combination of this new synthetic approach with more traditional analytical approaches revolutionized chemistry, leading to a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical structure and reactivity and to the emergence of the modern pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The history of synthetic chemistry offers a possible roadmap for the development and impact of synthetic biology, a nascent field in which the goal is to build novel biological systems.

  12. Microstructures in Strongly Interacting Dipolar Fluids

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    XU Chen; MA Yu-Qiang; HUI Pak-Ming; TONG Fu-Qiang

    2005-01-01

    @@ The formation of ring- and chain-like microstructures in ferrofluids consisting of interacting magnetic particles coated by a surfactant layer is studied by Monte Carlo simulations. For thin coating layers, it is found that ring- and chain-like structures coexist. The ring-like structures are suppressed by thicker coating layers. These observations are in agreement with recent experiments. Also, the ring-like structures are formed by dynamical aggregation of particles, instead of bending of linear chains. The latter process is forbidden by a substantial energy barrier. More generally, it is found that the ring structures exist when the parameter α = μ2/[kBT(d + 2δ)3] is higher than a critical value αc, where μ is the magnitude of magnetic moment, d is the diameter, and δ is the coating thickness of a particle. We find that when α<αc, the ring structures cannot be formed spontaneously,while the chain-like structures still exist. Furthermore, the critical value αc is almost independent of magnetic particle volume density in the low density range.

  13. Surface modification of investment cast-316L implants: microstructure effects.

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    El-Hadad, Shimaa; Khalifa, Waleed; Nofal, Adel

    2015-03-01

    Artificial femur stem of 316L stainless steel was fabricated by investment casting using vacuum induction melting. Different surface treatments: mechanical polishing, thermal oxidation and immersion in alkaline solution were applied. Thicker hydroxyapatite (HAP) layer was formed in the furnace-oxidized samples as compared to the mechanically polished ones. The alkaline treatment enhanced the precipitation of HAP on the samples. It was also observed that the HAP precipitation responded differently to the different phases of the microstructure. The austenite phase was observed to have more homogeneous and smoother layer of HAP. In addition, the growth of HAP was sometimes favored on the austenite phase rather than on ferrite phase.

  14. Biomimicry of optical microstructures of Papilio palinurus

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    Crne, Matija; Sharma, Vivek; Blair, John; Park, Jung Ok; Summers, Christopher J.; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2011-01-01

    The brilliant coloration of animals in nature is sometimes based on their structure rather than on pigments. The green colour on the wings of a butterfly Papilio palinurus originates from the hierarchical microstructure of individual wing scales that are tiled on the wing. The hierarchical structure gives rise to two coloured reflections of visible light, blue and yellow which when additively mixed, produce the perception of green colour on the wing scales. We used breath figure templated assembly as the starting point for the structure and, combining it with atomic layer deposition for the multilayers necessary for the production of interference colors, we have faithfully mimicked the structure and the optical effects found on the wing scale of the butterfly Papilio palinurus.

  15. Continua with microstructure

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    Capriz, Gianfranco

    1989-01-01

    This book proposes a new general setting for theories of bodies with microstructure when they are described within the scheme of the con­ tinuum: besides the usual fields of classical thermomechanics (dis­ placement, stress, temperature, etc.) some new fields enter the picture (order parameters, microstress, etc.). The book can be used in a semester course for students who have already followed lectures on the classical theory of continua and is intended as an introduction to special topics: materials with voids, liquid crystals, meromorphic con­ tinua. In fact, the content is essentially that of a series of lectures given in 1986 at the Scuola Estiva di Fisica Matematica in Ravello (Italy). I would like to thank the Scientific Committee of the Gruppo di Fisica Matematica of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) for the invitation to teach in the School. I also thank the Committee for Mathematics of CNR and the National Science Foundation: they have supported my research over many years and given ...

  16. Dewetting on microstructured substrates

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    Kim, Taehong; Kim, Wonjung

    2016-11-01

    A thin liquid film has an equilibrium thickness in such a way as to minimize the free energy. When a liquid film thickness is out of its equilibrium, the film seeks its equilibrium state, resulting in dynamics of liquid film, which are referred to as wetting and dewetting, depending on the flow direction. We here present a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of dewetting on a substrate with parallel microstructures. Our experiments show that residue may remain on the substrate after dewetting, and residue morphologies can be classified into three modes. Based on our experimental observations, we elucidate how the modes depend on the pattern morphology and contact angle, and develop a model for the contact line motion. Our results provide a basis for controlling the thickness film, which is important for many practical applications such as oil recovery, detergency, lithography, and cleaning. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No.2015R1A2A2A04006181).

  17. Spicing thing up: Synthetic cannabinoids

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    Spaderna, Max; Addy, Peter H; D’Souza, Deepak Cyril

    2013-01-01

    Rationale Recently, products containing synthetic cannabinoids, collectively referred to as Spice, are increasingly being used recreationally. Objectives The availability, acute subjective effects—including self-reports posted on Erowid—laboratory detection, addictive potential, and regulatory challenges of the Spice phenomenon are reviewed. Results Spice is sold under the guise of potpourri or incense. Unlike THC, the synthetic cannabinoids present in Spice are high-potency, high-efficacy, cannabinoid-receptor full agonists. Since standard urine toxicology does not test for the synthetic cannabinoids in Spice, it is often used by those who want to avoid detection of drug use. These compounds have not yet been subjected to rigorous testing in humans. Acute psychoactive effects include changes in mood, anxiety, perception, thinking, memory, and attention. Adverse effects include anxiety, agitation, panic, dysphoria, psychosis, and bizarre behavior. Psychosis outcomes associated with Spice provide additional data linking cannabinoids and psychosis. Adverse events necessitating intervention by Poison Control Centers, law enforcement, emergency responders, and hospitals are increasing. Despite statutes prohibiting the manufacture, distribution, and sale of Spice products, manufacturers are replacing banned compounds with newer synthetic cannabinoids that are not banned. Conclusions There is an urgent need for better research on the effects of synthetic cannabinoids to help clinicians manage adverse events and to better understand cannabinoid pharmacology in humans. The reported psychosis outcomes associated with synthetic cannabinoids contribute to the ongoing debate on the association between cannabinoids and psychosis. Finally, drug-detection tests for synthetic cannabinoids need to become clinically available. PMID:23836028

  18. Synthetic biology and personalized medicine.

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    Jain, K K

    2013-01-01

    Synthetic biology, application of synthetic chemistry to biology, is a broad term that covers the engineering of biological systems with structures and functions not found in nature to process information, manipulate chemicals, produce energy, maintain cell environment and enhance human health. Synthetic biology devices contribute not only to improve our understanding of disease mechanisms, but also provide novel diagnostic tools. Methods based on synthetic biology enable the design of novel strategies for the treatment of cancer, immune diseases metabolic disorders and infectious diseases as well as the production of cheap drugs. The potential of synthetic genome, using an expanded genetic code that is designed for specific drug synthesis as well as delivery and activation of the drug in vivo by a pathological signal, was already pointed out during a lecture delivered at Kuwait University in 2005. Of two approaches to synthetic biology, top-down and bottom-up, the latter is more relevant to the development of personalized medicines as it provides more flexibility in constructing a partially synthetic cell from basic building blocks for a desired task. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  19. Synthetic biology: advancing biological frontiers by building synthetic systems

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    2012-01-01

    Advances in synthetic biology are contributing to diverse research areas, from basic biology to biomanufacturing and disease therapy. We discuss the theoretical foundation, applications, and potential of this emerging field. PMID:22348749

  20. Synthetic biology: advancing biological frontiers by building synthetic systems

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    Chen, Yvonne Yu-Hsuan; Galloway, Kate E; Smolke, Christina D.

    2012-01-01

    Advances in synthetic biology are contributing to diverse research areas, from basic biology to biomanufacturing and disease therapy. We discuss the theoretical foundation, applications, and potential of this emerging field.

  1. Oxidation resistance and microstructure of Ru-capped extreme ultraviolet lithography multilayers

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    Bajt, S; Dai, Z; Nelson, E J; Wall, M A; Alameda, J B; Nguyen, N; Baker, S L; Robinson, J C; Taylor, J S; Aquila, A; Edwards, N V

    2005-06-15

    The oxidation resistance of protective capping layers for extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) multilayers depends on their microstructure. Differently prepared Ru-capping layers, deposited on Mo/Si EUVL multilayers, were investigated to establish their baseline structural, optical, and surface properties in as-deposited state. The same capping layer structures were then tested for their thermal stability and oxidation resistance. The best performing Ru-capping layer structure was analyzed in detail with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). As compared to other Ru capping layers preparations studied here it is the only one that shows grains with preferential orientation. This information is essential for modeling and performance optimization of EUVL multilayers.

  2. The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

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    Christiansen, Andreas

    The dissertation analyses and discusses a number of ethical issues that have been raised in connection with the development of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is a set of new techniques for DNA-level design and construction of living beings with useful properties. The dissertation especially......) popular responsesto them succeed, and whether the objections are ultimately persuasive.2. Given that synthetic biology is a new technology, there is a certain degree of uncertainty about its ultimate effects, and many perceive the technology as risky. I discuss two common approaches in risk regulation...

  3. Synthetic biology for therapeutic applications.

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    Abil, Zhanar; Xiong, Xiong; Zhao, Huimin

    2015-02-02

    Synthetic biology is a relatively new field with the key aim of designing and constructing biological systems with novel functionalities. Today, synthetic biology devices are making their first steps in contributing new solutions to a number of biomedical challenges, such as emerging bacterial antibiotic resistance and cancer therapy. This review discusses some synthetic biology approaches and applications that were recently used in disease mechanism investigation and disease modeling, drug discovery and production, as well as vaccine development and treatment of infectious diseases, cancer, and metabolic disorders.

  4. The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

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    Christiansen, Andreas

    The dissertation analyses and discusses a number of ethical issues that have been raised in connection with the development of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is a set of new techniques for DNA-level design and construction of living beings with useful properties. The dissertation especially......) popular responsesto them succeed, and whether the objections are ultimately persuasive.2. Given that synthetic biology is a new technology, there is a certain degree of uncertainty about its ultimate effects, and many perceive the technology as risky. I discuss two common approaches in risk regulation...

  5. Microstructural Development during Directional Solidification of Peritectic Alloys

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    Lograsso, Thomas A.

    1996-01-01

    A thorough understanding of the microstructures produced through solidification in peritectic systems has yet to be achieved, even though a large number of industrially and scientifically significant materials are in this class. One type of microstructure frequently observed during directional solidification consists of alternating layers of primary solid and peritectic solid oriented perpendicular to the growth direction. This layer formation is usually reported for alloy compositions within the two-phase region of the peritectic isotherm and for temperature gradient and growth rate conditions that result in a planar solid-liquid interface. Layered growth in peritectic alloys has not previously been characterized on a quantitative basis, nor has a mechanism for its formation been verified. The mechanisms that have been proposed for layer formation can be categorized as either extrinsic or intrinsic to the alloy system. The extrinsic mechanisms rely on externally induced perturbations to the system for layer formation, such as temperature oscillations, growth velocity variations, or vibrations. The intrinsic mechanisms approach layer formation as an alternative type of two phase growth that is inherent for certain peritectic systems and solidification conditions. Convective mixing of the liquid is an additional variable which can strongly influence the development and appearance of layers due to the requisite slow growth rate. The first quantitative description of layer formation is a model recently developed by Trivedi based on the intrinsic mechanism of cyclic accumulation and depiction of solute in the liquid ahead of the interface, linked to repeated nucleation events in the absence of convection. The objective of this research is to characterize the layered microstructures developed during ground-based experiments in which external influences have been minimized as much as possible and to compare these results to the current the model. Also, the differences

  6. Research of the Plasma Sulfide Layer Formed on the Nitrocarburizing Layer

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    LI Xin; MA Shi-ning; HU Chun-hua; QIU Ji; HUANG Yuan-lin

    2004-01-01

    Low-temperature sulfurizing after nitrocarburizing are compared with only low-temperature sulfurizing on the surface of CrMoCu alloyed cast iron, the surface morphologies and microstructures are investigated by SEM and EDS.Results show that under proper treatment parameters, there are sulfide layer on both of the surfaces, and can more easily obtain sulfide layers on the surface of nitrocarburizing. Forming mechanism of sulfides were also studied elementarily.

  7. Composite modulation of Fano resonance in plasmonic microstructures by electric-field and microcavity

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    Zhang, Fan; Wu, Chenyun; Yang, Hong [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics and Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Hu, Xiaoyong, E-mail: xiaoyonghu@pku.edu.cn; Gong, Qihuang [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics and Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2014-11-03

    Composite modulation of Fano resonance by using electric-field and microcavity simultaneously is realized in a plasmonic microstructure, which consists of a gold nanowire grating inserted into a Fabry-Perot microcavity composited of a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between two indium tin oxide layers. The Fano resonance wavelength varies with the applied voltage and the microcavity resonance. A large shift of 48 nm in the Fano resonance wavelength is achieved when the applied voltage is 20 V. This may provide a new way for the study of multi-functional integrated photonic circuits and chips based on plasmonic microstructures.

  8. Synthetic biology: ethical ramifications 2009.

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    Rabinow, Paul; Bennett, Gaymon

    2009-12-01

    During 2007 and 2008 synthetic biology moved from the manifesto stage to research programs. As of 2009, synthetic biology is ramifying; to ramify means to produce differentiated trajectories from previous determinations. From its inception, most of the players in synthetic biology agreed on the need for (a) rationalized design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems as well as (b) the re-design of natural biological systems for specified purposes, and that (c) the versatility of designed biological systems makes them suitable to address such challenges as renewable energy, the production of inexpensive drugs, and environmental remediation, as well as providing a catalyst for further growth of biotechnology. What is understood by these goals, however, is diverse. Those assorted understandings are currently contributing to different ramifications of synthetic biology. The Berkeley Human Practices Lab, led by Paul Rabinow, is currently devoting its efforts to documenting and analyzing these ramifications as they emerge.

  9. Programming languages for synthetic biology.

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    Umesh, P; Naveen, F; Rao, Chanchala Uma Maheswara; Nair, Achuthsankar S

    2010-12-01

    In the backdrop of accelerated efforts for creating synthetic organisms, the nature and scope of an ideal programming language for scripting synthetic organism in-silico has been receiving increasing attention. A few programming languages for synthetic biology capable of defining, constructing, networking, editing and delivering genome scale models of cellular processes have been recently attempted. All these represent important points in a spectrum of possibilities. This paper introduces Kera, a state of the art programming language for synthetic biology which is arguably ahead of similar languages or tools such as GEC, Antimony and GenoCAD. Kera is a full-fledged object oriented programming language which is tempered by biopart rule library named Samhita which captures the knowledge regarding the interaction of genome components and catalytic molecules. Prominent feature of the language are demonstrated through a toy example and the road map for the future development of Kera is also presented.

  10. Is synthetic biology mechanical biology?

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    Holm, Sune

    2015-12-01

    A widespread and influential characterization of synthetic biology emphasizes that synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to living systems. Furthermore, there is a strong tendency to express the engineering approach to organisms in terms of what seems to be an ontological claim: organisms are machines. In the paper I investigate the ontological and heuristic significance of the machine analogy in synthetic biology. I argue that the use of the machine analogy and the aim of producing rationally designed organisms does not necessarily imply a commitment to mechanical biology. The ideal of applying engineering principles to biology is best understood as expressing recognition of the machine-unlikeness of natural organisms and the limits of human cognition. The paper suggests an interpretation of the identification of organisms with machines in synthetic biology according to which it expresses a strategy for representing, understanding, and constructing living systems that are more machine-like than natural organisms.

  11. Synthetic Biology for Specialty Chemicals.

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    Markham, Kelly A; Alper, Hal S

    2015-01-01

    In this review, we address recent advances in the field of synthetic biology and describe how those tools have been applied to produce a wide variety of chemicals in microorganisms. Here we classify the expansion of the synthetic biology toolbox into three different categories based on their primary function in strain engineering-for design, for construction, and for optimization. Next, focusing on recent years, we look at how chemicals have been produced using these new synthetic biology tools. Advances in producing fuels are briefly described, followed by a more thorough treatment of commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. Throughout this review, an emphasis is placed on how synthetic biology tools are applied to strain engineering. Finally, we discuss organism and host strain diversity and provide a future outlook in the field.

  12. SYNTHETIC SLING FAILURE - EVALUATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

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    MACKEY TC; HENDERSON CS

    2009-10-26

    The information and evaluations provided in this report were compiled to address the recurring problem of synthetic sling failure. As safety is the number one priority in all work aspects, a solution must be devised to prevent accidents from occurring. A total of thirteen cases regarding synthetic sling failure were evaluated in order to determine their causes, effects, and preventative measures. From the collected data, it was found that all cases in which the synthetic sling contacted the edge of its load resulted in sling failure. It is required that adequate synthetic sling protection devices be used to protect slings in any lift where the sling comes in direct contact with the edge or corner of its load. However, there are no consensus codes or standards stating the type, material, or purpose of the type of protective device used to protect the sling from being cut. Numerous industry standards and codes provide vague descriptions on how to protect synthetic slings. Without a clear, concise statement of how to protect synthetic slings, it is common for inadequate materials and sling protection devices to be used in an attempt to meet the intent of these requirements. The use of an inadequate sling protection device is the main cause of synthetic sling failure in all researched cases. Commercial sling protection devices come in many shapes and sizes, and have a variety of names, as well as advertised uses. 'Abrasion pads' and 'wear protectors' are two different names for products with the same intended purpose. There is no distinguishable way to determine the extent of sling protection which these devices will provide, or what specific scenarios they are made for. This creates room for error in a field where error is unacceptable. This report provides a recommended action for hoisting and rigging activities which require synthetic slings to contact a load, as well as recommended changes to industry standards which will benefit overall

  13. Polymer-Dependent Layer Structures in Montmorillonite Nanocomposites

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    Justyna Strankowska

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We have studied structural differences among tetrahedral and octahedral sodium Montmorillonite layer arrangements in naturally occurring and synthetic montmorillonite clay minerals, as well as their poly(ethylene oxide and poly(ε-coprolatone polymer nanocomposites.

  14. Synthesis, Microstructure, and Property of Cr2AlC

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    2007-01-01

    Cr2AlC is an unusual layered ternary ceramic that combines the merits of both metals and ceramics. The salient properties of Cr2AlC are strongly related to its bonding characteristics and microstructures. Synthesis,microstructure, and property of Cr2AlC are reviewed in this paper. First, theoretical calculations and physical properties are introduced. Then, the processing of Cr2AlC ceramic in both bulk form and thin films and their basic mechanical properties are summarized. Atomic-scale characterizations of Cr2AlC, as well as the microstructural relationships among Cr2AlC, Al8Cr5, and AlCr2 were achieved using a series of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Moreover, high-temperature oxidation and hot corrosion behaviors of Cr2AlC were investigated by means of thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy,scanning electron microscopy, and TEM. Mechanism of the excellent high-temperature corrosion resistance of Cr2AlC is discussed based on systematic microstructural analyses. Finally, concise conclusions are drawn.

  15. Digital volume imaging of the PEFC gas diffusion layer

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    Borup, Rodney L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mukundan, Rangachary [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mukherjee, Partha [ORNL; Shim, Eunkyoung [NC ST

    2010-01-01

    The gas diffusion layer (GDL) plays a key role in the overall performance/durability of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC). Of profound importance, especially in the context of water management and flooding phenomena, is the influence of the underlying pore morphology and wetting characteristics Of the GDL microstructure. In this article, we present the digital volumetric imaging (DVI) technique in order to generate the 3-D carbon paper GDL microstructure. The internal pore structure and the local microstructural variations in terms of fiber alignment and fiber/binder distributions are investigated using the several 3-D thin sections of the sample obtained from DVI.

  16. Mechanical amorphization during experimental shearing of synthetic granite gouge

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    White, J. C.; Hadizadeh, J.; Tullis, T. E.; Goldsby, D. L.

    2009-04-01

    Frictional sliding experiments performed in a rotary shear machine at 25 MPa normal stress on 2-mm thick layers of simulated Westerly granite gouge (initial particle size 1-85 µm) have produced heterogeneous microstructures comprising comminuted material with internal layering. In SEM/BSE individual layers comprise grains of rounded and sub-rounded quartz and feldspar particles that vary in size from 20nm on one side to about 300nm on the other. Characterization of the gouge ultrastructure has been undertaken by analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Areas were selected from high-magnification SEM images and thinned in a focused ion beam instrument (FIB). This sampling procedure produces material of even electron transparency with perfect spatial registration to the optical and SEM microstructures. The sub-micrometre-scale laminar variation of grain size and porosity is confirmed by STEM. Shards of both feldspar and quartz are progressively comminuted to form the texture in which larger grains are surrounded by finer-comminuted matrix material. Grains of both of the latter primary mineral constituents are routinely less than 100 nm in size. Most significantly, the finest grained, least porous zones comprise small grain fragments embedded within an amorphous silicate matrix. By extension, one can infer that observation of these zones throughout the gouge is consistent with extensive amorphization during the shearing. The internal layering of the brecciated fragments, with asymmetric particle size and porosity grading, indicates that Y-slip surfaces localize displacement until particles that line the slip surface are reduced to a critical size that enables mechanically induced amorphization. Fluctuations in friction recorded during formation of this microstructure can be reasonably related to cyclic softening-hardening related to porosity loss and amorphization, with subsequent brecciation of the gouge during slip on multiple Y-slip surfaces.

  17. Bond layer for a solid oxide fuel cell, and related processes and devices

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    Wu, Jian; Striker, Todd-Michael; Renou, Stephane; Gaunt, Simon William

    2017-03-21

    An electrically-conductive layer of material having a composition comprising lanthanum and strontium is described. The material is characterized by a microstructure having bimodal porosity. Another concept in this disclosure relates to a solid oxide fuel cell attached to at least one cathode interconnect by a cathode bond layer. The bond layer includes a microstructure having bimodal porosity. A fuel cell stack which incorporates at least one of the cathode bond layers is also described herein, along with related processes for forming the cathode bond layer.

  18. Geometry of polycrystals and microstructure

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    Ball John M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the geometry of polycrystals, showing that for polycrystals formed of convex grains the interior grains are polyhedral, while for polycrystals with general grain geometry the set of triple points is small. Then we investigate possible martensitic morphologies resulting from intergrain contact. For cubic-totetragonal transformations we show that homogeneous zero-energy microstructures matching a pure dilatation on a grain boundary necessarily involve more than four deformation gradients. We discuss the relevance of this result for observations of microstructures involving second and third-order laminates in various materials. Finally we consider the more specialized situation of bicrystals formed from materials having two martensitic energy wells (such as for orthorhombic to monoclinic transformations, but without any restrictions on the possible microstructure, showing how a generalization of the Hadamard jump condition can be applied at the intergrain boundary to show that a pure phase in either grain is impossible at minimum energy.

  19. Nonmixing layers

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    Gaillard, Pierre; Giovangigli, Vincent; Matuszewski, Lionel

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the impact of nonideal diffusion on the structure of supercritical cryogenic binary mixing layers. This situation is typical of liquid fuel injection in high-pressure rocket engines. Nonideal diffusion has a dramatic impact in the neighborhood of chemical thermodynamic stability limits where the components become quasi-immiscible and ultimately form a nonmixing layer. Numerical simulations are performed for mixing layers of H2 and N2 at a pressure of 100 atm and temperature around 120-150 K near chemical thermodynamic stability limits.

  20. TEM Investigations on Layered Ternary Ceramics

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    Zhijun LIN; Meishuan LI; Yanchun ZHOU

    2007-01-01

    Layered ternary ceramics represent a new class of solids that combine the merits of both metals and ceramics.These unique properties are strongly related to their layered crystal structures and microstructures. The combination of atomic-resolution Z-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) represents a powerful method to link microstructures of materials to macroscopic properties, allowing layered ternary ceramics to be investigated in an unprecedented detail. Vicrostructural information obtained using TEM is useful in understanding the formation mechanism, layered stacking characteristics, and defect structures for layered ternary ceramics down to atomic-scale level; and thus provides insight into understanding the "Processing-Structure-Property" relationship of layered ternary ceramics. Transmission electron microscopic characterizations of layered ternary ceramics in Ti-Si-C, Ti-Al-C, Cr-Al-C, Zr-Al-C, Ta-Al-C and Ti-Al-N systems are reviewed.

  1. Epitaxy and Microstructure Evolution in Metal Additive Manufacturing

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    Basak, Amrita; Das, Suman

    2016-07-01

    Metal additive manufacturing (AM) works on the principle of incremental layer-by-layer material consolidation, facilitating the fabrication of objects of arbitrary complexity through the controlled melting and resolidification of feedstock materials by using high-power energy sources. The focus of metal AM is to produce complex-shaped components made of metals and alloys to meet demands from various industrial sectors such as defense, aerospace, automotive, and biomedicine. Metal AM involves a complex interplay between multiple modes of energy and mass transfer, fluid flow, phase change, and microstructural evolution. Understanding the fundamental physics of these phenomena is a key requirement for metal AM process development and optimization. The effects of material characteristics and processing conditions on the resulting epitaxy and microstructure are of critical interest in metal AM. This article reviews various metal AM processes in the context of fabricating metal and alloy parts through epitaxial solidification, with material systems ranging from pure-metal and prealloyed to multicomponent materials. The aim is to cover the relationships between various AM processes and the resulting microstructures in these material systems.

  2. Freedom and Responsibility in Synthetic Genomics: The Synthetic Yeast Project.

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    Sliva, Anna; Yang, Huanming; Boeke, Jef D; Mathews, Debra J H

    2015-08-01

    First introduced in 2011, the Synthetic Yeast Genome (Sc2.0) PROJECT is a large international synthetic genomics project that will culminate in the first eukaryotic cell (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with a fully synthetic genome. With collaborators from across the globe and from a range of institutions spanning from do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) to commercial enterprises, it is important that all scientists working on this project are cognizant of the ethical and policy issues associated with this field of research and operate under a common set of principles. In this commentary, we survey the current ethics and regulatory landscape of synthetic biology and present the Sc2.0 Statement of Ethics and Governance to which all members of the project adhere. This statement focuses on four aspects of the Sc2.0 PROJECT: societal benefit, intellectual property, safety, and self-governance. We propose that such project-level agreements are an important, valuable, and flexible model of self-regulation for similar global, large-scale synthetic biology projects in order to maximize the benefits and minimize potential harms. Copyright © 2015 by the Genetics Society of America.

  3. Freedom and Responsibility in Synthetic Genomics: The Synthetic Yeast Project

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    Sliva, Anna; Yang, Huanming; Boeke, Jef D.; Mathews, Debra J. H.

    2015-01-01

    First introduced in 2011, the Synthetic Yeast Genome (Sc2.0) Project is a large international synthetic genomics project that will culminate in the first eukaryotic cell (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with a fully synthetic genome. With collaborators from across the globe and from a range of institutions spanning from do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) to commercial enterprises, it is important that all scientists working on this project are cognizant of the ethical and policy issues associated with this field of research and operate under a common set of principles. In this commentary, we survey the current ethics and regulatory landscape of synthetic biology and present the Sc2.0 Statement of Ethics and Governance to which all members of the project adhere. This statement focuses on four aspects of the Sc2.0 Project: societal benefit, intellectual property, safety, and self-governance. We propose that such project-level agreements are an important, valuable, and flexible model of self-regulation for similar global, large-scale synthetic biology projects in order to maximize the benefits and minimize potential harms. PMID:26272997

  4. Influences of device structures on microstructure-correlated photovoltaic characteristics of organic solar cells

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    Wu, Fu-Chiao; Yang, Cheng-Chi; Tseng, Po-Tsung; Chou, Wei-Yang; Cheng, Horng-Long

    2017-02-01

    Photovoltaic characteristics of organic solar cells (OSCs) are correlated with microstructural qualities of active layers (ALs). Numerous efforts focused on improving process conditions of ALs to attain effective microstructures to achieve high-efficiency OSCs. Aside from AL process conditions, layer properties under AL can also influence microstructural qualities of AL. In this study, we adopted poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):(6,6)-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) mixture as AL, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) as hole extraction layer, and branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) as electron extraction layer to prepare OSCs with different device structures, that is, normal type (PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/BPEI) and inverted type (BPEI/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS) structures. We discovered that although devices have similar layer components, they have different photovoltaic characteristics. Inverted devices demonstrated higher power conversion efficiency than normal devices. Various methods, including absorption spectroscopy and microscopy, were used to study AL microstructures of different devices. We observed that P3HT crystallites grown on BPEI had longer vertical size and shorter horizontal size compared with those grown on PEDOT:PSS; these properties could result from larger interfacial tension of P3HT with BPEI than with PEDOT:PSS. Observed shape of P3HT crystallites in inverted devices facilitated efficient charge transport to electrodes and suppressed current leakage. As a result, inverted devices generated improved photovoltaic performance.

  5. Microstructure studies of the grinding damage in monocrystalline silicon wafers

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    ZHANG Yinxia; KANG Renke; GUO Dongming; JIN Zhuji

    2007-01-01

    The depth and nature of the subsurface damage in a silicon wafer will limit the performance of IC components.Damage microstructures of the silicon wafers ground by the #325,#600, and #2000 grinding wheels was analyzed.The results show that many microcracks,fractures, and dislocation rosettes appear in the surface and subsurface of the wafer ground by the #325 grinding wheel.No obvious microstructure change exists.The amorphous layer with a thickness of about 100 nm,microcracks, high density dislocations,and polycrystalline silicon are observed in the subsurface of the wafer ground by the #600 grinding wheel.For the wafer ground by the #2000 grinding wheel,an amorphous layer of about 30 nm thickness,a polycrystalline silicon layer,a few dislocations,and an elastic deformation layer exist.In general,with the decrease in grit size,the material removal mode changes from micro-fracture mode to ductile mode gradually.

  6. Synthetic nacre by predesigned matrix-directed mineralization

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    Mao, Li-Bo; Gao, Huai-Ling; Yao, Hong-Bin; Liu, Lei; Cölfen, Helmut; Liu, Gang; Chen, Si-Ming; Li, Shi-Kuo; Yan, You-Xian; Liu, Yang-Yi; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2016-10-01

    Although biomimetic designs are expected to play a key role in exploring future structural materials, facile fabrication of bulk biomimetic materials under ambient conditions remains a major challenge. Here, we describe a mesoscale “assembly-and-mineralization” approach inspired by the natural process in mollusks to fabricate bulk synthetic nacre that highly resembles both the chemical composition and the hierarchical structure of natural nacre. The millimeter-thick synthetic nacre consists of alternating organic layers and aragonite platelet layers (91 weight percent) and exhibits good ultimate strength and fracture toughness. This predesigned matrix-directed mineralization method represents a rational strategy for the preparation of robust composite materials with hierarchically ordered structures, where various constituents are adaptable, including brittle and heat-labile materials.

  7. Sequence of Stages in the Microstructure Evolution in Copper under Mild Reciprocating Tribological Loading.

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    Greiner, Christian; Liu, Zhilong; Strassberger, Luis; Gumbsch, Peter

    2016-06-22

    Tailoring the surface properties of a material for low friction and little wear has long been a goal of tribological research. Since the microstructure of the material under the contact strongly influences tribological performance, the ability to control this microstructure is thereby of key importance. However, there is a significant lack of knowledge about the elementary mechanisms of microstructure evolution under tribological load. To cover different stages of this microstructure evolution, high-purity copper was investigated after increasing numbers of sliding cycles of a sapphire sphere in reciprocating motion. Scanning electron and focused ion beam (FIB) microscopy were applied to monitor the microstructure changes. A thin tribologically deformed layer which grew from tens of nanometers to several micrometers with increasing number of cycles was observed in cross-sections. By analyzing dislocation structures and local orientation changes in the cross-sectional areas, dislocation activity, the occurrence of a distinct dislocation trace line, and the emergence of new subgrain boundaries could be observed at different depths. These results strongly suggest that dislocation self-organization is a key elementary mechanism for the microstructure evolution under a tribological load. The distinct elementary processes at different stages of sliding identified here will be essential for the future modeling of the microstructure evolution in tribological contacts.

  8. Microstructural Characterization of Novel Ni-Containing Nd-Fe-B Strips by Strip Casting

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    2006-01-01

    The characteristics of novel Nd-Fe(Ni, Co, Al)-B microstructure prepared by strip casting technique were studied. The novel microstructure was observed using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Along the direction of heat flow, there are two kinds of different microstructures. Close to the wheel side, there is a thick layer containing many polygonal Nd2Fe14B grains. Near the free surface side, however, there are relative uniform platelike Nd2Fe14B grains whose growth direction is not completely the direction of the heat flow during solidification. The formation of the novel microstructure is presumed to be the contribution of the special temperature field and Ni component.

  9. Vortex motion in superconducting single-crystal microstructures of NbSe2

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    Mills, Shaun; Staley, Neal; Puls, Conor; Shen, Chenyi; Li, Linjun; Xu, Zhuan; Liu, Ying

    2012-02-01

    Superconducting microstructures prepared by advanced nanofabrication methods can be used to address long-standing, fundamental questions concerning vortex motion, including vortex tunneling and the Aharonov-Casher effect of vortices. The observation of these phenomena requires devices with minimal disorder and the fewest dissipative normal electrons. We have developed a process to fabricate superconducting microstructures from single-crystal ultrathin flakes of the layered Type II superconductor NbSe2. Our process utilizes a multi-step electron beam lithography technique, whereby a NbSe2 flake is cut into a desired microstructure with appropriate electrical leads. Despite the small device dimensions, which feature line widths less than 40 nanometers, our devices are superconducting. We are currently working on superconducting microstructures of NbSe2 that involve integration of aluminum leads, aiming at the control and measurement of vortices in these novel structures.

  10. Electron-beam Treatment of Tungsten-free TiC/NiCr Cermet Ⅱ: Structural Transformations in the Subsurface Layer

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    Baohai YU; V.E.Ovcharenko; S.G.Psakhie; O.V.Lapshin

    2006-01-01

    The character of structural changes in the surface layer of titanium carbide (TiC) with Ni-Cr alloy binder was investigated theoretically and experimentally after electron-beam treatment of the material surface. The thermal influence of the electron-beam irradiation on the surface layer microstructure of the composite fine-grained material was mathematically analyzed. Quantitative estimations of the depth of the zone in microstructural phase transformations were carried out. The microstructure and concentration profile of Ti distribution in the metallic binder over the cross section of the surface layer with microstructural phase transformations after electron-pulse treatment of the hard metal surface were experimentally investigated.

  11. Meeting Report: Synthetic Biology Jamboree for Undergraduates

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    Campbell, A. Malcolm

    2005-01-01

    The field of synthetic biology (the name is derived from an analogy to synthetic chemistry) has recognized itself as a "field" only since about 2002. Synthetic biology has gotten some high-profile attention recently, but most people are not aware the field even exists. Synthetic biologists apply engineering principles to genomic circuits to…

  12. Meeting Report: Synthetic Biology Jamboree for Undergraduates

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    Campbell, A. Malcolm

    2005-01-01

    The field of synthetic biology (the name is derived from an analogy to synthetic chemistry) has recognized itself as a "field" only since about 2002. Synthetic biology has gotten some high-profile attention recently, but most people are not aware the field even exists. Synthetic biologists apply engineering principles to genomic circuits to…

  13. Control theory meets synthetic biology.

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    Del Vecchio, Domitilla; Dy, Aaron J; Qian, Yili

    2016-07-01

    The past several years have witnessed an increased presence of control theoretic concepts in synthetic biology. This review presents an organized summary of how these control design concepts have been applied to tackle a variety of problems faced when building synthetic biomolecular circuits in living cells. In particular, we describe success stories that demonstrate how simple or more elaborate control design methods can be used to make the behaviour of synthetic genetic circuits within a single cell or across a cell population more reliable, predictable and robust to perturbations. The description especially highlights technical challenges that uniquely arise from the need to implement control designs within a new hardware setting, along with implemented or proposed solutions. Some engineering solutions employing complex feedback control schemes are also described, which, however, still require a deeper theoretical analysis of stability, performance and robustness properties. Overall, this paper should help synthetic biologists become familiar with feedback control concepts as they can be used in their application area. At the same time, it should provide some domain knowledge to control theorists who wish to enter the rising and exciting field of synthetic biology.

  14. Control theory meets synthetic biology

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    2016-01-01

    The past several years have witnessed an increased presence of control theoretic concepts in synthetic biology. This review presents an organized summary of how these control design concepts have been applied to tackle a variety of problems faced when building synthetic biomolecular circuits in living cells. In particular, we describe success stories that demonstrate how simple or more elaborate control design methods can be used to make the behaviour of synthetic genetic circuits within a single cell or across a cell population more reliable, predictable and robust to perturbations. The description especially highlights technical challenges that uniquely arise from the need to implement control designs within a new hardware setting, along with implemented or proposed solutions. Some engineering solutions employing complex feedback control schemes are also described, which, however, still require a deeper theoretical analysis of stability, performance and robustness properties. Overall, this paper should help synthetic biologists become familiar with feedback control concepts as they can be used in their application area. At the same time, it should provide some domain knowledge to control theorists who wish to enter the rising and exciting field of synthetic biology. PMID:27440256

  15. Microstructural stability of ultrafine grained cold sprayed 6061 aluminum alloy

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    Rokni, M.R., E-mail: mohammadreza.rokni@mines.sdsmt.edu [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Widener, C.A. [Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Advanced Materials Processing Center, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM and T), SD (United States); Champagne, V.R. [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (United States)

    2014-01-30

    The microstructural stability of ultrafine grained (UFG) cold spray 6061 aluminum deposits produced by high pressure cold spray were investigated by in situ heating to a fully annealed state via a hot-stage transmission electron microscope (TEM). It was possible to observe the precise locations and temperatures of different microstructural changes, like dislocation movement and other restoration processes. Even after heating up to the annealing temperature for this alloy, the deposited layer in the perpendicular direction was found to preserve the UFG structures, which were the result of different recrystallization mechanisms caused by the high strains present during cold spraying. Extensive solute segregation at the grain boundaries acted as an obstruction for grain boundary migration in this direction, thereby preventing grain growth. However, in the direction parallel to the deposited surface, the UFGs were not resistant to grain coursing like the other direction, since the grain boundaries had much less solute segregation.

  16. Biodegradable Polylactic Acid (PLA) Microstructures for Scaffold Applications

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    Wang, G -J; Hsueh, C -C

    2008-01-01

    In this research, we present a simple and cost effective soft lithographic process to fabricate PLA scaffolds for tissue engineering. In which, the negative photoresist JSR THB-120N was spun on a glass subtract followed by conventional UV lithographic processes to fabricate the master to cast the PDMS elastomeric mold. A thin poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) layer was used as a mode release such that the PLA scaffold can be easily peeled off. The PLA precursor solution was then cast onto the PDMS mold to form the PLA microstructures. After evaporating the solvent, the PLA microstructures can be easily peeled off from the PDMS mold. Experimental results show that the desired microvessels scaffold can be successfully transferred to the biodegradable polymer PLA.

  17. Microstructure and Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Parinov, Ivan A

    2007-01-01

    The main features of high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) that define their properties are intrinsic brittleness of oxide cuprates, the layered anisotropic structure and the supershort coherence length. Taking into account these features, this treatise presents research into HTSC microstructure and properties, and also explores the possibilities of optimization of the preparation techniques and superconducting compositions. The "composition-technique-experiment-theory-model," employed here, assumes considerable HTSC defectiveness and structure heterogeneity and helps to draw a comprehensive picture of modern representations of the microstructure, strength and the related structure-sensitive properties of the materials considered. Special attention is devoted to the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O families, which currently offer the most promising applications. Including a great number of illustrations and references, this monograph addresses students, post-graduate students and specialists, taking part in the ...

  18. Microstructure and Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Parinov, I A

    2012-01-01

    The main features of high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) that define their properties are intrinsic brittleness of oxide cuprates, the layered anisotropic structure and the supershort coherence length. Taking into account these features, this treatise presents research into HTSC microstructure and properties, and also explores the possibilities of optimization of the preparation techniques and superconducting compositions. The "composition-technique-experiment-theory-model," employed here, assumes considerable HTSC defectiveness and structure heterogeneity and helps to draw a comprehensive picture of modern representations of the microstructure, strength and the related structure-sensitive properties of the materials considered. Special attention is devoted to the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O families, which currently offer the most promising applications. Including a great number of illustrations and references, this monograph addresses students, post-graduate students and specialists, taking part in the ...

  19. Polyimide foam-like microstructures: technology and mechanical properties

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    Dobrzynska, J. A.; Joris, P.; Jiguet, S.; Renaud, P.; Gijs, M. A. M.

    2011-10-01

    We report a process for the realization of polyimide films with custom-designed microporosity based on the heat-induced depolymerization of polyimide-embedded polypropylene carbonate microstructures. The foam-like microstructures are up to 40 µm thick and incorporate air cavities with a width ranging from 20 to 200 µm, a length up to 5 mm and a height of 20 µm. We model the mechanical stress-strain properties of the microcavities using both analytical and numerical methods. The simulation data are in good agreement with the results of nanoindentation and microcompression experiments, which show the reduction of the effective Young's modulus from 5.77 ± 0.06 GPa for bulk polyimide to 2.51 ± 0.03 GPa for a foam-like layer.

  20. Improving resolution of optical coherence tomography for imaging of microstructures

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    Shen, Kai; Lu, Hui; Wang, James H.; Wang, Michael R.

    2015-03-01

    Multi-frame superresolution technique has been used to improve the lateral resolution of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) for imaging of 3D microstructures. By adjusting the voltages applied to ? and ? galvanometer scanners in the measurement arm, small lateral imaging positional shifts have been introduced among different C-scans. Utilizing the extracted ?-? plane en face image frames from these specially offset C-scan image sets at the same axial position, we have reconstructed the lateral high resolution image by the efficient multi-frame superresolution technique. To further improve the image quality, we applied the latest K-SVD and bilateral total variation denoising algorithms to the raw SD-OCT lateral images before and along with the superresolution processing, respectively. The performance of the SD-OCT of improved lateral resolution is demonstrated by 3D imaging a microstructure fabricated by photolithography and a double-layer microfluidic device.

  1. Microstructural processes in irradiated materials

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Morgan, Dane; Jiao, Zhijie; Almer, Jonathan; Brown, Donald

    2016-04-01

    These proceedings contain the papers presented at two symposia, the Microstructural Processes in Irradiated Materials (MPIM) and Characterization of Nuclear Reactor Materials and Components with Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation, held in the TMS 2015, 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA on March 15-19, 2015.

  2. Microstructure modeling in weld metal

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    David, S.A.; Babu, S.S.

    1995-12-31

    Since microstructure development in the weld metal region is controlled by various physical processes, there is a need for integrated predictive models based on fundamental principles to describe and predict the effect of these physical processes. These integrated models should be based on various tools available for modeling microstructure development in a wide variety of alloy systems and welding processes. In this paper, the principles, methodology, and future directions of modeling thermochemical reactions in liquid, solidification, and solid state transformations are discussed with some examples for low-alloy steel, stainless steel, and Ni-base superalloy. Thermochemical deoxidation reactions in liquid low-alloy steel lead to oxide inclusion formation. This inclusion formation has been modeled by combining principles of ladle metallurgy and overall transformation kinetics. The model`s comparison with the experimental data and the ongoing work on coupling this inclusion model with the numerical models of heat transfer and fluid flow are discussed. Also, recent advances in theoretical and physical modeling of the solidification process are reviewed with regard to predicting the solidification modes, grain structure development, segregation effects, and nonequilibrium solidification in welds. The effects of solid state phase transformations on microstructure development and various methods of modeling these transformations are reviewed. Successful models, based on diffusion-controlled growth and plate growth theories, on microstructure development in low-alloy steel and stainless steel weld metals are outlined. This paper also addresses the importance of advanced analytical techniques to understand the solid state transformation mechanisms in welds.

  3. Nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Frosz, Michael Henoch

    is potentially the case for microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs). Another advantage is that polymer materials have a higher biocompatibility than silica, meaning that it is easier to bond certain types of biosensor materials to a polymer surface than to silica. As with silica PCFs, it is difficult...

  4. Microstructured Surfaces for Enhanced Transmission

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    Ivinskaya, Aliaksandra; Bergmann, René; Kafka, Jan Robert;

    2014-01-01

    Binary microstructures are used to increase transmission of silicon (Si) surfaces in the infrared (IR) range. We consider hexagonal and square lattices with square and round pillars with the finitedifference frequency-domain (FDFD) method. In agreement with theory and previous publications, the h...

  5. Micromorphology, microstructure and magnetic properties of sputtered garnet multilayers

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    Marcelli, R. [CNR, Roma (Italy). Ist. di Elettronica dello Stato Solido; Padeletti, G.; Gambacorti, N.; Simeone, M.G.; Fiorani, D. [CNR, Monterotondo Stazione (Italy). Ist. di Chimica dei Materiali

    1998-12-31

    The growth technique, the micromorphological and microstructural characterization by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and secondary ions mass spectrometry (SIMS) as well as the magnetic properties of a novel class of magnetic multilayers, based on radio frequency (RF) sputtered thin amorphous garnet films, are presented. One, three and five thin film multilayers composed by amorphous pure yttrium iron garnet (a:YIG) and amorphous gadolinium gallium garnet (a:GGG) have been grown on GGG single crystal substrates. The multilayer interfaces have been found to be comparable in both, the three and five-layers structure. Low field susceptibility measurements, showed a paramagnetic behavior for the single layer YIG film. For the three and five layers samples, irreversibility effects were observed, giving evidence of magnetic clusters at the interface YIG/GGG.

  6. Traveling Lamb wave in elastic metamaterial layer

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    Shu, Haisheng; Xu, Lihuan; Shi, Xiaona; Zhao, Lei; Zhu, Jie

    2016-10-01

    The propagation of traveling Lamb wave in single layer of elastic metamaterial is investigated in this paper. We first categorized the traveling Lamb wave modes inside an elastic metamaterial layer according to different combinations (positive or negative) of effective medium parameters. Then the impacts of the frequency dependence of effective parameters on dispersion characteristics of traveling Lamb wave were studied. Distinct differences could be observed when comparing the traveling Lamb wave along an elastic metamaterial layer with one inside the traditional elastic layer. We further examined in detail the traveling Lamb wave mode supported in elastic metamaterial layer, when the effective P and S wave velocities were simultaneously imaginary. It was found that the effective modulus ratio is the key factor for the existence of special traveling wave mode, and the main results were verified by FEM simulations from two levels: the level of effective medium and the level of microstructure unit cell.

  7. Designer Drugs: A Synthetic Catastrophe

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    James Fratantonio

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Synthetic stimulants can cause hallucinations, aggressive behaviors, death and are sometimes legal. These substances are sold as plant food and bath salts that are "Not for Human Consumption", therefore skirting the 1986 Federal Analogue Act and giving a false pretense of safety. Studies have proved that these substances are toxic, have a high abuse potential, and are becoming extremely prevalent in the United States. This creates a dilemma for law enforcement agents, hospitals, and substance use disorder treatment centers. Urine Drug Testing is utilized as a clinical diagnostic tool in substance use disorder treatment centers, and the furious pace at which new synthetic stimulants are introduced to the black market are making the detection via urine increasingly difficult. This article will discuss the prevalence, pharmacology and difficulty developing laboratory assays to detect synthetic stimulants.

  8. Synthetic neurosteroids on brain protection

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    Mariana Rey

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurosteroids, like allopregnanolone and pregnanolone, are endogenous regulators of neuronal excitability. Inside the brain, they are highly selective and potent modulators of GABA A receptor activity. Their anticonvulsant, anesthetics and anxiolytic properties are useful for the treatments of several neurological and psychiatric disorders via reducing the risks of side effects obtained with the commercial drugs. The principal disadvantages of endogenous neurosteroids administration are their rapid metabolism and their low oral bioavailability. Synthetic steroids analogues with major stability or endogenous neurosteroids stimulation synthesis might constitute promising novel strategies for the treatment of several disorders. Numerous studies indicate that the 3α-hydroxyl configuration is the key for binding and activity, but modifications in the steroid nucleus may emphasize different pharmacophores. So far, several synthetic steroids have been developed with successful neurosteroid-like effects. In this work, we summarize the properties of various synthetic steroids probed in trials throughout the analysis of several neurosteroids-like actions.

  9. Synthetic neurosteroids on brain protection

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    Mariana Rey; Hctor Coirini

    2015-01-01

    Neurosteroids, like allopregnanolone and pregnanolone, are endogenous regulators of neuronal excitability. Inside the brain, they are highly selective and potent modulators of GABAA receptor activity. Their anticonvulsant, anesthetics and anxiolytic properties are useful for the treatments of several neurological and psychiatric disordersvia reducing the risks of side effects obtained with the commercial drugs. The principal disadvantages of endogenous neurosteroids adminis-tration are their rapid metabolism and their low oral bioavailability. Synthetic steroids analogues with major stability or endogenous neurosteroids stimulation synthesis might constitute prom-ising novel strategies for the treatment of several disorders. Numerous studies indicate that the 3α-hydroxyl conifguration is the key for binding and activity, but modiifcations in the steroid nucleus may emphasize different pharmacophores. So far, several synthetic steroids have been developed with successful neurosteroid-like effects. In this work, we summarize the properties of various synthetic steroids probed in trials throughout the analysis of several neurosteroids-like actions.

  10. Microfluidic Technologies for Synthetic Biology

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    Sung Kuk Lee

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Microfluidic technologies have shown powerful abilities for reducing cost, time, and labor, and at the same time, for increasing accuracy, throughput, and performance in the analysis of biological and biochemical samples compared with the conventional, macroscale instruments. Synthetic biology is an emerging field of biology and has drawn much attraction due to its potential to create novel, functional biological parts and systems for special purposes. Since it is believed that the development of synthetic biology can be accelerated through the use of microfluidic technology, in this review work we focus our discussion on the latest microfluidic technologies that can provide unprecedented means in synthetic biology for dynamic profiling of gene expression/regulation with high resolution, highly sensitive on-chip and off-chip detection of metabolites, and whole-cell analysis.

  11. Synthetic Melanin E-Ink.

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    Chang, Lingqian; Chen, Feng; Zhang, Xiaokang; Kuang, Tairong; Li, Mi; Hu, Jiaming; Shi, Junfeng; Lee, Ly James; Cheng, Huanyu; Li, Yiwen

    2017-05-17

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to the development of surfactant-free electronic ink (E-ink) with excellent display resolution for high-definition resolution display. Herein, we report the use of polydopamine-based synthetic melanin, a class of functional nanoparticles with similar chemical compositions and physical properties to those of naturally occurring melanin, as a new E-ink material. It was found that such E-ink displays could achieve ultrahigh resolution (>10 000 ppi) and low power consumption (operation voltage of only 1 V) in aqueous solutions. Interestingly, simple oxidation of synthetic melanin nanoparticles enables the generation of intrinsic fluorescence, allowing further development of fluorescent E-ink displays with nanoscale resolution. We describe these bioinspired materials in an initial proof-of-concept study and propose that synthetic melanin nanoparticles will be suitable for electronic nanoinks with a potential wide range of applications in molecular patterning and fluorescence bioimaging.

  12. Designer Drugs: A Synthetic Catastrophe.

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    Fratantonio, James; Andrade, Lawrence; Febo, Marcelo

    Synthetic stimulants can cause hallucinations, aggressive behaviors, death and are sometimes legal. These substances are sold as plant food and bath salts that are "Not for Human Consumption", therefore skirting the 1986 Federal Analogue Act and giving a false pretense of safety. Studies have proved that these substances are toxic, have a high abuse potential, and are becoming extremely prevalent in the United States. This creates a dilemma for law enforcement agents, hospitals, and substance use disorder treatment centers. Urine Drug Testing is utilized as a clinical diagnostic tool in substance use disorder treatment centers, and the furious pace at which new synthetic stimulants are introduced to the black market are making the detection via urine increasingly difficult. This article will discuss the prevalence, pharmacology and difficulty developing laboratory assays to detect synthetic stimulants.

  13. US Competitiveness in Synthetic Biology

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    2015-01-01

    Synthetic biology is an emerging technical field that aims to make biology easier to engineer; the field has applications in strategically important sectors for the US economy. While the United States currently leads in synthetic biology R&D, other nations are heavily investing in order to boost their economies, which will inevitably diminish the US leadership position. This outcome is not entirely negative—additional investments will expand markets—but it is critical that the US government take steps to remain competitive: There are applications from which the US population and economy may benefit; there are specific applications with importance for national defense; and US technical leadership will ensure that US experts have a leading role in synthetic biology governance, regulation, and oversight. Measures to increase competitiveness in S&T generally are broadly applicable for synthetic biology and should be pursued. However, the US government will also need to take action on fundamental issues that will affect the field's development, such as countering anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) sentiments and anti-GMO legislation. The United States should maintain its regulatory approach so that it is the product that is regulated, not the method used to create a product. At the same time, the United States needs to ensure that the regulatory framework is updated so that synthetic biology products do not fall into regulatory gaps. Finally, the United States needs to pay close attention to how synthetic biology applications may be governed internationally, such as through the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity, so that beneficial applications may be realized. PMID:26690379

  14. Synthetic biology as red herring.

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    Preston, Beth

    2013-12-01

    It has become commonplace to say that with the advent of technologies like synthetic biology the line between artifacts and living organisms, policed by metaphysicians since antiquity, is beginning to blur. But that line began to blur 10,000 years ago when plants and animals were first domesticated; and has been thoroughly blurred at least since agriculture became the dominant human subsistence pattern many millennia ago. Synthetic biology is ultimately only a late and unexceptional offshoot of this prehistoric development. From this perspective, then, synthetic biology is a red herring, distracting us from more thorough philosophical consideration of the most truly revolutionary human practice-agriculture. In the first section of this paper I will make this case with regard to ontology, arguing that synthetic biology crosses no ontological lines that were not crossed already in the Neolithic. In the second section I will construct a parallel case with regard to cognition, arguing that synthetic biology as biological engineering represents no cognitive advance over what was required for domestication and the new agricultural subsistence pattern it grounds. In the final section I will make the case with regard to human existence, arguing that synthetic biology, even if wildly successful, is not in a position to cause significant existential change in what it is to be human over and above the massive existential change caused by the transition to agriculture. I conclude that a longer historical perspective casts new light on some important issues in philosophy of technology and environmental philosophy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. US Competitiveness in Synthetic Biology.

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    Gronvall, Gigi Kwik

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic biology is an emerging technical field that aims to make biology easier to engineer; the field has applications in strategically important sectors for the US economy. While the United States currently leads in synthetic biology R&D, other nations are heavily investing in order to boost their economies, which will inevitably diminish the US leadership position. This outcome is not entirely negative--additional investments will expand markets--but it is critical that the US government take steps to remain competitive: There are applications from which the US population and economy may benefit; there are specific applications with importance for national defense; and US technical leadership will ensure that US experts have a leading role in synthetic biology governance, regulation, and oversight. Measures to increase competitiveness in S&T generally are broadly applicable for synthetic biology and should be pursued. However, the US government will also need to take action on fundamental issues that will affect the field's development, such as countering anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) sentiments and anti-GMO legislation. The United States should maintain its regulatory approach so that it is the product that is regulated, not the method used to create a product. At the same time, the United States needs to ensure that the regulatory framework is updated so that synthetic biology products do not fall into regulatory gaps. Finally, the United States needs to pay close attention to how synthetic biology applications may be governed internationally, such as through the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity, so that beneficial applications may be realized.

  16. Effect of a direct magnetic field on the interfacial microstructure between molten aluminium and solid iron

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    HAN Yi; BAN Chun-yan; BA Qi-xian; GUO Shi-jie; WANG Shu-han; CUI Jian-zhong

    2006-01-01

    Effect of a direct magnetic field on the interfacial microstructure between molten alurninium and solid iron was studied. The intermetallic phases formed in the intermetallic layers were investigated by means of electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that the DC magnetic field can reduce the average thickness of the intermetallic layer and the average aluminium content in the intermetallic layer. Moreover, the intermetallic phases formed in the intermetallic layers are identified as Al3Fe and Al5Fe2 in the absence of the DC magnetic field, while only Al5Fe2 phase present in the presence of the DC magnetic field.

  17. Sequential Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Imaging

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    Kortbek, Jacob; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Gammelmark, Kim Løkke

    2013-01-01

    Synthetic aperture sequential beamforming (SASB) is a novel technique which allows to implement synthetic aperture beamforming on a system with a restricted complexity, and without storing RF-data. The objective is to improve lateral resolution and obtain a more depth independent resolution...... and a range independent lateral resolution is obtained. The SASB method has been investigated using simulations in Field II and by off-line processing of data acquired with a commercial scanner. The lateral resolution increases with a decreasing F#. Grating lobes appear if F# 6 2 for a linear array with k-pitch...

  18. Design Automation in Synthetic Biology.

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    Appleton, Evan; Madsen, Curtis; Roehner, Nicholas; Densmore, Douglas

    2017-04-03

    Design automation refers to a category of software tools for designing systems that work together in a workflow for designing, building, testing, and analyzing systems with a target behavior. In synthetic biology, these tools are called bio-design automation (BDA) tools. In this review, we discuss the BDA tools areas-specify, design, build, test, and learn-and introduce the existing software tools designed to solve problems in these areas. We then detail the functionality of some of these tools and show how they can be used together to create the desired behavior of two types of modern synthetic genetic regulatory networks.

  19. Synthetic Phage for Tissue Regeneration

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    So Young Yoo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Controlling structural organization and signaling motif display is of great importance to design the functional tissue regenerating materials. Synthetic phage, genetically engineered M13 bacteriophage has been recently introduced as novel tissue regeneration materials to display a high density of cell-signaling peptides on their major coat proteins for tissue regeneration purposes. Structural advantages of their long-rod shape and monodispersity can be taken together to construct nanofibrous scaffolds which support cell proliferation and differentiation as well as direct orientation of their growth in two or three dimensions. This review demonstrated how functional synthetic phage is designed and subsequently utilized for tissue regeneration that offers potential cell therapy.

  20. Synthetic biology and its promises

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    José Manuel De Cózar Escalante

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Synthetic biology is a new science and emerging technology, or rather a technoscience, which converges with others such as nanotechnology, information technology, robotics, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. All have common features that could have highly concerning social and environmental impacts. With its ambitious goals of controlling complexity, redesigning and creating new living entities, synthetic biology perfectly exemplifies the new bioeconomic reality. This requires expanding the focus of the discussion beyond the limited comparative analysis of risks and benefits, to address uncertainties, reassign responsibilities and initiate a thorough social assessment of what is at stake.

  1. Magnetic Microstructures of 2:17 Type Sm(Co,Fe,Cu,Zr)z Magnets Detected by Magnetic Force Microscopy

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    Xia Ailin; Guo Zhaohui; Li Wei; Han Baoshan

    2006-01-01

    The magnetic microstructures of 2:17 type Sm(Co,Fe,Cu,Zr)z magnets were detected by magnetic force microscopy.Comparing the microstructures of the specimens coated with and without Ta thin film before and after heat-treatment, it is found that: (a) as a protection layer, Ta coating layer about 20 nm thick can effectively restrain Sm volatilization under high temperature;(b) the stress built in the 2:17 type Sm-Co magnets during specimen preparation only affects some local parts of the domain structures;(c) the magnetic microstructures vary largely for specimens heat-treated at high temperature without Ta film coating due to Sm volatilization.In addition, by comparing with high coercivity Fe-Pt point tips, it is found that the Co-Cr thin-film tips are not suitable for detecting the magnetic microstructures of strong permanent magnets.

  2. CO{sub 2} corrosion resistance of carbon steel in relation with microstructure changes

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    Ochoa, Nathalie, E-mail: nochoa@usb.ve [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Aptdo., 89000, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Vega, Carlos [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Aptdo., 89000, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Pébère, Nadine; Lacaze, Jacques [Université de Toulouse, CIRIMAT, UPS/INPT/CNRS, ENSIACET, 4 Allée Emile Monso, CS 44362, 31030 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Brito, Joaquín L. [Laboratorio de Físico-química de Superficies, Centro de Química, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC), Carretera Panamericana, Km 11, Altos de Pipe, Estado Miranda (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    The microstructural effects on the corrosion resistance of an API 5L X42 carbon steel in 0.5 M NaCl solution saturated with CO{sub 2} was investigated. Four microstructures were considered: banded (B), normalized (N), quenched and tempered (Q&T), and annealed (A). Electrochemical measurements (polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) were coupled with surface analyses (scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)) to characterize the formation of the corrosion product layers. Electrochemical results revealed that corrosion resistance increased in the following order: B < N < Q&T < A. From the polarization curves it was shown that specifically, cathodic current densities were affected by microstructural changes. SEM images indicated that ferrite dissolved earlier than cementite and a thin layer of corrosion products was deposited on the steel surface. XPS analyses revealed that this layer was composed of a mixture of iron carbonate and non-dissolved cementite. It was also found that the quantity of FeCO{sub 3} content on the steel surface was greater for Q&T and A microstructures. These results, in agreement with the electrochemical data, indicate that the deposition mechanism of iron carbonate is closely related to the morphology of the non-dissolved cementite, determining the protective properties of the corrosion product layers. - Highlights: • The effect of change in microstructure on CO{sub 2} corrosion resistance was evaluated. • An API 5LX 42 carbon steel was immersed in a 0.5 M NaCl solution saturated with CO{sub 2}. • Banded, normalized, quenched-tempered and annealed microstructures were considered. • Electrochemical measurements were coupled with surface analysis. • Morphology and distribution of undissolved Fe{sub 3}C control corrosion kinetics.

  3. S-Layer Based Bio-Imprinting - Synthetic S-Layer Polymers

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    2015-07-09

    synthesized  in  wet...synthesis  and  spin  coating   Polymers  were   synthesized   following  protocols  published   in  previous  work  [40,  54...ethanol,  and  containing   ammonia .  After  stirring,  the  resulting   silica  particles  have  diameters  between

  4. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided 41Cr4 steel

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    Kulka, M.; Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.

    2013-02-01

    Laser-boriding, instead of diffusion-boriding, was applied to formation of boride layers on 41Cr4 steel. The microstructure and properties of these layers were compared to those obtained after typical diffusion-boriding. Three zones characterized the microstructure of laser-borided layer: laser-borided zone, hardened medium-carbon zone (heat affected zone) and medium-carbon substrate without heat treatment. The through-hardened laser-borided steel was also analyzed. In this case two zones characterized the microstructure: laser-borided zone and hardened medium-carbon substrate. The microstructure of laser-borided zone consisted of eutectic mixture of borides and martensite. This phase composition (especially martensite presence) was the reason for microhardness decrease at the surface in comparison with diffusion-borided steel. However, the use of laser-boriding causes the decrease in microhardness gradient between the surface and the substrate in comparison with typical diffusion-boriding process. The value of mass wear intensity factor of the hardened laser-borided layer was comparable to that obtained in case of diffusion-boriding and through-hardening. The use of laser-borided layers instead of typical diffusion-borided layers may be advantageous under conditions of high abrasive wear of mating parts. For the experimental condition used, the laser-boriding process presented worst results concerning the fatigue strength. The cracks formed on the surface during laser re-melting were the reason for relatively quick first fatigue crack. In case of elements, which require high fatigue strength, the use of modified laser processing parameters would be necessary. The better results should be obtained by increasing of tracks overlapping. Although the cohesion of laser-borided layer was sufficient, the diffusion-borided layer showed a better cohesion.

  5. MICROSTRUCTURAL STUDY OF Fe-Cr-Al/Al COMPOSITE COATINGS DURING OXIDATION AND SULFIDATION AT 900 ℃

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    Z.L. Zhang; D.Y. Li; X. Q. Dong

    2007-01-01

    The microstructure of a composite coating system, which was composed of an inner layer of Fe-Cr-Al and an outer layer of aluminum, was studied after it was respectively oxidized and sulfurdized at elevated temperatures. Apart from the Al2O3 scale formed on the surface, the microstructure of the composite coatings exposed at 900℃ in air for 4h was a three-layer structure. The first layer consisted of a solid solution of Cr and Fe in α aluminum and an intermetallic compound FeAl3, while the second layer was a single phase of the aluminide and the third layer still remained the same appearance as the original Fe-Cr-Al coating.The microstructural observation of the specimen tested at 850-900 ℃ at low oxygen pressure and high sulfur pressure for 576h revealed that the surface coatings of the specimen had transformed into a duplex structure containing an outer layer and a thicker aluminide layer beneath. X-ray diffraction results showed that the out layer was composed of Al2S3 and Al2O3 and that AlCrFe2 was the main phase composition of the aluminide layer, with a few of Al2S3 and Al2O3 accompanied.

  6. Topology optimisation of manufacturable microstructural details without length scale separation using a spectral coarse basis preconditioner

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    Alexandersen, Joe; Lazarov, Boyan Stefanov

    2015-01-01

    to massive savings in computational cost. The density-based topology optimisation approach combined with a Heaviside projection filter and a stochastic robust formulation is used on various problems, with both periodic and layered microstructures. The presented approach is shown to allow for the topology...

  7. EBSD Analysis of Deformed and Partially Recrystallized Microstructures in ECAE-Processed Copper

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    Mishin, Oleg; Bowen, Jacob R.; Godfrey, A.

    2012-01-01

    -uniform distribution of strain imposed by processing. The through-thickness heterogeneity of the deformed microstructure resulted in a different extent of recrystallization in different layers during annealing. Recrystallized grains were also observed in samples that were not annealed, but stored at room temperature...

  8. Label-free biosensing with high sensitivity in dual-core microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Markos, Christos; Yuan, Wu; Vlachos, Kyriakos

    2011-01-01

    We present experimentally feasible designs of a dual-core microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF), which can act as a highly sensitive, label-free, and selective biosensor. An immobilized antigen sensing layer on the walls of the holes in the mPOF provides the ability to selectively capture...

  9. Synthesis of Microstructures and the Relationship between Microstructure and Properties.

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    1980-03-01

    Cincinnati by Prof. Stephen D. Antolovich . iY II-7.Y -4J TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE I INTRODUCTION 1 II MICROSTRUCTURE MECHANICAL PROPERTY CORRELATIONS IN...for other steels. The LCF results were used to make a theoretical prediction of FCP behavior using a model developed by S. Antolovich and some of his...be published in the Proceedings of the Fourth International Titanium Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 1980. 79. S.D. Antolovich , "Fatigue Crack Propagation

  10. Optimizing Synthetic Aperture Compound Imaging

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    Hansen, Jens Munk; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2012-01-01

    Spatial compound images are constructed from synthetic aperture data acquired using a linear phased-array transducer. Compound images of wires, tissue, and cysts are created using a method, which allows both transmit and receive compounding without any loss in temporal resolution. Similarly to co...

  11. Stereoscopy in cinematographic synthetic imagery

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    Eisenmann, Jonathan; Parent, Rick

    2009-02-01

    In this paper we present experiments and results pertaining to the perception of depth in stereoscopic viewing of synthetic imagery. In computer animation, typical synthetic imagery is highly textured and uses stylized illumination of abstracted material models by abstracted light source models. While there have been numerous studies concerning stereoscopic capabilities, conventions for staging and cinematography in stereoscopic movies have not yet been well-established. Our long-term goal is to measure the effectiveness of various cinematography techniques on the human visual system in a theatrical viewing environment. We would like to identify the elements of stereoscopic cinema that are important in terms of enhancing the viewer's understanding of a scene as well as providing guidelines for the cinematographer relating to storytelling. In these experiments we isolated stereoscopic effects by eliminating as many other visual cues as is reasonable. In particular, we aim to empirically determine what types of movement in synthetic imagery affect the perceptual depth sensing capabilities of our viewers. Using synthetic imagery, we created several viewing scenarios in which the viewer is asked to locate a target object's depth in a simple environment. The scenarios were specifically designed to compare the effectiveness of stereo viewing, camera movement, and object motion in aiding depth perception. Data were collected showing the error between the choice of the user and the actual depth value, and patterns were identified that relate the test variables to the viewer's perceptual depth accuracy in our theatrical viewing environment.

  12. Synthetic Biological Engineering of Photosynthesis

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    2015-11-16

    photosynthesis into artificial metabolic pathways. During the course of the granting period, we also made significant progress on understanding the...compartmentalization of carbon fixation and flux in relationship to photosynthesis and obtained 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE...2014 Approved for Public Release; Distribution Unlimited Final Report: Synthetic Biological Engineering of Photosynthesis The views, opinions and/or

  13. Digital 'faces' of synthetic biology.

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    Friedrich, Kathrin

    2013-06-01

    In silicio design plays a fundamental role in the endeavour to synthesise biological systems. In particular, computer-aided design software enables users to manage the complexity of biological entities that is connected to their construction and reconfiguration. The software's graphical user interface bridges the gap between the machine-readable data on the algorithmic subface of the computer and its human-amenable surface represented by standardised diagrammatic elements. Notations like the Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN), together with interactive operations such as drag & drop, allow the user to visually design and simulate synthetic systems as 'bio-algorithmic signs'. Finally, the digital programming process should be extended to the wet lab to manufacture the designed synthetic biological systems. By exploring the different 'faces' of synthetic biology, I argue that in particular computer-aided design (CAD) is pushing the idea to automatically produce de novo objects. Multifaceted software processes serve mutually aesthetic, epistemic and performative purposes by simultaneously black-boxing and bridging different data sources, experimental operations and community-wide standards. So far, synthetic biology is mainly a product of digital media technologies that structurally mimic the epistemological challenge to take both qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of biological systems into account in order to understand and produce new and functional entities.

  14. Forthcoming Oversupply for Synthetic Ammonia

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    Zhang Zhantong

    2007-01-01

    @@ Stable output increase The total capacity of synthetic ammonia in China is 52.0 million t/a today.There are around 540 producers mainly located in Shandong, Shanxi, Hebei,Henan, Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces.The cumulative capacity in Shandong province ranks the highest, accounting for 14.6% of the national total.

  15. Broadband Synthetic Ground Motion Records

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The dataset contains broadband synthetic ground motion records for three events: 1) 1994 M6.7 Northridge, CA, 2) 1989 M7.0 Loma Prieta, CA, and 3) 1999 M7.5 Izmit,...

  16. Where Synthetic Biology Meets ET

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2016-01-01

    Synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - has the potential to transform fields from pharmaceuticals to fuels. Our lab has focused on the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize all three major parts of astrobiology: Where do we come from? Where are we going? and Are we alone? For the first and third, synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we are re-evolving the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids and developing techniques for the recovery of metals from spent electronics on other planetary bodies. And what about the limits for life? Can we create organisms that expand the envelope for life? In the future synthetic biology will play an increasing role in human activities both on earth, in fields as diverse as human health and the industrial production of novel bio-composites. Beyond earth, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. In order to do this, the field will build on two of the great contributions of astrobiology: studies of the origin of life and life in extreme environments.

  17. Synthetic biology meets tissue engineering.

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    Davies, Jamie A; Cachat, Elise

    2016-06-15

    Classical tissue engineering is aimed mainly at producing anatomically and physiologically realistic replacements for normal human tissues. It is done either by encouraging cellular colonization of manufactured matrices or cellular recolonization of decellularized natural extracellular matrices from donor organs, or by allowing cells to self-organize into organs as they do during fetal life. For repair of normal bodies, this will be adequate but there are reasons for making unusual, non-evolved tissues (repair of unusual bodies, interface to electromechanical prostheses, incorporating living cells into life-support machines). Synthetic biology is aimed mainly at engineering cells so that they can perform custom functions: applying synthetic biological approaches to tissue engineering may be one way of engineering custom structures. In this article, we outline the 'embryological cycle' of patterning, differentiation and morphogenesis and review progress that has been made in constructing synthetic biological systems to reproduce these processes in new ways. The state-of-the-art remains a long way from making truly synthetic tissues, but there are now at least foundations for future work. © 2016 Authors; published by Portland Press Limited.

  18. The synthetic biology open language.

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    Myers, Chris; Clancy, Kevin; Misirli, Goksel; Oberortner, Ernst; Pocock, Matthew; Quinn, Jacqueline; Roehner, Nicholas; Sauro, Herbert M

    2015-01-01

    The design and construction of engineered organisms is an emerging new discipline called synthetic biology and holds considerable promise as a new technological platform. The design of biologically engineered systems is however nontrivial, requiring contributions from a wide array of disciplines. One particular issue that confronts synthetic biologists is the ability to unambiguously describe novel designs such that they can be reengineered by a third-party. For this reason, the synthetic biology open language (SBOL) was developed as a community wide standard for formally representing biological designs. A design created by one engineering team can be transmitted electronically to another who can then use this design to reproduce the experimental results. The development and the community of the SBOL standard started in 2008 and has since grown in use with now over 80 participants, including international, academic, and industrial interests. SBOL has stimulated the development of repositories and software tools to help synthetic biologists in their design efforts. This chapter summarizes the latest developments and future of the SBOL standard and its supporting infrastructure.

  19. utilisation of synthetic amino acids

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    intake, bodyweight gain, egg weight or efficiency of lysine utilisation, but ... When modelling the amino acid requirements of broiler breeder ... Two hundred and forty Cobb broiler breeder hens aged 27 weeks were housed in individual cages. ..... feeds with synthetic amino acids is of importance not only on nutritional and.

  20. Synthetic Aperture Radar - Hardware Development

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    V. Rosner

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Experimental real and synthetic aperture radar are developed from the base-band digital unit to the analogue RF parts, based on solid state units, using pulse compression for radar imaging. Proper QPSK code is found for matched filter.

  1. 同步合成模板炭化法制备双电层电容器电极用中孔炭材料的研究%New mesoporous carbons prepared by a simultaneous synthetic template carbonization method for electric double layer capacitors

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    侯朝辉; 李新海; 刘恩辉; 何则强; 邓凌峰

    2004-01-01

    以正硅酸乙酯为模板硅源,间苯二酚-甲醛凝胶为炭前驱体,采用同步合成模板炭化(SSTCM)法制备了具有可控结构的中孔炭材料.炭材料的比表面积可达1 500 m2/g,平均孔径在3 nm~10 nm之间.经过酸催化水解预处理的二氧化硅模板前驱体溶液与间苯二酚-甲醛溶液混合,碱性条件下使两者的溶胶凝胶反应同步发生,得到有机/无机凝胶混合物.再经炭化、HF去模,制得SSTCM炭材料.N2等温吸脱附研究表明,与炭前驱体聚合物同步合成的结构可调的二氧化硅模板,导致了SSTCM炭材料可控中孔结构的形成.循环伏安研究表明,采用这种同步合成模板炭化法制备的SSTCM炭材料质量比容量达270 F/g,炭材料具有的典型中孔结构使其可能成为一种理想的双电层电容器电极材料.%A simultaneous synthetic template carbonization method (SSTCM), where tetraethoxy silane (TEOS) was used as the source of the silica template and resorcinol-formaldehyde gel as the carbon precursor, was suggested for the preparation of mesoporous carbons with a controllable pore structure. A precursor solution of the silica template prepared by prehydrolysis of TEOS in an acid medium was blended with resorcinol-formaldehyde solution. The two sol-gel reactions proceeded simultaneously under basic conditions in a sealed vessel and resulted in the formation of organic/inorganic hybrids. A new mesoporous SSTCM carbon was obtained by dissolving the silica template with HF in the hybrid after carbonization, followed by drying. N2 adsorption isotherms at -196 ℃ suggested that the silica template synthesized simultaneously with the carbon precursor polymer resulted in the controllable mesoporous structure of the resultant carbons. Cyclic voltammetry measurements show that the as-prepared SSTCM carbons exhibit a high mass-specific capacitance up to 270 F/g. Their typical mesoporous structure makes these carbons promising materials for electric

  2. Coated U(Mo) Fuel: As-Fabricated Microstructures

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    Emmanuel Perez; Dennis D. Keiser, Jr.; Ann Leenaers; Sven Van den Berghe; Tom Wiencek

    2014-04-01

    As part of the development of low-enriched uranium fuels, fuel plates have recently been tested in the BR-2 reactor as part of the SELENIUM experiment. These fuel plates contained fuel particles with either Si or ZrN thin film coating (up to 1 µm thickness) around the U-7Mo fuel particles. In order to best understand irradiation performance, it is important to determine the starting microstructure that can be observed in as-fabricated fuel plates. To this end, detailed microstructural characterization was performed on ZrN and Si-coated U-7Mo powder in samples taken from AA6061-clad fuel plates fabricated at 500°C. Of interest was the condition of the thin film coatings after fabrication at a relatively high temperature. Both scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed. The ZrN thin film coating was observed to consist of columns comprised of very fine ZrN grains. Relatively large amounts of porosity could be found in some areas of the thin film, along with an enrichment of oxygen around each of the the ZrN columns. In the case of the pure Si thin film coating sample, a (U,Mo,Al,Si) interaction layer was observed around the U-7Mo particles. Apparently, the Si reacted with the U-7Mo and Al matrix during fuel plate fabrication at 500°C to form this layer. The microstructure of the formed layer is very similar to those that form in U-7Mo versus Al-Si alloy diffusion couples annealed at higher temperatures and as-fabricated U-7Mo dispersion fuel plates with Al-Si alloy matrix fabricated at 500°C.

  3. Protease-sensitive synthetic prions.

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    David W Colby

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Prions arise when the cellular prion protein (PrP(C undergoes a self-propagating conformational change; the resulting infectious conformer is designated PrP(Sc. Frequently, PrP(Sc is protease-resistant but protease-sensitive (s prions have been isolated in humans and other animals. We report here that protease-sensitive, synthetic prions were generated in vitro during polymerization of recombinant (rec PrP into amyloid fibers. In 22 independent experiments, recPrP amyloid preparations, but not recPrP monomers or oligomers, transmitted disease to transgenic mice (n = 164, denoted Tg9949 mice, that overexpress N-terminally truncated PrP. Tg9949 control mice (n = 174 did not spontaneously generate prions although they were prone to late-onset spontaneous neurological dysfunction. When synthetic prion isolates from infected Tg9949 mice were serially transmitted in the same line of mice, they exhibited sPrP(Sc and caused neurodegeneration. Interestingly, these protease-sensitive prions did not shorten the life span of Tg9949 mice despite causing extensive neurodegeneration. We inoculated three synthetic prion isolates into Tg4053 mice that overexpress full-length PrP; Tg4053 mice are not prone to developing spontaneous neurological dysfunction. The synthetic prion isolates caused disease in 600-750 days in Tg4053 mice, which exhibited sPrP(Sc. These novel synthetic prions demonstrate that conformational changes in wild-type PrP can produce mouse prions composed exclusively of sPrP(Sc.

  4. Morphological and microstructural studies on aluminizing coating of carbon steel

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    Samsu, Zaifol; Othman, Norinsan Kamil; Daud, Abd Razak; Hussein, Hishammuddin [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-11-27

    Hot dip aluminizing is one of the most effective methods of surface protection for steels and is gradually gaining popularity. The morphology and microstructure of an inter-metallic layer form on the surface of low carbon steel by hot dip aluminization treatment had been studied in detail. This effect has been investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The result shows that the reaction between the steel and the molten aluminium leads to the formation of Fe–Al inter-metallic compounds on the steel surface. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopic studies showed that a two layer coating was formed consisting of an external Al layer and a (Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5}) inter metallic on top of the substrate after hot dip aluminizing process. The inter-metallic layer is ‘thick’ and exhibits a finger-like growth into the steel. Microhardness testing shown that the intermetallic layer has high hardness followed by steel substrate and the lowest hardness was Al layer.

  5. Kinetics of Microstructure Evolution during Gaseous Thermochecical Surface Treatment

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    Somers, Marcel A.J.; Christiansen, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    precipitation 6f ailoying element nitrides/carbides"or by thE development of a continuo_us laye_r of iron-based (carbo-) nitrides. The evolution of the microstructure during thermochemical treatme_nts is not only determined by solid-state diffusion, but in many cases also by the kinetics of the surface...... reactions and the interptay with mechanical stress.'In the present arlicle a few examplesr_co_ve_ring-research on the inleraction of carbon and,/or nitrogen with iron-based metals, are included to illustrate the various aspects of gas-metal interactidns....

  6. Microstructure and magnetic properties of colloidal cobalt nano-clusters

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    Torchio, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 Rue Jules Horowitz, BP220, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Meneghini, C., E-mail: meneghini@fis.uniroma3.i [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); Mobilio, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN, via E. Fermi 40, I-00044 Frascati, Roma (Italy); Capellini, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); Garcia Prieto, A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada I, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain); Alonso, J.; Fdez-Gubieda, M.L. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electronica, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain); Turco Liveri, V. [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ' F. Accascina' , Universita di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d' Orleans II, Edificio 17, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Longo, A. [ISMN, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo (Italy); Ruggirello, A.M. [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ' F. Accascina' , Universita di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d' Orleans II, Edificio 17, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Neisius, T. [Federation des Sciences Chimiques de Marseille, Universite Paul Cezanne, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques Campus de Saint Jerome av. Escadrille Normandie Niemen 13397 Marseille Cedex (France)

    2010-11-15

    The magnetic response of nanometer sized Co nanoparticles (NP) prepared using reverse micelle solutions are presented. The use of complementary structural and morphological probes (like transmission electron microscopy, high resolution electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy) allowed to relate the magnetic properties to the size, morphology, composition and atomic structure of the nanoparticles. All data agree on the presence of a core-shell structure of NPs made of a metallic Co core surrounded by a thin Co-oxide layer. The core-shell microstructure of NPs affects its magnetic response mainly raising the anisotropy constant.

  7. Optically Designed Anodised Aluminium Surfaces: Microstructural and Electrochemical Aspects

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy

    the microstructure in order to impart light scattering ability to the anodised layer. Coatings based on Al-Zr and Al-Ti binary system were studied for their anodising behaviour with and without heat treatment. The structure evolution of the Al-Zr sputtered coatings and the effect of Si during heat treatment...... bright-anodised surfaces. Effect of pulse frequency, anodic and cathodic cycle potential values was systematically investigated. Characterization of surfaces and substrates was performed using Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Grazing-Incidence X-ray Diffraction, Glow Discharge Optical...

  8. Selective detection of antibodies in microstructured polymer optical fibers

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    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm; Hoiby, P.E.; Emiliyanov, Grigoriy Andreev

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber (mPOF). The fiber core is defined by a ring of 6 air holes and a simple procedure...... was applied to selectively capture either α-streptavidin or α-CRP antibodies inside these air holes. A sensitive and easy-to-use fluorescence method was used for the optical detection. Our results show that mPOF based biosensors can provide reliable and selective antibody detection in ultra small sample...

  9. Selective detection of antibodies in microstructured polymer optical fibers.

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    Jensen, Jesper; Hoiby, Poul; Emiliyanov, Grigoriy; Bang, Ole; Pedersen, Lars; Bjarklev, Anders

    2005-07-25

    We demonstrate selective detection of fluorophore labeled antibodies from minute samples probed by a sensor layer of complementary biomolecules immobilized inside the air holes of microstructured Polymer Optical Fiber (mPOF). The fiber core is defined by a ring of 6 air holes and a simple procedure was applied to selectively capture either alpha-streptavidin or alpha-CRP antibodies inside these air holes. A sensitive and easy-to-use fluorescence method was used for the optical detection. Our results show that mPOF based biosensors can provide reliable and selective antibody detection in ultra small sample volumes.

  10. Variability of caryopsis in Avena amphiploids – a microstructural approach

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    Paulina Tomaszewska

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The research on microstructure of caryopsis in selected species and interspecific amphiploids of the genus Avena was conducted. We were concentrated on morphological and anatomical analysis of the endosperm, in particular aleurone layer. On this basis, a number of developmental and mutational disorders of this tissue have been identified. Additionally, the tissues located in the crease of caryopsis: vascular bundle, pigment strand and nucellar projection, were analyzed. In amphiploids, a large variability of transfer tissues in caryopsis was observed. Patterns of variation of amphiploids were compared to that described in parental species by numerical taxonomy methods.

  11. Food microstructure and starch digestion.

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    Singh, Jaspreet; Kaur, Lovedeep; Singh, Harjinder

    2013-01-01

    Microstructural characteristics of starch-based natural foods such as parenchyma or cotyledon cell shape, cell size and composition, and cell wall composition play a key role in influencing the starch digestibility during gastrointestinal digestion. The stability of cell wall components and the arrangement of starch granules in the cells may affect the free access of amylolytic enzymes during digestion. Commonly used food processing techniques such as thermal processing, extrusion cooking, and post-cooking refrigerated storage alter the physical state of starch (gelatinization, retrogradation, etc.) and its digestibility. Rheological characteristics (viscosity) of food affect the water availability during starch hydrolysis and, consequently, the absorption of digested carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract. The nonstarch ingredients and other constituents present in food matrix, such as proteins and lipids interact with starch during processing, which leads to an alteration in the overall starch digestibility and physicochemical characteristics of digesta. Starch digestibility can be controlled by critically manipulating the food microstructure, processing techniques, and food composition.

  12. Microstructural degradation in compound tubes

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    Salonen, J.; Auerkari, P. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    In order to quantify microstructural degradation at high temperatures, samples of SA 210 / AISI 304 L compound tube material were annealed in the temperature range 540-720 deg C for 1 to 1 000 hours. The hardness of the annealed material was measured and the micro structure of the samples was investigated with optical and scanning electron microscopy. Microstructural degradation was characterised by the carbide structure in the ferritic-pearlitic base material and by the depth of decarburised and carburised zones of the compound tube interface. The observed changes were quantified in terms of their time and temperature dependence and diffusion coefficients of the process. The results can be used in estimating the extent of thermal exposure of high-temperature components after long-term service or after incidences of overheating. (orig.) (4 refs.)

  13. Microstructural processes in irradiated materials

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Morgan, Dane; Jiao, Zhijie; Almer, Jonathan; Brown, Donald

    2016-04-01

    This is an editorial article (preface) for the publication of symposium papers in the Journal of Nuclear materials: These proceedings contain the papers presented at two symposia, the Microstructural Processes in Irradiated Materials (MPIM) and Characterization of Nuclear Reactor Materials and Components with Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation, held in the TMS 2015, 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA on March 15–19, 2015.

  14. Microstructure of a magnetotail fireball

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    Coroniti, F. V.; Scarf, F. L.; Frank, L. A.; Lepping, R. P.

    1977-01-01

    We use high time resolution data from the magnetometer, LEPEDEA and plasma wave analyzer on IMP-7 to examine the microstructure of a long-duration magnetotail fireball event observed during an extended quiet period on November 9, 1972. We demonstrate that the magnetic field is turbulent with fluctuation time scales down to several seconds. These findings suggest that the magnetic merging process may be a highly turbulent one, possibly associated with a form of the tearing mode instability.

  15. Mechanical and electrical properties of In-Bi solder at Bi2212 superconductor interface with annealed Ag spray layers and Ag precoating layers

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    Seung-Yong SHIN; Ji-Hyun LEE; Hai-Woong PARK

    2009-01-01

    The electrical properties of solder contact layers between Cu-Ni shunt metal and tube type Bi2212 superconductor that is applied in superconducting fault current limiter were studied. The contact properties of the solders are improved not only by Ag precoating layers, but also by the pre-sprayed Ag layer and subsequent Ag precoating layers. The annealed Ag sprayed layers onto Bi2212 superconductor prior to Ag electroplating work as protecting layers for the superconductor from plating solutions. The contact angle of the electroplated Ag layer is 42.91- and decreases to 15.25- and 5.88- with Ag sprayed layer and additional Ag electroplated layers. The Ag sprayed layer with suitable annealing prior to Ag electroplating improves contact strength of the Ag electroplated layer by about 12% due to denser microstructure of the Ag electroplated layers.

  16. Microstructure characterization of porous microalloyed aluminium-silicate ceramics

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Kaolinite and bentonite clay powders mixed with active additives, based on Mg(NO32 and Al(NO32, sintered at high temperatures produce very porous ceramics with microcrystalline and amorphous regions and highly developed metalized surfaces (mainly with magnesium surplus. Microstructure investigations have revealed non-uniform and highly porous structure with broad distribution of grain size, specifically shaped grains and high degree of agglomeration. The ceramics samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD and IR spectroscopy analysis, prior and after treatment in “synthetic water”, i.e. in aqueous solution of arsenic-salt. Grain size distribution for untreated and treated samples was done with software SemAfore 4. It has shown great variety in size distribution of grains from clay powders to sintered samples.

  17. Improvement of metal-semiconductor contact on silicon microstructured surface by electroless nickel technique

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    Long, Fei; Guo, Anran; Huang, Lieyun; Yu, Feng; Li, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Si micro-structures served as anti-reflection layer are widely employed in Si-based solar cells and detectors to enhance light harvesting. However, performance of these devices is suffered from the poor contact between the metal electrode and micro-structured surface. Conventional vacuum deposited metal electrode makes only superficial contact with the top of micro-structured surface and unable to fill the holes in the micro-structures. In this paper, instead, electroless nickel technique is applied to form low resistance ohmic contact. The surface micro-structures were fabricated by electrochemistry etching while the metal electrodes were deposited by sputtering and electroless pasting. Results show that only electroless nickel layer could fully fill the holes and achieve better ohmic contact than the sputtering ones before rapid annealing. Furthermore, a higher temperature rapid annealing process could improve the contact of all samples prepared by different ways. The specific contact resistance achieved by high alkalinity (pH=12) electroless nickel is 1.34×10-1Ω·cm2.

  18. Modeling of microstructure evolution in direct metal laser sintering: A phase field approach

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    Nandy, Jyotirmoy; Sarangi, Hrushikesh; Sahoo, Seshadev

    2017-02-01

    Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a new technology in the field of additive manufacturing, which builds metal parts in a layer by layer fashion directly from the powder bed. The process occurs within a very short time period with rapid solidification rate. Slight variations in the process parameters may cause enormous change in the final build parts. The physical and mechanical properties of the final build parts are dependent on the solidification rate which directly affects the microstructure of the material. Thus, the evolving of microstructure plays a vital role in the process parameters optimization. Nowadays, the increase in computational power allows for direct simulations of microstructures during materials processing for specific manufacturing conditions. In this study, modeling of microstructure evolution of Al-Si-10Mg powder in DMLS process was carried out by using a phase field approach. A MATLAB code was developed to solve the set of phase field equations, where simulation parameters include temperature gradient, laser scan speed and laser power. The effects of temperature gradient on microstructure evolution were studied and found that with increase in temperature gradient, the dendritic tip grows at a faster rate.

  19. Surface coating for flame-retardant behavior of cotton fabric using a continuous layer-by-layer process

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    Cotton’s exceptional softness, breathability, and absorbency have made it America’s best selling textile fiber; however, cotton textiles are generally more combustible than their synthetic counterparts. In this study, a continuous layer-by-layer self-assembly technique was used to deposit polymer-cl...

  20. High strain rate deformation of layered nanocomposites

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    Lee, Jae-Hwang; Veysset, David; Singer, Jonathan P.; Retsch, Markus; Saini, Gagan; Pezeril, Thomas; Nelson, Keith A.; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2012-11-01

    Insight into the mechanical behaviour of nanomaterials under the extreme condition of very high deformation rates and to very large strains is needed to provide improved understanding for the development of new protective materials. Applications include protection against bullets for body armour, micrometeorites for satellites, and high-speed particle impact for jet engine turbine blades. Here we use a microscopic ballistic test to report the responses of periodic glassy-rubbery layered block-copolymer nanostructures to impact from hypervelocity micron-sized silica spheres. Entire deformation fields are experimentally visualized at an exceptionally high resolution (below 10 nm) and we discover how the microstructure dissipates the impact energy via layer kinking, layer compression, extreme chain conformational flattening, domain fragmentation and segmental mixing to form a liquid phase. Orientation-dependent experiments show that the dissipation can be enhanced by 30% by proper orientation of the layers.

  1. Microstructure and mechanics of human resistance arteries.

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    Bell, J S; Adio, A O; Pitt, A; Hayman, L; Thorn, C E; Shore, A C; Whatmore, J L; Winlove, C P

    2016-12-01

    Vascular diseases such as diabetes and hypertension cause changes to the vasculature that can lead to vessel stiffening and the loss of vasoactivity. The microstructural bases of these changes are not presently fully understood. We present a new methodology for stain-free visualization, at a microscopic scale, of the morphology of the main passive components of the walls of unfixed resistance arteries and their response to changes in transmural pressure. Human resistance arteries were dissected from subcutaneous fat biopsies, mounted on a perfusion myograph, and imaged at varying transmural pressures using a multimodal nonlinear microscope. High-resolution three-dimensional images of elastic fibers, collagen, and cell nuclei were constructed. The honeycomb structure of the elastic fibers comprising the internal elastic layer became visible at a transmural pressure of 30 mmHg. The adventitia, comprising wavy collagen fibers punctuated by straight elastic fibers, thinned under pressure as the collagen network straightened and pulled taut. Quantitative measurements of fiber orientation were made as a function of pressure. A multilayer analytical model was used to calculate the stiffness and stress in each layer. The adventitia was calculated to be up to 10 times as stiff as the media and experienced up to 8 times the stress, depending on lumen diameter. This work reveals that pressure-induced reorganization of fibrous proteins gives rise to very high local strain fields and highlights the unique mechanical roles of both fibrous networks. It thereby provides a basis for understanding the micromechanical significance of structural changes that occur with age and disease.

  2. Microstructural Characterization of Friction Stir Welded Aluminum-Steel Joints

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    Patterson, Erin E.; Hovanski, Yuri; Field, David P.

    2016-06-01

    This work focuses on the microstructural characterization of aluminum to steel friction stir welded joints. Lap weld configuration coupled with scribe technology used for the weld tool have produced joints of adequate quality, despite the significant differences in hardness and melting temperatures of the alloys. Common to friction stir processes, especially those of dissimilar alloys, are microstructural gradients including grain size, crystallographic texture, and precipitation of intermetallic compounds. Because of the significant influence that intermetallic compound formation has on mechanical and ballistic behavior, the characterization of the specific intermetallic phases and the degree to which they are formed in the weld microstructure is critical to predicting weld performance. This study used electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Vickers micro-hardness indentation to explore and characterize the microstructures of lap friction stir welds between an applique 6061-T6 aluminum armor plate alloy and a RHA homogeneous armor plate steel alloy. Macroscopic defects such as micro-cracks were observed in the cross-sectional samples, and binary intermetallic compound layers were found to exist at the aluminum-steel interfaces of the steel particles stirred into the aluminum weld matrix and across the interfaces of the weld joints. Energy dispersive spectroscopy chemical analysis identified the intermetallic layer as monoclinic Al3Fe. Dramatic decreases in grain size in the thermo-mechanically affected zones and weld zones that evidenced grain refinement through plastic deformation and recrystallization. Crystallographic grain orientation and texture were examined using electron backscatter diffraction. Striated regions in the orientations of the aluminum alloy were determined to be the result of the severe deformation induced by the complex weld tool geometry. Many of the textures observed in the weld

  3. Investigation of Human Nail Microstructure with Ultrasound

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    Maeva, A. R.; Bakulin, E. Y.; Denisova, L. A.; Maev, R. Gr.

    Investigation of a human fingernail and the extraction of the data on its microstructure and elastic properties is important in three main aspects. First of all, various diseases of the nail can be differentiated more precisely; second of all, it is possible to non-invasively track during time the effects of a cosmetic product upon the nail; third of all, because various processes in the organism have a strong influence upon the nail plate growth, the monitoring of the nail morphology and its mechanical properties may be used as additional information for the diagnosis of a number of medical disorders, such as systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, chronic hand eczema, anemia etc. The aim of the present study was to carry out a detailed ultrasound investigation in the high-frequency range (25-50 MHz) of a human nail including micro-anatomical structure imaging and ultrasound velocity evaluation, using B-scans obtained with a scanning acoustic microscope. On the images, exact topology of the nail, nail matrix and the underlying bone have been revealed. Additionally, a certain type of inclined internal layering along the nails of some individuals has been found, which was not reported in previous ultrasonic studies of the nail.

  4. Microstructural characterization of a Canadian oil sand

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    Dinh, Hong Doan; Nauroy, Jean-François; Tang, Anh-Minh; Souhail, Youssef; 10.1139/T2012-072

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure of oil sand samples extracted at a depth of 75 m from the estuarine Middle McMurray formation (Alberta, Canada) has been investigated by using high resolution 3D X-Ray microtomography ($\\mu$CT) and Cryo Scanning Electron Microscopy (CryoSEM). $\\mu$CT images evidenced some dense areas composed of highly angular grains surrounded by fluids that are separated by larger pores full of gas. 3D Image analysis provided in dense areas porosity values compatible with in-situ log data and macroscopic laboratory determinations, showing that they are representative of intact states. $\\mu$CT hence provided some information on the morphology of the cracks and disturbance created by gas expansion. The CryoSEM technique, in which the sample is freeze fractured within the SEM chamber prior to observation, provided pictures in which the (frozen) bitumen clearly appears between the sand grains. No evidence of the existence of a thin connate water layer between grains and the bitumen, frequently mentioned in th...

  5. Synthetic biology character and impact

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    Pade, Christian; Wigger, Henning; Gleich, Arnim

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic Biology is already an object of intensive debate. However, to a great extent the discussion to date has been concerned with fundamental ethical, religious and philosophical questions. By contrast, based on an investigation of the field’s scientific and technological character, this book focuses on new functionalities provided by synthetic biology and explores the associated opportunities and risks. Following an introduction to the subject and a discussion of the most central paradigms and methodologies, the book provides an overview of the structure of this field of science and technology. It informs the reader about the current stage of development, as well as topical problems and potential opportunities in important fields of application. But not only the science itself is in focus. In order to investigate its broader impact, ecological as well as ethical implications will be considered, paving the way for a discussion of responsibilities in the context of a field at a transitional crossroads be...

  6. Synthetic cannabinoids: analysis and metabolites.

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    Elsohly, Mahmoud A; Gul, Waseem; Wanas, Amira S; Radwan, Mohamed M

    2014-02-27

    Cannabimimetics (commonly referred to as synthetic cannabinoids), a group of compounds encompassing a wide range of chemical structures, have been developed by scientists with the hope of achieving selectivity toward one or the other of the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The goal was to have compounds that could possess high therapeutic activity without many side effects. However, underground laboratories have used the information generated by the scientific community to develop these compounds for illicit use as marijuana substitutes. This chapter reviews the different classes of these "synthetic cannabinoids" with particular emphasis on the methods used for their identification in the herbal products with which they are mixed and identification of their metabolites in biological specimens.

  7. Synthetic microbial ecosystems for biotechnology.

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    Pandhal, Jagroop; Noirel, Josselin

    2014-06-01

    Most highly controlled and specific applications of microorganisms in biotechnology involve pure cultures. Maintaining single strain cultures is important for industry as contaminants can reduce productivity and lead to longer "down-times" during sterilisation. However, microbes working together provide distinct advantages over pure cultures. They can undertake more metabolically complex tasks, improve efficiency and even expand applications to open systems. By combining rapidly advancing technologies with ecological theory, the use of microbial ecosystems in biotechnology will inevitably increase. This review provides insight into the use of synthetic microbial communities in biotechnology by applying the engineering paradigm of measure, model, manipulate and manufacture, and illustrate the emerging wider potential of the synthetic ecology field. Systems to improve biofuel production using microalgae are also discussed.

  8. DNA recognition by synthetic constructs.

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    Pazos, Elena; Mosquera, Jesús; Vázquez, M Eugenio; Mascareñas, José L

    2011-09-05

    The interaction of transcription factors with specific DNA sites is key for the regulation of gene expression. Despite the availability of a large body of structural data on protein-DNA complexes, we are still far from fully understanding the molecular and biophysical bases underlying such interactions. Therefore, the development of non-natural agents that can reproduce the DNA-recognition properties of natural transcription factors remains a major and challenging goal in chemical biology. In this review we summarize the basics of double-stranded DNA recognition by transcription factors, and describe recent developments in the design and preparation of synthetic DNA binders. We mainly focus on synthetic peptides that have been designed by following the DNA interaction of natural proteins, and we discuss how the tools of organic synthesis can be used to make artificial constructs equipped with functionalities that introduce additional properties to the recognition process, such as sensing and controllability.

  9. Synthetic LDL as targeted drug delivery vehicle

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    Forte, Trudy M.; Nikanjam, Mina

    2012-08-28

    The present invention provides a synthetic LDL nanoparticle comprising a lipid moiety and a synthetic chimeric peptide so as to be capable of binding the LDL receptor. The synthetic LDL nanoparticle of the present invention is capable of incorporating and targeting therapeutics to cells expressing the LDL receptor for diseases associated with the expression of the LDL receptor such as central nervous system diseases. The invention further provides methods of using such synthetic LDL nanoparticles.

  10. Composite titanium nitride layers produced on the AZ91D magnesium alloy by a hybrid method including hydrothermal modification of the layer

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    Tacikowski, M.; Grzonka, J.; Płociński, T.; Jakieła, R.; Pisarek, M.; Wierzchoń, T.

    2015-08-01

    The microstructure and properties of the composite TiN-Ti-Al type titanium nitride surface layer with a sub-layer of titanium and aluminium produced on AZ91D magnesium alloy using a hybrid PVD method including final sealing by hydrothermal treatment were investigated. The results were analysed in terms of the microstructure-properties correlation, to approach the role of the sub-layers and the mechanisms involved in the properties improvement. The microstructure investigations indicate that the composite titanium nitride layers are tight and have nano-crystalline, diffusive character and multi zone microstructure of the type TixOy-TiN-Ti-Al-Al3Mg2-Al12Mg17. The significant corrosion resistance improvement of the AZ91D alloy obtained using the sealed composite titanium nitride layers was found to be the result of a synergistic mechanism which combined hydrothermal treatment of the layer with an action of aluminium sub-layer which is critical to make the sealing effective. The diffusive bonding via Mg-Al zone improves adhesion and the load bearing capacity of titanium nitride layers in wear conditions.

  11. Designer Drugs: A Synthetic Catastrophe

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    James Fratantonio; Lawrence Andrade; Marcelo Febo

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic stimulants can cause hallucinations, aggressive behaviors, death and are sometimes legal. These substances are sold as plant food and bath salts that are "Not for Human Consumption", therefore skirting the 1986 Federal Analogue Act and giving a false pretense of safety. Studies have proved that these substances are toxic, have a high abuse potential, and are becoming extremely prevalent in the United States. This creates a dilemma for law enforcement agents, hospitals, and substance...

  12. Micro-structured Beta-Tricalcium Phosphate for Repair of the Alveolar Cleft in Cleft Lip and Palate Patients : A Pilot Study

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    de Ruiter, AP; Janssen, Nard; van Es, Robert; Frank, Michael; Meijer, Gert; Koole, Ron; Rosenberg, Toine

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Can a synthetic bone substitute be used to repair the alveolar cleft to bypass donor site morbidity as well as to shorten the operating time? In earlier experimental studies, micro-structured beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) provided similar bone healing when compared with grafting with

  13. Erosion resistance of Fe-C-Cr weld surfacing layers

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    Fe-C-Cr weld surfacing layers with different compositions and microstructures can be obtained by submerged arc welding with welding wire of the low carbon steel and high alloy bonded flux. With the increase of Cr and C in the layers the microstructures are changed from hypoeutectoid steel, hypereutectoid steel to hypoeutectic iron and hypereutectic iron. When the weld surfacing layers belong to the alloyed cast irons the erosion resistance can be raised with the eutectic increase and the austenite decrease. Good erosion resistance can be obtained when the proportion of the primary carbides is within 10 %. The experimental results lay a foundation to make double-metal percussive plates by surfacing wear resistant layers on the substrates of the low carbon steels.

  14. Cell microencapsulation with synthetic polymers.

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    Olabisi, Ronke M

    2015-02-01

    The encapsulation of cells into polymeric microspheres or microcapsules has permitted the transplantation of cells into human and animal subjects without the need for immunosuppressants. Cell-based therapies use donor cells to provide sustained release of a therapeutic product, such as insulin, and have shown promise in treating a variety of diseases. Immunoisolation of these cells via microencapsulation is a hotly investigated field, and the preferred material of choice has been alginate, a natural polymer derived from seaweed due to its gelling conditions. Although many natural polymers tend to gel in conditions favorable to mammalian cell encapsulation, there remain challenges such as batch to batch variability and residual components from the original source that can lead to an immune response when implanted into a recipient. Synthetic materials have the potential to avoid these issues; however, historically they have required harsh polymerization conditions that are not favorable to mammalian cells. As research into microencapsulation grows, more investigators are exploring methods to microencapsulate cells into synthetic polymers. This review describes a variety of synthetic polymers used to microencapsulate cells. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Evolution of microstructure and texture during annealing of Al-2.5%Mg-0.2%Sc severely deformed by a combination of accumulative roll bonding (ARB) and conventional rolling

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    Gatti, J. R.; Bhattacharjee, P. P.

    2015-04-01

    Evolution of microstructure and texture during heavy cold-rolling and annealing of Al-2.5%Mg-0.2%Sc alloy was investigated. For this purpose recrystallized sheets of 1mm thickness having finely dispersed precipitates were processed to 3 cycles of ARB (equivalent strain, εeq=2.4) followed by conventional rolling to a final thickness of 200μm resulting in total equivalent strain of 4.0. Evolution of ultrafine microstructure and strong copper or pure metal type texture were observed during deformation. During annealing very stable microstructure was observed up to 400°C but further annealing resulted in formation of a layered microstructure with deformed layer sandwiched between recrystallized layers. Formation of strong cube texture is not observed in the recrystallized layers. Isothermal annealing for longer time at 500°C leads to abnormal growth of Q orientation ({013}) within the deformed layer.

  16. 3D Microstructure Effects in Ni-YSZ Anodes: Influence of TPB Lengths on the Electrochemical Performance

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available 3D microstructure-performance relationships in Ni-YSZ anodes for electrolyte-supported cells are investigated in terms of the correlation between the triple phase boundary (TPB length and polarization resistance (Rpol. Three different Ni-YSZ anodes of varying microstructure are subjected to eight reduction-oxidation (redox cycles at 950 °C. In general the TPB lengths correlate with anode performance. However, the quantitative results also show that there is no simplistic relationship between TPB and Rpol. The degradation mechanism strongly depends on the initial microstructure. Finer microstructures exhibit lower degradation rates of TPB and Rpol. In fine microstructures, TPB loss is found to be due to Ni coarsening, while in coarse microstructures reduction of active TPB results mainly from loss of YSZ percolation. The latter is attributed to weak bottlenecks associated with lower sintering activity of the coarse YSZ. The coarse anode suffers from complete loss of YSZ connectivity and associated drop of TPBactive by 93%. Surprisingly, this severe microstructure degradation did not lead to electrochemical failure. Mechanistic scenarios are discussed for different anode microstructures. These scenarios are based on a model for coupled charge transfer and transport, which allows using TPB and effective properties as input. The mechanistic scenarios describe the microstructure influence on current distributions, which explains the observed complex relationship between TPB lengths and anode performances. The observed loss of YSZ percolation in the coarse anode is not detrimental because the electrochemical activity is concentrated in a narrow active layer. The anode performance can be predicted reliably if the volume-averaged properties (TPBactive, effective ionic conductivity are corrected for the so-called short-range effect, which is particularly important in cases with a narrow active layer.

  17. Coherence Studies for Synthetic Aperture Sonar

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    2014-09-30

    TITLE AND SUBTITLE Coherence Studies for Synthetic Aperture Sonar 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER N00014-13-1-0020 5c. PROGRAM...systematic look at, coherence. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Synthetic; Aperture Sonar , Coherence, Seafloor Scatter, Propagation Variability 16. SECURITY...reconstruction of the document. Coherence Studies for Synthetic Aperture Sonar Anthony P. Lyons The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research

  18. 21 CFR 178.3500 - Glycerin, synthetic.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Glycerin, synthetic. 178.3500 Section 178.3500 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR... Certain Adjuvants and Production Aids § 178.3500 Glycerin, synthetic. Synthetic glycerin may be...

  19. Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

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    El-Kady, Ihab F; Olsson, Roy H; Hopkins, Patrick; Reinke, Charles; Kim, Bongsang

    2013-08-13

    Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.

  20. Microstructure and Wear Resistance of Chromium Carbide Coating IN SITU Synthesized by VEB

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    Lu, Binfeng; Li, Liping; Lu, Fenggui; Tang, Xinhua

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, (Cr, Fe)7C3(M7C3)/γ-Fe composite layer has been in situ fabricated on a low carbon steel surface by vacuum electron beam irradiation (VEB). Three kinds of powder mixtures were placed on a low carbon steel substrate, which was then irradiated with electron beam in vacuum condition. The microstructure and wear resistance of the composite layers has been studied by means of optical microscope (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), microhardness tester and tribological tester. The chemical composition of all specimens were carefully analyzed using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX) technique. Depending on three different powder mixtures, hypereutectic and hypoeutectic microstructures were obtained on surface composite layers. No pores and cracks were found on the coatings. The amount of carbides formed in the surface composite layer was mainly determined by carbon concentration. The microstructure close to the fusion line was largely primary austenite dendrite. The hardness and wear resistance of the surface composite layer has been greatly improved due to the extensive distribution of carbides.